Six new winners at Path Valley Spring Run, PA_ Six top-notch drivers made their first 2004 visits to the Path Valley Speedway Park winners circle Friday night. Jimmy Brookens of Fayetteville kicked off the night with his season first Path...
Six new winners at Path Valley
Spring Run, PA_ Six top-notch drivers made their first 2004 visits to the Path Valley Speedway Park winners circle Friday night.
Jimmy Brookens of Fayetteville kicked off the night with his season first Path Valley win in the 600 Sprints, and defending champion Brian Walker of Somerset followed with his first of the season in 270 Sprints. Randy Kissinger of Harrisburg won a thrilling Central PA Legends Cars victory and, in the stock car classes, Mark Whitsel of Shirleysburg won in V-8 Street Stocks, young Kyle Wiser of Mt. Union won in Mini-Stocks and Lyle Barnes of Chambersburg won in the four-cylinder thunder cars.
The V-8 Street Stocks and the Legends are off next Friday night, April 16, as the PA 305 Sprints and the Dwarf cars take their place in the rotation.
Mark Hendershot jumped off to the lead at the 600 Sprints start, but before the lap was finished DJ Holland flipped off the wall out of turn two, to set up a complete restart. This time Ben Murphy took the lead with Hendershot and past champion Jimmy Brookens right behind. Through three restarts Murphy held the lead but then on a lap 14 caution and final restart Brookens got inside Murphy at the line and completed his pass going into turn three. With nothing to slow the action Brookens pulled away, putting a lapped car between himself and Murphy, who now had his hands full keeping second place from hard charging Jim Young. The front five were Brookens, Murphy, Young, Duane Harbaugh and Aaron Eichelberger.
"They had me worried, these youngsters, and they get better every week," Brookens told announcer Rob Boyer in victory lane.
The typical Path Valley excitement met a new high in the Legends feature as Greg Burd led the first four laps and then flipped and rolled onto his roof out of turn two. Ray Swank took the lead, but Kissinger caught him in lap 13 and finished passing in lap 14. Then Kissinger withstood two more restarts for cautions to claim his second Path Valley win in two years. At the finish the front five were Kissinger, Swank, Randy Fetterolf, Harry Garber and Butch Brough.
"The track is hard and smooth, and most of the drivers aren't used to this much speed," senior race director John Winsett said of the many cautions in the first three features.
Lyle Barnes started fifth in the four-cylinder thunder cars and took the lead for the first time on lap four as early leader Melvin Bigler tangled with Chuck Ingram. Through two restarts Bigler reclaimed the lead until lap 12 when Barnes used Ingram to get the lead back. Through four more cautions Barnes held the front followed closely by Ingram, John Rasp, and Joe Hawbaker while Ken Lawrence moved into fifth when Dave Edwards spun on the final lap.
After a caution on the first lap rearranged the starting order, veteran Mark Whitsel took off to lead every green lap of the V-8 Street Stock feature and even lap the last car in the pack on the last lap.
Heath Hehnly and Rodney Glass led the early laps in the 270 Sprints main event, but defending champion Brian Walker took the lead from his sixth place start on lap five and survived six restarts to claim his first win of the season. When told earlier in the night that a top five finish every week would probably get him another championship, Walker said, "I just want to win races. With guys this good to race against, a win counts for so much more." The front five in 270's were Walker, Colby Womer, Matt Miller, tom Tice and Jim Young.
When Kyle Wiser got the Mini-Stock lead on the first lap, he said, he just wanted to stay out of trouble and finish the race. After determined challenges from Ricky Harper and then Kevin Thomas, who pulled alongside in lap 16, former Rookie of the Year Wiser drove the Steve Price #34 in a fast low line to his win with Mike Beidel only a couple lengths behind. The front five were Wiser, Beidel, Jerry Bard, Ed Kirby and Tim Burkholder. Wiser survived four cautions and restarts as the large holiday weekend crowd cheered him on.
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 is 717-349-7111. For information on the 2004 schedule and rules, race teams and fans can consult our website at www.pathvalley.com or they can email Two Wheel Promotions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
600 Sprints: Jim Brookens (started 5th), Ben Murphy, Jim Young, Duane Harbaugh, Aaron Eichelberger, Tim Barrick, Rod Schell, Jim Fitz, Gary Linderman, Donnie Hendershot, Colby Womer, Justin Frontz, Jake Murphy, Jason Starr, Adam Dimm, Dan Kanagy, Chris Crull, Mark Hendershot, Dusty Heistand, J.C. Walling, D.J. Holland, Greg Kone, DNS Jordon Frontz. Heats to Schell, Young, Brookens.
270 Sprints: Brian Walker (6), Colby Womer, Matt Miller, Tom Tice, Jim Young, A.J. Bast, Josh Dressler, Chad Myers, Craig Myers, Earl Hoon Jr., Michael Gerber, Eric Spahr, Pat Webb, Sean Good, Aaron Spahr, Jim Callahan, Nick Schlauch, Jeff Hoover, Alex Cunningham, Tony Jackson, Rodney Glass, Aaron Lynch, Heath Hehnly, Amanda Schlegal. Consi to Eric Spahr. Heats to Callahan, Bast, Walker.
Legends: Randy Kissinger (5), Ray Swank, Randy Fetterolf, Harry Garber, Butch Brough, Josh Morrow, Edward Wentz, Bill Harris, Denny Rothermel, Darryl Bloom, Bob Murray, Nathan Fisher, Allen Felix, Roger Austin Sr., Ronald Cooper, Laura McGonnell, Dave Kline, Paul Fitzsimmons, Robert Sobleski, Zach Deiter, Jason Ewing, George Rutherford, James Black, Greg Burd, Bill Weifel, Andy Lupfer. Heats to Kissinger, Felix, Swank.
Mini-Stock: Kyle Wiser (3), Mike Beidel, Jerry Bard, Ed Kirby, Tim Burkholder, Tim Mangle, Gary Dehart, Kevin Thomas, Rickey Harper, Ronnie Garlock, Larry Long, Jeff Mangle, DNS Larry Stine. Heats to Bard, Thomas.
V-8 Street Stock: Mark Whitsel (2), Gary Johnston, Randy Patterson, Blaine Dockery, Steve Lowery, Wayne Hawbaker. Heat to Lowery.
4-Cylinder Thunder: Lyle Barnes (5), Chuck Ingram, John Rasp, Joe Hawbaker, Kenneth Lawrence Jr., Charles Stallman, Tony Weller, David Edwards, Jeff Christy, Melvin Bigler, Terry Smith, Keith Armolt, Tim Varner, Wes Scofield, Abe Edwards. Heats to Edwards, Weller.