Spring Run, PA_ In a preview of the Labor Day All-Sprint Monday Nationals, Jim Roush led the PA 305 Sprints to his first win at the Path Valley Speedway Park while veterans Mike Dicely in the 600 Sprints and Rodney Glass in the 270 Sprints won ...
Spring Run, PA_ In a preview of the Labor Day All-Sprint Monday Nationals, Jim Roush led the PA 305 Sprints to his first win at the Path Valley Speedway Park while veterans Mike Dicely in the 600 Sprints and Rodney Glass in the 270 Sprints won repeat victories.
Rookie Josh Morrow of Hamburg won his first ever feature less than a length ahead of INEX National Dirt Champion Allen Felix in the Central PA Legends Cars.
Past champions Terry Smith of Willow Hill in the four-cylinder thunder cars and Ricky Harper of Three Springs in the mini stocks won the night's two close stock car races.
Labor Day Monday kicks off the full fall season at Path Valley with the only visit this year by the 125 Sprints, and features the regular PA 305 Sprints, 600 Sprints and 270 Sprints. Gates open at 11 a.m. with warm-ups at 12:30. In addition to heats and features, B-Main features are promised for each class with more than 40 entries. Sept. 7 is the rain date. To make up for a probable record 27 rainouts, Path Valley will race every Friday night and Saturday through the end of October, building the points totals for the Nov. 15 Awards Banquet.
September 5, a regular Friday night race is scheduled featuring the Legends Cars in addition to the sprints and stock cars. Next Saturday, Sept. 6, Path Valley hosts a regular points race for the karts and quads in the afternoon and a Strictly Stock race for the junkyard cars that evening. The popular low budget Strictly Stocks also return to Path Valley Sept. 13 for a scheduled rain makeup race.
Legendary Jim Kennedy, the "Flyin' Cowboy," won the first 305 Sprints heat and drew a ten-place inversion pill to put Jim Roush of Lewistown on the pole and Roush took it from there to scoot ahead of Von McGee and then defending champion Scott Ellerman as he won his first Path Valley feature and the second of his career. The front five were Roush, Scott Ellerman, Von McGee, Ryan Lynn and Dusty Shatzer and Kennedy and past national champion Jason Shultz won the heats.
Mike Dicely of Hyper Chassis in Lewisberry took the lead at the line on lap one and raced to the 600 Sprints win. "The track was fabulous and the car was just great and I need to thank my dad and the crew for all their work on the car while I was busy selling parts," Dicely said. Dicely, Jim Young, Jim Brookens, Mark Watkins, and Jim Callahan were the first five across the line and Young and Brookens won the heats.
Rodney Glass of Ft. Loudon caught Todd Steffy on lap ten and passed him high on the outside of turn two on lap 12 as he used the track's comfortable cushion for extra traction. Glass started seventh. Matt Miller and Steffy swapped second place three times and at the finish the front five were Glass, Miller, Steffy, Young, and Dicely. "The competition here is the toughest anywhere," Glass said, "and thanks to my dad and crew I'm lucky to be competitive."
In the fast and furious Legends feature young Josh Morrow of Hamburg beat Allen Felix into turn one on the start and led by as much as a turn before a mid-race caution for a burning Kip Erb regrouped the field. Then past national champion Felix found a better line and worked to the inside of Morrow, but the rookie won in the outside groove by a few feet. He said this is his first season racing.
"I don't know what to say except to thank my dad for all the work he does and Harry Garber (another past national champion) for his help and lessons," young Morrow said in victory lane. Morrow, Felix, Lawrence Garrison, Greg Burd, and Randy Fetterolf won the features and Felix and Butch Brough won the heats.
Past mini stock repeat champion Ricky Harper started fifth in the feature and bided his time as Korey Washinger led the first half the race. Then high schoolers Washinger and Kyle Wiser spun out of turn four in lap 17 and after Washinger was towed off the wall Harper twice pulled alongside Gary Dehart and passed for the lead on a lap 19 restart. Kevin Thomas worked up from ninth to take second and Jerry Bard was third, up from the twelfth place handicap start for winning the week before while Randy Wible and Eric Mellott filled out the top five. Thomas and Wible won the heats.
Terry Smith started on the pole of the thunder car feature and passed a faltering Joe Hawbaker on the inside of turn four on lap nine. With only one caution in the first lap, Smith showed his championship form holding off a close pack of four with Lyle Barnes, Raymond Middaugh, John Rasp and Jeremy Truax finishing second through fifth. John Rasp and Melvin Bigler won the heats. Smith dedicated his win to the American troops serving in Iraq and several other foreign countries and thanked his dad and sponsors including Smitty's and Husqvarna.
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.
PA 305 Sprints - Jim Roush, Scott Ellerman, Von McGee, Ryan Lynn, Dusty Shatzer, Todd Spangler, Chris Meleason, Jeff Furlong, James Kennedy, Denny Mellott, Ted Thomas, Mike Freet, Brent Comp, Greg Hammaker, Jason Shultz, Randy Kaylor, Jim Wentz. Heats to Kennedy and Shultz.
600 Sprints - Mike Dicely, Jim Young, Jim Brookens, Mark Watkins, Jim Callahan, Duane Harbaugh, Donnie Hendershot, Aaron Eichelberger, Ben Murphy, Rod Schell, J.C. Walling, Jake Murphy, Scott Sheaffer, Lowbed Johnson, Dan Kanagy, Jim Fitz. Heats to Young and Brookens.
270 Sprints - Rodney Glass, Mat Miller, Todd Steffy, Jim Young, Mike Dicely, Ray Peters, Chad Thomas, Craig Myers, Josh Dressler, Zack Zook, Brian Walker, Doug Dodson, Tom Tice, Mat Bower, Amanda Schlegel, Aaron Lynch, Alex Cunningham, Randy Pitt, Dave Socks, Todd Hoover, Jason Hall, Steve Lenig, Sean Good, Greg Kone, Heats to Cunningham, Young, Dicely. Consi to Chad Thomas.
Legends - Josh Morrow, Allen Felix, Lawrence Garrison, Greg Burd, Randy Fetterolf, Ray Swank, Bobby Myers, Edward Wentz, Nathan Fisher, Andy Lupfer, Laura McGonnell, Zach Deiter, Darryl Bloom, Bob Murray, Butch Brough, Bryan Swartz, Kip Erb Jr., Bill Harris, Denny Rothermel, Jason Ewing. Heats to Brough, Fisher.
Mini Stock - Ricky Harper, Kevin Thomas, Jerry Bard, Randy Wible, Eric Mellott, Steve McCartney, Kyle Wiser, Brenda McCartney, Gary Dehart, Jeff Mangle, Mike Beidel, Korey Washinger, Barry Welch, Ed Kirby, Bryan Neff, Tim Burkholder. Heats to Thomas, Wible.
Four-Cylinder Thunder - Terry Smith, Lyle Barnes, Raymond Middaugh, John Rasp, Jeremy Truax, Richard Stache, Charles Stallman, Derrick Varner, Keith Armolt, Dave Ricker, Melvin Bigler, Joe Hawbaker, Vance Kennedy, Duane Ricker. Heats Rasp, Bigler.