Path Valley report 2002-04-26

Mayberry earns first Sprint win at Path Valley. Spring Run, PA_ After a decade of racing Rick Mayberry of Mechanicsburg won his first major feature ever in the PA 305 Sprints Friday night at Path Valley Speedway Park. The 305 sprinters got off...

Mayberry earns first Sprint win at Path Valley.

Spring Run, PA_ After a decade of racing Rick Mayberry of Mechanicsburg won his first major feature ever in the PA 305 Sprints Friday night at Path Valley Speedway Park.

The 305 sprinters got off to a nasty start as the full moon rose over the Blue Mountain when Mile Alleman hit the turn two wall under power and rolled after a brake separated. His new #46 was mangled and broke from bent front axle to crumpled wing but the young driver walked away.

First heat winner Jim Roush drew a pill for an eight-sprint inversion and that put Mayberry on the pole and he led all the way and, after the second and final restart on lap 12 built up a lead of a full turn at the checkers. He said it was his first win in full size sprints and a lifelong dream.

Jim Brookens of Fayetteville came from fifth to catch Pat Klose on lap 11 and finally manage a pass going into turn one on lap 18. On the turn two exit Brookens and Klose made contact and Klose, after leading every lap to that point, spun to a stop. In the winner's circle Brookens apologized for getting close enough to spin Klose, and then thanked his family and crew for their support. Young Terry Peters came from seventh to finish second and retain the points lead.

"The car count grows in every division every week, and the racing gets faster and tougher," said Promoter Ken Geesey, and Brookens echoed after his fourth win this season, "Every week the whole field gets faster and harder catch." Next week Brookens will start twelfth as handicap.

The special event next week will be the Kid's Spring Bike Races in classes for each age group, and the special class will be the Dwarf Cars. The four-cylinder thunder cars will have their week off in the regular divisional rotation and the mini-stocks will return after a week to rejuvenate.

Promoter Ken Geesey and the friends of the late Darin Whitsel announced that the June 8 Darin Whitsel Memorial will pay $600 to win for the 600 Sprints, $1000 to win for the mini stocks and $1000 to win for the V-8 Street Stocks. All three will be open races but with the track's standard safety rules in effect.

From every pit pass $5 and from grandstand tickets sold $1 will go to a fund to benefit Darin Whitsel's two young sons. For more than a decade prior to his homicide, Darin Whitsel was a dedicated Path Valley racer. All three feature events will be for 30 laps.

A ten-sprint inversion pill put Dave Socks on the outside front in the 270 Sprints feature and the Hagerstown chauffer took over and led all the way through two restarts. Alex Cunningham, Sean Good, Dusty Shatzer and Tony Jackson formed a chain close behind Socks for the final laps.

The Central PA Legends Cars, with Kip Erb of McClure predominant this week, have featured a different winner every week. Erb got the pole with a six-car inversion and led all but one lap when Ray Swank briefly caught up. Swank and Austin Kirby kissed and spun coming out of turn four on lap 14 as they tried to split the same way to pass a lapped car. That left only Mickey Ritter to catch Erb and he had his hands full holding up a hard charging Butch Brough. Brough started 12th for winning the week before and finished third.

Past Champion Terry Smith of Willow Hill lapped six cars and survived three cautions and restarts for his second win of the season. Past winners Melvin Bigler, Mike Beidel, and John Rasp and Brenda McCartney filled out the front five.

Following inspections, chief technical inspector Bob Nicholson announced that all finish orders were official and only one car disqualified because it was under weight. Following this weekend's completion of the Pennsylvania Dirt Karter's Association (PDKA) state championship series race, Path Valley returns to the regular Saturday kart and quad races. May 4 and 5 are scheduled as PDKA rain dates only if necessary.

The PA 305 Sprints return May 10 and May 11 at 5 p.m. the gates open for the season's second Junk Car Race with the Vintage Car Club as their support division.

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Series Sprint , Stock car