Remembering Curtis Hershey

The staff at Hagerstown Speedway offers its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Curtis Hershey. Hershey was the longtime owner of Hershey’s Auto Machine in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, and for over 35 years, his engines powered many winners in all divisions at Hagerstown Speedway.

Hershey passed away suddenly on June 23, 2020 at home. He was 58 years old.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday evening at 7:00 PM at the Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, Chambersburg. The family will receive friends from 2:00 till 4:00 PM and 5:00 till 7:00 PM on Monday. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.kelsocorneliusfh.com.

Hagerstown Speedway COVID-19 Guidelines Update

As of June 25, 2020, officials from the Washington County Health Department have been in contact with the management of Hagerstown Speedway monitoring the guidelines set forth by local government agencies and state directives authorized and issued by the Maryland Secretary of Health.

Hagerstown Speedway has been taking all precautions and protocol necessary to provide the safest possible experience by following the guidelines of social distancing (at least 6 feet or more apart), providing hand sanitizing stations, and the highly recommended use of PPE (personal protective equipment) to prevent and reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Due to filed complaints and social media posts about the lack of or not enough social distancing, Hagerstown Speedway has been asked by the Washington County Health Department to reduce the number of participants per race team on the inside pit area, and limiting the number of participants sitting in the outside area.

Social distancing concerns are being addressed accordingly as additional measures will be in place effective immediately and going forward. The guidelines of social distancing are a requirement and not a recommendation.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with Hagerstown Speedway as we will continue to operate under the guidelines of Washington County to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

LMS Dual Features, FASTRAK CLM Highlight Next Event

Coming up this Saturday for the final event in June on the 27th will be the Late Model Sportsman Dual Features, plus a $1,000 to win shootout.

The LMS field for each feature will be split in half by pill draw. There will not be qualifying heat races. The top 3 cars from each 15 lap feature event will return for a special six car, 8 lap shootout for $1,000 to the winner.

FASTRAK Crate Late Models return after their season debut last week, plus the Pure Stock and Hobby Stock divisions round out the card.

Please continue to follow social distancing and mask guidelines for this event. Track concession stands will be open with social distancing guidelines of maintaining a distance of at least six feet apart. Wearing masks is encouraged, but only required when communicating outside of your family group.

Racers and crew members participating will be permitted to enter either inside the tracks restricted area or outside the track pit area, grandstand and concession area. Insurance admission for the outside area is $15, and  inside pit is $30.

Gates open at 4:30pm with racing starting at 7:00pm.

For the latest updates and information, please follow the Hagerstown Speedway page on Facebook and Twitter, or call the speedway office at 301-582-0640.

Shatzer Scores Hometown Win, Brannons 1-2 at Hagerstown

By Brett Rose

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Dylan Shatzer didn’t have far to go to pick up his first career win in IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car competition as the Hagerstown, Maryland resident became the seventh different IMCA RaceSaver winner in seven series events held at Hagerstown Speedway on Dad’s Night Out.

Shatzer dominated the 20 lap feature as he leapt into the lead from his fourth place start on the outside of Scott Lutz and Tom Humphries. Shatzer had a straightaway advantage over Lutz by the fifth circuit and lengthen his lead until Humphries came to a stop bring out a caution.

On the restart, Shatzer again pulled away from Lutz, but Jerald Harris entered into the fold as he got past Lutz for second. With just five laps remaining, Shatzer had another full straightway lead and maintained that margin until the checkered flag.

“I live in Hagerstown. It took me ten minutes to get here today, and it’s my second time racing here ever. Came out on top, so this one really means a lot in front of a lot friends and family”, said Shatzer.

Harris, Lutz, Donny Hendershot and Brad Mellott completed the top five.

Devin Brannon picked up his first career win in FASTRAK Crate Late Model action over his father Allen Brannon. The younger Brannon lead all of the 20 lapper while holding off the elder Brannon in a non-stop race.

Brannon said: “I knew the lapped traffic I seen it coming, and they was gonna be hard to get around, but, I thought my dad was gonna close in on me in lapped traffic and get around me, but I guess we did alright.”

Following the Brannons across the checkered flag was Tyler Bare who just nipped past Levi Crowl for third, and Tyler Hoy finished fifth.

Marvin Winters picked up the win in the 20 lap Late Model Sportsman feature driving the second car for racer Barry Miller. The McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania veteran got the jump over Justin Weaver at the start and wired the field for his 47th career win in the LMS division, and his first win in LMS competition since 2004.

Miller drove his new car to a solid third place finish, followed by Rodney Walls and Taylor Farlling.

Jamey Swank made a long tow to Hagerstown from Somerset, Pennsylvania and had a long way to go in the 15 lap Pure Stock feature as he took the win from his 16th-place start on the grid.

Swank passed race-long leader Craig Parrill coming off of turn three to the white flag and held off Parrill to claim his first career win at Hagerstown Spedway.

Following the lead duo at the finish in the top five were Bryan Kerns, Danny Atherton, and Joshua Bloom.

Jonathan Raley held off a hard charging Brady Daniels in a door-to-door battle to win the 15 lap Hobby Stock nightcap. Codey Breeden was third, followed by Sam Caravello in fourth, and Zach Reid in fifth.

Notes: Breeden claimed a $50 hard charger bonus courtesy of Team 11A Racing in memory of Vietnam War veteran and race fan Rodney Bulger and picked up an additional $50 bonus for finishing third in memory of former racer Eric Johnson.

FASTRAK racer Donnie Tepper suffered some misfortunes in his heat race as a few cars got together coming off of turn four causing him to barrel roll a couple of times. Tepper was uninjured.

89 entries across five divisions filled the pit area and another well-supported show of people in the grandstands continues a nice trend for the 2020 season at Hagerstown Speedway.

Feature Results

IMCA RaceSaver Sprints – 1. 75-Dylan Shatzer[4]; 2. J9-Jerald Harris[3]; 3. 33-Scott Lutz[2]; 4. 31-Donny Hendershot[6]; 5. 6X-Brad Mellott[8]; 6. 44V-Daren Bolac[5]; 7. R6-Reed Thompson[7]; 8. 5K-Michael Keeton Jr[10]; 9. 54M-Todd Lynn[15]; 10. 88VA-Bill Rice[12]; 11. 13-Kurt Knepper[9]; 12. 43-Chris Ware[11]; 13. 54-Matt Mullins[13]; 14. 39-Tom Humphries[1]; 15. (DNS) 77-Mike Leraas

FASTRAK Crate Late Models – 1. 37-Devin Brannon[1]; 2. 30B-Allen Brannon[2]; 3. 43A-Tyler Bare[7]; 4. 5-Levi Crowl[3]; 5. 71T-Tyler Hoy[4]; 6. 200-Samuel Bryant[6]; 7. 47-Matt Quade[10]; 8. 66-Justin Kann[12]; 9. 14C-Chuck Bowie[8]; 10. 80-Joey Love[5]; 11. 52-Bryan Benton[9]; 12. M14-Transtan Stoner[14]; 13. 15JR-Ronnie Martin Jr[18]; 14. 27-Cuyler Upperman[15]; 15. 14-Jennae Piper[13]; 16. 12C-Cody Cubbage[16]; 17. 215-Al Shawver Jr[22]; 18. 12R-Michael Raleigh[11]; 19. 38L-Nick Love[20]; 20. 12-Wes Hurd[19]; 21. 38-Carl Biddle[21]; 22. (DNS) 9T-Donnie Tepper

Late Model Sportsman – 1. 88W-Marvin Winters[2]; 2. 2J-Justin Weaver[1]; 3. 88-Barry Miller[10]; 4. 85-Rodney Walls[5]; 5. 48-Donnie Farlling[7]; 6. 82-Andy Fries[8]; 7. 118-Sean Merkel[6]; 8. 44-Shawn Shoemaker[20]; 9. 08K-Zach Kauffman[14]; 10. 53-Tyler Kirby[3]; 11. 8-James Lichliter[21]; 12. 21M-Chad Myers[18]; 13. 8F-Taylor Farlling[12]; 14. 2-Dan Zechman[16]; 15. 11-Austin Warrenfeltz[17]; 16. 21-Jakob Piper[11]; 17. 99W-Garrett Walls[15]; 18. 86-Scott Palmer[9]; 19. 43-Cody Kershner[4]; 20. 36-Sam Archer[13]; 21. 24R-John Rowland[19]

Pure Stock – 1. 22-Jamey Swank[16]; 2. 34C-Craig Parrill[2]; 3. 83-Bryan Kerns[3]; 4. 19-Danny Atherton[4]; 5. 00-Joshua Bloom[17]; 6. 11-Dylan Rutherford[15]; 7. 65-Dillon Wilson[5]; 8. 2-Randy Zechman[6]; 9. 88-Khi Swanger[8]; 10. 56-Gregory Laird[10]; 11. 6-Wayne Hawbaker[9]; 12. 44-Gerald Burton[13]; 13. 76-Mason Strait[11]; 14. 69-Dwayne Snyder[1]; 15. 03-Bryan Neff[14]; 16. 51-Mark Patterson[7]; 17. 10-Andrew Fertig[12]

Hobby Stock – 1. 22-Jonathan Raley[2]; 2. 76-Brady Daniels[4]; 3. 14-Codey Breeden[7]; 4. 41-Sam Caravello[3]; 5. ZR1-Zack Reid[5]; 6. 5-Charlie Clise[1]; 7. 00-Charles Noblitt[8]; 8. 45-John Catlett[10]; 9. 75-Courtney Deshong[9]; 10. 62-Dylan Beavers[13]; 11. 12LC-Laura Chamberlain[6]; 12. 03-Gary Breeden[12]; 13. (DNS) 38M-Matt Mellott

Quade Gets LMS First, Altobelli Scores MAM Opener

By Brett Rose

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Derick Quade has come close to winning a Late Model Sportsman feature a few times in his career, but the driver hailing from Mechanicsville, Maryland finally saw the checkered flag while leading to score his first ever LMS win at Hagerstown Speedway.

Quade came from sixth to take the lead from veteran Scott Palmer on Lap 13 of the 20 lap feature event following a restart with a topside pass off of turn two down the backstretch.

With four laps to go, another restart was needed, and Quade fended off Palmer’s challenge on the last lap to hang onto victory.

“It’s never easy here. We’d always start out good here, but could never finish it off for some reason. This place has been a struggle for a long time, and I’m just super excited to get this one. This is awesome”, said Quade.

Rounding out the top five were James Lichliter, Dan Zechman, and 12th-place starter Taylor Farlling.

Michael Altobelli scored the series season opener for the Mid Atlantic Modifieds in race that had a tough time getting started. But once it got rolling, Altobelli battled Ray Kable for several laps before taking command and going away to his third career win at Hagerstown.

Finishing third was former MAM series champion Brad Kling, followed by Mike Corbin who came from 13th on the grid to finish fourth, and fifth place finisher Carl McKinney.

The Pure Stock and Hobby Stock divisions each raced in a split feature format. Jeremy Tinsman and Wayne Hawbaker each scored a PS feature win, while Brady Daniels and Craig Kline took home the checkered flags in HS.

Notes: Once again, Hagerstown Speedway played host to a grand field of cars in the pit area with the MAM having the most at 44 cars entered for competition. It was also another show on a very racy surface that was well-supported in the grandstands.

LMS rookie Austin Warrenfeltz made a great charge from 21st to 10th, as did MAM competitor Justin Cullum, respectively.

Hawbaker’s PS win was his first since 2011, ending a long drought from victory lane, and Kline’s win was his first in HS. Even though Kline had never officially retired from racing, he said that it had been “quite a while” since he last raced.

Feature Results

Late Model Sportsman – 1. 74-Derick Quade[6]; 2. 86-Scott Palmer[2]; 3. 8-James Lichliter[9]; 4. 2-Dan Zechman[8]; 5. 8F-Taylor Farlling[12]; 6. 08-Keith Koontz[3]; 7. 43-Cody Kershner[15]; 8. 11S-Austin Stover[4]; 9. 85-Rodney Walls[1]; 10. 11-Austin Warrenfeltz[21]; 11. 21-Jakob Piper[18]; 12. 5X-Brad Omps[13]; 13. 08K-Zach Kauffman[11]; 14. 16-Justin Dillman[24]; 15. 24R-John Rowland[20]; 16. 99W-Garrett Walls[19]; 17. 15-Jordan Kaufman[14]; 18. 12-Wes Hurd[22]; 19. 38-Carl Biddle[23]; 20. 39-Tom Chaffins[25]; 21. 19-Jonathan DeHaven[17]; 22. 11B-Ronnie Bottenfield[10]; 23. 48-Donnie Farlling[5]; 24. 17H-Richard Hawkins[16]; 25. (DNS) 0TWO-Randy Burkholder; 26. (DNS) 36-Sam Archer

Mid Atlantic Modifieds – 1. 95-Michael Altobelli [4]; 2. 90-Ray Kable[1]; 3. 11-Brad Kling[5]; 4. 25-Mike Corbin[13]; 5. 6M-Carl McKinney[8]; 6. 41-Cody Williams[15]; 7. 51-Joey Polevoy[9]; 8. 5-Jerry Foster[10]; 9. 36G-Brandon Galloway[11]; 10. 95J-Justin Cullum[21]; 11. 1$-Dale Smith[12]; 12. 7+7-Jeff Solinger[6]; 13. 26D-Derek Deusenberry[2]; 14. 43-Josh Harris[23]; 15. 21H-Kyle Lloyd[22]; 16. 55-Alyssa Rowe[24]; 17. 20-Travis Clower[18]; 18. 59-Doug Stine[14]; 19. D3-Curtis Dunn[16]; 20. 80-Keith Reed[19]; 21. 4-Nick DiBella[17]; 22. 12R-Ty Rhoades[7]; 23. 8-Tim Fedder[3]; 24. 60-Brandon Householder[20]; 25. 0-Haley Kaiser[25]

Pure Stock – (Feature One) 1. 8-Jeremy Tinsman[1]; 2. 34C-Craig Parrill[5]; 3. 21-Jason Stoner[4]; 4. 19-Danny Atherton[9]; 5. 65-Dillon Wilson[7]; 6. 129X-Jimmy Combs[3]; 7. 69-Hunter Snyder[8]; 8. 56-Gregory Laird[6]; 9. 83-Bryan Kerns[2]

(Feature Two) 1. 6-Wayne Hawbaker[1]; 2. 2-Randy Zechman[3]; 3. 51-Mark Patterson[5]; 4. 44-Gerald Burton[4]; 5. 76-Mason Strait[6]; 6. 18-Chris Transeau[8]; 7. 62-Danny Beavers Jr[2]; 8. 10-Andrew Fertig[7]

Hobby Stock – (Feature One)  1. 76-Brady Daniels[2]; 2. 19-Mike Fuller[1]; 3. 14-Codey Breeden[3]; 4. 22-Robert Thompson[6]; 5. 75-Courtney Deshong[7]; 6. (DNS) 15-Scot Sipes; 7. (DNS) 41-Sam Caravello

(Feature 2)  1. 03-Craig Kline[1]; 2. 00-Charles Noblitt[3]; 3. 04-Dakota Moreland[6]; 4. ZR1-Zack Reid[2]; 5. 62-Dylan Beavers[7]; 6. 17-Randy Linaburg[5]; 7. 12LC-Laura Chamberlain[4]

MAM Season Opener, LMS, and PS & HS Split Feature Night up Next  

HAGERSTOWN, MD – As many other tracks and series went through delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mid Atlantic Modifieds suffered the same fate.

Now, it’s their turn to make the series debut for 2020 as the MAM will have their season opener this weekend at Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday, June 13.

Joining the MAM will be the Late Model Sportsman, Pure Stock, and Hobby Stock divisions.

Both the PS and HS will race in a split feature format. The lineup sheet created from the qualifying heat races will be broken in half from top to bottom. The top half of the qualified field will compete in a separate feature from the bottom qualified half. Each division will have two different feature winners.

It is sure to be an exciting night of action at Hagerstown Speedway!

Continue to follow social distancing and mask guidelines for this event. General admission is $15 and pit insurance is $30.

Track concession stands will be open with social distancing guidelines of maintaining a distance of at least six feet apart. Wearing masks is encouraged, but only required when communicating outside of your family group.

Gates open at 4:30pm with racing starting at 7:00pm.

For the latest updates and information, please follow the Hagerstown Speedway page on Facebook and Twitter, or call the speedway office at 301-582-0640.

We thank everyone for their patience and understanding throughout this time of challenge, and welcome you to join us at Hagerstown Speedway this season and beyond.