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Texter and Henderson Dominate Timonium Indoor Short Track – Again

| 23 December 2017 9:07 am

Maryland Indoor Short Track
41st Annual Rodney Farris Memorial Indoor Short Track Series
Round 2: Maryland State Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Len Breech and Ben Breech
TIMONIUM, MD, DEC. 16, 2017

Just as at the previous week’s event, Cory Texter and Nick Henderson won every class they were eligible for at round two of the 41st annual Rodney Farris Memorial Indoor Short Track Series: Texter topped the 450cc Sportsman A and 450cc Pro classes, while Henderson took the victories in the 125cc Two-Stroke/ 150cc Four-Stroke, Adult 150cc, 250cc A&B, 450cc A&B and Vintage classes.

The only classes Henderson didn’t enter were age- or gender-related, although his sister Nicole managed to get a good start for once and take the win in the Women’s class.

The view that his competitors had of Cory Texter (65) in the 450cc Sportsman A and 450cc Pro classes at round two of the 41st annual Rodney Farris Memorial Indoor Short Track Series.

The view that his competitors had of Cory Texter (65) in the 450cc Sportsman A and 450cc Pro classes at round two of the 41st annual Rodney Farris Memorial Indoor Short Track Series.

Since only eight riders are in the final, classes that have more than eight riders entered run semifinals to pare the field down to eight riders. Last week, they had a slightly confusing middle (semi) portion in which they ran the smaller-class finals with the semis. On this night, only the classes requiring semis ran in the middle portion, while all the finals ran in their heat-race order – a definite improvement to the flow of the event.

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Texter got the evening off to a fine start in the 450cc Sportsman A contest, taking the lead, ahead of Dan Bromley, Cory Strickler and Mike Poe. Bromley stayed close in the early part of the 10-lap final, but Texter gradually put a margin of a few feet on him.

Texter again topped the 450cc Pro final, with Bromley, Kevin Bills and Mitch Harvat behind him. Strickler had a hiccup on the start and was almost last out of turn two. Again, Bromley stayed close, but he gradually lost ground. Strickler got rolling and worked his way up to third by the end.

Cory Texter (65) and Dan Bromley (62) finished first and second, respectively, in the 450cc Pro final,

Cory Texter (65) and Dan Bromley (62) finished first and second, respectively, in the 450cc Pro final,

Henderson’s first win was in the Adult 150cc class. He grabbed the lead, ahead of Jacob Cranston, T.J. Irvin, Jason Cole and Matt Langrehr. Henderson quickly put distance on the others. Langrehr got by Cole for fourth in the latter stages.

Nick Henderson (29) scored his first victory of the evening in the Adult 150cc class. Jacob Cranston (X) was runner-up.

Nick Henderson (29) scored his first victory of the evening in the Adult 150cc class. Jacob Cranston (X) was runner-up.

Irvin nailed the 125cc Two-Stroke/ 150cc Four-Stroke start, leading Nick Henderson, John Henderson (Nick’s father), and Langrehr off the second turn. Nick stayed very close and took the lead while navigating around a downed rider on the eighth lap, much to Irvin’s dismay.

Nick Henderson (29) got past initial leader T.J. Irvin (77) for the 125cc Two-Stroke/ 150cc Four-Stroke win.

Nick Henderson (29) got past initial leader T.J. Irvin (77) for the 125cc Two-Stroke/ 150cc Four-Stroke win.

After another final, Henderson started a three-race run with the 250cc A&B contest. He took the lead, ahead of Phil Libhart, Chris Hathaway and Tyler Eggleton. Again, Nick started to pull away from the rest of the field.

After a slight delay to change transponders, Nick Henderson took the 450cc A&B lead, ahead of Jedediah Haines, Libhart and Justin Haag. Libhart took second off turn two on the fourth lap, but then he fell a lap later, letting Haag into second in the confusion.

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Again, Henderson delayed the next race, the Vintage contest, for transponder transfer. Once they were all lined up, he again led off turn two, with Eggleton, Rob Smith and Bill Kraft following. Eggleton stayed very close during most of the final, but Henderson stayed in front and out of trouble en route to his fifth win of the evening.

Nick Henderson (29) and Tyler Eggleton (9R) went one and two in the Vintage contest.

Nick Henderson (29) and Tyler Eggleton (9R) went one and two in the Vintage contest.

After crashing at the start of last week’s Over 40 final, Phil Libhart stayed upright this week, leading Rich Mellinger, with a gap back to Nick Arment, Chris Hathaway and Bill Kraft. Hathaway got by Arment for third on the third lap, but then he fell a few laps later while trying to close the gap on Mellinger. With some of the others “tasting the concrete,” David Price moved up to third.

Phil Libhart (910) leads Rich Mellinger (86), Chris Hathaway (84) and the rest of the Over 40 field.

Phil Libhart (910) leads Rich Mellinger (86), Chris Hathaway (84) and the rest of the Over 40 field.

The 250cc/Open B class was set up a few years ago for primarily B-rated riders, although a few A riders with little or no experience on concrete enter as well. On this evening, Rich Heverly took the lead, ahead of Tyler Eggleton, Chris Poynter, Matt Langrehr and Jared Florian. Eggleton stayed close – a little too close, it appears, as he tapped Heverly’s rear tire in turn two on the sixth lap, causing him to stall and drop out. Langrehr got by Poynter in the late stages for second.

Rich Heverly (58) won the 250cc/Open B class.

Rich Heverly (58) won the 250cc/Open B class.

After getting accustomed to the concrete last week, Garrett Hoffman borrowed Albert Cook’s machine to win the Youth 150cc Air-Cooled class. He and last week’s winner, Colton Murphy, left the others behind as they battled nose-to-tail for the entire 10 laps. Hoffman scored the win, but after the night Murphy was having, just staying up for all 10 laps was a victory of sorts.

Garrett Hoffman (22) topped the Youth 150cc contest. Colton Murphy (59) was runner-up.

Garrett Hoffman (22) topped the Youth 150cc contest. Colton Murphy (59) was runner-up.

Maryland State Fairgrounds
Timonium, Maryland
Results: December 16, 2017 (Round 2)

50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Dylan Cascio (Yam); 2. Nick Buono (Hon); 3. Nathan Arment (Yam); 4. Patrick Vuotto (KTM).

50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Dylan Cascio (Yam); 2. Hayden Hathaway (Yam); 3. Nathan Arment (Yam); 4. Noah Conesy (Yam); 5. George Phillipson (Yam); 6. Ryder Stelmack (Yam).

65 (7-11): 1. Dylan Dancy (KTM); 2. Evan Renshaw (KTM); 3. Brandon Ramsel (Kaw); 4. Tyler Hinson (KTM); 5. Ryder Reese (Cob); 6. Jonathan Conesy (KTM).

85 (7-15): 1. Brandon Mayers (Hon); 2. Evan Renshaw (KTM); 3. Jack Rutledge (Suz); 4. Ethan Lewter (Yam); 5. Cameron Schlough (KTM); 6. Colton Murphy (KTM).

125 2-STROKE/150 4-STROKE: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. T.J. Irvin (Hon); 3. John Henderson (Hon); 4. Matt Langrehr (Hon); 5. Greg Betts (Hon); 6. Colton Murphy (Hon); 7. Justin Haag (Hon); 8. Garrett Hoffman (Suz).

250 A&B: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Phil Libhart (Yam); 3. Chris Hathaway (Hon); 4. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 5. Jared Florian (Hon); 6. Kris Weiss (Hon); 7. Matt Langrehr (Kaw); 8. Chuck Mylin (Kaw).

250/OPEN B: 1. Rich Heverly (KTM); 2. Matt Langrehr (Kaw); 3. Chris Poynter (Hon); 4. Jared Florian (Hon); 5. Adam Weiss (Hon); 6. Dustin Otto (Yam); 7. Kris Weiss (Hon); 8. Tyler Eggleton (Hon).

450 A&B: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Justin Haag (Hon); 3. Jedediah Haines (Yam); 4. Patrick Giblin (Hon); 5. Dustin Otto (Yam); 6. David Evans (Hon); 7. Justin Bender (Kaw); 8. Phil Libhart (Yam).

450 PRO: 1. Cory Texter (Hon); 2. Dan Bromley (KTM); 3. Cory Strickler (Hon); 4. Kevin Bills (Yam); 5. Mitch Harvat (Hon); 6. Frankie Valentin (Hon).

OPEN SPORTSMAN A: 1. Cory Texter (Hon); 2. Dan Bromley (KTM); 3. Cory Strickler (Hon); 4. Mike Poe (Hon); 5. Frankie Valentin (Hon); 6. Mitch Harvat (Hon); 7. Kevin Bills (Yam).

WOMEN 0-150: 1. Nicole Henderson (Hon); 2. Kristina Mester (Hon); 3. Heather Boschert (Hon); 4. Sara Lamonica (Hon); 5. Samantha Weiss (Hon); 6. Delaney Cadden (Hon); 7. Samantha Resch (Kaw).

YOUTH 150 AIR-COOLED: 1. Garrett Hoffman (Suz); 2. Colton Murphy (Hon); 3. Brandon Mayers (Hon); 4. Logan Desell (Suz).

ADULT 50: 1. Lou Smith (Hon); 2. Patrick Duffy (Hon); 3. Adam Stelmack (Yam).

ADULT 150: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Jacob Cranston (Hon); 3. T.J. Irvin (Hon); 4. Matt Langrehr (Hon); 5. Jason Cole (Suz); 6. Jordan Desombre (Hon); 7. Cody Bauer (Hon); 8. Alec Hoffman (Hon).

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

VINTAGE: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Tyler Eggleton (Hon); 3. Rob Smith (Bul); 4. Bill Kraft (Hon); 5. Patrick Duffy (Hon); 6. Ben Kitzmiller (Yam); 7. Adam Stelmack (Yam); 8. Mark Tepper (Yam).

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