Pennsylvania Short Track
East Coast Flat Track Series
Round 5: Shippensburg Speedway
Story and Photos by Len and Ben Breech
SHIPPENSBURG, PA, SEPT. 22, 2013
After having an “exciting” run-beside-the-bike front-straightway get-off in his heat race, Holley, New York’s Justin Jones got the track at Shippensburg Speedway figured out in time to top the Open A and 450cc Sportsman finals.
Heavy overnight rains had left the track rather soggy and soft, and after wheel-packing did not bring it around, the track was graded. That took care of the sogginess but left a somewhat rough, loose surface that never quite set up for motorcycles for this fifth round of the East Coast Flat Track Series.
After recovering to finish third in his heat, Jones grabbed the Open A lead ahead of Mike Poe, Evan Baer and Jesse Long. The front three stayed evenly spaced, while Long, Cory Texter, Rick Winsett and Jeremy Higgins battled for fourth. That spot eventually went to Texter.
The 450cc Sportsman final was similar, as Jones grabbed the lead, this time ahead of Baer, Long and Higgins. After a poor start, Poe fought his way up to fifth by the fourth lap.
Led by Roy Miller’s trifecta, the Miller/Varnes clan grabbed five wins. Roy’s wins were very similar on his Roy Built machines: Grab the hole shot, hug the rail, and if those behind were faster, let them try higher, where it was much looser. This ploy was apparent in the 250cc Sportsman contest, in which Roy took the lead from recently crowned 250 National Amateur champ Brandon Price, Cameron Smith and Chase Smith. Price was quicker, he but couldn’t find an opening and lacked the size to make an opening; he finished just behind Miller.
Roy’s other two wins were against riders who had the size to make an opening, but Miller kept just in front of them. In the Over 30 contest, Rick Winsett stayed close the entire distance until he bobbled off turn two on the final lap. Bruce “Crash” Ingram and Darren Phillips trailed until Ingram “surprisingly” fell in turn two on the sixth lap.
The Open Twins event had Evan Baer trying to dislodge Miller in their battle of screaming Kawasakis. Same results: Baer was close, but no cigar.
Roy’s nephew Ryan Varnes scored a pair of 450cc wins, in the Open B and 450cc B Sportsman classes, but he had to work for both of them. Jason Nuss led Varnes, Ben Ludlow and Justin Bender on the start of the 450cc B Sportsman. Varnes slipped under him off turn two on the fourth lap and pulled a little ahead during the remainder of the race.
Off the start of the Open B final, Varnes was the meat in a Johnson brothers sandwich, with Brett in front of him and Jeremiah behind. Ludlow, Cameron Smith (riding Dalton Gauthier’s Husky) and Nuss followed. Varnes took the lead and started pulling away at the end of the opening lap, while Smith got the handle on the Husky, going into third on the fourth lap and pressuring Brett for second. Smith took second on the back stretch on the final lap.
Jim Chapman led a trio of fast Yamaha 500s at the start of the 500cc Two-Valve class, as Travis Tyeryar and Dave Smith trailed. Tyeryar and Smith battled for second in the first half until Tyeryar slid out. Smith moved up to pressure his buddy during the closing laps, briefly taking the lead on the seventh lap, but Chapman retook it off turn two on the final lap.
Brandon Price had a wire-to-wire win in the 250cc B final, taking the lead from Chris Thomas, Austin Wherley, Chase Smith and Cameron Smith. Thomas bobbled off turn two on the second lap, dropping back three spots, which set up a three-way battle for second while Price was disappearing at the front.
Ray Jenkins adapted well to the rough conditions, taking the lead in the Over 50 contest and winning by half a straightaway. Steve Stauffer, Buzz Skiles, Jim Chapman and Lowell Wherley followed. After two laps, Stauffer had dropped three spots, leaving a three-way battle for second, which was eventually won by Skiles.
Tyler Scott again took a pair of wins. He topped the 65cc final by a straightaway over runner-up Doug Cook. Then he lapped the field in the 50cc Chain-Drive class.
Results: September 22, 2013 (Round 5)
50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Tyler Scott (KTM); 2. Logan Eisenhard (Cob); 3. Gabriel Wohlfarth (Cob); 4. Kayla Yaakov (Cob); 5. Reginald Homes (Con); 6. Brayden Uselton (Yam); 7. Charlie Wohlfarth (Cob); 8. Emily Tyeryar (Con).
50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Kayla Yaakov (Yam); 2. Michael Headman Jr. (Yam); 3. Tyler Cunningham (Yam); 4. Dylan Cunningham (Yam); 5. Benjamin Holmes (Yam); 6. Emily Tyeryar (Yam); 7. Aaden Johnson (Yam); 8. Randall Krammes (Yam); 9. Bradon Pfanders (Yam); 10. Rebecca Tyeryar (Yam).
65: 1. Tyler Scott (Kaw); 2. Doug Cook (Kaw); 3. Aaron Johnson (KTM).
85 (7-11): 1. Doug Cook (Hon); 2. Robert Wheatley (Hon); 3. Jake Humphrey (Yam).
125 2-STROKE/ 150 4-STROKE: 1. Chase Smith (Kaw); 2. Tyler Rylee (Kaw); 3. Chris Thomas (KTM); 4. Bronson Jackson (Suz).
250 B: 1. Brandon Price (Kaw); 2. Chase Smith (Kaw); 3. Cameron Smith (Hon); 4. Austin Wherley (Suz); 5. Chris Thomas (Hon); 6. Tyler Rylee (Kaw); 7. Chris Johnson (Yam).
250 SPORTSMAN: 1. Roy Miller (Suz); 2. Brandon Price (Kaw); 3. Cameron Smith (Kaw); 4. Chase Smith (Hon); 5. Austin Wherley (Suz).
450 SPORTSMAN: 1. Justin Jones (Hon); 2. Evan Baer (Kaw); 3. Jesse Long (Hon); 4. Jeremy Higgins (Yam); 5. Mike Poe (Hon); 6. Dalton Gauthier (Hus); 7. Cory Texter (Hon); 8. Jason Cunningham (Hon); 9. Joey Alexander (Hon).
450 B SPORTSMAN: 1. Ryan Varnes (Yam); 2. Jason Nuss (Hon); 3. Ben Ludlow (Hon); 4. Justin Bender (Kaw); 5. Josee Stedding (Hon).
500 2-VALVE: 1. Jim Chapman (Yam); 2. Dave Smith (Yam); 3. Travis Tyeryar (Yam); 4. Bill Young (Yam).
OPEN A: 1. Justin Jones (Hon); 2. Mike Poe (Hon); 3. Evan Baer (Kaw); 4. Cory Texter (Hon); 5. Jeremy Higgins (Yam); 6. Jesse Long (Hon); 7. Rick Winsett (Rtx); 8. Dalton Gauthier (Hus); 9. Shawn Baer (Kaw); 10. Joey Alexander (Hon); 11. Ryan Connelly (Hon).
OPEN B: 1. Ryan Varnes (Yam); 2. Cameron Smith (Hus); 3. Brett Johnson (Suz); 4. Jeremiah Johnson (Hon); 5. Jason Nuss (Hon); 6. Tyler Rylee (Kaw); 7. Ben Ludlow (Hon); 8. Justin Bender (Kaw); 9. John Diem (Yam).
OPEN TWINS: 1. Roy Miller (Kaw); 2. Evan Baer (Kaw); 3. Mark Miller (Kaw).
WOMEN 0-250: 1. Josee Stedding (Suz).
30+: 1. Roy Miller (Suz); 2. Rick Winsett (Rtx); 3. Darren Phillips (Kaw); 4. Bruce Ingram (Hon).
40+: 1. Dave Smith (Hon); 2. Rich Mellinger (Rtx); 3. Darren Phillips Sr. (Kaw); 4. Jack Stedding (Hon).
50+: 1. Ray Jenkins (Hon); 2. Buzzy Skiles (Rtx); 3. Jim Chapman (Suz); 4. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 5. Steve Stauffer (Yam); 6. Frank Primrose IV (Hon).
OPEN VINTAGE: 1. Travis Tyeryar (Yam); 2. Steve Stauffer (Yam); 3. Mike Persa (Tri).
4-WHEEL SPORTSMAN: 1. James Wagner (Hon); 2. Brandon Lease (Hon).