Lanco Club raises over $2,000 for Wounded Warrior Project
Newmanstown, Pa - Some terrific, hard-nosed racing took place during the Easter Eve program at the Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. The outstanding competition took a back seat, however, to the fact that the Lanco Micro-Sprint club raised over $2,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.
On Across America for Wounded Heroes Night at the speedway, the feature winners included Mike Dicely (600cc); Mike Rutherford (270cc and Sportsman); Jesse Maurer (125cc); and Kenny Miller III (250cc Four-Strokes). After his victory in the 600cc main, Dicely donated his prize money to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Other groups presenting checks to Ivan Stoltzfus, who will drive his 1948 Model A John Deere tractor across the United States to raise awareness and funds for Wounded Warriors, were the Chester County Vietnam Vets ($1,000); the American Legion Post of Manheim; the Ladies Auxillary of Post 5956 of Manheim, and the Ephrata Elks. The S&S Stormchasers, part of Stoltzfus' support team, went into the grandstands and pit area and collected just over $500 to add to the donations. The total amount raised on Saturday night was just under $2,500 and the Lanco club, along with Mr. Stoltzfus, extend their heartfelt appreciation to everyone who donated to this most worthwhile cause.
Dicely, the Micro-Sprint veteran from Lewisberry, Pa., executed a slide job on early leader Will Urkuski to snatch the top spot in the 600cc main event. The move occurred on the seventh trip around the oval, and the first caution period of the 25-lapper would slow the pace less than one later as Urkuski spun in turn four.
James Morris was now the runner-up, and the yo-yo process began as Dicely rambled out to a big lead, only to have Morris run him down in lapped traffic. The pair traded the race lead a few times as they jockeyed in and out of heavy traffic. Morris finally saw some daylight on the high side and went for it with eight laps remaining; he swept around Dicely in one and two, keeping Dicely pinned behind a slower car. Morris ran up on another lapped machine that was dying on the backstretch. The Riegelsville, Pa. wheel-twister cut to the left, but his right-front caught the left-rear of the slower car and the contact sent Morris spinning at the end of the backchute. Although he stayed in the gas and kept going, his front end was broken and he was, most unfortunately, forced to retire.
Dicely then had to fend off potential challenges from Jason Swavely, who stayed close to the leader over the final laps but could not mount a serious attack. Swavely had to be a bit defensive, himself, because he had opening night winner Mike Rutherford on his tail.
Dicely raced across the stripe with an advantage of 0.385-seconds over Swavely. Rutherford, who started 12th, ended up in third with Jared Esh and Nate Prazenica rounding out the top five.
Another strong field of 28 cars entered the 600cc portion of the program, with heat race victories going to Urkuski, Morris, and Dicely. Jason Sechrist won the consolation race.
The 270cc feature was, in a word, sensational...one of the best 270 races seen in quite some time at the Clyde.
Kyle Spence dominated the early stages of the 25-lap affair, but behind his AMS Oil of Bear, Delaware No. 25K, the action was hot and heavy as no less than eight cars battled furiously as their operators fought to advance toward the front of the pack.
Jarid Kunkle, Nick Skias, Billy Logeman, Bradley Brown, Dave Grube, and others used every inch of the nicely prepared banked oval, with Kunkle going from ninth to third and challenging Logeman for the runner-up position by lap seven.
Kunkle eventually faded and dropped out, but the intense battle raged on with Bradley Brown slipping past Logeman for second on lap 18 and Rutherford, who started eighth but struggled to break into the top five until there were less than ten circuits left to run, taking third with six to go.
A restart with three laps remaining became the determining factor as to who would prevail in this one. Rutherford went to the top, figuring Spence would protect the bottom. But Spence expected a challenge from the high side, so he slid up the banking in turn four. Brown ran the middle, and Rutherford shot down the banking, making it three-wide on the homestretch before he grabbed the lead as the trio headed back into the first corner. Brown beat Spence into turn one, but he had no chance of catching Rutherford over the final revolution.
Rutherford, from Lititz, drove the Kaylor Petro No. 5k to a second consecutive 270cc triumph, with Brown and Spence chasing him to the checkered. Logeman survived a race long tussle with Nick Skias to earn fourth place money, with Skias completing the top five.
An extremely solid field of 35 signed in for 270cc competition, with qualifying heats going to Kunkle, Spence, Rutherford, and Dan Lane Jr. The consolation victories went to Damon Bomgardner and Nate Weidman.
In 2013, Jesse Maurer led the 125cc division with eight feature wins. Maurer, the Mount Joy Outlaw, missed this year's opener on April 12, but made up for his absence by capturing the main event on Saturday night.
Maurer capitalized when his Gorski Racing teammate, Darren Miller, was forced to the sidelines while leading handily just as he completed lap 19 of the 25 tours that made up the feature race.
Chase Gutshall dueled for runner-up honors with Dave Grube, with the Gutshall Automotive, Danny Tezak No. 1a trading the spot with Grube on a couple of occasions as the laps ticked off quickly. Gutshall was able to secure the position in the final few laps; it was the best run of the sophomore driver's short but successful career. Grube finished third after a runner-up effort the week prior, with Jas Hehnly and Nick Sweigert crossing the line in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Grube and Maurer captured heat races for the 21-car field. Darren Miller, despite his unfortunate luck, picked up the Weld Racing Fast Lap of the Feature Award for recording the quickest trip around the clay during the main event. His time was 11.259-seconds and he earned a gift certificate from Weld Racing for his accomplishment.
In the Clyde's season opener on April 12, Mike Rutherford notched victories in both the 600cc and 270cc features. In the year's second event, on Easter Eve, Rutherford again registered a double, winning the 270cc and Sportsman mains.
Driving his own No. 6, Rutherford started ninth in the 25-lapper for the Sportsman Class. He didn't waste time in getting to the front, slicing past Curtis R. Miller for second on the eighth circuit. Rutherford had his work cut out for him in getting past leader Bret Habecker, who set the pace from the drop of the original green.
Rutherford passed Habecker on lap 12, but the yellow flew just a few seconds later, wiping out his pass for the lead. He went back to work and wrestled the top spot from Habecker at the halfway point, ducking under the Leesport, Pa. driver as they rumbled down the homestretch and into turn one.
Rutherford led the rest of the way, beating Habecker to the line by 0.221-seconds. Anthony Yerger continued his string of top-three efforts with a second-straight third place finish. Dave Kemp and Wesley Fasnacht were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Heats for the 17 Sportsman drivers were won by Habecker and Yerger.
Think you had a busy Saturday? Kenny Miller III's day started with a basketball game (his team won), followed by a pair of lacrosse games. He ended the exhausting day by winning the 250cc Four-Stroke feature on Saturday night.
Miller and Donna Geib were on the front row of the Four-Stroke main, and they rubbed wheels in turn one at the start, with Geib accelerating into the lead. Miller returned the favor on the fourth revolution, blasting around the No. 82 and going back to the head of the pack. A couple of late race cautions had Jesse Maurer on Miller's tail tank for the restarts, but each time Miller steadily pulled away from Maurer and third place runner Dave Gravel.
At the finish, Miller's margin was almost three-quarters of a second over Maurer, with Gravel coming home in third. Eddie Nocera wound up fourth and rookie Kassidy Michaels was an impressive fifth.
Donna Geib and Nocera were victorious in the two heat races for the 14-car field of Four-Strokes.
This Saturday, April 26, will see the five weekly divisions battle once again in qualifying heats, consolations, and 25-lap features. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., with warm-ups getting underway at 5:00. The first heat race goes green at 6:00.
Adult general admission is just $8.00, with discounts for Senior Citizens and Students. Tickets are priced at just $2.00 for youth between the ages of six and 12, and children under the age of six are admitted free. And parking is always free at the Clyde!
Coming up on May 10 is the third annual Fan Appreciation Night, when there is NO CHARGE for spectators. That's right; admission for spectators is absolutely free that night, and there will be raffle prizes and giveaways as well.
600cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Mike Dicely, 2.Jason Swavely, 3.Mike Rutherford, 4.Jared Esh, 5.Nate Prazenica, 6.Brittany Brown, 7.Jered Hook, 8.Chris Gerhart, 9.Austin Bishop, 10.Heath Hehnly, 11.Bruce Ginther Jr., 12.Peter Michael, 13.Zach Light, 14.Bret Conrath, 15.Rebecca LaMothe, 16.Mike Coen, 17.Devin Gundrum, 18.Shaun Brandel, 19.James Morris, 20.Zachary Hollinger, 21.Chris Panczner, 22.Jason Secrist, 23.Will Urkuski, 24.Pat Ely.
DNQ: Dylan Binkley, Brent Ely, Corry Roth, Mike Freed.
270cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Mike Rutherford, 2.Bradley Brown, 3.Kyle Spence, 4.Billy Logeman, 5.Nick Skias, 6.Dave Grube, 7.Dan Lane Jr., 8.Ken Miller, 9.Cameron Bellinger, 10.Ron Helmick, 11.Richie Hartman, 12.Daniel Braun, 13.Damon Bomgardner, 14.Jarid Kunkle, 15.Brandon Heist, 16.Christi Sweigart, 17.Nate Weidman, 18.Cody Drace, 19.Tyler Ulrich, 20.Mike Uhrich, 21.Toby Blumenshine, 22.TJ Greve Jr., 23.Austin Bishop, 24.Brian Sholley.
DNQ: Corey Schmuck Jr., Elizabeth Helmick, Ava Bellinger, John Davis, Mike Binkley, Heath Hehnly, Ricky Sechrist, Tim Gilbert, Matt Peachy, Dennis Fenstermacher, Nick Sweigert.
125cc Micro-Sprints Feature, 25 laps: 1.Jesse Maurer, 2.Chase Gutshall, 3.Dave Grube, 4.Jas Hehnly, 5.Nick Sweigart, 6.Dylan Adams, 7.Matthew Donley 8.Alexis Sheely, 9.James Wampole, 10.Hunter James, 11.Walt Wampole, 12.Brandon Gibble, 13.Justin Harrington, 14.Darren Miller, 15.Brianna Gerhart, 16.Thomas Kelly, 17.William Manotti, 18.Kyle Hehnly, 19.Sonny Sweitzer, 20.Zack Hollinger, 21.Dustin Adams.
250cc 4-Stoke Micro-Sprint Features, 25 laps: 1.Kenny Miller III, 2.Jesse Maurer, 3.Dave Ravel, 4.Eddie Nocera, 5.Kassidy Michaels, 6.Devin Adams, 7.Ronald Good, 8.Donna Geib, 9.Lewis Kepple, Jr., 10.Jarrett Imler, 11.Dick Huzzard, 12.Brian Kramer, 13.Zachary Young, 14.Ronald Wechter.
Sportsman Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Mike Rutherford, 2.Bret Habecker, 3.Anthony Yerger, 4.Dave Kemp, 5.Wesley Fasnacht, 6.Brandon Bucher, 7.Patrick Kirn, 8.Kim Minzer, 9.Brian Becker, 10.Curtis R. Miller, 11.Ken Miller, 12.Megan Mercado, 13.Kerry Lengle, 14.Jenna Heagy, 15.Brandon Mundis, 16.Steve Smith Sr., 17.Bobby Shanaman.