SPENCE EDGES STUHLER TO BECOME 14TH DIFFERENT LATE MODEL WINNER

Date: 8/24/2008 6:19:25 AM

August 24 2008                                       For Immediate Release

UPCOMING SHOWS:
Saturday, August 30 (7:00 p.m.) – 23rd Annual McBee / Hays Championship 44-Lap Cindy Rowe
Auto Glass Late Models (last point race), Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Late Model Sportsman,
Ernie’s Auto Enterprises Pure Stocks
Saturday, September 6 (7:00 p.m.) – Last points races for Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Late Model
Sportsman and Ernie’s Auto Enterprises Pure Stocks,  22nd Annual Tommy Thompson Demo
Derby + Enduro Dash
Saturday, September 13 (7:00 p.m.) – 34th Annual Hub City 100 IRS (Independent Racing Series) Late Models 50 Laps, $7,000 to win, Plus 358 Sprints (Home track rules) – 50 Laps, $3,000 to win

SPENCE EDGES STUHLER TO BECOME 14TH DIFFERENT LATE MODEL WINNER

Hagerstown, Md. – About to settle for second, J.T. Spence gave the final turns all he could and sped from the final turn, leading the last 50 feet to become the 14th different Cindy Rowe Auto Glass late model winner at Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday night.  

Winchester, Va’s Spence, the defending champion, nipped away at Gary Stuhler’s lead during the final ten laps until Stuhler caught a lapped car on the final lap. Spence went for broke and made it three wide into turn three and found the room needed to drag race Stuhler to the line. 

“That was pure luck,” Spence said. “He caught the lapped car at the right time for me. It kind of broke Gary’s momentum on the backstretch and I knew it was going to be a hero or zero going into three. I almost spun out; I got a run off four and got here. I was a lot better than he was getting in. I kind of started moving up there a little bit and I was trying to get a run at him and it got to two cars. I said ‘the hell with it, I’m just going to drive it in here.’”

For the third time this season, Shippensburg, Pa’s Ashley Barrett pulled off the triumph in the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic late model sportsman division. Barrett, started 12th in previous winner’s position, took the lead from Andy Fries following a 13th lap restart and sped away to a 1.47 second win over Dylan Yoder. Hans Stamberg of Hedgesville, WV drove from the ninth spot to take the Ernie’s Salvage pure stock lead from Andy Holmes on the seventh lap and drive away to a 2.25 second win over Holmes, his fifth of the season. Frederick, Md’s Mark Vegh became the first repeat winner in the 30-lap enduro dash after starting 25th and taking the lead on lap 24.

Each winner earned the hard charger awards; Spence, the Ernie’s Salvage money; Barrett, the St. Thomas Towing/Checkered Flag Lube award and Stamberg, the J & M Sportsworld money.  

Mike Lupfer started third and took the late model lead from Steve Axtell on the second lap and start pulling away. He had a nearly four second lead built up prior to a ninth lap caution before tenth starting Stuhler won out in a three wide dash down the frontstretch to take over second.

Stuhler quickly charged to the outside and took command while ninth starter, Spence took second from Lupfer on the 15th circuit with Stuhler 1.3 seconds ahead. Spence was making up ground heading into the turns and by the 23rd lap, had narrowed the gap to three lengths with a lapped car becoming a factor on the backstretch on the final lap. Stuhler stayed to the low side while Spence went high and off the fourth turn they came with Spence holding the slight edge for the triumph.

Darryl Hills was third after starting eighth with 11th starting Roy Deese Jr. and Lupfer completing the top ten. Previous weeks winner, Nathan Durboraw was next followed by Marvin Winters, Ronnie DeHaven Jr., D.J. Troutman and 18th starter, Jim Yoder. Heats went to Lupfer, Winters and Deese with Ray Kable Jr. taking the consy.

After two attempts to get the late model sportsman feature underway, Jerry Bard sped past Michael Collins to lead the second lap while Fries came from seventh to take over on lap five. Fries showed the way following a lap 13 yellow when Barrett lasted around the top of one and two to emerge with the lead on lap 15. He pulled away while ninth starting Yoder seized the runner up spot from Fries with three to go.

“I rolled that thing in there and man, did it stick, I couldn’t believe it,” Barrett said. “I didn’t think I had a chance. I got a good start and rolled in on the outside and it worked, I think I had to get my tires cooled down to get going again.”

Fries held to third with Bard and Barry Miller completing the top five. Wayne Walls Jr., Barrett and Bard were the heat winners while Kyle Lear won the consy.   

Randy Kline led two laps of the pure stock feature until Andy Holmes took over with a single fourth lap yellow regrouping the tight field. Stamberg moved into second on lap five and passed Holmes two laps later and then began to stretch his lead each lap. Holmes ended second with point leader Dale Hollidge third with Steve Lowery and Darrin Younker next. Holmes, Kline and Wayne Hawbaker won the heats while Danny Beaver was the consy winner. 

Jim Speelman led the enduro while Kenny Thomas took over on lap six until involved in a crash on the 12th lap as Speelman retook the lead. Vegh was still advancing and took second on lap 16 and continued to close until getting past on the 24th circuit. Speelman , Chris Ebersole, Krazy Kenny Thomas and Matt Smith completed the top five.  

The speedway returns Saturday headed towards the finish line with another of the schedules prestigious events, honoring two notable individuals from their racing involvement. It’s the 23rd Annual (Ronnie) McBee/ (Ron “Speedy”) Hays Championship 44- lap event for the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass Late Models which will decide the season’s Cindy Rowe champion. The Hoosier Tire Mid Late Model Sportsman along with the Ernie’s Auto Enterprises Pure Stocks will also compliment the program.  

Pit gates open at 4: p.m. with grandstands opening at 5:00 p.m. Hot laps get underway at 7:00 p.m.  Check the speedway website for information and 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, 27 entries, (Lap Leaders – Steve Axtell Jr. 1, Mike Lupfer 2-9, Gary Stuhler 10-24, J.T. Spence 25 ) 1.J.T. Spence (Ernie’s Salvage Hard Charger); 2.Gary Stuhler; 3.Darryl Hills; 4.Roy Deese Jr.; 5.Mike Lupfer; 6.Nathan Durboraw; 7.Marvin Winters; 8.Ronnie DeHaven Jr.; 9.D.J. Troutman; 10.Jim Yoder; 11.Frankie Plessinger; 12.Scott LeBarron; 13.Ray Kable Jr.; 14.Tyler Hershey; 15.Matt Quade; 16.Larry Baker II; 17.Larry Baer; 18.Doug Stine; 19.Billy Wampler; 20.David Williams; 21.Steve Axtell Jr.; 22.Paul Crowl; 23.Steve Gibney; 24.Keith Jackson DNS: Kirk Ryan, Kyle Lear

Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Late Model Sportsman, 20 Laps, 29 entries (Lap Leaders – Michael Collins 1, Jerry Bard 2-4, Andy Fries 5-14, Ashley Barrett 15-20) 1.Ashley Barrett (Checkered Flag Lube/St. Thomas Towing Hard Charger); 2.Dylan Yoder; 3.Andy Fries; 4.Jerry Bard; 5.Barry Miller; 6.Tyler Armstrong; 7.Shawn Jones; 8.Terry Flaherty; 9.Michael Collins; 10.Richard Walls; 11.Mike Walls; 12.Fred Harden; 13.Randy Schaeffer; 14.Brian Lessley; 15.Cory Houck; 16.James Myers; 17.Bobby Beall; 18.Rick Stouffer; 19.Nick Pappas; 20.Wayne Walls Jr 21.Pete Weaver; 22.Cody Lear; 23.Courney Shreiner; 24.Kyle Lear ; DNQ –  Scott Palmer,  Glenn Nininger Jr., Anthony Lupini, Justin Hart, Ryan Walls 

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

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



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