A little bad luck for Nathan Durboraw cleared the way for Hampstead's Charlie Schaffer to win his second late model feature of the year Sunday at Hagerstown Speedway.
Schaffer inherited the lead at the Washington County oval on the 21st lap when Durboraw suffered a flat tire, and the county driver dominated the rest of the way to win the 35-lap feature race. Schaffer had a two-second advantage over Mark Plessinger, the eventual runner-up, and held on to win the race by 1.5 seconds.
Schaffer's race was one of several impressive showings by county drivers in weekend auto racing action. Other county drivers who did well included:
* Steve Owings of Westminster took the lead on the first lap and went on to win the micro sprint feature race Sunday at Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover, Pa. Owings started in the fifth spot but quickly took the lead and held on for the triumph.
Several county drivers also had good nights on Friday at Trail-Way, including Steve and Rick Jones of Westminster.
Rick won the four-cylinder feature, while Steve won one of the heats. In the semi-late model race, Steve finished second, but Rick was a heat winner.
Randy Zechman of Westminster also placed ninth in the four-cylinder race.
In the eight-cylinder stock feature, Manchester's Gregg Messersmith was fifth, Manchester's Wayne McClelland was seventh, Hampstead's Gary Herman was eighth and Westminster's Mark Shorb was 10th.
* Jesse Wentz of Manchester finished eighth and Cris Eash, formerly of Woodbine, placedninth in the 25-lap super sprint feature race at Lincoln Speedway inHanover, Pa., Saturday.
Rick Jones of Westminster was 10th in thesuper stock late model race at Lincoln, and Dave Green of Taneytown took fifth in the 12-lap thundercar race.
* It was a slow weekend for Eash, who now lives in Hanover. He finished fourth in his heat atSusquehanna Speedway in Newberrytown, Pa., Sunday, and remained in fifth in the WSBA Busch Cup Racing Series sprint car point standings.
Eash has 1,838 points, 82 points behind fourth-place Kenny Jacobs but 136 points ahead of sixth-place Johnny Mackison Jr.
* Gary Stuhler of Westminster took sixth in the late model feature at Winchester (Va.) Speedway Saturday.
* Malcolm Ford of Westminster took top honors in the motorcycle class Sunday at 75-80 Dragway in Monrovia, Frederick County. Norman Wagner of Hampstead advanced to the semifinals in the same class.
In Class II, Joe Cook of Westminster reached the semifinals in his Thunderbird, Tim McGee of Sykesville advanced to the quarterfinals and Roger Jorss of Sykesville advanced through three rounds of eliminations.
* Joe Mayne of Mount Airy was a second-round winner in the super-pro competition Sunday at Mason-Dixon Dragway in Hagerstown, Washington County.
Mayne, driving in his 1990 dragster, also turned in the fastest time of the day at the track.
In the trophy class races, Allen Morris and Chris Morris of New Windsor each were first round winners. Allen drove a 1991 Chevrolet truck and Chris was behind the wheel of his 1990 Honda.
* Todd Harris ofWestminster reached the quarterfinals in his first National Hot Rod Association Division I meet of the year May 4 at Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. He is competing in Winston races this week in Quebec, Canada, in his Castrol GTX Dragster.
Here is alook at upcoming events at tracks where Carroll drivers frequently race:
Trail-Way Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Four- and eight-cylinder stocks and micro-sprints; gates open at 5 p.m., racing startsat 8 p.m. Information: 717-359-4310.
Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove, Pa.: Sprint cars and limited sprints; gates open at 6 p.m., racing starts at 8 p.m. Information: 717-766-4778.
Lincoln Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Steve Smith night with super sprints, super stock late models, mini-sprints and thundercars; gates open at 5 p.m., racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Information: 717-624-2755.
Trail-Way Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Super-cross cycles and four wheelers;gates open at 3 p.m., racing starts at 7 p.m. Information: 717-359-4310.
Winchester, Va., Speedway: Budweiser Night, featuring late models, limited late models and road runners. 703-667-8143.
Silver Spring Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa: Budweiser super sportsman, limitedlate models and street stocks; 7 p.m.
Mason-Dixon Dragway, Hagerstown: Test & Tune Day plus Gamblers race, free spectator admission. Class I, Class II, motorcycle and trophy races. Gates open at noon, time trials at 1 p.m. and eliminations at 5 p.m. 301-791-5193.
75-80 Dragway, Monrovia: Top Dog meet with double points in Class I, II and motorcycles. Pits open at 9:30 a.m. and eliminations start at 1:30 p.m. Information: 301-865-5102.
Mason-Dixon Dragway, Hagerstown: Firestone-TNN points plus new cycle trophy class. Gates openat 10:30 a.m., time trials at noon and eliminations at 3:30 p.m. 301-791-5193.
Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown: Twin 20s (two 20-lap late model features), plus limited late models, modified stocks, daredevils and new four-cylinder stock division. Gates open at noon, racing starts at 2 p.m. 301-582-0640.
Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown, Pa.: Sprints, limited late models and thundercars. Racing starts at 7 p.m. 717-938-9170.
Trail-Way Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: No racingthis Sunday.