Newmanstown, Pa. - May 28 - Mike Dicely wanted to design and build a car that could move forward while running in the low groove at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. Mission accomplished; this item can be crossed off Dicely's To Do List.
The Lewisberry, Pa. chauffeur started 22nd in Saturday's Memorial Day Open Show main event for the 600cc Micro-Sprints, but he ended the 30-lap feature by posing for victory lane photos for the second week in a row. The triumph was also his third of the season in the Clyde's 600cc class.
Others who visited the winner's circle in Saturday's Bud's Spring Service/Dallas Spring Open Show included Mike Rutherford (270cc); Jeromy Guistwite (Xcel 600 Modified Tour); Shane Braxton (125cc); Jason Swavely (Sportsman); and Richie Hartman (250cc Four-Stroke).
Dicely took the green flag from the outside of row eleven in the 600cc main event. As he patiently and methodically sliced his way to the front, three other wheel-twisters took turns pacing the field.
Jon Stewart bolted from the pole position to lead more than one-third of the race. Danny Wykes slipped by Stewart in lapped traffic on the 14th tour but six circuits later, as Wykes No. 01 began to falter, Shane Braxton ducked under him in turns three and four. Braxton secured the top spot as they blasted off of four, completing lap 20 just prior to a caution for a three-car tangle involving Tim Dietz, Tyler Esh, and Chris Gerhart, who were running in the top ten at the time.
The restart with ten to go was, in a word, amazing. The leaders sailed into the first corner in a four-wide assault for the point; Braxton, Tim Buckwalter, Heath Hehnly, and Dicely managed to get through the turns at the east end of the track, with Braxton retaining the number one position over Hehnly and Dicely, as Buckwalter's car began to slow with mechanical issues.
Braxton, the West Chester University Accounting and Finance Major, maintained his composure for the next seven laps as Hehnly and Dicely applied intense pressure behind and beside him. Finally, with the trio flying down the backstretch on lap 28, Dicely, utilizing the low line, roared past Hehnly and Braxton to assume command of the event.
Dicely opened a 1.6 second lead over the final pair of trips around the banked oval, easily beating Braxton and Hehnly to the finish line. 600 Pro Series point leader Shane Lewis wound up fourth, with Jared Davis finishing fifth.
Lewis, Buckwalter, and Braxton won heat races for the 28-car field. Brittany Brown took the consolation victory.
Eleventh-starting Mike Rutherford, Lititz, felt his Kaylor Petro No. 5k could have been better on restarts, but he was the only person who held that opinion after his triumph in the 270cc feature race.
Rutherford weaved a path from eleventh to fourth by the time the first yellow flag waved with ten laps scored. On the restart, he out-gunned Nick Skias and Kyle Spence to snare the runner-up position, then began his pursuit of race leader Pete Skias. Rutherford caught Skias and ducked under the Viper Chassis No. 8S on lap 18, but another caution flag wiped out the potential pass.
No worries for Rutherford, though, because he took advantage of yet another restart to dive under Skias and grab the top spot. One final caution did nothing to hamper Rutherford's drive to victory, as he crossed the stripe with a 1.5 second cushion over P. Skias. Nick Skias trailed his dad to the checkered, with Jason Swavely and Richie Hartman completing the top five.
With a 39 entries in the 270cc portion of the Memorial Day Open Show, four heat races were run and the winners were Heath Hehnly, Nick Skias, Mike Boyer, and Brett Wanner. Twin consi's went to Brian Marriott and Kevin Garman.
The visiting Xcel 600 Modified Tour made its first of two Clyde Martin appearances on Saturday, running a 20-lap main event that started 26 cars.
Jeromy Guistwite, the racing school teacher from Orwigsburg, Pa., gained a measure of revenge with his victory over a stellar field of Xcel pilots. A couple of years ago, Guistwite was nipped at the finish line by Butch Getz, losing a heart-breaker in which track officials needed to check the scoring transponders to make sure that Getz actually beat Guistwite across the line.
On Saturday, Guistwite stalked early leader Corry Roth before striking on a restart. "We got to the cone and I went," said Guistwite afterward. "He didn't..."
Roth was having brake issues, causing him to eventually fade to a 14th place finish.
Former Xcel Tour Champion Eric Whitby maneuvered his way to second, and a few late race restarts allowed Whitby to challenge Guistwite for the lead, but the Xcel-R-Aid No. 04 driven by Guistwite repelled each attempt by Whitby. Guistwite raced to the checkered ahead of Whitby, with Rodney Adams, Aaron Bowes, and Dan Jones rounding out the top five.
Whitby, Tyler Bartik, Kevin Rex Jr., and Roth were victorious in heat races for the 29 car field. Bowes won the B-Main.
Shane Braxton, coming off an impressive runner-up finish in the 600cc feature, drove to his second triumph of the season in the 125cc division.
Braxton, from West Grove Pa., took the lead from Bradley Brown on the fourth revolution, then lost the top spot to Phil Durham just past the halfway point of the 30-lapper. Durham, the defending champion of the 125cc Memorial Day Open Show, met an unfortunate demise with eleven tours remaining when he could not avoid contact with the lapped car of Kylie Winkler as Winkler right in front of the leader in turn four.
Braxton inherited the lead at that point and went on to win over Jesse Maurer, Durham's cousin Evan Krautwald, Brown, and Kory Merkey.
With 23 cars in the 125cc pit area, three heats were won by Braxton, Dave Grube, and Krautwald.
In the Sportsman Class, Douglassville's Jason Swavely notched his third victory of the 2011 season. Swavely chased polesitter Paul May III until their ninth trip around the high banked oval, when he wrestled the lead from May in turns three and four.
Swavely's teammate for the evening, Nick Skias, charged into the runner-up position but could not keep pace with Swavely. Skias, who was filling in for Ken Miller in the No. 7P, retired with mechanical problems late in the race, handing second place to Brett Wanner.
Wanner trailed Swavely to the stripe, with Matt Abers finishing third. Sheena Schaefer and Kelby Stauffer were fourth and fifth.
Sportsman heat winners were May and Bret Habecker.
In 250cc Four-Stroke action, Richie Hartman, Shoemakersville, Pa., once again buckled into Chip Geib's No. 88. Hartman, a two-time point champion in the Four-Stroke Class, rocketed from third to first on the opening lap of the feature race, then lapped everyone except the second and third place drivers.
The triumph was Hartman's second straight in Four-Stroke competition at the Clyde. He crossed the line almost 7.5 seconds in front of runner-up Jared Esh. Craig DeSantis, a two-time winner this year, was the final car on the lead lap. Jessica Mohler and Eddie Nocera completed the top five.
Mohler and Ryan Morris recorded the Four-Stroke heat race victories.
Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway will be dark this Saturday, June 4, as the club takes its first of two scheduled "nights off" for 2011.
The Clyde roars back into action on Saturday, June 11, with another five division buffet of Micro-Sprint racing. The 600cc, 270cc, 125cc, Sportsman, and 250cc Four-Strokes will compete in qualifying heats, consolations, and 25-lap main events.
Gates open at 3:30, with warm-ups beginning at 5 p.m. The first heat race goes green at 6:00.
Adult General Admission tickets are just $8.00, with discounts for Senior Citizens and Students. Youth between the ages of six and twelve are admitted for only $2.00, and children under the age of six are free. Parking is always free at the Clyde.
600cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 30 laps: 1.Mike Dicely, 2.Shane Braxton, 3.Heath Hehnly, 4.Shane Lewis, 5.Jared Davis, 6.Ryan Hook, 7.Jeff Halligan, 8.Brent Ely, 9.Mark Yoder, 10.Shaun Brandel, 11.Brittany Brown, 12.Chris Gerhart, 13.Jerry Schott, 14.Jered Hook, 15.Tim Buckwalter, 16.Tyler Esh, 17.Monnie Wonder, 18.Josh Martin, 19.Kameron Morral, 20.Zachary Light, 21.Danny Wykes, 22.Tim Dietz, 23.Jon Stewart.
DNQ: Tyler Tank; Bret Habecker; Brett Peters; Kory Merkey; David Beiler
270cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 30 laps: 1.Mike Rutherford, 2.Pete Skias, 3.Nick Skias, 4.Jason Swavely, 5.Richie Hartman, 6.Jesse Maurer, 7.Billy Logeman, 8.Dave Grube, 9.Zack Fouse, 10.Jared Kunkle, 11.Brian Marriott, 12.Josh Stoyer, 13.Nick Walton, 14.Mike Boyer, 15.Brett Wanner, 16.Kevin Garman, 17.Billy Murphy, 18.Christi Sweigart, 19.Cody Kreger, 20.Kyle Spence, 21.Jay Batdorf, 22.Devin Harron, 23.Nate Weidman, 24.Heath Hehnly.
Xcel 600 Modifieds, Feature, 20 laps: 1.Jeromy Guistwite, 2.Eric Whitby, 3.Rodney Adams, 4.Aaron Bowes, 5.Dan Jones, 6.Cody Coons, 7.Alec Bartholomew 8.Cory Coons, 9.Chad Mullen, 10.Ryan Higgs, 11.Brian Mady, 12.Lester Dise, 13.Kevin Rex, 14.Corry Roth, 15.Michael Burrows, 16.Kevin Rex Sr. 17.Tyler Bartik, 18.Pasco Tomaino, 19.Richie Hitzler, 20.Sean Weiss, 21.Butch Getz, 22.Joey Fahler, 23.Ryan Suchon, 24.Brad French, 25.Justin Schraden, 26.Nick Mady.
125cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 30 laps: 1.Shane Braxton, 2.Jesse Maurer, 3.Evan Krautwald, 4.Bradley Brown, 5.Kory Merkey, 6.Dave Grube, 7.Angelo Bianco, 8.Derek Ecenrode, 9.Curtis R. Miller, 10.Paul Williams, 11.Jacob Miller, 12.Kylie Winkler, 13.Phil Durham, 14.Ashley Kase, 15.Kyle Hehnly, 16.Daniel Braun, 17.Zack Hollinger, 18.Zoe Ford, 19.Mark Yoder, 20.Darren Miller, 21.Devin Harron, 22.Devin Garman.
Sportsman Micro-Sprint Feature, 30 laps: 1.Jason Swavely, 2.Brett Wanner, 3.Matt Abers, 4.Sheena Shaefer, 5.Kelby Stauffer, 6.Corey Schmuck Jr., 7.Brad Kemp, 8.Dave Kemp, 9.Tim Ziegler, 10.Rick Fisher, 11.Donna Geib, 12.Mike Heiser, 13.Chris Heagy, 14.Nick Skias, 15.Paul May III, 16.Bret Habecker, 17.Paul Moore, 18.Jonathan Swift. DNS: Joel Tolley, Dave Schroeder, Scott Garman.
250cc Four-Stroke Micro-Sprint Feature, 30 laps: 1.Richie Hartman, 2.Jared Esh, 3.Craig DeSantis, 4.Jessica Mohler, 5.Eddie Nocera, 6.Matthew Swift, 7.Travis Esh, 8.Lewis Kepple Jr., 9.John Ruoss, 10.Ryan Morris, 11.Kim Enck, 12.Earl Eveland. DNS: Justin Harrington, Tyler Armstrong.