HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Paul Cursey was in the right place at the right time when rear traffic became Robbie Black’s downfall and he was sent to the rear as Cursey led the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic late model sportsman restart with seven laps to go and moments later scored his career first victory.
“I can’t believe I just won Hagerstown Speedway,” Cursey said. “I’ve been running for over 25 years and this is my biggest win ever.”
With a six-car invert, Sam Gallagher and Black lined up on the front row in the first Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic late model sportsman points race of the season with Kyle Lear and Cursey in the second row.
Black quickly jumped out front and Cursey was past Gallagher by the second circuit and giving chase as Black was slowly pulling away. Black was nearly two seconds ahead when he approached the rear of the field. After clearing the first obstacle on the 12th lap, a front stretch incident the next circuit sent three cars into the first turn just as Black was quickly approaching and he slid to a stop.
Cursey took over for the restart with Lear on his bumper but Cursey began pulling away and by the checkered flag had a 1.983 second advantage over Lear.
“I’d like to dedicate this race to Roger Dorsey,” Cursey said. “He’s my one sponsor’s brother and passed away during the winter. I’d like to thank my crew, sponsors and family that are here tonight to see me make this great accomplishment. We had about 20 people show up here today, usually we’re a crew of four or five.”
Gallagher held onto the third position while Justin Weaver came from 12th and got past Charlie Schaffer for fourth with five to go while Schaffer advanced from tenth to end fifth.
Another six car inversion put defending Ernie D’s pure stock champion Tony Catlett of Hedgesville, WV on the outside pole for the Bob Davis Memorial feature. Davis was the owner of the Danny Beavers racer and passed away over the winter.
Catlett pulled to the front as Darrin Younker took second and Steve Kent moved in from sixth. Kent took second following a fifth lap restart and hounded Catlett until the finish to trail by .212 second. Younker held to third with Beavers and previous weeks winner Kevin Boyer ending fifth.
When the front row was unoccupied for the D & D Auto Recycling hobby stock start, Kenny Thomas took off from the pole with Gary Proctor of Big Pool, Md. chasing. They ran side by side for several laps before Proctor got past at the halfway mark on lap seven to later lead Thomas by .679 seconds at the finish.
Mark Vegh, Jamie Mills and Joe Rodgers were next.