Hagerstown Speedway has been around for a while, but it has only been recently that the storied 2.5-mile clay oval has started to receive the attention that it deserves. From humble beginnings, the historic track has grown from a small, local dirt track to a complex that now houses an ARCA Racing season, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and even the AMA Supercross. This year marked the 100th anniversary of the track, so it was the perfect time for everyone to take a trip down memory lane and celebrate the past, present, and future of the grand old track. With the roar of the engines and dust rising at every corner, it was quintessential Americana.
Hagerstown Speedway was built in 1926, and throughout its history it has always been more than just a place for racing. The historic track was built in part with money from the ‘hope chest’ of founder Frank Hager—a place for his neighbors to come together in good times and bad. It soon became a hub for motorsport in the area, and throughout the years it has hosted events across all spectrums of racing. The speedway has been the scene of some of the most famous cars, tracks, and races in recent history, so it was only right that 2019 was the year to celebrate its rich history. This year also marked the 100th anniversary of the track, and it was an opportunity to look back at the greatest moments in its long history and celebrate the fact that Hagerstown Speedway has been around for some serious racing.
The Great American Race
One of the standout attractions of this year’s Hagerstown 100 was the NASCAR race. A special tribute was paid to Richard Petty, who had recently passed away, by featuring a few of his most famous cars throughout the weekend. The ‘King’ himself would have been proud of the tributes that were paid to him, from the replica cars that lined the pits to the emotional tributes from the drivers and others close to the legendary team owner. It was an opportunity for the fans to say their final goodbyes to ‘The King’ and remember his greatness. The entire weekend was filled with tributes and moments of silence in honor of the late NASCAR legend.
The weekend also saw the return of a classic motorsport event, the great American motorcycle race. Since its inception in 1949, the Supercross series has become a true legend in the sport. The sport itself is fast-paced and exciting, and the unique mix of motorbikes and riders has made it a hit with fans and those who follow racing closely. The unique thing about the American motorcycle race and its fans is that they don’t always agree on what ‘great’ means. Some say it’s the distance that the riders are forced to race, while others say it’s the ability to perform under extreme pressure.
This year’s American motorcycle race was different. The event was held in honor of Pete Daughters, a local rider who was tragically killed in a crash during the race. The weekend was a chance to come together as a community, celebrate the life of this incredible man, and remember why he was so beloved. The fans, the community, and the entire state of Maryland were in mourning. This was one of the most notable American motorcycle races in recent history.
The King Of The Mountain
When the track opened in 1926, there were no separate divisions for gentlemen and ladies. Back then, all drivers had to be at least “21 years of age and must possess a valid driver’s license” to compete. Over the years, this has changed so that drivers can also be registered for specific races (i.e. Daytona 500). However, there is still no seperate division for the sexes at Hagerstown Speedway.
During one of the early practices, the fans got a glimpse of what was to come. A fierce battle broke out for the lead, and it soon became apparent that this was going to be one of the most exciting and interesting races of the weekend. The fans in attendance got to see a classic race, with veterans like Junior Johnson, Richard Petty, and Lee Petty battling for the lead. The brothers Johnson ended up trading the lead a handful of times before ultimately coming together at the finish line to share a big hug, making them the first brothers to finish first and second at the same race. This was another moment that fans will remember for a long time.
After the great American motorcycle race came the main event, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The season opener for the NASCAR series was another exciting fight between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick. This was a must-win race for both Busch and Harvick, and it was certainly a memorable one. It was evident that both drivers were running at the top of their games, and the fans got to see some great racing.
Other standouts included the Camping World Truck Series, which saw a battle between Jason Huffman and Kyle Busch for the win; the ARCA Racing Series, which produced some exciting finishes as well; and the Dirt Late Model Series, which also saw some great racing as well, with many close finishes.
Then there was the AMA Supercross. This is a unique blend of motorbikes and riders, and it’s always a treat to see the sport on television. The unique thing about the AMA Supercross and its fans is that they don’t always agree on what ‘great’ means. Some say it’s the distance that the riders are forced to race, while others say it’s the ability to perform under extreme pressure.
This year was a good one for the AMA Supercross, with many great races, exciting finishes, and memorable moments. The fans got to see some great races as well, with several close finishes. Some of the big names who showed up to Hagerstown for the weekend included Eli Whitney Jr., Sammy Swindell, Josh Hansen, and many more.
Three-Crown Fitting For A Three-Ring Circus
The weekend also saw the culmination of three fantastic days of racing. Not only were there were three different types of races, but there were also three different championship races. This was truly a spectacular weekend of racing, and it was capped off by the fact that three of the biggest names in NASCAR history came together for one final race. This is something that will be talked about for years to come. Richard Petty, Junior Johnson, and Lee Petty raced against each other at the end of the 2019 season, with Richard taking home the win, earning him the title of 2019 King Of The Mountain. It was fitting that this year’s edition of the great American motorcycle race was also the finale to a spectacular three-day motorsport event that honored the greatest drivers of all time. This was truly a spectacular weekend full of amazing vintage racing cars and motorcycles, along with great racing and amazing community engagement.