Randy Texter Memorial
Round 16: York Fairgrounds
Story and Photos by Len and Ben Breech
YORK, PA, SEPT. 28, 2013
New Yorker Jake Constantine blazed to the win in every event he started at the season finale of the All-Star National Flat Track Series, which was held as part of White Rose Thunder, an event of just about anything motorcycle-related held on the last weekend of September on the York Expo Center in York, Pennsylvania. The race was also billed as the second annual Randy Texter Memorial, in honor of the former racer and owner of Lancaster Harley-Davidson and father of racers Shayna and Cory Texter. Constantine worked hard for his wins, taking the heat-race, Dash For Cash and final victories in the Expert Singles and Pro/ Expert Twin classes.
Jeremy Higgins took the Expert Singles lead from Corey Crawford, Constantine, Raun Wood, Cory Texter and Jake Shoemaker. Crawford and Constantine were past Higgins by the end of the first lap, with Constantine putting his Matt’s Cycle Center/ Pro Cycles Honda in front at the end of the second lap. Texter moved into fourth on the next lap, while Chad Cose took fifth off turn two on the fifth lap. Crawford fell on the sixth lap, bringing out the red flag.
Constantine picked up where he left off on the restart, leading Higgins, Cose, Texter and Shoemaker. Coming off the final turn, Texter found just enough to take the last podium spot in the race named for his late father.
The Pro/ Expert Twin final saw Shawn Baer leading Crawford, Constantine, Shoemaker and Jason Isennock. Crawford took the lead going into turn one on the second lap, but Constantine put his Kawasaki into the lead on the next lap. Shoemaker was pressuring Baer. A few laps later, Shoemaker took second. Baer edged by Crawford on the final lap for third.
Another New Yorker, Justin Jones, took the Pro Singles final, grabbing the lead from Jeff Lowery, Cody Johncox, Jamison Minor and Mike Poe. Johncox took second off turn four on the opening lap. On the third lap, Minor and Poe dropped Lowery back further.
Hunter Edwards and Jarod Vanderkooi took turns beating each other in the Open Singles and 450cc Amateur finals. In the Open event, Edwards led Vanderkooi, Tristan Avery, Tyler Phillips and Colin Cunningham. Vanderkooi took the lead off turn four on the third lap, with Cunningham going into fourth. Edwards took the lead for good down the back straight on the fifth lap.
The 450cc contest had Vanderkooi and Edwards in front and pulling away from Lloyd McCoy, Phillips, Avery and Ryan Varnes. On the third lap, Avery took fourth going into turn one and third off turn two to set up the top three. After battling early, Vanderkooi had control after the third lap.
Flea-sized Kevin Stollings grabbed the 250cc Amateur lead from Brandon Price and Avery, with the rest many bikelengths behind. Price and Avery battled for second for the first half of the race, with Price in control after halfway.
Rick Winsett took a flag-to-flag win in the Veteran Over 30 final, followed by Bruce Ingram, Dallas Baer, Kyle Long and Tom Englehart. Baer was by Ingram early, and Long finally got his big Harley past Ingram for third as they started the last lap.
Englehart returned later with an air-cooled Honda 600 to take the Open Vintage lead from Curtis Fisk, Craig Alcantara and Jeff Hogan. Englehart checked out. Alcantara took second on the second lap, but Fisk retook second on the last lap.
Results: September 28, 2013 (Round 16)
250 AM: 1. Kevin Stollings (Hon); 2. Brandon Price (Kaw); 3. Tristan Avery (Hon); 4. Jeremiah Duffy (Hon); 5. Austin Wherley (Suz); 6. Chris Thomas (Hon); 7. Ian Jannett (Suz).
450 AM: 1. Jarod Vanderkooi (Hon); 2. Hunter Edwards (Hon); 3. Tristan Avery (Hon); 4. Lloyd McCoy (Hon); 5. Tyler Phillips (Kaw); 6. Ryan Varnes (Yam); 7. Dalton Gauthier (Hon); 8. Kyle McGrane (Kaw); 9. Blake Lomas (Hon); 10. Joey Alexander (Suz); 12. Nathan Wilson (Hon).
OPEN SINGLES AM: 1. Hunter Edwards (Hon); 2. Jarod Vanderkooi (Hon); 3. Tristan Avery (Hon); 4. Colin Cunningham (Kaw); 5. Tyler Phillips (Kaw); 6. Dalton Gauthier (Hon); 7. Lloyd McCoy (Hon); 8. Miranda Soderstrom (Hon); 9. Brian Wass (Hon); 10. Kyle McGrane (Kaw); 11. Blake Lomas (Hon); 12. Christian Richenberg (Suz).
EX SINGLES: 1. Jake Constantine (Hon); 2. Jeremy Higgins (Yam); 3. Cory Texter (Hon); 4. Chad Cose (Hon); 5. Jake Shoemaker (Hon); 6. Raun Wood (Hon); 7. Corey Crawford (Hon); 8. Donnie Mullen (Hon); 9. Danny Koelsch (Hon); 10. Jerry Steele (Hon).
PRO SINGLES: 1. Justin Jones (Hon); 2. Cody Johncox (Yam); 3. Jamison Minor (Hon); 4. Jeff Lowery (Hon); 5. Zakk Palmer (Hon); 6. Cory Strickler (Hon); 7. Will Emmendorfer (Hon); 8. Tyler Butts (Hon); 9. Conner Anderson (Hon); 10. Michael Goodroe (Hon); 11. Austin Luczak (Hon); 12. Matt Zacher (Hon); 13. Dan Bromley (KTM); 14. Ryan Connelly (Hon); 15. Dalton Winkler (Hon); 16. Mike Poe (Hon).
EX/PRO TWINS: 1. Jake Constantine (Kaw); 2. Jake Shoemaker (Kaw); 3. Shawn Baer (KTM); 4. Corey Crawford (Kaw); 5. Jason Isennock (H-D); 6. Cody Johncox (H-D); 7. Jeremy Higgins (KTM); 8. Danny Bromley (Suz); 9. Mike Poe (Kaw); 10. Danny Koelsch (H-D); 11. Jerry Steele (Duc); 12. Justin Zeigler (H-D); 13. Joe Bromley (Yam); 14. John Lewis (Tri); 15. Chad Cose (Kaw).
VET 30+: 1. Rick Winsett (Rtx); 2. Dallas Baer (Rtx); 3. Kyle Long (H-D); 4. Bruce Ingram (Hon); 5. Tom Englehart (Hon); 6. Jason Cunningham (Hon); 7. Ned Storm (Hon); 8. Tom Goodford (Hon); 9. Peter Corradi (Hon); 10. Darren Phillips Sr. (Kaw); 11. Jerry Alexander (Suz); 12. Don Mullen Sr. (Hon).
OPEN VINTAGE: Thomas Englehart (Hon); 2. Curtis Fisk (Hon); 3. Craig Alcantara (Yam); 4. Justin Johnson (Yam); 5. Jeff Hogan (Tri); 6. Josh Batts (Yam); 7. William Applegate (H-D); 8. Christopher Abb (Yam); 9. Dan Dougherty (Yam); 10. Ian Jannett (Suz); 11. Peter Wadja (Nor); 12. David Batts (Yam).
OPEN QUAD: 1. James Wagner (Hon); 2. Cody Wompler (Yam); 3. Dan Robinson (Hon); 4. Brandon Lease (Hon).