HAGERSTOWN BEATS THE RAIN AND ENDS NIGHT WITH NEW WINNERS

Date: 6/22/2008 6:38:38 AM

June 22, 2008                   For Immediate Release

UPCOMING SHOWS:
Saturday, June 28, 2008 (7:00 p.m.) 43rd Annual Johnny Roberts Memorial – 50-lap Late model, Late Model Sportsman & Pure Stocks with a June 29 (6:00 p.m.) rain date.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 (7:30 p.m.) Cindy Rowe Auto Glass PA Sprint Speedweek - 410 Sprints (Octoberfest Qualifier)  + EMMR Exhibition Show  

Saturday, July 5th, (7:00 p.m.) 1st Annual Red Nininger Memorial Shootout II 40-Lap Late Model (pp from June 14), Late Model Sportsman, 13th Annual Cornett Tribute 20-lap Pure Stocks + 30 Lap Enduro Dash

HAGERSTOWN BEATS THE RAIN AND ENDS NIGHT WITH NEW WINNERS

Hagerstown, Md. – Hagerstown Speedway finally beat the weather Saturday night, but not by much on JLG Industries Family and Duron Paint & Wallcovering night.

The pits were barely emptied before it began raining, but not before Ronnie DeHaven Jr of Winchester, Va. became the eighth different winner this season in the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass late models while Ashley Barrett, Shippensburg, Pa, scored his career second win in the Hoosier Daddy 25 to became the seventh different winner in the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic late model sportsman. Current point leader in the Ernie’s Auto Enterprises pure stocks, Dale Hollidge of Mechanicsville, Md., sped to his third win of the season while Derek Riley of Middletown, Md., beat by six inches in his last Enduro Dash, won his career second event by more than 11 seconds. 

Following a lap ten restart, DeHaven Jr. had Alan Sagi knocking on the door but DeHaven was able to hold off the repeated challenges to win by a length.

“I knew Alan was there, I could see him the whole time. Every time I turned around he was there,” DeHaven said. “I hate to race like that, I know he had a better car. That’s saying something about these goats (GRT’s) when you can get in the middle and run at this place, these things are hard to handle. We’ve had a monkey on our back for a long time. We got a little bit of luck in the heat race and maybe we can turn this stuff around. I know Sagi was a little better. He’s a heck of a racer .You can’t find a cleaner racer out there and I couldn’t ask for anyone else to be second.”

Steve Axtell Jr. took the lead from the pole in the late model feature to lead the first circuit, but DeHaven Jr., who started outside, made it short lived when he charged around the outside. Eighth starting Sagi moved into second by lap three as DeHaven was cruising nearly two seconds ahead while it was three seconds from Sagi to tenth starting Kirk Ryan.  

Marvin Winters stopped on lap ten with mechanical problems to display the caution and on the restart, Sagi began putting the pressure on while 11th starting Gary Stuhler sped around the outside to pass Brent Smith and Ryan and move into third.

While it appeared Stuhler might steal the show, DeHaven and Sagi never allowed him close enough to challenge following a lap 17 caution for a piece of debris.

One length separated DeHaven from Sagi who was making life miserable for DeHaven the last several laps while Stuhler, Jamie Lathroum and Ryan. Paul Crowl advanced ten spots to end sixth and get the Ernie’s Auto Hard Charger award with Roy Deese Jr., from 14th, Brent Smith, David Williams and 15th starting Andy Anderson to complete the top ten.

D.J.Troutman, Smith and Mike Lupfer won the heats while Nathan Durboraw was the consy winner after becoming involved in a heat race incident that caused extensive damage to his racer.

Barrett, scheduled to start fourth, slid up to the outside pole when Paul Cursey spun on the second attempt to get the late model sportsman under way. Barrett grabbed the lead away from Fred Harden off turn four to lead the first lap and continue with a dominant run the entire race. Following a ninth lap restart, Barrett gradually began inching away until he was in traffic and had two cars and 2.9 seconds between he and Harden at the finish.

“I have to thank Pete and Fran Neuder.. Mom and Dad, if not for them, I’d still be running street stocks,” Barrett said. “It was a big step moving up to this class. The competition is so tough. There are so many different changes you can make to the car. We’ve been second two times…so close I knew we could get one if we got a break and we got one tonight.”

Barry Miller came from ninth to take third from Scott Palmer on lap 22 while Terry Flaherty began and ended fifth. Pete Weaver came up ten spots to finish sixth followed by Dylan Yoder, Andy Fries, Cory Houck and Richard Walls, from 17th. Heat wins went to Barrett, Palmer and Eugene Conlee while Walls was the consy winner.   

While Dave Mikolajski led the pure stocks over Steve Lowery and Kevin Keefer from the outside pole in three and four wide racing, Hollidge was on the move and was to second on lap seven and continued into the lead the next circuit. He never looked back and stretched his lead to 3.90 seconds at the finish as Mikolajski held off a last lap challenge from Lowery. Keefer and Danny Beavers completed the top five. Hollidge was the J&M Sportsworld Hard charger after starting 11th. Mikolajski, Hans Stamberg and Dave Stouffer Jr. were heat winners with Kenny Dillon taking the consy victory. 

“The guys were leaving me enough room to squeeze in on the bottom and I stayed right off the guardrail and get the left rear down in the mud and drive it off the corners,” Hollidge said. 

After taking the lead and showing the way the majority of the last enduro race, Derek Riley got beat by Krazy Kenny Thomas by six inches, but after pulling the number one, he wasn’t going to let it happen again. Riley put the pedal to the floor and was more than 11 seconds ahead of outside pole setter, Matt Smith while Thomas came from 29th to end third. Other former winner, Mark Vegh followed Thomas to end fourth with Robin Koogler taking fifth.

The speedway returns to action Saturday June 28th for the 43rd Annual Johnny Roberts Memorial, 50 laps for the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass late models, along with the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic late model sportsman and the Ernie’s Auto Enterprises pure stocks plus a famous gigantic Zambelli fireworks display. 

Pit gates open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5 p.m and warm ups begin at 7 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, the 29th with a starting time of 6:00 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, 33 entries, (Lap Leaders – Steve Axtell Jr., 1, Ronnie DeHaven Jr. 2-25) 1.Ronnie DeHaven Jr.; 2.Alan Sagi; 3.Gary Stuhler; 4.Jamie Lathroum; 5.Kirk Ryan; 6.Paul Crowl, (Ernie’s Savage Hard Charger); 7.Roy Deese Jr.; 8.Brent Smith; 9.David Williams; 10.Andy Anderson; 11.Nathan Durboraw; 12.Mike Lupfer; 13.D.J. Myers; 14.Devin Friese; 15.Jim Yoder; 16.Darryl Hills; 17.Scott Cross; 18.Billy Wampler; 19.Scott LeBarron; 20.Steve Axtell Jr.; 21.Ray Kable Jr.; 22.Al Shawver Sr.; 23.MarvinWinters; 24.D.J. Troutman; DNQ: Terry Lescalleet, J.T. Spence, Bill Palmer, Larry Baker III, Larry Baer, Mike Atherton, Frankie Plessinger, Steve Gibney, Rusty Sites

Hoosier Daddy - Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Late Model Sportsman, 25 Laps, 27 entries (Lap Leaders – Ashley Barrett 1-25): 1.Ashley Barrett; 2.Fred Harden; 3.Barry Miller; 4.Scott Palmer; 5.Terry Flaherty; 6.Pete Weaver; 7.Dylan Yoder; 8.Andy Fries; 9.Cory Houck; 10.Richard Walls; 11.Jerry Bard; 12.Wayne Walls Jr.; 13.Kyle Lear (St. Thomas/Checkered Flag Lube Hard Charger); 14.Nick Pappas; 15.Rick Stouffer; 16.Michael Collins; 17.Chad Myers; 18.Rob Gergel; 19.Paul Cursey; 20.Courtney Shreiner; 21.Eugene Conlee; 22.Mike Walls; 23.James Myers; 24.Robby Beall; DNS – Barry Lear, DNQ – Justin Hart

Ernie’s Auto Enterprises Pure Stocks, 15 laps  29entries (Lap Leaders – Dave Mikolajski 1-7, Dale Hollidge 8-15): 1.Dale Hollidge (J & M Sportsworld Hard Charger); 2.Dave Mikolajski; 3.Steve Lowery; 4.Kevin Keefer; 5.Danny Beavers; 6.Bobby Taylor; 7.Drew Fitzsimmons; 8.Randy Kline; 9.Bill Reitober; 10.Kevin Boyer; 11.Lin Sutphin; 12.Brian Swiger; 13.Tony Catlett; 14.Mike Sanders; 15.Bill Ecton; 16.Frank Dibella; 17.Mike Warrenfeltz; 18.Kevin Koontz; 19.Kenny Dillon; 20.Wayne Hawbaker; 21.Darrin Younker; 22.Hans Stamberg; 23.Dave Stouffer; 24.Jim Snyder; DNQ-  Dale Knight, Dean Holmes, Tim Monn, DNS - Charlie Pensinger, Kevin Dayhoff

Enduro Dash, 30 Laps, (Lap Leaders Derek Riley 1-30)  1.Derek Riley; 2.Matt Smith; 3.Krazy Kenny Thomas ; 4.Mark Vegh; 5.Robin Koogler; 6.Kenny Thomas; 7.Jim Speelman; 8.Danny Holmes; 9.William Silkworth; 10.Mike Hoffman; 11.Dave Shatto; 12.Chris Loy; 13.Joe Rodgers; 14.James Clark; 15.Jamie Mills; 16.Eric Myers; 17.Rodney Miner; 18.Jason Harper;19.J.T. Conrad;20.William Smith; 21.William Crook; 22.Larry Hurley Jr.; 23.Chris Ebersole; 24.Richard Tracey;25.Roy Stevens; 26.Nathaniel Younker; 27.Dustin Proctor; 28.Larry McGowan; 29.John Poole    



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