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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
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
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
19 TERRY PETERS 516 64K KYLE PURKS 497 50 DAVE EMORY 461
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
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
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
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
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
20 ANDY BURKHOLDER 559 3 TRAVIS WAGNER 545 10T TRACY IMLER 465 11 ZACH NEWLIN 300 8 TRENTON SCHEAFFER 263 50 TIM BERKHEIMER 223
20 RAY TIPTON 604
15 BRAD THOMAS 499 9T TROY IMLER 411 2 ZACH MILLER 384 17 DANNY WILES 328
37 MATT DALESIO 574 03 CLARK SIMONTON 452 1P RYAN PITT 371 2 ZACH MILLER 369 77 CHRIS CLAAR 234 1 BRENT COMP 216
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
56 JIMMY SLASEMAN 643 99 FRANK PETERS 561 77 DOUG HEIGES 387 09 KYLE SHULTZ 215
6 NICOLE EATON 635 56 JIM SLASEMAN 583