Path Valley report 2002-08-09

Dunkle and Stache earn first Path Valley features. Spring Run, PA_ In a night filled with thrilling finishes, the most thrilled driver was Frank Dunkle of Everett who won his first Path Valley feature in at least five years in the Dwarf car ...

Dunkle and Stache earn first Path Valley features.

Spring Run, PA_ In a night filled with thrilling finishes, the most thrilled driver was Frank Dunkle of Everett who won his first Path Valley feature in at least five years in the Dwarf car special.

^ÓI^Òve come so close,^Ô the veteran of more than eight years of Dwarf Cars racing said in the winners circle, ^Óbut to win a feature at Path Valley is something really special.^Ô

Dunkle and his #98 modified style Dwarf car sponsored by Dunkle Services started on the pole and was passed once by Denny Landvater, but a caution before the end of lap 17 for past national champion Lynn Knepper put Dunkle back in the lead and he held off Landvater and Eddie Benedict for the win.

The night^Òs other first time winner, for this season, was Richard Stache of Shippensburg in the four-cylinder thunder cars who led from the pole and held off Wes Scofield and Keith Armolt through nine cautions and restarts. From the full field of 24 cars, 13 finished on the lead lap with Armolt second and Chris Casner up from sixth to third.

Terry Peters, the points leader some weeks in the close 600cc Sprints battles, said he learned a new setup style racing at a national event last weekend in Kentucky. Young Peters, a high school student who holds a 2001 Path Valley championship, took the lead on a first lap restart and the race went all the rest of the way non-stop. Past champion Jim Callahan came from sixth to pass Steve Dull for second on lap four and finished there just ahead of Jim Young.

Legends Cars rookie Austin Kirby, who moved up from his winning four-cylinder this season, said his third season win was mostly thanks to the work his dad, Dave, does on the #28k car during the week. Young Kirby led all the way but slowed enough in turn four of lap nine that the second place car caught his bumper and spun him into the infield. Officials ruled that Tim Henry had spun Kirby and sent Henry to the rear and Kirby back up front. Through the final ten laps Kirby scampered a bare length ahead of past national Legends champion Brian Levan, and Donnie Potts took third.

Jeff Furlong brought a brand new #17 East Coast Motorsports 270cc Sprint that he said he finished at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon. ^ÓWe didn^Òt have time to letter it yet, but it runs just great,^Ô Furlong said after thanking his car owners and sponsors after the third win for the Selinsgrove driver. For much of the race he had to hold a tight inside line ahead of Mike Boyer in the King Chassis team car, but Boyer dropped out on the final lap putting Brian Walker into second and past champion Rodney Glass up to third.

In the V-8 Street Stocks, Tony Stoneberger thanked some of his crew for traveling 120 miles to help him and said his #2 car barely earned is second win this season because he could feel the cars on his bumper. After a lap one restart the race went clear to the checkers with Steve Lowery less than a length behind. Frequent winner Tim Fedder went to the outside to take third from past champion Doug Hoffman on the final lap and points leader Weston Alleman came from ninth through the 15-car field to fifth.

Friday thrills continue next week with the PA 305 Sprints back for their bi-weekly race, along with the 600cc and 270cc sprints and the Legends Cars, and for the stock car fans the V-8 Street Stocks and four-cylinder mini stocks are on the lineup as the thunder cars get their monthly night off.

The action gets even hotter Saturday afternoon with a special Motor Race for the karts and quads afternoon show and the return of the Path Valley Junk Cars along with the Vintage Car Club Saturday evening. The four-cylinder Junk Cars return June 23 for a special Friday Pepsi Race Night exhibition feature.

Two Wheel Promotions announced Friday night that the Labor Day Monday All Sprint racing would headline 30-lap features that pay $500 to win for the 305 Sprints, 600 Sprints and 270 Sprints. A special added attraction, due to team requests, will be a wingless 20-lap feature for the 270 Sprints. Both qualifying and features will be electronically timed and scored. Although trophy and lap leader sponsors have been signed, and will be announced soon, many sponsorship opportunities remain.

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.

For information on the 2002 schedule and track, race teams and fans can consult the website at www.pathvalley.com.

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