Even with some of the familiar names at Elko Speedway not racing for points this year. The Super Late Models at Elko Speedway have been very entertaining the first month of the 2014 Season.
#80 Paul Paine had a terrible wreck to start the season last year, it took him a good part of the year just to get back to the track. 2014 is a different story as he has clocked a fast time in qualifying and has had two runner up finishes and leads in the Elko Speedway point standings coming into June. "We weren't planning on running for points," said Paine "now maybe we better look at it."
On the other end of the spectrum was 20 yr old Derek Lemke (#5 above) who won on May 24th, he is only in his third year of racing in the Super Late Model division. They have a new car this year and really got it dialed in to start the season. "Right now I'm not thinking about points but, any racer will look at the points at some point and time, we will play it out and see how Mid-Season is," said Lemke.
#28 Matt Goede has done quite well at Elko over the years, he finished fourth in points last year and scored four wins, he was runner up in points in 2012. Both drivers are capable of winning numerous races and fighting for the Title this year, maybe racing each other for it.
#81 Bryan Syer-Keske is also a guy to keep an eye on this summer. This two time Great North Legends Champion won two races last year and has the talent to get the job done. Don't be surprised if you see Joey Garofalo, Steve Anderson or Bryan Roach in victory lane this summer either.
More than a handful of the former Elko Speedway regulars are racing the TUNDRA or ARCA Midwest touring series and that is a good thing. The Super Late Model car count is still healthy at between 16-20 every week at Elko Speedway and the racing is great. Minnesota drivers are proving their worth in Regional Touring series and that opens the doors for a new, or maybe revisited Champion at Elko Speedway this summer.
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