The Northeast ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series is ready for ‘take two’ in the month of August at Maryland’s Hagerstown Speedway, this Saturday, August 24. After heavy rains disrupted the racing program on August 3, the series is going back and starting from scratch, this time as the track and series pay tribute to the late and highly respected car owner, Tex Shaffer.
Since Shaffer’s passing, his No. 46 has continued to grace Dirt Late Model ranks, particularly at Hagerstown. Pennsylvania pilot Marvin Winters drove as Shaffer’s racecar driver for a number of years and continues to fly the same number in the majority of races he runs.
With the mix of standout competition that normally graces Hagerstown’s Super Late Model ranks, coupled with the sturdy regulars of ULTIMATE Northeast, Winters admits that the pressure is on heading into Saturday night.
“Tex Shaffer was my car owner prior to his passing, I guess I’m putting extra pressure on myself to get it done, but I’d certainly would love to be the one to get it done. All of his family is going to come, and it should be a great night with a lot of support. Tex and I weren’t related, but we raced long enough that he was like family,” Winters told Speed51.
There is also a little extra pressure added with the fact that Winters has gone winless so far in the 2019, but not from a lack of competitive performances. Weather has been his greatest enemy, along with the rest of the Hagerstown home guard, reducing their chances for them to show their mettle.
“We’ve had a couple of good runs since then at Hagerstown, which is pretty much where we’ve been this year. Rainouts have been a big problem for us this year, but we’ve raced some races, got some time under the car, and have been in contention. We have also been trying to save our equipment to run this race. So, we’re pretty confident we can get it done this weekend.”
While winning in honor of his good friend Tex Shaffer would be a great achievement, being the home track star to keep the trophy among the Hagerstown circle would be humbling as well.
“Hagerstown is my home track, that’s where I’ve raced the majority of all my races. I’ve always enjoyed that place, proud to call it home.”
A few days remain until Saturday, but Winters feels most of the important work is done. Now all that’s left to do is to go out and give it everything he has.
“We put all of our eggs into one basket, we’re going to try and give it a full shot. Take all this equipment with new rubber and hit the track, and I’d like to win it in honor of Tex Shaffer that’s for sure.”
Speed51 Summer Thunder TV will be back at Hagerstown Speedway as well on Saturday night for the Northeast ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series Tex Shaffer Memorial. The broadcast is available to all Speed51 premium subscribers, stay tuned for an updated on-air time.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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