Maryland Short Track
20th Annual Gary Nixon Memorial Outdoor Short Track Series
Round 2: Maryland State Fairgrounds
Story and Photos by Len Breech and Ben Breech
TIMONIUM, MD, JULY 31, 2015
Jason Isennock and Cameron Smith each posted a 1-2 finish at the second round of the 20th annual Gary Nixon Memorial Outdoor Short Track Series at the Timonium Fairgrounds. Isennock won the crash-marred Open Expert final, over Smith, but Smith returned the favor in the 450cc Sportsman A final. After the previous week’s record-shattering attendance (of both riders and spectators), this night’s Baltimore County Trail Riders/ Cockeysville Optimist Club-sponsored contest returned to normal levels.
Whether the full moon had an effect on the Open A final is debatable, but two nasty crashes occurred.
Off the first start, Brandon Price led off turn two but then fell and was run over by half the field. He was taken to the hospital for observation, though he was discharged a few hours later with no major problems.
Off the restart, Isennock and Jesse Long got into a side-by-side battle for the lead. That battle ended after three laps, when Long tucked his front wheel near the start-finish line and broke his collarbone in the high-side mishap.
On what would be the official start, Isennock took the lead, ahead of Smith, Joey Alexander and Cory Stickler. Smith closed a little in the late laps, but Isennock maintained a safe margin throughout the race.
Since Isennock had trouble staying on two wheels in his heat race, he started the rider-reduced 450cc Sportsman A final from the back row. Smith jumped into the lead, with Kevin Bills, Isennock and Joey Alexander close behind. Isennock took second off turn two on the second lap and then stayed close to Smith, but Smith held on to take his first Expert win.
This week, there were several riders who scored double wins: Damian Kocovinos, in the Over 30 and Over 40 divisions; Nick Henderson, in the 250cc Sportsman and Adult 150cc classes; Jeremy Orr, in the Open B and 450cc Sportsman B contest; and Mason Farro, in the 85cc and Youth 150cc clashes.
After tallying a rare defeat in the Adult 150cc class the previous week, Henderson jumped out in front of Matt Langrehr, Jason Cole, Tyler Eggleton and Ryan Dragunas this week and proceeded to put some distance on them. Eggleton slipped under Cole off turn two on the seventh lap, with Dragunas coming along for the ride.
Henderson again disappeared from the rest of the field in the 250cc Sportsman class, letting Anthony Crabbe, Chase Smith, Matt Langrehr and Nate Reichert battle it out for second place. Smith and Crabbe traded second a few times, with Smith taking the spot off turn four on the third lap. Crabbe returned the favor two laps later, and then Smith took second for good on the seventh lap, while Crabbe drifted backward. Reichert just nipped Langrehr at the line for third.
Another rider who had trouble staying upright the previous week was Damian Kocovinos. This week, he managed to get some good starts, leading both the Over 30 and Over 40 contests from wire to wire.
Kocovinos led Chris Hathaway, Sean Simmons and Lowell Wherley across the line in the Over 40 foray. Wherley went under Simmons going into turn one on the sixth lap. On the seventh lap, Hathaway tried unsuccessfully to get under Kocovinos going into turn three but fell.
The Over 30 final was similar, as Kocovinos took the lead, ahead of Hathaway, Simmons and Albert Cook. Cook and Simmons stayed very close the entire distance, and their battle helped them close in on the front two over the latter part of the race. Cook just nipped Simmons at the line for third.
With one exception, the finishing orders in the Open B and 450cc Sportsman B finals were identical, but how the riders got there was slightly different.
In the Open B final, Jeremy Orr took the lead, ahead of T.J. Irvin, John Schwatka, Tyler Mullen and Adam Layman. The order stayed the same, with the margin about two bikelengths between each rider. By halfway, Billy Snodgrass had gotten by Layman for fifth.
Mullen led the 450cc Sportsman B final, over Orr, Irvin and Snodgrass. Orr took the lead at the end of the second lap, while Irving slipped under Mullen off turn two on the final lap for the runner-up spot.
The 50cc Shaft Drive class had a close finish. Dylan Dancy took the lead, ahead of Jackson Stroh, Noah Diem and Brandon Ramsel. Dancy and Stroh pulled a little in front as they battled for the lead. With Dancy hugging the inside, Stroh went to the outside and finally got by as they started the seventh lap, and he then held on for the win.
Maryland State Fairgrounds
Results: July 31, 2015 (Round 2)
50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Jack Rutledge (Hon); 2. Jackson Stroh (Hon); 3. Jacob Schwartz (KTM); 4. Dylan Dancy (KTM); 5. Tyler Hinson (KTM); 6. Hayden Klinefelter (Hon); 7. Kayla Sample (Hon).
50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Jackson Stroh (Yam); 2. Dylan Dancy (Yam); 3. Noah Diem (Yam); 4. Brandon Ramsel (Yam); 5. Hayden Hathaway (Yam).
65 (7-11): 1. Cameron Schlough (KTM); 2. Garrett Smith (Kaw).
85 (7-11): 1. Mason Farro (Yam).
125 2-STROKE/150 4-STROKE: 1. Chase Smith (Hon); 2. Matt Langrehr (Hon); 3. Jason Cole (Suz); 4. Ryan Dragunas (Kaw); 5. Lou Smith (Kaw); 6. Nate Reichert (Hon); 7. Justin Schulz (Hon); 8. Kyle Fitzmaurice (Hon).
250 B: 1. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 2. Colton Keeney (Suz); 3. Peter Rowan (Suz).
250 SPORTSMAN A/B: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Chase Smith (Kaw); 3. Nate Reichert (Kaw); 4. Matt Langrehr (Kaw); 5. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 6. Tate Adamson (Kaw); 7. Greg Batts (Yam).
450 SPORTSMAN A: 1. Cameron Smith (Hon); 2. Jason Isennock (Hon); 3. Kevin Bills (Yam); 4. Joey Alexander (Hon); 5. Cory Stickler (Hon); 6. Frankie Valentin (Hon); 7. Jesse Long (Hon); 8. Brandon Price (Kaw).
450 SPORTSMAN B: 1. Jeremy Orr (Hon); 2. T.J. Irvin (Hon); 3. Tyler Mullen (Hon); 4. Billy Snodgrass (Suz); 5. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 6. Adam Layman (Hon); 7. Tate Adamson (Kaw); 8. Zach Mullen (Hon); 9. Trevin Caruccio (Hon); 10. John Schwatka (Hon).
500 2-VALVE: 1. Cody Bauer (Yam).
OPEN A: 1. Jason Isennock (Hon); 2. Cameron Smith (Hon); 3. Joey Alexander (Hon); 4. Cory Strickler (Hon); 5. Nick Henderson (Hon); 6. Kevin Bills (Yam); 7. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 8. Frankie Valentin (Hon); 9. Jesse Long (Hon); 10. Brandon Price (Kaw).
OPEN B: 1. Jeremy Orr (Hon); 2. T.J. Irvin (Hon); 3. John Schwatka (Hon); 4. Tyler Mullen (Hon); 5. Billy Snodgrass Jr. (Suz); 6. Adam Layman (Hon); 7. Zach Mullen (Hon); 8. Tate Adamson (Kaw); 9. Colton Kenney (Suz); 10. Trevin Caruccio (Hon).
OPEN TWINS/VINTAGE: 1. Joey Alexander (Tri); 2. Jason Isennock (Tri); 3. Rick Kohlbus (H-D); 4. Ben Kitzmiller (Yam); 5. Adam Stelmack (Yam); 6. Patrick Duffy (Hon); 7. William Speleos (Suz).
WOMEN 150: 1. Elizabeth Fitch (Suz); 2. Lisa Niner (Hon); 3. Nicole Henderson (Hon); 4. Samantha Cavanaugh (Yam); 5. Delaney Cadden (Hon); 6. Josee Stedding (Hon).
YOUTH 150: 1. Mason Farro (Hon); 2. Samantha Cavanaugh (Yam); 3. Olivia Reeves (Hon); 4. Kyle Fitzmaurice (Hon).
ADULT 150: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Matt Langrehr (Hon); 3. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 4. Ryan Dragunas (Kaw); 5. Jason Cole (Suz); 6. Justin Schultz (Hon); 7. Josee Stedding (Hon); 8. Mike Webber (Hon); 9. Patrick Giblin (Hon); 10. Seth Gladfelter (Hon).
30+: 1. Damian Kocovinos (Hon); 2. Chris Hathaway (Suz); 3. Albert Cook (Suz); 4. Sean Simmons (Kaw); 5. Justin Schulz (Hon).
40+: 1. Damian Kocovinos (Hon); 2. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 3. Sean Simmons (Kaw); 4. Jack Stedding (Hon); 5. Bruce Bowman (Hon); 6. Kevin Adamson (Kaw); 7. Chris Hathaway (Suz).
50+: 1. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 2. David Bull (Hon); 3. Bill Snodgrass Sr. (Yam); 4. Kevin Adamson (Kaw); 5. Carmen Visalli (Yam).