- Apr 10 - Hagerstown Speedway by Sam Holbrooks


Covert Dominant in Hagerstown Three-State Flyers Go

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - April 10. In a repeat of what he accomplished three times at Hagerstown Speedway last season, Jason Covert completely dominated Saturday'sThree State Flyers late model event and piloted the Barry Klinedinst owned Rocket to the $3,000 triumph by 10.421 seconds over Billy Wampler.

Covert, of York Haven, Pa won his heat and then with luck of the draw, dashed away with the dash win after starting from the outside pole. He then led every lap in the 35-lap main and following a 12th lap restart, entered a different time zone and began stretching his lead each and every lap until claiming victory in the first of four Three State Flyers events on the 2010 Hagerstown schedule.

“The credit has to go to the crew, my owner and my wife,” said Covert of York Haven, Pa. “I want to dedicate this to my wife. We lost one of her grandma’s while the other grandma was in the hospital last Saturday. I left here while watching so this is for her. I told her I‘d try to not let her down tonight. It’s been a pretty hard week for everybody in our family.”

Covert pulled ahead of Wampler, Mike Knight and Rusty Sites on the start but the second lap brought the red flag and disaster to second row starters Sites and Knight when Sites made an inside pass on the backstretch and contact was made entering turn three as the two went violently into the fence. Friday night TSF winner Jamie Lathroum was committed high and then slammed into Sites.

The race resumed with Roy Deese, Frankie Plessinger and Jeremy Miller battling for fourth position until Miller rolled to a stop on the 12th with steam coming from under the hood.

The green waved again for the final time as Covert took off and began stretching his distance while Wampler secured the runner up spot over Deese and Plessinger. Fourteenth starter, Greg Satterlee moved past J. T. Spence for fifth spot on the 13th and closed in to make a three car battle for several laps until taking fourth on the 19th and then began battling with Deese.

Meanwhile Covert was already in a different time zone and with ten to go, was cruising out front with a 6.7 second advantage and showed no signs of letting up. He continued his torrid pace to the checkered and the 10.421 second blowout.

“All the credit goes to the crew, this is their win,” said Covert.

“I told the guys this is the best the track has been in a feature event in ten years. We couldn’t ask for a better race track.”

Wampler easily held to the second spot while Satterlee got past Deese on the final circuit to score third while Plessinger came home fifth. Spence (10th) ended sixth ahead of 19th starter Nick Dickson, Ronnie DeHaven Jr from 18th, Al Shawver Jr., the Winchester Auto Dealers Exchange hard charger from 23rd and 20th starting Gary Stuhler. Heat wins went to Knight, Sites, Deese Jr. and Covert while D. J. Myers was the consy winner.

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