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Phillips Phlies at Trail-Way Opener!

| 12 April 2017 12:40 pm

Pennsylvania Short Track
Trail-Way Speedway

Story and Photos by Len Breech and Ben Breech
HANOVER, PA, APR. 2, 2017

Brian Phillips showed that the old(er) guys aren’t that slow, as he scored a pair of wins in the Over 40 and Over 50 classes as Trail-Way Speedway launched the Mid-Atlantic short-track season on an unbelievably beautiful warm and sunny afternoon.

Darren Phillips (4) leads Ray Jenkins (25) in the Over 50 final at the Trail-Way season opener.

Darren Phillips (4) leads Ray Jenkins (25) in the Over 50 final at the Trail-Way season opener.

Phillips’ Over 40 win was fairly easy, as heat-race winner Rich Mellinger broke a chain off the line, letting Phillips jump out to the lead, over Ray Jenkins and Scott Mullen. Phillips won easily.

Jenkins led a tightly bunched group at the start of the Over 50 final, but that was all for naught, as a rider fell on the third lap.

Off the restart, Phillips led Dave Smith, Lowell Wherley, Jim Chapman and Jenkins, all of them close behind. Chapman drifted back, while Jenkins got by Wherley for third on the sixth lap. Phillips again took the win.

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A trio of riders also scored double wins: Tyler Scott again dominated the 65cc and 85cc classes, Samantha Resch topped the 250cc B and Women’s classes, and Justin Haag did likewise in the Open B and 450cc Sportsman B classes.

Scott got off the line slowly in the 85cc final; he was running fourth, behind Logan McGrane, Dylan Cunningham and Colton Murphy. But once he got rolling, Scott put the Scott Powersports KTM into the lead down the back straight on the second lap. McGrane easily stayed in second. Cunningham and Murphy were skirmishing closely for third. McGrane fell in turn four on the sixth lap, and Cunningham checked up briefly, letting Murphy by.

Tyler Scott (70) was the 85cc (7-11) winner.

Tyler Scott (70) was the 85cc (7-11) winner.

The 65cc final was a no-contest, as Scott had a large lead over Evan Renshaw, Brandon Pfanders and Jack Rutledge. Scott led Renshaw by more than half a lap at the end, lapping up to fourth place.

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As for Resch, she started the 250cc B contest in second, behind Travis Hankey, with Terry Swartley and Jess Reynolds following. Resch took the lead going into turn one on the second lap. Reynolds took third off turn two on the fourth lap and then second a lap later.

Samantha Resch (83) and Jess Reynolds (701) finished first and second, respectively, in 250cc B action.

Samantha Resch (83) and Jess Reynolds (701) finished first and second, respectively, in 250cc B action.

Reynolds led Resch, Sara Lamonica and Skyla Townsley in the Women’s class. Resch took the lead in the fourth turn on the second lap. Reynolds had mechanical issues not long afterward.

Haag, riding the Jim Chapman Honda, took the Open B lead, ahead of Devon Gerhart, Damon Ream, Brett Johnson and Zach Mullen. Ream slipped into second on lap two, and the first three put a little distance on the others. The front three stayed close but in the same order over the remainder of the race.

In Open B competition, Justin Haag (72) and Damon Ream (17) went one and two.

In Open B competition, Justin Haag (72) and Damon Ream (17) went one and two.

The 450cc Sportsman B contest was a follow-the-leader affair, with Haag leading Mullen, Gerhart and Ream for the entire distance.

With the Charlotte National running the night before, Expert rider turnout was lower than normal for a season opener. One of the few riders who made the haul was Jesse Long, who split the Expert classes with Austin Greenland. Long topped Greenland in the 450cc Sportsman A class, and their positions were reversed in the Open A final.

Greenland took the Open A lead, with Brian Phillips, Long, Nick Henderson and D. J. Slosser in pursuit. Long took second off turn two on the second lap. Rick Winsett moved into fifth on the third lap after starting on the penalty line. That set up a close battle for third, which Henderson took on the fifth lap. Winsett dropped Phillips to fifth on the seventh lap.

Open A winner Austin Greenland (32A).

Open A winner Austin Greenland (32A).

By the time the 450cc Sportsman A race was ready to run, the track had long become the typical daylight clay-surface blue groove. This time, Long was first off turn two, with Greenland, Tyler Mullen and Slosser following.

In the 450cc Sportsman A final, Jesse Long (53) led Austin Greenland (32A) to the finish.

In the 450cc Sportsman A final, Jesse Long (53) led Austin Greenland (32A) to the finish.

Showing a newfound speed, Chris Johnson took the 250cc Sportsman lead, ahead of Nick Henderson, Mike Poe and Damon Ream. Henderson took the lead off turn two on the second lap, and Poe took second by the end of the lap.

Nick Henderson (29) was the top 250cc Sportsman, with Mike Poe (83) as runner-up.

Nick Henderson (29) was the top 250cc Sportsman, with Mike Poe (83) as runner-up.

Johnson again took the lead in the Over 30 final, with Brian Phillips, Rick Winsett and Mike McKee behind him. By the end of the opening lap, Phillips and Winsett had dropped Johnson to third. Winsett threw a chain on the fourth lap, giving Phillips the win.

Brian Phillips (25), Mike McKee (8) and Chris Johnson (05) lead the Over 30 field.

Brian Phillips (25), Mike McKee (8) and Chris Johnson (05) lead the Over 30 field.

Trail-Way Speedway
Hanover, Pennsylvania
Results: April 2, 2017

50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Legend Erisman (KTM); 2. Aaden Johnson (KTM); 3. Kayla Sample (Cob); 4. Gabrielle Pfanders (KTM); 5. Mike McKee (KTM).

50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Gabrielle Pfanders (Yam); 2. Caden Steffy (Yam); 3. Tanner Hawthorne (Yam); 4. Nathan Arment (Yam).

65 (7-11): 1. Tyler Scott (Kaw); 2. Evan Renshaw (KTM); 3. Brandon Pfanders (Kaw); 4. Legend Erisman (KTM); 5. Jack Rutledge (Suz); 6. Corey Baldwin (KTM); 7. Hunter Kershner (KTM); 8. Aaden Johnson (Kaw); 9. Dylan Dancy (KTM); 10. Jacob Schwartz (KTM); 11. Aiden Hawthorne (KTM).

85 (7-11): 1. Tyler Scott (KTM); 2. Colton Murphy (Hon); 3. Dylan Cunningham (Hon); 4. Tyler Cunningham (Kaw); 5. Evan Renshaw (KTM); 6. Brandon Pfanders (KTM); 7. Jack Rutledge (Suz); 8. Logan McGrane (Hon).

85 (12-15): 1. Dominick Cooper (Yam).

125 2-STROKE/150 4-STROKE: 1. Sara Lamonica (Hon); 2. Chandler Garcelon (Hon); (Hon); 3. Jess Reynolds (Kaw); 4. Thomas Hannum (Hon); 5. Carmen Logullo (Kaw); 6. Skyla Townsley (Yam).

150 4-STROKE (7-15): 1. Logan McGrane (Hon); 2. Colton Murphy (Hon); 3. Dylan Cunningham (Hon); 4. Tyler Cunningham (Suz); 5. Jess Reynolds (Hon); 6. Thomas Hannum (Hon); 7. Skyla Townsley (Hon).

250 B: 1. Samantha Resch (Hon); 2. Jess Reynolds (Suz); 3. Terry Swartley Jr. (Yam); 4. Travis Hankey (Yam); 5. Zach Reynolds (Hon); 6. Aaron Johnson (Kaw).

250 SPORTSMAN A & B: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Mike Poe (Hon); 3. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 4. Damon Ream (Hon); 5. Rich Mellinger (Suz); 6. Nick Arment (Yam); 7. Robert Wheatley (Kaw); 8. Nick Giuseppe (Hon).

450 SPORTSMAN A/PRO: 1. Jesse Long (Hon); 2. Austin Greenland (Yam); 3. Tyler Mullen (Hon); 4. D.J. Slosser (Hon); 5. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 6. Nick Henderson (Hon); 7. Chris Thomas (Hon); 8. Frankie Valentin (Rtx).

450 SPORTSMAN B: 1. Justin Haag (Hon); 2. Zach Mullen (Hon); 3. Devon Gerhart (Hon); 4. Damon Ream (Hon); 5. Brett Johnson (Suz); 6. Travis Bowman (Yam); 7. David Evans (Hon); 8. Grant Shafer (Kaw); 9. Joseph Wanner (Kaw); 10. Robert Wheatley (Suz); 11. Jeff Slade (Kaw); 12. Ronnie Mercer (Hon).

OPEN A/PRO: 1. Austin Greenland (Yam); 2. Jesse Long (Hon); 3. Nick Henderson (Rtx); 4. Rick Winsett (Rtx); 5. Brian Phillips (Hon); 6. D.J. Slosser (Hon); 7. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 8. Tyler Mullen (Hon); 9. Frankie Valentin (Rtx); 10. Chris Thomas (Hon); 11. Nick Giuseppe (Rtx).

OPEN B: 1. Justin Haag (Hon); 2. Damon Ream (Hon); 3. Devon Gerhart (Hon); 4. Zach Mullen (Hon); 5. Brett Johnson (Suz); 6. Ken Kolsovsky (Rtx); 7. David Evans (Hon); 8. Grant Shafer (Kaw); 9. Robert Wheatley (Suz); 10. Patrick Duffy (Kaw).

OPEN TWIN: 1. Mike Poe (Kaw).

WOMEN: 1. Samantha Resch (Hon); 2. Sara Lamonica (Hon); 3. Skyla Townsley (Yam); 4. Jess Reynolds (Suz).

30+: 1. Brian Phillips (Hon); 2. Mike McKee (Rtx); 3. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 4. Travis Bowman (Yam); 5. Nick Giuseppe (Rtx); 6. Albert Cook (Kaw); 7. Terry Swartley Jr. (Yam); 8. Patrick Giblin (Hon); 9. Jeff Slade (Kaw); 10. Rick Winsett (Rtx).

40+: 1. Darren Phillips (Kaw); 2. Ray Jenkins (Hon); 3. Scott Mullen (Hon); 4. Rich Mellinger (Rtx); 5. Mike Rabold (Hon).

50+: 1. Darren Phillips (Kaw); 2. Dave Smith (Hon); 3. Ray Jenkins (Hon); 4. Scott Slade (Yam); 5. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 6. Buzz Skiles (Rtx); 7. Jim Chapman (Rtx); 8. Mike Slade (Kaw); 9. Walt Steffy (KTM); 10. Jerry Heil (Yam); 11. Tom Hannum (Ho); 12. Gary Bobb (Rtx).

VINTAGE: 1. Jeremiah Johnson (Rtx); 2. Gary Bobb (Rtx); 3. Cody Bauer (Yam); 4. Dan Daughenbaugh (Hon); 5. Rick Kohlbus (Bul); 6. Terry Swartley Jr. (Yam); 7. Trevor Mohn (H-D); 8. Mark Tepper (Yam).

4-WHEEL SPORTSMAN: 1. Justin Moyer (Yam); 2. Zach Hahn (Suz); 3. Tracy Vogelsong (Yam); 4. Cody Moyer (Hon); 5. Dylan Gibson (Yam); 6. Jim Hammaker (Hon).

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