April 14, 2012...Season Opener Presented by RTS Chassis
Newmanstown, Pa. - April 14 - In a heart-pounding ending to a great night of racing, Honeybrook's Shane Lewis held off numerous attacks from Ryan Greth to win the 600cc Micro-Sprint feature on Saturday night at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
Other winners on Opening Night presented by RTS Chassis included Jesse Maurer (270cc Two-Stroke); Dave Grube (125cc); Chip Geib (270cc Four-Stroke); and Jason Swavely (Sportsman).
Mike Dicely paced the first 16 laps of the 600cc main event while Lewis and Greth battled furiously for the runner-up position. As Dicely closed in on the back of the field, Lewis and Greth drove to the leader's tail tank, and a three-car tussle ensued for the top spot. That entertaining action was interrupted by a yellow flag with nine laps recorded.
With open track now in front of him, Dicely maintained a slim advantage over Lewis until they blasted into turn one on the 17th circuit. That's when Lewis pulled off a pass to snare the lead from Dicely, and Greth executed a similar maneuver to steal second just one lap later.
With Lewis planting the right-rear tire of his No. 55L in the high groove at both ends of the race track, Greth made repeated attempts to dive under the leader as the laps ticked off quickly. Heading for the white flag, Greth drew even with Lewis in turns three and four, but he could not get quite enough drive off the corner to pull ahead.
Lewis used his top lane momentum to stay in front, crossing the stripe to complete lap 25 with a margin of almost a half-second over Greth. Dicely, Jeff Halligan, and A.J. Michael finished in positions three through five.
With 28 of the 600's in the pit area, heat races went to Brittany Brown, Kory Merkey, and Dicely. Tony Dimattia won the consolation race.
As the field of 270cc Two-Strokes took the green flag to begin their 25-lap feature, several cars got bottled up in the middle of the pack, resulting in a homestretch flip by defending point champion Nick Skias. Skias was able to continue, and he rebounded to finish sixth when the checkered flag fell.
When the race got underway, polesitter Jesse Maurer led the way. In fact, the Mount Joy Outlaw led all the way, fending off several challengers to register the triumph.
The racing behind Maurer was hot and heavy, though, with four drivers snaking through traffic after starting deep in the pack.
Jason Swavely wound up second after he took the green in 13th, drawing close to the leader near the end of the 25-lapper before settling for the runner-up payout.
Mike Rutherford was 15th on the starting grid and weaved his way to a third place finish, while 12th starting Richie Hartman was fourth and Pete Skias climbed from tenth to fifth.
Great field of 32 cars entered the 270cc Two-Stroke portion of the opener, with heat races going to Hartman, Billy Logeman, and Pete Skias. Justin Harrington was victorious in the consolation race.
Dave Grube started on the pole of the 125cc feature and led every one of the 25 laps to notch the victory. It wasn't an easy win for Grube, the Denver, Pa. driver, though, as first Shane Braxton and then Jesse Maurer took turns hounding him for the race lead. Grube repelled all of their assaults to score the opening night triumph.
Maurer settled for runner-up honors, while Richie Hartman had a nice debut in Gary Gorski's No. 29. Hartman took the initial green on the outside of row four, but he was third in the running order when the checkered flag waved. Bradley Brown and Ken Miller finished fourth and fifth. Braxton spun out of third place on lap eleven, then recovered nicely by storming from the back to finish sixth.
Grube, Braxton, and Maurer won heat races for the 23-car field of 125cc Micros.
Ken Miller made his 270cc Four-Stroke debut on Saturday, and for the first ten trips around the high banked oval, it appeared as though it would be a winning debut.
Miller rumbled from fifth to first in just three laps, and once in front, he set sail and built a big lead.
Manheim's Chip Geib sliced his way from ninth on the starting grid to run second on the sixth revolution. Even though Miller had a healthy cushion, Geib was in hot pursuit, running down the leader in four laps. Geib's No. 15 rocketed by Miller off turn four, and he was the first car scored on lap eleven.
It was easy from there, as Geib blazed to a 3.5-second victory over Craig DeSantis. Eddie Nocera followed DeSantis across the line, with Miller fading to fourth at the end. Long time Sportsman Class campaigner Donna Geib made the switch to the Four-Stroke Class for this year, and her first ride was a good one as she finished fifth.
Winning the Four-Stroke heats were DeSantis and C. Geib.
Defending Sportsman point champion Jason Swavely, Douglassville, Pa., started twelfth in Saturday's season opener for that division - the class of 250cc Air-cooled engines. But Swavely didn't stay back there for long.
One of his Miller Racing teammates, Bret Habecker, rolled off alongside Swavely in row six. Habecker roared into second as two laps were recorded, then zipped past leader Wesley Fasnacht on the third tour.
Swavely was up to third by lap five, then battled with another teammate, Ken Miller, before snatching the runner-up position away from Miller with eight laps remaining.
With five to go, Swavely ducked under Habecker as they raced into the first corner. He throttled onto the backstretch as the new leader, then went on to win by 1.17-seconds over Habecker. Miller wound up third, followed by Fasnacht and Kerry Lengle.
Swavely and Habecker were victorious in the Sportsman heat races.
Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway is back in action this Saturday, April 21st, with another action-packed five division card of Micro-Sprint racing. The 600cc, 270cc Two-Strokes, 125cc, Sportsman, and 270cc Four-Strokes will compete in qualifying heats, consolations, and 25-lap features.
Coming up on Saturday, April 28, is Fan Appreciation Night at the speedway. All spectators will be admitted FREE that night, and there will be numerous giveaways for the young and the not-so-young fans. In addition, the Central Pennsylvania Bloodbank will conduct a Blood Drive at the speedway from 2 to 5 p.m. on the 28th.
One donation of blood can save three lives, so fans are encouraged to do something good for their fellow human beings by giving blood. In return, Lanco will do something good for the race fans by admitting them free of charge to watch all the ground-pounding action at the Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
Gates open each week at 3:30, with warm-ups at 5:00 and the first heat race goes green at 6 p.m.
Except for April 28, the cost of a General Admission ticket for adults is just $8.00, with discounts for students and Senior Citizens. Youth between the ages of six and twelve are admitted for just $2.00, and children under the age of six are free. And parking is always free at the Clyde.
600cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Shane Lewis, 2.Ryan Greth, 3.Mike Dicely, 4.Jeff Halligan, 5.A.J. Michael, 6.Shaun Brandel, 7.Brittany Brown, 8.Tyler Esh, 9.Heath Hehnly, 10.Mike Rutherford, 11.Jermain Godshall, 12.Chris Gerhart, 13.Jered Hook, 14.Peter Michael, 15.Tom Kohler, 16.C.J. Tracy, 17.Travis Esh, 18.Chris Panczner, 19.Brent Ely, 20.Tony Dimattia, 21.Jeff Stelter, 22.Shane Braxton, 23.Bruce Ginther Jr., 24.Kory Merkey.
270cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Jesse Maurer, 2.Jason Swavely, 3.Mike Rutherford, 4.Richie Hartman, 5.Pete Skias, 6.Nick Skias, 7.Billy Logeman, 8.Mike Uhrich, 9.Heath Hehnly, 10.Ryan Morris, 11.Chip Geib, 12.Dan Lane Jr., 13.Christi Sweigart, 14.Justin Harrington, 15.Tyler Reinhardt, 16.Mike Skias, 17.Ricky Sechrist Jr., 18.Zack Fouse, 19.Brian Sholley, 20.Rebecca Lamothe, 21.Mike Miller, 22.Nate Weidman, 23.Brad Kemp, 24.Dave Grube.
125cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Dave Grube, 2.Jesse Maurer, 3.Richie Hartman, 4.Bradley Brown, 5.Ken Miller, 6.Shane Braxton, 7.Felisha Kirlin, 8.Derek Ecenrode, 9.Cody Drace, 10.Brent Shearer, 11.Jake Smith, 12.Dylan Adams, 13.Jimmy Wampole, 14.Darren Miller, 15.Nick Sweigart, 16.Daniel Braun, 17.Curtis R. Miller, 18.Brie Weiler, 19.Brianna Gerhart, 20.Kory Merkey, 21.Kyle Hehnly, 22.Luis Gonzales, 23.Jordan Espenshade.
270cc Four-Stroke Feature, 25 laps: 1.Chip Geib, 2.Craig DeSantis, 3.Eddie Nocera, 4.Ken Miller, 5.Donna Geib, 6.Kory Shissler, 7.Ryan Morris, 8.Justin Harrington, 9.Earl Eveland, 10.Lewis Kepple Jr., 11.Kim Enck, 12.Steve Smith Sr., 13.Cody Kreger, 14.Sheila Fetter, 15.Greg Schmuck.
Sportsman Feature, 25 laps: 1.Jason Swavely, 2.Bret Habecker, 3.Ken Miller, 4.Wesley Fasnacht, 5.Kerry Lengle, 6.Jeff Hughes, 7.Matt Abers, 8.Paul May III, 9.Sheena Logeman, 10.Robert Shanaman, 11.Corey Schmuck Jr., 12.Jenna Heagy, 13.Tim Ziegler, 14.Dennis Fenstermacher, 15.Jay Lawrence, 16.Mark Ludwig, 17.Brian Becker, 18.Dean Spangler Jr. 19.Curtis R. Miller, 20.Zachary McGhee. DNS: Dave Kemp.