Veterans win in three Path Valley strictly stock thrillers. Spring Run, PA_ Gary Calimer of Waynesboro in the V-8 class, Terry Smith of Willow Hill in the six-cylinders and Dave Reaugh of Everett in the four-cylinders won the season's first ...
Veterans win in three Path Valley strictly stock thrillers.
Spring Run, PA_ Gary Calimer of Waynesboro in the V-8 class, Terry Smith of Willow Hill in the six-cylinders and Dave Reaugh of Everett in the four-cylinders won the season's first strictly stock races Saturday at the Path Valley Speedway Park. All three had won races in 2002 when the low cost entry-level class was called the junk cars or guardrail cars.
Each of the three 25-lap events was spiced with action and competitive racing on the rain softened Path Valley clay. The season opener for the karts and four-wheelers earlier in the day had rained out.
The V-8 feature was the most competitive as Calimer took the lead from Tony Daniels in lap 13 when Daniels skid his #76 too far to the outside coming out of turn two. After the only caution of the race, Calimer went wide out of turn two on lap 18 and Daniels reclaimed the lead by cutting inside to pass down the length of the backstretch. Then on lap 20 Calimer beat Daniels into turn one to take the lead back and then on the next lap Calimer put a lapped car between his own #8 and Daniels and won the race shortly after by almost a turn lead.
In the six cylinder feature Tim Varner and Dave Reaugh swapped the lead twice in the early laps and then Varner took over the front spot amid lapped cars from lap six until lap 17 when Reaugh caught up in turn three and, when Varner slowed in front of him, nudged Varner into a skid that left him stranded. After that Everett neighbor Bob Elbin moved into second but his smoking #48 couldn't catch Reaugh's #51.
The four-cylinder finish was the most dramatic of the night. Past champion Terry Smith took the lead from Roger Sites of Fannettsburg on lap five but Sites, driving a three-cylinder Chevy Spirit, held a tight inside line and stayed with two lengths of Smith until the final lap. Coming out of turn four to take the checkered flag, Sites caught Smith and the two cars briefly locked bumpers until the tiny red Sites #63 took a slingshot hit into the front stretch wall, prompting Smith to circle past the checkered flag to check on his friend, who joined him for the victory lane interview and photos.
At the pre-race drivers meeting senior Race Director John Winsett told the crowd, "These cars are strictly stock, and that means no roll cage and no enduro cars. We will check at random to make sure the cars are road legal and the racing is fair for everyone, so count on a thorough tech inspection next race." He advised them that roof number plates will be required and that they should pay close attention to the tire rules.
The next strictly stock race is scheduled April 19 along with a kids' foot race. Rules are available on the track website at pathvalley.com. With the morning karts rainout, the first race for karts and four-wheelers will be April 12 with gates open at 10 a.m. The first race for both the Legends Cars and the motorcycles and quads will be that evening.
The main show next Friday night, May 11, will feature the season opener for the PA 305 Sprints. With them will race the Dwarf Cars and the five regular weekly divisions; the 270 sprints, 600 sprints, V-8 street stocks, mini stocks and four-cylinder thunder cars.
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 2003 schedule and rules, race teams and fans can consult the website at www.pathvalley.com or they can email Two Wheel Promotions at email@example.com.
V-8 -- Gary Calimer Jr., Tony Daniels, Jerry Fleming, Tony Verno, Cletus Gansel, Joe Daywalt, Bill Burdge, Steve Vanpelt, Dustin Brown. Heat to Calimer.
Six-cylinder _ Dave Reaugh, Bob Elbin, Rob Keller, Jason Ege, Jesse Taylor, Tim Varner, Danny Silvers, Todd Price. Heat to Varner.
Four-cylinder _ Terry Smith, Jeff Koser, Jeff Treece, Wilbert Barker, Roger Sites, Jesse Fessler, Adam Adams, Tom Brady, Chester Atherton, Tony Weller, Derrick Varner, Gary Koser, Jakes Sipes. Heats to Smith, Treece.