Date: 7/8/2007 2:54:49 AM



Hagerstown, Md. – One car at a time cautiously working from tenth, J.T. Spence took the lead in Saturday’s Cindy Rowe Auto Glass late model feature on lap 14 at Hagerstown Speedway and continued on to score his first win of the season by 1.306 seconds over Kirk Ryan who came all the way from 20th.  It was the third career win for the Winchester, Va. second generation driver.

“This is the hardest track to come to victory lane, I’ll tell you that,” Spence said. “Last year we ran good the week before the Ernie’s race and won it and then we won the Ernie’s race, I told my crew chief, it’s about time for us to start running. That race is coming up in a couple weeks.” 

After an early season of frustration, Al Shawver Sr. of Falling Waters, WV found a combination that worked as he led all the way from the point in the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic late model sportsman feature to score his first win since September 1992, although not a regular the entire time.

Mark Jones of Greencastle, Pa made his presence known to Darrin Younker on lap six of the 12th Annual Jim Cornett Tribute in the Ernie’s Auto Enterprises pure stock event as the two swapped the lead back and forth and it came down to Jones getting by in the final turns to win by .045 seconds or less than a half hood length. Jones, the defending winner of the event to honor the former driver and car owner, joins Kenny Dillon as the only other two time winner of the event.

Al Shawver Jr. took the late model lead from Jamie Lathroum on the second circuit and stretched it to more than two seconds before the first caution on lap nine as Spence was already to fourth place.

Following the restart, Shawver continued to lead as Spence got under Keith Jackson and then Lathroum on the 11th lap while Bo Feathers was following. Spence began to reel in Shawver and in two laps, was on his bumper, but didn’t fool around. He slid under to grab the point and lead lap 14.

Following a restart on lap 19, Feathers was already into second while behind him, Ryan was rounding the top and challenging Ronnie DeHaven. Ryan took third and set sights on Feathers to take second on lap 22.

Only Spence remained in Ryan’s view but he had pulled comfortably ahead as Ryan continued to charge around the top and closed to 1.306 seconds but had to settle for a well earned run following electrical problems in his heat race.

“Once I got past Al, I watched the board to see how fast Bo was,” Spence said. “I got by him and knew he was behind me. On the restarts, I was tight going in one time and got loose getting in and pushed the next time, I said the heck with it, I’m going to run my line and he could pass me on the outside.”

While Spence was occupied with Feathers, he wasn’t aware of Ryan’s charge.

“I didn’t see Kirk’s number on the board,’ he said, “I told dad in the consy, Kirk can make the outside work. He’s just wide open on the outside. That was good for him to get up to second as he came from a long way back. If he can get started up front, he’s going to be hard to handle.”

DeHaven got by Feathers on the 23rd lap to take third as Feathers and Keith Jackson completed the top five. Sixth was Frankie Plessinger, followed by Brian Booze, Shawver Jr., Gary Stuhler and Billy Wampler.

Heats for the 35 entries went to Stuhler, Shawver Jr., Plessinger and Jackson while Jeff Shearer won the consolation. Ryan earned the Ernie’s Hard Charger award.

Shawver Sr. beat Terry Flaherty into the first corner in the late model sportsman feature as Shawver began to show he had something to work with. Following a lap six restart, he was more than two seconds ahead by a 12th lap yellow. Behind him, Flaherty was trying to hold off Kyle Lear while Andy Fries battled for several laps before getting around Barry Miller for fourth.

Following the final caution on lap 15 when point leader Arlin Brougher coasted to a stop with mechanical problems, Shawver didn’t falter or make a misstep over the final circuits as he scored the long over due triumph by 10.36 seconds over Flaherty. Lear ended third over Fries and Miller.

“When you’re as old as I am, the wins don’t come too often, so when they do, you have to cherish them, Shawver, who has been racing since 1974, said. “The car was good for a change. We’ve been struggling all year. We have a new frame and it hasn’t been working, but tonight, we hit on a combination and it worked.”

Miller, Fries and Brougher were heat winners. Randy Schaffer was the Checkered Flag/St. Thomas Towing Hard charger.

Darrin Younker started fifth and took the pure stock lead from Steve Lowery on lap two while Jones came from ninth to second by lap five. He looked under Younker and took the lead on the seventh but Younker held to the top line to retake the lead on lap 11. Jones had to rethink the situation as Hans Stamberg and Mike Warrenfeltz were on his bumper. Following a lap 17 restart, Younker held on but Jones gave his best effort in the final turns to race down the home stretch to squeak by for his third win of the season.

Third went to Stamberg from tenth and previous weeks winner, Warrenfeltz from 12th was next with Kenny Dillon ending fifth after starting 14th.

“That was a heck of a race,’ Jones said. “I have to give this one to (car owner) Lester’s mom. She’s in the hospital right now in bad shape. This one’s for Mom Nichols. I have to thank Darrin. He raced me clean. He’d give me room ever time. He’d lead me and I’d catch him and then he’d lead again. It’s not over till the fat lady sings and here we are.”

Heats went to Younker, Jim Snyder and Jones with Dave Stouffer Jr winning the consolation for the 30 entries. Bobby Taylor was the 21st Century Fireplace Services hard charger after starting 19th and finishing seventh.

Next at the speedway is the three day show for the Monster Truck Nationals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 13, 14 and 15.

Racing returns the following Saturday, July 21st with the 60-lap 60th Anniversary event sanctioned by the World of Outlaw Late Model Series. The Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic late model sportsman will accompany the late models on the program.

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, 35 entries, (Lap Leaders – Jamie Lathroum, 1, Al Shawver Jr. 2-13, J.T. Spence 14-25): 1.J.T. Spence; 2.Kirk Ryan (Hard Charger); 3.Ronnie DeHaven Jr.; 4.Bo Feathers; 5.Keith Jackson; 6.Frankie Plessinger; 7.Brian Booze; 8.Al Shawver Jr.; 9.Gary Stuhler; 10.Billy Wampler; 11.Alan Sagi; 12.Brent Smith; 13.Paul Crowl; 14.Jamie Lathroum; 15.Darryl Hills; 16.David Williams; 17.Les Hare; 18.Mike Lupfer; 19.Bill Palmer; 20.Scott LeBarron; 21.Devin Friese; 22.RayKable Jr.; 23.Jeff Shearer; 24.Marvin Winters; 25.Roy Deese Jr.; 26.Terry Lescalleet; DNS-Ernie Davis, DNQ- Steve Gibney, Robby Beall, Larry Baker II, Matt Murphy, DNS – D.J. Troutman, Tim Wilson, Addison Rogers, Tim Murphy   


Hoosier/Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Late Model Sportsman, 20 Laps, 24 entries (Lap Leaders – Al Shawver Sr. 1-20): 1.Al Shawver Sr.; 2.Terry Flaherty; 3.Kyle Lear; 4.Andy Fries; 5.Barry Miller; 6.Richard Walls; 7.Steve Axtell; 8.Cody Lear; 9.Mike Walls; 10.Pete Weaver; 11.Scott Palmer; 12.Randy Schaffer (Hard Charger); 13.Brent Hottle; 14.Dale Smith Jr.; 15.Brian Lessley; 16.Michael Collins; 17.Eugene Conlee; 18.Ashely Barrett; 19.Arlin Brougher; 20.Cory Houck; 21.Steve Kent Jr; DNS – Will Rowe, Nick Pappas, Barry Lear Sr.  


12th Annual Cornett Tribute: Ernie’s Auto Enterprises Pure Stocks, 20 laps Double Points 30 entries (Lap Leaders – Steve Lowery 1, Darrin Younker 2-6, 11-19, Mark Jones 7-10, 25): 1.Mark Jones;2.Darrin Younker; 3.Hans Stamberg; 4.Mike Warrenfeltz’ 5.Kenny Dillon; 6.Steve Lowery; 7.Bobby Taylor; 8.Tony Catlett; 9.Jim Snyder; 10.Kevin Dayhoff; 11.Dave Stouffer; 12.Dave Hollidge; 13.Tony Stoneberger; 14.Dean Holmes; 15.Kenny Dayhoff; 16.Kevin Keefer; 17.DaveMikolajski; 18.Bill Reitober; 19.Kevin Koontz; 20.Kenny Day; 21.Tim Monn; 22.Frank Dibella; 23.Brian Swiger; 24.Rick Stouffer; DSN – Drew Fitzsimmons, DNQ – Bobby Titus, Brian Cornett, Wayne Hawbaker, Jeremy Mowen, Lin Sutphin 

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