Ryan Greth held off a last lap challenge from Brock Zearfoss to notch the victory in Saturday night's HTMA 600 Pro Series event at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
The triumph was Greth's second of the season with the touring HTMA 600 Pro Series Presented by NPS Racing Engines. This one came with the top wing bolted onto his Hyper Racing, NPS Racing Engines, Wayne Lesher owned, No. 1J. His first Pro Series win, recorded in July at the Hamlin Speedway, occurred in a wingless event.
Joining Greth in Saturday's Greenawalt Photos victory lane ceremonies were Jason Swavely, who won the main events for the 270cc and Sportsman Micro-Sprints; Shane Braxton (125cc); and Jessica Mohler (250cc Four-Stroke).
The HTMA 600 Pro Series Presented by NPS Racing Engines brought a terrific field of 49 cars that was pared down to 24 for the 30-lap feature race. Greth, from New Cumberland, Pa., started on the pole by virtue of earning the most points in the series' dual heat race qualifying format.
Greth bolted into the lead at the outset, with Zearfoss chasing him while Ben Murphy and Jimmy Robertson battled for the third position. Murphy fell out of the race with mechanical problems after 19 circuits, leaving Mike Dicely and Heath Hehnly to fight with Robertson.
With only two yellow flags to slow the pace of the 30-lapper and the final 18 tours run under green, lapped traffic became an issue for the leaders. Greth was careful in picking his way through the backmarkers, allowing Zearfoss to close in as the race neared its conclusion.
Wheeling the Susquehanna Valley Speed Shop, Moose's LZ, PACE Chassis No. 1, Zearfoss made a last ditch effort to dive under the leader in turns three and four on the final lap. Greth, running a higher lane, used his momentum to thwart the attack, dashing to the checkered flag with a half-second advantage over Zearfoss.
The victory enabled Greth to jump three spots in the Pro Series point standings, propelling him from fifth to second. He trails leader Mike Rutherford by 18 points with three races remaining on the 2010 Pro Series schedule.
"I have to thank Wayne Lesher for giving me the opportunity to drive his car; we've had a real good year so far," stated Greth in his post race interview. "And thanks to my parents for putting me in a racecar when I was young; I have so much fun doing this. Oh, and thanks to Mike Dicely...he builds the best cars in this business," added Greth as Dicely, his boss at Hyper Racing, gave him a thumbs-up.
Dicely survived a late race duel with Hehnly to finish third, with Hehnly and Robertson rounding out the top five.
The 49 cars were split into two rounds of five qualifying heats, with Zearfoss, Pete Skias, Bruce Ginther Jr., Brett Schoenly, Tyler Esh, Dicely, Greth, Hehnly, Jason Morrison, and Mike Rutherford emerging victorious. The 20-lap B-Main was won by Tyler Ross.
August 21 is a date that will stand out in Jason Swavely's memory, as the young lion from Douglassville, Pa. pulled off not one, but two victories on the same night.
Roaring from his starting position on the outside of row four, Swavely darted into third in the first four laps of the Greenawalt Photos 270cc main event. Ed Holz II, the polesitter, jumped into the lead as the green waved, and Holz set the pace until an unfortunate incident with Swavely just past the halfway mark of the 25-lapper.
Television replays indicated that Holz's No. 61 drifted up the track slightly, just as Swavely turned to dive under him at the end of the backstretch. Swavely's front bumper caught the rear bumper of Holz's car, turning the leader into the outer guardrail. Holz sat helplessly as the rest of the field came bearing down on him and Brandon Bucher, left with nowhere to go, slammed into the No. 61. Track officials saw it as a "racing incident", and Swavely was the new leader as the field lined up for the restart.
Point leader Richie Hartman passed Zack Fouse for the runner-up spot with eight to go, and Hartman chased Swavely to the checkered. The victory was Swavely's third of the season in 270cc competition at the Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
Jay Batdorf, Josh Stoyer, and Hartman won heat races for the 30-car field of 270's. Christi Sweigart captured the consolation victory.
After the winner's circle ceremonies, Swavely immediately climbed into his Sportsman ride, and proceeded to win again, grabbing the lead from Brett Wanner on lap 18 as they accelerated off turn four.
The Sportsman triumph was Swavely's third in a row, and sixth of the year, in the class for 250cc Air-cooled Micro-Sprints.
Paul May III led the opening lap of the Greenawalt Photos Sportsman feature, but his mount broke on the next revolution, handing the top spot to Joel Tolley. Tolley stayed out front for the next ten circuits, before Wanner slipped by him to take command.
Heat races for the 26 Sportsman cars went to Ken Miller, Dwayne Mathias, and Bret Habecker. Dennis Fenstermacher copped the consolation win.
After Shane Braxton had a victory slip through his fingers the week prior, the West Grove, Pa. college student rebounded to score his second win of the season in Saturday's main event for the 125cc Micros. The grandson of former dirt Modified ace Bobby Braxton had to work for this one, too, as he was forced to the rear after spinning early in the 25-lapper.
With ten laps remaining, Cody Drace and Braxton went three-wide with rookie Curtis R. Miller for the race lead. Drace emerged with the top spot, but Braxton was in his tire tracks. Stalking the leader for the next six trips around the oval, Braxton made his move with four to go, blasting under Drace and snatching a lead that he would not give up.
Braxton flew to the win, crossing the stripe with a margin of 1.38 seconds over Drace. Point leader David Ravel came back from an early spin to finish third, with Ryan Wilson and Mark Yoder completing the top five.
Twin heats were captured by Braxton and Drace.
Jessica Mohler tangled with Peter Michael in the opening laps of the feature for the 250cc Four-Strokes. The Reemstown, Pa. resident then charged back through the pack, passing Craig DeSantis for the lead with five circuits left to run in the Greenawalt Photos, 25-lap nightcap.
The victory was Mohler's fourth of the year, and her second in the last three events.
DeSantis finished as the runner-up, with Michael and the winner's sister, Kim Enck, placing third and fourth. Six-time winner Chip Geib finished fifth.
Michael and Mohler registered wins in the two heat races for the Four-Strokes.
Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway returns to action this Saturday, August 28, with a full menu of qualifying action and 25-lap features for the 600cc; 270cc; 125cc; Sportsman; and 250cc Four-Stroke Micro-Sprints. Gates open at 3:30, with warm-ups at 5 p.m. The first heat race goes green at 6:00.
Adult general admission tickets are priced at just $8.00, with discounts for Senior Citizens and Students. Youth between the ages of six and twelve are admitted for $2.00, while children under the age of six are free. Parking is always free at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
Just three point-paying events remain on the 2010 schedule, along with the club's biggest race, the annual two-day, Labor Day Shootout on September 4 and 5. More than $20,000 will be distributed to drivers in six classes (the five weekly classes plus the 250cc Stock competitors) at the Shootout.
Details on the final point-paying races and the Labor Day Shootout are available on the track's website at www.lancomicrosprint.com.
600cc Pro Series Finish, 30 laps: 1.Ryan Greth, 2.Brock Zearfoss, 3.Mike Dicely, 4.Heath Hehnly, 5.Jimmy Robertson, 6.Mike Rutherford, 7.Mark Ludwig, 8.Jeff Halligan, 9.Tim Buckwalter, 10.Chris Gerhart, 11.Shane Lewis, 12.Tyler Walton, 13.Jake Murphy, 14.A.J. Michael, 15.Brett Schoenly, 16.Pete Skias, 17.Tyler Esh, 18.Tyler Ross, 19.Bo Gordon, 20.Jason Morrison, 21.Brett Arndt, 22.Ben Murphy, 23.Jamie Kostic, 24.Robbie Kendall, 25.Bruce Ginther Jr.
270cc Micro-Sprint Finish, 25 laps: 1.Jason Swavely, 2.Richie Hartman, 3.Jesse Maurer, 4.Pete Skias, 5.Mike Uhrich, 6.Zack Fouse, 7.Devin Harron, 8.Chip Geib, 9.Steve Drevicki, 10.Christi Sweigart, 11.Nate Weidman, 12.Sheena Schaefer, 13.Scott Gantert, 14.Jay Batdorf, 15.Edward Holz II, 16.Eric Falini, 17.Dave Grube, 18.Brandon Bucher, 19.Josh Stoyer, 20.Billy Logeman, 21.Kevin Kopp, 22.Mike Dicely, 23.Nick Skias, 24.Peter Michael.
Sportsman Micro-Sprint Finish, 25 laps: 1.Jason Swavely, 2.Brett Wanner, 3.Joel Tolley, 4.Bret Habecker, 5.Ken Miller, 6.Jamie Fetterolf, 7.Donna Geib, 8.Jason Hehnly, 9.Dennis Ziegler, 10.Dwayne Mathias, 11.Wesley Fasnacht, 12.Paul Moore, 13.Corey Schmuck Jr., 14.Jonathan Swift, 15.Jenna Keppley, 16.Dennis Fenstermacher, 17.Dave Schroeder, 18.Mike Heiser, 19.Kelby Stauffer, 20.Jeff Hughes, 21.Tyler Pannebecker, 22.Paul May III, 23.Dave Kemp, 24.Tim Ziegler.
125cc Micro-Sprint Finish, 25 laps: 1.Shane Braxton, 2.Cody Drace, 3.David Ravel, 4.Ryan Wilson, 5.Mark Yoder, 6.Bret Habecker, 7.Devin Harron, 8.Bradley Brown, 9.Derek Ecenrode, 10.Jared Esh, 11.Kyle Hehnly, 12.Kaylan Petrecz, 13.Curtis R. Miller, 14.Sonny Sweitzer, 15.Dave Grube, 16.Jesse Maurer. DNS: Daniel Braun.
250cc Four-Stroke Micro-Sprint Finish, 25 laps: 1.Jessica Mohler, 2.Craig DeSantis, 3.Peter Michael, 4.Kim Enck, 5.Chip Geib, 6.Ryan Gabers, 7.Jared Esh, 8.Tim Nocera, 9.Travis Esh, 10.Matthew Swift, 11.Greg Schmuck, 12.Ronald Wechter, 13.Brenda Shepherd, 14.Sheila Fetter, 15.Lewis Kepple Jr., 16.Dick Huzzard.