Path Valley yellow flags new Strictly Stock winners Spring Run, PA _ A very slightly revised racing program for the Path Valley Speedway Park's Strictly Stock races Saturday night helped result in three first time winners. Judicious use of the...
Path Valley yellow flags new Strictly Stock winners
Spring Run, PA _ A very slightly revised racing program for the Path Valley Speedway Park's Strictly Stock races Saturday night helped result in three first time winners.
Judicious use of the caution flag (only 11 times in three features) to increase safety and a display of the black flag to encourage better sportsmanship helped result in first timers Jeff Koser of Fannettsburg, Jason Gilliland of Everett and Luther Daywalt Jr. of Waynesboro visiting victory lane.
"We are going back to what these races were when we started them -- just a whole lot of fun," race director John Winsett warned the drivers beforehand.
After Jeff Koser whipped his little Honda to the four-cylinder win in heavy lapped traffic just ahead of Brad Kress of Hanover in Kress's Ford Festiva, he admitted that he never thought his 2.2 engine could run so fast. Three yellow flag restarts regrouped the field and Koser said, "The track was just fantastic and the restarts kept it from turning into a demolition derby." He agreed that lighter weight cars seem to have a slight advantage over bigger engines.
The minimal budget strictly stocks race every other Saturday night at Path Valley and the next race is July 12, following the regular afternoon kart and quads race. The junkyard cars are beginning to rival the Friday night stock and sprint car races as the most popular event at Path Valley.
Next Friday night, July 4, is a return presentation of the popular NRA Disabled Shooters Program with information and exhibits on shooting and hunting for the physically challenged. The seven-feature race night includes the return of the PA 305 Sprints and the Dwarf Cars. Gates open at 5 p.m. for evening races. Next Saturday, July 5, features the karts and quads in the afternoon with gates open at 10 a.m. and next Saturday night's race is an AMA sanctioned event for quads and bikes with the Central PA Legends Cars as a special attraction.
Koser started third and took the lead on lap three as Lee Young and Stan Heath who started on the front row encountered lapped cars. The front five finishers in the full field of four-cylinders were Koser, Kress, Wilbert Barker, Tom Brady and Tim Riley. Denny Schofield, Koser and Heath won the heat races and Derrick Varner won the consi.
"I only got the car two weeks ago, and this really was my first race ever," said Jason Gilliland of Everett in the winners circle after besting a strong field of six-cylinder strictly stocks. Gilliland caught up to race leader Ricky Rosenberry with one lap to go and when Rosenberry got sandwiched between lapped cars in turn one, young Gilliland went low and took the lead and the checkers.
The front five finishers were Gilliland, Rosenberry, Glen Winnick, Jason Ege and George Brindle. Bobby Elbin and Rosenberry won the heats and Elbin drew a pill to invert 8 which put Gilliland in third to start.
The younger Daywalt started seventh in the V-8 strictly stock, formerly junkyard cars, field and took the lead for the first time, briefly, on lap ten and again on lap 18 as the big cars suffered through four cautions. Keeping it all in the family, Joe Daywalt finished second, Wayne Kitzmiller third, Dave Kitzmiller fourth and James Andrews fifth. Dave Dunkle won the heat race.
The strictly stock cars are not racecars. The only modifications allowed are for safety including a length of guardrail attached securely to the driver's side, and cars have won in the past that were "built" the same day as the race.
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.
Four-Cylinder _ Jeff Koser, Brad Kress, Wilbert Barker, Tom Brady, Tim Riley, Doug Weyandt, Tim Burdge, Jeff Hale, Jesse Lemin, Mark Campbell, Derrick Varner, Jason Hale, Denny Schofield, Randy Patterson, Joey Burdge, Lee Young, Sam Bates, Mark Singer, Stan Heath, Dave Strait, Max Taylor, Justin Mong, Junior Carlin, Chris Beavers. Heats to Schofield, Koser, and Heath. Consi to Derrick Varner.
Six-Cylinder _ Jason Gilliland, Ricky Rosenberry, Glen Winnick, Jason Ege, George Brindle, Danny Gelwick, Dustin Pietrak, Nick Ott, David Reaugh, Donald Brown, Joe Walker, Rob Keller, Bob Elbin, Steven Rhoat, AJ Lawson. Heats to Elbin and Rosenberry.
V-8 _ Luther Daywalt Jr., Joe Daywalt, Wayne Kitzmiller, David Kitzmiller, James Andrews, Tony Verno, Dave Dunkle, James Truax, Luther Daywalt Sr., Dustin Brown. Heat to Dave Dunkle.