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Alexander Annexes Win at Timonium ST!

| 18 August 2017 3:56 pm

Maryland Short Track
Maryland State Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Len Breech and Ben Breech
TIMONIUM, MD, AUG. 11, 2017

For a rider known as a fast, aggressive racer, who fell as often as he finished, at this event Joey Alexander stayed upright for his heat races and finals to win the final event of the night, ahead of his buddy Nick Henderson, in the 450cc Sportsman A class. And he needed all the speed he could muster, as the rain that had been predicted hit a few minutes after the flag flew.

Joey Alexander (83S) kept it on two wheels to win the 450cc Sportsman A class. Nick Henderson (29) was runner-up.

Joey Alexander (83S) kept it on two wheels to win the 450cc Sportsman A class. Nick Henderson (29) was runner-up.

With District 6 having its sanctioned event the next night at the Reading Fairgrounds, both the weather and the single-district sanction held the rider count down. In order to try to beat the weather, the Baltimore County Trail Riders sped up the program, only grooming the track before the heats and finals. The finals started at 8:15 p.m.

For his first start of the season, Alexander borrowed Mike Poe’s machine. After finishing a close second to Henderson in the Open A final, Alexander nailed the holeshot in the Sportsman final, ahead of Henderson and T.J. Irvin, and despite constant pressure he held off Henderson to take the win.

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Henderson did claim victory in three out of the five classes he entered: Open A, 250cc Sportsman A/B, and Vintage Lightweight.

Because of the small turnout, the Lightweight and Heavyweight Vintage classes were combined, and the two class winners went at each other in the first half, Henderson on his liquid-cooled Honda and Cody Bauer on his Triumph. While they traded the lead in the first half, Henderson took the point in the late stages.

In combined Vintage action, Nick Henderson (29) was first overall and top Lightweight, and Cody Bauer (64) was second overall and first Heavyweight.

In combined Vintage action, Nick Henderson (29) was first overall and top Lightweight, and Cody Bauer (64) was second overall and first Heavyweight.

Henderson also used the same machine to take the 250cc Sportsman win, over Todd Stith Jr., who was riding Henderson’s 250cc Honda four-stroke and stayed close for the entire distance.

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Pro hillclimber Phil Libhart scored a pair of age-class wins, starting off with the Over 40 victory, over Damian Kocovinos and Sean Simmons.

A few minutes later, Kocovinos led Libhart off turn two in the Over 30 final, with Simmons, Albert Cook and David Price behind. Libhart took the lead off turn two on the third lap. Meanwhile, Simmons began pressuring Kocovinos for second, but he came up inches short at the line.

Phil Libhart (910), Damian Kocovinos (26) and Sean Simmons (61) went one, two, three in Over 30 competition.

Phil Libhart (910), Damian Kocovinos (26) and Sean Simmons (61) went one, two, three in Over 30 competition.

At the end of that race, Price wheeled back to the start line for the 250cc B final, taking the lead ahead of Chuck Mylin, Chris Poynter and Kyle Fitzmaurice. Poynter and Fitzmaurice dropped Mylin back on the second lap. Fitzmaurice took second off turn two on the last lap, while Price took his first win ever.

David Price (55) was the 250cc B winner.

David Price (55) was the 250cc B winner.

Normally, jumping the start and getting sent to the penalty line kills your chances for a win, but on this evening not one but two riders reversed that trend.

As he had done the previous week, Jim Blair jumped the Over 50 start. On the official start, Bill Kraft took the lead, ahead of Bill Snodgrass, Mark Stambaugh, Lou Smith and Blair. Blair quickly moved up to challenge Snodgrass for second, taking it on the seventh lap, and then he moved up to challenge Kraft. On the final lap, Kraft bobbled slightly off two, letting Blair by for the win.

Jim Blair (75) and Bill Kraft (57) finished first and second, respectively, in the Over 50 contest.

Jim Blair (75) and Bill Kraft (57) finished first and second, respectively, in the Over 50 contest.

Ironically, the next race on the docket was the other “jumper.” Evan Renshaw “earned” his new starting spot in the 65cc (7-11) class, letting Legend Erisman, Hunter Kershner and Aaden Johnson lead the pack – briefly. He was up to second at the start of the second lap, and he took first off turn four on the third lap.

Evan Renshaw (65) and Legend Erisman (715) went one and two in 65cc action.

Evan Renshaw (65) and Legend Erisman (715) went one and two in 65cc action.

Renshaw also figured into a racelong battle in the 85cc class, although it was for second place. Colton Murphy jumped into the lead and kept a safe margin on the rest of the pack, while Renshaw and Logan McGrane hooked up for a battle for the runner-up spot. Renshaw guarded the inside, while McGrane was beside him on the outside. The race was so close that both almost hit the wall at the finish line.

Maryland State Fairgrounds
Timonium, Maryland
Results: August 11, 2017

50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Legend Erisman (KTM); 2. Hunter Kershner (KTM); 3. Aaden Johnson (KTM).

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

65 (7-11): 1. Evan Renshaw (KTM); 2. Legend Erisman (Kaw); 3. Hunter Kershner (Kaw); 4. Aaden Johnson (Kaw); 5. Brandon Ramsel (Kaw); 6. Tyler Hinson (KTM); 7. Braden Miller (Hon).

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

85 (12-15): 1. Ethan Lewter (Yam).

125 2-STROKE/150 4-STROKE: 1. Jeremiah Snow (Hon); 2. Jess Reynolds (Yam); 3. Blake Ickes (Hon); 4. Bob Kershner (Hon); 5. Skyla Townsley (Hon); 6. Sara Lamonica (Hon).

250 B: 1. David Price (Yam); 2. Kyle Fitzmaurice (Hon); 3. Chris Poynter (Hon); 4. David Fant (Yam); 5. Chuck Mylin (Kaw); 6. Jess Reynolds (Suz).

250 SPORTSMAN A/B: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Todd Stith Jr. (Hon); 3. Phil Libhart (Yam); 4. Samantha Resch (Hon); 5. Albert Cook (Kaw).

450 SPORTSMAN A: 1. Joey Alexander (Hon); 2. Nick Henderson (Hon); 3. T.J. Irvin (Hon).

450 SPORTSMAN B: 1. Nathan Reichert (Kaw); 2. Zach Miller (Suz); 3. Tate Adamson (Kaw); 4. James Richards (Suz); 5. Dylan Almony (Hon).

OPEN A: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Joey Alexander (Hon); 3. T.J. Irvin (Hon).

OPEN B: 1. Adam Layman (Suz); 2. Tate Adamson (Kaw); 2. Nathan Reichert (Kaw); 4. Kyle Fitzmaurice (Hon); 5. James Richards (Suz); 6. Jeremy Levine (Hon); 7. Chuck Mylin (Kaw).

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

YOUTH 150: 1. Todd Stith Jr. (Hon); 2. Logan McGrane (Kaw); 3. Jess Reynolds (Hon); 4. Aaron Johnson (Hon).

ADULT 150: 1. Colton Smith (Hon); 2. Nick Henderson (Hon); 3. Adam Layman (Hon); 4. Samantha Resch (Kaw); 5. T.J. Irvin (Hon); 6. Jeremiah Snow (Hon); 7. Chris Pavlick (Hon); 8. Zach Miller (Yam).

30+: 1. Phil Libhart (Yam); 2. Damian Kocovinos (Hon); 3. Sean Simmons (Kaw); 4. Albert Cook (Kaw); 5. Patrick Giblin (Hon); 6. David Price (Yam); 7. Jeremy Levine (Hon).

40+: 1. Phil Libhart (Yam); 2. Damian Kocovinos (Hon); 3. Sean Simmons (Kaw); 4. Bill Kraft (Hon); 5. David Price (Yam).

50+: 1. Jim Blair (Suz); 2. Bill Kraft (Hon); 3. Bill Snodgrass (Hon); 4. Lou Smith (Kaw); 5. Mark Stambaugh (Yam).

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHT 250-499: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Adam Stelmack (Yam); 3. Patrick Duffy (Hon).

VINTAGE HEAVYWEIGHT 501+: 1. Cody Bauer (Tri); 2. Trevor Monn (H-D); 3. Mark Williams (Yam).

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