Newmanstown, Pa. - May 21 - An incredible two-lap burst propelled Mike Dicely to his second win of the season at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway on Saturday night.
Dicely, from Lewisberry, Pa., sliced his way from fourth to first, then ran away from the field to record the 600cc Micro-Sprint victory. Joining him in the winner's circle on a very busy evening of competition were: Billy Logeman (270cc); Dave Grube (125cc); Ken Miller (Sportsman); and Richie Hartman (250cc Four-Stroke). The program began with three features that were postponed by rain on May 14. Winning those WIX Filters main events were Miller (Sportsman); Grube (125cc); and Craig DeSantis (250cc Four-Stroke).
"I'm trying a new design on my Hyper, and it's really working right now. This was the first time we've had a slick track here at Lanco, and it worked great, just like it did on a slick surface at Linda's," stated Dicely in his victory lane interview. With a smile he added, "and it shows I'm not too old for this stuff!"
With Shane Braxton leading and Chris Gerhart nipping at his heels, Dicely (who started seventh) was dueling with Heath Hehnly for third. Dicely blasted around the top in three and four to snatch third from Hehnly, then switched lanes and ducked under Gerhart to grab the runner-up spot. One circuit later, on the 19th revolution around the high banked oval, Dicely went back to the high groove to sweep past Braxton, claiming a lead that he would not relinquish.
Hyper Mike went on to win by 2.1 seconds over Braxton, with Gerhart, Hehnly, and Shaun Brandel completing the top five.
Shane Lewis, Tom Kohler, and Jeff Halligan won the three heat races contested for the 28-car field of 600cc Micros. Tony Dimattia won the consolation.
The Kelly Racing Fuel "Gast It Up Award" went to 13th place finisher Danny Wykes.
"The Racin' Mason", Billy Logeman, was rideless when the season began. His fiance`, Sheena Schaefer, offered to step out of her family-owned, 270cc Micro-Sprint and let Logeman occupy the seat. On Saturday night, Logeman made the most of his opportunity, darting past Kerry Lengel to grab the lead on the second tour, then holding on through four caution periods to secure the victory.
Jason Swavely and Nick Skias took turns trying to challenge Logeman, but the high-flying chauffeur from Reinholds, Pa. kept a safe distance in front of his pursuers. Nick Skias ended up second with his dad, Pete, taking the checkered in third. Swavely and Mike Uhrich finished fourth and fifth, with Dave Grube behind them in sixth. Four of the top six finishers were wheeling Viper Chassis, and seven of the top ten were riding Vipers on Saturday.
With 28 entries in the 270cc pit area, heats went to P. Skias, Jesse Maurer, and Devin Harron. Mike Boyer copped the consolation.
It was quite a night for Dave Grube and Ken Miller, as both drivers recorded double victories in the 125cc and Sportsman classes, respectively.
In the regularly scheduled main for the 125cc racers, Grube went from third to first on the opening lap, then held off a determined Jesse Maurer to score the triumph. With Grube sticking to the low groove exclusively, Maurer went high in repeated attempts to unseat the leader. While the Mount Joy Outlaw almost pulled even with Grube on several occasions, he could not quite find the needed muscle to move past the Penn State graduate from Denver, Pa.
With the race entering its final stages, Grube and Maurer went three wide, splitting a lapped car as they screamed down the homestretch. Grube again forged ahead as the duo raced into turn one, then went on to beat Maurer by less than half-a-second when the checkered fell.
Braxton, Cody Drace, and Sonny Sweitzer completed the top five.
Maurer, Braxton, and Grube were victorious in heat races for the 23-car field.
The rained out feature from May 14 was run earlier in the evening on Saturday. Grube went from fourth to second in the first two laps, then slipped under Sonny Sweitzer to gain command with three circuits scored.
Maurer, who brought out the yellow by spinning on lap one, came charging back through the field to pass Bradley Brown for the runner-up position on the tenth trip around the oval. Maurer closed on Grube and applied some pressure as the pair ran nose-to-tail during the second half of the event, but Grube prevailed to notch his first victory of the 2011 campaign. Maurer, Braxton, Drace, and Brown finished second through fifth.
The Sportsman feature that was held over from the previous week kicked off the May 21 program, and Birdsboro's Ken Miller took the first of his two victories in his uncle Curt's No. 7P.
Miller went from third to first on the initial tour of the speedway, passing Paul May III for the top spot. Miller's teammate, Jason Swavely, took the green from the outside of row six, then blazed a trail that took him to third by the time seven laps were showing on the scoreboard. Swavely stormed past May for second on the ninth revolution, then set his sights on Miller.
Bret Habecker had other ideas, though, as he accelerated into third, then proceeded to challenge Swavely for the runner-up slot as Miller ran away and hid from the rest of the field. Habecker finally wrestled second from Swavely as he used a lapped car as a screen, nipping Swavely at the stripe.
Miller, the opening night winner and defending Sportsman point champ, won handily over Habecker, Swavely, Dwayne Mathias, and Paul Moore.
The regularly scheduled main event for the Sportsman class had a familiar theme - with a little twist.
Paul May III again jumped into the early lead, with Ken Miller in hot pursuit. May was up to the task, however, in this one, as kept Miller at bay during the first five laps. With five down, though, May's miserable early season luck continued, knocking him out of the lead and, eventually, out of the race.
Joel Tolley spun in three and four and May, right behind him and on the gas, almost slipped past as he cut low to avoid Tolley's No. 88. The key word is "almost", as May's No. 61 made contact with Tolley's car and stopped on the track.
That handed the lead to Miller, who threaded his way through heavy lapped traffic as the final 20 tours went non-stop. Miller won his second Sportsman feature of the evening, with Swavely passing Habecker for second with one to go. David Kemp and Brett Wanner finished fourth and fifth. Only the top seven cars finished on the lead lap.
During the race, Miller also picked up the Weld Racing Fast Lap of the Feature, as he turned the quickest lap of the event at 11.384 seconds.
Kemp, Corey Schmuck Jr., and Swavely captured heat races for the 23 Sportsman cars.
Craig DeSantis romped to the triumph in the postponed 25-lapper for the 250cc Four-Strokes.
DeSantis, Lititz, started seventh and maneuvered his way to third in the first two laps. Jessica Mohler zipped past Earl Eveland to steal the lead on the third circuit, then watched helplessly as DeSantis roared past her just two tours later.
Several yellow flags did not deter DeSantis from gaining his second victory of the season, as Mohler chased him to the finish line. Mohler's sister, Kimberly Enck, wound up third with Matt Swift and Eddie Nocera completing the top five.
When the regularly scheduled main event began for the Four-Strokes, Earl Eveland again dashed out to the early lead.
Jared Esh, who started seventh, rocketed into the runner-up spot during the opening lap, then throttled by Eveland to grab the lead on the fourth trip around the clay. Esh's stay at the head of the field would be short-lived, however, as Richie Hartman (subbing for Chip Geib) passed him to claim the top spot on lap five.
A caution on the initial start proved to be the only time the yellow would appear in this event, as the 25 laps went clean and green on the second attempt to get the race started. With Hartman in control of the event's pace, the laps clicked off quickly and cars were lapped at a frantic clip.
Only Hartman, from Shoemakersville, Pa., and Esh finished on the lead lap, and Esh was over six seconds, or roughly half a lap, behind the winner when starter Tim Gehret waved the checkered flag. Finishing third through fifth were Eddie Nocera, rookie Justin Harrington, and Jessica Mohler.
Twin heats went to Hartman and Matt Swift, as 17 of the 250cc Four-Strokes signed in for competition on Saturday.
This Saturday, May 28, is the track's annual Memorial Day Open Show. Joining the weekly classes of Micro-Sprints (600cc; 270cc; 125cc; Sportsman; and 250cc Four-Stroke) will be the always entertaining Xcel 600 Modified Tour. With the Micro-Sprint portion of the show being "open", meaning the typical points payout will not be offered, many invaders are expected to vie for the increased purse as the Micros battle in qualifying heats, consolations, and 30-lap feature races.
The Xcel Modifieds make the haul to one of their favorite tracks, and the touring group annually brings a large field and their events are always highlighted by intensely close competition.
Gates open at 2 p.m. on Saturday, with warm-ups at 4:15. The first heat race goes green at 5:30.
Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30, will be utilized as rain dates for the Memorial Day Open Show.
600cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Mike Dicely, 2.Shane Braxton, 3.Chris Gerhart, 4.Heath Hehnly, 5.Shaun Brandel, 6.Shane Lewis, 7.Tyler Ross, 8.Tom Kohler, 9.Jeff Halligan, 10.Mark Yoder, 11.Ryan Hook, 12.Jermain Godshall, 13.Danny Wykes, 14.Brittany Brown, 15.Jon Stewart, 16.Tony Dimattia, 17.David Beiler, 18.Ken Miller, 19.Robbie Kendall, 20.C.J. Tracy, 21.Tyler Esh, 22.Peter Michael, 23.Brent Ely, 24.John Wilbert IV.
DNQ: Monnie Wonder III; Bret Habecker; Jered Hook; Jared Davis.
270cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Billy Logeman, 2.Nick Skias, 3.Pete Skias, 4.Jason Swavely, 5.Mike Uhrich, 6.Dave Grube, 7.Scott Fick, 8.Greg Miller, 9.Kerry Lengel, 10.Charlie Lamanna, 11.Bret Guzik, 12.Devin Harron, 13.Jesse Maurer, 14.Heath Hehnly, 15.Christi Sweigart, 16.Mke Boyer, 17.Jay Batdorf, 18.Tyler Reinhardt, 19.Zack Fouse, 20.Brett Wanner, 21.Charles Hellinger, 22.Cody Kreger, 23.Kevin Garman, 24.Josh Stoyer.
DNQ: Rebecca LaMothe; Mike Dicely; Nathan Weidman
125cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Dave Grube, 2.Jesse Maurer, 3.Shane Braxton, 4.Cody Drace, 5.Sonny Sweitzer, 6.Mark Yoder, 7.Bradley Brown, 8.Darren Miller, 9.Devin Harron, 10.Derek Ecenrode, 11.Jacob Miller,12.Kyle Hehnly, 13.Nick Sweigart, 14.Derek Miller, 15.Brent Shearer, 16.Curtis R. Miller, 17.Ashley Kase, 18.James Wampole, 19.Devin Garman, 20.Jonathan Rutter, 21.Zachary Hollinger, 22.Walter Wampole. DNS: Daniel Braun.
125cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps (postponed from May 14): 1.Dave Grube, 2.Jesse Maurer, 3.Shane Braxton, 4.Cody Drace, 5.Bradley Brown, 6.Sonny Sweitzer, 7.Derek Ecenrode, 8.Darren Miller, 9.Nick Sweigart, 10.Jacob Miller, 11.Kyle Hehnly, 12.Devin Garman, 13.Ashley Kase, 14.Derek Miller, 15.Walter Wampole, 16.Curtis R. Miller, 17.Mark Yoder. DNS: Daniel Braun; Ryan Wilson.
Sportsman Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Ken Miller, 2.Jason Swavely, 3.Bret Habecker, 4.Dave Kemp, 5.Brett Wanner, 6.Wesley Fasnacht, 7.Kelby Stauffer, 8.Paul Moore, 9.Dwayne Mathias, 10.Donna Geib, 11.Matt Abers, 12.Corey Schmuck Jr., 13.Robert Shanaman, 14.Tim Ziegler, 15.Joel Tolley, 16.Mike Heiser, 17.Brad Kemp, 18.Rick Fisher, 19.Jenna Keppley, 20.Jonathan Swift, 21.Paul May III, 22.Dave Schroeder, 23.Scott Garman.
Sportsman Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps (postponed from May 14): 1.Ken Miller, 2.Bret Habecker, 3.Jason Swavely, 4.Dwayne Mathias, 5.Paul Moore, 6.Sheena Schaeffer, 7.Kelby Stauffer, 8.Dave Kemp, 9.Matt Abers, 10.Paul May III, 11.Donna Geib, 12.Brad Kemp, 13.Corey Schmuck Jr., 14.Rick Fisher, 15.Mike Heiser, 16.Jenna Keppley, 17.Joel Tolley, 18.Tim Ziegler, 19.Brett Wanner, 20.Dave Schroeder. DNS: Jeff Hughes; Scott Garman.
250cc Four-Stroke Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Richie Hartman, 2.Jared Esh, 3.Ed Nocera, 4.Justin Harrington, 5.Jessica Mohler, 6.Earl Eveland, 7.Travis Esh, 8.Matt Swift, 9.Ryan Morris, 10.Kim Enck, 11.Lew Kepple Jr., 12.Sheila Fetter, 13.Craig DeSantis, 14.Dick Huzzard, 15.John Ruoss, 16.Tyler Armstrong, 17.Greg Schmuck.
250cc Four-Stroke Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps (postponed from May 14): 1.Craig DeSantis, 2.Jessica Mohler, 3.Kim Enck, 4.Matt Swift, 5.Ed Nocera, 6.Travis Esh, 7.Earl Eveland, 8.Lew Kepple Jr., 9.Justin Harrington, 10.Jared Esh, 11.Greg Schmuck, 12.Jonathan Rutter, 13.Sheila Fetter, 14.Ryan Morris. DNS: Chip Geib.