Path Valley Speedway report 2001-09-15

Spring Run, PA_ Jim Young of Johnstown flipped his ...

Spring Run, PA_ Jim Young of Johnstown flipped his #8 and came back to win his fifteenth 270cc Sprint feature of the season Saturday at the Path Valley Speedway Park.

Sixteen-year-old Terry Peters of Williamstown appeared to lock up the 600cc Sprint championship with his win and Dave Emory of Etters and New Cumberland won his second season feature in the 250cc Sportsman Sprints. Randy Hake beat Josh Watkins for a $100 win in the only 250cc Sportsman air-cooled competition.

Sept. 22 is the final points race for the All-Sprint Saturday Night divisions at Path Valley. The 270cc Sprints also race Friday night and next Friday at the Path Valley Speedway Park also features special powder puff races for amateur lady drivers in the stock car divisions and the season’s final race for the 305 PA Sprints. Karts and Quads race next Saturday afternoon. A PDKA rain make-up is tentatively scheduled Sunday, Sept. 30.

The final Friday night race Sept. 28 includes all five regular divisions along with the Dwarf Cars and the Cyclones. The $1000 to win 4-Cylinder Shoot Out is Sept. 29 with gates open at 9 a.m. The Second Annual Legends Day and Community Flea Market is Oct. 6 and the final race is the AMA Motorcycle Show on Oct. 13.

The Second Annual Path Valley Speedway Park Combined Awards Banquet will be Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Pleasant Hall Fire Co. with doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and limited to 400 and available from the track on a first-come first-sold basis.“ Dodies” will cater the meal and the entertainment will include DJ Phantom Shadow.

Newcomer Brian Riddle led the 270cc Sprints through the first half the race. On lap 11 while racing side by side for second place Jim Young and Rodney Glass got together coming out of turn two and Young flipped onto his side in the infield. Officials ruled that Glass had come down onto Young’s line and Glass went to the rear while Young got his spot back.

Two laps later Young got past Riddle on the outside through turns one and two and raced on to win by several lengths. The front five finishers were Young, Riddle, Dusty Shatzer, Mike King and Butch Harrington. Glass finished seventh just behind Randy Baughman. Bill Hockenberry, Harrington and Jeff Bacha won the heats.

Young Peters, a two-time national champion in quarter-midgets, led every lap as the 600cc Sprints raced non-stop start to finish. Kyle Purks gained in the second half and pulled alongside Peters on lap 18 but ran out of race before he could complete a pass. The front five were Peters, Purks, Jim Callahan Jr., Dave Emory and Jim Brookens. Peters won the eight-sprint heat race.

Dave Emory and Jason Hall won the heat races for the combined 250cc Sportsman air-cooled and water-cooled sprints and Emory drew a pill for inversion that left him on the pole. Only two mid-race cautions regrouped the cars and Emory led all the way with Randy Baughman right behind him from lap six on in lapped traffic. The front five finishers were Emory, Baughman, Hall, Craig Myers and Rich O’Neal.

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 off Route 75.

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Series Sprint
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