Rodney Farris Memorial Indoor Short Track
Maryland Short Track
Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fairgrounds
Story and Photos by Len Breech & Ben Breech
TIMONIUM, MD, DEC. 17, 2017
After going five for five at the previous week’s event, Nick Henderson was finally beaten in the final race of the night at the Baltimore County Trail Riders/ Cockeysville Optimist Club-sponsored 42nd annual Rodney Farris Memorial Indoor Short Track. He again topped the Adult 150cc, 125cc, 250cc A/B and Vintage classes, but he was defeated in the 450cc contest by Kevin Bills and Phil Libhart.
After Todd Stith Jr. “warmed up” the tires with an easy win in the Youth 150cc final, Henderson hopped on the same machine and grabbed the Adult 150cc lead, ahead of Adam Layman, Jordan Descombe, Chris Hathaway and T.J. Irvin. After a bar-banging heat race, Descombe and Hathaway toned it down in the semi and the final, but on the 10th lap, that closeness caught up to them when Descombe fell in turn four and Hathaway had nowhere else to go and ran over him, bringing out the red flag. With the laps completed, the race was called complete.
Next up was the 125cc final, but it was delayed by Descombe, who, in a fit of anger, threw his goggles, which ended up in the crowd. The person who caught them left the area, and the officials wouldn’t let Descombe start the 125cc race without eye protection. When they did get going, Layman beat Henderson off turn two, with Georgie Price V and Descombe behind them. Price got by Layman on the fifth lap, but he couldn’t mount a challenge for the lead.
The 250cc A/B was a follow-the-leader affair, with Henderson leading Tyler Eggleton, Hathaway and Jeremiah Snow, and they ran in that order all the way to the finish.
Henderson expressed some doubt about the transmission on his vintage Honda machine, but it held together for the Vintage-class win. He took the lead, ahead of Eggleton, Bill Kraft, Ray Jenkins and Rob Smith. By the fourth lap, Smith had taken third from Jenkins and Kraft.
In the 450cc final, Kevin Bills jumped in front of Henderson, Over 40 winner Phil Libhart, and Zach Mullen. Libhart took second off turn two on the second lap, but he couldn’t catch Bills.
As for the Over 40 event, Libhart again grabbed the lead, over Hathaway, Rich Mellinger and John Henderson, and it was another follow-the-leader final.
Mike Poe and Jason Isennock traded places in the two Pro events.
Isennock led off turn two in the 450cc Sportsman contest, closely followed by Poe, Dan Bromley and fast qualifier Cory Texter. At about halfway, Texter got by Bromley, and he was close to Poe. In the late laps, Poe was within striking distance of Isennock, but he thought better of it, saying afterwards, “Second pays a lot more than last.”
In the Pro/Pro Sport final, Poe led Isennock, Texter and Bromley off turn two, in almost a repeat of the 450cc Sportsman final, except that the first two riders were switched. The front three were a six-wheeled train. Isennock also followed Poe’s idea of second being better than last.
While Cameron Schlough ran away from the rest of the 85cc class, behind him raged close battles for positions. Logan Eisenhard pressured Mason Farro for second most of the way, while Tyler Cunningham led his twin, Dylan, and Dylan Dancy. Dylan Cunningham got by his brother on the sixth lap, while Dancy took fifth, getting by Tyler off the final turn.
Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fairgrounds
Results: December 17, 2017
50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Jackson Beck (Yam); 2. Dylan Dancy (Yam); 3. Dylan Casio (Yam); 4. Hayden Hathaway (Yam).
50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Kayla Sample (Cob); 2. Legend Erisman (KTM); 3. Jackson Beck (Yam); 4. Tyler Hinson (KTM) 5. Cody Spampinato (KTM); 6. Hayden Klinefelter (Hon).
65 (7-11): 1. Dylan Dancy (KTM); 2. Brandon Ramsel (Kaw); 3. Tyler Hinson (KTM); 4. Legend Erisman (Kaw); 5. Jack Rutledge (Suz).
85 (7-15): 1. Cameron Schlough (KTM); 2. Mason Farro (Hon); 3. Logan Eisenhard (Suz); 4. Dylan Cunningham (Hon); 5. Dylan Dancy (Suz); 6. Tyler Cunningham (Kaw); 7. Colton Murphy (KTM); 8. Keegan Greer (Yam).
125: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Georgie Price V (Hon); 3. Adam Layman (Hon); 4. Jordan Desombre (Hon); 5. Justin Haag (Hon); 6. Zach Miller (Yam); 7. Kyle Fitzmaurice (Hon); 8. Todd Stith Jr. (Hon).
YOUTH 150: 1. Todd Stith Jr. (Hon); 2. Kyle Fitzmaurice (Hon); 3. Colton Murphy (Hon); 4. Ethan Lewter (Hon); 5. Mason Farro (Hon); 6. Salma Heverly (Kaw).
ADULT 150: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Adam Layman (Hon); 3. T.J. Irvin (Hon); 4. Georgie Price V (Hon); 5. Justin Bender (Hon); 6. Ryan Martin (Hon); 7. Jordan Descombe (Hon); 8. Chris Hathaway (Hon).
250 A/B: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 3. Chris Hathaway (Hon); 4. Jeremiah Snow (Hon); 5. Rush Branson (Hon); 6. Charles Mylin (Kaw).
250/OPEN B: 1. T.J. Irvin (Hon); 2. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 3. Adam Layman (Suz); 4. Ben Kitzmiller (Yam); 5. T.J. Spampinato (Suz); 6. Patrick Giblin (Hon); 7. Trevin Caruccio (Hon); 8. Ben Ludlow (Hon).
450: 1. Kevin Bills (Suz); 2. Phil Libhart (Yam); 3. Nick Henderson (Hon); 4. Zach Mullen (Hon); 5. Jedediah Haines (Yam); 6. T.J. Irvin (Hon); 7. Justin Bender (Kaw); 8. Patrick Giblin (Hon).
OPEN SPORTSMAN: 1. Jason Isennock (Hon); 2. Mike Poe (Hon); 3. Cory Texter (Hon); 4. Dan Bromley (KTM); 5. Jerry Alexander (Hon); 6. Cory Strickler (Hon); 7. Joey Alexander (Hon); 8. Jeremy Orr (Hon).
PRO/PRO SPORT: 1. Mike Poe (Hon); 2. Jason Isennock (Hon); 3. Cory Texter (Hon); 4. Dan Bromley (KTM); 5. Cory Strickler (Hon); 6. Joey Alexander (Hon); 7. Jeremy Orr (Hon); 8. Jerry Alexander (Hon).
WOMEN: 1. Samantha Resch (Kaw); 2. Nicole Henderson (Hon); 3. Heather Boschert (Hon); 4. Molly Carbon (Hon); 5. Sara Lamonica (Hon); 6. Amy Menges (Yam); 7. Joanna Wright (Hon).
40+: 1. Phil Libhart (Yam); 2. Chris Hathaway (Hon); 3. Rich Mellinger (Yam); 4. John Henderson (Hon); 5. David Price (Yam); 6. Bill Kraft (Hon); 7. Jim Blair (Suz).
VINTAGE: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 3. Rob Smith (Bul); 4. Ray Jenkins (Bul); 5. Bill Kraft (Hon); 6. Ben Kitzmiller (Yam); 7. Adam Stelmack (Yam); 8. Patrick Duffy (Hon).