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Red Nininger Memorial for SLM This Weekend 

Super Late Models return to the Hub City on July 20 as Hagerstown Speedway presents the Red Nininger Memorial.

The $3,000 to win feature is part of the Nininger’s Tire & Auto Challenge available to any driver that competes in all three memorial races.

$500 is up for grabs if a driver can win two of the three, and $1,000 extra is available if a driver can perform the sweep.

Kyle Lee won the Frank Sagi Tribute in June, so he is currently eligible for the Nininger Challenge bonus, which also includes the Tex Shaffer Memorial on August 24.

Nininger’s Tire & Auto is also paying out $100 to the SLM fast timer, along with $50 to each SLM heat race winner.

As an added bonus, $50 extra goes to each other division winner, plus trophies for every feature winner.

Late Model Sportsman and Hobby Stocks will have their final point races of 2019. Joining the card will also be the Pure Stocks and LaSalle 602 Crate Modifieds for a 5 division lineup.

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

General admission is $18, students/seniors/military $15, and kids age 12 and under are free. Pit admission is $35.

For more information, please stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest news, or call the speedway office at 301-582-0640.

Eric Johnson Memorial for Hobby Stocks Rescheduled on September 13

The Eric Johnson Memorial for Hobby Stocks that was rain postponed shortly after beginning the feature on June 29 will be made up from where it left off on Friday, September 13 during qualifying night of the Small Car Nationals.

Only those drivers that originally competed in the Eric Johnson Memorial on June 29 are eligible to compete as that race had already officially started. Two laps were completed, and 13 laps remain to finish.

The race is still $1,001 to win, and the rest of the original purse to be paid along with many other awards and bonus paid to the field of 26 cars that originally started the race.

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

PA Sprint Speedweek Up Next 

Hagerstown Speedway is back in action with the annual “South of the Border” stop this Thursday, July 4th for the seventh night of the PA Sprint Speedweek for 410 Sprint Cars with the Johnny Grum Tribute.

Grum was best known in the region for his time spent behind the wheel of the No.66 cars owned by Harry Fletcher. Both have since passed away, but both are still remembered and revered for making a formidable team from the mid 1960’s through the mid 1970’s.

One of those cars was the uniquely built “Sidewinder” that featured an offset 427 Ford engine, and very low clearance that was dominant at Hagerstown Speedway. He won the 1966 Super Modified championship with that car, and another championship in 1969 with Small Block Chevy power a conventional Sprint Car.

Grum still ranks third on the all-time Sprint Car win list at Hagerstown with 21 career feature wins, and still holds the 35 and 100 lap records set in 1974.

Featured on the card with the 410 Sprints will be an exhibition of vintage race cars through the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.

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

General Admission $25, Student/Senior/Military $20, Reserved Seating (top two rows) $30. Kids age 12 and under are free. Pit Insurance is $35.

For the latest news and information, please follow Hagerstown Speedway on Facebook and Twitter, or call the speedway office at 301-582-0640.

Eric Johnson Memorial for Hobby Stocks

Hobby Stocks take center stage as the headliner with their biggest race of 2019 as Hagerstown Speedway presents the Eric Johnson Memorial.

Johnson was well known as one of the area’s best Pure Stock and Hobby Stock racers. Johnson unexpectedly passed away late last year, and this race will be held in his memory.

Some big money is up for grabs in this special event for the Hobby Stocks with $1001 going to winner, and a good purse throughout the field.

Late Model Sportsman, Pure Stocks, and U-Cars fill out the the card.

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

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

Stay tuned to the Hagerstown Speedway Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest news and information or call the speedway office at 301-582-0640

Frank Sagi Tribute w/special guest Tom Peck this Sunday Night

Coming up next at the Hagerstown Speedway is the 3rd annual Frank Sagi Tribute Race with special guest Tom Peck coming up on the evening of Sunday, June 23rd.

The race in honor of the former longtime Hagerstown Speedway announcer will also be honoring Peck.  The McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania driver best known for driving the “Flaming Fireball 40” was one of the best drivers on dirt before leaving the local scene to go racing in what was known as the NASCAR Busch Grand National series.

A feature winner of 171 races, Peck won 43 of them at Hagerstown along with two track championships in 1980 and 1986. He also won nine more track championships at four other speedways between 1973 and 1986.

Peck’s final feature win at Hagerstown came on September 5, 1988 before departing the dirt world for NASCAR where he finished fifth in BGN points during the 1990 season. His final race competed in was in 1995.

Honoring the 66 year-old retired racer as the special featured guest honoree is just one of the treats fans will get as many other former retired and active drivers will be on hand that evening. Fans arriving at the track early will have the opportunity to meet or reconnect with these drivers, including Peck for autographs, photos, and chats during the meet & greet session behind the grandstands when the gates open at 4:00 until 5:30.

Fans will also be presented with their choice of jumbo art prints being specially drawn for this event by racing artist Jeff Lindsay. Each print will have a collage of cars driven by Peck, along with some of the other popular drivers who will be in attendance. These collectible prints will be free of charge to the fans, along with other mystery gifts that will also be available to early arriving fans at the grandstand gate entrance.

Special edition t-shirts commemorating the career of Peck will also be available for sale on the night of the race. They will be sold by the staff of the Auto Racing Club of Hagerstown.  Proceeds from the sale of the shirts will be donated to the ARCH Injured Drivers Fund.

On-track action will consist of the Super Late Models, Late Model Sportsman and Pure Stocks.  All three divisions will be competing in qualifying heat races and 25, 20 and 15-lap features respectively.

A new qualifying format for the Frank Sagi Tribute is designed to be appealing to both racers and fans alike for the Super Late Model division, they will compete in an exciting timed hot laps session.

The Late Model Sportsman and Pure Stock divisions will compete under a more conventional format during the evening. Both classes will have standard warmup sessions, followed by qualifying heat races which will be lined up by the luck of the draw. Features will start heads-up according to heat race finishing positions.

This race will also mark the first leg of a new three-race series called the Nininger Challenge, sponsored by Glenn Nininger of Nininger’s Tire & Auto of Brunswick, Maryland.

The Nininger Challenge gives SLM drivers an opportunity to win cash bonuses of $500 and $1,000 if anyone can win two out of three or all three of the designated races at Hagerstown Speedway. The other two races involved in the are the Red Nininger Memorial in July, and the Tex Shaffer Memorial in August. Drivers are required to participate in all three events to be eligible for this extra bonus payout.

As an added attraction, Central Pennsylvania 410 Sprint car hot-shoe Logan Wagner will be making his debut behind the wheel of a Super Late Model, driving the Coleman Farms No.72 machine that scored the 2019 season opener at Hagerstown.

Super Late Model driver Marvin Winters has graciously agreed to convert his familiar black No. 46 racer one time into a yellow-sided machine for this special event, carrying the No. 40 inside of a fireball and P&W Excavating sponsorship on the quarter panels in honor of the appearance of many of Peck’s cars over the years

Fans will have a chance to win and own a piece of history on this memorable evening. A raffle will be held at the track and two lucky winners will go home with the bodywork off of that race car. One winner will be drawn for the right side door and quarter panel, with a second winning ticket chosen for the left side door and rear fender. Chances will be sold throughout the evening in both the grandstand and pit areas by members of the Auto Racing Club of Hagerstown, with all proceeds from the raffle going to the ARCH Injured Drivers Fund.

The bodywork will be drilled off of Winters’ car after the completion of the Super Late Model feature, and both winners who have their ticket numbers drawn will be able to take their race-used “Fireball 40” sheet metal home with them in exactly the condition that it comes off of the track.

The Frank Sagi Tribute has become one of the “can’t miss” races on the schedule. Make your plans to arrive early on June 23 to partake in all of the celebrations.

General admission is $16, students/seniors/military are $12, and kids age 12 and under are free. Pit admission is $30.

For more information, stay tuned to the speedway website, Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest news, or call the speedway office at 301-582-0640.

Open Wheel Madness This Weekend

Coming up this Saturday night on June 15, Hagerstown Speedway presents Open Wheel Madness night, featuring the IMCA RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars, along with the 600cc and 270cc Micro Sprint divisions.

The 305 Sprints have made three previous starts at Hagerstown Speedway in 2019 after their rousing debut almost exactly one year ago. These cars have produced some phenomenal racing so far at the Hub City half-mile, and this weekend should live up to those expectations.

In the four races held for the IMCA RaceSaver Sprints, no driver has repeated victory.

Coming off the heels of last month’s East Coast Sprint Nationals, IMCA VP of Racing Operations Jim Stannard was in attendance and left with a great impression and many praises of his visit at Hagerstown Speedway, along with many of the competitors.

The 600cc and 270cc Micro Sprints are scaled down versions of full size Sprint Cars that use motorcycle engines. They generally race on tracks smaller than a half-mile, so it will be very interesting to see these drivers race at a higher speed. It should definitely be an exciting night of racing to watch.

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

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

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