Va. driver takes first win at Hagerstown Speedway

June 10, 2005

Allen Brannon of Winchester, Va., turned back the challenges of Alan Sagi to score his first career win in the 25-lap late-model feature at Hagerstown Speedway on Student Night last Saturday.

Rusty Sites of Chambersburg, Pa., notched his first win of the year in the Hoosier Tires Mid-Atlantic/A&C Engines race, and Brian Tavenner of Winchester, Va., and Mike Warrenfeltz of Hagerstown split the Ernie's Salvage 15-lap pure stock features. Bobby Moore won the 30-lap enduro dash.

Brannon started seventh as Paul Crowl took the early lead from the outside pole. Brannon quickly worked his way into the third spot by the second lap behind Ronnie Dehaven. On the 10th lap, Brannon went to the outside of both Dehaven and Crowl for the lead, but Dehaven lost the handle, bringing out the caution. On the restart, Crowl had Brannon on his bumper and a lap later, Brannon took the outside lane coming off the fourth turn for the lead. Alan Sagi came on strong toward the end, but Brannon crossed the finish line five car lengths in front.


"We have been running over at Winchester and we decided to give it a try here this year," said Brannon. "I never won here before, and I like racing here."

Coming from 11th for third and the Ernie's Salvage Yard Hard Charger award was Devin Friese with Crowl and Billy Wampler rounding out the top five. Nathan Durboraw and Roy Deese, Jr. were next with Frankie Plessinger finishing eighth after going to the rear on the 10th lap. Jerry Foster and Jason Covert finished out the top 10. Heat winners for the 32 late models were Deese, Crowl and Plessinger. Richard Irwin won the consolation.

Eric Ohler led the first three laps in the late-model sportsman feature before giving way to Dale Smith, Jr. At the halfway point, Smith looped his car going into the second turn, turning the lead back to Ohler. But Ohler's lead was short-lived as Rusty Sites, who started third, went right after Ohler on the 11th lap and took the lead coming off the fourth turn. Daryl Burkholder came on strong at the end, but Sites picked up the win. Burkholder, who started 12th, was the A&C Engines Hard Charger and was followed by Barry Miller, Tyler Armstrong and Wayne Walls, Jr. Completing the top 10 were 11th-starting Larry Baer, Terry Lescalleet, Frank Howery, Pete Weaver and Terry Flaherrty. Sites, Baer, Armstrong and Wayne Walls were the heat winners for the 39 cars. Gerry Sutting Jr. and Roy Miller won the consolations.

In the 15-lap pure stock feature Darrin Younker grabbed the lead from the outside pole with Rick Stouffer right behind. As Younker set the pace, ninth-starting Mike Warrenfeltz and Ronnie Dennis battled their way into second and third by the sixth lap. Dennis took over the runner-up spot on the next lap and on the ninth lap, Warrenfeltz, Dennis and Younker went into the first turn three-wide with Warrenfeltz coming off the second turn in front. Younker dropped back to third as Dennis stayed on Warrenfeltz's bumper. Dennis pulled even a couple times with the leader, but it was Warrenfeltz scoring his first win of the year. Dennis settled for second with Hans Stamberg coming from 10th for third. Younker and Brian Tavenner rounded out the top five. Heat winners for the 30 cars were Stouffer, Dennis and Warrenfeltz. Kenny Dillon won the consolation. Kevin Keefer was the A&C Engines Hard Charger.

In the 15-lap pure stock feature postponed from May 21st, Brain Tavenner grabbed the lead from the pole and quickly pulled away from Darrin Younker in second. Ronnie Dennis came on strong from his ninth starting spot with three laps remaining, but came up short at the checker. Following Tavenner and Dennis were Mike Warrenfeltz, Younker and B.R. Nalley. Heat winners for the 25 cars were Dennis, Younker and Warrenfeltz. Jim Snyder was the A&C Engines Hard Charger.

Bobby Moore took the lead at the drop of the green from his third

starting spot and led all 30 laps to win his first enduro dash of the year. Larry Harley Jr., James Mongan; Alan Virts and Justin Sporer made up the top five.

This Saturday, it will be the final round of the Winchester-Hagerstown Speedways Shootout plus an extra late-model feature from the Bowers /Durham Memorial, postponed from May 21. Also on the program will be the enduro stocks and open competition pure stocks. Race time is 7 p.m.

Late Models 25-Lap Feature: 1. Allen Brannon; 2. Alan Sagi; 3. Devin Friese (Hard Charger); 4. Paul Crowl; 5. Billy Wampler; 6. Nathan Durboraw; 7. Roy Deese Jr.; 8. Frankie Plessinger; 9. Jerry Foster; 10. Jason Covert; 11. Richard Irwin; 12. Brian Booze; 13. Jeff Friese; 14. Jeff Shearer; 15. Scott Cross; 16. Ray Davis Jr.; 17. Rick Hulson; 18. Tim Murphy; 19. Jeff Wierman; 20. Mike Lupfer; 21. Scott Lebaron; 22. Andy Anderson; 23. Ronnie Dehaven; 24. Travis Dillman. DNQ: Brent Smith; Ray Kable Jr.; Robby Beal; Donnie Farling; Johnathan Dehaven; Eddie Drury; Charlie Hageage. DNS: Marvin Winters. (Lap Leaders: Crowl, 1-10; Brannon, 11-25). 32 cars.

The Herald-Mail Articles