Path Valley results 2003-06-27

Spring Run, PA_ Four of the six winners Friday night at the Path Valley Speedway Park were first timers, at least for this season. Heading the list were Brian Walker of Somerset in the 270 Sprints and Aaron Eichelberger of Dillsburg in the 600...

Spring Run, PA_ Four of the six winners Friday night at the Path Valley Speedway Park were first timers, at least for this season.

Heading the list were Brian Walker of Somerset in the 270 Sprints and Aaron Eichelberger of Dillsburg in the 600 Sprints. Walker was last year's champion at Marion Center, which no longer races micro sprints. Eichelberger is in his first full season at Path Valley in the 600cc class. Both finished just ahead of Hyper Chassis factory racer Mike Dicely, who races both classes.

"This is the toughest field to stay ahead of that I've ever seen," Walker said. Eichelberger added, "Now that we have a win and know we can beat these guys, maybe the next one won't take so long coming."

Veteran Steve McCartney of Doylesburg won his first of the season in the mini stocks and Joe Hawbaker of Mercersburg won for the first time in the four-cylinder thunder cars. McCartney had been a thunder car star before moving up to the faster mini stocks, and Hawbaker had finished first in a previous race but failed to pass the track's stringent tech and weight inspection.

Veterans in victory lane Friday night were Brian Levan of Fleetwood in the Legends Cars, for his second Path Valley and fourth overall win. Frequent winner Tim Fedder of Newport won the Mike Leidy Memorial in the V-8 Street Stocks, coming from last place to take the checkers.

Mike Leidy, of Shirleysburg, had built a street stock to race this season at Path Valley but he succumbed to cancer before ever getting it on the track. His daughter, Pam Cramer of Mt. Union, and granddaughter Kenzie, 11, paced the parade lap of the street stock feature in his #101 and then presented trophies and extra purse money to the top street stock drivers and a special sportsmanship trophy to the last place street stock finisher.

Leidy was most notably a sponsor and crewmember on the championship Bill Henney team and had always wanted to race, his widow Connie said. At age 53, he was a truck driver and freight agent and ready to start racing himself. Path Valley teams and staff raised more than $500 to be contributed in his memory to the American Cancer Society.

A separate special promotion for the Legends Cars of Central Pennsylvania saw Travis Alleman of Chambersburg the cash drawing winner along with the #21 Legends car, following the feature that marked Brian Levan's fourth overall win of the season. "The drivers and teams wanted to give something back to the fans," explained coordinator Don Stevens of Carlisle, "and we want to do this again this season."

As part of the Driver Appreciation Night, the Most Popular Driver award winner was Mike Beidel of Fayetteville, who races the #3D mini stock. Kevin Thomas, who won the vote in the first of these contests sponsored by Photos by Walt Cox, was a close second and third in the voting was Doug Hoffman and his #27 street stock.

Sprints and stock cars race at Path Valley every Friday night, and the July 4 races feature the full size PA 305 Sprints along with the Dwarf Cars and the five regular classes for a repeat appearance of the proven popular National Rifle Association Disabled Shooters Night featuring information and displays on adaptations for those physically challenged. All NRA members will be admitted to the grandstand for half price.

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 twp@pathvalley.com.

FINISH ORDER:

4-Cyl. Thunder

1. 1H Joe Hawbaker
2. 87 Keith Armolt
3. 11 John Rasp
4. 73 Dave Ricker
5. 5W Wes Scofield
6. 25 Melvin Bigler
7. 10 Jeremy Ott
8. 25S Marteena Starr
9. 44 Charles Stallman
10. 88 Ray Middaugh
11. 85 Phil Myers
12. 8D Josh Detra
13. 99 Jason Erwin
14. 35V Derrick Varner
15. 18S Terry Smith
16. 15 Adam Miller
17. 70 Duane Ricker
18. 20 Tracy Linn
19. 69 Jeremy Truax
20. 27 DQ Richard Stache
21. DNS C33 Chris Casner
22. DNS 33 Derrick Casner

Heats to Smith, Ricker, Ott

600 Sprints

1. 88 Aaron Eichelberger
2. 44 Mike Dicely
3. 36 Ben Murphy
4. 8 Jim Young
5. 111 Jim Callahan
6. 82 Gary Linderman
7. 47 Pat Klose
8. 31H Butch Harrington
9. 91 Lyle Stroman
10. 31 Donnie Hendershot
11. 19 Terry Peters
12. 9 Dusty Heistand
13. 11J Justin Frontz
14. 00 Rod Schell
15. 18 Jake Murphy
16. 11 Jim Brookens
17. 2T Ron Taggart
18. 8 Brent Lawyer
19. 2K Kody Armentrout
20. 3 Mark Watkins
21. 18W Rich Gilmore
22. 87 Duane Harbaugh
23. 84 Chad Chriswell

Heats to Linderman, Dicely, Klose

V-8 Street Stock

1. 34 Tim Fedder
2. 27 Doug Hoffman
3. 72 Jeff Johnson
4. 48 Steve Lowery
5. 75 Terry Deshong
6. 2T Terry O'Donel
7. 6 Wayne Hawbaker
8. 03 Randy Patterson
9. 9 Matt Kauffman

Heat to Patterson

Mini Stock

1. 1S Steve McCartney
2. 3C Kevin Thomas
3. 26 Jerry Bard
4. 75 Ricky Harper
5. 21 Arlin Brougher
6. 25 Gary Dehart
7. 87 Steve Haines
8. 3 Korey Washinger
9. 2B Brenda McCartney
10. 03 Bryan Neff
11. 02 Tim Burkholder
12. 3D Mike Beidel
13. 28C Calvin Fredrick
14. 34 Kyle Wiser
15. 88 Barry Welch
16. 6M Eric Mellott
17. 65 Randy Wible
18. 13 Duane Hardy
19. 53 Ed Kirby

Heats to Dehart, Welch

270 Sprints

1. 38S Brian Walker
2. 44 Mike Dicely
3. 17 Sean Good
4. 47 Alex Cunningham
5. 45 Dave Socks
6. 84 Rodney Glass
7. 43 Doug Dodson
8. 1P Randy Pitt
9. 301 Rob Griffin
10. 16 Craig Myers
11. 98 Todd Steffy
12. 3K Ray Peters
13. 61 Jared Allen
14. 32 Chad Myers
15. 21 Craig Folmar
16. 40 Scott Smith
17. 10E Earl Hoon Jr.
18. 93 Aaron Lynch
19. 3J Tony Jackson
20. 92K Greg Kone
21. 88 Zack Zook
22. 02A Jim Young
23. 29X Brett Kluge
24. 007 Josh Dressler

Heats to Dressler, Cunningham, Dicely, Glass

Consi to Jim Young

Legends

1. 5K Brian Levan
2. 8 Allen Felix
3. 769 Tim Henry
4. 22 Randy Fetterolf
5. 54 Jason Ewing
6. 29G Lawrence Garrison
7. 55 Bill Harris
8. 29A Josh Morrow
9. 46 Ray Swank
10. 12 John Fraker
11. 7R Denny Rothermel
12. 799 Ricky Harring
13. 10E Kip Erb Jr.
14. 6F Nathan Fisher
15. 04 Joe Plunkett
16. 44 Darryl Bloom
17. 7M Bob Murray
18. 14W Edward Wentz
19. 88 Andy Lupfer
20. 28 Zach Deiter
21. 34 Marc Davis
22. 88G George Rutherford
23. 29 Barry May
24. Z James Black DNS
25. 21 Greg Burd DNS

Heats to Henry, Felix, Levan

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Scott Smith , Marc Davis