Area drivers found the cooler weather and the full moon to their liking last weekend as the racing season is coming to a conclusion.
Hampstead's Charlie Schaffer grabbed second place at Winchester Speedway's 40-lap summer championship for late models. Schaffer had applied pressure the entire race and went into second on the 31st lap, but could not catch winner Rick Eckert on Saturday night. Rick Jones of Westminster was 10th in the same late-model race.
Manchester's Jesse Wentz placed fifth after winning his heat at the Williams Grove Speedway for the 25-lap super sprint feature on Sunday night.
Mount Airy's Mike Harrison was second in the Ernie's Salvage Yard 100 feature race at Hagerstown on Saturday night.
It was a two-man race from lap 39 on as Harrison tried to get past eventual winner Al Shawver with no luck. Harrison got close to Shawver on lap 62 and then again on lap 90, but never was able to find the right line to pass him.
At Trail-Way Speedway on Friday night it was Westminster's Mike Stull taking second and Brad McClelland in third in the micro sprint ranks.
Stull was a heat winner and McClelland was 21st at Hill Valley Speedway last weekend. Mark Shorb of Taneytown was sixth and Bobby Feeser 10th in the eight-cylinder stock feature also at Trail-Way.
Finksburg's Jeff Shepard was third at Lincoln Speeway in the super sprint feature. Keith Welsh was fifth at Lincoln in the thundercar feature.
At 75-80 Dragway on Sept. 12, Jamie Talbert of Taneytown won Class II in his Vega, with Steve Hoff of Sykesville a semifinalist in his Mustang. Quarterfinalists in Class II were Rick Waxter (Westminster), Scott Lowman (Woodbine) and Chris Hruska (Mount Airy). In the Class I competition Allan Palmer of Hampstead was runner-up in his Mustang. George Hoff of Westminster was a semifinalist in his Datsun and Ray Lewis of Woodbine was a quarterfinalist in his Camaro.
In motorcycles, Malcolm Ford was a runner-up and Norman Wagner of Hampstead was a semi-finalist. Jim Peddicord Sr. of Westminster won Class II in his '66 Mustang in the Old Nostalgia Race on Sept. 13.
The auto schedule includes:
* Hagerstown Speedway: The fifth annual Octoberfest 250 with the top three dirt racing divisions in the country -- modifieds, late models and sprint cars -- Sept. 26 and 27. Each division wins $10,000. Gates open at 6 p.m. with racing at 8 p.m. Information: (301) 583-0640.
* Lincoln Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Sprints, semi-lates and thundercars on Sept. 26 (the final race of the season point series). Double points will be on the line in all three divisions for the Sept. 26 show. Oct. 17 and 24, sprints, semi-lates and thundercars. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing starting at 6 p.m. Information: (717) 624-2755.