Maryland Short Track
20th Annual Gary Nixon Memorial Outdoor Short Track Series
Round 4: Maryland State Fairgrounds
Story and Photos by Len Breech and Ben Breech
TIMONIUM, MD, AUG. 14, 2015
Jason Isennock scored a hat trick at the fourth and final race of the Baltimore County Trail Riders/ Cockeysville Optimist Club-sponsored 20th annual Gary Nixon Memorial Outdoor Short Track Series, held at the Pony Ring on the grounds of the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. He topped both the Open A and 450cc Sportsman A classes on his High’s Dairy Stores-sponsored Honda and then battled with Mike Poe for the Open Twins/ Vintage-class win.
The evening started off with the Open Twins/Vintage final, which was a battle of old vs. new, between Isennock, on his trusty Uncle Brian’s Triumph, and Poe, on his RS Racing/ Reed Racing/ Motion Pro Kawasaki 650.
Those two jumped right out in front of Nick Henderson, Cody Bauer and the rest of the Vintage class, and for 10 laps they traded positions at each end of the track, slicing through lappers from the fourth lap on. At the finish, Poe tried to get by Isennock on the inside off turn four, but he came up just short.
Cameron Smith led the Open A final out of turn two, with Isennock, Kevin Bills, Nick Henderson and Poe in tow, but Isennock slipped under Smith off turn four, taking the lead at the end of the opening lap. Smith tapped Isennock in turn two, causing his machine to stall. After a sluggish start, Poe was up to second by the third lap, but he couldn’t get close to Isennock.
After tasting the ground twice on a Honda borrowed from Joey Alexander, Poe used his regular ride in the last race of the night, the 450cc Sportsman A final. This time, Isennock was in front of Smith, Bills and Poe. On lap four, Poe took third going into turn one, and then he got by Smith in the late laps for his third second-place finish of the night.
While he failed to make the Open A final in his first start of the year, Henry Mangels topped a class he said he wasn’t ready to ride in, the Over 30 class. He was helped tremendously by the four other riders on the front row all causing red-flag restarts.
The official start had Mangels in front of Albert Cook, Damian Kocovinos and Chris Johnson. Cook stayed close the entire distance, but he couldn’t make the pass.
Sean Simmons led Lowell Wherley, Kocovinos, Jim Blair and Frank Primrose in the Over 40 battle. Kocovinos started moving, taking second going into turn one on the third lap and then displacing Simmons for the lead in the same spot on the ninth lap.
Wherley came back to take the win over the rest of the combined Over 50 and 500cc Two-Valve final. He led Bill Snodgrass Sr. and David Bull in the Over 50 class. Chris Abb got by a tiring John Yurejefcic for the 500cc Two-Valve lead on the fourth lap. Bull took second in the Over 50 class just past the halfway mark, with Snodgrass remaining close.
Wherley’s son Austin came out on top of the 250cc Sportsman field. He was greatly helped by the fact that the winner of the previous three races, Nick Henderson, was a “little too quick” off the line, earning a spot on the back row! Wherley led Chase Smith, Matt Langrehr and Tyler Rylee off turn two.
After starting in the rear, Henderson put on a display of “bale slicing,” much to the dismay of the officials. He came off turn two hard on the inside on several laps, cutting the hay-bale wrappers (and twine) and leaving the inside riddled with hay. He’d sliced his way into third by the sixth lap and almost edged out Smith at the line for second.
Earlier, Henderson had won the Adult 150cc class, ahead of Joey Parks, Langrehr and Jason Cunningham. Henderson and Parks traded spots, playing with the lead, in the first half of the race before Henderson took command just past halfway. Cunningham took third on the third lap, with Langrehr staying on his tail. Cunningham then fell off turn four on the final lap, giving Langrehr the spot back.
Cunningham’s machine developed a taste for the sand, as Jared Florian, who was riding it in the next event, the Youth 150cc contest, fell in turn one on the opening lap. Nate Reichert led Logan McGrane, Florian and Ethan Lewter in the early laps. Florian took second off turn four on the seventh lap.
Jeremy Orr again scored a double in the Open B and 450cc Sportsman B finals, with the top three being the same in both: T.J. Irvin and Tyler Mullen in second and third, respectively. While the 450cc Sportsman B contest ended up with the riders in evenly spaced margin, there was some action behind the first three in the Open B outing. Adam Layman, Tyler Eggleton and John Schwatka battled for third until Eggleton decided to see how many hay bales on the outside he could hit and still remain upright. As they began the final lap, Schwatka had taken third.
This small track lends itself to close racing, especially in the 50cc classes. In the Chain Drive contest, Jack Rutledge led Jacob Schwartz, Noah Diem and Jackson Stroh, who got his usual slow start. By the fourth lap, Stroh was up to second, but he was too far behind Rutledge to do anything.
Dylan Dancy led Aiden Hawthorne, Stroh, Brandon Ramsel and Diem at the start of the Shaft Drive class. Hawthorne took the lead going into turn one on lap three. Stroh gradually moved into second by the fifth lap. Stroh then took the lead going into turn three on the ninth lap.
Maryland State Fairgrounds
Results: August 14, 2015 (Round 4 of 4)
50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Jack Rutledge (Hon); 2. Jackson Stroh (Hon); 3. Jacob Schwartz (KTM); 4. Tyler Hinson (KTM); 5. Noah Diem (Hon); 6. Dylan Dancy (KTM); 7. Aiden Hawthorne (Lem); 8. Sorfino Mirabile (Hon); 9. Aaden Johnson (KTM); 10. Hayden Klinefelter (Hon).
50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Jackson Stroh (Yam); 2. Aiden Hawthorne (Yam); 3. Dylan Dancy (Yam); 4. Brandon Ramsel (Yam); 5. Noah Diem (Yam); 6. Sorfino Mirabile (Yam); 7. Kayden Rylee (Yam); 8. Kayla Sample (Hon); 9. Adam Costan (Yam); 10. Lucien Mirabile (Yam).
65 (7-11): 1. Tyler Scott (Kaw); 2. Ethan Stroh (KTM); 3. Cameron Schlough (KTM); 4. Jack Rutledge (Suz); 5. Colton Murphy (Kaw); 6. Dylan Cunningham (Kaw); 7. Dominick Cooper (KTM); 8. Garrett Smith (Kaw); 9. Tyler Cunningham (Kaw).
85 (7-11): 1. Tyler Scott (KTM); 2. Logan McGrane (Kaw); 3. Mason Farro (Yam); 4. Ethan Stroh (Suz); 5. Dominick Cooper (Yam).
85 (12-15): 1. Jared Florian (Suz).
125 2-STROKE/150 4-STROKE: 1. Matt Langrehr (Hon); 2. Justin Haag (Hon); 3. Nate Reichert (Hon); 4. Lou Smith (Kaw); 5.Chase Smith (Hon); 6. Josh Wareheim (Hon); 7. Mike Webber (Hon); 8. Josee Stedding (Hon).
250 B: 1. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 2. Tyler Rylee (Suz); 3. Joe Wanner (Kaw); 4. Patrick Giblin (Hon); 5. Colton Keeney (Suz); 6. Elizabeth Fitch (Hon); 7. Peter Rowan; 8. Cody Bauer (Suz).
250 SPORTSMAN: 1. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 2. Chase Smith (Kaw); 3. Nick Henderson (Hon); 4. Matt Langrehr (Kaw); 5. Tyler Rylee (Suz); 6. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 7. Peter Rowan (Suz); 8. Greg Batts (Yam).
450 SPORTSMAN A: 1. Jason Isennock (Hon); 2. Mike Poe (Hon); 3. Cameron Smith (Hon); 4. Kevin Bills (Suz); 5. Frankie Valentin (Hon); 6. Austin Wherley (Kaw).
450 SPORTSMAN B: 1. Jeremy Orr (Hon); 2. T.J. Irvin (Hon); 3. Tyler Mullen (Hon); 4. Jeremiah Snow (Kaw); 5. Kyle Smith (Hon); 6. Zach Mullen (Hon); 7. Justin Bender (Kaw); 8. John Schwatka (Hon).
500 2-VALVE: 1. Chris Abb (Yam); 2. John Yurejefcic (Yam).
OPEN A: 1. Jason Isennock (Hon); 2. Mike Poe (Hon); 3. Kevin Bills (Suz); 4. Nick Henderson (Hon); 5. Joey Parks (Hon); 6. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 7. Frankie Valentin (Hon); 8. Cameron Smith (Hon); 9. Henry Mangels (Suz).
OPEN B: 1. Jeremy Orr (Hon); 2. T.J. Irvin (Hon); 3. Tyler Mullen (Hon); 4. John Schwatka (Hon); 5. Adam Layman (Hon); 6. Justin Bender (Kaw); 7. Colton Keeney (Suz); 8. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 9. Jeremiah Snow (Kaw); 10. Justin Haag (KTM).
OPEN TWINS/VINTAGE: 1. Jason Isennock (Tri); 2. Mike Poe (Kaw); 3. Nick Henderson (Tri); 4. Cody Bauer (Yam); 5. Chris Abb (Yam); 6. Jeff Salevan (Yam); 7. Ben Kitzmiller (Yam); 8. Bob Kohlbus (Hon); 9. Adam Stelmack (Yam); 10. Greg Batts (Yam).
WOMEN 150: 1. Nicole Henderson (Hon); 2. Delaney Cadden (Hon); 3. Elizabeth Fitch (Suz); 4. Samantha Cavanaugh (Yam).
YOUTH 150: 1. Nate Reichert (Hon); 2. Jared Florian (Suz); 3. Logan McGrane (Kaw); 4. Ethan Lewter (Hon); 5. Samantha Cavanaugh (Yam); 6. Olivia Reeves (Hon).
ADULT 150: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Joey Parks (Hon); 3. Matt Langrehr (Hon); 4. Jason Cole (Suz); 5. David Bull (Hon); 6. Adam Layman (Hon); 7. Jason Cunningham (Suz); 8. T.J. Irvin (Hon); 9. Jeremiah Snow (Hon); 10. Tyler Eggleton (Hon).
30+: 1. Henry Mangels (Suz); 2. Albert Cook (Kaw); 3. Damian Kocovinos (Hon); 4. Sean Simmons (Kaw); 5. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 6. Peter Rowan (Suz).
40+: 1. Damian Kocovinos (Hon); 2. Sean Simmons (Kaw); 3. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 4. Jim Blair (Suz); 5. Jack Stedding (Hon); 6. Frank Primrose (Hon).
50+: 1. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 2. David Bull (Hon); 3. Bill Snodgrass Sr. (Yam); 4. Frank Primrose (Hon); 5. Jeff Salevan (Yam).