Racing action returns this Saturday to Hagerstown Speedway with Student Night/Armed Forces Appreciation Night.
All students with school identification, military personnel, and senior citizens will be admitted to general admission for free of charge as a token of appreciation from Hagerstown Speedway.
Super Late Models are back on the card for a 25 Lap featuring event, paying $2,000 to win and $200 to start. The Mid Atlantic Modifieds will make their second appearance of 2018, and the 4 Cylinder (RWD) Mini-Stocks will make their first appearance of the season. Pure Stocks and Hobby Stocks will also be a part of the lineup.
General admission is $15, while pit admission is $30. Pit gates open at 4pm, Grandstand gates open at 5pm, and racing begins at 7pm.
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This Saturday night on May 5 at Hagerstown Speedway, the second annual Frank Sagi Tribute that honors the former speedway announcer will feature local racing legend Buddy Armel as a special guest to the racing festivities, along with many other former drivers that were longtime competitors at the Hub City speed plant.
Now, if you have been a fan of local dirt track racing since the 1960’s, 70’s, or 80’s, then you need not have to ask who Armel is. Simply put, he was one of the best Late Model drivers ever to suit up and climb behind the steering wheel.
Throughout Armel’s career, he drove in and won races in his own No.15 and as a driver for Gerry Smith’s Valley Proteins No.35, 36, and 1vp machines. But he will forever be best remembered as the driver of the yellow and blue No. S-3 machines from the late Lee Stultz.
Anytime and anywhere the S-3 of Stultz and Armel showed up to race, the threat of a win was eminent.
During a spell in the mid to late 1970’s, Armel was practically unbeatable at Winchester Speedway. In 1977, Armel parked the S-3 into Victory Lane at Winchester for 19 wins. Armel won his share of races at Hagerstown as well, with a career total of 81 victories and five track championships.
The biggest win came in 1983 at Hagerstown when Armel bagged a $10,000 payday in the Conococheague 100 over a field mixed of touring professionals and Hagerstown regulars. Armel retired from racing after a stellar career in 1990.
As the featured special guest of the Frank Sagi Tribute, fans will have the opportunity for a meet and greet with the 80-year old from Winchester, Virginia along with many other racers that mixed it up with Armel on the racetrack.
Gates will open at 5pm, while the meet and greet will take place from 5:30-6:30 behind the main grandstand before the racing begins at 7:00. Fans should make plans to get their early for any autographs, and are encouraged to bring any personal memorabilia they would like to be signed.
Fans will also get a once in a lifetime opportunity at a chance to own a piece of Armel memorabilia as the right side body panels from his 1988 No.15 will be raffled off and won by some lucky race fan.
On the racing card will be the Super Late Models, the Mid Atlantic Modifieds, Pure Stock, and Hobby Stock divisions. This is a special event that will be offered at the regular price of admission of $15 for the grandstands. Students/Seniors/Military are $12, and pit admission is $30.
Last year’s Frank Sagi Tribute was an overwhelming successful gathering of racers from the past as well over one hundred former winners were in attendance, and this year should be bigger than last. It’s a race of nostalgic proportions that race fans will not want to miss.
If needed, this race carries a special rain date of Sunday June 10, with an hour earlier start. Stay tuned for details if necessary action will need to be taken for this special event.
By Brett Rose
HAGERSTOWN, MD – For the first time in series history, the Mid Atlantic Modifieds took center stage as the headlining event at Hagerstown Speedway, and it was Michael Altobelli, Jr. picking up the checkered flag at the end of the 20 lap main event.
It was the third MAM win of the 2018 season for the 33 year old racer out of Saxton, Pennsylvania, and his first career win at the Hub City half-mile.
Altobelli started on the pole and led several laps before being overtaken by former Hagerstown Speedway Pure Stock track champion Mike Corbin. Several cautions past the mid-way point of the feature were the only thing that could slow down the lead pair.
But with just a couple laps remaining, Altobelli powered past Corbin to regain the lead and went on to victory. Rick Hulson was able to get by Corbin for second, while Alyssa Rowe and Ray Kable III rounded out the top five.
“I thought Corbin had me. He looked really good tonight and my car actually got a little bit better the longer the race went there, but that was just a really good race.”, elated a jubilant Altobelli in his winner’s interview.
Sam Archer collected his career first Hagerstown Speedway Pure Stock win in a wire to wire effort to hold off Doug Hoffman in the 15 lap contest. Jamie Zentmyer, Wayne Hawbaker, and Keith Koontz completed the top five.
Defending Hobby Stock track champion Davey Gross, Jr. was awarded the victory after Jonathan Raley was disqualified due to a technical infraction. All finishers were advanced up a position as it was Kevin Boyer credited with second as Jeff Dillon, Billy Ecton, Jr., and Tom Caravello finished in the top five.
Robbie Carroll picked up the U-Car feature win after a battle with Chris Anderson for the lead. The early race leader regained the top spot as Anderson’s car began to slow down in the final laps. Ricky Weaver, Jr. finished third, Wayne Brenize finished fourth, and Anthony Varner finished fifth.
Scott Rickrode and John Marks won the Penn-Mar Vintage Racers combo feature in the Modified and Sportsman divisions, respectively.
Notes: Next week on May 5, Super Late Models return with the MAM, PS & HS divisions for the Frank Sagi Tribute featuring special guest Buddy Armel along with many others legendary drivers that competed at Hagerstown Speedway.
Mid Atlantic Modifieds – 1. 95H-Michael Altobelli, ; 2. 40-Rick Hulson, ; 3. 25-Mike Corbin, ; 4. 55-Alyssa Rowe, ; 5. 90-Raymond Kable, ; 6. 95J-Justin Cullum, ; 7. 80-Keith Reed, ; 8. 26X-James Sparks, ; 9. 99-Bryan Green, ; 10. 0-Haley Kaiser, ; 11. 70L-Kyle Lloyd, ; 12. 95-Chris Fletcher, ; 13. 44-Frank DiBella, ; 14. 8M-Jeffrey McCauley, ; 15. 7H-Josh Hughes, ; 16. 1N-Hunter Nester, ; 17. 12S-Rusty Pennington, ; 18. 13M-Gary Moreland Sr., ; 19. 33-Brandon Churchey, , DNS- V16-Vic Vandergrift
Pure Stock – 1. 36A-Sam Archer, ; 2. S7-Doug Hoffman, ; 3. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer, ; 4. 6-Wayne Hawbaker, ; 5. 08-Keith Koontz, ; 6. 65-Dillon Wilson, ; 7. 03-Bryan Neff, ; 8. 62-Danny Beavers Jr., ; 9. 22-Jamey Swank, ; 10. 54-John Catlett, ; 11. 6C-Tony Catlett, ; 12. 1W-Michelle Walls, ; 13. 64-William Crook, ; 14. 19-Danny Atherton, ; 15. 11-Ed Pope, ; 16. 69-Dwayne Snyder, ; 17. 6R-Joe Rodgers, 
Hobby Stock – 1. 27-Davey Gross Jr.,; 2. 03-Kevin Boyer, ; 3. 52-Jeff Dillon, ; 4. 57-William Ecton Jr., ; 5. 41-Tom Caravello, ; 6. 67-Billy Ecton, Jr. ; 7. 11A-James Speelman, ; 8. 22-Kenny Thomas, ; 9. 7K-Michael Knight, ; 10. 10-Drew Fertig, ; 11. 55-Robert Thompson, ; 12. 12LC-Laura Chamberlain, ; DQ 92-Jonathan Raley
U-Cars – 1. 69-Robbie Carroll, ; 2. 15-Chris Anderson, ; 3. 21-Ricky Weaver Jr., ; 4. 22-Wayne Brenize, ; 5. 00-Anthony Varner, ; 6. 5-Justin Williamson, ; 7. 80-Dale Varner Jr., ; 8. 64F-Travis Semple, ; 9. 9X-Shane Seville, ; 10. 36-Robert Wellman, ; 11. 00X-Eric Seibert, 
By Brett Rose
HAGERSTOWN, MD – “Superman” Jonathan Davenport picked up the $12,000 payday in front of a packed house during the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 37th annual Stanley Schetrompf Memorial at Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday night.
The 50 lap triumph was his first career win at the Hub City half-mile and the fourth LOLMDS win of the 2018 season for the series point leader. It also marks the eleventh winner in eleven LOLMDS races held at Hagerstown.
The Blairsville, Georgia veteran ran the table on the evening with setting quick time with a lap time of 18.735 seconds, a heat race win from start to finish, and a dominant performance leading wire to wire in the feature event.
Davenport immediate drove away from 2017 Super Late Model track champion Kyle Lee to retain the top spot from his pole position start. Within four laps, multi-time series champion Scott Bloomquist drove his mount into the runner-up spot and began his chase of the leader.
Only two cautions and some racing through lapped traffic allowed Bloomquist and youngster Tyler Bare to close in on Davenport, but the driver of the Lance Landers owned No.49 wasn’t going to be denied victory on this night.
In Victory Lane, Davenport said: “Man, all the credit goes to my crew. They are awesome. Jason and Tyler do a great job, and Kevin (Rumley) is back there working all the time. This was a new car last week, so we’ve got two wins in three races now. It’s definitely a good piece. Thanks to Lance Landers and Steve Martin of Crop Production Services for giving me this opportunity. I was definitely getting tighter and tighter at the end. The track was taking a little bit of rubber especially through three and four. Thanks to all the fans for coming out tonight.”
Bloomquist and Bare finished second and third, respectively while fending off a late-race challenge from Tim McCreadie and Mason Zeigler to round out the top five.
Craig Parrill was victorious in the 15 lap Pure Stock special from behind the wheel of his own No.34c. Parrill withstood the challenges of Jeremy Tinsman for a second feature win in 2018. Sam Archer finished third, while Bob Egley finished fourth and last week’s feature winner Doug Hoffman finished fifth.
Notes: 38 SLM entered the pit area for a race that paid $1,000 to take the green flag.
Trever Feathers had mechanical problems that prevented him from racing in his qualifying heat, but he was guaranteed a starting position on the grid because of his opening night win. Feathers started at the tail end of the field and charged all the way up to sixth place by Lap 22. His bid for the upset win came to an end on Lap 38 when he pulled pitside.
Kyle Lear fell victim to an unfortunate break before the green flag flew. Lear qualified ahead of former World of Outlaws champion Josh Richards in the second B-main, but was unable to compete in the feature event.
A very large crowd filed into the grandstands and witnessed three and four wide racing throughout the pack during the LOLMDS feature event. Feathers wasn’t the only driver that moved up through the field as McCreadie started in 15th, and sixth –place finisher Earl Pearson, Jr. began from 20th on the grid. Josh Richards (12th from 23rd), and Don O’Neal (10th from 18th) also made big advances through the main event.
Super Late Models (LOLMDS) – 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport, ; 2. 0-Scott Bloomquist, ; 3. 43A-Tyler Bare, ; 4. 39-Tim McCreadie, ; 5. 25Z-Mason Zeigler, ; 6. 1-Earl Pearson Jr, ; 7. 22-Gregg Satterlee, ; 8. 14-Darrell Lanigan, ; 9. 2T-Kyle Lee, ; 10. 5-Don O’Neal, ; 11. 20-Jimmy Owens, ; 12. 1R-Josh Richards, ; 13. 14A-Dan Angelicchio, ; 14. 32-Bobby Pierce, ; 15. 4-Alex Ferree, ; 16. 28-Dennis Erb Jr, ; 17. 119-Bryan Bernheisel, ; 18. 66C-Matt Cosner, ; 19. 40B-Kyle Bronson, ; 20. 24M-Kenny Moreland, ; 21. 20F-Trever Feathers, ; 22. 72C-Jason Covert, ; 23. 11-Austin Hubbard, ; 24. 71-Hudson O’Neal, ; 25. 151-Kyle Lear, 
Pure Stock – 1. 34C-Craig Parrill, ; 2. 8-Jeremy Tinsman, ; 3. 36-Sam Archer, ; 4. 30-Bob Egley, ; 5. S7-Doug Hoffman, ; 6. 1W-Michelle Walls, ; 7. 69-Dwayne Snyder, ; 8. 65-Dillon Wilson, ; 9. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer, ; 10. 22-Jamey Swank, ; 11. 03-Bryan Neff, ; 12. 27-Tom Wakefield, ; 13. 19-Danny Atherton, ; 14. 2*-Boyd Brode, ; 15. 21-Brandon Lowery, ; 16. 2+2-Shane Wilt, ; 17. 51-Mark Patterson, ; 18. 81-Andrew Fertig, ; 19. 1-Charles Shearer, ; 20. 7-Brian Swiger, 
By Brett Rose
HAGERSTOWN, MD – Bryan Bernheisel was victorious in his No. 119 BRC Lazer Super Late Model for his first feature win of 2018. Bernheisel led from green to checkers over a fast closing Marvin Winters in the final laps of the 20 lap main event.
“My crew guys were giving me signals that he (Winters) was closing in on me, and I knew I had to make something happen”, remarked the winner in victory lane as a reference to using a lapped car as a pick to keep Winters at bay.
Scott Palmer was third, followed by Brian Booze and fifth-place finisher Justin Kann.
SLM heats were won by Bernheisel and Winters.
Justin Weaver penciled his name in the 2018 win column with a victory in the 20 lap Late Model Sportsman feature. The win also guaranteed Weaver a starting spot for the Hub City race with the Mason-Dixon Shootout Series scheduled for May 26.
Weaver started from the pole, and was only slowed by a caution with several laps to go. He was followed at the checkers by Bobby Beard, James Lichliter, Rodney Walls, and Robbie Black.
LMS heats were won by Black and Lichliter.
Doug Hoffman drove the Randy & Renae Clegg No. Super7 to the 15 lap Pure Stock feature win. Hoffman worked his way up to the front after a few laps while running down early race leader Bryan Neff. Hoffman made his way to the lead following a restart, and powered away from the rest of the field for his first career win at Hagerstown.
Following Hoffman at the finish were Dillon Wilson, Dwayne Snyder, Jamie Zentmyer, and Michelle Walls. Walls and Neff were the heat race winners.
Jonathan Raley led from start to finish in the 15 lap Hobby Stock feature for his first win of the season. Rounding out the top five spots were Jeff Dillon, Billy Ecton, Jr., Dalton Ritchey, and Drew Fertig. Heat winners were Tom Caravello and Eric Johnson.
Notes: Rodney Walls pulled double duty in the SLM and LMS features, and ended the night with a top five and ten finish. He drives one of the oldest chassis around as his LMS machine is a Rocket Chassis built in 1994.
Doug Hoffman landed the ride in the 2017 Hagerstown Speedway track championship machine in the off-season after previous driver Sean Dawson vacated the seat into retirement. Dawson was in the Super 7 pit area to lend the team a hand as a crew member.
Michelle Walls impressively drove from seventh to win her heat race. She drew the pole for the feature, but fought a loose car to still hang on to a top five finish in the feature.
The four division program began at 6pm, and the final checkered flag flew about three hours later.
April 21 brings the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the Stanley Schetrompf Memorial with a Pure Stock special event. Race time begins at 7pm.
Super Late Models – 1. 119-Bryan Bernheisel, ; 2. 46-Marvin Winters, ; 3. 86-Scott Palmer, ; 4. B2-Brian Booze, ; 5. 66-Justin Kann, ; 6. 88-Barry Miller, ; 7. 05-Roy Deese Jr., ; 8. 5B-Brad Omps, ; 9. 14-Tyler Horst, ; 10. 85-Rodney Walls, ; 11. 30G-Cody Gary, ; 12. 77-Randy Burkholder, ; 13. 5-Steve Axtell Jr, ; 14. 17G-Doug Glessner, ; 15. 38-Carl Biddle, ; 16. 16-Jacob Burdette,  DNS- 08-Keith Koontz
Late Model Sportsman – 1. 2J-Justin Weaver, ; 2. 12-Bobby Beard, ; 3. 8-James Lichliter, ; 4. 85W-Rodney Walls, ; 5. K20-Robbie Black, ; 6. 48M-Greg Moore, ; 7. 43-Cody Kershner, ; 8. 37-Paul Cursey Jr., ; 9. 62-Devin Frey, ; 10. 24R-John Rowland, ; 11. 11B-Ronnie Bottenfield, ; 12. 121-Larry Neiderer, ; 13. 99W-Garrett Walls, ; 14. 85-Chad Earnst, ; 15. 77S-Elwood Sord, ; 16. 3-Tyler Ritchey, ; 17. 13-Brad McGinnis, ; 18. X-Bernie Beard, ; 19. 81-Eddie Cornett,  DNS – 72D-Dale Murphy , 11-Joe Westerman Jr.
Pure Stock – 1. S7-Doug Hoffman, ; 2. 65-Dillon Wilson, ; 3. 69-Dwayne Snyder, ; 4. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer, ; 5. 1W-Michelle Walls, ; 6. 64-William Crook, ; 7. 54-John Catlett, ; 8. 6R-Joe Rodgers, ; 9. 27-Tom Wakefield, ; 10. 7-Brian Swiger, ; 11. 1-Charles Stambaugh, 12]; 12. 03-Bryan Neff, ; 13. 19-Danny Atherton,  DNS -2+2-Shane Wilt, 6-Wayne Hawbaker
Hobby Stock – 1. 92-Jonathan Raley,  2. 52-Jeff Dillon, 7] 3. 57-William Ecton Jr., ; 4. 39-Dalton Ritchey, ; 5. 10-Drew Fertig, ; 6. 55-Robert Thompson, ; 7. 12LC-Laura Chamberlain, ; 8. 1J-Eric Johnson, ; 9. 34-Chaseton Leach, ; 10. 41-Tom Caravello,  DNS -11A-James Speelman, 51-Bradley Benton
Due to the cold temperatures forecasted for this Saturday, officials at Hagerstown Speedway have decided to cancel the event scheduled for April 7. A replacement event will take place with the Mason-Dixon Shootout Series, Hobby Stocks, and 4 Cylinder Mini-Stocks (RWD) on August 18. More information about August 18 will be revealed as details develop, and the schedule is subject to change.
Upcoming events on April 14 include the Hub City Guaranteed Qualifier for all regular classes (LMS, PS & HS), plus the first of our 20/20 Super Late Model Dash races that will feature 20 cars for 20 laps, paying $1,500 to win, $300 to star, and $100 tow money.
April 21 brings in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the annual Stanley Schetrompf Classic 50 for Super Late Models along with a Pure Stock Special.
Wrapping up the month of April on the 28th will be the HTMA Mid Atlantic Modifieds, Penn Mar Vintage Racers, Pure Stock, Hobby Stock & U-Cars (Home Track Rules).
And kicking off the month of May on May 5 will be the Frank Sagi Tribute/ ARCH Night with Super Late Models, HTMA Mid Atlantic Modifieds, Pure Stock & Hobby Stocks. More details of this grand event will be released soon.
None of these shows will want to be missed, so go ahead and make your plans to be with us. Stay informed by visiting this website, our Facebook and our Twitter pages for the latest news.