Speedway ready to get down, dirty

April 01, 2011|By C.J. LOVELACE | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Last weekend, weather postponed the opening of “The Capitol of Dirt Track Racing” for the ninth consecutive season.

Tonight, Frank Plessinger and his Hagerstown Speedway will give it another go with a regular show to kick off the 2011 racing season, the 64th overall at the clay half-mile oval.

Cold overnight temperatures forced track officials to cancel racing last Saturday, but it wasn’t much warmer on Friday night as temperatures dipped near the freezing point, according to the National Weather Service.

Today’s forecast predicts temperatures reaching 54 degrees with a 50-percent chance of precipitation. As the sun goes down, it is projected to be mostly cloudy with temperatures plummeting back to the freezing point.

Even so, track officials said the card would run on schedule today, with all three regular divisions — Late Models, Late Model Sportsman and Pure Stocks — scheduled to race.

Also on the card, the new Hobby Stock division, formerly the Enduro division, will make its 2011 debut.

Tonight will mark the start of the title defense for the three 2010 track champions — Frankie Plessinger (Late Models), Pete Weaver (Late Model Sportsman) and Mike Warrenfeltz (Pure Stocks) — plus Chris Ebersole, who took the Enduro division.

Plessinger and Weaver are defending their first titles, while Warrenfeltz has a track-record five career championships.

The pits will open at 4 p.m., the grandstands at 5 and racing is scheduled to start with warm-ups at 7. General admission is $12 and pit access costs $25.

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