Path Valley honors special drivers

Path Valley Presents Special Driver Awards Spring Run, PA_ With the final points standings long-posted, the night's drama went to the special awards as Two Wheel Promotions recognized Friday night race drivers at the recent banquet at the...

Path Valley Presents Special Driver Awards

Spring Run, PA_ With the final points standings long-posted, the night's drama went to the special awards as Two Wheel Promotions recognized Friday night race drivers at the recent banquet at the Pleasant Hall Firehall.

"He takes his lumps and doesn't complain. He races to win every week. He watches everyone and offers help and advice to anyone who asks, and on Saturdays he coaches the karts racing," Winsett said in honoring Jimmy Brookens as Sportsman of the Year. Brookens is tied with Jack Dover of Springfield NE for the 2004 Valvoline Cup national points championship in micro sprints.

The second Owners Award went to Melvin Bigler of Shippensburg as the Flat Tire King. Bigler finished fourth in the four-cylinder thunder cars, due in large part to the many flat tires he suffered during feature events.

Wayne Hawbaker of Mercersburg earned the more traditional annual Hard Luck Award and announcer Rob Keller jokingly dubbed it the "Busted Axle Award" for the bad luck that left him a solid second in V-8 Street Stocks. A special hard luck award also went to Tom Tice of Middleburg for his persistence in 270 Sprints that earned him sixth place.

Several Friday night drivers earned Rookie of the Year honors in different divisions. In the Thunder Cars, Ken Lawrence was named the top Rookie and Winsett joked with him about one race when Lawrence had to be sent off the track because he forgot to wear his fire suit. Rookie of the Year in Mini Stocks went to Dave Bivens.

Jordon Frontz of McAllisterville was the Rookie of the Year in 600 Sprints, and Greg Hammaker of Camp Hill finished second in points to earn Rookie of the Year in the full-size 305 Sprints.

The 2005 season starts with Bug Day for stocks, sprints and Legends at noon March 12, with a rain date the next day, March 13. Strictly Stocks, karts and quads, and motorcycles and quads were all honored in separate awards ceremonies, and the 2005 season for bikes, karts, and quads starts with Bug Day at noon March 19 with a rain date for March 20. The official season opener is March 25.

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 is 717-349-7111.

For information on the 2004 schedule and rules, race teams and fans can consult the track's website at www.pathvalley.com or they can email Two Wheel Promotions at twp@pathvalley.com.

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Series Sprint , Stock car