By Brett Rose
HAGERSTOWN, MD – “Showtime” Kyle Lear locked himself into the Hagerstown Speedway Small Car Nationals with his fifth 20 lap Late Model Sportsman feature win of the season.
The Severna Park, MD racer kept the lead from his pole position start, and withstood two cautions along with the challenges of Justin Weaver before driving away from the field to the checkered flag.
Weaver battled and swapped James Lichliter for the runner-up spot a couple of times before settling into second place. Lichliter held onto third place as Michael Walls and Frankie Gordon rounded out the top five.
Lear said: “We fell off the top and we struggled to get back up this year, and we work hard in the shop. We found big problems last week and we capitalized on them. Races are won in the shop, and I’m gonna tell ya, these guys behind me are behind me 100% whether we’re in the dirt or on top.”
Greg “Spike” Moore claimed his guaranteed spot in September with a dominate victory in the 15 lap Pure Stock feature. Moore drove past early race leader Ryan Sager, and pulled away while maintaining a straightaway lead through lapped traffic.
Sager held off a fast closing Craig Parrill for second, while Keith Koontz and Sean Dawson completed the top five.
Shawn Shoemaker returned to victory lane and punched his ticket to a SCN Hobby Stock feature spot. Shoemaker drove his way to the win from a twelfth-place start in a wild 12 lap feature that saw multiple lead changes, and saw Dylan Rutherford suffer a hard crash into the turn three guardrail. Rutherford climbed out under his own power.
Shoemaker made his winning move around Alex Boozel at the white flag. Boozel finished second, followed by Davey Gross, Jr., Jamie Mills, and Bryan Neff
Ryan Laye also returned to the Hub City oval victory lane after the 4 Cylinder Mini-Stock feature event. Laye led from start to finish over Mike Kershner, Shane Sixeas, Jeremy Ott, and Eric Boozel.
Chris Anderson picked up his guaranteed SCN U-Car spot with a dominant win by half a lap over Matt Worley, Rusty Garlock, Anthony Varner, and Kala Varner.
Late Model Sportsman –1. 151-Kyle Lear, 2. 2J-Justin Weaver, 3. 8L-James Lichliter, 4. 99-Michael Walls, 5. 92-Frankie Gordon, 6. 2-Dan Zechman, 7. 1K-Bruce Kane, 8. 62-Devin Frey, 9. 32J-Shaun Jones, 10. 77-Randy Burkholder, 11. 72D-Dale Murphy, 12. 11B-Ronnie Bottenfield, 13. 000-Matt Nailor, 14. 88D-Devin Weyandt, 15. 44-Justin Jesmer, 16. 11-Joe Westerman Jr., 17. 21M-Matt Murphy, 18. 43-Cody Kershner, 19. 24R-John Rowland, DNS 9-Jason Sarver
Pure Stock – 1. 11-Greg Moore, 2. 22*-Ryan Sager, 3. 3-Craig Parrill, 4. 08-Keith Koontz, 5. S7-Sean Dawson, 6. 38-Brian Duffy, 7. 05-Brandon Churchey, 8. 44-Frank DiBella, 9. 21K-Kory Sites, 10. 6C-Tony Catlett, 11. 22-Jamey Swank, 12. 4-Nick DiBella, 13. 00-Joshua Bloom, 14. 1W-Michelle Walls, 15. 2+2-Shane Wilt, 16. 64-William Crook, 17. 6-Wayne Hawbaker, 18. 34C-Jimmy Parrill, 19. 20-Dana Quade, 20. 72-Michael Kratovil, 21. 31H-Greg Hainsey, 22. 81F-Marshall McMullen
Hobby Stock – 1. Shawn Shoemaker, 2. Alex Boozel, 3. Davey Gross, Jr., 4. Jamie Mills, 5. Bryan Neff, 6. Kenny Thomas, 7. Jonathan Raley, 8. John Catlett, 9. Ryan Beckett, 10. Willie Ling, 11. Laura Chamberlain, 12. Eric Weyandt, 13. Rodney Miner, 14. Nick Bechtel, 15. James Speelman, 16. Dylan Rutherford
4 Cylinders – 1. Ryan Laye, 2. Mike Kershner, 3. Shane Sixeas, 4. Jeremy Ott, 5. Eric Boozel, 6. Jacob Whitt, 7. Willie Dodson, 8. Matt Sowers, 9. Kent Leonard, 10. Austin Kirby, 11. Seth Yeager, 12. Fred Cummings, DNS- Kevin Bard
U-Cars – 1. Chris Anderson, 2. Matt Worley, 3. Rusty Garlock, 4. Anthony Varner, 5. Kala Varner, 6. Justin Williamson, 7. Kyle Rohrbaugh, 8. Travis Brown, 9. Travis Semple, 10. Roy Denike, 11. Larry Lamb, 12. Eric Seibert, 13. Dale Varner, Jr., 14. Rob Leidy, 15. Robert Wellman, 16. Justin Oberlin, 17. Bailey Johnson, DNS- Shane Seville, Kyle Frankenberry, Bruce Betres