Stuhler's Stalled Season Suddenly Roars Back To Life

MOTOR SPORTS REVIEW-PREVIEW -- A look at results and upcoming events involving Carroll's racing community

Westminster Late-model Racer Wins Twice Sunday At Va. Speedway

October 09, 1991|By Staff report

Until recently, 1991 was a season to forget for Westminster late-model driver Gary Stuhler.

Despite more than 100 career wins and three track titles, Stuhler couldn't buy a win early in the season. But he's been on a winning binge recently, and he continued Sunday with two victories at Winchester (Va.) Speedway.

Stuhler was one of several Mid-Atlantic drivers competing againstthe Short Track Auto Racing Stars in the 28th annual Winchester 200 and he swept two 50-lap feature races.

"This is a great day in my racing career," Stuhler said after the race. "I was disgusted last week at Hagerstown (Speedway) and ready to retire because I didn't makethe race. We'll celebrate now."

Stuhler and Mount Airy's Mike Harrison were among the six fastest qualifiers, and Stuhler placed second in the one-lap -- to determine the starting order for the first race.

Charlie Schaffer of Hampstead, meanwhile, placed third in his heat to earn a berth in the 22-car field. Ernie Jones of Westminster, placed fourth in his heat, just missing a shot at the feature races.

Schaffer placed sixth in the second race and 14th in the first, while Harrison was 18th in the second and 22nd in the first. Jones was 10th in the B race.

In other weekend action:

* Former Finksburgresident Al Shawver breezed to victory in the street stock division of the Third Annual Small Car Nationals Sunday at Hagerstown Speedwayin Washington County.

Shawver started in third but took the lead on the first lap and had lapped all but one other driver by lap 78 ofthe 100-lap race. He earned $1,000 for his victory.

* Mike Stull of Westminster captured the season point standings in the micro sprint division at Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover, Pa., after finishing fourth in the final race of the season Saturday. Westminster's Brad McClelland placed sixth.

Seven of the track's top 20 drivers in the eight-cylinder stock division this year live in Carroll. Gregg Messersmith of Hampstead led the way in third. Joe Brown of Westminster took sixth, Gary Herman of Hampstead seventh, Corky Stull of Westminster 11th and Greg Richardson of Sykesville 12th. Larry Feeser of Millers tied for 16th, and Wayne McClelland of Westminster took 20th.

Feeser was third Saturday.

In the four-cylinder stock division, Erol Meadowcroft of Westminster was seventh on the season and Tommy Blanton of Sykesville placed 18th.

* Lee Deavers of Westminster owned the season's best car in the semi-late model division at Lincoln Speedwayin Hanover, Pa. The car was driven by Ronnie Grinestaff of Manchester, Pa., and the team ended on a winning note Saturday with a win in the feature.

Other leading countians were Howard Williams of Westminster in fourth, Randy Zechman of Westminster in sixth, Rick Jones ofWestminster in seventh, John Moser Jr. of Westminster in 10th, Tom Deavers of Westminster (Lee's son) in 12th, Ken Angell of Taneytown in15th, Don Zechman of Westminster in 16th and Skip Smith of Union Bridge in 24th.

Randy Zechman, by the way, was a heat winner and placed fifth in the feature Saturday.

In the thundercar division, DaveGreen of Taneytown was third, Bobby Feeser of Millers ninth, Bill Baker of Mount Airy 13th, Keith Welsh of Westminster 15th and Kenny Mirfin of Union Bridge 19th. Welsh was fourth Saturday.

Jeff Shepard's strong late-season showing helped the Finksburg driver jump to 10thin the final sprint standings. Former Woodbine native Cris Eash was 12th and Jesse Wentz of Manchester took 24th.

Ernie Jones of Westminster was ninth in the final late-model standings, and Don Zechman of Westminster placed 24th.

* Eash placed ninth in the 25-lap sprint feature Friday at Williams Grove (Pa.) Speedway Friday. That showing helped solidify his fourth place final finish in the 1991 WSBA Busch Cup Racing Series final standings.

* Joe Mayne of Mount Airy wonClass I competition Sunday at 75-80 Dragway in Frederick County, then defeated Class I winner Bruce Wilson to win the top dog race. Gene Belt of Taneytown won the motorcycle division, while Jamie Talbert ofTaneytown was runner-up in Class II.

* Ed Talbert of Woodbine wasa semifinalist in the heavy competition at Mason-Dixon Dragway in Washington County on Sunday.



* Lincoln Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Sprints, semi-late models and thundercars; racing starts at 4 p.m. (717) 624-2755.

* 75-80 Dragway, Monrovia: Fall Ford Spectacular; gates open at 9 a.m. (301) 865-5102.


* Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown: Final points races with twin late-model features plus limited late models, modified stocks, thundercars and four-cylinder pure stocks; racing starts at 2 p.m. (301) 582-0640.

* 75-80 Dragway: Fall Ford Spectacular plus car judging,flea market and street drags; gates open at 9 a.m.

* Mason-Dixon Dragway, Hagerstown: Columbus Day Special and regular points racing in all classes; gates open at 10:30 a.m. and eliminations start at 3 p.m. (301) 791-5193.

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