Westminster's Stuhler won twice in Hagerstown

MOTOR SPORTS REVIEW-PREVIEW/A look at results involving Carroll's racing community

September 13, 1992|By Staff Report

His name has come up all season long in area racing, and last weekend Westminster's Gary Stuhler was heard from again.

Stuhler was the first two-time winner of the Ronnie McBee Memorial 44-lap feature for the late models as he won at Hagerstown Speedway Sept. 5.

Stuhler had grabbed the lead after a caution flag was waved on the sixth lap and lapped all but two drivers by race's end.

Stuhler had won his heat and started in sixth position before a crash brought out the warning flag. On the restart, the Westminster resident increased his pace for his $2,800 in prize money.

Stuhler had also won the Hillbilly 100 at Pennsboro Speedway in West Virginia over the weekend.

The previous week, on Aug. 29, Stuhler earned his fifth win of the year by capturing the last of three 20-lap features on the card that night at Hagerstown.

Charlie Schaffer of Hampstead was sixth in the first feature race at Hagerstown Aug. 29. In other recent motor sports news:

* Jeff Shepard of Finksburg made some noise of his own last Sunday winning his third Susquehanna Speedway sprint feature Sunday night.

Shepard used an outside move coming into the last turn on lap five to pass Todd Gracey after starting in seventh position.

* Cris Eash of Hanover, formerly of Woodbine, was third in the same race with Manchester's Jesse Wentz seventh.

A week earlier, Shepard earned his second victory of the season for Finksburg's Jeff Shepard as he won the 25-lap super sprint race at Susquehanna Speedway. Shepard had started seventh before taking the lead on the fifth lap. It was a $2,000 pay day for him.

Shepard also set a 10-lap record at Lincoln Speedway Aug. 29 in his heat but had to drop out of the feature while in the top five.

* Randy Zechman of Westminster was a heat winner in the semi-lates and Corky Stull, also of Westminster was a heat winner in the thunder cars Sept. 4 at Lincoln Speedway.

* Wentz was third in the 30-lap Dog Days Classic on Aug. 29 at Lincoln, riding the bumper of eventual winner Larry Shive for 20 laps. * Wentz was seventh at Susquehanna Speedway in the 25-lap super sprint on Aug. 30, Eash was third.

* Zechman was eighth and John Moser of Westminster 15th in the semi-late-model feature Aug. 29 at Lincoln Speedway. Howard Williams of Union Bridge was 16th in the feature, after placing sixth in the third heat.

* Eash placed second at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway Sept. 4 in the super sprints and was fourth at Lincoln Speedway Aug. 5 in the 35-lap Pennsylvania State Sprint Car Championship.

mirco * Rick Jones of Westminster was seventh in the late-model 25-lap feature at Winchester Speedway Aug. 29. Jones had won his heat and lead briefly in the feature, but eight caution flags threw everyone's pace off.

* Mike Stambaugh of Taneytown won the Class II competition in his Fairmont and Rick Waxter was a semifinalist in his Barracuda at 75-80 Dragway in Frederick County Aug. 29.

In Class I, Bobby Spielman of Taneytown was a runner-up in his Pinto. Joe Henry of Mount Airy was a semifinalist. Hampstead's Rodney Kuhns was a quarterfinalist in his Camaro and Dave Buete of Mount Airy reached the round of 16.

* At Mason-Dixon Dragway near Hagerstown, Earl Bitzel of Finksburg was the runner-up in the Super-ET Class in his 23T Altered Aug. 30. Bobby Spielman of Taneytown was in the quarterfinals in his 1978 Pinto and Joe Mayne of Mount Airy was a first-round winner in his 1990 dragster.

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