Smith, Feathers take different routes to Speedway wins

July 24, 2006|by ZACH PETERS / Staff Correspondent

Brent Smith edged out Nathan Durboraw to win the first of the Bull Durham/Shorty Bowers Memorial Twin 20s on Saturday night at Hagerstown Speedway.

Smith, of Mercersburg, Pa., led wire-to-wire, but did not go unchallenged as a caution on Lap 10 erased his two-second lead and allowed Durboraw to pull even with him on the restart in Turns 3 and 4.

Smith was able to pull ahead just enough to lead Lap 10, then jumped out to a three-car-length lead by Lap 18.

On Lap 20, Durboraw made his charge and got a great run on the backstretch heading into Turn 3. Durboraw carried the run into Turn 4 and pulled even with Smith coming off of the turn.


"I knew he'd be charging," Smith said of Durboraw. "We bumped somewhere there in the middle."

But Smith had the better run on the frontstretch to win by about half a car length.

"It's great to be in victory lane," Smith said of his first win at Hagerstown Speedway.

The second Memorial Twin 20 was the complete opposite of the first. Bo Feathers, of Winchester, Va., went high into Turn 1 on the first lap, took the lead coming out of Turn 2 and never looked back to win his second race of the season.

Feathers led Lap 2 by nearly 1.5 seconds and his lead kept on growing with each lap until a caution on Lap 16. On the restart, Feathers' car seemed to shoot out of a cannon, as he led Lap 16 by one second and ended up winning by two.

Jerry Bard, of Shippensburg, Pa., started seventh but maneuvered his way to the front to win the Late Model Sportsman feature.

Glen Nininger jumped out to the early lead and led most of the race until Bard closed on Lap 14. Bard got a good run in Turn 4 on the high side, but Nininger was able to pull away coming out of Turn 2. Bard got another good run on the high side on Lap 16 in Turn 4, and this time was able to complete the pass as he came out of Turn 2 on Lap 17. Bard pulled away and won his second race of the season and his career by nearly two seconds.

Hans Stamberg ended Mark Jones' six-race winning streak by taking the checkered flag in the Pure Stock feature.

Stamberg, of Hedgesville, W.Va., took the lead on Lap 10 by passing Dean Holmes on the low side in Turn 2. He had a one-second lead by Lap 13, and won by about two seconds.

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