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Pa. drivers split twin speedway bill

August 29, 2003

HAGERSTOWN, MD - In last Saturday's twin features, Darryl Burkholder and Bobby Beard each recorded season first wins at Hagerstown Speedway in the 15-lap events for the Hoosier Tire/Mid Atlantic late model sportsman series.

For Chambersburg, Pa.'s, Burkholder, it was his first win since August 2000 and it was a career first for Hanover's Beard, a multiple-time thundercar champion at both Lincoln and Trail Way Speedways.

In twin 10-lap events for the Ernie's Salvage Yard pure stocks, Chambersburg's Greg Hockensmith won his first career victory by about a foot in the first event while Hagerstown's Mike Warrenfeltz picked up his third of the season and career 49th in the second.

Shippensburg's Charlie Pensinger took the enduro dash lead on lap nine and weaved in and out of traffic to record his first-ever track win by a half-straightaway.

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In the first sportsman feature, Burkholder quickly moved from fifth spot and put his yellow No. 2 in front by completion of the first lap as outside pole setter Brian Miller and seventh starter Beard chased him to no avail. Burkholder opened a half straightaway lead over the pair and moved into the rear of the field on the 12th lap while it went all the way under green. Trailing a near straightaway behind Beard came Fred Harden and Glenn Nininger Jr to complete the top five.

"It helps when you start up front," Burkholder said. "It was all a guessing game. They told us they were going to mark the tires so we stayed soft. That's a chance you take. We came down here to win."

With a heads-up draw for the second feature, Miller and Beard were on the front row as Beard got the jump from the outside with Miller and Harden following.

When Nininger's car slowed on the fourth lap, Pete Weaver and Al Shawver got tangled together just past the flagstand with Daryl Kendall crashing into Shawver's car to bring out the caution.

Beard resumed the race and moved well out front until Travis Beaver threw a belt and coasted to a stop on lap 10.

Beard made the best of the final five laps and won by a half straightaway ahead of Miller, Larry Baer, Tyler Armstrong and Barry Miller.

"The track changed after that yellow and got a little tighter," Beard said. "I about choked and gave the 88 car (Miller) the win because I about spun out, but here we are. I did race here in 1984 till about 1990 and I know the track a little bit, but when it gets black, I get terrible. Thank God we had it pretty well glued tonight."

Hockensmith pulled to the front on the second attempt to get a lap recorded as Gene Conlee passed Rick Stouffer on the fourth lap and defending champion Hans Stamberg moved to third on the sixth lap. Conlee got under Hockensmith in the final turns, but Hockensmith never gave up and sped from the fourth turn to edge Conlee by a foot with Stamberg a close third. Warrenfeltz and Stouffer were next.

The second feature went with an eight-car inversion as third-starting Allen Stone had the lead on the first lap with fifth-starting Warrenfeltz on his bumper by the second circuit. The pair raced side by side for most of the remaining laps with Warrenfeltz able to pull ahead by three lengths at the finish. Stamberg again was a close third, with Jesse Coleman and Beard next.

Tony Ford took the enduro lead from the outside pole while Pensinger quickly moved toward the front from ninth spot. He took second on the sixth lap and ran down Ford in another three laps. Despite a couple of close calls, Pensinger continued to set the pace until taking the win by a half straightaway over Kenny Thomas, who took over the runner-up spot on the 24th lap. Ford held on to finish thirdm with John Poole and Steve Thompson completing the top five.

On the schedule this Saturday is the 18th Annual Ronnie McBee/Ron Hays Memorial. Adult admission is $10 for the extra-distance ITSI late model feature with children under 12 admitted free. Race time is 7:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5 p.m. The 44-lap memorial will pay $2,500 to the winner.

RESULTS


Hoosier Tire/Mid-Atlantic Late Model Sportsman Twin 15: Race 1 - 1. Darryl Burkholder; 2. Brian Miller; 3. Bobby Beard; 4. Fred Harden; 5. Glenn Nininger Jr.; 6. Larry Baer; 7. Barry Miller; 8. Dave Rice Jr.; 9. Pete Weaver; 10. Al Shawver Sr. (Hard Charger) 11. Tyler Armstrong; 12. Roy Miller; 13. Scott Palmer; 14. Richard Walls; 15. Travis Beaver; 16. Tim Fedder; 17. Bud Witmer; 18. Terry Lescalleet; 19. Mike Walls; 20. Daryl Kendall; 21. Wesley Workman; 22. Shawn Bilger; 23. Paul Ward; 24. Mike Spangler; DNQ - Cory Houck, Kenny Day, Terry Flaherty, Roland Mann, Patrick Murphy. (Lap Leader-D. Burkholder, 1-15.) 29 cars.

Race 2 - 1. Bobby Beard; 2. Brian Miller; 3. Baer; 4. Armstrong; 5. Barry Miller; 6. Burkholder; 7. R.Walls; 8. Witmer; 9. Harden; 10. Rice Jr.; 11. Fedder; 12. M.Walls; 13. Lescalleet; 14. Miller; 15. Spangler; 16. Bilger; 17. Ward; 18. Beaver; 19. Workman; 20. Palmer; 21. Nininger; 22. Shawver Sr.; 23. Weaver; 24. Kendall. (Lap Leader-Bobby Beard, 1-15.)

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