ARMSTRONG & WARRENFELTZ WIN THE BATTLES, FRIES & JONES WIN THE WARS

Date: 9/9/2007 5:06:59 PM

ARMSTRONG & WARRENFELTZ WIN THE BATTLES, FRIES & JONES WIN THE WARS

HAGERSTOWN, MD – A very close second the previous week, Tyler Armstrong of St. Thomas, Pa. returned to Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday night in the final points event for the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic late model sportsman and destroyed the field by holding more than a six second lead over Kyle Lear, who came all the way from 15th and ended second in the points chase.

“We raced last week and ran second and knew we had a strong car  so we came back this week and won the heat and went from there,” Armstrong said. “Last night (at Williams Grove) was our third second in a row…we were ready for a win.”

Following the previous weeks final point event to determine the late model champion, both the weekly support divisions were also not decided until the final point events this week.

Andy Fries, Mercersburg, Pa, who beat Armstrong by about six inches last week, ended with not one but two flat tires and won his second consecutive title by 16 points over Lear.

“We got in a tight hole and got the door shoved in and the tire got into it and cut down,” Fries said. “We never got the fender pulled out enough and we back out and cut the tire down again. I knew I had to take the green to win the championship. When the green flag dropped and I went by, that was a big relief. It’s been an amazing year. I’m just tickled to be back here a second year.”

Hagerstown’s Mike Warrenfeltz sped to his sixth triumph of the season in the Ernie’s Auto Enterprises pure stocks after taking the lead on lap five of the 15 lap event and holding a nearly three second advantage on defending champion, Dean Holmes. Warrenfeltz trailed by twelve points going into the final event.

“That thing was dialed in tonight,” Warrenfeltz said. “I knew I had to win it. Mark (Jones) wasn’t on the scoreboard and then I saw him coming. I have to congratulate him on winning his first championship. It was good racing all year long with him.” 

Getting the job done after having a flat in an opening lap skirmish was Greencastle’s Mark Jones. Jones restarted on the tail of the field and picked his way to the front, ending at the third spot a distance behind Holmes. Jones won the championship by just two points over Warrenfeltz. 

“When we got that flat tire, I didn’t think we had a shot at it as I knew Mike was going to be up front,” Jones said. “I was right on the edge. I almost overshot the runway down there a couple times. I knew if he won and I ran third, I won by two…if he won and I ran fourth, he won by three, so I knew where I had to be.”

Terry Flaherty took the lead on the opening lap of the HTMA late model sportsman feature with Cody Lear into second. Armstrong started eighth and was into second by lap three and on the sixth, had the lead and began pulling away until a lap 11 caution when Lear stopped in turn four.

Armstrong pulled ahead on the restart while Kyle Lear took second on the 14th lap but Armstrong was already three seconds ahead and still stretching his distance and into the rear of the field by the 17th lap and on the white flag and checkered, had three lapped cars separating himself from Lear. Steve Axtell Jr. came from 10th to take third from James Myers on the 19th lap as Myers and Flaherty completed the top five.

Cody Lear, Myers, and Armstrong were heat winners while Pete Weaver won the consolation. Kyle Lear was the Checkered Flag Lube/St. Thomas Trucking hard charger.

It took two tries to the Ernie’s pure stock event going as Danny Beavers then took over from the outside pole while Warrenfeltz charged from tenth and took the spot from him on the fifth circuit. Warrenfeltz was on cruise while Holmes arrived in second after starting 18th while Jones was picking off cars each lap on his way to the front. He slipped into third on lap 12 and ended there. Hans Stamberg, who ended third in the points was next with Lin Sutphin finishing fifth. 

Heat winners for the 31 entries were Beavers, Dave Stouffer Jr and Warrenfeltz while Holmes won the consolation and also the 21st Century Fireplace Services hard charger award.

Robin Koogler of Thurmont, Md. was the 75-lap Enduro Championship winner for his first ever victory. He started eighth, took the lead from Danny Holmes on lap eight, lost it to Krazy Kenny Thomas on the 34th and reassumed it when Thomas retired on the 39th. Holmes closed to within two lengths in the final five laps while season two time winner Mark Vegh was a half lap back. 

Mike Clinger of Huntingdon, Pa was the 21st Annual Tommy Thompson Demo Derby winner.

The next event is the two day 33rd Annual Sunoco Race Fuels Hub City National 150.

Friday evening (September 14th) will feature late model time trials and qualifying plus an open competition pure stock event. Three 50-lap features will highlight Saturday’s action with the top twelve from each of the first two advancing into the final segment to determine the Hub City winner. The late model sportsman will also compete in an open competition event. Pit gates open both nights at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5 p.m. and warm ups begin at approximately 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

Hoosier/Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Late Model Sportsman, 20 Laps, 27 entries (Lap Leaders – Brent Hottle 1, Terry Flaherty 2-5, Tyler Armstrong 6-20): 1.Tyler Armstrong; 2.Kyle Lear (Hard Charger); 3.Steve Axtell; 4.James Myers; 5.Terry Flaherty; 6.Richard Walls; 7.Brian Lessley; 8.Scott Palmer; 9.Cory Houck; 10.Eugene Conlee; 11.Pete Weaver; 12.Steve Kent Jr.; 13.Ashley Barrett; 14.Donnie Farlling; 15.Cody Lear; 16.Barry Lear Sr.; 17.Brent Hottle; 18.Rick Stouffer; 19.Anthony Lupini; 20.Nick Pappas; 21.Scotty Nelson; 22.Mike Walls; 23.Rob George; 24.Andy Fries; DNQ – Troy Erickson, Arlin Brougher, Barry Miller   

Ernie’s Auto Enterprises Pure Stocks, 15 Laps 31 entries (Lap Leaders – Danny Beavers 1-4, Mike Warrenfeltz 5-15); 1.Mike Warrenfeltz; 2.Dean Holmes (Hard Charger); 3.Mark Jones; 4.Hans Stamberg; 5.Lin Sutphin; 6.Danny Beavers; 7.Dave Stouffer; 8.Wayne Hawbaker; 9.Jim Snyder; 10.Kenny Dayhoff; 11.Bobby Taylor; 12.Frank Dibella; 13.Dres Fitzsimmons; 14.Kevin Koontz; 15.Kevin Dayhoff; 16.Brian Swiger; 17.Rob Boyer; 18.JasonSarver; 19.Paul Quattro; 20.Billy Ecton Jr.; 21.Tony Catlett; 22.Steve Lowery; 23.Tim Monn; 24.Dave Mikolajski; DNS – Dale Hollidge, DNQ – Kevin Keefer, Donnie Smith, Jason Murray; Rick Durbin Jr., DNS – Justin Snodderly, Jesse Coleman  

Enduro Championship 75 laps, 37 entries (Lap leaders Mike Hoffman 1-4, Danny Holmes 5- 6, Robin Koogler 7-34, 40-75, Krazy Kenny Thomas 35-39):  1.Robin Koogler;2.DannyHolmes; 3.Mark Vegh; 4.Larry Hurley; 5.Matt Smith; 6.Justin Sporer; 7.Richard Tracey; 8.Joe Rodgers; 9.Robert Weist;10.Rodney Minor; 11.Derek Riley; 12.Mike Hoffman; 13.Roy Stevens; 14.Chris Loy; 15.Charlie Pensinger; 16.Jim Speelman; 17.Krazy Kenny Thomas; 18.Davey Gross Jr.; 19.Daniel Main; 20.John Poole; 21.Kenny Proctor; 22.James Mongan; 23.Steve Thompson; 24.Bobby Moore; 25.R.C.Horn; 26.William Crook; 27.Dustin Proctor; 28.Jamie Mills; 29.Bill Silkworth; 30.Donnie Keefer; 31.Alan Virtz; 32.Mike Baker; 33.John Conrad; 34.KevinThomas; 35.Jim Smith; 36.Dave Shatto;37.George Rodgers 

21st Annual Tommy Thompson Demo Derby: 1.Mike Clinger; 2.John Pittman; 3.Tracy Abbott; 4.Steve Thompson; 5.Bily Kline



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