Path Valley awards announced

Path Valley Honors Area's Top Kart Riders Spring Run, PA_ Derek and Geremey Sheaffer of Ickesburg enjoyed the Burris Karting awards for 2004 at the recent Path Valley Speedway Park's annual awards banquet with four top ...

Path Valley Honors Area's Top Kart Riders

Spring Run, PA_ Derek and Geremey Sheaffer of Ickesburg enjoyed the Burris Karting awards for 2004 at the recent Path Valley Speedway Park's annual awards banquet with four top honors.

Derek took home the Rookie of the Year trophy and his championship trophy in the Jr. Sportsman I class, and Geremey earned both the adult Lites and the Mediums championships. Derek Shaffer and Miles Burd shared honors for the most accumulated points and received special gift certificates for Burris Tires.

Under the general sponsorship of Burris Racing, all of the champions earned jackets, trophies, points money, and a huge selection of prizes including wheels, tires, tire certificates, parts, and more provided by Burris and individual sponsors.

"Racing karts is a learning thing and a clean, fun, family sport," said head flagman Steve Murphy, "So tonight we have four special family racing awards for some of the many families so supportive of our Saturday afternoon races." The family awards went to the Hoffman Race Team, the Shank/Gutshall Race Team, the Hayberger Race Team, and the Bear Race Team. So that families with young children could leave before bedtime, the kart awards preceded the awards banquet at the Pleasant Hall Firehall, and the later bike, sprint, and stock car awards.

The Bear family of Elliottsburg took home three trophies including championships for Dakota Bear in Jr. Sportsman II, Autumn Bear in Animals karts, and a third place for Colton Bear in Jr. Sportsman I. In another family triumph, Ethan Beasom took home the Jr. Restricted championship and his dad Jerry won the Yamaha 2-Cycle title trophy.

Murphy and Sr. Race Director John Winsett announced that karts and four-wheelers will race Saturday afternoons next season with a Bug Day scheduled for all karts, quads and motorcycles on Saturday, March 19 and a rain date the next day.

Karts at Path Valley race weekly under the Burris National Speedway Series sanction, based on WKA rules, with general kart racing sponsored by Burris. Path Valley is proud to be a Burris SpecTrak. Murphy noted special thanks to 2004 class sponsors Al's Kart Supply, T&T Racing, Russell Tire Co., Imler's Poultry, Fox's Pizza, White Transport LLC, and Zero Ice.

Stealing some of the thunder from the karters, Dane Delancey of Port Royal won championships in both Saturday afternoon four-wheeler classes for both 2-Stroke and 4-Stroke quads. Later that evening, he earned three more championship trophies for his titles in AMA sanctioned motorcycle and four-wheeler racing, for a total of five championship trophies as tall as he is. Delancey said that he hopes to race a 600 Sprint at Path Valley next season.

Among the smallest racers, Richie Edwards took the Kids Karts championship in a season-long contest with Gavyn Deiter and Daulton Bigler, both of whom had numerous wins. He is a son of David and Miranda Edwards of Ickesburg and is seven years old. His father, brother and uncle all race karts, and Richie says he has been attending races "since I was just a little kid."

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 is 717-349-7111.

For information on the 2005 schedule and rules, race teams and fans can consult the track's website at www.pathvalley.com or they can email Two Wheel Promotions at twp@pathvalley.com.

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