Written by Barry Angstadt
Monday, 27 May 2013 23:04
|Newmanstown, PA - On a very challenging night of racing for the 600cc Micro-Sprint drivers - most of them competed in both winged and wingless action - Mike Rutherford and Shane Lewis emerged victorious in Saturday's Kerry Gilbert Memorial Day Open Show presented by Bud's Spring Service of Lancaster.
While Rutherford narrowly defeated Lewis in the winged 600cc main, Lewis came back to win a hard fought 30-lapper run without wings at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
Jesse Maurer enjoyed a big night, too, as the Mount Joy Outlaw notched victories in the 270cc and 125cc main events.
Ryan Morris recorded his fourth triumph of the season in the 250cc Four-Stroke division, and Jason Swavely registered his second consecutive - and third overall - win in the Sportsman feature.
Each of the feature winners received an added bonus as part of the K1 Race Gear Proven Performance Program presented by Nouse Signs & Graphics. The program, in effect for every 2013 Clyde Martin event, rewards winning drivers with a gift certificate that can be used in the purchase of a two or three-layer custom racing suit from K1 Race Gear and designed by Nouse Signs & Graphics.
In the 30-lapper for the winged 600's, Jack Conover passed polesitter Brent Ely to grab the top spot as the second lap was scored. Rutherford started fifth, but moved up quickly to challenge Conover, and he had someone with him as Shane Lewis was next in line behind Rutherford's No. 7H.
Rutherford shot off the turn four banking, making a high/low move on Conover to snatch the lead. Lewis saw the move executed by Rutherford and copied it, diving under Rutherford to steal the lead one lap later. But Rutherford came roaring back; he and Lewis proceeded to trade slide jobs on one another for the next several circuits in a crowd-pleasing display.
Rutherford, from Lititz, eventually secured the lead and maintained it, although Lewis gave it one last try on the final lap, diving under the leader in three and four. Rutherford used his momentum on the high side to hang on, racing under the checkered flag ahead of Lewis by 0.383-seconds.
Eric Bodine finished third, with Heath Hehnly and Tyler Walton rounding out the top five.
Mike Dicely was the 600Scene.com Hard Charger of the race, gaining 13 positions after starting 21st.
Six heats were run for the 43-cars, with wins going to Rutherford, Hehnly, Travis Esh, Lewis, Brian Carber, and Ely. The three consolation races went to Tyler Esh, Steve Kemery, and Mike Dicely.
The 600cc teams were given some time to ready their mounts for wingless action, then competed in a full program of qualifying heats, consolations, and another 30-lap feature...non-wing style. Forty-one cars took part in the wingless portion of the event.
Lewis drew the pole for the wingless main and paced the early laps, but Brian Carber danced from his fourth starting position to challenge Lewis by lap seven. The duo swapped the top spot a couple of times until the yellow flag appeared with eight tours complete. On the restart, Lewis got away from Carber, who now had company in the form of James Morris and Tyler DeVault.
The battle for the runner-up spot went three-wide at times, and one of those triple-wide tangos sent Carber spinning off the homestretch and into the infield, causing the sixth caution period with nine laps left to run.
DeVault and Morris waged a nip-and-tuck duel right down to the wire, with Morris earning runner-up honors behind Lewis.
Lewis, the Honeybrook, Pa. wheel-twister, chalked up the victory over Morris. DeVault got third place money, with Heath Hehnly notching his second, fourth-place finish of the evening. Steve Kemery was the fifth car to cross the finish line.
DeVault, Carber, Bruce Ginther Jr., and Kemery captured wins in the wingless heat races. The two consolations were won by Eric Bodine and Tim Iulg.
Tim Howell recorded the quickest lap of the wingless 30-lapper to earn the Weld Racing Fast Lap of the Feature.
Ryan Hook was the 600Scene.com Hard Charger, climbing from dead last, 24th, to a tenth place finish.
Jesse Maurer took the 270cc green flag from the outside of row four. He gained four positions in just two trips around the banked oval, then continued his march to the front as polesitter Christi Sweigart set the early pace.
When he got to second, it didn't take long for Maurer to flash to the high side of the leader, running side-by-side with Sweigart before he gunned his No. 72 past her No. 34 in a battle of RTS chassis.
Maurer was the new leader as the tenth revolution was scored, and soon tenth-starting Mike Rutherford was the runner-up and Richie Hartman zipped into third.
Mount Joy's Jesse Maurer stayed a comfortable distance in front of Rutherford, who had to deal with Hartman as the race entered its final stages.
The final margin of victory was just over two-seconds, with Maurer cruising across the stripe in front of Rutherford, Hartman, 17th-starter Kyle Spence, and Heath Hehnly.
The 36-car field of 270cc Micros was split into four heats, and the winners included Keith Holiday, Chad Myers, Hartman, and Rutherford. Spence and Joe Dopke won the two consolation races.
Maurer's first victory of the night came at the expense of his Gorski Racing teammate, Richie Hartman.
With Hartman leading the 125cc feature and mired in heavy lapped traffic, Maurer caught and passed his teammate on lap 16.
A caution period with five to go did not alter the outcome, as Maurer beat Hartman to the checkered with Dave Grube, Derek Ecenrode, and Darren Miller completing the top five.
A terrific field of 29 signed in for 125cc competition. Heat race winners included Maurer, Kyle Hehnly, and Darren Miller. The consolation victory went to Kenny Murray.
Ryan Morris, Honeybrook Pa., took the lead from Donna Geib at the halfway point of the 30-lap feature for the 250cc Four-Stroke Micro-Sprints. Morris went on to win over Richie Hartman, who was filling the seat of Chip Geib's No. 15 for the Memorial Day Open Show.
Donna Geib settled for third, with David Ravel and rookie Devin Adams rounding out the top five.
Just ten cars took part in the Four-Stroke action on Saturday. Hartman and Morris won the two heat races.
A simply dominating performance carried Jason Swavely to his third triumph of the season in the Sportsman division's 30-lapper
Swavely, from Douglassville, Pa., had his nephew Ryan draw for his starting spot in the main event, and the little guy rewarded his uncle by picking the pole position.
No one knew it at the time, but Swavely's nephew effectively ended the Sportsman race when he pulled the number one pill from the pouch of numbers.
Swavely decimated the field, rocketing to the win by more than 5.5-seconds over Matt Abers. Heath Hehnly, in the Shanaman No. 15, ended up third while Bret Habecker crossed the line in fourth. Richie Hartman, steering the No. 7C normally chauffeured by Swavely, was fifth at the finish.
Hehnly and Swavely won heat races for the 20 Sportsman cars.
A total of 179 entries took part in the Kerry Gilbert Memorial Day Open Show on Saturday.
Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway now takes its annual "Spring Break"; there will be no racing this Saturday, June 1st.
The Clyde swings back into action on Saturday, June 8, with Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic sponsoring the night of racing. The Mark Millwright & Rigging point chases resume for the five weekly classes of Micro-Sprints, as the 600cc, 270cc, 125cc, Sportsman, and 250cc Four-Strokes compete in qualifying heats, consolations, and 25-lap feature races.
There will be a special appearance on June 8, too, as the man known as "Lebanon Levi" on the popular Amish Mafia reality television show, will sign autographs and pose for photos with fans throughout the evening. Spectators and racers are encouraged to bring their cameras to the track that night; photos with Lebanon Levi can be taken for a fee of $5.00.
Gates will open at 3:30 and warm-ups begin at 5 p.m. The first heat race goes green at 6:00.
Adult general admission tickets are $8.00, with discounts for Senior Citizens and Students. Tickets for youth between the ages of six and twelve are only $2.00, while children under the age of six are admitted free. And parking is always free at the Clyde!
**Shane Lewis' victory in the wingless 600cc race came in what will most likely be his final event at Lanco - at least for a long while. Lewis, a recent graduate at Penn State (main campus), will put his engineering degree to good use in a new job he's taking...in Connecticut. He's moving north next week, and will only return to the Keystone State now and again to race 600cc Micros.
**The winged 600cc triumph was Rutherford's second of the season at the Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
**A great night for Jesse Maurer, the Mt. Joy Outlaw, as he won his third of the season in the 125cc main, then finished it off by winning his first of the year in the 270cc Class.
**Ryan Morris notched his fourth win of the campaign in the 250cc Four-Stroke feature. It was also the third consecutive victory for Morris in the Four-Stroke Class.
** Jason Swavely captured his second straight Sportsman triumph and third of the season. It was also his second consecutive win driving the No. 7P that is normally driven by his teammate, Ken Miller. It was the third time (this season) that the car visited the winner's circle, as Miller steered it to the opening night win.
Kerry Gilbert Memorial Day Open Show Results:
Winged 600cc Micro-Sprint Finish, 30 laps: 1.Mike Rutherford, 2.Shane Lewis, 3.Eric Bodine, 4.Heath Hehnly, 5.Tyler Walton, 6.Brian Carber, 7.Chris Gerhart, 8.Mike Dicely, 9.Tyler Esh, 10.Luke Thomas, 11.Kameron Morral, 12.Chris Tracy, 13.Steve Kemery, 14.Travis Esh, 15.Ryan Morris, 16.Jared Esh, 17.Jack Conover, 18.Rick Perone, 19.Paul Graham, 20.Chris Panczner, 21.Tyler DeVault, 22.Brent Ely, 23.Tim Iulg, 24.Lee Nardelli.
DNQ: William Urkuski, Jered Hook, Ryan Hook, Tom Shearer, Brittany Brown, Corry Roth, Rebecca LaMothe, Bruce Ginther Jr., Ernie Miles, Greg Stevens, Sam LaMothe, Troy Musselman, Tony DiMattia, James Morris, PJ Williams, Dan Souder, Kyle Rutledge, Mike Coen, Jessica Mohler.
Wingless 600cc Micro-Sprint Finish, 30, laps: 1.Shane Lewis, 2.James Morris, 3.Tyler DeVault, 4.Heath Hehnly, 5.Steve Kemery, 6.Mike Rutherford, 7.William Urkuski, 8.Tyler Esh, 9.Chris Panczner, 10.Ryan Hook, 11.Tim Iulg, 12.Travis Esh, 13.Tim Howell, 14.Chris Gerhart, 15.Greg Stevens, 16.Chris Tracy, 17.Bruce Ginther Jr., 18.Tom Shearer, 19.Andy Martin, 20.Mike Dicely, 21.Eric Bodine, 22.Brian Carber, 23.Ryan Morris, 24.Brittany Brown.
DNQ: Jered Hook, Sam LaMothe, Tony DiMattia, Rich Mellor, Drew Richmond, Jessica Mohler, Kyle Rutledge, PJ Williams, Kameron Morral, Mike Freed, Rick Perone, Jack Conover, Rebecca LaMothe, Phil Durham, Ernie Miles, Troy Musselman, Molly Chambers.
270cc Micro-Sprint Finish, 30 laps: 1.Jesse Maurer, 2.Mike Rutherford, 3.Richie Hartman, 4.Kyle Spence, 5.Heath Hehnly, 6.Billy Logeman, 7.Zack Fouse, 8.Christi Sweigart, 9.Dan Lane Jr., 10.Eric Falini, 11.Bradley Brown, 12.Nick Sweigart, 13.Keith Holiday, 14.Joe Dopke, 15.Toby Blumenshine, 16.Dave Williams, 17.Kory Shissler, 18.Chad Myers, 19.Derek Miller, 20.Dave Grube, 21.Jason Swavely, 22.Nate Weidman, 23.Barry Shearer, 24.Hank Stellar.
DNQ: Mike Binkley, Damon Bomgardner, Ernie Carlisle, Brad Kemp, Corey Schmuck Jr., Hannah Schrom, Greg Miller, Dan Braun Jr., Robert Simmerman, Randy West, Dylan Binkley, Chris Kostiak.
125cc Micro-Sprint Finish, 30 laps: 1.Jesse Maurer, 2.Richie Hartman, 3.Dave Grube, 4.Derek Ecenrode, 5.Darren Miller, 6.TJ Greve, 7.Kenny Murray, 8.Phil Durham, 9.Kyle Hehnly, 10.Chase Gutshall, 11.Dylan Adams, 12.Dana Watkins, 13.Brianna Gerhart, 14.Matthew Donley, 15.Jake Smith, 16.Adam Minzer, 17.TC Moore, 18.Michael Murphy, 19.Dylan Binkley, 20.Brent Shearer, 21.Alexis Sheely, 22.Brie Weiler, 23.Nick Sweigart, 24.Mike Rutherford.
DNQ: Jimmy Wampole, Walter Wampole, Zack Hollinger, Hunter James, Tony DiMattia.
250cc Four-Stroke Micro-Sprint Finish, 30 laps: 1.Ryan Morris, 2.Richie Hartman, 3.Donna Geib, 4.David Ravel, 5.Devin Adams, 6.Kim Enck, 7.Scott Renninger, 8.Steve Smith Sr., 9.Lewis Kepple Jr., 10.Eddie Nocera.
Sportsman Micro-Sprint Finish, 30 laps: 1.Jason Swavely, 2.Matt Abers, 3.Heath Hehnly, 4.Bret Habecker, 5.Richie Hartman, 6.Wesley Fasnacht, 7.Charles Hellinger, 8.Anthony Yerger, 9.Caleb Keller, 10.Kelby Stauffer, 11.Jason Hehnly, 12.Sheena Logeman, 13.Jim Skias, 14.David Ravel, 15.Mattt Peachey, 16.Curtis R. Miller, 17.Dave Kemp, 18.Dennis Ziegler, 19.Chris Heagy, 20.Taylor Shissler.