Spring Run, PA_ Joey Hershey raced his ...
Spring Run, PA_ Joey Hershey raced his #55H PA 305 Sprint sponsored by Hershey Racing Engines to his first ever win at the Path Valley All Sprints Nationals Sunday.
Sean Good won in the 270 Sprints for his seventeenth victory of the season and Jimmy Brookens won his thirteenth race in the 600 Sprints while Steve Brown of Lancaster won the special feature for the 125 Sprints in their only visit of the year. The $500 to win special had been rescheduled from its traditional Labor Day Monday.
Senior race director John Winsett of Two Wheel Promotions announced that the season for sprint car racing at Path Valley Speedway Park has been stretched to Friday, Oct. 24 and the 270 Sprints and 600 Sprints will race every Friday in rain makeup points races while the PA 305 Sprints will race Sept. 12 and Sept. 26 and then every Friday in October.
"We are not adding extra races, we are making up some of the 28 rainouts we' ve suffered through this season," Winsett explained at the drivers' meeting.
With eight Path Valley 305 Sprints races completed, Hershey was the seventh different winner and the rookie said in victory lane that the firm, smooth daytime track was perfect for his driving style. At the end of the third lap he led by a full turn but Ryan Lynn of Hollidaysburg caught up amid lapped sprints on lap nine and hounded him to the end. A lap 20 caution regrouped the field by Hershey stayed ahead of Lynn to win by more than a length. The front five were Hershey, Ryan Lynn, Jim Wentz, Dusty Shatzer and defending champion Scott Ellerman. Mike Freet and Ellerman won the heats.
The PA 305 Sprints race with a 'spec' engine based on the Racesaver® Brodix heads developed by speed guru French Grimes. The group conducts their own technical inspections and all engines are thoroughly inspected and then sealed. Information on the series is available at www.pa305sprints.com.
Defending Path Valley champion Jim Brookens of Fayetteville offered special thanks to defending Valvoline Cup national champion Jim Young from the winners circle because Young won the first heat a drew a 10 pill for inversion that put Brookens on the front row. Brookens passed Jason Starr on the first lap after a restart and after the second and final lap 18 caution beat Starr to the finish by half a lap. The front five were Brookens, Starr, Donnie Hendershot, Dusty Heistand and Ryan Greth. Young, Rod Schell and Jake Murphy won the heats. Brookens also collect half the $100 bonus for both the 600 Sprints and the 270 Sprints from Predator Racecraft, and the balance went to the last two feature finishers.
>From the pole Middleburg star Sean Good in the Elite Chassis housecar led every lap of the 270 feature. Mike Rutherford in the #7L pulled alongside on lap 18 but then fell off the pace with chain problems reported. Colby Womer in another Elite actually passed Good on lap 19 but a caution for Jason Kemp before the end of the lap forced a restart on the previous lap's running order and cancelled Womer's pass.
In victory lane Good said he had to overcome transmission problems, but his #17 was set up perfectly for the steep Path Valley banks. The front five finishers were Good, Womer, Doug Dodson, Matt Miller and Chad Myers and Rutherford, Dodson, Good and Ray Peters won the heat races while Shane Penny won the 13-sprint consi and finished twelfth in the feature.
In sharp contrast Steve Brown started eighth in the 125cc Sprints feature. On lap two Kory Merkey flipped the #29 in turn one for the only bent wing of the day and Amanda Schlegel, who won the last time the 125's visited Path Valley, had to be towed. Brown caught Sunny Switzer on lap four and passed for the lead on lap nine. Then he scooted ahead of Doug Coonan to the checkers after Switzer dropped out. The front five were Brown, Coonan, Ray Merkey, Jared Weaver and Brian Woodson. Brown and Jared Weaver won the heats.
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 email@example.com.
PA 305 Sprints - Joey Hershey, Ryan Lynn, Jim Wentz, Dusty Shatzer, Scott Ellerman, Todd Lynn, Jim Roush, Jason Shultz, Todd Spangler, Travis Keeney, Chris Meleason, James Kennedy, Greg Hammaker, Don Sleck, Mike Freet, Bryan Golden. Heats to Freet, Ellerman.
600 Sprints - Jim Brookens, Jason Starr, Donnie Hendershot, Dusty Heistand, Ryan Greth, Drew Heistand, Mike Carber, Jim Young, Rod Schell, Aaron Eichelberger, Gary Linderman, Duane Harbaugh, Glenn Heverin, Todd Steffy, Kerry Schanz, Jim Fitz, Christine Root, Jake Murphy, Sean Campbell, Scotty Smith, Jamie Umlauf, Dennis McKeon, Ben Murphy, Jason Cherry. Heats to Young, Schell, Murphy. Consi to Penny.
270 Sprints - Sean Good, Colby Womer, Doug Dodson, Matt Miller, Chad Myers, Brian Walker, Jim Young, Todd Steffy, Dave Williams, Mike Boyer, Mike Carber, Shane Penny, Heath Hehnly, Ray Peters, Earl Hoon Jr., Rodney Glass, Mike Rutherford, Ross Perchak, Craig Myers, Rob Griffin, Jason kemp, Jason Hall, Eric Walls, Joe Trone. Heats to Rutherford, Dodson, Good and Peters; Consi to Penny.
125 Sprints - Steve Brown, Doug Coonan, Ray Merkey, Jared Weaver, Brian Woodson, Steve Decker, Sunny Switzer, Jason Merkey, Jeff Bennett, Mark Yoder, Amanda Schlegel, Kory Merkey. Heats to Brown, Weaver.