Pennsylvania Short Track
Story and Photos by Len and Ben Breech
HANOVER, PA, MAR. 23, 2014
Cory Texter and Roy Miller each took a pair of wins as Trail-Way Speedway opened the Mid-Atlantic flat-track season with the traditional chilly opener. The long, cold winter did have an effect on the track, as the entrance to turn three had some soft spots from not being fully “thermally cured” that caused a few problems for some who did not go in low.
Texter’s tactics that he utilized for his 450cc Sportsman and Open A wins were almost identical: Grab the lead and let the others fight for second.
In the 450cc Sportsman A/Pro contest, Texter took the lead and Jesse Long, Mike Poe and Jeremy Higgins followed. The race was red-flagged on the third lap for Dalton Winkler’s crash in turn three.
Off the restart, Higgins grabbed third from Poe, and then the top four circled the remaining laps with about one bikelength between each of them The finishing order was Texter, Long, Higgins and Poe.
Tyler Phillips briefly inserted himself in the Open A mix, behind Texter and in front of Long, Poe and Brandon Price. Long took second off turn two on the second lap. Meanwhile, Phillips battled Poe and Jamison Minor unsuccessfully for third. The final order was Texter, Long, Poe, Minor and Phillips. At the line, Price almost grabbed fifth in his first local Expert-class start.
Miller’s wins were the opposite of Texter’s, as he had to fight the entire distance for his victories in the Over 30 and 250cc Sportsman finals.
In the Over 30 contest, Miller took the lead from Jeremy Alexander and Joe Gathercole on his Honda RS600. He did build up a several-bikelength margin on Alexander, but in the late laps, the ol’ Honda started sputtering, letting Alexander close the gap. Miller held on to win the race, but whether he could’ve held on any longer is uncertain at best…
Reigning National Amateur 250cc champ Brandon Price took the initial 250cc Sportsman lead, ahead of Miller, Lowell Wherley, Chris Tomas and Colin Cunningham. Price and Miller immediately put a gap on the others as they battled for the lead. Price kept his Don’s Kawasaki four-stroke just in front of Miller’s Roy Built two-stroke Suzuki.
As they started the final lap, Miller slipped under Price between turns one and two, giving the erstwhile leader a slight nudge as he went lower than Price. That was enough for Miller to hold the lead to the end.
Tyler Scott also scored a pair of class wins, although the 65cc victory was a walk-over, as he was the only one entered. Scott ran with the 50cc Chain-Drive class and led the pack off turn two, leaving Logan Eisenhard, Charlie Wohlfarth and Kayla Yaakov to fight for the 50cc Chain-Drive win, which went to Eisenhard. Yaakov took second on the third lap.
After a slow start in the 85cc class, Scott got by Robert Wheatley at the end of the second lap and pulled away.
The Over 40 final had Darren Phillips leading Lowell Wherley, Rich Mellinger and Scott Mullen. Mellinger started his move, taking second off turn two on the fourth lap, and then first as they started the fifth lap, and he stayed there for the win.
Wherley led the oldest class, the Over 50 field, over Phillips, Ray Jenkins and Tom Majeski. Throughout the first half of the race, Jenkins, Majeski and Phillips battled closely for second; that spot went to Jenkins past halfway. Once clear, he closed on a tiring Wherley for the lead, but Jenkins ran out of laps.
While there were only three quads entered, two of those riders staged a tight battle for the win. Cody Wompler jumped into the lead, with Brandon Lease on his tail. Lease finally got in front as they finished the fourth lap, but he drifted slightly wide going into turn one, giving Wompler just enough room to slip under for the lead, which he then held to the end.
Cameron Smith battled Austin Wherley for a pair of wins in the 450cc B Sportsman and Open B classes. In the Sportsman B contest, Wherley led Smith, Chris Johnson and Chris Thomas. As they started the third lap. Smith took the lead and gradually increased the margin to about three bikelengths.
The Open B contest had an early restart, and both times Smith led Wherley, Jeremiah Johnson, Ben Ludlow and Devon Gebhart. Wherley pressured Smith in the early laps, which moving both of them several bikelengths in front, while first Gebhart and then Ludlow dropped Johnson back.
Results: March 23, 2014
50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Logan Eisenhard (Cob); 2. Kayla Yaakov (Cob); 3. Charlie Wohlfarth (Cob); 4. Brayden Uselton (Yam); 5. Randall Krammes (KTM).
50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Kayla Yaakov (Yam); 2. Benjamin Holmes (Yam); 3. Dylan Cunningham (Yam); 4. Jacob Urban (Yam); 5. Tyler Cunningham (Yam); 6. Randall Krammes (Yam); 7. Aaden Johnson (Yam); 8. Charlie Wohlfarth (Suz).
65: 1. Tyler Scott (Kaw).
85 (7-11): 1. Tyler Scott (KTM); 2. Robert Wheatley (Hon).
85 (12-15): 1. Austin Kellett (Yam); 2. Keegan Greer (Yam).
125 2-STROKE/150 4-STROKE: 1. Bronson Jackson (Suz); 2. Damon Ream (Hon); 3. Skeeter Thomas (KTM).
250 B: 1. Tyler Rylee (Suz); 2. Damon Ream (Hon); 3. Chris Johnson (Yam); 4. Austin Kellett (Hon); 5. Ian Jannett (Suz).
250 SPORTSMAN: 1. Roy Miller (Suz); 2. Brandon Price (Kaw); 3. Chris Thomas (Hon); 4. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 5. Colin Cunningham (Suz); 6. Tyler Rylee (Suz); 7. Austin Wherley (Kaw).
450 SPORTSMAN A/PRO: 1. Cory Texter (Hon); 2. Jesse Long (Hon); 3. Jeremy Higgins (Yam); 4. Mike Poe (Hon); 5. Jamison Minor (Hon); 6. Brandon Price (Kaw); 7. Tyler Phillips (Kaw); 8. Evan Baer (Kaw); 9. Tristan Avery (Hon); 10. John Long (Suz).
450 SPORTSMAN B: 1. Cameron Smith (Hon); 2. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 3. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 4. Chris Thomas (Hon); 5. John Sassaman (Yam); 6. John Diem (Yam); 7. Jeff Slade (Kaw).
500 2-VALVE: 1. Tom Majeski (Yam); 2. Greg Lerch (Yam).
OPEN A: 1. Cory Texter (Hon); 2. Jesse Long (Hon); 3. Mike Poe (Hon); 4. Jamison Minor (Hon); 5. Tyler Phillips (Kaw); 6. Brandon Price (Kaw); 7. Jeremy Higgins (Yam); 8. Evan Baer (Kaw); 9. Tristan Avery (Hon); 10. John Long (Suz).
OPEN B: 1. Cameron Smith (Hon); 2. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 3. Devon Gebhart (Hon); 4. Ben Ludlow (Hon); 5. Jeremiah Johnson (Hon); 6. Tyler Mullen (Hon); 7. John Diem (Yam); 8. Richard Stone (Hon); 9. Tyler Rylee (Kaw); 10. Zach Mullen (Hon).
OPEN TWINS: 1. Mike Poe (Kaw); 2. Roy Miller (Kaw).
30+: 1. Roy Miller (Hon); 2. Jerry Alexander (Hon); 3. Joe Gathercole (Hon); 4. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 5. Jason Cunningham (Hon).
40+: 1. Rich Mellinger (Rtx); 2. Darren Phillips (Kaw); 3. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 4. Scott Mullen (Hon); 5. Tom Goodford (Hon); 6. Richard Stone (Hon).
50+: 1. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 2. Ray Jenkins (Hon); 3. Tom Majeski (Rtx); 4. Darren Phillips (Kaw); 5. Scott Slade (Hon); 6. Bill Young (Hon); 7. Frank Primrose IV (Hon); 8. Mike Slade (Hon); 9. Tom Goodford (Hon).
OPEN VINTAGE: 1. Ian Jannett (Suz).
4-WHEEL SPORTSMAN: 1. Cody Wompler (Yam); 2. Brandon Lease (Hon); 3. Joseph Sierra (Yam).