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1st Career SLM Win for Lee at Hagerstown

By Brett Rose

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Kyle Lee is not a stranger to victory lane at Hagerstown Speedway as he has won in both the Late Model Sportsman and Crate Late Model divisions, but he parked his D&D Auto Recycling No.2t Super Late Model there after the 25 lap feature event for the first time in his racing career.

Lee shared the front row with pole starter Bryan Bernheisel, and blasted himself into the lead from the start. A quick caution flag unfurled to setup a restart, and Lee repeated with the same results.

By the halfway point, the young Mercersburg, PA driver put his red Rocket XR-1 about a straightway between him and Bernheisel’s No.119 BRC Lazer. With seven circuits remaining, Lee hit lapped traffic but continued his torrid pace to wire the field to the checkered flag.

 “Yeah, that thing was great, uh, I can’t thank the crew enough.  I was only into the shop last night until 11:30 and everyone else was in the shop until 3 in the morning, back at it at 11:00 today clean up until race time. This is what makes it worth it; all the countless hours.”, said Lee.

“We’re starting to figure a little bit more on the slick track. We’re getting better each week.”

Bernheisel finished a distant second, but was well ahead of third place finisher Roy Deese, Jr., fourth place finisher Trever Feathers, and fifth place finisher Andy Anderson.

Kyle Lear recorded his fourth win of 2017 in the 20 lap Late Model Sportsman feature. Lear had to chase and battle race-long leader Barry Miller until a late caution gave Lear a chance to get by Miller. On the restart,  Lear charged hard into turn one and made the pass stick up high with just three laps to go, and went on the rest of the way for the win.

Miller was second, while Alan Sagi, Dan Zechman, and tenth place starter Paul Cursey, Jr. completed the top five.

The Mid Atlantic Modifieds were on the card for their second appearance of the season, and Jimmy Jesmer took the checkered flag in a wild 15 lap feature that saw many of the top runners taken out in a multi-car pileup and spins at the initial start.

One of the cars affected was piloted by pole starter Rick Hulson, who had to go to the rear of the field. Hulson drove from the back to finish second, while Carl McKinney, Mike Potosky, and Jonathan Taylor rounded out the top five.

Craig Parrill recorded his seventh Pure Stock win of the season. This time, he was behind the wheel of his own No.34c instead of the Dickie Tharp No.3. Parrill took the lead from outside of fellow front row starter Tom Wakefield, and never looked back.

Sean Dawson drove into second in the early going of the 15 lap feature, but was a distant second to Parrill at the finish.

Following the top tandem at the checkers were Keith Koontz, Brandon Churchey, and Wakefield.

Davey Gross, Jr. was the Hobby Stock victor for the second consecutive race, and for the third time in 2017. Gross had Jeff Dillon closing on his bumper, but it wasn’t enough to take away the win.

Gary Breeden finished third, James Speelman was fourth, and Willie Ling finished fifth.

Feature Results

Super Late Model – 1. 2T-Kyle Lee, 2. 119-Bryan Bernheisel, 3. 05-Roy Deese Jr., 4. 20-Trever Feathers, 5. 41-Andy Anderson, 6. 46-Marvin Winters, 7. B2-Brian Booze, 8. 74-Tyler Hershey, 9. 86-Scott Palmer, 10. 94-Jason Miller, 11. 55-Gary Stuhler, 12. 5-Brad Omps, 13. 3-Tim Wilson, 14. 11-Kirk Baker, 15. 3V-Kyle Hardy, 16. 5M-Mike Steck, 17. 39-Bill Kessler, DNS 22R-Reese Masiello

Late Model Sportsman – 1. 151-Kyle Lear, 2. 88-Barry Miller, 3. 5-Alan Sagi, 4. 2-Dan Zechman, 5. 37-Paul Cursey Jr., 6. 43-Cody Kershner, 7. 9A-Kurt Zimmerman, 8. 11-Joe Westerman Jr., 9. 39-Ryan Walls, 10. D34-Curtis Dunn, 11. 24R-John Rowland, 12. 121-Larry Neiderer, 13. 33-Craig Smith, 14. 81-Eddie Cornett, DNS 99-Michael Walls

Mid Atlantic Modifieds – 1. 47-Jimmy Jesmer, 2. 40-Rick Hulson, 3. 6M-Carl McKinney, 4. M20-Mike Potosky, 5. 5-Jonathan Taylor, 6. 8-Brad Kling, 7. 95-Chris Fletcher, 8. 0-Haley Kaiser, 9. 90-Ray Kable, 10. 99-Bryan Green, 11. 83-Ray Ciccarelli, 12. 26X-James Sparks, 13. 80-Keith Reed, 14. 28-Jim Trenary, 15. 67-Chris Beall, 16. 55-Alyssa Rowe, 17. 74-Rich Goodman, 18. 1N-Hunter Nester, 19. 95C-Justin Cullum, 20. 21H-Quintin Hankla, 21. 7H-Josh Hughes, DNS 70L-Kyle Lloyd

Pure Stock – 1. 34C-Craig Parrill, 2. S7-Sean Dawson, 3. 08-Keith Koontz, 4. 05-Brandon Churchey, 5. 27W-Tom Wakefield, 6. 62-Danny Beavers Jr., 7. 00-Joshua Bloom,  8. 2+2-Shane Wilt, 9. 64-William Crook, 10. 59-Mike Desch, 11. 3T-Dickie Tharp, 12. 25X-Jeremy Mills, 13. 7-Brian Swiger, 14. 4-Nick DiBella, (DNS) 81F-Marshall McMullen, DNS 44-Frank DiBella DQ 6-Wayne Hawbaker

Hobby Stock – 1. 27-Davey Gross Jr.,  2. 52-Jeff Dillon, 3. 6-Gary Breeden, 4. 11A-James Speelman,  5. 31-Willie Ling,  6. 18-Ralph Hansberger,  7. 54-John Catlett,  8. 25-Rodney Miner,  9. 72-Jimmy Kline,  10. 0-Jamie Mills, DNS 92-Jonathan Raley

PA Sprint Speedweek This Wednesday Night

This Wednesday evening, Hagerstown Speedway hosts Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek, while presenting the Johnny Grum Memorial in honor of the 1966 and 1969 Super Modified/Sprint Car track champion that also recorded 21 feature wins at the Hub City oval.

Grum was best known as the driver of Harry Fletcher’s No.66 machines back in those days, and they were a force to be reckoned with in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

Hagerstown Speedway might be in Maryland below the Mason-Dixon Line from Pennsylvania, but the track does hold a great history in Sprint Car racing.

The $5,000 to win event is expected to draw the best of Central Pennsylvania 410 Sprints, plus current NASCAR stars Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson are expected to be in attendance.

Last year’s winner Lance Dewease is also looking to repeat at the track where he earned his first career 410 Sprint Car win in 1986.

West End Shell of Hagerstown is sponsoring the Hard Charger Award, and the commemorative winner’s check to the feature winner. The gasoline and service station that was long formerly known as Timmons’ Sunoco and Texaco has been a longtime supporter of local auto racing.

Joining the card will also be the EMMR exhibition. Race time is scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm.

General admission is $25, reserved seats are $30, students/seniors/military is $20, kids 12 and under are free, and pit admission is $35.

Frank Sagi Tribute – Late Model PRIZES

$25 to all heat race winners from Glenn Nininger of Nininger’s Tire & Auto in Brunswick, Maryland.

Custom-made commerative slot car and oversized feature winner’s check from Brent and Tim Hottle of Outback Motor Speedway and Need-a-Sign in Winchester, Virginia.

$100 Gift Certificate to the highest finishing Rocket Chassis from Mark Richards Racing Enterprises and Rocket Chassis of Shinnston, West Virginia.

$50 Cash Bonus to the highest finishing Hershey Racing Engine from Curt Hershey of Hershey’s Racing Engines in Greencastle, Pennsylvania.

$100 Cash Bonus to the “Hard Charger of the Race” from Kurt Smith of KRS Graphics in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

$100 Cash Bonus to the 3rd place feature finisher from Alan Sites of Sites’ Garage in St. Thomas, Pennsylvania.

$100 Gift Certificate to the 4th place feature finisher for the “Bell 4 Safety” award from Steve Thomas Racing and Bell Helmets of Ludlow, Illinois.

$100 Cash Bonus to the 6th place feature finisher from Tex Shaffer of Shaffer’s Auto Salvage in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania.

$100 Cash Bonus to the 7th place feature finisher from Alan Sites of Sites’ Custom Racing Bumpers in St. Thomas, Pennsylvania.

$100 Cash Bonus to the 9th place feature finisher from Jimmy and JT Spence of Champion Auto Sales of Winchester, Virginia.

$150 Cash Bonus for a feature finishing position to be drawn from John Chamberlain of K&K Machine, Inc. of Glen Burnie, Maryland.

$150 Cash Bonus for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Scott LeBarron of LeBarron’s Auto Salvage in Dover, Pennsylvania.

$75 Cash Bonus for a feature finishing position to be drawn for the “Speed is for the Speedways, but not for the Highways” award from Walter Nichols and Turn 5 Turnaround.

$50 Cash Bonus for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Dwayne Snyder of Dwayne’s Auto Repair in Hagerstown, Maryland.

$50 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Port City Racing and Keyser Manufacturing of Coopersville, Michigan.

$50 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Brian Booze of Booze Brothers Performance in Marion, Pennsylvania.

$50 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Jim Bernheisel of Bernheisel Race Cars in Jonestown, Pennsylvania.

$25 Cash Bonus for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Bobby Dennis of Round Hill Auto Service in Round Hill, Virginia.

Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn for a sleeve of premium laminated tear-offs from Racing Optics in Las Vegas, Nevada.

$25 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Pancho Lawler of Pancho’s Racing Products in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

A 2nd $25 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Pancho Lawler of Pancho’s Racing Products in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

A 3rd $25 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Pancho Lawler of Pancho’s Racing Products in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

A 4th $25 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Pancho Lawler of Pancho’s Racing Products in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

Free custom-made carbonfiber driveshaft for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Steve Campbell of Mapco Driveshafts in Sunbury, Pennsylvania.

$750 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from FK Rod Ends of Southington, Connecticut.

Frank Sagi Tribute – Late Model Sportsman PRIZES

$75 to all heat race winners from Nick Pappas and Allen Rodgers of A&C Racing Engines in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Custom-made commerative slot car and oversized feature winner’s check from Brent and Tim Hottle of Outback Motor Speedway and Need-a-Sign in Winchester, Virginia.

$100 Cash Bonus to the feature winner from Jeff Sweitzer of Jeff Sweitzer Oval Research in York, Pennsylvania.

$50 Gift Certificate to the 4th place feature finisher from George Shearer and Marvin Winters of Shearer Custom Speed & Accessories in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania.

$50 Gift Certificate to the 6th place feature finisher from George Shearer and Marvin Winters of Shearer Custom Speed & Accessories in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania.

$50 Cash Bonus to the 14th place feature finisher from Dana Winters of Dana Signs in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania.

$100 Cash Bonus to the “Hard Charger of the Race” from Jimmy and JT Spence of Champion Auto Sales in Winchester, Virginia.

$50 Cash Bonus to the highest finishing Hershey Racing Engine from Curt Hershey of Hershey’s Racing Engines in Greencastle, Pennsylvania.

$125 Cash Bonus for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Scott LeBarron of LeBarron’s Auto Salvage in Dover, Pennsylvania.

$100 Cash Bonus for a feature finishing position to be drawn from John Chamberlain of K&K Machine, Inc. in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

$100 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from AR Bodies of Greenbrier, Tennessee.

$75 Cash Bonus for a feature finishing position to be drawn for the “Who’s got the Hot Shoe” award from Walter Nichols of Turn 5 Turnaround.

$50 Cash Bonus for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Dwayne Snyder of Dwayne’s Auto Repair in Hagerstown, Maryland.

$50 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Jim Bernheisel of Bernheisel Race Cars in Jonestown, Pennsylvania.

$50 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Brian Booze of Booze Brothers Performance in Marion, Pennsylvania.

$50 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Port City Racing and Keyser Manufacturing in Coopersville, Michigan.

Box of premium pop rivets and washers for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Cizmar Pop Rivets of Girard, Ohio.

$25 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Pancho Lawler of Pancho’s Racing Products in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

A 2nd $25 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Pancho Lawler of Pancho’s Racing Products in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

A 3rd $25 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Pancho Lawler of Pancho’s Racing Products in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

Gift Certificate for a sleeve of premium laminated tear-offs for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Racing Optics of Las Vegas, Nevada.

$25 Cash Bonus for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Nick Pappas and Allen Rodgers of A&C Racing Engines in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Free Hoosier tire for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Bob Wirts of Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic in Finksburg, Maryland.

Free set of Wilwood brake pads for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Wilwood Engineering of Evansville, Indiana.

$750 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from FK Rod Ends of Southington, Connecticut.

Frank Sagi Tribute – Pure Stocks PRIZES

$25 to all heat race winners from Glenn Nininger of Ninninger’s Tire & Auto in Brunswick, Maryland.

$530 Cash Bonus to the feature winner from Jeremy Miller of Miller Steel Fabrication in Littlestown, Pennsylvania.  This bonus will make the winner’s share $880, symbolic of Jeremy’s win in his first time racing at Hagerstown Speedway, which came in 1988 driving in the Pure Stock division in a special midweek invitational race.

Custom-made commerative slot car and oversized feature winner’s check from Brent and Tim Hottle of Outback Motor Speedway and Need-a-Sign in Winchester, Virginia.

$100 Cash Bonus to the 2nd place feature finisher from Kurt Smith of KRS Graphics in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

$50 Cash Bonus to the 3rd place feature finisher from Bryan Neff and Heather Freed of Neff Graphics & Fabrication in Hagerstown, Maryland.

$229 Gift Certificate to the 4th place feature finisher from Strange Engineering of Morton Grove, Illinois.

$50 Cash Bonus to the 9th place feature finisher from Randy Kline of Kline’s Auto Body in Hagerstown, Maryland.

$100 Cash Bonus to the “Hard Charger of the Race” from Jimmy and JT Spence of Champion Auto Sales in Winchester, Virginia.

$75 Cash Bonus for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Scott LeBarron of LeBarron’s Auto Salvage in Dover, Pennsylvania.

$75 Cash Bonus for a feature finishing position to be drawn for the “Look at This, Look at This” award from Walter Nichols of Turn 5 Turnaround.

$50 Cash Bonus for a feature finishing position to be drawn from John Chamberlain of K&K Machine, Inc. in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

$50 Cash Bonus for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Dwayne Snyder of Dwayne’s Auto Repair in Hagerstown, Maryland.

$50 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Brian Booze of Booze Brothers Performance in Marion, Pennsylvania.

$50 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Jim Bernheisel of Bernheisel Race Cars in Jonestown, Pennsylvania.

$25 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Pancho Lawler of Pancho’s Racing Products in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

A 2nd $25 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Pancho Lawler of Pancho’s Racing Products in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

$25 Gift Certificate for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Jones Machine Racing Products in Ottsville, Pennsylvania.

Free tire for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Bob Wirts of Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic in Finksburg, Maryland.

Free custom-made lightweight steel driveshaft for a feature finishing position to be drawn from Steve Campbell of Mapco Driveshafts in Sunbury, Pennsylvania.