Shepard gets Williams Grove win

MOTOR SPORTS REVIEW-PREVIEW

June 28, 1992|By Staff report

Upperco resident Jeff Shepard got his first Williams Grove Speedway victory of the season in the 25-lap super sprint feature June 19 at the Mechanicsburg, Pa., track.

An inside move and quick reflexes helped Shepard cement the win.

"I thought I was going to crash," said Shepard of his near collision with Jimmy Martin as the latter's car lost power midway through the race.

Shepard came off the fourth corner at full speed only to find Martin's stalled car in front of him. A quick jerk of the wheel and the 21-year-old Shepard was on his way to a $2,500 payoff.

On lap six, Shepard took the lead from Craig Eshenaur when he broke inside while coming out of the fourth corner. Shepard had also won the sprint heat.

The win was the high point of the weekend for Shepard, but not the only action for him. At Susquehanna Speedway last Sunday, Shepard was third in the 25-lap super sprint feature and second in the 10-lap heat.

* Gary Stuhler of Westminster kept his winning streak going this season with a win in the 20-lap late model race at Susquehanna Speedway in Newberrytown, Pa., last Sunday. Stuhler had won the eight-lap qualifying heat earlier that night.

* Stuhler was a heat winner June 20 at Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday, but didn't place in the feature race. Charlie Schaffer of Hampstead was sixth and Paul Crowl of Upperco 10th in the feature race.

* Cris Eash, formerly of Woodbine and now residing in Hanover, Pa., did everything he could to get by Randy Wolfe in the 25-lap Sprint Car feature at Selinsgrove, Pa., Speedway June 20.

Eash had pulled even with Wolfe several times in the race, but couldn't get the extra lift he needed for the win and wound up second. Eash also took ninth in the super sprint feature last Sunday at Susquehanna.

Don Zechman of Westminster, meanwhile, finished 10th in the 20-lap late model feature at Selinsgrove.

* Hampstead resident Gregg Messersmith claimed his first eight-cylinder stock victory at Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover, Pa., June 19. Three other Westminster residents placed in the top 10 in that race, including Gerry Herman (second), Wayne McClelland (fourth) and Mark Shorb (fifth).

Other Westminster residents did well at Trail-Way with Brad McClelland taking second and Mike Stull third in the micro sprint feature.

* Howard Williams of Union Bridge was seventh in the semi-late feature June 20 at Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, Pa.

John Moser Jr. and Tom Deavers of Westminster were 15th and 17th, respectively, and Jesse Wentz of Manchester 18th in the sprint cars feature, while Kenny Mirfin of Union Bridge was 15th in the thundercars.

* Corey Hess of Taneytown won the class II division in his Mustang and clinched a spot in the top eight of the 75-80 Bracket Finals in action last Sunday at 75-80 Dragway in Monrovia, Frederick County.

Jamie Talbert of Taneytown was a semifinalist in his Vega, while Taneytown's Scott Chasen and Sykesville's Roger Jorss were quarterfinalists.

Marion Ford won the Motorcycles division and also earned a spot in the Bracket Finals.

Jim Fleming of Union Bridge was a runner-up in the class I and George Hoff of Westminster was a semifinalist.

On June 20 at 75-80, two other Carroll County racers clinched a top spot for the Bracket Finals in September. Joe Mayne of Mount Airy won the class I competition in his dragster and continues to dominate this class.

Steve Hoff of Sykesville won class II in his Mustang and Tom Humm of Taneytown was runner-up. Jim Peddicord Jr. was runner-up in the ETK class.

* Lee Howe of Westminster won the first three rounds in the National Hot Rod Association Super Stock Nationals before bowing out at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa.

* Ed Talbert of Woodbine was runner-up at Mason-Dixon Dragway near Hagerstown last Sunday in class II in his 1967 Camaro.

Tony Vaughan of Mount Airy was a quarterfinalist in his 1968 Camaro.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Today

L 75-80 Dragway, Monrovia: Regular racing card. (301) 865-5102

* Mason-Dixon Dragway: Super Gas 9.90 races plus Firestone-TNN Points Races; pits open at 9 a.m., eliminations 1 p.m. (301) 791-5193

* Susquehanna Speedway: Super sportsman joins sprints and thunder cars; racing starts at 7 p.m.

Friday

* Trail-Way Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Micro-sprints, four- and eight-cylinder stocks and enduro; racing starts at 8 p.m. (717)624-2755.

* Mason-Dixon Dragway: 2nd Friday Night Street Challenge. (301) 791-5193

* Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Sprints, late models and sportsmen; racing starts at 8 p.m.

Saturday

* Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown Md: 27th Annual Johnny Roberts Memorial for late models, plus limited late models, modified semi-lates, pure stock daredevils and four-cylinder pure stocks; gates open at 6 p.m., racing starts at 8 (301) 552-0640

* 75-80 Dragway: Regular features; gates open at 1 p.m., eliminations at 7.

* Mason-Dixon Dragway: Firecracker Classic. (301) 791-5193

* Winchester (Va.) Speedway: Late models, semi-lates and four-cylinders. (703) 667-8143

* Trail-Way Speedway: Cycles; racing starts at 1 p.m.

* Lincoln Speedway: Sprints, semi-lates and thundercars plus fireworks; gates open at 5:30, racing starts at 7:30. (717) 624-2755

Next Sunday

75-80 Dragway, Monrovia: Regular features. (301) 865-5102

* Mason-Dixon Dragway: Firecracker Classic continued. (301) 791-5193

* Susquehanna Speedway: Super sportsman joins sprints and thunder cars; racing starts at 7 p.m.

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