Brothers finish 1, 2 in two Path Valley features. Spring Run, PA_ As if to prove that racing runs in some families, two pairs of brothers finished first and second in two of seven features Friday night at the Path Valley Speedway Park. In the...
Brothers finish 1, 2 in two Path Valley features.
Spring Run, PA_ As if to prove that racing runs in some families, two pairs of brothers finished first and second in two of seven features Friday night at the Path Valley Speedway Park.
In the full size economy PA 305 Sprints Todd Lynn of Canoe Creek led every lap for his second Path Valley win of the season while his brother, Ryan, started sixth and passed Rory Janney for second place with one lap to go.
In more dramatic fashion, Derrik Casner of Mifflintown took the four-cylinder thunder car lead from Wes Scofield in lap eight of the full field feature and led to the final lap with his brother Chris right behind his #D33. Then coming out of turn four toward the checkered flag the brothers overtook a rear running car and split left and right and Chris beat Derrick to the finish line by less than the length of his #C33 for his first win ever.
To open the night Mike Beidel of Fayetteville won the rain makeup four-cylinder thunder car feature from August 23. Jim Young of Johnstown won in the 600 Sprints and Rodney Glass of Ft. Loudon won in the 270 Sprints. Doug Hoffman of Shippensburg passed race night sponsor Randy Patterson of RPM Racing on lap 18 for his win.
The Central PA Legends Cars hosted both of the night's red flag ambulance visits to the racing surface. First, Bob Murray rolled the body off his #7m of the outside turn three wall. Then with two laps to go Butch Brough and heat winner Roger Austin Sr. flipped their cars down the front stretch after Kip Erb, running second, got crossed up coming out of turn four. All of the drivers were relatively uninjured. Ray Swank of Harrisburg took the lead on the second lap from his fourth place start and won just ahead of Tim Henry.
Next Friday night, Sept. 20, is Legends Appreciation Night with special fan door prizes and program sponsored by the Legends to show their appreciation for the full season of thrilling racing. The Legends race double features that night including the August 23 makeup already qualified for.
The Sept. 13 race night was sponsored by RPM Racing which stands for Randy and Paula Motorsports and the Randy Patterson team and his sponsors provided door prizes for every child and many of the adults as well as the night's trophies for the winning drivers.
The PA 305 Sprints, preparing for next Sunday's all sprint Fall Sprint Nationals, turned out in force with Todd Lynn winning the first heat and then drawing a zero inversion pill to start on the pole. Fifteen-year-old Rory Janney chased just behind Lynn all the way until Ryan Lynn edged through to second on lap 23. Janney, Von McGee and Rick Mayberry filled out the top five.
For his total 18th win of the season Jim Young caught and passed pole sitter Mark Hendershot in lap four and then held off Hendershot and Jim Callahan in a one-caution race. Young said his Predator chassis 600 is a wonderful machine and joked that "It always helps me win when Predator is not here to see it." Young has won 14 features in the 250 class and four in his 600cc Sprint.
Twice Brian Walker pulled alongside pole starter Rodney Glass, but the Fort Loudon chauffer proved superior in the turns and claimed his fourth Path Valley win of the season by almost a length. Walker, Sean Good, Chad Criswell and Dave Socks filled in the front five finishers.
Next weekend Path Valley hosts three full days of racing with the Legends Appreciation Night Friday, then the final points race for karts and quads Saturday afternoon and a District 6 AMA and quads motorcycle race Saturday evening. The weekend climaxes Sunday afternoon with the Fall Sprint National postponed from Labor Day Monday. The biggest sprint race of the year features electronic timing and scoring and 30-lap features. Sunday gates open at 1 p.m. with action on the track no later than 4 p.m.
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 www.pathvalley.com, or they can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.