22 Carroll Racers Qualify For Firestone-tnn Tourney

Countians Snag 7of 16 Class I Spots From 75-80 Dragway

September 18, 1991|By Staff report

At least 22 drag racers from Carroll County have qualified for the Firestone-TNN E.T. Tournament later this month at Maple Grove Speedwaynear Reading, Pa.

All tracks in the Division I (East Coast) area can qualify up to 16 racers in both the Class I (super) and Class II (heavy) classes and nine in the motorcycle classes. Most Carroll drivers compete at 75-80 Dragway in Monrovia, Frederick County, and Mason-Dixon Dragway in Hagerstown, Washington County. Some drivers were among the leaders at both tracks but were able to qualify at only one location.

Seven of the 16 Class I spots from 75-80, while one of the 16 at Mason-Dixon, were from Carroll. Five of the 16 Class II drivers at 75-80 were from Carroll, as were three of the 16 from Mason-Dixon.

Four of nine motorcycle qualifiers from 75-80 hail from Carroll, as doat least two from Mason-Dixon. Jacqueline Wachter of Mason-Dixon said yesterday afternoon they were still waiting to hear from two more potential motorcycle qualifiers from that track.

Additionally, eachtrack may send one high school rider, and a Carroll resident earned that chance at 75-80.

Three sets of brothers split their qualification between the two tracks. Joe Mayne of Mount Airy is the top qualifier from 75-80 in Class I, while his brother Larry will be part of the Mason-Dixon contingent in their equivalent super class.

Dave Belt, formerly of Taneytown but now living in Littlestown, Pa., was a motorcycle qualifier at Mason-Dixon, while brother Gene, from Taneytown, advanced from 75-80. George Hoff of Westminster qualified in the heavy class at Mason-Dixon and brother Larry is part of the Class I team at 75-80.

Two other brothers qualified from the same track. Marion Ford of Hampstead and Malcolm Ford of Westminster both qualified from 75-80 in motorcycles, while Ed Talbert of Woodbine and Jamie Talbert of Taneytown will compete in the heavy class representing Mason-Dixon.

Here is the complete list of qualifiers:Class I/Heavy Class

75-80: Joe Mayne, Mount Airy, 1990 Chevrolet dragster; Mike Creaghan, Mount Airy, 1969 Plymouth Road Runner; Charlie Spielman, Taneytown, 1969 Ford Torino; Joe Henry, Mount Airy, 1983 Chevrolet Camaro; Larry Hoff, Westminster, 1974 Ford Mustang II; Russell Barefoot, MountAiry, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro; J.R. Gonyea, Mount Airy, dragster; Ervan Hare, Mount Airy, 1974 Chevrolet Nova (wild card alternate); Wayne Selby, Sykesville, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro (alternate). Mason-Dixon: Larry Mayne, Mount Airy, 1980 Chevrolet Monza.

Class II/Super Class

75-80: Mike Stambaugh, Union Bridge, 1978 Ford Fairmont; Roger Jorss, Sykesville, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle; Corey Hess, Taneytown, 1977 Ford Mustang; Rick Bouch, Union Bridge, 1973 Plymouth Scamp; Scott Lowman, Woodbine, 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle. Mason-Dixon: Ed Talbert, Woodbine, 1978 Chevrolet Malibu; George Hoff, Westminster, 1966 Ford Fairlane; Jamie Talbert, Taneytown, 1972 Chevrolet Vega.

Motorcycles

75-80: Marion Ford, Hampstead, 1987 Suzuki; Norman Wagner, Hampstead, 1982 Suzuki; Malcolm Ford, Westminster, 1991 Suzuki; Gene Belt, Taneytown, 1982 Suzuki. Mason-Dixon: Dave Belt, Littlestown, Pa. (formerly Taneytown), 1991 Suzuki; Brian Fandel, Mount Airy, 1975 Kawasaki.

High School

75-80: Chris Morris, New Windsor, 1991 Chevrolet truck.

In other motor sports action:

* Mark Cathell of Westminster traveled to the Eastern Shore Friday and placed second in the heavy class ET finals at U.S. 13 Dragway in Delmar, Del. Cathell lost toCharles DeHaven of Salisbury in the finals.

* Brian Fandel of Mount Airy took top honors in the motorcycle class Sunday at Mason-DixonDragway. Fandel reached a top speed of 130.18 miles per hour.

* Woody Etzler of Mount Airy won the Class I competition Saturday at 75-80 and Mike Creaghan of Mount Airy was runner-up, while Chuck Taylor of Westminster and Ray Lewis of Woodbine reached the quarterfinals. In Class II, Ed Talbert was runner-up.

* Gary Stuhler of Westminster has been one of the hottest late model drivers in the area in recent weeks. He won his third feature in the last five weeks -- and fifthof the year -- Saturday night at Winchester, Va., Speedway. Hampstead's Charlie Schaffer was sixth.

* Eric Ohler of Taneytown had a pair of third-place finishes in weekend go-kart action, in the 4-cycle box modified class Sunday at Hunterstown (Pa.) Speedway and in the super stock light class Saturday at Cumberland Valley (Pa.) Speedway.

Also at Hunterstown, Richard Schwaab of Smallwood was second in the4-cycle box stock senior heavy class and Chris Wainwright of Finksburg placed third in the 2-cycle junior class.

* Mike Stull of Westminster took second in the micro-sprint feature at Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover, Pa., Friday. In the eight-cylinder stock race, Larry Feeser of Millers took fifth, Joe Brown of Westminster was sixth and MarkShorb of Westminster placed ninth. Erol Meadowcroft of Hampstead wassixth in the four-cylinder stick feature.

* Owner Lee Deavers of Westminster scored another win as Ronnie Grinestaff of Manchester, Pa., won his 12th semi-late model feature Saturday at Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, Pa. Jeff Shepard of Finksburg was ninth in the sprint feature.

SCHEDULE

Friday

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

Saturday

* Lincoln Speedway, Hanover,Pa.: Ronnie McBee Memorial for stock cars, plus thundercars and double points for semi-late models; gates open at 5 p.m., racing starts at 7:30 p.m. (717) 624-2755.

* Winchester, Va., Speedway: late models, four cylinders, semi-late models and pure stock, including races postponed from Saturday. (703) 667-8143.

* 75-80 Dragway, Monrovia: Eight fastest outlaw door-slammers plus 31st anniversary race; pitsopen at 1 p.m. and eliminations start at 7 p.m. (301) 865-5102.

*Mason-Dixon Dragway, Hagerstown: Test and Tune Day plus regular card; racing starts at noon. (301) 791-5193.

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