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.