Path Valley Wins to Brown, Ginther, Rosenberry Spring Run, PA_ Ricky Rosenberry and the Six Cylinder Strictly Stocks may have set a new record as Rosenberry led them through 20 laps without a caution Saturday night at the Path Valley Speedway ...
Path Valley Wins to Brown, Ginther, Rosenberry
Spring Run, PA_ Ricky Rosenberry and the Six Cylinder Strictly Stocks may have set a new record as Rosenberry led them through 20 laps without a caution Saturday night at the Path Valley Speedway Park. Bruce Ginther of Lebanon won in Four Cylinders and Dustin Brown of Mercersburg won the V-8 Strictly Stock feature.
For several drivers the event was practice for the Strictly Stock Special set for Oct. 16 when they get to race for 50 laps, $300 to win and a payback to at least the top ten. Gates open at 3 p.m. for the Special. The season's final Strictly Stock race is Oct. 30 for the stock cars formerly called 'junkyard' or 'guardrail' cars.
Rosenberry won the heat and took the lead from polesitter Randy Wenger on the first feature lap and raced without a flaw or error to the checkers 20 laps later with Wenger close behind, followed in the front five by Raymond Seville, Jeff Dicken and Josh Walstrum.
Dustin Brown celebrated his sixteenth birthday two weeks ago.
Brown won his first Strictly Stock feature two seasons ago when he was still 14.
He started fifth in the feature as Chuck Arentz led the early laps and then followed Robert Naugle around Arentz on the outside of turn one to start lap 12. Brown held the high line and briefly passed Naugle on lap 14. On lap 18 the two crossed side by side and took the lead out of turn two on lap 19. As the pair came down to the checkers out of turn four on the final lap, Naugle made a sprint on the inside only to fall a hood length short of Brown's win. Naugle then hit and spun Brown past the finish line and disqualified. Brown, Tom Brady, Dustin Pietrak, Dave Dunkle and Jim DeArmitt were the front five, and Tony Verno and Joe Daywalt won the ten-car heats.
For his fourth win in six races, Ginther started on the pole and raced away as Dave Strait came from seventh to take second on lap ten after that race's only caution. Amid lapped cars by lap 15, Ginther built on a lead of no more than four car lengths ahead of Strait, Bill DeArmitt, Mark Campbell and Mel DeArmitt in the top five. Barron Taylor and Ginther won the heats. Ginther's jesusraceteam.com provided prizes and treats for the grandstand kids at intermission, and joined him in victory lane.
Four race weekends remain on the Path Valley schedule with sprints and stock cars every Friday night, Burris Karts and Four-Wheelers all but one Saturday afternoon and special races like next weekend's AMA motorcycle and four wheeler finale Saturday nights.
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 the track's website at www.pathvalley.com or they can email Two Wheel Promotions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4-Cylinder -- Bruce Ginther Jr. (started 1), Dave Strait, Bill DeArmitt, Mark Campbell, Mel DeArmitt, Barron Taylor, Dakota Hutchinson, Denny Schofield, Jeff Koser, DNS Steve Frazier. Heats to Taylor, Ginther.
6-Cylinder -- Ricky Rosenberry (2), Randy Wenger, Raymond Seville, Jeff Dicken, Josh Walstrum, Jason Ege, Dave Lambert. Heat to Rosenberry.
V-8 -- Dustin Brown (5), Tom Brady, Dustin Pietrak, Dave Dunkle, Jim DeArmitt, Joe Daywalt, Joey Burdge, Jacob Cottle, Josh Berrier, Randy Hockenberry, Chuck Arentz, Jason Mellott, Tony Verno, Jake Richcreek, David Kitzmiller, Dan Gelwicks, Mark Cekovich, DQ Robert Naugle, DNS Brandy Mills, Rob Keller. Heats to Verno, Daywalt.