The Mason-Dixon Dragway team, led in part by several Carroll drivers, finished second among 18 competitors at the Firestone-TNN E.T. Tournament over the weekend at Maple Grove Speedway near Reading, Pa.
The event included drivers from tracks in the northeast region of thecountry.
Jackie Wachter of Keymar, who, with husband Wayne owns the Hagerstown, Washington County, track, said Ed and Jamie Talbert and George Hoff were among the county drivers who helped Mason-Dixon finish justbehind Beaver Springs, Pa. The Maryland International Dragway in Charles County was third.
A large contingent of Carroll drivers also helped the 75-80 Dragway from Monrovia, Frederick County, to a sixth-place finish. Ed Talbert of Woodbine, the No. 1 super-pro class driver from Mason-Dixon, set the tone Friday night by winning that classification's race of champions. That event pitted the top drivers in theclass from each of the 18 tracks and counted toward the final point totals of each team.
The rest of the competition featured the top 16 drivers in both the heavy and super-pro classes, the top nine motorcycle drivers, and one high school driver from each of the 18 tracks, for a total of 828 riders.
Talbert didn't do quite as well in the regular bracket portion of the card, but two other Mason-Dixon drivers picked up the slack. Talbert's brother, Jamie, from Taneytown, and George Hoff of Westminster each advanced to the super-pro class semifinals, where the two went head to head.
Talbert won that meeting, but lost in the finals and finished as runner-up.
Dave Belt, a former Taneytown resident who lives in Littlestown, Pa., won three rounds of competition, while cyclist Brian Fandel of Mount Airy and heavy driver Larry Mayne of Mount Airy both lost in the first round.
The best showing among the 17 Carroll drivers competing for 75-80 was made by Corey Hess of Taneytown. Competing in the super pro division,Hess reached the fifth round before falling.
Both tracks had regular races on Sunday, though Wachter said few Maple Grove racers took part.
"We got home around 2:30 Sunday morning and we had to be up at 6 that morning to go back to the (Mason-Dixon) track," she said.
Highlights of the event, sponsored in part by the National Hot Rod Association, will be on "NHRA Today," which airs on The Nashville Network (Channel 28 on Prestige Cable and Channel 7 on Frederick Cablevision in Manchester) at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
In other motor sports action:
* At 75-80 Sunday, Gary Warthen of Mount Airy was a semifinalist in the heavy class, Joe Henry of Mount Airy reached the quarterfinals and Lee Howe of Westminster and Larry Mayne of Mount Airy made the round of 16.
Marion Ford of Hampstead won the motorcycle class.
Joe Cook of Westminster was a semifinalist and Jim Peddicord of Westminster a quarterfinalist in the super-pro competition.
* JamieTalbert was a third-round winner Sunday at Mason-Dixon in the super-pro class.
* One Carroll driver earned the season points total title and another won his class at Trail-Way Speedway near Hanover, Pa.
Mike Stull finished as the points champion in the micro-sprint division and came in fourth in Friday's race, the year's final points race.
Joe Brown of Westminster, meanwhile, led a parade of Carroll finishers by taking first in the the eight-cylinder stock car race. Gregg Messersmith of Hampstead was fifth, Larry Feeser of Millers sixth, Corky Stull of Westminster ninth, and Mark Shorb of Westminster 10th. Brown also was a heat winner.
* Several Carroll drivers were among the leaders at the Octoberfest 250 on Sunday at Hagerstown Speedway. Cris Eash, formerly of Woodbine, placed 10th, Rick Schmelyun Jr. of Silver Run was a heat winner and placed 20th and Jesse Wentz of Manchester was 24th in the 50-lap sprint.
In the 100-lap late model feature, meanwhile, Mike Harrison of Mount Airy was 11th and Charlie Schaeffer of Hampstead 22nd.
* Ronnie Grinestaff of Manchester, Pa., drove to his 14th semi-late model feature win Saturday at Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, Pa. Grinestaff, driving a car owned by Lee Deavers of Westminster, took the lead on the 11th circuit of the 15-lap feature; Randy Zechman of Westminster was fourth.
* In go-kart action, Eric Ohler of Taneytown was third in the four-cycle senior modified division at Hunterstown (Pa.) Speedway over the weekend, while Wayne Karcher of Finksburg was fifth in the superstock light class at Cumberland Valley (Pa.) Speedway.
* Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Fram-Autolite National Open for sprint cars; gates open at 6 p.m., racing starts at 8 p.m. (717) 766-4778.
* Lincoln Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Mini-sprint Nationals plus semi-late models and thundercars; gates open at 2 p.m., racing starts at 4 p.m. (717) 624-2755.
* Williams Grove: Fram-Autolite National Open for sprint cars; gates open at 6 p.m., racing starts at 8 p.m.
* Winchester, Va., Speedway: 28th annual Winchester 200. (703) 667-8143.
* Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown: Small-car Nationals and 150-lap enduro; 1 p.m. (301) 582-0640.
* Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown, Pa.: Manufacturers Appreciation Race for sprints plus thundercars; racing starts at 7 p.m. (717) 938-9170.
* 75-80 Dragway, Monrovia: Last points races; pits open at 9:30 a.m., eliminations start at 1 p.m. (301) 865-5102.
* Mason-Dixon Dragway, Hagerstown: Gates open 1 p.m.; time trials, 2 p.m.; eliminations, 5:30 p.m.; 791-5193.