Brickerville, PA - Saturday's event turned into "Ladies Night" at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway, but it was a pair of young, masculine throttle-jockeys who registered wins in the headline classes of Micro-Sprint competition.
Jimmy Glenn, Branchburg, NJ, charged to victory in the 600cc main, while defending 270cc champion Richie Hartman, from Shoemakersville, Pa., triumphed in the 25-lapper for that division.
It was, however, a huge night for some of the female competitors, as Jessica Enck notched the first victory of her career in the 250cc Four-Stroke feature and Sheena Schaefer scored in the main event for the Sportsman class. Heath Hehnly captured the 25-lap feature for the 125cc micros.
The 600's had one of those "full moon" races, running a caution-filled event that ended one circuit prior to its scheduled 25-lap distance, due to expiration of the 30-minute time limit.
Brent Ely paced the early laps, with Jeremy Lynch on his tail. Sixth-starting Jimmy Glenn bolted into third, then snatched the runner-up spot from Lynch with four tours in the books.
Ely's engine began breaking up after a lap seven restart, with Glenn sailing by him to claim the lead as they completed the eighth trip around the high banked oval. Ely was forced to retire, with engine woes, a couple of revolutions later.
The remainder of the race belonged to Glenn, in the J&G Elevator No. 7G. Delaware's Lynch chased him to the checkered, with Jamie Kostic earning third-place money. Chris Gerhart and polesitter Brittany Brown, in just her second start in a 600, rounding out the top five.
Heats for the 34 cars went to Brown, Jared Davis, Ely, and Glenn. Twin consolations were captured by Josh Swavely and Billy Ney.
In his first 270cc feature since winning the '08 point championship, Richie Hartman fell victim to mechanical issues and finished 24th. Hartman rebounded from his misfortune in the season opener by roaring to victory last Saturday.
Lining up third on the starting grid, Hartman found an open lane down low as the green waved over the field. He made the most of this golden opportunity, rocketing to the lead by the time they hit turn one.
Scott Fick disposed of Terry Ellex to snare second on a lap 11 restart, but Fick's Viper was no match for the Little Nicky's Pizza/ RTS of Hartman.
When the race ended, Hartman parked in the winner's circle, while Fick settled for runner-up honors. Scott Gingrich held off a determined bid by Heath Hehnly to finish third, with Hehnly and Steve Whary making up the top five.
A stellar field of 35 cars entered the evening's 270cc action, with heat race victories going to Hartman, Mike Uhrich, Christi Sweigart, and Todd Steffy. Pete Skias and Greg Miller won the consi's.
Without a doubt, the night's biggest and most emotional celebration occurred after the 250cc Four-Stroke main event. Not only was it Jessica Enck's first career triumph, but it came on her parent's wedding anniversary. It was also a crew member's birthday, and a large contingent of Enck's family and friends gathered on the front stretch for victory lane photos.
Enck benefitted from starting on the pole for the 25-lapper, but had to survive several restarts while holding off the top chauffeurs in the Four-Stroke class, many of whom were stricken with bad luck at various stages of the main event.
Richie Hartman, Chad Rhoads, and Craig DeSantis all appeared to have a shot at challenging Enck for the win, but suffered a variety of problems that ended their respective bids for victory.
Enck won by a half-second over Jared Gabers, with George Potts Jr. recording a career best finish of third. Ed Nocera was fourth, and Rhoads recovered from an early race spin to claim fifth.
Four-Stroke heats went to DeSantis and Enck.
Ladies Night continued in the Sportsman feature, as Sheena Schaefer fought off the nausea that plagued her throughout the evening to register the triumph.
Starting eighth, Schaefer navigated her way toward the head of the pack in the early going. She tracked down the leader, Jason Hehnly, then swept past him off turn four, taking the top spot on the tenth circuit. She was never seriously challenged from that point on, although opening night winner Steve Drevicki made things interesting during the final laps.
Drevicki waged a furious three-car battle for second with Donna Geib and Dwayne Mathias in the middle portion of the race. The teen finally wrestled the runner-up position from Geib with two to go, then set his sights on Schaefer.
Drevicki drew close, but ran out of time as Schaefer throttled to the finish line about three car-lengths ahead of her closest pursuer. Geib, Glenn Moyer, and Mark Ludwig completed the top five at the finish.
Geib, Bobby Shanaman, and Mike Miller were victorious in the Sportsman heats. Kenny Miller triumphed in the consolation.
The evening's first feature, for the 125cc micros, saw Nathan Weidman jump into the lead from his outside front row starting spot.
Weidman was out front for six trips, but soon had sixth-starting Heath Hehnly knocking on his door for the race lead. As they accelerated off turn four to complete lap seven, a slower car blocked Weidman, allowing Hehnly to power by him in the high groove.
Scott Gantert passed Weidman for second on the eighth tour. Gantert chased Hehnly all the way to the finish, but could not get close enough to the leader to muster a challenge.
Opening night winner Bret Habecker crossed the stripe in third, with Cody Drace and Weidman finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.
Dave Grube and Weidman copped the two heats for the 125cc competitors.
This Saturday is American Cancer Society Night at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. Jared Davis, a 600cc racer, will coordinate the activities along with members of his family. Everyone making a contribution to fund research on this dreaded disease will receive a raffle ticket, giving them an opportunity to win some great prizes.
Gates open at 3:30, with warm-ups for the five weekly classes of Micro-Sprints beginning at 5 p.m. The first heat race goes green at 6:00.
Come on out and LIVE the excitement that is Lanco!
600cc (25 laps): 1.Jimmy Glenn 2.Jeremy Lynch 3.Jamie Kostic 4.Chris Gerhart 5.Brittany Brown 6.Kory Merkey 7.Shaun Brandel 8.Devin Gundrum 9.Joe Lord 10.Bruce Ginther, Jr. 11.Kyle Reinhardt 12.Tyler Ross 13.Josh Swavely 14.Mike Freed 15.Mike Caropolo 16.Kenny Miller 17.Brent Ely 18.Heath Hehnly 19.Ryan Wilson 20.Jeff Halligan 21.J.R. Booth 22.Doug Smith 23.Billy Ney 24.Jared Davis.
270cc (25 laps): 1.Richie Hartman 2.Scott Fick 3.Scott Gingrich 4.Heath Hehnly 5.Steve Whary 6.Greg Miller 7.Jason Swavely 8.Billy Logeman 9.Dave Grube 10.Mark Ewer 11.Todd Steffy 12.Jim Skias 13.Ryan Shupp 14.Terry Ellex 15.Jessica Enck 16.Dean Spangler, Jr. 17.Mike Miller 18.Christi Sweigart 19.Pete Skias 20.Steve Drevicki 21.Nick Skias 22.Dave Falini. DNS: Mike Uhrich; Josh Stoyer.
250cc Four-Stroke (25 laps): 1.Jessica Enck 2.Jared Gabers 3.George Potts, Jr. 4.Ed Nocera 5.Chad Rhoads 6.Kevin Kopp 7.Craig DeSantis 8.Peter Michael 9.George Potts III 10.Lewis Kepple, Jr. 11.Greg Schmuck 12.Jake Booth 13.Kayla Fetter 14.Ronnie Rhoads, Jr. 15.Kim Enck 16.Phil Johnson 17.Chris Lee 18.Richie Hartman 19.Dick Huzzard 20.Jason Johnson 21.Ryan Gabers.
Sportsman (25 laps): 1.Sheena Schaefer 2.Steve Drevicki 3.Donna Geib 4.Glenn Moyer 5.Mark Ludwig 6.Jeff Hughes 7.Jamie Fetterolf 8.Dwayne Mathias 9.Kenny Miller 10.Tyler Pannebecker 11.Mike Skias 12.Wesley Fasnacht 13.Robert Shanaman 14.Dennis Fenstermacher 15.Earl Eveland 16.Gene Murphy 17.Jenna Keppley 18.Jason Hehnly 19.Tim Ziegler 20.Dave Graybill 21.Mike Miller 22.Kelby Stauffer 23.Brett Wanner 24.Dennis Ziegler.
125cc (25 laps): 1.Heath Hehnly 2.Scott Gantert 3.Bret Habecker 4.Cody Drace 5.Nathan Weidman 6.Sonny Sweitzer 7.Dave Grube 8.Mark Yoder 9.Kyle Henninger 10.Derek Ecenrode 11.Bradley Brown 12.Brianna Gerhart 13.Corey Schmuck, Jr. 14.Carl Myer. DNS: James Wampole; Dave Falini.