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Path Valley Labor Day regional summary

Oldsters and youngsters thrill on bikes at Path Valley. Spring Run, PA_ Schoolboy racing sensation Jared Mees of Honey Brook PA dominated the fastest adult classes in the Labor Day weekend AMA motorcycle and quad races at the Path Valley...

Oldsters and youngsters thrill on bikes at Path Valley.

Spring Run, PA_ Schoolboy racing sensation Jared Mees of Honey Brook PA dominated the fastest adult classes in the Labor Day weekend AMA motorcycle and quad races at the Path Valley Speedway Park with wins in the 600A, Sportsman and 250A classes. Mees is 16 and he is also winning regularly in the semi-pro Sportster AMA touring class.

Sponsored by B&B Cycles, the racing saw several dramatic spills but the standby ambulance and crew was not needed to check injuries. In the youth classes six-year-old Daniel Bromley of Warrington won two features in the 50cc classes, and among the teenager classes, Austin Greenland of Spring Mills and R.J. Hart of Poolesville MD took top honors.

Along with the points races for AMA District 6, the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) was on hand for a series of features on their antique bikes and an Ohio rider was more thrilled than any of the youngsters with his first win ever.

Terry Waite of Wellington OH raced his #35F 1967 Bultaco when he and it were both young and he says he was lucky enough to qualify for some big national races including one in Kentucky televised on the old Wild World of Sports. He never won, and sold his bike more than 30 years ago.

Two years ago he discovered the same bike in a shed and he bought it and completely restored it. At Path Valley Waite finished third in the 250cc AHRMA feature and then won the Brakeless feature for his thrilling career first.

The biggest field and closest racing of the night was on four wheels as full fields of 12 quads raced in all three classes. Brian Riley of Gardners on his Honda beat local favorite Craig Robinson in the two-stroke feature and then swapped the lead at least twice to beat Susan Parker by a few feet in the Sportsman event. In the four-stroke class Dan Kelly of Pocono Lake made the five-hour trip worthwhile as he finished on his Yamaha well ahead of Dennis Brechbill.

The AMA bikes and quads return Sept. 21 for a full night of racing sponsored by Action Motorsports, and the final scheduled race of the season is October 19. Grandstand admission is free for the quad and motorcycle races and the regular Saturday kart and quad 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 for promoter Ken Geesey is 717-349-7111.

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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