HANOVER, Pa. – Brad McClelland won his third straight Hard Charger Award in Friday’s 358 sprint feature during Auto Racing Club of Hagerstown Night at Trail-Way Speedway. During the previous two weeks, McClelland also stood in victory lane.
That was not the case during the first night of summer, however.
Hanover’s Isaac Sneeringer claimed his fourth career feature victory on the Adams County oval by leading all but the initial lap of the 25-lap event. Once he passed outside polesitter Seth Kearchner for the top spot, Sneeringer held off the remainder of a 12-car field, which was originally 14 before two drivers scratched.
“Actually, we figured out something tonight,” Sneeringer said about his No. 19Z. “We put more gearing into it and that thing took off. I think my front wheels were off the ground most of the time because my steering wheel felt so light. One time, I came down and my car would shake, but it was a rocket tonight.”
When Sneeringer did have time to peek at the third-turn scoreboard, he saw one number which concerned him.
“I just saw the six (6R) up there and he won the last two weeks,” Sneeringer said. “But I think the top was too slick tonight. I thought it was best to just protect the bottom.”
While Hanover’s Cris Eash produced a workmanlike second-place finish to trail Sneeringer by 1.44 seconds for Eash’s best effort at Trail-Way this season, McClelland put on a show from his ninth starting spot. Passing five cars on the first lap, he eventually inherited third spot when the car in that position, the No. 55K of Robbie Kendall, jumped out of gear with 15 laps down. But McClelland finished there.
“This ain’t the trophy I want every night, but I’ll take it,” McClelland, who took his fourth heat race victory of the season, said after beating points leader and heat winner Jeff Rohrbaugh to the finish.
Mike Duncan Jr. was sixth ahead of Kendall, Randy Whisler, Kearchner and Dwight Leppo.
The feature was interrupted only twice, first when Cody Fletcher pulled his car off the track too close to the racing surface and then when Kendall’s car stopped.