By Walt Cox With only five races left the points leaders are so close in all five Hesston divisions that they might as well be tied. At Path Valley the situation is nearly the same, but with more races completed the spread is slightly ...
By Walt Cox
With only five races left the points leaders are so close in all five Hesston divisions that they might as well be tied. At Path Valley the situation is nearly the same, but with more races completed the spread is slightly greater.
The season long rivalry between late models and sprints goes to the late models this weekend as they race at both local tracks. The favorite in the 358 limited lates at Path Valley Friday night is probably Bob Dunn based on his win last month. If Jason Covert shows up, all bets are off.
At Hesston there is no team with an edge on the winners circle with so many different winners already. Any one of the top ten or 12 teams can win any week depending on the pill they draw and the tires and setup they put on their car. Personally, I think Bob Briggs and Bob Dunn are about due to win after good finishes and tough races the past few weeks.
The Stultz & Brown Limited Late points leaders are Rick Singleton and Brad Houck with one point between them. Singleton has 290 points to Houck's 289 after last week's thriller. Neither will be in the handicap spot this Saturday after Waylon Wagner's win. Third place in points goes to Dunn who is a full race behind at 256.
Kids Steal the Show
Meanwhile, this week's show goes to the kids with their Bike Championship race Saturday. As in past years there will be three or four age groups depending on how many of each age register, and every kid will win. The first hundred entries get a souvenir race shirt from sponsor Donoughe Sports, the kids' race sponsor.
Donoughe Sports is located in Gallitzin and manufactures quality athletic apparel for schools, colleges, teams and organizations. Able to provide the needs of all sports, the firm even makes the official uniforms for the International Basketball League. You can locate them on the Internet at www.donougheapparel.com. Screen printing, embroidery and custom promotional items are all available.
As always, all those entering the bike races must sign in ahead of time and must have a release signed by a parent or guardian. Every kid must wear a helmet and there will be a safety check.
Trophies for the stock cars and sprints Saturday are from the Busko Family in memory of Paul Busko, founder of Busko's Service Center in Smithfield. The Grubb Lumber Sprints that race every other week at Hesston and at Path Valley on their weeks off have a close points battle going too with nine points between Vince Snyder at 142 and Todd Lynn at 133. Todd in #23 has yet to win a feature this season. Joe Zapp at 126, Jeff Taylor at 122 and Scott Ellerman at 113 fill out the top five.
Three Path Valley Races
Saturday is the big day for the kids at Path Valley where the karters have a motor race scheduled for riders in every class that can make the weight. The prize is a new five-horse stock Briggs engine, straight out of the box, which is why the more adult lite, medium and heavy classes are called Boxstock. Grandstand admission for the Saturday afternoon kart races is still free.
This Saturday evening Sprints and Legends racing continues on the Path Valley clay quarter mile. Saturday afternoon's kart and four-wheeler racing features the motor race. Friday night stock car and sprint racing features the 358 Limited Late Models. Gates open Friday at 5 p.m. Gates open Saturday for the kart racing at 11 a.m. and again for the All-Sprint Saturday night at 5 p.m.
At Path Valley, the 305 Sprints have more races completed because they started earlier, and past national champion Jason Shultz of Chambersburg leads by one point over three-time winner Scott Ellerman, with 202 to Ellerman's 201. JR Fogelsonger is third with 162; Bob Gutshall has 160 and Tom Worrick is fifth with 135. This year Path Valley is using the same points system that Hesston has always used, with ten points for a heat win and 30 for a feature win.
More Close Racing
The three-year rivalry between Harry Smith and John Bookwalter in the Shellbrook Stables Street Stocks came to a thrilling climax Saturday at Hesston as each of them won a feature. Bookwalter now leads with 314 points to Smith's 311. With five features to go, they are into the home stretch neck and neck and Smith has a slight edge this Saturday because Bookwalter should start in the handicap tenth spot as the winner of the previous race. Back two full races in third is Tom Beals with 247, and Bill Heffner at 243 and Jerry Bookwalter at 241 and Darin Hoover at 240 round out the top six.
Ron Beam Jr. and Ron Beam Sr. continue to dominate the Metzler Transport Pure Stocks, and the son has a slight lead over his dad going into this week 's feature. Ron Jr. has 339 to his dad's 332. Third through fifth are Ray Moore at 300, Larry Duvall at 287 and John Kuhns at 245.
The Chet Grove's Cars Unlimited Hobby Stock points chase is just as close with eight points between first and second and one feature worth of points separating the top four. Robbie Goss leads with 290. Gary Morder has 282 and won last week so he starts tenth this week. Joe DeArmitt has 275 and Jr. Guyer has 260. Fifth is a surprise. Mike Barto has stayed out of trouble and finished each week and holds fifth with 220 points to 216 for Darin Desch in sixth.