Path Valley opens Karting season

Path Valley opens Burris Karting and Quad season Spring Run, PA_ The Path Valley Speedway Park's Burris Kart Racing season Saturday with more than two dozen four-wheelers and six dozen karts on the soft, smooth track all afternoon running setup...

Path Valley opens Burris Karting and Quad season

Spring Run, PA_ The Path Valley Speedway Park's Burris Kart Racing season Saturday with more than two dozen four-wheelers and six dozen karts on the soft, smooth track all afternoon running setup laps and practice races.

"We had a great Bug Day for the karts and quads, and the turnout in the four wheelers promises a tremendous season. Many of the quads were here for this evening's AMA sanctioned races and plan to be back weekly," said Promoter Ken Geesey.

Geesey announced that Burris Tires of Los Alamitos CA is the general kart racing sponsor at Path Valley this season and owners Jack Flowers, John Winsett and John Lewis of Two Wheel Promotions are pleased and proud that Path Valley has been accepted as a Burris National Speedway Series (BNSS) SpecTrack.

Burris Tires are made in America, and in 2002 Burris is introducing a Solution Series tire that promises competitive racing without cutting and will be good for three to five weekends of racing. Imported tires that required "cutting" to thin the tread to be competitive lasted one weekend or less and drove the cost of racing out of the budget of many families last year according to Burris President Mike Burris.

Burris provides an extensive package of benefits to kart racers at Path Valley and Burris Tires are made in America, Geesey said. Path Valley is one of only two tracks in Pennsylvania hosting the Pennsylvania Dirt Karters Association (PDKA) that is sanctioned for national points under the BNSS banner.

Karts and Quads race every Saturday through Sept. with gates open at 10 a.m., and the PDKA State Championship Series will produce three of six races at Path Valley this season. The first PDKA race is a two-day event with practice and time trails and qualifying on Saturday, April 27 and feature races Sunday April 28. Gates will open in time for breakfast at the track on PDKA dates. Primitive camping is available with prior permission. May 4 and 5 is the rain date.

The second PDKA race at Path Valley is June 23 with gates open for the BNSS karts racing at 7 a.m. with practice at 10 a.m. and qualifying events starting at noon. August 18 is the third date for PDKA State Championship Series kart races at Path Valley, and a final rain date is scheduled Oct. 6.

PDKA rules and information is readily available at the sanction's website at www.padirtkart.com and information on Burris Racing and the BNSS is available at burrisracing.com.

In addition to the PDKA races toward the state championships and the regular weekly races toward track championships, Path Valley is sponsoring three big open events with money added purses and special prizes for the adult Lite, Medium and Heavy kart classes.

April 20 is the Karts Spring Nationals with gates open at 10 a.m. The Karts Summer Nationals date is July 27, and the Kart Fall Nationals race is Sept. 7. Quads and classes for younger riders will also race in those big events, but the big money is for the Briggs 5hp riders 16 and older in Lites, Mediums and Heavies, based on sponsorships.

"Our kart program at Path Valley is our investment in the future of racing as America's biggest amateur participant sport," said Geesey. "One of our kart riders who won a national championship last season, Chris Meleason, has already moved up to race in the full-size PA 305 Sprints." Meleason was the 2001 World Karting Association champion in the Yamaha 2-Cycle class.

Karters start racing at Path Valley Kid Karts for those 5 to 7 years old. Various classes for youngsters 8 to 15 are based on age, weight and experience in both open and caged karts. For those 16 and older, classes are based on weight of the rider and kart combined and include caged and Briggs 5hp karts. For kart rules, and classes of karts and last year's track points standings consult the track website at www.pathvalley.com.

Path Valley races the national championship Legends, stock cars, special classes and sprints Friday nights. Karts and quads race Saturdays during the day and AMA motorcycles and quads, junk cars and Vintage cars and special classes race every other Saturday night.

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. 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.

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Series Kart
Drivers Chris Meleason , John Lewis