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A tribute to Frank Sagi

Coming up this Saturday night, Hagerstown Speedway will present the Frank Sagi Tribute in honor of the man who was long known and remembered for being “The Voice of the Hagerstown Speedway”.

Sagi, whose name was synonymous with the speedway, began announcing at the track in 1957 when the previous announcer quit and handed him the microphone. Sagi continued to announce the races for an additional 39 years after having the job thrust upon him.

Sagi passed away at age 78 in 2012, and had been retired from announcing for several years, but he was still a regular sight at Hagerstown as he continued follow the racing career of his son Alan Sagi.  Many racers and fans to this day will say that there was no better announcer than Frank Sagi.

Sagi was best known for a few catch phrases that became part of his trademark style.

In the time between hot lap warmups and heat races, Sagi would say: “The long chutes and wide-sweeping turns of this fabulous clay oval will allow the drivers ample room to live life in the fast lane as they battle for the checkered flag. And now before we present the cars and stars of the oval world, we ask you to please rise as we proudly present our National Anthem”.

And just as the main feature event of the evening was getting ready get started, Sagi would always shout over the speakers and ask “Who’s got the hot shoe tonight?” Then he’d name off a few driver’s names to get a reaction from the crowd.

Even at the conclusion of a night of racing before signing off, Sagi always said “Be careful driving home and always remember that speed is for the speedways, and not for the highways.”

That’s just really a tidbit of greatness that came from Frank Sagi. The excitement that came from Sagi’s voice when announcing a race was genuine. He really loved auto racing.

As of now, many former retired drivers and car owners are expected to be on hand to celebrate the memories of Sagi. Just about everyone that will be there on Saturday night had the privilege to be interviewed by Sagi after winning a race.

Leading the list of names of racers attending the Frank Sagi Tribute are former track champions Denny Bonebrake, Buddy Armel, Jeff Robinson, Sam Nalley, Nathan Durboraw, Tom Peck, Dave Wilt, Dan Sullivan, Marvin Lescalleet, Wayne Walls, Jr., and nearly sixty more legends and car owners that have raced at Hagerstown Speedway while Sagi worked at the track.

Along with many sponsors stepping forward with extra prize money, gift certificates, and product awards, this is sure to be a night to remember. The Pure Stock winner will get $880 and the Hobby Stock winner will get $350 which is a considerable increase in payout versus a regular show.

The Pure Stock feature for this Saturday’s Frank Sagi Tribute will pay a whopping $880 to win for the normal 15-lap distance.  This increased pay is being made possible by the generous contribution of Jeremy Miller and Miller Steel Fabrication of Littlestown, Pa.  Jeremy scored the first of his 40-plus career Hagerstown Speedway feature wins in his very first visit to the track in 1988, winning a special midweek Pure Stock invitational event.  Jeremy was interviewed by Frank Sagi for the first time that night after his win, which is why he wants this Saturday night’s feature winner to receive $880, in remembrance of that win in 1988.  There will also be increased pay and bonuses available for finishing positions throughout the rundown, making this week’s race one of the most lucrative of the season for the very competitive Pure Stock division.
For more information about this grand event, call the track office at301-582-0640.
Drivers and Car Owners Attending:
Buddy Armel
Charlie Beeler
Jake Beard
Jack Bland
Denny Bonebrake
Junior Boone
John Burkholder
Ronnie Byers
Creed Calton
Gerald Chamberlain
John Chamberlain
Roland Cox
Gerald Davis
Ralph Davis
Roy Deese, Sr.
Ronnie DeHaven, Sr.
Larry Dietrich
Nathan Durboraw
Gary Dyer
Walter Dyer
Jim Edmonds
Wayne Feathers
Gerry Fries
Bob Friese
Walter Hammond
Buddy Harbaugh
Mike Harbaugh
Rick Harbaugh
Larry Hines
Brent Hottle
Tim Hottle
Mike Kendall
Irvin King
Barry Klinedinst
Scott LeBarron
Marvin Lescalleet
Jim McBee
Jeremy Miller
Ben Milliken
Kendall Moore
George Moreland
Tom Myers
Sam Nalley
Lynn Paxton
Tom Peck
Frankie Plessinger
Buck Rees
Jeff Robinson
Al Shawver, Sr.
Brent Smith
Jimmy Spence
JT Spence
Mert Stine
Dan Sullivan
Charlie Tabor
Richard Walls
Wayne Walls, Sr.
Mike Warrenfeltz
Bud Watson
Pete Weaver
Charlie Weirman
David Wilt
Larry Wright
Don Zechman
Sponsors :
*Champion Auto Sales – Winchester, Va.
*Miller Steel Fabrication – Littlestown, Pa.
*Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic – Finksburg, Md.
*Outback Motor Speedway slot car track – Winchester, Va.
*Bernheisel Race Cars – Jonestown, Pa.
*KRS Graphics – Mechanicsburg, Pa.
*Hershey’s Racing Engines – Chambersburg, Pa.
*LeBarron’s Auto Salvage – Dover, Pa.
*Jeff Sweitzer Oval Research – York, Pa.
*Round Hill Auto Service – Round Hill, Va.
*Chaz’s Used Auto Parts – Taneytown, Md.
*Pancho’s Racing Products – Hanover, Pa.
*Need-a-Sign Graphics – Winchester, Va.
*Appalachian Mountain Speedweek
*The Bearded Buck
*Rocket Chassis – Shinnston, WV
*Roy Rogers – Hagerstown, MD.
*Strange Oval Products – Morton Grove, Illinois
*Racing Optics – Las Vegas, Nevada
*ASI Racewear – Patchogue, N.Y.
*Quartermaster Clutches – Lake Zurich, Illinois
*A&C Racing Engines – Hagerstown, MD.
*Bell Helmets
*Mapco Driveshafts – Sunbury, Pa.
*KRC Power Steering – Kennesaw, Georgia
*Sites’ Garage – St. Thomas, Pa.
*Port City Racing – Muskegon, Michigan
*Shearer Custom Speed – McConnellsburg, Pa.
*Wilwood Engineering – Camarillo, California
*Joe’s Racing Products – Everett, Washington
*Sign Design by Bill Funk – Marion, Pa.
*K&K Machine – Glen Burnie, MD.
*Sites’ Custom Racing Bumpers – St. Thomas, Pa.
*Cizmar Pop Rivets – Girard, Ohio
*Shaffer’s Auto Salvage – Mercersburg, Pa.
*AR Bodies – Greenbrier, Tenn.
*Booze Brothers Performance – Marion, Pa.

Crate Late Models, Sagi Tribute to Cap off June


As we roll into the summer stretch during our 70th Anniversary season, Hagerstown Speedway caps off the month of June with three shows sure to please the racing fan.

Crate Late Models join the card with our regular divisions over the next two races on June 10 and June 17, making each night an action-packed, exciting 5 division lineup at no extra cost to the race fan.

Then on June 24, we are proud to present the Frank Sagi Tribute in honor of the former longtime “Voice of the Hagerstown Speedway”.

To celebrate the night of tribute to the late Frank Sagi, numerous retired drivers will be appearing at the track. Denny Bonebrake, Buddy Armel, Larry Gorman, Sam Nalley, Jeff Robinson, Buck Rees, Larry Hines, Ben Milliken, Ronnie Byers, Buddy Harbaugh, Jim Spence, J.T. Spence, and Jeremy Miller will be on hand to see “Who’s got the Hot Shoe” on this special night at “The Capitol of Dirt Track Racing”.

Gates open at 5pm, and race time is set for 7pm each night. General admission is $15, Students/Seniors/Military $10, kids age 12 and under are free, and pit admission is $30.

For more information, call (301) 582-0640.

Weather Forces Cancellation of Racing at Hagerstown Speedway on 5-27 LM Speedweek up next this Wednesday night


HAGERSTOWN, MD – Heavy rains on Friday, morning showers on Saturday, and an unfavorable forecast of weather throughout the evening led officials to cancel racing activity at Hagerstown Speedway this weekend.

Coming up next is a special Wednesday night event on May 31 with the opening round of the 2017 Appalachian Mountain Dirt Late Model Speedweek Series competing for $4,000 to win. Joining the AMDLMSS will be the Pure Stock division in an open competition, home track rules format.

Pure Stocks will be awarded 25 show points only.

Race time is set to begin at 7:30. General admission is $20, Students/Seniors/Military $15, Kids 12 and under are free, and pit admission is $35.

The AMDLMSS show is one of our biggest shows of the year that you will not want to miss. So come on out to “The Capitol of Dirt Track Racing” and see some of the best Super Late Model racers along with some of the best Pure Stock teams in the region on a mid-week special event.

Mason-Dixon Series, LM Speedweek, and Fan Appreciation Night next at Hagerstown Speedway


HAGERSTOWN, MD – Three big nights of racing highlight the next two weekends, with a big show in between at Hagerstown Speedway that fans surely don’t want to miss.

On May 27, the Mason-Dixon Shootout Series for 358/Limited Late Models make their debut visit to the Hub City oval. The new series created this year for the Limited Late Model racers have enjoyed some early success at other tracks boasting good car counts racing for some increased prize money.

They will be also be joined by our regular lineup of Super Late Models, Pure Stock, and Hobby Stock divisions.

Another special feature beginning on May 27 is new pricing for students aged 13-17, senior citizens age 60 and over, along with military personnel with proper I.D. For this show, the new discounted pricing for students, seniors, and military will be $12. Regular admission will be $15 for grandstands and $30 for pit admission.

A Wednesday night special on May 31 brings the opening night of the Appalachian Mountain Dirt Late Model Speedweek Series. The popular week of racing for Super Late Models comes back to one of the original tracks that has been part of the AMDLMSS since its inception. The $4,000 to win race is sure to bring out some of the top regional SLM talent.

Joining the series will be the Pure Stock division for a Home Track Rules feature event. Race time for this special evening begins at7:30pm. General admission is $20, students/seniors/military is $15, and pit admission is $35.

Then on Saturday, June 3, Hagerstown Speedway presents Fan Appreciation Night. Super Late Models get the night off as the Late Model Sportsman will be the headline division, along with the Pure Stocks and Hobby Stocks. Fans can get general grandstand admission for $7, while students/seniors/and military will be admitted for just $5. Regular pit admission of $30 still applies.

On June 10, the student/senior/military rate for regular shows will be $10. And as always, kids age 12 and under are still free.

Make sure you mark these events on your calendar, and come join us as we continue to celebrate our 70th anniversary of racing. We look forward to having you visit “The Capitol of Dirt Track Racing”.

Call (301) 582-0640 for more information.

Student and Armed Forces Appreciation Night up next at Hagerstown Speedway

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Coming up this Saturday night on May 20 will be Student Night and Armed Forces Appreciation night at Hagerstown Speedway.

All students age 17 and under, graduating high school seniors, and all active or retired military with proper I.D. will receive free general grandstand admission to the speedway.  Plus all senior citizens will also get in FREE.

Joining our regular program of Thomas All Things Automotive Super Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Pure Stock, and Hobby Stock divisions on the card will be a 4 Cylinder Demolition Derby presented by Thompson’s Towing of Clear Spring, MD to cap off the night.

General admission is $15, and pit admission is $30. Gates open at 5pm, and race time goes off at 7pm.

Cruzin For K-9s

Hello everyone - SAVE THE DATE!
Sat May 20th 9am-4pm

Tickets are $20.00 per vehicle - $10.00 per motorcycle.

We are planning for a full day of events to support our K9 officers, some of the events that have already been planned are as follows. (More will be added once they are finalized.)

As you know we have lost too many of our officers in blue both human and K9 and therefore the day will begin with a Memorial Ride to remember those we have lost.

The Convoy will consist of 4-wheel drive and Motorcycles who will leave M & S Harley-Davidson, Inc.. in Chambersburg and arrive at Hagerstown Speedway who has donated their facility to kick off the event. We are happy to have Chuck Timbrook Blackout leading the way.

Once the event kicks off at the speedway we will have lots of events which will include but will not be limited to:

K9 Demonstrations
Meet & Greets with K9 Officers
Show and Shine for all types of 4-Wheel Drives and Motorcycles

Hoping to see everyone there - please stay tuned as updates will be coming.