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Long Leaves Lampeter Short Track Finale with Two Wins

| 18 October 2014 3:38 pm

Pennsylvania Short Track
Lampeter Fireman’s Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Len Breech and Ben Breech
LAMPETER, PA, OCT. 11, 2014

Jesse Long took home a pair of wins from the Mason Dixon Dirt Trackers-sponsored short track at the Lampeter Fireman’s Fairgrounds. The race was the final short track in the mid-Atlantic area for this season. With rain overnight, there was no problem with dust; however, the rainfall did make the track rather slick in spots, and if you went into the infield, you stayed there! Long’s wins were in the toughest classes, the Open A and 450cc Sportsman A classes.

Open A and 450cc Sportsman A winner Jesse Long (63A).

Open A and 450cc Sportsman A winner Jesse Long (63A).

His hardest win came in the Open A contest. Cameron Smith, moving up to the A class after dominating the B class this season, took the lead ahead of Derek Hersh, John Long and Jesse Long. That start was red-flagged when John fell in turn three on the second lap and managed to get himself stuck on the inside of the turn.

Smith led the restart, over Jesse, Hersh and Colton Smith. On this small bullring track, it is very hard to pass unless someone screws up. Hersh and Colton managed to slide their way backward, while Dalton Gauthier joined Cameron and Jesse up front. With Jesse trying to find an opening on the inside, Gauthier tried the outside, and he briefly nosed ahead, but then got shuffled back. After pounding on Smith’s inside, Jesse nudged his way into the lead off turn four on the fifth lap to secure the lead and take the win.

Occupying the winners’ circle for the Open A class were(from left to right) runner-up Cameron Smith (15), winner Jesse Long (63A) and third-place finisher Dalton Gauthier (14A).

Occupying the winners’ circle for the Open A class were(from left to right) runner-up Cameron Smith (15), winner Jesse Long (63A) and third-place finisher Dalton Gauthier (14A).

As the evening wore on, the cool, damp air made the track slicker, and riders were sliding out in some unusual spots. The 450cc Sportsman A contest saw Jesse leading John, Colton Smith and Tyler Phillips. Colton took second going into turn one on the second lap, but then the race was red-flagged on the next lap when Kevin Bills slid out at the start-finish line.

Off the single-file restart, Jesse Long was in front, followed by Colton Smith, Phillips, Cameron Smith and Gauthier, who took fifth on the fourth lap. Off the final turn, Cameron Smith got enough of a drive to just edge out Phillips for third.

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Anthony Crabbe took two wins in his final Amateur start, in the 250cc B and 450cc Sportsman B contests.

The 250cc victory was fairly easy, as Crabbe led by a bikelength out of turn two, over Chris Johnson, Jeremy Orr and Kyle McGrane. Johnson was doing an excellent job of just being fast enough to hold up the normally faster riders behind him as they battled for second. On the third lap, McGrane tried to get under Orr, tapping him and causing him to fall.

The 450cc Sportsman B final saw Crabbe again in the lead off turn two, with Chris Thomas, Jeremiah Johnson and Ben Ludlow behind him. Ludlow took third off turn two on the fourth lap, with Austin Wherley riding his coattails into fourth, thus setting the order of the top five.

Crabbe also scored a pair of second-place finishes. In the Open B final, he led McGrane, Wherley, Thomas and Johnson off turn two. When Wherley fell in turn three on the second lap, that momentary pause caused the ones behind him to give the front duo some margin. After trying to find an opening on the inside for most of the race, McGrane finally found a crack off turn two on the sixth lap and slipped under Crabbe for the lead and held it to the end.

Kyle McGrane (99) leads Anthony Crabbe (38) in the Open B final.

Kyle McGrane (99) leads Anthony Crabbe (38) in the Open B final.

Crabbe’s strength on these small tracks is his lightning starts. In the 250cc Sportsman final, he ran into a slightly quicker rider, Roy “The Professor” Miller, who took the lead from Crabbe, Tyler Rylee and Devon Owens. While the margins enlarged, the order stayed the same.

Roy Miller (56) battles Anthony Crabbe (38) in the 250cc Sportsman final.

Roy Miller (56) battles Anthony Crabbe (38) in the 250cc Sportsman final.

Tom McGrane bulled his way into the Over 30 lead, over Ben Ludlow, Ace Phillips and Roy Miller. While trying to get under Ludlow, Phillips tapped him and ended up bobbling slightly, causing the close Miller to bobble as well and dropping them both back a few spots. After a few laps, they were back to where they were before. As they started the final lap, Miller got by Phillips for third.

In the Over 30 contest, Tom McGrane (99) took the win. Roy Miller (56, behind McGrane) was third and Ace Phillips (18) finished fourth.

In the Over 30 contest, Tom McGrane (99) took the win. Roy Miller (56, behind McGrane) was third and Ace Phillips (18) finished fourth.

Ace Phillips led the Over 40 final, with Darren Phillips, Dave Smith and Bruce Bowman trailing. The red flag came out after two laps.

On the restart, Ace took the lead from Smith and Darren. The front three stayed close, but the order remained the same.

Ace Phillips (18), Dave Smith (hidden behind Ace) and Darren Phillips (4) went one, two, three in the Over 40 final.

Ace Phillips (18), Dave Smith (hidden behind Ace) and Darren Phillips (4) went one, two, three in the Over 40 final.

Wearing a pink top of his wife’s for the cause of breast-cancer awareness, Darren led the restarted Over 50 final, over Dave Smith, Lowell Wherley and Jim Chapman. While Smith stayed close, Phillips held on for the win. Maybe he should wear a tight pink top more often…?

Darren Phillips (4) came back to win the Over 50 final, ahead of Dave Smith (77).

Darren Phillips (4) came back to win the Over 50 final, ahead of Dave Smith (77).

While Tyler Scott has dominated many of the smaller-bike classes again this year, he has had trouble on these small tracks whenever another rider got a quicker start. That’s what happened on this night, as Logan McGrane took the lead from him in the 85cc final. Off turn two on the third lap, Scott tried to get under him but ran out of room, ended up stuck in a mud bank and lost more than a lap before managing to get himself unstuck.

Logan McGrane (19) and Tyler Scott (70) finished first and second, respectively, in the 85cc final.

Logan McGrane (19) and Tyler Scott (70) finished first and second, respectively, in the 85cc final.

Scott came back later in the 65cc final and did his usual disappearing act.

Chris Abb put his Yamaha TT500 at the front of the Vintage final, with Steve Stauffer, Scott Slade and Rick Kohlbus following behind. Abb kept several bikelengths on Slade and Stauffer’s side-by-side battle for second. Slade finally got his Maico in front of Stauffer’s Yamaha twin as they started the sixth lap.

Lampeter Fireman’s Fairgrounds
Lampeter, Pennsylvania
Results: October 11, 2014

50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Logan Eisenhard (Cob); 2. Cameron Schlough (KTM); 3. Kayla Yaakov (Cob); 4. Reginald Holmes (Con); 5. Tyler Cunningham (Hon); 6. Aiden Hawthorne (Lem); 7. Brandon Pfanders (Yam); 8. Legend Erisman (KTM); 9. Joseph Hernandez (Lem); 10. Jack Rutledge (Hon); 11. Aaden Johnson (KTM).

50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Dylan Cunningham (Yam); 2. Reginald Holmes (Yam); 3. Jack Rutledge (Yam); 4. Michael Headman Jr. (Yam); 5. Brandon Pfanders (Yam); 6. Kayla Yaakov (Yam); 7. Benjamin Holmes (Yam); 8. Randall Krammes (Yam); 9. Aiden Hawthorne (Yam); 10. Aaden Johnson (Yam); 11. Gabriel Mazza (Yam); 12. Legend Erisman (Yam).

65: 1. Tyler Scott (Kaw); 2. Logan McGrane (Kaw); 3. Dylan Cunningham (Kaw); 4. Jared Florian (Suz); 5. Logan Eisenhard (Cob); 6. Dominick Cooper (KTM); 7. Kayla Yaakov (Kaw); 8. Tyler Cunningham (Kaw).

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

125 2-STROKE/150 4-STROKE: 1. Bronson Jackson (Suz); 2. Damon Ream (Hon); 3. Justin Haag (Hon); 4. Jarred Haag (Hon); 5. Josee Stedding (Suz); 6. Melanie Siegel (Hon); 7. Lou Smith (Suz); 8. Damien Morrison (Hon).

250 B: 1. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 2. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 3. Kyle McGrane (Hon); 4. Chris Thomas (Hon); 5. Tyler Rylee (Suz); 6. Tate Adamson (Kaw); 7. Devin Owens (Suz); 8. Damon Ream (Hon); 9. Colton Kenney (Suz); 10. Austin Kellett (Hon); 11. Robert Ream (Hon); 12. Jeremy Orr (Suz).

250 SPORTSMAN: 1. Roy Miller (Suz); 2. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 3. Tyler Rylee (Suz); 4. Devin Owens (Suz); 5. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 6. Austin Kellett (Hon).

450 SPORTSMAN A: 1. Jesse Long (Hon); 2. Colton Smith (Suz); 3. Cameron Smith (Hon); 4. Tyler Phillips (Kaw); 5. Dalton Gauthier (Yam); 6. Kevin Bills (Suz); 7. John Long (Suz); 8. Derek Hersh (KTM); 9. Bryan Armstrong (Hon); 10 Steve Lerch (Hon).

450 SPORTSMAN B: 1. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 2. Chris Thomas (Hon); 3. Ben Ludlow (Hon); 4. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 5. Jeremiah Johnson (Hon); 6. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 7. Justin Bender (Kaw); 8. John Schwatka Jr. (Hon); 9. John Diem (Yam); 10 Chad Ammon (Hon); 11. Kyle Smith (Kaw).

500 2-VALVE: 1. Chris Abb (Yam).

OPEN A: 1. Jesse Long (Hon); 2. Cameron Smith (Hon); 3. Dalton Gauthier (Yam); 4. Kevin Bills (Suz); 5. Tyler Phillips (Kaw); 6. Derek Hersh (KTM); 7. Bryan Armstrong (Hon); 8. Colton Smith (Suz); 9. John Long (Suz).

OPEN B: 1. Kyle McGrane (Kaw); 2. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 3. Chris Thomas (Hon); 4. John Schwatka Jr. (Hon); 5. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 6. Justin Bender (Kaw); 7. Pete Shoemaker (Hon); 8. Jeremiah Johnson (Hon); 9. Colton Keeney (Suz); 10. Kyle Smith (Kaw).

30+: 1. Tom McGrane (Kaw); 2. Ben Ludlow (Hon); 3. Roy Miller (Suz); 4. Ace Phillips (Hon); 5. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 6. Steve Lerch (Hon); 7. Chad Ammon (Hon).

40+: 1. Ace Phillips (Hon); 2. Dave Smith (Hon); 3. Darren Phillips (Kaw); 4. Bruce Bowman (Hon); 5. Bill Young (Hon); 6. Josee Stedding (Hon).

50+: 1. Darren Phillips (Kaw); 2. Dave Smith (Hon); 3. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 4. Jim Chapman (Hon); 5. Ray Jenkins (Hon); 6. David Bull (Hon); 7. Kevin Adamson (Kaw); 8. Bill Young (Hon); 9. Tim Wolfe (Suz).

VINTAGE: 1. Chris Abb (Yam); 2. Scott Slade (Mai); 3. Steve Stauffer (Yam); 4. Rick Kohlbus (Bul); 5. Bob Kohlbus (Hon); 6. Lance Stauffer (Yam); 7. Scott Stauffer (Suz); 8. James Holbrook (Hon).

4-WHEEL SPORTSMAN: 1. Cody Wompler (Yam); 2. Mark Harrell (Yam); 3. Vincent Snyder (Yam); 4. Josh Paul (Yam).

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