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Strickler’s Sweep Stymied at Timonium Indoor ST

| 4 January 2014 4:49 pm

Maryland Indoor Short Track
38th Annual Rodney Farris Memorial Short Track
Round 2: Maryland State Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Len and Ben Breech
TIMONIUM, MD, DEC. 21, 2013

What a difference a week makes!

The opening round of the two-race Baltimore County Trail Riders/ Cockeysville Optimist Club-sponsored 38th annual Rodney Farris Memorial Indoor Short Track was plagued with snow and freezing rain that kept some people (including this reporter!) away. This round was possibly the warmest it has ever been (60 degrees at race time) for this longstanding series – and Cory Strickler was almost as hot as the weather. He turned the fastest time in both the 450cc Sportsman and 450cc Pro classes, scored the heat-race wins in both, and took an easy win in the Highs Dairy Stores-sponsored Dash For Cash for the fastest qualifiers in the 125cc, 250cc and 450cc classes.

Cory Strickler (37A) was the 450cc Sportsman winner at round two of the 38th annual Rodney Farris Memorial Short Track.

Cory Strickler (37A) was the 450cc Sportsman winner at round two of the 38th annual Rodney Farris Memorial Short Track.

In the Sportsman final, Strickler jumped out in front of perennial class winner Jason Isennock, Jake Shoemaker and Kevin Bills. Once in front, he started putting space on the rest of the field.

The start of the 450cc Pro final saw Jason Isennock (30S) taking the early lead, ahead of Cory Strickler (37A) and Eric Shoemaker (56).

The start of the 450cc Pro final saw Jason Isennock (30S) taking the early lead, ahead of Cory Strickler (37A) and Eric Shoemaker (56).

But in the final race of the evening, the 450cc Pro final, Isennock got a great start from the second spot and led Strickler into turn one and out of turn two. The closeness got the better of Strickler in turn three, as Isennock had the better positioning and Strickler tapped his rear tire, causing him to fall. Isennock had an easy win, over Shoemaker.

After the race, Isennock and Strickler did a smoky burnout in front of the parents of their buddy Chris Klinefelter, who was killed in a car crash after the final race of last year.

After the 450cc Pro final, Jason Isennock (30S) and Cory Strickler (37A) performed a burnout in honor of their fallen friend Chris Klinefelter.

After the 450cc Pro final, Jason Isennock (30S) and Cory Strickler (37A) performed a burnout in honor of their fallen friend Chris Klinefelter.

Colin Cunningham took the 450cc-class lead off the line but hit turn one a little too hot and drifted high, taking a few riders out with him. This gave Kevin Bills, Roy Miller and Nick Henderson an opening to shoot into the front three spots. The order then stayed the same, though they raced the 15-lap final remaining fairly close.

Kevin Bills (38) was the 450cc-class victor.

Kevin Bills (38) was the 450cc-class victor.

Henderson took the 250cc lead coming out of the second turn, ahead of Colton Smith, Brandon Price and Lowell Wherley, and he held the point position to the end. Behind him, a battle was raging between a couple of young Turks. Price’s mount was faster, but he couldn’t utilize that speed on the short concrete oval.

On about the fourth lap, Price tapped Smith going into turn three and went over the bars. He remounted and tried to get back in it, but he had another encounter, this time falling hard off turn two and bringing out the red flag.

The 250cc winner was Nick Henderson (24).

The 250cc winner was Nick Henderson (24).

Several riders won their respective classes at both events: Matt Langrehr won the 250cc/ Open B class, Roy Miller won the 125cc Two-Stroke/ 150cc Four-Stroke class, Rich Mellinger was victorious in the Over 40 class, and Rob Smith topped the Vintage class.

Rob “Scarecrow” Smith put the “red-headed stepchild” Bultaco into the top spot in the Vintage class. While externally his bike is a Bul, internally it has been highly developed for this track. And he proved it, grabbing the lead from Kris Weiss, Chris Hathaway and Earl Luhn III and quickly pulling away, turning low-seven-second laps, even in traffic.

Rob Smith (69) rides his “red-headed stepchild” to the Vintage victory.

Rob Smith (69) rides his “red-headed stepchild” to the Vintage victory.

As for Mellinger, on this night, he took the Over 40 lead, ahead of Hathaway, Phil Libhart and Ray Jenkins, and gradually pulled away. On the fifth lap, Libhart went under Hathaway going into turn one, and Hathaway fell – nothing unusual for him.

Rich Mellinger (86) leads Phil Libhart (28), Chris Hathaway (84) and the rest of the Over 40 contingent.

Rich Mellinger (86) leads Phil Libhart (28), Chris Hathaway (84) and the rest of the Over 40 contingent.

After winning three classes the week before, Miller could only top the 125cc Two-Stroke/ 150cc Four Stroke class on this evening, leading Jerry Alexander, Matt Langrehr for the 15 laps.

Roy Miller (1) battles Jerry Alexander (44), Matt Langrehr (15) and the rest of the 125cc Two-Stroke/ 150cc Four Stroke class.

Roy Miller (1) battles Jerry Alexander (44), Matt Langrehr (15) and the rest of the 125cc Two-Stroke/ 150cc Four Stroke class.

A pair of girls each scored a pair of wins: Kayla Yaakov continued her midseason on form by topping the 50cc Shaft and 50cc Chain Drive classes, while Melanie Siegel won the Women’s class and then the Youth 150cc class.

Yaakov took the Shaft Drive lead at the start, ahead of Brandon Ramsel and Dylan Cunningham. At the start of the second lap, Cunningham took second, but he fell at the end of the lap. He remounted, but his mishap gave Yaakov all the room she needed.

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Brooke Bowlin took the lead off a rather ragged Chain Drive start, with Dylan and Tyler Cunningham and Yaakov behind. Bowlin fell in the fourth turn on the second lap, while Yaakov moved up quickly, taking the lead on the fourth lap.

Siegel took the Women’s lead, ahead of Samantha Resch, Kelly Bell, Lisa Niner and Delaney Cadden. After Resch fell on the opening lap, Siegel had smooth sailing over the other three, who staged a tight battle for second that went to Cadden at the line.

Melanie Siegel (38) topped the Women’s and Youth 150cc classes.

Melanie Siegel (38) topped the Women’s and Youth 150cc classes.

The 85cc-class winner, Kyle Fitzmaurice, took the Youth 150cc lead, ahead of Jacob Gast, Siegel and Georgie “Half” Price, and started to pull away. Siegel took second off turn four on the fourth lap, and when Fitzmaurice fell in turn one at about halfway with no help, Siegel took the lead.

Following are the results from both rounds.

Maryland State Fairgrounds
Timonium, Maryland
Results: December 14 and 21, 2013 (Rounds 1 and 2 of 2)

December 14, Round 1

50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Dylan Cunningham (Yam); 2. Kayla Yaakov (Yam); 3. Tyler Cunningham (Yam); 4. Jade Kasprawicz (Yam); 5. Brandon Ramsel (Yam); 6. Kyle Born (Yam).

50 CHAIN DRIVE (4-6): 1. Tyler Cunningham (Yam); 2. Kayla Yaakov (Cob); 3. Kyle Born (KTM); 4. Dylan Cunningham (Yam); 5. Dylan Dancy (Suz).

50 STOCK (7-8): 1. Clayton Stockhill (KTM); 2. Alexander Brion (KTM); 3. Ethan Lewter (Yam); 4. Riley West (Suz); 5. Talin Evans (KTM).

ADULT 50: 1. A.J. Hinkle (Kaw); 2. Lou Smith (Hon).

85 (7-15): 1. Keegan Greer (Yam); 2. Kyle Fitzmaurice (Yam); 3. Mason Farro (Hon).

YOUTH 150: 1. Kyle Fitzmaurice (Hon); 2. Georgie Price (Hon); 3. Melanie Siegel (Hon); 4; Jacob Groninger (Suz); 5. Tate Adamson (Hon); 6. Nicholas Wico (Hon); 7. Ethan Lewter (Yam); 8. Karl Wheeler (Hon).

ADULT 150: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Matt Langrehr (Hon); 3. Samantha Bergman (Suz); 4. Cory Texter (Hon); 5. Jamison Minor (Hon); 6. Garrett Ford (Hon); 7. T.J. Spampinato (Yam); 8. Colton Smith (Hon).

125 2-STROKE/ 150 4-STROKE: 1. Roy Miller (Suz); 2. John Henderson (Hon); 3. Jason Cole (Suz); 4. Jerry Alexander (Hon); 5. Matt Langrehr (Hon); 6. Josh Owens (Hon); 7. Chase Smith (Suz); 8. Colton Smith (Hon).

250/ OPEN B: 1. Matt Langrehr (Kaw); 2. Brandon Price (Kaw); 3. Tyler Hudson (Hon); 4. Cameron Smith (Hon); 5. Cody Bauer (Yam); 7. Trevin Caruccio (Kaw); 8. Justin Bender (Kaw).

250: 1. Roy Miller (Suz); 2. Brandon Price (Kaw); 3. Samantha Bergman (Hon); 4. Matt Langrehr (Kaw); 5. Nick Arment (Yam); 6. Joseph Scheide (Suz); 7. Cameron Smith (Hon); 8. Trevin Caruccio (Kaw).

450: 1. Roy Miller (Suz); 2. Kevin Bills (Suz); 3. Dalton Gauthier (Hus); 4. Samantha Bergman (Hon); 5. Greg Lerch (Hon); 6. Colin Cunningham (Suz); 7. R.J. Hart IV (Yam); 8. Don Mullen Sr. (Hon).

450 PRO: 1. Donnie Mullen (Hon); 2. Cory Strickler (Hon); 3. Jason Isennock (Suz); 4. Jake Shoemaker (Suz); Mike Poe (Suz).

OPEN SPORTSMAN: 1. Jason Isennock (Suz); 2. Kevin Bills (Suz); 3. Dillon Cava (Yam); 4. Jake Shoemaker (Suz); 5. Cory Strickler (Hon); 6. Mike Poe (Suz); 7. Colin Cunningham (Suz); 8. Dalton Gauthier (Hus).

WOMEN: 1. Samantha Resch (Kaw); 2. Melanie Siegel (Hon); 3. Nicole Henderson (Hon); 4. Delaney Cadden (Hon); 5. Dani Caruccio (Kaw).

40+: 1. Rich Mellinger (Yam); 2. Don Mullen Sr. (Hon); 3. Chris Hathaway (Yam); 4. Mark Burkholder (Bul); 5. Bill Kraft (Yam); 6. Billy Schlag (Hon); 7. Damian Kocovinos (Hon); 8. Taylor White (Suz).

VINTAGE: 1. Rob Smith (Bul); 2. Earl Luhn III (Kaw); 3. Mark Burkholder (Bul); 4. Justin Bender (Yam); 5. Chris Hathaway (Kaw); 6. Bill Kraft (Yam); 7. Mike Webber (Hon).

December 21, Round 2

50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Kayla Yaakov (Yam); 2. Brandon Ramsel (Yam); 3. Dylan Cunningham (Yam); 4. Tyler Cunningham; 5. Jade Kasprawicz (Yam).

50 CHAIN DRIVE (4-6): 1. Kayla Yaakov (Cob); 2. Dylan Cunningham (Yam); 3. Tyler Cunningham (Yam); 4. Charlie Wohlfarth (Cob); 5. Brooke Bowlin (KTM); 6. Tyler Hinson (Suz); 7. Dylan Dancy (Suz).

50 CHAIN DRIVE (7-8): 1. Seth Zelinsky (KTM); 2. Ethan Lewter (Yam); 3. Riley West (Suz).

85 (7-15): 1. Kyle Fitzmaurice (Yam); 2. Austin Kellett (Yam); 3. Keegan Greer (Yam); 4. Mason Farro (Hon).

YOUTH 150: 1. Melanie Siegel (Hon); 2. Jacob Gast (Kaw); 3. Georgie Price (Yam); 4. Nicholas Meo (Hon); 5. Karl Wheeler (Hon); 6. Kyle Fitzmaurice (Hon); 7. Austin Stegena (Hon); 8. Jacob Groninger (Suz).

ADULT 150: 1. Cory Texter (Hon); 2. Nick Henderson (Hon); 3. Matt Langrehr (Hon); 4. Jake Shoemaker (Suz); 5. Colton Smith (Suz); 6. Samantha Bergman (Suz); 7. Jason Cole (Suz); 8. John Schwatka (Hon).

125 2-STROKE/ 150 4-STROKE: 1. Roy Miller (Suz); 2. Jerry Alexander (Hon); 3. Matt Langrehr (Hon); 4. Billy Sody (Hon); 5. John Henderson (Hon); 6. Josh Owens (Hon); 7. John Schwatka (Hon); 8. Tyler Eggleton (Hon).

250/ OPEN B: 1. Matt Langrehr (Kaw); 2. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 3. Justin Bender (Kaw); 4. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 5. Cameron Smith (Hon); 6. Brian Stewart (Hon); 7. Trevin Caruccio (Kaw); 8. Tyler Hudson (Hon).

250: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Colton Smith (Suz); 3. Samantha Bergman (Hon); 4. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 5. Roy Miller (Suz); 6. Cameron Smith (Hon); 7. Brandon Price (Kaw); 8. Matt Trout (Suz).

450: 1. Kevin Bills (Suz); 2. Roy Miller (Suz); 3. Nick Henderson (Hon); 4. Colin Cunningham (Suz); 5. Jerry Alexander (Hon); 6. Samantha Bergman (Hon); 7. R.J. Hart IV (Yam); 8. Greg Lerch (Hon).

450 PRO: 1. Jason Isennock (Suz); 2. Jake Shoemaker (Suz); 3. Cory Strickler (Hon).

OPEN SPORTSMAN: 1. Cory Strickler (Hon); 2. Jason Isennock (Suz); 3. Jake Shoemaker (Suz); 4. Kevin Bills (Suz); 5. Steve Lerch (Hon); 6. Colin Cunningham (Suz).

WOMEN: 1. Melanie Siegel (Hon); 2. Delaney Cadden (Hon); 3. Lisa Niner (Hon); 4. Nicole Henderson (Hon); 5. Kelly Bell (Hon); 6. Dani Caruccio (Kaw); 7. Samantha Resch (Kaw).

40+: 1. Rich Mellinger (Yam); 2. Phil Libhart (Kaw); 3. Ray Jenkins (Hon); 4. Taylor White (Suz); 5. Damian Kocovinos (Hon); 6. Bill Kraft (Hon); 7. Billy Schlag (Hon); 8. Chris Hathaway (Yam).

VINTAGE: 1. Rob Smith (Bul); 2. Kris Weiss (Hon); 3. Chris Hathaway (Kaw); 4. Earl Luhn III (Kaw); 5. Mike Cortese Jr. (Yam); 6. Justin Bender (Yam); 7. Bill Kraft (Hon).

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