It was a happy family reunion in the pits at Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, Pa., Saturday night.
Jeff Shepard of Finksburg won his firstsprint car feature of the year at Lincoln, capturing the 40-lap Coors Pennsylvania Sprint Car Championship and the $4,500 first-place purse. Joining Shepard in the winner's circle was brother Judd, who had been seriously injured in an accident at Lincoln two weeks earlier. Judd's racing season is over, and he spent several days in the intensive care unit at York Hospital, but he returned to Lincoln Saturday tocheer on his brother.
Judd also lent an important piece of equipment to the cause -- the engine on Jeff's car came from the vehicle Judd had driven until the accident.
Jeff Shepard had been one of the hottest sprint car drivers in the area in recent weeks, though at the start of the season he rarely finished among the top 10 at area sprint tracks.
"I've been trying to win all year," Jeff said after his Lincoln victory. "I figured if we are going to win one, I might as well win the one with the most money."
Shepard also had ninth-place finishes Sunday at Susquehanna (Newberrytown, Pa.) and Friday at Port Royal (Pa.) speedways.
In other weekend action:
* Carroll drivers have won severalraces at Mason-Dixon Dragway near Hagerstown, Washington County, thepast several weeks. George Hoff of Westminster was the most recent, winning the heavy class Sunday. Cory Hess of Taneytown was a semifinalist and Mike Stambaugh of Union Bridge reached the third round.
Gene Belt of Taneytown edged his brother David, formerly of Taneytown and now from Littlestown, Pa., to win the motorcycle class Sept. 2, while George Hoff of Westminster won the heavy class and Tim McGehee of Westminster reached the fourth round. Woody Etzler of Mount Airy advanced to the third round in super pro.
Larry Mayne won the super pro division Sept. 1, with fellow Mount Airy residents Joey Mayne advancing to the third round and Etzler and Tony Vaughn reaching the third round. J. R. Gonyea of Mount Airy won the low qualifier competition open body division, Jim Fleming of New Windsor was low qualifier inthe closed body division and David Belt was low motorcycle qualifier.
On Aug. 30, Denny Durbin of Woodbine had the fastest modified street racer, a 1969 Chevrolet Nova, in a first-round win in the modified street stock class.
* Joe Mayne also had a good day Saturday at75-80 Dragway in Monrovia, Frederick County. He took the Class I title to maintain his lead in the point standings and secure his spot inthe Bracket Finals later this month at Maple Grove Dragway in Reading, Pa.
Bruce Combs of Westminster and Jim Fleming were semifinalists, while Etzler and Charlie Spielman of Taneytown were quarterfinalists.
Mike Stambaugh of Union Bridge, meanwhile, secured his Class II track title with a second-place finish and Roger Jorss of Sykesville, who reached the third round this weekend, wrapped up his second-place points finish.
Bruce Fandell of Mount Airy was second in motorcycles.
* Three Westminster drivers finished among the top 10 in the 15-lap semilate model race at Lincoln Friday. Rick Jones was third, Randy Zechman sixth and Don Zechman 10th. Ronnie Grinestaff, driving a car owned by Lee Davers of Westminster, was second.
* CharlieSchaffer of Hampstead was seventh in the late model feature Saturdayat Winchester (Va.) Speedway.
* Mike Harrison of Mount Airy was fourth in the 20-lap limited late model feature at Hagerstown SpeedwaySunday.
* Carroll drivers dominated the eight-cylinder stock division at Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover, Pa., Friday night. Larry Feeser of Millers was second, Joe Brown of Westminster third, Garry Hermanof Hampstead fourth and Greg Richardson of Sykesville fifth.
MikeStull of Westminster was third in the micro-sprint division and Tammy Feeser of Millers was fourth in the enduro feature.
* Trail-Way Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Four and eightcylinders, semilate models; gates open at 5, racing starts at 8. (717) 359-4310.
* Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Sprintcars and super sportsmen; gates open at 6 p.m., racing starts at 8 p.m. (717) 766-4778.
* Lincoln Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Sprint cars, mini sprints, semilate models and thundercars; gates open at 5 p.m., racing starts at 7:30 p.m. (717) 624-2755.
* Trail-Way Speedway: Supercross cycles and four-wheel drives; ates open at 3 p.m., racing starts at 7 p.m.
* 75-80 Dragway, Monrovia: Final points race for Bracket Finals, with double points and Top Dog Race; pitsopen 1 p.m. and eliminations start 7 p.m. (301) 865-5102.