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Henderson Scores Trifecta at Trail-Way ST Finale!

| 25 September 2017 12:38 pm

Pennsylvania Short Track
Trail-Way Speedway

Story and Photos by Len Breech and Ben Breech
HANOVER, PA, SEPT. 16, 2017

Nick Henderson scored three wins as Trail-Way Speedway hosted its final race of the year, and with the calendar saying that autumn would begin the following Friday, it was the last race of the summer, as well.

Nick Henderson (29) won three classes at the final Trail-Way Speedway event of the year. Austin Greenland (32A) was runner-up in two of those contests.

Nick Henderson (29) won three classes at the final Trail-Way Speedway event of the year. Austin Greenland (32A) was runner-up in two of those contests.

Henderson took the victories in the Open A, 450cc Sportsman A and 250cc Sportsman A/B finals. The only race he didn’t lead from the start was the first one, the Open A contest, in which Austin Greenland led D.J. Slosser, Henderson, and Tyler Mullen off the second turn. However, as they exited turn two on the second lap, Henderson shot into the lead. Greenland stayed close for the entire 10-lap distance. Mullen took third as they negotiated turn three on the last lap.

In the 450cc Sportsman A contest, Henderson led Greenland and Mullen off the second turn, and the order stayed the same for the duration.

The 250cc Sportsman A/B field had more riders, but Henderson again led the entire distance. Behind him, Brody Miller, Cody Ebersol, Rich Mellinger and Damon Ream followed. Mellinger took third off turn two on the third lap, while Ream moved up to pressure Ebersol for fourth, but he broke on the sixth lap.

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Ream did score the wins in the Open B and 450cc Sportsman B finals.

Tyler Mullen’s twin, Zach, led Ream, Brandon Shearer and Ebersol at the start of the Open B final. After staying close in the early part of the race, Ream took the lead as they started the fourth lap. After a slow start, Grant Shafer moved into third on the sixth lap.

Damon Ream (17) and Zach Mullen (24) finished first and second, respectively, in the Open B final.

Damon Ream (17) and Zach Mullen (24) finished first and second, respectively, in the Open B final.

Mullen again led off turn two at the start of the 450cc Sportsman B final, with Shafer, Ream, Justin Bender and Shearer in tow. Ream took second off turn two on the fourth lap and then the lead in the same spot on the following lap. Mullen stayed close until he slid out coming off turn two on the seventh lap. The race was called complete at that point.

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Evan Renshaw scored a pair of wins, topping the 65cc (7-11) and 85cc (7-11) finals.

In the 85cc final, Renshaw started third, behind Logan McGrane and 85cc (12-15) rider Dominick Cooper. Renshaw took second off turn two on the second lap, and then took the lead in the same spot on the following lap.

Evan Renshaw (65) and Logan McGrane (19) went one and two in the 85cc (7-11) class.

Evan Renshaw (65) and Logan McGrane (19) went one and two in the 85cc (7-11) class.

In the 65cc final, he grabbed the lead right away, ahead of Aaden Johnson and Hunter Kershner, and then cruised to a straightaway margin at the finish. Kershner was another rider who moved up a spot off turn two, doing so on the third lap.

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Another rider who scored a victory by a straightaway was Rich Mellinger, in the Over 40 final. He took the lead, ahead of Darryl Jakubowski and Darren Phillips. Phillips pressured Jakubowski over the latter half of the race.

Over 40 winner Rich Mellinger (86).

Over 40 winner Rich Mellinger (86).

Brody Miller scored the Over 30 win, taking the lead from Chris Johnson off turn four on the second lap and then holding him off all the way to the end.

Brody Miller (71A) won the Over 30 final. Chris Johnson (05) was runner-up.

Brody Miller (71A) won the Over 30 final. Chris Johnson (05) was runner-up.

Todd Kendig grabbed the Over 50 lead, ahead of Phillips, Dave Smith and Jim Chapman. Phillips stayed close to Kendig the entire distance.

Over 50 winner Todd Kendig (11).

Over 50 winner Todd Kendig (11).

Jakubowski used the same Honda he rode in the Over 40 class to take the lead in the Vintage Heavyweight contest, ahead of David Batts, Trevor Monn, Judah Batts and Mark Wills. Jakubowski gradually pulled away to an easy win, while Monn pressured Batts, taking second off turn two on the fourth lap.

Red-white-and-blue-clad Vintage Heavyweight winner Darryl Jakubowski (93B).

Red-white-and-blue-clad Vintage Heavyweight winner Darryl Jakubowski (93B).

While they were the only two riders in the 500cc Two-Valve class, the Batts brothers, Judah and David, ran nose to tail for most of the final. Three times in the middle of the race, David took the lead off turn four, only to give it back by the second turn. David again took the lead off turn four as they started the final lap, and this time he held it off turn two to hold on for the win.

The 500cc Two-Valve contest was a case of sibling rivalry, with David Batts (18) besting his brother Judah Batts (88).

The 500cc Two-Valve contest was a case of sibling rivalry, with David Batts (18) besting his brother Judah Batts (88).

Trail-Way Speedway
Hanover, Pennsylvania
Results: September 16, 2017

50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Adam Costan (KTM); 2. Hunter Kershner (KTM); 3. Kayla Sample (Hon); 4. Aaden Johnson.

50 SHAFT-DRIVE: 1. Kayla Sample (Hon); 2. Adam Costan (Yam); 3. Nathan Arment (Yam).

65 (7-11): 1. Evan Renshaw (KTM); 2. Hunter Kershner (KTM); 3. Aaden Johnson (Kaw).

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

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

125 2-STROKE/150 4-STROKE: 1. Dominick Cooper (Yam); 2. Liam Thorpe (Hon); 3. Cameron Loguilo (Kaw); 4. Skyla Townsley (Yam).

150 4-STROKE YOUTH: 1. Logan McGrane (Kaw).

250 SPORTSMAN A/B: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Brody Miller (Suz); 3. Rich Mellinger (Suz); 4. Cody Ebersol (Hon); 5. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 6. Samantha Resch (Hon); 7. Damon Ream (Hon); 8. Nick Arment (Yam).

250 B: 1. Cody Ebersol (Hon); 2. Terry Swartley Jr. (Yam); 3. David Fant (Yam).

450 SPORTSMAN A: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Austin Greenland (Yam); 3. Tyler Mullen (Hon); 4. D.J. Slosser (Hon).

450 SPORTSMAN B: 1. Damon Ream (Hon); 2. Grant Shafer (Kaw); 3. Justin Bender (Kaw); 4. Brandon Shearer (Hon); 5. Josee Stedding (Hon); 6. Zach Mullen (Hon).

500 2-VALVE: 1. David Batts (Yam); 2. Judah Batts (Yam).

OPEN A: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Austin Greenland (Yam); 3. Tyler Mullen (Hon); 4. D.J. Slosser (Hon); 5. Rick Winsett (Rtx).

OPEN B: 1. Damon Ream (Hon); 2. Zach Mullen (Hon); 3. Grant Shafer (Kaw); 4. Brandon Shearer (Hon); 5. Cody Ebersol (Hon); 6. Justin Bender (Kaw).

WOMEN: 1. Samantha Resch (Hon); 2. Skyla Townsley (Yam).

30+: 1. Brody Miller (Suz); 2. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 3. Travis Bowman (Suz).

40+: 1. Rich Mellinger (Rtx); 2. Darrell Jakubowski (Hon); 3. Darren Phillips (Kaw).

50+: 1. Todd Kendig (W-R); 2. Darren Phillips (Kaw); 3. Dave Smith (Hon); 4. Scot Slade (Suz); 5. Jim Chapman (Rtx); 6. Pierce Thorpe (Hon).

VINTAGE SUPERLIGHTWEIGHT: 1. David Batts (Yam).

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHT: 1. Kevin Varnes (Bul); 2. Ray Stillwell (Yam); 3. Patrick Duffy (Hon).

VINTAGE HEAVYWEIGHT: 1. Darrell Jakubowski (Hon); 2. Trevor Monn (H-D); 3. David Batts (Yam); 4. Judah Batts (Yam); 5. Mark Wills (Yam); 6. Fred Sweigert (Yam).

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