By Brett Rose
HAGERSTOWN, MD – On a night filled with hard racing, caution flags, and attrition, survival was the name of the game during the Turn 5 Turn Around Small Car Nationals at Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday night as James Lichliter, Joey Zambotti, Kevin Thomas, and Adam Campbell each took home victories in their respective divisions.
Cody Kershner led the way in the 25 lap Late Model Sportsman feature through the first 15 laps that saw cautions for a multi-car melee in turn one, a restart with multiple cars jumping positions, and a red flag for Bruce Kane after a stuck throttle sent his car straight into the turn one guardrail. Kane emerged uninjured in the hard impact, and walked away.
As the action settled down, Lichliter was racing his way through the field from the eighth spot, and had moved into second earlier, but began to pounce on Kershner’s lead in the final ten laps as Kershner hit lapped traffic. Five laps later, Kershner and Lichliter battled for the lead and with four circuits remaining, Lichliter made the winning pass up top on turn four and drove his No. 8 to his first LMS win of the 2019 season worth $1,500.
“Every time I’d go one way, there was a lapped car and I was like ‘I gotta stay on this high side’ and I knew Cody’s car handling was going away on the last green flag stretch we had. I was trying to see where I could capitalize, and finally, I got hooked up”, said Lichliter.
Kershner held on to second, followed by Chad Myers in third, Andrew Yoder in fourth, and Barry Miler finished fifth.
Joey Zambotti had to work hard and survive to keep his perfect record of Pure Stock feature wins intact as he started 16th, and took the lead on lap 6 of 20 to score his 5th win in five races.
Not only did Zambotti make it through the spins and cautions from other drivers, he had to endure three more after taking the lead from ninth-place starte, and fellow Kittanning, PA resident Bob Egley. Zambotti’s feature win was worth $750.
Egley finished second, while Dan Zechman recovered from an early race spin to finish third. Rob Nichols was fourth, and Tony Stoneberger also recovered from an early spin to crack the top five.
Kevin Thomas is also undefeated in Hobby Stock competition as he is now 4 for 4 in feature wins. He didn’t run away from the whole field as he had Brady Daniels hot on his heels for most of the 20 lapper, but he had to hold off Daniels in a one lap shootout to the finish to earn the checkered flag, and $500.
Mike Fuller, John Catlett, and Kirk Lawson rounded out the top five.
Adam Campbell closed out the night with his first U-Car win at Hagerstown worth $300. Campbell took the top spot from Matt Worley around halfway, and never looked back.
Travis Brown got around Worley before the end to grab the runner-up spot, while Robbie Carroll and Eric Boozel took home fouth and fifth, respectively.
Notes: There were 75 race teams pit side for the Turn 5 Turn Around SCN. Thanks go out to all the teams that supported this type of event that usually takes place later in the season.
Kershner, Zechman, Thomas, and Worley were guaranteed starters for the Turn 5 SCN from wins in 2018 that would have guaranteed them in the running of the SCN last October that got rained out.
Justin Weaver used an off night from the Coleman Farms No.72 Super Late Model to drive his own familiar No.2J in the LMS division. The 2018 LMS and Mason Dixon Shootout champion won his heat race and was scheduled to start outside the front row when it appeared that the car broke something in the rear end on the first pace lap ending his chance to race for the win.
Kirk Lawson made the tow from Delaware to race in Hobby Stocks with a unique, yet nostalgic looking machine featuring a 1957 Chevy Bel Air body.
Late Model Sportsman – 1. 8-James Lichliter , 2. 43-Cody Kershner,  3. 21-Chad Myers, ; 4. 2-Andrew Yoder, ; 5. 88-Barry Miller, ; 6. 74-Derick Quade, ; 7. 33K-Devin Hart,  8. 86-Scott Palmer, ; 9. 44S-Shawn Shoemaker, ; 10. K20-Kadden Smith, ; 11. 11B-Ronnie Bottenfield, ; 12. 17K-Steve Kent, ; 13. 13-Brad McGinnis, ; 14. 53-Tyler Kirby, ; 15. 72D-Dale Murphy, ; 16. D34-Curtis Dunn, ; 17. 77S-Elwood Sord, ; 18. 08-Keith Koontz, ; 19. 99*-Rick Singleton, ; 20. 3-Tyler Ritchey, ; 21. 85-Rodney Walls, ; 22. 1K-Bruce Kane, ; 23. 2C-Steve Campbell, ; 24. 48W-Greg Moore, ; 25. 33-Gino Comi, ; 26. 38-Carl Biddle, ; 27. 39-Tom Chaffins,  DNS-Justin Weaver, Jonny Oliver
Pure Stock – 1. 948-Joey Zambotti, ; 2. 30-Bob Egley, ; 3. 2-Dan Zechman, ; 4. 7N-Rob Nichols, ; 5. 12S-Tony Stoneberger, ; 6. 6-Wayne Hawbaker, ; 7. 19-Danny Atherton, ; 8. 31H-Greg Hainsey, ; 9. 55-Kevin Boyer, ; 10. 19M-Bobby Meixsell, ; 11. 34-Brian Luttrell, ; 12. 65-Dillon Wilson, ; 13. 25-Jeremy Mills, ; 14. 83-Bryan Kerns, ; 15. S7-Doug Hoffman, ; 16. 81F-Dylan Welsh, ; 17. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer, ; DNS- Tike Loizos
Hobby Stock – 1. 03-Kevin Thomas, ; 2. 76-Brady Daniels, ; 3. 19-Mike Fuller, ; 4. 45-John Catlett, ; 5. X-Kirk Lawson, ; 6. X53-Gregory Morgan, ; 7. 0-Jamie Mills, ; 8. 12LC-Laura Chamberlain, ; 9. 4-Chuckie Johnson, ; 10. 17-Don Murphy, ; 11. 99-Hilton Pickeral, ; 12. 43-Jason Sarver, ; 13. 141-Tom Caravello, ; 14. 64-William Crook, ; 15. 10-Drew Fertig, ; 16. 25-Rodney Miner, ; 17. 41-Sam Caravello, ; 18. 52-Ron Benton, ; 19. 11A-James Speelman, ; 20. 51-Seth Jones,  DNS -Chet Morris
U-Cars – 1. 2C-Adam Campbell, ; 2. 47-Travis Brown, ; 3. 6-Matt Worley, ; 4. 69-Robbie Carroll, ; 5. 265-Eric Boozel, ; 6. 2T-Tim Campbell, ; 7. 19-Tim Raup, ; 8. 01-Kayla Bookwalter, ; 9. 81-Matthew Chronister,