Path Valley preview 2001-10-06

Spring Run, PA_ Path Valley Speedway Park will feature several of the top racers in the nation at the Legends Day and flea market Saturday, Oct. 6. Time trials, heat races and a 30-lap feature Saturday afternoon close the Legends Cars ...

Spring Run, PA_ Path Valley Speedway Park will feature several of the top racers in the nation at the Legends Day and flea market Saturday, Oct. 6.

Time trials, heat races and a 30-lap feature Saturday afternoon close the Legends Cars season.

National INEX points leader Harry Garber of Barto says it will probably be his last race because at 63 years old he has achieved his goal of a national championship and plans to retire from racing. Garber leads the national points rankings in the INEX sanctioned Legends Masters division with 2570 points, well ahead of Don Reynolds of Alamogordo, NM, who has 2540 points.

Points are unofficial until certified by INEX. INEX is the International Sanctioning body of the Legends, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster Cars. It's is the 3rd largest sanctioning body behind NASCAR and I.M.C.A. INEX annually sanctions over 1,700 races at over 200 different tracks. President and General Manager of Lowe’s Motor Speedway H.A.“ Humpy” Wheeler and Elliott Forbes-Robinson, famed road racing champion, designed these 5/8-scale fiberglass full-fendered versions of the famed NASCAR modifieds driven by legendary drivers such as Fireball Roberts, Gerald Chamberlain, Buck Baker, Johnny Grumm, Speedy Thompson and Banjo Matthews.

Garber is also the 2001 Path Valley champion with 855 points, well ahead of 710 points for Butch Brough of Newville. Brough is fourth in national INEX points, at latest report, with 2423. Eleven of the top 20 nationally ranked Masters dirt track Legends drivers race regularly at Path Valley.

Path Valley also has the sixth, seventh and eight nationally ranked Masters class drivers as regular competitors. They are Donald Potts of Artemas, sixth with 2311 INEX points; Randy Fetterolf of Dauphin, seventh with 2234; and Ray Swank of Harrisburg, eight nationally with 2213 points.

In the Pro (dirt) division George Craker of Lewisberry is currently second nationally with 2298 points to 2442 for Keith Moline of Cedar Rapids, IA. Craker finished the Path Valley season tenth in Legends points. Tim Tomson of Kutztown is fourth in the national Pro Dirt division standings.

In the Semi-Pro division Allen Felix of Shippensburg was only five points out of a national championship. He trailed Eric Appleget of Ely, IA, with 2438 INEX points to 2443 for Appleget. Greg Burd of Boiling Springs is third in national Semi-Pro points with 2409.

The Path Valley gates open at 7 a.m. for vendors for the Community and Racing Flea Market. Gates open for the public and racers at 9 a.m.

Warm-ups start at 10 a.m. and the Drive and Ride sessions are scheduled at 10:30. Practice trial rides are by reservation and prospective racers should call Central PA Legends Cars at 717-249-6436 after 6 p.m. to schedule a ride.

Electric time trials are set for 1 p.m., with heat races at 2. The 30-lap feature is scheduled for 3 p.m. and awards and announcements close the racing at 4 p.m.

After the Legends Day, only two Saturday events remain on the Path Valley schedule.

Oct. 13, Path Valley hosts the bikers of the American Motorcyclists Association (AMA) with motorcycle and quad racing in up to 19 divisions for riders from age four to forty-plus. Grandstand admission is free and AMA membership applications will be available for those interested in flat track motorcycle racing.

Racing for the 2001 season concludes Oct. 20 with the season’s final Junk Car Race and rules for this growing trend toward minimum budget racing are available at the track and on the website at That growing fun class races low-cost to no-cost junk cars in four-cylinder, six cylinder and V-8 categories.

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 and awards to the top drivers in every class. Less than 50 tickets remained following the Four-Cylinder Shootout.

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 Stock car
Drivers Elliott Forbes-Robinson