First For Farmer At Hagerstown
HAGERSTOWN, Md. – For the second consecutive week, a driver was in victory lane for the very first time at Hagerstown Speedway and this time it was Billy Farmer.
Farmer led all the way in the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic late model sportsman Small Car National Qualifier feature which guaranteed him a starting spot in the upcoming 7th Annual Small Car Nationals.
“I was just glad to win,” Farmer said. “I’ve been sick all day.”
Other drivers locking up guaranteed starting positions were Kevin Boyer in the Ernie D’s pure stocks, Gary Proctor in the D&D Auto Recycling won for the sixth time and in the National Speed Supply/Dave Padula Motorsports four cylinders, Cody Kershner took his third checkered. For their wins, each driver also received a two night’s stay at the Hagerstown Ramada.
The night also determined three first time champions with second generation driver Justin Weaver earning the title in the late model sportsman while Proctor was the hobby stock champion. Ryan Laye earned the four cylinder title. Three feature events were caution free with a single yellow in the hobby stocks for a spin.
Farmer started from the pole as he quickly jumped in front of Kyle Lee and fifth starter Ronnie Dennis while eighth starter Scott Palmer was into fourth by lap four.
At the halfway mark, Farmer held a 1.75 second advantage on Lee with Palmer taking third from Dennis. Two laps later, Palmer advanced past Lee for the runner up spot
The laps ticked off caution free as Farmer continued to hold a comfortable advantage on Palmer while by the 15th lap, point leader Justin Weaver who had started 15th, passed Dennis for fourth and began closing on Lee.
Farmer opened up his lead to 2.04 seconds by the ending 20th lap with Palmer holding to second while Weaver, (the Liberty Auto and Tire Hard Charger) took third from Lee on the final lap. Dennis ended fifth.
“I haven’t raced late models in 15 years,” Farmer said. “I was racing pro mods. Rick Hulson got me back in it somehow or another. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here and I definitely wouldn’t have won. He does all the set ups. We help each other a lot.”
Tyler Horst was sixth with Hulson, James Lichliter, Frankie Plessinger and Dominic Defino completing the top ten. Lee, Mike Walls and Terry Flaherty were the heat winners with John Baker taking the consy.
Dave Stouffer Jr. pulled to the pure stock lead while Kevin Boyer maneuvered through traffic and take the runner up spot from Chris Ebersole on the fourth lap. Boyer began to chip away at Stouffer’s lead and he drove under to grab the top spot on lap eleven while Ebersole battled with Stouffer to take the runner up spot on the final lap with Boyer only taking the win by .677 seconds. Previous week’s winner Darrin Younker was fourth and Mike Warrenfeltz ended fifth. Boyer was the Bill Ecton and Son hard charger. Stouffer and Bruce Leibowitz were the heat winners.
In the hobby stock feature, Gary Proctor charged from ninth to take over the lead by the second lap as fifth starter Dylan Welsh settled into second. Proctor continued to distance himself from the field and had a 5.486 second advantage on Welsh at the checkered. Joe Rogers, Mark Vegh and Kenny Thomas was next. Tom Caravello and Proctor were the heat winners.
Scott McCarty led the four cylinders from the outside pole with fourth starting Cody Kershner using the low line to drive past on lap three. Kershner stretched his lead to more than a second by the halfway mark and later sped past the checkered with a 2.03 second win over McCarty. Richard Gwizdale (who was the J&S Salvage hard charger) came from 12th to take third from Tommy Whitt on the 12th lap but didn’t get close enough to challenge for the runner up spot. John Stoll Jr. ended fifth. Gwizdale and Kershner were the heat winners.