HAGERSTOWN, Md. – While having various top finishes all season, Marvin Winters still lacked a win and Saturday night, it all came together for the from McConnellsburg, Pa. It was his overall career 26th and first triumph since July 2010.
“I was starting to think I was getting too old to do this anymore, but getting a good race car under you, it makes a big difference,” Winters said. “It’s Tex Shaffer getting a good car, Curt Hershey building a good engine, Rocket Chassis are great and Gerry Barges keeps it tuned up for me.”
Chad Myers was victorious for the second time this season in the Malloy Ford Late Model Sportsman event, Mike Corbin posting win number seven in the K. Lynn Management Pure Stocks, Gary Proctor driving to win four in the Mason Dixon Auto Auction Hobby Stocks and Ryan Laye getting his seventh win in the Cochran Auctioneers Four cylinders.
Winner of the first Late Model heat, Winters earlier spun the inversion wheel and got a three which put C. S. Fitzgerald and Allen Brannon on the front row as Brannon charged out front with Fitzgerald into challenge mode on the opening lap.
Following the only caution on lap three when Roy Deese Jr. rolled to a stop, Fitzgerald continued his assault on Brannon but Winters closed in and by the seventh lap, was bumper to bumper with the leaders.
Winters ducked under Fitzgerald for the runner up spot the next lap and two laps later, used the low side to quickly pass Brannon and then slowly edge away every lap.
With a nearly two second lead, Winters headed into the rear of the field with five to go and actually picked up speed and distance over Brannon in the closing lap to take the win with 3.805 seconds to the good. Fitzgerald had drifted back another two plus seconds with Trevor Feathers and Steve Axtell Jr. next. Jamie Lathroum was sixth over Jerry Bard, Dylan Yoder, Glenn Elliott and Jason Miller. Winters and Brannon were the heat winners.
“Those guys were gone on the start and I didn’t think I had anything for them,” Winters said. “The tires started to come on a little better and finally I got around them both.”