The sign outside Shepard's 140 Exxon station in Finksburg says it all: "Judd is recovering slowly. He still needs your cards, letters andprayers." Judd Shepard, seriously injured in a four-car accident at Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, Pa., was released last Wednesday from York (Pa.) Hospital and is back home in Upperco.
Anybody wishing to drop him a line can send it to: Judd Shepard, c/o Finksburg Exxon, 3031 Baltimore Blvd., Finksburg, Md. 21048.
Brother Jeff, meanwhile, continued to do well on the sprint car circuit this past weekend.
Jeff Shepard placed third in Friday night's sprint-car feature at Williams Grove (Pa.) Speedway and also won a preliminary heat.
Shepard held the lead early in Saturday's sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway but was passed by eventual winner Donnie Kreitz Jr. on the ninth lap. Shepard spun out of control on the 24th lap of the 25-lap feature but still managed to place eighth.
Inother weekend action:
* The Labor Day card at Lincoln was good for area drivers.
Rick Jones of Westminster took the lead on the second lap of the semilate model feature and went on to defeat Ronnie Grinestaff of Manchester, Pa.. Grinestaff, driving the Westminster-based Lee's Sealing and Paving car and the runaway season champion in that division, was second.
Rookie driver Keith Welsh of Westminster, meanwhile, led from wire-to-wire to capture his first win ever at Lincoln in the thundercar division.
* Aside from Shepard's eighth-place finish in Lincoln's regular Saturday card, Ernie Jones of Westminster (Rick's father) placed sixth in the late-model feature, and RandyZechman of Westminster was third in the semilate race. Grinestaff, meanwhile, was knocked out in the first lap by an accident.
* Gary Stuhler of Westminster and Charlie Schaffer of Hampstead finished one-two in the late-model feature Friday at Williams Grove. It was the fourth consecutive win for Stuhler at the track, and he led through all 20 laps.
Schaffer and Stuhler also were the heat winners at Williams Grove.
* Former Woodbine resident Cris Eash won the 25-lap sprint feature in a special Monday night card at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway. Eash, who had suffered an accident in the first round of the Monday feature at Lincoln that afternoon, won his first race ever at the track and also won a preliminary heat.
Eash now lives in Hanover, Pa.
* Williams Grove also had a Sunday card during the holiday weekend, and Eash placed seventh. He earlier had won a preliminary heat race.
* Stuhler earned his second win in three weeks Saturday atWinchester (Va.) Speedway. Stuhler started 10th in the race, then slowly worked his way to the front of the pack.
Stuhler finished second in the Busch Clash later that evening, which included all of the 1991 late-model winners and wild-card entrant Jeff Robinson. Schafferwas fifth in the Busch race.
* Mike Harrison of Mount Airy placedninth in the limited late-model race Sunday at Hagerstown Speedway in Washington County.
* Wayne Selby of Sykesville took runner-up honors in the Class I competition Saturday at 75-80 Dragway in Monrovia, Frederick County.
In that same class, J. R. Gonyea of Mount Airyadvanced to the semifinals, while Larry Mayne of Mount Airy and Steve Cavey of Westminster reached the quarterfinals.
Matt Repp of Keymar reached the semifinals in Class II, as did George Hoff of Westminster.
Gene Belt of Taneytown was runner-up in the motorcycle division, while Norman Wagner of Hampstead was a semifinalist.
* In Friday's 75-80 action, Marion Ford of Hampstead won the motorcycle class, while Roger Jorss of Sykesville was a quarterfinalist in Class II.
* Brad McClelland of Westminster placed fourth in the micro-sprintfeature Friday night at Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover. Mike Stull ofWestminster also placed sixth in that race.
Corky Stull of Westminster, meanwhile, was fifth in the eight-cylinder stock race at Trail-Way, followed by Mark Shorb of Westminster in eighth and Joe Brown of Westminster in 10th. Erol Meadowcroft of Hampstead was ninth in thefour-cylinder stocks.
* Trail-Way Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Four and eight cylinders, semilate models; gates open at 5, racing starts at 8. (717) 359-4310.
* Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Sprint cars and limited sprints; gates open at 6 p.m., racing starts at 8 p.m. (717) 766-4778.
* Cumberland Valley Speedway, Shippensburg, Pa.: Several classes of go-kart races.
* Lincoln Speedway, Hanover, Pa.: Coor's Pennsylvania State Sprint Car Championship, semilate models and thundercars,plus double points; gates open at 5 p.m., racing starts at 7:30 p.m.(717) 624-2755.
* Trail-Way Speedway: Supercross cycles and four-wheel drives; gates
open at 3 p.m., racing starts 7 p.m.
* Winchester, Va., Speedway: Late models, four cylinders, semilate models and pure stock. (703) 667-8143.
* Cumberland, Md., Raceway: Late models, pure stock and semilate models. gates open at 4:30 p.m., racingstarts at 6:30. (301) 463-6794 or 463-2631.
* 75-80 Dragway, Monrovia: Final High School race of the season plus a wild car spot in Class II; pits open at 1 p.m., and eliminations start 7 p.m. (301) 865-5102.
* Hunterstown, Pa., Speedway: Several classes of go-kart races.Sunday
* Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown: Twin 20-lap late-model features, limited late models, modified stocks, daredevils and four-cylinder stocks; racing starts at 2 p.m. (301) 582-0640.
* Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown, Pa.: Sprint cars, limited late models, street stocks and thundercars; racing starts 7 p.m. (717) 938-9170.
* Sandyhook Raceway, Bel Air: Several classes of go-kart races.
* Mason-Dixon Dragway, Hagerstown: ET Challenge race and last bracket-points races; gates open 1 p.m., time trials 2 p.m. and eliminations5:30 p.m. (301) 791-5193.
* 75-80 Dragway, Monrovia: Sixth annualOld Nostalga Race; pits open 9:30 a.m., and eliminations start 1:30 p.m. (301) 865-5102.