Path Valley Wins to Brookens, Good, Beavers Spring Run, PA_ Tommy Beavers of Winchester VA, a former standout in Heavy Karts at the Path Valley Speedway Park, raced hard to his first track win in the full size PA 305 Sprints Friday ...
Path Valley Wins to Brookens, Good, Beavers
Spring Run, PA_ Tommy Beavers of Winchester VA, a former standout in Heavy Karts at the Path Valley Speedway Park, raced hard to his first track win in the full size PA 305 Sprints Friday night.
Veteran racers came from behind to earn other wins as Jimmy Brookens of Fayetteville got his seventeenth win in 600 Sprints and Sean Good of Middleburg won in 270 Sprints. Both likely earned the season points lead. Past repeat champion Terry Smith of Willow Hill won in Thunder Cars and defending champion Jerry Bard of Shippensburg won in Mini Stocks while the truncated Dwarf Cars win went to first-timer Gary Funck of Mt. Joy.
Next Friday, Oct. 8, the V-8 Hobby Stocks and Central PA Legends Cars take their turn in the second season lineup rotation as Two Wheel Promotions makes up rainouts with racing every October weekend. The 305 Sprints and Dwarf Cars next return Oct. 15. Next Saturday the final AMA sanctioned motorcycle and quad race follows the regular Saturday afternoon Burris Karting races.
Senior Race Director John Winsett notes that two super races remain on the Path Valley schedule. On Oct. 16 the Strictly Stocks will race for a special purse and 50 laps, and Oct. 23 is the only evening race of the go-karts in the annual Karting Finale.
Karting alumni Tommy Beavers took the lead from Mike Freet on the first lap and raced like a pro, even when on lap nine he skid to a stop to avoid two sprints from the rear of the pack that had spun and stopped in a roadblock in turn four. Beavers survived the only other caution and restart on the last lap as the big, fast sprints with their spec engines skid around the soft, tacky clay oval. The front five finishers were Beavers, Freet, Randy Kaylor, Von McGee and Brent Comp. Comp and Kaylor won the heats.
Jimmy Brookens dived to the inside of Doug Dodson into turn three on the final lap and then went wide to the outside to pass lapped cars for his seventeenth win of the season. Brookens started in twelfth and patiently worked forward to catch up to Dodson on lap 12. Brookens, Dodson, Aaron Eichelberger, Gary Linderman and Richie Fitz were the front five and Jim Young and Jake Murphy won the heats. His mascot and good luck charm, four-year-old Gavyn Earnest, joined Brookens in victory lane where the paraplegic past track champion said his parents deserve all the credit for all his racing victories.
Jerry Bard from sixth caught Frank Gordon on lap six and when Gordon went to the pits with a leak, Bard built up a lead of two turns and more. In victory lane he said he hopes to race a late model next season. Bard, Gary Dehart, Tim Burkholder, Ralphie Morgan and Kyle Wiser were the front five finishers and Ronnie Garlock and Wiser won the Mini Stock heats.
Chad Myers led the first eight 270 Sprints laps and after Sean Good came from sixth and passed him, stayed within passing distance until after a lap 17 caution when his brother, Craig, went to the pits. Good won by almost a turn, followed in the front five by Myers, AJ Bast, Chad Thomas, and Cody Darrah. Good and Bast won the heats. "My parents and this Elite sprint from East Coast Motorsports deserve all the credit for my wins," Good said.
Terry Smith, a past champion from multiple years, led every lap of the Thunder Car feature as Wes Scofield and Tony Weller swapped back and forth in second. As Smith finished amid lapped cars Scofield took second and Weller third with Ken Lawrence and Lyle Barnes filling out the front five. Joe Hawbaker and Smith 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 is 717-349-7111.
For information on the 2004 schedule and rules, race teams and fans can consult the track's website at www.pathvalley.com or they can email Two Wheel Promotions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PA 305 Sprints -- Tommy Beavers (started 2), Mike Freet, Randy Kaylor, Von McGee, Brent Comp, Scott Ellerman, Todd Spangler, Greg Hammaker, Joey Hershey, Jim Wentz, Frankie Reisinger, Gary Heckman, Cody Schmiedel, Jason Shultz, DNS James Kennedy. Heats to Comp, Kaylor.
600 Sprints -- Jimmy Brookens (12), Doug Dodson, Aaron Eichelberger, Gary Linderman, Richie Fitz, Adam Dimm, Jim Callahan, JC Walling, Greg Kone, Jordan Frontz, Dan Kanagy, Jake Murphy, Lyle Stroman, Jim Young, Timmie Barrick, Chris Crull. Heats to Young, Jake Murphy.
270 Sprints -- Sean Good (6), Chad Myers, AJ Bast, Chad Thomas, Cody Darrah, Tom Tice, Ken Duke Jr., Matt Horst, Josh Dressler, Nate Snyder, Craig Myers, Colby Womer, Eric Spahr, Aaron Spahr, Aaron Lynch, Tony Jackson. Heats to Good, Bast.
Mini Stock -- Jerry Bard (6), Gary Dehart, Tim Burkholder, Ralphie Morgan, Kyle Wiser, Bob Starr, Ronnie Garlock, Dave Bivens, Mike Beidel, Troy Eckenrode, Frank Gordon, Sonny Williamson. Heats to Garlock, Wiser.
Dwarf -- Gary Funck (1), Eddie Benedict. Heat to Benedict.
Thunder Cars -- Terry Smith (2), Wes Scofield, Tony Weller, Ken Lawrence Jr., Lyle Barnes, John Rasp, Mike Beidel, Tracy Linn, Melvin Bigler, Joe Hawbaker, Jeff Christy, RT Bolger, Rocky Payne, Tim Varner. Heats to Hawbaker, Smith.