Tomson Triumphs at Path Valley Legends Day

Spring Run, PA_ Tim Tomson of Kutztown passed 2001 Legends National Champion Harry Garber of Barto on the second lap and then held the lead through three restarts to win the Legends Day 30-lap special Saturday at the Path Valley Speedway ...

Spring Run, PA_ Tim Tomson of Kutztown passed 2001 Legends National Champion Harry Garber of Barto on the second lap and then held the lead through three restarts to win the Legends Day 30-lap special Saturday at the Path Valley Speedway Park.

Tomson also set the day’s fast time in the electronic time trials with a best lap of 13.473 seconds and 102.872 miles per hour. Heat winners were Tomson, Garber and Butch Brough and the front ten finishers were Tomson, Garber, Brough, Donnie Potts, Ray Swank, Rick Potts, Bob Murray, Nathan Fisher, Darryl Bloom, and George Craker.

The special Legends feature for non-winners went to Nate Fisher of McClure for his first win ever as the Legends Cars of Central PA concluded their 2001 season. Thirteen Legends qualified for the special 15-lap feature for cars that had not won a feature this season, and the front three were Fisher, Rick Potts and Clint Penkauskas.

According to supplier Don Stevens of Carlisle, a dozen drivers enjoyed their test rides in the morning portion of the full-day events, and he expects several new competitors in 2002 from the test ride session.

At an unrelated noon meeting Promoter Ken Geesey and owners Jack Flowers and John Winsett of Two Wheel Promotions met with sixteen 305 PA Sprints teams to discuss plans for a strong 2002 season. Tom Worrick of Bellefonte and Joe Davis of Lewistown were chosen as spokespersons for an ad hoc 305 Sprints committee, and Path Valley made a firm commitment to race the full-size economy sprints every other Friday night in 2002.

The drivers were presented with an improved minimum purse schedule to be published on the track’s website, www.pathvalley.com, and guaranteed that they will run in the middle of the racing program rather than running last every week.

“ We had a very friendly and productive meeting and a start has been made with their own committee to police enforcement of technical rules. The key to this great class of sprint cars is the spec engine developed by French Grimes, and we are all going to work together to make it grow and thrive,” said Ken Geesey.

The final national Legends Cars points are expected to be official in the coming week, and area Legends racers expect that 600 Racing in Charlotte will name Garber the national champion in the INEX Masters Dirt division, Allen Felix of Shippensburg the champion in the Pro Dirt division, and George Craker of Lewisberry either first or second nationally in the Semi-Pro Dirt division.

INEX is the International Sanctioning body of the Legends, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster Cars. It's is the 3rd largest sanctioning body behind NASCAR and I.M.C.A. INEX annually sanctions over 1,700 races at over 200 different tracks. President and General Manager of Lowe’s Motor Speedway H.A.“ Humpy” Wheeler and Elliott Forbes-Robinson, famed road racing champion, designed these 5/8-scale fiberglass full-fendered versions of the famed NASCAR modifieds driven by legendary drivers such as Fireball Roberts, Gerald Chamberlain, Buck Baker, Johnny Grumm, Speedy Thompson and Banjo Matthews.

Garber is also the 2001 Path Valley champion with 855 points, well ahead of 710 points for Butch Brough of Newville. Brough is fourth in national INEX points, at latest report, with 2423. Eleven of the top 20 nationally ranked Masters dirt track Legends drivers race regularly at Path Valley.

The top ten in Path Valley 2001 Legends points are Garber, Brough, Donnie Potts, 606; Ray Swank, 563; Allen Felix, 544; Tim Tomson, 544; Randy Fetterolf, 536; Kip Erb, 519; Greg Burd, 474; George Craker, 471 and Lawrence Garrison, 424. They will all be honored at the annual Path Valley Speedway Park Awards Banquet.

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.

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 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.

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– Legends Day 30-Lapper: _ Tim Tomson, Harry Garber, Butch Brough, Donnie Potts, Ray Swank, Rick Potts, Bob Murray, Nathan Fisher, Darryl Bloom, George Craker, Randy Fetterolf, Don Stevens, Bill Harris, Clint Penkauskas, Bob Lash, Jim Black, Don Serbo, Mike Amoroso, Brian Levan, Greg Burd, Wade Fraker, Vern Smith.

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