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Hagerstown National Amateur Championship report

Mees dominates AMA National Amateur Championships. Spring Run, PA_ Jared Mees of Honey Brook totally dominated the four fastest motorcycle classes at the AMA Northeast Amateur National Championships promoted by Two Wheel Promotions at the ...

Mees dominates AMA National Amateur Championships.

Spring Run, PA_ Jared Mees of Honey Brook totally dominated the four fastest motorcycle classes at the AMA Northeast Amateur National Championships promoted by Two Wheel Promotions at the Hagerstown Speedway Sunday.

Mees won his heats and the features in the Sportsman, 500 Pro, 600 A and 250 A classes.

The night before at Hagerstown, the Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster Performance 12-lap main event, Mees survived the challenges from pro riders Jacob Johnson and Scott Scherb for his first win of the season on the AMA touring circuit.

Riders from nine states registered 205 strong for the 25 different classes in the third race date of the series for the AMA dirt track Amateur National Championships. The winners in classes from four to six year old on 50cc to forty plus may now sport a yellow on blue license plate with #1ne to show their national championships.

"We had a wonderful day of racing with no serious injuries, and we extend our sincere thanks to our sponsors and Mr. Frank Plessinger and manager Lisa Plessinger for allowing us the use of such a fine facility," said Ken Geesey of Two Wheel Promotions. The first two races in the series, the short track and Tourist Trophy features, were completed Memorial Day weekend at Path Valley Speedway Park where Geesey is promoter.

The Hagerstown championships were sponsored by ABBA Services and Two Wheel Promotions, which operates the Path Valley track.

In the youth classes John Lewis V of Brandamore PA won the 250cc DTX feature and placed second in the 250 Modified class to add those trophies to his collection from the three race series. Dane Delancey of Port Royal and Susan Parker of Lebanon continued their long-standing battle on the four-wheelers was Parker won the Quad Sportsman championship on the half-mile and Delancey won the Two-Stroke main. Daniel Mowers of Chambersburg won his second of the three race-series on the Four-stroke quads, which also race every Saturday at Path Valley.

Patrick Jacobsen of Montgomery NY said the competition was the fastest he's every seen as he took the wins in both the 65cc modified and the 65 cc DTX classes.

Kyle Schlimme of Narvon PA made a sweep of all three races with his 50cc win in the Junior category for 4-6 year olds.

The next short track AMA race on the east coast is June 22 at Path Valley and then the local champions set their sights on the Grand National Championships. "Those who win at our Path Valley and Hagerstown races will officially be national champions," said Path Valley Promoter Ken Geesey, "and all who race will also qualify to enter the Grand Championships June 30 through July 7 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds."

The premier classes set by the AMA this year are 30+ Singles, 65cc modified, 50cc senior, 85cc modified, 250cc modified, 600cc modified and 125cc-modified schoolboy. The winners in each of those classes is eligible for AMA travel assistance to the Grand National Championships at the Illinois State Fairgrounds over Independence Day weekend.

To enhance the Northeast Amateur National Championships, Promoter Ken Geesey added a strong field of sponsors for both weekends.

ABBA Services and Two Wheel Promotions were the general sponsors of the half-mile race at Hagerstown on June 2 and additional sponsors included Schaeffer's Harley Davidson, Bromley's Suzuki, Action Motorsports, B&B Cycle, Appalachian Harley Davidson, Roxy's Cycles, M&S Suzuki and Honda, Lexus of Cherry Hill, Susquehanna Harley Davidson, and AD Leathers of Hagerstown.

Black Arrow Racing was the general sponsor for the Saturday short track race at Path Valley. Roxy's Cycles sponsored the Sunday Bike Rodeo and Pig Roast, and Bromley Suzuki sponsored the TT Scramble on Monday. Additional cash, merchandise and contingency sponsors included East Coast ATV of Palm PA for the quads and flat track races, M&S Cycles of Chambersburg for the kids race trophies and medals, and Gas Custom Signs of Waynesboro, Chilcote's Custom Pain of Chambersburg, Arrow Cycle Transport of Spring Run, and R.D. Greenland and Son Masonry of Spring Mills.

The new phone number at the track for promoter Ken Geesey is 717-349-7111. 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.

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, or they can email them at twp@pathvalley.com.

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