The names of those who have graced victory lane at Lanco’s Labor Day Shootout read like a who’s-who among the region’s most elite Micro Sprint drivers as well as racers who have gone on to great success at the various big-car levels.
Mike Miller, Mike Dicely, Jim Callahan, Brian Marriott, Blaine Heimbach, Randy West, Billy Ney, Terry Schaeffer, Ryan Smith, Richie Hartman, Steve Buckwalter, Tim Buckwalter, Kevin Nouse, Brett Schoenly, Tyler Walton, Alex Bright, Jared Esh, Ryan Greth, and Mike Rutherford are just some of the throttle-jockeys who have tasted victory in one or more classes during the holiday classic at Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. You just never know who may show up at the Shootout or how many divisions in which they may compete during the course of the weekend.
Love your winged racing? We’ve got five classes of winged warriors ready to battle on Saturday, September 1st, in a show presented by Bud’s Spring Service. Maybe you prefer wingless competition? Hold on to your seat because Sunday’s program, sponsored by Hyper Racing, features three different non-wing divisions that will knock your socks off (plus All Star Slingshots)...
Speaking of the Slingshots by Tobias, those mini-Modified bodied race cars powered by Briggs & Stratton engines...they’ve been part of the Labor Day Shootout for the past three seasons. And they’ve been yearly competitors at the Clyde since 2013, when Randy Smith won the very first Slide at the Clyde at the end of June. In 2014, it was Mark Sensenig who prevailed in Slide at the Clyde II, then Joe Bodenschatz took top honors in the Slide in 2015 - but he had to wait until the Labor Day Shootout to win it because the race was rained out in June of that year.
In 2016, Seth Spayd was not to be denied as he triumphed in June’s Slide at the Clyde IV, then came back to win again on Sunday of the Shootout weekend. Last season it was Jared Silfee who registered the win in the Slide at the Clyde V at the end of June. The Slingshots were also on the bill at the Memorial Day Open Show with Dave Carraghan emerging victorious. Then New York’s Nick Del Campo beat Spayd on Monday afternoon of the Shootout (after Sunday was rained out) as the Slingers completed three race dates at the Clyde in 2017.
A few months ago, the Slide at the Clyde VI was wiped out by rain, so it will be made up this Sunday during the 2018 Shootout. Interestingly, a few high profile drivers in the Slingshot division have yet to break open the door to victory lane at Clyde Martin.
Brett Bieber, the Oley Jet who is a five-time National Slingshot Champion, has run well at the Clyde but hasn’t yet grabbed a checkered flag...even though he’s got well over 100 career victories in the Slingers. His brother Travis, also very accomplished in the Slingshots, has also been shut out - so far - at Clyde Martin Speedway.
Mertztown, PA’s Dylan Hoch, twice a National Slingshot Champion, came close to winning a couple of times in 2016, when he put on a rim-riding display but could not get past Spayd. “Dilly-Dilly” looks to end the streak of near-misses this weekend at the Shootout. Dave Carraghan, Dakota Kohler, and many others will also be searching for Slide at the Clyde glory on Sunday.
On Sunday, the All Star Slingshots will utilize their familiar dual-heat process that is used for mostly all of their National Tour events, plus a B-Main for anyone who does not transfer to the A through the dual heats. Heat race lineups from Round One will simply be inverted for Round Two.
All of this information, as well as additional details about each day’s events, is available at www.clydemartinspeedway.com and on the Lanco club’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway).
The annual Labor Day Shootout takes place on Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd. The Shootout does utilize a rain date of Monday, September 3rd, if needed.
Gates will open at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with pill draw ending and a driver's meeting beginning at 3:30. Warm-ups commence at 3:45 and the first heat race goes green at 4:30 on both days of the Shootout.
Saturday's "wing thing", featuring the five weekly divisions, is sponsored by Bud's Spring Service. The winged 600’s, 270’s, Sportsman, 250cc Four-Strokes, and 125cc racers will compete in qualifying events and 30-lap features.
On Sunday, Hyper Racing will sponsor the wingless 600's, wingless 270's, and combined 125cc/ 4-Stroke Challenge that will also be a wingless affair. The All Star Slingshots will also be in action on Sunday in the Slide at the Clyde National Tour event. All four of Sunday’s A-Mains will also be 30-laps in distance.
Both nights of the Shootout will offer a $1,000 paycheck to the winner of the 600cc and 270cc A-Mains, provided there are (at least) 40 cars signed in for competition. Full details, including payout information for each class, regarding the Labor Day Shootout can be found at www.clydemartinspeedway.com or at Facebook.com/Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
Ticket prices for each day of the Shootout are as follows: Adult General Admission is $10; Senior Citizens & Students are $6.00; Youth (ages 6-12) tickets are just $2.00; and children under the age of 6 are free. Pit passes will cost $30 per person, per day.
There are a limited number of camping sites available for the weekend. The camping fee is $25 for the weekend. Reservations must be made in order to camp at the track. Campers will be permitted to move in after 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 30. To reserve a camping spot, please contact Chris Snyder at: firstname.lastname@example.org.