With racing season winding down, drivers put the pedal to the metal


September 27, 1992

The racing season is coming to a close, and racers are scaling back their appearances at tracks.

One driver who is continuing his season is Jeff Shepard of Finksburg. He was third in the 25-lap sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night, finishing behind Donnie Kreitz after a red flag was waved on Lap 9. He also finished third in his heat.

In addition to Shepard's performance at Lincoln, Randy Zechman finished fourth in his semi-late heat and 15th in the feature. Corky Stull of Westminster was sixth in his heat and 18th in the Thundercar feature race.

At 75-80 Dragway, Marion Hare of Millers won the Class I competition and the Top Dog title for September by defeating Jim Barry, the Class II winner. Bobby Spielman of Taneytown was a quarterfinalist in his Pinto.

Lisa Peddicord of Westminster won the ETK (Street Cars) in her LTD. Dwayne Graybill of Taneytown was semifinalist in his Ranger. In Class II competition Sykesville's Roger Jorss was a runner-up in his Chevelle.

Making it to the quarterfinals were Scott Lowman of Woodbine and Mike Stambaugh of Union Bridge. Norman Wagner of Hampstead won the Motorcycle class on his 1981 Suzuki.

At the Keystone Nationals on Sept. 20, in the Super Comp Class McCarthy and Holbrook received the $1,000 bonus for low qualifier at 8.9000, advancing to the second round. Also advancing to the second round were Lee Howe and the Davis Family.

Todd Harris of Westminster advanced three rounds, while Tim Peters and Bruce Combs both of Westminster competed.

In other action at the Mason-Dixon Dragway, Gary Walker of Woodbine made it to the quarterfinals with an ET of 9.17 with a Dial-In 9.17 at 149.76 mph in his 1981 Z28. Brad McClelland of Westminster was sixth in the micro sprint 20-lap feature at Hill Valley Speedway.

The upcoming auto schedule includes:

* Hagerstown Speedway -- On Oct. 11, the fourth annual Small Car Nationals, the four division program will feature the Open Competition Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Four-Cylinder Pure Stocks and a Demolition Derby.

Oct. 4 will be the Snap-On Tools Day with the limited late models, modified semi-lates, pure-stock daredevils and four-cylinder pure stocks competing for their last point race of the season. Also on the program is a 150-lap enduro. Gates open at 11 a.m. with racing at 1 p.m. Information: (301) 583-0640.

* Lincoln Speedway, Hanover, Pa. -- Oct. 17, 24 and 31, Sprints, Semi-Lates and Thundercars. Fright Night is Saturday, Oct. 31, with costume judging and other related activities.

The 1992 season concludes with the annual Turkey Shoot Out on Saturday Nov. 14. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing starting at 6. Information: (717) 624-2755.

* Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown, Pa.: Oct. 4, Coors Fall Sprint Championship ($5,000 to winner) plus Thundercars. It will be the season finale. Starting time 6 p.m. Information: (717) 938-9170.

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