HANOVER, Pa. – Defending track champ Tim Wagaman started on the pole and claimed his first win of the year in the 358 sprint-car feature at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night.
But that wasn’t the whole story. Wagaman yielded to outside front row starter Mike Duncan Jr. at the start and chased Duncan the first three laps before taking the lead on lap four.
“I kinda messed up there at the start,” said Wagaman. “We hit lapped traffic really quick. It got a little hairy, but we were back there once.”
While Wagaman led every lap from lap four on, the race turned out to be a thriller, with Wagaman holding off a charging opening night winner Austin Hogue as the two raced with two lapped cars under the checkered flag.
“Hogue is unbelievable,” exclaimed Wagaman. “He’s gonna be the driver to beat this year. He races clean and I’m glad he’s doing well.”
Hogue started eighth and was running fourth when the caution came out for Jeff Rohrbaugh, who spun in turn four. Rohrbaugh restarted at the rear, but dropped from the field on lap 13.