Super Late Models return to the Hub City on July 20 as Hagerstown Speedway presents the Red Nininger Memorial.
The $3,000 to win feature is part of the Nininger’s Tire & Auto Challenge available to any driver that competes in all three memorial races.
$500 is up for grabs if a driver can win two of the three, and $1,000 extra is available if a driver can perform the sweep.
Kyle Lee won the Frank Sagi Tribute in June, so he is currently eligible for the Nininger Challenge bonus, which also includes the Tex Shaffer Memorial on August 24.
Nininger’s Tire & Auto is also paying out $100 to the SLM fast timer, along with $50 to each SLM heat race winner.
As an added bonus, $50 extra goes to each other division winner, plus trophies for every feature winner.
Late Model Sportsman and Hobby Stocks will have their final point races of 2019. Joining the card will also be the Pure Stocks and LaSalle 602 Crate Modifieds for a 5 division lineup.
Pit gates open at 4:30, grandstands at 5pm, and racing begins at 7pm.
General admission is $18, students/seniors/military $15, and kids age 12 and under are free. Pit admission is $35.
For more information, please stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest news, or call the speedway office at 301-582-0640.
The Eric Johnson Memorial for Hobby Stocks that was rain postponed shortly after beginning the feature on June 29 will be made up from where it left off on Friday, September 13 during qualifying night of the Small Car Nationals.
Only those drivers that originally competed in the Eric Johnson Memorial on June 29 are eligible to compete as that race had already officially started. Two laps were completed, and 13 laps remain to finish.
The race is still $1,001 to win, and the rest of the original purse to be paid along with many other awards and bonus paid to the field of 26 cars that originally started the race.
For more information or details, call the speedway office at 301-582-0640.
By Brett Rose
HAGERSTOWN, MD – Freddie Rahmer picked up the win in exciting fashion during the third edition of the Johnny Grum Memorial on Thursday night’s seventh round of Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek at Hagerstown Speedway.
Robbie Kendall and Lucas Wolfe paced the field from the front row, and Kendall beat Wolfe into turn one and off of turn two to take the lead.
Kendall quickly drove his No. 55k into lapped traffic on the sixth circuit before a Lap 7 caution waved for the stopped car of Brandon Rahmer in turn one.
On the restart, Kendall repeated his original start, beating Wolfe and the field again to remain the race leader. At the halfway point, Kendall led Wolfe by a 1.63 second margin and once again was working through lapped traffic while rim-riding the top groove of the Hub City oval.
Just a few laps later, Wolfe worked the bottom groove underneath Kendall to take the lead coming off of turn two on Lap 19. As Wolfe was leading, a four-car battle for second began between the cars of Kendall, Cory Eliason, Danny Dietrich, and Freddie Rahmer.
Rahmer made the best of the battle, settling into second and began his chase of Wolfe on Lap 23, and worked the low groove to pass Wolfe for the lead on Lap 24.
From then, Rahmer looked poised to pull away until a Lap 28 caution waved for the spun car of Brock Zearfoss on the backstretch.
This setup a two-lap dash to the finish, but Rahmer was too strong at the end, and took the checkered flag.
The win for the Salfordville, Pennsylvania driver in his Leffler Energy No.51 was the first of his career at Hagerstown.
“I don’t know how good I was at the end, but it was good enough to hold them off. It’s pretty cool to get my first win at Hagerstown. I always love coming here. I wish we could race here more. The track flows perfect for Sprint Cars and Late Models. It’s all good racing.”, praised Rahmer in victory lane.
Wolfe held onto second, followed by Eliason, Dietrich, and fifth-place finisher Anthony Macri.
The win put Rahmer into the points lead at the time for the PA Sprint Speedweek championship with two races remaining.
Notes: 22 cars signed into the pit area on the July 4th holiday race. Notably absent was Lance Dewease, whose team elected to take the night off. Dewease’s streak of three consecutive wins at Hagerstown came to an end.
Rico Abreu set quick time with a lap of 15.601 seconds, falling short of Mark Kinser’s pre-weight limit best of 14.945 set back in 1999.
Heats were won by Wolfe, Dietrich, and Kendall.
410 Sprints (30 Laps) – 1. Freddie Rahmer, 2. Lucas Wolfe, 3. Cory Eliason, 4. Danny Dietrich, 5. Anthony Macri, 6. James McFadden, 7. Rico Abreu, 8. Robbie Kendall, 9. Dylan Cisney, 10. Logan Wagner, 11. Tony Stewart, 12. T.J. Stutts, 13. Mike Wagner, 14. Chad Trout, 15. Jared Esh, 16. A.J. Flick, 17. Justin Whitall, 18, Brock Zearfoss, 19. Troy Fraker, 20. Chase Dietz, 21. Carl Bowser, 22. Brandon Rahmer
Hagerstown Speedway is back in action with the annual “South of the Border” stop this Thursday, July 4th for the seventh night of the PA Sprint Speedweek for 410 Sprint Cars with the Johnny Grum Tribute.
Grum was best known in the region for his time spent behind the wheel of the No.66 cars owned by Harry Fletcher. Both have since passed away, but both are still remembered and revered for making a formidable team from the mid 1960’s through the mid 1970’s.
One of those cars was the uniquely built “Sidewinder” that featured an offset 427 Ford engine, and very low clearance that was dominant at Hagerstown Speedway. He won the 1966 Super Modified championship with that car, and another championship in 1969 with Small Block Chevy power a conventional Sprint Car.
Grum still ranks third on the all-time Sprint Car win list at Hagerstown with 21 career feature wins, and still holds the 35 and 100 lap records set in 1974.
Featured on the card with the 410 Sprints will be an exhibition of vintage race cars through the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.
Pit gates open at 4:30, grandstands open at 5pm, and racing begins at 7:30pm.
General Admission $25, Student/Senior/Military $20, Reserved Seating (top two rows) $30. Kids age 12 and under are free. Pit Insurance is $35.
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By Brett Rose
HAGERSTOWN, MD – Bruce Kane scored his first Late Model Sportsman win of the season after a wild three-wide battle for the lead with race leader Cody Kershner and Randy Burkholder following the final restart on Lap 16 of the 20 lap feature event.
Kershner wasted no time taking the lead from Taylor Farling on the fourth circuit, and appeared to be in control until a late caution came up, setting up the mad dash to the finish.
On the final restart, Kane pulled ahead of the group, as Burkholder followed and Kershner faded to third over the last few laps. Taylor Farling finished fourth and Chad Myers finished fifth.
Michael Warrenfeltz picked up his third Pure Stock feature win of 2019. Warrenfeltz took the lead on Lap 3, and never looked back over the remaining twelve laps of the 15 lap feature event.
Danny Atherton finished second; Randy Zechman was third, followed by Joshua Bloom and Sam Gallagher respectively to complete the top five.
In support division action, Eric Boozel wired the field to pick up the 10 lap U-Car feature win.
The Eric Johnson Memorial for Hobby Stocks got two laps completed before the rains came in a thunderstorm with plenty of lightning that lit up the skies surrounding Hagerstown Speedway. That race will continue from where it left off on July 6 when the Mason Dixon Shootout Series and the Mid Atlantic Modifieds return.
Brady Daniels was the race leader at the time the feature was halted, and will pace the field for the final 13 laps remaining.
Notes – Ryan Lester set quick time in Hobby Stock time trials with a 23.948 second lap. He was the only driver out of 26 entries that turned a sub-24 second lap.
While awaiting repairs to be completed to his own car from a crash last week, Pure Stock driver Dwayne Snyder was scheduled to drive the borrowed car of Brian Swiger before mechanical woes ended his time behind the wheel of that car during hot laps. Tike Loizos then loaned Snyder his ride for the remainder of the evening.
Late Model Sportsman (20 laps) – 1. 1K-Bruce Kane, ; 2. 77-Randy Burkholder, ; 3. 43-Cody Kershner, ; 4. 8F-Taylor Farlling, ; 5. 21-Chad Myers, ; 6. 8-James Lichliter, ; 7. 08-Keith Koontz, ; 8. 000-Paul Cursey Jr., ; 9. 2-Dan Zechman, ; 10. 11B-Ronnie Bottenfield, ; 11. 28Z-Ryan Zook, ; 12. 12K-Jared Fulkroad, ; 13. 11-Joe Westerman Jr., ; 14. 77S-Elwood Sord, ; 15. 39-Tom Chaffins, ; 16. 24R-John Rowland, ; 17. 116-Travis Mease, ; 18. 85-Rodney Walls, ; 19. 93-Cory Lawler, ; 20. 6-Corry Gingerich, ; 21. 72D-Dale Murphy,  DNS-Zach Kauffman
Pure Stock – 1. 12-Michael Warrenfeltz, ; 2. 19-Danny Atherton, ; 3. 2-Randy Zechman, ; 4. 00-Joshua Bloom, ; 5. 25J-Sam Gallagher, ; 6. 65-Dillon Wilson, ; 7. 47-Dwayne Snyder, ; 8. 6-Wayne Hawbaker, ; 9. 25-Jeremy Mills, ; 10. 19M-Bobby Meixsell,  DNS-Gregory Laird, Jamie Zentmyer ,Tike Loizos
U-Cars – 1. Eric Boozel, 2. Rob Rudisill, Jr., 3. Matt Worley, 4. Kayla Bookwalter
Hobby Stocks take center stage as the headliner with their biggest race of 2019 as Hagerstown Speedway presents the Eric Johnson Memorial.
Johnson was well known as one of the area’s best Pure Stock and Hobby Stock racers. Johnson unexpectedly passed away late last year, and this race will be held in his memory.
Some big money is up for grabs in this special event for the Hobby Stocks with $1001 going to winner, and a good purse throughout the field.
Late Model Sportsman, Pure Stocks, and U-Cars fill out the the card.
General admission is $15, students/seniors/military $12, kids age 12 and under are free. Pit admission is $30.
Stay tuned to the Hagerstown Speedway Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest news and information or call the speedway office at 301-582-0640