Newmanstown, Pa. - September 3 - A total of 170 Micro-Sprint teams jammed into the pit area of Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway on Saturday for Day One of the Labor Day Shootout presented by Shred Racing Products.
The five classes in competition on Saturday were the winged 600's; the 270's; the 125cc Micros; the Sportsman; and the 270cc Four-Strokes. Qualifying heats were conducted for all five classes, along with a complete show of winged 600cc action.
After 30 heat races (dual heats/passing points format used for all classes), two C-Mains, a B-Main, and a consi, it was time for the 30-lap A-Main for the winged 600cc Micros.
Mike Rutherford, driving Gary Hunter's CarStar no. 7h, started from the pole by virtue of earning more qualifying points than anyone else in the 600 field. And Rutherford, from Lititz, Pa., made the most of his opportunity, driving to a convincing win over a talent-laden cast of 600cc jockeys.
Peter Michael chased Rutherford for the entire 30-lap distance, but could not get quite close enough to mount a serious bid for the lead.
Shane Lewis started 10th, and slowly but steadily worked his way forward.
Lewis charged into the top five with an outside move on Ben Murphy on lap 19. The Honeybrook Hustler continued his march to the front, passing Jimmy Brookens for fourth with ten to go, then blasting by Tyler Ross for third on a lap 24 restart.
That's the way they finished, with Rutherford winning by almost 1.3 seconds over P. Michael. Lewis wound up third with a chain that was loosening up on him over the final frantic laps.
The victory was Rutherford's second straight winged 600cc triumph in the Labor Day Shootout. In 2010, he also won the 270cc A-Main, and he'll start on the pole for that division's 30-lap main event on Sunday.
Sunday, September 4 is the grand finale of the Labor Day Shootout, with A-Mains for the 270's; 125cc; sportsman; and 270 Four-Strokes, along with a complete show of wingless 600 activity on the high banks of the Clyde. Gates open at 3 pm on Sunday, with warm-ups at 5:00 and racing gets the green at 6:00 pm.
More than 40 racers have pre-registered for the Wingless 600 event that will be run on Sunday, pushing the total number of entries for this year's Labor Day Shootout to more than 200 Micro-Sprint teams.
September 3 Results:
Winged 600 Feature, 30 laps: 1.Mike Rutherford, 2. Peter Michael, 3.Shane Lewis, 4.Tyler Ross, 5.Ben Murphy, 6.Jimmy Brookens, 7.Timmie Barrick, 8.Jeff Halligan, 9.Brian Carber, 10.Tom Kohler, 11.Kameron Morral, 12.Robbie Kendall, 13.Tim Dietz, 14.Danny Wykes, 15.Shaun Brandel, 16.Brock Zearfos, 17.Tyler Walker, 18.Tyler Esh, 19.Chris Gerhart, 20.Chris Panczner, 21.Phil Durham, 22. Ryan Greth, 23. Travis Scott, 24. Chad Clark, 25.Heath Hehnly, 26. Mike Dicely.