Two of Saturday night’s main events at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway brought back memories of the late Yogi Berra when he said, “It’s like deja-vu` all over again…”
That’s because a pair of those JS Weld-Rite 25-lappers produced incredibly similar results to the previous week’s program. In the 600cc Micro-Sprint headliner, Kyle Spence even passed Jason Swavely, just as he had the week prior, to take a lead that he would not relinquish. And, in the 125cc feature, William Manotti continued his hot streak with another dominating run enroute to his second straight victory.
With JS Weld-Rite sponsoring Saturday’s entire five-division program, Mike Rutherford (270cc), Dan Lane Jr. (Sportsman), and Zak Vickers (Sports n’ Turf 250cc Four-Strokes) joined Spence and Manotti as feature winners.
“On the Fence” Kyle Spence started 12th in Saturday’s 600cc main, and some heavy, talented traffic kept him bottled up for the first half of the race. Jarid Kunkle bolted to the early lead while Zach Light and Cameron Bellinger fought for second. Mechanical gremlins forced Kunkle to retire with ten circuits complete, handing the top spot to Light.
Zach blasted to a commanding advantage over Bellinger and 11th starter Jason Swavely. Spence finally maneuvered his way into fourth position as lap 14 was scored, then he and Swavely picked up where they left off on April 16 by trading slide jobs in an entertaining tussle for third place.
A yellow flag with ten to go crushed Light’s hopes of a victory. Swavely screamed into the lead on the restart as Spence, living up to his nickname, swept past Bellinger and Light to grab the runner-up position. With eight revolutions remaining, Spence threw a slider on Swavely in turns three and four to snare the top spot. Swavely crossed over and pulled even with Spence on the front stretch, but Spence, the Bear, Delaware resident, rolled the top perfectly in one and two to secure the lead.
From there, Spence flew to his second consecutive 600cc triumph, but the rest of the top five shuffled on the final lap as Swavely suddenly slowed on the backstretch and the drivers behind him scrambled to avoid disaster. Light ended up second and Austin Bishop, who was sixth when he took the white flag, wound up third. Bradley Brown and Bellinger completed the top five while Swavely nursed his ailing mount home in seventh behind the No. 83 of Heath Hehnly.
Light, Swavely, and Bellinger won heat races for the 32-car field of 600’s. Dan Souder notched the consolation race victory.
Lititz, Pa’s Mike Rutherford had a rough night in the 270cc season opener on April 16. He rebounded to score his 101st feature win (all tracks) with car owners Ken and Tony Kaylor on Saturday night.
Nick Sweigart executed a nice slide job on race leader Dan Lane Jr. to grab the point as the duo charged off turn four to complete lap seven. The first dozen circuits ran clean and green with Mike Skias rumbling into the runner-up spot just before the yellow flag appeared with 12 tours in the books. Rutherford was up to third at the halfway mark of the 25-lap affair, and both he and Skias began to apply pressure to Sweigart in a frantic three-car battle for the lead.
Skias actually had a nose in front as they crossed the stripe on lap 14, but Sweigart went back in front as they set up for turn one. One trip later, Rutherford slipped past Skias and then, with nine to go, he wrestled the top spot from Sweigart.
Rutherford went on to win, holding off a game challenge from Billy Logeman with five to go then pulling away over the final laps. His margin of victory was 1.360 seconds when the checkered fell, with Logeman, Bradley Brown, Kyle Spence, and Mike Skias rounding out the top five.
Angelo Mercado, M. Skias, and Richie Hartman were victorious in heat races as 24 of the 270cc race teams entered Saturday’s race meet.
Dan Lane Jr. has driven a Kaylor/Rutherford No. 5k in the Sportsman Class for the past two events and Saturday he parked it in the winner’s circle.
Toby Blumenshine, the defending Sportsman point champion, passed Ricky Sechrist to snatch the lead on a restart with four laps complete. Lane moved up to challenge Blumenshine a few circuits later, while Tyler Ulrich (also in a Rutherford owned entry) battled furiously with Ken Miller for third place.
Lane, the college student from Elverson, Pa., stuck his nose under Blumenshine on numerous occasions as Ulrich and Miller repeatedly traded sliders, keeping the spectators busy while watching a pair of extremely exciting duels among the top four cars. With three tours remaining, Lane finally claimed the top spot as the handle went away on Blumenshine’s mount. He took the checkered by almost one second over Blumenshine, while Ulrich squeaked out a third place finish over Miller. The previous week’s winner, Phil Durham, wound up fifth.
With 28 Sportsman in the pits, heat race wins went to Angelo Mercado, Ken Miller, and Sami Schenck. The consolation victor was Patrick Kirn.
Lancaster’s William Manotti started ninth in the 125cc main event. He sliced his way to third by lap three, then zipped past Kyler Heiney for second with six circuits complete. Manotti then stalked race leader Tajae Adams, running side by side for one full tour before gassing to the lead with 11 laps scored.
Zack Hollinger moved into second with four revolutions remaining, but Manotti was long gone by that time. Dylan Adams, driving the No. 19a in place of Alexis Sheely, followed Hollinger and finished a strong third behind Manotti and the No. 56 of Hollinger.
Manotti made it two straight in 125cc competition, with Hollinger, Adams, Corey Schmuck Jr., and Kyler Heiney finishing second through fifth.
Along with his winning payout, Manotti also received a Lias Tire/ American Racer Tire gift certificate.
With 17 of the 125cc racers in action on Saturday, Manotti and Hollinger won the two heat races.
Fourth-starting Zak Vickers made a big move at the start of the Sports n’ Turf 250cc Four-Stroke feature, rocketing past the three drivers in front of him to become the leader as lap one was scored. Vickers led all the way to record his second career triumph (this is just his second season of Micro-Sprint competition) at Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
Kassidy Michael ran second, keeping Vickers in sight but not able to offer a serious bid for the lead. Dick Huzzard – who is 75 years young – finished third with Lew Kepple and rookie Cliff Brian Jr. taking the checkered in fourth and fifth.
Hammerdown Racing Engines heat races were dominated by females on, as Kassidy Michael and Donna Geib captured the Four-Stroke prelims. A total of 17 cars entered the Sports n’ Turf Four-Stroke activity on Saturday night.
Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway thanks Jim and Joyce Skias of JS Weld-Rite for their sponsorship of the April 23rd event.
The speedway swings back into action this Saturday, April 30, with another five division program of clay slinging, slide job throwing, side by side Micro-Sprint mayhem. The 600cc, 270cc, Sportsman, 125cc, and Sports n’ Turf Four-Strokes will battle in qualifying heats, consolations, and 25-lap features.
This year’s time schedule has been altered a bit to avoid putting too many laps on the race track while the sun is out, and it’s working out very well so far. Gates open at 4 p.m. during April and May, with warm-ups beginning at 5:30. The first heat race goes green at 6:30.
Coming up on May 7 is the annual Fan Appreciation Night, presented by AJ Blosenski Trash Hauling & Recycling, along with Grace & Truth Fellowship Church. Ivan Stoltzfus, who drove across the USA on his “Johnabilt” tractor a few years ago, will be on hand to inform fans about his next planned adventure. All of Stoltzfus’ activities are fundraisers for the Wounded Heroes program.
Come on out and LIVE the excitement that is Lanco!
600cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Kyle Spence, 2.Zach Light, 3.Austin Bishop, 4.Bradley Brown, 5.Cameron Bellinger, 6.Heath Hehnly, 7.Jason Swavely, 8.Brent Ely, 9.Chris Panczner, 10.TJ Greve Jr., 11.Will Urkuski, 12.Shaun Brandel, 13.Dan Souder, 14.Ryan Groff, 15.Rebecca LaMothe, 16.Taylor Troxel, 17.Jack Conover, 18.Bruce Ginther Jr., 19.Amber Oraschin, 20.Steve Whary, 21.Kassidy Michael, 22.Jarid Kunkle, 23.Kenny Miller III, 24.Chris Gerhart.
DNQ: Hunter James, Chris Oraschin, Patrick Ely, Kelby Stauffer, Troy Musselman, Jas Hehnly, Walt Wampole, Dylan Binkley.
270cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Mike Rutherford, 2.Billy Logeman, 3.Bradley Brown, 4.Kyle Spence, 5.Mike Skias, 6.Richie Hartman, 7.Dan Lane Jr., 8.Ken Miller, 9.Kenny Miller III, 10.Nick Sweigart, 11.Christi Sweigart, 12.Brian Sholley, 13.Toby Blumenshine, 14.Adam Minzer, 15.Jason Rhoades, 16.Daryl Davis, 17.Dustin Fox, 18.Tyler Ulrich, 19.Sheena Schaefer, 20.Jarrett Imler, 21.Angelo Mercado, 22.Christopher Steigerwalt, 23.Andrew Dietrich, 24.Nick Skias.
Sportsman Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Dan Lane Jr., 2.Toby Blumenshine, 3.Tyler Ulrich, 4.Ken Miller, 5.Phil Durham, 6.David Ravel, 7.Austin Graby, 8.Ricky Sechrist, 9.Dave Schroeder, 10.Sheena Schaefer, 11.Jamie Fetterolf, 12.Kerry Lengle, 13.Sami Schenck, 14.Michael Keiser, 15.Robert Shanaman, 16.Nick Skias, 17.Alan Durham, 18.Zak Vickers, 19.Patrick Kirn, 20.Anthony Yerger, 21.Angelo Mercado, 22.Curtis R. Miller, 23.Ava Bellinger, 24.Kane Rodgers.
DNQ: Dennis Fenstermacher, Cody Sechrist, Ken Davis, Katelin Vragovich.
Sports n’ Turf 250cc Four-Stroke Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Zak Vickers, 2.Kassidy Michael, 3.Dick Huzzard, 4.Lew Kepple Jr., 5.Cliff Brian Jr., 6.Jarrett Imler, 7.Mike Coen, 8.Andrew Potts, 9.Ronnie Rhoads, 10.Ron Wechter, 11.Brian Kramer, 12.Donna Geib, 13.Aidan Jones, 14.Zachary Young, 15.Eddie Nocera, 16.Lester Dise, 17.David Ravel.
125cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.William Manotti, 2.Zack Hollinger, 3.Dylan Adams, 4.Corey Schmuck Jr., 5.Kyler Heiney, 6.Chase Gutshall, 7.Austin Graby, 8.Matthew Donley, 9.Brandon Gibble, 10.Jimmy Wampole, 11.Walt Wampole, 12.Justin Harrington, 13.Tajae Adams, 14.Kody Hibshman, 15.Brandon Stuck, 16.Jas Hehnly.
DNS: Shane Davis.
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