New winners visit Path Valley victory lane. Spring Run, PA_ Past champion Rodney Glass of Ft. Loudon made his first visit of the season to the Path Valley Speedway Park victory lane Friday night after outrunning 270 Sprints points leader Sean...
New winners visit Path Valley victory lane.
Spring Run, PA_ Past champion Rodney Glass of Ft. Loudon made his first visit of the season to the Path Valley Speedway Park victory lane Friday night after outrunning 270 Sprints points leader Sean Good and frequent winner Jeff Furlong.
Former four-cylinder thunder car champ Steve McCartney of Doylesburg won his first mini stock feature and past junk car winner Wes Scofield of Willow Hill won his first feature in the four-cylinder thunder cars. Even the Tobias Slingshot winner was a first-timer at Path Valley as Jay Hartman of Flagtown NJ led all the way. In the kid's bike races first time winners were Brad Beatty of Orbisonia in the 5 to 7 year old feature and Chris Anderson, also of Orbisonia, in the 8 to 12 group.
The familiar faces in victory lane were Jimmy Brookens of Fayetteville who won his sixth feature in the 600 Sprints and Randy Patterson of Shippensburg who won for the third time in the V-8 Street Stocks.
The Tobias Slingshots opened the show on the rain misted clay with six of sixteen entries rolling into a heap on turn three of the first lap of the first of two heat races. Jay Hartman of Flagtown NJ in the #24H led every lap of the feature event, which went green to checkered with no cautions.
Next Friday night, August 2, the PA 305 Sprints return for their regular bi-weekly visit and the Legends Cars return from their scheduled monthly racing break night off. The V-8 Street Stocks have that night off and the 600 Sprints, 270 Sprints, Four-cylinder modified mini stocks and Four-cylinder thunder cars fill out the six-feature race night. The following day, Saturday Aug. 3, Path Valley hosts the first Enduro of the season at 5 p.m. and a regular karts and ATV quads race that afternoon.
With no pause to beat the threat of rain, and victory lane ceremonies following the features, the entire program was completed before 11 p.m. "The drivers and teams cooperated so well in getting the show completed that we had two of our six features race with no cautions," said John Winsett Sr., who was forced by a broken leg to fill in for Promoter Ken Geesey. "The track stayed soft and tacky all night long, and the Slingshots and 600 Sprints had all kinds of control and some extremely fast racing."
The older Winsett reported that his son, Race Director John Winsett Jr., has been transferred to the Lancaster community hospital for rehabilitation after severe skull injuries suffered in a July 4 motorcycle race, and is now allowed visitors.
The 600 Sprints with Jim Brookens, Jim Callahan, Justin Frontz and Duane Harbaugh starting one through four raced non-stop start to finish with Pat Klose moving into the front four on lap seven. Brookens built up a half-turn lead over Callahan until lap 17 when Brookens caught two-time champion Donnie Hendershot at the rear of the pack. As Brookens jockeyed to put Hendershot a lap down, Callahan caught up and the three finished almost side by side.
In the V-8 street stocks, points leader Wes Alleman won the heat and missed the pill draw. The pill for inversion drawn for him was a ten which forced him to start tenth and put Jim Andrews on the pole and Patterson in sixth to start. Patterson caught Andrews on lap 11 and completed a pass on lap 13 to lead the rest of the way and beat Dave Fahnestock by a full turn.
Through two cautions and a red flag for flipped micros on lap four, Rodney Glass and Sean Good swapped the lead three times in the first six laps and then Glass put the first of many lapped cars between his own #84 and Good's #14. At the finish ten sprints remained on the lead lap and the final crash after the checkered flag saw Tim Smith flip the #404 down the backstretch out of turn two.
An invert six pill put McCartney on the pole for the mini stock start and he raced away from Joe Jakubic and, up from fifth, Larry Duvall to cross the finish line less than a length ahead of Duvall and defending champion Arlin Brougher. Duvall disqualified for failing to report to technical inspection putting Brougher in second and Kyle Wiser, up from last place on a lap three restart, finishing third. The other four-cylinder class, the low budget thunder cars, win went to rookie Wes Scofield in the championship #18 car formerly driven by Terry Smith. Scofield said the thunder cars are just as much fun to win with as the much cheaper junk cars he started his racing career in a couple months ago.
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 email@example.com.