Duke is RaceSaver Sprint king at Hagerstown

Ken Duke led the last four circuits in winning Saturday’s IMCA RaceSaver main event at Hagerstown Speedway, co-sanctioned by the Virginia Sprint Series and the Laurel Highland Sprint Series. (Photo by Jim Haines)

By Jim Haines

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (April 23, 2022) – After winning his heat race, Ken Duke raced hard all feature taking the lead with four laps to go and going on to the Saturday IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature win at Hagerstown Speedway. 

Twenty cars were on hand for the Laurel Highlands Sprint Series and Virginia Sprint Series co-sanctioned event as the red clay oval was perfectly smooth sticky and dust free. 

The feature lined up with Scott Lutz and Chris Humblet pacing to green with Lutz out first and Duke in with the rest of the field dicing for a spot. Lutz and Duke stayed on the bottom as 10th starting Jerald Harris found a high line to his liking and was a rocket as he made it to third by lap two.

Harris swept into the lead on lap four up high, leaving Lutz and Duke to race for second with John Scarborough closing in. Laps clicked off as the track stayed great and Harris was flying out front by himself with Duke now second and Scarborough third.

The final laps were coming fast with Harris still up front and Duke closing as something was not right with the leader on the straights but still flying in the corners. 

Duke got by with four to go as Harris tried to hang on and was still fast in the corners, but it all finished when Harris slid to a stop in turn two. Duke led to the green with Scarborough second and now Tylor Cochran in third and nobody would stop Duke as he charged under the waving checkered flag first. 

Scarborough, Cochran, Lutz and Daren Bolac completed the top five. 

Next the Virginia Sprint Series heads to Shenandoah Speedway in Virginia for the first pavement race of the year on Saturday, April 30.