Path Valley report 2002-07-12

Furlong and Alleman repeat last week's Path Valley wins. Spring Run, PA_ Jeff Furlong of Selinsgrove in the 270 Sprints and Weston Alleman of Newburg in the V-8 Street Stocks both raced from the twelfth place handicap starting spot for the ...

Furlong and Alleman repeat last week's Path Valley wins.

Spring Run, PA_ Jeff Furlong of Selinsgrove in the 270 Sprints and Weston Alleman of Newburg in the V-8 Street Stocks both raced from the twelfth place handicap starting spot for the previous week's winners to claim the checkers in a thrill filled Friday night at Path Valley Speedway Park.

Furlong went to the inside of a lapped car and passed Rodney Glass for the lead on lap 13 as Glass swept to the outside. Sean Good edged past Glass for second place on the final lap. In sharp contrast Alleman took over second place on the second lap but did not catch Dave Fahnestock until lap 11.

Mirroring the week before, Legends rookie Austin Kirby of Shippensburg led non-stop start to finish for his second win, and the newcomer of the night was Nathan Hauck of York with his first win of the year in the 600 Sprints. Hauck said he found just enough bite at the outside to stay a length or more ahead of Jimmy Callahan.

The most thrilling finish of the night was in the mini stocks as defending champion Arlin Brougher of Gettysburg and Ricky Harper of Three Springs, the 1999 and 2000 champion, raced side by side for the final six laps. Harper won by less than half the length of his hood. After a lap 13 restart Harper tried the inside and then went to the outside to pull even with Brougher. "He found a good line, but I got a tiny bit more traction coming out of turn four on that last lap," Harper guessed from victory lane.

Past national Dwarf Cars champion Lynn Knepper of Somerset closed out the night with a decisive win ahead of Brian Peach and Denny Landvater. Knepper passed early leader Josh Sigman on lap seven and then the rest of the field tried to catch him through four more restarts. The Dwarfs were scheduled for a return engagement the following night as part of the Junk Cars and Vintage Car Club Saturday night.

In schedule change announcements, the Legends Cars rain makeup from May 31 has been added to next Friday night's Pepsi Race Night. Next Friday also features the bi-weekly return of the PA 305 Sprints and a $500 to win V-8 Street Stock feature.

Based on more than a full field of four-cylinder junk cars pre-registered for Saturday night, July 13, Path Valley has scheduled a special four-cylinder junk car feature exhibition race for August 23 to show the racing public the fun and thrills of this very low budget style of entry level racing.

On the Path Valley sick list, announcer Bob Johnson returned after removal of a transplanted kidney less than two weeks ago and senior race director John Winsett reported that his son, John Jr., shows signs of coming out of a coma suffered in a motorcycle racing accident July 4. Path Valley Promoter Ken Geesey is currently hospitalized for tests and observation related to cardiac circulation.

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 consult the website at www.pathvalley.com.

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Series Sprint , Stock car