Pennsylvania Short Track
Mason Dixon Fairgrounds
Story and Photos by Len Breech and Ben Breech
DELTA, PA, APR. 25, 2015
Jesse Long was one of three riders who scored double wins at the Baltimore County Trail Riders/ Delta-Cardiff Fire Company-sponsored short track at the multipurpose Mason Dixon Fairgrounds. The name is very appropriate: Turn right leaving the facility and there is a sign that says, “Welcome to Maryland”; turn left and you will see a “Welcome to Pennsylvania” sign. Long topped the Open A and Open Sportsman A classes with relative ease.
The Open A contest saw Long leading Derek Hersh, Anthony Crabbe and Kyle McGrane. After trying to get under Crabbe with a hard underneath pass in the heat race that saw both riders falling, Cameron Smith went to the outside in the final, finally getting ahead down the back straight on lap three. He then took second off turn two on the sixth lap, but by that point Long has already built up a sizeable lead.
The Open Sportsman A contest was similar. Long was first off turn two, and he started pulling away. McGrane, Smith and Crabbe followed. Smith got under McGrane for second going into turn three on the second lap, setting the finishing order.
Jeremy Orr doubled on the Amateur side of the same classes that Long topped. He was first off turn two in the Open B contest, with Jeremiah Johnson, Nathan Reichert and Trevin Caruccio battling for second. Orr started pulling away, while Johnson and Reichert were close the entire way. For the first race this year, Caruccio didn’t drop back or slide off the groove.
The Open Sportsman B class had a smaller field. Orr jumped in front of John Schwatka and Caruccio. Schwatka found out about the tricky surface and took a soil sample in turn three.
Pro hillclimber Phil Libhart took another foray back to his flat-track roots and came up with the Over 30- and Over 40-class wins. In the opening final of the evening, the Over 40 final, he exited turn two in third, behind his buddy Lowell Wherley and Sean Simmons, with Jack Stedding and Chris “Crash” Hathaway trailing. Libhart moved into second as they started the third lap and then got under Wherley as they entered turn one on the fifth lap. The finishing order was Libhart, Wherley, Simmons, Hathaway and Stedding.
By the time the Over 30 field reached the third turn, Libhart had taken the lead, with Simmons, Tom McGrane, Chris Johnson and Albert Cook following. McGrane slipped under Simmons for second as they came off turn four on the third lap, but he couldn’t diminish any of Libhart’s margin.
Wherley returned to claim the Over 50 win, over Jim Chapman, who – unlike in the heat race – actually made it to the starting line. Chapman stayed close while, behind them, Frank Primrose battled with 500cc Two-Valve rider Chris Abb.
The Adult 150cc contest was its usual close battle among buddies who have been banging bars for several years. This time, Jason Cole led Ryan Dragunas, Matt Langrehr and Ryan’s dad, Joe. Langrehr slipped into second on the third lap and pressured Cole while holding off Ryan, but Cole held on for the win.
Many of these same riders returned for the 125cc Two-Stroke/ 150cc Four-Stroke final, but Justin Haag, after having fallen a few times in the Open B heat and final, managed to stay upright in this outing and take his first win. Behind him, Langrehr and Cole took turns battling over second, with Cole prevailing. Doug Cook finished fourth, followed by Ryan Dragunas and Joe Dragunas.
Langrehr jumped in front of the rest of the field in the 250cc B final, trailed by Austin Kellett, Damon Ream and Caleb Scheide. Ream got by Kellett on the third lap for second and managed to stay upright to the end.
Anthony Crabbe took the 250cc Sportsman lead, ahead of Austin Wherley, Nathan Reichert and Kellett. Wherley took the lead off turn four on the second lap and kept it. Meanwhile, Crabbe got into a battle with Reichert for second that lasted for the rest of the race; Crabbe took the spot and Reichert finished third. Kellett had trouble exiting turns and drifted back, with Langrehr moving into fourth by the fourth lap.
Jack Rutledge almost doubled in the 50cc classes, but for the second week in a row, his PW50 shaft-drive bike let him down. He led Dylan Dancy, Legend Erisman and Kayden Rylee off the second turn. After pulling out a large margin, the bike quit on the third lap, giving Dancy the win.
Dancy led the 50cc Chain Drive contest, with Rutledge, Tyler Hinson and Erisman behind. Rutledge took the win, and Hinson moved into second on the third lap.
After a starting-line incident caused 85cc heat-race winner Logan McGrane to start from the penalty line, Mason Farro took advantage and jetted into the lead, with the only 85cc (12-15) rider, Jared Florian, behind him, followed by Dylan Cunningham and McGrane. At the start of the third lap, McGrane moved to third overall, but then he fell in the final turn while trying to get past Florian.
Mason Dixon Fairgrounds
Results: April 25, 2015
50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Jack Rutledge (Hon); 2. Tyler Hinson (KTM); 3. Dylan Dancy (KTM); 4. Legend Erisman (KTM); 5. Aaden Johnson (KTM).
50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Dylan Dancy (Yam); 2. Legend Erisman (Suz); 3. Kayden Rylee (Kaw); 4. Hunter Kershner (Yam); 5. Gabriel Mazza (Yam); 6. Hayden Hathaway (Yam); 7. Jack Rutledge (Yam).
65 (7-11): 1. Dylan Cunningham (Kaw); 2. Cameron Schlough (KTM); 3. Tyler Cunningham (Kaw); 4. Dominick Cooper (KTM).
85 (7-11): 1. Mason Farro (Hon); 2. Dylan Cunningham (Kaw); 3. Kyle Lonnen (Hon); 4. Dominick Cooper (Yam); 5. Logan McGrane (Hon).
85 (12-15): 1. Jared Florian (Suz).
125 2-STROKE/150 4-STROKE: 1. Justin Haag (Hon); 2. Jason Cole (Suz); 3. Matt Langrehr (Hon); 4. Doug Cook (Suz); 5. Ryan Dragunas (Kaw); 6. Joe Dragunas (Kaw); 7. Melanie Siegel (Hon); 8. Damon Ream (Hon).
WOMEN 150: 1. Melanie Siegel (Hon); 2. Kasey Jonethis (Yam).
YOUTH 150: 1. Logan McGrane (Kaw); 2. Kyle Lonnen (Hon).
ADULT 150: 1. Jason Cole (Suz); 2. Matt Langrehr (Hon); 3. Ryan Dragunas (Kaw); 4. Joe Dragunas (Kaw); 5. Gary Bobb (Hon); 6. Travis Taylor (Hon).
250 SPORTSMAN A/B: 1. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 2. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 3. Nathan Reichert (Kaw); 4. Matt Langrehr (Kaw); 5. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 6. Caleb Scheide (Suz); 7. Damon Ream (Hon); 8. Doug Cook (Hon); 9. Grant Shaffer (Kaw); 10. Austin Kellett (Hon).
250 B: 1. Matt Langrehr (Kaw); 2. Damon Ream (Hon); 3. Austin Kellett (Hon); 4. Tyler Rylee (Suz); 5. Caleb Scheide (Suz); 6. Colton Kenney (Suz); 7. Pete Shoemaker (Yam); 8. Robert Ream (Hon); 9. Jacob Groninger (Suz); 10. Grant Shaffer (Kaw).
500 2-VALVE: 1. Chris Abb (Yam).
OPEN A: 1. Jesse Long (Hon); 2. Cameron Smith (Hon); 3. Derek Hersh (Kaw); 4. Kyle McGrane (Hon); 5. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 6. Anthony Crabbe (Suz).
OPEN B: 1. Jeremy Orr (Kaw); 2. Jeremiah Johnson (Kaw); 3. Nathan Reichert (Kaw); 4. Trevin Caruccio (Hon); 5. Billy Snodgrass (Suz); 6. John Schwatka (Hon); 7. Tyler Rylee (Suz); 8. Colton Kenney (Suz); 9. Pete Shoemaker (Yam); 10. Josh Groninger (Suz); 11. Justin Haag (KTM); 12. Hunter Dill (Hon).
OPEN SPORTSMAN A: 1. Jesse Long (Hon); 2. Cameron Smith (Hon); 3. Kyle McGrane (Hon); 4. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 5. Hunter Dill (Hon).
OPEN SPORTSMAN B: 1. Jeremy Orr (Kaw); 2. Trevin Caruccio (Hon); 3. John Schwatka (Hon).
30+: 1. Phil Libhart (Yam); 2. Tom McGrane Jr. (Kaw); 3. Sean Simmons (Kaw); 4. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 5. Albert Cook (Suz).
40+: 1. Phil Libhart (Yam); 2. Lowell Wherley (Suz); 3. Sean Simmons (Kaw); 4. Chris Hathaway (Yam); 5. Jack Stedding (Hon).
50+: 1. Lowell Wherley (Suz); 2. Jim Chapman (Hon); 3. Frank Primrose (Hon).
VINTAGE: 1. Bob Kohlbus (Hon); 2. Chris Abb (Yam); 3. Rick Kohlbus (Bul); 4. James Holbrook (Hon).