HOOSIER ADDS ADDITIONAL TIRE TO NLMT PROGRAM

As noted in a recent press release, Hoosier announced that it will be adding one additional compound to the National Late Model Tire (NLMT) Program for the 2024 season.

Hoosier has agreed to add the NLMT2.25 compound for the upcoming season. This addition will be a harder tire than the current NLMT2 and will be specifically designed to fill the gap between the NLMT2 and NLMT3.

The new Hoosier NLMT2.25 compound will be permitted at Hagerstown Speedway during the 2024 season in the Late Model Sportsman and Semi Late classes. Race specific tire rules will be posted at a future date for Super Late Models.

Refer to www.hagerstownspeedway.com/rules for exact Tire Rules.

HAGERSTOWN HAND SCORER INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME

By Doug Watson

Mechanicsville, MD- A crowd of nearly 200 drivers, sponsors and track representatives assembled for the 66th annual “MARF” Banquet this past Saturday at the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge. The highlight of the evenings festivities were the annual MARF Hall of Fame inductions that were given out to seven different people.

1992 Potomac Street Stock and 1998 Late Model Champion James Adkins Jr. headed 2023’s induction list that included, National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame and Auto Racing Club of Hagerstown inductee Rodney Franklin, former Winchester (Va) Speedway Semi Late and Roadrunner champion Steve Payne, current Winchester (Va) Speedway owner and promoter Greg Gunter, the husband and wife duo of Potomac Speedway’s Calvin and Linda Wright and the current head scorer at Maryland’s Potomac and Hagerstown Speedway’s Holly Watson.

It was an impressive list indeed, but one person in particular stood out to this writer among all the others, Holly Watson. Yours truly joined the staff of Potomac Speedway back in 1990 and five years later, my sister Holly joined the staff as well. Her first season consisted of running the tracks scoreboard but by 1996 she was soon under the guidance of Lisa Cameron Mann who was Potomac’s head scorer and track promoter Pete Cameron’s daughter at the time. A few years later Lisa stepped away from the sport and Holly graciously filled the role and the rest is history. Holly has also filled in at the Pennsylvania ovals of Bedford and Trail Way and many sanctioning bodies like, The World of Outlaw Late Model Series, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the United Racing Club Sprint Cars, the ARDC Midgets, The Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweeks, the RUSH Dirt Late Model Series, the Mid Atlantic Modifieds, the Steel Block Bandits Late Model Series and the old Mid Atlantic Championship Series (MACS) Late Models.

Actual hand scoring is slowly being replaced by electronic scoring, but she feels there is still a place for it. “Sometimes computers crash, and what happens then?” She offered. “Hand scoring is more of a back up these days to the electronic systems, but I feel it is a necessary tool to ensure the accuracy at any event, in any class.”

The Hall of Fame honor was very unexpected but well deserved. With scoring at any type of event that necessitates it, there’s not much room for error, but Holly takes it all in stride. “This award is truly an honor and something I will cherish forever.” With me, it was well deserved as Holly and I travel to the races every weekend together from March to October and our time together to me is priceless….congratulations big sister!!!

TWENTY-SIX DATES BOOKED FOR BUSY HAGERSTOWN SPEEDWAY CAMPAIGN

By Doug Watson

Hagerstown MD, (1/6/24)- Saturday March 23rd the fabled half-mile of Maryland’s Hagerstown Speedway will officially open for the first of twenty-six events to kick of the tracks’s 2024 season. In all, eleven different classes will appear at the track throughout the season that include, Super Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Crate Late Models, Semi Lates, Pure Stocks, 410 Sprint Cars, PASS/IMCA 305 Sprints, Wingless Super Sportsman, E-Mods, Classic Cars and the EMMR Vintage Cars.

The Late Model Sportsman will see action in 15 events this season. Two Steel Block Clash events, a mini series with Potomac and Winchester Speedway’s, and the Hub City Nationals in September will highlight their season. Devin Hart took the 2023 track title in a division that featured 9 different winners. The Crate Late Models will have an increased schedule with 11 events. For the first time since 2021 and only second time in track history, The Crates will be a points paying class. Veteran Steve Lowery was champion that season and could lead the charge that featured five different winners in six events last season. The once featured attraction at Hagerstown for decades, the Super Late Models, will see action in four events. The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model series will highlight in April along with the Appalachian Mountain speedweek event, the Frank Sagi tribute and the Durboraw/McBee tribute in August will be contested. Last years Lucas race was lost to weather, however the three above mentioned events were run and found local ace Gregg Satterlee scoring victories in all three events.

Hagerstown’s fastest support class the Semi Lates have been inked for 19 shows. Jason Stoner totally dominated the division in 2023 as he found victory lane in 10 of the 12 races for the class last season. Jasen Geesaman clicked for one feature win and would eventually outpoint Stoner buy a scant margin to collect his first ever Hagerstown track title. The “Dirty 30” in June and the Hub City Nationals in September will be special events for the class this season. The Pure Stocks, with their trademark three wide racing, will also see action in 19 races. The coveted “Eric Johnson Tribute” in July and the September Hub City Nationals are featured events. On the strength of 7 wins Keith Reed would collect the 2023 track championship with four other drivers finding victory lane, three of the four would be their initial Hagerstown feature win. The ultra competitive UMP E-Mods will also dot the Hagerstown schedule on 11 occasions. Between the Mods and the Crates, they will make up the backbone of the weekly four-division programs this season. The E Mods will also be a points paying division for only the second time ever at the track with their only points season to date came in 2016 and Mikey Corbin was crowned champion. Drake Troutman and George Dixon took the two Mod mains in 2023.

Always popular with the Hagerstown faithful are the open wheel shows. The 410 Sprint Cars will make their annual stop on July 4th for the Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek event, which was a thriller last year that saw Brent Marks in victory lane. The IMCA RaceSaver/305 Sprints have really become a hit with fans with the influx of local drivers and the efficient shows they put on. The 305’s will see action 5 times in 2024, three races more than the two that were contested last year, with Hagerstown native Dylan Shatzer and Pa’s Logan Spahr scoring wins. For the third year in a row the Wingless Super Sportsman will be on hand for one event next season. The racing has been great with these self-starting machines and have produced two winners in Steve Wilbur (22) and Tony Jackson, amidst a career year, last season. The Classic Racing Series and the EMMR Vintage Cars round out a very diverse offering of classes at Hagerstown Speedway in 2024.

HART, GEESE & REED COLLECT COVETED HAGERSTOWN TRACK TITLES. RACE DIRECTOR JOSH FRIES LOOK TO BUILD ON SOLID 2023 CAMPAIGN

By Doug Watson
You could say it was a changing of the guard this past season at Maryland’s Hagerstown Speedway as three new drivers entered the record books as a first time division champion. Port Royal Pa’s Devin Hart, Mercersburg Pa’s Jason Stoner and Hagerstown Md’s Keith Reed each enjoyed productive seasons that led them to their first ever championships at the fabled Maryland half mile.

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HAGERSTOWN SPEEDWAY TO OFFER HOLIDAY SHOPPING DISCOUNTS TO RACE FANS & DRIVERS

Hagerstown Speedway is offering a sale this upcoming holiday weekend for both race fans & drivers. As part of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Hagerstown Speedway will have discounted pit passes, general admission and meal deals for our concessions for the 2024 season.

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THE KYLE AND KYLE SHOW SWEEP HAGERSTOWN SMALL CAR NATIONALS

By Doug Watson
 
  Hagerstown MD, (9/17/23)- Maryland’s Hagerstown Speedway closed their 2023 season with the running of the tracks annual Small Car Nationals event last weekend.
  Friday night opened the first night of the two day event and found Stephens City Va’s Kyle Hardy taking the win in the 30-lap Crate Late Model feature. Hardy’s 4th career division win was worth $2000 and it came steering his family owned Rocket no.99. Hardy snared the race lead from Kyle Lee on the 9th lap and would have to survive a lap-28 caution to become the 5th different winner in the six races run for the class this season. “When the green came out I thought it was going to be the Kyle Lee show tonight.” Hardy stated post race. “I have a ton of respect for Kyle, and I knew it was going to be tough beating him in clean air but I took a deep breath and focused on what I had to do and we were lucky enough to get by him.” Lee held tough for second with Braeden Dillinger, Cody Breeden and 11th starting Brian Booze completing the top five. Taking heat race wins over the 28 car field were, Michael Duritsky, Kyle Lee and Dale Hollidge with Brayden Anderson winning the B Main.
   After a solid runner up performance in Friday’s Crate Late Model main, Mercersburg Pa’s Kyle Lee drove his Dougie Timmons owned Rocket no.2T to a win in the 30-lap Late Model Sportsman main. Lee took the lead on the first lap, and would eventually lead the distance to collect his 8th career division win and become the 9th different winner of the 2023 season. Following Lee to the finish were Ryan Zook, Wesley Bonebrake, Levi Crowl and 2023 track champion Devin Hart who came from 21st on the grid after problems in qualifying. Shawn Shoemaker, Wesley Bonebrake and Kyle Lear took heat wins over the 30 cars entered with Devin Weyandt taking the B Main win.
   Nick Fogle scored of the biggest win of his career as he took the win in Friday nights 25-lap “Zack Reid Tribute” Pure Stock event. Fogle took the lead from Jasen Geesaman on the 16th lap and would drive off on contested to collect his 3rd win of the season. Tyler Fisher, Kristopher Hutton, Cody Sumption and 15th starting Dylan Beavers trailed at the finish. Taking heat race wins over the 38 car field were 2023 track champion Keith Reed, Tyler Fisher, Jason Wilkins and Nathan Younker with twin B Mains going to Cody Jarvie and Dakota Moreland.
  Saturday’s Semi Late action found Jason Stoner capping off his career season as he took his 10th win of the season in their 25-lap feature. Stoner wrestled the lead from Dillon Wilson on the 9th lap and would have to repel 2023 track champion Jasen Geesaman to preserve the win. Tyler Gray, Scotty Nelson and 23rd starting Steve Kent rounded out the top five. Scoring heat wins over the 32 entries were Jasen Geesaman, Isaiah Miller, Tyler Gray and Chuckie Johnson with the B Main going to Trent Holmes.
 
Late Model Sportsman (30-laps)
Kyle Lee, Ryan Zook, Wesley Bonebrake, Levi Crowl, Devin Hart, Kyle Lear, Shawn Shoemaker, Austin Berry, Greg “Spike” Moore, Andy Fries, Austin Stover, Cody Lear, Scott Palmer, Kaiden Bard, Kenny Yoder, Wayne Dillman, Justin Weaver, Matt Parks, Danny Atherton, Keith Koontz, Roy Deese Jr, Cody Kershner, Devin Weyandt, Matt Glanden DNQ- DJ Garrett, Ryan Walls, Mason Strait, Matt Williamson, Adam Souders, Austin Warrenfeltz
 
Semi Lates (25-laps)
Jason Stoner, Jasen Geesaman, Tyler Gray, Scotty Nelson, Steve Kent, Kody Sites, John Miller, Bradlee Means, Chuckie Johnson, Jamey Swank, Trent Holmes, Rob Nichols, Brady Neff, Joey Zambotti, Brian Weyandt Jr, Isaiah Miller, Dave Brown, Dillon Wilson, Nick Bechtel, Kyle Deneen, Ricky Potter, Ryan Smith, Brett Hutira, Tony Catlett DNQ- Greg Diehl, Andy Adkins, Raymond Reed, Delmar “Cooter” Grady, Josh Bloom, Dwayne Snyder, Josh Gustaf, Bryan Kerns
 
Crate Late Models (30-laps)
Kyle Hardy, Kyle Lee, Braeden Dillinger, Cody Breeden, Brian Booze, Dale Hollidge, Chuck Bowie, Ryan Frazee, Davin Kaiser, Jack Brown, Mike Walls, Ronnie Martin Jr, Matt Adams, Megan Mann, Nick Love, Branson Woodward, Craig Guido, Joe Moyer, Noah Brunell, Matt Hill, Brian Coe Jr, Matt Tepper, Trae Armel, Brayden Anderson DNS-Michael Duritsky DNQ- Scott Sweeney Jr, Brandon Bowman, Tristin Neiderer
 
Pure Stocks (25-laps)
Nick Fogle, Tyler Fisher, Kristopher Hutton, Cody Sumption, Dylan  Beavers, Andrew Saffelle, Randy Linaburg, Bailey Johnson, Brandon Churchey, Billy Ecton Jr, Robert Wilson, Dakota Moreland, Billy Ecton Sr, Mike Fuller, Carter Shank, Matt Ney, Jasen Geesaman, Jason Wilkins, Nathan Younker, Dustin Proctor, Cody Jarvie, Evan Foust, Tommy Caravello, Willie Ling, Keith Reed DNS- Michael Knight DNQ- Josh Ringer, Jeff Bosley, Jeff Spaulding, Brad Benton, Rodney Miner, Joseph Talley, Jamie Speelman, Clint Shaw, Corbin Rowland, Tommy Whitt, Roy Stevens III