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Long and Greenland Share Expert Wins at Shellhammers ST

| 6 September 2017 10:35 am

Pennsylvania Short Track
Shellhammers Speedway

Story and Photos by Len Breech and Ben Breech
SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, AUG. 27, 2017

Jesse Long and Austin Greenland split the Expert wins in the 450cc Sportsman A and Open A finals, respectively, as Baer Motorsports brought a new venue to District 6 short track: Shellhammers Speedway.

Jesse Long (63A) and Austin Greenland (32A) split Expert victories at the Pennsylvania Short Track event at Shellhammers Speedway.

Jesse Long (63A) and Austin Greenland (32A) split Expert victories at the Pennsylvania Short Track event at Shellhammers Speedway.

While new to motorcycles, the eighth-mile clay oval has been running go-karts and similar classes since 1975. While clay tracks during the day are normally narrow, blue-groove affairs, the track and crew provided a very wide racing groove that had most of the riders praising the track. The event was also a benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which raised at least $450 during the event.

While Long and Greenland split the wins, Long was the big winner, moneywise, as the 450cc Sportsman A paid an additional $500 to the winner from local businesses.

After the initial start was red-flagged for several downed riders in turn one, Long jumped into the lead, ahead of Cameron Smith, Greenland, and D.J. Slosser. Greenland took second on the fourth lap. Nick Henderson and Chad Cose dropped Slosser back a few spots on the following laps. Over the remaining laps, Greenland tried several times to get by going into a turn, but he came up a little short each time.

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Earlier, the Open A contest saw Greenland taking the lead at the start, ahead of Chad Cose, Smith, Henderson and Slosser. Smith took second on the third lap. Henderson kept probing Cose’s defenses, finally taking third on the seventh lap. On the final lap, Cose tried an unsuccessful “bump-and-run” as they entered turn one; with that move, he dropped back several spots.

In Open A competition, Austin Greenland (32A) came in first, followed by Cameron Smith (44) and Nick Henderson (29).

In Open A competition, Austin Greenland (32A) came in first, followed by Cameron Smith (44) and Nick Henderson (29).

While Greenland almost scored two wins, several riders, especially on the Amateur side, did score double wins. The smaller bikes had a pair of Scott Powersports riders taking double wins, and it wasn’t Tyler Scott, who’s been road racing most of the summer. The 65cc- and 85cc-class victories went to Brandon Pfanders, who survived a get-off in the 85cc heat race to come back in the main and grab the lead by the end of the opening lap, ahead of Colton Murphy, Logan McGrane and Evan Renshaw. Pfanders gradually pulled away to a comfortable margin. Meanwhile, McGrane stayed close to Murphy, trying to get underneath him off the final turn but coming up short.

Brandon Pfanders (88), Colton Murphy (59) and Logan McGrane (19) finished first, second and third, respectively, in 85cc (7-11) action.

Brandon Pfanders (88), Colton Murphy (59) and Logan McGrane (19) finished first, second and third, respectively, in 85cc (7-11) action.

The 65cc contest was similar, as Pfanders took the lead. This time, it was Jack Rutledge, Renshaw and Aaden Johnson following. Renshaw took second on the third lap.

Another rider to watch out for is Adam Costan, who topped both the 50cc Chain Drive and 50cc Shaft Drive classes.

In the Chain Drive contest, Costan jumped out to an early lead and pulled away from Legend Erisman, Hunter Kershner, Aaden Johnson and Gabrielle Pfanders. Pfanders quickly moved into fourth and challenged Kershner for third over the last half of the race, coming up half a bikelength short.

Adam Costan (12) won both the 50cc Chain Drive and 50cc Shaft Drive classes.

Adam Costan (12) won both the 50cc Chain Drive and 50cc Shaft Drive classes.

Costan again checked out in the Shaft Drive final, with Pfanders, Caden Steffy and Kayla Sample following. Steffy took second at the end of the second lap, which was the only change in the order.

Zach Mullen scored the win in both the Open B and 450cc Sportsman B finals. He took the Open lead in the third turn, ahead of Damon Ream, Robert Wheatley and Grant Shafer. Shafer took third on the fourth lap.

Wheatley led the 450cc Sportsman B field into turn one, but Mullen led the field off turn two, with Ream, Shafer and Brandon Shearer behind Wheatley, who gradually drifted back to finish fifth. Strangely, the order for the first six was the same in both classes.

After three aborted starts and red flags after two laps, Corey Jones led the 250cc B final, followed by Jared Florian, Tim Bohning and Cody Ebersole. Jones and Florian pulled away, while Ebersole pressured Bohning for third until the finish.

The 250cc B winner was Corey Jones (90).

The 250cc B winner was Corey Jones (90).

Jones then came back later and won the combined Vintage Superlight and Women’s classes. While Jones pulled away from Steve Stauffer, Skyla Townsley was battling all race long with Jess Reynolds and Sara Lamonica for the Women’s win.

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Although he came up a little short in the two 450cc Expert classes, Nick Henderson scored back-to-back wins in the 250cc Sportsman A/B and Adult 150cc classes. He took the 250cc lead, ahead of Joe Gathercole, Rich Mellinger, Damon Ream and Cody Ebersole and then put some breathing room on them. After a slow start, Anthon Crabbe took fifth on the fourth lap and then fourth on the eighth lap.

Nick Henderson (29), Joe Gathercole (75A) and Rich Mellinger (86) ran one, two, three in the 250cc Sportsman A/B class.

Nick Henderson (29), Joe Gathercole (75A) and Rich Mellinger (86) ran one, two, three in the 250cc Sportsman A/B class.

After a slight delay to allow Henderson to change bikes, he took the Adult 150cc lead, ahead of Raun Wood, Florian and Ryan Varnes. After trying for several laps, Florian got by Wood for second on the sixth lap.

Just as he did in the Over 30 heat, Rick Winsett jumped the start in the final. This let Phil Libhart easily take the lead, ahead of Kris Weiss, Albert Cook and Steve Lerch. By the third lap, Winsett had worked his way to third, with fellow penalty-line starter Travis Bowman on his outside. Winsett finally got by Weiss for second at the start of the final lap, with Bowman slipping by as well.

Phil Libhart (910) won the Over 30 final, ahead of Rick Winsett (11). Kris Weiss (61A) finished fourth.

Phil Libhart (910) won the Over 30 final, ahead of Rick Winsett (11). Kris Weiss (61A) finished fourth.

The Over 40 contest saw Libhart in front, this time in front of Rich Mellinger, Darren Phillips and Ray Jenkins. On the second lap, Jenkins took third off turn two. Mellinger took the lead at the end of that lap.

In Over 40 action, Rich Mellinger (86) was the winner, with Phil Libhart (910) as runner-up.

In Over 40 action, Rich Mellinger (86) was the winner, with Phil Libhart (910) as runner-up.

Dave Smith used a great holeshot to take the lead in the Over 50 final, over Todd Kendig, Jenkins, Phillips and Jim Chapman. Jenkins took second at the end of the opening lap. Scott “Slow Start” Slade finally got rolling, taking fifth on the third lap and then nipping Phillips for fourth at the finish.

The Over 50 victory went to Dave Smith (77), ahead of Ray Jenkins (21) and Todd Kendig (89).

The Over 50 victory went to Dave Smith (77), ahead of Ray Jenkins (21) and Todd Kendig (89).

Cameron Loguilo led Skyla Townsley, Jess Reynolds, Bronson Jackson and Sara Lamonica at the start of the 125cc Two-Stroke/ 150cc Four-Stroke final. Townsley took the lead on the second lap and started pulling away, until Loguilo fell in the first turn after four laps, bringing out the red flag. This gave Dominick Cooper a chance to close the gap after starting from the penalty line.

Off the single-file restart, Cooper moved quickly into second, and he took the lead off the second turn on the final lap.

Dominick Cooper (717), Skyla Townsley (13), Jess Reynolds (701) and Sara Lamonica (21) went one, two, three, four in 125cc Two-Stroke/150cc Four-Stroke competition.

Dominick Cooper (717), Skyla Townsley (13), Jess Reynolds (701) and Sara Lamonica (21) went one, two, three, four in 125cc Two-Stroke/150cc Four-Stroke competition.

Shellhammers Speedway
Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania
Results: August 27, 2017

50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Adam Costan (KTM); 2. Legend Erisman (KTM); 3. Hunter Kershner (KTM); 4. Gabrielle Pfanders (KTM); 5. Aaden Johnson (KTM); 6. Kayla Sample (Hon); 7. Kayden Rylee (KTM).

50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Adam Costan (Yam); 2. Caden Steffy (Yam); 3. Gabrielle Pfanders (Yam); 4. Kayla Sample (Hon); 5. Patrick Vuotto (Yam).

65 (7-11): 1. Brandon Pfanders (Kaw); 2. Evan Renshaw (KTM); 3. Jack Rutledge (Suz); 4. Aaden Johnson (Kaw); 5. Legend Erisman (Kaw); 6. Hunter Kershner (KTM); 7. Kayden Rylee (Kaw).

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

85 (12-15): 1. Mason Cardwell (Hon).

125 2-STROKE/ 150 4-STROKE: 1. Dominick Cooper (Yam); 2. Skyla Townsley (Yam); 3. Jess Reynolds (Yam); 4. Sara Lamonica (Hon); 5. Bronson Jackson (Suz); 6. Cameron Loguilo (Kaw); 7. Cherie Weiss (Hon); 8. Ryan Morrow (Kaw).

250 B: 1. Corey Jones (Hon); 2. Jared Florian (Hon); 3. Tim Bohning (Hon); 4. Cody Ebersole (Hon); 5. Samantha Weiss (Hon); 6. Terry Swartley (Yam); 7. Jess Reynolds (Yam); 8. Cherie Weiss (Hon); 9. Kyle Fitzmaurice (Kaw).

250 SPORTSMAN A/B: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Joe Gathercole (Hon); 3. Rich Mellinger (Suz); 4. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 5. Damon Ream (Hon); 6. Jared Florian (Hon); 7. Cody Ebersole (Hon); 8. Chris Thomas (Hon); 9. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 10. Corey Jones (Hon); 11. Bruce Ingram (Suz); 12. Albert Cook (Kaw); 13. Jess Reynolds (Yam).

450 SPORTSMAN A: 1. Jesse Long (Hon); 2. Austin Greenland (Yam); 3. Cameron Smith (Hon); 4. Nick Henderson (Hon); 5. Chad Cose (Hon); 6. D.J. Slosser (Hon); 7. Brian Phillips (Kaw); 8. Chris Thomas (Hon); 9. Ryan Varnes (Suz); 10. Steve Lerch (Suz); 11. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 12. Raun Wood (Hon); 13. Tyler Mullen (Hon); 14. R.J. Hart (Yam).

450 SPORTSMAN B: 1. Zach Mullen (Hon); 2. Damon Ream (Hon); 3. Grant Shafer (Kaw); 4. Brandon Shearer (Yam); 5. Robert Wheatley (Suz); 6. Justin Bender (Kaw); 7. Samantha Weiss (Hon).

500 2-VALVE: 1. Todd Kendig (Yam); 2. Mark Tepper (Yam).

OPEN A: 1. Austin Greenland (Yam); 2. Cameron Smith (Hon); 3. Nick Henderson (Hon); 4. Jesse Long (Hon); 5. D.J. Slosser (Hon); 6. Tyler Mullen (Hon); 7. Chad Cose (Hon); 8. Raun Wood (Hon); 9. Brian Phillips (Kaw); 10. R.J. Hart (Yam); 11. Ryan Varnes (Suz).

OPEN B: 1. Zach Mullen (Hon); 2. Damon Ream (Hon); 3. Grant Shafer (Kaw); 4. Brandon Shearer (Yam); 5. Robert Wheatley (Suz); 6. Justin Bender (Kaw); 7. Kyle Fitzmaurice (Kaw).

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

YOUTH 150 4-STROKE: 1. Dylan Cunningham (Suz); 2. Tyler Cunningham (Hon); 3. Logan McGrane (Kaw); 4. Mason Cardwell (Hon); 5. Ryan Morrow Jr. (Kaw); 6. Logan Eisenhard (Hon).

ADULT 150: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Jared Florian (Hon); 3. Raun Wood (Hon); 4. Ryan Varnes (Yam); 5. Brian Phillips (Hon); 6. Albert Cook (Kaw); 7. Jason Cunningham (Suz); 8. Ben Miller (Yam); 9. Bruce Cunningham (Hon).

30+: 1. Phil Libhart (Yam); 2. Rick Winsett (Rtx); 3. Travis Bowman (Suz); 4. Kris Weiss (Hon); 5. Steve Lerch (Suz); 6. Albert Cook (Kaw); 7. Chris Johnson (Kaw).

40+: 1. Rich Mellinger (Rtx); 2. Phil Libhart (Yam); 3. Ray Jenkins (Hon); 4. Darren Phillips (Kaw); 5. Walt Steffy (KTM); 6. Tom Boschert (Hon).

50+: 1. Dave Smith (Hon); 2. Ray Jenkins (Hon); 3. Todd Kendig (Yam); 4. Scott Slade (Suz); 5. Darren Phillips (Kaw); 6. Jim Chapman (Hon); 7. Walt Steffy (KTM); 8. Tom Boschert (Hon).

VINTAGE SUPERLIGHT: 1. Corey Jones (Yam); 2. Steve Stauffer (Yam); 3. Scott Stauffer (Yam).

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHT 0-499: 1. Scott Stauffer (Yam); 2. Ray Stillwell (BSA); 3. John Diem (Bul).

VINTAGE HEAVYWEIGHT: 1. Adam Weiss (Tri); 2. Trevor Mann (H-D); 3. Terry Swartley (Hon); 4. Steve Stauffer (Yam); 5. John Breslin (Yam); 6. Mark Tepper (Yam); 7. Bob Cressman (Yam).

4-WHEEL SPORTSMAN: 1. Brandon Shearer (Yam); 2. Cody Moyer (Hon); 3. Dylan Gibson (Hon).

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