HAGERSTOWN, Md. – It was a historic night for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series on many fronts Saturday night at Hagerstown Speedway. Not only did the event mark the first ever Sweeney Tour event for the new Series, but was the first Crate Late Model event contested at the renowned Hagerstown Speedway.
Rick Singleton will go down in the record books as the very first Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Touring Series winner in a spectacular non-stop 30-lap feature presented by RainEater Wiper Blades.
The former NFL Seattle Seahawk started third and passed Chad McClellan on lap 13 then drove a perfect race through lapped traffic to hold off a valiant effort by Glenn Elliott in the $2,500 to-win non-stop affair. All 24 starters finished the feature.
“This feels good. I love this crate racing,” said Singleton. “I don’t have the kind of money to run Lucas Oil, but this is good racing for the poor guy. It’s good equal racing, it’s fair, and everyone has the same thing. I challenge anyone to buy a crate motor in this pit area and we’ll see just how good they are.
“This place is awesome,” continued Singleton. “I’ve been coming down here for years. I won a B main in the Hub City 150 15 years ago and that was the only race I’ve ever one. It’s nice to show up at Hagerstown and for once in my life have the same equipment that everyone else does. Great racing tonight; lapped traffic was pretty decent racers and they all did good holding their line. I have to thank the RUSH Series for getting us a show here.”
By virtue of his K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash victory, McClellan earned the pole position and raced out to the early lead. McClellan was fresh off a Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Weekly Series victory last Saturday at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex and was looking to make it two-for-two on the early season.
Andrew Satterlee, Singleton, Chad Ruhlman, and D.J. Troutman were hot on McClellan’s heels after one lap. Satterlee caught McClellan on lap three and raced side-by-side for the lead with Satterlee low and McClellan high on the racy Hagerstown surface. By lap four, the top three of McClellan, Satterlee, and Singleton pulled away while the battle was on for fourth.
Singleton made it a three-car race for the lead on lap five as he caught Satterlee then made an inside move off turn four to grab second on the sixth circuit. The battle intensified for fourth with Ruhlman trying to fend off Troutman, Ryan Montgomery, and Elliott.