Murphy and Darrah Win in Path Valley Sprints Spring Run PA__ Rising sprint star Cody Darrah of Red Lion won his first of this season Friday night at the Path Valley Speedway Park in 270 Sprints, and bothers Ben and Jake Murphy of Enola...
Murphy and Darrah Win in Path Valley Sprints
Spring Run PA__ Rising sprint star Cody Darrah of Red Lion won his first of this season Friday night at the Path Valley Speedway Park in 270 Sprints, and bothers Ben and Jake Murphy of Enola finished one and two in the 600 Sprints for the second time this season.
In supporting stock cars, Terry Smith of Willow Hill won in Thunder Cars, Gary Dehart of Mercersburg won in Mini Stocks and Dave Dunkle of Spring Run won in Hobby Stocks. It was the second win of the season for all three drivers.
As most other area tracks rained out, Two Wheel Promotion's staff went to a practiced 'hurry up and race' mode and completed all five Path Valley feature events by 9:15 including two features that raced green to checkers with no cautions on the exceptionally fast clay. Next Friday night the PA 305 Sprints and the Legend Cars return to Path Valley for the only race night scheduled on Memorial Day weekend. The May 27 race is also a Fan Appreciation Night with $2 off grandstand admission.
After four heats and two consi qualifiers, and with no inversion, the 600 Sprints charged out of turn four led by heat winners Jamie Umlauf, Greg Kone, Ben Murphy and Davey Sammons. Murphy took the lead on lap three with Umlauf right behind but attrition from spins and breakdowns left Murphy the only one of the four to finish on the lead lap. His brother Jake moved up to second after Greg Kone hit the outside wall off turn four on lap 14 for the night's only red flag. At the finish the front five were Ben Murphy, Jake Murphy, Jimmy Brookens, Jim Young and Paul Hively. Cody Darrah and Travis Saner won the heats. The Murphy brothers also finished one and two on April 29.
Leading by a turn after lap six, only Mike Casario was able to say within striking distance of Cody Darrah as the youngster from Red Lion dashed away in 270 Sprints. Casario dropped out on lap 19 and Darrah took his first win of the new season. It was his second Path Valley victory after a win last season in his rookie year. Darrah, 15, said a lot of thanks for his triple threat racing is due to good sponsors like J&K Salvage and Darrah Motors. Darrah is a triple threat at Path Valley as he races in both 270 Sprints and 600 Sprints and occasionally in Legends Cars. The front five were Darrah, Craig Myers, Mike Rutherford, Sean McAndrew and Chad Myers. Tom Tice and Mike Casario won the heats.
After starting on the pole to win the single ten-car heat race for Mini Stocks, Gary Dehart drew a zero pill for the feature start inversion and again started on the pole. At least twice Steve McCartney pulled even with his rear bumper, but Dehart would not be passed and at the finish the front five were Dehart, McCartney, Tim Burkholder, Frank Gordon and Ralph Morgan.
A ten car inversion put Jeff Christy on the pole for the Thunder Car feature and Christy led until lap twelve when Terry Smith made a soaring three-wide pass of both Christy and Wes Scofield through turn four. Smith took the high, outside groove and made it work as he squeezed between Christy and the wall. On lap 13 Christy tangled with Lyle Barnes on turn three and both were towed off. Smith, several times the past champion in that class, said in victory lane, "I was scared. It just ain't good going up there to pass." John Rasp and Joe Hawbaker won the heats and the front five were Smith, Scofield, Melvin Bigler, John Rasp, and Ricky Rosenberry.
Dave Dunkle said his work all week on his car paid off as he walked away from Jim Mongan and Joe DeArmitt in the Hobby Stock heat and feature. "I wish we had a bigger field of cars, but the rain scared them off tonight," Dunkle said.
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. From March to October, Path Valley races stock cars, Legends and sprints Friday nights, karts and quads on Saturday afternoons and AMA bikes or Strictly Stock junkyard cars Saturday nights.
The phone number at the track is 717-349-7111. For information on the 2005 schedule and rules, race teams and fans can consult the website at www.pathvalley.com or they can email Two Wheel Promotions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
600 Sprints -- Ben Murphy (started 3), Jake Murphy, Jimmy Brookens, Jim Young, Paul Hively, Jordon Frontz, Mike Rutherford, Jamie Umlauf, Jimmy Glenn, Cody Darrah, Mark Strickler, Justin Frontz, Lyle Stroman, Nick Saner, Dane Delancey, Travis Saner, Jason Brown, Scott Spahr, Greg Kone, Rodney Glass, Davey Sammons, Nick Schlauch, Rod Schell, Richie Fitz. Consi 1, Cody Darrah; Consi 2, Travis Saner. Heats to Jamie Umlauf, Greg Kone, Ben Murphy, Davey Sammons.
270 Sprints -- Cody Darrah (2), Craig Myers, Mike Rutherford, Sean McAndrew, Chad Myers, Matt Horst, Tom Tice, Ryan McAndrew, Rick Casario, Zack Zook, Aaron Spahr, Michael Weeks, Eric Spahr, Joe Kay, Mike Casario, Jesse Howell. Heats to Tice, Casario.
Hobby Stocks -- Dave Dunkle (1), James Mongan, Joe DeArmitt. Heat to Dunkle.
Mini Stock -- Gary Dehart (1), Steve McCartney, Tim Burkholder, Frank Gordon, Ralph Morgan, Dave Bivens, Mike Beidel, Ronnie Garlock, Kyle Wiser, DNS Troy Eckenrode. Heat to Dehart.
Thunder Cars -- Terry Smith, Wes Scofield, Melvin Bigler, John Rasp, Ricky Rosenberry, Ken Lawrence Jr., Joe Hawbaker, Rocky Payne, Greg Fuller Jr., Derrick Varner, Lyle Barnes, Jeff Christy, Jeremy Ott, Tony Weller. Heats to John Rasp, Joe Hawbaker.