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Yellow flags fly at Hagerstown Speedway

July 27, 1998|By MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Correspondent

On a Saturday night of yellow flags at the Hagerstown Speedway, it took three tries for the late models to get their race underway, with cautions on the first two attempts.

Gary Stuhler started in the seventh position and moved into third by lap 3. After another caution on lap 4, Stuhler took second from Mark Elksnis and passed Rick Workman on the inside of turn 2 on the sixth lap to gain a lead he would never relinquish. It was Stuhler's fifth victory of the season and second consecutive at Hagerstown Speedway.

The main race of the evening was the 18th Annual Tony Armel Memorial, a 50-lap feature for the late model sportsman class. Twenty-four cars started, but only 11 were around to take the checkered flag.

Ed Corbin had the inside pole and kept the lead for the first 14 laps as five cautions took their toll on the cars.

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On lap 11 during a caution, Wayne Walls Jr. got a flat tire and barely made it back onto the track. He took the green flag in the infield and tagged onto the rear of the field as it passed turn 2, leaving the veteran with a formidable task ahead of him.

By lap 15, Alan Sagi had taken the lead, and Wayne Walls Jr. had climbed to 13th. Richard Walls took the lead from Sagi on lap 23, and Wayne Walls Jr. had moved to fourth.

He jumped into second on a restart to put the brothers first and second until lap 30. As Richard Walls came out of turn 4, he experienced trouble and ran into the wall, giving the top spot to his brother, who held on for an improbable comeback and his 10th victory of the season.

The 15-lap pure stock feature was highlighted by a massive wreck in turn 4 that sent driver and car owner Rodney McGowan to the hospital with a possible broken ankle.

Mike Warrenfeltz took the lead from Ricky Harbaugh on lap 6, and Kim Ramer took second on lap 9 to begin a duel that was won by Warrenfeltz for his fifth win of the season.

The 4-cylinders ran two features, one that was postponed from July 4. In the make-up, Andy Holmes took the early lead and held on for his second win of the season. In the second feature, Eric Mellott led most of the 10-lap race until Brian Miller and Art Jerin passed him on lap 9. Heading for the checkered flag, they were side-by-side with Jerin edging ahead for his third win of the season.

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