Reaugh, Walstrum and Schofield win at Path Valley Saturday Spring Run, PA_ Dave Reaugh of Everett in the V-8 Strictly Stocks, Josh Walstrum of Fannettsburg in Six-Cylinders and Denny Schofield of St. Thomas in Four-Cylinders won features...
Reaugh, Walstrum and Schofield win at Path Valley Saturday
Spring Run, PA_ Dave Reaugh of Everett in the V-8 Strictly Stocks, Josh Walstrum of Fannettsburg in Six-Cylinders and Denny Schofield of St. Thomas in Four-Cylinders won features Saturday night at the Path Valley Speedway Park.
Racing was fast and clean in all three bare bones low budget stock car classes after flagman Steve Murphy showed them what the black flag looks like and reviewed rules in the pre-race driver's meeting.
Reaugh was one of the first strictly stock winners at Path Valley, three seasons ago when they were still called junkyard cars, and he said in victory lane that his new V-8 was in only it's second race and the handling was off a tiny bit. "This is a great field of cars, and the racing was clean -- at least up front," he joked. He thanked his family and crew and added that he has no real sponsors in the low-cost amateur class.
Reaugh wheeled outside from his fourth place start to take the lead at the end of the first lap and stayed there through four cautions to put cars to the rear or let them restart if stopped on the track. The front five finishers were Reaugh, Dave Kitzmiller, Robert Naugle, Luther Daywalt Jr. and Garry Kitzmiller, and Dave Dunkle and Dave Kitzmiller won the heats.
Josh Walstrum admitted to his second win of the season in the six-cylinder strictly stocks and said his crew does all the work and he just drives it. Walstrum passed Todd Price for the lead on lap two and wheeled just ahead of Ricky Rosenberry for the final ten laps. Rosenberry had won the previous race and started in the #12 handicap spot. Judicious use of the caution flag resulted in only two restarts, and the front five finishers were Walstrum, Rosenberry, Robert Weist, Andy Krause Jr., and Allan Covert. Walstrum and Krause won the heats.
Denny Scofield and Mark Campbell ran a fiercely close race in the four-cylinder strictly stocks, sometimes called guardrail cars. Wheel to wheel from lap one after a bad start and restart, they raced into the lapped cars at the rear of the pack on lap 12 and then weaved in and out and battled for the shorter inside line. On lap 18, with Campbell in the lead, they came up on the rear of the eighth place car, Chuck Gipe's #77, and finally split up to pass him on lap 19 with Scofield to the low side, ending the feature with a drag race down the front stretch. Behind Scofield and then Campbell in the front five were Tony Thurber, Shane Molovich and Barron Taylor. Thurber and Shawn Mills won the heats.
The strictly stocks return to the Path Valley oval Saturday night, July 24, with gates open at 5 p.m. following the afternoon kart and quad racing. Complete rules to build a strictly stock racer are available at the track's website, www.pathvalley.com, and no expensive racing modifications are permitted. "This class is strictly for youngsters to learn and for older racers to have fun," according to senior race director John Winsett.
Next Friday, July 16, is Fan Appreciation Night at Path Valley with $2 off the regular $7 grandstand admission. Featured in the two-week rotation will be the V-8 Street Stocks and the INEX national championship producing Central PA Legends Cars.
Next Saturday, July 17, Path Valley hosts the return of AMA Region Six motorcycle and four-wheeler racing with free grandstand admission and the return of the top amateur racer in the nation. At the grand nationals in Springfield IL, John Lewis V won in the top three premiere class features and the Horizon Award for the most promising amateur American racer of the year. Lewis is the son of John Lewis IV and Penny of Brandamore and he also won three classes in the Northeast Amateur Nationals at Path Valley over the Memorial Day weekend.
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 email@example.com.
8-Cylinder -- David Reaugh (started 4), Dave Kitzmiller, Robert Naugle, Luther Daywalt Jr., Gary Kitzmiller, Tom Brady, Jerry Fleming, Joe Daywalt, Danny Burdge, Dustin Brown, Joey Burdge, Randy Hockenberry, Dave Dunkle, Tony Verno, Dan Gelwicks, Jacob Cottle, Dustin Pietrak, Dale Byers, Shane Ege. Heats to Dunkle, Kitzmiller
6-Cylinder -- Josh Walstrum (started 3), Ricky Rosenberry, Robert Weist, Andy Krause Jr., Allan Covert, Dave Leidy, Todd Price, Terry Golden, Chantz Ramsey, Jason Ege, Mike Junk, Jeff Hale, Dale Martin, Randy Wenger. Heats to Walstrum, Krause.
4-Cylinder -- Denny Schofield (started 4), Mark Campbell, Tony Thurber, Shane Molovich, Barron Taylor, Wayne Kopp, Shawn Mills, Chuck Gipe, Dave Strait, Steve Frazier, Norman Stever, Jerry Kress, Dakota Hutchinson, Bobby Johnson, Bruce Ginther Jr. Heats to Mills, Thurber.