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Path Valley Banquet Honors 25 Track Champions Spring Run, PA_ Two Wheel Promotions honored the regions top racers and 25 Path Valley Speedway Park champions with trophies and more than $15,000 in points money Nov. 3 at Pleasant Hall. "You ...

Path Valley Banquet Honors 25 Track Champions

Spring Run, PA_ Two Wheel Promotions honored the regions top racers and 25 Path Valley Speedway Park champions with trophies and more than $15,000 in points money Nov. 3 at Pleasant Hall.

"You completed 98 races in 2001 and that's a phenomenal accomplishment," retiring race director John Winsett told more than 400 assembled at the second annual combined awards banquet. "We deeply appreciate the hard work and dedication of all our drivers and their families, crew members and sponsors who make your racing possible."

Two national champions honored were Legends Cars track champion Harry Garber of Barto who is also the national INEX Legends Cars 2001 champion in the Masters Dirt division and Allen Felix of Shippensburg who won the INEX Legends championship in the Semi-Pro Dirt class.

Five champions repeated 2000 season titles including Doug Hoffman of Newville in the Friday night V-8 Street Stock class and Saturday karters Jimmy Slaseman in caged rookies, Andy Burkholder in junior restricted, Brad Thomas in heavy's and Keith Gillam in junior champ. State champion karters will be announced by the Pennsylvania Dirt Karters Association.

Promoter Ken Geesey also extended thanks individually to the speedway's sponsors and recognized the track's staff and the Lack-Tuscarora Ambulance crew for their hard work and dedication. "Producing so much safe, exciting racing is a team effort and our team of experienced track, tech and tower workers did a magnificent job all season long," he said. "You staged more races than most tracks do in three seasons and you can all be proud that you did it so very well," he told them.

Geesey said that a Nov. 17 drivers meeting to finalize rules will soon be announced and that the 600cc sprints that raced Saturday nights will be added to the 2002 Friday night schedule while the karters will continue to race Saturday mornings and special shows like Junk Cars, motorcycles and rain makeups will race late Saturday afternoons.

Scott Ellerman of Landisburg in the 305 PA Sprints and Jim Brookens of Fayetteville in the 270 Sprints headed the lineup of Friday night champions. Arlin Brougher of Gettysburg in the mini-stocks and Steve McCartney of Doylesburg in the thunder cars are the 2001 four-cylinder champions and Hoffman and Garber are the V-8 Street Stock and Legends champions respectively. In addition to trophies all the Friday night champions received jackets from John Goshorn or Goshorn Racing Supply.

Saturday night champions are Terry Peters of Tower City in 600cc Sprints, Rodney Glass of Fort Loudon in 270 Sprints, Randy Baughman of Dover in 250cc W/C Sportsman, Josh Watkins of Lancaster in 250cc A/C Sportsman and Mark Yoder of Lititz in 125cc.

"Our young kart racers are the future of our sport starting as young as six years old," said Geesey, "and we are proud to have such fine youngsters racing at Path Valley."

The 2001 Path Valley Karting champions are Tyler Bear in Jr. Sportsman I, Keith Gillam in Jr. Champ, Brent Marks in Jr. Sportsman II, Miles Burd Jr. in Super Heavy, Ray Tipton in 2-Cycle, Brad Tomas in Heavy, Matt Dalesio in Medium, Geremey Sheaffer in Lite, Jimmy Slaseman in Caged Rookie, Nicole Eaton in Sr. Champ, Garrett Kuhns in Jr. Stock and Andy Burkholder in Jr. Restricted.

Champions in the Saturday four-wheeler classes are Dane Delancey if Port Royal in Quad 2-Stroke and Chris Crull of Blaine in Quad 4-Stroke. The four-wheelers also raced for AMA points and Path Valley bike and quad racers will be honored separately at the regional AMA awards program.

Special presentations included a substantial scholarship award to Autumn Peterson, Miss Path Valley Speedway Park, who is now a freshman at Shippensburg University of PA.

Mike Beidel of Fayetteville won the Rookie of the Year award after finishing second in points in the four-cylinder thunder car class. Young Beidel led the points much of the season and finished his rookie year only eight points behind champion Steve McCartney. The Hard Luck award went to Earl Tabb Jr. who suffered much of the season with his #51 street stock. The special Rising Star trophy went to 15-year-old Keith Walls of St. Thomas who won five features and finished fourth in the four-cylinder thunder car points.

Geremey Sheaffer of Elliotsburg won the Rookie of the Year award in Path Valley Karting along with his championship in the Lites. The Kart Family Award went to T&T Racing and the Imler family of Bedford County for their support of Troy and Tracy Imler in the #9T and #10T karts who raced in every event. Nathan Danner on #26 won the Most Improved award and Kyle Shultz on the #09 won the Rising Star award for karters.

For information on the 2002 schedule and track, race teams can consult the website at www.pathvalley.com, or they can email them at twp@pathvalley.com. The new phone number at the track for promoter Ken Geesey is 717-349-7111. 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 off Route 75.

<pre> 2001 PATH VALLEY SEASON TROPHY WINNERS

CAR # DRIVER TOTAL POINTS

270cc SPRINTS

11         Jim Brookens         508
8          Jim Young            485
111        Jim Callahan         475
84         Rodney Glass         468
9          Brandon Grandstaff   466
75         Dusty Shatzer        448
17         Jeff Furlong         445
76         Dave Shirk           431
96         Jesse Snyder         392
28D        Doug Gray            392

LEGENDS

 29A       Harry Garber       855
4X         Butch Brough       710
37/72      Donnie Potts       606
46         Ray Swank          563
8          Allen Felix        544
94         Tim Tomson         544
77/17      Randy Fetterolf    536
10E        Kip Erb            519
0          Greg Burd          474
2C         George Craker      471

4 CYLINDER THUNDER

6          Steve McCartney    511
3D         Mike Beidel        503
18S        Terry Smith        471
85         Keith Walls        458
19         Steve Seibert      442
87         Keith Armolt       400
97         Shawn Moore        398
25         Melvin Bilger      322
2B         Brenda McCartney   298
73/70      Dave Ricker        296

V 8 STREET STOCKS

27         Doug Hoffman       616
80         Weston Alleman     579
3          Randy Patterson    547
6          Wayne Hawbaker     452
25S        Steve Bailor       444
48         Steve Lowery       398
7          John Heane         292
1B         Don Bilger         237
51         Earl Tabb Jr.      220
72         Jeff Johnson       201

MINI STOCKS

21         Arlin Brougher     556
65         Mark Whitsel       513
25         Gary Dehart Jr.    480
44G        Matt Glinski       437
34         Kyle Wiser         412
53         Ed Kirby           390
22         Brian Gordon       376
5          Brian Lessley      328
27         Chuck Ingram       310
10         Jeremy Ott         294
77         Joe Jakubic        294

305 PA SPRINTS

115        Scott Ellerman     311
5          Jason Shultz       292
1          JR Fogelsonger     260
46         Michael Alleman    216
100        Tom Worrick        199
65         Bob Gutshall       160
23J        Jim Roush          152
23R        Nathan Gramley     148
23         Todd Lynn          124
7J         Joe Davis          104

SATURDAY SPRINTS

600 MICRO

19         TERRY PETERS       516
64K        KYLE PURKS         497
50         DAVE EMORY         461

270 MICRO

84         RODNEY GLASS       423
3B         RANDY BAUGHMAN     367
1P         RANDY PITT         236

250 MICRO (WC)

3B         RANDY BAUGHMAN     564
50         DAVE EMORY         473
1P         RANDY PITT         454

250 MICRO (AC)

16W JOSH WATKINS 442

125 MICRO

75 MARK YODER 210

SATURDAY GO-KART POINTS

JUNIOR SPORTSMAN I

88         TYLER BEAR         591
52         AUSTIN HOGUE       585
47         ALEX BENDA         482
26         NATHAN DANNER      480
77         NICHOLAS BRYSON    322

JUNIOR CHAMP

43         KEITH GILLAM       612
10E        EARL HOON JR       454

JUNIOR SPORTSMAN II

19M        BRENT MARKS        564
5X         DUSTIN WAGNER      534
56         DERREK TREECE      488
28         MATTHEW BURD       367
5          KYLE EBERSOLE      293

4-WHEEL 2 STROKE

6          DANE DELANCEY      656
16         CRAIG ROBINSON     573

4-WHEEL 4 STROKE

65 CHRIS CRULL 269

SUPER HEAVY

5          MILES BURD JR      497
28         JUSTIN MICHAEL     374
2          DAVID WAY          328
15         MARCUS WOODRING    321
20         SHAWN CLAAR        318
99         MELVI HENCH        284

JUNIOR STOCK

32         GARRETT KUHNS      567
10T        TRACY IMLER        526
2          BRENT HOFFMAN      463
9T         TROY IMLER         446
3          TRAVIS WAGNER      263
40         RANDY WOODWARD     234
1P         RYAN PITT          220

JUNIOR RESTRICTED

20        ANDY BURKHOLDER     559
3         TRAVIS WAGNER       545
10T       TRACY IMLER         465
11        ZACH NEWLIN         300
8         TRENTON SCHEAFFER   263
50        TIM BERKHEIMER      223

2-CYCLE

20 RAY TIPTON 604

HEAVY

15        BRAD THOMAS         499
9T        TROY IMLER          411
2         ZACH MILLER         384
17        DANNY WILES         328

MEDIUM

37        MATT DALESIO        574
03        CLARK SIMONTON      452
1P        RYAN PITT           371
2         ZACH MILLER         369
77        CHRIS CLAAR         234
1         BRENT COMP          216

LITE

7         GEREMEY SHEAFFER    572
37        MATT DALESIO        473
35        BRINT HOCKENBERRY   433
9T        TROY IMLER          415
1         SHAWN NEWCOMER      364
17        JUSTIN SEIGLER      324
22        TODD SHELLENBERGER  323
14        ROB BOYER           241

CAGED ROOKIES

56        JIMMY SLASEMAN      643
99        FRANK PETERS        561
77        DOUG HEIGES         387
09        KYLE SHULTZ         215

SENIOR CHAMP

6         NICOLE EATON        635
56        JIM SLASEMAN        583

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