It’s All Eckert In Hagerstown Opener


HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Veteran late model driver Rick Eckert made it look easy in winning Saturday’s season opener at Hagerstown Speedway.

Eckert seized the lead from Kenny Moreland on an opening-lap restart and led the final 24 laps for the $2,500 prize and his 22th career win at Hagerstown.

“The race track was really nice,” Eckert said. “There was a top and a bottom and the middle was just as good. There really wasn’t a dominant way. I thought the bottom was going to be better. Once I had to get out there and start on the outside I could carry my speed through one and I thought I’d stay up there. The guy inside either runs over you or has to check up and not run over you and Kenny is a good racer. I didn’t figure there was a problem taking the outside of him. I got a good start both times out there.

”Jason Covert finished second with Dan Stone, Moreland and Kenny Pettyjohn filling the top five.

Jonathan DeHaven topped the late model sportsman feature and Mike Corbin won the pure stock race. Kenny Thomas took the checkered flag in hobby stocks and Ryan Laye bested the four cylinders.