Path Valley wins to Brady, McCartney and Calimer. Path Valley veterans win in Strictly Stocks Saturday. Spring Run, PA_ All three Strictly Stock junkyard car winners Saturday had won before as the lowest cost racing program in the region...
Path Valley wins to Brady, McCartney and Calimer.
Path Valley veterans win in Strictly Stocks Saturday.
Spring Run, PA_ All three Strictly Stock junkyard car winners Saturday had won before as the lowest cost racing program in the region continues to grow.
Steve McCartney of Doylesburg won the six-cylinder feature, Gary Calimer of Waynesboro won in the V-8 class and Tom Brady of McConnellsburg and Everett won the 18-car four-cylinder feature.
To encourage the continued growth of the low budget racing senior Race Director John Winsett had a heart to heart talk with all the drivers before the features and warned them that these cars are not to become race cars. "We don't want to see any racing parts on your cars, so take those racing shocks and springs off," he told them, "and for the final time, the 700 series size is the tire limit."
"We will pump engines and tear them down if we must, but it's silly to put serious money in an engine that can be claimed for $450. The whole philosophy of this strictly stock racing is to keep it affordable for the average high school kid and working man," he warned, "and if we have to go back to racing six cars like we did when this started, we will."
In the Kid's Bike Races at intermission, Dylan Roush of Waynesboro won the five to seven year old class racing the length of the front stretch and then Shane Meck of McConnellsburg won the eight to 12 class racing the entire quarter mile circuit of the track.
The six cylinder cars started the show with Tim Varner taking the heat race win and drawing an inversion pill that put Todd Price on the pole. McCartney caught up to Price from his fourth place start on lap nine and the two raced side by side with McCartney trying to edge to the inside until lap 12. Varner got inside McCartney and briefly led in lap 14, but then Varner went high and wide through turn four and McCartney finished the 25 laps in first, followed in the front five by Price, Steve Rhoat, Dave Reaugh and Jason Ege.
Cletus Gansel led the V-8 class out of turn four by but by lap two Joe Daywalt from fifth on the start took the lead and appeared to have a gimme win. Then on lap 21 Daywalt looped his #20 in turn four. He remained on the lead lap but Gary Calimer who started ninth took over the lead and, with only four laps remaining, took the win. The front five were Calimer, Daywalt, Luther Daywalt Jr., Darryl Pittman and Luther Daywalt Sr. Calimer won the heat race.
Amid heavy lapped car traffic Tom Brady in his Subaru took the lead from Jesse Fessler on lap 18 of the four-cylinder feature and held on weaving among the field of 18 cars to beat Fessler at the line by about two lengths. The front five were Brady, Fessler, Mike Singer, Chester Atherton and Tony Varner, all on the lead lap. Atherton and Derrick Varner won the heat races.
Path Valley races alternately motorcycles and quads or Strictly Stock junkyard cars every Saturday night and the next Strictly Stock races are May 17 and May 31 with gates open at 5 p.m. following the regular weekly kart and quad races.
Sprints and stock cars race at Path Valley every Friday night and the April 25 races feature the full size PA 305 Sprints along with the Dwarf Cars and the five regular classes for the National Rifle Association Disabled Shooters Night. All NRA members will be admitted to the grandstand for half price.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.