Path Valley Speedway Park Spring Run, PA. 17262 Path Valley Racing Schedule Features Variety in 2002 Spring Run, PA_ The key to the 2002 season at the Path Valley Speedway Park will be a vast variety of racing to suit every fan, according ...
Path Valley Speedway Park
Spring Run, PA. 17262
Path Valley Racing Schedule Features Variety in 2002
Spring Run, PA_ The key to the 2002 season at the Path Valley Speedway Park will be a vast variety of racing to suit every fan, according to Promoter Ken Geesey.
The full-size PA 305 Sprinters share the spotlight Friday nights with the 270cc Sprints and the 600cc Sprints, three regular classes of stock cars and the Legends Cars of Central PA that produced two national champions in 2001.
Path Valley Karters race Saturday afternoons with several kart dates also including the Pennsylvania Dirt Karters Association state championship touring series. Saturday night races include regular American Motorcyclist Association flat track motorcycle and quad racing. Also on the lineup for Saturday nights are the low cost Junk Car races, along with Dwarf Cars and the Vintage Car Club.
Cyclones, Dwarf Cars, 358 Late Models and Vintage Cars will also appear as guest divisions on Friday nights. The regular Friday night classes are the Legends, V-8 Street Stocks, modified mini-stocks, four-cylinder thunder cars, 270 Sprints, 600 Sprints, and the full-size 305 Sprints every other week as they raced last season.
To accommodate seven regular classes of sprints and cars and guest classes on Friday nights, each class will race for four consecutive weeks and have the fifth week off. The 270 Sprints and 600 Sprints will race the same nights and have the same nights off since some drivers race both classes.
“ The idea of rotating cars in our schedule is not new, but the idea of taking a night off about every month seems to be a popular innovation with the teams that need time to do maintenance and also to spend some time with their families,” Geesey said.“ This, along with eliminating the flat tire caution laps, will let us finish each Friday night show at a reasonable hour.”
Senior Race Director John Winsett notes that the schedule has been scaled back from last year.“ Last season we completed 92 events, and that was very hard on the staff and the track. This year we’ve scaled it back to only 85 events including some rain dates, and we’ve eliminated most of the Sunday races,” he said.“ We hope our neighbors appreciate the reduced number of Sunday afternoon races.”
The track officially opens March 9 with a technical inspection day for the four-cylinder motors. The first two races are Saturday afternoon programs March 16 and 23 with gates open at 11 a.m. The weekly Friday night races begin March 29 with gates open at 5 p.m. every Friday night until Sept. 27. Every race is a points race toward the season championships.
“ Our schedule must be a bit flexible because we have no control over the weather,” said Geesey,“ and last year the weather in the first half of the season was disastrous.”
Among the season’s major events are a set of AMA motorcycle and quads Northeast Amateur National Qualifiers Memorial Day weekend with the short track race sponsored by Black Arrow Racing Saturday, May 25, and the Tourist Trophy (TT) race sponsored by Bromley Suzuki on Sunday. Memorial Day Monday is the rain date for those two and the following weekend Two Wheel Promotions takes the motorcyclists to the Hagerstown Speedway for the third race in the Amateur National Qualifiers on the half-mile track co-sponsored by ABBA Services.
The season’s biggest single event for the three styles of sprints at Path Valley is the Fall Sprint National on Monday, Sept. 2. The 270 Sprints, 600 Sprints and 305 V-8 Sprints will all share the spotlight racing for money-added purses and extra laps. Gates open for the Labor Day event at 11 a.m.
In addition to the PDKA state championship races, three major events spice the Path Valley Karts schedule. The Karts Spring National April 20 pays $300 to win for the Lites, Mediums and Heavies. The Karts Summer Nationals July 27 pays $500 to win for the three adult classes, and the Path Valley Karts Fall National on Sept. 7 pays $1,000 to win for the Lite, Medium and Heavy karts.
“ The races with the most potential are the monthly Junk Car events,” predicts Jack Flowers of Two Wheel Promotions. The junk cars are pure stock cars with only modifications for safety allowed. Five monthly Junk Car races are scheduled Saturday afternoons starting at 5 p.m. April 13. The Vintage Cars also race on each of those dates.
The popular and highly competitive Four-Cylinder Shoot-Out that pays $1,000 to win is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 28 with gates open at 10 a.m. The new Path Valley rules that require one pound of weight for each cc of engine displacement allow the vast majority of four-cylinders to race competitively.
The V-8 Street Stocks get their own top ranked headliner event on Pepsi Night July 19 with an extra-laps feature that pays $500 to win
The annual Legends Day and popular racers swap meet and flea market is Oct. 5, and a PDKA rain date, the final Junk Car Race on Oct. 12 and the final motorcycle race on Oct. 19 close out the season.
“ We are in a difficult position because with our smooth clay, steep banks, fair and efficient program and central location almost every organized group of racers wants on the Path Valley schedule,” Geesey admits,“ So whatever kind of racing thrills the fans and drivers is available at Path Valley this season.”
For information on the 2002 schedule and track, race teams and fans can call the owners at 717-426-4756 or 717-426-2910, consult the website at www.pathvalley.com. 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.