Spring Run, PA_ Defending 2002 track champion Jim Brookens of Fayetteville outraced defending Valvoline Cup National Champion Jim Young of Johnstown for Brookens' first 600 Sprints win of the season. In the 270 Sprints, points leader Mike Dicely...
Spring Run, PA_ Defending 2002 track champion Jim Brookens of Fayetteville outraced defending Valvoline Cup National Champion Jim Young of Johnstown for Brookens' first 600 Sprints win of the season. In the 270 Sprints, points leader Mike Dicely of Etters came from tenth for his second win of the young season as Path Valley finished all six features before the rain returned.
Terry O'Donel of Doylesburg and Richard Stache of Shippensburg became repeat winners in the V-8 Street Stocks and Four-Cylinder Thunder Cars, respectively, and defending Mini Stock champion Arlin Brougher of Gettysburg won his second season feature. National INEX Champion Allen Felix of Shippensburg won the Legends Cars main event to close out the evening of fast racing on an exceptionally smooth track before 11 p.m.
Next Friday night the National Rifle Association's Disabled Shooters Night will feature informational sessions by the NRA and NRA members will be admitted for half price. The PA 305 Sprints and the Dwarf Cars join the five regular divisions that night. John Winsett of Two Wheel Promotions said that special track preparation had provided a race surface that would hold up through the early Friday evening drizzle and still be excellent for Saturday 's kart races and evening strictly stock events.
With no cautions after lap eight, Brookens led the 600 Sprints from the pole as Young edged ahead from a fourth place start. Through the final twelve laps the two champions set a blistering pace amid lapped sprints until Brookens encountered the #91 of Lyle Strohman on lap 17 and Strohman refused to be put a lap down. Young closed up the lead but Brookens took the checkers with Young second, Blane Heimbach third, Jim Callahan fourth and Jason Starr fifth. Callahan, Dave Socks and Young won the heats. Ryan Greth won the consi.
Dicely, after finishing sixth in the 600cc class, wasted no time in the 270cc sprints as he passed pole sitter Matt Miller at the line to take the lead at the end of lap four. The final 15 laps went restart free and by lap 14 Dicely led by a full turn. The front five were Dicely, Steve Buckwalter, Dave Socks, Matt Miller and Alex Cunningham and the heat winners were Brian Walker, Buckwalter, Ray Peters and Miller while Ronnie Spitler won the 14-sprint consi.
After a lap four caution the Legends raced to the checkers wide open and Allen Felix, one of three INEX dirt track champions racing at Path Valley, claimed the lead early and finished a bare length ahead of Tim Henry. Jason Ewing, Randy Fetterolf and Greg Burd took the rest of the top five honors and the heat race winners were Ricky Harring and Butch Brough.
Steve McCartney looked like a sure winner in the mini stocks until coasting to a stop in the infield with mechanical problems on lap 17. Brougher, who started fifth, inherited the lead and finished in a one-lap shootout ahead of Gary Dehart, Jerry Bard, Frank Gordon and Kevin Thomas in the front five. Dehart and Bard won the heats.
The thunder car feature evolved into a contest between Stache, who started on the pole, and John Rasp who started twelfth. Rasp worked through traffic and passed Stache through turn two on lap 14 but three laps later Rasp slowed beside Derrick Casner and Stache passed them right back to take his second season win. The front five were Stache, Rasp, Casner, Dave Ricker and Josh Detra. Ricker and Raymond Middaugh won the heats. The V-8 Street Stocks feature disintegrated when leaders Mark Whitsel, Tim Fedder and Randy Patterson got overly intimate on lap ten coming out of turn two. All the cars wound up in the pits or infield but for Terry O'Donel, Doug Hoffman and for third Randy Patterson who dropped out on the last lap. O'Donel took the win and Hoffman finished second. Patterson won the heat.
According to Promoter Ken Geesey, the NRA Disabled Shooting Services was established in 1994 and since that time this official NRA department has helped thousands of disabled sportsmen to return to the enjoyment of hunting and other outdoor activities. Dave Baskin, manager of NRA Disabled Shooting Services, will be at the track next Friday, April 25, to talk about the many services that the NRA provides for the more than 1.5 million sportsmen with disabilities.
The following night, after the regular afternoon kart races, Path Valley will host the American Motorcyclist Association for a regular District 6 flattrack race for both AMA regional points and track points.
As part of the night's speeded up program, Geesey also introduced Miss Path Valley Speedway Park 2003 Amy Burd of Shippensburg. Amy, 21, is a daughter of Legend Cars driver Greg Burd and a life-long race fan.
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 2003 schedule and rules, race teams and fans can consult the website at www.pathvalley.com or they can email Two Wheel Promotions at firstname.lastname@example.org.