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Gerhart and Scott Each Grab a Pair at Shippensburg ST

| 8 August 2014 2:06 pm

Pennsylvania Short Track
Shippensburg Speedway

Story and Photos by Len Breech and Ben Breech
SHIPPENSBURG, PA, AUG. 2, 2014

Devon Gerhart and Tyler Scott each scored a pair of wins when Shippensburg Speedway hosted their second and final race of the year. Gerhart topped the Open B and 450cc Sportsman B classes, while Scott fought off Logan McGrane for the 65cc- and 85cc-class wins. While billed as a night race, the threat of storms and the consequently reduced rider turnout saw the program run off before sundown.

Devon Gerhart (7B) and Austin Wherley (11A) finished first and second, respectively, in the 450cc Sportsman B final. Gerhart was also the Open B winner at the Pennsylvania Short Track event at Shippensburg Speedway.

Devon Gerhart (7B) and Austin Wherley (11A) finished first and second, respectively, in the 450cc Sportsman B final. Gerhart was also the Open B winner at the Pennsylvania Short Track event at Shippensburg Speedway.

Gerhart took the 450cc Sportsman B lead ahead of Austin Wherley, Zach Mullen and Chris Johnson. Wherley stayed close to Gerhart the entire distance as they pulled away from the others.

The Open B contest was a little more competitive, as Mullen took the lead out of turn two, ahead of Gerhart, Kyle McGrane and Wherley. However, off turn four, Gerhart took the lead and pulled away. Kyle McGrane slipped under Mullen going into turn one on the third lap, with Wherley taking third a little later. For the remainder of the race, they stayed very close in their battle for second.

While he is extremely fast once he gets rolling, Tyler Scott’s one weakness is his starts, due mostly to his diminutive size. In the 85cc contest, Robert Wheatley led Scott and Logan McGrane. Scott took the lead going into turn one on the second lap, but he drifted high, letting Wheatley back in front. Scott repeated the move on the following lap, this time making it stick. However, the race was red-flagged on the fourth lap when Logan McGrane fell in four. He made the restart, and two laps later he got by Wheatley for second.

Tyler Scott (70) got past Logan McGrane (19) in the 65cc final. They finished in the same order in the 85cc final.

Tyler Scott (70) got past Logan McGrane (19) in the 65cc final. They finished in the same order in the 85cc final.

Logan McGrane led Scott, Dylan Cunningham and Kayla Yaakov in the 65cc final. After battling in the early laps, Scott took the lead as they finished the third lap. This race was also red-flagged, this time for Yaakov, who fell in turn four.

Off the restart, McGrane again took the lead, but Scott regained the lead on the following lap.

Since this was mostly a late-day race, the track shaped up as a groove track, making starts very important, especially in the Expert finals. In the Open A contest, Evan Baer grabbed the lead, ahead of Dalton Gauthier, Tyler Phillips, Jesse Long and Brandon Price. After a few laps, two close battles emerged: the one between Baer and Gauthier for the lead, and, 15 yards back, the one among Phillips, Long and Price for third. Nobody screwed up, so the order stayed the same.

Evan Baer (89) and Dalton Gauthier (14A) went one and two in the Open A contest.

Evan Baer (89) and Dalton Gauthier (14A) went one and two in the Open A contest.

In the 450cc Sportsman A final, Long nailed the start, leading Baer, Gauthier, Price and Jeremy Higgins. The race was red-flagged on the third lap for Ryan Varnes’ soil sample in turn four.

Off the single-file restart, the order stayed the same, and the first five stayed very close for more than half of the race, until the front three, in their freight-train battle for the lead, put some distance on the rest of the field.

The 450cc Sportsman A winner was Jesse Long (63A).

The 450cc Sportsman A winner was Jesse Long (63A).

Kyle McGrane worked the hardest for a class win, in the 250cc B final. Nathan Reichert took the lead, ahead of Tyler Rylee, Chris Johnson, Kyle and Austin Kellett. Kyle started his move toward the front, taking third at the start of the second lap, and second in the same spot on the next lap. He took the lead off turn two on the fifth lap when Reichert drifted a little high, giving Kyle the door to walk through. Once in front, Kyle pulled gradually away.

Kyle McGrane (99) topped the 250cc B class Nate Reichert (16) was runner-up.

Kyle McGrane (99) topped the 250cc B class Nate Reichert (16) was runner-up.

Jerry Alexander put his Ron Alexander-prepped machine into the winners’ circle in the Over 30 class. He took the lead ahead of Jason Cunningham, Lowell Wherley, Chris Johnson and Darren Phillips. He survived a midrace restart for Phillips’ fall in turn four to claim the win, while Wherley took second a lap later.

Jerry Alexander (44), Lowell Wherley (28) and Jason Cunningham (14X) ran one, two, three in the Over 30 final.

Jerry Alexander (44), Lowell Wherley (28) and Jason Cunningham (14X) ran one, two, three in the Over 30 final.

Rich Mellinger disappeared from the Over 40 field, leaving Dave Smith, Lowell Wherley, Darren Phillips, Scott Mullen and Dallas Baer to fight for second. Wherley took that spot at the start of the third lap, with Phillips getting by before the end of the lap. Baer moved into fourth a few laps later.

Rich Mellinger (86) topped the Over 40 final, followed by Lowell Wherley (28), Darren Phillips (4), Dallas Baer (34) and Dave Smith (77).

Rich Mellinger (86) topped the Over 40 final, followed by Lowell Wherley (28), Darren Phillips (4), Dallas Baer (34) and Dave Smith (77).

Lowell Wherley finally got rid of the “kids” to win the final race of the day, the Over 50 contest, over Phillips, Jim Chapman and Frank Primrose.

Shippensburg Speedway
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
Results: August 2, 2014

50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Kayla Yaakov (Cob).

50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Kayla Yaakov (Yam); 2. Benjamin Holmes (Yam); 3. Aaden Johnson (Yam).

65 (7-11): 1. Tyler Scott (Kaw); 2. Logan McGrane (Kaw); 3. Dylan Cunningham (Kaw); 4. Tyler Cunningham (Kaw); 5. Kayla Yaakov (Kaw); 6. Dominick Cooper (KTM).

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

125 2-STROKE/150 4-STROKE: 1. Bronson Jackson (Suz); 2. Melanie Siegel (Hon); 3. Robert Wheatley (Hon).

250 SPORTSMAN: 1. Nathan Reichert (Kaw); 2. Tyler Rylee (Kaw); 3. Austin Kellett (Hon).

250 B: 1. Kyle McGrane (Hon); 2. Nathan Reichert (Kaw); 3. Tyler Rylee (Kaw); 4. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 5. John Diem (Suz); 6. Austin Kellett (Hon).

450 SPORTSMAN A: 1. Jesse Long (Hon); 2. Evan Baer (Kaw); 3. Dalton Gauthier (Yam); 4. Brandon Price (Kaw); 5. Jeremy Higgins (Yam); 6. Jerry Alexander (Suz); 7. Ryan Varnes (Yam); 8. Tyler Phillips (Kaw).

450 SPORTSMAN B: 1. Devon Gerhart (Hon); 2. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 3. Zach Mullen (Hon); 4. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 5. John Diem (Yam).

OPEN A: 1. Evan Baer (Kaw); 2. Dalton Gauthier (Yam); 3. Tyler Phillips (Kaw); 4. Jesse Long (Hon); 5. Brandon Price (Kaw); 6. Jeremy Higgins (Yam); 7. Ryan Varnes (Yam); 8. R.J. Hart IV (Rtx); 9. Derek Hersh (Kaw).

OPEN B: 1. Devon Gerhart (Hon); 2. Kyle McGrane (Hon); 3. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 4. Zach Mullen (Hon); 5. John Diem (Yam); 6. Tyler Mullen (Hon).

30+: 1. Jerry Alexander (Hon); 2. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 3. Jason Cunningham (Hon); 4. Darren Phillips (Kaw); 5. Chris Johnson (Kaw).

40+: 1. Rich Mellinger (Rtx ); 2. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 3. Darren Phillips (Kaw); 4. Dallas Baer (Rtx); 5. Dave Smith (Hon); 6. Scott Mullen (Hon); 7. Roderick Holmes (Hon); 8. Frank Primrose (Hon).

50+: 1. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 2. Darren Phillips (Kaw); 3. Jim Chapman (Hon); 4. Frank Primrose (Hon); 5. Billy Roberts (Hon).

OPEN VINTAGE: 1. Billy Roberts (Hon).

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