Taking advantage of his good fortune, Rutherford, from Lititz, won his third feature of the season in the Dick Greenawalt Memorial Race for the 600cc Micro-Sprints. Other Greenawalt Memorial winners included Bradley Brown (270cc), Richie Hartman (125cc), Ryan Morris (250cc Four-Stroke), and Mark Yoder (Sportsman).
The five winning drivers also received, in addition to the biggest pay envelopes, the most points awarded in the Mark Millwright & Rigging championship standings, and valuable gift certificates that can be used in the purchase of a new K1 Race Gear two or three-layer custom racing suit, courtesy of Nouse Signs & Graphics.
The Dick Greenawalt Memorial Race paid tribute to the Lanco club's longtime photographer who passed away very suddenly on July 5, 2011. Greenawalt had been a club member since 1971, and the track photographer at Clyde Martin since 1991...shooting photos from his customary spots in the infield just a few days before his passing. Saturday's event was the Second Annual Dick Greenawalt Memorial Race, with plans to continue the special race for many years to come. Greenawalt's widow, Carol, attended on Saturday along with son Lee and his wife, Margaret.
Lee Greenawalt, who inherited the love of photography and racing from his dad, was busy recording the night with his camera as the feature winners smiled and posed with the large trohies supplied by the Greenawalt family.
Rutherford's path to victory in the 600cc main was made possible by two pieces of good luck; the track slicked off as he hoped it would, and the driver who had the strongest car suffered mechanical ills that forced him from the race and handed the lead to Rutherford's No. 7H.
"We hurt the motor a little in the heat race, so I was really hoping the track would get slick - and it did - so that we'd be okay even though we were underpowered," stated the victor afterward. "And Chris definitely had the car to beat tonight; if he hadn't dropped out, this race was his to win."
"Chris" was Chris Panczner, who started on the pole and led the first 13 trips around the banked oval, until he brought out the yellow when something broke and he coasted to a stop in turn four. Panczner had a commanding lead at that point, making those mechanical gremlins even more frustrating.
Rutherford inherited the top spot and hung on for the win, helped a bit by an entertaining battle for second place between Chris Gerhart and Travis Esh. During the final five circuits, Esh and Gerhart swapped the runner-up position a couple of times before Gerhart, from Harleysville, secured it for good.
At the finish, it was Rutherford, Gerhart, and Travis Esh in the top three positions. Travis' brother, two-time winner Tyler Esh, finished fourth and 11th-starting Shane Lewis wound up fifth.
With 27 of the 600's on hand for the Greenawalt Memorial, heat race winners were Shaun Brandel, Panczner, and Ryan Morris. Jared Esh was victorious in the consolation race.
Bradley Brown, a resident of New Providence, Pa., notched the first 270cc triumph of his career in the 25-lap Greenawalt Memorial for that division.
Brown started sixth in the field of 24, but moved up quickly, dashing into third on lap three and then racing by Danny Lane Jr. for second on the fifth revolution.
He stalked leader (and 270cc rookie) Mike Binkley - who set the pace from the pole position, leading the first nine tours - before seizing an opportunity as they charged off turn four. Binkley went to the high side to pass a slower car and Brown shot low, zipping by both the slower car and Binkley to grab the lead as they crossed the stripe to complete the tenth circuit.
With five to go, Mike Rutherford slipped past Brian Sholley for fourth, but even a restart with four to go could not change the outcome. Brown flew under Tim Gehret's checkered flag by more than two-seconds over Binkley, who was elated with his runner-up effort. Lane recorded another top five finish with his third-place run, and Rutherford settled for fourth, followed by Sholley.
Bradley Brown also registered the single quickest lap during the race, earning him the Weld Racing Fast Lap of the Feature Award. Brown's quick lap was timed in 10.925-seconds.
The 270cc Micros drew a field of 29 on Saturday, and heat wins fell to Barry Shearer, Billy Logeman, and Shaun Brandel. The consolation victory went to Damon Bomgardner.
Defending Mark Millwright & Rigging 125cc point champ Richie Hartman won his second feature of the season on Saturday night, but even he admitted that he probably wouldn't have been standing in victory lane if not for the bad luck that struck Dave Grube at the beginning of the 25-lapper.
Grube rolled off the grid in tenth, but found himself turned around at the top of the race track in turn four when the green flag waved. He was able to restart, albeit at the back of the 19-car field.
Hartman, from Temple, Pa., took the initial green from the inside of row four. He wasted no time in slicing his way through the pack, zipping into the runner-up slot by the time three laps had been scored.
Chip Geib, in his Four-Stroke powered No. 8, was out front for the first half of the event until Hartman ducked under him in one and two to snatch away the lead. Kory Merkey, the winner on June 15, followed Hartman past Geib to claim second. And by that time, Grube had threaded his No. 3D back into the top five.
Geib dropped out with eight laps remaining, moving Grube up to third. One final caution period with three to go set up a potential three-car fight for the win, but Hartman got away on the restart, leaving Merkey and Grube to duel for the runner-up payout.
At the finish, it was Hartman, in Gary Gorski's Pork Producer's No. 29, registering the triumph over Grube, who passed Merkey for second in the last couple of laps. Derek Ecenrode and rookie Chase Gutshall completed the top five.
With 19 of the 125cc racers in the pit area, Merkey and Grube took the heat race victories.
Honeybrook's Ryan Morris and Manheim's Chip Geib are the only two drivers who have won features this season in the 250cc Four-Stroke Class. On Saturday, when Geib slowed and pulled to the infield with three tours complete, it was left to Morris to continue the streak. And the high school student did his part, although first-year driver Devin Adams made him work for his fifth victory of the season.
Adams, known to his family and friends as "the Hammer", started third and blasted to the lead on the first revolution on the Clyde Martin clay. With just a single yellow flag to slow the pace - and that occurred early, with three laps in the books - Devin bolted to a comfortable advantage over those pursuing him.
Morris, meanwhile, was climbing through the field after taking the green from the outside of row five. He passed Lew Kepple for second on the ninth tour, then steadily closed the gap between himself and race leader Adams. Morris eventually caught and passed Adams, diving under the No. 99 in turn three and roaring off of four in the top spot with eight trips left to run.
Driving the Elite Concrete No. 93, Morris pulled away to a three-second victory over Adams, who was thrilled to finish second. "Steady Eddie" Nocera wound up third, ahead of Kepple and Donna Geib.
Chip Geib and Morris were victors in the heat races run for the dozen Four-Strokes.
Ephrata's Mark Yoder has been filling the seat of the No. 7P that is normally driven by Ken Miller, and Yoder rebounded from a hard crash into the turn two guardrail on June 15 to win the Greenawalt Memorial for the Sportsman Class on Saturday.
While Miller is traveling to Quarter-Midget events with his son, Kenny III, his car (except for the incident on June 15) is still running up front with Yoder at the controls. He passed polesitter Bobby Shanaman to snare the lead on the second lap in Saturday's 25-lap jaunt for the Sportsman cars, bringing teammate Curtis R. Miller with him as they kicked Shanaman to the outside lane.
Miller fell out on lap 11, leaving Yoder in complete command of the race. Kerry Lengle motored into second - after impressive rookie Anthony Yerger got out of shape exiting the fourth turn - with nine tours remaining. But Lengle had nothing for Yoder, as the No. 7P crossed the finish line with a margin of almost 2.5-seconds over the Lengle's Lawn Care/ Mongoose Chassis No. 81.
Ninth-starting Sheena Logeman picked off the cars in front of her one at a time and finished third, with Yerger and Jamie Fetterolf rounding out the top five.
Charles Hellinger and Curtis R. Miller were victorious in heat race action as 17 Sportsman competitors signed in on Saturday.
The popular and long-standing website MicroRacing.com will sponsor this week's event. The June 29 program was granted the support as part of MicroRacing.com's season-long contest in 2012 that awarded a total of four race sponsorships to Micro-Sprint facilities that posted news and results on its message board forum every week AND carried a link to the site on the speedway's webpage. Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway was one of four tracks chosen to receive the sponsorship package.
Joining the five weekly divisions of Micro-Sprints, who will continue their chase of the Mark Millwright & Rigging Point Championships, will be the All Star Slingshots. The Slingers, five-eighth-scale replicas of dirt Modifieds powered by 39 h.p. Briggs & Stratton engines, are competing in the first-ever Slide at the Clyde, a race that will award points toward their National Slingshot Championship crown.
All six of this week's main events will be recorded for broadcast by Blue Ridge Cable Channel 11. The show will air on Sunday afternoon, June 30, and again in prime time on Monday evening, July 1.
Coming up on Saturday, July 6, it's kick-off time for the Seventh Annual Kioti Tractors PA 600 Speedweek Series. While Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway typically hosted the grand finale of Speedweek, this season's version has the track leading things off with a 40-lap A-Main that guarantees a winner's share of $2,500 (largest winner's payout of the entire series).
Sharing the bill with the best 600cc wheel-twisters in the land will be the third edition of the Hyper Racing 270 Clash at the Clyde. With 40 or more cars entering the Clash, this race will boast a winning payout of $1,050 and $120 to take the green flag.
The next few weeks are gonna be incredibly heart-pounding at the Clyde, so you've gotta come out and LIVE the excitement that is Lanco!
Results of the 2nd Annual Dick Greenawalt Memorial Race:
600cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Mike Rutherford, 2.Chris Gerhart, 3.Travis Esh, 4.Tyler Esh, 5.Shane Lewis, 6.Heath Hehnly, 7.Mark Yoder, 8.Jay Hartman, 9.Jared Esh, 10.Ryan Hook, 11.A.J. Michael, 12.Mike Freed, 13.Brent Ely, 14.Brittany Brown, 15.Jered Hook, 16.Tanner Hunsicker, 17.Corry Roth, 18.Tony DiMattia, 19.Mike Coen, 20.Chris Panczner, 22.Rebecca LaMothe, 23.Ryan Morris, 24.Shaun Brandel.
DNQ: Troy Musselman, William Urkuski, Mike Dicely.
270cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Bradley Brown, 2.Michael Binkley, 3.Dan Lane Jr., 4.Mike Rutherford, 5.Brian Sholley, 6.Jesse Maurer, 7.Mike Uhrich, 8.Richie Hartman, 9.Barry Shearer, 10.Nate Weidman, 11.Danny Braun Jr., 12.Zack Fouse, 13.Dave Grube, 14.Christi Sweigart, 15.Heath Hehnly, 16.Brandon Morrison, 17.Toby Blumenshine, 18.Kory Shissler, 19.Ricky Sechrist Jr., 20.Shaun Brandel, 21.Ronald Helmick, 22.Dylan Binkley, 23.Billy Logeman, 24.Damon Bomgardner.