Sunday, August 14, 2011
Ashley Barrett cast aside early season doubts about advancing into the late model division by capturing his first-ever late model triumph Saturday night at Hagerstown Speedway.
Barrett, of Shippensburg, Pa., led all the way from the outside pole and held off Gary Stuhler by .81 seconds at the checkered.
From sixth and taking the lead on lap seven, Kenny Dillon, of Hanover, Pa., won for a second time this season and 24 times in his career in the 16th annual Cornett Tribute for the Ernie D’s pure stocks. He previously won the event in 2000, 2003 and 2008.
Starting seventh, Newville’s Donnie Farlling was also a newcomer to victory lane after he grabbed the lead with eight circuits remaining in the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic late model sportsman feature and pulled ahead to win by 2.38 seconds over Ronnie Dennis.
Kenny Thomas of Keedysville, Md., edged Kenny Thomas off the final turn and at the line by less than a bumper’s length to score his third consecutive hobby stock feature.
Barrett took command while Rusty Sites and Stuhler battled for second as Tyler Hershey quickly joined them within two laps. Stuhler secured the runner up spot on lap seven while Hershey was past Sites two laps later.
Barrett continued to hold his own around the top side with Stuhler not allowing him to even slip once and through two cautions before Hershey’s car came to a stop on the 19th lap.
A final caution on lap 23 was for Roy Deese whose right rear went flat while up to the fourth spot but Barrett was up for the checkered finish.
“Once we got about two laps in, I knew what kind of car I had under me. I didn’t really care who was behind me,” Barrett said. “When the track is that fast on the top and your car is good, no one is going by you if you can run the top hard. You don’t have to worry about it.”
Washington County Co-Rec
Breakaway II 18, Funkstown Tavern 8
Breakaway II 21, Deaf-Net 9
Breakaway II 16, Conrad Law 13
A Bracket final
Breakaway II 8, Conrad Law 4
Miller Lite 14, 304 Mafia 4
Miller Lite: Matt Bowman 3 hits; Justin McAllister, Peep Palmer, Zack Swisher, Hunter Phillips, Tom Hoffman 2 hits each.
Miller Lite 15, Sharrett 3
Miller Lite: Justin McAllister, Peep Palmer 3 hits each; Matt Bowman, Aaron Palmer 2 hits, HR each; Lindsey Secrest, Adam Cline, Carin Shives, Kelsi Waltemire 2 hits each.
B Bracket final
Miller Lite 19, Sharrett 18
Miller Lite: Tom Hoffman 4 hits, GWRBI; Todd Davis, Kelsi Waltemire 4 hits each; Justin McAllister 3 hits, HR; Matt Bowman 2 HRs; Lindsey Secrest, Jackie Marks 3 hits each; Adam Cline 2 hits.
PONY League fall ball
The Hagerstown PONY League will hold registration for fall ball today, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Funkhouser Park. Registration fee is $50 and registrants must have their birth certificate with them when they sign up. Returning players must register again this year. For more information, call 301-991-8373 or 301-739-4760.