Several County Drivers In The Race For Track Awards

MOTOR SPORTS REVIEW-PREVIEW

October 16, 1991|By Staff report

Several Carroll County drivers will be on the ballot for awards at 75-80 Dragway Sunday.

Sunday also is the last points meet of the season, and winners in a variety of non-race categories also will be selected, with winners announced at the track's Nov. 30 banquet.

Nominees from Carroll include: * Most improved racer: George Hoffof Westminster and Corey Hess of Taneytown.

* Most improved cyclist: Norman Wagner of Hampstead.

* Best appearing cycle: Malcolm Ford of Westminster.

* Best appearing truck: Gary Taylor of Carrollton.

* Hard luck award: Bobby Spielman of Taneytown.

* Hard luckcyclist award: Marvin, Marion and Malcolm Ford (brothers from the Hampstead-Westminster area).

* Gentleman racer: Chuck Taylor of Westminster.

* Drag racing supporter: Larie Taylor of Westminster, Cliff Peddicord of Westminster and Don Hess of Taneytown.

* All in the family award: Hoffs of Westminster, Taylors of Westminster, Fords of Hampstead and Westminster and Maynes of Mount Airy.

* Woman racer: Lisa Peddicord of Westminster.

* Best supporting crew: Wagners of Hampstead, Tom Barnhouse of Taneytown.

Four county drivers, meanwhile, had a good day at last weekend's Ford Spectacular at 75-80 inMonrovia, Frederick County.

Corey Hess of Taneytown, normally a Class II driver, was in Class I in his 1977 Mustang for the Ford show Saturday and took top honors against 81 other cars, earning $1,000 for his showing.

George Hoff of Westminster, meanwhile, won the Class II race in his 1966 Fairlane, beating out 53 other drivers.

On Sunday, Chuck Taylor bested 63 other cars to take first in the Performance Automatic race in his 1978 Pinto.

Dwayne Graybill of Taneytown, meanwhile, set a track record while winning the Longest Burnout Race in his 1985 Ford Ranger pickup. Graybill deposited a 660-foot strip of rubber on the track to set the mark.

In other weekend action:

* Several area racers also did well at Mason-Dixon Dragway near Hagerstown, Washington County, Sunday.

Buddy Wilson of Westminster raced his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro to first in the super-pro class. Roger Miller of Taneytown was a fourth-round winner, while Jim Fleming ofUnion Bridge and Bobby Spielman of Taneytown were third-round winners.

In motorcycle action, former Taneytown resident Dave Belt, now living a few miles away in Littlestown, Pa., took first with his 1991Suzuki.

Scott Chasen of Taneytown was runner-up in the heavy class in his 1967 Ford Falcon, while Jamie Talbert of Westminster and Ed McLaughlin of Hampstead were semifinalists. George Hoff of Westminster was a third-round winner in the race.

And Mike Ashwell of Mount Airy was a first-round winner in the trophy class.

* A pair of Carroll racers finished among the top 10 in two 20-lap late model features Sunday at Hagerstown Speedway in Washington County. Gary Stuhler of Westminster placed eighth in the first race after winning a preliminary heat, while Charlie Schaffer of Hampstead was ninth in the second contest.

* Former Woodbine resident Cris Eash, now living in Hanover, Pa., was third in the 30-lap Jack Gunn Memorial sprint feature Sunday at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway. Rich Schmelyun Jr. of Silver Run was 10th in the race.

* Randy Zechman of Westminster won the first semi-late model qualifying heat at Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, Pa., Saturday, before heavy rains and a power failure washed out the program.

* Ernie Jones of Westminster placed 14th in the Third Annual Southern Maryland Classic late model race at Potomac Speedway in Budd's Creek, Charles County, Saturday.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Saturday

* Lincoln Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Twin sprint car features plus semi-late models and thunder cars; racing starts at 5 p.m. (717) 624-2755.

* Trail-Way Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Supercross cycles and four-wheel drives; gates open at 3 p.m., racing starts at 7 p.m. (717) 359-4310.

* 75-80 Dragway, Monrovia: Maryland Quarter-Mile Street CarDrag Race, open to all street legal cars; eliminations start at 7 p.m. (301) 865-5102.

* Summit Point Raceway, Summit Point, W. Va.: Go-Kart Races; racing starts at noon. (304) 725-8444.

Sunday

* Summit Point Raceway: Go-Kart Races; racing starts at noon.

* Mason-Dixon Dragway, Hagerstown: Four classes of racing, plus run-off between super-pro and heavy class winners for overall bonus championships; eliminations start at 3 p.m. (301) 791-5193.

* 75-80 Dragway: Last day for track points and 8.90 super comp meet; eliminations start at 1:30 p.m.

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