HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Andy Anderson claimed $3,000-to-win Late Model event at Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol on Saturday, while becoming the 12th different winner this season.
It also was a career 19th triumph at Hagerstown triumph and first since June 2009 for the Bunker Hill, W.V. driver.
“I’ve picked up wins just about everywhere with Jack Bland, except for here,” Anderson said. “We’ve come up short two or three times this year. I’m just glad he gave me the opportunity to run late models.”
Justin Weaver reclaimed the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Late Model Sportsman lead and led the final two laps of the Small Car Qualifier to guarantee a starting spot in the Nationals in two weeks. It was his fourth win of the season.
Another small car qualifying event winner was Mike Corbin in the K. Lynn Management Pure Stocks but as he won a qualifier earlier in the year, second place Darrin Younker was given the qualifying position. The win was Corbin’s 12th of the season. Jason Sarver’s second consecutive win was the qualifier for the Mason Dixon Auto Auction Hobby Stocks while Frankie Gordon’s first Hagerstown win was the Cochran Associates Four Cylinder qualifier.
Gary Stuhler charged around the topside of turn two to speed away with the Late Model lead over Trever Feathers with Steve Axtell Jr. advancing from fifth into the runner up spot following a third lap restart.
Anderson got under Stuhler on the 15th spot and lined up the challengers behind him, Feathers, Stuhler and Kyle Hardy who had closed on front runners after coming from ninth.
With the green flag still waving, Anderson saw an opportunity as they were going into the rear cars and charged around the top of turn four when Axtell got slowed behind one as Anderson went ahead on the 28th lap. Axtell rebounded quickly but Anderson saw $3,000 dollar signs and sped past the checkered by .235 second to the good. Feathers ended third with Stuhler and Hardy next. Feathers and Stuhler were the heat winners.
“I was in the right place at the right time,” Anderson said. “I was running the top and he got around me on the bottom and I knew the bottom was way better. I moved up in the middle of the race and could run with him a little bit but then he got away from me. I had to get back to the bottom. I run him back down and then I just played the lapped car in my favor.”
The Late Model Sportsman feature went off with a four car invert with Kyle Lee taking charge from the outside over Jeff King, Justin Weaver and Chad Myers. Weaver moved into the runner up spot on the fourth lap while Lee was out front nearly a half straightaway.