Newmanstown, Pa. - September 10 - Tropical Storm Lee had a devastating effect on the areas surrounding Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway, leaving many of the track's racers facing much larger problems than simply getting ready for the second-to-last event of the season at the Newmanstown oval.
The club's members were also focusing on a search for one of their own who disappeared on Wednesday evening, September 7. Mark Geib, one of the most well-liked and well respected people in the Clyde Martin pit area, was swept away by the raging waters of Chickie's Creek in Manheim, Pa. Many of the Lanco faithful were assisting local officials on Saturday, September 10, in the hunt for Geib, who was a very successful driver for several seasons and, in recent years, has wrenched on the Sportsman Micro-Sprint driven by his wife, Donna.
While the track and facility came through the tropical storm in good shape, the factors listed above along with a forecast that called for Saturday evening thunderstorms prompted Lanco officials to cancel the September 10 racing program.
The 2011 season finale is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, at 6 p.m. The curtain will drop on the Clyde Martin campaign and champions will be crowned in each of the five weekly classes of Micro-Sprints: the 600cc; 270cc; 125cc; Sportsman; and 270cc Four-Strokes. In addition to the championship battles, many positions remain up for grabs in each division's point standings.
Gates will open at 3:30 on Saturday, with warm-ups beginning at 5:00. The first heat race goes green at 6 p.m. All five classes will run qualifying heats, consolations (if needed), and 25-lap main events.