AMA Riders Finish Amateur Nationals at Path Valley Saturday Spring Run, PA - Motorcycle and four-wheeler riders from across the northeast finished the third leg of the AMA Amateur Northeast Nationals Saturday at the Path Valley Speedway ...
AMA Riders Finish Amateur Nationals at Path Valley Saturday
Spring Run, PA - Motorcycle and four-wheeler riders from across the northeast finished the third leg of the AMA Amateur Northeast Nationals Saturday at the Path Valley Speedway Park.
Two Wheel Promotions got permission from the American Motorcyclist Association for the rescheduled event that had rained out Memorial Day on the Williams Grove half-mile track. Motorcycles return to Path Valley June 19 for an AMA Region 6 flattrack race for motorcycles and quads.
John Winsett, senior race director at Path Valley with Two Wheel Promotions and an AMA Region 6 director, explained that the change in locations was necessary in order to report the results promptly to the AMA and set starting slots for the winners for the Amateur Grand Nationals that start June 27 in Illinois. He said that Two Wheel Promotions and the AMA regrets that change from the half-mile track just as much as the 100-plus top riders entered.
Two Wheel Promotions awarded overall Northeast Championships for the riders' combined finishes in all three races in the series that included a custom-made bike tag. The official AMA points system was used with 23 points for a first place finish, and the computerized totals from all three races were immediately available for the awards ceremony following the final race June 12.
Produced by Two Wheel Promotions, the three sets of races for 28 classes of bikes and four-wheelers are recognized as official national championships by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). Winners in eight premier classes are awarded travel assistance money to the 2004 AMA Progressive Insurance Dirt Track Grand Championships at the Illinois State Fairgrounds June 27 through July 4.
All of the winners are permitted and encouraged by the AMA to display a yellow on blue #1(NE) number tag on their vehicles, but while riders can enter up to three events, they are only permitted a travel assistance grant for one premier class win. The premier class winners are also seeded into guaranteed heat race starting spots at the Grand Nationals before the remainder of the field is set.
Riders are able to race in up to three different classes, and some like John Lewis V of Brandamore had outstanding nights in the final race of the series. Young Lewis, past national amateurs champion on smaller bikes, won all three of his Premier class races including the 450cc Modified and 250cc Modified 2-Stroke and the 505 Modified.
Austin Greenland of Spring Mills fell during warm-ups but got right back up and won his Premier class feature in 250cc Modified 4-stroke and then won in 125cc Modified.
The 2004 premier classes are: 50cc Senior, 65cc Modified, 85cc 7-11 Modified, 250cc 2-Stroke Modified, 250cc 4-Stroke Modified, 450cc, 505cc Modified, and 30+ Open Singles.
Because the Pro class and Pro-Am riders had the weekend off, several participated in a special Pro feature and the Sportsman open. Although they could not race against pure amateurs, Richard 'Rick' Winsett of Bainbridge demonstrated what made him a Grand National Champion. After a fall in warm-ups, he came back on his Patriot Harley-Davidson sponsored #25 to win the 500 Pro race and then later to win the Sportsman feature.
On four wheelers, Dane Delancey of Port Royal dominated with wins in both the 4-Wheel 2-Stroke class and again in the 4-Wheel Sportsman feature. Among the senior riders, Todd Kendig of Mechanicsburg qualified for AMA honors at the nationals with his win in Veteran 30-Plus Open bikes, and then to prove that was no fluke, he won the 600 Modified feature too.
The Half Mile feature makeup was part of a three-day program of AMA racing that also included a Tourist Trophy (TT) or Scramble race through right turns and a jump at Path Valley on June 30 and a Short Track (ST) flattrack race at Path Valley June 29. Riders were awarded plaques, trophies and national honors for each of the three events.
AMA Northeast Amateur National Short Track Champions
4-Wheel 2-Stroke -- Dane Delancey of Port Royal on #6 Yamaha
250 Mod 4-Stroke -- Austin Greenland of Spring Mills on #1NE KTM
400 Mod -- Corey Texter of Willow Street on #65 KTM
85 DTX 9-13 -- Travis Wyman of Macedon NY on #3 Honda
4-Wheel 4-Stroke -- Cory Buhrman of Upper Strasburg on #182 Honda
450 Mod -- John Lewis V of Brandamore on #21 Honda
Vet 30+ Open Singles -- Todd Kendig of Mechanicsburg on #11 Rotax
250 Mod 2-Stroke -- John Lewis V of Brandamore on #21 Honda
4-Wheel Sportsman -- Dane Delancey of Port Royal on #6 Yamaha
500 Pro -- Richard Winsett of Bainbridge on #25 Rotax
50 PW 4-6 -- Kyle McGrane of Gap on #99 KTM
50 Jr. 4-6 -- Ryan Varnes of East Earl on #68 LEM
50 Sr. 7-8 -- Tyler Stacey of Akron PA on #91 LEM
250 DTX -- Brandon Robinson of Oxford on #44 Honda
85 Mod 12-15 -- Shayna Texter of Willow Street on #25 Honda
65 Mod 7-11 -- Cassidy Heiser of York on #67A Suzuki
505 Mod -- John Lewis V of Brandamore on #21 Rotax
50 PW Shaft -- Dylan Winsett of Bainbridge on #47 Yamaha
Sr. 40+ Open -- Joseph Dohm of Red Lion on #38A Rotax
65 DTX 7-11 -- Cassidy Heiser of York on #67A Suzuki
500 2-Valve -- James Chapman of Atglen on #72 Yamaha
18+ Open Twin -- Nicholas Taylor of Owings Mills MD on #2N Yamaha
85 Mod 7-11 -- Patrick Jacobsen of Montgomery NY on #99 Honda.
600 Mod -- Todd Kendig of Mechanicsburg on #11 Rotax
125 Mod -- Austin Greenland of Spring Mills on #1NE KTM
Pro Sport -- Mark Fillebrown of Bethlehem on #68 Yamaha
Sportsman -- Richard Winsett of Bainbridge on #25 Rotax