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Feathers gets first win at Hagerstown Speedway

June 19, 2006|by ZACH PETERS / Staff Correspondent

A series of moves from Jeremy Miller was not enough to shake leader Bo Feathers in the final three laps of the 40-lap final segment of the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass Late Models Winchester/Hagerstown Shootout on a gorgeous night for racing at Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday.

The Winchester, Va., native earned his first win of the 2006 season and his first win at Hagerstown Speedway since 1989.

"It's been a long time since I stood here," Feathers said. "Now I know what Dale Earnhardt felt like trying to win Daytona."

Despite the win by Feathers, Andy Anderson retained the points lead that he had coming into the final segment and was crowned the champion of the Winchester/Hagerstown Shootout.

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Brent Smith jumped out of the gate with the early lead and, after a Lap 4 caution, built a four-car-length cushion on Feathers. But on Lap 31, Feathers passed him on the low side on the backstretch, and Smith was forced to run a high line, allowing Jeremy Miller and Gary Stuhler to pass him as well.

The most exciting part of the race was the sequence of moves in the final three laps. On Lap 38, Miller got a good run heading into Turn 1 and tried to pass Feathers low, but Feathers held on while being forced to run a high line.

On Lap 39, Miller got another good run going into Turn 1. This time, however, he tried the high side and pulled even with Feathers in the middle of Turns 1 and 2. But Feathers got a great run coming out of Turn 2, taking a one-car-length lead on the backstretch. Miller stayed with the high line on Lap 40 as well but couldn't get close enough to mount a rally, and Feathers was the victor by one car length.

Richard Walls of St. Thomas, Pa., ran a high line all night and finished high, winning the Hoosier Tire/Mid-Atlantic Tire Late Model Sportsman 25 lap Hoosier Daddy event.

"I can't believe I had this good of a car in the garage," he said.

Walls took the lead on the restart of Lap 15 as he went very high off Turn 4 to pass leader Terry Flaherty on the front stretch. Walls had a close call on Lap 19 when he and Pete Weaver exchanged paint coming off Turn 4 neck-and-neck.

"I was getting a little anxious," Walls said.

But Walls was able to break away from Weaver on the front stretch and never looked back after that, winning by two car lengths.

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