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Smiths Steal the Show at Delta Short Track

| 11 June 2014 7:23 pm

Pennsylvania Short Track
Mason Dixon Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Len and Ben Breech
DELTA, PA, MAY 31, 2014

Led by Colton Smith’s four final wins, the Smith brothers were the big winners at the Baltimore County Trail Riders/ Cardiff Fire and Rescue’s first race of the year at the Mason Dixon Fairgrounds in Delta, Pennsylvania. Colton took the Open A, 450cc Sportsman, 250cc Sportsman and 150cc Adult victories on his RC Racing/ Bromley’s Suzuki-sponsored machines. His younger brother Chase put the Smith Brothers/ Don’s Kawasaki machine in the front of the 125cc Two-Stroke/ 150cc Four-Stroke class.

Colton Smith (38) and Cory Strickler (37A) finished first and second, respectively, in both the Open A and 450 Sportsman A finals at the Pennsylvania Short Track at the Mason Dixon Fairgrounds.

Colton Smith (38) and Cory Strickler (37A) finished first and second, respectively, in both the Open A and 450 Sportsman A finals at the Pennsylvania Short Track at the Mason Dixon Fairgrounds.

The Open A final was red-flagged, which sent a protesting Derek Hersh to the back line.

On the official start, Cory Strickler took the lead from Colton Smith, Joey Alexander, Kevin Bills, Brandon Price and Hersh. Colton and Hersh traded first place several times until Colton made a block-pass off turn two on the fourth lap, causing Strickler to check up, which gave Colton some breathing room. Meanwhile, Price and Hersh were moving through the field. After battling for a few laps near the end, they collided off turn two with one lap left, sending the smaller Price to the ground, bringing out the red flag and calling the race.

Strickler again led in the 450cc Sportsman final, ahead of Colton Smith, Price, Hersh and Alexander, but Colton took the lead off turn four on the opening lap. The order stayed the same until the final lap, when Alexander slipped under Hersh going into turn three for the fourth spot.

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The 250cc Sportsman contest had Colton Smith, Price, Matt Langrehr and Chase Smith. Price stayed close to Colton, while Langrehr and Chase battled the entire distance for third, which went to Chase when Langrehr touched him off turn four on the seventh lap, causing Langrehr to go down.

There were several double winners on the evening, and Colton’s 250 also scored a double, as Anthony Crabbe borrowed it and jumped into the 250cc B lead, over Kyle McGrane, Langrehr and Nathan Reichert. Langrehr and Reichert battled the entire distance for third, and this time Langrehr stayed upright.

Anthony Crabbe (38), Kyle McGrane (99) and Matt Langrehr (15) finished one, two, three in the 250cc B contest.

Anthony Crabbe (38), Kyle McGrane (99) and Matt Langrehr (15) finished one, two, three in the 250cc B contest.

Lowell Wherley rode his “White Lightening” to a pair of age-class wins. He started with wire-to-wire win in the Over 40 class, ahead of Wade Blevins and Scott Mullen. Darren Phillips and Chris Hathaway battled over fourth during the last half of the race, with Phillips leading over the line.

Lowell Wherley (28) topped both the Over 40 and Over 50 classes.

Lowell Wherley (28) topped both the Over 40 and Over 50 classes.

The Over 50 contest saw Wherley leading Bill Kraft, Ray Jenkins and Phillips. With Wherley several bikelengths ahead, Jenkins finally got by Price as they went into turn one on the eighth lap.

Motocrosser T.J. Irvin made his foray into flat-tracking a winning effort by taking the wins in the Open B and 450cc Sportsman B finals. The Open B contest saw him jumping in front of Cameron Smith, Trevin Caruccio and Jeremiah Johnson. Cameron stayed a steady two or three bikelengths back the entire distance, while Johnson took third off turn four on the fifth lap.

T.J. Irvin (77) and Cameron Smith (15) went one and two in both the 450cc Sportsman B and Open B classes. Austin Wherley (11A) was third in the 450cc contest and ninth in the Open contest.

T.J. Irvin (77) and Cameron Smith (15) went one and two in both the 450cc Sportsman B and Open B classes. Austin Wherley (11A) was third in the 450cc contest and ninth in the Open contest.

In the450cc Sportsman B final, Irvin again jumped in front of Cameron Smith, with Austin Wherley, Frankie Valentin and John Sassaman following this time. Cameron took the lead going into turn three on the opening lap, but Irvin retook it going into turn one on the following lap, and he held on to the lead for the remainder of the race.

Greg Lerch almost scored a pair of wins. In the Over 30 class, he took the lead ahead of Ricky Winsett, Sean Simmons, Chris Johnson and Chris Hathaway. Lerch bobbled slightly off turn four on the second lap, and Winsett tried to get under him as they came together. Lerch pulled free, and with no resistance, Winsett hit the dirt hard at the start/finish line, bringing out the red flag. Winsett could not make the restart.

Off the restart, Lerch led Hathaway, Chris Johnson and Simmons. Hathaway dropped to the back after three laps. Chris Johnson, Simmons and Steve Lerch battled for second for the rest of the race.

Greg Lerch (73) battles Ricky Winsett (11) in the early laps of the Over 30 final.

Greg Lerch (73) battles Ricky Winsett (11) in the early laps of the Over 30 final.

After easily winning the Vintage heat, Lerch took the lead in the final, ahead of Ray Jenkins, Bob Kohlbus and Bill Kraft, coming from the penalty line. With a several-bikelength lead, Lerch slid out off turn four on the second lap, handing the win to Jenkins. Kraft moved to second right afterward and stayed close to Jenkins.

A slight surprise happened in the 85cc (7-11) class, as Tyler Scott did not win. In the heat, he got a slow start and trailed Robert Wheatley the entire way. In the final, Wheatley got the lead and held a hard inside line on this small, tight oval. Scott could not find any spot to get by, and Wheatley won by two bikelengths.

Robert Wheatley (111) leads Tyler Scott (70) in the late laps of the 85cc (7-11) contest.

Robert Wheatley (111) leads Tyler Scott (70) in the late laps of the 85cc (7-11) contest.

Mason Dixon Fairgrounds
Delta, Pennsylvania
Results: May 31, 2014

50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Brooke Bowlin (KTM); 2. Logan Eisenhard (Cob); 3. Randy Krammes (KTM); 4. Kayla Yaakov (Cob); 5. Jack Rutledge (Hon); 6. Reginald Holmes (Con); 7. Tyler Hinson (KTM); 8. Brayden Uselton (Con); 9. Dylan Dancy (KTM).

50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Kayla Yaakov (Yam); 2. Dylan Cunningham (Yam); 3. Reginald Holmes (Yam); 4. Jack Rutledge (Yam); 5. Benjamin Holmes (Yam); 6. Aaden Johnson (Yam); 7. Tyler Hinson (Suz); 8. Randy Krammes (Yam); 9. Alden Hawthorne (Yam); 10 Tyler Cunningham (Yam); 11. Kyle Donmoyer (Suz).

65 (7-11): 1. Tyler Scott (Kaw); 2. Brooke Bowlin (KTM); 3. Dominick Cooper (KTM); 4. Britney Thomas (Suz); 5. Corbin Bailey (Kaw); 6. Logan Eisenhard (Cob); 7. Dylan Cunningham (Kaw); 8. Tyler Cunningham (Kaw).

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

125 2-STROKE/150 4-STROKE: 1. Chase Smith (Kaw); 2. Matt Langrehr (Hon); 3. Jeremy Orr (Kaw); 4. Bronson Jackson (Suz); 5. Melanie Siegel (Hon); 6. Robert Wheatley (Hon); 7. Cortney Blevins (Suz); 8. Lou Smith (Suz); 9. Peter Rowan (Hon); 10. John Schwatka (Hon).

WOMEN 150: 1. Melanie Siegel (Hon); 2. Cortney Blevins (Suz); 3. Elizabeth Fitch (Yam); 4. Delaney Cadden (Hon).

ADULT 150: 1. Colton Smith (Hon); 2. Matt Langrehr (Hon); 3. Ben Bosley (Hon); 4. Garrett Ford (Hon); 5. Jeremiah Snow (Yam); 6. John Schwatka (Hon); 7. Peter Rowan (Hon).

250 SPORTSMAN: 1. Colton Smith (Suz); 2. Brandon Price (Kaw); 3. Chase Smith (Kaw); 4. Nathan Reichert (Kaw); 5. Joseph Scheide (Suz); 6. Matt Langrehr (Kaw) 7. Jeremiah Snow (Suz).

250 B: 1. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 2. Kyle McGrane (Hon); 3. Matt Langrehr (Kaw); 4. Nathan Reichert (Kaw); 5. Joseph Scheide (Suz); 6. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 7. Tyler Rylee (Suz); 8. Garrett Ford (Hon); 9. Jacob Groninger (Suz); 10 John Diem (Suz).

SPORTSMAN/PRO 450 A: 1. Colton Smith (Suz); 2. Cory Strickler (Hon); 3. Brandon Price (Kaw); 4. Joey Alexander (Hon); 5. Derek Hersh (Kaw); 6. Kevin Bills (Suz); 7. Samantha Bergman (Hon).

450 SPORTSMAN B: 1. T.J. Irvin (Hon); 2. Cameron Smith (Hon); 3. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 4. Frankie Valentin (Hon); 5. John Sassaman (Yam); 6. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 7. John Diem (Yam).

OPEN A: 1. Colton Smith (Suz); 2. Cory Strickler (Hon); 3. Derek Hersh (Kaw); 4. Kevin Bills (Suz); 5. Samantha Bergman (Hon); 6. Brandon Price (Kaw); 7. Joey Alexander (Hon).

OPEN B: 1. T.J. Irvin (Hon); 2. Cameron Smith (Hon); 3. Jeremiah Johnson (Hon); 4. Trevin Caruccio (Hon); 5. Wade Blevins (Suz); 6. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 7. Tyler Rylee (Hon); 8. Tyler Mullen (Hon); 9. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 10. Frank Valentin (Hon).

30+: 1. Greg Lerch (Suz); 2. Sean Simmons (Kaw); 3. Steve Lerch (Hon); 4. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 5. Chris Hathaway (Yam); 6. Rick Winsett (Rtx); 7. Albert Cook (Suz).

40+: 1. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 2. Wade Blevins (Suz); 3. Scott Mullen (Hon); 4. Darren Phillips (Kaw); 5. Chris Hathaway (Yam).

50+: 1. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 2. Ray Jenkins (Hon); 3. Bill Kraft (Hon); 4. Darren Phillips (Kaw); 5. Kevin Adamson (Kaw); 6. Frank Primrose (Hon); 7. Skeeter Thomas (Hon).

VINTAGE: 1. Ray Jenkins (Bul); 2. Bill Kraft (Hon); 3. Bob Kohlbus (Hon); 4. Rick Kohlbus (Bul); 5. James Holbrook (Hon); 6. Greg Lerch (Yam).

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