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Bauman Blasts the Pros at Nixon Memorial Short Track!

| 29 July 2017 11:08 am

Gary Nixon Memorial Short Track
Maryland Short Track
Maryland State Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Len Breech and Ben Breech
TIMONIUM, MD, JULY 21, 2017

National number 14, Briar Bauman, put an exclamation point on his clean sweep of the Baltimore County Trail Riders/ Cockeysville Optimist Club-sponsored third annual Gary Nixon Invitational Short Track by winning the 20-lap final by more than half a lap. He had set fast time, won the fastest heat, and won $600 in the Dash For Cash for the five fastest riders.

Briar Bauman (14) won the Gary Nixon Invitational; with Don Mullen (88) as runner-up. Cory Texter (65) finished fourth, behind Jared Mees.

Briar Bauman (14) won the Gary Nixon Invitational; with Don Mullen (88) as runner-up. Cory Texter (65) finished fourth, behind Jared Mees.

Inaugural event winner Jared Mees was the only rider who seemed to be able to stay close to Bauman, winning his heat and finishing a close second in the DFC, but a bad start in the final saw him almost in last place off turn two. Bauman took control off turn two, with Cory Texter, Don Mullen, Cameron Smith and Dan Bromley in tow.

The late-race battle for second between Don Mullen (88) and Jared Mees (9).

The late-race battle for second between Don Mullen (88) and Jared Mees (9).

After battling with Texter in the early laps, Mullen took second off turn four on the sixth lap.

Mees began slicing his way toward the front, getting by Jeremy Higgins for fourth on the eighth lap. He then got by Texter for third about five laps from the end and proceeded to close the gap to Mullen, but the checkered flag came out before he had a shot at Mullen. Bauman wheeled across the line $2,300 richer.

Briar Bauman (14) took the checkered flag in a celebratory fashion.

Briar Bauman (14) took the checkered flag in a celebratory fashion.

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With the accent on the Pro riders at this event, they ran a limited group of the regular program classes.

Nick Henderson scored a pair of win on his two-stroke Honda, in the 250cc A/B and Vintage classes.

Henderson took the 250cc lead, ahead of Over 40 winner Chris Hathaway, Albert Cook and Lowell Wherley. Hathaway stayed close during the entire final, while Cook fell heading into turn three on the final lap, giving Crabbe third.

In the Vintage final, Henderson jumped out to a large margin over Adam Stelmack, Ben Kitzmiller and Cody Bauer. Once he got his Triumph spooled up, Bauer used the outside line to move up to second by the fourth lap. When he pulled alongside Henderson, it woke up the leader and made him work for the win for the remaining laps.

Nick Henderson (29) and Cody Bauer (64) battle in the Vintage contest.

Nick Henderson (29) and Cody Bauer (64) battle in the Vintage contest.

Hathaway took the Over 40 lead, ahead of Sean Simmons, Wherley and Ray Jenkins. Wherley drifted high off turn four on the second lap, giving Jenkins third. Simmons stayed close for most of the final, but Jenkins started pressuring him late in the race.

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Jeremy Higgins led the 450cc Sportsman A contest off turn two, followed by Nick Henderson, Jeremy Orr and Don Mullen. Orr got by Henderson off turn two on the third lap.

Jeremy Higgins (82) leads Nick Henderson (29), Jeremy Orr (222) and the rest of the pack in 450cc Sportsman A action.

Jeremy Higgins (82) leads Nick Henderson (29), Jeremy Orr (222) and the rest of the pack in 450cc Sportsman A action.

Tyler Eggleton went wire to wire to claim the victory in the Open B final, over Zach Mullen and Adam Layman. The front trio stayed fairly close, while the others kept changing positions.

Making his first start of the season a winning one, Chase Smith topped the 125cc Two-Stroke/ 150cc Four-Stroke class, over Dylan Almony, who was making his first dirt-track start in several years. Almony stayed close for most of the final.

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Logan McGrane was another wire-to-wire winner, taking the 85cc-class win. Colton Murphy led the pack that was chasing McGrane, with Evan Renshaw and Logan Eisenhard right behind him. Renshaw took second off turn four on the opening lap, and Eisenhard took third a few laps later. Renshaw fell between turns one and two past the halfway mark.

Logan McGrane (19) and Colton Murphy (59) skirmish in the 85cc contest.

Logan McGrane (19) and Colton Murphy (59) skirmish in the 85cc contest.

Dylan Cascio led Adam Costan and Jaiden Neal as the 50cc Shaft riders paddled off the line. Costan guessed correctly as they split a lapper going into turn one on the fourth lap. He then secured the lead when Cascio fell in turn two on the sixth lap. Cascio rejoined the race and managed to take second off turn two on the final lap.

Adam Costan (12) and Dylan Cascio (7) finished first and second, respectively, in the 50cc Shaft-Drive class.

Adam Costan (12) and Dylan Cascio (7) finished first and second, respectively, in the 50cc Shaft-Drive class.

 

As in the heat race, Megan Bell led the Women’s final, over Samantha Resch, Jess Reynolds and Nicole Henderson. Also as in the heat race, Resch took the lead, this time on the fifth lap, and pulled away a little.

Maryland State Fairgrounds
Timonium, Maryland
Results: July 21, 2017

GARY NIXON INVITATIONAL: 1. Brian Bauman (Hon); 2. Don Mullen (Hon); 3. Jared Mees (Hon); 4. Cory Texter (Hon); 5. Jeremy Higgins (Yam); 6. Dan Bromley (KTM); 7. Cameron Smith (Suz); 8. Jeremy Orr (Hon); 9. Paul Lynch (Yam); 10 Ryan Varnes (Yam).

50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Adam Costan (Yam); 2. Dylan Cascio (Yam); 3. Jaiden Neal (Yam); 4. George Phillipson (Yam).

85 (7-15): 1. Logan McGrane (Hon); 2. Logan Eisenhard (Suz); 3. Colton Murphy (KTM); 4. Ethan Lewter (Yam); 5. Hunter Kershner (KTM); 6. Evan Renshaw (KTM).

40+: 1. Chris Hathaway (Hon); 2. Sean Simmons (Kaw); 3. Ray Jenkins (Hon); 4. Lowell Wherley (Suz); 5. Jim Blair (Suz); 6. Bill Kraft (Hon); 7. Tom Boschert (Hon); 8. Lou Smith (Kaw); 9. Mike Lawless (Bue).

125 2-STROKE/150 4-STROKE: 1. Chase Smith ((Hon); 2. Dylan Almony (Hon); 3. Adam Layman (Suz); 4. Skyla Townsley (Yam); 5. Mike Webber (Hon); 6. Cameron Logullo (Kaw).

250 A/B: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Chris Hathaway (Hon); 3. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 4. Chris Thomas (Hon); 5. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 6. Lowell Wherley (Suz); 7. Jared Florian (Hon); 8. Albert Cook (Kaw); 9. Mike Johnson (Hon); 10. Chuck Mylin (Kaw).

WOMEN 150: 1. Samantha Resch (Kaw); 2. Megan Bell (Hon); 3. Jess Reynolds (Hon); 4. Skyla Townsley (Yam); 5. Sara Lamonica (Hon); 6. Delaney Cadden (Hon); 7. Nicole Henderson (Hon); 8. Samantha Cavanaugh (Hon).

VINTAGE: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Cody Bauer (Tri); 3. Trevor Monn (H-D); 4. Adam Stelmack (Yam); 5. Patrick Duffy (Hon); 6. Ben Kitzmiller (Yam).

OPEN B: 1. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 2. Zach Mullen (Hon); 3. Adam Layman (Suz); 4. Dustin Otto (Yam); 5. Bill Snodgrass (Hon); 6. Ben Bosley (Hon); 7. Samantha Resch (KTM); 8. Chris Poynter (Hon); 9. Trevin Caruccio (Kaw); 10. Chuck Mylin (Kaw).

450 SPORTSMAN A: 1. Jeremy Higgins (Yam); 2. Jeremy Orr (Hon); 3. Nick Henderson (Hon); 4. Cameron Smith (Hon); 5. Colton Smith (Suz); 6. Don Mullen (Suz); 7. Dan Bromley (Kaw); 8. Kevin Bills (Yam); 9. Tyler Mullen (Hon); 10. Chris Thomas (Hon).

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