Carroll drag racers stole the spotlight over the weekend with impressive performances.
Two county drivers earned wild-card spots in the Bracket Finals this September at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa., thanks to their showing Saturday at 75-80 Dragway in Monrovia, Frederick County. That competition is the top National Hot Rod Association's Division I event for the northeast region.
Erv Hare of Mount Airy drove his Chevrolet Nova to top honors in the Class I competition, and Mike Stambaugh of Union Bridge drove hisFord Fairmont to the Class II championship.
Other performances byarea drivers Saturday included Russell Barefoot of Mount Airy, a semifinalist in Class I; Chuck Taylor of Westminster, a quarterfinalist in the same division; and Gene Belt of Taneytown, a quarterfinalist in the motorcycle class.
In Sunday's Mopar competition for Chryslerand American Motors-powered vehicles, Nathan Etzler of Mount Airy won Class I and Carroll Gamber of Finksburg reached the semifinals in Class II.
At Mason-Dixon Dragway near Hagerstown, Washington County, George Hoff of Westminster beat stiff competition in his 1966 Ford Fairlane.
In that class, Stambaugh and Cory Hess of Taneytown eachadvanced to the third round.
Carroll drivers also had a strong showing at the track Memorial Day weekend.
Stambaugh was the runner-up in the heavy class on Memorial Day, followed by Matt Repp of Keymar, who reached the fourth round, and Hess, who reached round three. Chris Hruska of Mount Airy made the third round in the super pro class, while Hare and Larry Mayne, also of Mount Airy, reached the second round.
On the May 26 card at Mason-Dixon, Mayne was second in the super pro class with Hruska advancing to the third round, while Mike Ashwell of Mount Airy and Richard Bouch of Union Bridge made it to the fourth round in the heavy division.
In other auto racing news:
* Brad McClelland of Westminster placed second in the micro-sprint feature Friday night at Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover, Pa. Mike Stull, also of Westminster, was third.
In the eight-cylinder stock feature, Gary Herman of Manchester placed third, Joe Brown of Westminsterwas sixth, Gregg Messersmith of Hampstead was seventh and Wayne McClelland of Westminster was eighth.
* Gary Stuhler of Westminster, sitting in the middle of the pack for most of the race, came on strongon the final laps to place second in the 35-lap late model feature Sunday at Hagerstown Speedway. Charlie Schaffer of Westminster took sixth in the race.
Stuhler also was seventh Saturday in the late-model feature at Winchester (Va.) Speedway.
* Former Woodbine resident Cris Eash, now of Hanover, Pa., had a busy week. His best showing was a seventh-place finish at Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, where he also won a preliminary heat.
On Friday, Eash took 10th at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa.
And in a rare Wednesday night program last week, Eash took 10th in a race that included many of thedrivers he used to travel with on the World of Outlaws circuit. Eashfinished 17th in the one-lap time trials and second in the eight-lapheat that night.
Also at Lincoln Saturday, Ernie Jones of Westminster was seventh in the late-model feature. After a poor showing in the preliminary heat, Jones earned a berth in the feature race by winning the consolation race.
* Chris Wainwright of Westminster had two first-place finishes in go-kart races. He took top honors on the asphalt track at Sandyhook Speedway in Bel Air, Harford County, Sunday and won on the dirt at Hunterstown (Pa.) Speedway Saturday in the two-cycle junior category.
Eric Ohler of Taneytown also took first inthe four-cycle open category at Hunterstown, as did Mike Jones of Westminster in the four-cycle junior restricted class. Richard Schwaab of Smallwood was third in the four-cycle senior box stock heavy class.
At Sandyhook, Rick Alvarez of Finksburg was second in the two-cycle senior light class.
* Eash ended the weekend in third place inthe sprint standings at Lincoln, with Manchester's Jesse Wentz tied for 12th and Upperco's Jeff Shepard tied for 23rd. Jones was 11th in the late-model standings and Schaffer 20th, while Dave Green of Taneytown was eighth in thundercar points.UPCOMING SCHEDULE
*Trail-Way Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Limited late models; four- and eight-cylinder stocks and micro sprints; gates open at 5 p.m., racing starts at 8 p.m. Information: (717) 359-4310.
* Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Sprint cars, limited sprints and thundercars; gates open at 6 p.m., racing starts at 8 p.m. Information: (717) 766-4778.
* Cumberland Valley Speedway, Shippensburg, Pa.: Several classes of go-kart races.
* Lincoln Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Super sprints, super stock late models, mini sprints and thundercars, plus a Racing Tug O'War competition; gates open at 5:30 p.m., racing starts at 7 p.m. Information: (717) 624-2755.
* Trail-Way Speedway: Super-cross cycles and four-wheelers; gates open at 3 p.m.; racing starts at 7 p.m.
* Winchester, Va., Speedway: Late models, limited late models and roadrunners. Information: (703) 667-8143.
*Cumberland Raceway: Late models, pure stock and semi-late models; gates open at 4:30 p.m.; racing starts at 6:30. Information: (301) 463-6794 or 463-2631.
* 75-80 Dragway, Monrovia: Top Dog Meet, Eight Fastest Door Slammers and double points. Pits open at 9:30 a.m. and eliminations start at 1:30 p.m. Information: (301) 865-5102.
* Hunterstown, Pa., Speedway: Several classes of go-kart races.
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