Brickerville, PA - Jason Swavely, Birdsboro PA, registered the first 270cc Micro-Sprint victory of his career on Saturday night at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. Joining Swavely in the winner's circle were Bob Luckenbaugh (Xcel 600 Modifieds); Jesse Maurer (125cc); Kenny Miller (Sportsman); Richie Hartman (250cc Four-Stroke); and Steve Sacks (Young Guns 390 Junior Sprints).
Swavely used the high groove in repeated attempts to unseat Ryan Shupp from the race lead in the 25-lapper for the 270cc micros. The second generation racer finally executed the winning pass, then charged to his first victory in this class. Swavely's first career Micro-Sprint triumph occurred on May 30, when he notched the win in a main event for the Sportsman class.
Saturday's 270cc headliner was an intense battle, as the top six cars ran under a blanket during the first half of the feature. While Swavely won by a comfortable margin, Billy Logeman scored a close runner-up finish over Nick Skias. Scott Fick and Steve Whary rounded out the top five.
Heats for the 32-car field went to Steve Drevicki, Shupp, and Mike Uhrich. Richie Hartman won the consolation.
In their second and final appearance of the season at Lanco, the Xcel 600 Modifieds presented a wildly competitive 20-lap feature that was highlighted by a bizarre ending.
John Lakatos, coming off a career best finish of fifth on June 19 at Linda's Speedway, grabbed the lead from Ryan Suchon early in the race, then held off the spirited challenges of Bob Luckenbaugh and Eric Whitby as he zoomed under the checkered flag in first place. Whitby nipped Luckenbaugh for second after a wheel-banging duel on the final lap.
During post-race inspection, however, Lakatos' Hyper Racing No. 9 was found to have illegal parts, causing him to be disqualified. Whitby was penalized one position for the altercation on the last lap, giving the win to Luckenbaugh. But the penalties did not stop there, as Luckenbaugh - though the victory belonged to him - was suspended for two weeks due to his retaliation over the contact with Whitby.
When the standings were finally sorted out, Luckenbaugh was the winner with Whitby claiming second. Suchon, Justin Schraden, and Dave Ogin made up the top five.
With 43 of the Xcel Modifieds signed in for competition, Suchon, Lakatos, Whitby, and Luckenbaugh captured the qualifying heats. Chris Snyder and Jeromy Guistwite won the two consolations.
Two-time and defending champion Jesse Maurer recorded his second consecutive triumph in the 25-lapper for the 125cc Micro-Sprints. Maurer, the Mount Joy Outlaw, blazed through the field quickly after starting sixth. Once out front, Maurer sprinted away from his competitors to score the victory over Cody Drace, Derek Ecenrode (in his best finish of '09), point leader Bret Habecker, and two-time winner Dave Grube.
Drace and Maurer won heat races for the 125cc micros.
Like Maurer, Kenny Miller won his second straight feature in the Sportsman class.
Miller, from Birdsboro PA, started ninth in the 24-car field. He steadily made his way toward the front of the pack as Paul May III, then Mark Ludwig set the pace.
Miller dashed under Ludwig to snare the top spot, then ran away to his second win of the season. Ludwig earned runner-up money, with point leader Steve Drevicki cashing in for third place. Robert Shanaman notched a season-best finish of fourth, with Jamie Fetterolf crossing the stripe in fifth.
Qualifying heats for the 27 cars went to Donna Geib, Jeff Hughes, and Ludwig. Billy Logeman won the consi.
Taking the lead from Chris Lee on a restart, Richie Hartman flew to his fifth victory of the year in the main event for the 250cc Four-Stroke Micro-Sprints.
Lee held on for his best outing of 2009, finishing second, with Jason Johnson behind him in third. Chad Rhoads and Jake Booth were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Craig DeSantis and Peter Michael won heat races, but both were knocked out in a multi-car tangle during the early laps of the feature.
The Young Guns 390 Junior Sprints made their first ever appearance at Clyde Martin, and the youngsters waged a competitive, entertaining race in their 15-lap main event, which went non-stop from green to checkered.
Steve Sacks ran down early leader Sean Case, but couldn't find a way to get by the son of Midget and Sprint Car veteran Bill Case. Troy Wagaman Jr. joined the party as the laps clicked off, and a three-car fight for the top spot was underway.
As the trio headed for the white flag, Case became trapped behind the lapped car of Adam Giovanetti. Sacks seized his opportunity, slipping by the leader on the low side. As Wagaman tried to follow Sacks, he made contact with Case, causing Case to slide high and ride the guardrail on two wheels as they hit the backstretch.
Sacks completed the final lap unscathed, winning his second feature of the weekend. Wagaman finished on the leader's tail in second, with Madison Brensinger nosing past Nathan Prazenica to finish third. Case slid back to fifth at the end, but he did a terrific job of bringing his car back down off the guardrail without flipping over. Giovanetti rounded out the finishing order at the conclusion of the event.
Case won the Young Guns heat race.
This Saturday, Lanco will celebrate Independence Day with the running of the inaugural MicroMania event for the 600cc Micro-Sprints. Paying $10,000-to-win, MicroMania will also culminate the 2009 PA 600 Speedweek series, and the Speedweek Champion will be crowned. The best 600cc chauffeurs in the country will vie for the big prize, and it all starts with warm-ups at 5 p.m. The first qualifying heat race will take the green at 6:00.
MicroMania will also include a special, first of its kind event at Lanco, as the 125cc vs. 250cc Four-Stroke Challenge will be presented.
Gates open at 2 p.m., and adult general admission tickets are priced at just $8.00. There are discounts for Senior Citizens, students, and children between the ages of 6 and 12. Children under the age of 6 are admitted free, and spectator parking is always free at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
It's gonna be huge, it's gonna be spectacular, and you've just gotta come out and LIVE the excitement that is Lanco and MicroMania!
270cc Micro-Sprints: 1.Jason Swavely 2.Billy Logeman 3.Nick Skias 4.Scott Fick 5.Steve Whary 6.Richie Hartman 7.Todd Steffy 8.Ryan Shupp 9.Steve Drevicki 10.Mike Uhrich 11.Tiffany Skias 12.Devin Harron 13.Zack Fouse 14.Christi Sweigart 15.Josh Stoyer 16.Nate Weidman 17.Jim Skias 18.Phil Rupert 19.Mike Derr 20.Brian Sholley 21.Dave Falini 22.Cody Drace 23.Greg Miller 24.Pete Skias.
Xcel 600 Modifieds: 1.Bob Luckenbaugh 2.Eric Whitby 3.Ryan Suchon 4.Justin Schraden 5.Dave Ogin 6.Aaron Bowes 7.Ryan Kunkle 8.Kasey Ernst 9.Tyler Bartik 10.Kevin Pritchard 11.Jeromy Guistwite 12.B.J. Scherff 13.Brad Szulewski 14.Cody Coons 15.Ryan Higgs 16.George Loux 17.Joe Fanelli 18.Nick Mady 19.Mike Fry 20.Chris Stockham 21.Dave Baldwin Jr. 22.Brian Mady 23.Chris Snyder 24.Butch Getz. DQ: John Lakatos.
125cc Micro-Sprints: 1.Jesse Maurer 2.Cody Drace 3.Derek Ecenrode 4.Bret Habecker 5.Dave Grube 6.Bradley Brown 7.Mark Yoder 8.Carl Myer 9.Corey Schmuck Jr. 10.Kaylan Petrecz 11.Chrissy Ochs 12.Gary Gorski 13.Sonny Sweitzer 14.Brianna Gerhart 15.Kyle Henninger 16.Scott Gantert 17.James Wampole. DNS: Nate Weidman.
Sportsman Micro-Sprints: 1.Kenny Miller 2.Mark Ludwig 3.Steve Drevicki 4.Robert Shanaman 5.Jamie Fetterolf 6.Jeff Hughes 7.Dwayne Mathias 8.Jason Hehnly 9.Glenn Moyer 10.Dennis Ziegler 11.Sheena Schaefer 12.Donna Geib 13.Gene Murphy 14.Dennis Fenstermacher 15.Wesley Fasnacht 16.Robert Schaffner 17.Jason Tolley 18.Jenna Keppley 19.Paul May III 20.Mike Skias 21.Billy Logeman 22.Kelby Stauffer 23.Brett Wanner 24.Jason Swavely.
250cc Four-Stroke Micro-Sprints: 1.Richie Hartman 2.Chris Lee 3.Jason Johnson 4.Chad Rhoads 5.Jake Booth 6.George Potts III 7.Ryan Gabers 8.Lewis Kepple Jr. 9.Jared Gabers 10.Kim Enck 11.Kayla Fetter 12.Dick Huzzard 13.Craig DeSantis 14.Ed Nocera 15.Terry Gockley 16.Greg Schmuck 17.Phil Johnson 18.Peter Michael 19.Jessica Enck.
Young Guns 390 Junior Sprints: 1.Steve Sacks 2.Troy Wagaman Jr. 3.Madison Brensinger 4.Nathan Prazenica 5.Sean Case 6.Adam Giovanetti.