Path Valley race notes 2002-10-12

Rookie Dave Reaugh wins in four-cylinders. Spring Run, PA_ Jesse Fessler of Saxton lapped all but one car in a full field of four-cylinder Junk Cars as Path Valley Speedway Park finished the Junk Car racing season Saturday night. Gary...

Rookie Dave Reaugh wins in four-cylinders.

Spring Run, PA_ Jesse Fessler of Saxton lapped all but one car in a full field of four-cylinder Junk Cars as Path Valley Speedway Park finished the Junk Car racing season Saturday night.

Gary Kitzmiller of Orrstown won his second consecutive V-8 feature and rookie David Reaugh of Everett won in the six cylinders. Bedford and Hesston hobby stock champion Terry Norris of James Creek won the Mechanics' race and Amber Mills of Hesston won the 12-car powder puff.

Almost 70 cars raced in the three classes of factory stock budget racecars. "Every race gets better and the winners tonight had to work hard passing lapped cars on nearly every lap," said senior race director John Winsett of Two Wheel Promotions. "Last year's first race had nine entries, and next year we plan to race them more than just once a month."

Two Saturday events remain on the Path Valley racing schedule. The AMA motorcycles and quads return Oct. 19. Three makeup features for stock cars are set for a double-header date Oct. 26. The cars are already qualified and the lineup set for the makeup features headlined by the $500 to win Pepsi Night V-8 Street Stock makeup from Aug. 23 along with the four-cylinder thunder car and mini stock makeups from Oct. 4. Gates open at noon for the three makeup features with warm-ups set for 1 p.m.

Then at 4 p.m. Oct. 26 Path Valley gates reopen to close the racing season with a Saturday Night Finale for the track's kart riders.

Tickets are available until the Oct. 31 deadline 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 for everyone catered again by Dodies, with doors opening at 5 p.m. for sprint and stock car teams and the stock car and sprint awards following the feasting.

The final V-8 Junk Car race had five different leaders including Eric Swope from the pole, Dale Byers through laps five and six, Gary Kitzmiller in laps seven to 11, Gary Calimer in laps 12 to 15 and Kitzmiller again amid lapped cars from lap 16 to the finish. At the checkered flag only five remained on the lead lap and almost half the field was down two or more laps.

The six-cylinder feature was equally thrilling as young Reaugh took the lead on lap seven as the leaders overtook a group of cars at the rear of the field that almost formed a rolling roadblock. Steve McCartney had led to that point but Reaugh got past on the outside while the other leaders were held up for as much as a lap on the inside line. Six cars finished on the lead lap in the field of 16.

The four-cylinder feature started with six cars crashed on turn two and three more stopped in turn three. From his start on the pole Fessler, a veteran hobby stock racer at other tracks, led every lap and finished all 25 laps with only one car, the 56 of Jeff Treece, still on the lead lap and 22 others a lap or more down. In spite of the many spins and crashes that punctuated the 25-lap features, no injuries were reported.

For information on the remaining 2002 schedule and track, and for banquet tickets, race teams and fans can call the owners at 717-426-4756 or 717-426-2910, consult the website at www.pathvalley.com, or they can email them at twp@pathvalley.com.

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.

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