Path Valley report 2003-04-25

Path Valley fights rain to dashing draw. Spring Run, PA_ Declaring a draw in a losing fight with Friday night rains, Two Wheel Promotions at the Path Valley Speedway Park has rescheduled six uncompleted features over the next three weeks. The ...

Path Valley fights rain to dashing draw.

Spring Run, PA_ Declaring a draw in a losing fight with Friday night rains, Two Wheel Promotions at the Path Valley Speedway Park has rescheduled six uncompleted features over the next three weeks. The features for the NRA Disabled Shooters Night will be made up as two extra features each week.

Only the fast, heavy V-8 Street Stocks were able to complete their feature event with veteran Tim Fedder of Newport taking the win as Randy Patterson closed up the lead through the final laps.

Dave Baskin, director of the National Rifle Association Disabled Shooters Services, displayed and demonstrated appliances to allow disabled hunters and target shooters to continue in their sports. His display even included a device to allow one-handed archery, with the drawn arrow released by the shooters chin.

Baskin said that anyone who wants help with the shooting sports despite a physical disability could contact the free NRA service at 703-267-1495.

With 147 cars and sprints filling the pits, 20 qualifying heat races and consis were required to set the starting lineups. Shortly after the first feature for the 600 Sprints took to the track, the sky opened and the self-starting micro sprints completed six laps and were red flagged for safety.

With the gentle drizzle slowing, the V-8 Street Stocks were sent out to dry the track and race their feature event. Fedder took over as, in sharp contrast to past weeks, the big cars raced without mishap, and by lap 11 had built up a lead of half the track. Through the second half of the race Randy Patterson closed up the lead but Fedder took the checkers by about three car lengths. Patterson won the single 10-car heat race.

When the 600 Sprints returned to the track, the precipitation increased and the race date was called. Lyle Strohman won the consi and the 600 class heat winners were Jim Young, Pat Klose and Jim Callahan. They will complete that feature where they left on next Friday might, May 2. The four-cylinder thunder cars will also race their postponed feature that night with Terry Smith on the pole. John Rasp and Melvin Bigler won the heats.

The headline PA 305 Sprints started with their biggest field of the year. Heats went to Jim Wentz, Justin Seigler and Nathan Gramley. The pill draw for inversion put Von McGee on the pole for the makeup feature, which will race May 9. The Dwarf Cars will also make up their feature May 9 with Mike Hay on the pole after the pill draw inversion. The heat winners were Bryan Pietsch and Josh Sigman.

The final set of makeups will be May 16 for the 270 Sprints and the mini stocks. The 270 feature starts with Chad Myers on the pole after heat wins went to Rodney Glass, Sean Good, Jim Young and Todd Steffy and Brian Walker and Rob Griffin won the consolation qualifiers. Barry Welch and Steve McCartney won the mini stock heats and the inversion puts Korey Washinger on the pole.

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 twp@pathvalley.com.

FINISH ORDER

V-8 Street Stock:

Tim Fedder, Randy Patterson, Mark Whitsel, Terry O'Donel, Jeff Johnson, Wayne Hawbaker, Steve Lowery, Doug Hoffman, Brian Gordon, Bill Powell; Heat to Patterson.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Von McGee