Spring Run, PA_ Joe Walker of Newton Hamilton came from fifth as the only repeat winner in Strictly Stock racing Saturday night at the Path Valley Speedway Park. Walker, with a win last year, claimed the six-cylinder strictly stock honors ...
Spring Run, PA_ Joe Walker of Newton Hamilton came from fifth as the only repeat winner in Strictly Stock racing Saturday night at the Path Valley Speedway Park.
Walker, with a win last year, claimed the six-cylinder strictly stock honors surrounded by lapped cars and only a length ahead of Rob Keller, the Path Valley Friday night announcer who is doomed to finish second. Mike Scott led the early laps and then Keller took the lead on lap seven.
Amid lapped cars on lap 15 Keller passed to the outside while Walker took the lead with a shorter inside pass. In the final two laps the duo encountered a group of five lapped or about to be lapped cars and Walker emerged in front at the finish line by holding tight to the inside line. Walker proclaimed, "Man is this fun," and admitted a previous win in probably the 2002 season.
In a night of notably thrilling finishes the most exciting was the final lap of the powder puff when Christie Daniels in the #26 that Tony Daniels won with earlier and Beth Verno in the #20 went into turn three side by side and bumped coming out of turn four. Verno went into a spin and wound up in the infield while Daniels went into the outside wall and rode that wall to the finish line, winning by surprise. Daniels took the lead from Verno on lap six and Verno took it back on lap nine of the ten-lap special for amateur female drivers.
Tony Daniels' earlier V-8 Strictly Stock win came from lap 16 of the feature when leader Robert Naugle went wide in turn two and Daniels passed with a dive to the inside. The Harrisonville driver said his win was a pleasant surprise because he was racing just for the fun of it.
Robert Weist of Breezewood said he well knew past winner Tony Thurber was right behind him but he broke into the open from lapped four-cylinder strictly stock cars on lap 14 and beat Thurber to the finish by about a car length. Weist took the lead from Wilbert Barker on lap five after Barker broke. Barron Taylor also advanced to second and challenged for the lead but settled for third at the finish line. Gary Hendershot was fourth and rookie Curtis Guyer in a brand new car took fifth.
Next Friday night, Oct. 10, the four-cylinder strictly stocks, formerly called junkyard or guardrail cars, join the three classes of sprints and two of four-cylinder stock cars for a special Friday night exhibition race at Path Valley.
The strictly stocks are cars straight off the street with only some safety modifications allowed. Instead of a roll cage they use a length of guard rail welded wheel to wheel to protect the driver from collisions. The effect is very low cost racing for those who want to try the sport without the high cost. The six-cylinder and V-8 strictly stocks will have special Friday night races in the following two weeks.
Next Saturday the karts and quads race in the afternoon in practice for the karts Saturday Night Finale Oct. 25, and next Saturday night the AMA motorcycles and quads and the Legends cars have their final race of the season. Gates open at 10 a.m. for karts and 5 p.m. for evening races.
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 2003 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.
Powder Puff: Christie Daniels, Debbie Laughman, Kirsten Jones, Wendy Rhone, Donna Shipley, Beth Verno, Cindy Scott, Shanda Hinish, Shonda Clark.
4-Cylinder: Robert Weist, Tony Thurber, Barron Taylor, Gary Hendershot, Curtis Guyer, Kevin Rhoades, Derrin Markle, Johnny Runk, David Ramsey, Mark Campbell, Wilbert Barker. Heat to Campbell.
V-8: Tony Daniels, Robert Naugle, Derrick Hinish, Kevin Hinish, Joe Daywalt, Luther Daywalt Sr., Luther Daywalt Jr., Tom Brady, Tony Verno, Joey Burdge, Rod Bowers, Tim Burdge, Jerry Fleming. Heats to Daniels, Hinish.
6-Cylinder: Joe Walker, Rob Keller, Daren Graber, Bob Elbin, Shane Ege, Matt Chambers, Andy Krause Jr., Chris McFarland, Raymond Seville, Mike Scott, Todd Price, Phil Best, Dale Martin. Heats to Elbin, McFarland.