By Brett Rose
HAGERSTOWN, MD – Justin Weaver survived two restarts and a serious challenge from 2017 Late Model Sportsman champion Kyle Lear to win the 25 lap LMS portion of the Small Car Nationals on Saturday night at Hagerstown Speedway.
Weaver led from start to finish, but Lear made things very interesting following the last restart with nine laps to go when he pulled even with the leader for a few laps. But Weaver wasn’t to be denied victory aboard his No.2j Rocket XR-1.
“Yeah, I owe a lot to the car, but we’ve traveled a lot this year and it seems the more we travel, the better I get and the better the car gets. It’s just jiving right now.” stated Weaver in his victory lane interview.
Lear finished second, followed by Marvin Winters in the Frankie Gordon No.92, Jonathan DeHaven, and fifth place finisher Cody Kershner.
2017 Super Late Model track champion Kyle Lee climbed behind the wheel of the Walter Nichols No.75 Crate Late Model for the weekend, and swept the top honors with quick time, a heat race win, and wired the field from start to finish in the 25 lap feature event.
Lee lapped all the way up to the ninth place competitor in a dominating performance to the victory. Lee was trailed by a solid run from Tanner Kerr, Mike Franklin, Cory Lawler, and Jamie Sutphin.
Craig Parrill won the 20 lap Pure Stock feature. Parrill passed Ryan Sager for the lead on the second lap, and went on the rest of the way for his tenth win of the season. 2017 track champion Sean Dawson made a valiant effort to run the leader down, but simply ran out of laps to come home in second. They were followed by Brandon Churchey, Keith Koontz, and Jeremy Tinsman.
Jonathan Raley won a wild Hobby Stock feature for his sixth win of the season. Numerous passes were made throughout the 15 lap event from second through tenth , but no one was able to pass Raley for the win. T. J. Henry was second, Mike Duck was third, while Ryan Zook and Alex Boozel finished fourth and fifth.
The 4 Cylinder Mini-Stock feature was won by Tommy Whitt. Whitt took advantage of a late race restart to get around leader Jason Stoner, and was able to hold him off for the victory. Following Whitt and Stoner was Mike Kershner, Randy Linaburg, and Jacob Whitt.
Eric Boozel passed Chris Anderson on the fifth lap to take the lead in the 15 lap U-Car feature, and drove the remainder of the race in the lead to the record the win. They were followed by Ricky Weaver, Jr., Robbie Carroll, and Kent Leonard.
Notes: Weaver and Raley also swept the weekends in their respective divisions with quick time and heat heat race wins toward their overall feature wins.
143 cars competing in six divisions signed into the pit area on Friday evening. Four divisions were time trialed, and seventeen heat races were all completed in 3 ½ hours.
SCN Feature Results
Late Model Sportsman – 1. 2J-Justin Weaver, 2. 151-Kyle Lear, 3. 92-Marvin Winters, 4. 13D-Jonathan DeHaven, 5. 43-Cody Kershner, 6. 44X-Ralph Morgan Jr., 7. 8L-James Lichliter, 8. 37-Paul Cursey Jr., 9. D19-Dillan Stake, 10. 74-Derick Quade, 11. 1MD-Jeremy Miller, 12. 48-Donnie Farlling, 13. 11S-Austin Stover, 14. 87-Eric Irvin, 15. 67-Jonathan Oliver, 16. 8F-Taylor Farlling, 17. 88H-Kris Holliday, 18. 24R-John Rowland, 19. 16-Wayne Dillman, 20. 23-Tyler Emory, 21. 3-Trae Armel, 22. 000-Matt Nailor, 23. 24X-Daulton Bigler, – DNS -5-Alan Sagi
Crate Late Models – 1. 75-Kyle Lee, 2. 41*-Tanner Kerr, 3. 74-Mike Franklin, 4. 93L-Cory Lawler, 5. 18-Jamie Sutphin, 6. 5-Levi Crowl, 7. 48-Steve Lowery, 8. 32-Lindsey Barton, 9. 11-Trevor Collins, 10. 30K-Gunner Kerr, 11. 17-Ben Bowie, 12. 44S-Scott Sweeney, 13. 17H-Richard Hawkins, 14. 66-Dave Friedrich, 15. 2-Kevin Moore, 16. 4-Scott Sweeney Jr., 17. 85-Carl Biddle, 18. 95B-Timmy Booth
Pure Stocks – 1. 3-Craig Parrill, 2. S7-Sean Dawson, 3. 05-Brandon Churchey, 4. 08-Keith Koontz, 5. 8-Jeremy Tinsman, 6. T2-Brian Walls, 7. 22*-Ryan Sager, 8. 19-Danny Atherton, 9. 2*-Boyd Brode, 10. 56-Ed Pope, 11. 89-Scotty Nelson, 12. 6-Wayne Hawbaker, 13. 4-Nick DiBella, 14. 44-Frank DiBella, 15. 3T-Bubby Tharp, 16. 36A-Sam Archer, 17. 12R-Mike Raleigh, 18. 81F-Gary Calimer Jr., 19. 59S-Ryan Smith, 20. 64-William Crook, 21. 52-Mike Walls, 22. 21K-Kory Sites, 23. 65-Dillon Wilson
Hobby Stocks – 1. 92-Jonathan Raley, 2. 57H-TJ Henry, 3. 73B-Mike Duck, 4. 28-Ryan Zook, 5. 2-Alex Boozel, 6. 117-Kevin Imes, 7. 18D-Dylan Rutherford, 8. 14-Ryan Leister, 9. 44-Shawn Shoemaker, 10. 36A-Sam Archer, 11. 27-Davey Gross Jr., 12. 8-James Givens, 13. X53-Gregory Morgan, 14. 52-Jeff Dillon, 15. 11A-James Speelman, 16. 6-Joe Rodgers, 17. 73*-Amber Mills, 18. 99-Hilton Pickeral, 19. 17JR-Walt Peters, 20. 0-Jamie Mills, 21. 54-John Catlett, 22. 36-Mike Benton, 23. 03-Bryan Neff, 24. 30-Gary Breeden
4 Cylinder Mini-Stocks – 1. 44-Tommy Whitt, 2. 21-Jason Stoner, 3. 43X-Mike Kershner, 4. 17L-Randy Linaburg, 5. 33-Jacob Whitt, 6. 03-Kevin Thomas, 7. 17W-Matt Williamson, 8. 41-Vance Williams, 9. 18-Ronnie Garlock
U-Cars – 1. 151-Eric Boozel, 2. 15-Chris Anderson, 3. 21-Ricky Weaver Jr., 4. 69-Robbie Carroll, 5. 26L-Kent Leonard, 6. 40-Noah Swank, 7. 405-Justin Williamson, 8. 12-Kyle Rohrbaugh, 9. 11S-Charles Stallman, 10. 5-Josh RInger, 11. 00-Anthony Varner, 12. 64F-Travis Semple, 13. 26-Darren Howsare, 14. 57-Steven Martin, 15. 18V-Kala Varner, 16. 7UP-Brad Beatty, 17. 0-Robert Cutshall, 18. 35-Kermit Humbertson, 19. 81-Matthew Chronister, 20. 6W-Matt Worley, 21. 75-Steve Martin, 22. 64-Rusty Garlock, 23. 13-Brent Howell, 24. 2X-Shannon Weaver