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Hagerstown Speedway Prepares For 2018 Racing Season

Returning for a 71st year of racing at the Hub City ½ mile, Hagerstown Speedway is ready to present the 2018 racing season to its fans with a variety of events on the schedule.

Kicking off the season traditionally is the annual Race-A-Rama car show at the Valley Mall on February 26 – March 4 to give fans an up-close and personal look at the machinery that will grace the clay oval throughout the season.

The show concludes with an awards ceremony and the crowning of the pageant winner for Miss Hagerstown Speedway 2018.

Throughout the month of March, Hagerstown Speedway will host a Community Yard Sale, along with Tune and Test Sessions for all classes of cars on March 10, 17, and 24 before the official opening night of the 2018 racing campaign on March 31 with the 71st season opener featuring the Ultimate Northeast Super Late Model Series, Pure Stocks and U-Cars.

The Super Late Model winner will receive a guaranteed qualifier for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on April 21.

Plenty of variety will be featured during the season. Super Late Models will be featured throughout the season with special events. The Mason-Dixon Shootout Series returns to showcase the Late Model Sportsman teams and the Mid Atlantic Modifieds return to feature E-Mod racers on special nights.

The Crate Late Models, Penn-Mar Vintage Racers and the Classic Car Racing Series will also make appearances during 2018.

Sprint Cars return to Hagerstown Speedway on June 16 with the IMCA RaceSaver 305 Sprints, and 410 Sprints are the main attraction on July 5 with the Johnny Grum Memorial as part of PA Sprint Speedweek.

The longtime staple divisions of Pure Stock and Hobby Stock will be on the card most nights of the 2018 season.

Last, but not least, the always popular Bonanza Extravaganza and Monster Jam also return for 2018.

Make sure you continually visit the speedway website or follow the track’s social media pages on Facebook and Twitter for up to date information on what’s going on at Hagerstown Speedway.

For other information, call the track office at 301-582-0640.

The staff at Hagerstown Speedway, led by promoter Doug Timmons, general manager Lisa Plessinger along with track owner Frank Plessinger welcomes all racers and fans as we look forward to having you join us at “The Capitol of Dirt Racing” for 2018.

2018 Rules are POSTED in PDF format

2018 Tentative Schedule updated 12/23/17

RAIN CHECKS ARE GOOD FOR 2018

70th Anniversary Race Weekend Canceled, Awards Picnic Moved to Nostalgia Day

Official management at Hagerstown Speedway has made the difficult decision to cancel the 70th Anniversary Celebration race weekend originally scheduled for October 13-14, and end the 2017 campaign earlier than expected.

“Insufficient attendance at area tracks and competing against other venues are two risks that are not necessary to take this late in the season. It has been a constant struggle to coordinate events with area tracks. Seeing other promoters gamble on big purse events and come out in the red is not a comforting feeling. We took time to develop an attractive purse and program. Knowing there are other venues to compete against along with the possibility of poor weather and attendance, it only makes good business sense to close early.” said promoter Doug Timmons.

So with those tracks competing against each other this late in the year, along with cooler weather and football season in full swing, it gets tough to schedule races to have a good fan turnout.

“Racers get pumped up and want to put on a good show in front of a good crowd of fans, and when there are too many other options of entertainment for fans elsewhere this time of the year, it is best to not take a huge financial risk. We feel it is in our best interests to look forward to 2018.”said general manager Lisa Plessinger.

In the best interests of all of those involved, Hagerstown Speedway officials have decided to make their 70th Anniversary Nostalgia Day on Sunday, October 15 completely free of charge to all who attend. There will be an open track test & tune along with exhibition races, along with an antique car and tractor exhibit. Only a signature of release will be required to enter the pit area this day.

The Championship Awards Picnic has also been moved to October 15th at 1PM. Those interested in buying tickets for the ceremony may contact Lisa Plessinger at the speedway 301-582-0640 ext. 202. Fans wishing to watch the awards ceremony may do so, but a ticket must be purchased to participate and eat.

The entire staff of Hagerstown Speedway sincerely thanks all of the racers and fans that supported Hagerstown Speedway during our 70th year of operations in 2017. We wish everyone the very best during the off-season, and we are looking forward to having everyone return for a 71st year of racing in 2018.

70th Anniversary Qualifier up Next

 

This Saturday night, September 30 is the 70th Anniversary Qualifier netting the feature winner a guaranteed starting position in the 70th Anniversary Celebration weekend coming up on October 13-14.

 

On this week’s card will be Super Late Models and the Mason-Dixon Shootout Series for the Late Model Sportsman.

 

General admission is $15, Students/Seniors/ Military $10, and pit admission is $30. Gates open at 5pm, and warmups will start at 7pm.

 

The Super Late Model winner locks in the chance to win $7,000, and the Late Model Sportsman winner gets a shot at $1,700 on October 14.

 

Click on the link for information about the 70th Anniversary Celebration that is already posted here on the website.

 

Also on October 14 is the Championship Celebration Picnic featuring a catered luncheon by Mission BBQ of Hagerstown. Tickets are $15, and can be reserved by calling Lisa at the speedway office. For more info, call 301-582-0640, ext. 202.