County motorsports drivers had their best weekend of the season, winning races in a wide variety of events at several area race tracks.
The best showing was at Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, Pa., where Carroll drivers won three races over the weekend.
Ronnie Grinestaff of Manchester won his seventh late-model feature Saturday at Lincoln on the night he was designated as Driver of theWeek at the track. He also won his preliminary heat before capturingthe 15-lap feature race.
Grinestaff started in 11th and was in the top five by the fourth lap. Grinestaff passed early leader Bob Spahr on the seventh lap and held on for the win.
Rick Jones of Westminster placed third.
In the 12-lap thundercar feature, Westminster resident Dave Green took the lead on the 10th lap and held on to capture his third feature win of the season. Green had started eighth.
In a special Sunday program at Lincoln, Jones got a measure of revenge on Grinestaff by winning a special 20-lap open semi-late race. It was Jones' third win of the year. Grinestaff, who suffered a flat on the fourth lap, got back in quickly, placing third.
In other motorsports action:
* Westminster residents Mike Stull and Brad McClelland swept the top two spots in the micro-sprint feature Friday night at Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover, Pa. It was the second feature win of the year for Stull; McClelland also won a preliminary heat.
Several county drivers also finished in the top 10 in the two eight-cylinder stock car features, which included a makeup from the July 12 cardthat was shortened by rain.
Corky Stull of Westminster was third in one of the features and Greg Richardson of Sykesville was fifth. In the other feature, Gregg Messersmith of Hampstead was third, Corky Stull was fifth and Gary Herman was seventh.
Stull was a heat winner and Joe Brown of Westminster was selected best dressed for the feature postponed from July 12.
* On Saturday at Trail-Way, Tim Schmelyun of Silver Run took first in the supercross 25-plus division of the motorcycle and four-wheel drive competition and continues to be one of the top area competitors in his class.
Other county drivers performing at Trail-Way Saturday included Lee Mallick of Westminster and Joseph Hardesty of Sykesville, second and third, respectively, in the 250 four-wheel B competition; Erik Kotmair of Westminster, secondin the supercross youth 65 class; John Kotmair of Westminster, fifthin the supercross youth 85 division; Rick Kramer of Sykesville, third in the 250 four-wheel A race; and Early Ely of Sykesville, seventh in supercross 125.
* Four county drivers were winners in weekend action at 75-80 Dragway in Monrovia, Frederick County.
Westminster native Ed Talbert won Class II and was runner-up in the Top Dog meet Saturday, while Marion Ford of Hampstead won the motorcycle class.
Other top county performers Saturday included Harris Levin of Westminster, a semifinalist in Class II, and Corey Hess of Taneytown, RogerJorss of Sykesville and Randy Willis of Westminster, all quarterfinalists in Class II. Ervin Hare of Westminster and Jim Fleming of UnionBridge reached the quarterfinals in Class I.
On Friday, Gary Warthen of Mount Airy took the Class I race, while Scott Lowman of Woodbine won in Class II.
Russell Barefoot of Mount Airy was a semifinalist in Class I, while Mike Creaghan of Mount Airy and Chuck Taylor and Steve Jeffers of Westminster reached the Class I quarterfinals. Talbert was runner-up in Class II, while Norman Wagner of Hampstead was runner-up and Ford a semifinalist in the motorcycle class.
* Mike Harrison of Mount Airy was a heat winner Friday and came back Saturday to place third in the 25-lap limited late-model feature at Hagerstown Speedway in Washington County.
In the weekend feature at Hagerstown, meanwhile, Gary Stuhler of Westminster placed third in the Conococheague 100, a 100-lap late model race.
Stuhler had finished third in his preliminary heat and 12th in the time trials.
Former Woodbine Resident Cris Eash took seventh in the 25-lap sprint feature Sunday at Susquehanna Speedway in Newberrytown, Pa.
* Eash also placed fourth in an unusually Wednesday night card last week at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway.
* Jeff Shepard of Finksburg hit the winner's circle Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa.
* Trail-Way Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Four and eight cylinders, semi-late models; gates open at 5, racing starts at 8. (717) 359-4310.
* Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Sprint cars and super sportsmen; gates open at 6 p.m., racing starts at 8 p.m. (717) 766-4778.
* Cumberland Valley Speedway, Shippensburg, Pa.: Several classes of go-kart races.
* Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown: Monster Truck Nationals; gates open at 6 p.m., racing starts at 8. (301) 582-0640.
* 75-80 Dragway, Monrovia: $2,000High Roller Race for the top 16 Class I cars, plus regular racing; pits open at 5 p.m. and eliminations start at 9 p.m. (301) 865-5102.