MILLER & STUHLER LEAD HAGERSTOWN’S HUB CITY NATIONAL QUALIFYING

Date: 9/16/2007 7:42:28 AM

MILLER & STUHLER LEAD HAGERSTOWN’S HUB CITY NATIONAL QUALIFYING

HAGERSTOWN, MDThe show went on a night late due to rain as defending and two time Hub City winner Jeremy Miller was quickest around the track in Saturday’s qualifying for the 33rd Annual Sunoco Race Fuels Hub City National 150 at Hagerstown Speedway scheduled for tonight (Sunday).

Miller, of Littlestown, Pa., turned the quickest lap of 18.626 seconds around the half mile, just .529 seconds off the one lap record set by Billy Moyer in July 2005.

”It’s been a long time since I’ve been standing out here,” Miller said after earning the fast time trophy from Ernie’s Auto Enterprises. “We’ve went through a lot of bad times. We actually have better equipment than I had last year but we just had some issues, and last week I think we found a lot of them. We won races last year and haven’t been able to back it up this year. We’ve made some changes and I feel we’re headed in the right direction.”

The story of the night was when three time event winner Gary Stuhler turned a second respectable lap but shut the car off at the finish. He later crawled in Miller’s back up car and without hesitation, turned the second quick time of the night at 18.913 seconds.

Gary’s a super guy and wanted to run and just had mechanical problems.” said Charles Buckler, car owner of the #24’s. “I talked to Jeremy because he‘s the guy that works on them. I said ‘What do you want to do, Jeremy?’ Jeremy said ‘Give Stuhler the car.’”

With Miller and Stuhler locked in, heat wins went to Bo Feathers, J.T.Spence, Chad McClellan, Marvin Winters, Booper Bare and David Williams. Steve Axtell won the B-Main.

Starting line ups for the two 50-lap feature qualifying events are:

Feature #1 – 1.Jeremy Miller, 2.Bo Feathers, 3.J.T. Spence, 4.Chad McClellan, 5.D.J. Myers, 6.Jason Covert, 7.Darryl Hills, 8.Eric Hons, 9.Jim Yoder, 10.Ronnie DeHaven, 11.Tim Wilson, 12.Brian Booze, 13.WaylonWagner, 14.Bryan Bernheisel, 15.Jim Bernheisel, 16.Ryan Hackett, 17.Tyler Hershey, 18.Barry Miller, 19.Scott LeBarron, 20.Steve Axtell Jr. 21.Dale Smith Jr. 22.Steve Gibney, 23.Terry Lescalleet, 24.Lindsay Barton

Feature #2 – 1.Gary Stuhler, 2.Maravin Winters, 3.Booper Bare, 4.David Williams, 5.Greg Fetters, 6.Dan Stone, 7.Alan Sagi, 8.Rusty Sites, 9.Jamie Lathroum, 10.Roy Deese Jr., 11.Al Shawver Jr. 12.Mike Lupfer, 13.Brent Smith, 14.Mike Atherton; 15.Tommy Armel, 16.Travis Dillman, 17.Nathan Durboraw, 18.Dave Shutski, 19.Bobby Dryden, 20.Bill Palmer, 21.Larry Baer, 22. Chuck Shultz, 23.Brian Hack, 24.Mike Steck

The top twelve from each feature will advance into the final 50 lap Hub City event paying $7,500 to the winner.  

In other race action, Mark Jones, of Greencastle, Pa., who just won the Ernie’s Auto Enterprises pure stock championship the previous week, won the open competition event for his fourth triumph of the season. 

“Hopefully we can come back and get another one next week (in the Shamrock Small Car Nationals),” Jones said. “There are a lot of big guys here week in and week out. I’m sure there s a lot of bug guys coming. We’ll definitely have to work for that.”

Jones started fifth as Eric Johnson led the six car inverted field with Jamie Swank taking the lead on lap four when Johnson dropped out. Jones powered past Swank on the fourth lap restart while Drew Fitzsimmons took the runner up spot on the ninth lap. Swank took over second on the final lap when Fitzsimmons’ run ended one lap short. Jones powered through the final one lap dash to beat Swank and Steve Lowery with Andy Holmes and Bobby Taylor completing the top five. Swank, Jones and Taylor won the heats.

On Sunday, the three 50-lap features will highlight the program with the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic late model sportsman also competing in an open competition event.

NOTE: Pit gates open earlier at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4 p.m. and warm ups begin at approximately 6 p.m.

Check the speedway website for any further information at: www.hagerstownspeedway.com or contact the speedway office at 301-582-0640.  

Results:

Ernie’s Auto Enterprises Pure Stocks Open Competition, 15 Laps 24 entries (Lap Leaders – Eric Johnson 1-3, Jamey Swank 4, Mark Jones 5-15):  1.Mark Jones; 2.Jamey Swank; 3.Steve Lowery; 4.Andy Holmes; 5.Bobby Taylor; 6.Rick Stouffer; 7.Brian Swiger; 8.Kevin Koontz; 9.Wayne Hawbaker; 10.Kim Ramer; 11.Paul Quattro; 12.Dave Mikolajski; 13.Kevin Keefer; 14.Justin Snodderly; 15.Donnie Smith; 16.Drew Fitzsimmons; 17.Ronnie Doss; 18.Scott Sipes; 19.Jason Sarver; 20.Bill Eckton Jr.; 21.Eric Johnson; 22.Tim Monn; 23.Tony Catlett, DNS Darrin Younker


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