Brickerville, PA - The members of the track-prep crew at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway deserve a medal.
Fighting on-and-off precipitation all night long, track officials were finally forced to throw in the towel around 10:30 p.m., as the rain intensified and showed no signs of ending before midnight.
The premature conclusion set up a gigantic racing program for this Saturday, August 29. Due to the large number of qualifying and main events now scheduled for this Saturday, the times have been altered to accommodate the number of races on the agenda. Gates will open one hour earlier than normal, at 2:30. Warm-ups will begin at 4 p.m., and the first green flag will fly at 5:00, rather than the standard 6 p.m. starting time.
Saturday’s menu will start off with make-up features for the 270cc; 125cc; and Sportsman Micro-Sprints. The 600cc Pro Series, presented by Hoosier Tires Mid-Atlantic, will run a B-Main and a 25-lap A-Main – both of which were also rained out on Saturday night, August 22nd.
After the postponed events have been completed, an entire show of qualifying heats, consolations, and 25-lap features will be run for all five of the weekly classes that compete at the Clyde. The specific order of events will be posted later in the week on the track’s website, www.lancomicrosprints.com.
Just before Mother Nature washed out the remainder of Saturday’s program, Lewis Kepple Jr. notched a popular victory in the main event for the 250cc Four-Stroke Micros.
Kepple jumped into the lead from his outside front row starting spot as the Four-Stroke pilots reeled off 19 consecutive laps under green flag conditions.
By the halfway point, Jessica Enck had motored into the runner-up spot, with tenth-starting Craig DeSantis moving to third.Lapped traffic bottled up the leaders as the race entered its final ten circuits. Kepple maintained a slim advantage, with Enck and DeSantis battling for second right behind the leader.With 19 complete, DeSantis slid under Enck in turns three and four. As he moved up in front of Enck’s No. 86, Jessica attempted to cross over and dive back under the blue No. 39. The two cars made slight contact, causing a mad scramble behind them. Peter Michael and Eddie Nocera tangled as a result of the traffic jam, bringing out the yellow.
On the restart, Kepple sprinted away from his pursuers. He went on to score his first win of ’09 over Enck, DeSantis, Chris Lee, and Jared Gabers.
Kimberly Enck and Ryan Gabers were victorious in the two heat races for the Four-Strokes.
250cc Four-Stroke Micro-Sprints: 1.Lewis Kepple Jr. 2.Jessica Enck 3.Craig DeSantis 4.Chris Lee 5.Jared Gabers 6.Ryan Gabers 7.Richie Hartman 8.Kim Enck 9.George Potts III 10.Jason Johnson 11.Peter Michael 12.Ray Merkey 13.Greg Schmuck 14.Eddie Nocera 15.Phil Johnson. DNS: Chad Rhoads.