Path Valley tunes up 2003 rules

Spring Run, PA_ Based on feedback from race teams through the past season, Two Wheel Promotions has held rules changes to a minimum at the Path Valley Speedway Park for all but the 600cc Sprints and the Strictly Stock class formerly known as junk...

Spring Run, PA_ Based on feedback from race teams through the past season, Two Wheel Promotions has held rules changes to a minimum at the Path Valley Speedway Park for all but the 600cc Sprints and the Strictly Stock class formerly known as junk cars.

"The Dwarf Cars, PA 305 Sprints and the Legends Cars enforce their own tech rules, and we made no significant changes in the 270cc Sprints, V-8 Street Stocks or the Mini-Stocks," said senior race director John Winsett as he handed out copies at the York Dirt-Trackin racecar show. Winsett and Jack Flowers, his partner in Two Wheel Promotions, explained that their goal was to keep costs down and changes to the rules cost money.

Path Valley has adopted the uniform 600cc Sprints engine rules put together last fall by a coalition of tracks so that 600 micro teams can race at other tracks like Trailways without any engine changes. Chassis and safety rules are the same as last year.

In the Strictly Stock classes that were previously called Junk Cars, the most significant rules change is that any experienced driver in a regular sanctioned class with five or more starts must start at the rear. Street legal tires will be allowed that are up to two sizes larger or smaller than the original stock tires, but racing tires and racing wheels are prohibited. Roof number plates 12" high and 18" wide will be required to make scoring easier. A window screen is strongly recommended.

"This is a beginners class to let amateurs and racing hopefuls get started and have fun at a minimum cost," Promoter Ken Geesey explained. "The key here is to have fun and to keep the cost at a minimum. We even have past champions racing for the fun of it, but to be fair we have to handicap the experienced racers."

The Four-cylinder Thunder Car rules have been moderately modified to allow a two-inch exhaust pipe and to provide some flexibility in wheels and tires. The Thunder Cars must maintain stock body lines and no holes will be allowed in the hoods. Engines in these cars will again be sealed and teams should contact John Winsett at 717-426-4756 or Ken Geesey at 717-349-7111 to arrange for sealing.

A major change from past years is that in 2003 Path Valley will pay purses the following week or the next time a class races instead of paying everyone the night of the race.

Business Manager Vicki Flowers explained that finish orders will be posted within 15 minutes of the end of a feature and pending the results of any protests, tech inspection or teardowns, the final results will be posted on the track's website by Monday.

"This is a more professional way to handle the results and everyone will still get their money," she said, "but there will be no disruptions in the tower over scoring or finishes while everyone is busy scoring the next race," she explained. "The only major complaints last season were about the posted finishes, and sometimes we even paid two cars for the same position because we didn't have time to review the situation properly."

In addition to more accurate results with any protests or complaints investigated immediately following the night's racing, the race teams will also benefit because most of them can go home when their race is finished rather than waiting until technical inspections are completed.

Geesey added, "This allows our staff the time to do it right and the time for any needed, legitimate corrections without the pressure of emotional racers in a hurry to get home."

All of the general and technical rules are posted on the track's website at www.pathvalley.com and are official except for the Legends Cars, the PA 305 Sprints and the Dwarf Cars (which will race under TUSA rules in 2003) that enforce their own rules. Copies of the rules will also be available at the Path Valley display at upcoming racing shows at the Chambersburg Mall Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, at the Lebanon Plaza Mall Feb. 17 to 23, and at Motorama in the Harrisburg Farm Show complex Feb. 21 to 23.

Path Valley kart rules for regular Saturday afternoon races follow PDKA and WKA rules, and motorcycle and four-wheeler rules follow the sanctioning AMA rules.

The Path Valley racing season opens March 15 with a "Bug Day" for all classes of racecars and sprints. Path Valley races PA 305 Sprints, 600 Sprints, 270 Sprints, Legends Cars, V-8 Street Stocks, Mini-Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and Four Cylinder Thunder Cars on Friday nights. The first regular Friday night race is March 21. March 22 is Bug Day for Karts and Quads, which race every Saturday afternoon. The Strictly Stock, formerly junkyard cars, that race every other week open their season Saturday night, March 22, and the AMA motorcycle flat track Saturday season opens March 29.

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 for promoter Ken Geesey is 717-349-7111. For information on the 2003 schedule and rules, race teams and fans can consult the website at www.pathvalley.com or they can email Two Wheel Promotions at twp@pathvalley.com.

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