By Brett Rose
HAGERSTOWN, MD – Bryan Bernheisel was victorious in his No. 119 BRC Lazer Super Late Model for his first feature win of 2018. Bernheisel led from green to checkers over a fast closing Marvin Winters in the final laps of the 20 lap main event.
“My crew guys were giving me signals that he (Winters) was closing in on me, and I knew I had to make something happen”, remarked the winner in victory lane as a reference to using a lapped car as a pick to keep Winters at bay.
Scott Palmer was third, followed by Brian Booze and fifth-place finisher Justin Kann.
SLM heats were won by Bernheisel and Winters.
Justin Weaver penciled his name in the 2018 win column with a victory in the 20 lap Late Model Sportsman feature. The win also guaranteed Weaver a starting spot for the Hub City race with the Mason-Dixon Shootout Series scheduled for May 26.
Weaver started from the pole, and was only slowed by a caution with several laps to go. He was followed at the checkers by Bobby Beard, James Lichliter, Rodney Walls, and Robbie Black.
LMS heats were won by Black and Lichliter.
Doug Hoffman drove the Randy & Renae Clegg No. Super7 to the 15 lap Pure Stock feature win. Hoffman worked his way up to the front after a few laps while running down early race leader Bryan Neff. Hoffman made his way to the lead following a restart, and powered away from the rest of the field for his first career win at Hagerstown.
Following Hoffman at the finish were Dillon Wilson, Dwayne Snyder, Jamie Zentmyer, and Michelle Walls. Walls and Neff were the heat race winners.
Jonathan Raley led from start to finish in the 15 lap Hobby Stock feature for his first win of the season. Rounding out the top five spots were Jeff Dillon, Billy Ecton, Jr., Dalton Ritchey, and Drew Fertig. Heat winners were Tom Caravello and Eric Johnson.
Notes: Rodney Walls pulled double duty in the SLM and LMS features, and ended the night with a top five and ten finish. He drives one of the oldest chassis around as his LMS machine is a Rocket Chassis built in 1994.
Doug Hoffman landed the ride in the 2017 Hagerstown Speedway track championship machine in the off-season after previous driver Sean Dawson vacated the seat into retirement. Dawson was in the Super 7 pit area to lend the team a hand as a crew member.
Michelle Walls impressively drove from seventh to win her heat race. She drew the pole for the feature, but fought a loose car to still hang on to a top five finish in the feature.
The four division program began at 6pm, and the final checkered flag flew about three hours later.
April 21 brings the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the Stanley Schetrompf Memorial with a Pure Stock special event. Race time begins at 7pm.
Super Late Models – 1. 119-Bryan Bernheisel, ; 2. 46-Marvin Winters, ; 3. 86-Scott Palmer, ; 4. B2-Brian Booze, ; 5. 66-Justin Kann, ; 6. 88-Barry Miller, ; 7. 05-Roy Deese Jr., ; 8. 5B-Brad Omps, ; 9. 14-Tyler Horst, ; 10. 85-Rodney Walls, ; 11. 30G-Cody Gary, ; 12. 77-Randy Burkholder, ; 13. 5-Steve Axtell Jr, ; 14. 17G-Doug Glessner, ; 15. 38-Carl Biddle, ; 16. 16-Jacob Burdette,  DNS- 08-Keith Koontz
Late Model Sportsman – 1. 2J-Justin Weaver, ; 2. 12-Bobby Beard, ; 3. 8-James Lichliter, ; 4. 85W-Rodney Walls, ; 5. K20-Robbie Black, ; 6. 48M-Greg Moore, ; 7. 43-Cody Kershner, ; 8. 37-Paul Cursey Jr., ; 9. 62-Devin Frey, ; 10. 24R-John Rowland, ; 11. 11B-Ronnie Bottenfield, ; 12. 121-Larry Neiderer, ; 13. 99W-Garrett Walls, ; 14. 85-Chad Earnst, ; 15. 77S-Elwood Sord, ; 16. 3-Tyler Ritchey, ; 17. 13-Brad McGinnis, ; 18. X-Bernie Beard, ; 19. 81-Eddie Cornett,  DNS – 72D-Dale Murphy , 11-Joe Westerman Jr.
Pure Stock – 1. S7-Doug Hoffman, ; 2. 65-Dillon Wilson, ; 3. 69-Dwayne Snyder, ; 4. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer, ; 5. 1W-Michelle Walls, ; 6. 64-William Crook, ; 7. 54-John Catlett, ; 8. 6R-Joe Rodgers, ; 9. 27-Tom Wakefield, ; 10. 7-Brian Swiger, ; 11. 1-Charles Stambaugh, 12]; 12. 03-Bryan Neff, ; 13. 19-Danny Atherton,  DNS -2+2-Shane Wilt, 6-Wayne Hawbaker
Hobby Stock – 1. 92-Jonathan Raley,  2. 52-Jeff Dillon, 7] 3. 57-William Ecton Jr., ; 4. 39-Dalton Ritchey, ; 5. 10-Drew Fertig, ; 6. 55-Robert Thompson, ; 7. 12LC-Laura Chamberlain, ; 8. 1J-Eric Johnson, ; 9. 34-Chaseton Leach, ; 10. 41-Tom Caravello,  DNS -11A-James Speelman, 51-Bradley Benton