Seven Feature Races for the Price of Five On Two Consecutive Saturdays!
Lengle Wins Second of Season in 125cc Action
NEWMANSTOWN, PA - Saturday night rain is becoming all too familiar on the PA, NJ, and DE racing scene. But the precipitation that fell on May 5, while it sent racers and fans home early, did set up not just one but two monster programs over the next few weeks at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
With one feature complete (for the 125cc Micro Sprints) and four remaining, Mother Nature let loose in the Brickerville/ Newmanstown area. Despite a valiant effort to keep the track somewhat race ready, the intensifying precipitation proved to be too much, and the rest of Saturday's show will be made up over the next two weeks - May 12 and May 19.
Next Saturday, May 12 (Mother's Day Eve), treat mom to a night at the races, where she can see SEVEN main events for the price of five. The Viper Chassis 270's will resume their feature (it was rained out with two laps complete), and then the 250cc Four-Stroke Micros will run their 25-lap main. After the two make-up features have been completed, a complete show of qualifying heats, consolations, and 25-lap main events will commence.
The following week, May 19, is Kids Night at the speedway, featuring a special appearance by the Honeybrook Quarter Midgets. And once again, fans will get to see SEVEN big main events for the price of five! The postponed features for the Sportsman and Hyper Racing 600's will be run first (there is also a 600cc consi to run), followed by a complete program of Hyper Racing 600's, Viper Chassis 270's, Sportsman, 250cc Four-Strokes, and the 125cc Micro Sprints.
Because of the make-up features, special starting times will be used for these two shows. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. and warm-ups get underway at 5 p.m. The make-up features will begin immediately after hot laps.
The May 5 program is considered complete because all of the heats were completed (along with one feature race), so wristbands from this past Saturday will not be honored Wristbands from the rained out program on April 28, if they were not used on May 5, will still be good and may be redeemed on May 12.
On May 5, the completed feature was contested by the 125cc Micro Sprints. Myerstown, PA's Kerry Lengle scored his second win of the young season by going from third to first on the seventh trip around the oval. Lengle passed Kyler Heiney and race leader Jas Hehnly to grab the top spot. Lengle was never challenged after that, winning by one-second over Heiney, Corey Schmuck Jr., and Hehnly.
Lengle also won the 125cc heat race, giving him a clean sweep for the night.
Nick Skias jumped out to the early lead in the Viper Chassis 270 main, with his brother Mike quickly charging to second. Jarid Kunkle, TJ Greve, and Mike Uhrich trailed the Skias boys until the yellow waved with two laps in the books. The rain began and, before long, it intensified to the point where the cars were taken off the track. With no let up in sight (for the rain), the decision was made to surrender to Mother Nature. This week, May 12, the 270 feature from Saturday, May 5 will resume with two laps scored and 23 to go.
125cc Micro Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Kerry Lengle, 2.Kyler Heiney, 3.Corey Schmuck Jr., 4.Jas Hehnly, 5.Austin Graby, 6.Shane Davis, 7.Adam Barge, 8.Mike Glass, 9.Chase Layser, 10.Dalton Eckman.
Submitted by Barry Angstadt