Area drivers excelled at the annual Central Maryland ET Nationals Sunday at Mason Dixon Speedway in Washington County.
Three local competitors swept the top spots in the heavy division at the event, a joint venture between Mason Dixon and 75-80 Dragway in Monrovia, Frederick County.
Corey Hess won the heavy class in his 1977 Ford Mustang, coveringthe quarter-mile track in 12.28 seconds, the exact time he had estimated on his dial in. Scott Lowman of Woodbine was second after false starting in his 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle.
Roger Jorss of Sykesvillewas third in his 1970 Chevelle Super Sport, while Matt Repp of Keymar advanced through three rounds.
In the super-pro division, Bobby Spielman of Taneytown was a semifinal winner in his 1978 Ford Pinto, while Joe Mayne of Mount Airy was a second-round winner.
In the motorcycle class, Malcolm Ford of Westminster advanced to the semifinals on his 1991 Suzuki 1100, as did former Taneytown resident David Belt, now living in Littlestown, Pa., on his 1991 Suzuki GS 1260.
In other weekend action:
* A trio of Mount Airy drivers finished among the top drivers in the Class I competition Saturday at 75-80.
Mayne had a better showing Saturday night at 75-80 then he had a day later at Mason-Dixon, winning Class I in his dragster. Woody Etzler of Mount Airy was second, and Joe Henry of Mount Airy was a semifinalist.
Also Saturday, Matt Repp of Keymar was a semifinalist in Class II, and George Hoff of Westminster was a quarterfinalist.
On Fridayat 75-80, Mike Stambaugh of Union Bridge was a semifinalist in ClassII, and Keith Warner of Keymar was a quarterfinalist. In Friday's Class I competition, Steve Jeffers of Westminster reached the quarterfinals.
* Area drivers had a strong showing at Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, Pa., Saturday night.
Jeff Shepard of Finksburg was just a lap away from winning the 25-lap Darryl/Glen Gohn sprint feature raceand collecting a $3,000 prize before being passed by eventual winnerSteve Stambaugh and runner-up Steve Smith.
Shepard took the lead on the fourth lap, then, after a caution on the next circuit, he quickly pulled away from the field with another county driver, Jesse Wentz of Manchester, in close pursuit.
Stambaugh passed Wentz for second on the 17th lap, setting the stage for the late race showdown. Wentz wound up sixth.
In the semi-late model competition, Don Zechmanof Westminster was third in the feature race and also won a preliminary heat.
In point standings at Lincoln, former Woodbine resident Cris Eash is in seventh in the sprint division, while Shepard is 15thand Wentz 19th. Randy Zechman of Westminster is fourth in the semi-late class, while Rick Jones of Westminster is sixth. Dave Green of Taneytown is third in the thundercar standings and Bobby Feeser of Taneytown is eighth.
* Carroll drivers finished second in one race andthird in three others Friday night at Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover,Pa.
Ernie Jones of Westminster placed second in the late-model race, while Erol Meadowcroft of Hampstead was third in the four-cylinder stock feature.
Mike Stull of Westminster was third in the micro-sprint feature, and Brad McClelland of Westminster took fifth. Stull also won a preliminary heat.
In the eight-cylinder stock race, JoeBrown of Westminster was third, Mark Shorb of Westminster fifth and Garry Herman of Westminster eighth.
* Charlie Schaffer of Hampstead took top honors in the late-model feature at Winchester, Va., Speedway, Saturday night, while Paul Crowl of Upperco took ninth.
* Eash won the B feature at Williams Grove, Pa., Speedway Friday night, while competing against some of his former foes on the World of Outlawscircuit. Eash also finished sixth in another Outlaw program last Thursday at Williams Grove.
Eash, now living in Hanover, was rookie of the year for the Outlaws, a group of sprint car drivers that travels to small tracks around the country, but he dropped off the tour last year.
Eash also took second in his heat Sunday night at Susquehanna Speedway in Newberrytown, Pa., but did not finish in the feature race. Also at Susquehanna, Randy Zechman finished ninth in the 15-lapsemi-late feature.
In the WSBA Busch Cup Racing Series point standings for sprint-car drivers, Eash is in fifth place. The standings are based on performances at four tracks in south central Pennsylvania.
For the last several weeks, we've been touting the success of semi-late model driver Ronnie Grinestaff of Manchester.
All of the reports have been accurate, too, except that Grinestaff is actually from Manchester, Pa.
* Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown: Fifth annual Tommy Thompson MemorialDemolition Derby; competition starts at 8 p.m.; (301) 582-0640.
* 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 andsuper sportsmen; gates open at 6 p.m., racing starts at 8 p.m. (717)766-4778.