Newmanstown, PA - The annual Labor Day Shootout at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway had a little bit of everything...great car counts, lots of interactive activities for the fans, some terrific action on the track, and...rain.
The two day event presented by the Lanco Micro-Sprint Club and Hyper Racing was punctuated by a late race, win-producing slide job that propelled Alex Bright to victory in the winged 600cc A-Main, along with an incredible five-car tussle for the lead in the wingless 270cc main event. Rain ended that one prematurely and Jason Swavely was the only driver who was happy about the precipitation because he was leading - barely - and therefore declared the winner when the wet weather stopped the race.
Jesse Maurer was also a winner - twice - during the weekend, taking top honors in the winged 270cc A-Main (with a final lap, last turn pass of Bradley Brown) and the Mount Joy Outlaw notched his 6th Labor Day Shootout triumph (since 2007) in the 125cc division.
Mike Rutherford captured the 30-lap A-Main for the Sportsman Class.
The rain that moved in during Sunday's wingless 270cc A-Main also caused the cancellation of the main event for the wingless 600cc Micros. The purse for that race was split evenly among the 26 drivers who qualified for the A-Main.
As we bring the 2013 year to a close we can look back at some of the great memories from this season that has made it a success. A packed house for our Fan Appreciation Day that helped us raise over $9,000 for the Christ Home for children along with a truckload of food to stock their pantry, a nice Memorial Day weekend, a great slingshot return to The Clyde, sun for the speedweek show, everyone enduring our way through Labor Day weekend, AND ONLY 2 RAINOUTS…
1. Car mishandling, i.e. if low tire causes mishandling, the car is retired, otherwise it may continue. A flat tire will be an immediate cause for removal from the race. Exception, the left front, but it must be on both beads. Cars that are an immediate threat to the safety of other competitors due to mishandling or an erratic line on the track will be cause for an immediate caution flag followed by disqualification.
Note: The change allows cars to be DQ'd if they pose a safety threat to other competitors due to mishandling or an erratic line.
Rule Change 2
XII.Penalties: Section A
5. Any car having four wheels on the infield may return to the track in a safe manner without improving position. If the driver improves his/her position he/she will be penalized.
Note: The change removes the words “no cutting corners.”
The track itself is a 1/8 mile clay oval with banked turns offering five divisions of micro-midget racing each night. (250cc two stroke air cooled sportsman, 125cc two stroke water cooled, 250cc four stroke, 270cc two stroke water cooled, and 600cc four cylinder) With the most recent improvements completed in the fall of 2006. The famous track is considered to be a jewel and is highly known for many things. Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway, also known as Lanco, offers great views, the concessions are one of the best, the spectator bleachers are superb, along with clean restrooms. Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway ranks among one of the top tracks anywhere on the east coast. The facilities and the track offer the best racing and family entertainment. 2012 is our 55th season of promoting professional micro-midget racing. We welcome you to the "Biggest Little Track" known as the "Clyde".