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By Staff Report | August 23, 1992
Consistency has been the key to the season for Manchester resident Jesse Wentz. Though he hasn't reached the winner's circle, he's almost always among the top 15 and rarely fails to finish.Last weekend Wentz moved closer to the top spot, placing fifth in the 25-lap sprint feature Sunday at Susquehanna Speedway, despite threatening weather and rainouts at other area tracks. In other weekend motor-sports action:* Cris Eash of Hanover, a former Woodbine resident, was third in the 20-lap sprint feature at Williams Grove Speedway on Aug. 14. Eash also was 16th in the prestigious Knoxville Nationals feature race the following night in Iowa.
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By Stan Dillon and Stan Dillon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 2, 1997
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.
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By STAN DILLON | July 23, 1995
Jason Smith of Hampstead has been around racing most of his life. Last year when his uncle offered him a car to race, the 19-year-old didn't hesitate to accept. There was one catch: The car was in bad shape and he would have to do all the work.Still Smith wanted to race and even though he didn't know anything about cars, he was up to the challenge."I was always interested in giving it a try," said Smith. "I finally got the opportunity and jumped at the chance to see if we could. I got a couple of friends together to try it out. None of us are mechanics."
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By Stanley Dillon and Stanley Dillon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 11, 1996
Dean Renfro of Westminster, better known as "Dizzy Dean," has been involved in auto racing all of his life. He raced at Daytona in a Hudson Hornet in the '50s when they raced on the beach. Renfro celebrated his 40th year in racing by winning the ** street stock championship at Trail-Way Speedway.Even though he retired from weekly racing after his title in 1989, Renfro has continued to be very active on the local race scene. He worked at Trail-Way Speedway in different capacities and became very active in its Motorama Show that it promotes each February in Harrisburg.
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By Stanley Dillon and Stanley Dillon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 11, 1996
Dean Renfro of Westminster, better known as "Dizzy Dean," has been involved in auto racing all of his life. He raced at Daytona in a Hudson Hornet in the '50s when they raced on the beach. Renfro celebrated his 40th year in racing by winning the ** street stock championship at Trail-Way Speedway.Even though he retired from weekly racing after his title in 1989, Renfro has continued to be very active on the local race scene. He worked at Trail-Way Speedway in different capacities and became very active in its Motorama Show that it promotes each February in Harrisburg.
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By Staff report | April 26, 1992
The rain might have been just what the Carroll County farmers wantedlast weekend, but it was the last thing Carroll County racers needed.For the sixth time in seven weeks, many area tracks were rained out. Despite the wash there were some area winners:* George Hoff of Westminster won the Heavy Class at Mason-Dixon Dragway in Washington County last Saturday in his Ford Fairlane, running a perfect 13.51 elapsed time on a 13.51 dial-in (predicted time),...
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By Staff report | November 6, 1991
Former Woodbine resident Cris Eash finished fourth in the drivers' standings, and his father, Dave, who owns the car, held the same spot in the owners' rankings in the 1991 WSBA Busch Cup Racing Series for sprints.The rankings were based on weekly performances at four south central Pennsylvania tracks -- Lincoln, Selinsgrove, Williams Grove and Port Royal -- starting in the spring.Finksburg's Jeff Shepard was 14th in the drivers' standings, and his father, Judd Shepard II, the car's owner, was 14th in the owners'rankings.
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By STAN DILLON | April 2, 1995
Brad Green of Westminster is excited about starting his first full year in the eight-cylinder thundercar division at the Lincoln Speedway. The 21-year-old is one of many promising young drivers from Carroll County who will be competing weekly on the local oval tracks.Green started racing in 1992 in the four-cylinder division at Potomac Speedway in southern Maryland and the Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover.He was Rookie of the Year at Trail-Way Speedway in his first year and won nine features at Potomac Speedway his second year.
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By Staff report | June 26, 1991
Ronnie Grinestaff of Manchester started at the back of the pack but worked his way through a 15-car field to win the 12-lap semi-late model feature race Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, Pa.Among those Grinestaff passed on the way to his fourth semi-late victory of the year at Lincoln was was Randy Zechman of Westminster, whoplaced fourth.In the 25-lap sprint feature, former Woodbine resident Cris Eash was seventh.The weekend results left three Carroll drivers crowded among the top four in the Lincoln semi-late point standings.
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By Staff report | June 14, 1992
Union Bridge resident Howard Williams got his first-ever semi-late victory at Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, Pa., last weekend.Williams' June 6 win wasn't the only one for area drivers.Jeff Shepard of Upperco placed second in the super sprint feature and Randy Zechman of Westminster was fourth in the semi-late feature behind Williams.* Cris Eash, a Hanover, Pa., resident formerly of Woodbine, made it three wins out of the last four attempts at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway June 6. Eash also was fourth in the super sprint last Sunday at Susquehanna Speedway.
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By Stanley Dillon and Stanley Dillon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 31, 1995
The 1995 season was a great year for several Carroll County drivers.Brad McClelland of Westminster had the best year of his career in the micro-sprint division, leading all drivers in the Northeast with 19 feature wins. In addition to winning the track championship at Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover, Pa., McClelland was fourth in points at Challenger Raceway in Indiana, Pa., where he won nine of his features.McClelland also won the #1 Cochran Automotive Cavalcade of Champions points title, a regional award for Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania drivers.
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By STAN DILLON | July 23, 1995
Jason Smith of Hampstead has been around racing most of his life. Last year when his uncle offered him a car to race, the 19-year-old didn't hesitate to accept. There was one catch: The car was in bad shape and he would have to do all the work.Still Smith wanted to race and even though he didn't know anything about cars, he was up to the challenge."I was always interested in giving it a try," said Smith. "I finally got the opportunity and jumped at the chance to see if we could. I got a couple of friends together to try it out. None of us are mechanics."
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By STAN DILLON | July 2, 1995
One of the hottest drivers in Carroll County is Mike Walls of Taneytown. With only half of the season completed, he has won five of his last six races at Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover, Pa.What makes the feat so amazing is that Walls does not have his driver's license yet. That won't last long -- he just turned 16 and plans on getting his driving permit as soon as he starts drivers education when school resumes in the fall.Walls competes in the four-cylinder stock class at Trail-Way Speedway every Friday night.
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By STAN DILLON | April 2, 1995
Brad Green of Westminster is excited about starting his first full year in the eight-cylinder thundercar division at the Lincoln Speedway. The 21-year-old is one of many promising young drivers from Carroll County who will be competing weekly on the local oval tracks.Green started racing in 1992 in the four-cylinder division at Potomac Speedway in southern Maryland and the Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover.He was Rookie of the Year at Trail-Way Speedway in his first year and won nine features at Potomac Speedway his second year.
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By STAN DILLON | February 26, 1995
The 1995 racing season officially gets under way this weekend. Here is a brief rundown of area tracks where many Carroll countians compete every week:* Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown, Md. The Hagerstown Speedway will have its traditional East Coast Opener today featuring late models and super sprints. Race time is 2 p.m. The half-mile clay oval will have events on Sundays through April 9 before switching to Saturday nights. Its weekly program will feature the late models, the new late-model sportsman, pure stocks and four-cylinder pure stocks.
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By STAN DILLON | October 30, 1994
Craig Mann feels he is fortunate. Not many are asked to join a racing team to drive the second car regardless of the level of competition.Mann got that opportunity at the beginning of the 1994 season to team up with Matt Barnes and his Barnes Service Center racing team. Together, the two drivers have combined for a successful year."Matt asked me if I could help out, then I could drive one of the cars," said the 22-year-old Westminster resident. "It was a great opportunity to jump into racing.
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By Staff report | April 19, 1992
It was a clean sweep for area drivers in the three classes of competition last Sunday at 75-80 Dragway in Monrovia, Frederick County.Russell Barefoot of Mount Airy won the Class I competition in his Camaro, Rick Bouch of Union Bridge won the Class II competition and DougDewitt of Woodbine won the motorcycle competition.Rick Waxter of Westminster repeated his performance and made it again to the semifinals in Class II. Scott Chasen of Taneytown and JimPeddicord of New Windsor both went through three rounds before beingeliminated in Class II.Bruce Combs of Westminster, in the special MPGA 9.90, class made it to the quarterfinals.
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By STAN DILLON | October 30, 1994
Craig Mann feels he is fortunate. Not many are asked to join a racing team to drive the second car regardless of the level of competition.Mann got that opportunity at the beginning of the 1994 season to team up with Matt Barnes and his Barnes Service Center racing team. Together, the two drivers have combined for a successful year."Matt asked me if I could help out, then I could drive one of the cars," said the 22-year-old Westminster resident. "It was a great opportunity to jump into racing.
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By STAN DILLON | February 27, 1994
This weekend the 1994 racing season will get under way, weather permitting. By the end of March, motor sports in the area will be in full swing.Today, the Hagerstown Speedway is scheduled to open with the super sprints and late models. Hagerstown will run events on Sunday afternoons in March before switching to Saturday night on April 2.Hagerstown's weekly action features the late models, limited late models, semi-lates, street stocks and four-cylinders. Hagerstown will hold special events throughout the season, including a World of Outlaw program on May 6-7 paying $25,000 to win.Also scheduled to open this weekend is the Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, Pa. Lincoln will race on Saturday afternoons until March 26 when it switches to a 7 p.m. starting time.
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By STAN DILLON | September 12, 1993
No one enjoys the thrills of auto racing more than John McDonough. A 28-year-old native of Finksburg, he has been racing only three years, but he already is wrapped up in a tight points battle in the 8-cylinder division at Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover, Pa.McDonough always has been ac- tive in sports, but auto racing was not one of them. McDonough never had been to a track until five years ago."I went with some friends to a NASCAR race in Talladega, Ala.," McDonough said. "Close to the big track was a short dirt track that we went to one night.
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