Pa. driver wins at Hagerstown Speedway

August 01, 2003

HAGERSTOWN, MD - Defending Xtreme Dirtcar Series champion Rick Eckert of York, Pa., led every lap to win the Topless 40 for late models at the Hagerstown Speedway in a special Wednesday night show.

"We didn't know what the track was going to be like tonight, but Robby Allen, my crew chief, figured it out," said Eckert happy to pick up the $4,000 payoff before going out to the midwest to join the Xtreme Dirtcar Series. "The car was real good at times, then it would get a little too tight. The bottom of the track was the fastest way around and I got up top going through lapped traffic. It was fast there, but I didn't want to give up the bottom."

In other action, Kenny Dillon of Hanover, Pa., found his way back to Victory Lane for the third time this season by winning the 20-lap 8th Annual Jimmy Cornett Memorial for the Ernie's Salvage Yard pure stocks.


In the special 40-lap ITSI late model topless feature, Eckert started on the outside pole by luck of the draw and quickly took control of the race at the drop of the green as fourth-starting Nathan Durboraw followed in second. Cautions on the second and third laps kept the field bunched together before Eckert started pulling away from the field. Tom Myers, who started sixth, passed Durboraw for second on lap seven and stayed within striking distance of the leader as Eckert began to put the slower cars a lap down on lap 11.

On lap 13, Eckert made contact with the lapped car of Scott Richwine and a lap later Eckert's lead was wiped out when the caution was waved for Mike Lupfer. Myers kept the pressure on Eckert when the race resumed and was glued to the leader's bumper as the field passed the halfway mark. Myers and Eckert continued their battle after a caution for Jeremy Miller and made slight contact down the front stretch on lap 21. Eckert was then able to open some daylight over Myers and the rest of the field and had no trouble the rest of the way. He crossed the finish line 10 car lengths in front of Myers.

Davey Johnson nipped a hard-charging Gary Stuhler, who started 20th, at the finish line for third with Andy Anderson completing the top five. D.J. Myers recovered from a 14th lap spinout to finish sixth with Les Hare, Wayne Walls Jr., Frankie Plessinger and Scott Richwine rounding out the top 10. Heat winners for the 25 cars were Mike Lupfer, Johnson and Durboraw.

In the pure stock feature, Kim Ramer set the pace from the pole as Dillon moved into the runner-up spot from his fifth starting spot by the end of the first lap. Eugene Conley and Mike Warrenfeltz closed in on Dillon for second before Dillon passed Ramer for the lead on lap 12. Hans Stamberg joined the four-way battle for the lead with five laps remaining as Dillon was able to hold off the challenges to score his second Cornett Memorial win by three car lengths. Warrenfeltz edged Stamberg for second with Ramer holding off a charging Dean Holmes for fourth. Conlee, Jim Snyder and Alan Stone were next with Mike Sanders coming from the rear of the field for ninth and the A&C Engines Hard Charger award. Rick Stouffer finished out the top 10. Heat winners for the 19 cars were Ramer and Jeff Johnson.

This Saturday, it will be the Maryland 40 for the ITSI late models. Also in action will be the Hoosier Tires Mid-Atlantic late model sportsman, the Ernie's Salvage Yard pure stocks and the enduro dash. Race time is 7 p.m.

RESULTS: Topless 40 for ITSI Late Models: 1. Rick Eckert; 2. Tome Myers; 3. Davey Johnson; 4. Gary Stuhler; 5. Andy Anderson; 6. D J Myers; 7. Les Hare; 8. Wayne Walls Jr.; 9. Frankie Plessinger; 10. Scott Richwine; 11. Brad Houck; 12. Scott Sipe; 13. Scott LeBaron; 14. Dave Rice Jr.; 15. Ron Ellis; 16. Tim Murphy; 17. Sean Cosgrove; 18. Mike Lupfer; 19. Devin Friese; 20. Jeremy Miller; 21. Wayne Johnson; 22. Donnie Farlling; 23. Nathan Durboraw; 24. Wesley Bonebrake; 25. Kirk Ryan. (Lap Leaders: Eckert, 1-40). 26 cars entered.

20-LAP Cornett Memorial for Ernie's Salvage Yard Pure Stocks: 1. Kenny Dillon; 2. Mike Warrenfeltz; 3. Hans Stamberg; 4. Kim Ramer; 5. Dean Holmes; 6. Eugene Conlee; 7. Jim Snyder; 8. Alan Stone; 9. Mike Sanders; 10. Rick Stouffer; 11. Frank Dibella; 12. Steve Long; 13. Bill Reitober; 14. Mark Eckenrode; 15. Cory Oberholtzer; 16. Steve Kent; 17. Wayne Hawbaker; 18. Jeff Johnson; 19. John Huber. (Lap Leaders: Kim Ramer, 1-11; Kenny Dillon, 12-20). 19 cars entered.

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