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Monster trucks coming to Hagerstown Speedway

July 07, 2006

HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown Speedway's midseason July 4th holiday premier event, the 41st Annual Johnny Roberts Memorial, is in the record books, with Marvin Winters making his 21st career late-model win his first-ever "big" one.

Moving on, racing resumes this Saturday with the Ernie's Salvage Yard pure stocks competing in the 20-lap 11th Annual Jimmy Cornett Tribute.

The Cindy Rowe Auto Glass late models will be in competition with an OHTC rule and also joining the program is the weekly Hoosier Tire/Mid-Atlantic late-model sportsman division. Gates open at 5 p.m. and warm-ups begin at 7 p.m.

The following weekend will be idle as far as stock car racing is concerned when the 2006 Monster Truck Nationals arrive in Hagerstown for a three-day program on July 14, 15 and 16.

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The "Monsters" will include Grave Digger, Maximum Destruction, Black Stallion, Destroyer, Hot Wheels and Iron Warrior with Street Warriors and Quad Warriors also in action.

The program's scheduled starting time both Friday and Saturday is 8 p.m., and a special family event (with no alcohol served) on Sunday is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Advance tickets for the Monster Truck Nationals are on sale at $18 for reserved seating and $13 for general admission, which will save $2 off the gate prices.

Racing resumes again on Saturday, July 22, with the 26th Annual Shorty Bowers/Bull Durham Championship twin 20-lap late-model events, and the OHTC rule is in effect again. The late-model sportsman and pure stocks will join the program. In last year's program, Jason Covert won his career first in a rain-shortened 16 laps, and David Williams scored the second 20-lapper a month later. Gates are scheduled to open at 5 p.m. and warm-ups are to start at 7 p.m.

The month will close out Saturday, July 29, with racing of the two-wheeled variety when the speedway hosts the 25th Anniversary Hub City Classic AMA Grand National Dirt Track Series & 883 Series. Joe Kopp of Mica, Wash., is the defending winner.

Reserved Seating for the motorcycle event is $30 (advance and at the gate), and general admission is $26 (gate only). Gates open at 4 p.m., with practice taking place at 6:30 p.m. Racing start is scheduled for 8 p.m.

For ticket and additional information, contact the speedway office at 301-582-0640 or the Web site: www.hagerstownspeedway.com.

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