Walls leads all 20 laps in Hagerstown Season Opener


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.