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Winters ends famine with feature win

July 03, 2006|by ZACH PETERS / Staff Correspondent

Marvin Winters picked up his first win in nearly two years Saturday night in front of a full house at Hagerstown Speedway as he took the checkered flag during the 41st annual Johnny Roberts Memorial Late Model feature event.

Winters, of McConnellsburg, Pa., started first, but was quickly passed on the low side in Turns 1 and 2 by Alan Sagi on Lap 2. Sagi ran away from the pack and looked as if he was going to cruise to Victory Lane until he lost his drive shaft on Lap 19 and was forced to leave the race.

In a race that featured 10 cautions, Winters found himself sitting in third place for the restart of Lap 33.

"We needed a long run to have a chance," Winters said.

A long run is what he got as he wasted no time in the longest green run of the race that ended with the checkered flag.

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On Lap 33, Winters passed Bo Feathers high on the backstretch to move into second place. On Lap 34, Winters passed leader Billy Wampler on the high side coming off Turn 4.

"This is a tough place to win," said Winters, who held off a late charge on the final lap by Wampler on the low side. Wampler pulled even with Winters in the middle of Turn 4, but Winters was able to pull away, winning by about a car length.

"It's just one of those years everyone hopes for," Mark Jones said as he picked up his sixth win in a row and eighth of the season in the Pure Stock feature event.

Starting in the 12 spot was no problem for Jones, of Greencastle, Pa. He needed only five laps to get to second place. On Lap 9, he went to the high side of Hans Stamberg and was able to finish the pass for the lead on Lap 10, coming off Turn 4 and onto the front stretch.

Jones then created a three-car-length lead on the restart of Lap 12 and a four-car-length lead by Lap 13. He won by about five car lengths.

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