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By Phil Marshall
It was quite the night for Gary Stuhler as he took the checkered flag in the Super Late Model feature after starting ninth. After a big wreck on lap three that took out four cars, Stuhler took advantage of a restart on lap 10 to take the lead but lost it right away in the next corner to the 48 of Colton Flinner. The very next lap, Flinner jumped the cushion in turn four and Stuhler took the lead and never looked back.
“Colton probably would have won if he hadn’t jumped the cushion,” Stuhler said. “It has been a long time since we have been in victory lane and I feel very fortunate to be here.”
Matt Cosner finished in the runner-up position and Tyler Bare finished third.
Scot Sipes wins for the third consecutive week in dramatic fashion by beating Trevor Larrick in a photo finish. Sipes beat Larrick to the line by a half car length. It wasn’t easy for Sipes as he had to work his way to get there. Sipes started third and got to second on lap three and raced door to door with Larrick to take the lead on lap eight. The battle went back and forth lap after lap, but in the end Sipes got to the line first.
“I am so thankful that he raced me clean,” Sipes said. “It just doesn’t get any better than this.”
Trevor Larrick finished second, and Dylan Beavers scored a podium finish in third.
Drake Troutman scored the victory in the Mid-Atlantic Modified feature event after starting mid-pack in ninth. The 747 of Jimmy Jesmer started in second and took the early lead. He didn’t stay there for long after contact with the 11 of Brad Kling on the backstretch causing Jesmer to spin into turn three. The 81 of Steve Axtell Jr took the lead with eight laps to go but was chased down by Troutman. Troutman took the second position with six laps to go and then took the lead with four to go and never looked back.
“I found something when I went to the top groove,” Troutman said. “We raced last night and had a lot of work to do to get here today and I’m very glad we were able to pull it off tonight.”
Brad Kling finished in the second position, and Steve Axtell Jr finished in third.
The first points race of the Hagerstown Speedway season started off in the late afternoon with the sun beating down on the track and ended under dark skies and much cooler temperatures.
Devin Hart claimed the victory in the Late Model Sportsman main event. Hart started ninth in the 33K and gradually worked his way to the front. He drove his way to the second position within the first five laps and took the lead on lap seven after the 86 of Scott Palmer jumped the cushion in turns one and two. After that, he never looked back and won by over a straightaway to second place finisher Donnie Farlling.
“I really can’t believe this, I really struggled in the heat race,” Hart said. “In the feature, we were really decent in both ends and it really paid off later in the run.”
Jonathan Raley rounded out the podium with a third-place finish.
Joey Zambotti took the checkered flag in the Pure Stocks main event after completing multiple slide-jobs. Zambotti took the lead from Dillon Wilson on lap two. After a caution on the next restart, Zambotti drove too deep into the corner and created a great three-way battle with Wilson and the 22 of Cody Kershner halfway through the race. Zambotti completed another slide-job pass with seven laps to go for the lead and the rest was history.
“It was great that there were so many great cars that could win tonight,” Zambotti said. “The track was rough, but we were fortunate enough to get past that and take the win.”
Dillon Wilson ended up in the runner-up position and Jeremy Tinsman finished third.
Scot Sipes took the win in the Hobby Stock main event, making it two wins in consecutive weeks. After starting on the pole, Sipes never looked back leading all 15 laps. He fought off an early charge from Mike Fuller, and Trevor Larrick midway through the race. Several cautions plagued the event but that did not stop Sipes from going back-to-back.
“Halfway through the race I saw my air cleaner wobbling and I thought it was going to come off,” Sipes said. “I was begging for it to stay on because I knew we could bring it home if it did.”
Chad Brill finished second and Dylan Beavers finished third.
Tanner Kerr scored his first Hagerstown Speedway win in the Fastrak Crate Model main event. Only six cars took the green flag and only three were left at the finish. Kerr fought off Steve Lowery early in the race before he retired after 15 laps in for car damage. Kerr would go on to lead all 20 laps of the event.
“This place has a special place in my heart,” Kerr said. “I grew up in turns one and two racing at the quarter midget track, so it means a lot for me and my family that we were able to pull this off today.”
Adam Plume ended up the event in the second position. Bryce Wenger finished third.
The Interstate Batteries Hard Charger Award is granted to the competitor who gains the most positions in the Pure Stock and Late Model Sportsman division. Cuyler Upperman in Late Model Sportsman gained 13 positions to achieve the award. Deaken Snyder gained three positions to claim the award in the Pure Stock division.