Speedway awards spoils to its victors

December 14, 2009

Like any good race, the finish is what counts.

That goes for championships, too. Roy Deese Jr., Kyle Lear and Mike Warrenfeltz did what was needed at the end of the season to pull away with Hagerstown Speedway racing titles, which were awarded on Saturday during the track's annual banquet at Hagerstown Elks Lodge #378.

The banquet was the culmination of the 2009 season for the Speedway's three racing classes. The top 10 finishers recieved trophies and point standing awards.

Deese, of Laurel, Md., won his seventh late model title by one point thanks to an eighth-place finish in the McBee/Hays Championship, a double points race. Deese held off Frankie Plessenger, who finished ninth in the race and second overall, to win the title.


"I can't believe I pulled this off," Deese said. "Frankie had us covered the last half of the year. I lost the 2002 Virginia championship by one point, so I know how it feels to have your whole season fall apart over one point."

Deese, who drives the Deese Trucking entry owned by his father, defended his title. His victory last year tied Denny Bonebrake with six championships. Now, he is one title behind Nathan Durboraw.

Lear, of Severna Park, Md., found some good luck in a bad-luck situation to win the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic late model sportsman title for his first championship. Lear owned a tenuous lead over defending champion Andy Fries and pulled out the championship under odd circumstances.

On Aug. 1, Fries blew his motor in the heat race while Lear lasted three laps in the feature run before his transmission broke down. It was good enough for a 24th-place finish on the night and enough to secure the title.

"I can't believe I ended up finishing 24th and still winning the championship," Lear said. "If Andy hadn't got in a couple bad wrecks and lost that motor, it would have been a different season."

Warrenfeltz, of Hagerstown, won his fourth Ernie D's pure stocks championship en route to collecting his record 74th career victory while driving the Todd Smith-owned car.

"I told Todd one time when we won 50, I was going to quit when I got to 100 (wins)," Warrenfeltz said. "He said 'I don't know if I can stay that long.' Todd takes care of us and gives us a great car."

Warrenfeltz was in a season-long battle with defending champion Hans Stamberg and Darrin Younker.

There were other special awards handed out at the banquet.

Jim Yoder won the Sportsmanship Award, while Frankie Plessinger (Hard Luck Award), Steve Gibney (Most Improved Award) and Devin Friese (Best Appearing Award) were also honored for the late models.

Scott Palmer was named top Sportsmanship, while Andy Fries (Hard Luck), Mike Collins (Most Improved) and Ashley Barrett (Best Appearing) were recognized for the late model sportsman class.

Darrin Younker took the sportsmanship award, while Kevin Keefer (Hard Luck), Charlie Pensinger (Most Improved) and Wayne Hawbaker (Best Appearing) were selected for awards in the Ernie D's pure stock class.

Roy Deese Sr., Moe Defino and Todd Smith won top crew chief awards.   

Glenn Elliott was named rookie of the year after scoring three times and finishing fourth in points in his late model sportsman division.

Gerald Fries was inducted to the Hagerstown Speedway Hall of Fame. Gerald Fries is a former driver and speedway flagman, who still works with son Andy Fries' entry.

2009 Final Point Standings

Late Models -- 1. Roy Deese 2318, 2. Frankie Plessinger 2317, 3. Jim Yoder, 2256, 4. Marvin Winters 2208, 5. Mike Lupfer 2088, 6. Steve Gibney 1797, 7. Tyler Hershey 1709, 8. Rick Hulson 1677, 9. Devin Friese 1660, 10. Andy Anderson 1570.

Hoosier Tire Late Model Sportsman -- 1. Kyle Lear 3977, 2. Wayne Walls Jr. 3838, 3. Jerry Bard 3645, 4. Glenn Elliott 3643, 5. Ashley Barrett 3530, 6. Andy Fries 3439, 7. Scott Palmer 3415, 8. Mike Walls 3366, 9. Pete Weaver 3288, 10.Michael Collins, 3250. 

Ernie D's Pure Stocks -- 1. Mike Warrenfeltz 3805, 2. Darrin Younker 3616, 3. Wayne Hawbaker 3365, 4. Dave Stouffer Jr 3209, 5. Hans Stamberg 3209, 6. Billy Ecton 3142, 7. Kevin Keefer 3109, 8. Charlie Pensinger 3091, 9. Danny Beavers 3081, 10. Steve Lowery, 3069.


Tusculum 90, Shepherd 76

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Jasmine Gunn scored a game-high 25 points on Sunday to lead Tusculum over Shepherd University.

Tusculum (6-1) also got 18 points from Kendall Baxter on six 3-pointers.

Center Camille Wilmer and forward Shelby Fayak led the Rams (3-4) with 17 points each. Wilmer added nine rebounds and five assists. Jerica Hewett, a Boonsboro graduate, chipped in with nine points, five assists, five steals, and four rebounds.


Williamsport 49, FSK 27


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