Brickerville, PA - Heath Hehnly and Richie Hartman doubled their pleasure on Saturday night, as each driver notched a pair of feature wins at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway on RTS Chassis Night.
With seven main events on the menu - two of which were postponed by rain on May 16 - Manheim's Hehnly captured the washed out feature for the 125cc Micro-Sprints, then finished off his evening's work with a victory in the regularly scheduled 600cc headliner.
Hartman, the northeast's top winner in Micro-Sprint competition last season, added to his 2009 total by recording triumphs in the 270cc and 250cc Four-Stroke feature races. An employee at RTS Chassis, Hartman's victories appropriately came on the night sponsored by his boss.
Saturday's other winners included Dave Grube and Kenny Miller (regularly scheduled 125cc and Sportsman mains), and Jason Swavely registered the first Lanco victory of his career when he scored in the postponed Sportsman feature.
Paul Graham turned in his best effort at Clyde Martin, leading the first nine tours of the 600cc main event. Hehnly rumbled from tenth to second in eight laps, the wrestled the lead from a game Graham on the tenth trip around the oval. His Cooke Roofing/Hyper No. 2 was on cruise control from that point on, with lapped traffic his only concern.
As Hehnly raced into another zip code, a nifty three-car battle developed for the runner-up spot. As the laps dwindled down, Mike Rutherford and Jimmy Glenn made numerous assaults on Tim Buckwalter, but Buckwalter had the muscle to hold on for a second-place finish.
Glenn grabbed third from Rutherford with two to go. Graham struggled with a loose car, but still managed to notch a career-best finish of fifth.
An intense four-car battle for the lead highlighted the early stages of the 270cc feature. Richie Hartman, Shoemakersville, vaulted from fourth to first on lap seven, passing Jason Swavely, Greg Miller, and leader Ryan Shupp as they circled the high banked eighth-mile of clay.
Opening night winner Mike Rutherford and Pete Skias were navigating their way through the talented field as Hartman pulled away. Skias, winner of the previous two point-paying events, jumped from fourth to second with three laps remaining, but ran out of time to catch the high flying Hartman.
Hartman blazed under the checkered flag by a comfortable margin over Skias for his third triumph of the year.
"That was a lot of fun, racing with Mike through the pack," smiled Skias after the race. "We finally got by him, but Richie was the class of the field tonight."
Rutherford echoed the comments by Skias. "It seemed as though I was alongside Pete more than I was in front or behind him. We battled all race long, and it was a blast." Rutherford ended up third.
Heath Hehnly wound up fourth, followed by Greg Miller.
Hartman registered his fourth victory of '09 in the 25-lapper for the 250cc Four-Stroke micros, passing polesitter Jason Johnson for the lead on lap five. Hartman started 11th, then quickly maneuvered his No. 88 to the front.
Johnson held off the challenges of Craig DeSantis to finish second. DeSantis, point leader Chad Rhoads, and Eddie Nocera made up the top five at the finish.
The regularly scheduled main event for the 125cc Micro-Sprints went non-stop from green to checkered, with Dave Grube scoring his second victory of the season. Grube completed the 25-laps in five minutes, four seconds.
With polesitter Dave Falini setting the pace, Denver, Pa.'s Grube darted from eighth on the starting grid to grab the runner-up spot on the fourth circuit. It took him another 15 revolutions before he finally snatched the lead away from Falini, as the pair of wheel-twisters diced for the top position repeatedly.
Once in front, Grube opened some daylight over his competitors as the battle for second heated up.
Richie Hartman, subbing for Jesse Maurer in Gary Gorski's No. 21, steadily moved forward from his tenth starting spot. Hartman snared third position from Cody Drace with ten to go, then ran down Falini and passed him on the white flag lap. By that time, however, Grube had checked out.
Grube, the Penn State University student, flew to the win over Hartman. Falini, Drace, and Heath Hehnly completed the top five when the race concluded.
It's been a rough start to the '09 campaign for defending Sportsman champion Kenny Miller. On Saturday evening, though, Miller broke through for his first win of the year, taking top money in the regularly scheduled feature for the class.
Taking the green from the inside of row five, Miller weaved his way toward the head of the field. The Birdsboro, Pa. resident grabbed the lead from Brett Wanner on lap nine and was never headed.
Dwayne Mathias ducked under Wanner for second with nine tours remaining, while 12th starting Jason Swavely charged into third on the 18th circuit. Steve Drevicki, the current Sportsman point leader, motored into fourth on the same lap.
Miller won by almost one second over Mathias, with Swavely, Drevicki, and Sheena Schaefer rounding out the top five.
The evening began with the postponed main event for the Sportsman class, and Jason Swavely gave himself a nice graduation present by scoring his first Lanco victory.
Swavely rambled from 12th to seventh in the first four laps, then roared into second just past the halfway point. The top five cars could have been covered by a blanket at that point, with leader Jeff Hughes showing the way.
A great run by Hughes came to an end with 17 complete, handing the top spot to Swavely.
A restart with three to go put Kenny Miller, Steve Drevicki, and Dwayne Mathias on the leader's tail, but Swavely was up to the task. His No. 7c rocketed to the finish line, winning by a few car-lengths over Miller, Drevicki, and Mathias. Sheena Schaefer was fifth.
Heath Hehnly's night began with a victory in the held-over feature for the 125cc micros, his second triumph of the season in that class.
A single caution period slowed this 25-lapper, and it came with four tours on the scoreboard. Hehnly, who started sixth, was already in the runner-up slot when the yellow flag waved. After a two-lap, side-by-side tussle, Hehnly accelerated by leader Dave Falini as they launched off turn four on the sixth trip around the clay oval, and never looked back.
Falini crossed the stripe in second for his best 125cc effort of the season. Cody Drace, Dave Grube, and Sonny Sweitzer finished third through fifth, respectively.
600cc Feature (25 laps): 1.Heath Hehnly 2.Tim Buckwalter 3.Jimmy Glenn 4.Mike Rutherford 5.Paul Graham 6.Chris Gerhart 7.Ryan Wilson 8.Kory Merkey 9.Shane Lewis 10.Jamie Kostic 11.Jeff Halligan 12.Brent Ely 13.Ken Miller 14.A.J. Michael 15.Jared Davis 16.J.R. Booth 17.Brittany Brown 18.Greg Fitzpatrick 19.Tyler Ross 20.Ryan Greth 21.Bruce Ginther, Jr. 22.Jeremy Lynch 23.Brenden Bright 24.Kerry Gilbert.
270cc Feature (25 laps): 1.Richie Hartman 2.Pete Skias 3.Mike Rutherford 4.Heath Hehnly 5.Greg Miller 6.Mike Uhrich 7.Steve Drevicki 8.Nick Skias 9.Todd Steffy 10.Billy Logeman 11.Jason Swavely 12.Christi Sweigart 13.Steve Whary 14.Dave Grube 15.Scott Gingrich 16.Lester Dice III 17.Devin Harron 18.Jim Harrington, Jr. 19.Dean Spangler, Jr. 20.Ryan Shupp 21.Brian Sholley 22.Scott Fick 23.Josh Stoyer. DQ: Phil Rupert.
250cc Four-Stroke Feature (25 laps): 1.Richie Hartman 2.Jason Johnson 3.Craig DeSantis 4.Chad Rhoads 5.Eddie Nocera 6.Chris Lee 7.Lewis Kepple, Jr. 8.Jessica Enck 9.Dick Huzzard 10.Jake Booth 11.Kim Enck 12.Jared Gabers 13.Greg Schmuck 14.Kayla Fetter 15.Phil Johnson 16.George Potts, Jr. 17.Kevin Kopp 18.Peter Michael 19.George Potts III.
125cc Feature (25 laps): 1.Dave Grube 2.Richie Hartman 3.Dave Falini 4.Cody Drace 5.Heath Hehnly 6.Sonny Sweitzer 7.Bret Habecker 8.Kyle Henninger 9.Mark Yoder 10.Scott Gantert 11.Derek Ecenrode 12.Bradley Brown 13.Brianna Gerhart 14.Chrissy Ochs 15.James Wampole 16.Corey Schmuck, Jr. DNS: Carl Myer; Nathan Weidman.
Sportsman Feature (25 laps): 1.Ken Miller 2.Dwayne Mathias 3.Jason Swavely 4.Steve Drevicki 5.Sheena Schaefer 6.Brett Wanner 7.Robert Shanaman 8.Dennis Ziegler 9.Glenn Moyer 10.Jeff Hughes 11.Wesley Fasnacht 12.Joel Tolley 13.Jason Hehnly 14.Dave Graybill 15.Robert Schaffner 16.Dennis McKeon 17.Jenna Keppley 18.Dean Spangler, Sr. 19.Donna Geib 20.Jamie Fetterolf 21.Paul May III 22.Mark Ludwig 23.Dave Schroeder. DNS: Dennis Fenstermacher.
125cc Feature (postponed from May 16): 1.Heath Hehnly 2.Dave Falini 3.Cody Drace 4.Dave Grube 5.Sonny Sweitzer 6.Bret Habecker 7.Scott Gantert 8.Bradley Brown 9.Kyle Henninger 10.Mark Yoder 11.Derek Ecenrode 12.Brianna Gerhart 13.Chrissy Ochs 14.Corey Schmuck, Jr. 15.Nathan Weidman.
Sportsman Feature (postponed from May 16): 1.Jason Swavely 2.Ken Miller 3.Steve Drevicki 4.Dwayne Mathias 5.Sheena Schaefer 6.Robert Shanaman 7.Mark Ludwig 8.Brett Wanner 9.Dennis Ziegler 10.Joel Tolley 11.Dennis Fenstermacher 12.Robert Schaffner 13.Jenna Keppley 14.Dave Graybill 15.Dean Spangler, Sr. 16.Jason Hehnly 17.Jamie Fetterolf 18.Kelby Stauffer 19.Jeff Hughes 20.Tim Ziegler 21.Paul May III 22.Glenn Moyer 23.Donna Geib.