Hardy Continues Hagerstown Hot Streak
HAGERSTOWN, Md. – For the second consecutive week and third time in four weeks, Kyle Hardy was back in victory lane Saturday evening at Hagerstown Speedway.
Hardy has been on a tear in his Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Late Model and following an eighth lap restart, he pestered Andy Anderson repeatedly until heading off the fourth turn of the 20th lap to grab the lead and drive away to win by just over two seconds.
Other feature winners included Chad Myers, who became the surprise leader with one to go to post his third triumph in the Malloy Ford Late Model Sportsman event. Mike Corbin led all the way in the Pure Stocks with the 1st Annual K. Lynn Management 20-lap double point event being his 11th overall this season. Jason Sarver posted the win in the Mason Dixon Auto Auction Hobby Stock while Matt Williamson took over with two to go in the Cochran Associates Four Cylinders for his season second win.
Brian Tavenner and Andy Anderson occupied the Late Model feature’s front row following a two car inversion as Tavenner led the opening lap before Anderson sped by with Kyle Hardy taking second.
Anderson and Hardy separated themselves from Tavenner and Steve Axtell until an eighth lap yellow when Axtell appeared to lose power and came to a stop.
Anderson was on the throttle to retake the lead on the double file restart, but Hardy wasn’t letting him get away. Behind the battle up front, Trever Feathers, Marvin Winters from tenth and Roy Deese were in the next positions.
Hardy kept the pressure on and pulled alongside several times lap after lap until finally getting a good run on the 20th circuit to charge off the fourth turn with the lead. Hardy didn’t let off until he saw the checkered wave above him and he was just over two seconds ahead of Anderson while Feathers, Winters and Deese held on to complete the top five.
“We got pretty good after that caution came out,” Hardy said. “He (Anderson) fired off better than we did. The car came around on the bottom and we pulled it off. The car was good.”
With six inverted for the Late Model Sportsman feature, Terry Flaherty and Mike Walls sat up front with Justin Weaver and Bobby Beard in the second row with Flaherty taking off with Walls and Weaver chasing.