J. R. Gonyea of Mount Airy finished second recently in the Top Dragster Class at the International Hot Rod Association Winter Nationals at Darlington, S.C. Gonyea took home $2,600 for his efforts. He neededto qualify for this event and did so with a time of 7.69 seconds. Gonyea fell to the defending champion in the final.
Overall, 32 carsraced in the field.
Jim Fleming of Union Bridge competed in the Top Sportsman Class in his Firebird Top Gun. Fleming qualified, but lost in the second round.
In other motor sports:
* Gonyea also was a second-round winner in the Heavy Division at the Mason-Dixon Dragway four weeks ago. Tim McGehee of Westminster also was a third-round winner.
* Charlie Schaffer of Hampstead found lots of success at the fifth annual Winter Bash at the Hagerstown Speedway recently. Schaffer finished second in the 20-lap Winter Bash, as the top 10 modifieds squared off against the top 10 late models.
Schaffer also finished fourth in the first late model feature and ninth in the second late model feature.
Gary Stuhler of Westminster finished second in the second late model feature.
* Ed Talbert of Mount Airy won the Heavy Division at a recent Mason-Dixon Dragway competition in Hagerstown.
Talbert, driving a 1967 Camaro, defeated Frank Giallonardo of Smithsburg for the championship.
* It's a different year, but the story is still the same for Jim Peddicord of Westminster.
Peddicord, who won the lastrace of 1991 at the 75-80 Dragway in his 1966 Mustang, opened 1992 by capturing the Class II race on the Dragway's Opening Day recently.
Carroll countians also did well in other Class II competition.
Jamie Talbert and Roger Jorss each were semifinalists. Talbert, of Taneytown, drove his Vega; Sykesville's Jorss advanced, thanks to his Chevelle.
Veronica Chasen, Rick Waxter and David Tyler all were quarterfinalists. Chasen, a Taneytown resident, came back in a big way from a year in retirement, while Westminster's Waxter and Sykesville'sTyler each turned in strong efforts.
Class I saw Gonyea make the semifinals in his dragster. Russel Barefoot of Mount Airy and David McCarthy of Westminster made the quarterfinals.
For motorcycles, former Taneytown resident David Belt won this class, and Hampstead resident Marion Ford went to the quarterfinals.
Lisa Peddicord of Westminster won the ETK class, street legal.
* Former Woodbine resident Chris Eash rolled to victory in the 25-lap Sprint car feature recently at the Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Eash, nowof Hanover, Pa., started in 10th place and moved to third as the race progressed. Steve Smith, the leader, suffered engine troubles with two laps left, and second-place driver Lenny Krautheim's car ran out of gas on the restart after a caution flag enabled him to take the lead.
The third-place car of Johnny Mackison also saw its tank run dry, and Eash rolled to the victory. The win, worth $2,500 to the E&G Classics 17E team, was the fifth of Eash's career at Williams Grove.
* Several local racers shot to strong performances in recent competition.
Three weeks ago, Mike Stull of Westminster took seventh atTrail-Way in the Micro Spring Feature. Gregg Messersmith of Hampstead was fourth in the 8-Cylinder Stock Feature, and Mark Shorb of Westminster was seventh in the same race.
Keith Welsh of Westminster won a heat of the 8-Cylinder Stock competition.