By BOB VORES
Rodney Franklin opened Hagerstown Speedway's milestone season by nearing a milestone of his own.
Franklin helped the dirt track kickoff its 50th anniversary season Sunday with a late model victory to close in on the all-time win record while Lance Dewease won the sprint feature.
Franklin, of Cross Junction, Va., moved within one victory of tying Denny Bonebrake's mark of 84 wins. Both Franklin and Dewease won $3,000 for their feature wins.
Charlie Schaffer broke to the lead until his drive line broke on the 18th lap. Bonebrake led the restart over Roy Deese Jr. and Franklin, who started 12th.