posted March 11, 2002 09:59 PM
FRANKLIN WINS 114TH CAREER WIN IN LATE MODELS; HEARN IS MODIFIED
HAGERSTOWN, MD - Rodney Franklin of White Post, VA started fourth in the
feature and by the 15th lap found himself in the lead as the other three
dropped by the wayside. Once in front, Franklin cruised to his 114th
win in the 30-lap late model feature at the Hagerstown Speedway
"You have to have a little bit of luck every now
and then," said
Franklin. "D J (Myers) was fast there in the beginning
and Bucky Tomblin was
going pretty good until the 28 car (Marvin Winters)
took him out. We were
better at the end of the race then we were in the
beginning. So we will try
something else out the next time. But we were
pleased and its nice to be
lucky once in a while."
Brett Hearn of Sussex, NJ came to Hagerstown to tune up for the Super
DIRT Advance Auto Parts 100 on March 30th and left Sunday afternoon with
confidence in his new car as he led every lap to win the 30-lap big block
modified feature. Franklin and Hearn both earned $21,000 for their efforts
and a guaranteed starting spot in the Octoberfest 350 in October.
"I didn't know what to expect today," said Hearn. "We are trying to
ourselves in for the big race on the 30th. Last time we used the car
last year and it was O.K. but not great. So we wanted to try this
we come back here for the 30th and I think I know which car
we are going to
use. I know the surface will be dramatically different
on the 30th, but now I
feel confident with this car and that's what matters.
I say it all the time,
I love this place and I can't wait for the 30th."
In the late model feature, Franklin started fourth as DJ Myers quickly
jumped out in front from the pole as Buck Tomblin and Marvin Winters fell
behind the leader. As Myers was setting the pace, Winters was trying
second away from Tomblin on lap 11. The two made cars made contact
Tomblin spinning in the third turn as Winters was able to keep going.
was done for the day and Winters called it quits when he was sent
to the rear
for the altercation. Myers continued his pace on the restart
now in second. On lap 13, Kenny Pettyjohn and Charlie Schaffer
as they fought for the fourth position with Pettyjohn coming
out on the
losing end bringing out the caution. Shortly after the restart
on lap 13,
smoke rolled out from Myers' car ending his day and turning
the lead over to
Franklin on lap 15. Once in front, Franklin rolled to
a easy win over Devin
Friese, Schaffer and 12th starting Doug Burkholder.
Rick Workman finished
fifth with last week's feature winner Gary Stuhler
sixth. John Flinner came
from 18th for seventh and was followed by 16th
starting Frankie Plessinger,
17th starting Lou Braddich and 22nd starting
Andy Friese. Heat winners for
the 39 cars were Winters, Andy Anderson,
Franklin and Devin Friese. Keith
barbara won the consolation.
Brett Hearn started on the pole and was never threatened as he cruised
an easy win in the 30-lap big block modified feature. As Hearn cruise
front, Tim McCreadie tired to keep pace in second. Bud Christman
second on the third lap as Jamie Mills began to challenge McCreadie
third. On the 20th lap, Vic Coffey made contact with the wall and a
other cars to bring out the caution. Two laps later, Mills tried
to make a
move on McCreadie for third only to drop back several spots after
contact. On a lap 25 restart, Christman had trouble coming up to
McCreadie regained the second spot with Christman dropping back
out of the
top five. While the bumping was going on, Hearn was able to
pull away to win
by 10 car lengths over McCreadie, J.R. Heffner, Billy
Pauch and A.J. Romano.
Finishing out the top ten were Christman, Mills,
Todd Burley, Shawm Reimert
and Danny Johnson. Heat winners for the 43 cars
were Hearn, McCreadie,
Christman and Mills. Kenny Brightbill and MeMe DeSantis
won the consolations.
Next Sunday, March 17th, the Hoosier Tires Mid-Atlantic late model
sportsman and the Ernie's Salvage Yard pure stocks join the ITSI late models
in a triple-header program beginning at 1: 30 P/.M. Gates open at 11 A.M.
Admission is only $9.00 and kids under 12 are free.
30-LAP LATE MODEL FEATURE OCTOBERFEST 350 QUALIFIER: (39 Cars) Race Leaders:
(Myers 1-14, Franklin 15-30) 1. Rodney Franklin; 2. Devin Friese; 3. Charlie
Schaffer; 4. Doug Burkholder; 5. Rick Workman; 6. Gary Stuhler; 7. John
Flinner; 8. Frankie Plessinger; 9. Lou Braddich; 10. Andy Friese; 11. Keith
Barbara; 12. Kenny Pettyjohn; 13. James Adkins; 14. Sean Cosgrove; 15. Vic
Coffey; 16. Rodney Sweitzer; 17. Tim Wilson; 18. Doug Eck; 19. Kirk Ryan
20. Drew Koteles; 21. Alan Sagi; 22. D.J. Myers; 23. Buck Tomblin;
Winters; 25. Wesley Bonebrake; 26. Paul Crowl. DNS: Andy Anderson;
Moats; Ty Myers; Bill Karp; Mike Benedum; Dave Reed; Jeff Smith;
Jason Covert; Nick Jones; Donnie Farlling Jr.; Paul Carnell;
30-LAP BIG BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE OCTOBERFEST 350 QUALIFIER: (43 Cars) Race
Leaders (Hearn 1-30) 1. Brett Hearn; 2. Tim McCreadie; 3. J.R. Heffner;
Billy Pauch; 5. A.J. Romano; 6. Bud Christman; 7. Jamie Mills; 8. Todd
Burley; 9. Shawm Reimert; 10. Danny Johnson; 11. Ken Tremont; 12. Craig
VonDohren; 13. Rick Laubach; 14. Kenny Brightbill; 15. Craig Mullins; 16.
Doug Rose; 17. Colin Jackson; 18. Brian Weaver; 19. Craig Mitchell; 20.
Swinehart; 21. MeMe DeSantis; 22. Vic Coffey; 23. Jeff Strunk; 24.
Schultz; 25. Ben Hatt; 26. Bill Decker. DNQ: Del Rougeux; Bruce Kline;
Watt; Kyle Strickler; Chad Marvel; Norm Short; Kevin Hirthler; Mark
Frankhouse; Kenny Pettyjohn; Ritchie Pratt; Kevin Bolland; Tim Carey; Larry
McVay; Pete Simpson; Rich Scagliotta; Dave Gerhart; Richard Brown.