Rodney Walls First Repeat Winner in Hagerstown Late Model Sportsman” “Megan Mann (Crates), Steven Axtell (E-Mods) Savor Career Nights”

By Doug Watson
    Hagerstown, MD (7/10/21)- Opening day winner Rodney Walls became the first repeat winner of the season with his win in last Saturday nights 20-lap Late Model Sportsman feature at Hagerstown speedway. The win for Walls, aboard his familiar Rocket no.85, would be his 6th career track score at the venerable Maryland oval. Lining up second for the start, Walls would blast into the lead on the first lap and would eventually pace all 20-circuits to post the win. Sixth starting Sean Merkel arrived in second on the 14th lap and ran Walls down, but would have to settle for a career best second place finish. “It feels good to be back here.” Walls stated post race. “Our car started to fall off there towards the end but we had enough to hold on to the finish and thanks to everyone who helped get us here.” Current point leader Donnie Farlling, Randy Burkholder and Frankie Gordon rounded out the top-five. Heats for the 23 entries went to Bruce Kane, Walls and Burkholder.
    In just her second career start at Hagerstown, Megan Mann wired the field for her first ever track feature win in the 20-lap Crate Late Model main. Mann shot from her second starting spot to lead the distance steering her Rocket no.55 over Brayden Anderson. “This is amazing!” A jubilant Mann said in victory lane. “I have to thank my mom and dad and all the sponsors, this is only the second time we’ve raced here and I’m shocked to be in victory lane.” Matt Glanden, Steve Lowery and Josh Canipe trailed at the finish.
    Steven Axtell also became a first time winner with his career first division victory in the 25-lap Mid Atlantic Modified contest. Axtell would lead 23 of the 25-lap feature distance and would go on to score the popular win with his Lethal chassis no.81. “We’ve been good all season and it’s pretty cool to finally get one.” Said Axtell. “Jerry (Foster) has given me a great opportunity this season and I’m happy to get one for the team.” Michael Altobelli, Brian Booze, Rick Hulson and TJ DeHaven completed the top-five.
    In stock car action, Cody Kershner continued his mid-season surge as he collected his third in a row and fourth of the season in the 15-lap Pure Stock feature with Cody Breeden posting his second of the season in another down to the wire 15-lap Hobby Stock feature. Media Results for 7/10/2021 at Hagerstown Speedway – Hagerstown, MD
Late Model Sportsman feature finish
1. 85-Rodney Walls[2]; 2. 118-Sean Merkel[6]; 3. 48-Donnie Farlling[5]; 4. 77-Randy Burkholder[3]; 5. 92-Frankie Gordon[4]; 6. 86-Scott Palmer[7]; 7. 8-Taylor Farlling[23]; 8. 72D-Dale Murphy[8]; 9. 15-Bruce Kane[1]; 10. 11P-Kevin Palmer[11]; 11. 11W-Austin Warrenfeltz[9]; 12. 08K-Zach Kauffman[10]; 13. 17F-Bradley Feight[16]; 14. 38S-Randy Schaeffer[15]; 15. 50-Jason Smith[12]; 16. 39-Tom Chaffins[22]; 17. 77S-Elwood Sord[21]; 18. 88C-Chuck Cox III[14]; 19. 81-Eddie Cornett[17]; 20. 19-Danny Atherton[13]; 21. 76-Mason Strait[18]; 22. 89-Brandon Churchey[20]; 23. 00-Harry Shipe III[19]
Crate Late Model feature finish
1. 55-Megan Mann[2]; 2. 25-Brayden Anderson[1]; 3. 01-Matt Glanden[3]; 4. 48-Steve Lowery[5]; 5. 23W-Branson
Woodward[6]; 6. 23-Josh Canipe[4]; 7. 35-Bryce Wenger[8]; 8. 8A-Adam Plume[9]; 9. 90-Matt Tepper[7]
Mid Atlantic Modified feature finish
1. 81-Steve Axtell Jr[3]; 2. 95A-Michael Altobelli[4]; 3. 90X-Brian Booze[8]; 4. 40-Rick Hulson[1]; 5. 7D-TJ DeHaven[9]; 6. 95J-Justin Cullum[7]; 7. 90-Ray Kable[2]; 8. 5-Jerry Foster[5]; 9. 2-Michael Pappas[6]; 10. 59-Doug Stine[11]; 11. 33-Jacob Whitt[13]; 12. 17-Andy Bosley[18]; 13. 9-Cole Nagle[15]; 14. 22-Scott Sweeney Jr[14]; 15. 4-Nick DiBella[12]; 16. 10-Andrew Fertig[16]; 17. 44-Frank DiBella[17]; 18. (DNS) 18P-Brian Pyles; 19. (DNS) 747-Jimmy Jesmer
Pure Stock feature finish
1. 2+2-Cody Kershner[2]; 2. 22-Jamey Swank[1]; 3. S7-Brian Booze[4]; 4. 00-Joshua Bloom[10]; 5. 03-Bryan Neff[7]; 6. 88- Deakon Snyder[11]; 7. 6-Wayne Hawbaker[12]; 8. 19M-Bobby Meixsell[5]; 9. 12LC-Laura Chamberlain[3]; 10. 25-Jeremy Mills[13]; 11. 21-Jason Stoner[8]; 12. 8-Jeremy Tinsman[6]; 13. 31-Willie Ling[9]
Hobby Stock feature finish
1. Cody Breeden 2. Nathaniel Younker 3. Scot Sipes 4. Jack Gose 5. Mike Fuller 6. Trevor Larrick 7. Chris Kauffman 8. Zack Reid 9. Lincoln Sutphin 10. Dylan Beavers 11. Sherman Lynn Sr 12. Carter Shank