Official Press Release
April 30, 2012
Steel Block Bandits Corp. Office


Rain may have interrupted the Steel Block Bandits Series event, last Saturday, at Hagerstown Speedway, but the Bandits series will storm back into action, June 9, with a double-header at the Maryland facility. The SBB, in conjunction with Hagerstown Speedway officials, have decided to double the pleasure for the race fans as the track will host two Steel Block Bandits events on that night.

“We thought we were going to get all the races in, but Mother Nature had other ideas for our season-opener,” said Butch Mayo, co-promoter of the SBB Series. The Bandits had concluded its four heat races and the first B-Main when rain began falling at the start of the second B-Main. The weather intensified and Hagerstown and SBB officials were forced to end the evening’s event.

On June 9, the SBB Series will begin the night with the second 15-lap B-Main. This will finalize the field, and then the 17th annual, 30-lap Richard “Boney” Bonebrake Tribute will be conducted. This race will pay $2,000 to win and $220 to start. The original $200 to-start purse was increased due the generosity of Daryl Grove and Wes Bonebrake’s pit crew members. The added $500 will allow for an increase for finishing positions two through 24.
At the conclusion of the SBB Bonebrake Tribute race, the SBB will then compete in a second fully-sanctioned Bandits event, comprised of time trials, heat races, B-Main(s) and a 20-lap A-Main. Currently, the second race will pay $1,000 to win. “We are working with Hagerstown Speedway, and our sponsors to hopefully increase this purse for the second event,” said Greg Keister, co-promoter of the SBB Series.

Both races on this night will award full SBB points.  “We felt badly for the race teams and fans that braved the weather to come out here,” said Mayo. “This joint decision to have two SBB races on one night at Hagerstown is Hagerstown’s and our way of saying thanks to all involved. We really want all teams and fans to benefit from a great night of racing in June,” Mayo concluded.

42 steel block late model teams had signed in for action, Saturday, April 28, before the rain fell. In qualifying, Glen Elliott of Sykesville, Md., blazed his way into the record books with an 18.900 lap. This lap eclipsed the former SBB track record of 19.090 set by Rick Hulson, last year. Elliott took home $50 from 115 Promotions for his quick time.

Winners of the four heat races were Elliott; Hulson of Glen Burnie, Md; defending SBB champion Walker Arthur of Forest, Va; and three-time Hagerstown track champion, Andy Fries, of Mercersburg, Pa. These four drivers received $50 each from Nininger’s Tire and Auto Center. The winner of the first B-Main was Brent Smith of Mercersburg, who was driving a team car to Fries.

As well as being treated to two Steel Block Bandits events on June 9, fans will have the opportunity to meet actor, Ben “Cooter’ Jones, from the Dukes of Hazzard TV show. Jones, who will have the General Lee car with him, will sign autographs from 4 to 7 p.m. Fans will be treated to this full night of action for just a five dollar general admission.

The SBB Series will travel to Susquehanna Speedway Park on May 12, for a $1,500 to win, $150 to-start event. “With the Hagerstown race being rescheduled, it now appears that the fans at Suquehanna will get to see the Bandits first full race,” said Mayo. “We really appreciate Hagerstown, the race teams and all the great fans for coming out last Saturday, and we look forward to seeing them on June 9. If the heat races and B-Main are an indication of things to come, then fans at Hagestown and Susquehanna are in for a great show,” Keister said.