Even before the races began last Saturday, David Elliott of Eastland knew that it would be his last chance this year for victory at 281 Speedway in Stephenville. In the most exciting, wreck-filled race of the night, Elliot seized the opportunity, outrunning a field of 20 drivers in his number 19 car to take the checkered flag in the modified division.

For Elliott, it was his first win of the season, and will indeed be his last. Putting family first, he checked into a Little Rock, Ark. hospital Tuesday evening in preparation for a surgical procedure scheduled for today that will remove his kidney. He is donating the organ to his brother Ronnie, who needs the kidney to continue his battle with diabetes. Race fans, family and friends can learn more and check the Elliotts’ status by visiting ronnieelliott.com on the web.

In other races Saturday, Stephenville’s Dennis Bissonnette finished ahead of the pack in the stock car division, pulling him to within two points of the lead in the overall standings. Bissonnette trails pace-setter Toby Miller of Boyd, who leads with 176 points. Charlie Coleman of Glen Rose is also in contention with 137.

Miller also crossed the finish line first in the hot stocks event. He leads the overall standings in that division, also with 176. Robert Wagnon of Lipan finished second Saturday, and is third overall.

Other local drivers at or near the top of the overall standings include James Bailey from Dublin who leads in hobby stocks, while Devin Burgess of Stephenville is currently second overall in the tornadoes class. Also from Stephenville, Chase Noland and Jay Watts are second and third, respectively, in the mini-stock standings.

Racing continues Saturday, with the featured event being the Lady’s Shoe Race.