County Racers Succeed At 75-80 Dragway

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April 05, 1992|By Staff report

Staff report Several Carroll County racers roared to success last Sunday at the 75-80 Dragway:

* Joe Mayne of Mount Airy was the runner-up to Dan Householder of Marriottsville in Class I competition.

Mayne, in his Dragster, lost to Householder in his Duster. Also in that class, Ray Lewis of Woodbine went three rounds of competition.Westminster's Mike Hoff used his Mustang to roll to the final of Class II action and split first-place money with Chris Hruska of Mount Airy. Hruska also used a Mustang.

George Hoff of Westminster went through three rounds in his Fairlane.

In the motorcycle division, Hampstead's Norman Wagner finished second, while former Taneytown resident David Belt advanced to the semifinals.

* David McCarthy of Westminster made it to the semifinal round in the Pepsi Open at Delmar at the U.S. 13 Dragway last Sunday.

McCarthy raced Westminster's Todd Harris in the second round where he defeated him in a close race.

Lee Howe and the Davis Brothers of Westminster made it to the second round of eliminations, while Tim Peters went to the third round.

In other auto action:

* Two Mount Airy residents reached the third round in Mason-Dixon Dragway action last Sunday.

Woody Etzler and Larry Mayne were second-round victors on this day. Etzler used a 1980 Arrow, while Mayne raced in a 1980 Monza.

* Charlie Schaffer of Hampstead finished seventh in the 35-lap late-model feature at theHagerstown Speedway last Sunday.

Denny Bonebrake, a six-time track champion, won the race, while Schaffer took the seventh spot.

Schaffer also won the day's consolation race.

* Cris Eash, formerly of Woodbine, finished second to Dave Calaman in the super sprint feature last Saturday at the Selinsgrove Speedway.

Eash was close, just three-quarters of a second behind the leader, but Calaman hung on for the victory, which paid him $2,000.

Eash and Todd Shaffer put the heat on Calaman throughout the race, but couldn't overtake the eventual victor.

* One Carroll County racer was right on time in the semilate feature last Saturday at Lincoln Speedway.

Westminster resident Randy Zechman took third in the feature at Lincoln. It ended astrong day for him, as he had won the second heat.

Mark Elksnis won the race. He took the lead from his fourth starting spot on the opening lap and led the rest of the way.

One other Carroll County driver was in the event, but did not qualify for the feature race. Howard Williams of Union Bridge raced in the first heat, but couldn't advance.

Jeff Shepard of Upperco suffered the misfortune of racing with Dan Dietrich in the sprint cars.

Shepard finished fourth -- andDietrich was first -- in the first heat, and Dietrich went on to winthe feature. Shepard took 11th place in that event.

* Gary Stuhler of Westminster will be one of the racers competing in the Hagerstown Speedway's Saturday night racing cards beginning April 11.

One of the highlights of Saturday night racing, new to the Speedway this year, will be twin 20-lap features for the late models. A majority of the Saturday night programs are going to have two features, and this is what Stuhler is set to race in.

Nathan Durboraw has the currentrecord of 15 wins in a single season. He, along with Bonebrake, Rodney Franklin and Stuhler will be among those shooting to break that mark.

Also at Hagerstown, the Giant Springfest will start this month's competition at 2 p.m. today.

The top three divisions in dirt track racing come together to give fans a preview of Octoberfest 250 and possibly win some money. The modifieds, super sprints and super late models will be featured in a triple-header program with $4,000 going to the winner of each feature.

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