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Carroll dragster wins down south


George Hoff of Westminster carried the Carroll banner to victory last weekend at a track rarely visited by local drag racers.

Hoff raced his Shrewbridge Datsun to victory in the Quick Eight competition at Manassas Dragway in Old Dominion, Va., June 12. He finished in the top eight in Class I time trials to advance to the finals, where he defeated seven other top drivers.

In other motor sports news:

* Several drivers were at the National Hot Rod Association Spring Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, last weekend.

Tim Peters advanced to the second round in the super street division in his Chevrolet Vega, and also competed in the super comp division in his dragster. Dave McCarthy and Todd Harris also competed in the super comp class.

* Tom Humm of Taneytown won the Class II race at 75-80 Dragway in Frederick County June 13, driving his Ford Falcon to victory over another Taneytown driver, Mike Uphold. Two Taneytown drivers also raced in the quarterfinals: Jamie Talbert and Scott Chasen.

Norman Wagner of Hampstead was runner-up in the motorcycle class and Dave Belt of Taneytown was a semifinalist. In Class I, Jim Flemming of Union Bridge reached the quarterfinals, while Charlie Spielman of Taneytown, Hoff and Russell Barefoot of Mount Airy all reached the round of 16.

* Larry Mayne of Mount Airy won Class I in his Chevrolet Monza an 75-80's Old Nostalgia Day last Sunday. Roger Jorss of Sykesville was a semi-finalist and Jim Warthen of Mount Airy was a quarterfinalist.

* Several county drivers also visited Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa., earlier this month for the Ford Motorsport Nationals. Brian Weaver drove a Mustang owned by Westminster's Paul Dutterer through three rounds, Chuck Taylor Westminster and Allan Palmer of Hampstead each made it two rounds and Darrell White of Carrollton and Dwight Hoyle of Hampstead made it through one round on June 6 and 7.

* Tim Peters of Westminster won three rounds June 6 in the

NHRA Division I points race at Cecil County Dragway.

* On the June 6 card at 75-80, Sev Tingle of Mount Airy took top honors in Class I in his dragster, Rod Saboury of Millers debuted his Chevrolet Corvette in the same race and reached the semi-finals, and Bobby Spielman of Taneytown and Mike Creaghan of Mount Airy were quarterfinalists.

Malcolm Ford of Westminster won the motorcycle class and Doug Witt of Woodbine reached the semifinals, while Mike Hahn of Taneytown and Steve Hoff of Sykesville were quarterfinalists and Hoff also won the special 13.90 class race.

Jeff Doster of Hampstead, meanwhile, reached the Class I semifinals on MOPAR Day (June 7) at 75-80.

* Brad McClelland of Westminster won the microsprint feature race June 12 at Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover, Pa. McClelland also won a preliminary heat, while fellow county driver Steve Owings of Westminster was third and Mike Stull of Westminster placed fourth.

Greg Richardson of Sykesville was third in the eight-cylinder stock feature and Mark Shorb of Westminster placed eighth. Brad Green of Westminster was sixth in the four-cylinder stock feature at Trail-Way. Stull also was honored for having the best dressed pit crew of the evening.

* Owings also had a good night June 13 at another track rarely visited by Carroll drivers. Owings was second in the micro sprint feature at Challenger Raceway in Jacksonville, Pa.

Owings also won one of the heat races and was third in the special Crack the Whip race.

* Ernie Jones made his best showing of the year, placing second in the late-model race June 13 at Winchester (Va.) Speedway.

* Charlie Schaffer of Hampstead placed ninth in the late-model feature June 13 at Hagerstown Speedway. Gary Stuhler of Westminster was a heat winner.

* Jeff Shepard of Upperco was second in the sprint feature June 13 at Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, Pa. Randy Zechman of Westminster was third in the semi-late race, followed by John Moser Jr. of Westminster in 11th, Tom Deavers of Westminster in

16th and Howard Williams of Union Bridge 20th.

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