Oct. 24, 2010
Maryland Clay Dirt
By Doug Watson
“Stuhler Goes’ Old School for $10,000 Hagerstown Win”
Don’t tell Gary Stuhler you cant pass on a daytime surface at the Hagerstown speedway. Stuhler did just that as he scored his 128th career late model feature win at the fabled half-mile oval and his fifth career win in the late model portion of the Octoberfest 350.
Coming from the 18th starting spot, Stuhler knew he had his work cut out for him. However, just like the Stuhler of old, he rode his Paul Crowl owned Rocket no.7 around the very inside of the speedway and had reached third before the fuel stop on lap-50. Up to that point Josh Richards had lead the race from the drop of the green and looked to be primed for his first Octoberfest win. “Josh (Richards) is going to be tough to beat.” Stuhler remarked during the lap-50 fuel stop. “He’s been pretty fast here this season and I’m not sure if we have enough tire to get to the front, I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens.”
Just a few laps after the fuel break, Richards, and his Ernie Davis owned Rocket no.25, headed pitside with mechanical woes handing the lead to then second place man, and 2008 Octoberfest winner, Tim McCreadie who was wheeling his trusty Sweeteners Plus Rocket no.39. Stuhler and McCreadie would then wage an epic Hagerstown battle before Stuhler used the high line to take the lead for good on lap-96. “I wasn’t gaining any ground on him using the bottom.” Said Stuhler after his win. “He (McCreadie) was kind running in the middle and I figured we’d try the top off turn four, and it worked out pretty good.” Stuhler’s charge to the front using the very bottom of the speedway, had the fans on their feet. “Early in the race that’s where the car was working best and I knew if I stayed down there long enough that I would probably have some tire left for the end of the race.” Stuhler’s first Octoberfest win came back in the inaugural event back in 1988. Since then he’s added wins in 1996, 1999, 2003 and now 2010. Billy Pauch (4 BB Mod, 1 SB Mod and 3 410 sprint car) and Brett Hearn (Six BB Mod and 2 SB Mod) are the overall Octoberfest winner’s with 8 wins a piece in the annual fall classic. Stuhler now sits alone as the only five-time late model winner of the event in three different decades.
Hagerstown Weekend Notebook-
Thirty-six small-block modifieds, 27 big-block modifieds, 29 410 sprint cars and 32 late models assembled for the weekend’s festivities. The late model division was well represented with drivers from New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Delaware and Virginia all in the starting lineup…Thompson Pa.’s Dan Stone, fresh off his first career Hagerstown win on September 11, ran well with his family-owned Rocket no.21D. After starting 12th, stone ran with the leaders most of the day before settling for fifth in the feature…Unidella New York’s Billy Decker had a solid weekend piloting his Gypsum Express sponsored equipment. Decker came on late to post a second place finish in the 100-lap big-block modified feature and after a mid-race pit stop in the late model feature for fresh rubber, Decker charged back through the field for a third place finish. Unfortunately, the 2006 champion of the small-block race, had his luck run out in that feature as he crashed early in the divisions 100-lapper, forcing him to retire from the event…Sussex NJ’s Brett Hearn collected career win no.27 at Hagerstown with his third-straight, 100-lap, big-block win on Sunday piloting his Teo Pro Car no.20.…Tim McCreadie’s dominating small block win, aboard his Teo Pro Car no.4*, made him the first driver in event history to post back to back wins since the division was added to the fall program back in 1995...Hagerstown Md.’s Alan Sagi, the 2007 Octoberfest LM champion, was slated to go from the fifth starting spot for the feature. Sagi, and his John Chamberlain owned Rocket no.81, only lasted a few laps before calling it quits with mechanical issues placing 25th in the feature…Caledonia New York’s Vic Coffey was another driver that came from deep in the field (23rd) to collect sixth at the checkered in his Sweeteners Plus Rocket no.32C…York Pa.’s Rick Eckert, the defending race winner did not have a memorable day with his Bloomquist chassis no.24. Eckert started the feature 14th, but could not get a hold of the tricky daytime surface and would pit several time during the event before calling it a day finishing in the 20th position…Milton De’s Kenny Pettyjohn ran well with the leaders for the first half of the race from his sixth starting spot. Pettyjohn’s self-owned Rocket no.38S fell-off after half-way and he would finish a disappointing 17th…Selinsgrove Pa.’s Dylan Yoder won the first LM heat on Saturday to earn the pole for Sunday’s feature. Chauffeuring his Krenn Tire Rocket no.32, Yoder never lead a lap of the feature but would complete the distance finishing ninth…Winchester Va.’s Ronnie DeHaven Jr., the 2005 event winner, was on hand for the show with his GRT race cars no.1D. A tangle with the turn-two guardrail and finally a blown motor with his mount, forced DeHaven to be a spectator the rest of the weekend…Hagerstown Md.’s Wesley Bonebrake had a nice run with the family owned Rocket no.5. The third generation racer came from 20th to claim 12th at the finish. After spending the past few season’s racing primarily at the Winchester (VA) speedway, rumor has it Bonebrake will return to Hagerstown in 2011...Several “Hagerstown regulars” were among the missing for the show. Mike Lupfer, Roy Deese Jr., Tyler Hershey, Al Shawver Jr and Jerry Bard, just to name a few, were not on hand for the show…Kingsley Pa.’s Chad Hollenbeck, a very infrequent Hagerstown campaigner, ran quite well on the daytime surface with his self-owned Rocket no.4D as he started back in 24th and posted a respectable 14th place feature effort. Hat’s off to the Hagerstown staff as 350 green flag laps, including four fuel stops, started around 12:20 with the final checkered flag of the night waving at 5:30.
Maryland Clay Dirt
Oct. 24, 2010
By Doug Watson
“Gino Comi…Lincoln Speedway Thundercar Champion”
Pylesville Md.’s Gino Comi etched himself in the Lincoln (PA) speedway record books, not only as a thundercar feature winner at the track, but a track champion as well.
After scoring a second place feature finish in the season opener back on
March 20, Comi established himself as a championship contender from that point
on. In the 18 races run for the division Comi collected a pair of feature wins
along with 12 top-fives and 14 top-tens to secure the title. However, Comi’s
title would not be decided until the final point event of the year.
In the midst of a career year himself, New Oxford Pa.’s Mike Slaybaugh was able to snare four feature wins and put himself in a position for the Lincoln crown. Both Comi and Slaybaugh came into the Lincoln finale with title aspirations. As 2008 champion Sam Gallagher sped to his division-leading fifth feature win of the season, Comi would come home in eleventh as Slaybaugh would soldier on to finish thirteenth in the divisions 20-lap feature. Oddly enough both Comi and Slaybaugh were one-lap off the pace at the end of the event but Comi would prevail to secure the crown.
Comi becomes the 14th different driver to win a Lincoln thundercar title since the class became a full-time fixture at the speedway back in 1989. Comi joins Bernie Beard (5), Bobby Beard (3), Duane Watson (2), Mike Zeigler Sr. (2), Sam Gallagher, Larry Baer, Neil Smith, Dave Green, Denny Hahn, Jeremy Miller, Ron Schultz and Steve Clabaugh as Lincoln thundercar track champions.
In all, nine different drivers were able to score a Lincoln feature win in the 18 thundercar races contested this season. Sam Gallagher scored five wins, Mike Slaybaugh scored four times, Comi won twice, Will Walls was a two-time winner and the last multiple winner of the season. Single event winners were, Brian Walls, Larry Niederer, Kyle Martin, Brad Shank and defending champion Duane Watson.
Thundercar odds and ends-
Gino Comi’s Lincoln championship came aboard an ex-Neil Smith machine….Hanover Pa.’s Sam Gallagher lead all drivers in feature wins in 2010. Along with his five Lincoln triumphs, Gallagher was a seven-time winner at Trail-Way, where he was also crowned track champion….Gettysburg’s Kyle Martin enjoyed a career season as well with four Trail-Way thundercar feature wins and one over at Lincoln…Even without the aid of a feature win, Aberdeen Md.’s Jimmy Combs wound up third in the season-long championship chase at Lincoln speedway….Abottstown Pa.’s Duane Watson, the defending Lincoln track champ, scored one win this season at Lincoln which was his 28th career feature win at the track moving him into third on the all-time win chart. Oddly enough it would be his only win of the season and it came in the season opener…Hanover Pa.’s Danny Beard endured a frustrating season that saw him go winless at both Trail-Way and Lincoln even though he did finish fourth in the Lincoln point tally…Waynesboro Pa.’s Jamie Zentmyer had a productive season finishing 12th at Lincoln and 8th at Trail-Way in the final standings….Gettysburg’s Brad Shank was poised for a big season in 2010 with potent equipment but only produced one feature win at Lincoln…Garners Pa.’s Mikey Guise rode five top-fives and fourteen top-tens to a fine fifth place point finish at Lincoln. Even with uncontrollable economical woes, and heavy graduation from the thundercar class over the past several years, the division in my opinion is still a thrill a minute class and often outshines the premiere divisions in “wing” country.
Oct. 17, 2010
Maryland Clay Dirt
By Doug Watson
“Small-Car Nationals Tri-Track Wrap-Up”
Starting back in September at Maryland’s Hagerstown speedway, the annual “Small-Car Nationals” once again showcased the talents of the support divisions at three area venues. Potomac (MD) speedway was next with their event on October second and third with the Winchester (VA) speedway hosting the finale on October ninth and tenth. Tremendous car counts and even better grandstand turnouts were the norm rather than the exception at each speedway. Highlighting each show was the limited late models, street stocks and four-cylinders with a few extra divisions thrown in at each track.
Even with the lagging economy each show, in my opinion, was a home run as excellent track conditions were offered at all three speedway’s with excellent racing and some surprise winners along the way.
Limited late models- Big Cove Tannery Pa.’s Frankie Plessinger got things started with the late model sportsman win at Hagerstown on September 18th. Plessinger’s victory came aboard one of Pete Weaver’s potent Rocket chassis machines over a solid 33-car field. The series would get event better for the team as Andy Anderson would win in the car at Winchester, defeating the stout 43-car field, with JT Spence, also in one of Weaver’s machines, taking second at Winchester as well. Oddly enough, both Plessinger (LM) and Weaver (LMS) were Hagerstown track champions this season…Charlotte Hall Md.’s David Williams made the trek for both Potomac and Winchester wheeling his Sommey and Ruth Anne Lacey owned Rocket no.45. Williams would score the win at Potomac for his 32nd career LLM win at the track and would take a solid sixth at Winchester. Potomac pulled 26-cars for their event… McConnellsburg Pa.’s Marvin Winters was at the controls of a Nick Pappas owned Warrior no.60 for Hagerstown where he would finish second, and then score a solid fifth at Winchester in the same mount…After garnering a fifth place effort at Hagerstown, Shippensburg Pa.’s Ashley Barrett skipped the Potomac event, but would attend Winchester and would only produce a 21st place effort with his family-owned Rocket no.75X…Sykesville Md.’s Glenn Elliott, a winner at all three tracks this season, produced a sixth at Hagerstown an 18th at Potomac, and did not make the cut for the feature at Winchester steering his self-owned MasterSbilt no.5. Winchester LLM track champion and 8-time feature winner, Trever Feathers only showed for the Winchester event and was unfortunately the first car out of the race finishing 26th…. Another area standout, Andy Fries of Mercersburg Pa., started out strong with a third at Hagerstown, but did not show for the Potomac event and was a DNQ at Winchester chauffeuring his Rocket no.82.
Street Stocks- Winchester Va.’s Mike Corbin was the epitome of consistency. The 2009 Winchester pure stock champion and defending race winner at Potomac started his stellar three-race run with a third at Hagerstown after starting 10th. He would then take runner-up honors at Potomac after starting 16th and finally found victory lane with a win at Winchester over the 49-car field steering his Roy Anderson prepared no.25. Bedford Pa.’s Brian Duffy and his familiar Imlers Poultry no.38 made his one and only series start at Hagerstown and it was a good one, as he went on to capture his first-ever win at the track over the 44-car field. Avenue Md.’s Scotty Nelson’s win at Potomac was his first-ever nationals win at the track and was the most controversial of the series. While battling Walt Homberg for the win on the last lap, the duo made contact that saw Homberg spin from contention…Potomac had a solid 46-car field pitside for the event. Williams Grove Invader Bob Gutshall, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., set fast time in time trials at Hagerstown and would run 8th in the feature….Berryville Va.’s Matt Kerns was a contender at both Potomac and Winchester. Kerns came from 19th to finish fourth at Potomac and was runner-up at Winchester….Hagerstown Md.’s Mike Warrenfeltz was on hand for all three shows. The 2010 Hagerstown pure stock champion drove his Todd Smith owned no. 5 to a fourth at Hagerstown, third at Potomac and then finished up sixth at Winchester.
Four Cylinders- Hagerstown drew the highest car count of the series with 35 cars on hand for the event. Winchester pulled 28-machines and Potomac had a dismal nine-car turnout. Richard Gwizdale, wheeling a car owned by Gunters Honey, pulled off wins at both Potomac and Hagerstown setting himself up for the trifecta, however St.Thomas Pa.’s Kevin Thomas had other ideas. The 2010 Williams Grove 4-cylinder champion took the win with Gwizdale a disappointing 19th in the final rundown.
Oct. 3, 2010
Maryland Clay Dirt
By Doug Watson
“Southern Maryland Nationals Closes Out Potomac Season”
Last weekend was the 19th running of the Southern Maryland “Small Car Nationals” at the Potomac speedway, ending quite a successful season for second year promoter Greg Gunter.
Forty-six street stocks, 25 limited late models, 16 modifieds, 14 hobby stocks, 9 four-cylinders and 14 strictly stocks all saw action at the venerable Maryland oval over the course of the two-day program.
With nearly 10 inches of rain falling in the St. Mary’s county region on Thursday, the weekend’s festivities appeared to be in jeopardy. However, track prep guru’s Pete Cameron and Ronnie Hollidge worked all day Friday to prepare the speedway for Friday’s qualifying. The hard work paid off as the races went uninterrupted from that point on, producing some great racing along the way. Here’s some notes from the show-
Mechanicsville Md.’s Derrick Quade was involved in quite a scary mishap on lap-seven of the limited late model feature. While attempting to pass the slower car of Tyler Emory, Quade clipped the nose of Emory’s machine and flipped several time coming off turn four. Quade was thankfully not injured in the crash, but his MasterSbilt no.74 was severely wounded….Mechanicsville Md.’s Kyle Nelson, the 2009 Potomac street stock champ, Won the first SS B-main to earn the 21st starting spot for the feature. Nelson kept his nose clean over the 35-lap grind to come home sixth at the checker in his no.66X… Winchester Va.’s Mike Corbin came within one-spot of claiming his second straight Nationals crown as he came from 16th to collect runner-up honors in the street stock main wheeling his immaculate Roy Anderson race cars no.25...Wesley Givens, a regular at The Virginia Motor speedway, shocked the Potomac faithful with his win in the 25-lap hobby stock feature which was his first-ever win at the speedway….Modified stand-out Russell Erwin collected his sixth win of the season in the divisions 30-lap main. While pulling his car to victory lane, Dan Arnold, upset by an apparent on-track incident in the feature, showed his displeasure by driving into the side of Erwin’s mount…Chaptico Md.’s Roland Mann was steering Ricky Lathroum’s Rocket no.55 in the LLM portion of the program and drove the car to a fine fifth place feature effort. Mann won a Potomac LLM feature in the same car back in 2008...Hagerstown Md.’s Mike Warrenfeltz, the 1993 Nationals street stock winner, started fourth in the feature and would hang around the top-five the entire race before settling for third at the checkered. Warrenfeltz was crowned pure stock champion at Hagerstown this season on the strength of an 8-feature win season…Berryville Va.’s Brian Kerns, the only three-time Nationals street stock winner, was in a car formerly piloted by Mike Warrenfeltz, and would finish fifth in the main after starting ninth…Chambersburg Pa.’s Steve Lowery made the trek to Potomac for the nationals. Unfortunately he suffered mechanical woes with his no.93B on Friday and did not return for the B-main’s on Saturday. Lowery was the pure stock point runner-up and one-time feature winner at Hagerstown this season…Thomasville Pa.’s Bernie Beard, a two-time street stock nationals victor, was on hand with his GRT no.X racing with the LLM’s where he started, and finished, ninth in the feature…Littlestown Pa.’s Randy Zechman, the 2010 Susquehanna (PA) speedway street stock champ, was on hand for the show. Zechman qualified 11th for the feature but was off the pace and would quietly finish 15th…Pasadena Md. Was well represented in the street stock starting line-up as five drivers, Craig Tankersley, Kurt Zimmerman, Barry Williams Sr., Jimmy Randall and Jimmy Jessmer Jr. all made the cut for the feature with Jessmer Jr. claiming the highest feature finish with a seventh after starting 19th wheeling his fathers no.47J…Four-cylinder winner Richard Gwizdale has been making a habit of winning the big season ending events as he won the small car nationals at Hagerstown back in September and needs only to win the Winchester (VA) nationals next weekend to score the triple crown…Glen Burnie Md.’s Bruce Kane started back in the 15th spot for the 30-lap LLM feature and got as high as seventh in the feature until losing a motor in his self-owned MasterSbilt no.1K late in the event…Sykesville Md.’s Glenn Elliott, a one-time Potomac LLM winner this season, struggled with engine problems on Friday with his self-owned MasterSbilt no.5. He did return for Saturday’s action where his feature luck was not much better as he started 25th and finished 18th after being involved in a lap-nine tangle with Chuck Cox.
Sept. 19, 2010
Maryland Clay Dirt
By Doug Watson
“Three New Winners Highlight Hagerstown Small Car Nationals”
Last Friday and Saturday night the fourth annual Small Car Nationals was contested at Maryland’s Hagerstown speedway. The event, which showcased talent from three different states, drew nice fields of 33 late model sportsman, 43 pure stocks, 36 four-cylinders and 27 enduro dash cars. The weekend event was run under picture perfect weather conditions, and even better track conditions as track prep guru Mark Schlotterbeck and his posse had the Hagerstown surface as good as it’s been all season long over the course of the two day program. Here’s some notes from the show.
Late Model Sportsman- Glen Burnie Md.’s Bruce Kane shattered the track record in time trials on Friday with a one-lap time of 19.285. McConnellsburg Pa.’s Marvin Winters was on hand for the show piloting the back-up Nick Pappas owned Warrior no.60X. Winters set second fast time in time trials with the machine and would go on to claim second in the 30-lap feature. Waldorf Md.’s Kenny Moreland, a two-time Potomac (MD) LLM feature winner, made his first-ever Hagerstown start in the event. Moreland, and his family-owned Rocket no.24, made the feature through his heat race and would come from the 17th starting spot to collect a respectable 11th the checkered. Littlestown Pa.’s Ronnie Dennis had a good weekend with his self-owned MasterSbilt no.19. Dennis qualified for the feature through his heat race, earning the 20th starting spot for the feature and would race his way to a 13th place finish. Saxton Pa.’s Mike Altobelli Jr., in his first Hagerstown start, won the consolation and would come from his 22nd starting spot to finish 14th in the feature wheeling his family-owned Rocket no.79. 2010 Hagerstown LMS track champion Pete Weaver, who struggled in qualifying on Friday, drove his self-owned Rocket no.16 from his 21st starting spot to claim ninth at the finish.
The top four in time trials on Friday, Bruce Kane, Marvin Winters, Andy Fries and race winner Frankie Plessinger, all broke the track record.
Street Stocks- Mechanicsburg Pa.’s Bob Gutshall, the current Williams Grove (PA) speedway street stock point leader, also established a new track record in Friday’s time trials with a one-lap time of 22.728. Gutshall would finish 8th in the feature…Pasadena Md.’s Kurt Zimmerman, the 2010 Potomac street stock champion, lead the 25-lap street stock feature for the first 15-laps before retiring from the event with mechanical problems…Bedford Pa.’s Brian Duffy claimed his first-ever Hagerstown feature win with his triumph in the 25-lap street stock main in a career that’s spanned 21-years. Chambersburg Pa.’s Doug Bennett a former Hagerstown pure stock track champion and 35-time feature winner at the track was on hand for the show. Unfortunately, he lost and engine in Friday’s program and did not return on Saturday. Shippensburg Pa.’s Charlie Pennsinger suffered the same fate. The weekly Hagerstown campaigner also lost a motor on Friday and would not return for the consolations on Saturday. Hagerstown’s Brian Miller, a one-time PS winner at the track this season, wheeled his Dave Mikolajski owned no.5m from 10th to secure 5th at the finish.
Four Cylinders- For the second year in a row, A Gunters Honey owned, four-cylinder won the divisions 15-lap main as Richard Gwizdale captured the win. Greg Gunter, the owner of the winning car, won the 2009 event…St. Thomas Pa.’s Kevin Thomas, a five-time 4-Cyl. Winner at Williams Gove, won the consolation and would go from 21st on the grid. Thomas raced hard the entire distance and would collect fourth at the finish… Strasburg Pa.’s Tommy Whitt duplicated his 2009 performance with a runner-up finish to race winner Richard Gwizdale. Former Winchester (VA) speedway track champion Mark Digges came from his 15th starting spot to claim ninth at the finish. With 36 cars on hand, the DNQ list was quite impressive as top area 4cyl. runners Ryan Laye, Rich Newcomer and Dave Leidy Jr. all missed the cut for the feature.
Enduro Dash- Big Cove Tannery Pa.’s Chris Ebersole came from his 24th starting spot to win the 72-lap Derek Riley memorial on Saturday. Ebersole’s second Hagerstown win of the season was impressive that he not only came from 24th on the grid, but he lapped the entire 27 car field…Keedysville Md.’s “Krazy” Kenny Thomas, a five-time Hagerstown enduro dash winner this season made his patented charge from his 25th starting spot. Thomas got as high as second in the feature until he retired late in the event with mechanical woes and would be paid for 19th
Maryland Clay Dirt
Sept. 12, 2010
By Doug Watson
Hagerstown TSF Finale Produces Two New Winners
Last Saturday night Doug Timmons and his Three State Flyers late model Series invaded Frank Plessingers Hagerstown speedway for the 2010 series finale. On tap was the regular 35-lap, $3,000 to win main event plus a special 20-lap, $2,000 to win match race for the top twenty in series points. When it was all said and done, Thompson Pa.’s Dan Stone and Dover Pa.’s Scott LeBarron added their names to the TSF series win list with their first-ever feature wins at the Washington county oval.
Stone’s win came in the 35-lap feature and LeBarron’s conquest was the 20-lap match race. Stone, in his familiar Rocket no.21, ran second for much of the event before race long leader Roy Deese Jr. retired late in the race with a broken axle. LeBarron’s win was quite dominating as he lead all 20-circuits aboard his GRT chassis no.8L. Both winners had to hold off TSF series dominator Jason Covert to post the victories.
In the 16 races run on the tour this season, 11 different drivers were able to score a feature win. Jason Covert was the only repeat winner as he took a series leading six feature wins. Covert triumphed at Both Bedford (PA) and Hagerstown two times with single event wins coming at Natural Bridge (VA) and Roaring Knob (PA). Single event winners include Jamie Lathroum (Williams Grove), Jack Pencil (Hagerstown), Ronnie DeHaven Jr. (Winchester), Jim Yoder (Hesston), Jeremy Miller (Potomac), Josh Richards (Winchester), DJ Myers (Potomac), Chad McClellan (Thunder Valley), Dan Stone (Hagerstown) and Scott LeBarron (Hagerstown).
Series promoter Doug Timmons was more than happy with the quite successful
second season his TSF series enjoyed. “I think this is what the local racers
wanted.” Timmons stated. “I think we’ve given the area racers some good money to
race for and some tracks they’re comfortable running at. We’ve gotten a lot of
positive response from different drivers and the fans as well, so I guess we’re
doing something right, so that gives us more to build on for next season.”
Hagerstown TSF Notebook-
* Greencastle Pa.‘s Gary Stuhler broke a camshaft in his Paul Crowl owned Rocket no.7 during hot-laps trailering the machine for the remainder of the program. However, he did pilot Kyle Lear’s MDI no.151 in the 20-lap match race where he finished sixth.
* Hampstead Md.’s Al Shawver Jr., a one-time winner at Hagerstown this season, started the main way back in the 16th starting spot and would wheel his Rocket no.215 to a solid ninth place feature effort.
* Hagerstown Md.’s Alan Sagi posted his second top-three Hagerstown feature finish in a row with a third place run on Saturday after starting seventh, steering his John Chamberlain owned Rocket no.81.
* Chambersburg Pa.’s Ashley Barrett, a weekly campaigner in the late model sportsman division, was on hand for the show with his Rocket no.75X. Barrett qualified for the show earning the 14th starting spot for the feature. Barrett would complete the distance coming home with a respectable 13th place feature finish.
* Winchester Va.’s JT Spence had a solid run as well. The winner of the McBee/Hayes memorial at Hagerstown the week prior, had to come through the consolation to make the cut for the feature. Chauffeuring his Champion Auto Sales no.91, Spence came from the 22nd starting spot to collect tenth at the checkered.
* Reigning and three-time Potomac speedway late model champion David Williams, of Charlotte Hall, MD., was on hand for the second week in a row with his Jack Bland owned Rocket no.41. Unfortunately Williams struggled in both his heat race and the consi and did not qualify for the feature.
* 36 late models and 25 super sportsman were pitside for the program. On the immaculate surface, seven heat races, two consolations, a dash and three features were spun-off with the final checkered flag of the night waving at 10:25.
* Fresh off his first career WoO win in New York a few weeks ago, Seaford Delaware’s Ricky Elliott was on hand for the show. However, his night was less than desirable. At the controls of his Starette Trucking, Rocket no.88, Elliott qualified 17th for the 35-lapper only to retire early from the event and would be paid for 23rd.
* Seventeen year old Kyle Hardy, of Winchester Va., made his first Hagerstown start of the season. Steering his family owned BRC Lazer no.18, Hardy looked good on the big half-mile but did not qualify for the race. Hardy is a one-time late model winner in 2010 with a win at Potomac speedway earlier in the summer
Maryland Clay Dirt
By Doug Watson
Sept 6, 2010
“Highlighting a Busy Labor Day Weekend”
Even with the presence of Hurricane Earl lurking of the mid-Atlantic coast on Friday, it was a spectacular weekend of racing in the tri-state area. Several area speedway’s crowned 2010 divisional champions, there were career-first feature winners and plenty of side by side racing for the enthusiastic fans. Here’s some drivers that made an impact over the holiday weekend.
Brian Monteith- Driving out of Phoenixville Pa., Monteith continued his reign at the Lincoln (PA) speedway as he collected his fourth feature win of the season and career 20th 410 sprint car feature win at the pigeon hills oval. Driving a car owned by Jerry Parrish, Monteith also laid claim to his third-straight 410 track championship.
Gene Knaub- The Dover Pa. leadfoot racked up his 11th overall 358 late model feature win of the season with his third feature score of the 2010 campaign last Friday night at the Trail-Way (PA) speedway. Driving a Rocket chassis owned by Lancaster Pa.’s Donnie Broderick, Knaub’s win was his 38th career 358 LM feature win aboard Broderick’s equipment. Knaub is the current 358 LM point leader at Williams Grove (PA), Lincoln and Trail-Way speedway’s.
Pete and Justin Weaver- What a night it was indeed for the gang from Williamsport Md. Pete Weaver drove from his 12th starting spot in last Saturday nights LMS feature at the Hagerstown speedway to finish third in the divisions 20-lap main event. With his finish, Weaver earned his first-career Hagerstown speedway LMS track title. While dad was racing through the pack, Rookie Justin Weaver started on the pole for the feature and lead every lap to post his first-career win at the track, becoming the second rookie driver in the division to win a feature this season.
Bo and Trever Feathers- The father and son duo, of Winchester, Va., did the
trick last Saturday night at the Winchester speedway. On the strength of four
feature wins, Bo captured his fifth career late model title at the Virginia oval
while son Trever, in his second full season at Winchester, scored 8-feature wins
and the limited late model track championship.
David Williams- The Charlotte Hall Md. Racer had a dream night last Sunday at the Potomac speedway. Williams wrapped up his third-straight late model title by just three-points with his second place feature finish in the 35-lap late model main. Williams also scored career win number 75 at Potomac with his third win of the season in the 20-lap limited late model feature aboard Sommey and Ruth Ann Lacey’s Rocket no.45.
Larry Fuchs- The long-time Potomac veteran annexed his first career driving championship at the southern Maryland bullring as he nailed-down the four-cylinder title on the strength of four feature wins over defending, and five-time, track champion Greg Gunter. Fuchs, of Indian Head Md., has also scored five strictly stock feature wins this season as well and has a mathematical shot at the track title heading into next Friday night’s point finale.
Bobby Beard- After a DNF at Trail-Way on Friday night and a 10th place effort at Lincoln (PA) speedway on Saturday, the Abottstown Pa. driver ventured to the Hesston (PA) speedway on Sunday and took his second win of the season, and sixth overall 358 late model score of 2010 wheeling his Joe and Renita Seymore owned Rocket no.81.
Jimmy Randall- The Pasadena Md. Native all but locked-up his first-career hobby stock championship at Potomac speedway with his sixth feature win of the season last Sunday night after starting 12th in the line-up. The title would be Randall’s first-ever track championship in a career that’s spanned nearly two decades in various classes of race cars.
Craig Tankersley- Another Pasadena Md. Racer colorfully referred to as “Tank”, became the ninth different winner in the Potomac street stock ranks with his well-deserved feature win on Sunday night. The win was Tankersley’s second career win at Potomac and first in nearly six-season’s.
Andy Anderson- Anderson became the leading late model winner of the season at Potomac on Sunday with his third win of the season and sixth career at the track as the division made it’s final appearance of the season. With a pair of wins at Winchester as well, it was quite a productive season indeed for the Bunker Hill west Va. Driver and his self-owned Rocket no.25.
Aug 22 2010
Maryland Clay Dirt
By Doug Watson
“Stevie Long, Living the Dream”
That’s the best way to describe the current 2010 season for Mechanicsville Md.’s Stevie Long. Last Friday night Long was victorious for the second time this season in the 20-lap limited late model feature at the Potomac speedway. It would be Long’s fifth overall feature win of the season as he’s also scored a trio of feature wins at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway in steel-block late model action.
Entering the 2010 campaign Long came armed with a brand new Rocket chassis
with Jack Cornett power under the hood, so expectations were a little high. Long
did not disappoint as he would score a convincing win in the limited late model
season opener at Potomac on March 19. Long would then add a pair of wins at VMS
before cooling down a little in the month of July. “We started the season real
strong.” Long stated. “We have some really good equipment, the best I’ve ever
had since I’ve been racing.” Long added. “We had a stretch there in July where
we just couldn’t finish any races. Motor problems took us out of some races we
had a good shot at winning, but it I think we have those issue’s corrected and
look forward to finishing out the season strong.” Long would take another VMS
feature win on August 14 before his Potomac win last Friday night. “I cant thank
my Dad and all the guy’s on the crew.” Said Long. “They’re the ones that keep
this thing going, they deserve all the credit.”
* What a night it was indeed for St. Thomas Pa.’s Rodney Walls at Hagerstown speedway on Saturday night. After scoring a heat race win, the division rookie started on the pole and lead all 20-laps of the feature to score his first-career Hagerstown late model sportsman feature win over runner-up Ashley Barrett. Walls racer, colorfully referred to as “Dino” is a 1992 Rocket chassis owned by his father, Former Hagerstown speedway LMS champion Richard Walls.
* The Potomac late model feature on Friday night was a real barnburner as three different drivers lead the 35-lap Bobby Allen memorial before Bunker Hill West Va.’s Andy Anderson took the win. The win was Anderson’s second LM win at Potomac this season in his second different ride. His first came in Jack Bland’s Rocket no.41 while his win on Friday came in his self-owned Rocket no.25.
* Newville Pa.’s Donnie Farlling had a nice run in the 20-lap LMS feature at Hagerstown on Saturday. Wheeling his self-owned Rocket no.48, Farlling started back in the 18th starting spot and would race his way to a solid 7th place feature finish.
* Baltimore Md.’s Paul Cursey rivaled Farllings run in the Hagerstown LMS feature Steering his Robin Cursey owned Rocket no.37. Slated to go from fifteenth on the grid, Cursey raced well on the well-prepared surface to collect sixth at the checkered flag for his second straight top-ten feature finish at Hagerstown. Cursey plans to finish out the season at Hagerstown , opting to skip the remaining events at his Friday night venue, Potomac speedway.
* St. Thomas Pa.’s Mike Walls, cousin to race winner Rodney Walls, had a heart-breaker of a night. While challenging for the win in the LMS feature at Hagerstown disaster struck. A grinding turn-three crash ended his hopes at the win and left his Rocket no.99 terminally wounded. Walls, fortunately, was unhurt in the mishap.
* Severna Park Md.’s Kyle Lear posted a pair of top-fives over the weekend. In his MD1Chassis no.151, Lear came from 11th to finish third in the LLM feature at Potomac on Friday and would once again come from deep in the pack (20th) at Hagerstown to finish in the fifth spot in the LMS main.
* Hagerstown Md.’s Alan Sagi was on hand for the Potomac LM show in Friday. At the controls of his John Chamberlain owned Rocket no.07, a car recently acquired from Mike Cross, started in the fourth position and would race with the leaders the entire event before settling for third at the finish. This is the same car that carried defending Potomac LM track champion David Williams to one 2009 feature win.
* Great Mills Md.’s Daryl Hills had a shot at the win at Potomac on Friday night. Chauffeuring a MasterSbilt chassis owned by his father, Larry, Hills came from the 14th starting spot and would catch eventual race winner Andy Anderson but ran out of laps and would take a well deserved second place feature effort.
Aug 15, 2010
Maryland Clay Dirt
By Doug Watson
“Deese Closes Hagerstown Point Chase With Saturday Victory”
Laurel Maryland’s Roy Deese Jr. has come another step closer to his eighth career Hagerstown speedway late model championship with his first late model feature win of the season last Saturday night. Deese came from the seventh starting spot to snare the lead from race-long leader Jerry Bard on lap-23 to post his 20th career LM win at the venerable half-mile oval. With his win and current point leader Frankie Plessinger’s eighth place feature finish, Deese has cut the championship battle to just 39-markers with just two point races left on the 2010 schedule.
“That’s why we’re here at Hagerstown every week, is to win the championship.”
Deese stated. “Frankie is a real tough competitor and if he cant win the title,
I hope it’s us that can beat him.” Last season’s title struggle came down to the
final night of point tabulations. Deese would finish one spot ahead of
Plessinger in the point finale to capture his seventh career Hagerstown
championship by just one point, in one of the closest, if not the closest
championship battle in Hagerstown history.
* Shippensburg Pa.’s Jerry Bard came within two-laps of posting his first-ever Hagerstown LM feature win on Saturday. Wheeling his self-owned Rocket no.26, Bard started on the pole and lead the event for the first 23-laps before getting pinned behind a lapped car late in the race allowing eventual race winner Roy Deese Jr. to claim the win. Bard would hang on to finish second, his best LM feature finish at the track this season.
* Big Cove Tannery Pa.’s Chris Ebersole became only the third different drive to score a win this season in the enduro dash division with his victory on Saturday at Hagerstown. The win was Ebersole’s second victory in the last two weeks as he was the enduro dash winner at the Winchester (VA) speedway the week prior. Rumor has it that this popular division could be a weekly fixture at Hagerstown in 2011.
* Sykesville Md.’s Glen Elliott was back in form as he collected his first LMS feature win at Hagerstown on Saturday. At the controls of his self-owned MasterSbilt no.5, the win was Elliott’s fourth overall feature triumph of the season as he’s scored a pair of wins at Winchester (VA) and one at the Potomac (MD) speedway.
* Charlotte Hall Md.’s David Williams LLM win at Potomac on Friday night was his third overall win at the Southern Md. speed plant this season in his third different car. Williams has scored two LLM feature victories, one in Sommey and Ruth Ann Lacey’s Rocket no.45 and his win on Friday came in a MasterSbilt no.23 owned by Joe Adams and Wayne Quade. His other win is a late model score that came in his regular Friday night ride, George and Tina Moreland’s Rocket no.24. Williams is the current LM point leader coming into next weeks Bobby Allen Memorial event at Potomac.
* After scoring a fourth place feature finish in the LLM event at Potomac on Friday night, Severna Park Md.’s Kyle Lear was looking for his fourth straight LMS feature win at Hagerstown on Saturday. Steering his familiar Moe DeFino prepared MD1 race cars no.151, Lear started back in the 18th starting spot of Saturday’s 20-lap LMS event at Hagerstown and raced his way to third at the finish.
* Hampstead Md.’s Charlie Schaeffer became the seventh different winner of the season in the 358 LM division at the Williams Grove (PA) speedway on Saturday night. The win was Schaeffer’s first-ever Williams Grove feature win chauffeuring his Jesse Coleman owned MasterSbilt no.12.
* Mechanicsville Md.’s Stevie Long had a solid weekend aboard his family owned Rocket no.44L. After scoring a runner-up finish in the LLM feature at Potomac on Friday, Long claimed his third win of the season at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Long is a one-time Potomac LLM winner this season as well.
* Derrick Quade and Tommy Wagner Jr., both of Mechanicsville Md., continue to battle for the 2010 Potomac LLM track championship. With just four point events left on the schedule Quade leads Wagner by just 49-points coming in to next Friday night’s show. Quade is in search of his second career Potomac LLM title and first since 07’, while Wagner is seeking his third-straight Potomac crown. Both drivers are feature winners at Potomac this season.
Maryland Clay Dirt
Aug 8, 2010
By Doug Watson
“Wagaman Poised for First Late Model Championship”
Winning a driving championship is just about any race car drivers goal, no matter what division or series they choose to compete in. Such is the case for Gettysburg Pa.’s Craig Wagaman.
Nine races into the season at the Williams Grove (PA) speedway, Wagaman is the current point leader in the highly competitive 358 late model division that the Grove offers every Saturday night. Within the nine races contested, Wagaman has posted one feature win and five other finishes in the top-five including three runner-up performances.
Wheeling a Rocket chassis owed by Jimmy and Kimmy Lawrence, with Mark Small Machine power under the hood, Wagaman feels confident in his chance at his first-career 358 LM title at the historic Pennsylvania oval. “This class is so hard.” Wagaman bottom-lined in the Williams Grove pit area last Saturday night. “We’ve run well all season and our car has been as good as anyone’s here, but there are so many guy’s who can win here every Saturday, which makes it a really tough deal.”
So far this season the Grove has averaged nearly 30-cars per race with six different drivers reaching victory lane. Bobby Beard (1), Gene Knaub (4), Wes Alleman (1), Cody Fairchok (1), Wagaman (1) and most recently Roy Miller have all visited the Grove’s front stretch.
Wagaman feels a new addition to the team is a key to their success. “Derrick
Hurley has been helping us lately with the car and he’s been a real help turning
things around for us. I can tell him what I want the car to do, and he makes it
happen. As a driver, you can’t ask for more than that.” Even though Wagaman
holds a 130-point advantage over point runner-up and defending track champion
Gene Knaub, He’s not uncorking championship champagne just yet. ’There’s still a
lot of racing left.” Wagaman stated. “Gene’s been going pretty good here lately,
but so have we, so I think It’ll come down to the wire. Hopefully it won’t
because I’m not sure if my nerves can handle it, I’ve never been very good at
Saturday Night Series Notes-
* 33 358 late models graced the Williams Grove pit are on Saturday. The second LM heat was a veritable who’s who of area 358 LM racing. Within the nine car line-up Bobby Beard, Craig Wagaman, Gene Knaub, Carl Billet and Gene Wrightstone all took the green and have combined for nearly 380 feature wins and thirty track titles.
* Glen Burnie Md.’s Steven Axtell Jr., a one-time LMS winner at Hagerstown, was on hand for the show. Wheeling his father Steve’s MasterSbilt no.81saw the youthful speedster win his heat race over a hard-charging Gene Knaub to earn the fifth starting spot for the feature. However disaster struck on the opening lap of the event as Axtell was swept up in a ten-car pile up on the backstretch that saw his car flip twice before landing on all four wheels just prior to the bridge that crosses the backstretch. Axtell emerged from his battered racer unhurt in quite a scary looking mishap.
* Dover Pa.’s Gene Knaub was also a part of the lap-one crash and would re-start the main from eighteenth. Piloting his Donnie Broderick owned Rocket no.1, Knaub raced back through the field to claim third at the finish.
* A strong field of 27 street stocks entered the program as well. Defending track champion Kory Sites scored the popular win in his second start for car owner Pat McNeal. The win was Sites overall 69th career feature win.
* York Pa.’s Chase Billet had a career run in the 20-lap LM feature. Billet started the main second, avoided the first lap crash and would eventually finish second to race winner Roy Miller aboard his family owned Rocket no.22. Chase’s dad Mark, is a former Silver Spring (PA) speedway late model track titlist.
* Current street stock point leader Bob Gutshall’s no.65 is the same car that carried Kory Sites to the 2009 track title. Gutshall started 11th in the divisions 15-lap main and would place 8th at the finish.
* Jared Miller had a nice run in the LM feature as well. Steering an identical Rocket, lettered no.M1X to race winner Roy Miller, started back in the 17th starting spot and raced his way to a solid 8th place feature effort.
*Hats off to the Williams Grove staff as Twelve qualifying events, four features and kids bike races during intermission and the lengthy clean-up of the ten car LM crash, were all part of the program and the show was completed around 11:30.
Maryland Clay Dirt
Aug. 1, 2010
By Doug Watson
“Claar Extends Thunder Valley Win Streak”
What a season it has been indeed for Central City Pa.’s Thunder Valley Raceway. Under the leadership of first-year promoter Joe Padula III, the track has thrived with good car counts and a solid fan base since the facilities season opener in May. The headline late model division has averaged nearly 19-cars per event, and the level of competition has been second to none.
Last Saturday night Shawn Claar became the 12th different late model feature winner dating back to August of 2009. In that span Dan Lee, DJ Myers, Chad McClellan, Tom Decker, Nick Dickson, Ron Delano, Steve Everhart, Doug Glessner, Allen Lemin, Chris Rhodes, and John Britsky have all scored a feature win at Thunder Valley. Within those twelve shows, five drivers scored their career-first TVR late model feature wins. Six events remain on the TVR schedule in 2010, and with the way things have been going at the track this season, the winners streak could be extended to 18, and that would truly be amazing.
* Speaking of the winners list at Thunder Valley, Somerset Pa.’s Scott Rhodes the owner of 33 career TVR late model wins and seven track titles, has oddly enough been shut out of victory lane the entire season. Rhodes last win at the track came on August 1, 2009.
* Long-time Potomac speedway veteran, Larry Fuchs of Indian Head MD., keeps racking up the wins this season. Last Friday night Fuchs scored his fourth win of the season, and career 31st in the four cylinder feature and has annexed four feature wins in the strictly stock division. Fuchs is the current point leader in the four-cylinder ranks and sits just 73-markers out of the point lead in the strictly stock division.
* Winchester Va.’s Mike Corbin, who was triumphant in the 25-lap Potomac/Winchester street stock challenge event on Friday night, wheels one of the most pristine race cars you’ll see anywhere. The car, which was built by Winchester Va.’s Roy Anderson, carries sponsorship from Ernie Davis who owns the Rocket no.25 piloted in area events by defending World of Outlaw late model series champion Josh Richards.
* Chambersburg Pa.’s Ashley Barrett towed his familiar Rocket no.75X to the Winchester Speedway last Saturday for the 30-lap Potomac/Winchester challenge event for the limited late models. Barrett would win his heat race and then nail down a solid third in the feature.
* After scoring a sixth-place feature effort at Potomac on Friday night, Waldorf Md.’s Kenny Moreland, ventured to the Winchester Speedway on Saturday where he would take fifth in the 30-lap LLM feature wheeling his father George’s Rocket no.24.
* Who is Tracker??? If you read the Port Royal (PA) speedway pro stock results for the last two-weeks, the name Tracker shows up on the final rundown. If my memory serves me, I know I’ve seen that name for the last decade or so but don’t know who it is. Tommy Little, if you read this help me out!!!
* Hagerstown Md.’s Mike Warrenfeltz romped to his seventh win of the season in last Saturday night’s pure stock feature at Hagerstown after starting eighth. The win for Warrenfeltz was his 80th career Hagerstown PS triumph.
* Dover Pa.’s Gene Knaub collected his third 358 LM feature win of the season last Saturday night at the Williams Grove (PA) speedway. Even though Knaub, driving a Rocket chassis owned by Lancaster Pa.’s Donnie Broderick, failed to qualify for a feature at the Grove earlier this summer has climbed back to second in the point standings just 150 points behind current leader Craig Wagaman. With eight races left on the schedule for the division, Knaub has a legitimate shot at his third track title in a row at Williams Grove.
* Williams Grove seems to be alive and well with its “Saturday Night Series” as 38 super sportsman, 31 358 late models, 25 street stocks and 18 four cylinders jammed the pit area last Saturday night.
* Hats off to the Potomac speedway staff as seven heat races and five
features were spun-off in front of a nice crowd, with the final checkered flag
of the night being thrown at 10:20 in last Friday night’s program.
Maryland Clay Dirt
July 25, 2010
By Doug Watson
“Miller and Richards Shine in Weekend TSF Series Events”
Doug Timmons and his Three state Flyers late model series invaded the Potomac (MD) speedway on Friday night and then ventured to the Winchester (VA) speedway on Saturday. Both events were 40-laps in distance and paid a hefty $5000-to-win, plus an overall bonus for the two-race mini-series.
On Friday at Potomac Gettysburg Pa.’s Jeremy Miller in his Hoosier shod, Miller Fabrication MasterSbilt no.1M scored his 19th career Potomac late model feature win in dramatic fashion as he pulled off the win on the final turn of the last lap over runner-up Keith Jackson. Miller’s win was unique in fact that he only lead two laps of the event, the first and the last. Saturday at Winchester Josh Richards, the reigning World of Outlaws late model series champion, scored the win in his Ernie Davis owned Rocket no.25 after a third place effort at Potomac the night prior after leading the event for 28-laps before a broken shock ended his chances at the victory.
The wins for both Miller and Richards were their first TSF feature wins of
the season and made them the sixth and seventh different winners on the series
trail in the ten events run so far this season. Potomac pulled the highest car
count of the series as 34 cars entered the program and at Winchester on
Saturday, 32 cars attempted to qualify. Good crowds gathered at both facilities,
and even though forecasted rain stayed away for both shows, it was downright hot
for both races as temperatures hovered near the century mark at race time for
Three State Flyers Weekend Notebook-
* Winchester Va.’s JT Spence had a solid weekend with his Champion Auto Sales Rocket no.91. Spence rebounded from an early race spin that forced him to the rear at Potomac on Friday night to collect ninth at the finish. He would run well at Winchester on Saturday as well as he finished second to race winner Josh Richards.
*Bo Feathers, also of Winchester, was at the controls of his self-owned Warrior no.00 for the two-race series. At Potomac on Friday Feathers had to qualify for the feature through the consi where he would start the main 22nd and race his way to seventh at the finish. However, at Winchester Feathers failed to qualify for the feature. Entering the program at Winchester on Saturday, Feathers was the current LM point leader with three feature wins.
* Severna Park Md.’s Kyle Lear was a Potomac on Friday night behind the wheel of Moe DeFino’s MD1 Race cars no.1MD with a newly acquired Russell Baker power plant bolted into the machine. Unfortunately Lear fought handling problems with the car in his heat race and the consi and did not qualify for the feature. Lear would then tow his MD1 race cars no.151 to Winchester on Saturday to race with the limited late models. After starting 11th in the divisions main, he would come through the field to score his first-ever Winchester Speedway feature win. The win was Lear’s seventh overall feature triumph of 2010.
* Hagerstown Md.’s Alan Sagi has been quite a busy driver of late. In the
last five shows he’s raced he’s been at the controls of five different race
cars. Two Friday’s ago at Bedford (PA) he piloted Rick Mastrinos Rocket no.50E.
At Hagerstown two weeks ago Sagi won in John Chamberlains Rocket no.81. Last
Tuesday Sagi drove Scott LeBarrons GRT no.8A at Bridgeport (NJ). Friday at
Potomac he was wheeling the Rocket no.07 formerly owned by Mike Cross and on
Saturday Sagi ventured to Selinsgrove (PA) to chauffeur the Dave Fultz owned
Swartz chassis no.7. Whew what a week!!
* Shermansdale Pa.’s Mike Lupfer made his first-ever start at Potomac on Friday nigh
. Aboard his self-owned MasterSbilt no.06, Lupfer qualified fourth in the consi to earn the 24th starting spot for the feature. Lupfer would complete the distance taking a respectable 12th at the checkered.
* Rockbridge Baths Va.’s Booper Bare made his first 2010 start at Potomac on Friday night. Steering his self-owned Rocket no.00B Bare, The winner of 50 career late model features at Potomac, could only produce a 20th place finish after starting 12th. Bare was only a little better at Winchester on Saturday taking tenth in the 40-lap main.
* York Haven Pa.’s Jason Covert, the defending TSF series champion and four-time 2010 feature winner, had an up and down weekend. In his familiar Barry Klinedinst owned Rocket no.43A Covert struggled at Potomac placing 21st at the finish. At Winchester on Saturday Covert was back in form as he would finish the event in the fourth spot.
* Mechanicsville Md.‘s’ Jamie “The Jet” Lathroum posted two top-ten’s in the series with his Huey Wilcoxon prepared MasterSbilt no.6. Lathroum won the consi at Potomac on Friday night and would start the main 21st. Lathroum would keep his nose clean and come home with a solid fourth place feature effort. At Winchester on Saturday Lathroum would take seventh at the checkered flag. Lathroum is a one-time TSF winner this season with a victory at Williams Gove (PA) speedway.
* The hot weather took a toll on many cars and drivers especially Mechanicville Md.’s Dale Hollidge. Starting back in the 19th starting spot at Potomac on Friday Hollidge retired from the event with carburetor issues mid-way through the event placing 17th at the finish. However, his troubles were just beginning. After the feature Hollidge, 21 years old, was experiencing a sever case of dehydration and he was taken by ambulance to the St. Mary’s county medical center. After being pumped full of fluids, Hollidge was released and was sent home around 4am Saturday morning. Hollidge, a one-time Potomac LM winner in 2010, did not attend the Winchester event.
* With Josh Richards and Jeremy Miller each scoring a win and a third place run in the two race series, It was decided that the overall bonus money would be split between the duo for their weekend’s work.
Maryland Clay Dirt
July 18, 2010
By Doug Watson
“Kenny Moreland…A Chip off the Old Block”
The average fan could never tell that Waldorf Maryland’s Kenny Moreland is a rookie in the highly competitive limited late model division at the Potomac (MD) speedway.
Just twelve weeks into his rookie season at the southern Maryland bullring Moreland, 21, has captured two feature wins and sits fourth in the point standings. I guess it’s safe to say that Kenny has a solid mentor in his corner, his dad George Moreland.
George Moreland and his familiar machines have been a fixture at Potomac for many season. In his career he’s captured 14 career feature wins in the late model division including the 2000 late model track championship. Kenny got his start in the street stock division at Potomac a few season’s ago and even had a short stint in the sportsman class at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor speedway with limited success.
The decision was made that Kenny would compete with the limited late models in 2010 utilizing a Rocket Chassis carrying the familiar Moreland no.24. Kenny’s record to date in the faster division has even surprised himself. “Yeah they say its hard to get the first one, but I’ll bet its going to be even harder to get two and three.” Two is what he got as Moreland scored a flag to flag victory in last Friday night’s 20-lap LLM feature at Potomac speedway. “The track was really to my liking tonight.” Moreland stated. “the top was the place to be, but I kept looking for the 151 (Kyle Lear), He’s the one to beat down here right now and I knew I’d have my hands full if he got close.” Kenny was quick to praise those who have helped him reach this point. “Yeah, My dad is the heart and soul of this deal. Most all the expenses come out of his pocket and I wouldn’t be a able to do this without him and all the guys on the crew, it’s been a dream season for us so far.”
* Mercersburg Pa.’s Tyler Hershey had a solid night at Hagerstown aboard his BRC Lazer no.74. Hershey lead the first seven laps of the 25-lap late model feature where he would eventually finish second to race winner Alan Sagi, for his best-ever LM feature finish at the speedway.
* Winchester Va.’s Ronnie DeHaven Jr. brought his Bob Pierce race cars no.19 to Potomac on Friday and would take fourth at the finish of the 25-lap LM feature. At the Winchester (VA) Speedway on Saturday, DeHaven’s luck was much better, as he collected his third LM feature win of the season.
* Williamsport Md.’s Justin Weaver had a career night at Hagerstown last Saturday night. Weaver, a rookie in the LMS division, won his first-ever heat race and would then lead the first four laps of the feature before settling for fourth at the controls of his Rocket no.05. Justin is the son of current LMS point leader, Pete Weaver.
*Winchester Va.’s Kyle Hardy continues to impress at Potomac. Wheeling his family owned BRC Lazer no.18, Hardy, just 17 years old, started back in the eleventh starting spot for the LM feature and would take runner-up honors to race winner Matt Quade. Hardy, a one time LM winner at the track this season, currently sits tenth in the point standings.
* Hagerstown also produced another rookie winner Saturday night as well. Boonsboro Md.’s Keith Koontz, a rookie in the pure stock ranks, captured a heat race win in his family-owned no.08.
* Hagerstown Md.’s Doug Timmons had quite a productive night at Hagerstown steering the back-up Pete Weaver owned Rocket no.16T. Timmons came from the fifteenth starting spot in the 31-lap LMS feature to come home sixth at the checkered.
* Potomac modified feature winner, Eric Erwin, had quite a trying week prior to scoring his second feature win of the season. Erwin had been hospitalized for five days during the week for a kidney stone operation and was released on Thursday and to top it all off, His wife is pregnant!
* Severna Park Md.’s Kyle Lear once again had the hot hand this race weekend. After coming from 8th to finish second at Potomac on Friday night, Lear would drive his MD1 race cars no.151 from 12th to win his third-straight LMS feature at Hagerstown in the special 31-lap Bill Bowman memorial. Lear’s win netted him $1000.
Maryland Clay Dirt
July 13, 2010
By Doug Watson
“DeHaven Finding Rhythm In Old Ride”
The 2010 season has been quite an up and down season for Winchester Va.’s Ronnie DeHaven Jr. Colorfully referred to as ‘Little Ronnie”, DeHaven started out the season in a brand new Bob Pierce race cars chassis no.19 and promptly put the machine in victory lane in the season opener at the Winchester speedway back on March 27.
However, since his opening day triumph, DeHaven has struggled finding consistency with the car. So in an effort to change his luck, DeHaven and company brought out their trusty GRT race cars no.1D and responded quickly with a his second Winchester late model feature win of the season in the Three State Flyers event back on June 26. Last Saturday night the car was brought to the Hagerstown speedway, a track DeHaven last won at in 2008, for the Ernie D’s 25 event for the late models. DeHaven was fast right off the hauler as he scored a heat race victory and would then draw the fifth starting spot for the feature.
“This GRT car really seems to like the slick.” DeHaven stated. “With the lack
of rain in the area most of the tracks in the area have become kind of dry and
hard, so we decided to give this car a try and it’s been pretty good.” The
Pierce chassis has since been parked for a thorough going over. “We haven’t
given up on that car.” DeHaven said. “That car seems to like a track where
there’s a cushion and as dry as it’s been you don’t find that a lot anymore.
We’re going to keep working on it because it’s a good car and we know it’s
capable of winning races.” DeHaven raced well in the old car as he hung around
the top-five the entire event before settling for a solid fourth at the finish,
his best Hagerstown run of the season.
* Like I stated in last weeks column, Severna Park Md.’s Kyle Lear is on a real hot streak. Lear started out his weekend with his third limited late model win of the season at Potomac on Friday night and would then back that up with his second-straight late model sportsman feature win at Hagerstown at the controls of his Moe DeFino prepared MD1 race cars no.151. Lear’s win on Saturday was his overall career 20th feature win between Hagerstown and Potomac.
* What a night it was indeed For Allen Rodgers and A&C racing engines at Hagerstown on Saturday. Marvin Winters (LM), Kyle Lear (LMS) and Brian Miller (PS) all won their respective feature events with A&C power plants.
* Glen Burnie Md.’s Bruce Kane had quite a drive in the 20-lap LMS feature at Hagerstown. Starting back in the tenth spot, Kane wheeled his MasterSbilt no.1K to a runner-up finish behind race winner Kyle Lear.
* Chambersburg Pa.’s Ashley Barrett, a one time LMS winner at Hagerstown this season, posted his second top-five finish in a row as he came from deep in the pack (18th) to collect fourth at the finish aboard his Rocket no.75X.
* Dover Pa.’s Scott LeBarron looked rather impressive at Hagerstown on Saturday night. Wheeling his self-owned GRT no.8L, LeBarron and eventual race winner Marvin Winters battled intensely for most of the 25-lap feature before settling for second, his best-ever finish at Hagerstown. LeBarron does own one career LM feature win and it came last season at the Bedford (PA) speedway.
* York Haven Pa.’s Jason Covert, a two-time winner at Hagerstown this season, did not enjoy a good night on Saturday at the controls of his Barry Klinedinst owned Rocket no.43A. Missing the cut for the re-draw earned Covert the fifteenth starting spot for the feature. Covert was a little off during the feature, and would eventually retire from the event with suspension failure placing 21st at the finish.
* The late model sportsman point chase is really starting to heat up. Williamsport Md.’s Pete Weaver, the current LMS point leader, crashed early in the feature and finished 18th. Hagerstown Md.’s Terry Flaherty, who would go on to finish third in the feature, cut Weaver’s lead to just 33-markers as both drivers are in search of their career-first Hagerstown speedway track championship.
* Sykesville Md.’s Glen Elliott is still trying to find the magic that carried him to three LMS feature wins at Hagerstown in 2009. At the controls of his self-owned MasterSbilt no.5, Elliott had reached second at one point during the divisions feature only to retire from the event with mechanical woes placing 21st at the finish.
*Thompson Pa.’s Dan Stone had to win the consolation to get into the 25-lap late model feature at Hagerstown on Saturday. Chauffeuring the family-owned Rocket no.21D, Stone started the main 19th and raced his way to a solid top-ten feature finish claiming ninth at the checkered.
July 4, 2010
Maryland Clay Dirt
By Doug Watson
“Kyle Lear Hitting Mid-Season Stride”
2009 was a banner season for Severna Park Md.’s Kyle Lear. The young lead foot posted a personal best nine feature wins, including his first-ever in a super late model, plus the Hagerstown speedway late model sportsman track championship.
With expectations high entering 2010, Lear and company was set for another good season at the controls of his Moe DeFino prepared MD1 race cars no.151. However the wins did not come as expected even though Lear ran well on more than one occasion. “It’s been a tough season so far.” Lear bottom-lined. “We’re on a very limited budget this season and we have to make do with what we have. Some nights it was just a struggle to get the car to the racetrack.” Even with the tough early going of the 2010 campaign, Lear always kept his spirits up. “We have good stuff.” Lear said “It’s just a matter of us putting all the pieces together again to try and race like I know were capable of. Last season will be a hard season to top, because it seemed like we could do no wrong.”
Lear was finally able to get into victory lane this season with a limited late model feature win on June 4 at Potomac. That would be the start of a rather impressive run for Lear as he would win again on June 25 at Potomac, and just last weekend Lear would run second at Potomac to race winner Tommy Wagner, before pulling off his first late model sportsman feature win of the season last Saturday night at Hagerstown. “The car has been as good as it’s been all season.” Lear stated “ I think we’ve found a few things we were missing, so we should be pretty good for the rest of the season.”
* Mechanicsville Md.’s Dale Hollidge enjoyed a superb weekend wheeling his family-owned MasterSbilt no.0. After scoring his career-first late model feature win at Potomac speedway on Friday night, Hollidge towed to Hagerstown on Saturday night where he would start 18th in the late model feature and drive to a respectable 12th place feature finish, completing all 50-laps of the event.
* Jaime “The Jet“ Lathroum, Also of Mechanicsville, Md., also had a solid weekend aboard his Huey Wilcoxon prepared MasterSbilt no.6. Lathroum finished second to race winner Dale Hollidge at Potomac on Friday, and would then recover from an early race spin to come from 24th to finish fourth at Hagerstown on Saturday night.
* Shippensburg Pa.’s Jerry Bard proved he will be a formidable competitor in the late model division. Steering his self-owned Rocket no.26, Bard lead the first 10-laps of the late model feature Saturday night at Hagerstown before settling for ninth at the finish.
* Greencastle Pa.’s Gary Stuhler is slowly returning to form at the controls of his Paul Crowl owned, Rocket no.7. Since his June 19 Hagerstown LM feature win, Stuhler was fourth in last Saturday’s Three State Flyers series event, and this week came from 12th to finish third in the 50-lap Johnny Roberts memorial, an event he’s won six times.
* McConnellsburg Pa.’s Marvin Winters was involved in the first lap spin during the late model feature Saturday at Hagerstown that also sent Jamie Lathroum to the rear. Unfortunately, Winters apparently broke his wrist in the innocent looking mishap. Winters was third in points and a one time winner in his Tex Schaffer owned Rocket no.46 entering the program.
* After a scary looking crash in last Saturday night program that severely wounded his Todd Smith owned no.5, defending Hagerstown pure stock champion Mike Warrenfetlz was back for more as he once again came from his 12th starting spot to grab his sixth feature win of the season.
* Greg Gunters Potomac speedway continues to struggle with poor car counts in its headline late model division as only ten cars took part in Friday nights program. Hopefully the July 23rd Three State Flyers event, that’s paying a hefty $5000-to-win, should draw the largest car count of the season.
* Glen Burnie Md.’s Steven Axtell Jr. had a tough night at Hagerstown in the late model sportsman ranks. The point leader coming into the event was involved in a spin with Courtney Shreiner during the feature after Axtell climbed from his 15th starting spot while racing toward the top-five. Soon after Axtell retired the family-owned MasterSbilt no.81 to the pit area. After the feature an altercation took place between the Axtell and Shreiner teams subsequently earning Axtell a disqualification for the night, dropping him from the point lead all the way back to ninth in the standings, and maybe ending his championship hopes.
June 27, 2010
Maryland Clay Dirt
By Doug Watson
‘Knaub Survives Protest and Wins at Williams Grove”
Dover Pa.’s Gene Knaub scored his third 358 LM feature win of the season last Saturday night at the Williams Grove (PA) speedway. However, the race wasn’t declared official until Sunday morning.
After tracking down race leader Mike Walls mid-way through the 20-lap feature, Knaub appeared to have made the winning pass off of turn three but contact was made and Walls spun from contention. Knaub would go on to win the event, but Walls and his team protested Knaub’s Donnie Broderick owned, Rocket no.1 as the winner of the divisions feature.
“I got a run on him (Mike Walls) to the inside going into turn three.” Knaub stated. “He turned down into me and he spun-out. Mike is a good driver and I wasn’t going to take the chance at crashing both cars because there was plenty of time left in the race.” What appeared to be coincidental contact by the lead duo, was not good enough for Walls and his team as they protested the power plant in Knaub’s mount. So the car was loaded up and towed back to Knaub’s Dover Pa. garage for a thorough inspection.
“We took the engine down to the block.” Knaub said. “The Williams Grove tech guy’s even made us weigh the crank and everything came out a-ok. It’s a shame that we have to go through this at least once a year, Knaub said with a laugh, but at least everyone knows what we have and we are completely legal.”
*Winchester Va.’s Ronnie DeHaven Jr. had an up and down weekend. wheeling his Bob Pierce race cars no.19. At Hagerstown on Friday night DeHaven struggled through qualifying and would miss the cut for the 35-lap Three state Flyers series event. However, his luck was much better on Saturday night at Winchester as he would go on to take the win in the TSF series event for his second Winchester LM feature win of the season. DeHaven’s win on Saturday would come in his trusty GRT race cars no.1D.
* Congrats to Hanover Pa.’s Tim Wagaman as he scored his first-ever 358 sprint car win at the Trail-Way speedway on Friday night after several years of trying. Wagaman backed up his winning performance on Friday with a fourth place feature finish at Port Royal (PA) speedway on Saturday night.
* Hedgesville West Va.’s Hans Stamberg made his first Hagerstown pure stock start of the season on Friday night. At the controls of his self-owned no.50 Stamberg, who was an 8-time Hagerstown winner in 09’, was a little off the pace during the feature as he started 11th and would place 8th at the finish.
* After not qualifying at Hagerstown on Friday night Fallston Md.’s Matt Murphy ventured to the Port Royal speedway on Saturday night and would collect second to race winner Scott Haus in the 20-lap late model feature steering his Rocket no.21M.
* Bedford Pa.’s Jack Pencil, the winner of the May 29 Three State Flyers event at Hagerstown, Came from deep in the pack (17th) to finish one spot outside the top-ten taking 11th at the finish aboard his trusty Rocket no.14.
* Great Mills Md.’s Daryl Hills had a disappointing night at Hagerstown. Hills won his heat and would then finish seventh in the dash to earn the same starting spot for the feature. Unfortunately Hills would not complete the distance and would be paid for 21st driving his father Larry’s, MasterSbilt no.7. Hills brother in law Jamie Lathroum, was surprisingly not on hand for the show.
* Mt Airy Md.’s Steve Gibney was absent for Friday night’s show at Hagerstown, but he did venture to Joe Padula’s Thunder Valley Raceway on Saturday night where he took 13th in the late model feature.
* Marion Pa.’s Brian Booze was quite impressive at Hagerstown on Friday with his self-owned Warrior no.B2. Booze started the late model feature in the fifth position and would eventually take runner-up honors to race winner Jason Covert, for his best finish of the season.
* Speaking of Jason Covert, his win on Friday at Hagerstown was his ninth career at the track and his fifth Three State Flyers feature win at Hagerstown in the six races run for the series in the past two season’s at the fabled Washington County oval.
* Former 410 sprint car driver Chris Knopp has really acclimated well to his newest racing endeavor, the 358 late models. Last Saturday night Knopp races to his third win of the season at Susquehanna (PA) Speedway Park in his first full season with the full-bodied division.
June 13, 2010
Maryland Clay Dirt
By Doug Watson
“Hardy and Moreland Share Spotlight at Potomac”
It was a special night indeed last Friday night at Southern Maryland’s Potomac Speedway. Winchester Va.’s Kyle Hardy (Late Models) and Waldorf Md.’s Kenny Moreland (Limited Late Models) added their names to the Potomac record books after scoring career first feature wins at the track this season. Hardy’s late model win was quite dramatic as he lead the first and final laps of the 25-lap main after a stirring duel with runner-up Roland Mann. Wheeling his family-owned BRC Lazer no.18, the 17 year old lead foot, became the 99th different late model feature winner in Potomac’s 37 year history.
Kenny Moreland’s win was a dominating performance as he started second in the
divisions 20-lap event and would go on to lead every lap of the non-stop
feature. The name Moreland and Potomac speedway go hand in hand, as Kenny’s dad
George, was the 2000 late model track champion collecting 14 career LM feature
wins along the way. Up until this point in the season Moreland’s best
performances were a pair of eighth place finishes until his breakthrough win on
Friday night at the controls of his familiar Rocket no.24M. With his win
Moreland becomes the 66th different driver to win a Potomac LLM feature and has
now extended the 2010 streak to eight winners in eight races contested at
Potomac this season.
*Dover Pa.’s Coleby Frye had quite an impressive weekend at the controls of his Ronnie Frye owned Rocket no.F1. Frye won the Appalachian Mountain dirt late model speed week series finale at the Bedford (PA) speedway on Friday night, and would then travel to the Selinsgrove (PA) speedway on Saturday where he would win the late model feature as well, Frye’s sixth career Selinsgrove late model feature win was quite spectacular, as he lapped the entire field en route to the win.
* Greencastle Pa.’s Gary Stuhler ended nearly a two-year win drought as he was victorious in the Speed Week event last Tuesday night at the Williams Grove (PA) speedway. Stuhler, at the controls of his Paul Crowl owned Rocket no.7, started second in the event and would go on to lead all forty-laps of the feature for his 21st career Williams Grove LM feature win.
* Pasadena Md.’s Kurt Zimmerman collected his third street sock feature win of the season last Friday night at Potomac. The win for Zimmerman, the current division point leader, was his 15th career at Potomac moving him to ninth on the all-time win chart in just his third full season in the class.
*Hats off to Pete Cameron and Ronnie Hollidge as they once again had the Potomac surface in fantastic shape for Friday night’s program. Even with the hot and humid weather conditions the surface was smooth and multi-grooved allowing multiple side by side duels throughout the program.
* The season low of only 8 late models signed in at Potomac for Friday nights show. Even though the division has been plagued with poor car counts the entire season, Potomac has produced six different feature winners in the seven shows run this season, with two of those first-career feature winners.
* Defending Potomac street stock champion Kyle Nelson once again endured a frustrating night. After being a spectator in last Friday nights event due in part to a crash in his heat that sidelined his no.66x, Nelson was slated to go from the fifth starting spot for Friday night’s feature. Unfortunately, mechanical woes took him from the feature early in the event and he would be paid for 12th at the finish. Nelson now sit’s a very distant second in the standings, 199 points to be exact, to current leader Kurt Zimmerman.
*Pasadena Md.’s Jimmy Jessmer Jr. made his Potomac street stock debut on Friday. Wheeling the family owned no .47, Jessmer ran well in the feature placing 7th at the finish after an early race crash sent him to the rear of the field. Jim Sr., Jimmy’s dad, is a former two-time Potomac street stock track champion.
*the 20-lap modified headliner at Potomac on Friday was a real barnburner. Former track champion Brett Hamilton and Russell Erwin raced side by side the entire event with Erwin squeaking out the win by about a foot at the finish. The win was Erwin’s second in a row and third of the season in his Larry Shaw chassis no.22.
* Former Potomac LLM track champion Paul Cursey continues to struggle with his self-owned Rocket no.37. Slated to go from fifth for the feature, Cursey was looking to break his win drought that has lasted since 2008. Cursey, however, could not get a hold of the slick track surface and would quietly finish 8th. Cursey is Potomac’s all-time LLM win leader with 58 career feature wins.
June 6, 2010
Maryland Clay Dirt
By Doug Watson
“Potomac’s Winners List Continues to Grow”
Potomac Speedway’s limited late model division has always been quite a competitive division over the years. So who would have imagined that seven weeks into the season there has yet to be a repeat winner. Just last Friday night Severna Park Md.’s Kyle Lear, a five-time Potomac winner in 09’, captured his first feature win of the season in the special 30-lap, Potomac/Winchester challenge event that paid a hefty $1000 to the winner. What made Lear’s win even more impressive, is that he came all the way from the 13th starting spot to get the job done.
Lear started out the 2010 season behind the wheel of Moe DeFino’s MD1 race cars no.1MD, with limited success. Last weekend Lear pulled out his trusty MD1 Chassis no.15, the same mount that carried him to the 2009 Hagerstown speedway late model sportsman title. Since switching machine’s, Lear is getting back on track. The weekend prior, Lear took a pair of runner-up finishes at Potomac and Hagerstown, before hitting pay dirt with his win last week.
“This car just seems to like Potomac.” Lear said in reference to his winning
ride. “We do plan on having Moe’s car back out in a couple weeks, because that’s
the only car he’s built that hasn’t won a feature yet.” No matter which car Lear
is strapped into, he’s always a lot of fun to watch, especially when he starts
deep in the field. Lear joins Stevie Long, David Williams, Glenn Elliott, Sommey
Lacey, Derrick Quade and Ed Pope as limited late model feature winners at
Potomac in 2010.
Potomac/Winchester Challenge notebook-
* Mechanicsville Md.’s Derrick Quade, the current limited late model point leader, endured a frustrating night. Wheeling his family owned MasterSbilt no.74, Quade was slated to go from the 12th starting spot for the feature. Unfortunately Quade was swept up in an early race incident that sent him to the rear of the field. Not long after that, Quade retired from the event with mechanical problems and would be paid for 17th.
*Defending track champion Tommy Wagner Jr. is one of several drivers that will eventually add their name to the Potomac win list. Piloting his Scott and Patty Thompson owned, Rocket no.4, Wagner was once again in the thick of the battle as he would take third at the checkered, for his second top-five finish in the last two races.
* Winchester Va.’s Bubby Tharp once again ran well at Potomac. Behind the wheel of his self-owned Warrior no.1, Tharp started back in the 18th starting spot to collect ninth at the finish. It was the second Potomac event in a row that Tharp had to start deep in the field to post a top-ten feature finish.
* Charlotte Hall Md.’s David Williams, who won the initial Challenge event at Potomac back on May 7, was once again at the controls of his Sommey and Ruth Ann Lacey owned Rocket no.45 for Friday nights festivities. However, Williams could not duplicate the same magic that carries him to a win, as he was as high as third in the feature before dropping from the event, placing 19th at the finish.
* Speaking of Sommey Lacey, the Clements Md. Driver has been on quite a hot-streak. After scoring his first feature win of the season two Friday’s ago at Potomac, Lacey would win again on Saturday night at The Virginia Motor Speedway. Aboard his Joe Adams owned MasterSbilt no.23, Lacey would run well again at Potomac taking fourth in the 30-lap feature after starting sixth.
* Chris Eaton, a one-time Winchester Speedway LLM feature winner, had a solid night at Potomac with his self-owned Warrior no.13. Eaton started back in 21st, and would finish one spot outside the top-ten in eleventh.
*Brandywine Md.’s Ben Bowie, a seven-time career LLM feature winner at Potomac, had a nice run as well. Chauffeuring his MasterSbilt no.36, Bowie would come from the 17th starting spot to nab sixth at the finish. Bowie, Like Tommy Wagner, will likely be a Potomac LLM winner in 2010.
*Winchester Va.’s Trever Feathers, a three-time Winchester Speedway LLM feature winner, did not have a productive night at Potomac. Steering his family owned Warrior no.27, Feathers seemed off the pace all night as he would start 19th in the main and finish one spot back in the feature taking 20th.
May 30, 2010
Maryland Clay Dirt
By Doug Watson
“Pencil Sharp at Hagerstown”
“Wow, What a show!” Were the words of one spectator last Saturday night at the Hagerstown speedway as I greeted late model winner Jack Pencil in victory lane. What a show it was indeed. Thirty-six late models, 26 late model sportsman and 19 pure stocks lined the pit area under absolutely perfect weather conditions.
The late models were running under the “Three State Flyers” series banner for the second time this season. York Haven Pa.’s Jason Covert, who has won all four TSF series events run at Hagerstown, was on the pole for the 35-lap main event. Race over, right?? Well, Bedford Pa.’s Jack Pencil had other idea’s. Pencil, who is a former Bedford (PA) speedway and MACS series LM champion, slugged it out with Covert for several laps before taking the lead for good on the 33rd lap to score his first-ever Hagerstown LM feature win. “ Man, I have always wanted to win one here.” Said the happy winner. “I have to rank this up there as one of my biggest career wins.” Pencil was at the controls of his familiar Stoystown auto wrecking, Rocket no.14, which was shod in American Racer Rubber.
Once again, hats off to the entire Hagerstown speedway staff as nine heat races, two consolations, a dash and three features were spun-off and the last checkered flag of the night waved at 11:10, with the large crowd on hand on their way home. Here’s some notes from the show-
* Greencastle Pa.’s Gary Stuhler had a nice run in his Paul Crowl owned Rocket no.7, as he started back in the 12th starting spot and raced his way to s solid fourth at the finish. Stuhler is still in search of his first Hagerstown feature win since 2008.
*DJ Myers, also from Greencastle pa., had an equally impressive feature run. Wheeling his trusty Greg Gunter owned PPM chassis no.70J, Myers drove from his 17th starting spot to grab fifth at the checkered.
*Hagerstown Md.’s Mike Warrenfeltz, continued his domination of the pure stock ranks, as he drove his Todd Smith owned no.5 from his 12th starting spot to nab his fourth feature win of the season, and his career 77th at the speedway.
* Severna Park Md.’s Kyle Lear returned to Hagerstown with his familiar MD1 race cars no.151. The defending late model sportsman track champion drove from his 14th starting spot to take runner-up honors to race winner Scott Palmer in the 20-lap LMS feature. At Potomac on Friday Lear, was once again second in the limited late model feature to race winner Sommey Lacey.
* Sykesville Md.’s Glenn Elliott made his Hagerstown return after his grinding front-stretch crash nearly three-weeks ago. A new front and rear clip was installed on his MasterSbilt no.5 during the time off. However, Elliott struggled in the feature and would place 13th at the finish of the LMS feature.
* Hagerstown Md.’s Nathan Durboraw made his Hagerstown debut wheeling Jack Bland’s Rocket no.41. The eight-time Hagerstown LM champion qualified for the main but could only produce an 18th place feature finish.
* With 36 late models in the pit’s the DNQ list was rather impressive as Alan Sagi, Ronnie DeHaven Jr. and Jim Yoder, just to name a few, did not make the cut for the feature.
* In Thursday night Keystone Cup 410 sprint car event, there was a radar gun on race winner Daryn Pittman in his heat race as he entered turn three. Pittman was clocked at 131mph…/Wow!!
* Glen Burnie Md.’s Steven Axtell Jr., had the drive of the night in the LMS feature. A heat race crash forced Axtell to the consolation, which he won, to earn the 19th starting spot for the feature. The current point leader and one-time feature winner would then steer his father Steve’s MasterSbilt no.81 through the pack to take fifth at the finish, keeping him atop the current standings.
* Coming off late model wins at Bedford (PA) and Susquehanna (PA) last weekend, Gettysburg Pa.’s Jeremy Miller was primed for Hagerstown. At the controls of his Miller Fabrication, MasterSbilt no.1M, Miller had to qualify for the feature via the consolation. Miller’s feature luck would not get much better as he would start, and finish a disappointing 21st in the feature.
Maryland Clay Dirt
By Doug Watson
“David Williams Seeking Third-Straight Potomac Late Model Crown”
With the 2010 season now into full-swing, some drivers have established themselves as championship contenders at their local venues. One of those individual’s is Charlotte Hall Md.’s David Williams.
In his second full season at the controls of his George and Tina Moreland owned, Rocket no.24, Williams has put himself in a position to claim his third-straight Potomac Speedway late model track championship. In the 37 year history of the Southern Maryland speed plant only two drivers have been able to win three late model track titles, but no one has been able to score three-straight.
Ray Kable Jr. (78, 81 & 86) and Roy Deese Jr. (91, 93 & 94) hold the distinction of three career late model titles at Potomac. With just eight point races left on the 2010 schedule, Williams has the opportunity to permanently etch his name in the Potomac record books.
Williams has put together quite a
solid campaign so far in 2010. In five races run at the track to date, Williams has scored one feature win, three runner-up finishes and one fourth place effort to vault himself atop the current late model point standings.
Potomac Friday night notebook-
* Chaptico Md.’s Roland Mann looked quite strong during Friday’s program. Wheeling his familiar Pete Cameron owned, Rocket no.55, Mann collected a heat race win and would then nail-down a solid fourth in the feature. Mann’s crew chief Tommy Raley towed Mann’s machine to noted Rocket chassis wizard Robby Allen for a thorough going-over. “Yeah we took the car up to Allen’s place in Hagerstown and he said we had the car to tight.” Raley stated. “He freed the car up a bunch for us and showed us a couple other things we can try, so I’m really excited about the rest of the season.”
* Limited late model pilot Kenny Moreland was on hand for the show racing with the late models this night. Steering his family-owned Rocket no.24M, Moreland was racing in the top-ten until something let loose under the hood of his machine on the tenth lap of the feature. The car erupted into a huge fireball, however the car and the fire quickly came to a stop and the youthful driver was not hurt in the spectacular incident.
* Defending street stock champion Kyle Nelson had a night he’d like to forget. Mechanical issues developed with his no.66X during his heat race forcing him to pit. Nelson would make needed repairs to start 12th for the feature. Unfortunately Nelson would once again encounter mechanical woes during the feature and retire from the event on lap-seven, placing 13th at the finish.
* For the second week in a row Abottstown Pa.’s Bobby Beard had mechanical troubled with his Ken Festerman owned Rocket no.41. The week prior a bad battery forced him from the feature while running sixth and in this weeks event, steering problems parked the car after two laps of the feature.
* After scoring his first-career LM win at Potomac on April 9, Mechanicsville Md.’s Matt Quade came from the 12th starting spot to capture a nice fifth place feature finish aboard his Rocket no.47.
* Former Modified track champion Brett Hamilton broke Tony Garber’s three-race win streak as he became only the third different winner in the division so far this season. Hamilton’s 20-lap win was his 12th career Potomac modified feature win.
* The hobby stocks had quite a bizarre ending to their 15-lap feature. Coming down to the checkered flag, Jimmy Randall and Bud Pickeral (both winners at the track this season) exchanged more than one blow to each other as they raced for the win. However, the duo would crash about 20-feet from the start/finish line. Randall’s machine never crossed the stripe but Pickeral’s car did, but he was disqualified from the event for rough-driving. In the ensuing chaos, defending class champion Josh Dotson was in the right place at the right time and would go on to collect his second feature win of the season. “Man that was crazy!” Dotson said. “I don’t know what those guy’s were doing up there, but we’ll take a win any way we can get them.” Pickeral’s DQ would prove to be quite costly as he was the point leader coming into the event.
May 16, 2010
Maryland Clay Dirt
By Doug Watson
“Ed Pope Finally a Limited late Model Winner at Potomac”
Five races into the 2010 season at southern Maryland’s Potomac speedway, has produced five different winners in its limited late model division. Last Friday night Pasadena Md.’s Ed Pope put it all together to score a clean sweep of the night as he collected a win in his qualifying event as well as the divisions 20-lap feature event.
Prior to his limited late model endeavor, Pope was quite a formidable competitor in the street stock ranks where he collected four career feature wins and the 2007 street stock track championship. It was 2008 when Pope and company decided to move up to the limited late model ranks. Pope then acquired a former Roland Mann Rocket to tackle the best Potomac had to offer. Several strong runs over the past two season’s gave Pope the confidence he knew he could win it was just a matter of when.
Pope’s wait would end last Friday night as he took the lead from former Potomac LLM champion Paul Cursey on lap-six of the event and then hold off the advances of defending track champion Tommy Wagner Jr. to score the breakthrough win. “I was beginning to wonder if we’d ever be able to get one down here.” Pope said. “I never knew how much of an adjustment it would be from going to a street stock to one of these limited cars. I just have to thank all the people who helped get me here and especially my Wife and my Dad, without them, none of this would be possible.” Ed Pope joins Derrick Quade, David Williams, Stevie Long and Glen Elliott as Potomac LLM feature winner’s thus far in 2010.
Watson’s Weekend Wanderings-
* Congrats to Bobby Beard as he collected his third 358 LM feature win of the season, at his third different track, last Saturday night at Lincoln speedway. Wheeling his Renita Seymore owned, Rocket no.81S, Beard bested a huge field of 36 cars to score his first Lincoln feature win of 2010. Beard’s other triumphs this season have come at Trail-Way (PA) and Williams Grove.
* Even with the sour economy area late model racing seems to be alive and well as most area tracks that offer the class had solid car counts. Hagerstown (37), Selinsgrove (24), Port Royal (27) Thunder Valley (24) and Winchester (17) are just a few that had solid counts and oddly enough….they all race on Saturday nights.
* At the WoO event at Hagerstown on Saturday York Pa.’s Rick Eckert broke the track record in qualifying with a time of 18.096. Piloting his familiar York Excavating Bloomquist no.24, Eckert’s lap was just a tick quicker than the old record set by Billy Moyer back in 2005 which was a 18.097. Eckert’s luck in the feature was not quite as spectacular. While running in the top-five Eckert’s power plant expired late in the event placing him 17th at the finish.
* Lebanon Pa.’s BRC Race Cars had a nice weekend with their Lazer chassis race cars. At Susquehanna on Saturday defending 358 LM track champion Jake Jones scored his second feature win of the season. Over at Port Royal on Saturday veteran Jim Bernheisel made a rare start and nailed down the win with son Bryan finishing fourth. Bryan started off his strong weekend with a fifth at Potomac (MD) on Friday night.
* Winchester Va.’s Trever Feathers continued with his tremendous 2010 campaign with his second feature win of the season at Winchester (VA) speedway on Saturday. Feathers was victorious in the special 40-lap, $1,000 to win limited late model event after a sixteenth to fourth run last Friday at Potomac in his Warrior no.27. Trever’s dad, Bo Feathers, was second in the LM feature to race winner Gerald Davis.
* Current Hagerstown speedway pure stock point leader and defending track champion, Mike Warrenfeltz continues his quest for a second straight crown as he scored his third feature win of the season last Saturday. Warrenfeltz once again came from deep in the pack (11th) to score his 76th career Hagerstown PS feature win.
*York Haven Pa.’s Jason Covert, was the favored “local” to have a shot against the Outlaw’s on Saturday at Hagerstown. Steering his Barry Klinedinst owned Rocket no.43A, Covert came from his 11th starting spot to collect a very nice fourth place feature effort.
* Mechanicsville Md.’s Jamie “The Jet “Lathroum set third fast time in time trials over the 37 car field at Hagerstown on Saturday. Lathroum’s night would get better as he won his heat race and then re-drew the sixth starting spot for the 50-lap feature. In his familiar Huey Wilcoxon prepared MasterSbilt no.6 Lathroum raced near the top-five in the early going of the feature until, what appeared to be, suspension problem forced him to retire from the event with a disappointing 21st place feature finish.
May 9, 2010
Maryland Clay Dirt
By Doug Watson
“Two Races, Two Winners In Potomac/Winchester Challenge Series”
Round two of the Potomac/Winchester challenge limited late model series was spun-off last Friday night at the Potomac speedway. The challenge series is a five race deal of 30-lap $1000-to-win events for the limited late model contested between Potomac and Winchester.
April the tenth was the first race of the series at Winchester and drew a very nice field of 28 cars. When it was all said and done, Sykesville Md.’s Glenn Elliott persevered for his first-ever Winchester LLM feature win. Just last Friday night defending Potomac LM champion David Williams drove a car owned by fellow limited racer Sommey Lacey to a convincing win in the divisions 30-lap main event. Potomac also featured a healthy 28 car field, and even though Williams would lead every lap of the event, the racing throughout the pack was very good. Here’s some notes from the show.
* Sykesville Md.’s Glen Elliott was not on hand for the show. Last week at Hagerstown, Elliott was swept up in a 13-car front stretch pile-up that terminally wounded his MasterSbilt no.5. Elliott is also a Potomac LLM winner in 2010 as well.
* Winchester Va.’s Trever Feathers had quite a solid ride at Potomac on Friday. Wheeling his self-owned Warrior no.27, Feathers started all the way back in the 16th starting spot and even with the slick track conditions drove to a solid fourth place feature finish.
* Defending LLM track champion Tommy Wagner Jr. had a solid night as well aboard his Scott and Patty Thompson owned Rocket no.4 Slated to go from the 13th starting spot for the feature , Wagner entered the top-five by lap nine and would go to claim runner-up honors in the 30-lap grind.
* Current Potomac LLM point leader Derrick Quade endured a frustrating night with his family-owned MasterSbilt no.74. The one-time 2010 feature winner at the track raced solidly in the top-five the entire event until he spun from contention on the 23rd lap while running third. Quade would wind up a disappointing 13th at the finish, his first finish outside the top-two all season.
* Severna Park Md.’s Kyle Lear just cant seem to find the magic that carried him to five-2009 Potomac LLM feature wins. Piloting his familiar Moe DeFino owned MD1 Race Cars no.1MD, Lear was racing in the top-five until a late race spin knocked him from contention resulting in an 11th place feature finish. Lear’s best Potomac run of the season came in the opener on March 19 where he finished fifth.
* Consolation winner Bubby Tharp drove well in the 30-lap main. Wheeling his self-owned Warrior no.1, Tharp drove from his 19th starting spot to secure a fine ninth place feature finish.
* For the second event in a row Glen Burnie Md.’s Bruce Kane was not on hand for the show. However Kane and company would travel to Winchester speedway on Saturday where he would come home 21st in the LLM main event.
* Race winner David Williams became the fourth different driver to win a Potomac LLM feature in four races run to date. The victory for Williams was his career 29th LLM feature win at Potomac.
* Opening day feature winner Stevie Long of Mechanicsville Md. Made the most of what could have been a dismal night. Long suffered a left-front flat tire on his family-owned Rocket no.44L on lap-five. Long would then use the remaining 25-laps of the race to climb back into the top-five before settling for fifth at the checkered flag.
* Pasadena Md.’s Ed Pope, the 2007 Potomac street stock champ, is inching closer and closer to his career first LLM feature win. Pope started, and stayed, in second for the events first 12-laps before fading a bit towards the end of the event. However, Pope and his self-owned Rocket no.11P would finish one-spot outside the top-five, placing sixth at the finish.
* Former Potomac LLM champion, Sommey Lacey recorded his second-straight top-five of the season as he drove from his 11th starting spot to finish third chauffeuring his Joe Adams owned MasterSbilt no.23. Oddly enough, Lacey owns the Rocket chassied no.45 machine that carried David Williams to the 30-lap win.
May 2, 2010
Maryland Clay Dirt
By Doug Watson
“Tri-State Late Model Weekend Round-Up”
Now that the season is into full-swing, area late model racing seems to be alive and well despite the sour economy. Most area tracks have had decent car counts with multiple feature winners to boot. Just about every track in the region was able to race this past weekend with sunny and hot weather conditions greeting the race teams and fans alike.
Hagerstown (MD) Speedway- Just four races into the 2010 season has produced four different feature winners at the Washington County oval. Last Saturday night Hampstead Md.’s Al Shawver Jr. took the lead on lap-four and would dominate the remaining circuits to post his second-career Hagerstown late model feature win aboard his self-owned Rocket no.215. There were22
cars in attendance for the show.
Delaware International- Trappe Md.’s David Hill ended a two-year win drought as the former track champion collected his first feature win of the season in his family-owned Rocket no.75. The win for Hill, the all-time LM win leader at DIS, was his career 138th at the speedway. 17 cars entered the program.
Selinsgrove (PA) Speedway- For the third week in a row it was Danville Pa.’s Jeff Rine capturing the late model main at Selinsgrove. The defending track champion scored his 58th career Selinsgrove late model feature win over the 21-car field. Rine, and his self-owned Rocket no.2J, have six overall wins in 2010 with the others coming at Port Royal (2) and Bedford (PA) one.
Pennsylvania Motor Speedway- South Park Pa.’s Jared Miley, the 07’ and 08’ PPMS late model champion, scored his second feature win of the young season wheeling his family-owned Rocket no.H1over a very slim 12 car field.
Port Royal (PA) Speedway- Waylon Wagner added his name to the Port LM win list with his first feature win of the season last Saturday night. Piloting his self-owned MasterSbilt no.5W, Wagner became the fourth different LM feature winner in five races run at the track this season. Once again a stellar field of 26 late models were in the pit area for the show.
Trail-Way (PA) Speedway- The 358 late models made their second 2010 appearance last Friday night and also produced their second different winner, McSherrystown Pa.’s Bobby Beard. Already a winner at Williams Grove (PA) speedway this season, Beard and Gene Knaub put on a side by side duel with Beard prevailing for the win over the 17 cars that entered the program. Beard was chauffeuring his familiar Renita Seymore owned Rocket no.81S.
Thunder Valley (PA) Speedway- It was the season lid-lifter for TV last Saturday night. When it was all said and done it was Lewiston Pa.’s Nick Dickson collecting his first-career TV late model feature win in his self-owned Rocket no.17. Under first-year promoter Joe Padula III, TV had a solid 22 late models pitside for the event.
Bedford (PA) Speedway- Danville Pa.’s Jeff Rine started his two win weekend with his first late model feature win of the season last Friday night. At the controls of his Bob Elben owned Rocket no.92. Rine bested the quality field of 24 cars on hand for the show.
Susquehanna (PA) Speedway Park- For the fourth race in a row there was a new face in victory lane at SSP. Last Saturday night defending track champion Jake Jones of Shermansdale Pa. collected his first feature win of the season steering his self-owned BRC Lazer no.43. SSP had a solid 25-car field on hand for the event.
April 25, 2010
Maryland Clay Dirt
By Doug Watson
“New Car Does the Trick for Glenn Elliott
2009 was a banner season for first year late model sportsman pilot Glen Elliott. Driving out of Sykesville, Maryland Elliott produced three feature wins and a fourth place finish in the season long standings at the Hagerstown speedway.
During the off-season Elliott parked his feature winning Dirtek machine and acquired a brand new MasterSbilt chassis from Huey Wilcoxon. Since then, Elliott has collected a second at Hagerstown his first-career limited late model feature wins at both Winchester (VA) and Potomac (MD) speedway’s.
His win last Friday night at Potomac was quite impressive as he started from the pole and would eventually lead all 20-laps of the event..
“This car has been great right out of the box.” Elliott stated. “We did pretty good last season with the Dirtek car but decided we needed something different and we saw how well the MasterSbilt cars were going, so that’s the direction we went in.” The only glitch in Elliott’s season thus far has been his disqualification at Hagerstown on April 17. “Yeah that was kind of a bad deal.” Elliott bottom-lined. ‘When we finished second in the opener things were fine and we hadn’t changed anything on the car since that race. So when we went through tech last week and found the engine set-back was 3/8’s of an inch off, I was just as surprised as anyone there.”
Despite the setback Elliott plans to return to Hagerstown on a weekly basis. “I love that track.” Elliott said. “That is the place to win for our class around here as far as I’m concerned. I’m just a little disappointed because we fell from second in the points back to 21st, so that might ruin our chances at the championship.” There’s no doubt about it, Glenn Elliott is on a roll right now and that Hagerstown championship may not be as out of reach as he thinks.
Potomac Friday night notebook-
* Mechanicsville Md.’s Derrick Quade is on quite a roll at Potomac in 2010. In three LLM races run at the track this season Quade has produced two second’s and a win in his family owned MasterSbilt no.74 vaulting him into the divisional point lead.
* Mechanicsville’s Sommey lacey made his season debut in the limited ranks on Friday night wheeling his Joe Adams owned MasterSbilt no.23. The 33-time LLM winner at the track ran well as he would collect fourth in the 20-lap feature.
* Coming off a win on opening day and a fifth a week later, Mechanicsville’s Stevie Long would have a frustrating night in his family-owned Rocket no.44L. After starting sixth in the feature, Long would be as high as fourth by lap-five until a tangle would knock him from the race leaving him with an 11th place finish.
* After two-consecutive top-ten feature runs rookie LLM chauffeur Kenny Moreland, of Waldorf MD., suffered terminal mechanical woes after hot-laps and did not start the feature, piloting his father George’s Rocket no.24.
* Potomac’s first leg of the Potomac/Winchester street stock challenge was quit a success as 29 cars entered the program with Winchester Va.’s Mike Bennett taking the win in a flag-to-flag effort in his no.1M.
* Defending street stock champion Kyle Nelson had the drive of the night in the 25 lap street stock main. Finishing second in the consolation earned Nelson the 20th starting spot for the feature. Nelson would then drive an opportunistic race to come home with a solid 8th place feature finish in his family-owned no.66X.
* Pasadena Md.’s Kurt Zimmerman, a one-time Potomac street stock winner this season, kept it from being an “all Winchester” top-five in the street stock feature as he would collect fourth in his self-owned no.9A.
* Mechanicsville’s PJ Hatcher, who scored his first-ever Potomac LLM feature win in 09’, encountered mechanical problems with his Rocket no.77 prior to the feature and did not start the event.
* Winchester Va.’s Jonathon DeHaven, who won the late model main at Winchester the week prior, was at the controls of the Jimmy Richards owned no.F13 Friday night at Potomac. However, could only produce a 13th place feature finish in the limited late model main.
* Glen Burnie Md.’s Bruce Kane and Severna Park Md.’s Kyle Lear, both winners at Potomac in 2009, were noticeably absent from the LLM field on Friday night
Maryland Clay Dirt
May 18, 2010
By Doug Watson
“Steve Lowery’s Long Overdue Hagerstown Win”
Three weeks into the season Hagerstown speedway’s pure stock division produced a career first feature winner, Chambersburg Pa.’s Steve Lowery.
A long time supporter of the Hagerstown speedway, Lowery has come close to victory on more than one occasion, only to come up short. Last Saturday night, Lowery was not to be denied the taste of victory.
Coming from the ninth starting spot, Lowery waited until the final turn of the last lap to out-drag Kenny Dillon to collect his first-ever Hagerstown feature win.
“This has been a long-time coming” Lowery stated. “This is such a tough class to win in, I cant believe we pulled it off on the last lap.” The Hagerstown pure stocks never disappoint and Saturday’s feature was no exception. Even though the car count is a little off compared to last year, tremendous track conditions allow the class their typical three and sometimes
four-wide action with plenty of feature passing.
Last Saturday also served as the second point show of the season and drew fields of 26 late models, 24 late model sportsman, 19 pure stocks and 20 enduro dash cars. Even though clear weather conditions greeted the Hagerstown faithful, It was downright cold, and those who braved the elements were once again treated to some fantastic racing. Here’s some notes from the show-
* Hagerstown Md.’s Mike Warrenfeltz continues to dominate the pure stock division, three races into the season. Wheeling a car owned by Todd Smith, Warrenfeltz has collected two feature wins and for the second week in a row came from his handicapped 12th starting spot to collect fourth at the finish. Warrenfeltz enters next week’s program with a 46-point lead over
Saturday night’s winner, Steve Lowery.
* In a battle that came down to the wire, Shippensburg Pa.’s Charlie Pennsinger, was in a position to win the 15-lap pure stock main as he led the events 13th and 14th laps before settling for a solid third at the finish piloting his self-owned no.10.
* Eight-time 2009 feature winner Hans Stamberg, or Hedgesvillle West Va., Was in the pits on Saturday, However, minus his potent no.50. Stamberg stated he has no intentions on racing for points this season so he’s decided to skip the first three show to ready his machine, but plans to be out in about two weeks or so.
* Also racing out of Hedegsville West Va., Danny Beavers, started on the pole for the 15-lap main and would lead the events first 12 circuits before settling for fifth behind the wheel of his self-owned no. 62.
* Berkley Springs West Va.’s Darrin Younker’s two-race top-five streak was broken on Saturday as he would quietly finish ninth in the feature aboard his own no.94. Younker currently sits third in the point standings.
* Frederick Md.’s Kevin Boyer, who scored his career first Hagerstown feature win in 2009, made his first start of the season on Saturday. At the controls of his family owned no.47, Boyer would start 13th in the feature and race his way to an 8th place feature finish.
* Greencastle Pa.’s Wayne Hawbaker, who’s lone Hagerstown feature win came back in 2008, also ended a two-race top-five streak as he would start 10th in the main and wind up a disappointing 14th at the finish steering his own no.6.
* Boonsboro Md.’s Kevin Koontz appeared headed to his first top-five finish of the season. Chauffeuring his family owned no.88K, Koontz started second in the feature and was racing in the top-five until an early race crash wounded his mount, resulting in a 15th place finish.
* Winchester Va.’s Eddie McClellan, who plans on calling Hagerstown home in 2010, collected his second top ten of the season. Caught-up in the same incident that eliminated Kevin Koontz from contention, McClellan’s machine suffered a flat tire. Repairs were made and McClellan would then drive from the rear of the field to post 10th at the finish in his no.170. Moe DeFino proprietor of Pro Fabrications, who built the title winning late model sportsman of Kyle Lear, completely overhauled McClellan’s machine over the winter months.
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