Spring Run, PA-Rookie Austin Kirby of Shippensburg used a lapped car to get past Lynn Hyle on lap 23 and then beat Keith Walls to the finish in a final lap 30 shootout to claim the $500 to win four-cylinder thunder car Pepsi Night feature Friday...
Spring Run, PA-Rookie Austin Kirby of Shippensburg used a lapped car to get past Lynn Hyle on lap 23 and then beat Keith Walls to the finish in a final lap 30 shootout to claim the $500 to win four-cylinder thunder car Pepsi Night feature Friday at the Path Valley Speedway Park.
Johnstown star Jim Young in his Cernic's sponsored #8 earned his third Path Valley win of the season and eleventh overall racing ahead of Jeff Furlong Friday night at Path Valley. The front ten Pepsi Race Night finishers ahead of the full field of 270cc Sprints were Young, Furlong, Rodney Glass, Jim Brookens, Jim Callahan Jr., Donnie Hendershot, Sean Good, Chad Criswell, Dusty Shatzer, and Dave Shirk.
Young started on the pole and only Furlong got close enough to pull alongside twice on the smooth, tacky, dust-free clay. Danny Crum, Callahan and Randy Baughman won the heats.
The 270 Sprints race again next Friday, and next Saturday night they join the 600 Sprints, 250 Sportsman air cooled and 250 Sportsman water cooled, and 125cc Sprints. Karts race Saturday afternoons at Path Valley and next Sunday a 200-lap Enduro is scheduled with practice starting at noon. Rules for the Aug. 26 Enduro and the Sept. 2 Junk Car Race are on the Path Valley website at www.pathvalley.com. Labor Day Monday Sept. 3, the Vintage Car Club joins the five regular classes for a no-points afternoon.
In support division thrills Mark Whitsel of Cassville started ninth and took the lead from Gary Dehart Jr. on the white flag lap for his third win of the season, and past national Dwarf Car champion Lynn Knepper of Somerset started in the handicap 12th spot for winning the last previous race and took the lead on lap eight to charge to the win.
Randy Patterson of Shippensburg started on the pole and led flag to flag for his third win in the V-8 street stocks.
On his way to Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte Saturday to race for the Legends Cars Grand National championship, Butch Brough of Newville took the lead on lap one and stayed two lengths or less ahead of Kip Erb to the checkers. Nathan Fisher, Darryl Bloom and Allen Felix won the Legends heats and a ten-pill draw put Leon Wintermyer on the pole. The front ten finishers were Brough, Erb, Tim Tomson, Harry Garber, Lawrence Garrison, Donnie Potts, Jim Black, Wintermyer, Randy Fetterolf, and Carey May.
On the way to his biggest win ever, Austin Kirby put half of the full field of four-cylinder thunder cars a lap or more down. The thunder cars are an entry level class of economy purely stock four-cylinders. The growing class of local cars attracted 29 entries that met Path Valley tech rules, and a few that didn't. Steve McCartney, Kirby, and Steve Seibert won the heats and Melvin Bigler won the consi.
Lynn Hyle led the first 22 laps passing an occasional lapped car and then overtook the main body of cars and while trying to pass on the outside Kirby went to the inside of Terry Wiser and Dave Ricker to take the lead. Rookie Keith Walls of St. Thomas used the soft outside for traction to take second from Hyle but ran out of laps before catching Kirby. The front ten were Kirby, Walls, Hyle, Steve Seibert, Bob Starr, John Rasp II, Terry Smith, John Fraker, Shawn Moore and Keith Armolt.
Mark Whitsel won the first modified mini-stock heat race and drew the highest pill, a ten, to put Danny McAllen on the pole. Arlin Brougher won the second heat. With only three cautions in the first half the race and none after lap nine Whitsel weaved his way to the win by a length ahead of Dehart. The front ten were Whitsel, Dehart, McAllen, Ricky Harper, Brian Lessley, Ed Kirby, Jerry Bard, Arlin Brougher, Eric Mellott and Chuck Ingram.
Randy Patterson stayed ahead of crashes, spins and lost wheels among the street stocks with Weston Alleman and Doug Hoffman racing side by side for second just behind him. Steve Bailor, who had to start 12th for winning the week before, won the first heat and Hoffman won the second, but the pill draw put Patterson on the pole. The top ten were Patterson, Alleman, Hoffman, John Heane, Steve Lowery, Bailor, Jeff Johnson, Dave Fahnestock, Josh Gastof and Wayne Hawbaker.
The guest Dwarf Cars closed the night with Lynn Knepper catching Josh Sigmon on lap eight and dashing to the win to end the night before 11 p.m. Denny Landvater and Knepper won the heats and the front ten were Knepper, Sigmon, Landvater, Eddie Benedict, Ron Nester, John Witkowski, Frankie Dunkle, Frank Dunkle, Rod Zimmerman and Greg Johnson.
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. For information on the 2001 schedule and track, race teams can call the owners at 717-426-4756 or 717-426-2910, consult the website at www.pathvalley.com, or they can email them at email@example.com. The new phone number at the track for promoter Ken Geesey is 717-349-7111.
PEPSI RACE NIGHT FINISH ORDER:
$500-To-Win Thunder Car 30-Lapper - Austin Kirby, Keith Walls, Lynn Hyle, Steve Seibert, Bob Starr, John Rasp III, Terry Smith, John Fraker, Shawn Moore, Keith Armolt, Brenda McCartney, Dave Ricker, Terry Wiser, Adam Miller, Mike Kalinich, Melvin Bigler, Mike Beidel, Ben King, Derek Casner, Tracy Linn, Randy Heckman, Shawn Linn, Steve McCartney.
Central PA Legends Cars - Butch Brough, Kip Erb, Tim Tomson, Harry Garber, Lawrence Garrison, Donnie Potts, Jim Black, Leon Wintermyer, Randy Fetterolf, Carey May, Darryl Bloom, Greg Burd, Nathan Fisher, Allen Felix, Scott Houdeshell, Jason Ewing, Bob Murray, Jim Lowery, Jim Farney, Todd Spahr, Bill Harris, Vern Smith.
270cc Sprints - Jim Young, Jeff Furlong, Rodney Glass, Jim Brookens, Jim Callahan Jr., Donnie Hendershot, Sean Good, Chad Criswell, Dusty Shatzer, Dave Shirk, Randy Baughman, Craig Myers, Danny Crum, Brandon Grandstaff, Toy Jackson, John Bowers, Doug Gray, Scott Peck, Jesse Snyder, Jason Bargo, Gerald Renninger, Glenn Kendall Dave Albright.
Mini-Stock - Mark Whitsel, Gary Dehart, Danny McAllen, Ricky Harper, Brian Lessley, Ed Kirby, Jerry Bard, Arlin Brougher, Eric Mellott, Chuck Ingram, Jeremy Ott, Gary Kitzmiller, Mark Fleegal, Kyle Wiser, DNS Josh Nagle, DQ Brain Gordon.
V-8 Street Stock - Randy Patterson, Weston Alleman, Doug Hoffman, John Heane, Steve Lowery, Steve Bailor, Jeff Johnson, Dave Fahnestock, Josh Gastof, Wayne Hawbaker, James Andrews Jr., Barry Welch.
Dwarf Cars - Lynn Knepper, Josh Sigmon, Denny Landvater, Eddie Benedict, Ron Nester, John Witkowski, Frankie Dunkle, Frank Dunkle, Rod Zimmerman, Greg Johnson, Eric Hay, Ron Kagarise, Brian Peach, Mike Hay, Jeff Barkley.