One of the marquee events of the 2020 season saw Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway turn pink in support of the Hershey Medical Center Breast Cancer Center. The annual Pink Out Night presented by Kim’s Kreations saw the four regularly scheduled divisions take to the high banks, with the Sportsman leading off the festivities.
Bret Cronrath and Anthony Yerger would take the early lead, before Brett Scully would tip over in turn two with three laps completed. Dave Ravel and Corey Schmuck Jr both made exceptional runs from the mid-pack, where they started due to good finishes last weekend and being on the short end of the handicapping rule. By the second caution one completed lap later, Ravel would run fourth, and Schmuck sixth. Approaching halfway, Nick Skias also began to show some significant muscle, overtaking Chad Kreiser for third with 16 to go. Cronrath would be the dominant force when the third caution would fly for the stopped car of Jack Redcay on the back stretch. The restart would be aborted due to a crash off of turn four which saw Steve Smith Sr tipped over on his side. The single file restart was clean, getting a lap scored before Courtney Kupp and Jessica Moore made contact off turn four, ending the race for Kupp’s machine. The restart saw David Ravel having a tire problem, and Patrick Kirn made very heavy contact with the outside retaining well. Down to 11 laps remaining in the 25 lap feature, Cronrath continued his good form at the front of the field, while Chad Kreiser continued to have a strong run from his starting spot in row two. Skias would drop to sixth after clipping an infield tire on the restart. Cronrath would keep it out front from green to checkered flag, claiming the victory over Anthony Yerger and Corey Schmuck Jr.
TJ Greve and Zach Light would lead the field to the green flag for the Hyper Racing 600 feature. The first caution would fly as the field worked lap two, with Aaron Espenshade spinning in turn one. Logan Rumsey gained two positions on the first circuit, and quickly dispatched Kassidy Michael for third on the restart. The youngest driver in the field would go to work on veteran Zach Light for the runner-up spot. As Light and Rumsey battled, Michael would join the fight as well. Rumsey would complete the pass just before halfway and BJ Antonio had an issue bringing out the third caution flag. Michael would break on lap 14 getting cleanly into the infield, but the same could not be said for Cody West. West would suffer an issue right behind Michael and stop in turn four. Rumsey would get a crack at Greve on the restart, but was unable to capitalize. Jarid Kunkle had one of the best drives of the night, advancing to fourth position and battling with Rumsey and Light for a spot on the podium. Rumsey would see a line change allow him to clear Light and begin making up ground on Greve. Kyler Heiney would spin in turn two on the final circuit, giving Rumsey one last chance at the Hartley Hurricane running in the top spot. The final pass wouldn’t materialize, and Greve claimed another win in his final 2020 appearance at The Clyde. Rumsey finished second, and Light completed a solid run to the final podium position.
The second half of the features began with the 125/4 Stroke Division, seeing Kenny Bushey and Mike Coen starting up front. Marty Brian and Justin Harrington would both make strong starts, holding positions in the top five along with Bushey, Coen, and Alex Lukacs. Dave Labe came to a stop off of turn two on lap four bringing out the first caution of the race. A jumbled restart saw a multi-car pileup which Drayson Layser got the worst of, tumbling end over end down the front stretch. Two laps into green flag run, Harrington made a quick move around Marty Brian, and picked off Bushey one lap later to claim the top spot. With ten laps in, the caution would fly for debris on the back stretch. Matt Fernsler broke just before the restart, nearly launching Lukacs into a flip. Brian would clear Bushey on the restart, seeing the trend of inside lane starters getting better restarts. The second half of the race saw a long green flag run allow Harrington to open a lead over three seconds on Brian. The second Layser team car to flip in the race happened with one lap to go as Chase Layser went over attempting to pass Steve Simmons for fifth. No challenge would come on the final restart, and Justin Harrington would claim the win over Marty Brian and Kenny Bushey.
The 270’s would round out the night’s racing action, led to the green by Mike Skias and Clinton Hauser. Heath Hehnly would go two for one from the third starting position and claim the race lead. Alex Swift and Jason Swavely began a hard charge towards the front, starting mid-pack. Five laps in, Jimmy Wampole broke in turn two; and race leader Hehnly would stop with a mechanical issue off turn two. The original front row would restart at the front once again. Nick Skias and Corey Schmuck Jr would restart in the second row. As the leaders worked through lapped traffic, Mike Skias made contact with Olivia Haworth, sending Haworth on her side and Hauser would hit the stopped car. Hauser would be able to continue, but would restart at the back due to stopping on the track. Mike Skias and Schmuck would restart on the front row, followed by Nick Skias, Jason Swavely and Alex Swift. Swavely would make an aggressive move on Schmuck to the high side off turn two and claim second. Mike Kreiser stopped on the back stretch with an engine failure, but the drama would be at the front. Mike Skias had a tailpipe failure under yellow, handing the top spot to Swavely on the restart. The Rocketman from Fleetwood would battle with Schmuck for the win, but Swavely claimed the victory. Schmuck and Bradley Brown would complete the top three, after Brown passed Swift on the final restart.
Just one week remains in the 2020 season for The Clyde, with the Halloween Spectacular coming up next Saturday night. With trick-or-treating for the kids, and activities throughout the night, there is only one shot left to life the excitement that is Lanco!
1. 5 Bret Conrath; 2. 5a Anthony Yerger; 3. 26 Corey Schmuck; 4. 53s Billy Logeman; 5. 88 Nick Skias; 6. 99k Chad Kreiser; 7. 44 Brianne Wittmer; 8. 7L Chase Layser; 9. 11m Jessica Moore; 10. 13b Matt Yoh II; 11. 30 Ryan Heckman; 12. 8 Michael Spadafora; 13. 19m Max Fasnacht; 14. 21V Dave Ravel; 15. 16p Patrick Kirn; 16. 23k Courtney Kupp; 17. 15 Bobby Shannaman; 18. 36s Steve Smith Sr; 19. 14m Chelsey Moore; 20. 32 Jack Redcay; 21. 22s Brett Sculley; DNS 10z Brian Sholley
Hyper Racing 600 Results
1. 24t TJ Greve; 2. 41 Logan Rumsey; 3. 11z Zach Light; 4. 75k Jarid Kunkle; 5. 5 Heath Hehnly; 6. 71 Brian Kramer; 7. 15p Chris Panczner; 8. 2s Garyt Smith; 9. 23 Bradley Brown; 10. 1e Aaron Espenshade; 11. 16s Brianne Witmer-Conrath; 12. 25 Kenny Beimhower; 13. 22k Kyler Heiney; 14. 17 Brent Ely; 15. 75 Mark Yoder; 16. 117 Cody West; 17. 3k Kassidy Michael; 18. 46 BJ Antonio; DNS 8 Jacob Byron; DNS 11h Holden Eckman
125/4 Stroke Results
1. 76 Justin Harrington; 2. 16 Marty Brian; 3. 3x Kenny Bushey; 4. 26c Michael Coen; 5. 1z Steve Simmons; 6. 6 Mike Glass; 7. 26 Corey Schmuck; 8. 11h Holden Eckman; 9. 44x Alex Lukacs; 10. 76h Kyler Heiney; 11. 44 Riley Simmons; 12. 29 Brandon Shearer; 13. 7L Chase Layser; 14. 24 Logan Rhoad; 15. 28 Kyle Lindsey; 16. 3y Zachary Young; 17. 62 Eddie Nocera; 18. 22 Jared St. John; 19. 04 Sam Borger; 20. 78 Sara Borror; 21. 19 Matt Fernsler; 22. 25w Nate Weidman; 23. LR62 Dray Layser; 24. 1L Dave Labe
270 Division Results
1. 14 Jason Swavely; 2. 20 Corey Schmuck Jr; 3. 19a Bradley Brown; 4. 15 Alex Swift; 5. 52T TJ Greve; 6. 17j Jarrett Imler; 7. 9g Charles Hellinger; 8. 63 Tajae Adams; 9. 5a Anthony Yerger; 10. 11 Mike Uhrich; 11. 22 Clinton Hauser; 12. 16p Patrick Kirn; 13. 34 Christi Sweigart; 14. 4k Trent Eberhart; 15. 74f Randy West; 16. 8s Mike Skias; 17. 3s Nick Skias; 18. 77k Mike Kreiser; 19. 44g Olivia Haworth; 20. 59j Walt Wampole; 21. 82 Heath Hehnly; 22. 55x Jimmy Wampole; DNS 22j Josh Ohlinger