The streak is over, courtesy of Jared Davis.
On Saturday, Davis became the first repeat winner of 2010 in the 600cc Micro-Sprint class at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
The Mohnton, Pa. throttle-jockey ended a season-long string of ten races that produced ten different winners, as he took the lead from Brittany Brown, then broke away from the pack to record the triumph by eight-tenths of a second over Tyler Esh.
Others who joined Davis as victors in Saturday's Lias Tire/American Racer sponsored main events were Mike Rutherford (270cc); Peter Michael (250cc Four-Stroke); Shane Braxton (125cc); and Ken Miller (Sportsman).
On a very smooth, very fast race track, Brown jumped into the lead from her outside front row starting spot as the 600cc feature went green. The recent Solanco H.S. graduate set the pace for the first half of the 25-lap affair, until Davis closed in and began to apply some intense pressure on the leader.
The two traded slide jobs for the lead on laps 13 and 14 before Davis secured the top spot for good. "I had to try something to go for the win," said Davis after the race, "and it worked. She (Brown) was really fast, and it was a fun battle. I was nervous before we started because I had the car set up for a dry track. Then we got here, and the track was wet, so I made some changes. I wasn't sure of what to do, but I guess we made the right changes to it."
A restart with six to go put Tyler Esh on his rear bumper, but Davis just pulled away as the green waved and cruised to the victory by a comfortable margin.
Esh registered his best finish of the year with his runner-up effort, followed by Jamie Kostic, Brown, and Mark Yoder. Chris Gerhart had a terrific "points night" by finishing sixth in the main. Point leader Ryan Wilson (17th), second-place Ken Miller (16th), and Gerhart are now separated by less than five points, unofficially, with the big double-points Clyde Martin Memorial Race coming up this Saturday.
With 35 of the 600cc Micros in the pit area on Saturday, qualifying heats went to Davis, Yoder, Mike Caropolo, and Brown. A.J. Michael and Robbie Kendall won the twin consolations.
It's almost unfathomable that it's nearly August and Mike Rutherford's name was missing from the Clyde's list of feature winners in 2010. But the Newmanstown ace corrected that little blip on the racing radar by winning the 270cc feature on Saturday.
Driving Ken and Tony Kaylor's new Hyper Racing No. 5k, Rutherford zipped from his 12th starting spot to run fifth in just two laps. With Chip Geib out front, Rutherford raced into third on the fifth circuit, then snatched second away from Josh Stoyer on the tenth trip around the banked oval.
A caution with seven tours remaining put Rutherford on Geib's tail. As the two-to-go signal was shown to the leaders, Rutherford shoved his car under Geib in turns three and four, then forged ahead as they blasted off the corner.
"I showed Chip my nose a lap earlier, and he changed his line a bit in one and two. That allowed me to get a run and get under him. This feels really good; it's been a great weekend," explained Rutherford in victory lane, as he described the winning pass and followed up his triumph at Linda's Speedway on Friday with a Saturday win at Lanco.
Nick Skias passed two cars in one move to take over the third position with ten laps left to run. Skias then slipped past Geib on the final circuit to finish as the runner-up, with Geib, Jason Swavely, and Richie Hartman completing the top five.
Zack Fouse, N. Skias, and Geib were victorious in heat races for the 26 car field of 270's. Tom Schearer won the consi.
With his 11th place finish, Jack Spence was the recipient of the Kelly Fuels "Gas It Up" Award.
Saturday's 250cc Four-Stroke competition can best be described as "a battle within the war" for the 2010 point title. When the evening began, Peter Michael and Craig DeSantis were tied for first in the standings, with Chip Geib a mere eight points in arrears.
Michael gained a few points on DeSantis by winning his heat race, as did Geib. The 25-lap Lias Tire/Amerian Racer main event came down to a furious skirmish between Michael and Geib, with DeSantis lurking close behind in third.
Geib grabbed the lead from Kimberly Enck on lap ten, with Michael following Geib past the No. 84. For the next thirteen revolutions, Michael stalked the leader, occasionally attempting to dive under Geib at both ends of the speedway. Finally, with two to go, Michael's Hollinger's Sports & Turf, Schwarr Concrete No. 9 drew even with the race leader as they charged down the backstretch. Running inches apart in three and four, with neither driver giving ground, Michael nosed ahead and took command as the duo accelerated off the corner.
Michael drove to his third victory of the season, with Geib trailing him to the checkered by .553-seconds. DeSantis wound up third, with Enck and Ryan Gabers finishing fourth and fifth. The win gives Peter Michael sole possession of first place in the championship standings, with less than 15 points separating the top three.
Shane Braxton already has a 600cc victory at the Clyde this season, in his first full year of Micro-Sprint action at the Newmanstown facility. What the West Grove, Pa. resident wanted next was a feature win in the 125cc division. He fulfilled that goal on Saturday, passing Mark Yoder for the lead one circuit after a restart with six laps complete. That turned out to be the only caution period of the 25-lapper, and Braxton motored away from his competitors to win handily over Yoder, Cody Drace, Dave Grube, and Sonny Sweitzer.
With his sixth place finish, Jesse Maurer is less than ten points behind David Ravel in the 125cc point chase. Ravel fell out of the race on lap seven and was credited with 16th.
Curtis R. Miller and Yoder won heat races for the 125cc racers on Saturday evening.
"In the heat race, I would get to the middle of the corners, and it just wouldn't go, " noted Sportsman feature winner Ken Miller. "We changed the spark plug after the heat, and that seemed to make the difference. Man, this track is good; I could run high, low...anywhere I wanted to go."
Miller had no problem getting his car to "go" in the 25-lap feature, rocketing from 11th on the starting grid to second by the time ten laps were scored. He squeezed past Paul May III off turn two to snare the top spot with 12 complete, then roared away to win by more than five seconds over runner-up Wesley Fasnacht. The triumph was Miller's fifth of the season in the Sportsman class, and with the win, Miller leaped into first place in the point chase.
Bret Habecker, David Kemp, and Jeff Hughes crossed the stripe in third, fourth, and fifth.
In addition to the victory laurels, Miller also earned the Valken Racing Fast Lap of the Week Award. He circled the track in 11.290 seconds on lap 20 to claim the honor.
Sportsman heats fell to Kemp, Miller, and Donna Geib.
This week, July 31, is a big one for the Lanco regulars. It's the annual Clyde Martin Memorial Race, in which only Lanco members are eligible to compete - and members must have entered at least five point-paying events in 2010 in order to race this Saturday.
The five weekly classes will take part in qualifying heats, consolations, and 35-lap main events in the Memorial, which is sponsored by Gold Rush Trailer Sales & Auto Services. Double points will be awarded, meaning this event could go a long way in determining this year's champions in each of the Micro-Sprint classes. In addition, there is the honor and prestige of winning the Clyde Martin Memorial, where the trophies are handed down from last year's triumphant drivers to this season's winners. When a driver wins three Memorials (in one class), he or she can "retire" the trophy and lay permanent claim to the hardware.
This Saturday, gates open at 3:30 with warm-ups at 5 p.m. The first heat race goes green at 6:00. General admission for adults is just $8.00, with discounts for Senior Citizens and Students. Youth between the ages of six and twelve are admitted for only $2.00, with children under six admitted free of charge. Parking is always free at the Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
It's the Clyde Martin Memorial Race; the one that all of the Lanco regulars want to win so desperately. Combined with the point championship implications, this is going to be one intensely entertaining event, so you've gotta come out and LIVE the excitement that is Lanco and the Clyde Martin Memorial!
600cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Jared Davis, 2.Tyler Esh, 3.Jamie Kostic, 4.Brittany Brown, 5.Mark Yoder, 6.Chris Gerhart, 7.Mike Caropolo, 8.Jermain Godshall, 9.Shane Lewis, 10.Robbie Kendall, 11.Bob DeVault, 12.Shaun Brandel, 13.Heath Hehnly, 14.Mike Freed, 15.Tim Buckwalter, 16.Ken Miller, 17.Ryan Wilson, 18.Bruce Ginther Jr., 19.Tom Kohler, 20.Shane Braxton, 21.Tyler Ross, 22.Brenden Bright, 23.A.J. Michael, 24.Jeff Halligan.
270cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Mike Rutherford, 2.Nick Skias, 3.Chip Geib, 4.Jason Swavely, 5.Richie Hartman, 6.Jesse Maurer, 7.Billy Logeman, 8.Josh Stoyer, 9.Steve Drevicki, 10.Kerry Lengle, 11.Jack Spence, 12.Tom Schearer, 13.Peter Michael, 14.Dave Grube, 15.Christi Sweigart, 16.Brandon Bucher, 17.Scott Gantert, 18.Sheena Schaefer, 19.Brittany Trogdon, 20.Devin Harron, 21.Jay Batdorf, 22.Kevin Kopp, 23.Pete Skias, 24.Zack Fouse.
250cc Four-Stroke Feature, 25 laps: 1.Peter Michael, 2.Chip Geib, 3.Craig DeSantis, 4.Kim Enck, 5.Ryan Gabers, 6.Ed Nocera, 7.Jared Esh, 8.Travis Esh, 9.Greg Schmuck, 10.John Rutter, 11.Lewis Kepple Jr., 12.Ronald Wechter, 13.Matthew Swift, 14.Jessica Mohler.
125cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Shane Braxton, 2.Mark Yoder, 3.Cody Drace, 4.Dave Grube, 5.Sonny Sweitzer, 6.Jesse Maurer, 7.Kyle Spence, 8.Bradley Brown, 9.Bret Habecker, 10.Lee Reinhardt, 11.Derek Ecenrode, 12.Curtis R. Miller, 13.Kyle Hehnly, 14.Ryan Wilson, 15.Brad Gerhart, 16.David Ravel, 17.Tyler Reinhardt, 18.Devin Harron.
Sportsman Feature, 25 laps: 1.Ken Miller, 2.Wesley Fasnacht, 3.Bret Habecker, 4.Dave Kemp, 5.Jeff Hughes, 6.Corey Schmuck Jr., 7.Donna Geib, 8.Joel Tolley, 9.Dwayne Mathias, 10.Dennis Ziegler, 11.Tim Ziegler, 12.Kelby Stauffer, 13.Jason Hehnly, 14.Dennis Fenstermacher, 15.Robert Shanaman, 16.Jason Swavely, 17.Jenna Keppley, 18.Dave Schroeder, 19.Mike Heiser, 20.Scott Garman, 21.Brett Wanner, 22.Jamie Fetterolf, 23.Paul May III, 24.Ashley Kase.