Newmanstown, Pa. - June 18 - Eight feature races brought eight different faces to victory lane on Saturday night at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway, as longtime Lanco supporter Seltzer's Smokehouse Meats of Palmyra sponsored the event.
The evening began with two consolation races and three main events that were postponed by rain on June 11. Jared Davis picked up his first victory of the season in the make-up feature for the 600cc Micro-Sprints, while Zack Fouse notched the first Lanco triumph of his career in the 270cc main. Dave Grube recorded his third win of the season in the make-up feature for the 125cc Class.
After a full slate of qualifying heats and consolations, the five regularly scheduled Seltzer's Smokehouse Meats main events took place. Winners included Shane Lewis (600cc); Mike Rutherford (270cc); Bradley Brown (125cc); Donna Geib (Sportsman); and Ryan Morris (250cc Four-Stroke).
The make-up feature for the 600cc Micros turned into a three-car battle royale between polesitter Jared Davis, Ryan Greth, and Heath Hehnly. Davis led all the way, but had to fend off numerous challenges from Greth, then Hehnly, to secure the win by a slim margin.
Mike Dicely charged from 18th on the starting grid to finish fourth, and Shane Lewis wound up fifth.
In the night's regularly scheduled 600cc headliner, Shane Lewis, after several years of close calls, finally registered his first feature win at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
Lewis, from Honeybrook, raced into the runner-up spot on lap seven. He stalked leader Peter Michael for the next 11 circuits, then slipped past Michael in lapped traffic with seven to go.
A caution with four laps remaining put Mike Rutherford on Lewis' tail, but the "Honeybrook Hustler" kept his No. 55L on the cushion, thwarting Rutherford's attacks from the low groove. Lewis held on to win with Rutherford, Michael, Hehnly, and Ryan Wilson making up the top five.
The 270cc feature from June 11 belonged to Zack Fouse. The Elizabethtown, Pa. throttle-jockey jumped from his pole position to claim a lead that he would not give up; holding on to the top spot on several restarts (including one with only two laps left to run) and holding off some of the best drivers in the business as Mike Dicely and Heath Hehnly ran second and third in the waning laps.
Fouse did not falter; keeping Dicely at bay during those final frantic trips around the high banked oval. When the checkered flag waved, it was Fouse over Dicely, with Hehnly finishing third ahead of Chip Geib and Dave Grube.
The evening's regularly scheduled feature for the 270cc Micros saw Christi Sweigart dash into the early lead. Dicely raced past Sweigart on the fourth revolution to take command, before he was challenged by Nick Skias.
Skias was not able to unseat Dicely from the point, as he fell back and became involved in an entertaining battle for second with 12th starting Mike Rutherford. Skias and Rutherford traded slide jobs at each end of the speedway for about three or four circuits, until Rutherford secured the runner-up position.
At the halfway point, Rutherford gunned his Kaylor Petro No. 5k under Dicely to take the lead as they accelerated off turn four. Rutherford went on to record his second victory of the season, with Dicely fighting off Skias to earn the runner-up cash. Mike Uhrich and Tyler Reinhardt completed the top five.
The rained out feature for the 125cc racers had Shane Braxton pass Sonny Sweitzer to take the early lead. Braxton's car became difficult to turn, pushing badly, allowing Dave Grube to sneak by for the lead with 12 laps remaining in the 25-lap affair.
Grube held off a late race assault by Bradley Brown to notch his third triumph of 2011, while Brown skated into the marbles in turns three and four on the white flag lap, bouncing off the guardrail with the resulting damage to the right-rear corner of his car forcing him to retire from the event.
Jesse Maurer chased Grube to the stripe, with Braxton hanging on for third. Darren Miller and Derek Ecenrode rounded out the first five finishers.
Brown bounced back to win the regularly scheduled main for the 125cc Class, his second victory of the campaign.
When Ryan Wilson slowed with mechanical issues while leading with seven laps scored, Brown inherited the top spot. A yellow with eight to go put Jesse Maurer on his rear bumper, and the duo traded the lead a couple of times during the last two trips around the lightning quick oval.
When Brown slid up the banking in turn four, Maurer gassed his No. 21 to the low side to take command with two to go. On the white flag lap, Brown stormed back in front with a bonzai dive into three and four.
Brown held off Maurer on the final lap to claim the victory, with Grube, Braxton, and Mark Yoder completing the top five.
Donna Geib started sixth in the Sportsman feature, then blasted to the front of the pack very quickly, taking the lead from Tim Ziegler on lap three.
Geib "missed a shift" while dicing in lapped traffic on the 18th circuit, permitting Kenny Miller to rocket by and take the lead. A yellow with six to go set up the winning pass by Geib, who went deep into turns three and four to slide up in front of Miller, reclaiming the point. One final restart with five laps remaining did not deter Geib from her first victory of the season, as she flew to the checkered ahead of Miller, Dwayne Mathias, Rick Fisher, and Mike Heiser.
Ryan Morris, still young enough to be competing in Quarter-Midgets, earned the first Micro-Sprint victory of his fledgling career, as he pummeled the 250cc Four-Stroke field into submission.
Morris was part of a three-car battle for second in the early stages of the 25-lapper, wrestling for the spot with Travis Esh and George Potts, Jr. As they circled the oval for the sixth time, Morris screamed from third to first, threading the needle between third place Esh and race leader Kim Enck.
The final 15 laps went clean and green, allowing Morris to cruise to a dominating win over Enck, Potts Jr., point leader Jared Esh, and Eddie Nocera. Nocera was involved in a skirmish on the initial start that left his No. 62 on its side in the fourth turn. He rebounded nicely, coming from the rear to record a top five finish.
A total of 128 Micro-Sprints took part in Saturday's event, with the 600's pulling a field of 31. There were 30 of the 270cc racers on hand, and 28 of the 125cc Micros. Twenty-three Sportsman entered the program, and 16 of the 250cc Four-Stroke cars competed on Saturday.
This Saturday, June 25, the Xcel 600 Modified Tour returns for its second and final Clyde Martin appearance of 2011. Jeromy Guistwite captured the May 28 Xcel event at the Clyde, and he will lead another terrific field of Xcel 600 Modified teams to Lanco this weekend.
Joining the Xcel Mods will be the 270cc, 125cc, Sportsman, and 250cc Four-Stroke Micro-Sprints. The 600cc Micros have the night off as PA 600 Speedweek kicks off at another area speedway.
Gates open at 3:30 on Saturday, with warm-ups at 5 p.m. The first two items on the evening's agenda will be make-up features for the Sportsman and 250cc Four-Strokes that were rained out on June 11. The first of those two main events will take the green at 6:00. They will be followed by a full slated of qualifying heats, consolations, and 25-lap features.
Coming up on Saturday, July 2nd, is Micromania for the 600cc Micro-Sprints. The big event provides the culmination to PA 600 Speedweek, with the Micromania winner guaranteed $2,000 for his/her efforts. That total could push to $5,000 or even $10,000, depending upon car count, and is sure to draw the best 600cc wheel-twisters in the country to Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway for this blockbuster event. Tow money will also be paid to those drivers who do not make it to the A- or B-Mains.
The 270 Clash at the Clyde will also be presented on July 2nd as a companion event to Micromania. The track will accept up to 44 entries for the 270 Clash at the Clyde, and as long as there are at least 40 drivers signed up, the race will pay $1,050 to win and $150 to take the green. Tow money will be paid to those drivers who do not qualify for the 25-lap feature, ensuring that everyone who enters will at least get back their $50 entry fee.
Entry forms for the 600cc Micromania and the 270 Clash at the Clyde are available at www.lancomicrosprint.com. The Micromania forms are also posted on pa600speedweek.com.
On July 2nd, warm-ups will begin at 4:30, with the first heat race going green at 5:45. Sunday, July 3rd, serves as the rain date for Micromania and the 270 Clash at the Clyde.
600cc Micro-Sprint Feature (Postponed on June 11), 25 laps: 1.Jared Davis, 2.Heath Hehnly, 3.Ryan Greth, 4.Mike Dicely, 5.Shane Lewis, 6.Ken Miller, 7.Shaun Brandel, 8.Jeff Halligan, 9.Mark Yoder, 10.Tony Dimattia, 11.C.J. Tracy, 12.Ryan Wilson, 13.Brittany Brown, 14.Tyler Esh, 15.David Beiler, 16.Tyler Ross, 17.Danny Wykes, 18.Jered Hook, 19.Monnie Wonder III, 20.Brent Ely, 21.Shane Braxton, 22.Peter Michael, 23.Chris Gerhart, 24.Ryan Hook.
600cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Shane Lewis, 2.Mike Rutherford, 3.Peter Michael, 4.Heath Hehnly, 5.Ryan Wilson, 6.Jeff Halligan, 7.Mike Dicely, 8.Ken Miller, 9.Robbie Kendall, 10.Shaun Brandel, 11.Tom Kohler, 12.Chris Gerhart, 13.Tyler Esh, 14.Danny Wykes, 15.Ryan Hook, 16.Tony Dimattia, 17.Ryan Greth, 18.Jon Stewart, 19.Mark Yoder, 20.David Beiler, 21.Brittany Brown, 22.Nathan Prazenica, 23.Rick Stief, 24.C.J. Tracy.
DNQ: Shane Braxton, Monnie Wonder III, Jared Davis, Jered Hook, Bret Habecker, Tyler Ross, Brent Ely.
270cc Micro-Sprint Feature (Postponed on June 11), 25 laps: 1.Zack Fouse, 2.Mike Dicely, 3.Heath Hehnly, 4.Chip Geib, 5.Dave Grube, 6.Nick Skias, 7.Christi Sweigart, 8.Billy Logeman, 9.Mike Uhrich, 10.Tyler Reinhardt, 11.Scott Fick, 12.Nathan Weidman, 13.Brett Wanner, 14.Brandon Bucher, 15.Charles Hellinger, 16.Tyler Ross, 17.Cody Kreger, 18.Jesse Maurer, 19.Pete Skias, 20.Jason Swavely, 21.Bret Guzik, 22.Michael Zimmerman, 23.Kerry Lengel, 24.Kevin Garman.
270cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Mike Rutherford, 2.Mike Dicely, 3.Nick Skias, 4.Mike Uhrich, 5.Tyler Reinhardt, 6.Jesse Maurer, 7.Dave Grube, 8.Christi Sweigart, 9.Billy Logeman, 10.Zack Fouse, 11.Heath Hehnly, 12.Brett Wanner, 13.Chip Geib, 14.Ernie Miles, 15.Shaun Brandel, 16.Kerry Lengel, 17.Scott Fick, 18.Mike Coen, 19.Pete Skias, 20.Josh Stoyer, 21.Jason Swavely, 22.Kevin Garman, 23.Nathan Weidman, 24.Brandon Bucher.
125cc Micro-Sprint Feature (Postponed on June 11), 25 laps: 1.Dave Grube, 2.Jesse Maurer, 3.Shane Braxton, 4.Darren Miller, 5.Derek Ecenrode, 6.Nick Sweigart, 7.Sonny Sweitzer, 8.Derek Miller, 9.Kyle Hehnly, 10.Mark Yoder, 11.Daniel Braun, 12.Brent Shearer, 13.Bradley Brown, 14.Ashley Kase, 15.Jonathan Rutter, 16.Zack Hollinger, 17.Curtis R. Miller, 18.Kory Merkey, 19.Jake Miller, 20.Ryan Wilson, 21.Devin Garman, 22.Scott Garman. DNS: Devin Harron, Mike Winkler.
125cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Bradley Brown, 2.Jesse Maurer, 3.Dave Grube, 4.Shane Braxton, 5.Mark Yoder, 6.Nick Sweigart, 7.Darren Miller, 8.Derek Ecenrode, 9.Felisha Kirlin, 10.Scott Gantert, 11.Kyle Hehnly, 12.Brianna Gerhart, 13.Daniel Braun, 14.Brent Shearer, 15.Ashley Kase, 16.Ryan Wilson, 17.Kory Merkey, 18.Sonny Sweitzer, 19.Jonathan Rutter, 20.Jake Miller, 21.Devin Garman, 22.Mike Winkler, 23.Curtis R. Miller, 24.Walter Wampole.
Sportsman Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Donna Geib, 2.Ken Miller, 3.Dwayne Mathias, 4.Rick Fisher, 5.Mike Heiser, 6.Joel Tolley, 7.Brad Kemp, 8.Dean Spangler Jr., 9.Tim Ziegler, 10.Jenna Keppley, 11.Matt Abers, 12.Bret Habecker, 13.Brett Wanner, 14.Kelby Stauffer, 15.Sheena Shaefer, 16.Dave Schroeder, 17.Corey Schmuck Jr., 18.Jason Swavely, 19.Paul May III, 20.Dave Kemp, 21.Sarah Shreiner, 22.Jay Lawrence, 23.Paul Moore.
250cc Four-Stroke Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Ryan Morris, 2.Kimberly Enck, 3.George Potts Jr., 4.Jared Esh, 5.Ed Nocera, 6.Travis Esh, 7.Earl Eveland, 8.Justin Harrington, 9.Lewis Kepple Jr., 10.Sheila Fetter, 11.Tyler Armstrong, 12.Chip Geib, 13.Matthew Swift, 14.George Potts III, 15.Jessica Mohler.