Spring Run PA _ Von McGee of Spring Run said after winning his second consecutive PA 305 Sprint feature on Auto Locator Race Night that his experience driving a 410 super sprint helped, but, "The racing here at Path Valley is just as good, just as...
Spring Run PA _ Von McGee of Spring Run said after winning his second consecutive PA 305 Sprint feature on Auto Locator Race Night that his experience driving a 410 super sprint helped, but, "The racing here at Path Valley is just as good, just as exciting, as it was at Port Royal."
McGee survived restarts after two major sprint pileups with racers damaging their wings. He started fourth in the full field that required a consolation heat for the first time ever for the spec-engine economy full size sprints. By lap two McGee was passing frequent winner Todd Lynn but the pass was taken back for a rolling Mike Wagner in turn four that also collected Justin Seigler and Jeff Furlong. McGee finally passed for the lead on lap ten just before Todd Spangler rolled into turn four and collected Denny Mellott and Robert Varner. The final nine laps were free of cautions and McGee used lapped cars from lap 14 on to build a lead ahead of a persistent Lynn and Dusty Shatzer. Heat winners were Nathan Gramley, Scott Ellerman and McGee and Seigler won the historic first consi for the growing field with their sealed engines.
A total 178 cars filled the Path Valley pits for the annual Auto Locator Night, and they included 98 sprints with 44 in the 270cc class, 28 in the 600 Sprints and 27 in the V-8 full-size PA 305 Sprints. Next Friday night for the Father's Day special races, the Central PA Legends Cars return after a scheduled Saturday night race that rained out. The 600 Sprints, 270 Sprints, V-8 Street Stocks, Modified Mini Stocks and Four-Cylinder Thunder Cars race every week at Path Valley.
Fayetteville's Jimmy Brookens started sixth in the 600 sprints and passed Dave Socks for the lead on lap four by going high to the outside coming through turn four in the face of a large crowd of excited fans. On separate mid-race laps both Aaron Eichelberger and Ben Murphy flipped and bent their wings to bring out the caution flags, but Brookens held onto the lead ahead of Socks, Chris Arnold, and Duane Harbaugh. Heat winners were Jim Young, Chris Snyder and Mike Dicely and Donnie Hendershot won the consi.
Doug Dodson grabbed the early lead in the 270 sprints as Hyper Chassis' Mike Dicely worked his way up from fifth. Dicely took the lead on lap five and started lapping the rear of the pack by lap nine. Brian Walker, Tim Robertson, Doug Dodson and Josh Dressler filled out the front five. Bob Robertson, Mike Dicely, Brian Walker, Doug Dodson and Josh Dressler won the heats and Tony Jackson and Dave Socks won the two consis.
The bi-weekly Dwarf Cars feature offered plenty of spins and crunches as Josh Sigman of Carlisle got the lead on lap two and raced to his first Path Valley feature win ever with FRankie Dunkle a close second and Jeff Barclay back a half turn in third. Mike Hay and Wes Zimmerman won the heats.
Tony Stoneberger and Jeff Johnson won the V-8 Street Stock heats but it was Randy Patterson who grabbed the lead and raced to the checkers as Tim Fedder charged up through the pack from sixth. Fedder tried both high and low grooves in the final six laps but couldn't get close enough to pass Patterson, finishing only a length behind. "I knew he was back there, but my crew gave me a great car tonight," Patterson said in the Auto Locator victory lane.
Jerry Bard led all but the last two laps in the mini stocks as Arlin Brougher moved forward from his twelfth place handicap start for winning the race before.Brougher was on Bard's bumper in lapped traffic from lap 12 on and finally went to the outside groove to pass for the win coming out of turn four. Barry Welch, Steve McCartney and Bard won the heats.
Keith Armolt of Shippensburg took the four-cylinder thunder car lead on a first lap resart and survived three more caution flag restarts for his first every Path Valley win. Melvin Bigler, Derrick Casner, John Rasp and Terry Smith filled out the front five and Bigler and Richard Stache won the heats.
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 email@example.com.