Path Valley Speedway report 2001-09-29

Spring Run, PA - Ray Moore with a home-built Duvall engine in his ...

Spring Run, PA - Ray Moore with a home-built Duvall engine in his #48 outran a field that included at least nine current and former champions for a $1000 win in the Path Valley Speedway Park Four-Cylinder Shootout Saturday.

Moore pulled alongside Ron Buck of Lebanon on lap 37 of the 50-lap special event and completed his pass on lap 39 through turns three and four as Buck’s #8 got loose enough on worn tires to let a car width lane open on the inside.

On lap 40 amid lapped car traffic Arlin Brougher of Shippensburg passed Buck to take second but even with two cautions and restarts on lap 48 Brougher could not catch Moore who won by two car lengths. Brougher took home $500 for second and Buck settled for $250 for third place. Moore, a resident of rural Groundhog Valley near Three Springs, said all his thanks goes to his car owner and his crew for building such a great ride.

Moore’s teammate Larry Duvall finished sixth and Tim Smith Jr. driving the third car in the Duvall-powered group, #26, finished seventh. The top ten were Moore, Brougher, Buck, John Stoll Jr., Ricky Harper, Duvall, Smith, Rick Bookwalter, Ron Beam Jr. and Mike Buckley.

Bookwalter and both Ron Beam Sr. and Ron Beam Jr. qualified through the consi for the 24-car feature. The heat winners were Buck, Harper, Jerry Bard and Frank Gordon.

Frankie Gordon of Ft. Loudon led the first eight laps, pulling slowly away from Buck. Then on lap nine Gordon drifted to the infield with apparent electrical problems. A red flag stopped the action on lap 18 when the #84 driven by Leroy Long blew a hole in its engine on turn three and burst into spilled-oil flames when it came to rest on the front stretch.

The race was a prelude and practice for four-cylinder racing next season when the track plans to allow any size engine to compete. To equalize cars, engines, and costs, Path Valley plans to require one pound per cubic centimeter of engine displacement, so that a four-cylinder with a 2300cc engine must weigh a minimum of 2300 pounds with the driver at the end of the feature and a car with a 2750cc engine must weigh 2750 pounds.

“ This is a driver’s track,” said Race Director John Winsett,“ and driving skill and car setup counts for a whole lot more than expensive horsepower.

Added promoter Ken Geesey,“ We are happy and a little relieved to see weekly Path Valley drivers do so well against some of the top competition in the east, and we want to congratulate them all on a clean, safe, exciting race.”

The Shootout concludes the season for stock cars at the Path Valley Speedway Park, but three Saturday racing events remain on the schedule.

The final kart race for the Pennsylvania Dirt Karters Association was scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30.

Next Saturday’s Legends Day will follow the same format as last year with practice rides by pre-arrangement and displays and exhibitions by the Legends drivers. For Legends Car try-outs prospective drivers must call Legends Cars of Central PA at (717) 249-6436 after 6:00 p.m. Currently five of the top ten drivers in the United States race their Legends Cars at Path Valley and 11 of the top 20 are Path Valley regulars.

The following Saturday, Oct. 13, Path Valley hosts the bikers of the American Motorcyclists Association (AMA) with motorcycle and quad racing in up to 19 divisions for riders from age four to forty-plus. Grandstand admission is free and AMA membership applications will be available for those interested in flat track motorcycle racing.

Racing for the 2001 season concludes Oct. 20 with the season’s final Junk Car Race and rules for this growing trend toward minimum budget racing are available at the track and on the website at www.pathvalley.com. That growing fun class races low-cost to no-cost junk cars in four-cylinder, six cylinder and V-8 categories.

The Second Annual Path Valley Speedway Park Combined Awards Banquet will be Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Pleasant Hall Fire Co. with doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and limited to 400 and available from the track on a first-come first-sold basis.“ Dodies” will cater the meal and the entertainment will include DJ Phantom Shadow and awards to the top drivers in every class. Less than 50 tickets remained following the Four-Cylinder Shootout.

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 off Route 75.

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For information on the 2001 schedule and track, race teams can call the owners at 717-426-4756 or 717-426-2910, consult the website at www.pathvalley.com, or they can email them at twp@pathvalley.com. The new phone number at the track for promoter Ken Geesey is 717-349-7111.

FINISH ORDER–

FOUR-CYLINDER SHOOTOUT– Raymond Moore, Arlin Brougher, Ron Buck, John Stoll Jr., Ricky Harper, Larry Duvall, Tim Smith, Rick Bookwalter, Ron Beam Jr., Mike Buckley, Ken Miller, Terry Smith, Gary Dehart Jr., Kyle Wiser, Ron Beam Sr., Max Hampton, DNF Lynn Hyle, Ed Kirby, Brian Lessley, Leroy Long, Frank Gordon, Randy Wible, Eric Hollenbach, DQ Dave Buckley.

PHOTO MENU and ID– PHOTOS BY WALT COX

Photos of all winners immediately available by return email in high resolution JPEG format from coxxcomm@pennswoods.net PVwc1 Raymond Moore attached to all.

PVwc1– Ray Moore grins after his $1000 four-cylinder win Saturday at the Path Valley Speedway Park.

PVwc2– Arlin Brougher of Shippensburg thanked all his sponsors, his family and crew in this winner’s circle interview after taking second Saturday in the Path Valley Four-Cylinder Shootout.

PVwc3– Ron Buck said he wishes Path Valley were closer to his home near Lebanon after taking third in the Four-Cylinder Shootout Saturday.

PVwc4slippinandasliding– Cars slide on the oil a blown engine put down as the #84 of Leroy Long bursts into flames.

PVwc5– Leaders pass the scoreboard with three laps to go.

PVwc6BuckandHarper– Ron Buck and Ricky Harper raced side-by-side through the first two laps.

Have Camera, Will Travel Photos by Walt Cox Custom and Commercial Photography 814-652-6138 or coxxcomm@aol.com

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