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Robinson Rules Pro Showdown at Lampeter ST

| 24 April 2014 1:37 pm

East Coast Flat Track Series
Round 2: Pennsylvania Short Track, Evening Session
Lampeter Fireman’s Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Len and Ben Breech
LAMPETER, PA, APR. 12, 2014

National number 44, Brandon Robinson, topped the Pro-riders-only, Flat Track Live 30-lap Pro Showdown in Lampeter, Pennsylvania. The evening portion of this day-and-night short-track doubleheader was round two of the East Coast Flat Track Series. Flat Track Live got the ball rolling by putting $500 in the pot; Evans Waterless Coolant also added $500, and several local businesses each added $100 or so to make up the Pro purse, and it was $1,000 to win, $500 for second and $250 for third. Ten riders, five National numbers and five Pro riders signed up for the event.

Brandon Robinson (44) leads Donnie Mullen (71) in the Pro Showdown in Lampeter, Pennsylvania.

Brandon Robinson (44) leads Donnie Mullen (71) in the Pro Showdown in Lampeter, Pennsylvania.

After numerous crashes during the heats in all classes, and with talk of a 9:30 p.m. curfew circulating, it was decided to move the Showdown forward in the evening’s program; it would now be the opening final. With that much money on the line, many thought there would be more red-flag laps than green, but surprisingly the race went nonstop!

Cory Strickler grabbed the lead, ahead of Chad Cose, Robinson, Donnie Mullen, Jake Shoemaker and Cory Texter. On the third lap, Cose bobbled, dropping back into a battle for fourth. Strickler was keeping a three- to four-bikelength margin during the early laps.

Mullen got by Robinson off turn four on the sixth lap and then took the lead from Strickler entering turn one on the eighth lap, with Robinson riding in Mullen’s slipstream into second. Once in front, Mullen and Robinson pulled away from Strickler and the others.

On the 11th lap, Robinson slipped under Mullen off the fourth turn for the lead, and he maintained a little distance over Mullen for the remainder of the race.

By halfway, it was Robinson and Mullen battling for the lead, with Strickler a lonely third, and Cose, Shoemaker and Texter fighting for fourth.

On the 20th lap, Shoemaker and Texter dropped Cose back to sixth.

Colton Smith served notice that he is a rider to watch, as he took the lead in the Open A final from Pro Showdown winner Robinson, Cose, Tyler Phillips and Jesse Long. Smith held a two-bikelength margin over the others, while Cose took second as they started the third lap, but Robinson regained the spot as they entered turn three on the sixth lap.

In the 250cc Sportsman final, Colton Smith (38) took the win, while Brandon Price (1N) took a hard fall, crashing while going for the lead.

In the 250cc Sportsman final, Colton Smith (38) took the win, while Brandon Price (1N) took a hard fall, crashing while going for the lead.

Colton Smith also had a very hard-fought win in the 250cc Sportsman final, taking the lead ahead of Brandon Price, Cameron Smith and Roy Miller. Colton and Price quickly put some distance on the others in their battle for the lead. Price pressured Colton for several laps and tried to get under as they came off turn four on the sixth lap, but he couldn’t hold it down, tapping Colton’s rear tire with his front, resulting in Price taking a nasty high-side. The red flag came out and the race was called.

The 450cc Sportsman A contest saw Phillips leading Dalton Gauthier, Jake Shoemaker, Colton Smith and Cory Strickler. Shoemaker took the lead off turn two on the third lap, while Gauthier, Smith and Strickler fought over third for the remainder of the race, with the nod going to Gauthier.

Jake Shoemaker(56) was the  450cc Sportsman A winner .

Jake Shoemaker(56) was the 450cc Sportsman A winner .

After soil-sampling twice in the afternoon event, Cameron Smith returned to his early-season form, taking another Open B and 450cc Sportsman B double.

In the Open B contest, Cameron led Kyle McGrane, Tyler Mullen and Joey Alexander. On lap two, Alexander bulled his way into second off turn two, with Anthony Crabbe riding his slipstream into third. Crabbe took second two laps later, while Alexander caught a rut and dropped back several spots. Austin Wherley joined Mullen and McGrane in the battle for third over the last half of the race; Mullen won that battle, with Wherley finished fourth and McGrane coming in fifth.

Cameron Smith (15) topped the Open B and 450cc Sportsman B finals.

Cameron Smith (15) topped the Open B and 450cc Sportsman B finals.

In the 450cc Sportsman B final, Cameron Smith was first out of turn two, and he gradually pulled away, leaving Tyler Mullen, Wherley, Chris Thomas and John Sassaman to discuss second; that spot went to Mullen, over Wherley.

Kyle McGrane held off Anthony Crabbe’s race-long pressure for a hard-earned win in the 250cc B final. Nathan Reichert and Chris Johnson followed in third and fourth, respectively.

Kyle McGrane (99) and Anthony Crabbe (38) went one and two in the 250cc B contest.

Kyle McGrane (99) and Anthony Crabbe (38) went one and two in the 250cc B contest.

After winning most of the 125cc finals early in the season, Bronson Jackson looked like he was on his way to another win, this time over Jeremy Orr, Melanie Siegel, John Schwatka and Nathan Reichert. However, Orr took the lead going into turn one on the fourth lap, while Reichert and Schwatka dropped Siegel to fifth. On the following lap, Jackson fell on the front straight.

In the 125cc Two-Stroke/150cc Four-Stroke final, Jeremy Orr (22) took the win and Nathan Reichert (9) was runner-up, but Bronson Jackson (83) crashed.

In the 125cc Two-Stroke/150cc Four-Stroke final, Jeremy Orr (22) took the win and Nathan Reichert (9) was runner-up, but Bronson Jackson (83) crashed.

Kevin Varnes came out of semiretirement to claim the victory in the Over 30 final. He jumped into the lead, with Tom McGrane, Jerry Alexander, Roy Miller and Ace Phillips following. McGrane stayed on Varnes the entire distance as they pulled several bikelengths in front of the battle for third. Phillips took control of third around the fourth lap.

Stylish Over 30 winner Kevin Varnes (68).

Stylish Over 30 winner Kevin Varnes (68).

Phillips started off the Over 40 final in third, behind Phil Libhart, Rich Mellinger and in front of Lowell Wherley and Scott Mullen. With the front three close, Phillips took the lead going into turn one on the fourth lap, setting the finishing order.

Perry “Ace” Phillips (18) got past Phil Libhart (28) for the Over 40 victory. Rich Mellinger (86) came in third.

Perry “Ace” Phillips (18) got past Phil Libhart (28) for the Over 40 victory. Rich Mellinger (86) came in third.

Tyler Scott again scored a pair of wins: an easy one in the 65cc contest and a hard-fought one in the combined 85cc final. And his primary obstacle wasn’t the expected battle from Logan McGrane. Fellow 85cc (7-11) rider Robert Wheatley took the lead from Scott, 85cc (12-15) leader Austin Kellett, and McGrane. For more than half of the race, Wheatley held off Scott’s attacks, but as they crossed the line to start the fifth lap, Scott took the lead and then pulled away.

Tyler Scott (70) and Robert Wheatley (111) finished first and second, respectively, in the 85cc (7-11) class.

Tyler Scott (70) and Robert Wheatley (111) finished first and second, respectively, in the 85cc (7-11) class.

Lampeter Fireman’s Fairgrounds
Lampeter, Pennsylvania
Results: April 12, 2014 (Round 2)

PRO SHOWDOWN (30 Laps): 1. Brandon Robinson (Hon); 2. Donnie Mullen II (Hon); 3. Cory Strickler (Hon); 4. Jake Shoemaker (Suz); 5. Cory Texter (Hon); 6. Chad Cose (Hon); 7. Ryan Wells (KTM); 8. Austin Greenland (Hon); 9. Jesse Long (Hon); 10. Ryan Connelly (Hon).

50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Kayla Yaakov (Cob); 2. Reginald Holmes (Con); 3. Logan Eisenhard (Cob); 4. Brayden Uselton Cob); 5. Randall Krammes (KTM); 6. Bradon Pfanders (KTM).

50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Kayla Yaakov (Yam); 2. Benjamin Holmes (Yam); 3. Tyler Cunningham (Yam); 4. Dylan Cunningham (Yam); 5. Michael Headman Jr. (Yam); 6. Jacob Urban (Yam); 7. Aaden Johnson (Yam); 8. Randall Krammes (Yam); 9. Bradon Pfanders (Yam); 10 Alden Hawthorne (Yam).

65: 1. Tyler Scott (Kaw); 2. Logan McGrane (Kaw).

85 (7-11): 1. Tyler Scott (KTM); 2. Robert Wheatley (Hon); 3. Logan McGrane (Kaw).

85 (12-15): 1. Austin Kellett (Yam); 2. Kyle Fitz-Maurice (Yam).

125 2-STROKE/150 4-STROKE: 1. Jeremy Orr (Kaw); 2. Nathan Reichert (Hon); 3. Melanie Siegel (Hon); 4. Kyle Fitz-Maurice (Hon); 5. Robert Wheatley (Hon); 6. Garrett Ford (Hon); 7. Colton Kenney (Hon); 8. Damien Morrison (Hon); 9. Bronson Jackson (Suz); 10. John Schwatka (Hon).

250 B: 1. Kyle McGrane (Hon); 2. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 3. Nathan Reichert (Kaw); 4. Chris Johnson (Suz); 5. Tyler Rylee (Kaw); 6. Austin Kellett (Hon); 7. Kyle Smith (Suz); 8. Joseph Scheide (Suz); 9. Ian Jannett (Suz); 10. Garrett Ford (Hon); 11. Tate Adamson (Kaw); 12. Jacob Groninger (Suz).

250 SPORTSMAN: 1. Colton Smith (Suz); 2. Cameron Smith (Hon); 3. Roy Miller (Suz); 4. Colin Cunningham (Suz); 5. Nick Arment (Yam); 6. Brandon Price (Kaw).

450 SPORTSMAN A: 1. Jake Shoemaker (Suz); 2. Tyler Phillips (Kaw); 3. Dalton Gauthier (Yam); 4. Cory Strickler (Hon); 5. Colton Smith (Suz); 6. Ryan Varnes (Yam); 7. Ryan Connelly (Hon); 8. Austin Greenland (Hon); 9. Ryan Wells (KTM);10. Brandon Price (Kaw); 11. Chad Cose (Hon); 12. Brandon Robinson (Hon); 13. Colin Cunningham (KTM).

450 SPORTSMAN B: 1. Cameron Smith (Hon); 2. Tyler Mullen (Hon); 3. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 4. Chris Thomas (Hon); 5. John Sassaman (Yam); 6. Zach Mullen (Hon); 7. Justin Bender (Kaw); 8. Frank Valentin (Rtx); 9. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 10. Bill Folmar (Suz); 11. Trevin Caruccio (Kaw); 12. Joey Alexander (Hon).

500 2-VALVE: 1. Greg Lerch (Yam); 2. Dave Smith (Yam); 3. Chris Abb (Yam).

OPEN A: 1. Colton Smith (Suz); 2. Brandon Robinson (Hon); 3. Chad Cose (Hon); 4. Jesse Long (Hon); 5. Tyler Phillips (Kaw); 6. Jake Shoemaker (Suz); 7. Austin Greenland (Hon); 8. Dalton Gauthier (Yam); 9. Brandon Price (Kaw); 10. Ryan Wells (KTM); 11. Ryan Varnes (Yam); 12. Cory Strickler (Hon).

OPEN B: 1. Cameron Smith (Hon); 2. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 3. Tyler Mullen (Hon); 4. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 5. Kyle McGrane (Kaw); 6. Tyler Rylee (Suz); 7. Joey Alexander (Hon); 8. Zach Mullen (Hon); 9. Justin Bender (Kaw); 10. Trevin Caruccio (Kaw); 11. Chris Thomas (Hon); 12. John Diem (Yam).

OPEN TWINS: 1. Roy Miller (Kaw).

WOMEN: 1. Melanie Siegel (Hon); 2. Kalynn McAfee (Yam).

30+: 1. Kevin Varnes (Yam); 2. Tom McGrane (Kaw); 3. Perry “Ace” Phillips (Hon); 4. Jerry Alexander (Hon); 5. Travis Diem (Suz); 6. Roy Miller (Suz); 7. Jason Cunningham (Hon); 8. Nick Arment (Yam); 9. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 10. Bill Folmar (Suz).

40+: 1. Perry “Ace” Phillips (Hon); 2. Phil Libhart (Kaw); 3. Rich Mellinger (Rtx); 4. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 5. Scott Mullen (Hon); 6. Dave Smith (Hon); 7. Darren Phillips Sr. (Kaw); 8. Curt Wise (Yam).

50+: 1. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 2. Darren Phillips Sr. (Kaw); 3. Ray Jenkins (Hon); 4. Bill Young (Hon); 5. Jim Chapman (Hon); 6. Jerry Mellinger (Yam); 7. Steve Stauffer (Yam); 8. Frank Primrose IV (Hon).

VINTAGE: 1. Jesse Diem (Mai); 2. Steve Stauffer (Yam); 3. Chris Abb (Yam); 4. Ian Jannett (Suz); 5. Rick Kohlbus (H-D); 6. Scott Stauffer (Suz); 7. Bob Kohlbus (Yam).

[For race coverage, results and photos from the daytime portion of this doubleheader, please see “Tight Racing Abounds at Lampeter Afternoon ST,” also by Len and Ben Breech… Editor]

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