Hollidge Claims Nininger Memorial at Hagerstown

By Brett Rose

HAGERSTOWN, MD – 2008 Hagerstown Speedway Pure Stock track champion Dale Hollidge drove his Gunter’s Honey No. 0 machine to win the Super Late Model portion of the Red Nininger Memorial-Hagerstown/Winchester Shootout on a special Friday night show. Hollidge took the lead away from Marvin Winters following an early race restart, and then he had to contend with Trever Feathers following another restart just a few laps later. A third caution on lap 10 for a multi-car incident in turn one that shuffled the running order took Winters and Gary Stuhler out of contention led to yet another restart, and Hollidge had Feathers hot on his heels. This time, Hollidge and Feathers got together in turn one, and Feathers spun bringing out another caution. The incident relegated an unhappy Feathers to the rear of the field. Hollidge drove away from Kyle Hardy over the second half of the race, and although Hardy was able to gain some ground late in the race, it wasn’t enough as Hollidge went on to get his first career Hagerstown Speedway SLM win. After the race, Hollidge commented: “You know, I don’t like to drive like that anywhere, everybody is upset and Trever (Feathers) is too, but to be quite honest with you, he wasn’t clear. And when he come left, you know this place is so aero-sensitive if he had got in front of me, I’m not going to lie; I wouldn’t had been able to pass him.” “Everybody else can be the judge but at the end of the day, it is what is it is. I’m sure he would’ve done the same thing to me.”, said Hollidge. Hardy held on to finish second, while Kyle Lee, Scott Palmer, and D.J. Myers rounded out the top five. Lee was able to regain the point lead by 15 points over Winters going in to the last point race of the 2017 season. James Lichliter wired the field from start to finish in the 20 lap Late Model Sportsman feature event for his first 2017 win at the Hub City oval. Lichliter steadily pulled away from Justin Weaver as the feature progressed throughout the non-stop race. Both drivers distanced themselves away from the field, but Lichliter was able to maintain over a seven car length lead through lapped traffic over Weaver. Following the top duo at the checkers were Bobby Beard, Alan Sagi, and point leader Kyle Lear. Craig Parrill came from fifth on the grid to score the 15 lap Pure Stock feature win of the season, after passing pole sitter and early race leader Keith Koontz on the fourth circuit. As Parrill battled Koontz, Brandon Churchey and Sean Dawson began their chases to the lead. Churchey and Dawson both got around Koontz, but Parrill was too far gone for either driver to contend for the win. Parrill won his ninth feature of the season, followed by Churchey, Dawson, Koontz, and Wayne Hawbaker. With just one point race left, point leader Dawson maintains a 15 point advantage over Parrill. In the Hobby Stock feature, it was Jonathan Raley in victory lane for the fifth time in 2017. Raley checked out away from a season best second-place finish by James Speelman. Jamie Mills, Davey Gross, Jr., and Dylan Rutherford rounded out the top five. Gross, Jr. leads Mills by 18 markers heading into the final point race.

Feature Results Super Late Models – 1. 0-Dale Hollidge, 2. 3V-Kyle Hardy, 3. 2T-Kyle Lee, 4. 86-Scott Palmer, 5. 70J-DJ Myers, 6. 45-Jamie Lathroum, 7. 05-Roy Deese Jr., 8. 74-Tyler Hershey, 9. 94-Jason Miller, 10. 119-Bryan Bernheisel, 11. 20-Trever Feathers, 12. 46-Marvin Winters, 13. 21-Chad Myers, 14. 11H-Austin Hubbard, 15. B2-Brian Booze, 16. 22R-Reese Masiello, 17. 55-Gary Stuhler, 18. 81-Steve Axtell, Jr. 19. 37-Brian Tavenner, 20. 11-Kirk Baker, 21. 85-Rodney Walls, 22. 119M-Chad McClellan, 23. 5-Brad Omps

Late Model Sportsman -1. 8L-James Lichliter, 2. 2J-Justin Weaver, 3. 33-Bobby Beard,  4. 5-Alan Sagi, 5. 151-Kyle Lear, 6. 99-Michael Walls, 7. 13-Brad McGinnis, 8. 77-Randy Burkholder, 9. 72D-Dale Murphy, 10. 37-Paul Cursey Jr., 11. 39-Ryan Walls, 12. 92-Frankie Gordon, 13. 24R-John Rowland, 14. 11-Joe Westerman Jr., 15. 16-Justin Dillman, 16. 121-Larry Neiderer, 17. 0X-Peter Neuder, 18. 88H-Kris Holliday, 19. 81-Eddie Cornett

Pure Stocks- 1. 3-Craig Parrill, 2. 05-Brandon Churchey, 3. S7-Sean Dawson, 4. 08-Keith Koontz, 5. 6-Wayne Hawbaker, 6. 44-Frank DiBella, 7. 12-Michael Warrenfeltz, 8. 83-Bryan Kerns, 9. 31-Drew Fitzsimmons, 10. 2+2-Shane Wilt, 11. 5-Randy Wible, 12. 3T-Bubby Tharp, 13. 4-Nick DiBella, 14. 81F-Gary Calimer Jr., 15. 7-Brian Swiger, 16. 19-Danny Atherton, 17. 27-Doug Hoffman, 18. 64-William Crook, 19. 72-Michael Kratovil, DNS -Dwayne Snyder, Ed Williamson, Tom Wakefield

  • Hobby Stocks-  1. 92-Jonathan Raley,  2. 11A-James Speelman,  3. 0-Jamie Mills,  4. 27-Davey Gross Jr.,  5. 11-Dylan Rutherford , 6. 31-Willie Ling,  7. 54-John Catlett, 8. 94-Dalton Myers , 9. 18-Ralph Hansberger, DNS- Gary Breeden, Bryan Neff

Rain Forces Cancellation at Hagerstown

By Brett Rose

 HAGERSTOWN, MD – With two laps remaining in the second heat race for the Late Model Sportsman/Mason-Dixon Shootout, heavy rains and lightning rolled over the speedway and with more storms on the way, officials at Hagerstown Speedway were forced to cancel racing activity.

The Cornett Tribute for Pure Stocks and Small Fry Night will not be made up.

Officials with the Mason-Dixon Shootout Series have rescheduled a new race date on September 30. It will not be a continuation of the August 19 program.

Rain checks and pit wristbands from this race will be honored for all remaining regular shows. Stay tuned to the website, the track Facebook and Twitter page for future announcements, or call the speedway office at 301-582-0640.

Just as a reminder, Hagerstown Speedway will return to action thisFriday, August 25 for the makeup date of the Hagerstown/ Winchester Shootout 25 Lap, $2,500 to-win Red Nininger Memorial for Super Late Models. There will be no racing on August 26. The Late Model Sportsman, Pure Stock, and Hobby Stock divisions are also on the card.

Winters Wires SLM Field for 2nd Hagerstown Triumph

By Brett Rose

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Marvin Winters wired the Thomas All Things Automotive Super Late Model field from start to finish to pick up his second feature win of the season at Hagerstown Speedway.

Driving his familiar Tex Shaffer-owned No.46 Rocket XR-1, Winters drove off from fellow front row starter Scott Palmer at the start, held off the challenges of Gary Stuhler, and then a fast-closing Nick Dickson towards the end of the 25 lap main event.

“We had to take advantage of a pole spot; you don’t get those very often. The bottom was pretty good for me, so I stayed on it. I figured Gary (Stuhler) would be coming on the bottom if I had left it open.”, said Winters.

Dickson held on to second, while Gene Knaub made a late pass on Stuhler to take third. Stuhler finished fourth, and Matt Parks finished fifth.

“The Captain” Ralph Morgan grabbed the 20 lap Late Model Sportsman feature for his first win of the season at Hagerstown. In his Black Diamond chassis No.44, Morgan got around Barry Miller past the halfway point to take to lead and went on to almost a two second advantage at the finish.

Randy Burkholder finished third, Paul Cursey, Jr. was fourth, and Michael Walls was fifth.

Keith Koontz was victorious for the first time in 2017, taking home the accolades in the 15 lap Pure Stock feature. Koontz withstood the challenges of Mike Walls, while Craig Parrill chased the top duo for most of the feature race.

Following the top three at the checkers were Brandon Churchey and Dillon Wilson.

Jonathan Raley scored again in the Hobby Stock division for his fourth Hagerstown win of the season. Raley rebounded from an early miscue to drive back around Jamie Mills for lead, then went on to visit victory lane for the third straight time in two weeks.

Mills held on to finish second, Davey Gross, Jr. was third, Bryan Neff was fourth, and James Speelman finished fifth.

Rounding out the night was a special appearance for the 4 Cylinder Mini-Stocks, and it was Allen Whitt, Jr. that took the top honors after swapping the lead a few times with Randy Linaburg. Vance Williams, Mike Kershner, and Tommy Whitt completed the top five.

Feature Results

Super Late Models – 1. 46-Marvin Winters, 2. 17-Nick Dickson, 3. 1-Gene Knaub, 4. 55-Gary Stuhler, 5. 44-Matt Parks, 6. 05-Roy Deese Jr., 7. 86-Scott Palmer, 8. 2T-Kyle Lee, 9. 82-Andy Fries, 10. 22R-Reese Masiello, 11. 21-Chad Myers, 12. 26-Jerry Bard, 13. 44M-Ralph Morgan Jr.

Late Model Sportsman – 1. 44X-Ralph Morgan Jr.,. 88-Barry Miller, 3. 77-Randy Burkholder, 4. 37-Paul Cursey Jr., 5. 99-Michael Walls, 6. 72D-Dale Murphy, 7. 11G-Derick Garman, 8. 11B-Ronnie Bottenfield, 9. 11-Joe Westerman Jr., 10. 7-Kenneth Yoder, 11. 21M-Matt Murphy, 12. 24R-John Rowland, DNS 13-Brad McGinnis, 1T-Tim Murphy, 08K-Zach Kauffman, 000-Matt Nailor

Pure Stocks- 1. 08-Keith Koontz, 2. 52-Mike Walls, 3. 3-Craig Parrill, 4. 05-Brandon Churchey, 5. 65-Dillon Wilson, 6. 6-Wayne Hawbaker, 7. S7-Sean Dawson, 8. 44-Frank DiBella, 9. 3T-Bubby Tharp, 10. 4-Nick DiBella, 11. 56-Ed Pope, 12. 4H-Lane Hessong, 13. 81F-Marshall McMullen, 14. 2+2-Shane Wilt, 15. 64-William Crook, 16. 69-Dwayne Snyder, 17. 19M-Bobby Meixsell, 18. 72-Michael Kratovil

Hobby Stocks- 1. 92-Jonathan Raley, 2. 0-Jamie Mills, 3. 27-Davey Gross Jr., 4. 03-Bryan Neff, 5. 11A-James Speelman, 6. 31-Willie Ling, 7. 22-Kenny Thomas, 8. 29-Nathan Gilliland, 9. 54-John Catlett, 10. 18-Ralph Hansberger, 11. 28K-Kyle Deneen, 12. 6-Joe Rodgers

4 Cylinders – 1. 33-Allen Whitt Jr., 2. 17L-Randy Linaburg, 3. 41-Vance Williams, 4. 43X-Mike Kershner, 5. 85-Tommy Whitt, 6. 10-Jeremy Ott, DNS 53-Tyler Kirby, 151-Ryan Laye, 19-Jacob Whitt

Regular Show, Plus 4 Cylinders This Weekend

Coming up this Saturday, August 12 at Hagerstown Speedway features our regular show lineup of Super Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Pure Stocks, and Hobby Stocks along with a special appearance of the 4 Cylinder Mini-Stocks.

The 4 Cylinders are limited to rear-wheel drive cars only.

This special night of racing for the 4 Cylinder division is brought you by South Side Pediatrics of Hagerstown. The 4 cylinder feature will pay $300 to win, plus extra money back through the field, thanks to:

Linaburg Painting and Roofing
First Choice Plumbing
Dwayne’s Auto Repair
Pingley Trucking
Dark Horse Racing
Lowe Racing
Cornwell Tools by Matthew Sowers
Kershner Racing
Wilt 2 + 2 Racing
Kershner’s Water Pump Service
Valley Repair
Lescalleet Racing

With just a few point races left and some tight battles toward track championships, look for the racing action to be hot and heavy over the next few weeks.

General admission is $15, Student/Seniors/Military $10, children 12 and under are free,  and pit insurance is $30. Race time is set for 7pm.

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

Lear and Raley Double Up on Twin Feature Night at Hagerstown

By Brett Rose

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Winning two features in the same night was twice as nice for “Showtime” Kyle Lear and Jonathan Raley on Saturday night at Hagerstown Speedway as each driver doubled up with checkered flags at the end of the evening.

Lear has been the driver to beat in Late Model Sportsman competition all season at the Hub City oval. In the first feature, he blasted past early race leader Ralph Morgan up high off of turn two after a restart, and never looked back the rest of the was in the first Twin 15 Lap feature.

Lear drew an eight pill for the second feature inversion, and needed just a few more laps to get up to the front. Just as he passed Morgan after a restart in the first of two LMS features, the victim of an outside pass off of turn two after a restart was Michael Walls.

Lear drove his Valenzia Trucking No. 151 Rocket XR-1 to his sixth and seventh feature win of the 2017 season.

Lear said: “We actually made adjustments for the car to run the top, so we figured the cushion was gonna be there a little bit in this race, and hopefully the race track will widen out for that second one, and we’ll really get going.”

Raley picked up the wins in the Hobby Stock Twin 8’s with dominant drives in both contests. Raley started on the pole in the first feature and survived a few restarts and the challenges of Davey Gross, Jr. to get the first of two checkered flags.

Raley drew a ten pill for the second feature invert, and passed nine cars in the first lap before taking the lead away from Willie Ling on the second circuit.

Raley again had to endure a couple of restarts, but he drove his No.92 Camaro to his second and third feature win at Hagerstown on the season.

“To win some here, you know it’s a dream come true. This place is phenomenal, you know, it’s the best place to come race. I can’t thank everybody enough.”, said Raley in his victory lane interview.

Ridge Bookwalter and Craig Parrill split the Twin 10 Pure Stock features. Bookwalter started on the pole, and after three attempts to complete a lap, the field was forced to use a single-file start. Bookwalter drove away for a few laps before Parill began to eat away at his lead.

At the finish, Bookwalter held off and took his first Hagerstown win over Parrill by half a car length at the checkered flag.

Bookwalter drew a two invert pill, which put him outside of Parrill on the front row of the second feature. This time, Parrill drove away from the field to record his eighth Hagerstown Speedway triumph of the season.

Twin Feature Results

Late Model Sportsman 1st Feature –1. 151-Kyle Lear, 2. 44X-Ralph Morgan Jr., 3. 8L-James Lichliter, 4. 88-Barry Miller, 5. 48-Donnie Farlling, 6. 5-Alan Sagi, 7. 1K-Bruce Kane, 8. 99-Michael Walls, 9. 13-Brad McGinnis, 10. 37-Paul Cursey Jr., 11. 72D-Dale Murphy, 12. 11-Joe Westerman Jr., 13. 08K-Zach Kauffman, 14. 88H-Kris Holliday, 15. K20-Kadden Smith, 16. 81-Eddie Cornett, 17. 44-Justin Jesmer, 18. 50-Jason Smith, 19. 24R-John Rowland, 20. 89-Scott Wilson, 21. 0X-Peter Neuder, 22. 9A-Kurt Zimmerman, 23. 8F-Taylor Farlling, DNS- 33K-Devin Hart

LMS 2nd Feature – 1. 151-Kyle Lear, 2. 99-Michael Walls, 3. 88-Barry Miller, 4. 5-Alan Sagi, 5. 48-Donnie Farlling, 6. 8L-James Lichliter, 7. 44X-Ralph Morgan Jr., 8. 13-Brad McGinnis, 9. 1K-Bruce Kane, 10. 37-Paul Cursey Jr., 11. 11-Joe Westerman Jr., 12. 08K-Zach Kauffman, 13. K20-Kadden Smith, 14. 72D-Dale Murphy, 15.44-Justin Jesmer, 16. 88H-Kris Holliday, 17. 50-Jason Smith, 18. 89-Scott Wilson, 19. 0X-Peter Neuder, 20. 81-Eddie Cornett, 21. 8F-Taylor Farlling DNS 24R-John Rowland, 9A-Kurt Zimmerman, 33K-Devin Hart

Pure Stock  1st Feature – 1. H20-Ridge Bookwalter, 2. 3-Craig Parrill, 3. 08-Keith Koontz, 4. 19-Danny Atherton, 5. 56-Ed Pope, 6. 18-David Stouffer Jr., 7. 6-Wayne Hawbaker, 8. S7-Sean Dawson, 9. 2+2-Shane Wilt, 10. 31-Drew Fitzsimmons, 11. 59-Mike Desch, 12. 4-Nick DiBella, 13. 69-Jamie Zentmyer, 14. 3T-Dickie Tharp, 15. 12-Michael Warrenfeltz,. 22-Jamey Swank, 17. 05-Brandon Churchey, 18. 36M-Cale Martin, 19. 62-Danny Beavers Jr., 20. 72-Michael Kratovil, 21. 81F-Marshall McMullen, 22. 89-Scotty Nelson, 23. 43-Randy Kline, 24. 44-Frank DiBella

PS 2nd Feature – 1. 3-Craig Parrill, 2. 08-Keith Koontz, 3. 19-Danny Atherton, 4. H20-Ridge Bookwalter, 5. 05-Brandon Churchey, 6. S7-Sean Dawson, 7. 12-Michael Warrenfeltz, 8. 31-Drew Fitzsimmons, 9. 56-Ed Pope, 10. 4-Nick DiBella, 11. 3T-Dickie Tharp, 12. 22-Jamey Swank, 13. 72-Michael Kratovil, 14. 18-David Stouffer Jr., 15. 6-Wayne Hawbaker, 16. 2+2-Shane Wilt, 17. 59-Mike Desch, 18. 69-Jamie Zentmyer, 19. 62-Danny Beavers Jr., 20. 81F-Marshall McMullen, 21. 89-Scotty Nelson , DNS 36M-Cale Martin, 43-Randy Kline, 44-Frank DiBella

Hobby Stock  1st Feature – 1. 92-Jonathan Raley,. 27-Davey Gross Jr., 3. 0-Jamie Mills, 4. 11A-James Speelman, 5. 31-Willie Ling, 6. 18-Ralph Hansberger, 7. 54-John Catlett, 8. 12LC-Laura Chamberlain, 9. 29-Nathan Gilliland, 10. 25-Rodney Miner, 11. B1-Nick Bechtel, 12. 19-Cheyenne Ranker, 13. 03-Bryan Neff, DNS  6-Gary Breeden

HS 2nd Feature – 1. 92-Jonathan Raley, 2. 0-Jamie Mills, 3. 27-Davey Gross Jr., 4. 11A-James Speelman, 5. 18-Ralph Hansberger, 6. 31-Willie Ling, 7. 54-John Catlett, 8. 12LC-Laura Chamberlain, 9. 25-Rodney Miner, 10. 29-Nathan Gilliland, 11. 19-Cheyenne Ranker,  DNS B1-Nick Bechtel, 03-Bryan Neff, 6-Gary Breeden