With nearby 75-80 Dragway closed because of rain, area drivers flocked to Mason-Dixon Dragway near Hagerstown on Sunday and rung up impressive performances on the quarter-mile strip.
Mike Stambaugh of Union Bridge won the heavy class by defeating Ed Talbert of Lisbon, Howard County, in the finals. Stambaugh ran a 12.53 seconds elapsed timeafter dialing in an estimate of 12.52 and hit a top speed of 96.31 miles per hour in his 1979 Ford Fairmont.
In that same division, two other area drivers were third-round winners. John Harrell's 1968 Ford Mustang finished in 13.35 seconds, well under his estimated dial in of 13.52, while Scott Lowman of Woodbine ran his 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle in 12.18, one hundredth of a second slower than his dial-in time.
Five county drivers also advanced in the super ET division, led by Buddy Wilson's third-place finish inhis 1968 Camaro. J.R. Gonyea of Mount Airy was a fourth-round winnerin his 1987 dragster, Rodney Kuhns of Hampstead was a third-round winner in his 1973 Camaro, as was Mount Airy's Joe Mayne in his 1990 dragster, while Earl Bitzel of Finksburg was a second-round winner in his 1966 Chevelle.
Finally, Dwayne Feigley of Westminster was a first-round winner in 1991 Chevy truck.
In other weekend motorsports news:
* Gregg Richardson of Sykesville led four Carroll finishers in the eight-cylinder stock feature at Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover,Pa., Friday. Richardson was second, Gregg Messersmith of Manchester was fifth, Wayne McClelland of Manchester was seventh, and Gary Herman of Hampstead was eighth. It was the second consecutive week Messersmith, McClelland and Herman finished in those spots.
* Ex-Woodbineresident Cris Eash had one fifth-place finish and a pair of sixth-place finishes in sprint car races over the weekend, but he still couldmove up in the WSBA Busch Cup Racing Series standings.
Eash remained in fifth-place in the standings, which include sprint car resultsfrom four central Pennsylvania tracks, with 2,143 points. He's stillin striking distance of fourth-place driver Steve Smith (2159). Eash, who now lives in Hanover, Pa., was fifth in the 30-lap PennsylvaniaPosse Sprint Car Championships Friday night at Williams Grove (Pa.) Speedway. Eash also won a preliminary heat.
In that same race, Jesse Wentz of Manchester stopped with engine trouble.
Eash placed sixth in the 25-lap feature at Susquehanna Speedway in Newberrytown, Pa., Sunday after winning one of the preliminary heats.
On Saturday,Eash placed sixth in the 25-lap feature at Lincoln Speedway in Hanover. Also at Lincoln, Jeff Shepard of Upperco tied the one-lap track record of 14.25 seconds in the time trials, tying the mark Steve Smithhad set just a few minutes earlier. Ironically, it was Steve Smith night at the track to honor one of Southern Pennsylvania's top driverson the 20th anniversary of his first win at Lincoln.
* Charlie Schaffer of Hampstead placed third in the late model feature at Winchester, Va., Speedway Saturday night.
* Mike Harrison of Mount Airy placed fifth in the late model division at recently reopened Cumberland Speedway in Allegany County Saturday night.
Here is a look at upcoming events at tracks where Carroll drivers frequently race:
Trail-Way Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Memorial Day Championship for four- and eight-cylinder stocks, micro-sprintsand limited late models; gates open at 5 p.m., racing starts at 8 p.m. 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. 717-766-4778.
Lincoln Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: World of Outlaws Super Sprints, super stock late models, thundercars and enduro 100; gates open at 4 p.m., time trials start at 7 p.m. 717-624-2755.
Trail-Way Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Super-cross cycles andfour-wheelers; gates open at 3 p.m., racing starts at 7 p.m. 717-359-4310.
75-80 Dragway, Monrovia: First Saturday program; first highschool race and 11.90 class. Call for times. 301-865-5102.
Mason-Dixon Dragway, Hagerstown: Trophy Classic and Test and Tune Day; timetrials at 10 a.m. and eliminations at 1:30 p.m. 301-791-5193.
Monrovia Raceway, Monrovia: 15 classes of two- and four-cycle Go Kart racing. 301-239-7386.
75-80 Dragway, Monrovia: Supreme Chevy Sunday, Chevrolet-powered vehicles only. Pits open at 9:30 a.m. and eliminations start at 1:30 p.m. 301-865-5102.
Mason-Dixon Dragway, Hagerstown: Double points in four classes of racing, plus a $1 chicken barbecue dinner for all paid admissions; time trials at 10:30 a.m. and eliminations at 3 p.m. 301-791-5193.
Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown: World of Outlaws Sprint cars and limited late models; gates open at 5 p.m., racing starts at 8 p.m. 301-582-0640.
Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown, Pa.: Sprints, Budweiser Super Sportsman andThundercars. Racing starts at 7 p.m. 717-938-9170.
Trail-Way Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Rain date for Friday's races, if needed. 717-359-4310.
Mason-Dixon Dragway, Hagerstown: Double points in four classes of racing; time trials at 10 a.m. and eliminations at 1:30 p.m. 301-791-5193.
Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown: World of Outlaws Sprint cars and daredevils; gates open at 11 a.m., racing starts at 2 p.m. 301-582-0640.
Winchester, Va., Speedway: 40-lap Memorial Day race for late models. 703-667-8143.
Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown, Pa.: World of Outlaws Sprints; racing starts at 7:15 p.m. 717-938-9170.