Jeff Shepard Dedicates Sprint Win To Injured Brother

MOTOR SPORTS REVIEW-PREVIEW

August 28, 1991|By Staff report

Jeff Shepard raced to his first sprint victory ever at Susquehanna Speedway in Newberrytown, Pa., Sunday while his brother Judd lay in the intensive care unit at York (Pa.) Hospital. Judd suffered head injuries in a crash during Saturday night's sprint car feature race at Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, Pa., and was taken to York Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday he still was in intensive care and in serious condition.

Judd was injured in a multicar pile-up that started when Phil Walter hit a wall on the first turn at Lincoln and flipped across the track. Leland McSpadden and Scott Walls hit Walter's car as he careened across the track, bringing out the red flag to temporarily stop the race.

But Judd was not able to stop and smashed into the wrecked

cars.

After his win at Susquehanna, Jeff dedicated the victory to hisbrother. Jeff led from wire to wire in the 25-lap race and earned $2,500 for the victory.

Jeff also was competing in the race Saturdayin which Judd was injured. Jeff, who had won the consolation race Saturday at Lincoln to earn the No. 20 position in the main feature, wound up finishing fifth in that race.

Jeff also placed 10th in the 25-lap sprint feature at Williams Grove Speedway Friday night, starting one of his most productive weeks ever on the track. The performances also helped him jump from 19th to 16th in the WSBA Busch Cup Racing Series point standings.

Two other county drivers also scored impressive wins in weekend action, with Charlie Schaffer of Hampstead and Malcolm Ford of Westminster the victors. Here is a look at the restof the action:

* Schaffer took the lead on the 15th lap of the 25-lap late-model feature race at Winchester (Va.) Speedway for his second win of the season there. Schaffer started sixth in the 22-car field and was in third place by lap eight and second one circuit later. Gary Stuhler of Westminster was fifth in the race.

Schaffer and Stuhler also competed in a busy three-feature late-model card Sunday atHagerstown Speedway in Washington County. Schaffer was eighth in thefirst 20-lap feature and fifth in the third, but did not place in the middle event.

Stuhler, meanwhile, was fifth in the first race, sixth in the second and second in the finale.

* Malcolm Ford won the overall title Sunday at the Maryland National Hot Rod Association Motorcycle Nationals, which had been postponed from Aug. 18, at Mason-Dixon Dragway in Washington County.

Ford first won the Quick 32 competition with his 1991 Suzuki 1100, then was the overall winner after racing off against Class I champ Jim Shifflett.

Other area finishers of note included Dave Belt, formerly of Taneytown and now of Littlestown, Pa., who reached the semifinals in Class I, Marion Ford of Hampstead (Malcolm's brother), a quarterfinalist in Class I, and Norman Wagner of Hampstead, a quarterfinalist in Quick 32.

In the regular program Sunday at Mason-Dixon, Jim Peddicord of Westminster won the heavy division in his 1966 Ford Mustang, and Russell Barefoot of Mount Airy was a semifinalist in the super-pro division in his 1967 Chevrolet Camaro.

* Several county drivers also excelled at 75-80 Dragway in Monrovia, Frederick County.

Joe Mayne of Mount Airy racedhis dragster to victory over Larry Mayne, also of Mount Airy, in Class I Saturday. Two other Mount Airy drivers -- J. R. Gonyea and ChrisHruska -- were quarterfinalists.

In Class II, Harris Levin of Westminster was runner-up and Mike Garber of Taneytown was a semifinalist. In the motorcycle division, Marvin Ford of Westminster (another Ford brother) was a semifinalist and Gene Belt of Taneytown and Marion Ford were quarterfinalists.

On Friday, Ray Lewis of Woodbine won Class I, and Gonyea was runner-up; Norman Wagner of Hampstead won the motorcycle class, and Marion Ford was asemifinalist; and Corey Hess of Taneytown was Class II runner-up and Roger Jorss of Sykesville a quarterfinalist.

* At Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover, Pa., Friday, Gary Herman of Hampstead placed third in the eight-cylinder stock car feature, while Mark Shorb of Westminster was fifth, Bobby Feeser of Millers was sixth, Joe Brown of Westminster, seventh, and Gregg Messersmith of Hampstead, 10th. Brown and Corky Stull of Westminster were heat winners.

Mike Stull of Westminster was fifth in the micro-sprint feature.

* Rick Jones of Westminster was second in the semilate model feature Saturday at Lincoln, while Dave Green of Taneytown tookthe thundercar race.

* Mike Harrison of Mount Airy was fourth in the 20-lap limited late model feature Sunday at Hagerstown.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Friday

* Trail-Way Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Four and eight cylinders, micro sprints and enduro; gates open at 5, racing starts at 8. (717) 359-4310.

* Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg,Pa.: Sprint cars and late models; gates open at 6 p.m., racing starts at 8 p.m. (717) 766-4778.

* Mason-Dixon Dragway, Hagerstown: Friday street night with street and modified street classes; gates open at 5 p.m., eliminations at 7:30 p.m. (301) 791-5193.

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