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Octoberfest race draws big field at speedway

October 29, 2004

HAGERSTOWN - More than 170 entries have poured in for the 17th Annual Octoberfest 350 on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, Oct 30 and 31. The annual fall extravaganza at the Hagerstown Speedway with a purse of $125,000 brings together the top drivers in the super sprints, the big-block modifieds, the late models and the small-block modifieds, the top four divisions in dirt track racing.

Leading the list of entries is Brett Hearn of Sussex, NJ, the leading modified feature winner at Hagerstown who has three big-block wins and one small-block victory in past Octoberfest events. Hearn, the Lebanon Valley Speedway Champion, missed the Octoberfest last year and is looking forward to returning to what he calls his favorite track.

Three-time winner Craig VonDohren has entered both modified races. VonDohren won the big-block feature in 1991 and has two small-block wins in 1996 and 1998. Other former modified winners who have entered include defending big-block winner Andy Bachetti, 2002 small-block winner Kenny Brightbill, 2000 big-block winner J.R. Heffner, 1999 big-block winner Mitch Gibbs and 1989 big-block winner Frank Cozze.

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Other early entries include Jimmy Horton, Keith Hoffman, Jamie Mills, Bruce Kline, Shawn Reimert, Jimmy Chester, Ricky Elliott, 2004 Cayuga County and Fulton Track Champion Tim Fuller, 2004 Grandview Track Champion Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard, 2004 Woodhull Speedway champion Billy Van Pelt and more. For a complete list of all the current entries, check out the website at www.hagerstownspeedway.com.

The big-block modifieds will go 100 laps for $10,000-to-win. The small-blocks and late models will also have 100-lap main events paying $10,000 to win, and the super sprints will go 50 laps with another $10,000 going to the winner.

Admission is still the same as last year's - $35 for both days, $25 for Saturday and $30 for Sunday. Children under 12 are admitted free.

The Hagerstown Speedway is located on U.S. Route 40, six miles west of Hagerstown off the Huyett exits of Interstates 70 & 81.

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