Stuhler ties Hagerstown Speedway win mark


June 18, 2004

HAGERSTOWN - Gary Stuhler moved closer to the track record last Saturday as he scored his second win in the fourth race of the Tri-Track Shootout at the Hagerstown Speedway. Stuhler tied Rodney Franklin's leading career late-model win mark of 114 with his third win of the season at Hagerstown.

"I finally tied him. Now I guess I have to get one more," said Stuhler in Victory Lane. "I want to apologize to Scott (LeBaron). I got into him there in the heat race and didn't mean to. I hate to see someone's equipment torn up."

"I knew he (Jeremy Miller) had 55's on and would be tough to get once he got going. I went low and he went high there in lapped traffic and I was able to catch him. I was afraid he would do that to me there at the end."

Terry Carlyle of Winchester, Va., held off Mike Warrenfeltz for the win in the 15-lap open competition pure stock main event.


Stuhler started fifth in the 40-lap Tri-Track Shootout late-model feature as Jeremy Miller beat Tom Myers into the lead from the outside pole. The third lap was marred by four cautions including the loss of Roy Deese's left rear wheel while under caution. But once the race finally resumed, only two more cautions would slow down Stuhler's drive to the winner's circle.

Miller pulled out in front as Stuhler started picking his way through the field. By the ninth lap he was in third and a lap later he passed Myers for second. On the 15th lap, Miller began putting the slower cars a lap down as Stuhler closed in on the leader. Miller worked his way in and out of slower traffic with Stuhler on his bumper. As Miller drove into the third turn on the 27th lap, lapped cars forced him high coming off the fourth turn. Stuhler saw an opening down low and pulled even with Miller coming off the fourth turn. Just as the drivers crossed the start-finish line, the caution was waved with Stuhler inches in front.

Stuhler set the pace on the restart and pulled away to a 10-car-length win and a place in the record books. Miller settled for second with Tom Myers, D. J. Myers and Jason Covert rounding out the top five. Deese came back to finish sixth and was followed by Bo Feathers, Andy Anderson, Frankie Plessinger and Brent Smith. Heat winners for the 39 cars were T. Myers, Miller, Smith and Feathers. Alan Sagi and Devin Friese won the consolations.

Stuhler made contact with Scott LeBaron during the heat and LeBaron rolled the car on the front stretch. J.T. Spence made contact with Tommy Armel on the backstretch with Armel ending up with a badly damaged car as he hit the outer guardrail.

In the pure stock feature, Brian Tavenner led the field into the first turn at the drop of the green as third-starting Terry Carlyle moved into second on the third lap. Mike Warrenfeltz, who started sixth, passed Carlyle and Tavenner to take the lead on the sixth lap. Carlyle moved into second a lap later and got a jump on an eighth-lap restart to take the lead from Warrenfeltz.

Warrenfeltz pulled even several times the remaining five laps, but Carlyle held on to win by one car length. Warrenfeltz settled for second with Phil Madagan,

Tavenner and Kevin Deremer the top five. Tony Stoneberger and Jamey Swank were next with Terry Staton coming from 20th for eighth. Ashley Barrett and Ricky Edmonds completed the top 10. Heat winners for the 26 cars were Barrett, Madagan and Warrenfeltz.

This Saturday night, it will be the Auto Locator 40-lap double points Bonbrake Memorial for the late models and Hoosier Daddy for the late-model sportsman.

Also on the program will be the pure stocks. Race time is 7 p.m.

40-Lap Tri-Track Late-Model Shootout - 1. Gary Stuhler; 2. Jeremy Miller; 3. Tom Myers; 4. D.J. Myers; 5. Jason Covert; 6. Roy Deese Jr.; 7. Bo Feathers; 8. Andy Anderson; 9. Frankie Plessinger; 10. Brent Smith; 11. Alan Sagi; 12. Paul Crowl; 13. Ray Kable Jr.; 14. Brad Omps; 15. Alan Brannon; 16. Jerry Foster; 17. Brad Ritter; 18. Dave Rice Jr.; 19. Johnathan Dehaven; 20. Wayne Johnson; 21. Devin Friese; 22. Wesley Bonbrake; 23. Ronnie Dehaven; 24. Doug Burkholder; 25. Mike Atherton. DNS: J.T. Spence. Tommy Armel; Mike Hardy; Wayne Dillman Jr. DNQ: Jeff Friese; Roy Clower; Greg Fetters; Chuck Schultz; Tim Murphy; Tim Wilson; Gary Warehime; Scott LeBaron. Lap Leaders (Miller, 1-27; Stuhler 28-40.) 39 cars.

15-Lap Pure Stocks - 1. Terry Carlyle; 2. Mike Warrenfeltz; 3. Phil Madagan; 4. Brian Tavenner; 5. Kevin Deremer; 6. Tony Stoneberger; 7. Jamey Swank; 8. Terry Staton 9. Ashley Barrett; 10. Ricky Edmonds; 11. Steve Lowery; 12. Matt Kerns; 13. Jim Snyder; 14. Ray Preist; 15. Drew Fitzsimmons; 16. Tom Chaffans; 17. Jeff Callahan; 18. Rick Stouffer; 19. Kenny Dayhoff; 20. Darrin Younker; DNS: Rodney Conner; Michael Cox; Wayne Hawbaker; Cori Opberholzer; Dave Stouffer; Blaine Dockery. Lap Leaders (Tavenner, 1-5; Warrenfeltz, 6-8; Carlyle, 9-15.) 26 cars.

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