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Franklin edges Scaffer for 13th win

August 10, 1998|By MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Correspondent

And the beat goes on.

The popular song by Sonny and Cher has become the catch phrase for Hagerstown Speedway announcer Glen Presgraves when either Rodney Franklin or Wayne Walls Jr. arrives in Victory Lane this season.

The frequency of their visits leaves little else to say.

Franklin picked up his 13th victory of the season Saturday night in a 22-car field that gave him all he could handle.

Roy Deese grabbed the early lead in the 25-lap feature and held it for the first 10 laps in his second consecutive strong showing.

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Hard-luck driver Charlie Schaffer took over on lap 11 and held on for nine laps, building a 6-car lead, but a yellow flag on lap 17 was the latest in a series of unfortunate events for the veteran.

With the field bunched up for the restart, Franklin passed Deese on the inside of turn 1 and closed on the leader. Schaffer fought off Franklin for three laps with tight cornering until lap 20, when Franklin passed him on the back straightaway and held on for the win.

"If you don't have luck, you just don't get here," Franklin said. "This year, we've had the luck going our way."

Walls also had to fight the entire race, but still collected his 11th win of the season amid steady pressure from Darryl Burkholder and Barry Miller.

Eddie Cornett led for the first six laps while Walls was climbing from twelfth to second by boldly passing Eric Broadwater and Daryl Kendall on the back straightaway.

A caution on lap 7 gave Walls the opportunity to take over the lead on the restart. By lap 10, Burkholder began pressing Walls until Miller, whose car seemed to run stronger as the race wore on, took over the second spot on lap 16.

On the remaining four laps, Miller actually nosed ahead of Walls several times, but could not complete the pass, finishing second ahead of Burkholder.

The V-8 Pure Stock feature was the 3rd Annual Jimmy Cornett Memorial. The 20-lap feature is the premier event of the year for that class and is worth double points.

Doug Bennett led most of the race, but on a restart on lap 18, Eugene Conlee made contact with the rear of Bennett's car in turn 2. Bennett spun out, giving Conlee a lead that he held onto for his first career victory at Hagerstown Speedway and, more importantly, first in the standings by two points.

The 4-Cylinder pure stocks continued to be the most competitive class at the Speedway, with Derek Wink taking his first victory of the season and becoming the ninth different winner in that division in 1998.

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