Unfortunately, the red flag is out.
It is with deep regret and sadness due to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with local and state mandates of adherence to the CDC guidelines for crowd gatherings and social distancing that the officials and management of Hagerstown Speedway are postponing the 2020 racing season effective immediately for the foreseeable future.
We thank everyone for their patience and understanding with a delayed start to this season. We thank everyone for their loyalty and participation albeit in a shortened season ever since the speedway tried to begin in March before being stricken by the COVID-19 pandemic that has crippled sporting events all over the world.
Due to the high demand of attending events thus far, it has been determined that Hagerstown Speedway cannot properly practice safe social distancing procedures within the speedway grounds that would allow a larger participation/gathering of speedway attendants.
We rely on racers to put on a great show, and we rely on our great fans that come to watch and enjoy a night at the races. However at this time, we can no longer accommodate the masses due to the restrictions set forth by local municipalities of the Washington County Health Department and the orders from the Maryland Secretary of Health.
We understand this is a cause of great disappointment to the racers and fans of Hagerstown Speedway, and it is a greater disappointment to everyone else involved at Hagerstown Speedway.
Once again, we thank everyone that chose to participate and support Hagerstown Speedway in 2020. We plan on returning back to action as soon as we can, and hope for a full season of racing in 2021.
Please stay tuned to the website and social media pages for any further updates.
By Brett Rose
HAGERSTOWN, MD – Kyle Larson has been using his time back racing Sprint Cars on a regular basis to his advantage of late in collecting quite a few wins over the last few weeks.
Larson, out of Elk Grove, California drove the Paul Silva No.57 to victory at Hagerstown Speedway on Thursday night in a dominating drive to win the Johnny Grum Memorial in Round 7 of Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek.
Larson out powered Brock Zerafoss from the pole to maintain the lead coming off of turn two. As the laps clicked down, Larson masterfully navigated through traffic using every groove possible.
As Larson pulled away, Zearfoss, Sammy Swindell, and Brent Marks battled for second, while Danny Dietrich had his hands full racing with Rico Abreu.
Swindell and Marks swapped spots in the runner-up position, and Marks settled in around Swindell before the only caution flag waved on Lap 23 for the spun car of Zearfoss.
On the restart, Larson pulled away from Marks over the final seven laps to take his first career win at Hagerstown. Swindell finished third, followed by Abreu and 2019 Grum Memorial winner Freddie Rahmer in fifth.
“My car was really good……….I could go mostly wherever I wanted to and that helps, especially racing in lapped traffic”, said Larson. “I felt like I lapped a lot of people, so I wanted it to stay green. I felt like I had a big enough gap over second, but I didn’t want to see that caution because I didn’t know where Brent (Marks) was running behind me.”
Notes: Thirty-two teams were pit side on a very warm July evening for the fourth running of the event to honor Grum, the 1966 and 1969 Super Modified/Sprint Car champion.
Out of those 32 cars, Larson was the quickest turning a lap of 15.593 seconds around the Hub City half-mile oval. Larson just missed the weight limit era record of 15.580 seconds set by T.J. Stutts in 2017.
The overall record is still held by Mark Kinser with a 14.945 lap time that has stood since 1999.
Heat winners were Kyle Reinhardt, Marks, Ryan Smith, and Swindell. Robbie Kendall was the B-Main winner.
410 Sprints (30 laps) – 1. Kyle Larson, 2. Brent Marks, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Freddie Rahmer, 6. Anthony Macri, 7. Ryan Smith, 8. Danny Dietrich, 9. Chase Dietz (Hard Charger), 10. Mike Wagner, 11. Brock Zearfoss, 12. Kyle Moody, 13. Kyle Reinhardt, 14. Logan Wagner, 15. Chad Trout, 16. Brett Michalski, 17. Robert Ballou, 18. T.J. Stutts, 19. Jared Esh, 20. Justin Whittal, 21. Brandon Rahmer, 22. Lucas Wolfe, 23. Dylan Cisney, 24. Robbie Kendall.
By Brett Rose
HAGERSTOWN, MD – Tyler Emory and Garrett Walls each found themselves with Late Model Sportsman feature wins at Hagerstown Speedway. For Emory, it was his second career win at the Hub City oval and Walls picked up his first career win.
In the first LMS feature, Scott Palmer set the early pace over Dan Zechman before Zechman gave way to Emory just before a caution flag waved on Lap 6.
Palmer retained his lead from the restart for the next few laps before Emory began pressuring Palmer for the top spot. With three laps to go, Emory made his pass going into turn three, and held on to get the win.
Shawn Shoemaker finished third and transferred into the $1,000 shootout. Zechman and Jim McBee completed the top five.
Walls only led the last two corners of the last lap to claim his first win after race long leader Spike Moore began to slow over the last few of the second 15 lapper. Moore had over a straightaway lead, but it wasn’t enough to stay ahead of Walls on the final lap.
Keith Koontz locked his way into the shootout with his third place finish after a spirited battle with Zach Kauffman. Finishing fifth in the second LMS feature was Austin Warrenfeltz.
The top three finishers from each dual set the lineup for the $1,000 to win shootout for 8 laps. The shootout was dominated by Emory over Moore, Walls, Palmer, Koontz, and Shoemaker.
Devin Brannon went back-to-back in as many weeks in winning the FASTRAK Crate Late Model feature that was an attrition filled affair. Numerous restarts were needed in a race that only saw six laps of green flag action. The race was shortened due to reaching the thirty minute time limit.
Transtan Stoner, Tyler Bare, Chuck Bowie, and Levi Crowl completed the top five.
Jamey Swank also went back-to-back in a dominant Pure Stock win over Dillon Wilson. They were followed by Jason Stoner, Joshua Bloom, and Danny Atherton.
Kevin Boyer held off a fast charging Brady Daniels to pick up the Hobby Stock feature win behind the wheel of the same car that won in the previous week. It was Boyer’s first career Hobby Stock win.
Rounding out the top five were Randy Linaburg, Codey Breeden, and Zack Reid.
Notes: It was certainly a night of repeat performances on the fast surface at Hagerstown. Three feature winning cars that were victors last week were winners again. Boyer’s win came in the same car that Jonathan Raley won in, which is the second time this season that car has won a Hobby Stock feature.
It’s also the second time a team has had two different drivers win back to back weeks in Hobby Stocks in the same car as that feat was done by Breeden and Craig Kline as well.
Late Model Sportsman – (Dual 1) 1. 23-Tyler Emory; 2. 86-Scott Palmer; 3. 44-Shawn Shoemaker; 4. 2-Dan Zechman; 5. 01-James McBee; 6. 51-Cody Lear; 7. 24R-John Rowland
(Dual 2) – 1. 99W-Garrett Walls; 2. 48W-Greg Moore; 3. 08-Keith Koontz; 4. 08K-Zach Kauffman; 5. 11-Austin Warrenfeltz; 6. (DNS) 000-Kyle Lear; 7. (DNS) 85-Rodney Walls
$1,000 Shootout – 1. 23-Tyler Emory; 2. 48W-Greg Moore; 3. 99W-Garrett Walls; 4. 86-Scott Palmer; 5. 08-Keith Koontz; 6. 44-Shawn Shoemaker
FASTRAK Crate Late Models – 1. 37-Devin Brannon; 2. M14-Transtan Stoner; 3. 43A-Tyler Bare; 4. 14C-Chuck Bowie; 5. 5-Levi Crowl; 6. 38L-Nick Love; 7. 27W-Shaun Wetzel; 8. 12R-Michael Raleigh; 9. 200-Samuel Bryant; 10. 41*-Tanner Kerr; 11. 80-Joey Love; 12. 12-Wes Hurd; 13. 14D-Braeden Dillinger; 14. 5E-Glenn Elliott; 15. 12C-Cody Cubbage; 16. 27-Cuyler Upperman; 17. 30B-Allen Brannon; 18. 38-Carl Biddle; 19. 18A-Dustin Arnold; 20. 69-Cecil Cash Jr; 21. 48-Steve Lowery; 22. 71T-Tyler Hoy; 23. 215-Al Shawver Jr; 24. (DQ) 2W-Justin Williams
Pure Stock – 1. 22-Jamey Swank; 2. 65-Dillon Wilson; 3. 21-Jason Stoner; 4. 00-Joshua Bloom; 5. 19-Danny Atherton; 6. 129X-Jimmy Combs; 7. 69-Dwayne Snyder; 8. 214-Kyle Sizemore; 9. 2-Randy Zechman; 10. 6-Wayne Hawbaker; 11. 62-Danny Beavers Jr; 12. 03-Bryan Neff; 13. 56-Gregory Laird; 14. 83-Bryan Kerns; 15. 76-Mason Strait; 16. (DNS) 44-Gerald Burton
Hobby Stock – 1. 22-Kevin Boyer; 2. 76-Brady Daniels; 3. 17-Randy Linaburg; 4. 14-Codey Breeden; 5. ZR1-Zack Reid; 6. 141-Tom Caravello; 7. 75-Courtney Deshong; 8. 00-Charles Noblitt; 9. 41-Sam Caravello; 10. 222-Andrew Fertig; 11. 6C-Tony Catlett; 12. 12LC-Laura Chamberlain; 13. (DNS) 45-John Catlett
The staff at Hagerstown Speedway offers its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Curtis Hershey. Hershey was the longtime owner of Hershey’s Auto Machine in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, and for over 35 years, his engines powered many winners in all divisions at Hagerstown Speedway.
Hershey passed away suddenly on June 23, 2020 at home. He was 58 years old.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday evening at 7:00 PM at the Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, Chambersburg. The family will receive friends from 2:00 till 4:00 PM and 5:00 till 7:00 PM on Monday. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.kelsocorneliusfh.com.
As of June 25, 2020, officials from the Washington County Health Department have been in contact with the management of Hagerstown Speedway monitoring the guidelines set forth by local government agencies and state directives authorized and issued by the Maryland Secretary of Health.
Hagerstown Speedway has been taking all precautions and protocol necessary to provide the safest possible experience by following the guidelines of social distancing (at least 6 feet or more apart), providing hand sanitizing stations, and the highly recommended use of PPE (personal protective equipment) to prevent and reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Due to filed complaints and social media posts about the lack of or not enough social distancing, Hagerstown Speedway has been asked by the Washington County Health Department to reduce the number of participants per race team on the inside pit area, and limiting the number of participants sitting in the outside area.
Social distancing concerns are being addressed accordingly as additional measures will be in place effective immediately and going forward. The guidelines of social distancing are a requirement and not a recommendation.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with Hagerstown Speedway as we will continue to operate under the guidelines of Washington County to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Coming up this Saturday for the final event in June on the 27th will be the Late Model Sportsman Dual Features, plus a $1,000 to win shootout.
The LMS field for each feature will be split in half by pill draw. There will not be qualifying heat races. The top 3 cars from each 15 lap feature event will return for a special six car, 8 lap shootout for $1,000 to the winner.
FASTRAK Crate Late Models return after their season debut last week, plus the Pure Stock and Hobby Stock divisions round out the card.
Please continue to follow social distancing and mask guidelines for this event. Track concession stands will be open with social distancing guidelines of maintaining a distance of at least six feet apart. Wearing masks is encouraged, but only required when communicating outside of your family group.
Racers and crew members participating will be permitted to enter either inside the tracks restricted area or outside the track pit area, grandstand and concession area. Insurance admission for the outside area is $15, and inside pit is $30.
For the latest updates and information, please follow the Hagerstown Speedway page on Facebook and Twitter, or call the speedway office at 301-582-0640.