Newmanstown, PA - The temperatures are warming and lawns have awakened from their winter of hibernation, as the grass begins to grow and green. These certain signs of spring will soon be joined by other signals that tell us to break out the t-shirts and shorts...the sound of high powered Micro-Sprint engines and the lovely, aromatic blend of methanol and moist clay! It's time to go racing at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway!
Business will definitely pick up on Saturday, April 17, as the five weekly classes of Micro-Sprints take part in the season opener, beginning at 6 p.m. The first event also serves as the initial point race in the season-long battle for the coveted 2010 Clyde Martin track championship in each division. On April 17, as for every point race during the season, gates will open at 3:30, with warm-ups at 5:00.
Many special events and promotions will highlight the new racing campaign at the Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. The first of these "specials" will occur on Saturday, April 24, when the students of two local elementary schools will receive V.I.P. treatment at the race track. Flyers will be distributed at Highland Elementary School (part of the Ephrata School District) and Doe Run Elementary (part of the Manheim Central School District). The flyers, when presented at the ticket booth on April 24, will provide free admission to one student and one adult.
To help the speedway celebrate the students' visit, Cylo, the mascot of the Lancaster Barnstormers minor league baseball team, will roam the grandstand and entertain the spectators. Cylo's appearance will serve a dual purpose that evening; the mascot will also be promoting Lanco Micro-Sprint Day at the Barnstormers on May 2nd. Details on how to purchase tickets to the game will be revealed when Cylo rocks the Clyde on April 24.
On Saturday, May 8, Sheena Schaefer will lead the Lanco family in an effort to raise funds and awareness in the battle to defeat Breast Cancer. Schaefer, who competes in the Sportsman class at Clyde Martin, is dedicating her season to the fight against this dreaded disease. She's the driving force behind Breast Cancer Awareness Night at the speedway, and she's been busy coordinating several fund raising activities for this event. Darryl Dissinger will have his Sportsman Modified on display that evening as he, too, continues to raise awareness through his racing adventures at the Big Diamond Raceway.
During a recent weekend of car inspections conducted by the Lanco Tech Committee, a total of 143 Micros went through the rigorous process. The inspections, as well as a glance at the new season's membership list, proves that the spotlight will shine on the 600cc class as a stellar group of race teams intend to make the Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway their Saturday night home in 2010.
If the Reading Fairgrounds was "The Home of Champions", then the Clyde may become "The Track Where Champions Dwell", especially in the mighty 600cc division. No less than five current and former champions have declared their interest in adding a 2010 Clyde Martin point title to their resume`s.
Heath Hehnly, the defending Clyde Martin track champion, will return in an attempt to back up his '09 championship. Hehnly will once again buckle into Sonny Cooke's Hyper/Spar, Cooke Roofing No. 2.
The Master of the Micros, Mike Rutherford, is a former 600cc Champ at the Clyde, and he's been wearing the Linda's Speedway point crown for the past two years as well. Rutherford has a new ride for this season, as he will throttle the potent CarStars No. 7H for car owner Gary Hunter.
Heading to Newmanstown from his Garnet Valley, Pa. residence will be 2009 Bridgeport Speedway Champion Rick Stief. "The Rocket" will launch his No. 9s around the high banks of the Clyde most Saturday nights, and Stief will be a threat to win each time out.
Another former point champion on the quarter-mile at Bridgeport, NJ, will challenge the all star field at Clyde Martin this year. Bob DeVault, who actually owns a pair of track titles at Bridgeport, is anxious to steer his Two Dogs Racing No. 10H to a Lanco victory in 2010. DeVault was also the 600cc Champion at Airport Speedway in New Castle, De. in 2007.
College student Tom Kohler, from Leesport, Pa., will bring his Pace Chassis No. 5x to the Clyde on a weekly basis this year. Kohler earned the Kutztown Fair Speedway 600cc title in 2008, and he's hungry to enhance his impressive reputation with some Lanco Micro-Sprint triumphs. Kohler is teaming with Rob Griffin for the new campaign, and he's already registered a bunch of top-five finishes while competing in Florida, Arkansas, and Pennsylvania during the "late winter portion" of the season.
There's no doubt, it's going to be an incredible year at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. Huge events such as the Memorial Day Open Show, Micromania for the 600's, the 270cc Clash at the Clyde, and the Labor Day Shootout are "can't miss" races in 2010. Then again, it's likely that every Saturday night will feature "can't miss" displays of wheel-twisting, ground-pounding, Micro-Sprint action. Make sure you are there, because "you've just gotta come out and LIVE the excitement that is Lanco!"