HAGERSTOWN, MD – On a cool late spring evening, Marvin Winters emerged victorious on Student and Armed Forces Appreciation Night in the non-stop 25 lap Thomas Automotive Super Late Model feature event at Hagerstown Speedway.
Winters powered from his third place start past leader Brian Tavenner on Lap 4, and Trever Feathers quickly followed in second position.
The frontrunners checked out to a straightaway lead over Tavenner and Kyle Lee before encountering lapped traffic with ten laps remaining.
Winters used the traffic to his advantage, and was able to add some distance over Feathers. Lee got around Tavenner for third, and closed in on Feathers.
Winters drove on to a 3.8 second lead in his Tex Shaffer No.46 Ford at the checkered flag. Feathers, Lee, Tavenner, and Tyler Hershey completed the top five.
In his victory lane interview, Winters said: “When I ran up on the lapped cars, my car got a little loose. I’m just trying to stay ahead of whoever was behind me.”
The win for Winters was his 33rd career SLM win, and his 97th overall win at Hagerstown.
The 20 lap Late Model Sportsman feature got off to wild start following an initial restart when pole sitter John Rowland spun in front of the field in turn one. His car emerged unscathed, but he elected to sit out the remainder of the feature.
Kyle Lear inherited the pole position on the ensuing restart, and began to make his charge toward what appeared to be another feature win. A few more restarts were the only thing that slowed Lear’s pace through the early laps.
But with seven laps to go, Bobby Beard caught and passed Lear for the lead. Lear fell off pace with engine woes before a multi-car pileup brought out another caution with just four laps remaining.
The thirty-minute time limit brought the feature to a premature finish, and gave Beard his 2nd LMS feature win of the season. Beard dedicated his win to the memory of the recent passing of Sprint Car owner Jim Walker.
Following Beard in second place at the finish was Paul Cursey, Jr. Third went to Alan Sagi, fourth went Sean Merkel , and fifth place went to Eric Hohol.
Craig Parrill picked up his second 15 lap Pure Stock win of the season, pulling away from the challenges of Keith Koontz and Sean Dawson as they battled for second place. They were followed by Brandon Churchey, who came from the rear following an earlier caution, and fifth place finisher Wayne Hawbaker.
Wrapping up the feature races was the Hobby Stock division, and it was Dylan Rutherford taking his second checkered flag of the season. Rutherford pulled away from second place finisher and early race leader Bryan Neff, Jamie Mills, James Speelman, and Jeff Dillon.
Finally, the ever-entertaining Thompson’s Towing 4 Cylinder Demolition Derby was won by Amy Johnson.
Super Late Model – 1.Marvin Winters, 2. Trever Feathers, 3. Kyle Lee, 4. Brian Tavenner, 5. Tyler Hershey, 6. Brad Omps, 7. Walker Arthur, 8. Kyle Hardy, 9. Kenny Moreland, 10. Roy Deese, Jr., 11. Glenn Elliott, 12. Reese Masiello, 13. D.J. Myers, 14. Andy Fries, 15. Rodney Walls, 16. Devin Friese, 17. Kirk Baker, 18. Ryan Walls, 19. Gene Knaub
Late Model Sportsman – 1.Bobby Beard, 2. Paul Cursey, Jr., 3.Alan Sagi, 4.Sean Merkel, 5.Eric Hohol, 6. Ryan Walls, 7.Joe Westerman, Jr., 8. Elwood Sord, 9.Curtis Dunn, 10. Kyle Lear, 11. Matt Murphy, 12. Ronnie Bottenfield, 13. Kurt Zimmerman, 14. Frankie Gordon, 15.Jason Sarver, 16.Justin Jesmer, 17.Michael Walls, 18. Tyler Emory, 19. John Rowland, 20. Jason Nace, DNS- Randy Schaeffer
Pure Stock – 1.Craig Parrill, 2. Keith Koontz, 3. Sean Dawson, 4. Brandon Churchey, 5. Wayne Hawbaker, 6. Doug Hoffman, 7. Nick DiBella, 8.Tom Wakefield, 9. Joshua Bloom, 10. Brian Swiger, 11. Danny Beavers, 12. William Crook, 13. Shane Wilt, 14. Jamie Zentmyer, 15. Charles Stambaugh, 16. Tony Daniels, 17. Jeremy Mills, 18. Jimmy Iser, 19. Frank DiBella, DNS- Marshall McMullen
Hobby Stock – 1.Dylan Rutherford, 2. Bryan Neff, 3. Jamie Mills, 4. James Speelman, 5. Jeff Dillon, 6. Davey Gross, Jr., 7. John Catlett, 8. Willie Ling, 9. Brian Ringer, DNS- Dustin Proctor, Ralph Hansberger DQ- Matt Wampler
Demo Derby – 1. Amy Johnson, 2. Tyler Fisher, 3. Kevin Swope, 4. Joe Greathouse, 5. Scott Grosh, 6. Dennis Biden, 7. Paul Armstrong