posted June 12, 2001 06:22 PM
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN DRIVERS READY FOR ARMEL MEMORIAL
HAGERSTOWN, MD. Promoter Frank Plessinger and the Hagerstown Speedway
will host the 21st and final running of the Tony Armel Memorial on
Saturday night, June 23rd. The 50-lap memorial is the longest and most
prestigious race on the schedule for the Hoosier Tires Mid-Atlantic late
model sportsman division. Joining the sportsman will be the ITSI late
models, Ernie's Salvage Yard pure stocks, 4-cyl pure stocks and the
30-car/30-lap enduro dash rescheduled from June 2nd. Race time is 7 P.M.
with gates opening at 5 P.M. Adult general admission is $10 with
children under 12 FREE.
The late model sportsman 50-lap event will be the main attraction on
Saturday and is held each year in memory of Tony Armel, who was killed
in a work related accident. The son of legendary Buddy Armel and brother
of current late model driver Tommy, Tony was a promising young rookie
driver who many said would follow in his father's footsteps before the
tragic accident. The Armel Memorial will carry double points and an
Defending race champion Marvin Winters of Mercersburg, PA will be
looking for his second Armel Memorial. Although Winters has won five of
seven feature events, the battle for the track championship is still
wide open. With double points on the line, a lot of changes can take
place. Winters is not only looking for his second straight Armel
Memorial win, he is also is looking for his second consecutive late
model sportsman title. Winters hopes to increase his 68 point lead over
Barry Miller. Six-time Armel Memorial winner Wayne Walls Jr. is third 77
points back with Mike Walls and Robert Friese rounding out the top five.
Past winners of the Armel Memorial in addition to Winters and Walls
include Richard Clipp, Jeremy Miller, Nathan Durboraw, Ernie Davis, Dave
Wilt, Les Hare, Roger Watkins, Brad Boyer and Brent Smith.
In addition to the late model sportsman, there will be complete
programs of qualifying and feature events for the late models, pure
stocks and 4-cyl pure stocks. The 30-car/30-lap enduro dash for amateur
drivers, which was originally scheduled earlier in the year, has been
added to the program.
For additional information, contact the speedway office at (301)
582-0640 or check-out the Internet at www.hagerstownspeedway.com. The
Hagerstown Speedway is located on U.S. Route 40, six miles west of
Hagerstown, MD off the Huyett exits of Interstates 70 & 81.