Newmanstown, Pa. - May 8 - Because he won the first feature run on Saturday, May 8, Jason Swavely became the first driver to score his second victory of 2010 at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. By the end of the evening, though, Swavely was joined by three other wheel-twisters who also registered their second triumph of the young season.
Swavely, from Birdsboro Pa., notched his second win in the past three weeks when he captured the checkered flag in the Race to a Cure main event for the 270cc Micro-Sprints. A short while later, Jamie Fetterolf recorded his second victory in the Sportsman class, and Dave Grube made it win number two in the 125cc headliner. The nightcap, a 25-lapper for the 250cc Four-Stroke Micros, went to Chip Geib, who visited the winner's circle for the second week in a row. Mark Yoder, Reinholds, won the first 600cc feature race of his career in the 25-lap main event for that division.
The entire evening was dedicated to raising awareness (and funds) to finding a cure for breast cancer. The track's first Breast Cancer Awareness Night was superbly organized and coordinated by 270cc driver Sheena Schaefer and her team. Thanks to the generosity of Lanco's race teams and fans, more than $900 was raised to support this worthy cause.
Drama and excitement encapsulated the 270cc feature, with Swavely nipping Richie Hartman at the finish line to narrowly earn his second triumph of the 2010 season. Even before that exhilirating drag race to the stripe, though, this was one terrific event.
Sheena Schaefer slipped past early leader Kerry Lengle to gain command on lap five. That lap also produced the first caution flag (one of only two that waved during the entire race).
The 270cc throttle-jockeys then zipped off 12 consecutive revolutions under green, with Schaefer showing the way over Swavely, Hartman, Dave Grube, and Jesse Maurer, as that foursome battled furiously for the remaining top five spots. On the 16th circuit, Jay Batdorf's car began to slow just as Schaefer attempted to dive under him in turn four. The leader's Micro-Sprint made conctact with Batdorf's left-rear wheel, forcing Schaefer into a half-spin and slide towards the infield grass. Sheena did a great job to straighten her car and keep moving, but not before Swavely and Hartman went flying by her into first and second positions.
Swavely pulled out to a fairly comfortable lead as the laps wound down, but Hartman caught him with one to go, and the pair ran side-by-side through three and four with lapped traffic looming in front of them. It appeared one of those lapped cars would cost Swavely the race, as it drifted up into his groove, but Swavely kept his accelerator to the floorboard and the nose of his car barely ahead of Hartman as they passed under Tim Gehret's checkered flag.
"I don't know what to say...we've got an awesome car this year, with an awesome motor," smiled Swavely in victory lane. "This one is for Ryan," he added, nodding toward his nephew, who would be celebrating a birthday in the next couple of days.
Schaefer hung on to finish third (her best finish in a 270cc Micro), with Maurer and Grube completing the top five. Point leader Greg Miller finished sixth.
Swavely, Lengle, and Zack Fouse won heats for the 25-car field of 270's, with Josh Stoyer claiming the consolation victory.
The Valken Racing Fast Lap of the Week also went to Swavely, who turned a quick lap of 10.771 seconds during the 25-lapper.
Like the 270cc main, the headliner for the 600cc racers also had its pace slowed just twice by caution periods. Mark Yoder took supreme advantage of his pole starting position, jumping out front at the drop of the green and leading all the way.
Jared Davis utilized the high groove to blast into the runner-up spot and challenge Yoder, who was committed to the bottom at both ends of the speedway. The second and final yellow was thrown with 17 complete for Davis, who saw his fine run come to an end with engine trouble that knocked his No. 55 out of the race.
It was now Mike Freed's turn to pressure the leader, but Yoder was up to the task, maintaining a lead of several car-lengths during the closing laps. The Reinholds resident captured his first career 600cc victory by more than a second over Freed, with Jamie Kostic, point leader Ryan Wilson, and Tyler Ross making up the top five.
By finishing 12th, Mark Ludwig was the recipient of the Kelly Fuels "Gas It Up" award.
600cc heat races went to Yoder, Davis, and Jeff Halligan. Ryan Greth won the consi. There were 28 of the 600cc Micros in action on Saturday.
"I put myself in a position to take advantage of the opportunity; I'd rather be lucky than good." Those were the words of Dave Grube, who inherited the lead when Ryan Wilson's mount fell victim to mechanical woes with two laps remaining in the 125cc feature. Grube went on to record his second triumph of the season at the Clyde.
Shane Braxton staged a late race charge to end up in the runner-up slot, while Sonny Sweitzer and David Ravel finished third and fourth. Second-year chauffeur Brianna Gerhart was fifth.
It was a tough night for the Gorski Racing Team as all three of its cars were forced to the pit area while running up front. Jesse Maurer started sixth, grabbed the lead on the third trip around the banked oval, then slowed to a halt with four circuits complete. One of his Gorski teammates, Ray Miller, dropped out while running second with ten to go. Wilson had the field covered, leading laps seven through 22 before something on his No. 7 broke and sent him to the trailer.
The 125cc heats were won by Grube and Maurer.
Kelby Stauffer led the first ten revolutions of the Sportsman feature. Ken Miller, bidding to win his second in a row, ducked low and passed Stauffer as the duo negotiated lapped traffic. Miller looked to have the race in hand, but as the saying goes, "it ain't over till it's over", and the complexion of this one changed dramatically with only one lap left to run.
Stauffer and Donna Geib were battling for second when they tangled in turn four as the white flag was waving. During the ensuing caution period, Miller's pipe came loose, and he attempted to hold it in place as the final tour went green. He spun in the first turn, bringing out the yellow once again and handing the lead to Jamie Fetterolf.
Fetterolf, the winner on opening night, ran a mistake-free final lap to notch the victory over Dwayne Mathias. Brett Wanner, Jeff Hughes, and Robert Shanaman made up the top five.
Jason Swavely, Ken Miller, and Stauffer won the Sportsman heat races, while Paul May III annexed the consolation event.
The 250cc Four-Stroke Micros contested the evening's nightcap, which featured an entertaining three-car tussle for the lead during the early stages of the 25-lapper.
George Potts, Jr. paced the field in those opening laps, but Peter Michael and Craig DeSantis were on his heels by the time three circuits were scored. DeSantis shot to the inside of Michael in turn two to grab the runner-up position, then worked low in an attempt to pass Potts as they launched off turn four. DeSantis and Potts made contact, sending Potts up and into Michael, who looped his car. DeSantis was forced to retire under caution as his right-rear tire deflated from the contact with Potts.
Potts continued to lead until lap 12, when Chip Geib throttled by him as they raced onto the backstretch. From that point on, the race belonged to Geib.
Jared Esh, the son of Sprint Car star Doug Esh, started tenth and finished second. Late in the event, Esh pulled off a nice slide job on Potts in three and four to secure that position. Peter Michael came from the back - twice - to finish third, with Potts and Tim Nocera rounding out the top five.
DeSantis and Potts were the Four-Stroke heat winners.
Coming up this Saturday, May 15, is another program of qualifying heats, consolations, and 25-lap features for the five weekly classes of Micro-Sprints. Also on tap is an appearance by ARCA racer Kyle Martel of Lebanon, Pa. Martel, who recently finished 12th in the ARCA event at Talladega, will have his stock car on display and the 21-year-old will be available for autographs and interviews throughout the evening.
Gates open at 3:30, with warm-ups at 5 p.m. The first heat goes green at 6:00.
Adult general admission is just $8.00, with discounts for Senior Citizens and students. Youth between the ages of 6 and 12 are just $2.00, while children under the age of six are admitted free. Parking is always free at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
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270cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Jason Swavely, 2.Richie Hartman, 3.Sheena Schaefer, 4.Jesse Maurer, 5.Dave Grube, 6.Greg Miller, 7.Roger Graham III, 8.Billy Logeman, 9.Pete Skias, 10.Kerry Lengle, 11.Christi Sweigart, 12.Nick Skias, 13.Devin Harron, 14.Zack Fouse, 15.Josh Stoyer, 16.Michael Enck, 17.Kevin Kopp, 18.Todd Steffy, 19.Mike Uhrich, 20.Jay Batdorf, 21.A.J. Michael.
600cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Mark Yoder, 2.Mike Freed, 3.Jamie Kostic, 4.Ryan Wilson, 5.Tyler Ross, 6.Bruce Ginther Jr., 7.Shane Lewis, 8.Mike Rutherford, 9.Ken Miller, 10.Brent Ely, 11.Chris Gerhart, 12.Mark Ludwig, 13.Kerry Gilbert, 14.Jeff Halligan, 15.Shaun Brandel, 16.Ryan Greth, 17.Luke Thomas, 18.Kory Merkey, 19.Tom Kohler, 20.Jermain Godshall, 21.Bob DeVault, 22.Mike Caropolo, 23.Jared Davis, 24.Eric Bodine.
125cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Dave Grube, 2.Shane Braxton, 3.Sonny Sweitzer, 4.David Ravel, 5.Brianna Gerhart, 6.Cody Drace, 7.Derek Ecenrode, 8.Bradley Brown, 9.Corey Schmuck Jr., 10.Daniel Braun, 11.Devin Harron, 12.Curtis R. Miller, 13.Ryan Wilson, 14.Bret Habecker, 15.Walt Wampole, 16.Ray Miller, 17.Jesse Maurer, 18.Kyle Hehnly, 19.Mark Yoder. DNS: James Wampole; Brian Sholley.
Sportsman Feature, 25 laps: 1.Jamie Fetterolf, 2.Dwayne Mathias, 3.Brett Wanner, 4.Jeff Hughes, 5.Robert Shanaman, 6.Jason Swavely, 7.Bret Habecker, 8.Wesley Fasnacht, 9.David Kemp, 10.Joel Tolley, 11.Kelby Stauffer, 12.Billy Logeman, 13.Donna Geib, 14.Russell Pannebecker, 15.Dennis Fenstermacher, 16.Ken Miller, 17.Corey Schmuck Jr., 18.Earl Eveland, 19.Ashley Kase, 20.Jonathan Swift, 21.Jenna Keppley, 22.Tim Ziegler, 23.Paul May III, 24.Michael Heiser.
250cc Four-Stroke Feature, 25 laps: 1.Chip Geib, 2.Jared Esh, 3.Peter Michael, 4.George Potts Jr., 5.Tim Nocera, 6.George Potts III, 7.Lewis Kepple Jr., 8.Kim Enck, 9.Steve Brenner, 10.Sheila Fetter, 11.Jesse Kopp, 12.Craig DeSantis. DNS: Jessica Mohler.