Revved up about racing season? Here's where they're running


March 02, 1997|By Stan Dillon | Stan Dillon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It is hard to believe, but the 1997 racing season began last weekend at the Lincoln and Hagerstown speedways. Each week, more area tracks will open their doors for racing action. Now is a good time to summarize area motor-sports facilities where many Carroll County drivers compete.

* Lincoln Speedway: This track will be racing every Saturday afternoon until March 29, when the evening format begins, continuing until October. Woodbine's Cris Eash will be back to defend his championship in the super sprints and will have Manchester's Jesse Wentz as one of his major competitors. In addition to super sprints, Lincoln will have the thunder cars as its other regular division. Lincoln will have special events throughout the year, including the "World of Outlaws." The 3/8 -mile clay oval is north of Hanover, Pa., on Race Track Road, between routes 94 and 194. Phone: (717) 624-2755.

* Hagerstown Speedway: Its 50th anniversary will be celebrated in a big way. Racing will occur every Sunday afternoon through April 20, with the switch to Saturday nights comes on April 26. The half-mile oval will switch back to Sunday afternoons in September and October. The schedule includes a little of everything: monster trucks, motorcycles, "World of Outlaws" and modifieds. On Aug. 13-16, Hagerstown will have the 50th Anniversary 100, a four-day show with more than $200,000 prize money. Late models and street stocks are the regular divisions at Hagerstown. The track is west of Hagerstown on U.S. 40. Phone: (301) 582-0640.

* 75-80 Dragway: The Monrovia track is where you will find the most Carroll countians every week. The popular drag strip begins its season next Saturday and will have racing every week through October, with special events throughout the season. In late May, Friday night racing is to begin and continue until Labor Day. Drag racing at 75-80 is also very popular with men and women who like to see how fast their new car can go legally in a quarter-mile. Several special events, such as Ford, Mopar and Chevy days, attract car buffs of all kinds. Phone: (301) 865-5102.

* Mason-Dixon Dragway: Always making improvements, this track attracts a lot of Carroll County drivers every weekend. Mason-Dixon will open today and race every Saturday and Sunday through November. On U.S. 40, east of Hagerstown, the quarter-mile track also races on Mondays during holiday weekends. One of the many highlights on the schedule is the Central Maryland E.T. Nationals between 75-80 and Mason-Dixon strips on Aug. 2-3. Phone: (301) 791-5193.

* Trail-Way Speedway: Racing opens for the 25th year Saturday with the popular junk-car race. Two- and four-wheel cycles will begin their season on March 22, and race every Saturday through September. Twice a month, beginning March 29, Figure 8 racing will be part of the program. Popular micro-sprints and street-stock divisions will race every Friday night starting on April 11 after Sunday afternoon programs in March. Trail-Way is between Hanover and Littlestown, Pa. Phone: (717) 359-4310.

* Susquehanna Speedway: New ownership at this track in Newberrytown, Pa., off Interstate 83, will feature 358-modifieds and limited sprints every Saturday night, beginning May 3, following two Sunday afternoon shows. Phone: (717) 938-9170.

* Williams Grove Speedway: Super sprints begin today, with racing on Sunday afternoons until March 28, when the traditional Friday night schedule begins. The Grove will be on national television when the "World of Outlaws" visits on May 23. Williams Grove is in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Phone: (717) 697-5000.

* Winchester Speedway: Late models and street stocks are featured every Saturday night at this Virginia track. The season opens March 29 and runs until the end of September. Phone: (540) 667-8143.

* Potomac Speedway: Races go every Friday night beginning March 28 with late models and street stocks. Potomac is in Budds Creek. Phone: (301) 884-4200.

Weekend results

Sprint cars opened the season at Lincoln and Hagerstown speedways last weekend. Dave Haight of Reisterstown was sixth and Cris Eash of Woodbine was eighth in the 25-lap feature at Hagerstown. Haight finished eighth at Lincoln on Saturday. Fred Cullum of Hampstead finished eighth in the thunder-car main event.

Pub Date: 3/02/97

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