Path Valley Saturday Night Wins to Dunkle, Graber and McAllen Spring Run, PA_ Dave Dunkle led every lap as his closest competitors spun behind him in the V-8 Strictly Stock feature Saturday at the Path Valley Speedway Park. Danny McAllen of ...
Path Valley Saturday Night Wins to Dunkle, Graber and McAllen
Spring Run, PA_ Dave Dunkle led every lap as his closest competitors spun behind him in the V-8 Strictly Stock feature Saturday at the Path Valley Speedway Park. Danny McAllen of Fannettsburg took the lead on lap 13 for the 4-Cylinder win and Darren Graber of Chambersburg used lapped cars effectively to win his first 6-Cylinder feature.
The night's only repeat winner was 13-year-old Robbie Kendall of Baltimore who took the lead in the first feature from Carlos Morgan on lap 5 and raced non-stop to his second consecutive win in the Cyclones. He told on-track announcer John Winsett that he's only been racing since his was five years old.
The bare bones low budget Strictly Stock classes return to Path Valley on April 24, with gates open at 5 p.m. for their thrilling contact sport racing. Next Saturday night, April 17, the AMA motorcycles and four-wheelers that they alternate with have the track for their first features before Path Valley hosts the AMA Northeast Nationals for three days over Memorial Day weekend.
The 6-Cylinders demonstrated why the class was formerly called 'junkyard cars' as they built junkyards on the track behind Graber, who had raced once last year and finished third. Randy Wenger took the lead on the start and spun in front of the pack, and on the restart Graber took over and led every lap as the cars bumped and spun behind him. Graber was into lapped traffic by lap five and at the finish only Robert Weist was within a few lengths with half the field a lap or more down. The top five finishers were Garber, Weist, Dave Leidy, Dustin Snyder and Jason Ege.
Dave Dunkle took the outside line at the start in the 8-Cylinder Strictly Stocks and led by a full turn ahead of Tony Daniels by lap six before overtaking the rear of the pack. In lapped car traffic Daniels pulled alongside in laps 11 and again in lap 13, but Dunkle went to the outside around the #68 of Brad Karns while Daniels got caught trying to pass on the inside and Dunkle reclaimed the lead. Two laps later Jerry Fleming took over second and stayed on Dunkle's bumper but among slower cars a lap or more down Dunkle took the shorter inside line and finished more than a length ahead of Fleming. The front five were Dunkle, Fleming, Daniels, Robert Naugle and Dustin Pietrak, and the heat wins went to Fleming and Derrick Hinish.
In a dramatic 4-Cylinder finish to the night, Barron Taylor jumped out to lead the first 11 laps and then Danny McAllen, up through lapped cars from eighth, got a clean outside line around the 31 of Brian Campbell and with the lapped car between them passed Taylor at the middle of lap 13. Weaving among lapped cars put McAllen across the finish line with only six of 18 starters left on the lead lap. McAllen is a former Mini-Stock racer at Path Valley and said that in addition to being affordable, "These guardrail cars are a lot more fun." The second place team disqualified after the race due to bad behavior by an associate, which put Johnny Runk second, Jeff Treece third, Bruce Ginther Jr. fourth, and Jerry Bagley completed the top five. James Arcq and McAllen won the heats.
Announcer Steve Murphy cautioned all participants that proper attire, including long sleeve shirts, leather boots, gloves, neck brace and approved helmet is required. Drivers are allowed to continue to race under the yellow caution flag but should be aware of cars stopped ahead of them, and all cars must stop for a red flag, which means the track is blocked or the ambulance is on the track.
"Safety is our main concern," said senior race director John Winsett, "and we want everyone to have fun without getting hurt." He added, "There is a slight advantage to starting out in front because it takes longer to get into the heavy lapped car traffic, but learning to pass a lapped car makes it more interesting."
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 is 717-349-7111. For information on the 2004 schedule and rules, race teams and fans can consult our website at www.pathvalley.com or they can email Two Wheel Promotions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STRICTLY STOCK FINISH ORDER:
V-8 -- Dave Dunkle (started 2), Jerry Fleming, Tony Daniels, Robert Naugle, Dustin Pietrak, Ralph Dishong, Derrick Hinish, Tom Brady, Dan Gelwicks, Tony Verno, Joey Burdge, Lance Mellott, Brad Karns, Darryl Pittman, Joe Daywalt, Jacob Cottle, Jason Mellott, Jim DeArmitt, David Reaugh, Randy Hockenberry. Heats to Fleming, Hinish.
6-Cylinder -- Darren Graber (2), Robert Weist, Dave Leidy, Dustin Snyder, Jason Ege, Randy Scott Jr., Bob Elbin, Randy Wenger, William Rush, Josh Walstrum, Chris McFarland, Andy Krause Jr., Todd Price. Heats to Walstrum, West.
4-Cylinder -- Danny McAllen (8), Johnny Runk, Jeff Treece, Bruce Ginther Jr., Jerry Bagley, Mark Campbell, Mike Bagley, Chad Clark, Bobby Johnson, Brian Campbell, Curtis Guyer, Norman Stever, Keeley Perry, James Arcq, Kevin Rhoades, Donald Houp, Donna Shipley, DQ Barron Taylor, DNS Denny Scofield. Heats to Arcq, McAllen.
Cyclones -- Robbie Kendall (3), Carlos Morgan, Jimmy Staton. Heat to Kendall.