Path Valley season opener reset

Path Valley revised schedule starts March 22. Spring Run, PA - Bowing to the late end of winter, Two Wheel Promotions will open the Path Valley Speedway Park with a 'Bug Day' practice for all Friday night cars and sprints starting at noon March...

Path Valley revised schedule starts March 22.

Spring Run, PA - Bowing to the late end of winter, Two Wheel Promotions will open the Path Valley Speedway Park with a 'Bug Day' practice for all Friday night cars and sprints starting at noon March 22.

The scheduled March 15 opener was turned into a workday, and the first points race set for March 21 has been moved to March 28.

The March 28 Pepsi Night will feature all five regular Friday night classes, the 600cc Sprints, 270cc Sprints, V-8 Street Stocks, Modified Mini Stocks, Four-cylinder Thunder Cars, and also the Dwarf Cars as originally scheduled. This will be a points race, and the regular published Friday night schedule resumes April 4.

The Bug Day practice for karts and quads scheduled March 22 has been cancelled and will be held instead on Saturday, March 29, from noon to 4 p.m. The first points race for the karts and quads will be April 5, with gates open at 10 a.m. The first race in the Pennsylvania Dirt Karters Association (PDKA) State Championship Series will be a double-header May 3 and 4.

The March 22 Saturday night opener for the Strictly Stock class that was formerly called junkyard cars has been cancelled and the V-8, six cylinder and four-cylinder strictly stocks will have their first race April 5.

The AMA motorcycles and four-wheelers will open their season as originally scheduled on Saturday night, March 29, with gates open at 5 p.m.

The PA 305 Sprints and the Central PA Legends Cars open their season at Path Valley April 4. The full-size 305 sprints again race every other week and the Legends Cars either race Friday night or sometimes Saturday night with the motorcycles. Full details are in the schedule at the track's pathvalley.com website.

Technical inspection for the stock car classes and micro sprints will also be conducted March 21, according to senior Race Director John Winsett, and the four-cylinder thunder cars will again race with sealed engines. The Legends Cars, Dwarf Cars and PA 305 Sprints enforce their own technical inspections, but all cars will be checked for safety before they enter the racetrack.

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.

"We are still hostage to the weather," said promoter Ken Geesey, "so teams should check our website at pathvalley.com or call the track at 717-349-7111 for any last minute changes."

Geesey explained, "We are basically running four different race tracks. We race stock cars and sprints every Friday night, starting at 5 p.m., and that is our biggest race each week. Almost every Saturday afternoon we race karts and four-wheelers. Saturday nights we race all the AMA classes of motorcycles and four-wheelers every other week and on the alternate weeks we race the low cost Strictly Stock classes that started out as junk cars.

"We only have a very few Sunday races, out of respect for our neighbors, and they are all state or national championship events. The majority of our Saturday night motorcycle and quad races are AMA sanctioned, but we have also scheduled a few Saturday night outlaw bike races when they don't conflict with AMA events."

He continued, "We are proud to have been again chosen to host half the PDKA state championship kart races, and we will also host the AMA Northeast National Championships with the Short Track race here May 24 and the Tourist Trophy race here May 25, and then we go to Williams Grove Speedway where Two Wheel Promotions will hold the AMA Half-Mile National June 8."

"Toward the end of our season we have our Labor Day Monday All Sprint National Sept. 1 and our Four-Cylinder Shootout Oct. 4, and we close out the season with a repeat Saturday Night Kart Finale Oct. 25."

"We have a strong field of sponsors, too, with lots of special events for the fans and the racers, and any business that wants to sponsor any of our big events can contact me at the track or email twp@pathvalley.com," he concluded.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Teams Williams