Spring Run, PA_ Three experienced past winners proved that practice counts as they won hard-charging features in Strictly Stock racing Saturday evening at the Path Valley Speedway Park. David Kitzmiller of Pleasant Hall overtook and beat Dave...
Spring Run, PA_ Three experienced past winners proved that practice counts as they won hard-charging features in Strictly Stock racing Saturday evening at the Path Valley Speedway Park.
David Kitzmiller of Pleasant Hall overtook and beat Dave Dunkle in V-8 action while Josh Walstrum of Fannettsburg won in the six-cylinders and Denny Schofield of St. Thomas won in the four-cylinders. They Cyclones feature was a runaway for Carlos Morgan, who is also racing in six-cylinders.
The Strictly Stocks and Cyclones return Sept. 18 with gates open at 5 p.m. and that race also includes a Candy Scramble for all the kids. The Driver Appreciation Pig Roast, with complimentary meals for all the weekend's drivers, was so well supported that the roast beef ran out. Next Saturday only the karts and quads race in the afternoon in preparation for the next day's PDKS state championship series kart races.
"The drivers are calming down, and with practice, getting better," assessed flagman Steve Murphy, "and we don's see as many crashes but better racing." He warned the driver's meeting crowd that it is not sporting to "try to drive through a car that is spun sideways in front of you" and anyone who does will go to the rear.
Murphy and Two Wheel Promotions partner Jack Flowers also advised the racers that rules are available at the track and on the pathvalley.com website for the Path Valley Hobby Stock class that opens with their first race every on Sept. 10. Hobby Stocks are low cost full roll cage stock cars built on stock V-8 chassis, and some of the Path Valley Strictly Stock cars will convert to Hobby Stocks as a replacement to the V-8 Street Stocks.
After the Cyclones show, the four-cylinders took off with Barron Taylor in the lead for the first six laps, but on lap seven Denny Schofield passed Taylor out of turn two and passed him again on front stretch out of turn four to secure the lead. In the winner's circle, Schofield said it was his second win this year and he thanked his crew and brother Wes, and Todd Umbrell for supplying parts. The front five were Schofield, Bruce Ginther Jr., Barron Taylor, Dave Strait and Jeff Koser.
From the pole Dave Dunkle took command of the V-8 feature and started lapping the rear of the pack of 16 on lap eight. That was the lap when Dave Kitzmiller took over second place and Kitzmiller and Dunkle raced bumper to bumper until lap 14 when Kitzmiller went to the outside and passed going into turn one. On the next lap Dunkle spun trying to pass Kitzmiller back and Dave Reaugh inherited second with Rob Keller third, Jerry Fleming fourth and Dustin Pietrak fifth. Kitzmiller said that while it was his first win this season, it was his fourth overall.
Josh Walstrum moved from ninth to second in the first five laps and then took the lead with an inside pass on lap nine of the Six-Cylinder Strictly Stock feature. He was among lapped cars by lap 11 and broke into the clear on lap 18 but only Randy Wenger and Ricky Rosenberry made it through the lapped car rolling roadblock. Walstrum, Wenger, Rosenberry, Bob Elbin and Joe Walker were the front five finishers.
Strictly Stocks, sometimes called guardrail cars or junkyard cars, race every other Saturday at Path Valley, and rules are available at the track or on the website at pathvalley.com.
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.
6-Cylinder -- Josh Walstrum (started 9), Randy Wenger, Ricky Rosenberry, Bob Elbin, Joe Walker, Tim Burdge, Todd Price, Dale Martin, Jeff Dicken, DQ Terry Golden, DNS Carlos Morgan.
Cyclones -- Carlos Morgan(2), Jimmy Staton.
V-8 -- David Kitzmiller (started 2), David Reaugh, Rob Keller, Jerry Fleming, Dustin Pietrak, Joe Daywalt, Tom Brady, Dave Dunkle, Joey Burdge, Jacob Cottle, Tony Verno, Shane Ege, Randy Hockenberry, Dan Gelwicks, Danny Burdge, Darryl Pitman.
4-Cylinder -- Denny Schofield (started 6), Bruce Ginther Jr., Barron Taylor, Dave Strait, Jeff Koser, Dakota Hutchinson, Mark Campbell, Shawn Mills, Scott Gordon, Nathan Schrack, DNS Tim Varner.