Mike Freed led a parade of feature winners on Saturday night at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway, winning his first of the year in a 600cc Micro-Sprint feature that was postponed by one week due to rain on June 12.
Freed, from Denver, Pa., captured the Shred Racing Products main event - one of eight feature races contested on Saturday. He joined Ryan Wilson (125cc) and Ken Miller (Sportsman) in the winner's circle as three of those rained out main events were made up from the previous week.
After a full menu of qualifying heats and consolations, the five regularly scheduled features were claimed by Paul Graham (600cc); Pete Skias (270cc); Chip Geib (250cc Four-Stroke); Jesse Maurer (125cc); and Jason Swavely (Sportsman).
In the 600cc make-up race, Freed capitalized when early leader Paul Graham spun with four laps completed. Freed, who started fourth, inherited the lead and withstood a furious late race challenge from Brent Ely to notch his first triumph of the 2010 season. Though he utilized the high groove for much of the 25-lap affair, Freed switched lanes to thwart Ely's assault on the bottom line of the speedway.
"It was starting to go away on the top, so I drove down in front of Brent because he was really working well down there," Freed explained of the move that won him the race.
Ely crossed the stripe in second for his best finish of the year, while Chris Gerhart, Tom Kohler, and Shaun Brandel made up the rest of the top five.
The postponed feature for the 125cc Micros saw Ryan Wilson move from fourth to first on the opening circuit. The Maytown Missile and his teammate, Jesse Maurer, proceeded to wage a spectacular battle for the top spot, trading slide jobs at both ends of the oval for several laps. Maurer eventually fell back into a tussle for second with Dave Grube, Cody Drace, and Shane Braxton.
With four to go, a three-wide contest for the runner-up position ended with Maurer flipping and Drace spinning, knocking both drivers out of the event. Braxton found himself in second and chased Wilson to the checkered flag.
It was Wilson's second victory of 2010 in the 125cc class, with Braxton, David Ravel, Bret Habecker, and Grube trailing him to the finish line.
Corey Schmuck, Jr. recorded the single quickest lap of the 125cc feature, earning the Valken Racing Fast Lap of the Week gift certificate. Schmuck reeled off a lap of 11.007 seconds to pick up the award.
When the Sportsman cars made up their feature from June 12, Ken Miller grabbed the lead from Paul May III on the fifth trip around the eighth-mile of clay, then ran away from the field to win his third of the season.
Dwayne Mathias finished a distant second, with Jason Swavely earning third place money. Donna Geib and Jeff Hughes completed the top five.
In the regularly scheduled 25-lapper for the 600cc Micro-Sprints, Paul Graham redeemed himself after spinning out of the lead in the first feature. The recent high school graduate started on the pole and led all the way to record his first win of the year.
Graham, who resides in Malvern, Pa., fended off persistent attacks from Jared Davis, then dashed out to a lead of 1.1 seconds as the race neared its conclusion. That proved to be his margin of victory, with Davis settling for runner-up honors. Ryan Wilson, the 600cc point leader, wound up third ahead of Jermain Godshall and Brent Ely.
By finishing tenth, Ken Miller was the recipient of the Kelly Fuels Gas It Up award.
Pete Skias followed his 270cc triumph at Linda's on Friday by registering his first win of the season at Lanco on Saturday. Skias and Billy Logeman staged an exciting duel for the top spot, as Logeman rolled the top and Skias remained entrenched in the low groove at both ends of the race track. Charging off the corners, Skias' momentum pushed his No. 8s up the track, squeezing Logeman into the small space between Skias' car and the fence. On at least one occasion, the hole was not large enough to accomodate both cars, forcing Logeman into the guardrail.
The Lititz wheel-twister never lifted, though, and the battle continued until Skias finally prevailed on the final lap, beating Logeman to the checkered by just one-tenth of a second. A fast-closing Mike Rutherford, piloting Ken Kaylor's brand new 2010 Hyper R&D car, ended up third with Richie Hartman and Mike Uhrich rounding out the top five.
Chip Geib passed Jessica Mohler for the lead with six circuits in the books, then went on to score his third victory of the year in the 250cc Four-Stroke class. Geib, from Manheim, held a two-second advantage over Craig DeSantis at the finish, with Jared Esh claiming the third place payout. Mohler wound up fourth and Lewis Kepple, Jr. finished fifth.
The Valken Racing Fast Lap of the Week was turned in by Craig DeSantis, who cranked out a quick lap of 11.886 seconds during the Four-Stroke feature.
Jesse Maurer, the Mount Joy Outlaw, rebounded from his tumble in the opening feature for the 125cc Micros to notch his second win of 2010 in the nightcap. It was a nice gift to himself, as Saturday was Maurer's 22nd birthday.
Maurer ducked under Mark Yoder to snare the lead on lap seven, and was never headed. He won handily over David Ravel, with Shane Braxton racing home in third position. Yoder and Cody Drace finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Jason Swavely picked up his third victory of the season in the regularly scheduled main event for the Sportsman class. Swavely took the green in seventh, then sliced his way to the runner-up spot by the time two laps were scored.
Swavely, who just moved to Douglassville, Pa. on Saturday, then wrestled the top spot from Jason Hehnly on a lap three restart. On a few subsequent caution periods, with his Sportsman division teammate Ken Miller now behind him, Swavely simply motored away with each green flag. He won by a half-second over Miller, with point leader Jamie Fetterolf, Hehnly, and Brett Wanner making up the top five.
This Saturday, June 26, will see the return of the Xcel 600 Modifieds to the high banks of the Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. Joining the small but mighty Modifieds will be the 270cc, 125cc, Sportsman, and 250cc Four-Stroke Micro-Sprints. The 600cc Micros have the night off, freeing them to compete in the opening night of PA 600 Speedweek at another facility.
Gates open at 3:30, with warm-ups set for 5:00. The first heat race goes green at 6 p.m. Adult general admission tickets are priced at just $8.00, with discounts for Senior Citizens and students. Youth between the ages of six and twelve are just $2.00, and children under the age of six are free. Parking is always free at the Clyde.
Postponed by rain on June 12:
600cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Mike Freed, 2.Brent Ely, 3.Chris Gerhart, 4.Tom Kohler, 5.Shaun Brandel, 6.Ken Miller, 7.Ryan Wilson, 8.Jamie Kostic, 9.Jermain Godshall, 10.Shane Lewis, 11.Jeff Halligan, 12.Shane Braxton, 13.Mark Ludwig, 14.Bob DeVault, 15.Bruce Ginther Jr., 16.Tyler Esh, 17.Tyler Ross, 18.Mike Caropolo, 19.Kory Merkey, 20.Paul Graham, 21.Zachary Fisher, 22.Mark Yoder, 23.Brock Bilger, 24.Ryan Gabers.
125cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Ryan Wilson, 2.Shane Braxton, 3.David Ravel, 4.Bret Habecker, 5.Dave Grube, 6.Bradley Brown, 7.Curtis R. Miller, 8.Daniel Braun, 9.Corey Schmuck Jr., 10.Kyle Hehnly,11.Jesse Maurer, 12.Kaylan Petrecz, 13.Mark Yoder, 14.Derek Ecenrode, 15.Brianna Gerhart, 16.Nathan Weidman, 17.Sonny Sweitzer. DNS: Ray Miller. DQ: Cody Drace.
Sportsman Feature, 25 laps: 1.Ken Miller, 2.Dwayne Mathias, 3.Jason Swavely, 4.Donna Geib, 5.Jeff Hughes, 6.Kelby Stauffer, 7.Wesley Fasnacht, 8.Corey Schmuck Jr., 9.Robert Shanaman, 10.Jenna Keppley, 11.Dave Schroeder, 12.Michael Heiser, 13.Samantha Garman, 14.Paul May III, 15.Joel Tolley, 16.Dennis Ziegler, 17.David Kemp, 18.Tim Ziegler, 19.Brett Wanner, 20.Earl Eveland, 21.Bret Habecker, 22.Billy Logeman. DNS: Jonathan Swift.
Regularly Scheduled Features for June 19:
600cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Paul Graham, 2.Jared Davis, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Jermain Godshall, 5.Brent Ely, 6.Mike Freed, 7.Mark Yoder, 8.Shane Braxton, 9.Bob DeVault, 10.Ken Miller, 11.Shaun Brandel, 12.Jeff Halligan, 13.Chris Gerhart, 14.Bruce Ginther Jr., 15.Rick Stief, 16.Mark Ludwig, 17.Jake Murphy, 18.Jon Stewart, 19.Tom Kohler, 20.Charlie Warren, 21.Jamie Kostic, 22.Shane Lewis, 23.Tyler Ross, 24.Kory Merkey.
270cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Pete Skias, 2.Billy Logeman, 3.Mike Rutherford, 4.Richie Hartman, 5.Mike Uhrich, 6.Jesse Maurer, 7.Jason Swavely, 8.Dave Grube, 9.Nick Skias, 10.Greg Miller, 11.Devin Harron, 12.Kerry Lengle, 13.Shaun Brandel, 14.Christi Sweigart, 15.Roger Graham III, 16.A.J. Michael, 17.Mike Miller, 18.Edward Holz II, 19.Chip Geib, 20.Brandon Bucher, 21.Terry Ellex, 22.Sheena Schaefer, 23.Josh Stoyer. DNS: Brian Sholley.
250cc Four-Stroke Feature, 25 laps: 1.Chip Geib, 2.Craig DeSantis, 3.Jared Esh, 4.Jessica Mohler, 5.Lewis Kepple Jr., 6.Ryan Gabers, 7.Kim Enck, 8.Kim Trout, 9.Travis Esh, 10.Steve Brenner, 11.Julie Wenger, 12.Sheila Fetter, 13.Peter Michael, 14.Ed Nocera, 15.Michael Booth, 16.Ronald Wechter. DNS: Jake Booth.
125cc Feature, 25 laps: 1.Jesse Maurer, 2.David Ravel, 3.Shane Braxton, 4.Mark Yoder, 5.Cody Drace, 6.Ryan Wilson, 7.Bret Habecker, 8.Dave Grube, 9.Bradley Brown, 10.Gary Gorski, 11.Curtis R. Miller, 12.Daniel Braun, 13.Corey Schmuck Jr., 14.Kyle Hehnly, 15.Devin Harron, 16.Walter Wampole, 17.James Wampole, 18.Derek Ecenrode, 19.Brianna Gerhart, 20.Sonny Sweitzer, 21.Joel Scott. DNS: Nathan Weidman.
Sportsman Feature, 25 laps: 1.Jason Swavely, 2.Ken Miller, 3.Jamie Fetterolf, 4.Jason Hehnly, 5.Brett Wanner, 6.Kelby Stauffer, 7.Corey Schmuck Jr., 8.Dwayne Mathias, 9.Donna Geib, 10.Jeff Hughes, 11.David Kemp, 12.Bret Habecker, 13.Robert Shanaman, 14.Wesley Fasnacht, 15.Russell Pannebecker, 16.Tim Ziegler, 17.Dave Schroeder, 18.Michael Heiser, 19.Dennis Fenstermacher, 20.Earl Eveland, 21.Paul May III, 22.Jenna Keppley, 23.Samantha Garman, 24.Joel Tolley.