Spring Run, PA_ So that race teams can better prepare for the 2003 Path Valley Speedway Park season, Two Wheel Promotions has released a preview of the schedule with a Bug Day opening for all eight Friday night classes on March 15, starting at noon.
The schedule is posted on the track's website at pathvalley.com and Promoter Ken Geesey cautions that it is only a tentative schedule of actual races and does not include most of the promotions and special events planned for 2003. "We do not yet have all our new single-night Host Sponsors or Class Sponsors signed, and we are still scheduling special events like Fan Appreciation Nights and Student Nights," Geesey explained. He said a more complete preliminary schedule will be available at winter racecar shows.
The first points race of the season is schedule for seven classes on Friday night, March 21 with gates open at 5 p.m. and warm-ups, as in past years, starting at about 6:30. In 2003 five regular classes will race every Friday night. They are the 600cc Sprints and 270cc Sprints, the V-8 Street Stocks, four-cylinder modified Mini Stocks, and entry level Four-Cylinder Thunder Cars. Also scheduled for the first race are the PA 305 Sprints and the Central PA Legends Cars. The 305 Sprints will again race every other week, and the Legends Cars will occasionally race on Saturday night instead of every Friday night while the Dwarf Cars take their place on Fridays.
The season's first double-header is March 22 with a Bug Day for only karts and quads from noon to 4 p.m. and a regular race for the Strictly Stock classes that were formerly called Junk Cars with gates open at 5 p.m. Based on a driver survey, the Strictly Stock junkyard cars have been renamed and scheduled to race every other week in 2003.
The following weekend the five regular divisions and the Dwarf Cars race on Friday night, March 28 and the Legends Cars join the AMA Motorcycles that have their first race Saturday night, March 29, with gates open for all the regular evening races at 5 p.m. The first points race for the karts and quads is also March 29 with gates for kart races open every week at 10 a.m.
"If the weather is willing we plan to race three events every weekend," Geesey said. "As in past years, fans will still see sprints and stock cars on Friday nights, karts Saturday afternoons and motorcycles, quads and Legends Cars or the Strictly Stock junkyard cars on Saturday nights."
Only a few special and national events interrupt the flow of the season, starting with the Pennsylvania Dirt Karters Association State Championship series that opens at Path Valley May 3 and 4. Path Valley has again been honored with hosting the AMA-sanctioned motorcycles' Northeast National with the Short Track races May 24, the Tourist Trophy races May 25, and a rain date Memorial Day Monday May 26.
The AMA Nationals continue Sunday, June 8, with an exciting change of venue for the half-mile portion of the three leg qualifiers that Geesey said he would announce in the next few weeks. The PDKA returns for the third series race on June 22. The Independence Day weekend includes regular races for every class at Path Valley except the Strictly Stocks that race July 12 and 26.
August features five full Friday night races and an AMA rain date Sunday, August 30. That sets up the annual Labor Day Monday sprint car race Sept. 1 featuring the 305 Sprints and the 600cc and 270cc micros. Friday nights in October are open for rain makeups and Saturday nights feature the AMA final and the last two Strictly Stock races with the final season race a repeat of this year's Saturday Night Special season finale for the karters.
Because of the number of Friday night races lost in 2002 to weather and to scheduled nights off for each class, the one week off every five weeks for the regular classes will not be repeated in 2003. It is hoped that will give teams more points races to count toward the season championships.
Businesses interested in promotions at the track, including the new Race Host sponsorships and Race Class sponsorships should contact Geesey at the track or Two Wheel Promotions at 717-426-2910 or email email@example.com.
The Path Valley Speedway Park is located in Spring Run PA a mile north on PA Route 641 from the intersection with PA Route 75, halfway between Port Royal and Hagerstown. It is five miles east from the Willow Hill Exit 14 of the PA Turnpike. The new phone number at the track for promoter Ken Geesey is 717-349-7111. For information on the 2003 schedule and rules, race teams and fans can consult the website at www.pathvalley.com or they can email Two Wheel Promotions at firstname.lastname@example.org.