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posted December 04, 2000 12:43 PM UIN: 16262997
HAGERSTOWN STARTS OFF NEW CENTURY WITH A BANNER YEAR

HAGERSTOWN, MD - The Hagerstown Speedway completed one of its most
successful seasons under Owner/promoter Frank Plessinger. Although
several prime event dates were lost to bad weather during the year, the
speedway bounced back with capacity crowds for the World of Outlaws,
Monster Trucks, AMA Motorcycles and Octoberfest 350. From opening day in
February to the last race in October, race fans were treated to great
racing on the half-mile clay oval.

It was one of the most competitive years in the track's history in all
four divisions at Hagerstown. The track championships were not
determined until the final point race in September. More than $800,000
in prize money was paid out during the 2000 season.

In the late models, Roy Deese Jr of Odenton won his second straight
track championship at Hagerstown. Deese started the season off slow, but
made his move in June with two straight wins. Deese finished the season
with three feature wins and had seven top ten's in eight point races to
edge out Rodney Franklin and Nathan Durboraw for the track title in the
final point race.

There were 13 different feature winners in the 21 late model events in
2000. Deese and Jeremy Miller led all drivers with three wins each.
Miller won back-to-back 50-lap features in July, the Johnny Roberts
Memorial and the Mid-Atlantic Championship Series sanction Richard
Bonebrake Memorial. Included in Deese's three wins was the STARS 53rd
Anniversary race. Charlie Schaffer, D J Myers and Gary Stuhler each had
two feature wins. Myers recorded his first career win at Hagerstown in
the 44-lap Ronnie McBee Memorial, then came right back to win the
Turbo-Blue Hub-City National 150. Stuhler lived up to his reputation of
winning big events by capturing the United Dirt Track Racing Association
(UDTRA) Maryland Silver Cup National. Other feature winners included
Rodney Franklin, Rick Eckert, **** Barton (Race of Champions), Chub
Frank (MACS Bowers/Durham Memorial), Mike Balzano (STARS Schetrompf
Memorial) and Todd Andrews (STARS Conococheague 100). There were two
other first time winners at Hagerstown. Jeff Shearer and Andy Anderson
put their names into the record books for the first time. The late
models averaged 32.2 cars for all 20 events and 25.12 cars for the eight
point events.

Marvin Winters of Mercersburg, PA captured his first Hoosier Tire late
model sportsman championship title since 1993 by dominating his class.
Winters led all sportsman drivers with 12 wins in 15 races and finished
in the top four in 14 of 15 races. There were four different feature
winners with Doug Burkholder, Wayne Walls Jr. and Darryl Burkholder
picking up the other wins. The sportsman averaged 19.5 cars for 15
events.

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Dave Rice Jr. of Greencastle PA recorded his third track championship
in the Ernie's Salvage Yard pure stock division. Rice scored four wins
mid-way through the season after a slow start and finished in the top
four in 10 or 12 point races. There were nine different feature winners
with Mike Warrenfeltz, Kenny Dillon and Eugene Conlee visiting Victory
Lane twice.. Steve Long, Jeff Bennett, Allen Stone, Brian Miller and
James Bookwalter recorded one win each. The pure stocks averaged 24.3
cars for 15 events.

Mike Kershner of Hagerstown brought home his first Frederick
Performance Center 4-cyl pure stock championship in his first full
season. Kershner's consistency paid off finishing in the top 10 in all
but one of the 10 point races to win the championship without a feature
win. Tommy Jerin led all drivers with three feature wins. Brian Miller
and Sean Dawson each had two wins with Andy Holmes, Dean Holmes Sonny
Williamson and Arty Jerin recording one win each. There were eight
different winners. The 4-cyl pure stocks averaged 16.8 cars for 13
events.

The sprint cars visited Hagerstown four times. Greg Hodnett, Stevie
Smith and Sammy Swindell won Pennzoil World of Outlaw events with Donnie
Kreitz scoring a win in the Gummout World of Outlaw Series II, Lance
Dewease won the Octoberfest while Chad Layton won the KARS sprint event.

Modified feature wins went to Bret Hearn and JR Heffner in the
Octoberfest events. Brett Hearn and Roger Laureno won season opening
modified events. Will Davis of Goldsboro, NC won the American
Motorcyclist Association Grand National race.

The Hagerstown Speedway will open the 2000 season on Sunday afternoon,
February 27th with late models and modifieds. Promoter Frank Plessinger
and the speedway staff wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New
Year.

For complete rundown of the 1999 season and any additional driver
information, check out the internet at www.hagerstownspeedway.com.
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DEESE REPEATS AS CHAMPION AT HAGERSTOWN SPEEDWAY BANQUET

HAGERSTOWN, MD - The Hagerstown Speedway wrapped up its 53rd season
with the Annual Awards Banquet Saturday night at the Ramada Inn
Convention Center in Hagerstown. More than 800 drivers, fans, officials
and friends were in attendance at the gala affair as point fund checks
in excess of $30,000 were presented to the top 15 drivers in each
division by Promoter Frank Plessinger. The top ten drivers also
received trophies with their Miller Lite point fund money during the
lavish awards banquet.

Roy Deese Jr. of Odenton was crowned the 2000 ITSI late model track
champion for the second year in a row at the half-mile oval. Deese
started the season off slow, but made his move in June with two straight
wins. Deese finished the season with three feature wins and had 7 top
ten's in 8 point races to edge out Rodney Franklin and Nathan Durboraw
for the track title in the final point race.

Reed's Jewelers in the Valley Mall in Hagerstown presented the champion
with a beautiful custom made championship diamond ring and Plessinger
presented Deese with a $8,000 Miller Lite point fund check.

Marvin Winters of Mercersburg, PA captured his first Hoosier Tire late
model sportsman championship title since 1993 by dominating his class.
Winters led all sportsman drivers with 12 wins in 15 races and finished
in the top four in 14 of 15 races.

Pure stock champion Dave Rice Jr. of Greencastle, PA recorded his third
track championship in the Ernie's Salvage Yard pure stock division. Rice
scored four wins mid-way through the season after a slow start and
finished in the top four in 10 or 12 point races.

Mike Kershner of Hagerstown brought home his first Frederick
Performance Center 4-cyl pure stock championship in his first full
season. Kershner's consistency paid off finishing in the top 10 in all
but one of the 10 point races to win the championship without a feature
win.

The track champions in the sportsman, pure stocks and 4-cyl pure stock
divisions received an engraved championship Bulova Watch from Reed's
Jewelers in the Valley Mall in Hagerstown. All the track champions
received $150 cash from Jay Dee Supply of Glen Burnie and Hoosier Racing
Apparel.

Several special awards were presented to the drivers in all four
divisions. The late model awards were presented to Mark Elksnis of
Catonsville, MD (Most Improved Driver Award); Bill Palmer of
McConnellsburg, PA (Sportsmanship Award); Rodney Franklin of White Post,
VA (Hard Luck Award); and Frankie Plessinger or McConnellsburg, PA (Best
Appearing Car Award).
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In the late model sportsman division, the special awards were presented
to Scott Palmer of McConnellsburg, PA (Most Improved Driver Award); Doug
Burkholder of Chambersburg, PA (Sportsmanship Award); Robert Friese of
Mercersburg, PA (Hard Luck Award); and Devin Friese of Mercersburg, PA
(Best Appearing Car Award).

The pure stock awards went to Dave Rice Jr. of Greencastle, PA (Most
Improved Driver Award); Kenny Dillon of Hanover, PA (Sportsmanship
Award); Mike Warrenfeltz of Hagerstown (Hard Luck Award); and Eugene
Conlee of Odenton (Best Appearing Car Award).

The special awards in the 4-cyl pure stock divisions were awarded to
Mike Kershner of Hagerstown (Sportsmanship Award); Eric Mellott of
Needmore, PA (Hard Luck Award); and Glenn Gipe of Martinsburg, WV (Best
Appearing Car Award).

The crew chiefs of the championship cars were presented with Crew Chief
of the Year Award. Gregory Deese, late models; Gerry Barges, late model
sportsman; Dave Rice Sr., pure stocks; and Bobby Mellott, 4-cyl pure
stocks.

Robert Jacoby, weekly columnist of Gettysburg Times received the 2000
Media Award.

Special Appreciation Awards were presented to Timber Wolf Smokeless
Tobacco, sponsor of late model hard charger award; Stargate Industries,
Website coordinator; Industrial Towel Supply Inc. of Laurel, sponsor of
the ITSI late model division; W&W Racing Tires/Hoosier Mid-Atlantic of
Finksburg, sponsor of the late model sportsman division plus the Hoosier
Daddy 50 and Race of Champions races; Ernie's Salvage Yard, sponsor of
the pure stock division and late model hard charger award; Frederick
Performance Center, sponsor of the 4-cyl pure stock division; JLG
Industries; Clear Spring Ambulance Club; Creative Impressions; Jay Dee
Supply of Dorsey; Grove Worldwide; Larkin Wholesale, sponsor of Miller
Lite late model point fund; Customizers & Creative Accents of
Hagerstown, sponsor of official pace cars; Checker Flag Lube Center in
St. Thomas, PA, sponsor of late model sportsman hard charger award;
Turner's Bowling Centers in Hagerstown and Martinsburg, WV, sponsor of
pure stock hard charger award; Keystone Ford of Chambersburg, PA,
sponsor of official pace car; Turbo Blue Racing Fuels, sponsor of
Hub-City National 150; and Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group, official soft
drink of the speedway.

Promoter Frank Plessinger announced that the Hagerstown Speedway will
begin the new 2001 season on Sunday afternoon , February 25th with a
doubleheader program featuring the late models and modifieds.

Denny Bonebrake of Hagerstown was honored as the first inductee into
the Hagerstown Speedway Hall of Fame.

For complete rundown of the 2000 season and any additional driver
information, check out the internet at www.hagerstownspeedway.com.
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BONEBRAKE FIRST INDUCTEE IN HAGERSTOWN SPEEDWAY HALL OF FAME

HAGERSTOWN, MD - Denny Bonebrake of Hagerstown was honored at the
Hagerstown Speedway Banquet on Saturday night when he was named as the
first inductee into the Hagerstown Speedway Hall of Fame. With a rich
history and racing tradition that dates back to 1947, Promoter Frank
Plessinger decided it was time to have a Hall of Fame Award to honor
past drivers who have contributed to the success of auto racing and the
Hagerstown Speedway.

Bonebrake's name is synonymous with auto racing at Hagerstown Speedway
and in the tri-state area. He started racing in 1968 when he drove his
father's car in the last race of the year.

"Dad didn't want me to come to the race shop," said Bonebrake about his
father, Richard "Boney" Bonebrake, who was a successful car builder and
owner. "Actually, Dad never really wanted me to drive either. I almost
won that first race but the tire went flat. The first car I drove was a
1955 Chevy."

In 1969, Bonebrake went on and won the first of six track championships
at Hagerstown in his first full season. Bonebrake's other track titles
came in 1972, 1974, 1981, 1983, and 1984. In addition to his track
titles at Hagerstown, the Hagerstown driver won championships at Lincoln
and Winchester Speedways.

Bonebrake amassed a total of 208 wins including 84 at Hagerstown
Speedway. In addition to Hagerstown, Bonebrake won races at Lincoln,
Bedford, Waynesboro(VA) Williams Grove and Winchester Speedways.

Bonebrake won just about every big race that was presented at
Hagerstown. He won the inaugural Shorty Bowers/Bull Durham Memorial in
1981 and added two more to his record in 1984 and 1988. Bonebrake also
won the Johnny Roberts Memorial, the Ronnie McBee Memorial and the
Hub-City National 150.

Not only was Denny Bonebrake a great driver, he was a true gentleman
who was respected by the drivers and everyone in the sport. Most of all,
he was tribute to the sport he loved and a n outstanding idol to many
who have come into the sport.

The Hagerstown Speedway is proud to have a man like Denny Bonebrake to
be part of its racing family.
* Columnist Robert Vores contributed to this press release.

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