County Racers Deliver Top Performances

MOTOR SPORTS REVIEW-PREVIEW - A look at results and upcoming events involving Carroll's racing community

July 17, 1991|By Staff report

Marion Ford of Hampstead was the top rider in Class I at the Motor Cycle Nationals Sunday at 75-80 Dragway in Frederick County.

Ford moved into the overall lead at 75-80 after the second of four nationals at the strip.

Other top county performers Sunday included Tim Lippy of Westminster, second in Class I, and Gene Belt of Taneytown, who reached the semi-finals.

In Class II, Brian Fandel was a runner-up, while in the Super 32 category, Dave Belt of Taneytown and Malcolm Ford of Westminster reached the quarterfinals.

Matt Repp of Keymar had the top showing among county drivers in Saturday's auto action at 75-80, winning the Class II event. Roger Jorss of Sykesville reached the quarterfinals before losing to the eventual champ.

In Class I, Larry Mayne of Mount Airy was runner-up to Martin Spaulding of Owings Mills, Baltimore County. Mayne had defeated Chuck Taylor of Westminster in thesemi-finals.

In other motor sports action:

* Gary Stuhler of Westminster placed third and Charlie Schaffer of Hampstead was third in the 35-lap late model feature at Hagerstown Speedway in Washington County Sunday.

Stuhler had taken the lead on the fourth lap but was passed by eventual winner Nathan Durboraw on the fifth lap. Stuhlerstayed in second until the 23rd lap, when Booper Bare moved in to the runner-up spot.

In the 20-lap limited late model feature at Hagerstown, Mike Harrison of Mount Airy placed fourth.

* As usual, county drivers were out in force at Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover, Pa., for its Friday night program.

Mark Shorb of Westminster took second in the eight-cylinder stock race, while Gregg Messersmith of Hampstead was sixth, Garry Herman of Hampstead was eighth and Wayne McClelland of Westminster was 10th. Shorb was a heat winner and Westminster's Joe Brown was the consolation race winner.

In an unusual late model show at Trail-Way, Michael Harrison of Mount Airy was third and Ernie Jones of Westminster 10th. Jones also was a heat winner.

* Mount Airy drivers dominated the special high rollers class Sunday at Mason-Dixon Dragway in Hagerstown, Washington County. Mike Creaghan won the event and Woody Etzler was runner-up.

Russell Barefoot was athird round winner. Meanwhile, George Hogg of Westminster reached the semifinals.

In the previous weekend's action at Mason-Dixon, Mark West of Westminster advanced in the third round in the super pro division, as did Cory Hess of Taneytown in the heavy division on July 7. George Hoff was second in the heavy division on July 6 and West advanced to the second round that day in the super-pro division.

* Rick Jones of Westminster was fourth, Ronnie Grinestaff of Manchester fifth and Randy Zechman of Westminster seventh in the late model division Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, Pa.

Jeff Shepard of Finksburg was seventh in the sprint feature, while former Woodbine resident Cris Eash was ninth.

* Eash also placed 10th in the 25-lap late model feature Sunday night at Susquehanna Speedway. After the weekend's action, Eash remained in fifth in the WSBA Busch Cup Racing Series for sprint car drivers.

* Charlie Schaffer of Hampsteadwon the battle but lost the war Saturday night at Winchester (Va.) Speedway. He won the battle for second place with Denny Bonebreak, butlost the war for first in the 25-lap late model feature race to Nathan Durboraw.

* Chris Wainwright of Finksburg won the two-cycle junior go-kart race Saturday night at Hunterstown (Pa.) Speedway, while Eric Ohler of Taneytown won the four-cycle senior modified class. Wayne Karcher was fifth in the four-cycle senior light division.

On Friday at Cumberland Valley Speedway, Karcher won the super-stock light class.

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