Hagerstown Speedway

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Hagerstown Speedway
The Capitol of Dirt Track Racing
Location15112 National Pike, Hagerstown MD 21740
OwnerFrank Plessinger
Broke groundSpring 1946
ArchitectStanley Schetrompf
Former namesConococheague Speedway
Oval
SurfaceRed Clay
Length0.5 mi
BankingHigh Banking

Hagerstown Speedway is a half mile Oval made out of Red Clay. Its 6 miles west of downtown Hagerstown,MD on US Route 40 . It has 5 metal grand stand section two of them being named the last name of the two people who built the track Schetrompf and Stouffer. It host local racing with Super Late Model Class, Pure Stock, Hobby Stock and Late Model Sportsman and on regional and national tour like Lucas Oil Late Model Series, ASCoC, Monster Jam, and more. But It has hosted World of Outlaws, ARCA, NASCAR and more in the past. Also in 80's a 1/20 of a mile Quarter Midget tack behind turn 2.[1]

Outside of Hagerstown Speedway

History[edit]

Back in 1946 Stanley Schetrompf built a half mile clay oval between the banks of the Conococheague Creek and US Route 40.[2] In 1981 Frank Plessinger owned the track and transformed it into a modern circuit and made it the finest dirt track in the United States. Throughout the years, many NASCAR drivers have raced there including Cale Yarborough, Ken Schrader and Jeff Gordon.[2]

1996 Late Model Crash[edit]

During a 30 lap race a late model race Jack Bland crashed on the back stretch. He was spited when another late model (number 81) go a good launch off of turn two. It got up to Jack late model when Jack blocked him he was hocked. He went into the gap on the back stretch to allow haulers to get in and out of the track. when he slammed it the guardrail his car went into peaces on the right front corner and went into the air. he flipped while to the air and when he landed he was hit by another late model (number 70) at high speed. He had to be rescued using the jaws of life. surprisingly he only had a broken leg. Its been called the worst crash in dirt late model history. It was later put on Discovery Channel show Destroyed in Seconds.[3] They said during the end of the segment that the opening was patch it is somewhat true they only moved it to the half way point of the back stretch instead of the entry of turn 3.

Events[edit]

Current[edit]

Past[edit]

Most information about races came from The Third Turn[7] and also Hagerstown Speedway schedule[8].

Records[edit]

Half Mile Track
Class Driver Time Date
Super Late

Models

Dan Stone 17.907 6/1/13
Late Model

Sportsmen

Bruce Kane 19.285 9/17/10
Modifieds Billy Decker 19.016 6/23/05
Sprint Cars Mark Kinser 14.945 7/31/99
Midgets Drew Forono 4:07:45

(10 Laps)

3/11/75

Records from 6/1/13[9]

1/20th of a mile track[10]
Class Driver Time
Junior Honda Gavin Miller 7.491
Senior Honda Blake Davis 7.446
Heavy Honda Kane Rogers 7.779
Light 160 Tyler Henry 7.135
Heavy 160 Joey Amantea 7.080
Junior Animal Tyler Henry 7.365
Senior Animal Blake Davis 7.167
Unrestricted Animal Mackenzie Hixon 6.942
Light World Formula Brian Place 6.906
Heavy World Formula Joey Amantea 6.983

Notable Drivers[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "AutoRacingRecords.com". autoracingrecords.com. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  2. ^ a b hager. "Hagerstown Speedway celebrates 70 years of racing in 2017 – Hagerstown Speedway". Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  3. ^ Destroyed in Seconds - Stock Car Crash, retrieved 2019-08-12
  4. ^ "Hagerstown race report". www.motorsport.com. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  5. ^ "World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Returns to Hagerstown – Fully Injected Motorsports". fullyinjected.com. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  6. ^ "NASCAR Midget:1958-14 - The Third Turn". www.thethirdturn.com. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  7. ^ "Hagerstown Speedway - The Third Turn". www.thethirdturn.com. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  8. ^ "Schedule – Hagerstown Speedway". Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  9. ^ "History – Hagerstown Speedway". Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  10. ^ "HQMA INFORMATION". Hagerstown Quarter Midget Association. Retrieved 2019-08-14.


External Links[edit]

Hagerstown Speedway Website

Hagerstown Speedway Twitter