Brickerville, PA - A pair of first-time winners, another who has taken a liking to the television cameras, and thunderstorms highlighted the racing program on Saturday at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
Before the rain arrived and washed out the regularly scheduled, Seltzer's Smokehouse Meats main events, three features (washed out on June 13) were completed. Paul Graham of Malvern, Pa., captured the first 600cc Micro-Sprint main of his career, while Steve Drevicki, Reading, registered the triumph in the 270cc feature. Brett Wanner, Shoemakersville, notched his second victory in the 25-lapper for the Sportsman class, with his first win occurring last summer, during a race that was televised by Blue Ridge Cable 11. The cameras were also rolling last Saturday as Wanner recorded victory number two.
In the regularly scheduled program, the majority of qualifying heats were completed before a series of thunderstorms swept over the high banked clay oval. Track officials tried to wait out the storms, but they would not let up, forcing the cancellation of the remainder of the race meet. Rain checks and pit passes from Saturday will be honored during the next two weeks, July 18th or 25th.
While Graham led every lap of the 600cc make-up, his initial victory was not an easy one. The youngster displayed tremendous poise, as two of the best wheel-twisters in Micro-Sprint racing were on his tail for the second half of the 25-lap affair.
Heath Hehnly, fresh off his PA 600 Speedweek Co-Championship effort, applied intense pressure on the race leader. Hehnly showed his nose several times, but Graham held his line perfectly as the 600's zipped around the eighth-mile oval.
Mike Rutherford, basking in the glow of his $5,000 triumph at Lanco just one week prior, circled the track in third place, right behind Graham and Hehnly. Rutherford made numerous attempts to sweep past Hehnly, but wasn't able to complete the pass.
Graham stood his ground and went on to win, with Hehnly and Rutherford trailing him across the finish line. Chris Gerhart and Shane Lewis (who shared that Speedweek Championship with Hehnly) rounded out the top five.
Back on the 13th of June, the 270cc feature was seven laps old when rain put a premature end to the proceedings. On Saturday night, the event picked up from that point, with Tyler Pannebecker leading Steve Drevicki and Nick Skias.
Pannebecker controlled the race until eleven circuits had been scored, when he fell out due to transmission woes as the field was under caution.
Drevicki inherited the lead and made the most of his opportunity, notching his first win in 270cc competition. Drevicki has several victories in Sportsman action and is currently atop the Sportsman point standings.
Defending 270 champ Richie Hartman emerged as the runner-up after a terrific back and forth battle with Nick Skias. Hartman had a couple of shots at the leader on late race restarts, but Drevicki motored away each time, relegating Hartman to second place honors when the checkered fell to end the race.
Pete Skias charged through the pack to finish third, with Rutherford passing Nick Skias in the waning laps to finish fourth.
In the postponed Sportsman feature, Wanner challenged early leader Mike Skias for many laps, but Skias held on to the top spot. Unfortunately for Skias, mechanical issues took him from the event with seven tours in the books, handing the lead over to Wanner.
Wanner was in command for the rest of the race, winning handily over Mark Ludwig. Drevicki climbed steadily through heavy traffic to score third place money, with Wesley Fasnacht and Gene Murphy completing the top five.
The Clyde swings back into action this Saturday, July 18, with another five division card of Micro-Sprint activity. Qualifying heats, consolations, and 25-lap features will be contested by the 600cc, 270cc, 125cc, Sportsman, and 250cc Four-Stroke micros. Gates open at 3:30, with warm-ups slated for 5 p.m. The first heat goes green at 6:00. The entire evening of high speed adventure will be sponsored by Grace and Truth Fellowship Church in Elverson, Pa.
Adult general admission is just $8.00, with discounts for Senior Citizens and students. Tickets for kids between the ages of six and twelve are only $2.00, and children under the age of six are admitted free. Parking is always free at the Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
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600cc Micro-Sprints: 1.Paul Graham 2.Heath Hehnly 3.Mike Rutherford 4.Chris Gerhart 5.Shane Lewis 6.Kerry Gilbert 7.Shaun Brandel 8.Ryan Wilson 9.Jimmy Glenn 10.Kenny Miller 11.Brittany Brown 12.Jared Davis 13.John Stewart 14.Dave Dimaio 15.Greg Fitzpatrick 16.A.J. Michael 17.Mike Freed.
DNS: Kory Merkey; Daniel Jackson; Brenden Bright; Dave Brown; Rick Stief; Kyle Newcomb; Brock Zearfoss.
270cc Micro-Sprints: 1.Steve Drevicki 2.Richie Hartman 3.Pete Skias 4.Mike Rutherford 5.Nick Skias 6.Steve Whary 7.Brian Sholley 8.Billy Logeman 9.Josh Stoyer 10.Scott Gingrich 11.Mike Uhrich 12.Heath Hehnly 13.Jim Skias 14.Glenn Clark 15.Christi Sweigart 16.Cody Drace 17.Nate Weidman 18.Dave Grube 19.Jay Batdorf 20.Scott Fick 21.Todd Steffy 22.Dave Falini 23.Tyler Pannebecker 24.Jason Swavely.
Sportsman Micro-Sprints: 1.Brett Wanner 2.Mark Ludwig 3.Steve Drevicki 4.Wesley Fasnacht 5.Gene Murphy 6.Jeff Hughes 7.Robert Shanaman 8.Jenna Keppley 9.Sarah Shreiner 10.Jamie Fetterolf 11.Jason Hehnly 12.Donna Geib 13.Kenny Miller 14.Sheena Schaefer 15.Mike Skias 16.Dennis Ziegler 17.Robert Schaffner 18.Jason Swavely 19.Dwayne Mathias 20.Paul May III 21.Dennis Fenstermacher 22.Glenn Moyer 23.Earl Eveland 24.Brandon Sweigart.