Path Valley race summary 2002-09-06

Shirk wins first in Path Valley Sprints. Spring Run, PA_ Dave Shirk of Mohnton in his ...

Shirk wins first in Path Valley Sprints.

Spring Run, PA_ Dave Shirk of Mohnton in his #76 Stealth house car outran a strong field of 600 Sprints for his first win of the season Friday night at the Path Valley Speedway Park. The Path Valley veteran said it was his first win since moving up to the 600cc micros. Shirk had to outrun Jesse Snyder through the first half of the race and then hold off teenage prodigy Terry Peters through the final laps.

In the 270 Sprints, Jeff Furlong of Selinsgrove came from sixth to win his fourth feature of the Path Valley season, also racing a house car by East Coast Motorsports. A lap eight restart gave Furlong the chance to catch and pass Tony Jackson. Furlong offered special thanks to the Hendershot brothers for their help with his setup before the feature.

Young Austin Kirby of Spring Run raced to his fourth season win in his own #28 Legends car, finishing just ahead of past national champion Butch Brough. John Rasp of Shippensburg passed Keith Armolt on the outside of turn four in lap 12 and raced to the win in the four-cylinder thunder cars, his seventh win of the season.

Expert drivers Ricky Harper of Three Springs and Steve McCartney of Doylesburg split the wins in the night's two features in the modified four-cylinder mini stocks, with McCartney's win from the Aug. 23 makeup race. Both led every lap from the pole.

The V-8 street stocks, which had their regularly scheduled one night in five off, return next Friday night for the RPM Race Night sponsored by Randy Patterson and his car sponsors. The special event will include door prizes for the adults and special prizes for the youngsters along with trophies from the #03 street stock team of Randy and Paula Motorsports. The PA 305 Sprints return next Friday night and the four-cylinder thunder cars are scheduled for double features including the rain makeup feature from August 23. Then Saturday night, Sept. 14, is a Junk Car race that includes the four-cylinder makeup from Aug.23.

Vicki Flowers of Two Wheel Promotions announced that the all-sprint Fall Sprint National has been rescheduled from Labor Day to Sunday, Sept. 22 for the 305 Sprints, 600 Sprints and 270 Sprints. The sprint special event spotlights 30-lap features, electronic timing and scoring, and a bonus "wingless" feature for the 270cc micros.

Two new events were also added to the Path Valley schedule. Friday, Sept. 20 is a Legends Cars Appreciation Night with the Central PA Legends Cars showing their appreciation to the fans with door prizes, drawings and a giant slingshot to distribute free T-shirts. This will also be an autograph night for all divisions and, appropriately, spotlights two features for the Legends Cars.

Another totally new event for Path Valley is a Saturday Night Finale for the Path Valley karters with the Burris SpecTrak tire rule waived except for the Champ caged classes and WKA tech rules in effect. Payback will be 75 percent of entry fees for the senior kart classes and 50 percent in the junior classes.

Some of the other big events at the climax of the Path Valley season include the Four-Cylinder $1000 to win Shootout starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, the Legends Day and racing flea market October 5, the two final AMA motorcycle and quads races Sept. 21 and Oct. 19, and the Pepsi Night $500-to-win rain makeup for the street stocks on Sept. 27.

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


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Series Sprint , Stock car