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Tex Shaffer Memorial for Super Late Models to Be Held On May 18, $4,600 to the Winner

On May 18, Hagerstown Speedway will honor one of the great car owners that fielded some of the most competitive Limited Late Model and Super Late Model rides in this area.

Longtime race fans have recognized the black No.46 Ford for many years that was campaigned by Tex Shaffer. Drivers such as Dave Burk, Nathan Durboraw, Bob Salathe, and Brent Smith sat behind the wheel of the Shaffer’s Auto Salvage Special, but the car has been synonymous with driver Marvin Winters. Winters has gained the most notoriety as the longest tenured and winningest driver of the familiar No. 46 out of Mercersburg, PA.

Tex Shaffer passed away on February 15, 2019. He was 82 years old.

To honor one of the legendary race team owners in the history of Hagerstown Speedway, Super Late Models will be in competition for the Shaffer 46 Special. Fittingly, this special event will go a feature distance of 46 laps, paying $4,600 to the winner.

Crate Late Models, originally scheduled for May 19 will be part of the card, as will the Pure Stock and Hobby Stock divisions. Each of those respective divisions will be racing for $460 to win.

Hagerstown Speedway management will be collecting bonus money and/or gifts/prizes to remaining finishers. If you’d like to be a contributor to this event, please contact Lisa Plessinger at the speedway office at 301-582-0640, ext. 202, or see Marvin Winters at the speedway when he is racing.

More information will be released as details emerge. Please keep informed via the track website at hagerstownspeedway.com, or our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.

2019 Schedule Updates and Changes

Due to lack of interest from other tracks in the area, the Western Pennsylvania Sprint Car Series has withdrawn from hosting an event at Hagerstown Speedway originally scheduled for May 19. WPSCS officials notified Hagerstown Speedway officials that the series was unable to put together a schedule for 2019.

There are still two other opportunities to see 410 Sprint Cars at Hagerstown Speedway on July 4 for the Johnny Grum Tribute during PA Sprint Speedweek, and again on September 22 for the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions.

Crate Late Models originally scheduled on the canceled May 19 card will be moved to a new event to be announced a night earlier on May 18.

The LaSalle 602 Crate E-Mods brought to you by LaSalle’s Engine & Chassis of Breezewood, PA will be in action a few times at Hagerstown Speedway in 2019. They are scheduled for competition on March 30, April 6, June 8, July 20, and August 24.

For more information, contact the speedway office at 301-582-0640 or e-mail the speedway at info@hagerstownspeedway.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Race-A-Rama Kicks Off 2019 Hagerstown Speedway Season

Many race fans have had the chance to get their dirt track racing fix during the winter either by watching pay-per-view races or have had the good fortune to travel to such events, along with the local trade shows. Now, it’s time to get ready for our 72nd season of racing at Hagerstown Speedway in 2019.

Kicking off the season is the traditional Race-A-Rama car show at the Valley Mall in Hagerstown, Maryland on February 24 through March 3. There is a link to the form needed for those wishing to have their racers on display. Please contact the speedway office for more information.

Test & Tune practice dates will be on March 2, 9, and 16 (weather permitting), along with the Community Yard Sale & Swap Meet.  The yard sale is from 8am-2pm, and track testing begins at 2pm on each day.  Grandstand admission is free for the test & tune days.

Then, we will be set for the season opener on March 23 with the Ultimate Northeast Super Late Model Series going for $3,000 to-win ,and an automatic qualifier for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on April 13. Pure Stocks and U-Cars join the UNSLMS for the season opener.

Racers can get a head start on paper work by filling out the 1099 form, located under rules link.

For members of the media, press, and photographers- there is also a link for a media credential agreement form. Please have them turned into to either the speedway office or to PR director Brett Rose at finishline304@gmail.com , preferably by March 1, but no later than March 20 if you are planning to cover the season opener. For more information, you may contact Brett Rose at (304)-279-9270.

Sprint Cars, E-Mods, and more to appear at Hagerstown Speedway

Sprint Cars have a long standing history of racing at Hagerstown Speedway ever since the division morphed from the Super Modified era of the 1960’s. Sprint Cars were once a weekly attraction at Hagerstown Speedway, but have always made an appearance at the Hub City half-mile for special events.

In 2019, Sprint Cars will be featured several times. The powerful, winged 410 Sprints are scheduled to make three appearances during the season beginning on Sunday, May 19 when the newly-created Western Pennsylvania Sprint Car Series makes their maiden voyage to Hagerstown Speedway. Scheduled to appear with the WPSCS will be the Crate Late Models for their only scheduled race of 2019.

On Thursday, July 4, Hagerstown Speedway will once again play host to the Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek series with the Johnny Grum Tribute. Joining the 410 Sprints will be an exhibition of vintage racers by the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.

The final 410 Sprint Car show is expected to be a big one on Sunday, September 22 as the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions Series makes its first visit to Hagerstown Speedway.

In 2018, the IMCA RaceSaver 305 Sprints made their first appearance in the history of Hagerstown Speedway, and the event was held to great success with the racers and the fans. As a result of that night, the IMCA RaceSaver Sprints will be back in 2019 more than once and with a big weekend of racing.

The first appearance will be on April 20 that will guarantee the 305 Sprint winner a spot in one of the biggest IMCA RaceSaver events of the season.

On May 24 and 25, Hagerstown Speedway presents the inaugural East Coast Sprint Nationals for the 305 Sprints. Over 70 race cars are expected to compete during the weekend which will award $1,000 to the winner on Saturday’s finale. This is shaping up to be one of the biggest IMCA RaceSaver Sprint races on the East coast.

The IMCA RaceSaver Sprints return on June 15 with 600 and 270 Micro Sprints on the card for Open Wheel Madness. The 600 Micro feature pays $1,000 to win while $500 awaits the 270 Micro winner.

E-Mods have gained in popularity with racers and fans in recent years, and the division has been a part of the lineup at Hagerstown Speedway. The Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Modifieds are scheduled for a few appearances in 2019 as part of the MAM traveling schedule.

The MAM will first appear on April 20, and again on May 4 before being the headliner on June 8 as part of Student/Armed Forces Appreciation Night. The MAM will come back to race again on July 6, and September 14.

The front-wheel drive U-Cars are on the schedule for eight events, all run under a Home Track Rule format. March 23 and 30, April 6 and 27, June 1, 8, and 29, and the SCN on September 13-14 are all nights scheduled for U-Cars.

Appearances by the Penn-Mar Vintage Racers and Classic Racing Series will round out the divisions of race cars scheduled at Hagerstown Speedway in 2019.

So, as you can see there is a lot of variety of racing at Hagerstown Speedway. Besides the racing around the 72 year old clay oval, you’ll also see the Monster Trucks from July 26-28, and the return of the NTPA Tractor Pull on July 12-13.

Late Models, Sprint Cars, Stock Cars, and much more is being offered to our fans for this 72nd year of racing. We hope you’re looking forward to visiting us during the 2019 season!

Full Slate of Events for Pure Stocks and Hobby Stocks

Both the Pure Stock and Hobby Stock divisions have evolved over the years from the days of the Roadrunners, Daredevils, and Enduro divisions of past years. As the cliché states “the more things change, the more things stay the same”, the Pure Stock and Hobby Stock divisions are longtime mainstays at Hagerstown Speedway.

Although mostly classified as support divisions all over the country, Hagerstown Speedway offers these popular divisions several special events that offer more purse monies over the regular shows throughout the 2019 season.

Pure Stocks open up the season on March 23, and return on March 30 with the Hobby Stocks for the first point race of the 2019 campaign. Each division returns for the Hub City guaranteed qualifier on April 6 during Accent Imaging/The Trophy Shop night.

Pure Stocks get their first special event as the undercard of the LOLMDS Stanley Schetrompf Classic on April 6, and Hobby Stocks will be on the April 20 racing card.

Both divisions will be a part of racing action for the next few events, beginning with the spring Small Car Nationals presented by Turn 5 Turnaround on April 27 with a $750 to win feature for the PS and $500 for the HS. Each will also be scheduled in May on the 4th and 25th.

June 1 brings more money and extra distance with the Hub City 100 weekend along with Small Fry Night. PS (Cornett Tribute) and HS each will go for 25 laps and $500 to win, and again as part of Student & Armed Forces Appreciation Night on June 8.

Pure Stocks will be in action on Sunday, June 23 as part of the 3rd-annual Frank Sagi Tribute/ARCH Night.

Hobby Stocks get the top billing for the Eric Johnson Memorial on June 29, and they will also be joined by the PS as part of the SCN guaranteed qualifier on the same night.

They will also be in action together on July 6 and 20, with July 20 scheduled as being the final point race for HS. The final point race for PS is scheduled for August 3.

Then,  it’s time to end the season with some big races for the PS and HS with the Turn 5 Turnaround Summer Championship on August 24, paying out extra monies, and the traditional SCN with qualifying on September 13, and feature events on September 14.

As these divisions compete during the bulk of the Hagerstown Speedway schedule, each division has plenty of races with several of them being special events that are sure to be very attractive to the Pure Stock and Hobby Stock racers of the area.

 

*****Please check the schedule to make sure which races meet the technical criteria for either Hagerstown Speedway legal only cars, or races designated as “Home Track Rules”. Your rules you’re your home track must be presented to the technical director/inspector.*****

Late Model Sportsman Headlining Multiple Events in 2019

Since the mid 1970’s and a couple of name changes over that time period, the Late Model Sportsman division has been a popular category at Hagerstown Speedway. The steel block, 358 cubic inch racers often produce some of the most competitive racing around this area.

The purse for LMS regular shows have been increased significantly up from $550 to win, now paying $800 to win and $100 to start the feature event.

The LMS will be featured over a dozen nights in 2019, starting on March 30 with headlining the official season opening point race. Pure Stocks and Hobby stocks will also be racing in their opening point races, respectively. U-Cars are also scheduled for their first of eight scheduled appearances.

The same lineup will be in action on April 6 as Accent Imaging/The Trophy Shop presents the Hub City 100 Guaranteed Qualifiers.

LMS teams will be in action on April 20 and again on April 27 with Pure Stocks, Hobby Stocks, and U-Cars in the Turn 5 Turnaround Spring Small Car Nationals. LMS teams will be racing for $1,500 to win, PS are going for $750, HS will go for $500 to win, and $300 will go to the U-Car winner.

The first of three LMS races sanctioned by the Mason Dixon Shootout Series will be featured on a Friday night special during the IMCA East Coast Sprint Nationals on May 24.

June 1 is another big night for the LMS as they will participate in the Hub City 100. The 35 lap race pays $1,500 to win. Pure Stocks will compete for 25 laps and $500 to win in the Cornett Tribute.  $500 goes to the Hobby Stock winner after 25 laps, and $300 is up for grabs in the 15 lap U-Car feature.

The LMS are on the card for the 3rd-annual Frank Sagi Tribute on Sunday, June 23, and again on June 29.

The MDSS returns on July 6, while the final LMS point race is scheduled on July 20. The final MDSS sanctioned race will be held as part of the Turn 5 Turnaround Summer Championship on August 24 with another $1,500 to the winner.

Wrapping up the LMS season will be the traditional Small Car Nationals with qualifying on September 13 and feature event on September 14.

With a purse increase for regular shows, along with several other higher paying events, the Late Model Sportsman competitors have a lot to look forward to racing at Hagerstown Speedway in 2019.