Newmanstown, Pa. - April 30 - While Micro-Sprint veteran Mike Dicely has cut back on his racing schedule over the past few years, the reduction in seat time has not lessened his skill behind the wheel.
Dicely, from Lewisberry, Pa., certainly offered proof that he's always a force to be reckoned with as he triumphed in both the 600cc and 270cc main events on Saturday night at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
Also winning their respective feature races on Saturday were Ryan Wilson (125cc); Jason Swavely (Sportsman); and Chip Geib (250cc Four-Stroke).
With points on the line for not only the Lanco track title, but the lucrative 600 Pro Series as well, Dicely outgunned polesitter Jeff Halligan as the green waved to start the 25-lapper for the 600cc Micros. As Dicely put some distance between himself and the rest of the field, Tyler Ross was on the move, charging from the tenth starting position to fourth in the first six circuits.
After a caution with six complete, Ross snatched third place away from Shane Lewis on the restart. T-Ross then blasted around the outside of Halligan to claim second on the 11th tour before the pace was again slowed by the yellow flag with 12 laps scored.
The ensuing restart produced a nine-car pileup, taking out most of those involved including runner-up Ross, Ryan Greth, Ryan Wilson, Chris Gerhart, and others.
The second half of the race belonged to Dicely, as Halligan and Lewis waged a torrid battle for second. Lewis finally prevailed with nine to go, and, although he attempted to shove the nose of his No. 55L under Dicely on a couple of late race restarts, "Hyper Mike" repelled each challenge and went on to win, beating Lewis to the stripe by just over half-a-second.
Lewis settled for the runner-up finish, with Halligan, opening night winner Tim Buckwalter, and Tyler Esh rounding out the top five.
Heath Hehnly, Mike Rutherford, and Dicely won heat races for the 26 car field. Jermain Godshall notched the consolation victory.
Dicely's 600cc triumph came in a fairly dominating performance. His win in the 270cc feature was a different story, however.
Nick Skias burst into the lead from his outside front row starting spot, with Dicely slicing past Brett Wanner to secure second place on the first trip around the super-smooth, ultra-fast oval.
Skias darted out to a commanding lead and appeared to have the race well in hand. Mike Uhrich moved up to challenge Dicely for second as the race entered its second half, and Jesse Maurer slipped by Wanner for fourth. And then, with just three laps remaining, turn one became "calamity corner" for the race leader.
One of the cars in the back of the pack put down a considerable amount of fluid on the frontstretch, and N. Skias could not avoid it. The leader hit the moisture as he entered the first turn and spun, ruining his chance to win.
Dicely inherited the lead at that point, then pulled away from Uhrich on the restart to win handily. Uhrich, who is always quick but always seems to encounter bad luck, was finally able to go home with a good finish as he chased Dicely to the checkered. Maurer wound up third, with Pete Skias and Christi Sweigart completing the first five.
A nice field of 30 cars entered the 270cc competition on Saturday, and heat race victories went to Uhrich, Jason Swavely, and Dicely. Billy Logeman won the consolation race.
Pam Wilson was celebrating her birthday on Saturday, and her son, Ryan, gave her a nice present by winning the main event for the 125cc Micro-Sprints.
Wilson, the Maytown Missile, started on the pole and led all the way, while the rest of the field scrambled for position behind him. Fifth-starting Shane Braxton wrestled the runner-up spot away from Mark Yoder at the halfway point, and a caution period with 16 in the books put Braxton on the leader's tail tank for the restart. As the green reappeared, Wilson simply motored away once again, zipping to Tim Gehret's checkered flag by 0.643 seconds over Braxton.
Yoder, Cody Drace, and defending point champion Jesse Maurer finished third through fifth.
A pair of heat races were contested for the 125cc racers, with Yoder and Devin Harron claiming victories.
Jason Swavely now has two wins in two weeks of racing at Clyde Martin, as the Rocket Man from Douglassville, Pa. blasted to the Sportsman triumph in Saturday's nightcap. One week earlier, Swavely notched the 270cc victory in the track's season opener.
Swavely rolled off ninth in the Sportsman feature, with his teammate (and opening night winner) Ken Miller right beside him. As Paul May III paced the early laps, Swavely and Miller produced a side-by-side charge through traffic. Miller fell out with mechanical problems after ten tours, but Swavely marched on.
He sat second on a restart with ten complete, then waited three laps to make his move for the lead. May and Swavely split a lapped car as they flew into turn one, with Swavely on the bottom of the three-wide entry into the corner. Swavely roared off turn two with the advantage over May in what turned out to be the pass for the win.
Bret Habecker finished as the runner-up, with Kelby Stauffer, Dwayne Mathias, and Matt Abers rounding out the top five.
Sportsman heat races were claimed by Swavely, Abers, and K. Miller.
Eddie Nocera bolted from the outside pole to take the early lead in the 25-lapper for the 250cc Four-Strokes. With Nocera in charge, Craig DeSantis dashed from his seventh starting position to run second in just three trips around the high banked oval. Last year's Four-Stroke point champion, Chip Geib, was on the move as well, rocketing from 14th on the starting grid to fifth in the first five laps.
DeSantis grabbed the lead from Nocera on a lap six restart. The veteran from Lititz, Pa. was shooting for the his second consecutive feature win, but Geib had other ideas.
One lap prior to the halfway point, Geib throttled into second. As they accelerated off turn two a few laps later, Geib ducked under DeSantis to take command. Geib would go on to win by a healthy margin over DeSantis, Nocera, Jared Esh, and rookie Justin Harrington.
Geib, who hails from Manheim, Pa., also claimed the Weld Racing Fast Lap of the Feature by turning the quickest lap of the main event - 11.415 seconds.
DeSantis and Nocera won the Four-Stroke heat races.
This Saturday is Middle School Night at Lanco. Students who provide I.D. that shows they are currently enrolled in any Middle School will be admitted free, along with one adult. Gates open at 3:30, with warm-ups at 5 p.m. The first heat race goes green at 6:00.
Adult general admission is just $8.00, with discounts for Senior Citizens and Students. Youth between the ages of six and twelve are admitted for $2.00, and children under the age of six are free. And parking is always free at the Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway!
You've gotta see it to believe it, so come on out to LIVE the excitement that is Lanco!
600cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Mike Dicely, 2.Shane Lewis, 3.Jeff Halligan, 4.Tim Buckwalter, 5.Tyler Esh, 6.Robbie Kendall, 7.Mike Rutherford, 8.Ken Miller, 9.Peter Michael, 10.Heath Hehnly, 11.C.J. Tracy, 12.Tony DiMattia, 13.Jermain Godshall, 14.Rick Stief, 15.Monnie Wonder III, 16.Tyler Ross, 17.Ryan Wilson, 18.Chris Gerhart, 19.Ryan Greth, 20.Shaun Brandel, 21.Shane Braxton, 22.Bret Habecker, 23.Mark Yoder, 24.Brent Ely.
DNQ: Ryan Gabers; David Beiler.
270cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Mike Dicely, 2.Mike Uhrich, 3.Jesse Maurer, 4.Pete Skias, 5.Christi Sweigart, 6.Jason Swavely, 7.Scott Fick, 8.Billy Logeman, 9.Brian Sholley, 10.Dave Grube, 11.Nick Skias, 12.Jay Batdorf, 13.Brett Wanner, 14.Charles Hellinger, 15.Cody Kreger, 16.John Horton, 17.Josh Stoyer, 18.Kerry Lengel, 19.Tyler Reinhardt, 20.Rebecca Lamothe, 21.Kevin Garman, 22.Brandon Morrison, 23.Chip Geib, 24.Brandon Bucher.
DNQ: Zack Fouse; Nathan Weidman; Devin Harron; Heath Hehnly; Mike Zimmerman; Darren Schott.
125cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Ryan Wilson, 2.Shane Braxton, 3.Mark Yoder, 4.Cody Drace, 5.Jesse Maurer, 6.Darren Miller, 7.Dave Grube, 8.Devin Harron, 9.Kyle Hehnly, 10.Nick Sweigart, 11.Bradley Brown, 12.James Wampole, 13.Jacob Miller, 14.Derek Miller, 15.Daniel Braun Jr., 16.Walter Wampole, 17.Derek Ecenrode, 18.Brent Shearer, 19.Sonny Sweitzer, 20.Curtis R. Miller. DQ: Samantha Garman; Seth Garman.
Sportsman Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Jason Swavely, 2.Bret Habecker, 3.Kelby Stauffer, 4.Dwayne Mathias, 5.Matt Abers, 6.Wesley Fasnacht, 7.Jeff Hughes, 8.Paul Moore, 9.Joel Tolley, 10.Dave Kemp, 11.Robert Shanaman, 12.Paul May III, 13.Brad Kemp, 14.Richard Fisher, 15.Jenna Keppley, 16.Scott Garman, 17.Dean Spangler Sr., 18.Ken Miller, 19.Donna Geib, 20.Tim Ziegler, 21.Mike Heiser, 22.Brett Wanner, 23.Dave Schroeder.
250cc Four-Stroke Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Chip Geib, 2.Craig DeSantis, 3.Ed Nocera, 4.Jared Esh, 5.Justin Harrington, 6.Travis Esh, 7.Chris Snyder, 8.Dick Huzzard, 9.Lewis Kepple Jr., 10.Tyler Armstrong, 11.Jonathan Rutter, 12.Sheila Fetter, 13.Earl Eveland, 14.Jessica Mohler.