BRENT SMITH FOUND THE TOP TO HIS LIKING AND A SEASON SECOND TRIUMPH

Date: 8/12/2007 12:30:40 PM

BRENT SMITH FOUND THE TOP TO HIS LIKING AND A SEASON SECOND TRIUMPH

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Brent Smith was hard at it and using the long way around Hagerstown Speedway from the drop of the green flag until the checkered waved. The efforts paid off for the Mercersburg, Pa veteran with his second Cindy Rowe Auto Glass late model victory on Saturday night. Smith was in contention for the win the entire distance after starting fourth and later taking the lead following a 360 degree spin by D.J. Troutman on the 19th circuit.

“I had to get up on the wheel. That was pretty fun,” said Smith exiting his car on the sultry evening. “I don’t think I’ve raced that hard for the win, sometimes racing back in the pack. That was some good hard racing up front with D.J. I don’t know what happened to him. He had a nice run going there.”

Smith was using the long way around while others were rounding the bottom. Smith earlier swapped spots with Troutman and also was battling with Bo Feathers and Alan Sagi was they all chased Jamie Lathroum.

“That’s something we’ve been working on for two years,” he said. “I got this 06 Rocket and it’s been a bottom feeder. We found something terribly wrong after the heat race. It made it a high line car tonight.”

“It was fun to drive, but I mean it was a handful, but it’s fun when you can get up on the wheel when you have a chance to win. I was a little worried, and saw the 00 (Feathers) after that last restart, and said ‘Whoa, there’s a bottom feeder.’ He can have the whole lane down there because I wasn’t going down there.”

The initial late model start was called back due to an incident in the first tune involving Brian Booze and Nathan Durboraw but then Troutman led the first lap from the pole until Lathroum went speeding by on the second circuit. Team cars, Alan Sagi and Scott LeBarron were next with Smith following.

Smith was past Sagi for third by the fourth lap and took second from Troutman the next circuit before the caution came out for a backstretch incident involving Kirk Ryan and Dutch Davies with Rusty Sites spinning to avoid it.

Lathroum led while Troutman went to the bottom for second and Smith roared around the top as Feathers moved in and was charging around the bottom by the 14th lap.

Troutman continued his assault until he came away with the lead on lap 17 as Smith also advanced a position and suddenly found Troutman’s racer spinning wildly nearing the fourth turn exit as Smith continued past.

Smith led on the restart as Feathers charged past Lathroum for second, but Lathroum wasn’t eager about giving up the spot. Smith continued his charge as Lathroum regained the runner up spot at the white flag but Smith was ten lengths ahead at the checkered.

“This was really a good night because my nephew Tyler Hershey won at Williams Grove tonight and I think he has the points thing sewed up there and we got another win here…I can’ t be any more thrilled than that,” Smith said. 

Feathers settled for third over Sagi and Gary Stuhler with David Williams coming from 13th for the sixth spot. J.T. Spence was seventh with Ronnie DeHaven, Travis Dillman and 20th starting Al Shawver Jr. completing the top ten.  

Heat races for the 32 entries went to Lathroum, Feathers, Stuhler and Spence with Paul Crowl scoring the consolation event.

In other racing unlike the usual, both the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic late model sportsman and Ernie’s Auto Enterprises pure stock events were both shortened due to time and unusual circumstances. Kyle Lear of Severn, Md. drove to his career first victory in the sportsman event while Drew Fitzsimmons of Boonsboro, Md also was in victory lane for the first time in the pure stock feature. Bobby Moore, also of Severn, Md. took over on lap eight of the 30 lap Enduro dash and posted the win in that event.

On the initial start of the sportsman feature, Arlin Brougher, only three points out of the points lead, was the recipient of some mid pack shuffling, sending him hard into the backstretch fence and then struck by another car.

On the third try, James Myers took the lead over polesitter, Cody Lear, as Richard Walls charged into third by the third lap only to have a flat tire sideline him on lap six.

Myers led but Kyle Lear charged around his brother Cody following the restart while Cody and Pete Weaver battled for third. Kyle charged around Myers following a 13th lap restart and with another two subsequent caution flags, the race was checkered past the 30 minute time limit.

Myers will await his first victory another time as he held to the runner up spot over Cody Lear, Weaver and point leader Andy Fries. Barry Miller was the Checkered Flag Lube Center/St. Thomas Towing Hard Charger.

Walls, Fries and Terry Flaherty won the heats with Eugene Conlee scoring the consolation event for the 26 entries.

Kenny Dillon charged from eighth to take the pure stock lead on the third lap with Hans Stamberg into second. Mike Warrenfeltz took the runner up spot following a tenth lap restart as the entire front of the field was going for the win. On lap 13, it was just like Talladega as Dillon was clipped from behind, and others shuffled around with ten cars suddenly all over the track blocking turn one.

On a subsequent restart, several others got together in turn two with the red flag halting the action. With a lengthy effort to remove the cars and extricate one driver, Drew Fitzsimmons was summoned to the checkered. Wayne Hawbaker, Kenny Dayhoff, Lin Sutphin and Kevin Keefer completed the top five.

“It’s location,” Fitzsimmons said. “I saw those guys get together but I was far enough back that there was a hole left when I got there and here I am. We get close and there are a lot of good guys, we normally don’t get together. I don’t know what happened there. I’m the fortunate one.”

Dean Holms, Dale Hollidge, Dillon and Hawbaker won the heats with Dave Stouffer winning the consolation and also earning the 21st Century Fireplace services hard charger award.

Roy Stevens led the enduro event after starting outside pole with Moore joining him quickly after starting sixth. Moore took over on the eighth lap as William Crook took over second on lap nine as the trio continued to weave in and out of traffic until the finish.

The next program this Saturday, August 18 is the Ernie’s 25 Special, a 25-lap non point and Open Hoosier tire event for the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass late models with $2,500 to win. Also included will be the URC (United Racing Club) sprints in their first visit to the speedway in ten years since the 50th Anniversary season.  Pit gates open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5 p.m. and warm ups begin at 7 p.m. Check the speedway website for any changes in weather at: www.hagerstownspeedway.com or contact the speedway office at 301-582-0640.  

Hagerstown Speedway Results

Cindy Rowe Auto Glass Late Models, 25 laps, 32 entries, (Lap Leaders – Jamie Lathroum, 1-16, D.J.Troutman 17-19, Brent Smith 20-25): 1.Brent Smith; 2. Jamie Lathroum; 3.Bo Feathers; 4.Alan Sagi; 5.Gary Stuhler; 6.David Williams; 7.J.T. Spence; 8.Ronnie DeHaven; 9.Travis Dillman; 10.Al Shawver Jr. (Hard Charger); 11.Billy Wampler; 12.Brian Booze; 13.Scott LeBarron; 14.Roy Deese Jr.; 15.Bill Palmer; 16.Paul Crowl; 17.Terry Lescalleet; 18.Rusty Sites; 19.D.J. Troutman; 20.Ray Kable Jr.; 21.Nathan Durboraw; 22.Kirk Ryan; 23.Dutch Davies; 24.Jeff Shearer; DNS – Frankie Plessinger, DNQ- Mike Steck, Rick Stouffer, Larry Baker, Steve Gibney, Tim Murphy, Mike Lupfer, Les Hare

Hoosier/Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Late Model Sportsman, 16 Laps (of 20), 26 entries (Lap Leaders – James Myers 1-13, Kyle Lear 14-16): 1.Kyle Lear; 2.James Myers; 3.Pete Weaver; 4.Cody Lear; 5.Andy Fries; 6.Steve Axtell; 7.Barry Miller (Hard Charger); 8.Brian Lessley; 9.Matt Sponaugle; 10.Barry Lear Sr.; 11.Ashley Barrett; 12.Eugene Conlee; 13.Mike Walls; 14.Curt Shreiner; 15.Nick Pappas; 16.Troy Erickson; 17.Cory Houck; 18.Ronnie Dennis; 19.Scott Palmer; 20.Michael Collins; 21.Terry Flaherty; 22.Richard Walls; 23.Arlin Brougher; 24.Anthony Lupini, DNQ- Rob Gergel, DNS- Justin Hart   

Ernie’s Auto Enterprises Pure Stocks, 14 Laps (of 15) 32 entries (Lap Leaders – Kevin Koontz 1, Steve Lowery 2, Kenny Dillon 3-13, Drew Fitzsimmons 14): 1.Drew Fitzsimmons; 2.Wayne Hawbaker; 3.Kenny Dayhoff; 4.Lin Sutphin; 5.Kevin Keefer; 6.Frank Dibella; 7.Dave Stouffer (Hard Charger); 8.Bobby Taylor; 9.Jim Snyder; 10.Charles Ruppert; 11.Tony Catlett; 12.Brian Swiger; 13.Steve Lowery; 14.Kevin Boyer; 15.Mark Jones; 16.Mike Warrenfeltz; 17.Hans Stamberg; 18.Dean Holmes; 19.Kim Ramer; 20.Danny Beavers; 21.Tony Stoneberger; 22.Bill Reitober; 23.Dave Mikolojski; 24.Kenny Dillon; 25.Dale Hollidge; 26.Kevin Koontz; DNQ – Justin Snodderly, Jason Sarver, Dale Knight Sr., Ronnie Doss, Billy Eckton Jr., Kevin Dayhoff, Tim Monn, DNS - Rick Durbin Jr., Jason Murray, Darrin Younker, Jeremy Mowen  

Enduro Dash30 laps, 31 entries (Lap leaders Roy Stevens  1-7, Bobby Moore 8-30): 1.Bobby Moore; 2.William Crook; 3.Roy Stevens; 4.Larry Hurley; 5.Matt Smith; 6.Bill Silkworth; 7.Jim Speelman; 8.Robin Koogler; 9.Danny Holmes; 10.Daniel Main; 11.Dave Shatto; 12.Dustin Proctor; 13.John Poole; 14.Mark Vegh; 15.Steve Dillon; 16.Kevin Thomas; 17.Dave Gross Jr.; 18.Ed Gatrell; 19.Krazy Kenny Thomas; 20.Kenny Thomas; 21.Daryl Smith; 22.Joe Rodgers; 23.John Conrad; 24.Jamie Mills; 25.Mike Baker; 26.James Mongan; 27.Richard Tracey; 28.R.C. Horn; 29.Donnie Keefer; 30.Tanner Aman; 31.Derek Riley



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