Path Valley Speedway summary 2002-09-20

Path Valley first time winners triumph Friday night. Spring Run, PA_ Rookie Matt Miller of Selinsgrove in his first ever Path Valley race put the veterans to shame as he led every lap of the 270 Sprints feature. Miller, 14, was filling the seat...

Path Valley first time winners triumph Friday night.

Spring Run, PA_ Rookie Matt Miller of Selinsgrove in his first ever Path Valley race put the veterans to shame as he led every lap of the 270 Sprints feature. Miller, 14, was filling the seat of Jeff Furlong in the #17 East Coast Motorsports micro and the youngster said it was not his first time in a micro but it was his first real feature event.

The slim towhead won the fourth heat race and a four-car inversion pill draw by first heat winner Chad Myers put him on the pole. Four cautions including a seven-sprint pileup on lap four offered chances to overtake and pass but Miller pulled away each time, following advice to hold a smooth line just like he would in a go-kart. At the checkers the front five were Miller, Mike Boyer, Chad Criswell, Dusty Shatzer, and Sean Good who started last in the consi and won it to move to the feature.

More experienced first time Path Valley winners were Ricky Harring of Allentown in the Legends Cars makeup race, and INEX 2001 national semi-pro champion Allen Felix of Shippensburg in the regular Legends feature on Legends Cars Fan Appreciation Night. At intermission the fans had a chance to examine the Legends Cars on the front stretch and the Legends drivers distributed T-shirts and other prizes in the grandstand.

The balance of the night's features went to veteran drivers with Jimmy Callahan of McVeytown setting a torrid pace in the 600 Sprints feature as he led every lap in a one-caution scorcher. By lap 13 Callahan led by a full turn and then he used lapped cars to keep well ahead of Pat Klose, Duane Harbaugh, Jim Brookens, Terry Peters, and Ron Taggert in top six order.

Past national Dwarf Cars champion Lynn Knepper of Somerset won a hard decision in the Dwarfs, passing Jeff Barclay twice for the lead on lap 16. The stock car wins went to Randy Patterson of Shippensburg in the V-8 Street Stocks and Arlin Brougher of Gettysburg in the mini stocks. Patterson started sixth and passed pole started Scott Thunberg on lap four to lead the rest of the way. Defending champion Brougher started fourth and took the lead from Steve McCartney on lap 13 and then scooted ahead of Ricky Harper through the final three laps.

Two Wheel Promotions announced that a final makeup points race has been added to the Friday night schedule for Oct. 4 for all of the regular points classes that race at Path Valley. Next Friday night, Sept. 27, features the Pepsi Night $500 to win Street Stock special and the return of the PA 305 Sprints. The $1000 to win Four-Cylinder Shootout is next Saturday, Sept. 28, with gates open at 10 a.m.

Following the final Friday night points race Oct. 4 is the annual Legends Day and Racers Swap Meet and Flea Market Saturday, Oct. 5, with gates open at 9 a.m. With the points season nearly completed, tickets are available at the track for the annual awards banquet Nov. 23 at the Pleasant Hall Fire Company. Doors open at 3 p.m. for the kart and quad awards, followed by the dinner with doors opening at 5 p.m. for sprint and car teams and the stock car and sprint awards following the catered feast.

Another totally new event for Path Valley Oct. 26 is a Saturday Night Finale for the Path Valley karters with the Burris SpecTrak tire rule waived except for the Champ caged classes and with WKA tech rules in effect. Payback will be 75 percent of entry fees for the senior kart classes and 50 percent in the junior classes. 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 2002 schedule and track, race teams and fans can consult the website at www.pathvalley.com, or they can email them at twp@pathvalley.com.

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Series Sprint , Stock car