Spring Run, PA_ Rumors spiced the racing Friday at Path Valley Speedway Park as Jim Callahan took the wheel of the Elite Chassis ...
Spring Run, PA_ Rumors spiced the racing Friday at Path Valley Speedway Park as Jim Callahan took the wheel of the Elite Chassis #17 housecar and wheeled to the winners circle. Sean Good, the apparent Valvoline Cup 2003 National Champion in the #17, had the weekend off to 'think things over."
Callahan has sold his winning #111 Hyper 600 Sprint to finance a move into full size 305 Sprints racing. The win was his second week straight, and in victor lane he praised the work and support of the #17 team. "The track was awesome, especially for the last class to run, and the car would go wherever I wanted," the McVeytown racer said.
Jason Shultz, the past national 305 Sprints champion from Chambersburg, scored his second win of the season in a close match race with Joey Hershey as the two raced away from the rest of the field. Shultz passed Jim Wentz for the lead on lap 12 while Hershey came from seventh passing on the high side to catch Shultz on lap 15. By lap 18 Shultz in his 5x and Hershey less than a length behind in the 55H had a full turn lead on the rest of the field with Wentz third, points leader and defending champion Scott Ellerman fourth and Von McGee back from a horrendous crash into the fence the week before pegging fifth. The PA 305 Sprints race rain makeups at Path Valley every Friday night in October.
Jim Young, last year's national micro sprint champion from Johnstown, waited until a lap 14 restart to pass Jason Starr and then ran away to a win by more than half the track in his red Predator #8 in 600 Sprints.
Randy Patterson of Shippensburg took the V-8 Street Stock lead on lap 10 from Wayne Hawbaker and won by half the track. He said, "You just close your eyes and put your foot down" to gain a full turn lead in one lap, and that he was lucky to be there after breaking a new axle in the heat race. Patterson has won the Path Valley season championship.
Frankie Gordon of Ft. Loudon thanked his dad, uncle, girlfriend and "some great sponsors" for their support to help him win the mini stock feature as he led every lap and finished only a length ahead of Jerry Bard, who worked his way up from last.
"I love racing on this track, for these fans," Gordon said.
John Rasp of McConnellsburg started fifth in the thunder cars and bided his time as Charles Stallman and Keith Armolt jockeyed for the lead. Rasp took over second on lap 14 and when, on lap 17, Stallman came up into Rasp from the inside of turn two, Rasp braked hard and Stallman went into the wall head-on under power. Through the final four laps Rasp had to hold off Terry Smith who started seventh and Lyle Barnes who had started twelfth.
Next Friday night, Oct. 10, the four-cylinder strictly stocks, formerly called junkyard or guardrail cars, join the three classes of sprints and two of four-cylinder stock cars for a special Friday night exhibition race at Path Valley. The strictly stocks are cars straight off the street with only some safety modifications allowed. Instead of a roll cage they use a length of guard rail welded wheel to wheel to protect the driver from collisions. The effect is very low cost racing for those who want to try the sport without the high cost.
Next Saturday the karts and quads race in the afternoon in practice for the karts Saturday Night Finale Oct. 25, and next Saturday night the AMA motorcycles and quads and the Legends cars have their final race of the season. Gates open at 10 a.m. for karts and 5 p.m. for evening races.
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 is 717-349-7111. For information on the 2003 schedule and rules, race teams and fans can consult our website at www.pathvalley.com or they can email Two Wheel Promotions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PA 305 Sprints -- Jason Shultz, Joey Hershey, Jim Wentz, Scott Ellerman, Von McGee, Travis Keeney, Mike Freet, Denny Mellott, Ryan Lynn, Brent Comp, Jim Roush, Chris Meleason, Greg Hammaker, James Kennedy, Lee Cavalet, Todd Spangler, Randy Kaylor, Dusty Shatzer, Ted Thomas, Brandon Keller, J.R. Fogelsonger. Heats to Keller, Keeney, Shultz.
600 Sprints -- Jim Young, Jason Starr, Gary Linderman, Richie Fitz, Tim Barrick, Rod Schell, Jim Fitz, Dan Kanagy, Jim Brookens, DNS Duane Harbaugh, Justin Frontz. Heats to Linderman, Young.
270 Sprints -- Jim Callahan, Brian Walker, Craig Myers, Dave Socks, Doug Dodson, Matt Miller, Rodney Glass, Todd Steffy, Tom Tice, Chad Myers, Greg Kone, Zack Zook, Aaron Lunch, Jeff Hoover, Mark Harper, Dan Harman, Matt Bower, Craig Shaw, Ross Brymoyer, Josh Dressler, Scott Spahr, Rob Griffin, DNS Eric Spahr. Heats to Dressler, Dodson, Walker.
4-Cyl Thunder -- John Rasp, Terry Smith, Lyle Barnes, Wes Scofield, Raymond Middaugh, Melvin Bigler, Tim Varner, Dave Ricker, Charles Stallman, Keith Armolt, Rocky Payne, Richard Stache, Duane Ricker. Heats, Middaugh, Smith.
V-8 Street Stock -- Randy Patterson, Joe Gearhart, Wayne Hawbaker, Todd Fredrick, Matt Kauffman, Bill Funk, Mark Whitsel, Brian Gordon, Aaron Neuder. Heat to Mark Whitsel.
Mini Stock -- Frank Gordon, Jerry Bard, Mike Beidel, Kyle Wiser, Tim Burkholder, Gary Dehart, Korey Washinger, Jeff Mangle, Kevin Thomas, Brenda McCartney, DQ Barry Welch. Heats, Welch and Beidel.