Path Valley honors Strictly Stock champions

Spring Run, PA_ For the first time ever, Two Wheel Promotions presented trophies and recognized the champions and top drivers in the Strictly Stock Saturday night classes racing at the Path Valley Speedway Park. The 2004 season champions are...

Spring Run, PA_ For the first time ever, Two Wheel Promotions presented trophies and recognized the champions and top drivers in the Strictly Stock Saturday night classes racing at the Path Valley Speedway Park.

The 2004 season champions are Dave Dunkle of Spring Run in V-8 Strictly Stocks, Josh Walstrum of Fannettsburg in Six Cylinder, and Bruce Ginther Jr. of Lebanon in Four-Cylinder.

"We are very pleased as we see drivers from the Strictly Stock classes moving behind the wheel of true racecars in the Hobby Stock and Mini Stock and Thunder Car classes," Senior Race Director John Winsett said. "This class is racing just for the fun of it, and to learn how, and a serious goal is to keep it affordable for working people and teenagers."

Carlos 'Sharkey' Morgan of Elizabethtown, the lone surviving regular racer, earned the Cyclones championship. He has also built a Strictly Stock so that he can continue to race at Path Valley because the Cyclones will not be on the regular 2005 schedule.

The Strictly Stocks have become so competitive that the points standings were not announced until October, in an effort to avoid reckless driving as beginners raced for top points standings. These are the cars that were formerly called junkyard or guardrail cars and the drivers are almost without exception amateurs, including teenagers who have never raced anything before.

The top three in the V-8 class were Dunkle with 281 points, Tom Brady with 276 and Dan Gelwicks with 250. Dunkle said he plans to race in the new Path Valley Hobby Stock Friday night class, leaving the V-8 Strictly Stock title up for grabs in 2005.

The top three in points in the highly competitive Six Cylinders were Walstrum with 302, Ricky Rosenberry with 261 and Todd Price with 247. Walstrum said he plans to defend his title in 2005.

Bruce Ginther Jr. said he plans to race a V-8 Strictly Stock in 2005, leaving his Four- Cylinder title undefended. The top three in Four-Cylinder Strictly Stocks were Ginther with 302, Mark Campbell with 249 and Denny Schofield with 231.

The Path Valley Strictly Stocks are true minimum budget stock cars with only safety modifications allowed, including a section of guardrail on the driver's side and all glass and loose trim removed. Many sport working horns and radios.

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 2004 schedule and rules, race teams and fans can consult the track's website at www.pathvalley.com or they can email Two Wheel Promotions at twp@pathvalley.com.

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