Maryland Short Track
20th Annual Gary Nixon Memorial Outdoor Short Track Series
Round 3: Maryland State Fairgrounds
Story and Photos by Len Breech and Ben Breech
TIMONIUM, MD, AUG. 7, 2015
After finishing second in the GNC2 final at the Black Hills National, Dan Bromley made his second start of the Gary Nixon Memorial Outdoor Short Track Series, roosting the Open A (Expert) final on his Bromley Brothers Racing/ KTM Racing/ KTM North America-backed KTM. This was the third event of the Baltimore County Trail Riders/ Cockeysville Optimist Club-promoted event.
Bromley took the lead, ahead of Mike Poe, Jason Isennock and Nick Henderson. Isennock got by his fellow High’s Dairy Stores-sponsored rider, Poe, for second on the second lap. After the third lap, the front three stayed close but the order remained the same.
After having some difficulty staying on two wheels in the first two events, Isennock shook off the rust and started staying upright, winning one class the previous week and then winning two on this night, the 450cc Sportsman A and Open Twin/Vintage classes.
The 450 Sportsman A contest saw Isennock leading Cameron Smith, Poe and Frankie Valentin. Poe dived under Smith as they entered turn three on the second lap to take over second. Poe stayed close to the leader for the rest of the race, but not close enough to try a “bump ’n’ run.”
The Open Twin/Vintage class has been a “showcase” race with a pair of Triumph riders – Isennock’s Uncle Brian and, recently, Joey Alexander, on the Phil Miller machine. This night’s contest was initially a one-bike show, as Alexander injured his ankle in the opening-lap dash into turn one. Cody Bauer, on a Yamaha TT500, moved up to keep Isennock honest as they sliced through the rest of the class.
Jeremy Orr scored a pair of 450cc wins, in the Open B and 450cc Sportsman B classes.
In the Open B clash, Orr took the lead on the official start, ahead of John Schwatka, Tyler Eggleton and Justin Bender. Orr kept a fair margin between himself and the rest of the pack and survived a late restart for the win.
The 450cc Sportsman B contest saw Orr taking the lead again, ahead of Kyle Smith, Billy Snodgrass Jr., Schwatka and Bender. Smith quickly dropped back, while Schwatka took second on the fourth lap, setting the top three.
Nick Henderson took what have become his “expected” wins in the Adult 150cc and 250cc Sportsman finals.
In the Adult 150cc class, Henderson was leading Joey Parks (who was starting for the first time in several years), Matt Langrehr, Tyler Eggleton and David Bull. Henderson held down his usual spot, trying to break the outside hay bales, because Parks kept fairly close throughout.
The 250cc Sportsman final had Henderson leading a pair of getting-faster Amateurs, Chase Smith and Nate Reichert. He kept them at bay while all three tried to show off their slicing skills in the turns at times.
Tyler Eggleton brought Henderson’s 250 back in the 250cc B final for an easy win, over Colton Keeney and Elizabeth Fitch.
Chase Smith, Reichert and Langrehr jumped in front of the 125cc Two-Stroke/ 150cc Four-Stroke final and swapped spots back and forth for most of the race, which got a little scary when they hit lapped traffic. Smith emerged in front in the latter stages, over Reichert and Langrehr.
After having to work hard for it, Mike McKee took the lead in the Over 30 final, ahead of Albert Cook, Damian Kocovinos and Sean Simmons. Cook stayed on McKee’s tail the entire distance. Kocovinos was waiting to pounce on a hoped-for mistake from either one, but it never came.
Kocovinos took the Over 40 lead, ahead of Simmons, Jim Blair and David Bull. Simmons stayed close to Cook, while Bull pressured Blair for third in the last half. At the finish, the front three were Kocovinos, Simmons and Blair.
For most of this series, the 50cc classes have usually been very close battles among three to five riders, with results usually not firm until the checkered flag flies.
The 50cc Chain Drive contest led off the evening, with Jacob Schwartz leading Dylan Dancy, Jackson Stroh (getting another one of his slow starts), and Tyler Hinson. Once Stroh gets his machines up to speed, though, he’s fast: He took second on the fourth lap and then shot into the lead as they started the final lap.
The 50cc Shaft Drive final had Dancy, Stroh – somehow getting a good start this time – and Brandon Ramsel in front. Ramsel took first going into turn three on the second lap, but Stroh took first off turn four on the fifth lap. Ramsel fell in turn two on the final lap, but he still finished in third, as the rest of riders were two laps down.
Maryland State Fairgrounds
Results: August 7, 2015 (Round 3)
50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Ethan Stroh (Hon); 2. Jacob Schwartz (KTM); 3. Dylan Dancy (KTM); 4. Tyler Hinson (KTM); 5. Hayden Klinefelter (Hon).
50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Ethan Stroh (Yam); 2. Dylan Dancy (Yam); 3. Brandon Ramsel (Yam); 4. Mike McKee Jr. (Yam); 5. Hayden Hathaway (Yam).
65 (7-11): 1. Cameron Schlough (KTM); 2. Colton Murphy (Kaw); 3. Garrett Smith (Kaw).
85 (7-11): 1. Mason Farro (Yam); 2. Cameron Schlough (KTM).
125 2-STROKE/150 4-STROKE: 1. Chase Smith (Hon); 2. Nathan Reichert (Hon); 3. Matt Langrehr (Hon); 4. Kyle Fitzmaurice (Hon); 5. Lou Smith (Kaw); 6. Josh Wareheim (Hon); 7. Adam Layman (Hon); 8. Travis Taylor (Hon).
250 B: 1. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 2. Colton Kenney (Suz); 3. Elizabeth Fitch (Hon); 4. Peter Rowan (Suz).
250 SPORTSMAN A/B: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Chase Smith (Kaw); 3. Nate Reichert (Kaw); 4. Jeremy Orr (Hon); 5. Matt Langrehr (Kaw).
450 SPORTSMAN A: 1. Jason Isennock (Hon); 2. Mike Poe (Hon); 3. Cameron Smith (Hon); 4. Frankie Valentin (Hon); 5. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 6. Joey Alexander (Hon); 7. Derek Hersh (KTM).
450 SPORTSMAN B: 1. Jeremy Orr (Hon); 2. John Schwatka (Hon); 3. Billy Snodgrass (Yam); 4. Justin Bender (Kaw); 5. Kyle Smith (Hon); 6. Trevor Betsill (Hon).
OPEN A: 1. Dan Bromley (KTM); 2. Jason Isennock (Hon); 3. Mike Poe (Hon); 4. Nick Henderson (Hon); 5. Joey Alexander (Hon); 6. Joey Parks (Hon); 7. Frankie Valentin (Hon); 8. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 9. Cameron Smith (Hon); 10. Derek Hersh (KTM).
OPEN B: 1. Jeremy Orr (Hon); 2. John Schwatka (Hon); 3. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 4. Justin Bender (Kaw); 5. Billy Snodgrass Jr. (Yam); 6. Kyle Smith (Hon); 7. Colton Keeney (Suz); 8. Trevor Betsill (Hon).
OPEN TWINS/VINTAGE: 1. Jason Isennock (Tri); 2. Cody Bauer (Yam); 3. Bob Kohlbus (H-D); 4. Adam Stelmack (Yam); 5. Ben Kitzmiller (Yam); Patrick Duffy (Hon); 7. Joey Alexander (Tri).
WOMEN: 1. Lisa Niner (Hon); 2. Elizabeth Fitch (Suz); 3. Delaney Cadden (Hon); 4. Nicole Henderson (Hon); 5. Samantha Cavanaugh (Yam).
YOUTH 150: 1. Kyle Fitzmaurice (Hon); 2. Ethan Lewter (Hon); 3. Samantha Cavanaugh (Yam); 4. Mason Farro (Hon).
ADULT 150: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Joey Parks (Hon); 3. Matt Langrehr (Hon); 4. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 5. Adam Layman (Hon); 6. David Bull (Hon); 7. Justin Bender (Suz); 8. Wayne Sody (Hon); 9. Ben Kitzmiller (Hon); 10. Patrick Giblin (Hon).
30+: 1. Mike McKee (Kaw); 2. Albert Cook (Suz); 3. Damian Kocovinos (Hon); 4. Sean Simmons (Kaw); 5. Peter Rowan (Suz).
40+: 1. Damian Kocovinos (Hon); 2. Sean Simmons (Kaw); 3. Jim Blair (Suz); 4. Chris Hathaway (Yam); 5. Jack Stedding (Suz).
50+: 1. David Bull (Hon); 2. Bill Snodgrass Sr. (Yam); 3. Wayne Sody (Suz).