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Poe Powerful at Trail-Way ST

| 30 June 2014 11:29 pm

Pennsylvania Short Track
East Coast Flat Track Series
Round 5: Third Annual Armin Hostetter Classic at Trail-Way Speedway

Story and Photos by Len and Ben Breech
HANOVER, PA, JUNE 21, 2014

Under a heavy overcast, Trail-Way Speedway hosted its round of the East Coast Flat Track Series, a large end-of-the-year payback series within the District 6 Dirt Track Series, and Mike Poe put his High’s Dairy Stores-sponsored Honda on top of two of the Expert classes, the Open A and 450cc A Sportsman classes.

Mike Poe (83S) and Donnie Mullen (71) finished first and second, respectively, in both the Open A and 450cc A Sportsman classes at the fifth round of the East Coast Flat Track Series.

Mike Poe (83S) and Donnie Mullen (71) finished first and second, respectively, in both the Open A and 450cc A Sportsman classes at the fifth round of the East Coast Flat Track Series.

Donnie Mullen took the Open A lead, ahead of Poe, Ryan Varnes, Austin Greenland and Jamison Minor. Poe took first going into turn one on the second lap and started to pull away. Meanwhile, Varnes started to close on Mullen in the late laps, but then he bobbled slightly, letting Minor by for third.

In the 450cc A Sportsman final, Mullen again took the lead, over Minor, Poe and Greenland. Poe took second on the second lap, and then, after battling Mullen for a few laps, Poe took the lead for good at the start of the fifth lap, making the top three identical to the Open A finishing order.

Ryan Varnes (27U) leads Mike Poe (83S) in Open Twins A action.

Ryan Varnes (27U) leads Mike Poe (83S) in Open Twins A action.

Poe almost took a third win in the Open Twins A final, but that chance was spoiled by a kid with a new toy – Ryan Varnes. Poe took the initial lead, ahead of Mullen, Varnes and Varnes’ uncle Roy Miller, all on Kawi EX 650 machines. Varnes got by Mullen off turn two on the second lap, and he stayed close to Poe for a few laps. Then Varnes took the lead off turn two on the sixth lap and pulled away briefly, but he kept hitting a rut in the middle of turn three, losing distance. Poe was close to trying to retake the lead on the seventh lap, until they came upon his buddy Joey Alexander in the third turn. Varnes had no trouble getting by, but Poe had a brief hesitation, giving Varnes the breathing room he needed.

This event is also billed as the “Armin Hostetter Classic” for the founder and owner of this speedway. With a threat of rain, and with the Amateur Nationals starting two days later, rider count was a little down. Taking advantage of some front-runners being away, Austin Wherley took a double in the same divisions that Poe did, but on the Amateur side – the Open B and 450cc B Sportsman classes.

In the 450cc B Sportsman contest, Wherley took the lead ahead of Chris Thomas, John Sassaman and Bill Folmar and started to pull out to more than a straightaway margin. Sassaman took second at the end of the first lap, and Folmar took third off turn four on the third lap. Thomas dropped out on the following lap.

The Open B final saw Wherley again in front, ahead of Kyle McGrane, Tyler Mullen and John Sassaman. McGrane kept Wherley in sight and stayed there for second. Sassaman took third as they started the fourth lap.

Austin Wherley (11A) won the Open B final, while Kyle McGrane (99) took runner-up. Tyler Mullen (29) came in fourth.

Austin Wherley (11A) won the Open B final, while Kyle McGrane (99) took runner-up. Tyler Mullen (29) came in fourth.

With Tyler Scott traveling to Illinois, Logan McGrane figured he’d have an easy time winning the 65cc and 85cc classes. But he kept trying his darnedest to screw it up, from falling at the start to cutting almost in front of the field on the start. The 65cc final was the only one in which he had a clean start, and he won by more than half a lap.

In the 85cc final, McGrane fell on the start, bringing out the red flag.

On the restart, Robert Wheatley jumped into a large lead, over Kyle Fitzmaurice and McGrane. McGrane got second off turn two on the fourth lap, and he started cutting into Wheatley’s lead – which he finally took as they entered turn one on the final lap.

Logan McGrane (19) had to get by Robert Wheatley (111) to win the 85cc final.

Logan McGrane (19) had to get by Robert Wheatley (111) to win the 85cc final.

The 250cc B final had Kyle McGrane leading Chris Thomas, Austin Kellett and Damon Ream into the first turn. Thomas took the lead off turn two on the third lap to seal the order.

Chris Thomas (49) and Kyle McGrane (99) battle in the 250cc B contest.

Chris Thomas (49) and Kyle McGrane (99) battle in the 250cc B contest.

Thomas’ older brother Ricky led Jeremy Orr, Damon Ream and Kyle Fitzmaurice in the 125cc Two-Stroke/150cc Four-Stroke final. With Orr hugging the inside and Thomas up high, they swapped first place several times, until Thomas slipped off the groove entering turn one on the fifth lap and managed to make it to the wall. He made the restart, but fell low in turns one and two a few laps later.

Jeremy Orr (22) duels with Ricky Thomas (49) early in the 125cc Two-Stroke/150cc Four-Stroke final.

Jeremy Orr (22) duels with Ricky Thomas (49) early in the 125cc Two-Stroke/150cc Four-Stroke final.

The age classes had some close racing. Rick Winsett Jr. took the Over 30 lead ahead of Roy Miller, Jason Cunningham and Dave Smith. Winsett kept Miller at bay, winning by about 20 yards, but he blew his Rotax up in the early laps of the Open A final.

Rich Mellinger (86) leads Kevin Varnes (68A) in Over 40 action.

Rich Mellinger (86) leads Kevin Varnes (68A) in Over 40 action.

Lowell Wherley led Rich Mellinger, Kevin Varnes and Ray Jenkins at the start of the Over 40 final. Mellinger took the lead off turn two on the second lap and started to pull away. He knew he had to increase his margin while Varnes was busy working to get by Wherley. Once he got past Wherley on the fourth lap, Varnes did close the gap, but not nearly enough to challenge for the lead.

Wherley led Tom Majeski, Jenkins and Jim Chapman at the start of the Over 50 final. Majeski finally took the lead going into turn one on the fourth lap. The red flag came out on the following lap when Lance Stauffer did a face-plant in the third turn. Off the green-white-checker restart, the order stayed the same.

Armin Hostetter Classic at Trail-Way Speedway
Hanover, Pennsylvania
Results: June 21, 2014 (Round 5)

50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Logan Eisenhard (Cob); 2. Kayla Yaakov (Cob); 3. Jack Rutledge (Hon); 4. Randall Krammes (Con).

50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Kayla Yaakov (Yam); 2. Michael Headman (Yam); 3. Jack Rutledge (Yam).

65: 1. Logan McGrane (Kaw); 2. Dominick Cooper (KTM); 3. Jared Florian (KTM); 4. Dylan Cunningham (Kaw); 5. Tyler Cunningham (Kaw).

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

85 (12-15): 1. Kyle Fitzmaurice (Hon).

125 2-STROKE/150 4-STROKE: 1. Jeremy Orr (Kaw); 2. Damon Ream (Hon); 3. Kyle Fitzmaurice (Hon); 4. Ricky Thomas (KTM); 5. Justin Haag (Hon).

250 B: 1. Chris Thomas (Hon); 2. Kyle McGrane (Kaw); 3. Austin Kellett (Yam); 4. Damon Ream (Hon); 5. Tate Adamson (Kaw); 6. Robert Ream (Hon).

450 A SPORTSMAN: 1. Mike Poe (Hon); 2. Donnie Mullen (Hon); 3. Jamison Minor (Hon); 4. Kevin Bills (Suz); 5. Austin Greenland (Hon); 6. Ryan Varnes (Hon); 7. Jerry Alexander (Suz).

450 B SPORTSMAN: 1. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 2. John Sassaman (Yam); 3. Bill Folmar (Suz); 4. Brett Johnson (Suz); 5. Brandon Beale (Suz); 6. Michael Slade (Yam); 7. Jeff Slade (Yam); 8. Chris Thomas (Hon).

500 2-VALVE: 1. Tom Majeski (Yam); 2. Nick Taylor (Yam); 3. Greg Lerch (Yam).

OPEN A: 1. Mike Poe (Hon); 2. Donnie Mullen (Hon); 3. Jamison Minor (Hon); 4. Ryan Varnes (Yam); 5. Austin Greenland (Hon); 6. Kevin Bills (Suz); 7. Rick Winsett Jr. (Rtx).

OPEN B: 1. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 2. Kyle McGrane (Hon); 3. John Sassaman (Yam); 4. Tyler Mullen (Hon); 5. Brett Johnson (Suz); 6. Zach Mullen (Hon); 7. Trevin Caruccio (Kaw); 8. Jeff Slade (Kaw); 9. Chris Slade (Yam); 10. Chris Thomas (Hon).

OPEN TWINS A: 1. Ryan Varnes (Kaw); 2. Mike Poe (Kaw); 3. Donnie Mullen (Kaw); 4. Roy Miller (Kaw); 5. Joey Alexander (Tri).

30+: 1. Rick Winsett Jr. (Rtx); 2. Roy Miller (Rtx); 3. Jason Cunningham (Hon); 4. Dave Smith (Rtx); 5. Jerry Alexander (Suz); 6. Bill Folmar (Suz).

40+: 1. Rich Mellinger (Rtx); 2. Kevin Varnes (Yam); 3. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 4. Ray Jenkins (Hon); 5. Scott Mullen (Hon); 6. Dave Smith (Rtx); 7. Chris Abb (Kaw); 8. Todd Kendig (Rtx).

50+: 1. Tom Majeski (Rtx); 2. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 3. Ray Jenkins (Hon); 4. Jim Chapman (Rtx); 5. Scott Slade (Hon); 6. Mike Rabold (Hon); 7. Jerry Mellinger (Rtx); 8. Frank Primrose (Hon); 9. Lance Stauffer (Rtx).

OPEN VINTAGE: 1. R.J. Hart (Hon); 2. Chris Abb (Yam); 3. Kyle Oxford (Suz); 4. Steve Stauffer (Yam).

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