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New names called out in victory lane

June 01, 1998|By MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Correspondent

Hoo-wee, what a night!

Every feature was exciting Saturday, as each came down to the last lap on a night of firsts at Hagerstown Speedway.

The first feature was a 20-lap late model sportsman race that set the tone.

Al Shawver won his first feature of the season and his first in "six to eight years," beating points leader Wayne Walls Jr. by the space of a headlight. For owner Gary Bowman, it was his first win in 20 years as an owner.

"We've had a struggle this year," Shawver said. "Everything we did, it seems we did wrong. Tonight, we made a couple of changes on the car and everything seemed to work out right."

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Shawver began on the outside pole and edged into the lead on the first turn, remaining there until the checkered flag fell.

Walls moved from 12th to second by lap 9 and immediately began to challenge for the lead. But no matter how he dogged Shawver, he didn't quite have enough to catch him.

In the pure stock feature, Kim Ramer continued his May surge with his third victory in the last four races, to take the points lead.

But it sure wasn't easy. He started 10th but was in second by lap 4 with the help of quick starts after yellow flags on laps 2 and 3. He then passed Jim Snyder on the inside coming off of turn four to take the lead on lap 5.

After a caution on lap 12, Bill Funk nearly overtook Ramer with the same method but Ramer held on and won by a car length.

"There's a lot of good cars out there," Ramer said. "I figured I just had to take a chance. I'd like to thank my owner, Patty. She and I worked on the car this week and it looks like it was good enough."

Art Jerin earned his first career win in his second full season of racing in the 4-cylinder division. He started sixth and emerged from a tight bunch coming out of the fourth turn to move into the lead on the first lap.

He held that lead until a caution flag on lap 9 closed the field and made the 10-lap feature a 1-lap dash. On the restart, he edged ahead of Derek Wink on the first turn and held on to gain the victory.

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