Coming up this Memorial Day weekend is one of the biggest events on the calendar at Hagerstown Speedway as we present the inaugural running of the IMCA East Coast Sprint Nationals this Friday and Saturday night.
The IMCA RaceSaver 305 Sprints are on the card for both nights of action on May 24-25. Many cars from the various regions of IMCA RaceSaver sanctioned events will convene at one time in this interregional event.
Friday night’s race is scheduled to pay $500 to win. If more than 70 cars show, there will be two separate features at $300 to win for each.
The feature on Saturday night will pay $1,000 to win, and $500 to start making this sure to be one of the toughest races of the year to qualify for.
The Mason Dixon Shootout Series for our Late Model Sportsman teams will be in action on Friday night for $1,000 to win. The LMS races at Hagerstown in 2019 have been nothing short of competitive this season with three different winner in four events.
Pure Stocks and Hobby Stocks will be on Saturday night’s card of events. It’s sure to be a big weekend of racing you won’t want to miss.
Those wishing to camp overnight on the speedway grounds may do so. Camping is free of charge, but there are no hookups. All campers must be self-contained.
IMCA racers are invited to attend the racers’ picnic under the main grandstands on Saturday from 1-4 before the races. Live band entertainment will be provided as well.
For each night, general admission is $15, students/seniors/military $12, kids age 12 and under are free in the grandstands. Pit admission is $35.
Gates open daily at 5PM pits gates 430PM. Warm up are at 730 Friday and 7 on Saturday
Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest in updates, or call the speedway office at 301-582-0640 for more information.
A very special event is coming up next on May 19 for a Sunday night special as Hagerstown Speedway will honor one of the great car owners that fielded some of the most competitive Limited Late Model and Super Late Model rides in this area.
Longtime Hagerstown Speedway race fans have recognized the black No.46 Ford for many years that was campaigned by Tex Shaffer. Drivers such as Dave Burk, Nathan Durboraw, Bob Salathe, and Brent Smith sat behind the wheel of the Shaffer’s Auto Salvage Special, but the car became synonymous with veteran driver Marvin Winters. Winters has gained the most notoriety as the longest tenured and winningest driver of the familiar No. 46 out of Mercersburg, PA.
Tex Shaffer passed away on February 15, 2019. He was 82 years old.
To honor one of the legendary race team owners in the history of Hagerstown Speedway, Super Late Models will be in competition for the Shaffer 46 Special. Fittingly, this special event will go a feature distance of 46 laps, paying $4,600 to the winner.
This is also the first leg of three memorial races in 2019. Glenn Nininger of Nininger’s Tire and Auto in Brunswick, MD has posted a $1,000 bonus to a driver if they can win all three memorial races including the upcoming Frank Sagi Tribute and Red Nininger Memorial.
If a driver can win two of them, it’s a $500 bonus, but they must attend all three to be eligible.
Crate Late Models, Pure Stocks and Hobby Stocks are also on the card this Sunday night. Each of those respective divisions will be racing for $460 to win and a trophy.
General admission is $18, students/seniors/military $15, and pit admission is $35.
Stay up to date on news and information by following Hagerstown Speedway on Facebook and Twitter or call the speedway office at 301-582-0640.
Coming up this Saturday is the return of Super Late Models with the 20/20 Dash. This race will start no more than 20 cars in a 20 lap feature event paying $1,500 to win and $300 to start.
Non-qualifiers will receive $100 tow money.
Also returning for their second appearance is the Mid Atlantic Modifieds. The last time the MAM raced at Hagerstown Speedway, 30 cars were entered for the most in the series in 2019.
Joining the SLM and MAM on the card will be the Pure Stock and Hobby Stock divisions, along with the Penn-Mar Vintage Racers.
Pit gates open at 4:30, grandstands at 5, and racing begins at 7pm. General admission is $16, students/seniors/military $12, and kids 12 and under are free. Pit admission is $30.
For more up to the minute information, please follow our Facebook and Twitter pages, or call the speedway office at 301-582-0640.
Racing will be off next weekend for the Bonanza Extravaganza, and will return again on a Sunday night special with Super Late Models for the 46 lap, $4,600 to win Tex Shaffer Memorial on May 19. Look for more information coming soon.
By Brett Rose
HAGERSTOWN, MD – On a night filled with hard racing, caution flags, and attrition, survival was the name of the game during the Turn 5 Turn Around Small Car Nationals at Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday night as James Lichliter, Joey Zambotti, Kevin Thomas, and Adam Campbell each took home victories in their respective divisions.
Cody Kershner led the way in the 25 lap Late Model Sportsman feature through the first 15 laps that saw cautions for a multi-car melee in turn one, a restart with multiple cars jumping positions, and a red flag for Bruce Kane after a stuck throttle sent his car straight into the turn one guardrail. Kane emerged uninjured in the hard impact, and walked away.
As the action settled down, Lichliter was racing his way through the field from the eighth spot, and had moved into second earlier, but began to pounce on Kershner’s lead in the final ten laps as Kershner hit lapped traffic. Five laps later, Kershner and Lichliter battled for the lead and with four circuits remaining, Lichliter made the winning pass up top on turn four and drove his No. 8 to his first LMS win of the 2019 season worth $1,500.
“Every time I’d go one way, there was a lapped car and I was like ‘I gotta stay on this high side’ and I knew Cody’s car handling was going away on the last green flag stretch we had. I was trying to see where I could capitalize, and finally, I got hooked up”, said Lichliter.
Kershner held on to second, followed by Chad Myers in third, Andrew Yoder in fourth, and Barry Miler finished fifth.
Joey Zambotti had to work hard and survive to keep his perfect record of Pure Stock feature wins intact as he started 16th, and took the lead on lap 6 of 20 to score his 5th win in five races.
Not only did Zambotti make it through the spins and cautions from other drivers, he had to endure three more after taking the lead from ninth-place starte, and fellow Kittanning, PA resident Bob Egley. Zambotti’s feature win was worth $750.
Egley finished second, while Dan Zechman recovered from an early race spin to finish third. Rob Nichols was fourth, and Tony Stoneberger also recovered from an early spin to crack the top five.
Kevin Thomas is also undefeated in Hobby Stock competition as he is now 4 for 4 in feature wins. He didn’t run away from the whole field as he had Brady Daniels hot on his heels for most of the 20 lapper, but he had to hold off Daniels in a one lap shootout to the finish to earn the checkered flag, and $500.
Mike Fuller, John Catlett, and Kirk Lawson rounded out the top five.
Adam Campbell closed out the night with his first U-Car win at Hagerstown worth $300. Campbell took the top spot from Matt Worley around halfway, and never looked back.
Travis Brown got around Worley before the end to grab the runner-up spot, while Robbie Carroll and Eric Boozel took home fouth and fifth, respectively.
Notes: There were 75 race teams pit side for the Turn 5 Turn Around SCN. Thanks go out to all the teams that supported this type of event that usually takes place later in the season.
Kershner, Zechman, Thomas, and Worley were guaranteed starters for the Turn 5 SCN from wins in 2018 that would have guaranteed them in the running of the SCN last October that got rained out.
Justin Weaver used an off night from the Coleman Farms No.72 Super Late Model to drive his own familiar No.2J in the LMS division. The 2018 LMS and Mason Dixon Shootout champion won his heat race and was scheduled to start outside the front row when it appeared that the car broke something in the rear end on the first pace lap ending his chance to race for the win.
Kirk Lawson made the tow from Delaware to race in Hobby Stocks with a unique, yet nostalgic looking machine featuring a 1957 Chevy Bel Air body.
Late Model Sportsman – 1. 8-James Lichliter , 2. 43-Cody Kershner,  3. 21-Chad Myers, ; 4. 2-Andrew Yoder, ; 5. 88-Barry Miller, ; 6. 74-Derick Quade, ; 7. 33K-Devin Hart,  8. 86-Scott Palmer, ; 9. 44S-Shawn Shoemaker, ; 10. K20-Kadden Smith, ; 11. 11B-Ronnie Bottenfield, ; 12. 17K-Steve Kent, ; 13. 13-Brad McGinnis, ; 14. 53-Tyler Kirby, ; 15. 72D-Dale Murphy, ; 16. D34-Curtis Dunn, ; 17. 77S-Elwood Sord, ; 18. 08-Keith Koontz, ; 19. 99*-Rick Singleton, ; 20. 3-Tyler Ritchey, ; 21. 85-Rodney Walls, ; 22. 1K-Bruce Kane, ; 23. 2C-Steve Campbell, ; 24. 48W-Greg Moore, ; 25. 33-Gino Comi, ; 26. 38-Carl Biddle, ; 27. 39-Tom Chaffins,  DNS-Justin Weaver, Jonny Oliver
Pure Stock – 1. 948-Joey Zambotti, ; 2. 30-Bob Egley, ; 3. 2-Dan Zechman, ; 4. 7N-Rob Nichols, ; 5. 12S-Tony Stoneberger, ; 6. 6-Wayne Hawbaker, ; 7. 19-Danny Atherton, ; 8. 31H-Greg Hainsey, ; 9. 55-Kevin Boyer, ; 10. 19M-Bobby Meixsell, ; 11. 34-Brian Luttrell, ; 12. 65-Dillon Wilson, ; 13. 25-Jeremy Mills, ; 14. 83-Bryan Kerns, ; 15. S7-Doug Hoffman, ; 16. 81F-Dylan Welsh, ; 17. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer, ; DNS- Tike Loizos
Hobby Stock – 1. 03-Kevin Thomas, ; 2. 76-Brady Daniels, ; 3. 19-Mike Fuller, ; 4. 45-John Catlett, ; 5. X-Kirk Lawson, ; 6. X53-Gregory Morgan, ; 7. 0-Jamie Mills, ; 8. 12LC-Laura Chamberlain, ; 9. 4-Chuckie Johnson, ; 10. 17-Don Murphy, ; 11. 99-Hilton Pickeral, ; 12. 43-Jason Sarver, ; 13. 141-Tom Caravello, ; 14. 64-William Crook, ; 15. 10-Drew Fertig, ; 16. 25-Rodney Miner, ; 17. 41-Sam Caravello, ; 18. 52-Ron Benton, ; 19. 11A-James Speelman, ; 20. 51-Seth Jones,  DNS -Chet Morris
U-Cars – 1. 2C-Adam Campbell, ; 2. 47-Travis Brown, ; 3. 6-Matt Worley, ; 4. 69-Robbie Carroll, ; 5. 265-Eric Boozel, ; 6. 2T-Tim Campbell, ; 7. 19-Tim Raup, ; 8. 01-Kayla Bookwalter, ; 9. 81-Matthew Chronister, 
Coming up this Saturday night, April 27 is the Turn 5 Turn Around Small Car Nationals for Late Model Sportsman, Pure Stocks, Hobby Stocks, and U-Cars.
Extra money throughout the field is on the line, and good money to win is up for grabs as $1,500 goes to the LMS winner, $750 to PS, $500 for HS, and $300 to the U-Car feature.
This is a one night, springtime version of the traditional fall event.
This race will carry Home Track Rules, along with specific rules pertaining to each division. Your car must be compliant to those specific rules to be allowed race. Please see the either the speedway or Turn 5 Turn Around Facebook pages for more details.
Please take note in addition to the regular pit fee, there is an additional $25 entry fee for the car. This is also a non-points race.
General admission is $15, students/seniors/military $12, kids age 12 and under are free. Pit admission is $30.
Pit gates open at 4:30, grandstands open at 5pm and racing begins at 7pm.
By Brett Rose
HAGERSTOWN, MD – Greg “Spike” Moore drove to his second straight and overall Late Model Sportsman win of the 2019 season at Hagerstown Speedway on April 20. .
As opening night winner Scott Palmer powered around pole sitter Zach Kauffman at the start, Moore moved around Kauffman into second a lap later. Palmer maintained the lead through Lap 8 until he encountered traffic and was held up by a slower car, giving Moore the opportunity to take lead away.
While Moore overtook the lead from Palmer, Barry Miller and James Lichliter battled for third. One more caution flag unfurled with just seven laps to go giving that group one more shot at the win.
Moore was able to distance himself from the group as they broke away from the rest of the field, and the Defiance, PA driver wasn’t going to be denied another trip to victory lane.
“Yeah I just kind of played it cool there because I figured maybe the track would come to me a little bit. My car was a little tight to start off with there, and I can’t say enough about my car and how it works down here. We’ve been trying stuff to get better here, and I think we got it”, said Moore.
Palmer, Miller, 14th place starter Cody Kershner, and Lichliter completed the top five.
The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint feature came to a stop almost as quickly as it started as heat race winner Jake Karklin spun in turn one, backed it into the fence, and rolled on his top. He was OK.
On the restart, Jonathan Jones of Irvona, PA powered into the lead, and pulled away from the field. But as the laps wound down, second place runner Christian Rumsey began chasing Jones around the halfway mark.
Rumsey slowly chipped away at the lead, closing the gap through traffic in the final laps, but it was not enough as Jones took the checkered flag.
Jones said: “I’m speechless. I honestly don’t know what to say. I just can’t thank everybody enough that got us here. Thanks to Hagerstown for having us; nice, smooth surface and thanks to the fans that support us.”
Following Jones and Rumsey at the finish were Drew Ritchey, Tyler Denochick, and Ryan Lynn came from 14th to finish fifth.
Brad Kling used a late-race restart with just six laps remaining to move around Carl McKinney to pick up the Mid Atlantic Modifieds feature win. McKinney slid up a little coming to the green, allowing the former MAM champion to move underneath him and grab his first Hagerstown Speedway win of 2019.
“Well, I got in a little hot down there and I seen him (McKinney) on the top and I got a good run in the corner”, stated Kling in victory lane. Tim Fedder, Ray Kable, and Justin Cullum rounded out the top five.
Kevin Thomas drove off to his third Hobby Stock win of the season. Thomas survived a late race caution to hold off a fast-charging Brady Daniels to take victory. Billy Ecton, Jr. was third, Jamie Mills was fourth, and Mike Fuller finished fifth.
Notes: 93 total cars were pit side for the first of a few races featuring cars of the open-wheeled variety. Four distinctively different divisions were on the card giving fans a true variety to watch.
Late Model Sportsman heat race winner Tyler Ritchey competes with a car that utilizes hand controls for throttle and braking as he is paralyzed from the waist down. He finished sixth in the LMS feature event.
No winners started on the pole. Only Jones won from the front row on a night that plenty of racers were moving through the field in their respective divisions.
IMCA RaceSaver Sprints – 1. 12J-Jonathan Jones, ; 2. 1R-Christian Rumsey, ; 3. 880-Drew Ritchey, ; 4. 6L-Tyler Denochick, ; 5. 26-Ryan Lynn, ; 6. 33-Scott Lutz, ; 7. 46-Michael Alleman, ; 8. 6X-Brad Mellott, ; 9. 86-Ron Aurand, ; 10. 00S-Randy Sterling, ; 11. 39-Tom Humphries, ; 12. 31-Donnie Hendershot, ; 13. 6-Tony Harris, ; 14. 44V-Daren Bolac, ; 15. R6-Reed Thompson, ; 16. J9-Jerald Harris, ; 17. 90-Charlie Ware, ; 18. 25K-Matthew Kline, ; 19. 43-Chris Ware, ; 20. 7-Ben McCall, ; 21. 88-Bill Rice, ; 22. 5K-Jake Karklin,  DNS-Neil Sandridge
Mid Atlantic Modifieds – 1. 11-Brad Kling, ; 2. 6M-Carl McKinney, ; 3. 8-Tim Fedder, ; 4. 90-Ray Kable, ; 5. 95J-Justin Cullum, ; 6. 25-Mike Corbin, ; 7. 55-Alyssa Rowe, ; 8. 97-Mitch Thomas, ; 9. 5-Jerry Foster, ; 10. 51-Joey Polevoy, ; 11. 55C-Cody Oliver, ; 12. 21H-Kyle Lloyd, ; 13. 1N-Hunter Nester, ; 14. 41-Cody Williams,; 15. 99-Bryan Green, ; 16. 0-Haley Kaiser, ; 17. 57-Ken Singer, ; 18. 8M-Jeffrey McCauley, ; 19. H20-Ridge Bookwalter, ; 20. 13G-David Green, ; 21. 086-Tracey Hichs, ; 22. 17-Andy Bosley, ; 23. 7H-Josh Hughes, ; 24. 80-Keith Reed, ; 25. 29-Douglas Ostwald DNS-Beau Aikey
Late Model Sportsman – 1. 48W-Greg Moore, ; 2. 86-Scott Palmer, ; 3. 88-Barry Miller, ; 4. 43-Cody Kershner, ; 5. 8-James Lichliter, ; 6. 3-Tyler Ritchey, ; 7. 1K-Bruce Kane, ; 8. 08-Keith Koontz, ; 9. 000-Paul Cursey Jr., ; 10. 85-Rodney Walls, ; 11. 44S-Shawn Shoemaker, ; 12. 88X-Devin Weyandt, ; 13. 21M-Matt Murphy, ; 14. 08K-Zach Kauffman, ; 15. 52-Bryan Benton, ; 16. 22*-Ryan Sager, ; 17. 11B-Ronnie Bottenfield, ; 18. 53-Tyler Kirby, ; 19. 77S-Elwood Sord, ; 20. 16-Clinton Hersh, ; 21. 36-Sam Archer, ; 22. 24R-John Rowland, ; 23. 38-Carl Biddle,  DNS-Travis Wilson, Eddie Cornett
Hobby Stock – 1. 03-Kevin Thomas, ; 2. 76-Brady Daniels, ; 3. 57-William Ecton Jr., ; 4. 0-Jamie Mills, ; 5. 19-Mike Fuller, ; 6. 67-Billy Ecton, ; 7. 11A-James Speelman, ; 8. 10-Drew Fertig, ; 9. 53-Gregory Morgan, ; 10. 12LC-Laura Chamberlain, ; 11. 64-William Crook, ; 12. 28-Brad Umbrell, ; 13. 7K-Michael Knight, ; 14. 25-Rodney Miner, ; 15. 43-Jason Sarver,  DNS -Sam Caravello