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Hagerstown Speedway

September 19, 2005

Hagerstown Speedway bills itself as "The Capitol of Dirt Track Racing" and has been recognized as one of the premier tracks on the East Coast.

USA Today once ranked Hagerstown Speedway the eighth-best dirt track in the country.

The half-mile clay oval track, which has been in operation for 58 years, is six miles west of Hagerstown on U.S. 40.

The regular program consists of three divisions, with special programs throughout the nine-month schedule.

The featured division is late models, a wedge-type car similar to stock cars.

The track also hosts national sanctioning bodies such as Short Track Auto Racing Series, Mid-Atlantic Championship Series and HAV-A-TAMPA for late models.

Also on the regular schedule are late-model sportsman, V-8 pure stocks and enduro dashes.

Among the many special programs the speedway hosts is the Pennzoil World Of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

The series, which receives national exposure on ESPN, features superstar names such as Steve Kinser, Mark Kinser and Danny Lasoski.

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Other special shows highlight AMA Pro Motorcycle Racing featuring the Grand National Dirt Track Series, U.S. Hot Rod Monster Truck Nationals and National Truck and Tractor Pulls.

Racing begins in February with most Saturday shows beginning at 6 p.m. and Sunday afternoon shows at 1.

Admission for the regular shows is $9 for adults, with children younger than 12 admitted free.

Special shows might be priced higher.

For prices on special shows or other information, call 301-582-0640 or visit the speedway's Web site at www.hagerstownspeedway.com.

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