Saddlemen

Irvin and Orr Mine Double Open-Class Wins at Timonium ST

| 16 August 2017 2:53 pm

Maryland Short Track
Maryland State Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Len Breech and Ben Breech
TIMONIUM, MD, AUG. 4, 2017

Jeremy Orr and T.J. Irvin each scored double wins in the Open and 450cc Sportsman classes – Orr in the Expert division and Irvin in the Amateurs – as the Baltimore County Trail Riders and Cockeysville Optimist Club hosted their second of four short tracks, this one as a full District 6 and 7 event.

Jeremy Orr (222) and Nick Henderson (29) finished first and second, respectively, in both the Open A and 450cc Sportsman A classes.

Jeremy Orr (222) and Nick Henderson (29) finished first and second, respectively, in both the Open A and 450cc Sportsman A classes.

Orr jumped to the front in the Sportsman A final, with Nick Henderson, Colton Smith and Kevin Bills behind him. Henderson stayed close all the way to the end, while Smith was throwing his Suzuki sideways in the turns.

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Orr really had to work for the Open A win, as Bills jumped in front at the start, ahead of Orr, Henderson and Tyler Mullen. After pressuring for several laps, Orr took second going into turn three on the sixth lap. Henderson took second before turn one on the next lap. Henderson stayed close but couldn’t make any shots at the lead.

At the start of the Open B final, a rider on the front row got crossways, making for a staggered entry into one, and that had Irvin leading Damon Ream, Adam Layman and Zack Miller. The top three stayed the same to the end, while Miller had trouble keeping his 500 Kawasaki in line, losing fourth to Zach Mullen on the fifth lap and fifth to Grant Shafer a few laps later.

T.J. Irvin (77) and Damon Ream (17) finished first and second, respectively, in both the Open B and 450cc Sportsman B classes.

T.J. Irvin (77) and Damon Ream (17) finished first and second, respectively, in both the Open B and 450cc Sportsman B classes.

The 450cc Sportsman B final saw Irvin jumping into the lead, with Ream close behind and Shafer, Mullen and Jedediah Haines battling for third. Shafer fell on the fifth lap, giving third to Mullen.

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There was another double win, this time for a machine. Nick Henderson’s 250cc two-stroke Honda took the 250cc Sportsman A/B victory with Henderson on it, and also the Lightweight Vintage (250-499cc) win but with Tyler Eggleton in the seat.

Austin Wherley led Henderson, Eggleton and Phil Libhart off the line at the start of the 250cc Sportsman A/B contest, but Henderson took over the top spot on the second lap. Libhart got rolling on the third lap, taking third, and then displacing Wherley for the runner-up spot on the seventh lap.

Nick Henderson (29) and Tyler Eggleton (68) went one and two in the 250cc Sportsman A/B class.

Nick Henderson (29) and Tyler Eggleton (68) went one and two in the 250cc Sportsman A/B class.

Henderson normally rides – and usually wins – in the Vintage Lightweight class on the machine, but on this night Eggleton was in the saddle. He jumped into the lead, leaving Bill Kraft, Ben Kitzmiller and Bob Kohlbus to battle for second. With Kraft hugging the inside, Kitzmiller used the outside, finally getting enough margin to take second by the halfway point.

Vintage Lite winner Tyler Eggleton (29).

Vintage Lite winner Tyler Eggleton (29).

Henderson also ran a close second in the Adult 150cc, staying close to Colton Smith the entire distance. T.J. Irvin, Adam Layman and Zach Miller fought for a distant third over the last half of the race, with the spot eventually going to Irvin.

Colton Smith (14) duels with Nick Henderson (29) in Adult 150cc action.

Colton Smith (14) duels with Nick Henderson (29) in Adult 150cc action.

Some of the younger riders had some of the tightest races of the night. The closest was in the Youth 150cc class, in which motocrosser Todd Stith Jr. hugged the inside while Logan McGrane ran just to the right of him for the entire 10-lap distance. McGrane took the lead off turn four as they started the final lap, but Stith went to the low line heading into turn three to take the win.

Todd Stith (8) topped the Youth 150cc class, with Logan McGrane (1) a very close runner-up.

Todd Stith (8) topped the Youth 150cc class, with Logan McGrane (1) a very close runner-up.

The 85cc (7-11) contest was another close one. Colton Murphy led McGrane, Evan Renshaw and Cameron Schlough off the line, but Renshaw shot into the lead off turn four when Murphy got a little squirrely. The order stayed the same until McGrane fell at the start-finish line on the sixth lap.

Evan Renshaw (65) was the 85cc (7-11) winner.

Evan Renshaw (65) was the 85cc (7-11) winner.

Renshaw figured into another very close final, in the 65cc (7-11) class. Jack Rutledge led Legend Erisman and Aaden Johnson. Renshaw took second off turn two on the fourth lap and was on Rutledge’s tail over the last half of the race, but he couldn’t get by.

In the 65cc (7-11) contest, Jack Rutledge (64) took the top spot, over Evan Renshaw (65).

In the 65cc (7-11) contest, Jack Rutledge (64) took the top spot, over Evan Renshaw (65).

So far this season, Chris Hathaway has not lived up to his well-earned nickname of “Crash” – and he has scored several wins in that period. On this night, he again grabbed the Over 30 lead, ahead of Jedediah Haines, Sean Simmons and Chris Johnson. Simmons took second off turn two on lap four, while Haines and Johnson fell prey to a hard-charging Phil Libhart, who turned the fastest time in the final on the final lap trying to get by Simmons, but he came up short.

Chris Hathaway (84) topped the Over 30 class. Sean Simmons (61) was second.

Chris Hathaway (84) topped the Over 30 class. Sean Simmons (61) was second.

Libhart was first out of turn two in the Over 40 final, with Hathaway, Simmons, Damian Kocovinos and Ray Jenkins battling for second. Hathaway held second, while Jenkins took fourth on lap four and then third late in the race.

Phil Libhart (910) led every lap en route to the Over 40 victory.

Phil Libhart (910) led every lap en route to the Over 40 victory.

Jenkins went wire to wire to take the Over 50 win, with Lowell Wherley holding a steady second. Behind them, Bill Kraft, Bill Snodgrass and Jim Blairs staged a close battle for third, which went to Snodgrass.

In Over 50 competition, Ray Jenkins (25A) was first, followed by Lowell Wherley (28).

In Over 50 competition, Ray Jenkins (25A) was first, followed by Lowell Wherley (28).

Jess Reynolds grabbed the lead in the Women’s 150cc final, ahead of Megan Bell, Samantha Resch and Sara Lamonica. Resch took second as they started the third lap and started to pressure Reynolds for the lead. Reynolds kept her at bay, until Lamonica fell just after starting the ninth lap, bringing out the red flag, and the event was called complete.

Jess Reynolds (701) won the Women’s 150cc contest, with Samantha Resch (3) as runner-up.

Jess Reynolds (701) won the Women’s 150cc contest, with Samantha Resch (3) as runner-up.

Maryland Short Track
Timonium, Maryland
Results: August 4, 2017

50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Legend Erisman (KTM); 2. Aaden Johnson (KTM); 3. Kayla Sample (Hon); 4. Mackenzie Perry (KTM).

50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Dylan Cascio (Yam); 2. Kayla Sample (Hon); 3. Caden Steffy (Yam); 4. Mackenzie Perry (Hon); 5. George Phillipson (Yam); 6. Jaiden Neal (Yam); 7. Patrick Vuotto (Yam).

65 (7-11): 1. Jack Rutledge (Suz); 2. Evan Renshaw (KTM); 3. Legend Erisman (Kaw); 4. Aaden Johnson (Kaw); 5. Harvey Bull (Kaw); 6. Tyler Hinson (KTM); 7. Jacob Schwartz (KTM); 8. Braden Miller (Hon); 9. Brandon Ramsel (Kaw).

85 (7-11): 1. Evan Renshaw (KTM); 2. Colton Murphy (KTM); 3. Cameron Schlough (KTM); 4. Logan McGrane (Hon).

85 (12-15): 1. Dominick Cooper (Yam); 2. Ethan Lewter (Yam).

125 2-STROKE/150 4-STROKE: 1. Dominick Cooper (Yam); 2. Jess Reynolds (Hon); 3. Bob Kershner (Hon); 4. Alec Hoffman (Suz); 5. Skyla Townsley (Yam); 6. Dewey Matthews (Hon); 7. Cameron Lugullo (Kaw); 8. Blake Ickes (Hon); 9. Sara Lamonica (Hon).

250 B: 1. Jared Florian (Hon); 2. Cody Ebersol (Hon); 3. Todd Stith (Hon); 4. Chris Poynter (Hon); 5. Ben Bosley (Hon); 6. Bill Snodgrass Sr. (Hon); 7. Jess Reynolds (Suz); 8. Chuck Mylin (Kaw); 9. David Fant (Yam).

250 SPORTSMAN A/B: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Phil Libhart (Yam); 3. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 4. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 5. Jared Florian (Hon); 6. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 7. Cody Ebersol (Hon); 8. Albert Cook (Kaw); 9. Chris Johnson (Kaw).

450 SPORTSMAN A: 1. Jeremy Orr (Hon); 2. Nick Henderson (Hon); 3. Colton Smith (Suz); 4. Kevin Bills (Yam); 5. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 6. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 7. Tyler Mullen (Hon).

450 SPORTSMAN B: 1. T.J. Irvin (Hon); 2. Damon Ream (Hon); 3. Zach Mullen (Hon); 4. Jedediah Haines (Yam); 5. John Schwatka (Hon); 6. Devin Sweiker (Yam); 7. Grant Shafer (Kaw); 8. Tyler Eggleton (Hon).

OPEN A: 1. Jeremy Orr (Hon); 2. Nick Henderson (Hon); 3. Kevin Bills (Yam); 4. Tyler Mullen (Hon); 5. Austin Wherley (Kaw).

OPEN B: 1. T.J. Irvin (Hon); 2. Damon Ream (Hon); 3. Adam Layman (Suz); 4. Zach Mullen (Hon); 5. Grant Shafer (Kaw); 6. Zach Miller (Kaw); 7. Chuck Mylin (Kaw); 8. Justin Johnson (Hon); 9. Devin Sweiker (Yam).

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

YOUTH 150: 1. Todd Stith (Hon); 2. Logan McGrane (Kaw); 3. Ryan Morrow Jr. (Kaw).

ADULT 150: 1. Colton Smith (Hon); 2. Nick Henderson (Hon); 3. T.J. Irvin (Hon); 4. Adam Layman (Hon); 5. Zach Miller (Yam); 6. Jeremiah Snow (Hon); 7. Alec Hoffman (Suz); 8. Austin Greenland (Hon); 9. Dylan Almony (Hon); 10. Mike Webber (Hon).

30+: 1. Chris Hathaway (Hon); 2. Sean Simmons (Kaw); 3. Phil Libhart (Yam); 4. Jedediah Haines (Yam); 5. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 6. Patrick Giblin (Hon); 7. Albert Cook (Kaw); 8. David Price (Yam); 9. Damian Kocovinos (Hon); 10. Rush Branson (Hon).

40+: 1. Phil Libhart (Yam); 2. Chris Hathaway (Hon); 3. Ray Jenkins (Hon); 4. Sean Simmons (Kaw); 5. Damian Kocovinos (Hon); 6. Jim Blair (Suz); 7. Tom Boschert (Hon); 8. David Price (Yam); 9. Lowell Wherley (Suz); 10. Mark Stambaugh (Yam).

50+: 1. Ray Jenkins (Hon); 2. Lowell Wherley (Suz); 3. Bill Snodgrass (Hon); 4. Bill Kraft (Hon); 5. Jim Blair (Suz); 6. Tom Boschert (Hon); 7. Mark Stambaugh (Yam); 8. Walt Steffy (KTM); 9. Lou Smith (Kaw).

VINTAGE ULTRALITE 125-249: 1. Rick Kohlbus (Bul); 2. Nicholas Almony (Suz).

VINTAGE LITE 250-499: 1. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 2. Ben Kitzmiller (Yam); 3. Bill Kraft (Yam); 4. Rick Kohlbus (Bul); 5. Patrick Duffy (Hon); 6. Karl Bauer (BSA).

VINTAGE HEAVYWEIGHT 501+: 1. Cody Bauer (Yam); 2. Kasey Bauer (Yam); 3. Dan Daugenbaugh (Hon); 4. Trevor Monn (H-D).

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