Brothers Take First and Second -- Twice -- at Path Valley Spring Run PA__ In a fast but civil racing battle of brother against brother Mechanicsburg's Ben Murphy beat Jake Murphy by about three lengths in 600 Sprints and then Craig Myers beat...
Brothers Take First and Second -- Twice -- at Path Valley
Spring Run PA__ In a fast but civil racing battle of brother against brother Mechanicsburg's Ben Murphy beat Jake Murphy by about three lengths in 600 Sprints and then Craig Myers beat Chad Myers of Fayetteville by an even smaller margin as the Path Valley Speedway Park outraced threatened showers Friday night and completed eight full features before 11:30.
Tommy Beavers of Winchester won his first of the year in the PA 305 Sprints, and in the Central PA Legends Tim Tomson of Kutztown made a profitable return after several season's absence with the INEX win.
Kirk Knable of Mt. Union dominated the modified Mini Stocks with a win in the night's regular feature, followed by a second win in the rain make-up feature from April 1. In the Thunder Cars, Joe Hawbaker of Mercersburg won the regular feature and Jeremy Ott of
Shippensburg won the second, rain make-up, feature.
The Myers win and place finish was a long-hoped-for gift to their father, Tim, who celebrates a Saturday birthday. Jake Murphy will carry the family honors alone next Friday as brother Ben returns to school at UNC. All the winners except Ott took their first checkered flags of the season.
With all rain make-ups completed, and May flowers replacing April's showers, Path Valley returns to the regular racing schedule to kick off May with all four regular classes plus the special bi-weekly visit by the V-8 Hobby Stocks on May 6.
The first battle of brothers featured the Murphy family in the 600 Sprints with Ben Murphy leading from the pole into full-field lapped cars by lap three and Jake Murphy weaving ahead through the crowd from seventh to catch his brother in lap 12. Racing nose to tail, the younger Murphy could not find the line to pass his big brother, and a caution and final one lap shootout saw Ben Murphy take the win by a length with Jake second, and Jimmy Brookens, Mark Strickler and Rodney Glass completing the front five. Nathan Hauck, Ben Murphy and Rod Schell won the heats.
The second battle of brothers in the 270 Sprints saw even more passing amid the full field with lots of lapped cars and one frightening flip when Chad Hough bent his #7H wing on turn one in lap five. Craig Myers led every lap with Chad Myers just behind, even amid lapped cars where one brother went wide and the other tight inside. With the maturity of age, Craig Myers, 24, of Chambersburg, worked the high outside groove and won by about two lengths ahead of Chad, 19, of Fayetteville. Third went to Tom Tice, with Mike Casario fourth and Ken Duke Jr. fifth. Craig Myers, Chad Myers and Sean McAndrew won the heats.
The 305 Sprints feature looked like a run away for Randy Kaylor as he led all the way to lap 18. Then Kaylor went wide and high out of turn two and Tommy Beavers who started fourth passed to the inside and then held tight inside on a lap 19 restart for his first win of the season. The front five were Beavers, Kaylor, Brent Comp, Greg Hammaker and Todd Spangler, and the heats went to Hammaker and Kaylor.
The night opened with Joe Hawbaker taking off from the pole to lead Jeff Christy and then Chuck Ingram, and on lap 16 Ingram caught up and pulled alongside Hawbaker but didn't finish the pass before a caution for Ott forced a restart. With most of the field within a length of each other, two cautions on the final lap gave Ingram opportunities but he finished about two lengths back. The front five were Hawbaker, Ingram, Christy, Terry Smith, and Ken Lawrence, and Smith and Tony Weller won the heats. The second Thunder Car feature held over from April 1 saw Lawrence leading early and then Ott, Weller and Hawbaker going side by side until lap 17 when Ott went to a higher groove and pulled away from Hawbaker, Weller, and then Lyle Barnes and Rocky Payne in fourth and fifth.
The INEX sanctioned Legends Cars took three starts in lap two to get going and then Tim Tomson charging ahead from an eighth place start passed Butch Brough for the lead on lap three, but on lap eight defending champion Josh Morrow passed Tomson going into turn three. Before the next lap was scored, Morrow went off with a flat tire, leaving Tomson unchallenged as he built up a lead of more than a turn at the halfway crossed flags and then went into the hard work of lapping cars. Tomson, who won many features several years ago, said the track is just as fast. Tomson, Greg Burd, Jim Halbert, Bob Moyer, and Bill Harris were the front five and Harris, Darryl Bloom and Tomson won the heats.
Kirk Knable of Mt. Union in his #26 started seventh and took the Mini Stock lead from Gary Dehart with a pass inside turn four to win his second feature of the year. Then Knable started seventh again in the April 1 make-up and on a lap nine restart crowded to the inside of Dave Staley in turn four to take the lead and race away from the field as Staley went off. Knable, Kyle Wiser, Frank Gordon, Ronnie Garlock and Mike Beidel were the front five in the night's regular feature, and Knable, Dehart, Gordon, Tim Burkholder and Wiser were the front five finishers in the makeup.
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. From March to October, Path Valley races stock cars, Legends and sprints Friday nights, karts and quads on Saturday afternoons and AMA bikes or Strictly Stock junkyard cars Saturday nights.
PA 305 Sprints -- Tommy Beavers (started 4), Randy Kaylor, Brent Comp, Greg Hammaker, Todd Spangler, Gary Heckman, James Kennedy, Mike Wagner II, Wes Zimmerman, Mike Freet, Cale Grubb. Heats to Hammaker, Kaylor.
600 Sprints -- Ben Murphy (1), Jake Murphy, Jim Brookens, Mark Strickler, Rodney Glass, Richie Fitz, Justin Frontz, Nick Saner, Chris Crull, Mark Palome, Lyle Stroman, Travis Saner, Dane Delancey, Paul Hively, Jess Hager, Jordan Frontz, Jim Young, Nathan Hauck, Jim Fitz, Justin Hively, Donnie Hendershot, Dan Kanagy, Cody Darrah, Rod Schell. Heats to Hauck, Ben Murphy, Rod Schell.
270 Sprints -- Craig Myers (1), Chad Myers, Tom Tice, Mike Casario, Ken Duke Jr., Cody Darrah, Ryan McAndrew, Brad Weber, A.J. Bast, Matt Horst, Nathan Hauck, Rick Casario, Aaron Spahr, Eric Spahr, Zack Zook, Ken Poff, Tanner Hunsicker, Chris Melton, Van Holsinger, Jesse Howell, Sean McAndrew, Randy Taylor, Chad Hough, Dave Thrush, Mike Deimler. Heats to Craig Myers, Chad Myers, Sean McAndrew.
Legends -- Tim Tomson (8), Greg Burd, Jim Halbert, Bob Moyer, Bill Harris, Randy Fetterolf, Darryl Bloom, Jason Smith, John Shutt, Amy Staver, Butch Brough, Josh Morrow, Nathan Fisher, Randy Kissinger, Pat McDermott, Zach Deiter, Allen Felix, Geremey Sheaffer, Ferris Frine, James Black, Ronald Cooper. Heats to Harris, Bloom, Tomson.
Mini Stock -- Kirk Knable, Kyle Wiser, Frank Gordon, Ronnie Garlock, Mike Beidel, Tim Burkholder, Troy Eckenrode, Tink Allen, Dave Staley, Gary Dehart, Dave Bivens, Ralph Morgan, Steve McCartney, DNS Charles Stallman. Heats to Knable, Morgan.
Mini Stock (From 4/1) -- Kirk Knable, Gary Dehart, Frank Gordon, Tim Burkholder, Kyle Wiser, Dave Staley, Mike Beidel, Ronnie Garlock, Tink Allen, Dave Bivens, Ralph Morgan, Troy Eckenrode, DNS Steve McCartney, Charles Stallman, Kevin Thomas.
Thunder Car -- Joe Hawbaker, Chuck Ingram, Jeff Christy, Terry Smith, Ken Lawrence, John Rasp, Wes Scofield, Melvin Bigler, Derrick Varner, Greg Fuller Jr., Ricky Rosenberry, Tony Weller, Jonathan Middaugh, Jeremy Ott, Rocky Payne, Lyle Barnes.
Thunder Car (From 4/1) -- Jeremy Ott, Joe Hawbaker, Tony Weller, Lyle Barnes, Rocky Payne, Tim Varner, Melvin Bigler, Ken Lawrence Jr., Jeff Christy, Terry Smith, Chuck Ingram, Greg Fuller Jr., John Rasp, Wes Scofield, DNS Zac Smith.