Shatzer Scores Hometown Win, Brannons 1-2 at Hagerstown
By Brett Rose
HAGERSTOWN, MD – Dylan Shatzer didn’t have far to go to pick up his first career win in IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car competition as the Hagerstown, Maryland resident became the seventh different IMCA RaceSaver winner in seven series events held at Hagerstown Speedway on Dad’s Night Out.
Shatzer dominated the 20 lap feature as he leapt into the lead from his fourth place start on the outside of Scott Lutz and Tom Humphries. Shatzer had a straightaway advantage over Lutz by the fifth circuit and lengthen his lead until Humphries came to a stop bring out a caution.
On the restart, Shatzer again pulled away from Lutz, but Jerald Harris entered into the fold as he got past Lutz for second. With just five laps remaining, Shatzer had another full straightway lead and maintained that margin until the checkered flag.
“I live in Hagerstown. It took me ten minutes to get here today, and it’s my second time racing here ever. Came out on top, so this one really means a lot in front of a lot friends and family”, said Shatzer.
Harris, Lutz, Donny Hendershot and Brad Mellott completed the top five.
Devin Brannon picked up his first career win in FASTRAK Crate Late Model action over his father Allen Brannon. The younger Brannon lead all of the 20 lapper while holding off the elder Brannon in a non-stop race.
Brannon said: “I knew the lapped traffic I seen it coming, and they was gonna be hard to get around, but, I thought my dad was gonna close in on me in lapped traffic and get around me, but I guess we did alright.”
Following the Brannons across the checkered flag was Tyler Bare who just nipped past Levi Crowl for third, and Tyler Hoy finished fifth.
Marvin Winters picked up the win in the 20 lap Late Model Sportsman feature driving the second car for racer Barry Miller. The McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania veteran got the jump over Justin Weaver at the start and wired the field for his 47th career win in the LMS division, and his first win in LMS competition since 2004.
Miller drove his new car to a solid third place finish, followed by Rodney Walls and Taylor Farlling.
Jamey Swank made a long tow to Hagerstown from Somerset, Pennsylvania and had a long way to go in the 15 lap Pure Stock feature as he took the win from his 16th-place start on the grid.
Swank passed race-long leader Craig Parrill coming off of turn three to the white flag and held off Parrill to claim his first career win at Hagerstown Spedway.
Following the lead duo at the finish in the top five were Bryan Kerns, Danny Atherton, and Joshua Bloom.
Jonathan Raley held off a hard charging Brady Daniels in a door-to-door battle to win the 15 lap Hobby Stock nightcap. Codey Breeden was third, followed by Sam Caravello in fourth, and Zach Reid in fifth.
Notes: Breeden claimed a $50 hard charger bonus courtesy of Team 11A Racing in memory of Vietnam War veteran and race fan Rodney Bulger and picked up an additional $50 bonus for finishing third in memory of former racer Eric Johnson.
FASTRAK racer Donnie Tepper suffered some misfortunes in his heat race as a few cars got together coming off of turn four causing him to barrel roll a couple of times. Tepper was uninjured.
89 entries across five divisions filled the pit area and another well-supported show of people in the grandstands continues a nice trend for the 2020 season at Hagerstown Speedway.
IMCA RaceSaver Sprints – 1. 75-Dylan Shatzer; 2. J9-Jerald Harris; 3. 33-Scott Lutz; 4. 31-Donny Hendershot; 5. 6X-Brad Mellott; 6. 44V-Daren Bolac; 7. R6-Reed Thompson; 8. 5K-Michael Keeton Jr; 9. 54M-Todd Lynn; 10. 88VA-Bill Rice; 11. 13-Kurt Knepper; 12. 43-Chris Ware; 13. 54-Matt Mullins; 14. 39-Tom Humphries; 15. (DNS) 77-Mike Leraas
FASTRAK Crate Late Models – 1. 37-Devin Brannon; 2. 30B-Allen Brannon; 3. 43A-Tyler Bare; 4. 5-Levi Crowl; 5. 71T-Tyler Hoy; 6. 200-Samuel Bryant; 7. 47-Matt Quade; 8. 66-Justin Kann; 9. 14C-Chuck Bowie; 10. 80-Joey Love; 11. 52-Bryan Benton; 12. M14-Transtan Stoner; 13. 15JR-Ronnie Martin Jr; 14. 27-Cuyler Upperman; 15. 14-Jennae Piper; 16. 12C-Cody Cubbage; 17. 215-Al Shawver Jr; 18. 12R-Michael Raleigh; 19. 38L-Nick Love; 20. 12-Wes Hurd; 21. 38-Carl Biddle; 22. (DNS) 9T-Donnie Tepper
Late Model Sportsman – 1. 88W-Marvin Winters; 2. 2J-Justin Weaver; 3. 88-Barry Miller; 4. 85-Rodney Walls; 5. 48-Donnie Farlling; 6. 82-Andy Fries; 7. 118-Sean Merkel; 8. 44-Shawn Shoemaker; 9. 08K-Zach Kauffman; 10. 53-Tyler Kirby; 11. 8-James Lichliter; 12. 21M-Chad Myers; 13. 8F-Taylor Farlling; 14. 2-Dan Zechman; 15. 11-Austin Warrenfeltz; 16. 21-Jakob Piper; 17. 99W-Garrett Walls; 18. 86-Scott Palmer; 19. 43-Cody Kershner; 20. 36-Sam Archer; 21. 24R-John Rowland
Pure Stock – 1. 22-Jamey Swank; 2. 34C-Craig Parrill; 3. 83-Bryan Kerns; 4. 19-Danny Atherton; 5. 00-Joshua Bloom; 6. 11-Dylan Rutherford; 7. 65-Dillon Wilson; 8. 2-Randy Zechman; 9. 88-Khi Swanger; 10. 56-Gregory Laird; 11. 6-Wayne Hawbaker; 12. 44-Gerald Burton; 13. 76-Mason Strait; 14. 69-Dwayne Snyder; 15. 03-Bryan Neff; 16. 51-Mark Patterson; 17. 10-Andrew Fertig
Hobby Stock – 1. 22-Jonathan Raley; 2. 76-Brady Daniels; 3. 14-Codey Breeden; 4. 41-Sam Caravello; 5. ZR1-Zack Reid; 6. 5-Charlie Clise; 7. 00-Charles Noblitt; 8. 45-John Catlett; 9. 75-Courtney Deshong; 10. 62-Dylan Beavers; 11. 12LC-Laura Chamberlain; 12. 03-Gary Breeden; 13. (DNS) 38M-Matt Mellott