County racers finish at the front of the pack at 75-80 Dragway

MOTOR SPORTS REVIEW-PREVIEW

August 30, 1992

Erve Hare of Mount Airy won the Class I competition in a Chevy Nova at 75-80 Dragway in Monrovia, Frederick County, defeating Chuck Taylor of Westminster driving a Ford Pinto in the final round.

In Class II action, Tom Humm of Taneytown won this class in his Falcon. In the motorcycles it was Dave Belt of Taneytown as a runner-up, and Malcolm Ford of Westminster made it to the semifinals.

Jim Peddicord Jr. of Westminster won the ETK (street car) class. In the Funny Car competition, Carnie Fryfogle of Eldersburg was the runner-up in his Bud Dry-sponsored car.

In his debut in Class I, Corey Hess of Taneytown was a quarterfinalist. Scott Lowman of Woodbine was a semifinalist in the Class II competition. Jerry Battaglia of Union Bridge was a quarterfinalist, Mike Garber of Taneytown reached the round of 16 and Matt Repp of Keymar and Ron McCall of Westminster reached the round-of-32.

On Aug. 21, Joe Henry of Mount Airy and Chuck Taylor of Westminster were quarterfinalists in Class I. Rodney Kuhns of Hampstead and Larry Mayne of Mount Airy reached the round of 16 in Class I.

Steve Hoff of Sykesville was a runner-up in his Mustang in Class II, and Chris Hruska of Mount Airy in his Mustang was a semifinalist.

In other recent motor sports action:

* Gary Stuhler of Westminster captured the 35-lap late-model feature at Hagerstown Speedway Aug. 22. Stuhler used everything he had to edge rival Nathan Durboraw for his fourth win of the year at Hagerstown.

* Stuhler was in a crash that eliminated the top three cars at Susquehanna Speedway last Sunday night. In the same race, Hampstead's Charlie Schaffer finished sixth and was a heat winner. Last weekend, Schaffer was third in the late-model feature at Potomac Speedway.

* At the Winchester Speedway, Schaffer was third in the feature Ronnie McBee Memorial.

* Cris Eash, a former Woodbine resident now living in Hanover, Pa., took third at Susquehanna Speedway in Newberrytown, Pa., in the super sprint feature last Sunday night. Eash also placed second in the super sprint the night before at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway. Eash had another second-place finish at Williams Grove Aug. 21 in a super sprint feature.

* Jesse Wentz of Manchester received the Hard Charger Award for improving his starting spot from 23rd to ninth at Susquehanna. Wentz also won his heat on Saturday at the Lincoln Speedway.

* Corky Stull of Westminster was a heat winner in the thundercar competition at Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, Pa., Aug. 22. Jeff Shepard of Finksburg was fourth in the Daryl Gohn/Glenn Gohn Sr. Memorial Race for sprints at Lincoln.

* Shepard was eighth at Williams Grove Speedway in the super sprint feature Aug. 21.

* At Trail-Way Speedway Aug. 21, Steve Owings of Westminster was second in the 20-lap feature micro-sprint. Brad McClelland, also of Westminster, was third in the same race, and Corky Stull won a heat. Brad Green of Westminster was second in the four-cylinder stock feature despite the seven caution flags.

* At Mason-Dixon Dragway near Hagerstown, George Hoff of Westminster and Jerry Battaglia of Union Bridge were third-round winners in the Super ET and Heavy Eliminator classes, respectively. Hoff was in his 1975 Datsun and Battaglia was in his 1970 Chevelle.

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Here's a look at the upcoming schedule:

Today

* Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown, Pa: Open cockpit triple-header for sprints, limited sprints and super sportsman; racing starts at 7 p.m. (717) 938-9170.

* Mason-Dixon Dragway, Hagerstown: Firestone-TNN points races in all classes; gates open at 10:30 a.m., time trials at noon, eliminations at 4 p.m. (301) 791-5193.

Friday

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

* Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Sprints, late models and sportsmen; racing starts at 8 p.m. (717) 766-4778

Saturday

* Lincoln Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Pennsylvania State Sprint Car Championship with semi-late models and thunder cars; racing starts at 7:30. (717)624-3975

* Trail-Way Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Cycles; racing starts at 1 p.m. (717) 359-4310

* Hagerstown Speedway: Ronnie McBee Memorial for late models plus limited late models, modified semi-late models, pure stock daredevils and four cylinder pure stocks plus fireworks; gates open at 6 p.m., racing starts at 8. (301) 582-0640

* 75-80 Dragway, Monrovia: Racing in several classes; gates open at 1 p.m. (301) 865-5102

* Winchester (Va.) Speedway: Late model summer championships. (703) 667-8143

* Mason-Dixon Dragway, Hagerstown: Labor Day Weekend Classic plus Al Hanna's Jet Funny Car and the Mount Aetna Firemen's Carnival; gates open at 10:30 a.m., time trials at noon, eliminations at 4 p.m. (301) 791-5193

Next Sunday

* Mason-Dixon Dragway, Hagerstown: Labor Day Weekend Classic plus Al Hanna's Jet Funny Car and the Mount Aetna Firemen's Carnival; gates open at 10:30 a.m., time trials at noon, eliminations at 4 p.m. (301) 791-5193

* Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown, Pa: Sprints, late models, mini sprints and thunder racing starts at 7 p.m. (717) 938-9170.

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