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Anderson Triumphs in Sagi Tribute at Hagerstown

By Brett Rose

HAGERSTOWN, MD – On a night of nostalgic proportions, Andy Anderson triumphed in the 2nd annual Frank Sagi Tribute at Hagerstown Speedway. It was the 28th career Super Late Model win at the Hub City oval for the veteran resident of Bunker Hill, WV.

The 25 lap feature event honoring the late Sagi known best as “the Voice of Hagerstown Speedway” was held on a Sunday evening as were many of the races throughout the years of the historical Maryland facility.

Kyle Hardy powered past Gary Stuhler, who was driving the Bare Racing No.30, to take the lead coming off of turn two while Anderson quickly moved into second from his fourth starting spot.

Hardy raced away from Anderson until reaching traffic on the 11th lap as Anderson closed to within five car lengths of Hardy’s lead. While dicing through traffic, Hardy was able to keep Anderson at bay until a caution flag waved on Lap 19 for the stopped car of longtime racer Roger Jenkins.

Hardy chose the topside for the restart and that was his undoing as Anderson found a better bite down low in the Bland Racing No.41, and sped to the lead. Once out front, Anderson drove away over the final six laps to pick up the popular win in front of the appreciative crowd.

Anderson said: “Well, I don’t know if was going to get him if the yellow didn’t come out. I don’t think I was. He (Hardy) picked the top and usually the top is the best way to start here on a restart and I don’t think he realized it was starting to stripe-up there a little bit. I knew I had to stay in the stripe and when we fired off, he kinda tried to pinch me down there, and I wasn’t going to let it happen. I knew if I could beat him into one, it was over.”

Hardy finished second, followed by Late Model Sportsman competitor Justin Weaver, Marvin Winters, and Stuhler.

Craig Parrill took the lead away from Chris Ebersole on the fifth circuit and went unchallenged the last ten laps to claim the win in the 15 lap Pure Stock feature event. It was his third win of the 2018 season behind the wheel of the Dickie Tharp No.3 Chevy Monte Carlo.

Parrill was trailed by Dan Zechman, Ebersole in the Wilt Racing No. 2+2 was third, while Jamie Zentmyer and Bryan Neff rounded out the top five.

Rick Hulson survived several cautions and a one lap shootout holding off 2017 Mid Atlantic Modifieds champion Brad Kling to win the 20 lap Cool Weld Classic portion of the Sagi Tribute. Hulson was fast and led every lap to break a string of runner-up finishes. They were trailed at the finish by multi-time feature winner Michael Altobelli, Mike Corbin, and current MAM point leader Ray Kable.

Notes: Former 5-time Late Model track champion and winner of over 80 features Buddy Armel was the featured special guest honored in part of the Frank Sagi Tribute. Sagi interviewed Armel in each one of those feature wins throughout his illustrious career with none bigger than the 1983 Conococheague 100 over a field of NDRA touring pros.  Armel is best known as the driver behind the wheel of the famed No. S-3 owned by the late Lee Stultz.

Around 100 legendary former drivers and car owners of Hagerstown Speedway were on hand for the celebration to honor the 39 year announcing career of Sagi and the racing career of Armel.

Special thanks go out to Alan Sagi for his work in producing the event and the many contingency sponsors that contributed to the race.

Feature Results

Super Late Models – 1. 41-Andy Anderson, [4]; 2. 99-Kyle Hardy, [2]; 3. 2J-Justin Weaver, [3]; 4. 46-Marvin Winters, [7]; 5. 30S-Gary Stuhler, [1]; 6. 85-Rodney Walls, [6]; 7. 0-Dale Hollidge, [5]; 8. 30-Allen Brannon, [14]; 9. 05-Roy Deese Jr., [8]; 10. 43A-Tyler Bare,[23]; 11. 19R-Greg Roberson, [10]; 12. 19-Jason Miller, [11]; 13. 20-Trever Feathers, [16]; 14. 5-Brad Omps, [20]; 15. 2T-Kyle Lee, [13]; 16. 30G-Cody Gray, [15]; 17. 119-Bryan Bernheisel, [9]; 18. 7-Darryl Hills, [19]; 19. 86-Scott Palmer, [21]; 20. 3-Tim Wilson, [22]; 21. 43-Cody Kershner, [12]; 22. 72J-Roger Jenkins, [18]; 23. 72G-Rance Garlock, [17]; 24. 171-Alan Sagi [24] DNQ- Kirk Baker, JT McLanigan, Kevin Palmer , DNS-Reese Masiello, Jeff Johnson

Mid Atlantic Modifieds  – 1. 40-Rick Hulson, [1]; 2. 11-Brad Kling, [2]; 3. 95A-Michael Altobelli, [10]; 4. 25-Mike Corbin, [14]; 5. 90-Ray Kable, [15]; 6. 7H-Josh Hughes, [4]; 7. 55-Alyssa Rowe, [11]; 8. 1ST-Brett Hamilton, [23]; 9. 0-Haley Kaiser, [13]; 10. 95-Fred Cullum, [12]; 11. 99-Bryan Green, [21]; 12. 95C-Justin Cullum, [3]; 13. 10S-Tim Schulte, [5]; 14. 80-Keith Reed, [17]; 15. 8M-Jeffrey McCauley, [20]; 16. 1N-Hunter Nester, [19]; 17. 68-Adam Hoegrel, [22]; 18. 17-Andy Bosley, [27]; 19. 47-Jason Sarver, [26]; 20. 51-Joey Polevoy, [8]; 21. 26D-Derek Deusenberry, [9]; 22. V16-Vic Vandergrift, [7]; 23. 62-Mark Jones, [18]; 24. 33-Brandon Churchey, [24]; 25. 83-Ray Ciccarelli, [6]; 26. 44-Frank DiBella, [16]; 27. 13M-Gary Moreland Sr., [25]

Pure Stocks – 1. 3-Craig Parrill, [4]; 2. 2-Dan Zechman, [8]; 3. 2+2-Chris Ebersole, [1]; 4. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer, [2]; 5. 03-Bryan Neff, [3]; 6. S7-Doug Hoffman, [7]; 7. 36A-Sam Archer, [10]; 8. 34-Brian Luttrell, [5]; 9. 00-Joshua Bloom, [9]; 10. 69-Dwayne Snyder, [12]; 11. 6-Wayne Hawbaker, [13]; 12. 83-Bryan Kerns, [15]; 13. 51-Mark Patterson, [14]; 14. 35-Ryan Smith, [17]; 15. 54-John Catlett, [18]; 16. 25-Rodney Miner, [16]; 17. 11-Ed Pope, [6]; DNS -Will Walls, Michelle Walls

Kershner Leads All SCN Qualifiers with 1st LMS Win

By Brett Rose

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Cody Kershner fulfilled a career racing goal by winning his first Late Model Sportsman feature event during the Small Car Nationals automatic qualifiers Saturday night at Hagerstown Speedway. By doing so, the Hagerstown resident also earned a guaranteed starting position in his No. 43 Rocket at the SCN held at the Hub City oval in September.

Kershner raced his way toward the front from fifth on the grid to catch early leader Justin Weaver at the halfway mark of the 20 lapper. Following a restart, Kershner powered past Weaver to take the lead at Lap 12 and pulled away as Weaver faded back a couple spots.

Kershner went onto victory to a memorable moment celebrated with his family and crew.

“This is a dream come true, man. It’s been childhood dream of mine to win in one of these cars and I can’t explain it.”, exclaimed an emotional Kershner in his winner’s interview.

He was followed at the finish by a strong effort from Derick Quade, last week’s winner James Lichliter, Weaver, and Ronnie Bottenfield.

Logan Roberson got his guaranteed SCN start as he picked up his second Crate Late Model win of the season in similar fashion as he did a couple weeks ago in a nonstop feature event. As was the case then, Roberson ran the table leading every lap in his heat race as well as the 20 lap feature event.

Trailing Roberson at the checkers were Jake Piper, Transtan Stoner, Jimmy Jesmer, and Timmy Booth.

Dan Zechman utilized a rare Hagerstown Speedway appearance to good use by scoring the Pure Stock feature win.  Zechman battled Sam Archer in an exchange several times for the lead early in the 15 lap event before settling into a comfortable margin.

A late caution setup a one lap dash to the finish, but Zechman wasn’t going to be denied an automatic SCN entry as he raced away over the final lap from Archer, Wayne Hawbaker, Doug Hoffman, and Dwayne Snyder.

Former 4 Cylinder Mini- Stock racer Kevin Thomas came out of a four year retirement to put himself in the Hobby Stock portion of the SCN with his first career win in the division, making it his 100th overall feature event win.

Thomas had to thwart off the challenges of multi-time winner Jonathan Raley to earn the coveted spot over a competitive field of cars including fellow top five finishers Travis Horan, Tom Caravello, and James Speelman.

Jason Stoner and Matt Worley each punched their tickets into the SCN with respective wins in the 4 Cylinder and U-Car feature events.

Notes: The SCN is a two day show scheduled to take place with qualifying events on September 13 and all features on September 14. As mentioned, all of this week’s winners received a guaranteed spot in the SCN.

Feature Results

Late Model Sportsman – 1. 43-Cody Kershner, [5]; 2. 74-Derick Quade, [6]; 3. 8L-James Lichliter, [2]; 4. 2J-Justin Weaver, [1]; 5. 11B-Ronnie Bottenfield, [11]; 6. 77-Randy Burkholder, [7]; 7. 72D-Dale Murphy, [4]; 8. 99-Michael Walls, [12]; 9. 12-Bobby Beard, [8]; 10. 08-Keith Koontz, [10]; 11. 11-Joe Westerman Jr., [9]; 12. 3-Tyler Ritchey, [15]; 13. 92-Frankie Gordon, [3]; 14. 9A-Kurt Zimmerman, [13]; 15. 08K-Zach Kauffman, [17]; 16. 24R-John Rowland, [18]; 17. 72B-Shyann Bard, [16]; DNS -Clinton Hersh

Crate Late Models – 1. 17-Logan Roberson, [1]; 2. 21-Jake Piper,[3]; 3. M14-Transtan Stoner, [5]; 4. 747-Jimmy Jesmer, [4]; 5. 95B-Timmy Booth, [6]; 6. 14-Jennae Piper, [7]; 7. 48-Steve Lowery, [11]; 8. 5-Levi Crowl, [8]; 9. 71P-Jon Painter, [13]; 10. 38-Chad Click, [15]; 11. 27-Cuyler Upperman, [17]; 12. 21M-Michael Ott, [10]; 13. 38B-Carl Biddle, [12]; 14. 21C-Coty Ramirez, [14]; 15. 32-Lindsey Barton, [9]; 16. 93-Cory Lawler, [2]; DNS -Brian Coe Jr., Justin Jesmer

 Pure Stock – 1. 2-Dan Zechman, [2]; 2. 36A-Sam Archer, [1]; 3. 6-Wayne Hawbaker, [6]; 4. S7-Doug Hoffman, [7]; 5. 69-Dwayne Snyder, [9]; 6. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer, [3]; 7. 19-Danny Atherton, [10]; 8. 54-John Catlett, [12]; 9. 27P-David Puckett, [16]; 10. 16-Tom Brady, Jr. [14]; 11. 52-Michelle Walls, [13]; 12. 6X-Shawn Wyles, [15]; 13. 08-Will Worthington, [18]; 14. 4J-Bob Jay, [4]; 15. 65-Dillon Wilson, [5]; 16. 21W-Will Walls, [8]; 17. 1-Charles Shearer, [19]; DNS -Joshua Bloom, Bryan Neff

Hobby Stock – 1. 03-Kevin Thomas, [1]; 2. 92-Jonathan Raley,[4]; 3. 21H-Travis Horan, [2]; 4. 41-Tom Caravello, [5]; 5. 11A-James Speelman, [7]; 6. 55-Pat McCalane, [9]; 7. 21A-Sam Rial, [6]; 8. 12LC-Laura Chamberlain, [13]; 9. 7K-Michael Knight, [10]; 10. 25-Rodney Miner, [14]; 11. 34-Terry Leach, [12]; 12. 15-Jeffery Gill, [11]; 13. 57-William Ecton Jr., [8]; 14. 14-Gary Breeden, [3]; 15. 28-Brad Umbrell, [15]; 16. 67-Billy Ecton, [17]; DNS-Sam Caravello

4 Cylinders – 1. 21-Jason Stoner, 09:47.886[1]; 2. 6-Shaine Sixeas, 09:48.463[2]; 3. 85-Allen Whitt Jr., 09:49.685[5]; 4. 43X-Mike Kershner, 09:50.128[3]; 5. 19-Jacob Whitt, 09:50.295[9]; 6. 24-Kevin Bard, 09:51.735[4]; 7. 74-Tommy Whitt, 03:23.644[7]; 8. 18-Ronnie Garlock III, 03:46.594[6]; (DNS) 2-Justin McKee, 03:46.594

U-Cars – 1. 6W-Matt Worley, [4]; 2. 15-Chris Anderson, [2]; 3. 69-Robbie Carroll, [3]; 4. 151-Eric Boozel, [1]; 5. 47-Travis Brown, [5]; 6. 12-Kyle Rohrbaugh, [7]; 7. 18-Anthony Varner, [12]; 8. 98-Bill Sheehan, [6]; 9. 15K-Douglas Conrath, [9]; 10. 15C-Korby Crawley, [8]; 11. 55-Andrew Long, [10]; 12. 2SLOW-Kevin Banzhoff, [13]; DNS-Rusty Martin, Dale Varner Jr.

Lichliter Wins Mason-Dixon Shootout at Hagerstown

By Brett Rose

HAGERSTOWN, MD – James Lichliter drove to victory in the 25 Lap Mason-Dixon Shootout Series headliner on Saturday night at Hagerstown Speedway.

The Maurertown, Virginia racer took home $1,000 for his efforts from setting the pace in his No.8 MastersBilt machine after taking the lead away from Craig Wagaman on the high side of the third circuit.

Lichliter was able to stretch out his lead to a half-straightaway over Wagaman until a caution flag waved on Lap 11. A couple laps after the restart, Barry Miller moved around Wagaman into second.

Lichliter caught traffic with two laps to go, and Miller was able to close the gap a little, but the traffic didn’t impede Lichliter’s progress towards the checkered flag.

“We’re used to the 20 lap races here and with 25 (laps), I started to see the rubber come in on the bottom and I was getting worried, but I knew if I caught the lapped cars, I wasn’t sure if they were running side by side and I didn’t know what to do and finally one got around each other. I got up alongside one and knew nobody could get on the outside of me and I continued that line.” said Lichliter.

Miller held on the second as Wagaman, Devin Hart, and 13th starting Justin Weaver rounded out the top five.

Craig Parrill returned to racing at Hagerstown, and he put the Dickie Tharp No.3 back into victory lane by winning the Jim Cornett Tribute for the Pure Stock division.

The winningest Pure Stock driver at Hagerstown in 2017, Parrill had his work cut out for him over the first half of the 20 lap special event as he had to battle Dillon Wilson throughout most the feature race with a side-by-side battle for the lead until taking it over solely by Lap 12.

With three laps to go, a caution setup a restart to give Wilson one more shot, but to no avail. The Clearbrook, Virgina racer picked up his second win of the season in only his third start at the Hub City half-mile.

Wilson’s strong run netted him the runner-up spot. He was followed at the finish by Jeremy Tinsman, Sam Archer, and Bryan Neff.

It took 25 years of racing, but Billy Ecton, Sr. finally celebrated in victory lane with his first career win in the Hobby Stock division. It was also a big moment for the Ecton family with a father/son 1-2 finish as Billy Ecton, Jr. followed him at the checkered flag.

The Ectons were trailed by 14th place starter Don Murphy, Jeff Dillon, and James Speelman.

Taking home the win in the Classic Car Series nightcap was Wes Brown.

Notes: Lichliter said that this win was huge because he finally was going home with a big souvenir check to hang on his shop wall.

The ever popular Small Fry Night was a success with many smiling kids’ faces after getting their chance to take a lap at idle speed in a race car. This has been a longtime tradition at Hagerstown Speedway. Thanks to all of the drivers that participated.
Next week is the Small Car Nationals automatic qualifiers.

Feature Results

Mason-Dixon Shootout Series – 1. 8L-James Lichliter, [2]; 2. 88-Barry Miller, [3]; 3. 5-Craig Wagaman, [1]; 4. 33K-Devin Hart, [4]; 5. 2J-Justin Weaver, [13]; 6. 13-Brad McGinnis, [17]; 7. 77-Randy Burkholder, [8]; 8. 43-Cody Kershner, [7]; 9. 2-Steve Campbell, [5]; 10. 87-Eric Irvin, [12]; 11. 99-Michael Walls, [6]; 12. 7-Kenneth Yoder, [9]; 13. 72D-Dale Murphy, [11]; 14. 1K-Bruce Kane, [20]; 15. 32J-Shaun Jones, [21]; 16. 37-Paul Cursey Jr., [10]; 17. 11-Joe Westerman Jr., [14]; 18. 11B-Ronnie Bottenfield, [18]; 19. 48-Donnie Farlling, [16]; 20. 12K-Jared Fulkroad, [22]; 21. 24R-John Rowland, [24]; 22. 5J-Jeremy Ohl, [23]; 23. 24-Daulton Bigler, [15]; 24. 5B-Wes Bonebrake, [19]

Pure Stock – 1. 3-Craig Parrill, [6]; 2. 65-Dillon Wilson, [2]; 3. 8-Jeremy Tinsman, [1]; 4. 36A-Sam Archer, [3]; 5. 03-Bryan Neff, [7]; 6. S7-Doug Hoffman, [4]; 7. 19-Danny Atherton, [5]; 8. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer, [8]; 9. 69-Dwayne Snyder, [10]; 10. 2+2-Chris Ebersole, [9]; 11. 08-Will Worthington, [12]; 12. 6-Wayne Hawbaker, [11]

Hobby Stock – 1. 67-Billy Ecton, [2]; 2. 57-William Ecton Jr., [5]; 3. 17-Don Murphy, [14]; 4. 52-Jeff Dillon, [1]; 5. 11A-James Speelman, [9]; 6. 99-Hilton Pickeral, [8]; 7. 41-Tom Caravello, [4]; 8. 28-Brad Umbrell, [13]; 9. 92-Jonathan Raley, [6]; 10. 7K-Michael Knight, [11]; 11. 41X-Sam Caravello, [15]; 12. 03-Kevin Boyer, [3]; 13. 43-Jason Sarver, [7], DNS-Davey Gross Jr., Jamie Mills

Dewease Wins Johnny Grum Memorial at Hagerstown

By Brett Rose

HAGERSTOWN, MD – For the third consecutive year, Lance Dewease drove the Davey Brown prepared, Don Kreitz, Jr. owned No.69k to victory lane at Hagerstown Speedway winning $5,000 in the 30 lap Johnny Grum Memorial in Round 7 of Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek.

Dewease began the feature event from sixth on the grid and quickly moved into the top five by the fourth circuit and was running in fourth place when a caution flag waved for the spun car of Australian racer Jesse Attard on lap seven.

Pole starter Greg Hodnett led the way from the start and was followed by fellow front row starter Ryan Smith, with Freddie Rahmer in tow ahead of Dewease on the restart.

It took two laps for Dewease to move past Rahmer and Smith into the runner-up spot, albeit about a half-straightaway behind Hodnett. Hodnett held that advantage approximately three seconds ahead of Dewease at the halfway point of the contest.

Hodnett searched his way all over the track in the Mike Heffner No.27 through lapped traffic to keep Dewease at bay, but Dewease persevered along the bottom searching for a line that would allow him to reel in Hodnett’s lead.

As the laps wound down toward the end, Dewease pulled to within a couple car lengths of Hodnett. Dewease caught Hodnett with four laps to go, and then made the pass for the lead down low in turn three with three laps remaining.

Once out front, Dewease slightly pulled away to a .522 second advantage over a valiant effort by Hodnett to regain the top spot, but it wasn’t enough as Dewease drove to his 16th career win at the Hub City oval where he picked up his first career win 32 years ago in 1986.

“I was running as hard as I could, making sure I hit my marks. Greg (Hodnett) I think was a little better than us tonight, especially early in the feature. I just kept driving hard and found a line that I could get by those lapped cars. He got by those lapped cars earlier better than I could and I finally found a line in turn one and two to get by them a lot easier. I got at him and he stayed out there a little bit in three and I was going by him one way or the other. I didn’t know if I could hold him off or not and I just wanted to make sure I didn’t lose my pace after that.” said Dewease in victory lane.

Hodnett finished second, followed by Smith, Rahmer and Anthony Macri in the top five.

Spencer Bayston had quick time in time trials with a lap of 17.008 seconds, while Hodnett, Macri, and Dewease were heat race winners. Rico Abreu won the B-main.

Notes: 29 cars were pitside for the only 410 Sprint Car race of the season that included former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in competition for his first ever start at Hagerstown, while former NASCAR driver and World of Outlaws champion Dave Blaney was also racing. Stewart finished 11th, while Blaney finished 17th.

Dewease’s win moves him into a three way tie for sixth on the all-time Sprint Car win list with Ray Dovel and Bobby Abel whom each won at Hagerstown for their 16th career wins in 1969.

It also marks the 16th career win at Hagerstown for Kreitz as a car owner including his 13 wins as a driver.

Feature Results

410 Sprints –  1. Lance Dewease, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Ryan Smith, 4. Freddie Rahmer, 5. Anthony Macri, 6. Logan Wagner, 7. Dylan Cisney, 8. Mike Wagner, 9. Lucas Wolfe, 10. Spencer Bayston, 11. Tony Stewart, 12. Danny Dietrich, 13. Brock Zearfoss, 14. Aaron Reutzel, 15. Trey Starks, 16. Gerard McIntrye, 17. Dave Blaney, 18. James McFadden, 19. Rico Abreu, 20. Kyle Moody, 21. Joey Hershey, 22. Jordan Givler, 23. Jesse Attard, 24. Adrian Shaffer

DNQ – Jared Esh, Robbie Kendall, Mitchell Wormall, Troy Fraker, John Sharpe

Roberson Romps CLM Field for Win at Hagerstown

By Brett Rose

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Logan Roberson was the class of the field as he romped over his fellow competitors in the 20 lap Crate Late Model feature event during Fan Appreciation Night at Hagerstown Speedway.

The youngster from Waynesboro, Virginia won his heat race as well in the same dominant fashion. Roberson quickly put distance over his competition in his No.17 Rocket XR-1 and diced his way through lapped traffic without skipping a beat, lapping up to the ninth place car over the nonstop main event.

The win was Roberson’s eighth overall for the 2018 season. He was followed at the finish by Mike Franklin, Tyler Hershey, Transtan Stoner, and Tanner Kerr.

Jamie Zentmyer picked up his first Pure Stock win of the season in a wild feature event that had its share of carnage and battles. Early frontrunners Sam Archer and Michelle Walls tangled in turn two while battling Zentmyer and Jamey Swank for the lead.

Once the field settled, Zentmyer took command in the lead past the halfway point of the 15 lap feature. Swank finished second, Wayne Hawbaker fought back from the rear after an early incident to finish third, Doug Hoffman finished fourth after starting last in a borrowed ride, and Danny Atherton came back from the rear to cross the checkers in fifth.

Jonathan Raley was the man to beat again in the Hobby Stocks as he wired the field for his third win of 2018. The battle was from second on back as Tom Caravello hanged on to a second place finish while withstanding the challenge from William Ecton, Jr. Billy Ecton rode home in fourth as Brady Daniels rounded out the top five.

The Penn-Mar Vintage Racers provided the nightcap as dual winners were crowned. Randy Minich scored the Modified portion of the feature race and Mike Beidel was the Sportsman winner.

Feature Results

Crate Late Models – 1. 17-Logan Roberson, [1]; 2. 74F-Mike Franklin, [4]; 3. 74-Tyler Hershey, [2]; 4. M14-Transtan Stoner, [3]; 5. 41*-Tanner Kerr, [5]; 6. 5-Levi Crowl, [6]; 7. 21P-Jake Piper, [9]; 8. 48-Steve Lowery, [8]; 9. 32-Lindsey Barton, [11]; 10. 27-Cuyler Upperman, [13]; 11. 21-Jeff Koller, [12]; 12. 71P-Jon Painter, [7]; 13. 92J-Brian Coe Jr., [14]; 14. 2-Kevin Moore, [10]; 15. 55S-Doug Saylor, [15]

Pure Stock – 1. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer, [6]; 2. 22-Jamey Swank, [1]; 3. 6-Wayne Hawbaker, [3]; 4. 19m-Doug Hoffman, [9]; 5. 19-Danny Atherton, [5]; 6. 36A-Sam Archer, [2]; 7. 69-Dwayne Snyder, [7]; 8. 03-Bryan Neff, [10]; 9. 54-John Catlett, [11]; 10. 1W-Michelle Walls, [4]; 11. 6R-Joe Rodgers, [13]; 12. 65-Dillon Wilson, [8]; DNS -William Crook, Bobby Meixsell, Gary Breeden

Hobby Stock – 1. 92-Jonathan Raley, [2]; 2. 41-Tom Caravello, [3]; 3. 57-William Ecton Jr., [14]; 4. 67-Billy Ecton, [5]; 5. 76-Brady Daniels,[7]; 6. 10-Drew Fertig,[10]; 7. 11A-James Speelman,[4]; 8. 52-Jeff Dillon,[9]; 9. 03-Robert Thompson,[11]; 10. 41X-Sam Caravello,[8]; 11. 7K-Michael Knight, [13]; 12. 12LC-Laura Chamberlain, [6]; DNS -Jason Sarver, Charles Noblitt, Terry Leach, Brad Umbrell, Davey Gross,Jr., Jimmy Kline

Duke Scores IMCA Sprint Feature at Hagerstown

By Brett Rose

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Ken Duke, Jr. only needed the final lap to lead to score the win in the Mason-Dixon Showdown on Saturday night at Hagerstown Speedway.

For the first time in the history of Hagerstown Speedway, the IMCA RaceSaver 305 Sprints were the headlining division at the famed Hub City oval. The interregional event showcased cars from the PASS, Laurel Highlands, and Virginia Sprint Series.

53 IMCA cars were pitside with teams coming as far away from Vermont and North Carolina to compete at the Maryland half-mile for the 24 starting spots in the 25 lap feature event.

Zach Newlin and Ryan Lynn paced the field to the start, but Lynn amazingly did a 360* spin in turn four that unfortunately did cause a couple cars to get tangled up before the first lap was in the books.

Newlin led the way on the restart, but quickly had company with Jeff Miller on his tail. Miller powered by on the sixth circuit to grab the top spot, and looked like the car to beat as he sliced and diced through lapped traffic while running all over the track from the bottom to his own groove over the cushion up high near the guardrail.

Meanwhile, Duke quietly worked his way up to a distant runner-up spot from his 11th –place start on the grid. Fortunately for Duke and unfortunately for Miller, Miller’s mount broke and slowed to stop in the pit area after the white flag lap.

Duke led the final half of the last lap to go in the history books as the victor of the first IMCA RaceSaver event at Hagerstown.

Crossing the checkers behind Duke were Newlin, Scott Lutz from 16th, Tyler Reinhardt, and fifth-place finisher Drew Ritchey.

In his winner’s interview with Danny Wilson, Duke stated: “You know honestly, Jeff Miller, he’s fast everywhere we go. He’s one of the fastest cars in this series. Starting eleventh, I would’ve been happy with a top five. We got up to second and began rolling on the bottom really well, and when he pulled off the backstretch, I just couldn’t believe it to be honest.”

“We’ve gone 21 months without winning a race, and that’s the longest I ever want to go without winning one…..I’ll tell you what, this track really takes well to 305 Sprint Car racing and if you have us back, we’d love to come back.”, said Miller.

Qualifying heat winners John Scarborough, Darren Miller, Ritchey, and Newlin each picked up an additional $50 for their efforts courtesy of Turn 5 Turnaround. Twin B-Main winners were Robbie Bartchy and Cale Reigle.

Doug Hoffman got his second Pure Stock win of 2018, coming on the heels of default as unofficial winner Ryan Sager was disqualified upon post-race inspection. The top five was shuffled even more as Mike Desch also was disqualified. So that left second through fifth going to Jamie Zentmyer, Bryan Neff, Danny Beavers Jr., and Tom Wakefield.

Jonathan Raley grabbed the Hobby Stock feature win, while Matt Worley won the U-Car feature nightcap.

Notes: This was the first race held at Hagerstown since April 28th. It was an absolute beautiful night for racing as 106 cars filled the pit area. Thanks go out to everyone who supported this night.

A wild multi-car flip took place in the second 305 Sprint heat race along the frontstretch following a restart, that saw one car just land over the guardrail into the pit area. No one was injured in the melee.

The Pure Stock feature had its share of controversy and attrition that led to only 12 of the 15 scheduled laps completed due to the 30 minute time limit rule.
Next week, the Ultimate Northeast Super Late Model Series presented by All Things Automotive comes back for the second time in 2018 with Super Late Models going for $5,000 to win.
Feature Results

IMCA RaceSaver 305 Sprints – 1. 67-Ken Duke Jr., [11]; 2. 11Z-Zachary Newlin, [1]; 3. 33-Scott Lutz, [16]; 4. 4-Tyler Reinhardt, [9]; 5. 880-Drew Ritchey, [6]; 6. 61-John Scarborough, [12]; 7. 9C-Darren Miller, [8]; 8. 75-Dylan Shatzer, [10]; 9. 26-Ryan Lynn, [2]; 10. 5P-John Walp, [18]; 11. 8D-Scott Ellerman, [24]; 12. 50-Jay Krout, [5]; 13. 12J-Jonathan Jones, [23]; 14. 44V-Daren Bolac, [4]; 15. 20-Stephanie Dodson, [19]; 16. 29B-Robbie Bartchy, [21]; 17. 6X-Brad Mellott, [13]; 18. 53W-Jimmy White, [14]; 19. 6-Tony Harris, [15]; 20. 57J-Jeffrey Miller, [3]; 21. 99-Cale Reigle, [22]; 22. 69K-Kassidy Kreitz, [20]; 23. 88P-Fred Arnold, [7]; (DNS) 91J-John Fiore

Pure Stock – 1. S7-Doug Hoffman, [1]; 2. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer, [6]; 3. 03-Bryan Neff, [16]; 4. 62-Danny Beavers Jr., [14]; 5. 27-Tom Wakefield, [13]; 6. 7-Brian Swiger, [11]; 7. 19M-Bobby Meixsell, [19]; 8. 6R-Joe Rodgers, [18]; 9. 22-Jamey Swank, 12]; 10. 12-Michael Warrenfeltz, [3]; 11. 2+2-Chris Ebersole, [8]; 12. 65-Dillon Wilson, [15]; 13. 36A-Sam Archer, [9]; 14. 1-Charles Shearer, [17]; 15. 6C-Tony Catlett, [4]; 16. 6-Wayne Hawbaker, [10]; 17. 19-Danny Atherton, [5]; 18. 64-William Crook, [21]; DNS 14-Gary Breeden, DQ 22*-Ryan Sager, [2]; 59-Mike Desch, [7]

Hobby Stock – 1. 92-Jonathan Raley, [3]; 2. 67-Billy Ecton, [2]; 3. 41-Tom Caravello, [4]; 4. 57-William Ecton Jr., [9]; 5. 11A-James Speelman, [5]; 6. 52-Jeff Dillon, [1]; 7. 41X-Sam Caravello, [6]; 8. 7K-Michael Knight, [8]; 9. 03-Robert Thompson, [7]; 10. 10-Drew Fertig, [12]; 11. 34-Terry Leach, [10]; DNS 00-Charles Noblitt

U-Cars – 1. 6W-Matt Worley, [1]; 2. 81-Matthew Chronister, [3]; 3. 69-Robbie Carroll, [8]; 4. 47-Travis Brown, [2]; 5. 92-Terry Hartlaub, [4]; 6. 26-Kent Leonard, [5]; 7. 21-Ricky Weaver Jr., [7]; 8. 405-Justin Williamson, [10]; 9. 00-Anthony Varner, [9]; 10. 36-Robert Wellman, [11]; 11. 00X-Shane Seville, [16]; 12. 18-Kala Varner, [14]; 13. 64F-Travis Semple, [18]; 14. 80-Dale Varner Jr., [15]; 15. 01-Kayla Bookwalter, [13]; 16. 27-Melvin McCartan, [19]; 17. 151-Eric Boozel, [12] DNS 15-Chris Anderson, 01M-Rusty Martin