A crowd of over 300 turned out to salute the 2015 point champions and special award winners on Saturday night at the Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center in Lancaster, PA, as Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway presented its annual awards banquet.
Taking home the largest quantity of hardware and biggest chunk of point fund money was Lititz, PA chauffeur Mike Rutherford. The "Master of the Micros" earned his fourth point title in the Clyde's 600cc division and also chalked up his fourth consecutive (and fifth overall) championship in the 270cc Class.
While he only managed two feature wins in 600cc competition, Rutherford used season-long consistency to emerge as champion after a hard fought, down to the wire battle with Heath Hehnly. This point crown is a special one, too, because it came in his own car and his fourth title pulls him into a tie with Hehnly for most 600cc championships since the class became part of the weekly menu at the Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in 2005.
See Rulebook for specific language as this is a summary only.
Chain guard or armguard panel must be installed on all cars where chains are exposed to the driver. If no armguard is installed, the chain guard must meet the same thickness requirements as the firewall.
There will be no new inspections on practice day or the first scheduled points race of the season unless a waiver is acquired. The waiver policy will be defined in the Club Policies. If the scheduled opener is rained out, new inspections may occur the following week.
2015 rules allowed one jump start without penalty. Change rule to: Any car jumping the start in a race, the yellow will come out and the offending driver will be penalized two spots (this will not count as a stop for the offending driver). If the offending driver jumps the start a second time in the same race, the yellow will come out and the driver will be sent to the rear of the field. If the driver jumps the start a third time in the same race, he will be disqualified from that event. If this occurs in a heat race, they may attempt to requalify through the consolation race. If this occurs in a feature they will sacrifice all points and payout for the night.
Changed the language of the rule about radio communication to: Radios may not be used for communication or other purposes on the car except as designated by club officials.
Liquid cooled Sportsman Class engines: Aftermarket base and reed gaskets of thickness .015” to .025” inches are now legal in place of the OEM gaskets.
Deleted redundant section of Competition rulebook that contained identical information to Car Specification rulebook.
Changed car number fee from one-time $25 fee to annual $10 fee – now due with car owner’s membership registration.
Changed the language of Section I under Racing Rules. Previously, this section mandated single file restarts after a lap was completed. That language is now removed.
Additional changes to the language of Section I under Racing Rules. Previously, the entire field had to complete the first lap for it to be scored. Now the first lap will be scored in the same fashion as the rest of the race. If the leader crosses the line, the lap is scored for all cars that complete the lap prior to the caution. The remainder of the field is lined up based on their position on the previously completed lap.
Removed the language about carburetors protruding into the cockpit.
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".