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Shearer takes win in Late Model race

March 27, 2000|By NICOLE MILLER / Staff Correspondent

Jeff Shearer, McConnellsburg, Pa., went wire-to-wire in the 30-lap Late Model race for his first win at the Hagerstown Speedway on Sunday.

The win gurantees Shearer a start in the Annual Octoberfest 350 on Oct. 29-30.

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Shearer said he considered quitting after this season after six years with no wins.

"It's just unimaginable,'' Shearer said. "For six years we worked for this, my dad and the whole crew. It'll probably sink in tomorrow."

Rick Workman, a two-time winner last year, spun out on the fourth turn in the first lap to cause a restart. On the second attempt, Andy Fries and Bill Palmer played bump and grind on the back straightaway, causing several cars to pit and bringing out the yellow flag again. On the third start, the cars lined up single file and racing finally got underway.

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Shearer jumped out front with Alan Sagi in second and Frankie Plessenger in third in the early going. Shearer had a commanding lead when a fourth yellow flag stopped things in the 12th lap.

Sagi bobbled on the straightaway on the 21st lap, then lost control in the second turn, bringing out the fifth caution of the race, giving way to Plessenger and Brent Smith.

These positions held for the rest of the race with no challenges on Shearer's lead. He won $2,000.

"It wouldn't be (happening) if not for my dad," Shearer said.

The Timber Wolf Hard Charger winner was Roy Deese Jr., who came from the 19th position to sixth for the $200 prize.

Mike Stine took the lead in the 30-lap Small Block Modified race with Roger Laureno in second and Craig VonDohren in third.

Following a caution on the eighth lap, Laureno and VonDohren went to the outside to pass Stine and take over first and second places.

After two more cautions, Stine was out of the race and Keith Hoffman and Ray Swinehart took over third and fourth places.

Laureno, Ivyland, Pa., won the race, the $2,000 first prize and secured himself a spot in the Octoberfest race.

"This is great. I love running Hagerstown, it's never bad,'' Laureno said. "It's frustrating when you don't have your car just right but it's a blast when you have your car running really good.''

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