BONEBRAKE WINS LATE MODELS AT PATH VALLEY
As the 2014 racing season nears the end, some drivers are putting the final touches on winning championships while other are just trying to get a win before the season is over. Path Valley saw both ends of the spectrum in victory lane Friday night.
The Super Stocks were the first feature of the night and the track surface was ready for some fast laps to be turned. Austin Johnson got to the lead on the first lap and pulled away by four car lengths. Bob Dunn was driving the car normally driven by his son, Curt, was running second with Bill Powell on Dunn's back bumper and in third. Johnson kept his lead until he slowed down for a lap right at the halfway point. When Johnson slowed Dunn and Powell rocketed past, dropping Johnson back to third and four car lengths behind Powell. Whatever issue Johnson had quickly went away and he closed back in on the leaders in just two laps, creating a three-car break away for the lead. Powell looked to the inside of Dunn several times, and Johnson also looked to the inside of Powell, but neither were able to complete the pass. Dunn made no mistakes while leading the final ten laps to claim the win, followed by Powell and Johnson. Fourth place went to Shawn Shoemaker and Troy Eckenrode was fifth. Powell was the heat race winner.
Charlie Stallman took the lead from D.J. Keefer at the drop of the green flag in the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature. Stallman was leading by five car lengths on lap sixteen when his chances to win went up in smoke, literally. Stallman's ride started smoking heavily as he entered turn one. Stallman realized there was an issue and pulled to the infield just fire became visible under his hood. Stallman got out of the car safely and the fire was quickly extinguished. Keefer inherited the lead on the restart and led Tony Hampton across the finish line to score the win. Point leader Kyle Martin was third, followed by Barry Snyder and Rayshawna Hardy. Keefer also won the heat race.
Wes Bonebrake is closing in on his third straight championship in the Late Model division at Path Valley. Friday night he gained maximum points, winning the heat race and winning the feature. Bonebrake started on the pole and led all twenty-five laps to secure the win. Andy Fries made Bonebrake earn the win, staying close the entire length and closing in to within a car length with five laps to go. But that was as close as Fries could get as Bonebrake pulled away over the final laps to secure the victory. Brian Lessley won out a spirited battle for third and was followed closely by Tim Snare and Stephen Nederostek.
Sixteen Mini Stock drivers were signed in and fifteen took the green flag for the feature. Barry Welch led the first two laps, but lost the lead on lap three to Jeremy Ott and then second place to Chris Anderson. Ott and Anderson waged a classic high groove versus low groove battle with Ott running high and barely in front each time they crossed the line. As the leaders completed lap fourteen Ott was slowed by a car they were coming around to put a lap on and Anderson shot by on the inside to lead the lap. The caution flag waved before the next lap was completed, giving Anderson the top spot for the restart. Ott's race came to an end two laps later when he came to a stop on the front stretch. Anderson easily led the last six laps to earn the win. Shaine Sixeas used a fast car and many yellow flags to come back from an early flat tire to make his way back up to second at the finish. Gary Newell posted another top-five finish coming home third. Brian Neff ran in the top five most of the event and finished fourth while Mark Grove avoided several wrecks to finish fifth. Anderson and Ott were the heat race winners.
Gary Guise used to be a regular visitor to victory lane in the Strictly Stock ranks, but a change in scheduling has limited Guise to only a few races over the past two seasons. Guise made the most out of his second start this year, inheriting the lead when leader Garrett Watkins ran into the side of Steven Jacobs in turn one of lap sixteen. Guise held off Heath Leonard the last five laps to score his first win in three years. Glen Wilson finished third, ahead of Jacobs and Watkins.
BARD TAKES TWO AT PATH VALLEY
Every time the Sidewinder Sprints race they invite the 600cc Micro Sprint teams to race with them, which allows those teams the chance for multiple races in the same night. Recently at Path Valley Speedway, the 600cc Micro Sprint teams have been showing the way.
Dillon Wilson started first and led all twenty laps to win the Mini Stock feature. Wilson led Korey Washinger by four car lengths at the finish and it was the fourth win of the season for Wilson. Third, fourth, and fifth was a close race that Justin Bucher eventually won out, finishing ahead of Leroy Long and Denny Cramer. Cramer won the heat race.
Brian Hart took the lead from his second place starting position at the drop of the green flag in the 270cc Micro Sprint feature. Hart continued to set the pace until Brian Heist powered past Hart exiting turn four on a restart on lap five. Josh Stoyer went from fourth to second on the same restart and was inching closer to Heist when he suffered engine problems and coasted to a stop on lap eleven. Jason Houtz inherited second place at that point, but could not match Heist's pace the last ten laps. Heist crossed the finish line with a full straightaway advantage over Houtz. Adam Warner posted a solid third place finish, finishing ahead of Hart and Stone Keller. Heat race wins went to Houtz and Warner.
Jim Young started second in the first of two fifteen lap Sidewinder Sprint features. Young took the lead on lap one and was never challenged after that, leading Aaron Spahr across the line by a few car lengths. Garrett Bard was third, followed by Brandon Yarlett and Rohan Beasley.
In the second Sidewinder Sprint feature it was Garrett Bard starting second and leading all fifteen laps to claim victory. Aaron Spahr again finished second, with Jim Young third, Mike Zielonis fourth, and Brandon Yarlett fifth.
Thirteen-year old Justin Whittall makes the trek from Vincentown, NJ with his father to race in the ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprint races. Whittall made the drive home seem a bit shorter this week by leading all twenty-laps, scoring his second win of the year and first ever at Path Valley Speedway. Whittall was in control the whole time, leading by a full straightaway when the checkered flag waved. Drew Ritchey finished second, Gunnar Layton third, Tim Glacken fourth, and Sean Garman fifth. Ritchey was the heat race winner.
In the Street Stock feature Cris Edwards was the pole-sitter and took the lead on lap one. Edwards was cruising along, leading by six car lengths, when his right front suspension broke entering turn three on lap eight. Ronnie Garlock assumed the lead on the restart and led the last thirteen laps to win his first feature in the Street Stock division. Although Garlock has many wins in other divisions, it was always his dream to race Street Stocks, and getting this win was an emotional time for him. Ken Singer closed in on Garlock the last few laps, but ran out of time, losing by two car lengths. Third place went to Tom Wakefield and Ridge Bookwalter was fourth.
Garrett Bard earned his second feature win of the night by leading from start-to-finish in the 600cc Micro Sprint event. A yellow flag set up a one lap dash to the finish. While Bard was out in front, Jim Young passed two on the final lap to go from fourth to second. Aaron Spahr finished third, meaning the combination of Bard, Young, and Spahr were the top three finishers in all three features they ran. Dwayne Gutshall was fourth and Travis Scott fifth. Heat races were won by Gutshall and Anthony Macri.
PERIGO WINS 4TH STRAIGHT
Carmen Perigo and the Walt Bigler Racing team have been close to perfect in the Wingless Super Sportsman series at Path Valley Speedway. Perigo finished second in the first of the six-race series, but has not been beat in the next four events. The other teams will have one more chance this year to beat Perigo, coming in September, and to claim the extra bounty money that has been offered.
Charlie Stallman returned to victory lane by leading all twenty laps of the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature. Stallman was never seriously challenged as D.J. Keefer ran second the whole way, but was a few car lengths behind most of the way. Barry Snyder showed improvement and was right behind Keefer in third. Justin Rasp finished fourth and Kyle Martin fifth. Martin had won the heat race.
The Mini Stock feature was a two-car battle for the lead. Chris Anderson was in front with Shaine Sixeas right behind and the two leaders pulled away from the rest of the field. Jeremy Ott worked his way up to third, but could not gain ground on the leaders. The final caution came out with three laps to go when a freeze plug in Troy Cramer's engine came out, dropping his coolant onto the track in turn three. Kurt Knepper hit the fluid and slid into the outside wall, ending his night. On the restart Anderson's car lost traction after driving over some of the residual fluid, slowing Anderson and opening the door for Sixeas. Sixeas led the final three laps to secure the win. Anderson was able to hold off a late charge by Gary Newell to hold on to second. Ott dropped to fourth and Korey Washinger was fifth. Heat race wins went to Sixeas and Washinger.
After Carmen Perigo won his third Wingless Super Sportsman race in-a-row, a $400 "bounty" was added to the purse for anyone else that could win , provided Perigo was still on the track at the finish. Sixteen other drivers signed in, hoping to take home the extra money, but none of them were able to do so. Perigo did have some luck on his side. During the re-draw for the feature starting positions Perigo pulled the number one, giving him the pole-position. Perigo took the lead at the drop of the green and was followed closely by Joey Biasi. As they approached the halfway point in the twenty-five lap event Biasi began to fade back. Over the last ten laps Steve Wilbur started moving forward, eventually driving past Biasi and into second. By then Perigo was over a full straightaway ahead, leaving no chance for Wilbur to get close. Perigo cruised to the win, followed by Wilbur, Biasi, Todd Leonard, and Chris Meleason. Meleason's effort earned him the Hard Charger award. Heat wins went to Stan Wanner, Perigo, and Adam Wray.
Two other notes from the Sportsman ranks. First, Dave Conrad went for a nasty ride during his heat race, flipping several times, clearing the guardrail in turn three and knocking over the catch fence. Conrad climbed from the car under his own power, but was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. Second, Stan Wanner announced during intermission that his injuries are going to force him out of the driver's seat, and that his Sportsman cars are for sale.
On the first lap of the Super Stock feature Brad McGinnis, Alex Boozel, and Bill Powell were three wide thru turns three and four. When leader Curt Dunn slipped exiting turn four, Boozel rocketed out of the middle of the three wide battle to grab the lead. Boozel extended his lead while Powell and McGinnis worked their way around Dunn and into second and third. Boozel had to work past some slower cars in the closing laps, but was able to maintain his lead and capture the checkered flag. Powell finished second with McGinnis on his back bumper in third. Fourth went to Austin Johnson and Shawn Shoemaker finished fifth. McGinnis and Dunn won the heat races.
MYERS WINS FIRST IN 270 MICRO AT PATH VALLEY
Cory Myers has had a good summer of racing in 2014, consistently running near the front and finishing in the top five. Saturday night it all came together for him and he continued the Myers family tradition of winning at Path Valley Speedway.
Ken Singer led the Street Stock field to the green flag and led the first lap. Ryan Sager took over the point on lap two and led the last nineteen laps for the win. Cris Edwards moved past Singer and into second on lap three, but never got any closer than about three car lengths, finishing second. Singer finished third and Ronnie Garlock fourth. The heat race win went to Edwards.
Tony Hampton held off Charlie Stallman to win the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature. Randy Stull was third and Stallman won the heat race.
The ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprint feature saw the father and son team of Justin and Tom Whittall starting on the front row. Justin started first and took the lead at the drop of the green with Tom not far behind. Gunnar Layton started fifth, gained two spots on a lap three restart to move up to third, and then passed Tom Whittall for second on another restart on lap seven. Layton closed the gap on the leader over the next few laps and then showed patience, backing out of three attempted passes. Finally his persistence paid off when he went high in turn one and then turned back down and drove past on the inside exiting turn two on lap fifteen. Layton then pulled away to win by a full straightway to claim his third straight win at Path Valley. Justin Whittall finished second, ahead of Tom Whittall, Logan Jones, and Drew Ritchey. Justin and Tom Whittall also won the heat races.
Bill Kennedy started second in the Mini Stock feature and beat pole-sitter Dillon Wilson out of turn two to take the early lead. Kennedy led all twenty laps to claim the checkered flag. The race was mostly follow the leader, that is until the final lap. Wilson was still running second when his right rear tire went flat as the field took the white flag. Wilson tried to hold his position on the final lap, but when he got sideways in the final corner the scramble was on to get around him. David Bookwalter made the best of the situation, going into the turn in fourth and coming out in second. Barry Welch followed Bookwalter across the line to finish third with Korey Washinger right behind in fourth and Chris Anderson getting fifth. The heat races were won by Wilson and Kennedy.
In the 270cc Micro Sprint feature, second generation and rookie Zach Glass started on the pole and led the first lap. Glass's lead was short lived, giving up the top spot on lap two to Billy Logeman. Logeman led until succumbing to mechanical woes under a red flag condition on lap six. Cory Myers was strong on the start, getting from starting seventh to second by lap three. When Logeman was unable to restart after the red flag, Myers inherited the top spot. Josh Stoyer took a little longer to get to the front, starting beside Myers in eighth and taking over second from Bradley Brown on lap nine. Myers had just enough speed to stay in front of Stoyer, including a restart with one lap to go. It was the first career win for Myers. Brian Heist passed Bradley Brown on the last lap restart to get third and Brandon Heist was fifth. Stoyer and Myers were the heat race winners.
Jim Young led all twenty laps of the 600cc Micro Sprint feature to score the win. Young had to defend one passing attempt by Garrett Bard on lap nineteen after the final caution bunched up the field with two laps remaining. Bard attempted to get inside Young in turn three, but Bard could not complete the pass and settled for second. Nick Macri survived a rough night to finish third, followed by John Flick and Justin Whittall. The heat race was won by Bard.
WELCH WINS WILD ONE AT PATH VALLEY
Sometimes when you watch a race nothing out of the ordinary happens and the race plays out pretty much how you expect it to. Then there are the races like the Mini Stock feature on Friday night. Those races have more changes than you ever expect and the winner only leads the final lap.
Eight Mini Stock drivers took the green flag for the feature event with Mark Grove leading the way. Grove set the early pace with Jeremy Ott close behind. Just as they came to the halfway point Ott took the lead as Grove slowed and pulled to the pit area. Ott's lead only lasted three laps, and when the caution came out on lap thirteen Ott had to pit for a flat tire and three other racers also went to the pits. Ott was the only racer to return to the track. Bill Kennedy took over the top spot and was still leading on lap eighteen when he slowed with engine trouble. Ott had made it back to second by this time and charged past Kennedy to regain the lead. Just as Ott was about to take the white flag, his car let out three loud bangs and then his engine stopped running. As Ott rolled slowly down the backstretch Barry Welch went past to lead the final lap. Kennedy finished second, followed by Korey Washinger. Ott was credited for fourth and Chris Anderson fifth. Grove won the heat race.
Bill Powell put on a dominating performance in the Super Stocks, winning the heat race and then leading all twenty-laps to win the feature. Powell did not just lead all twenty laps, but he was leading by three quarters of a lap when the non-stop feature came to an end, and was trying to put a lap on the fourth place car. Shawn Shoemaker finished second, just ahead of Troy Eckenrode and Brad McGinnis. Curt Dunn completed the top five..
The Late Models were next and Andy Fries continued his great run in 2014. Fries won the heat race and then led all twenty-five laps to win the feature. Brad Kling finished second, but could never contend for the lead. Third, fourth, and fifth went to Wes Bonebrake, Steve Lowery, and Josh Berrier.
Charlie Stallman led the first two laps of the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature until a flat tire forced him to the pit area. D.J. Keefer took over from there and led the last eighteen laps to claim victory. Stallman had made his way back to third and was trying to pass John Rasp for second on the final lap. Stallman got into the back bumper of Rasp and both drivers went up towards the outside wall. Tony Hampton took advantage and went from fourth to second in the final turn. Stallman crossed the line third, but was docked one position for the contact, giving third to Rasp. Kyle Martin finished fifth. The heat race was won by Rasp.
The night started with a crazy feature and also ended with one. Garrett Watkins was leading on lap two when Terry O'Donnell hit the outside wall hard exiting turn four and was hit in the side by Rayshawna Hardy. Hardy was able to continue with only minor damage, but O'Donnell's was badly damaged. While they were cleaning up that incident, three other drivers went to the pit area with mechanical problems, leaving only Watkins and Hardy. On lap five Watkins lost the right rear wheel, leaving only Hardy on the track. Just as they were about to end the race, Robert Gutshall returned, four laps down. They continued the race and Hardy led the last fifteen laps to score her first ever feature win. Gutshall was scored second, followed by Watkins, Bronson Krause, and Sam Barge. Gutshall won the heat race.
FRIES/PERIGO WIN AGAIN AT PATH VALLEY
Andy Fries and Carmen Perigo have become the drivers to beat in the Late Model and Wingless Super Sportsman divisions at Path Valley Speedway in 2014. Friday night they both continued their winning ways.
The first feature on the card was the Super Stocks. Bill Powell led the field to the green flag with Alex Boozel second and Brad McGinnis third. Powell took the lead at the start with Boozel and McGinnis in close pursuit. On lap three Boozel made a move to the inside of Powell going down the backstretch. Boozel could not hold the bottom line entering turn three, sliding high in front of Powell. McGinnis seized the opportunity, driving low thru turns three and four and going from third to first. That proved to be the winning move as McGinnis led the last eighteen laps, winning his first race back after missing several weeks with a blown engine. Boozel finished second, Powell third, Austin Johnson fourth, and Shawn Shoemaker fifth. Boozel won the heat race.
D.J. Keefer led the first fourteen laps of the seven-car 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature. On lap fifteen Keefer lost the lead to Tony Hampton, and then was forced to the pits with engine trouble. Hampton led the way the final six laps to score the win. Justin Rasp and Kyle Martin were right behind Hampton, finishing second and third. Austin Gelwick, racing for the first time ever, stayed out of trouble and finished fourth. Charlie Stallman rounded out the top five. Rasp was the heat race winner.
The six-race series for the Wingless Super Sportsman has turned into the personal playground for Carmen Perigo and the Walt Bigler owned racing team. In Perigo's previous two wins he was forced to come up through the field to take the lead in the final laps. Friday night Perigo changed the storyline, starting first and leading all twenty-five laps, giving him three wins and a second place finish in the four races so far. Rick Barr posted a solid second place finish, finishing ahead of Doug Dodson, Bob Gutshall, and Duaine Smith. Gutshall started last in the twelve-car field and his fourth place finished earned him the Hard Charger award. Heat race checkers went to Joey Biasi and Rick Barr.
Andy Fries has always been a threat to win every time he shows up to race in the Late Model division at Path Valley Speedway. This season Fries has stepped up his game and has become the man to beat. This week followed the same script as most of his previous wins. Most of the other drivers are jockeying for position in the low groove when Fries finds the traction he needs in the top groove and drives around the competition using the long way around. Todd Snook was leading from the start until Fries caught him and drove around him in turns one and two on lap ten. Fries then pulled away to a comfortable lead to earn his sixth win at Path Valley this year, and third in a row. Snook finished second, followed closely by Steve Bailor and Wes Bonebrake in third and fourth. Brad Kling completed the top five. Bonebrake and Fries were the heat race winners.
The Mini Stock feature was the last to run. Jeremy Ott started first and took the early lead, followed closely by Kevin Thomas. Ott pulled out to about a two car length advantage and then maintained that advantage until the only caution of the event came out with three laps to go. For the restart it was Ott leading Thomas and Chris Anderson in third. When the green came back out the top three played "bumper tag" in the first two corners, but then Ott was able to put a car length between himself and Thomas and that is how they stayed until the finish. Ott and Thomas were first and second, followed by Anderson, Barry Welch, and Mark Grove. Heat race wins went to Anderson and Thomas.
YOUNG WINS 3 AT PATH VALLEY
On rare occasions drivers have been able to win two features in one night. For possibly the first time at Path Valley Speedway, one driver sat in victory lane three times.
The Mini Stock feature was first and Barry Welch led from start-to-finish to score the win. Welch opened up a large lead early on, but Korey Washinger was closing the gap until he spun out exiting turn four. Bill Kennedy took over second from there, but could not put any pressure on Welch the rest of the way. Washinger came back to finish third, followed by David Bookwalter and Travis Semple. Welch also won the heat race.
Eight cautions turned the 270cc Micro Sprint feature into more of an endurance event. Jason Houtz started fourth but was into the lead before the end of lap one. While Houtz was out in front there was plenty of mayhem going on behind him, including one restart wreck which involved the drivers running third, fourth, and fifth at the time. The final caution was costly for Houtz as his engine came apart with two laps remaining. Brent Bull inherited the lead and kept it the final two laps for his first win at Path Valley this year. Mike Boyer followed Bull for second and Cory Myers came back from an earlier incident to get third. Fourth and fifth went to Mike Boer and Jim Myers. Steven Cox and Bull were the heat race winners.
The PA Sprint Series 305 Sprints returned to Path Valley Saturday night. Eric Parker started second and beat pole-sitter Nathan Gramley to the early lead. That turned out to be the winning move as Parker led all twenty laps for his fourth win in the series this year. Mike Wagner came across the line second, but was docked one position for passing on the apron, giving second to Zack Newlin. Wayne Dadetto was fourth and Gramley fifth. Heat race wins went to Gramley and Parker.
Darren Kauffman led the first lap of the 600cc Micro Sprint feature and Anthony Macri took the top spot on lap two. Macri led for four laps until Jim Young drove around Macri and into the lead on lap six. Young was never challenged after that and won by nearly a full straightaway for his second feature win of the night. Macri was able to hold on to second. Timmie Barrick started last in the ten car field and made his way to third at the finish. Frankie Peters was fourth and Greg Stevens fifth. Barrick and Dwayne Gutshall won their heat races.
The Street Stock feature was highlighted by a back-and-forth battle for the lead between Brad McGinnis and Greg Moore. McGinnis started second and beat pole-sitter Ken Singer at the start for the lead. Moore moved from fourth to second on lap three and began to chase down the leader. Near the halfway point Moore caught McGinnis and started to look for a way by. Several times they were side-by-side with Moore leading lap fourteen by inches. McGinnis regained the lead and was still in front when the only caution came out on lap seventeen. After the restart McGinnis tried to protect the bottom groove which allowed Moore to go high into turn one and then shoot back down to the bottom exiting turn two. The move got Moore the lead going into turn three and he led the final three laps for his second win in two weeks. Singer held off Ryan Sager to finish third and Ronnie Garlock completed the top five. Moore also won the heat race.
The Legend feature was possibly the most exciting event of the evening. The race went non-stop with close racing throughout the field. Travis McClelland started second and got the jump on Chris Spidle for the early lead. Lucas Montgomery advanced quickly from his sixth place starting position to challenge for the lead on lap three. As McClelland and Montgomery exited turn four they made slight contact and they slowed just enough for Spidle to sweep to the outside and make a three wide pass for the lead entering turn one. Spidle stayed in the high groove the rest of the way and was able to fight off the advances of Montgomery to claim victory. A few car lengths back the battle for third was a three way fight that went to McClelland at the end. Bob Stough was fourth and Chris Transeau fifth. Heat race checkers went to Spidle and McClelland.
Charlie Stallman out ran Tony Hampton and Jeremy Moore, leading all twenty laps to win the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature. Hampton won the heat race.
In the first of two Sidewinder Sprint features Brandon Yarlett led from the drop of the green until Jim Young found his way around Yarlett on lap nine. Young pulled away after that to win his first feature of the evening. Yarlett finished second, followed by Mike Zielonis, Tabb Turk, and Rohan Beasley.
The second Sidewinder Sprint feature was the finale of the evening. Jim Young wasted no time, moving from third to first on the opening lap. Young then pulled out a substantial lead and cruised to his third feature win of the night. Mike Zielonis finished in second, Rohan Beasley third, Tabb Turk fourth, and Brandon Yarlett fifth.
FRIES WINS BONEBRAKE MEMORIAL AT PATH VALLEY
Twenty drivers made the trip to enter the Richard Bonebrake Memorial for Late Models, this year held at Path Valley Speedway. It was also a sanctioned event by the Steel Block Bandit series.
The Super Stock feature was the first event of the night. Bill Powell jumped out to a large lead early on only to have it negated by the yellow flag waving for Shyann Bard's engine failure just past halfway. That put Alex Boozel on Powell's back bumper for the restart, but that is as close as Boozel could get. Boozel would close in on corner entry, but Powell would pull back away as they exited each turn with the end result being Powell taking the win by two car lengths. Third went to Shawn Shoemaker, fourth Curt Dunn, and Troy Eckenrode was fifth. Powell also won the heat race.
Jeremy Ott returned to action after missing a few weeks and was in control of the Mini Stock field all night. Ott won the heat race and then led all twenty laps to win the feature. Barry Welch finished second followed by Justin Bucher, Lyle Barnes, and Brian Neff.
The Richard (Boney) Bonebrake Memorial race for Late Models has been held at Hagerstown Speedway in the past, but was moved to Path Valley Speedway for 2014. Brian Lessley started first in the twenty-car field and set the early pace. While Lessley and most other drivers were working the low groove, Andy Fries moved to the high groove and he found it to his liking. Fries began to work his way forward and eventually drove around Lessley and into the lead on lap nine. Several cautions kept the field close together and a change in the restart procedure led to some confused drivers which then created some chaos on the track. Fries had the answer on every restart, pulling away from the field and leading the final twenty-two laps of the thirty lap event to claim the checkers. Cole Amsden posted a solid second place finish while Dominic Defino charged late to come home third. Sean Merkel won the Hard Charger award with his fourth place finish and Lessley was fifth. Heat races were won by Denny Bonebrake, Fries, Lessley, and Wes Bonebrake.
Kyle Martin led all twenty laps to win the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature. D. J. Keefer, driving Tony Hampton's car, got beside Martin with two laps to go, but could not pull off the pass and settled for second. Travis Heckman drove Charlie Stallman's car, finishing third in the feature after winning the heat race.
Heath Leonard scored his first win in 2014 in the Strictly Stock feature beating Rayshawna Hardy, Matt Sowers, and Amanda Robinson. Leonard also won the heat race.
BARD/STOYER/LAYTON SCORE MICRO WINS AT PATH VALLEY
Three divisions of Micro Sprints and three divisions of stock cars made up the card for Saturday night's racing at Path Valley Speedway.
Tony Hampton led from start-to-finish to win the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature. The win gave Hampton a sweep for the weekend as he also won Friday night. Hampton's closest challenge came on the final straight. Hampton got slightly sideways exiting the final corner and Brandon Seibert nudged Hampton in the left rear quarter panel. Both racers had to slow to regain control, but did so quickly enough to finish first and second. Jeremy Moore finished third and Charlie Stallman fourth. Stallman was the heat race winner.
When Korey Washinger won his first Mini Stock feature earlier this year there were only three cars, and none of them were running properly. This time the field was up to eleven and Washinger left no doubt, leading all twenty laps with an eight car length advantage when the checkered flag waved. Travis Semple, driving the #15 normally run by Chris Anderson, held off Josh Group to finish second with Barry Welch fourth and Kurt Knepper fifth. Heat race wins went to Bill Kennedy and Knepper.
Hannah Riser set the early pace in the 600cc Micro Sprint feature, leading the first four laps. Garrett Bard found the high groove to his liking and drove around Riser and into the lead on lap five. Bard was not seriously challenged the rest of the way, winning by two seconds over Cale Reigle. Third went to Jim Young, fourth Cheyenne Topper, and Anthony Macri was fifth. J.D. Harman was third and challenging for second when he suffered engine problems and dropped out with two laps to go. Young and Macri won their heat races.
Josh Stoyer used the outside line to make a three-wide pass for the lead on the first lap of the 270cc Micro Sprint feature. That turned out to be the winning pass as Stoyer led all twenty laps to earn his sixth win in 2014 at Path Valley. Brian Heist looked to the inside of Stoyer on most of the many restarts, but could not get past and settled for second. Levi Peck was not far behind and finished third, followed by Brad Huffman and Chad Ward. Heat race checkers went to Peck and Stoyer.
The start of the ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprint feature had Justin and Tom Whittall both on the front row. Justin pulled in front on the first lap and was still leading when he lost control and spun out exiting turn two with three laps completed. Tom Whittall was still second at the time, and led the next lap after the restart, but that was the only lap he would lead. Gunnar Layton moved to the top spot on lap five and stayed in control till the end to take the win. Tom Whittall remained in second. Logan Jones lost the third spot to Drew Ritchey on lap nineteen, but regained it before the lap was over and finished third. Lance Yeager rebounded from an earlier spin to finish fifth. Ritchey and Kane Eichenlaub scored heat race victories.
The Street Stock feature capped off the action for the night. Rusty Garlock led the first two laps. losing the lead to his father, Ronnie Garlock, on lap three. Greg Moore was driving the car normally raced by Ryan Sager. Moore found speed in the high groove and drove around Ronnie Garlock and into the lead on lap seven. After that the race went non-stop and Moore cruised to victory, leading by nearly half of a lap at the end. Ronnie Garlock came home second, just in front of a late charging Randy Wible. Brad McGinnis finished fourth and Ken Singer came back from an early spin to finish fifth. The heat race win went to Wible.
FRIES WINS AT PATH VALLEY
The second half of the racing season unofficially got under way with beautiful weather for the action on our nation's birthday, the Fourth of July.
The 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature was the first of the night and it didn't take long for the "fireworks" to happen. Charlie Stallman was sent to the rear twice for rough driving, the second time with only five laps remaining. Tony Hampton inherited the lead after the second incident and led the final five laps for the win. Hampton was followed by Kyle Martin, John Rasp, and Stallman. Stallman was then disqualified when they found his right front brake was disconnected.
Shaine Sixeas took the lead of the Mini Stock feature from Justin Williamson on lap three. Sixeas was leading by nearly a straightaway on lap eighteen when he caught up to Williamson at the back of field. Williamson stayed low and when Sixeas tried to go around him he turned right and drove Sixeas into the outside wall as they exited turn two. Williamson was immediately black flagged and is now banned from Path Valley Speedway. Sixeas was not injured, but his car was badly damaged. Williamson's brother, Chris Anderson inherited the top spot and led the last two laps to score the win. Second thru fifth went to Barry Welch, Mark Grove, Kurt Knepper, and Josh Group. Group and Anderson won their heat races.
The Late Model feature had Wes Bonebrake starting first and he led the first eight laps. While most of the fourteen car field was fighting for position in the low groove, Andy Fries found the traction he needed in the high line and drove around Bonebrake and into the lead on lap nine. Fries biggest hurdle after that came when he was trying to put a lap on Ernie Millon. Millon got loose exiting turn four and made contact with Fries before spinning around. Fries was not challenged after that, leading Bonebrake by five car lengths at the finish. The battle for third was hotly contested with four drivers in the mix. Steve Bailor held off the challenges of Dave Dunkle to earn the spot with Brad Kling and Bob Dunn right behind them. Heat race victories went to Dunn and Fries.
Shawn Shoemaker will never forget the Fourth of July in 2014. That is the night that he scored his first career feature win. Shoemaker led all twenty laps, but the majority of those were only by a car length or less. Bill Powell was working hard to get by Shoemaker using the low line, pulling alongside almost every turn. Shoemaker had enough power and traction to pull back out in front on the straightaway. When the checkered flag waved Shoemaker led Powell by one car length followed by Carl Snare, Austin Johnson, and Troy Eckenrode.
SALONY AWARDED TWO WINS AT PATH VALLEY
It is not very often that a driver is awarded a win after finishing second because the winner did not report to post-race tech inspection. Saturday night one driver was fortunate enough to have it happen twice.
Ryan Sager returned to action in the Street Stocks and had the field covered all night long. Sager won the heat race and then led all twenty laps for the feature win. It was only the second win for Sager in the Street Stock division. Boyd Brode ran second the entire way and had to hold off a late charge by Brad McGinnis. McGinnis was driving the car owned by Phil Boden. Ken Singer finished fourth and Ronnie Garlock fifth.
Charlie Stallman might have been taking notes from Sager as he too won his heat race and led all twenty laps to win the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature. There was plenty of action behind Stallman as three drivers vied for second place. At the end it was Jeremy Moore in second, Tony Hampton third, and Brandon Seibert fourth.
The same story played out in the Mini Stock feature. Chris Anderson won the heat race and led all twenty laps of the feature to score the win. Mark Grove survived the action behind Anderson to finish second, followed by Justin Bucher, Justin Williamson, and Dillon Wilson.
The Sidewinder Sprints run twin fifteen lap features each week. In one of the strangest twists, Reed Salony was awarded the win in both events after finishing second both times. In the first event Ben Houtz led the first two laps before slowing and pulling to the pit area. Bruce Ginther took over from there and led the remaining laps. But it was the first time Ginther had raced with the Sidewinders, and he forgot to report to the tech area, resulting in disqualification. This gave the win to Reed Salony, followed by Josh Chess, Mike Zielonis, Rohan Beasley, and Austin Quick.
In the second feature Tyler Walton started second and drove away from the field to lead all fifteen laps. Walton, also running for the first time with the Sidewinders, reported to the wrong area for post-race inspection, resulting in disqualification. Reed Salony was again the beneficiary, being awarded the win after taking second from Rohan Beasley on lap ten. Officially second thru fifth went to Beasley, Brandon Yarlett, Mike Zielonis, and Matt Kreider.
The 270cc Micro Sprint feature turned into a classic battle of the low line versus the high line. Brian Heist started on the pole and grabbed the lead on the first lap. Josh Stoyer was right behind Heist, but Heist was controlling the low groove so Stoyer moved to the top. It appeared the move might pay off when Stoyer led lap twelve by less than a foot, but Heist battled right back, regaining the lead the next time around. The two leaders were side-by-side or bumper-to-bumper nearly the entire event with Heist winning by just a car length. Mike Boyer finished third followed by Jason Houtz and Mark Mehalick. Heat race wins went to Boyer and Stoyer.
Tyler Walton wanted to redeem himself after the post-race snafu after the Sidewinder event, and he did just that. Walton started first and led every lap of the twenty lap 600cc Micro Sprint feature. Dwayne Gutshall ran a solid second, but was never able to put much pressure on the leader. Gutshall was followed across the line by David Holbrook, Steve Whary, and Garrett Bard. It was a strong rebound for Bard after spinning out on lap nine and going to the back of the fifteen car field. Heat race wins were scored by Holbrook and Gutshall.
SNARE GETS FIRST WIN AT PATH VALLEY
Path Valley Speedway has proven to be a track where "crate" Late Models can compete with "steel block" Late Models. Friday night two "crate" Late Model drivers finished in the top five with one of them in victory lane.
The Super Stock action kicked off the night's activities. Austin Johnson took the lead on lap one closely pursued by Brad McGinnis and Bill Powell. Powell gained control of the second spot and began to look for a way past Johnson. Johnson ran the center groove thru the turns, letting room for Powell to pull to the inside. Powell could draw even in the middle of the turns, and even led lap twelve, but Johnson had enough grip with the higher line to pull back ahead exiting the corners. They went back-and-forth like that nearly every lap with Johnson prevailing at the finish. McGinnis finished third, Shawn Shoemaker fourth, and Curt Dunn fifth. Powell was the heat race winner.
Charlie Stallman led every lap of the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature, but failed technical inspection after the race. That gave Tony Hampton the win, followed by Kyle Martin, Justin Rasp, and Tyler Kirby. The heat win went to Martin.
Tim Snare knew that getting a win running his Late Model with a "crate" engine versus the guys running the higher powered "steel block" or "limited" engines would be tough, and he wasn't sure he could pull it off, but Friday night was his night. Snare started on the front row and beat Todd Snook to the lead on the first lap. That proved to be the winning move as Snare led all twenty-five laps for his first win at Path Valley Speedway. Snook kept it close early on, but the longer it went the further Snare was able to pull away. Snook then had to contend with Josh Berrier for second, but was able to keep the spot till the end. Transtan Stoner, also running a "crate" engine, ran fourth most of the race, losing the spot to Wes Bonebrake with just a few laps to go and finished fifth. Heat race wins went to Bonebrake and Ralph Morgan. Morgan's engine expired just after winning the heat race, ending his night.
The Mini Stock feature started off as a battle between Chris Anderson and Jeremy Ott for the lead, with Anderson leading the way. As they caught the back of the field the two leaders made contact, resulting in a flat right front tire for Ott. Ott returned to the race and stormed back towards the front, but his race was cut short when he got another flat tire just after passing Bill Kennedy for second. Anderson was never threatened after that leading all twenty laps for the win. Lyle Barnes had his strongest run of the year finishing second. Third thru fifth went to Justin Bucher, Dillon Wilson, and Kennedy. Anderson also won the heat race.
In the Strictly Stock feature Justin Williamson led all twenty laps with Rusty Garlock no more than two car lengths behind. On the final lap Williamson slowed slightly for a car he was about to put a lap on and Garlock got a run to the outside as they headed to the checkered flag. Williamson had just enough speed to win the drag race to the line by about three feet. Glen Wilson finished third, followed by Scott Rohr and Heath Leonard. Garlock scored the heat race victory.
PERIGO GETS 2ND WIN AT PATH VALLEY
The Wingless Super Sportsmen ran the third of six races scheduled at Path Valley Speedway in 2014. Each race has seen a few more drivers and the level of exciting action has also increased each time.
Rookie Devin Beidel started second and won the drag race to turn one to capture the early lead of the Wingless Super Sportsman feature. Beidel was running the low groove while Joey Biasi was "flying high and wide", flirting with the outside guardrails in the corners. Biasi quickly caught Beidel and moved to the lead on lap three. Carmen Perigo was also working the high groove, but twice jumped the right rear tire of someone he was trying to pass and the second time he dropped back to the middle of the fifteen-car field. Then Perigo found his rhythm and started to march back toward the front. Every other lap or so Perigo would gain another position, finally chasing down Biasi and making the winning pass on lap twenty-one. In victory lane Perigo stated his engine was starting to have issues the last few laps, but it was still strong enough to hold on for the win. The victory gives Perigo two wins and a second place in the three races. Biasi held on to second, just ahead of Adam Wray, who claimed the Hard Charger award. Steve Wilbur ran in the top five all night, finishing fourth and Rick Barr completed the top five. Heat race checkers went to Wilbur and Perigo.
In the Mini Stock feature Mark Grove led the first four laps until losing his left front wheel on a lap five restart. Barry Welch took over the top spot, leading the next three laps. Justin Williamson led laps eight and nine, even though his hood was nearly falling off of his car. Welch regained the lead on lap ten and remained in control the rest of the way to secure the win. Josh Group worked past Lyle Barnes in the closing laps to finish second. Williamson faded to fourth and Bill Wentz was credited for fifth. Welch also won the heat race.
Curt Dunn led the first lap of the Super Stock feature, but could not hold off Alex Boozel, surrendering the lead on lap two. Shawn Shoemaker ran second until Austin Johnson and Bill Powell went by with about five laps to go. Johnson took a couple of shots at passing Boozel for the lead, but then had to contend with Powell from behind. This gave Boozel just enough breathing room to score the win. Powell was able to edge out Johnson by a nose at the finish line to claim second. Shoemaker finished fourth and Troy Eckenrode fifth. The heat race was won by Powell.
D.J. Keefer won the heat race and led all twenty laps to win the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature. Keefer was followed by Kyle Martin and Justin Rasp. Shane Seville was also on the track with his Strictly Stock.
HEIST/HOUST SCORE FIRST EVER WINTS AT PATH VALLEY
It is always a special moment for a driver when they earn their first win. Two drivers got to experience those emotions on Saturday night at Path Valley Speedway.
Brian Heist found the opening he needed in turn three on the first lap, going from fourth to the lead in one turn of the 270cc Micro Sprint feature. Rookie Zach Glass was having his best run this year, running second, until mechanical issues forced him out on lap seven. Colby Dice took over the runner-up spot at that point, but Dice had nothing for Heist, losing by five car lengths at the end. The win for Heist was his first feature win in his eight year career. Cory Myers finished third, Brent Bull fourth, and Mark Mehalick fifth. Levi Peck won the heat race.
Garrett Bard used the same formula in the 600cc Micro Sprint feature as Heist had done. Bard also started fourth and used the momentum of the top groove on the start to take the lead on lap one. Four cautions slowed the pace, but on each restart Bard was able to pull away, leading by four car lengths when the checkered flag waved. Dwayne Gutshall ran a solid second. The battle for third was hotly contested until lap fifteen. Hannah Riser was in third and as she exited turn two she slowed for just a moment and P.J. Williams hit her in the back bumper. Both cars went high allowing Tanner Hunsicker, Timmie Barrick, and Ben Houtz to get by, and they ended up finishing third, fourth, and fifth. Heat race wins went to Barrick and Hunsicker.
Lance Yeager started second in the ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprint feature and set the early pace. Drew Ritchey chased down Yeager from his fourth place starting position and took the lead on lap six. Ritchey appeared to be in control until he got too high in turn three on lap seventeen, and before he could recover Yeager had regained the lead. A caution with one lap to go gave Ritchey one last shot, but Yeager held him off by just less than a car length to secure the win. Buddy Hines appeared to be one of the quickest the second half coming from his ninth starting position to finish third. Justin Whittall and Tom Whittall finished fourth and fifth. Tom Whittall and Hines split the heat race wins.
Rusty Garlock was driving his dad's Street Stock while his dad is recovering from surgery, so it was fitting that on the night before Father's Day he would take the car to victory lane. Garlock started second, beat pole-sitter Tom Wakefield to turn one, and then held off the pressure from Boyd Brode to lead all twenty laps. Tom Wakefield finished third followed closely by Randy Wible and Brad Karns. Wible was disqualified for a post-race incident, moving Karns up to fourth and Rob Harling fifth. Wible and Ridge Bookwalter were the heat race winners.
The Sidewinder Sprints run twin fifteen lap features instead of heats and one feature. In the first feature Steve Whary started first and led all the way, followed across the line by Brandon Yarlett, Ben Houtz, Mike Zielonis, and Austin Quick. Rich Halter had been running fourth until the final lap when his drive chain broke, which then broke the engine case, leaving engine parts scattered along the backstretch.
In the second segment Hannah Riser was leading the way with Mike Zielonis and Ben Houtz close behind. Riser appeared to slow exiting turn two on lap twelve and Houtz moved to the high side, going from third to first in one move. Steve Whary came from starting last to the runner-up spot on lap twelve, but could not catch Houtz in the remaining laps. The win is the first for Houtz, and it gave both wins for the night to drivers running 600cc engines versus the 1000cc engines the Sidewinders are allowed. Zielonis ended up third while Rohan Beasley passed the struggling Riser on the final lap for fourth.
Last week the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car drivers beat on each other's cars. This week a tacky but rough surface did the beating. Justin Williamson led from drop of the green, but when Jeremy Moore left the race with a flat tire on lap seventeen Williamson was the last driver remaining in the six-car field. Tony Hampton was credited for third, ahead of Charlie Stallman and Randy Stull. The heat race was won by Stallman.
The Mini Stock feature was controlled all night by Chris Anderson. Anderson started second in the heat and led every lap, then started first in the feature and led every lap. Dillon Wilson finished second, followed by Matt Williamson, Jeremy Ott, and Josh Group.
ELLERMAN WINS IN 305 SPRINTS AT PATH VALLEY
Seven divisions of racing and a candy scramble for the kids at intermission led to a long night of entertainment at Path Valley Speedway.
The Mini Stock feature was first on the lineup. Chris Anderson had the six-car field covered all night, winning the heat race, drawing a zero invert giving him the pole position for the feature, and then leading all twenty laps virtually uncontested for the win. Dillon Wilson stayed close the first five laps but could not keep the pace of Anderson, fading back a full straightaway at the end as he finished second. Third thru fifth went to Barry Welch, Adam Nixon, and Robert Cutshall.
John Ruoss started second in the 270cc Micro Sprint feature and showed the way from the start. Two cautions on laps eight and nine wiped out a fairly sizeable lead and put Josh Stoyer up to second. Stoyer passed Ruoss on the restart on lap nine and drove away from there, leading by nearly half of a lap at the end. Ruoss finished second, followed by Billy Logeman, Brian Marriott, and Cory Myers. Levi Peck and Stoyer won the heat races.
The only caution of the 600cc Micro Sprint feature came on the first lap. On the restart Jim Young, starting second, drove around pole-sitter Ben Houtz in the first corner. Twenty laps later Young had lapped nearly half of the eighteen car field and was leading by two turns. Dwayne Gutshall came from starting seventh to finish second, ahead of Kameron Morral, Houtz, and Hannah Riser. Heat race wins went to Young and Houtz.
Travis McClelland is now two-for-two in Central PA Legend action at Path Valley, and he has used the same script for both wins. McClelland gets the pole position for the feature, grabs the early lead, and then fights off the pressure of his pursuers. This week McClelland kept Bob Stough a car length or two behind most of the way. Stough had to deal with Lucas Montgomery the last five laps, and could only close to McClelland's back bumper on the final straight, settling for second, just ahead of Montgomery. Fourth went to Chris Transeau and Jacob Feltch was fifth. Chad Earns passed the most cars, starting eighteenth and finishing ninth. McClelland, Ed Trump, and Transeau all posted heat wins.
The PA Sprint Series 305 Sprint feature saw eleven drivers take the green flag and Alex Schanz set the early pace from his second place starting spot. Scott Ellerman started fourth and was into second on the second lap and began to close in on Schanz. Ellerman followed Schanz closely for several laps until he found an opening down low exiting turn two. The two leaders ran side-by-side down the backstretch and Ellerman took control entering turn three. The twenty lap event ran non-stop and Ellerman stretched his lead to nearly half of a lap by the time the checkered flag waved. Schanz remained in second and was followed across the line by Nathan Gramley, Marcus Defreitas, and Mark Watkins. The heat race winners were Schanz and Gramley.
Randy Wible seemed to be the only Street Stock that found the dry, slick track to his liking. While everyone else struggled to get traction for their high powered race cars, Wible found all he needed. Wible first won the heat race, then came from starting sixth in the eight car field to take the lead from Ridge Bookwalter on lap five. The event went caution free after a mishap on the original start and Wible led by eight car lengths at the finish. Ken Singer rebounded nicely after being caught up in the initial start accident, passing two cars in one corner to go from fifth to third and then passing Brad Karns on the final circuit to finish second. Josh Gustaf was fourth and Rusty Garlock fifth.
The final event of the evening was the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature. Unfortunately the race resembled a scene from Death Race 2000. Even though there were only six entered there were nine cautions, two of which were for the current leader spinning out all by themselves. When all the beating, banging, and spinning out was over Jeremy Moore emerged victorious, taking the lead on lap seventeen after Tony Hampton lost control in turn four while leading and stopped in the infield. Hampton was able to make it back to second, passing Justin Williamson on the final straight with an advantage of about one foot at the line. Randy Stull finished fourth and Brandon Seibert was credited for fifth. The heat race was won by Williamson.
BONEBRAKE TOPS PATH VALLEY LATE MODELS
Wes Bonebrake started first in the twenty-five lap Late model feature and was in control from the first turn to the checkered flag, leading the non-stop event by nearly half of a lap at the finish. Andy Fries finished second, followed by Steve Bailor, Josh Berrier, and Tim Snare. Fries won the heat race.
The 4-Cylinder Thunder Cars and Strictly Stocks ran a combined race with separate scoring. Charlie Stallman dominated the Thunder Cars, winning the heat and leading all twenty laps for the feature win. Kyle Martin finished second and Justin Williamson third. Glen Wilson took the lead from Rusty Garlock in the Strictly Stocks on lap eight and then held off several attempts by Garlock to retake the lead to earn his second win this year. Garlock was the heat race winner.
Bill Kennedy led the Mini Stock feature until suffering engine trouble just past halfway. Korey Washinger was dealing with his own issues, but had enough speed to catch Kennedy and make the winning pass on lap sixteen. The win is Washinger's first this year and came the night before his wedding. Barry Welch finished third. Kennedy scored the heat win.
The most exciting race of the evening was the last event, the Super Stocks. Bill Powell and Brad McGinnis ran bumper-to-bumper nearly all twenty laps with Powell leading the way from start-to-finish. Shawn Shoemaker finished just ahead of Austin Johnson for third while Troy Eckenrode finished fifth. Powell also won the heat race.
KLING AND McGINNIS WIN AT PATH VALLEY
It is no secret that Path Valley Speedway has been struggling with car counts this year, and Friday night was no exception. Even so, the fans in attendance were treated to some very good racing in two of the four divisions.
The Mini Stocks were the first division out and it was Dillon Wilson's night. Wilson started on the pole of the heat, won it, drew a zero inversion putting him on the pole for the feature, which he then led all twenty laps for his second win of the year. Mark Grove put some pressure on Wilson the first five laps, but then suffered engine problems, dropping off the pace. Grove eventually lost second to Barry Welch and finished third. Fourth went to Korey Washinger and Robert Cutshall was fifth.
If you just look at the Late Model feature on paper it may not look like a great race. Brad Kling started first and led all twenty-five laps to score the win. Those that witnessed the race saw an exciting event that ended with the top three drivers running door-to-door the final five laps. While Kling was setting the early pace Tim Snare was running a close second with virtually the rest of the eight car field jockeying for positions right behind him. Wes Bonebrake was the first to get past Snare, taking over second near the halfway point. The battle for third got a little physical. When Andy Fries got alongside Snare they were banging doors for nearly half of a lap before Fries finally gained the position. Bonebrake had caught up to Kling as was looking for an opening. After Fries got by Snare he reeled in the leaders, catching them with five laps to go. Over those final five laps Bonebrake worked the top groove with Fries beside him down low and they were both just off the back bumper of Kling. On the final lap Fries dropped back a car length, giving Bonebrake the chance to take one final shot at the lead. Bonebrake entered turn three high and then turned down to the bottom, but Kling had enough speed to win the drag race to the finish by half of a car length. Snare held off Steve Bailor at the end as they finished fourth and fifth. Fries was the heat race winner.
Chris Anderson outran Kyle Martin after Charlie Stallman suffered mechanical failure on lap two to win the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature. Stallman won the heat race.
The Super Stock feature was the night cap and they put on a show for those that waited. Curt Dunn started first and set the early pace. Alex Boozel, Austin Johnson, Brad McGinnis, and Bill Powell were all in close pursuit. Boozel made a move for the lead that left him up and out of the groove and he dropped back to fifth before he could get back in line. That gave second to Johnson and he was able to work past Dunn for the lead on lap five. Dunn was still holding on to second near the halfway point when he lost the handle and spun around in turn three. That put McGinnis in second, Powell third, and Boozel fourth. After the restart McGinnis made a few attempts at a pass trying to go low, but he figured that was not going to work and moved to the high groove. That decision paid off as he drove around Johnson in turn one on lap fifteen to take the lead and then drove away, leading by almost a full straightaway when the checkered flag fell. Powell took second from Johnson in the final turn with Boozel finishing fourth and Troy Eckenrode fifth. McGinnis also won the heat race.
WHARY TAKES TWO IN PATH VALLEY MICROS
The Sidewinder Sprints are a 1000cc Micro Sprint series that also allows Micro Sprints with unlimited engines up to 750cc compete with them. This allows the 600cc Micro Sprints a chance to run multiple races in one night. Steve Whary took the opportunity on Saturday night and for him, it was well worth it.
In the first of twin fifteen lap Sidewinder features Keith Ford returned to action for the first time in 2014 and showed no signs of the layoff, starting first and leading all fifteen laps to score the win. Steve Whary stayed close and pulled alongside Ford with a few laps remaining, but could not complete the pass and had to settle for second. Third, fourth, and fifth went to Ben Houtz, Mike Zielonis, and Brandon Yarlett.
Justin Williamson controlled the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature, starting first and leading all twenty laps for the win. Charlie Stallman stayed close early on, but fell about five car lengths behind, finishing second. Randy Stull showed good speed late, coming on to finish third, ahead of Brandon Seibert and Justin Rasp. The race was red-flagged twice for rain. Stallman was the heat race victor.
Williamson's brother, Chris Anderson followed suit in the Mini Stock feature. Anderson started on the pole and easily led all twenty laps, lapping all but second and third place, and leading by over a full straightaway. Anderson refused to submit to a post race inspection, earning a disqualification. That gave the win to Barry Welch, with Mark Grove second, Dillon Wilson third, Ronnie Buck fourth, and Korey Washinger fifth. Heat race wins went to Buck and Grove.
The start of the second Sidewinder feature saw Mike Zielonis grab the lead on the first lap from his second place starting position. Steve Whary started fourth and quickly found the outside groove to his liking. Whary drove around Zach Overmiller for second on lap two and then chased down Zielonis, making the winning pass on the outside of turn two on lap five. Whary was uncontested the rest of the way, and his combined finishes gave him the overall win for the night. Zielonis finished second, with Ben Houtz again in third, and Zach Overmiller fourth. Rohan Beasley, Sidewinder president, finished fifth, but did not report to the scales, so he disqualified himself, giving fifth to Keith Ford.
Drew Ritchey appeared to be the man to beat in the ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprints after winning the heat race, then drawing the pole position for the feature and taking the early lead. Unfortunately for Ritchey, his speed would not last. Gunnar Layton started second and was only a few car lengths behind when he began to close in on the leader as they neared the halfway point. Just before they took the crossed flags indicating halfway, Layton used the high groove and powered around Ritchey for the lead. Ritchey's night got worse when he spun out in turn one with three laps to go. After the final restart on lap eighteen Layton pulled away to score the win, followed by Buddy Hines, Jesse Howell, Sean Garman, and Ritchey.
An unusually small turnout for the 270cc Micro Sprints saw Levi Peck take the early lead after starting second. Pole-sitter Josh Stoyer stalked Peck for several laps and then worked the inside to pass Peck as they entered turn one on lap seven. The rain returned for the third time during the features, this time causing the race to be stopped just after they had completed ten laps. Since the race had reached halfway, and the low number of cars, and the impending threat of more rain, the race was considered complete. Stoyer was declared the winner over Peck, Jason Houtz, Zach Glass, and Chad Ward. Stoyer also won the heat race.
Once the rain stopped and the tracked sufficiently dried the 600cc Micro Sprints came out for their main event. It appeared Timmie Barrick's 2014 string of bad luck was going to end after he won his heat race and pulled the pole-position for the feature. Barrick led the thirteen-car field to the green and set the early pace with Steve Whary not far behind. The only caution of the event slowed the field on lap fourteen. Barrick's struggles returned when the front of his top wing collapsed while they were still under caution, forcing Barrick to the pit area. Whary took full advantage of the situation, leading the final seven laps to score his second win of the night. Arron Spahr worked past Brad Weber for second on lap sixteen, but could only slightly close the distance he was already behind Whary and finished second. Garrett Bard finished fourth and Jim Young came from starting in the rear to finish fifth. Whary won the other heat race.
Ken Singer started second in the Street Stock feature and quickly jumped out to a sizeable lead before Khi Swanger and Tom Wakefield made contact on lap three, giving both drivers flat tires. Greg Moore was third on the restart, but quickly dispatched Ridge Bookwalter and set his sights on Singer and the lead. Moore caught up to Singer at the halfway point and was following right behind, looking for an opportunity to pass. On lap thirteen Singer's car got slightly loose exiting turn two and he was slightly sideways with the rear tires spinning as he went down the backstretch. Moore thought he had his chance, but when he went for it the two leaders made contact and Singer spun out. Moore was charged with the incident and sent to the rear while Singer restarted back in first. Singer then led the remaining laps to earn the win, followed by Josh Gustaf, Moore, Bookwalter, and Rob Harling. Heat race wins went to Moore and Gustaf. Moore was disqualified after the heat race for not reporting to the scales.
FRIES WINS AGAIN AT PATH VALLEY
Five divisions and six features were on tap for the fans of the Friday night stock car racing action at Path Valley Speedway. The Late Models were the "heavy hitters" for the night and Andy Fries turned out to be the star of the night.
The Strictly Stock make-up feature started off the night's events, with five of the six eligible drivers in attendance. Heath Leonard grabbed the lead on lap one with Steven Jacobs in second. Eric Boozel passed Jacobs for second on lap six and four laps later used the inside line to pass Leonard for the lead. Boozel pulled away the final ten laps to secure the win. Casey Steinhoff took second from Leonard with four laps to go. At the finish, third thru fifth went to Leonard, Jacobs, and Glen Wilson.
Brad McGinnis started first in the Super Stock feature and led every lap to claim the victory. McGinnis moved out to a large lead and left the battle for second. Curt Dunn was running second with Bill Powell on his back bumper and Alex Boozel caught the pair six laps in. Dunn was in the middle groove with Powell attacking on the high side. Boozel found speed in the low groove, getting past Powell on lap seven and passed Dunn for second a lap later. McGinnis was a full straightaway ahead by then and Boozel could not make up much ground, settling for second. Powell finally found a way past Dunn on lap thirteen and finished third. Dunn held on to fourth with Troy Eckenrode fifth. Dunn and McGinnis were the heat race winners.
Shaine Sixeas is now three-for-three in 2014, winning the Mini Stock feature in convincing fashion. Sixeas started fifth out of seven starters, moved to third on lap one, second on lap three and drove to the inside of Jeremy Ott in turn three of lap five for the winning pass. Sixeas then pulled away lap after lap, holding a lead of over a full straightaway when the checkered flag dropped. Ott came home second, followed by Gary Dehart, Josh Group, and Frankie Gordon. Group came up light on the scales, moving Gordon to fourth and Tyler Horst to fifth. Sixeas also won the heat race.
In the Late Model feature Eric Irvin started second and beat pole-sitter Tim Snare to turn one to lead the way. Irvin pulled away by a few car lengths leaving Snare behind to contend with Wes Bonebrake, Andy Fries, and George Dixon. Most of the field was running the low or middle groove, so Fries decided to try his luck up top and he was glad he did. The first few laps were not pretty as Fries admitted later that he was trying too hard and over-driving, losing fourth to Dixon in the process. Then Fries settled down, got into a rhythm, and started moving forward, regaining fourth from Dixon on lap seven. Bonebrake made his way past Snare to take second on lap nine and Fries worked around Snare to take third on lap thirteen, just before the third of four cautions. On the restart Fries blasted around Bonebrake and started the hunt for the lead. The final caution bunched the field back together with six laps remaining. Fries went back to work on top and drove around Irvin to take the lead on lap twenty-three. Fries then drove away to win, giving him two in a row. Irvin finished second, holding off a late charging Dave Dunkle. Brad Kling beat Dixon by a foot to finish fourth. The heat race wins went to Fries and Dunkle.
Kyle Martin started second in the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature and beat pole-sitter Justin Williamson to turn one and the lead. That proved to be the winning move as Martin kept Williamson at bay the rest of the way to score his second win of the year. Charlie Stallman had to come from the back of the six-car field and was closing in on Williamson when the race ended, settling for third. Barry Snyder was fourth and Tony Hampton fifth. Williamson won the heat race.
In the Strictly Stock feature Chris Anderson was asked to drive the Saturn previously driven by his brother and now driven by Steven Jacobs. Anderson returned the favor by putting the car in victory lane. Anderson started seventh in the ten-car field and was up to third on lap three. One lap later he passed Glen Wilson for second and on lap seven Anderson went around Heath Leonard for the lead. The race went non-stop and Anderson led by a full straightaway at the finish. Eric Boozel started sixth and made his way to second on lap twelve, but was nearly a half of a lap behind by that time, finishing second. Third thru fifth went to Garrett Watkins, Casey Steinhoff, and Glen Wilson. The heat race win went to Steinhoff.
McCLELLAND WINS FIRST IN LEGENDS AT PATH VALLEY
Seven divisions and a drivers autograph session at intermission provided entertainment for the fans that came to Path Valley Speedway on Saturday night.
The Street Stock feature was the first main event of the evening. Brad Karns took the lead at the drop of the green. Khi Swanger closed in on Karns during the middle portion of the twenty lap event, but at the same time Randy Wible was also finding his rhythm and closing in. Swanger's night ended early when he came to a stop with mechanical failure with five laps to go. One last restart with two laps remaining gave Wible the opportunity he needed. Karns car had become tight on corner exit and Wible took advantage, staying low and making the winning pass on the final lap. Third thru fifth went to Ken Singer, Swanger, and Ridge Bookwalter.
Brandon Seibert won the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature in convincing fashion, passing Jeremy Moore early for the lead and then leading Charles Stallman by five car lengths at the finish. Moore settled for third, ahead of Randy Stull and Justin Williamson.
In the Mini Stock main event, it was Barry Welch driving the car normally run by Eric Seibert starting up front and leading the way, followed closely by Kurt Knepper. While Knepper was unsuccessfully looking for a way past Welch, Gary Dehart was making his way to the front, catching the leaders just past the halfway mark. Dehart worked past Knepper in turn one, but in turn three they made contact, spinning Dehart into the infield. Knepper was charged with the contact, putting him to the rear and Dehart restarted in second. Two laps after the restart Dehart made his move for the lead and pulled away the final five laps for the win. Welch finished second, ahead of Mark Jones, Korey Washinger, and Chris Anderson.
Zack Newlin knew that starting position would be extremely important for the PASS 305 Sprint feature. When the invert put him on the pole he knew he had to get a good start, and that is exactly what he did. Newlin beat Marcus Defreitas to turn one and they stayed that way all twenty laps. Only lapped traffic slowed down Newlin, but Defreitas was never close enough to capitalize, finishing three car lengths behind. Third thru fifth went to Eric Parker, Mark Watkins, and Lance Newlin.
If you just read the stats you will see that Travis McClelland started first and led every lap to score his first win in the Central PA Legend series. What you don't see is how hard he had to work to keep the lead. McClelland was under attack nearly every lap, be it from Bob Stough, Lucas Montgomery, or Bill Diehl. Stough provided the early pressure, trying to work an outside pass. Montgomery worked to the inside of Stough to take over second, and was to the outside of McClelland when he lost control and spun out on the backstretch. Stough went back to work on the leader until he lost the second spot to Bill Diehl. Diehl looked to the high side and the low groove, but could not find a way past before the checkered flag fell. It was McClelland's first win since changing from a Late Model to a Legend. Diehl finished second, Stough in third, followed by Chris Transeau and Jacob Feltch.
When Jim Young gets to start first in the 600cc Micro Sprints at Path Valley, it usually is bad news for the rest of the field. Such was the case Saturday night. The only problem for Young was that Garrett Bard had other ideas. Young set the early pace, with Hannah Riser right behind. Bard moved past Riser into second and closed in on the leader. Two or three times Bard appeared to have a shot at the lead only to have the caution flag wave. Finally, with about five laps to go, Bard completed the pass and then pulled away to take the win. Arron Spahr also finished strong, taking the runner-up spot from Young in the closing laps. Third thru fifth went to Young, Riser, and Dwayne Gutshall.
Dave Hawkins started first and led all twenty laps to win the 270cc Micro Sprint feature, his first this year at Path Valley. Kyle Weiss ran second the whole way, but could never match the speed of Hawkins, finishing several car lengths behind. Josh Stoyer, Colby Dice, and Levi Peck finished third thru fifth.
FRIES AND PERIGO SCORE WINS AT PATH VALLEY
Three inches or more of rain doused most of the area Thursday night, so many were concerned whether Path Valley Speedway would be able to race Friday night. The track prep crew was ready for the heavy rain. The infield had a small pond at one end, but the track surface was on the dry side.
Charles Stallman returned to victory lane in the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature. Stallman led Kyle Martin by five car lengths at the finish with Justin Williamson third and Tony Hampton fourth.
The Super Stock feature turned into a three way battle for the lead the last half of the race. Bill Powell started on the pole and set the early pace. Shawn Shoemaker quickly closed the gap and began to look for a way by. Meanwhile, Brad McGinnis was running third and able to catch the two leaders. Shoemaker and McGinnis swapped second place back and forth while still running right behind Powell. At the checkered flag it was still Powell in the lead, followed by Shoemaker and McGinnis. Fourth went to Troy Eckenrode and Austin Johnson finished fifth driving Joey Burdge's car. Johnson made heavy contact with the turn three wall in warm-ups, actually breaking thru the guardrail which caused a lengthy delay for repairs.
Stan Wanner drew the number one inversion pill for the Wingless Super Sportsman feature and set the early pace followed by Joey Biasi. Carmen Perigo was one of the few drivers in the field to attempt using the high line. About three laps in Perigo brushed the outside wall on the backstretch and dropped back to sixth when he went high in turns three and four. But Perigo knew he had found something and continued to work the outside and started to work his way back toward the front. Every few laps he would gain another position until he was chasing Wanner for the lead. Perigo again went to the outside lane and drove around Wanner for the winning pass. Wanner dropped a few spots near the end, losing second to Biasi and third to Rick Barr. Steve Wilbur rounded out the top five.
Andy Fries parlayed a pole position starting spot into a flag-to-flag win in the twenty-five lap Late Model feature. Fries was never under pressure, leading Steve Bailor by over a full straightaway when the caution waved just past halfway. After the restart Wes Bonebrake took second when Bailor slipped in turn four, but Bonebrake could only stay within a few car lengths of Fries to finish second. Bailor held on to third, ahead of Eric Irvin and Dave Dunkle.
Jeremy Ott dominated the Mini Stock feature, taking the lead from Kurt Knepper on lap two and pulling away the remaining twenty laps to score the victory. Chris Anderson also worked past Knepper to finish second and Knepper in third. Fourth went to Bill Kennedy and Shaun Linn was fifth.
BARR WINS WINGLESS SUPER SPORTSMAN AT PATH VALLEY
It took three tries, but the first event in a six race series for wingless Super Sportsman finally happened. The first two times this race was scheduled it was rained out. Three days of rain prior to this race was not enough to stop it, and in fact helped provide for an extremely fast racing surface.
The Mini Stocks started things off and Shaine Sixeas picked up right where he left off the week before. Sixeas took the lead right from the start with Jeremy Ott close behind. Unlike last week, Ott stayed right with Sixeas and took several looks to the inside, but could not pull off the pass. Near the half way mark Ott got sideways, losing several car lengths and also lost second place to Chris Anderson. Anderson and Ott caught back up to Sixeas and they appeared to have one last shot when Sixeas got slightly out of shape entering turn one on the final lap. Anderson turned down to the inside, but Ott was already headed that way and when those two made contact it gave Sixeas time to get away and claim his second win in a row. Anderson held off Ott as they finished second and third. Eric Seibert came home fourth and Kenny Hill in fifth. Anderson was the heat race winner.
Alex Boozel led from start-to-finish to earn his first win of the year in the Super Stock feature. Boozel led all twenty laps, but was under constant pressure from Bill Powell. Alex McGinnis reeled in the leaders and made it a three way scrap the final five laps. Lapped traffic gave Powell and McGinnis a few passing opportunities, but at the finish is was Boozel leading Powell and McGinnis. Fourth went to Austin Johnson and Curt Dunn finished fifth. The heat race was won by McGinnis.
Justin Williamson led all twenty laps of the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature to score the victory. Williamson was followed closely by Charlie Stallman and Kyle Martin until Martin's car rolled to a stop on lap thirteen. That was the only caution in the event and after the restart Williamson kept Stallman a car length behind. John Rasp finished third, ahead of Brandon Seibert and Tony Hampton. Rasp won the heat race.
Carmen Perigo set the early pace in the Wingless Super Sportman twenty-five lap main event. Rick Barr was running second and started closing in around lap fifteen. On lap twenty Perigo went high to while trying to lap a slower driver and Barr snuck by on the inside. Just after they crossed the finish line the caution came out. Barr had been leading at the line and was on the point for the restart. Perigo tried hard to regain the lead in the closing laps, but went too deep into turn three on lap twenty-four and lost several car lengths and any chance for the win. Stan Wanner and Steve Wilbur ran smooth, consistent races to finish third and fourth. Joey Biasi ran much of the race with a flat left front tire, but was still able to finish fifth. It may be just a coincidence, but three of the top four finishers have previous experience racing cars with fenders and no wings. Heat race wins went to Perigo and Wilbur.
Starting on the front row, Andy Fries jumped into the lead when the green flag dropped on the Late Model feature. Fries built up a large lead while Dave Dunkle lead a four-car bumper-to-bumper battle for second, followed by Brad Kling, Bob Dunn, and Wes Bonebrake. The biggest scare for Fries came when he caught the tail end of the field and Jake Moser spun out just a few car lengths ahead of him. Fries again stretched out his lead after the restart and was never challenged, even though his engine started to misfire over the final five laps. Kling worked past Dunkle to finish second. Bonebrake finished fourth and Tim Snare showed improvement, running closely behind Bonebrake to finish fifth. Dunkle and Fries scored heat race wins.
Heath Leonard led the first six laps of the Strictly Stock feature, but when they went back to green after the only caution on lap seven Leonard did not come up to speed right away and Glen Wilson took the lead. Wilson made no mistakes the remaining laps and kept Leonard a few car lengths behind to earn the victory. Robert Wellman was racing a car he had just purchased earlier that day and was able to hold off repeated attempted passes by Roy Denike in the last five laps to finish third. Adam Morgan was fifth. Denike was the heat winner.
HARMAN WINS MICRO THRILLER AT PATH VALLEY
Six divisions of racing were on the card for Saturday night, including three divisions of Micro Sprints and three stock car divisions. Between all the racing and the windy conditions, it did not take long for the track surface to dry out, putting a premium on setup and throttle control.
The 600cc Micro Sprints were the first feature on tap, with eighteen drivers taking the green flag. Tyler Walton grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag leaving J.D. Harman and Devin Beidel in the fight for second. Harman finally secured the spot with about five laps remaining, putting him right behind Walton when the caution came out with two laps to go. On the restart Harman stayed right with Walton and as they took the white flag Harman drove by as they went thru turns one and two. Walton gave one last effort entering turn three, but Harman was too quick and able to lead the final lap for his second career win and first at Path Valley. Beidel lost two spots on the last restart, dropping to fifth. Steve Whary posted his best finish this year coming home third and Jim Young was right behind in fourth. Heat race checkers went to Harman and Beidel.
The Street Stock feature only had four drivers start, but they did their best to put on a show and three of the four led laps. Ronnie Garlock set the early pace and was still leading when Brad Karns hit him from behind in turn two. Garlock retained his position and Karns returned to the race missing much of the sheet metal on the front of the car. Garlock continued to lead as Josh Gustaf and Ken Singer jockeyed back and forth right behind him. Singer had secured second and was beside Garlock in turn four when he got too high and slipped back to third. Gustaf then took his shot, getting around Garlock and into the top spot on lap fifteen. Singer was not done just yet and he also cleared Garlock and stayed in the high groove to power around Gustaf as they exited turn two. Singer led the final two laps to secure the win, followed by Gustaf, Garlock, and Karns. Gustaf was the heat race winner.
Charlie Stallman made the switch to 4-Cylinder Thunder Cars in 2014 and has been quick out of the gate, but different issues have cropped up each race to keep him out of victory lane. Saturday it all came together for him. Korey Washinger led the first four laps until Stallman forced Washinger high in turn three and gained control of the top spot. The only challenge for the lead came on a restart with two laps remaining. Jeremy Moore was second and was able to squeeze to the inside of Stallman as they went thru turns three and four on the restart. As they exited turn four Moore's car got sideways and he finally corrected the car just before going into the infield, dropping him to the back of the field. Stallman cruised on for his first win in 4-Cylinder Thunder Car competition. At the finish Stallman was followed by Brandon Seibert, Tony Hampton, Mike Saylor, and Raymond Middaugh. The heat race was won by Justin Williamson.
Shaine Sixeas built a new Mini Stock over the winter and they must have done it right. It only the second race out Sixeas dominated, leading Jeremy Ott and the rest of the ten car field all twenty laps. Ott was the only driver that could stay close, but he was three car lengths or more back for most of the way. Dillon Wilson held off a late charge by Chris Anderson to finish third while Travis Semple finished fifth. Ott was the heat winner.
In the 270cc Micro Sprint feature Brandon Hawkins showed the way as sixteen drivers took the green flag. Close behind Brian Heist and Josh Stoyer battled for second. Stoyer was running close behind Hawkins, pushing the pace, and when Hawkins pace slowed just a bit, Stoyer jumped into the lead on lap twelve. Heist also moved past Hawkins and into second. Heist kept the pressure on, staying within a car length or two, but could not get any closer and had to settle for second. The win is Stoyer's second in as many weeks. Jason Houtz worked past Hawkins in the closing laps to finish third. Cory Myers completed the top five. Heat race wins went to Hawkins and Myers.
It had been seven years since Jesse Howell last raced in a Micro Sprint, but it didn't take him long to get back up to speed in the ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprints. Tom Whittall led from the start, but was under heavy pressure from Howell the second half of the twenty lap feature. Howell finally made his move to the outside in turn four and Whittall lost the handle exiting turn four, spinning out. Howell led the final two laps to earn the win. After the race there was discussion between the ACMS officials and the track scorers. When all was said and done second thru fifth was credited to Sean Garman, Logan Jones, Justin Whittall, and Lance Yeager. Yeager also won the heat race.
STOYER AND YOUNG WIN IN MICROS AT PATH VALLEY
Cory Myers led the 270cc Micro Sprint feature to the green flag and beat Brian Heist into turn one for the early lead. Josh Stoyer started fourth, but was into second by the end of lap one. Stoyer quickly closed the gap on Myers and began to apply the pressure. Exiting turn four on lap six, Stoyer looked to the inside and drove past as they went down the front stretch. Only one caution slowed the event, just before halfway, and Stoyer pulled away to lead by nearly a straightaway at the finish. The closest racing was for second, where Myers held off Heist and Colby Dice. Levi Peck completed the top five. Heat race wins went to Heist and Myers.
Jim Young continued his strong start to 2014, starting second and leading all twenty laps uncontested to win the 600cc Micro Sprint feature. Pole-sitter David Holbrook ran second the entire event, but could not match the pace of Young. Dwayne Gutshall started fourth and finished third. Arron Spahr gained two spots in the final five laps to finish fourth and Tyler Walton was fifth. Steve Whary and Kameron Morral were the heat race winners.
Ken Singer controlled the Street Stock field all night, first winning the heat race, and then leading all twenty laps to win the feature. Brad Karns showed improvement, staying no more than two car lengths behind Singer the entire race. The race did have a scary moment when Ryan Sager's car got two wheels up on the backstretch wall and then dislodged the top rail of the guard rail when he hit in turn three. Sager was okay and the crew able to sufficiently repair the rail to continue racing.
Justin Williamson took the same route as Ken Singer, winning the heat race and leading the feature from start-to-finish for his first win in the 4-Cylinder Thunder Cars. Jeremy Moore stayed close to Williamson until contact from Charles Stallman gave Moore a flat left rear tire on lap eight. Stallman went on to finish second, ahead of Brandon Seibert and Randy Stull. Moore limped home to finish fifth.
A racers first win is always special, something they usually don't forget. Dillon Wilson was able to create that moment on Saturday night, scoring his first career win in the Mini Stock feature. Wilson won the heat race and led all twenty laps with Chris Anderson close behind. Anderson was closing in as the two leaders entered the final turn, but just a few car lengths ahead of them Myachia Bookwalter lost control and did two barrel rolls before coming to a rest upside down. Bookwalter escaped without serious injury. Wilson pulled away from Anderson on the final lap.
BONEBRAKE 2 FOR 2 AT PATH VALLEY
Defending Late Model point champion Wes Bonebrake is now two-for-two, winning the first two features for Late Models at Path Valley in 2014. Although the track conditions were radically different, the result was still the same.
Bonebrake started on the front row of the Late Model feature and was able to scoot into the lead going into the first corner. Todd Snook ran in second until slowing with mechanical issues just past halfway. After Snook pulled off Bob Dunn took over second with Dave Dunkle close behind. Both Dunn and Dunkle closed in on the leader over the final ten laps. With three to go Dunkle had an issue in turn four, costing him five car lengths back and leaving him to hold off Brad Kling for third. Dunn was able to get within two car lengths, but not much closer and Bonebrake scored the flag-to-flag victory. Dunkle held off Kling for third and Snook was credited for fifth. Heat race checkers went to Dunn and Dunkle.
The Super Stock feature was an exciting affair with the top three running virtually bumper-to-bumper the final ten laps. Brad McGinnis set the early pace with Curtis Guyer, Austin Johnson, Deron Henry, and Bill Powell close behind. McGinnis was leading the way when they caught up to the back of the field, who was having their own three-way battle. McGinnis went to the bottom, but got blocked while Austin Johnson went to the high groove which opened up and he was able to drive by and into the lead. The yellow flag waved just after Johnson took the lead, setting up the last ten laps with Johnson leading, McGinnis in second, and Bill Powell third. Over the final ten laps Powell pulled to the inside of McGinnis and McGinnis to the inside of Johnson, but neither were able to complete the pass. All three drivers showed respect for each other as they raced each other hard, but clean, with very little contact. At the finish it was Johnson, McGinnis, Powell, Guyer, and Curt Dunn. McGinnis won the heat race.
Frankie Gordon also is two-for-two in Friday night action at Path Valley in the Mini Stocks. Gordon won his heat race and then led all twenty-laps of the feature to stay undefeated at Path Valley in 2014. Mark Grove was five car lengths behind at the finish to come home second. Third, fourth, and fifth went to Dillon Wilson, Shaun Linn, and Shaine Sixeas respectively.
Justin Rasp took the lead on lap one of the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature and showed the way until Justin Williamson used the high groove to drive around Rasp and into the lead on lap ten. Williamson appeared on his way to the win until his right rear tire started losing air with five laps remaining. Rasp quickly closed the distance and regained the lead on lap eighteen. Rasp led the last three laps uncontested to win his first race this year. Tony Hampton, Kyle Martin, and Charles Stallman all passed Williamson in the closing laps to finish second, third, and fourth, dropping Williamson to fifth. Stallman was the heat race winner.
Austin Quick dominated the first feature for the Sidewinders, leading the entire event and finishing five car lengths ahead of Jim Young. Rich Halter finished third with Mike Zielonis fourth and Matt Kreider fifth.
In the second Sidewinder feature it was Jim Young leading all fifteen laps for the victory. Austin Quick was second until stopping on the final lap, unable to finish. Second thru fifth went to Rich Halter, Mike Zielonis, Jerry Strausbaugh, and Mike Murphy.
EIGHT IS ENOUGH AT PATH VALLEY
Path Valley Speedway offered up an early season special for the fans in attendance Saturday night, a night of racing action packed with eight divisions.
The ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprint series made its first stop at Path Valley in 2013 with ten drivers in attendance. Sean Garman won the heat race, started on the pole of the feature, and led the first ten laps. While Garman was leading Gunnar Layton was charging thru the pack from his ninth place starting position. Layton was able to catch Garman and made the winning pass just after getting the halfway signal. Layton led the final ten laps for his first win. Lance Yeager finished second, ahead of Tom Whitttail and Logan Jones. Sean Garman's car slowed to a stop with one lap remaining, but was able to re-start and he finished fifth.
Sean McAndrew was on a bad streak. Dating back to last year he had four consecutive races that he did not finish due to mechanical problems. McAndrew brought that streak to an end in a big way, starting third and leading all twenty laps of the 270cc Micro Sprint feature for the win. Brian Heist took over the second spot when pole-sitter Kyle Weiss dropped out on lap six. Three more cautions kept the field close and Josh Stoyer used the final restart to get past Heist and into second. At that point McAndrew's lead was about five car lengths and it stayed virtually the same distance to the finish. Heist held of Mike Boyer for third and Mike Boer finished fifth. Heat wins went to Stoyer, Boyer, and Heist while Daryl Beakler won the consi.
Garrett Bard led the nineteen-car field of 600cc Micro Sprints to the green flag, but Tyler Walton gained the advantage from his second place starting position to lead the way. David Holbrook worked past Bard on the second of three restarts on lap thirteen. One last restart with one lap to go gave everyone one last shot to gain positions, but the only spot to change in the top five was Jim Young getting past Devin Beidel for fourth. At the checkered flag the top five were Walton, Holbrook, Bard, Young, and Beidel. Young and Holbrook were the heat race victors.
Only three Street Stock competitors signed in. Aaron Jessee dropped out on lap three and Ken Singer pulled off while leading on lap seven, leaving Brad Karns the only driver to finish, scoring his first ever win.
The Mini Stock feature only had four drivers start, but the action was non-stop from start-to-finish. Dillon Wilson started first and set the early pace. Meanwhile, just behind Wilson the fight for second was a back-and-forth affair between Chris Anderson and Mark Grove. Anderson finally cleared Grove long enough to work on Wilson, making the pass for the lead on lap ten. Grove to second a lap later and continued to pressure Anderson. Anderson made no mistakes the final ten laps and led Grove by two car lengths at the finish. Eric Seibert finished third and Wilson was scored in fourth. Anderson also won the heat race.
Jeremy Moore has found a winning recipe, start on the front row, get the lead into turn one, and then make no mistakes while the other guys beat each other up trying to catch him. Moore won his second 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature this year using that formula. While Moore was leading all twenty laps, Brandon Seibert, Charles Stallman, and Tony Hampton played "fender tag" as they swapped positions two-thru-four with each other. Stallman finally seized control of second and closed in on Moore, but ran out of laps before he could find a way around. Kyle Martin got past Hampton with a lap to go to finish third as Hampton slowed with mechanical woes and limped home fourth. Seibert rounded out the top five and Martin won the heat race.
Bill Diehl led the full 24-car field of Legend racers to the start and out-powered Chris Transeau for the lead into turn one. While Diehl was leading, Lucas Montgomery was moving up from starting fourth, taking second on lap twelve. A restart on lap fifteen brought the field back together one last time. Montgomery had no chance to attack Diehl, as he was busy defending second from Bob Stough, which he was able to do. At the finish it was Diehl in the lead, followed by Montgomery, Stough, Scott Houdenshell, and Chad Earnst. Earnst was one of the big movers of the night, starting sixteenth and finishing fifth. Heat race wins went to Stough, Chris Spidle, and Montgomery. George Hanson won the consi.
The old saying goes, "you don't win a race on the first lap". Well, sometimes you do. Brad McGinnis started second, but drove around pole-sitter Austin Johnson in the first turns of the Super Stock feature to secure the lead. McGinnis held of Johnson the rest of the way to secure the win. Joey Burdge finished third, ahead of Scott Saylor and Shawn Fessler. Johnson was the heat race winner.
DICE AND YOUNG SCORE OPENING WINS AT PATH VALLEY
The winter that just will not quit claimed the first weekend of Path Valley's 2014 racing season, but eased off just enough to get the first race in the books on Saturday, April 5th. Although it was not raining or snowing, the air was chilly and a stiff breeze made it feel even colder. Even with the cold temperatures, you could tell everyone was excited to get the new season under way.
The 270cc Micro Sprints were the first feature. Levi Peck started first and set the early pace. Colby Dice started right behind Peck and took second on the start. Peck pulled away for a few laps, but then Dice began to reel Peck back in. On lap ten Peck bobbled slightly in turn one and Dice was right there to take the lead. Three cautions slowed the pace in the second half of the race, but Dice was able to pull away from Peck on every re-start, leading by a few car lengths when the checkered flag fell. Josh Stoyer picked up a few positions late, aided by Scott Gingrich pulling off with two laps to go, and finished third. Brian Heist was fourth and Derek Miller fifth. Heat race wins went to Peck, and Bradley Brown.
Timmie Barrick was the pole-sitter for the 600cc Micro Sprint feature and led the first seven laps. The only caution happened on lap eight, and on the re-start Jim Young used the high groove to power around Barrick in turns one and two and take the lead. Young stretched his lead out the remaining laps, leading by nearly a full straightaway at the finish. Barrick was all alone in second, followed by Arron Spahr, Devin Beidel, and Tanner Hunsicker. Spahr and Barrick claimed heat race victories.
Frankie Gordon dominated the Mini Stock competition, leading all twenty laps after starting sixth. Mark Gove brought out the only caution on lap two, but came back to finish second, over half of a lap behind Gordon. Dillon Wilson finished third, followed by Justin Williamson and Chris Anderson. Gordon also won the heat race.
Tony Hampton appeared to be the driver to beat in the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature after he won the heat race and drew the pole position for the main event. Hampton made a mistake getting too low entering turn one on the first lap and he dropped back to fourth in the four car field. Jeremy Moore took full advantage of the situation, grabbing the lead and then running mistake free for the twenty-lap non-stop event to score the win. Hampton and Brandon Seibert battled back and forth for the runner-up spot with Hampton finally gaining control on lap nineteen. Charles Stallman finished fourth.
BONEBRAKE TAKES PATH VALLEY SEASON OPENER
The first weekend of racing was rained out the previous week, so when it rained again this Friday the management of Path Valley Speedway decided to re-schedule the show for Sunday afternoon. The car counts were not up to mid-summer numbers, but there was still plenty of action.
The Mini Stocks got the show started. Chris Anderson took the lead at the drop of the green flag and pulled away by a few car lengths. Jeremy Ott started to close the gap after about five laps and was right behind Anderson at the halfway mark. Ott continued to pressure Anderson, looking to the inside nearly every turn. Anderson kept using the higher line and was able to use the momentum to regain control as they exited each corner. Ott took one last shot in the final turn pulling alongside Anderson as they went into turn three. The two cars made slight contact and as they exited turn four Anderson's car turned down into Ott's car.. Ott was able to keep his car straight as he powered to the checkered flag while Anderson spun around. Mark Grove and Kenny Black drove around Anderson as he was turning around to take second and third, dropping Anderson to fourth. Josh Group completed the top five and Ott was the heat winner.
Austin Johnson started on the pole of the Super Stock feature and led all twenty laps to score the win. Curtis Guyer and Bill Powell dueled for second until Guyer dropped out just past the halfway point. Powell made a few attempts to pass Johnson, but had no success and spent the last few laps holding off a late charge by Brad McGinnis. Second thru fifth went to Powell, McGinnis, Deron Henry, and Alex Boozel. The heat races were won by Henry and Boozel.
Andy Fries led the ten-car Late Model field to the green flag and showed the way early on with Brad Kling running second. Wes Bonebrake moved into second a few laps into the event and began to chase down Fries. Bonebrake got to within a car length of Fries as the field got the half way sign in the 25-lap event. Most day races on dirt end up with a dry, slick track, and Sunday was no different. Most of the field was hugging the bottom groove, and it looked like Bonebrake may have to settle for second with no room to pass. Surprisingly Bonebrake moved to the high groove and drove around Fries and into the lead on lap eighteen. As Bonebrake was taking the lead Fries did a complete 360 degree spin on the apron of turn two, dropping him back to fifth. Bonebrake was uncontested from then on with a comfortable lead at the finish. Brad Kling held off a charging George Dixon the last four laps and they finished second and third. Bob Dunn finished fourth and Fries fifth. Fries and Kling were the heat race winners.
Tony Hampton felt he let one slip away with one mistake on Saturday, and was determined not to let it happen again Sunday. Hampton controlled the five-car 4-Cylinder Thunder Car field all day, first winning the heat race, then starting first and leading all twenty laps to win the feature. The positions behind Hampton were swapped several times, but at the end it was Kyle Martin finishing second, ahead of Brandon Seibert, Charles Stallman, and Mike Fuller.
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