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Texter Takes Two at Timonium Indoor ST

| 21 December 2017 12:51 pm

Maryland Short Track
41st Annual Rodney Farris Memorial Indoor Short Track Series
Round 1: Maryland State Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Len Breech and Ben Breech
TIMONIUM, MD, DEC. 9, 2017

Cory Texter took top honors in the two top money classes at the Baltimore County Trail Riders/ Cockeysville Optimist Club-sponsored 41st annual Rodney Farris Memorial Indoor Short Track Series opener at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. He won $500 in the 150cc Pro final and closed out the evening with a $2,000 win in the 450cc Pro final.

The 450cc Pro podium featured (from left to right) third-place finisher Mike Poe, runner-up Don Mullen and winner Cory Texter.

The 450cc Pro podium featured (from left to right) third-place finisher Mike Poe, runner-up Don Mullen and winner Cory Texter.

Winning four of the five classes he entered, Nick Henderson won most of the other money-paying classes on the night.

Texter’s first win was in the Pro 150cc contest, in which he grabbed the lead right away, ahead of Henderson. The front two started putting some distance on the battle for third that was being waged among Dalton Winkler, Don Mullen and Brandon Price. Texter gradually pulled away from Henderson, who was safely (if there is any “safely” on a concrete bull ring with race laps in the low-seven-second range) ahead of the battle for third. Winkler held off Mullen for the final podium spot.

Texter was into the lead in the 450cc Pro final, and he again inched away from the others. While Texter ran a smooth and “uneventful” race, behind him there was a lot of typical indoor short-track slicin’ and dicin’ going on, as Cory Strickler led Mullen, Sammy Halbert, Mike Poe and Dan Bromley off turn two.

Cory Texter (65) leads Cory Strickler (37, partially behind Texter) and Don Mullen (38) into the second turn off the 450cc Pro start.

Cory Texter (65) leads Cory Strickler (37, partially behind Texter) and Don Mullen (38) into the second turn off the 450cc Pro start.

Starting the second lap, Mullen slipped under Strickler for second, which he then held to the end. Poe got by Halbert off turn two.

Halbert got slightly squirrelly off turn two on the fourth lap, letting Bromley get by – but that was brief, as Halbert repassed him in turn three.

For several laps, Halbert, Bromley and Strickler ran nose-to-tail while fighting for fourth, until about the eighth lap, when Bromley nudged under Halbert, with Strickler tagging along. Halbert got under Strickler for fifth on the last lap.

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Texter set fast time in both the 450cc Pro and Open Sportsman classes, but he saw his chance at sweeping the evening end in the second turn off the Sportsman start, when he got involved in a typical turn-one-and-turn-two log jam and fell. Halbert claimed the lead, over Poe, Strickler and Bromley. After following for several laps, Bromley took third off turn four on the sixth lap.

Sammy Halbert (69) and Mike Poe (83) went one and two in the 450cc Sportsman A contest.

Sammy Halbert (69) and Mike Poe (83) went one and two in the 450cc Sportsman A contest.

After finishing second to Texter in the 150cc Pro final, Henderson had a fairly easy time winning his four remaining classes: the 125cc Two-Stroke/ 150cc Four-Stroke class, the 250cc A&B class, the 450cc A&B class and the Vintage class.

Henderson started off with the lead in the 125cc Two-Stroke/ 150cc Four-Stroke contest, ahead of Adult 150cc winner Jordan Desombre, Adam Layman, Dylan Almony and T.J. Irvin. Almony and Irvin tangled while battling for fourth. Irvin remounted a lap down, while Henderson pulled away.

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The 250cc A&B and 450cc A&B contests were similar, except for the support players. Chris Hathaway, Joe Gathercole and Samantha Resch followed evenly behind in the 250cc class, while Phil Libhart, Jedediah Haines and Brandon Shearer followed behind Henderson in the 450cc A&B class.

Tyler Eggleton stayed close to Henderson in the Vintage contest, with Earl Luhn, Mark Burkholder and Ben Kitzmiller battling for third. Burkholder got under Luhn for third at the halfway point, with Kitzmiller also getting through.

Nick Henderson (29) and Tyler Eggleton (9) finished first and second, respectively, in the Vintage class.

Nick Henderson (29) and Tyler Eggleton (9) finished first and second, respectively, in the Vintage class.

Chris Hathaway led Rich Mellinger, Bill Kraft and Phil Libhart off turn two in the Over 40 final. After following for most of the race, Mellinger got a better drive off turn four and then slipped under Hathaway entering one on the ninth lap for the win.

Rich Mellinger (86) takes the Over 40 lead from Chris Hathaway (84) for the win.

Rich Mellinger (86) takes the Over 40 lead from Chris Hathaway (84) for the win.

The 250cc/Open B class is for B-rated riders to gain some experience in this different type of racing, although they are allowed to enter either the 250cc A&B or Open A&B classes, since time trials determine starting position. Tyler Eggleton and Ben Ludlow put some distance on Chris Poynter, Jedediah Haines and Patrick Giblin. As happens a lot here, one rider “thinks” there is an opening and goes for it, only to find it has disappeared! That happened on the third lap of this contest when Haines and Poynter went down in turn one, moving Giblin up. Eggleton kept Ludlow safely behind him for the win. On his victory lap, Eggleton gave a ride to his auntie.

Tyler Eggleton (29) leads Ben Ludlow (26C) in 250cc/Open B action.

Tyler Eggleton (29) leads Ben Ludlow (26C) in 250cc/Open B action.

Jordan Desombre took the lead in the Adult 150cc outing, ahead of Jason Cole, Adam Layman and Eggleton. After a few laps, everyone was evenly spaced, and they stayed that way to the end.

In Adult 150cc competition, it was Jordan Desombre (43) with the victory, ahead of runner-up Jason Cole (47C).

In Adult 150cc competition, it was Jordan Desombre (43) with the victory, ahead of runner-up Jason Cole (47C).

Evan Renshaw led from wire to wire for the 65cc win. Jack Rutledge, Tyler Hinson and Brandon Ramsel trailed. Hinson took second off turn two on the eighth lap when they encountered a lapper.

Evan Renshaw (65) topped the 65cc class. Jack Rutledge (64)) came in third.

Evan Renshaw (65) topped the 65cc class. Jack Rutledge (64)) came in third.

Maryland State Fairgrounds
Timonium, Maryland
Results: December 9, 2017 (Round 1)

50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Jackson Beck (Yam); 2. Cruz Sanft (Yam); 3. Nick Buono (Hon); 4. Kloe Slunt (Hon); 5. Dylan Cascio (Yam); 6. Braden Miller (Hon).

50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Dylan Cascio (Yam); 2. Jackson Beck (Yam); 3. Nathan Arment (Yam); 4. Cruz Sanft (Yam); 5. Kacey Harlacher (Yam); 6. George Phillipson (Yam); 7. Ryder Stelmack (Yam).

65 (7-11): 1. Evan Renshaw (KTM); 2. Tyler Hinson (KTM); 3. Jack Rutledge (Suz); 4. Brandon Ramsel (Kaw); 5. Wyland Seger (Cob); 6. James Hahn (Kaw); 7. Dylan Dancy (KTM).

85 (7-15): 1. Brandon Mayers (Hon); 2. Dylan Cunningham (Hon); 3. Colton Murphy (KTM); 4. Evan Renshaw (KTM); 5. Jack Rutledge (Suz); 6. Logan Eisenhard (Suz); 7. Lillian King (Yam); 8. Ethan Lewter (Yam).

WOMEN 0-150: 1. Samantha Resch (Kaw); 2. Nicole Henderson (Hon); 3. Heather Boschert (Hon); 4. Kristina Mester (Hon); 5. Sara Lamonica (Hon); 6. Molly Carbon (Hon); 7. Crystal Baugher (Yam); 8. Amy Menges (Yam).

YOUTH 150 AIR-COOLED: 1. Colton Murphy (Hon); 2. Brandon Mayers (Hon); 3. Tyler Cunningham (Kaw); 4. Garrett Hoffman (Suz); 5. Cameron Schlough (Kaw).

ADULT 50: 1. Lou Smith (Hon); 2. Royce Lindenberg (Hon); 3. T.J. Spampinato (Hon); 4. Chad Cox (Hon); 5. Derek Hahn (Kaw).

ADULT 150: 1. Jordan Desombre (Hon); 2. Jason Cole (Suz); 3. Adam Layman (Hon); 4. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 5. T.J. Irvin (Hon); 6. Jason Cunningham (Hon); 8. Jacob Cranston (Hon).

125 2-STROKE/150 4-STROKE: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Jordan Desombre (Hon); 3. Adam Layman (Hon); 4. John Henderson (Hon); 5. Albert Cook (Suz); 6. T.J. Irvin (Hon); 7. Garrett Hoffman (Suz); 8. Dylan Almony (Hon).

150 PRO AIR-COOLED: 1. Cory Texter (Hon); 2. Nick Henderson (Hon); 3. Dalton Winkler (Hon); 4. Don Mullen (Hon); 5. Brandon Price (Hon); 6. Dan Bromley (Hon); 7. Cory Strickler (Hon); 8. Brian Phillips (Hon).

250 A&B: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Chris Hathaway (Hon); 3. Joe Gathercole (Hon); 4. Samantha Resch (Hon); 5. Chris Thomas (Hon); 6. Tim Seger (Hon); 7. David Price (Yam); 8. Phil Libhart (Yam).

250/OPEN B: 1. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 2. Ben Ludlow (Hon); 3. Patrick Giblin (Hon); 4. Brandon Shearer (Hon); 5. Chuck Mylin (Kaw); 6. Chris Poynter (Hon); 7. Tim Seger (Yam); 8. Jedediah Haines (Yam).

450 A&B: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Phil Libhart (Yam); 3. Jedediah Haines (Yam); 4. Brandon Shearer (Hon).

450 PRO: 1. Cory Texter (Hon); 2. Don Mullen (Suz); 3. Mike Poe (Hon); 4. Dan Bromley (KTM); 5. Sammy Halbert (Yam); 6. Cory Strickler (Hon); 7. Cameron Smith (Hon); 8. Frankie Valentin (Hon).

OPEN SPORTSMAN: 1. Sammy Halbert (Yam); 2. Mike Poe (Hon); 3. Dan Bromley (KTM); 4. Cory Strickler (Hon); 5. Jerry Alexander (Hon); 6. Justin Jones (Kaw); 7. Frankie Valentin (Hon); 8. Cory Texter (Hon).

40+: 1. Rich Mellinger (Yam); 2. Chris Hathaway (Hon); 3. Bill Kraft (Hon); 4. Phil Libhart (Yam); 5. Jim Blair (Suz); 6. David Price (Yam).

VINTAGE 125-400: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 3. Mark Burkholder (Bul); 4. Ben Kitzmiller (Yam); 5. Earl Luhn III (Hon); 6. Ray Jenkins (Bul); 7. Bill Kraft (Hon); 8. Patrick Duffy (Hon).

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