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Speedway to host Octoberfest 350 race

October 21, 2005

HAGERSTOWN - Defending Octoberfest champion Fred Rahmer of Salfordville, Pa. and four-time Octoberfest winner Lance Dewease of Fayetteville, Pa. lead the list of early entries for the super sprint portion of the Hagerstown Speedway's Octoberfest 350 on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, Oct. 29 and 30.

The annual fall extravaganza 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.

Dewease, who earned his first super sprint win at Hagerstown, leads all sprint drivers with four Octoberfest wins. Dewease's won in 1994 and 1997, and he pulled off back-to-back wins in 2000-2001.

Fred Rahmer scored his first Octoberfest win last year. The top feature winner in the northeast with 28, Rahmer is looking forward to his second straight win at Hagerstown.

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Greg Hodnett scored his first Octoberfest two years ago in a thrilling come-from-behind victory. But Hodnett will have his hands full with so many past winners ready to add another $10,000 to their earnings.

Donnie Kreitz Jr. of Sinking Springs, Pa. became the first sprint driver to win back-to-back features in the Octoberfest winning in 1991 and 1992. Kreitz added his third win in 1996.

Other drivers who are among the early entries include 17-time feature winner Rod George, Blaine Heimbach, Ed Lynch Jr., Lucas Wolfe, Alan Cole, Scott Bunnell, Gale Ruth Jr., Tony Beaber, Gene Wrightstone, Cliff Brian, Danny Murray, Andy Preist, Pat Cooper, Brook Weibley, Eric Keck, Bob Beidleman, Scott Lutz, Glendon Forsythe, Cory Good and more.

In addition to the 50-lap super sprint feature that pays $10,000 to the winner, the Octoberfest will also have 100-lap $10,000-to-win feature events for the late models, big-block modifieds and the small-block modifieds.

Admission is still the same at $35 for both days in general admission and $45 reserved, $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 and 81.

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