The Dick Greenawalt Memorial Race at
Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway
Recent Ephrata High School graduate Jeff Halligan slipped under Jered Hook to grab the top spot, then held off a furious challenge by Mike Rutherford to win the 600cc Greenawalt Memorial on Saturday night.
Rutherford won his second in a row in the 25-lapper for the 270cc Two-Strokes, while Jesse Maurer won his first of the year in the 125cc Class. Craig DeSantis notched the 270cc Four-Stroke triumph, and Mark Ludwig won an exciting Sportsman feature.
600cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Jeff Halligan, 2.Mike Rutherford, 3.Jered Hook, 4.Heath Hehnly, 5.Brent Ely, 6.Shane Lewis, 7.Jeff Stelter, 8.Tim Buckwalter, 9.Scott Smith, 10.A.J. Michael, 11.Christopher Tracy, 12.James Morris, 13.Tyler Esh, 14.Mike Dicely, 15.Brittany Brown, 16.Sam LaMothe, 17.Tyler Walton, 18.Shaun Brandel, 19.Ryan Hook, 20.Tony DiMattia, 21.Chris Gerhart, 22.Tom Kohler, 23.Kory Merkey, 24.Jessica Mohler.
270cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Mike Rutherford, 2.Brian Sholley, 3.Richie Hartman, 4.Jess Maurer, 5.Pete Skias, 6.Ryan Morris, 7.Nick Skias, 8.Heath Hehnly, 9.Dave Grube, 10.Billy Logeman, 11.Christi Sweigart, 12.Dan Lane Jr., 13.Jason Swavely, 14.Mike Uhrich, 15.Nate Weidman, 16.Kevin Kopp, 17.Tyler Reinhardt, 18.Mike Skias, 19.Ricky Sechrist Jr., 20.Chip Geib, 21.Brad Kemp, 22.Rebecca LaMothe, 23.Justin Harrington, 24.Ryan Gabers.
125cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Jesse Maurer, 2.Richie Hartman, 3.Dave Grube, 4.Ken Miller, 5.Shane Braxton, 6.Darren Miller, 7.Brent Shearer, 8.Derek Ecenrode, 9.Jason Rhoads, 10.Felisha Kirlin, 11.Kyle Hehnly, 12.Nick Sweigart, 13.Dylan Adams, 14.Zack Hollinger, 15.Walter Wampole, 16.Brie Weiler, 17.Jimmy Wampole, 18.Chris Gerhart, 19.Bradley Brown. DNS: Danny Braun Jr.; Austin Emerson. DQ: Kory Merkey.
Sportsman Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Mark Ludwig, 2.Sheena Logeman, 3.Ken Miller, 4.Robert Shanaman, 5.Wesley Fasnacht, 6.Matt Abers, 7.Dave Kemp, 8.Curtis R. Miller, 9.Dean Spangler, Jr., 10.Corey Schmuck Jr., 11.Kelby Stauffer, 12. Tim Ziegler, 13.Jenna Heagy, 14.Dennis Fenstermacher, 15.Jason Swavely, 16.Kerry Lengle, 17.Bret Habecker, 18.Jeff Hughes, 19.Vincent Malcom Jr.
270cc Four-Stroke Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Craig DeSantis, 2.Chip Geib, 3.Ryan Morris, 4.Eddie Nocera, 5.Lewis Kepple Jr., 6.Donna Geib, 7.Kim Enck, 8.Kenny Miller III, 9.Greg Schmuck, 10.Earl Eveland, 11.Ronald Good, 12.Steve Smith Sr., 13.Sheila Fetter, 14.Kory Shissler.
**Brent Ely started 20th in the 600cc feature and utilized the bottom groove to climb to fifth at the finish.
**The 270cc victory was the second in a row for Rutherford, and his fourth of the season.
**Maurer's triumph in the 125cc Class snapped his teammate's five-race win streak. It was Maurer's first 125cc win of the year, while Richie Hartman had to settle for third place after winning the previous five consecutive features.
**Jason Swavely appeared to have two features sewn up on Saturday, leading the 270cc main until he apparently burned a piston heading for the white flag, which permitted Rutherford to get by him and steal the win. Swavely was also leading the Sportsman feature until he suffered a mechanical issue that knocked him out with three laps to go.
**Heart-breaker for Kory Merkey...who crossed the finish line first in the 125cc feature, apparently diffusing all the hard luck that has plagued him in the first half of the 2012 season. But Lady Luck continues to frown upon Merkey, as his No. 88 did not make weight as it crossed the scale after the race. Merkey was just a little bit light so he was disqualified and the victory went to Jesse Maurer.
**Fantastic field of 41 entered the 600cc portion of the Greenawalt Memorial on Saturday, while 31 of the 270's signed in for competition. Many teams were on hand to dial in their cars for next weekend's Micromania event for the 600's and the 270 Clash at the Clyde. The two day program takes place on Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1st. For details on this colossal event, log on to www.lancomicrosprint.com.
**The full race results press release from the Greenawalt Memorial will be distributed later in the day on Sunday, June 24.