An intense thunderstorm that moved over Black Hills Speedway on Tuesday evening caused the cancellation of the AMA Grand National Twins race there. The racing program had started on time and progressed through qualifying and the first three heat races before the storm dropped heavy rain that made the track surface un-raceable.
After a three week layoff, the stars of the AMA Pro Grand National Twins Championship were back in action on the Hagerstown Speedway half mile Saturday night. Persistent rain showers had the event in jeopardy, but hard work by the track crew rounded the red clay oval into shape. The AMA Pro Racing staff then implemented a short program of two Pro Singles Heats with a 12-lap Main and three Expert Heats, one Dash and a 25-lap National.
Even once the racing was under way, light sprinkles could be felt off and on.
This would be the 87th year for the Barbara Fritchie Classic at the Frederick, Maryland Fairgrounds, and the third year for Matthew racing there. The day is usually spent chasing Jared Mees around and this year looked like it might be the same thing again. A new player in the mix this time around was Sammy Halbert and the three riders put on a great show for the fans all day as they were together in almost all of their scratch heats, heats, dash and the mains. Each one took turns winning races during the day.