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Gary Stuhler wins Super Late Models, Sipes takes the checkered flag in photo finish, and Drake Troutman wins Mid-Atlantic Modified feature

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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.

Hart Wins Late Model Sportsman, Kerr Takes Crates, Zambotti Claims Pure Stocks, and Sipes Wins Back-to-Back in Hobby Stocks.

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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.

Walls leads all 20 laps in Hagerstown Season Opener

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Rodney Walls led from green to checker to win the season opener at the Hagerstown Speedway. Walls fought off a late charge from Frankie Gordon, Scott Palmer and Tyler Emory who finished second, third, and fourth.

“We worked on our program all winter and think we are pretty good so far this year,” Walls said. “I chose a softer tire today and it really paid off. I hope we can continue this next week.”

The race ran caution free with Walls leading every lap.

Interstate Battery Hard Charger Awarded to Zak Kauffman.

Jason Stoner captured the victory in dominate fashion in the season opener at Hagerstown. Cody Kershner started on pole but did not stay in the front for long as the 81J of Jamie Zentmyer took the early lead. Stoner took the lead on lap two and never looked back, taking the 15-lap feature.

“We were hoping to pick up where we left off last season,” Stoner said. “I plan to run Hagerstown full time this year and our team is really excited about it.”

Jamie Zentmyer ended the day in second position, Dillon Wilson came in third, and Bryan Kerns finished fourth.

Interstate Battery Hard Charger Awarded to Bobby Meixsell.

Corey Almond takes the checkered in the season opener for the crate late models at the Hagerstown Speedway. The race featured numerous passes in the top positions. Early in the race, Justin Fulton was going for the lead but jumped the cushion and lost several positions. He would later catch the leader back down before spinning out and nosing his car into the infield fence that caused a late caution. After a late restart, Corey Almond took advantage of the restart and drove to the win.

“If it weren’t for the late restart, I don’t think I would be standing here right now,” Almond said. “We were fortunate to get caught up to the leaders late and we took advantage on the restart and that’s how we got where we are. We are incredibly happy to start the season strong.”

Tyler Hoy finished second, Justin Kann in third, and Al Shawver Jr. in fourth.

Bumping and banging. That is what Scott Sipes and Codey Breeden did for the last half of the race. Trading the lead several times, the two made contact on numerous occasion which resulted in Breeden spinning out in turn four with a few laps to go. He was able to recover to finish second despite his difficulty. The crowd was on their feet as it was easily the most exciting race of the day.

“It has been 15 years since I last won a race, so this is a special day,” Sipes said. “I just can’t believe it. It is great to be back in victory lane.”

Jack Gose finished third, and William Crook finished fourth.

Weaver Runs Table to Win at Hagerstown

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.

Feature Results

Late Model Sportsman – 1. 2J-Justin Weaver[1]; 2. 33K-Devin Hart[9]; 3. 48-Donnie Farlling[2]; 4. 48W-Greg Moore[7]; 5. 44-Shawn Shoemaker[10]; 6. 21-Chad Myers[6]; 7. 8F-Taylor Farlling[5]; 8. 9A-Kurt Zimmerman[4]; 9. 25-Jonathan Raley[8]; 10. 58-Randy Burkholder[13]; 11. 88-Brian Miller[17]; 12. 08K-Zach Kauffman[11]; 13. 51-Cody Lear[18]; 14. 88C-Chuck Cox III[21]; 15. 17F-Bradley Feight[15]; 16. 11-Joe Westerman Jr[25]; 17. 68-DJ Groft[20]; 18. 11W-Austin Warrenfeltz[22]; 19. 12-Wes Hurd[23]; 20. 2-Dan Zechman[16]; 21. 81-Eddie Cornett[19]; 22. 08-Keith Koontz[3]; 23. 24R-John Rowland[24]; 24. (DNS) 85-Rodney Walls; 25. (DNS) 99W-Garrett Walls; 26. (DNS) 151-Kyle Lear

Pure Stock – 1. 21-Jason Stoner[1]; 2. 7N-Rob Nichols[2]; 3. 22-Jamey Swank[3]; 4. 83-Bryan Kerns[4]; 5. 88-Khi Swanger[8]; 6. 8-Jeremy Tinsman[6]; 7. 2-Randy Zechman[5]; 8. 69-Dwayne Snyder[7]; 9. 19M-Bobby Meixsell[10]; 10. 6-Wayne Hawbaker[9]; 11. 28-John Miller[12]; 12. 76-Mason Strait[11]; 13. 57-Brandon Grubb[13]; 14. 10J-Sherman Lynn[14]

Hobby Stock – 1. 22-Codey Breeden[2]; 2. 15-Scot Sipes[5]; 3. 31-Nathaniel Younker[6]; 4. 76-Brady Daniels[3]; 5. 52-Jeff Dillon[7]; 6. ZR1-Zack Reid[8]; 7. 03-Jack Gose[9]; 8. 12LC-Laura Chamberlain[4]; 9. 67-Tony Daniels[1]; 10. 88-Nick Fogel[12]; 11. (DNS) 4-Ricky Michael; 12. (DNS) 64-William Crook; 13. (DNS) 00-Charles Noblitt; 14. (DNS) 57-William Ecton Jr

Grum Memorial Accolades Go to Kyle Larson

By Brett Rose

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Kyle Larson has been using his time back racing Sprint Cars on a regular basis to his advantage of late in collecting quite a few wins over the last few weeks.

Larson, out of Elk Grove, California drove the Paul Silva No.57 to victory at Hagerstown Speedway on Thursday night in a dominating drive to win the Johnny Grum Memorial in Round 7 of Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek.

Larson out powered Brock Zerafoss from the pole to maintain the lead coming off of turn two. As the laps clicked down, Larson masterfully navigated through traffic using every groove possible.

As Larson pulled away, Zearfoss, Sammy Swindell, and Brent Marks battled for second, while Danny Dietrich had his hands full racing with Rico Abreu.

Swindell and Marks swapped spots in the runner-up position, and Marks settled in around Swindell before the only caution flag waved on Lap 23 for the spun car of Zearfoss.

On the restart, Larson pulled away from Marks over the final seven laps to take his first career win at Hagerstown. Swindell finished third, followed by Abreu and 2019 Grum Memorial winner Freddie Rahmer in fifth.

“My car was really good……….I could go mostly wherever I wanted to and that helps, especially racing in lapped traffic”, said Larson. “I felt like I lapped a lot of people, so I wanted it to stay green. I felt like I had a big enough gap over second, but I didn’t want to see that caution because I didn’t know where Brent (Marks) was running behind me.”

Notes: Thirty-two teams were pit side on a very warm July evening for the fourth running of the event to honor Grum, the 1966 and 1969 Super Modified/Sprint Car champion.

Out of those 32 cars, Larson was the quickest turning a lap of 15.593 seconds around the Hub City half-mile oval. Larson just missed the weight limit era record of 15.580 seconds set by T.J. Stutts in 2017.

The overall record is still held by Mark Kinser with a 14.945 lap time that has stood since 1999.

Heat winners were Kyle Reinhardt, Marks, Ryan Smith, and Swindell. Robbie Kendall was the B-Main winner.

Feature Results

410 Sprints (30 laps) – 1. Kyle Larson, 2. Brent Marks, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Freddie Rahmer, 6. Anthony Macri, 7. Ryan Smith, 8. Danny Dietrich, 9. Chase Dietz (Hard Charger), 10. Mike Wagner, 11. Brock Zearfoss, 12. Kyle Moody, 13. Kyle Reinhardt, 14. Logan Wagner, 15. Chad Trout, 16. Brett Michalski, 17. Robert Ballou, 18. T.J. Stutts, 19. Jared Esh, 20. Justin Whittal, 21. Brandon Rahmer, 22. Lucas Wolfe, 23. Dylan Cisney, 24. Robbie Kendall.

LMS Duals to Emory & Walls

By Brett Rose

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Tyler Emory and Garrett Walls each found themselves with Late Model Sportsman feature wins at Hagerstown Speedway. For Emory, it was his second career win at the Hub City oval and Walls picked up his first career win.

In the first LMS feature, Scott Palmer set the early pace over Dan Zechman before Zechman gave way to Emory just before a caution flag waved on Lap 6.

Palmer retained his lead from the restart for the next few laps before Emory began pressuring Palmer for the top spot. With three laps to go, Emory made his pass going into turn three, and held on to get the win.

Shawn Shoemaker finished third and transferred into the $1,000 shootout. Zechman and Jim McBee completed the top five.

Walls only led the last two corners of the last lap to claim his first win after race long leader Spike Moore began to slow over the last few of the second 15 lapper. Moore had over a straightaway lead, but it wasn’t enough to stay ahead of Walls on the final lap.

Keith Koontz locked his way into the shootout with his third place finish after a spirited battle with Zach Kauffman. Finishing fifth in the second LMS feature was Austin Warrenfeltz.

The top three finishers from each dual set the lineup for the $1,000 to win shootout for 8 laps. The shootout was dominated by Emory over Moore, Walls, Palmer, Koontz, and Shoemaker.

Devin Brannon went back-to-back in as many weeks in winning the FASTRAK Crate Late Model feature that was an attrition filled affair.  Numerous restarts were needed in a race that only saw six laps of green flag action. The race was shortened due to reaching the thirty minute time limit.

Transtan Stoner, Tyler Bare, Chuck Bowie, and Levi Crowl completed the top five.

Jamey Swank also went back-to-back in a dominant Pure Stock win over Dillon Wilson. They were followed by Jason Stoner, Joshua Bloom, and Danny Atherton.

Kevin Boyer held off a fast charging Brady Daniels to pick up the Hobby Stock feature win behind the wheel of the same car that won in the previous week. It was Boyer’s first career Hobby Stock win.

Rounding out the top five were Randy Linaburg, Codey Breeden, and Zack Reid.

Notes: It was certainly a night of repeat performances on the fast surface at Hagerstown. Three feature winning cars that were victors last week were winners again. Boyer’s win came in the same car that Jonathan Raley won in, which is the second time this season that car has won a Hobby Stock feature.

It’s also the second time a team has had two different drivers win back to back weeks in Hobby Stocks in the same car as that feat was done by Breeden and Craig Kline as well.

Feature Results

Late Model Sportsman – (Dual 1) 1. 23-Tyler Emory[4]; 2. 86-Scott Palmer[1]; 3. 44-Shawn Shoemaker[5]; 4. 2-Dan Zechman[3]; 5. 01-James McBee[6]; 6. 51-Cody Lear[2]; 7. 24R-John Rowland[7]

(Dual 2) – 1. 99W-Garrett Walls[1]; 2. 48W-Greg Moore[2]; 3. 08-Keith Koontz[3]; 4. 08K-Zach Kauffman[6]; 5. 11-Austin Warrenfeltz[7]; 6. (DNS) 000-Kyle Lear; 7. (DNS) 85-Rodney Walls

$1,000 Shootout – 1. 23-Tyler Emory[1]; 2. 48W-Greg Moore[4]; 3. 99W-Garrett Walls[2]; 4. 86-Scott Palmer[3]; 5. 08-Keith Koontz[6]; 6. 44-Shawn Shoemaker[5]

FASTRAK Crate Late Models – 1. 37-Devin Brannon[1]; 2. M14-Transtan Stoner[3]; 3. 43A-Tyler Bare[7]; 4. 14C-Chuck Bowie[6]; 5. 5-Levi Crowl[4]; 6. 38L-Nick Love[8]; 7. 27W-Shaun Wetzel[5]; 8. 12R-Michael Raleigh[11]; 9. 200-Samuel Bryant[17]; 10. 41*-Tanner Kerr[23]; 11. 80-Joey Love[13]; 12. 12-Wes Hurd[15]; 13. 14D-Braeden Dillinger[20]; 14. 5E-Glenn Elliott[18]; 15. 12C-Cody Cubbage[19]; 16. 27-Cuyler Upperman[16]; 17. 30B-Allen Brannon[24]; 18. 38-Carl Biddle[22]; 19. 18A-Dustin Arnold[21]; 20. 69-Cecil Cash Jr[9]; 21. 48-Steve Lowery[12]; 22. 71T-Tyler Hoy[14]; 23. 215-Al Shawver Jr[2]; 24. (DQ) 2W-Justin Williams[10]

Pure Stock – 1. 22-Jamey Swank[1]; 2. 65-Dillon Wilson[5]; 3. 21-Jason Stoner[9]; 4. 00-Joshua Bloom[4]; 5. 19-Danny Atherton[6]; 6. 129X-Jimmy Combs[2]; 7. 69-Dwayne Snyder[3]; 8. 214-Kyle Sizemore[11]; 9. 2-Randy Zechman[8]; 10. 6-Wayne Hawbaker[10]; 11. 62-Danny Beavers Jr[14]; 12. 03-Bryan Neff[16]; 13. 56-Gregory Laird[13]; 14. 83-Bryan Kerns[7]; 15. 76-Mason Strait[12]; 16. (DNS) 44-Gerald Burton

Hobby Stock – 1. 22-Kevin Boyer[2]; 2. 76-Brady Daniels[3]; 3. 17-Randy Linaburg[6]; 4. 14-Codey Breeden[1]; 5. ZR1-Zack Reid[8]; 6. 141-Tom Caravello[10]; 7. 75-Courtney Deshong[11]; 8. 00-Charles Noblitt[9]; 9. 41-Sam Caravello[5]; 10. 222-Andrew Fertig[7]; 11. 6C-Tony Catlett[4]; 12. 12LC-Laura Chamberlain[13]; 13. (DNS) 45-John Catlett