By Brett Rose
HAGERSTOWN, MD – Justin Weaver set quick time with a new track record, won his heat race, and drove to his 29th career Late Model Sportsman feature win.
But it wasn’t without a battle as he briefly relinquished the lead to Spike Moore for a lap, and had Devin Hart hot on his heels in a three-way battle for the lead.
Just past the halfway mark of the 20 lapper, Weaver took control as Hart and Moore battled for second. Weaver maintained his composure through lapped traffic and a final restart with just two laps remaining.
Hart finished second, while Donnie Farlling sneaked past Moore on the last lap to take third, and Shawn Shoemaker slid into fifth place at the finish.
Jason Stoner wrestled the lead away from Rob Nichols on the third lap of the Pure Stock feature event, drove to a half-straightaway advantage by the halfway mark, and continued to pull away unchallenged to take the win of the 15 lap event.
It was his first career PS win, and third overall career win at Hagerstown.
Nichols had his hands full battling Jamey Swank for second, and stayed a car length ahead at the checkered flag at the finish. Rounding out the top five were Bryan Kerns and Khi Swanger.
Codey Breeden picked up his second win of the season and his career in the Hobby Stock feature event. He wired the field for 15 laps to score the win over Scot Sipes, Brady Daniels, Nathaniel Younker, and Jeff Dillon.
Notes: Fifty-four entries were welcomed back to the pit area for a return to racing at Hagerstown Speedway.
Saturday night’s event at Hagerstown Speedway was the first back in action since the Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek event on July 2. It marked the first time the track has held an event with zero spectators in the grandstands as directed under the COVID-19 orders by the Washington County Health Department.
This race served as a tuneup for the Frank Sagi Tribute/ARCH Festival coming up on Sunday, September 27.
Timed hot lap sessions were used to set the qualifying heat races giving the drivers an opportunity to set a new track record. Weaver reset the LMS mark with a lap of 19.135 seconds, breaking the previous mark of 19.280 set last season by Derick Quade.
Late Model Sportsman – 1. 2J-Justin Weaver; 2. 33K-Devin Hart; 3. 48-Donnie Farlling; 4. 48W-Greg Moore; 5. 44-Shawn Shoemaker; 6. 21-Chad Myers; 7. 8F-Taylor Farlling; 8. 9A-Kurt Zimmerman; 9. 25-Jonathan Raley; 10. 58-Randy Burkholder; 11. 88-Brian Miller; 12. 08K-Zach Kauffman; 13. 51-Cody Lear; 14. 88C-Chuck Cox III; 15. 17F-Bradley Feight; 16. 11-Joe Westerman Jr; 17. 68-DJ Groft; 18. 11W-Austin Warrenfeltz; 19. 12-Wes Hurd; 20. 2-Dan Zechman; 21. 81-Eddie Cornett; 22. 08-Keith Koontz; 23. 24R-John Rowland; 24. (DNS) 85-Rodney Walls; 25. (DNS) 99W-Garrett Walls; 26. (DNS) 151-Kyle Lear
Pure Stock – 1. 21-Jason Stoner; 2. 7N-Rob Nichols; 3. 22-Jamey Swank; 4. 83-Bryan Kerns; 5. 88-Khi Swanger; 6. 8-Jeremy Tinsman; 7. 2-Randy Zechman; 8. 69-Dwayne Snyder; 9. 19M-Bobby Meixsell; 10. 6-Wayne Hawbaker; 11. 28-John Miller; 12. 76-Mason Strait; 13. 57-Brandon Grubb; 14. 10J-Sherman Lynn
Hobby Stock – 1. 22-Codey Breeden; 2. 15-Scot Sipes; 3. 31-Nathaniel Younker; 4. 76-Brady Daniels; 5. 52-Jeff Dillon; 6. ZR1-Zack Reid; 7. 03-Jack Gose; 8. 12LC-Laura Chamberlain; 9. 67-Tony Daniels; 10. 88-Nick Fogel; 11. (DNS) 4-Ricky Michael; 12. (DNS) 64-William Crook; 13. (DNS) 00-Charles Noblitt; 14. (DNS) 57-William Ecton Jr