Saturday's bleak weather forecast prompted Ryan Wilson's decision to forgo a long drive and skip a 600 Pro Series event, deciding instead to stay closer to home and race at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. His idea paid big dividends, as Wilson triumphed in an exciting feature race for the 600cc Micro-Sprints.
Others who basked in the limelight of the Clyde's winner's circle included Jason Swavely (270cc); Dave Grube (125cc); Dwayne Mathias (Sportsman); and Craig DeSantis (250cc Four-Stroke).
Ryan Wilson notched his first victory of the season in the 25-lapper for the 600cc Micros, although, for most of the race, everyone's attention was focused on a torrid duel for the lead between Mike Caropolo and Mike Freed.
Caropolo, the pole-sitter, charged into the top spot at the drop of the green. Freed passed Jeff Halligan for second, then pressured Caropolo for the lead during the early stages of the event. Wilson, meanwhile, was slicing his way from his 12th starting position to run fourth by the time eight laps were scored.
Freed, the High Sider from Denver, Pa., used his favorite line to power past Caropolo as they launched off turn four on the eighth trip around the Clyde Martin clay. Just one circuit prior to the halfway point, Wilson skated by Halligan and took over the third position, giving him the best seat in the house for Caropolo's next move.
As the leaders accelerated for a lap 13 restart, Caropolo darted under Freed in turn four, then pulled ahead as they roared down the frontstretch. It was the next restart, though, that changed the complexion of the race in Wilson's favor.
With eight revolutions remaining, Freed attempted the same move that Caropolo executed on him. Utilizing the low groove, Freed pulled even with the leader as they exited turn four, but his momentum carried his No. 24 up and into Caropolo's car as they crossed the start/finish line. Freed spun on the homestretch as he steered away from Caropolo's mount, collecting a couple of other cars in the process. Caropolo was able to continue on as the race leader.
Wilson was now in second, but not for long. Blasting off turn four with six laps to go, the Maytown Missile dashed by Caropolo and into the top spot. He proceeded to run away from the field, winning by a comfortable margin. Caropolo hung on to finish second, with Robbie Kendall, Halligan, and Bob DeVault rounding out the top five. DeVault rebounded nicely after spinning on lap three and restarting at the rear of the pack.
600cc heat race winners included Tom Kohler, Freed, and Halligan. Tyler Ross won the consolation.
Lapped traffic aided Jason Swavely in the main event for the 270cc Micros, enabling him to slip past race leader Billy Logeman when Logeman hesitated for a split second as he thought about which line to take around a slower car. Swavely shot by him with only four laps left to run, as Logeman's hesitation caused him to fall back to fourth.
Devin Harron jumped from his pole starting spot to pace the early laps, before a broken throttle cable forced him to the pits. Sheena Schaefer inherited the lead at that point, but her No. 3s got a bit out of shape on the ninth circuit, allowing Logeman to skip past her and into the lead.
As the leaders began to encounter lapped traffic, the top four - Logeman, Swavely, Dave Grube, and Greg Miller - ran nose-to-tail until Logeman's stumble permitted Swavely, Grube, and Miller to get by him.
With the checkered flag waving, it was Swavely, Grube, Miller, Logeman, and Mike Uhrich claiming the first five finishing positions.
Harron, Schaefer, and Logeman won heat races for the 270's. Uhrich was victorious in the consi.
Grube, the soon to be graduate of Penn State University, had a good night on Saturday. Before he scored the runner-up finish in the 270cc feature, he registered his first Lanco win of the season in the headliner for the 125cc Micro-Sprints.
The Denver, Pa. resident propelled his No. 3D from the outside of the front row into the lead as the race got underway. The only yellow of the event appeared with two laps complete, but it did not deter Grube from his mission. He went on to lead every one of the 25 laps, defeating Bret Habecker, who closed in during the late stages, but could not find the opening he needed to unseat Grube from the top spot.
Bradley Brown finished third, with Cody Drace and David Ravel ending up fourth and fifth, respectively.
Habecker, the defending 125cc point champion, earned the Valken Racing Fast Lap of the Week Award by recording the quickest single lap during the feature. Habecker zipped off a time of 11.316-seconds to win the gift certificate from Valken Racing.
Jesse Maurer and Grube won the two heats for the 125cc racers.
Dwayne Mathias, Oley, Pa., lined up on the outside of row four as the Sportsman feature went green. Mathias weaved his way toward the front of the field as Ken Miller built a commanding lead during the initial seven trips around the banked oval.
Miller's engine quit on lap eight, handing the lead to Billy Logeman. The first caution period occurred with 12 circuits complete, and the restart produced a fantastic battle between Logeman and Jason Swavely. As the pair circled the track in side-by-side fashion, Mathias and Brett Wanner narrowed the gap between themselves and the front-running duo.
Swavely burned a piston with ten to go, falling out of the race. On lap 17, Mathias gunned his No. 1M to the low side, taking the lead away from Logeman. With Mathias hugging the bottom and Logeman in the high groove, Mathias kept his green machine out front, snaring his first win of the season. Logeman and Wanner crossed the stripe in second and third, with Jamie Fetterolf recovering from a tangle at the halfway point to finish fourth. Robert Shanaman wound up fifth.
Sportsman heats fell to Logeman, Miller, and Swavely.
Roaring off turn two with six laps complete, Craig DeSantis flashed past George Potts III to take a lead that he would not relinquish. DeSantis went on to win the feature race for the 250cc Four-Stroke Micros.
Peter Michael, the winner on opening night, climbed from his 12th starting spot to finish second. Ed Nocera recorded another top five effort by placing third. The Booth brothers, Jake and Michael, finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Chip Geib and Jake Booth notched wins in the Four-Stroke heat races.
Racing resumes this Saturday, May 1st, with another card of qualifying heats, consolations, and 25-lap features for the five weekly classes. Gates open at 3:30, with warm-ups at 5 p.m. The first heat race goes green at 6:00.
Coming up on May 8 is Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Lanco, with 270cc chauffeur Sheena Schaefer organizing activities and raffles to raise funds in the fight against the dreaded disease.
600cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Ryan Wilson, 2.Mike Caropolo, 3.Robert Kendall, 4.Jeff Halligan, 5.Bob DeVault, 6.Ken Miller, 7.Mark Ludwig, 8.Chris Gerhart, 9.Tyler Ross, 10.Shaun Brandel, 11.Brent Ely, 12.Tyler Esh, 13.Jon Stewart, 14.Zachary Fisher, 15.Jermain Godshall, 16.Carl Lieber, 17.Mike Freed, 18.Bruce Ginther Jr., 19.Tom Kohler, 20.Sammy Lamothe, 21.Jamie Kostic, 22.Kory Merkey, 23.Kerry Gilbert.
270cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Jason Swavely, 2.Dave Grube, 3.Greg Miller, 4.Billy Logeman, 5.Mike Uhrich, 6.Todd Steffy, 7.Zack Fouse, 8.Jay Batdorf, 9.Ryan Shupp, 10.Mark Ewer, 11.Sheena Schaefer, 12.Steve Drevicki, 13.Dana Lamothe, 14.Brandon Bucher, 15.Christi Sweigart, 16.Edward Holz II, 17.Mark Hopwood, 18.A.J. Michael, 19.Peter Michael, 20.Devin Harron, 21.Kerry Lengel, 22.Roger Graham III, 23.Richie Hartman. DNS: Jerry Dorrell.
125cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Dave Grube, 2.Bret Habecker, 3.Bradley Brown, 4.Cody Drace, 5.David Ravel, 6.Brian Sholley, 7.Mark Yoder, 8.Ray Miller, 9.Derek Ecenrode, 10.Devin Harron, 11.Corey Schmuck Jr., 12.Ryan Wilson, 13.Sonny Sweitzer, 14.Curtis R. Miller, 15.Jared Hartlieb, 16.Kaylan Petrecz, 17.Jesse Maurer. DNS: Brianna Gerhart, Scott Gantert, Daniel Braun.
Sportsman Feature, 25 laps: 1.Dwayne Mathias, 2.Billy Logeman, 3.Brett Wanner, 4.Jamie Fetterolf, 5.Robert Shanaman, 6.Bret Habecker, 7.Joel Tolley, 8.Dennis Ziegler, 9.Donna Geib, 10.Tim Ziegler, 11.Dennis Fenstermacher, 12.Jenna Keppley, 13.Matt Morton, 14.Jeff Hughes, 15.Jason Swavely, 16.Jason Hehnly, 17.Corey Schmuck Jr., 18.Jonathan Swift, 19.David Kemp, 20.Ken Miller, 21.Kelby Stauffer. DNS: Earl Eveland, Paul May III.
250cc Four-Stroke Feature, 25 laps: 1.Craig DeSantis, 2.Peter Michael, 3.Ed Nocera, 4.Jake Booth, 5.Michael Booth, 6.Greg Schmuck, 7.Lewis Kepple Jr., 8.George Potts III, 9.George Potts Jr., 10.Steve Brenner, 11.Sheila Fetter, 12.Jared Esh, 13.Kim Enck, 14.Jessica Mohler, 15.Chip Geib, 16.Jesse Kopp. DNS: Matthew Swift.