Harris' Super Comp title highlights big weekend for Westminster drivers

July 19, 1992|By Staff Report

Westminster drivers had an explosion of wins the weekend after the Fourth of July.

It was a great victory for Westminster's Todd Harris as he won the Super Comp Class at the NHRA Summer Nationals at Englishtown, N.J., with a dialing of 8.90 and running a pro tree.

Also participating from Westminster were Lee Howe, Dave McCarthy and the Davis family. Bruce Combs competed in the super gas.

Gary Stuhler of Westminster set the pace from the pole at Hagerstown in the 25-lap late-model feature on Sunday. At one point Stuhler opened a two-second lead, before eventual winner Nathan Durboraw pulled alongside. Durboraw got the edge on lap 15 and held off Stuhler for the rest of the race. Stuhler was one of three heat winners.

Cris Eash, formerly of Woodbine, set the fastest time in the qualifications with a lap of 18.62 in the 30-lap Mitch Smith Memorial and Champion Spark Plugs Sprint Nationals' qualifier at Williams Grove Speedway.

Eash was third in the 30-lap super sportsman feature at Susquehanna Speedway on Saturday. Fortune wasn't as good to Eash on Sunday -- he collided with Billy Crawford at Selinsgrove Speedway and was unable to continue the race.

* Trailways

In the 20-lap micro sprint on Friday, Brad McCelland and Mike Stull, both of Westminster, were fourth and seventh respectively. In the thundercars, Hampstead residents Gary Herman and Greg Messersmith were fourth and sixth. Brad Green of Westminster was third in the four-cylinder stock class.

* Lincoln

Randy Zechman of Westminster won the heat in the semi-lates and was sixth in the feature race, while Keith Walsh, also of Westminster, was third in the thundercar feature.

Dan Dietrich of Taneytown and Jesse Wentz of Manchester were one and two in the sprint car heat and Dietrich was fourth in the feature.

* Mason Dixon

Greg Etzler of Mount Airy advanced to the semifinals in his 71 Cuda with a 13.79 ET on a 13.62 dial-in at 98.88 mph in the heavy class. Brian Fandel of Mount Airy was runner-up in the motorcycle class on his 900 Kawasaki with an ET 11.14 on a dial-in of 11.05 with a 114.55 mph.

* 75-80 Dragway

Friday: George Hoff of Westminster won the Class I in his Datsun driving for Jerry Shewbridge. Quarterfinalists were Larry Hoff and Steve Cavey of Westminster and Joe Mayne of Mount Airy.

Jamie Talbert of Taneytown was a semifinalist in his Vega, and Mike Stambaugh of Union Bridge was a quarterfinalist in his Fairmont in Class II action.

Saturday: Chris Hruska of Mount Airy won the Top Dog competition for July in his Pro-Start sponsored Mustang.

Steve Hoff of Sykesville was runner-up in the Class II in his Mustang. Scott Chasen and Corey Hess of Taneytown were both semifinalists.

In the Class I competition, Larry Hoff and Carroll Morris, both of Westminster, were semifinalists and Erv Hare of Mount Airy was a quarterfinalist.

Malcolm Ford of Westminster was runner-up in the motorcycles.

On June 26, Scott Chasen won the Class II High Roller Races, and Lisa Peddicord won the ETK class in her Thunderbird on July 4.

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