August 14 - Mike Rutherford had a little extra incentive as he took the green in Saturday's 270cc main event at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. His car was so good, however, that he probably didn't need the added motivation.
Rutherford navigated his way from 12th on the starting grid to run second before the midway point of the 25-lap Doc Hoff Memorial. As the crossed flags were displayed to the field, Rutherford, from nearby Newmanstown, Pa., ducked under Pete Skias to snare the top spot. The final 12 circuits saw "the Master of the Micros" simply run away from his pursuers, taking the checkered flag by 1.347 seconds over Skias. The victory was Rutherford's first of the season in Lanco's 270cc Micro-Sprint division.
"I was Doc's last driver here, and it means a lot to win the race that is dedicated to his memory," said Rutherford, who steered Ken and Tony Kaylor's experimental Hyper to the triumph. "Ken and Tony have tuned on this new car and they've got it working really well, but tonight it's all about Doc and how much he meant to all of us at Lanco."
Three of Doc Hoff's family members were on hand to greet Rutherford and all of the feature winners in victory lane on Saturday. His wife, Wilma, along with grandsons A.J. and Joe, made the trip to Clyde Martin for Doc's Memorial Race.
Trailing Rutherford and Skias to the stripe were Steve Drevicki, point leader Richie Hartman, and Jason Swavely.
With 37 of the 270cc Micros signing in for competition, qualifying heats were captured by Hartman, P. Skias, Devin Harron, and Rutherford. Twin consolation races went to Mike Dicely and Mike Miller.
"I had no brakes from lap five on," explained 600cc winner Jared Davis. No brakes, no problem, though, as the Mohnton, Pa. throttle-jockey became a three-time victor in 2010.
Davis, the only 600cc competitor with more than one Clyde Martin triumph this season, executed a slide job on Jered Hook to gain the lead on a lap 18 restart. He was never headed, zipping across the finish line six-tenths of a second ahead of Hook, who recorded the best finish of his short Lanco career with a runner-up effort.
Heath Hehnly came from 13th to finish third, with 11th starting Robbie Kendall crossing the line in fourth. Jamie Kostic rounded out the top five.
The Kelly Fuels Gas It Up Award went to sixth-place finisher Tyler Ross.
A scary crash brought out the red flag with two to go. Brittany Brown, who ran among the top five for most of the 25-lapper, suddenly slowed and stopped on the backstretch, the victim of mechanical problems. With the rest of the field bearing down on her, Bob DeVault was left with no place to go, slamming into Brown's left-rear wheel and vaulting into a series of spinning flips. Brent Ely and Mark Ludwig were also involved, with Ely's No. 17B ending up on its side. Thankfully, all of the drivers were okay.
Jered Hook, Davis, and Brown were victorious in the heat races for the 35-car field of 600's. Ely won the consolation.
With less than three laps remaining in the feature for the 125cc racers, Shane Braxton appeared to be a lock for his second triumph of the season. As he blasted through turns one and two, however, Braxton's No. 35 skated up the banking and into the loose clay at the top of the track, causing him to slide into and bounce (hard) off the guardrail, ending his night.
Braxton's demise handed the top spot to Bradley Brown, who took advantage of the opportunity to win his first Micro-Sprint feature in just his second year of competition.
The 2009 Rookie of the Year in the 125cc class admitted that he "got excited" when he saw Braxton's car limping slowly towards the infield. Brown, who started fourth and led the first four laps of the event, kept his Vintage Signs/ Brooks 2 Racing No. 23 out front for the final two trips around the fast and smooth clay oval to register the victory over point leader David Ravel.
Jesse Maurer, Cody Drace, and Bret Habecker completed the top five, keeping an incredibly tight point chase intact as they attempt to overtake Ravel for the championship.
Braxton and Ravel won heat races for the 22-car field of 125cc Micro-Sprints.
The 25-lapper for the Sportsman Micros turned into a story of C-P-R, as the No. 7c driven by Jason Swavely notched his fifth win of the season. Swavely passed his teammate, Ken Miller (No. 7P), to grab the lead just prior to the halfway mark. Earlier, on the eighth revolution, Miller stole the lead from a third car racing out of Curt Miller's stable, the No. 7R of Bret Habecker. Habecker's strong run ended when he tangled with a lapped car while running third.
"Man, this track was awesome," grinned Douglassville's Swavely after the race. "I didn't really want to pass Kenny, but he was holding me up. Curt (Miller) really has this car running fast right now."
Sportsman point leader Ken Miller finished second, with Jamie Fetterolf, Donna Geib, and 19th starting Kelby Stauffer rounding out the first five.
Heat race victories fell to Geib, Swavely, and Habecker, with Stauffer winning the consolation. There were 26 Sportsman in action on Saturday.
Chip Geib pulled off a sweeping outside move to pass two cars and move into the runner-up position, then roared past leader Craig DeSantis to take command and win his sixth main event of the year in 250cc Four-Stroke competition.
A terrific three-car battle for second went right down to the wire, with Jessica Mohler nipping point leader Peter Michael at the line. DeSantis wound up fourth and Kimberly Enck finished fifth.
Jessica Mohler earned the Valken Racing Fast Lap of the Week by recording the single quickest lap during the feature at 11.053 seconds.
Matthew Swift and Geib won the two heats for the Four-Strokes.
This Saturday, August 21st, will see the return of the HTMA 600 Pro Series Presented by NPS Racing Engines to Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. Joining the Pro Series will be the 270cc, 125cc, Sportsman, and 250cc Four-Stroke Micro-Sprints. Gates open at 3:30, with warm-ups slated to begin at 5 p.m. The first heat race goes green at 6:00. General admission for adults is $8.00, with discounts for Senior Citizens and Students. 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.
Entry forms for the Labor Day Shootout are now available on the track's website, www.lancomicrosprint.com. The two-day Micro-Sprint extravaganza will feature a new twist on qualifying this year, as time trials have been eliminated and every division will run dual heat races. A passing points system will be utilized for the heats to determine the lineups for the A-and B-Mains. Heats for all classes will be run on Saturday, September 4, with the B- and A-Mains on Sunday. Labor Day itself, Monday, September 6, will be used as a rain date.
The Labor Day Shootout will present competition for the 600cc, 270cc, 125cc, Sportsman, 250cc Four-Stroke, and 250cc Stock Micro-Sprints. A purse of more than $20,000 will be distributed to the six classes during the Shootout.
The season may be winding down, but there's still plenty of big events coming up at the Clyde. And there's still lots of time to come out and LIVE the excitement that is Lanco!
270cc Doc Hoff Memorial, 25 laps: 1.Mike Rutherford, 2.Pete Skias, 3.Steve Drevicki, 4.Richie Hartman, 5.Jason Swavely, 6.Nick Skias, 7.Roger Graham III, 8.Peter Michael, 9.Brian Marriott, 10.Dave Grube, 11.Greg Miller, 12.Chip Geib, 13.Tyler Reinhardt, 14.Josh Stoyer, 15.Zack Fouse, 16.Mike Uhrich, 17.Darren Schott II, 18.Kerry Lengle Sr., 19.Billy Murphy, 20.Jack Spence, 21.Mike Miller, 22.Mike Dicely, 23.Ernie Miles, 24.Devin Harron.
600cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Jared Davis, 2.Jered Hook, 3.Heath Hehnly, 4.Robbie Kendall, 5.Jamie Kostic, 6.Tyler Ross, 7.Tom Kohler, 8.Jermain Godshall, 9.Shaun Brandel, 10.Shane Lewis, 11.Ryan Hook, 12.Jeremy Lynch, 13.Ryan Wilson, 14.Ken Miller, 15.Shane Braxton, 16.Tyler Esh, 17.Bruce Ginther Jr., 18.Kory Merkey, 19.Mark Ludwig, 20.Brittany Brown, 21.Bob DeVault, 22.Brent Ely, 23.Mike Rutherford, 24.Mark Yoder.
125cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Bradley Brown, 2.David Ravel, 3.Jesse Maurer, 4.Cody Drace, 5.Bret Habecker, 6.Mark Yoder, 7.Dave Grube, 8.Ryan Wilson, 9.Lee Reinhardt, 10.Kory Merkey, 11.Devin Harron, 12.Curtis R. Miller, 13.Derek Ecenrode, 14.Daniel Braun, 15.Kyle Hehnly, 16.Shane Braxton, 17.Kyle Spence, 18.Sonny Sweitzer, 19.Richard Fisher, 20.Walter Wampole, 21.James Wampole. DNS: Mike Skias.
Sportsman Feature, 25 laps: 1.Jason Swavely, 2.Ken Miller, 3.Jamie Fetterolf, 4.Donna Geib, 5.Kelby Stauffer, 6.Dennis Ziegler, 7.Wesley Fasnacht, 8.Dwayne Mathias, 9.Jason Hehnly, 10.Jeff Hughes, 11.Corey Schmuck Jr., 12.Jonathan Swift, 13.Tim Ziegler, 14.Jenna Keppley, 15.Michael Heiser, 16.Dave Schroeder, 17.Brett Wanner, 18.Bret Habecker, 19.Scott Garman, 20.Joel Tolley, 21.Sarah Shreiner, 22.Dave Kemp, 23.Robert Shanaman.
250cc Four-Stroke Feature, 25 laps: 1.Chip Geib, 2.Jessica Mohler, 3.Peter Michael, 4.Craig DeSantis, 5.Kim Enck, 6.Ryan Gabers, 7.Travis Esh, 8.Matthew Swift, 9.Greg Schmuck, 10.Lewis Kepple Jr., 11.Sheila Fetter, 12.Ronald Wechter, 13.Steven Brenner, 14.Jared Esh. DNS: Eddie Nocera.