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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.
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.
By Brett Rose
Remnants of Hurricane Harvey made their way through the Mid-Atlantic region over Friday night and into Saturday afternoon, forcing officials to cancel the final night of point racing at Hagerstown Speedway for 2017.
The final point race will not be rescheduled, and the championship point standings are final.
Congratulations go out to our 2017 Track Champions Kyle Lee (Super Late Model), Kyle Lear (Late Model Sportsman), Sean Dawson (Pure Stock), and Davey Gross, Jr. (Hobby Stock).
Lee won his first SLM championship in his rookie season of competing in the division. Out of 13 features, Lee won one feature, scored five Top 5, and twelve Top 10 finishes.
Lear wins his second career LMS championship with seven feature wins on the season, along with thirteen Top 5, and fifteen Top 10 finishes in fifteen starts.
Dawson wins his first PS championship on the heels of one feature win, fourteen top 5, and seventeen top 10 finishes in seventeen starts.
Gross, Jr. picked up three feature wins, fifteen top 5, and sixteen Top 10 finishes out of sixteen events toward his first career championship.
The Championship Celebration Picnic will take place at the speedway to honor our 2017 track champions on October 14.
Racing still remains at Hagerstown for 2017, with the upcoming Small Car Nationals on September 15-16, the 70th Anniversary automatic qualifier on September 30, and the 70th Anniversary Season Finale weekend on October 13-15.
By Brett Rose
HAGERSTOWN, MD – With two laps remaining in the second heat race for the Late Model Sportsman/Mason-Dixon Shootout, heavy rains and lightning rolled over the speedway and with more storms on the way, officials at Hagerstown Speedway were forced to cancel racing activity.
The Cornett Tribute for Pure Stocks and Small Fry Night will not be made up.
Officials with the Mason-Dixon Shootout Series have rescheduled a new race date on September 30. It will not be a continuation of the August 19 program.
Rain checks and pit wristbands from this race will be honored for all remaining regular shows. Stay tuned to the website, the track Facebook and Twitter page for future announcements, or call the speedway office at 301-582-0640.
Just as a reminder, Hagerstown Speedway will return to action thisFriday, August 25 for the makeup date of the Hagerstown/ Winchester Shootout 25 Lap, $2,500 to-win Red Nininger Memorial for Super Late Models. There will be no racing on August 26. The Late Model Sportsman, Pure Stock, and Hobby Stock divisions are also on the card.
Coming up this Saturday, August 12 at Hagerstown Speedway features our regular show lineup of Super Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Pure Stocks, and Hobby Stocks along with a special appearance of the 4 Cylinder Mini-Stocks.
The 4 Cylinders are limited to rear-wheel drive cars only.
This special night of racing for the 4 Cylinder division is brought you by South Side Pediatrics of Hagerstown. The 4 cylinder feature will pay $300 to win, plus extra money back through the field, thanks to:
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With just a few point races left and some tight battles toward track championships, look for the racing action to be hot and heavy over the next few weeks.
General admission is $15, Student/Seniors/Military $10, children 12 and under are free, and pit insurance is $30. Race time is set for 7pm.
For more information, call the speedway office at 301-582-0640.