Melair Collects Career First in PASS 305 Sprints Saturday at Hagerstown” // “Altobelli Flag to Flag in Mid Atlantic Mod Contest”

By Doug Watson
 
     Hagerstown, MD (6-19-21)- Warrington Pa’s Mike Melair drove to his first career PASS 305 Sprint Car feature win last Saturday at Hagerstown speedway. Melair’s winning run, the first of his Sprint Car career, made him the second different winner in 305 action at the track this season.
     Melair drew the pole for the start of the 25-lap main and made the most of his good fortune as he would lead the distance in an event that featured only one quick caution period. “We had a good car all night and when we drew the pole for the feature I knew I had to make the most of it.” Superb track conditions aided Melair in his winning drive. “This place was awesome tonight, you could race all over it and it definitely was a lot of fun.” Mikell McGee, Domenic Melair, Ryan Lynn and Garrett Bard would complete the top five. Heats for the 30 cars entered went to Mike Melair, Dylan Shatzer and Mikell McGee with Austin Reed winning the consolation.
     In the 25-lap Mid Atlantic Modified feature, Michael Altobelli took the lead at the drop of the green flag and drove off uncontested to score his first win of the season and career 4th Hagerstown feature win. “It feels good to finally get one here after all the second places we’ve had here this season.” Altobelli stated post race. “We had an awesome car all night long and a big thanks to the crew and all our sponsors.” Ray Kable, Justin Cullum, Doug Stine and Rick Hulson would round out the top-five. Heats went to Altobelli and Cullum.
    In Stock car action, red-hot Cody Kershner drove to his second consecutive, and 3rd win of the season in the 15-lap Pure stock main with Jack Gose driving the race of his young career to collect his first ever Hagerstown feature win in the nightcap 15-lap Hobby Stock contest.
 
PASS 305 Sprint Car feature finish 
Mike Melair, Mikell McGee, Domenic Melair, Ryan Lynn, Garrett Bard, Dylan Shatzer, Ken Duke Jr., Scott Lutz, Devin Brenneman, Jason Roush, Austin Reed, Donny Hendershot, Drew Young, Michael Alleman, Mike Lerass, Josh Spicer, Erin Statler, Brad Mellott, Jarrett Cavalet, Will. Brunson, Ron Aurand, Bill Rice, Steve Kenewell Jr., Scott Frack DNQ- Vance Berry, Chris Ware, Matt Mullins, Kurt Knepper, Reed Thompson, Rowdy Heffner
 
Mid Atlantic Modified feature finish 
Michael Altobelli, Ray Kable, Justin Cullum, Doug Stine, Rick Hulson, Jimmy Jesmer Jr., TJ DeHaven, Tom Wakefield, Michael Pappas, Anthony Lupini, Frank DiBella, Nick DiBella, Blane Sellers, Andy Bosley DNS-Beau Aikey, Tony Wuest
 
Pure Stock feature finish 
Cody Kershner, Brian Booze, Jason Stoner, Jeremy Tinsman, Josh Bloom, Bobby Meixsall, Deakon Snyder, Bryan Kerns, Wayne Hawbaker, Bryan Bowersox, Sherman Lynn, Jeremy Mills, Jamey Swank
 
Hobby Stock feature finish 
Jack Gose, Trevor Larrick, Mike Fuller, Nathaniel Younker, Davey Gross Jr., Dylan Beavers, Carter Shank, Ricky Michael DNS- Cody Breeden

Larrick, Kershner, Lear, and Hardy Take Feature Wins

Cody Kershner took the checkered flag in the Pure Stock Division after starting third. Halfway through the race Kershner was able to get to the second position and pass for the lead just two laps later. He would go on to score his second victory of the season.

“We should have won four five races by now,” Kershner said. “We have overcome a lot of adversity over the last few weeks. It feels good to be back here.”

Brian Booze finished second and Jason Stoner finished third.

Kyle Hardy took the checkered flag in the Crate Late Model division. He led every single one of the 20 laps. Chuck Bowie got close a few times but just couldn’t keep up with Hardy.

“This is just a family effort and I really enjoy racing here,” Hardy said. “I’ve been fortunate to race a lot here and it has helped me become better over the years.”

Chuck Bowie finished second and Steve Lowery finished third.

Kyle Lear also led every single lap in route to a dominating win in the Late Model Sportsman division. Lear started on the front row and from the very beginning was out front.

“I’ve been working on this car for the last three days nonstop,” Lear said. “Now we are here in victory lane and it feels really good.”

Taylor Farlling finished second and Donnie Farlling finished third.

The last race of the night featuring the Hobby Stocks was great from start to finish. Side by side battles all over the track that ended in a photo finish. Trevor Larrick won by approximately a foot to secure his second win of the season.

“I’m thankful that everyone raced me clean,” Larrick said. “It has been a great season for us.”

Brady Daniels finished second and Scot Sipes finished third.

Stremme, Walls, Swank, Breeden visit Victory Lane

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The night started out with plenty of excitement as the Pure Stock Division got things started. The second row of cars made it four wide on the initial start causing the 2+2 of Cody Kershner and the six of Wayne Hawbaker to wreck. Kershner would regain his initial starting spot of third and would charge to the front shortly after. With five laps to go, the 2+2 pulled off the track with engine troubles as Jamey Swank would go on to score the victory.

“That was one heck of a race,” Swank said. “We were at the right place at the right time.”

Jeremy Tinsman finished second and Deakon Snyder finished third.

The Late Model Sportsman Feature also had trouble at the very start of the race. The 151 of Kyle Lear and 19 of Danny Atherton got together sending the 151 to hit the inside wall hard, causing a red flag. Once the race got restarted, the 39 of Ryan Walls took the early commanding lead. At lap eight, the 92 of Frankie Gordon traded the lead with Walls for a few laps. Eight laps in, Walls took the lead for the final time and never looked back.

“I wanted new tires for the cars before the race, checked the budget and decided not to get them,” Walls said. “It turned out we didn’t need them.”

Taylor Farlling finished second and Donnie Farlling finished third.

Next was the Mid Atlantic Modified Feature and it was a dominate performance from former NASCAR star David Stremme as he led flag to flag. In the middle of the race, the seven of Drake Troutman tried hard to catch Stremme and ran the cushion the entire time until he jumped it on lap 15. Stremme never looked back.

“We came down here to try some things,” Stremme said. “We really like this place; we will definitely be back.”

Michael Altobelli finished second and Drake Troutman finished third.

The night concluded with the Hobby Stock Feature that had plenty of action throughout. Codey Breeden and Trevor Larrick battled for most of the race, but a late race caution came out with three to go. Breeden would capitalize on his inside starting position and take the lead, never looking back.

“That caution saved me big time,” Breeden said. “It has been a tough season for us, so it feels good to finally get a good result.”

Lane Hessong finished second and Trevor Larrick finished third.