Stuhler, Who Reigns At Hagerstown, Finally Ends Drought

MOTOR SPORTS

Westminster Driver Wins First Race Of The Year At The Speedway

July 31, 1991|By Stanley C. Dillon

WESTMINSTER — Westminster's Gary Stuhler, Hagerstown Speedway's leading feature winner the past five years, broke a long dry spell Sunday with his first win of the year there in the 35-lap late model main event.

Starting in the eighth spot, Stuhler worked his way to fourth by the thirdlap.

For the next two laps he battled Les Hare before taking over the third spot.

He took the lead on lap eight and began to pull away.

Stuhler maintained a comfortable lead until lap 25, when Nathan Durboraw, looking for his 11th win of the season, began to close the gap.

The first and only caution warning was given on lap 29.

On the restart, Durboraw stayed with Stuhler, pulling even with him several times.

On lap 32, Durboraw developed handling problems and Stuhler pulled away to victory.

In other weekend racing action:

* Several county drivers had busy days Friday and Saturday at the 75-80 Dragway in Monrovia, Frederick County.

Mount Airy's Mike Creaghan won the Class I competition Friday, while Jim Fleming of Union Bridgereached the semifinals.

In Class I action on Saturday, J. R. Gonyea of Mount Airy reached the semifinals, while Rodney Koontz of Hampstead, Gary Warthen of Mount Airy and Russell Barefoot of Mount Airy all got through the first three rounds.

Marion Ford of Hampstead won the motorcycle division on Friday and came back Saturday to finish the runner-up.

Taneytown's Dave Belt was a semifinalist in Friday's event, while Hampstead's Norman Wagner reached the semifinals on Saturday.

Woodbine's Scott Lowman won the Class II division on Saturday. Lowman and Union Bridge's Mike Stambaugh both reached the semifinals Friday.

Stambaugh reached the quarterfinals Saturday in ClassII along with Westminster's Harris Levin.

* Joe Brown captured the eight-cylinder stock car event to lead a handful of Westminster racers at Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover, Pa., on Friday.

Corky Stull took third, and Mark Shorb placed ninth.

In the micro-sprint class, Mike Stull took fifth, while Brad McClelland and Steve Owings finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

* Manchester's Ronnie Grinestaff won his ninth semi-late feature of the year at Lincoln Speedway in Hanover.

Starting in the 11th position, Grinestaff grabbed the lead early from Westminster's Randy Zechman and never looked back.

Zechman had to settle for fourth place.

Grinestaff and Zechman also won qualifying heats.

Finksburg's Jeff Shepard finished second in the 25-lap super sprint feature after losing the lead to Donnie Krietz Jr. in the final lap.

It appeared Shepard was on his way to his first win when his front sway bar broke, sending him high into thesecond turn and enabling Krietz to take the win.

* It was a busy Sunday night for three Carroll racers at Mason-Dixon Dragway in Hagerstown.

In the motorcycle division, Woodbine's Lawrence Stanton took the runner-up prize running his 1988 Suzuki 600.

Stanton ran a 11.63 estimated time on a 11.11 dial-in at 103.36 miles per hour. DougWitt of Woodbine had a second-round win.

Westminster's George Hoff had a fourth-round win, running his 1966 Ford Fairlane in the heavydivision.

* At Winchester (Va.) Speedway on Saturday, Stuhler took third in the late model feature race, while Hampstead's Charlie Schaffer finished 10th.

Stuhler also was a heat winner.

There were29 late models in the pits.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Friday

* 75-80 Dragway, Monrovia: Central Maryland ET Nationals, Class I, II, motorcycles and trophy; gates open at 1 p.m. and eliminations start at 6:30 p.m. (301) 865-5102.

* Trail-Way Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Four and eight cylinders, semi-late models; gates open at 5 p.m., racing starts at 8 p.m., (717) 359-4310.

* Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa.: World of Outlaws, gates open at 5:15 p.m., racing startsat 7:15 p.m. (717) 766-4778.

Saturday

* Lincoln Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Annual Daryl Gohn-Glen Gohn Memorial 25-lap feature with the first heat set for 7:30 p.m., also semi-lates and thundercars; gates open at 5 p.m. (717) 824-2755.

* 75-80 Dragway: Central MarylandET Nationals, Class I, II, motorcycles and trophy; gates open at 1 p.m. and eliminations start at 6:30 p.m.

* Trail-Way Speedway: Supercross cycles and four-wheel drives; gates open at 3 p.m., racing starts at 7 p.m.

* Hagerstown Speedway: World of Outlaws, limited late models and daredevils; gates open 6 p.m., racing starts at 8 p.m. (301) 582-0640.

* Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown, Pa.: Budweiser Super Sportsman, limited lates and streets; racing starts at 7 p.m.(717) 938-9170.

* Winchester (Va.) Speedway: Late models, four cylinders, semi-late models and pure stock. (703) 667-8143.

Sunday

* Mason-Dixon Dragway, Hagerstown: Central Maryland ET Nationals, Class I, II, motorcycles and trophy; gates open at 10:30 a.m. and eliminations start at 2:30 p.m. (301) 791-5193.

* 75-80 Dragway: Central Maryland ET Nationals, Class I, II, motorcycles and trophy; gates open at 1 p.m. and eliminations start at 6:30 p.m.

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