Hub City 100 and Small Fry Night Up Next

Kicking off the month of June at Hagerstown Speedway will be the Hub City 100. The Late Model Sportsman will be racing a 35 lap feature event paying $1,500 to the winner.

The Late Model Sportsman division has been very competitive this season with four different winners in five events.

In conjunction as part of the Hub City 100, the Pure Stock division is racing in the 25 lap Cornett Tribute honoring former longtime car owner Jim Cornett. This feature pays $500 to the winner, as does the 25 lap Hobby Stock feature event.

Rounding out the racing card will be the $300 to win, 15 lap feature for the U-Cars.

It’s also the annual tradition of Small Fry Night. Our young fans that wish to take a lap around the track in a race car at idle speed will get the chance to do so at intermission.

As always, stay up to date on the latest news and information on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

General admission is $15, students/seniors/military $12, kids 12 and under are free. Pit admission is $30

Pit gates open at 4:30, grandstands open at 5pm, and racing begins at 7pm.

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

Ellerman Holds Off Duke to Win Night Two of IMCA East Coast Sprint Nationals

By Brett Rose

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Scott Ellerman wired the field, but had to hold off a fast-closing Ken Duke, Jr. over the second half of the 25 lapper to win the finale of the inaugural IMCA RaceSaver East Coast Sprint Nationals at Hagerstown Speedway.

The Landisburg, Pennsylvania driver picked up $1,000 for his win in a race that paid $500 to qualify.

Duke worked his way up to Ellerman from his 7th-place start, and put the sights of his No. 67 onto the tailtank of Ellerman’s No.8d on the sixteenth lap.

While Duke was working the bottom groove, he was able to pull even with Ellerman several times in the closing laps, but couldn’t quite edge ahead into the lead. Ellerman was ahead by a car length at the checkered flag.

“It felt really good there. Starting spot means a lot, especially on a dry-slick track. I figured Ken would be coming sooner or later. He’s been fast all year……I’m worn out! I saw him on the bottom and I knew I had to move down.”, stated Ellerman in Victory Lane.

Following Ellerman and Duke at the finish were Christian Rumsey, Stevie Kenawell, and Jonathon Jones.

Bryan Kerns led the final lap of the 15 lap Pure Stock feature marred by a controversial finish between front runners Joey Zambotti and Doug Hoffman.

Kerns started on the pole and led the first lap before 5-time winner Zambotti moved underneath in Turn 2 on the second lap. By the fourth lap, 2018 champion Hoffman moved around Kerns in the second spot, and began his assault on Zambotti’s lead.

Following a caution a lap later, the restart placed Zambotti’s No.948 machine alongside the No.Super7 of Hoffman on the double-file restart. The pair battled side-by-side for the next few laps, and Hoffman edged ahead for the lead on Lap 9.

A tenth lap caution placed Zambotti and Hoffman together again, and after another side-by-side battle, Zambotti reclaimed the lead on Lap 12.

Hoffman stayed on the rear bumper of Zambotti, and moved underneath to make a pass for the lead. Coming off of Turn 2, contact between the two drivers sent Zambotti into the outside guardrail and ending his night.

Officials made the call to disqualify Hoffman for unsportsmanlike conduct, and sent him to the pit area.

This gave Kerns the lead on a last lap shootout, and he was able to withhold the challenge of Tony Stoneberger to take his first feature win of 2019.

Dwayne Snyder debuted a new car to finish third, Joshua Bloom was fourth, and Danny Atherton finished fifth.

Brady Daniels scored his first career win in the 15 lap Hobby Stock feature event. The teenager from Harrisonville, PA in his No.76 Chevy Nova took the lead from Drew Fertig after an early race restart, and then held off the challenges of Billy Ecton, Sr. while surviving a couple more restarts along the way to the checkered flag.

Ecton, Fertig, James Speelman, and John Catlett trailed Daniels at the finish.

Notes: 69 cars were pit side with 38 Sprints, 16 Hobby Stocks, and 15 Pure Stocks. Drivers came from seven different states between New York and North Carolina to race over both nights.

Ken Duke, Jr. had a solid weekend at Hagerstown with two second place finishes in his 305 Sprint. In three career appearances at Hagerstown, he won his other track appearance in 2018.

Night one winner Zach Newlin had to work his way into the feature on night two through a B-main. He started 21st in the feature and finished 6th.

Hagerstown Speedway would like to thank all of the racers and fans that supported this inaugural event.

Feature Results

IMCA RaceSaver Sprints – 1. 8D-Scott Ellerman, [2]; 2. 67-Ken Duke Jr., [7]; 3. 1R-Christian Rumsey, [4]; 4. 17K-Stevie Kenawell, [3]; 5. 12J-Jonathon Jones, [6]; 6. 11Z-Zachary Newlin, [21]; 7. 77-Mike Leraas, [9]; 8. 33-Scott Lutz, [20]; 9. 4J-Jacob Gomola, [1]; 10. 5K-Jake Karklin, [11]; 11. 26-Ryan Lynn, [24]; 12. 20-Doug Dodson, [18]; 13. 6L-Tyler Denochick, [13]; 14. 6X-Brad Mellott, [16]; 15. 83-Lawrence McVay, [23]; 16. 69K-John Karklin, [10]; 17. 5-John Walp, [12]; 18. J9-Jerald Harris, [5]; 19. 88-Greg Dobrosky, [14]; 20. 36-Jaremi Hanson, [17]; 21. 55-Domenic Melair, [15]; 22. 31-Donnie Hendershot, [19]; 23. 88A-Fred Arnold, [22]; 24. 92-Dylan Proctor [8]

Pure Stock – 1. 83-Bryan Kerns, [1]; 2. 12S-Tony Stoneberger, [10]; 3. 69-Dwayne Snyder, [5]; 4. 00-Joshua Bloom, [9]; 5. 19-Danny Atherton, [6]; 6. 6-Wayne Hawbaker, [7]; 7. 2-Randy Zechman, [11]; 8. 19M-Bobby Meixsell, [8]; 9. 948-Joey Zambotti, [3]; 10. 65-Dillon Wilson, [2]; 11. 56-Gregory Laird, [14]; 12. 47-Tike Loizos, [12]; 13. 25-Jeremy Mills, [13] DNS-Brian Swiger,  DQ-Doug Hoffman

Hobby Stock – 1. 76-Brady Daniels, [8]; 2. 67-Billy Ecton, [5]; 3. 10-Drew Fertig, [1]; 4. 11A-James Speelman, [10]; 5. 45-John Catlett, [3]; 6. 19-Mike Fuller, [7]; 7. 41-Sam Caravello, [4]; 8. 75-Courtney Deshong, [9]; 9. 43-Jason Sarver, [11]; 10. 7K-Michael Knight, [15]; 11. 28-Brad Umbrell, [14]; 12. 57-William Ecton Jr., [12]; 13. 64-William Crook, [2]; 14. 00-Charles Noblitt [13] DNS -Gary Breeden, Laura Chamberlain

Night One of IMCA East Coast Sprint Nationals Goes to Newlin, Weaver Scores MDSS Win


By Brett Rose

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Zach Newlin found his way to victory after 25 laps at Hagerstown Speedway for the first time as he held off a hard-charging Ken Duke, Jr. in the closing laps during the first night of the inaugural IMCA RaceSaver East Coast Sprint Nationals.

The Millerstown, Pennsylvania driver drove his No.11z mount past pole sitter Dylan Proctor going into turn one from the outside, and pulled away from the field into lapped traffic by Lap 9 until a caution flag waved for the spun car of Jonathon Jones on the tenth circuit.

Duke had started the race from 13th, and quickly marched his way toward the front. He was up to 6th by Lap 5, 5th by Lap 7, and 4th when the first caution came out.

After the restart, Duke moved past Christian Rumsey a lap later, then around Brad Mellott for second position another lap after that.

Meanwhile, Newlin had pulled away and again was working through traffic before Duke was hot on his heels. Duke reeled in Newlin and pulled even with him on Lap 19, but Newlin was able to main the lead by a slim margin. The pair battled for the lead as two more cautions setup restarts; the last being a one lap shootout to the finish.

Duke’s slider off of turn two was close, but not enough to get by Newlin, as Newlin held Duke off the final half of a lap to the checkered flag.

“I was probably out of breath on like Lap 15 I think. I’ve been sick since Wednesday…….it’s been rough. I’m going to sleep good tonight, I know that. I saw Ken’s nose under me, and I knew I had to pick up the pace and get good restarts”, said Newlin.

Following Newlin and Duke at the finish were Rumsey, 19th starting Scott Lutz, and Jaremi Hanson.

Justin Weaver had to chase down Chad Myers over the first half of the 25 lap Mason Dixon Shootout Series feature event on A&C Racing Engines night, and then had to battle Myers for several laps side-by-side before securing the advantage for the lead with only a few laps remaining.

Weaver’s win was his second overall at Hagerstown in 2019 as he has a Super Late Model win to his credits. It was the 27th career Late Model Sportsman win for the Williamsport, Maryland driver.

Weaver said: “Chad had a good car. Man, that was a good race! That was all we had. With about 5 laps to go, I looked on the backstretch and saw Allen Rodgers standing on the back of the truck and I remembered it was A&C Racing Engines night and it was like time to get up on the wheel.”

Rounding out the top five were previous 2019 Late Model Sportsman winner James Lichliter and Scott Palmer, and Andrew Yoder.

Notes: 41 IMCA RaceSaver 305 Sprints and 34 MDSS cars were on hand for the rare Friday night race at Hagerstown Speedway.

Once again, racing throughout the field was competitive with drivers advancing from deep in the fields to top five finishes.

Feature Results

IMCA RaceSaver Sprints – 1. 11Z-Zachary Newlin, [2]; 2. 67-Ken Duke Jr., [13]; 3. 1R-Christian Rumsey, [8]; 4. 33-Scott Lutz, [19]; 5. 36-Jaremi Hanson, [5]; 6. 26-Ryan Lynn, [6]; 7. 83-Lawrence McVay, [14]; 8. 6X-Brad Mellott, [4]; 9. 8D-Scott Ellerman, [7]; 10. 20-Doug Dodson, [21]; 11. 12J-Jonathon Jones, [3]; 12. 44V-Daren Bolac, [16]; 13. 77-Mike Leraas, [24]; 14. R6-Reed Thompson, [20]; 15. 56-Jake Frye, [22]; 16. 5K-Jake Karklin, [17]; 17. 88-Greg Dobrosky, [15]; 18. 4J-Jacob Gomola, [11]; 19. 6L-Tyler Denochick, [23]; 20. 31-Donnie Hendershot, [10]; 21. 41Z-Jared Zionkowski, [9]; 22. 12-Roger Irvine, [12]; 23. 92-Dylan Proctor, [1]; 24. 69K-John Karklin, [18]

Mason Dixon Shootout Series – 1. 2J-Justin Weaver, [4]; 2. 21-Chad Myers, [1]; 3. 8-James Lichliter, [5]; 4. 86-Scott Palmer, [9]; 5. 2-Andrew Yoder, [8]; 6. 13-Brad McGinnis, [12]; 7. 43-Cody Kershner, [15]; 8. 44S-Shawn Shoemaker, [2]; 9. 48W-Greg Moore, [14]; 10. 48-Donnie Farlling, [13]; 11. 7-Kenneth Yoder, [7]; 12. 17K-Steve Kent, [18]; 13. 40-Tommy Slanker, [3]; 14. 33K-Devin Hart, [17]; 15. 16-Clinton Hersh, [6]; 16. 92-Frankie Gordon, [22]; 17. 5X-Brad Omps, [10]; 18. 62-Devin Frey, [16]; 19. 000-Paul Cursey Jr., [20]; 20. 53-Tyler Kirby, [21]; 21. 44-Dylan Lewis, [19]; 22. 77S-Elwood Sord, [24]; 23. 23-Todd Snook, [23]; 24. 5-Wes Bonebrake, [11]

IMCA East Coast Sprint Nationals up Next, MDSS Make 1st Appearance of 2019

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.

Tex Shaffer Memorial up Next at Hagerstown Speedway

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.

Pit gates open at 3:30, grandstands open at 4pm, and racing begins at 6pm.

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.

20/20 Dash for SLM, MAM, and More This Week

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.