Mees, Greenland and Parker Dominate Path Valley Bike Opener Spring Run, PA_ Jared Mees of Honey Brook won all three features on the big motorcycles and Austin Greenland of Spring Mills won three on the smaller bikes as the Path Valley Speedway...
Mees, Greenland and Parker Dominate Path Valley Bike Opener
Spring Run, PA_ Jared Mees of Honey Brook won all three features on the big motorcycles and Austin Greenland of Spring Mills won three on the smaller bikes as the Path Valley Speedway Park opened its AMA Motorcycle season Saturday.
Susan Parker of Lebanon PA won her heat races and the feature in the four-wheeler two-stroke class and finished second in the four-wheeler sportsman class to dominate the quads racing.
Mees won in the 600A class and the Sportsman class features and then won again in the 250A class. Greenland won in the 85cc class for 7 to 11 year-olds and in the 65cc class and got a "Gimme" as the only finisher in the 100cc modified class. Jonathan Jordan of Pomeroy won in both the 250B class and the 85cc for 12-15-year-olds.
Susan Parker of Lebanon PA won all her heat races and the feature in the four-wheeler two-stroke class and finished second in the four-wheeler sportsman class to dominate the quads racing.
"We had 140 entries, which is a record for this early in the season, and some thrilling racing all night long," said promoter Ken Geesey. He added that the caliber of the riders entered was greater than their numbers with several state and AMA District 6 champions on hand. Mees is a current national AMA amateur champion, as were several other riders including John Lewis V and Bailey Spence.
Riders came from seven states as far as Lowell MA and Rochester NY to race at Path Valley.
Grand National Champion Richard "Rick" Winsett of Elizabethtown upset the best in the country a month ago with his win at Daytona during Bike Week.
Four red flags slowed the action and resulted in a sprained ankle, a broken collar bone and rider Richard Mellinger transported to Chambersburg Hospital for observation, and the racing did not end until 11:30.
"We are glad the injuries are not more serious and hope those riders will be back for the next race April 20," said Promoter Ken Geesey. He added that the track crew did a fine job, as did the Lack-Tuscarora Ambulance medics. "The track was very smooth and soft, and faster than some were expecting," he said, "and all of the riders cooperated well to keep the show moving."
The next AMA event at Path Valley is Saturday night, April 20, with gates open for the bikes at 5 p.m. and a rain date for the following day.
May 18 Path Valley hosts the regular AMA District 6 races along with the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association Regional for AHRMA antique motorcycles.
Two Wheel Promotions will host the three-race Northeast Amateur National Qualifier at Path Valley Memorial Day Weekend with the Short Track race sponsored by Black Arrow Racing on Saturday, May 25. Sunday afternoon May 26 is a rodeo and pig roast sponsored by Roxy's Cycles and that evening is a TT (tourist trophy) qualifier sponsored by Bromley Suzuki. Monday, May 27, is the rain date.
The third leg of the Northeast Amateur National Qualifier is Sunday, June 2, as Path Valley's Two Wheel Promotions moves to the Hagerstown Speedway for the Half-Mile Qualifier sponsored by ABBA Services and Two Wheel Promotions. Bike and Quad racing continues at Path Valley monthly through Oct.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.