Hearn Masters Octoberfest 350 Again
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Brett Hearn rolled to another big-block modified victory Sunday during the 23rd annual Octoberfest 350 at Hagerstown Speedway, his seventh overall victory during the historic event.
Starting second, Hearn pulled into the lead over polesitter Matt Sheppard and Billy Decker as caution flags slowed the field early on laps three and five. Rich Laubach moved into second on lap 11 and chased Hearn, but he faded late and gave up second to Decker.
“That’s unbelievable,” Hearn said after wiring the field. “Sometimes you’re really lucky. That torque arm broke about the 10th lap. I can’t believe it stayed together. The track was definitely multiple lanes, which is unusual for this event. This Octoberfest, it’s been so good to me. I love this place.”
Inaugural Octoberfest winner Gary Stuhler started 18th in the 100-lap late-model feature and stormed through the field to earn his fifth victory during the event.
Josh Richards dominated the first 50 laps of the event before a fuel stop gave the rest of the field the chance to close the gap. Richards suddenly slowed just after the restart, giving Tim McCreadie and Stuhler the chance to fight for the lead.
McCreadie held on until a restart after a late-race caution flag on lap 81. Stuhler didn’t give McCreadie any room for error, taking the lead a few laps after the restart and pulling away to victory.
Cody Darrah made a triumphant return Sunday from a car crash that had sidelined him since February, winning the 410 sprint-car portion of the Octoberfest 350 over Lance Dewease.
Darrah beat polesitter Greg Hodnett into turn one and slowly pulled away from the field. Dewease gave chase and was able to take the lead just before a caution flag on lap 22. Darrah followed in his tire tracks, eventually retaking the lead for good late in the 50-lap event.
Tim McCreadie started from the pole in the small-block modified feature and was never challenged during the 100-lap event.
McCreadie took off from the pole ahead of Sheppard while big-block modified winner Hearn moved through the field from seventh. Hearn could never get close enough to challenge, eventually finishing 2.53 seconds behind McCreadie at the half-mile clay oval.