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.

2021 Opening Events and Covid Guidelines at Hagerstown Speedway

The Hagerstown Speedway is excited to kick off the 2021 season in the month of March with open test sessions starting on Saturday March 13 & 20 at 2 p.m. with rain dates on March 14 and 21.

The Season Opener on Saturday March 27 at 4 p.m. will feature Late Model Sportsman, Fastrak Crate Late Model, Pure Stock, and Hobby Stocks. General Admission is $15, Students/Seniors/Military $10, Pits $30.
The first points race of the season for Late Model Sportsman, Fastrak Crate Late Model, Pure Stock, and Hobby Stocks will take place on Saturday April 3 at 5 p.m. General Admission is $15, Students/Seniors/Military $10, Pits $30.
On Saturday April 10, the Super Late Models, Mid-Atlantics Modifieds, and Hobby Stocks will take to the track at 5 p.m. General Admission is $20, Students/Seniors/Military $10, Pits $30.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Series will be in action on Saturday April 17 at 7 p.m. with the $15,000 to win, 50 lap, Red Nininger Memorial. General Admission is $35, Students/Seniors/Military $30, Reserved Seating, $40, Pits $45. Pure Stocks will also be in action.
The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Series, Late Model Sportsman, Pure Stocks, and Hobby Stocks will take on the half mile on Saturday April 24 at 7 p.m. General Admission is $15, Students/Seniors/Military $10, Pits $30.
We are excited to welcome fans back to the speedway for our 74th season. We ask that all patrons abide by the Maryland MASK mandate and practice social distancing at least six feet apart.
Groups must be 10 or less USHERS will be available to assist with seating.  Rows are marked out with caution tape.
 
Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the venue and all other CDC recommendations apply.
All spectators shall go to their seats and remain seated, to the extent possible. At the end of the sporting event, all spectators shall exit the venue directly.

Remembering Charlie Hose

The Hagerstown Speedway staff has lost one of their own. Chances are high when you passed through the pit exit in turn one, you passed Charlie Hose.

Best known as his nickname “Pig”, Hose was a corner flag man, officiating at Hagerstown Speedway since 1980. His presence at Hagerstown Speedway will be surely missed.

Hose was 77 years old.

All of us at Hagerstown Speedway extend our deepest condolences to his family.

Remembering Nathan Durboraw

With a heavy heart, Hagerstown Speedway sends its sincerest sympathies to the family, friends, and fans on the passing of longtime racer and speedway supporter Nathan Durboraw after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 63 years old.

The Hagerstown, Maryland veteran began his racing career in 1978 and won his final feature at Hagerstown in 2009.

Durboraw is one of the winningest Limited Late Model and Super Late Model drivers in Hagerstown Speedway history. His record stands at third overall on the all-time win list, recording 110 total feature wins between both divisions.

He was an 11-time Hagerstown Speedway track champion, winning LLM titles in 1979, 1986-87, and SLM titles in 1988, 1991-93, 1995-96, 2002, and 2005. Durboraw is the leader in total of track championships won.

He will be missed by his family, friends, and fans. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them

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