Sunday, August 19, 2012
Kapish, Harper and Lowmaster Take Mountain Madness Victories
by Gene Ostrowski
ST. JOHNS, Pa. -- Round No. 4 of the Mountain Madness Enduro Series kicked off Sunday at Mountain Speedway and plenty of enduro and INEX Legends drivers came out to put on a show for the fans. In dominating fashion, TJ Kapish of Mountaintop lapped the entire field en route to the 6/8-cylinder victory and after Scott Adams broke an axel with two laps remaining, Ken Harper snagged the Four Cylinder victory. After being heavily challenged by Brendon Bock for the race lead, Brad Lowmaster held on to take the INEX Legends victory.
Scott Sipe started from the pole position and led lap one of the 100-lap 6/8-cylinder enduro over Bill Schwenck, Chuck Detweiler, Bob Wink and last place starter, TJ Kapish.
Schwenck wasted no time and overtook Sipe for the lead on the second lap, just after Kapish took fourth from Wink.
Kapish fought his way to the second spot and surveyed Schwenck?s line before making his bid for the lead on lap 17. He continued to lead at the halfway mark over Schwenck Wink, Sipe and Frank Katona, who had cracked the top five on lap 37.
Untouchable in the closing laps, Kapish lapped Schwenk, which put him as the only car on the lead lap with 11 circuits remaining. He took the checkers over Schwenck, Wink, Sipe and Katona.
James Reilly started from the pole position and led the first circuit of the 100-lap 4-cylinder enduro over twelfth place starter, Scott Adams and Harry O?Neill. With one lap complete, Adams took the race lead and began to distance himself from the field.
With ten laps on the scoreboard, Adams continued to set the pace over Ken Harper, Tony Rispin, Sam Ryan and John Gaydos but Adams lead was cut short when he was spun by Joe Russell in turn one on lap 21. The incident gave the lead to Harper, dropping Adams back to fourth.
Like a man on a mission, Adams fought back toward the front and eventually reeled in the leader. The duo battled for some time before Adams made his pass for the lead stick on lap 46. He led at halfway over Harper, Rispin, Ryan and O?Neill.
In the closing laps Adams held almost a straightaway over Harper, but that all changed with two laps remaining when Adams? car slowed with a broken axel. Harper retook the top spot and cruised to the victory over Rispin, Adams, Ryan and O?Neill.
Butch Boyle started from the pole in the 20-lap INEX Legends feature but Brendon Bock took command from the get-go. Brad Lowmaster settled into second and raced side-by-side with the leader until lap seven, when he took the top spot.
Despite several outside pass attempts from Bock in the second half of the race, Lowmaster kept up his momentum and went on to take the victory. Bock settled for second, followed by Boyle.
Mountain Speedway is just minutes from Hazleton, Pa, located on St. John?s Road, between Routes 93 and 309. Grandstand admission for all regular events is just $12 for ages 11 and older. Children 10 years of age and younger are admitted for free.
Please visit www.mountainspeedway.com for the entire 2012 schedule, point standings and up to date news and information.
6/8-Cylinder (100-laps) 1. TJ KAPISH 2. Bill Schwenck 3. Bob Wink 4. Scott Sipe 5. Frank Katona 6. Steve Tito 7. Chuck Detweiler 8. Joe Cooper 9. Cy Spencer 10. Ed Brown Jr 11. David Baker Jr 12. Paul Harding 13. Mark Spencer 14. Joe Stutzman 15. Drew Archison
4-Cylinder (100-laps) 1. KEN HARPER 2. Tony Rispin 3. Scott Adams 4. Sam Ryan 5. Harry O'Neill 6. Tom Daniels 7. Larry Spencer III 8. Chris Jury 9. Peter Verwys 10. Steven Kane 11. James Reilly 12. Joe Russell 13. Cody Fox 14. Devon Nethercott 15. John Gaydos
INEX Legends (20-laps) 1. BRAD LOWMASTER 2. Brandon Bock 3. Butch Boyle