The 600cc Micro-Sprints have spun off ten feature races this year at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. In an amazing example of just how competitive this class has become, Tyler Ross became the tenth different winner on Saturday night.
The Avon Grove High School student pounced on a fifth-lap restart, sneaking under Brittany Brown to snatch the lead in the Weis Supermarkets 25-lap main event for the 600cc Micros.
Just one circuit later, Chris Gerhart and Tyler Esh went three-wide with Brown in a battle for second, with Gerhart wrestling the spot away from his competitors. While Gerhart was able to close on Ross in lapped traffic, he couldn't get quite close enough to mount a serious bid for the lead.
Ross, who debuted a brand new Stallard Chassis No. 5T in the middle of June, steered his new ride to the first Lanco victory of his career, beating Gerhart to the stripe by six-tenths of a second.
"This new car is starting to feel like the old car now," said the resident of Lincoln University, Pa. "I have to thank my dad; he's the main man on this thing, and he's really got it working."
Trailing Ross across the finish line were Gerhart, Heath Hehnly, Jeff Halligan, and Ken Miller.
It was a good points night for Halligan and Miller, who are chasing Ryan Wilson in the 600cc championship standings. Unofficial tallies show that Miller closed to within 33 points of Wilson, who finished 11th on Saturday. And Halligan is now just 40 points behind Wilson.
The Valken Racing Fast Lap of the Week Award went to Brittany Brown. The female speedster turned the single quickest lap in the feature at 10.488 seconds on lap three.
Tom Kohler was the recipient of the Kelly Fuels Gas It Up Award.
With 30 of the 600's in attendance, heat race victories went to Paul Graham, Hehnly, and Brown. Ryan Hook won the consolation.
Peter Michael triumphed in the 270cc headliner, notching the first 2010 Lanco victory for a Hyper Chassis in that class.
The Lititz teenager made his first start of the season in Gary Miller's Gold Rush Trailer Sales No. 82, and he capitalized on the opportunity by leading every lap of the Weis Supermarkets 25-lapper.
Tenth-starting Nick Skias and Richie Hartman, who took the green in 11th, motored toward the front of the field during the first half of the feature. They engaged in a four-car battle royal for the runner-up spot with Roger Graham III and Jason Swavely before Skias gained control of the second position with nine to go. Hartman followed Skias and secured third, and the duo began to reel in the leader.
Michael was up to the task, though, and he held on following a caution period with one lap remaining. As the checkered flag waved, it was P. Michael, N. Skias, Hartman, Swavely, and Josh Stoyer who made up the top five.
With 25 of the 270's in the pit area, qualifying heats fell to Zack Fouse, Michael, and Graham. Jesse Maurer won the consolation.
"I really didn't think I was going to catch Shane...he was fast tonight. But my car came around and we got him," smiled Jesse Maurer, who recorded his third win of the season in the 125cc division.
Shane Braxton shot from his ninth starting spot to run third before five laps were scored. When runner-up Dave Grube spun in turn four with six complete, Braxton inherited the position and went after race leader Sonny Sweitzer. The pair dueled side-by-side for two trips around the banked oval until Braxton claimed the point as they charged off the fourth turn. Maurer, who rolled off the grid in sixth, and Cody Drace followed Braxton past Sweitzer.
Braxton opened up a comfortable advantage over Maurer, but the Mount Joy Outlaw steadily closed the gap as the 25-lap affair entered its final stages. Maurer caught the leader, then zipped by and cruised to the win by .32 seconds over Braxton.
Drace finished third, ahead of point leader David Ravel and Sweitzer.
Grube and Ryan Wilson were victorious in the pair of 125cc heat races.
David Kemp had been asking Pete and Nick Skias to drive his Sportsman Micro for several weeks, but father and son Skias figured that Kemp was doing fine and could use the seat time for himself. On Saturday, however, with Kemp out of town, Nick Skias seized the opportunity to run Kemp's No. 9 and made the most of it, winning the 25-lap main for the Sportsman class.
"I think we showed Dave what this car is capable of; now he's got to do it himself," laughed N. Skias as Kemp listened to the winner's interview via cell phone.
Skias began the race from 14th, then navigated his way to the front of the pack, taking the runner-up slot on lap 17. He tracked down Jason Hehnly, who led from the pole, passing Hehnly's No. 49 with six to go as they blasted out of turn two. Skias crossed the line as the leader just prior to a yellow for Jason Swavely, who fell victim to mechanical issues.
Hehnly chased Skias to the stripe, with Donna Geib in third and Brett Wanner finishing fourth. Jamie Fetterolf completed the top five.
Wesley Fasnacht, Hehnly, and Geib won heats for the 24 Sportsman.
Chip Geib roared from sixth to first on the opening lap of the 250cc Four-Stroke feature, and it looked as though he was on target for an easy victory. A caution period at the halfway point brought Geib back to the rest of the field, though, and it permitted Peter Michael to snare second place and begin his pursuit of the leader.
With the laps winding down, Michael closed in, but Geib held his line and remained at the head of the pack to pick up his fifth triumph of the year.
"We tried a Honda (motor) in warm-ups, but had to change it before the heat," noted Geib in the winner's circle. "We put 'old reliable' back on, and it performed great. It's always good to get out front early, too."
Peter Michael and Craig DeSantis (who recovered from an early race spin) trailed Geib to the finish line, with Kimberly Enck and her sister, Jessica Mohler, rounding out the top five.
The unofficial point standings show DeSantis now tied with Michael for the lead, with Geib a mere eight points in arrears.
Heat wins went to Geib and Michael.
The Clyde swings back into action this Saturday, July 24, with another five-division card of Micro-Sprint racing. Lias Tire/American Racer Tire will sponsor the evening of high speed adventure, featuring qualifying heats, consolations, and 25-lap main events for the 600cc; 270cc; 125cc; Sportsman; and 250cc Four-Stroke racers.
Gates open at 3:30, with warm-ups at 5 p.m. The first heat race goes green at 6:00. General admission tickets for adults are just $8.00, with discounts for Senior Citizens and Students. Youth between the ages of six and twelve get in for only $2.00, and children under six are admitted free. Parking is always free at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
Coming up on July 31 is the club's annual Clyde Martin Memorial Race, highlighted by 35-lap features and double-points for all five of the weekly classes.
600cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Tyler Ross, 2.Chris Gerhart, 3.Heath Hehnly, 4.Jeff Halligan, 5.Ken Miller, 6.Bob DeVault, 7.Tyler Esh, 8.Shaun Brandel, 9.Bruce Ginther Jr., 10.A.J. Michael, 11.Ryan Wilson, 12.Mark Ludwig, 13.Paul Graham, 14.Jamie Kostic, 15.Jermain Godshall, 16.Tom Kohler, 17.Brittany Brown, 18.Kory Merkey, 19.Zachary Fisher, 20.Shane Braxton, 21.Jon Holmquist, 22.Ryan Hook, 23.Jered Hook, 24.Mike Freed.
270cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Peter Michael, 2.Nick Skias, 3.Richie Hartman, 4.Jason Swavely, 5.Josh Stoyer, 6.Roger Graham III, 7.Mike Uhrich, 8.Billy Logeman, 9.Sheena Schaefer, 10.Chip Geib, 11.Pete Skias, 12.Christi Sweigart, 13.Steve Drevicki, 14.Jesse Maurer, 15.Greg Miller, 16.Dave Grube, 17.Zack Fouse, 18.Devin Harron, 19.Scott Gantert, 20.Kerry Lengel, 21.Brandon Bucher, 22.Nate Weidman, 23.Heath Hehnly, 24.Jim Skias.
125cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Jesse Maurer, 2.Shane Braxton, 3.Cody Drace, 4.David Ravel, 5.Sonny Sweitzer, 6.Ryan Wilson, 7.Bret Habecker, 8.Mark Yoder, 9.Curtis R. Miller, 10.Dave Grube, 11.Derek Ecenrode, 12.Bradley Brown, 13.Lee Reinhardt, 14.Tyler Reinhardt, 15.Brianna Gerhart, 16.Kyle Hehnly, 17.James Wampole, 18.Walt Wampole, 19.Devin Harron.
Sportsman Feature, 25 laps: 1.Nick Skias, 2.Jason Hehnly, 3.Donna Geib, 4.Brett Wanner, 5.Jamie Fetterolf, 6.Ken Miller, 7.Wesley Fasnacht, 8.Dwayne Mathias, 9.Bret Habecker, 10.Kelby Stauffer, 11.Jeff Hughes, 12.Joel Tolley, 13.Robert Shanaman, 14.Corey Schmuck Jr., 15.Tim Ziegler, 16.Dennis Fenstermacher, 17.Jenna Keppley, 18.Dave Schroeder, 19.Jonathan Swift, 20.Jason Swavely, 21.Paul May III, 22.Michael Heiser, 23.Scott Garman, 24.Ashley Kase.
250cc Four-Stroke Feature, 25 laps: 1.Chip Geib, 2.Peter Michael, 3.Craig DeSantis, 4.Kim Enck, 5.Jessica Mohler, 6.Tim Nocera, 7.Greg Schmuck, 8.Travis Esh, 9.Lewis Kepple Jr., 10.Ronald Wechter, 11.Ryan Gabers, 12.Jared Esh, 13.Kim Trout.