2010-03-04 / Sports

Racing Roundup

By Brad Vores

Hagerstown Speedway’s Race-A-Rama Car show kicked off the 2010 season last week at the Valley Mall.

The mall was filled with race machines, with many good looking cars ready to hit the tracks as soon as Mother Nature allows.

The Pure Stock entry of Josh Williams won Best of Show at the car show.

In the Late Model category, awards went to Jerry Bard, Marvin Winters and Frankie Plessinger, while Richard Walls, Pete Weaver and Travis McClelland garnered top awards in the Late Model sportsman.

In the Pure Stocks, awards went to Darrin Younker, Danny Beavers and Randy Kline, while the various category best appearing award went to the Micro Sprint of Kameron Morral.

While Hagerstown did cancel its February 27 opener, as did Lincoln Speedway, both tracks are hoping the sun and warmer temperatures hit the track this week with a plan to start the season on Saturday. Hagerstown will have the Late Models and Modifieds, while the 410 Sprints and Thundercars are in action at Lincoln.

The ASCS 360 Sprints were in action over the weekend at East Bay Raceway Park for the Ronald Laney Memorial and the 34th annual WinterNationals.

Defending All-Star Sprint champion Tim Shaffer won the first two nights of preliminary action on Thursday and Friday but came up with late race problems as he was headed to the big payday in Saturday’s finale.

Thursday night Shaffer defeated Lou Kennedy Jr., Greg Wilson, Pennsylvania’s Mark Smith and Gary Wright, while Friday’s win came over Jesse Hockett, Danny Smith, Tony Bruce Jr. and Mark Smith.

Shaffer was two laps away from a $14,500 payday in the Laney Memorial on Saturday until the motor expired in his race car, turning the lead and win over to Wayne Johnson who was driving for Canadian car owner Glenn Styres. Hockett was second over Kennedy, Travis Rilat and Darren Long. Mark Smith also suffered motor problems while running in the second spot.

The World of Outlaw Sprints was back in action on Friday night at the Dirt Track in Las Vegas, and it was Jason Meyers coming from the 18th starting spot to score the feature win in exciting fashion over the last two laps. No one can remember the last time an Outlaw race was won from a driver starting that far back in the A-Main.

Steve Kinser finished second over Donny Schatz, Jason Sides and Tim Kaeding. Daryn Pittman was 11th in the Keen Motorsports mount, while Fred Rahmer finished 16th after starting third. The Outlaws head to Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., this weekend, and both Pittman and Rahmer will be in the field once again.

That’s it for another week as we close out the month of February and look forward to some racing in the near future we hope! Until next time, e-mail reaches me at Bvores@comcast.net.

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