Red Nininger Memorial up Next as Part of Hagerstown/Winchester Shootout

Coming up this Saturday night, July 22 at Hagerstown Speedway is the Red Nininger Memorial held in honor of one the legendary past winners of the speedway. Super Late Models, Pure Stocks, and Hobby Stocks are on the card.

Long known as “The Jefferson Redhead”, the late Nininger’s career spanned from the coupes of the 1950’s, the Super Modifieds of the 1960’s, and Late Models in the 1970’s.

Nininger’s son Glenn had a successful career as a racer and team owner to keep the legacy of the Nininger name in the spotlight for many years.

Super Late Models will be racing 25 Laps for $2,500 to win. Nininger’s Tire & Auto is sponsoring two 6 foot tall trophies, a fast time trophy, $25 for heat race winners, and trophies for the Pure Stock and Hobby Stock winners along with a $25 award to the Pure Stock winner.

Nininger’s will also award $25 to five random drivers drawn by the feature winner at the conclusion of the race.

Round Hill Auto Service is sponsoring a $50 award to the fast timer, and another $50 if a new track record is set. They are also sponsoring $50 for the hard charger, and the 25th lap leader, while $25 goes to whomever leads Lap 2 and Lap 16.

Antietam Builders of Hagerstown is putting up $100 to the feature winner of the SLM and HS feature.

The SLM feature winner will also win four tickets to HersheyPark courtesy of WFRE 99.9 FM radio of Frederick, MD.

On top of this, Red Nininger’s great-grandson Randy Cole will sing the National Anthem. Cole will also will be singing it at Nationals Park on July 27 for the Washington Nationals home game.

General admission is $15, Students/Seniors/Military are $10, and kids 12 and under a free. Pit admission is $30.

For more information, call the speedway office at 301-582-0640.

Lear Wins SCN Qualifier at Hagerstown

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.

Feature Results

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

 

Small Car National Qualifiers

This Saturday July 15, Hagerstown Speedway presents the Small Car Nationals Qualifiers as the Super Late Model division gets the night off.

 

The feature winners in the Late Model Sportsman, Pure Stock, Hobby Stock, and a special appearance by the 4 Cylinder division will all receive a guaranteed starting spot in the SCN on September 15-16.

 

All divisions will compete in an open competition, home track rules format. The 4 Cylinder division is open to both RWD and FWD cars.

 

This week, General Admission is $10, Students/Seniors/Military $5, Kids age 12 and under are free, and pit admission is $30. Gates open at 5 pm, and race time starts at 7 pm.

 

If you still have your general admission rain check from the PA Sprint Speedweek show, bring it for one of the remaining July regular shows for a $5 discount.

 

For more information, call the speedway office at 301-582-0640.

 

 

Dewease Takes Johnny Grum Memorial/PA Speedweek Checkers

By Brett Rose

HAGERSTOWN, MD – In front of a huge crowd assembled on a Wednesday evening that packed the punch of some nationally known superstars, Lance Dewease drove his way through the field to the checkered flag in the 1st annual 30 Lap, $5,000 to win Johnny Grum Memorial.

Thirty-six 410 Sprint Cars signed into the pit area, and T.J. Stutts drove his No.11 machine to a quick lap of 15.580 seconds around the Hub City oval. It was the third straight quick time of PA Sprint Speedweek for the Liverpool, PA racer.

Freddie Rahmer shared the front row with former World of Outlaws champion Dave Blaney, and immediately put his No.51 into the lead. Rahmer began to pull away as Rico Abreu and Danny Dietrich began battling Blaney for the runner-up spot.

Dewease began marching through the field from his tenth-place start, and was up to third by Lap 14. A spin on the backstretch by James McFadden brought out the only caution of the feature at the halfway point.

Shortly after the restart, Rahmer sped away as Dewease passed Abreu for second on Lap 17. Rahmer hit lapped traffic on Lap 22, and that allowed Dewease to close in on the lead. The Fayetteville, PA veteran caught Rahmer, and made the pass for the lead in the Don Kreitz, Jr. No. 69k on the low side coming off of turn two with just three laps remaining.

Dewease drove on to victory to record his 15th career win at Hagerstown Speedway, and won the Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek race at Hagerstown for the second straight year.

In his winner’s interview, Dewease said: “Tonight was a great night. We weren’t very good there in the heat race, and they kept working hard on it, and got it better. I’m glad I ain’t gonna have to race Little Freddie (Rahmer) the rest of my career, because he’ll be racing way longer than I’ll be racing. He’s turning into a helluva good racer in a little bit of time, and my hat’s off to him, his dad, and everybody on that team.”

“He probably had a little bit better car than me, but he just kinda didn’t know what to do with a couple of those lapped cars, and I hit a couple of those cars pretty good, got a good run at him, and it’s always easier when your second with lapped cars than what it is in the lead.”

Rahmer held on to second, while Abreu, Ryan Smith, and Danny Dietrich completed the top five.

Kyle Larson had his three race Speedweek win streak snapped. He started 18th and finished 11th, while Kasey Kahne started 15th and finished 17th.

Heat race winners were Dave Blaney, Freddie Rahmer, Ryan Smith, and Trey Starks. After a brief delay for a passing rain shower, the B-Main winner was Frankie Herr.

Feature Results

410 Sprint Cars-  1. Lance Dewease, 2. Freddie Rahmer, 3. Rico Abreu, 4. Ryan Smith, 5. Danny Dietrich, 6. Mike Wagner, 7. T.J. Stutts, 8. Lucas Wolfe, 9. Dale Blaney, 10. Trey Starks,  11. Kyle Larson, 12. Greg Hodnett, 13. Alan Krimes, 14. Brock Zearfoss, 15. Dave Blaney, 16. Brandon Rahmer, 17. Kasey Kahne, 18. Aaron Ott, 19. James McFadden, 20. Justin Barger, 21. Robbie Kendall, 22. Anthony Macri, 23. Frankie Herr, 24. Sammy Walsh

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.