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Spence stays No. 1 at Hagerstown Speedway

August 21, 2006

Just one week following his first career late model win at Hagerstown Speedway, J.T. Spence was back in victory lane, this time in the Ernie's Salvage Yard 25 Special nonpoint event on Saturday night.

Spence was the luckiest of the top 12 drivers, pulling the No. 1. The Winchester, Va., driver easily distanced D.J. Myers by 4.9 seconds at the finish on Jerr-Dan Family Night. Spence punched the cash register each lap to pick up a total of $625 in lap money posted by Ernie Davis along with the $2,500 winnings.

"Starting position is everything," Spence said. "We've haven't been good in the past couple heat races. Last week the point average helped us. This week the pill draw helped us. I hate starting on the pole. There's only one way to go, backwards.

"If you go backwards, you're a zero. If you win, you're a hero."

Other winners during the evening included Terry Flaherty of Hagerstown and Dean Holmes of Cross Junction, Va. In his fourth season, Flaherty picked up his career first Hoosier Tire/Mid Atlantic late model sportsman victory by four lengths over Andy Fries, while Holmes posted his second Ernie's Salvage Yard pure stock win in the past three weeks by leading only the final 50 feet. Paul Armstrong of Hagerstown earned $500 in the Ernie's four cylinder demo derby.

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