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If it's March, it must be time to rev up those racing engines again


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.

Lincoln Speedway features the super sprints, semi-lates and thundercars. Lincoln also will have two World of Outlaw dates later in the season.

The Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover, Pa., has the most ambitious schedule of any motor sports facility in the area. Racing director Brad Hostetter has 74 events on the schedule.

Trail-Way will open today with the first of 17 supercross events. The car season starts on Saturday with a practice day followed by the first of six junk car races next Sunday.

Trail-Way's regular racing program of micro-sprints, thundercars, four-cylinder stocks and street stocks starts on Sunday, March 13 and switches to its regular Friday spot on April 1.

The two- and four-wheel cycles will begin their Saturday night schedule on March 12.

The Monrovia Go-Kart Track will open in March and race on weekends through October. It will have five special events at the Trail-Way Speedway during the season.

The Williams Grove Speedway will open its season next Sunday afternoon. It switches to its regular Friday night schedule on April 8.

Located in Mechanicsville, Pa., Williams Grove features the top names in sprint car racing. This year it increased its payoff and has the highest weekly purse of any short track in the country.

In addition to super sprints, the late models, super sportsman and limited sprints will appear throughout the year.

The Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Va., will open on March 26 with the late models as its main division. The semi-lates, street stocks and four-cylinders will be part of the program.

Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek, in St. Mary's County, will race every Saturday night, beginning March 26. The 3/8 -mile clay oval will have a 360-cubic-inch engine limit on late models. Other classes of cars include semi-lates, street stocks and four-cylinders.

Last year, the Susquehanna Speedway in Newberrytown, Pa., made a successful switch to Saturday nights with small-block modifieds after racing sprints on Sunday nights for a number of years. It will open on March 26, but it will have a Sunday afternoon show on Easter.

Drag racing will get under way next Sunday at Mason-Dixon Speedway located east of Hagerstown. It will race every Sunday with programs on Saturday nights during holiday weekends.

75-80 Dragway in Monrovia is the place where you will find the most Carroll County drivers. They begin their 1994 season on March 13. They switch to Saturday racing on May 7 and add Friday night competition beginning June 24.

Owner/promoter Bill Wilcom of 75-80 Dragway is excited about the rule changes that were made for Division I tracks. The changes will be in effect for both 75-80 and Mason-Dixon dragways.

Class I is now for cars with elapsed times from 7.50 seconds to 12.99 seconds in a quarter-mile (previously to 11.99). Cars may run already-approved electronic devices.

Class II is now for cars from 11.00 seconds to 19.99 seconds in a quarter-mile (previously started at 12.0 seconds). No electronics will be allowed on cars in this class. Previously, both classes were allowed electronic devices, including delay boxes, transbrakes, two-steps, throttle stops and four-wheel line locks.

The rule has been changed to make a class for anyone who wants to race to do so without having to purchase expensive equipment to be competitive. Officials believed that a pure bracket class was necessary for continued growth of drag racing.

Bracket racing originally was established so that slower and less expensive cars could race without expensive equipment. Since electronic equipment has come into racing, it has threatened to turn racing back to where the cars with the most money invested wins all the time, discouraging other racers.

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