PATH VALLEY CLOSES SEASON WITH STOCK CAR SHOWDOWN
Path Valley Speedway concluded the 2013 schedule with the annual Stock Car Showdown. The five divisions of stock cars that normally ran Friday nights competed in a non-points event.
The 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature was the first to the track. Nick Ruhl and Justin Rasp started on the front row and Rasp gained the lead on the start. While Rasp and Ruhl pulled away Jeremy Ott was charging to the front after starting eighth. Ott closed the gap on the leaders and made his way past Ruhl on lap sixteen. On lap twenty Ott pulled to the inside of Rasp as they went down the backstretch, but the only caution waved when Corey Wagner spun out in turn four. During the caution Ruhl pitted with a flat tire. On the restart Rasp stayed low in turn one and Ott used the high groove to drive around Rasp and make the winning pass. At the finish it was Ott, Rasp, Barry Hawbaker, Tony Hampton, and Chas Clouser. Ott won the Hard Charger award and Ruhl won the heat race.
Josh Gustaf set the pace from the start of the Street Stock feature. Greg Moore used an inside move exiting turn four to take away the lead on lap seven. Moore was never challenged after that, leading the last fourteen laps to win the Showdown for the second straight year. Gustaf finished second, ahead of Ryan Sager, Brad Karns, and Calvin Redding. Moore won the Hard Charger award and Sager won the heat race.
Gage Whitsel started second in the Mini Stock feature and out-powered pole-sitter Korey Washinger for the early lead. Gary Dehart took second on lap two and passed Whitsel for the lead on lap four. Whitsel did not give up, and regained the lead on lap seven. Chris Anderson spun for the second time on lap eight and Dehart retired to the pits while the field was still under caution. That put Jeremy Ott into second and Ott immediately went to work on the leader. The next ten laps Ott tried for the lead in nearly every turn, only to have Whitsel hold his ground. On lap seventeen Ott made contact with the left rear of Whitsel, turning him sideways. Ott tried to slide by on the inside, but clipped Whitsel’s front end, momentarily straightening him out. The two leaders stayed hooked down the backstretch and Ott ended up spinning at the end of the backstretch. The officials called that Ott had initiated the incident and was put to the rear of the field. Leroy Long took over second after the restart and kept Whitsel within a few car lengths. Ott put on a furious charge, making his way back to third and was reeling in the leaders. Just as Ott caught up to Long he suffered a mechanical failure and pulled to the infield on lap 28. Whitsel held off Long for the win, his second in just his first year racing Mini Stocks. Long’s second place finish earned him the Hard Charger award. Third thru fifth went to Washinger, Dan Smith, and Bill Kennedy. Heat race wins went to Kennedy and Long.
Bill Powell started first in the Super Stock feature and led all twenty laps to score the victory. Only one caution slowed the event on lap five. At the checkered flag Powell was leading by a full straightaway. Derek Grabill came home second, while Brad McGinnis earned the Hard Charger award with his third place finish. Dan Furman finished fourth and Curtis Guyer came from the back after spinning out earlier to finish fifth. Guyer and Furman were the heat race winners.
The Strictly Stock feature was again dominated by Justin Williamson. Williamson took the lead from Charles Stallman on lap six and was leading the non-stop event by nearly half of a lap at the finish. The win gave Williamson sixteen for the 2013 season at Path Valley. Gary Guise passed Robert Wellman on the final lap to finish second in his only race this year. Jarred Rudy finished fourth and won the Hard Charger while Scott Rohr finished fifth. The heat win went to Stallman.
CREAM RISES AT PATH VALLEY
The old saying, “the cream always rises to the top” seemed completely appropriate Friday night at Path Valley Speedway. It was the final point race for the stock car divisions. Three of the six championships were still undecided. After the dust settled, five of the six champions celebrated with a trip to victory lane.
Dalton McQuade entered Friday night with a seven point lead over Shaun Linn and nine points over Kyle Martin. Linn took the lead at the start, but was involved in a wreck and was forced to retire on lap three. McQuade took the lead on the restart and held off a late charge by Tony Hampton to score the win and clinch the championship. Robert McQuade finished third, ahead of Kyle Martin and Corey Wagner. Hampton won the heat race.
The Super Stock championship was already in-hand for Devin Hart. Hart inherited the lead when Steve Bard spun out on a restart on lap three. Hart was followed closely by Curtis Guyer for most of the event, including slight contact between the two on the final restart. Hart had enough speed running the high groove to hold Guyer back and take the win. Brad McGinnis made a last lap charge for second, but came up a few feet short at the line, finishing behind Guyer. Mike Goodwin made his first appearance at Path Valley this year and finished fourth. Alan Shives was the highest finishing driver not in a Chevy, bringing home his Ford Thunderbird in fifth. Heat race wins went to Brad Karns and Guyer.
The Late Model point championship was the tightest battle of them all. Wes Bonebrake led George Dixon by five points entering the final race. Both drivers won their respective heat races, keeping the spread at five points. When Dave Dunkle, who won the first heat race, pulled a number eight pill for the inversion, that meant Bonebrake and Dixon would start sixth and seventh in the seventeen car field. After a multi-car incident on the original start took out two cars and scrambled the starting order, Brad Kling took the lead and set the pace for seventeen laps. Dixon’s hope for a championship took a hit when he made contact with Bob Dunn and Dunn spun out, sending Dixon to the rear of the field. On lap eighteen Kling got caught behind three cars battling at the back and Todd Snook drove by on the inside to take the lead. Bonebrake moved past Kling a few laps later and set his sights on the leader. Snook rode the high groove while Bonebrake chose his preferred low line. Bonebrake slowly closed the gap and then made the winning pass on lap 23. The win was Bonebrake’s first of the year and the championship his second in two years. Snook finished second while Dixon made a huge run to come from the rear to finish third. Kling fell to fourth and Travis Mease finished fifth in his first visit to Path Valley this year.
Ken Singer had wrapped up the Street Stock championship a long time ago, coming into the last race with a lead of almost 400 points. Unfortunately for Singer, he was the only champion on this night not to win. But it wasn’t for lack of effort. Joe Gustaf led the first lap and Singer took over on lap two. Greg Moore was also mixing it up with the leaders and took the lead when Singer got too far sideways in turn two and took a trip thru the infield to keep from spinning out. When Singer pulled back up on the track he started losing fluid and came to a stop in turn three. While Moore held a comfortable lead, Emory Covert and Gustaf ran nearly side-by-side for second the rest of the way, trading the position back and forth several times. At the finish it was Moore taking the win with Covert a car length ahead of Gustaf for second. Calvin Redding finished fourth and Singer fifth. Gustaf was the heat race winner.
Gary Dehart had a 27 point cushion over Mark Grove for the Mini Stock championship. When Grove was unable to make the last race, Dehart was locked in. Dehart did not settle for that, taking the lead from Jason Stoner on lap seven and holding back Ronnie Garlock in the closing laps to score the win. Stoner finished third, ahead of Bill Kennedy and Lyle Barnes. Dehart also won the heat race.
Justin Williamson completed one of the most dominant seasons at Path Valley Speedway. Williamson led from start-to-finish to claim his fifteenth win of the season and he won the championship for the second straight year. Charlie Stallman finished second, followed by Eric Boozel, Robert Wellman, and Glenn Wilson. The heat race win went to Stallman.
DICE, WALTON, AND SCHANZ WIN AT PATH VALLEY SPRINT NATIONALS
The 270cc and 600cc Micro Sprints along with the PA Sprint Series 305 Sprints were all running for large paydays in the 13th Annual Sprint Nationals at Path Valley Speedway. The Sidewinder Sprints and the ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprints were also on the card.
The 600cc Micro Sprints were racing for $1000 to win. This year’s point champion, Steve Whary, started second and took the lead on the drop of the green. Jim Young, who finished second to Whary in the points chase, moved from starting fourth to running second on the first lap. On lap ten Young passed Whary, only to have the caution wave and negate the pass. Just after that happened, Mike Dicely and Tyler Walton got into a spirited battle for third, with Walton finally seizing control on lap thirteen. Walton then used two more restarts to his advantage. First he took second from Young on a restart on lap 22. Then the final restart came on lap 24 and one lap later Walton made the winning pass. Whary, Young, and Dicely finished second thru fourth. Mike Rutherford finished fifth, and claimed the Hard Charger award after starting eighteenth.
Alex Schanz picked a great time to score his first win in the PASS 305 Sprint feature. The box score will show that Schanz started first and led every lap for the $750 win. That is he was leading every lap at the finish line. Logan Wagner found the high groove to his liking and came from starting second to fifth on lap eleven. Schanz was leading running the bottom and Wagner trying to reel him in running the top. A restart on lap twenty closed the gap and gave Wagner a chance at the lead. For three consecutive laps Wagner tried diving to the inside of Schanz as they entered turn three. Each time Wagner would slide up just high enough to allow Schanz to make the “cross over” move, going back by Wagner on the inside exiting turn four. After the last attempt Schanz was able to pull away far enough to keep Wagner from trying again and they came across the finish line first and second. Tyler Bear earned the Hard Charger award by starting fifteenth and finishing third. Andrew Hake finished in fourth and Eric Parker fifth.
48 drivers signed in to take their shot at the $750 check to win the 270cc Micro Sprint feature. Mike Rutherford started second and out-powered pole-sitter Tyler Snook for the lead on lap one. Colby Dice started fourth and was also able to get by Snook and into second. While Rutherford and Dice ran up front, Brian Marriott was coming forward after starting seventh, taking third from Snook on lap twelve. It appeared Rutherford had them covered, that is until lap 26, when Rutherford’s racer lost power exiting turn two and he pulled to the infield. Dice rocketed past and into the lead. Dice was leading Marriott by a few car lengths when the caution waved on the final lap. Another caution on that restart gave Marriott two chances at the lead, but Dice had all the speed he needed to keep the lead and the win. Dave Hawkins used the high groove to pass Marriott on the final turn and finish second. Bob Butler came from starting fourteenth to finish fourth and Bradley Brown won the Hard Charger award by starting 22nd and finishing fifth.
In the first of two fifteen lap features for the ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprints Jeff Haefke led from start-to-finish for his second win of the year. Haefke held off a late charge by Wayne Dadetto, who finished second. Third thru fifth went to Tim Glacken, Alyssa Rowe, and Lance Yeager.
In the second event it was Dadetto’s turn, leading all fifteen laps to score the win. Lance Yeager finished second, ahead of Nick Krchelich, Tim Glacken, and Alyssa Rowe.
The Sidewinder Sprints also run twin fifteen lap features. In the first event Josh Chess led all fifteen laps for the win. Mike Dicely and Tim Townsend came from the back of the twelve car field to finish second and third. Unfortunately, both were disqualified after the event. The disqualifications made the official order of finish Jerry Strausbaugh, Mike Zielonis, Rohan Beasley, and Brandon Yarlett second thru fifth.
Dicely made up for it in the second feature, leading flag-to-flag with a margin of victory by over half of a lap. Townsend finished second, ahead of Zielonis, Ben Houtz, and Beasley.
600cc Micro Sprint: 1.Tyler Walton (Mifflintown, PA), 2.Steve Whary, 3.Jim Young, 4.Mike Dicely, 5.Mike Rutherford, 6.Dwayne Gutshall, 7.J.D. Harman, 8.Heath Hehnly, 9.Shane Lewis, 10.David Holbrook, 11.Garrett Bard, 12.Jesse Snyder, 13.Justin Lineman, 14.Cale Reigle, 15.Nick Wood, 16.Dan Souder, 17.Brett Conrath, 18.Shelby Rowles, 19.Hannah Riser, 20.Jim Callahan, 21.Colton Laughman, 22.Alex Bright, 23.Tyler DeVault, 24.Steve Kemery, 25.Gunnar Layton
Lap Leaders: Steve Whary (1-24), Tyler Walton (25-30)
Heats: Colton Laughman, Steve Whary, J. D. Harman, Jim Young
Consolations: Alex Bright, Mike Rutherford Hard Charger: Mike Rutherford (18th to 5th) Hard Luck: Gunnar Layton
DNQ: Anthony Macri, Tim Buckwalter, Rick Goss, Adam Nickelson, Brandon Noel, Nathan Prazenica, Ben Houtz, John Flick, Tyler Campbell, Luke Thomas, Scott Scholl, Devin Beidel, Tanner Hunsicker, Wayne Dadetto, A.J. Bast, Troy Rhone
PASS 305 Sprint: 1.Alex Schanz (Manheim, PA), 2.Logan Wagner, 3.Tyler Bear, 4.Andrew Hake, 5.Eric Parker, 6.Mike Wagner, 7.Nathan Gramley, 8.Zack Newlin, 9.Lance Newlin, 10.Marcus Defreitas, 11.Joe David, 12.Ken Duke, 13.John Braim, 14.George Riden, 15.Jonathan Wanchalk, 16.John Baker, 17.Tyler Reeser, 18.Russ Hammaker DNS: Scott Ellerman
Lap Leaders: Alex Schanz (1-30)
Heats: Alex Schanz, Andrew Hake
Hard Charger: Tyler Bear (15th to 3rd)
Hard Luck: Russ Hammaker
270cc Micro Sprint: 1.Colby Dice (Chambersburg, PA), 2.Dave Hawkins, 3.Brian Marriott, 4.Bob Butler, 5.Bradley Brown, 6.Jeff Haefke, 7.Billy Logeman, 8.Levi Peck, 9.Derek Miller, 10.Luke Kroboth, 11.Josh Stoyer, 12.Jason Houtz, 13.Joe Trone, Jr., 14.Brent Bull, 15.Toby Blumenshine, 16.Mason Peters, 17.Darren Miller, 18.Mike Rutherford, 19.Tyler Snook, 20.Brandon Hawkins, 21.Ted Volz, 22.Chad Myers, 23.Mike Boyer, 24.Sean McAndrew, 25.Cory Myers Lap Leaders: Mike Rutherford (1-25), Colby Dice (26-30)
Heats: Tyler Snook, Mike Rutherford, Dave Hawkins, Colby Dice, Sean McAndrew
Consolations: Jeff Haefke, Derek Miller, Billy Logeman Hard Charger: Bradley Brown (22nd to 5th) Hard Luck: Cory Myers
DNQ: Steve Bull, Scott Hawkins, Brian Haney, Dale Arnold, Tyler Reich, C.J. David, Robbie Watson, Josh Martin, Eric Forsythe, Nate Weidman, Mike Winkler, Todd Reusser, Mike Boer, Ryan Fredericks, Broc Lawrence, Don Roush, Dave Williams, Adam Warner, Cory Thornton, Ryan Groff, Don Werner, Jerry Palm, Al Cavoto
ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprint (feature #1): Jeff Haefke (Austintown, OH), 2.Wayne Dadetto, 3.Tim Glacken, 4.Alyssa Rowe, 5.Lance Yeager, 6.Nick Krchleich Lap Leaders: Jeff Haefke (1-15) ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprint (feature #2): 1.Wayne Dadetto (Everett, PA), 2.Lance Yeager, 3.Nick Krchelich, 4.Tim Glacken, 5.Alyssa Rowe, 6.Jeff Haefke, 7.Nick Macri, 8.Sean Garman, 9.Scott Garman, 10.Devin Garman, 11.Seth Garman, 12.Buddy Hines Lap Leaders: Wayne Dadetto (1-15)
Sidewinder (feature #1): 1.Josh Chess (Middle River, MD), 2.Jerry Strausbaugh, 3.Mike Zielonis, 4.Rohan Beasley, 5.Brandon Yarlett, 6.Rich Halter, 7.Ben Houtz, 8.Tim Townsend, 9.Zach Overmiller DNS: Adam Meier DQ: Mike Dicely, Christian Wright
Lap Leaders: Josh Chess (1-15)
Sidewinder (feature #2): 1.Mike Dicely (Lewisberry, PA), 2.Tim Townsend, 3.Mike Zielonis, 4.Ben Houtz, 5.Rohan Beasley, 6.Brandon Yarlett, 7.Josh Chess, 8.Christian Wright, 9.Rich Halter, 10.Jerry
Strausbaugh DNS: Adam Meier, Zach Overmiller
Lap Leaders: Mike Dicely (1-15)
TWO DRIVERS WIN FIRST AT PATH VALLEY
It is always nice to see a driver get his first win, or first win in a different class of cars. Path Valley Speedway got a double dose of that on Friday night.
The Street Stocks were the first feature, and possibly the most exciting of the night. Four drivers battled for the top spot early on. Ronnie Garlock led lap one, lost it on lap two to Devin Whitsel, only to regain it again on lap three. Whitsel, Joe Gustaf, and Ken Singer had a three-way duel for second while Garlock was setting the pace. Gustaf took over second on lap ten, only to give it back to Whitsel on lap sixteen. Singer spun out on lap seventeen and went to the pits, leaving a three way battle for the lead. Whitsel tried several attempts to pass Garlock on the outside, only to find the opening he needed on the inside, making the winning pass on lap eighteen. This was the first win for Whitsel in the Street Stock ranks. Garlock finished second and Gustaf third. Dustin Kirk and Carl Biddle completed the top five. Whitsel also won the heat race.
Jason Stoner started his racing career in Strictly Stocks, then spent a short time in 4-Cylinder Thunder Cars, and is now running a Mini Stock. Stoner got his first win in a Mini Stock, and he did it in convincing fashion. Troy Cramer led the first three laps until Stoner worked by on the inside to gain the lead on lap four. Stoner then pulled out to a large advantage while Mark Grove and Gary Dehart worked their way forward after starting near the rear of the nine-car field. Grove led Dehart up thru the pack and they both passed Cramer to move into second and third on lap nine. By then Stoner’s lead was a full straightaway. Stoner’s lead diminished slightly over the last ten laps, but his lead was still over five car lengths when the checkered flag waved. Grove and Dehart finished second and third, with Bill Kennedy fourth and Cramer fifth. Dehart and Grove were the heat race winners.
Fifteen drivers were on hand for the Super Stock division. Bill Powell returned to action and the same story played out as it has several times before. Powell parlayed a heat race win into the pole position for the feature. Powell then led all twenty laps to score his seventh win of the year. Devin Hart may have been the fastest car on the track, coming from starting thirteenth to second on lap eleven. But just two laps later Hart’s car slowed to a stop and he was done. Curtis Guyer ran second almost the entire event and he finished second. Deron Henry started fourteenth and was able to make it up to finish third, battling with Derek Grabill in the closing laps. Adam Imes was right behind in fifth. Heat race wins went to Powell and Guyer.
Tony Hampton started second and grabbed the early lead in the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature. Hampton was using the high groove, but relinquished the lead when Justin Rasp worked by in the low groove on lap six. Dalton McQuade was also able to pass Hampton on lap ten and when the caution came out on lap thirteen Rasp’s lead was gone. McQuade moved by on the inside on the ensuing restart and then was able to keep Rasp a few car lengths behind the rest of the way to score the win. The win gave McQuade a bit of breathing room in the championship battle with only one race remaining. Rasp settled for second, Hampton third, with Terry Smith fourth and Robert McQuade fifth. Hampton and Smith won the heat races.
Justin Williamson scored feature win number fourteen in 2013 at Path Valley Speedway in the Strictly Stocks. Glenn Wilson led the first three laps and Ricky Weaver led lap four. Williamson went by both, making the winning pass on lap five. At that point everyone stayed in their positions with the top five being Williamson, Weaver, Wilson, Robert Wellman, and Scott Rohr. Williamson also won the heat race.
Natasha Moore won the Powder Puff race and Junior Guyer won in the Mechanics race.
FULL MOON IN FULL EFFECT AT PATH VALLEY
It is a long standing superstition that strange things happen at the race track when it is on or near a full moon. Such was the case on Friday night at Path Valley.
The 4-Cylinder Thunder Cars were the first feature of the night. Things seemed fairly normal during the race. Dalton McQuade led from start-to-finish. Justin Rasp got a flat tire in the first few laps, but rallied back after getting the tire replaced to finish second. After the checkered flag dropped is when the unusual started. McQuade was disqualified for safety infractions, making Rasp the official winner. Second thru fifth went to Tony Hampton, Kyle Martin, Shaun Linn, and Corey Wagner. Linn and McQuade won the heat races.
Brad McGinnis made his first appearance this year at Path Valley pay off with a win in the Super Stock feature. Curtis Guyer started alongside McGinnis on the front row, and they stayed side-by-side in the early going with Guyer leading laps three and four. McGinnis regained the lead on lap five and was not challenged after that, winning by nearly a full straightaway. Guyer held on to second while Deron Henry and Austin Johnson made late charges to finish third and fourth. Alex Boozel came home fifth. McGinnis and Guyer won their heat races.
The Late Model feature was next and the “full moon effect” kicked back in. There were four cautions before the first lap was scored. One of those occurred while they were on the pace lap getting ready to go back to green. There were a total of seven cautions in the first four laps. Danny Snyder started on the pole and led the first four laps before pulling to the pit area on lap five. George Dixon inherited the lead at that point, and it was a lead he would not relinquish. After the early struggles, the race went non-stop the last 21 laps. Dixon stretched out a large lead, only to have Dave Dunkle close the gap as the leaders worked thru lapped traffic. At the finish the margin of victory was only two car lengths with Dixon leading Dunkle across the line. Third thru fifth went to Transtan Stoner, Patrick Bryner, and Tim Snare. The heat race winners were Snyder, Stoner, and Dixon.
Sometimes the “full moon effect” isn’t just about cautions and disqualifications. Sometimes it is about a driver pulling off an unexpected upset. Such was the case in the Mini Stock feature. Jeremy Ott and Kurt Knepper started on the front row and Ott took the early lead. Ott has over 100 feature wins in his career and Knepper had none, so most figured it would be Ott’s race to win. Knepper, on the other hand, had other ideas. While Ott ran the high groove Knepper stayed low and started to catch Ott. Knepper drove past Ott, took the lead on lap four, and began to pull away. Ott closed back in around lap twelve, but then Knepper pulled away by a few car lengths. Ott made one final run, pulling to the inside of Knepper as they exited the final turn. They made side-by-side contact down the frontstretch, but Knepper crossed the line one car length ahead of Ott for his first career feature win. Travis Semple, Gage Whitsel, and Mark Grove finished third thru fifth. Ott was the heat race winner.
Mike Desch scored his second victory at Path Valley this year in the Street Stock feature. Desch led all twenty laps, keeping point leader Ken Singer several car lengths behind. Ronnie Garlock finished third, Ryan Sager fourth, and Dustin Kirk fifth. The heat race was won by Singer.
Justin Williamson notched another win in the Strictly Stock feature, running his total at Path Valley to thirteen in 2013. What is even more amazing than his win total is that he has won all these races in several different cars. Charlie Stallman finished in second, followed by Barry Snyder and Scott Rohr. Stallman won the heat race.
Natasha Moore beat five other competitors to win the 4-Cylinder Powder Puff race and Wayne Wright beat eight other drivers in the 4-Cylinder Mechanics race.
WHARY CLINCHES CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A WIN
Many of the point championships have already been decided at Path Valley for 2013, but the 600cc Micro Sprint division was still up for grabs. When speedway management announced they would not be racing next Saturday that made this week’s race the final point paying event for the Saturday night racers.
Jim Young started the night eighteen points behind Steve Whary for the championship in the 600cc Micro Sprint division. Young started the night by winning his heat race, which moved him three points closer when Whary finished fourth in the second heat. Young’s luck took a change for the worse when he came to pull the invert pill, pulling an eight. That put Whary on the pole for the feature and Young starting eighth. Whary took full advantage, grabbing the lead at the drop of the green and leading all twenty laps to win the feature, and the season-long point championship. Young fought hard to the end, working his way up to second on lap twelve. But that is as far as he could get, settling for second in both the race and the championship. Young showed true sportsmanship afterwards, coming down to victory lane to congratulate Whary. Tyler Walton came to a stop on lap two, but was able to restart and make his way back up to third, leading Anthony Macri and Garrett Bard across the finish line. Walton also won the second heat race.
The Central PA Legends made their final trip to Path Valley Speedway in 2013. Bob Stough is the regional point leader and he added to his advantage with another feature win. Chris Transeau led the first two laps and then Stough took control on lap three. Two late cautions kept the field close, but Stough stayed in control and was never seriously challenged for the lead. Bill Diehl finished in a solid second place. Jacob Feltch finished strong, making two passes the final four laps to capture third. Rick Miller held off Chris Spidle as they finished fourth and fifth. Heat races were won by Chris McKinney, Chad Earnst, and Stough.
Josh Stoyer proved to be the class of the nine-car 270cc Micro Sprint field. Stoyer started first and led every lap of the heat race. Then he again started first in the feature and led all twenty laps to score the win. Levi Peck ran second to Stoyer in both the heat and feature. Third thru fifth went to Tyler Reich, Ted Volz, and Cory Thornton.
The Classic Racing Series was also making their final visit to Path Valley in 2013. They decided to make the last race a special event, making the race distance 40 laps instead of 20. Pete Neal has been the man to beat this year when the CRS comes to Path Valley, and this night was no different. Neal won the first heat race and Ryan Arnold the second, setting them us as the front row starters for the feature. Neal took the lead at the drop of the green and quickly started to separate himself from the pack. As the neared the halfway point Neal closed in on the back of the pack, which included six cars that were racing hard for position. With no clear lane, Neal was slowed, allowing Roland Brown and Matt Wallace to close in. On lap twenty the fight for the lead became three wide, but as they came down the frontstretch there was contact between all three. Brown got the worst of it, receiving enough damage to force him out of the race. Wallace was slightly better off, but lost his right rear coil spring in the mishap. When the green flag waved again Neal was still the leader and was able to pull away from the wounded machine of Wallace. Neal then had his own issues, showing some smoke coming from the engine bay with about ten laps remaining. Neal never faltered down the stretch, claiming his fourth win of the year at Path Valley and drawing slightly closer to Wallace in the season long series point championship. Wallace was able to limp home in second, followed by Arnold, Steve Cantwell, and Charlie Summers. The CRS has four races remaining in 2013.
McANDREW AND MACRI ARE PATH VALLEY WINNERS
Two of the six winners Saturday night at Path Valley are at opposite ends of their respective careers. One of them has won over 100 features and is now racing less to spend more time with his wife and young child. The other is only in his second season of racing, and isn’t even old enough to get his drivers license.
The first ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprint feature was dominated by Wayne Dadetto. Dadetto started first and led all fifteen laps to secure the win. Second thru fifth went to Alyssa Rowe, Sean Garman, Henry Sparks, and Lance Yeager.
In the second ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprint feature Alyssa Rowe set the early pace while Wayne Dadetto tracked her down. Dadetto tried everything he could, and was alongside Rowe with just a few laps to go. But Rowe held her line, never faltered, and earned the win. Lance Yeager finished third, Sean Garman fourth, and Seth Garman fifth.
Pole-sitter Brandon Hawkins led the first lap of the 270cc Micro Sprint feature and Levi Peck took over on lap two. While Peck was showing the way, Sean McAndrew was charging to the front after starting eighth, moving into second on lap four. McAndrew slowly reeled in Peck and made the pass for the lead on lap nine. Only one caution waved, closing the field back up on lap thirteen. One lap after the restart Josh Stoyer drove past Peck and into second. McAndrew showed the speed he has used to win over 100 features and several championships, pulling away from Stoyer to claim another win. Peck finished third, Hawkins fourth, and Jason Houtz fifth. Stoyer and Hawkins were the heat race winners.
Jonathan Hynes started first in the first of two Sidewinder features, but lost the lead to Brandon Yarlett on the first lap. Yarlett led all the way with Hynes close behind. On the final lap Yarlett hesitated just a moment when he caught up to a slower car. Hynes saw his opportunity and went for it, diving inside Yarlett as they entered turn three. Hynes completed the pass and led Yarlett to the stripe by a car length to earn his first win since joining the Sidewinder Sprint series this year. After Yarlett it was Josh Chess, Rich Halter, and Mike Murphy.
In the second feature for the Sidewinders, point leader Rich Halter started first and was leading the way with Mike Zielonis in close pursuit. Halter led for eight laps before his chain came off, ending his night. Zielonis took over on the restart and drove away from the field for the win. Rohan Beasley held back Jonathan Hynes to finish second while Brandon Yarlett finished fourth and Josh Chess fifth.
Fourteen year old Anthony Macri is in his second season of racing 600cc Micro Sprints. Unlike most other youngsters running Micro Sprints, Macri never raced anything else before this. Macri started second, took the lead from Hannah Riser on the start, and led the first four laps. The first of three cautions waved on lap five, and on the restart Steve Whary used the high groove to drive around Macri and into the lead. The caution came back out the very next lap and on that restart Whary’s chain came off just past the restart cone, ending his night. Macri regained the lead on the next restart and put some distance between himself and Riser in second. A few laps later Jim Young took over second and the hunt was on. As Macri worked thru lapped traffic Young was able to close the gap, but Young ran out of laps, finishing two car lengths behind when the checkered flag waved. The win is Macri’s second of this year. Garrett Bard worked hard the second half of the race to get past Riser and was finally able to do so with just one lap remaining to finish third. Tyler Campbell finished fifth. Heat race wins went to Young and Wayne Dadetto.
RASP WINS SCOFIELD MEMORIAL
The 4th running of the Wes Scofield Memorial took place Friday night at Path Valley speedway. Sixteen 4-Cylinder Thunder Car drivers signed in for their chance at the $500 payday for the winner.
The Street Stock division got the features underway. Ken Singer took the lead from Joe Gustaf on lap two and led the way the remaining fourteen laps for the win. Emory Covert finished second and Gustaf in third. Gustaf won the heat race.
Jeremy Ott claimed his second win in as many weeks in the Mini Stock feature. Mark Grove led the first two laps until he got sideways exiting turn four on lap three, losing several positions. Bill Kennedy took over the top spot and held the lead for three laps, until Ott drove past on lap six. Gary Dehart finished second, ahead of Jason Stoner, Kevin Thomas, and Grove. Heat race checkers went to Grove, Tom White, and Kennedy.
Sixteen Late Model drivers took the green flag with Dave Dunkle on the pole and leading lap one. George Dixon used the low groove to work past Dunkle on lap two. Dixon set the pace the final 24 laps to make a return visit to Path Valley’s victory lane. Andy Fries settled for second after battling with Eric Irvin, who finished third. Scott Richwine made a rare appearance parlay into a fourth place finish, holding off Wes Bonebrake in the closing laps. The heat race winners were Bonebrake, Steve Bailor, and Fries.
The 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature was the fourth running of the Wes Scofield Memorial. Justin Rasp started on the front row and led all twenty-five laps to score the $500 payout for the win. Nick Ruhl stayed close, but only once was able to pull beside Rasp, and crossed the finish line second. Terry Smith took third in only his second race this season. Dalton McQuade finished fourth and Jeremy Moore fifth. Rasp, Shaun Linn, and Ruhl won their heat races.
Devin Hart extended his point lead in the Super Stock division with another win. Hart started first and dueled with Curtis Guyer for the first half of the event. Hart moved from the low groove to the top and then pulled away in the closing laps. Derek Grabill kept Adam Imes behind him to claim the third spot and Brad Karns rounded out the top five. Heat race wins went to Hart and Guyer.
Justin Williamson continued his domination of the Strictly Stock class, again winning the heat race and leading all twenty laps for his twelfth win at Path Valley this year. Eric Boozel challenged Williamson in the early going, but was not able to match Williamson’s pace, falling back to nearly a straightaway behind at the finish. Third thru fifth went to Sam Barge, Rusty Garlock, and Travis Wilson.
DESCH WINS FIRST AT PATH VALLEY
Last week’s racing saw three drivers with winning streaks. This week two of those streaks came to an end.
Twelve drivers signed in to run the final race before the Wes Scofield Memorial for 4-Cylinder Thunder Cars next week. Nick Ruhl and Dalton McQuade showed speed early, winning the two heat events. But when it came to the feature it was all Justin Rasp. Rasp started second, took the lead at the drop of the green, and led all twenty laps for the win. Ruhl kept Rasp honest, staying close and even pulling alongside near the midway point. Ruhl could not complete the pass, dropping back into second, where he finished. Third thru fifth went to Troy Showalter, Dalton McQuade, and Robert McQuade.
Steve Lowery entered the evening winner of the last five Street Stock features. Mike Desch had other plans this week, and used the recipe Lowery had used for most of his wins. Desch won the heat race, started on the pole for the feature, and led every lap to score his first win at Path Valley Speedway. Lowery tried hard to keep the streak alive, running down Desch from nearly a full straightaway behind. But Desch made no mistakes and Lowery could not find a way around, settling for second. Joe Gustaf and Ken Singer battled most of the twenty laps for third, with Gustaf getting the spot at the end. Bob Vogt rounded out the top five.
Gary Dehart’s hopes for winning his fourth straight Mini Stock feature left just as quickly as the air from his left rear tire. Leroy Long set the pace until Dehart took the lead on lap five. A few laps later Jeremy Ott moved into second and a caution on lap eleven closed up the field. On the restart Ott and Dehart made slight contact entering turn one and the result was a flat left rear tire for Dehart. Ott took over the top spot and was not seriously challenged the remaining laps, taking the checkered flag first. Mark Grove put on a strong second half charge to finish second. Long held on for third, Bill Kennedy was fourth, and Dehart returned to finish fifth. Ott and Chris Anderson were the heat race winners.
In the Super stock division Bill Powell saw his winning streak come to an end last week. This week he will try to start a new one. Powell started second, took the lead from pole-sitter Curtis Guyer at the start, and powered away from the field, leading all twenty laps for the win. Guyer was able to run second the whole event, finishing ahead of Austin Johnson, Derek Grabill, and Curt Dunn. Powell and Guyer were also the heat race winners.
Justin Williamson won the heat race and led all twenty laps to win the Strictly Stock feature. The win is Williamson’s eleventh of the year at Path Valley. Ricky Weaver finished second, Charlie Stallman third, Scott Rohr in fourth, and Barry Snyder fifth.
3 "STREAKERS" SEEN AT PATH VALLEY
3 “streakers” were seen in victory lane at Path Valley Friday night, one with five wins in a row, one with three consecutive wins, and one just starting to streak by winning his first two starts of the year.
In the Super Stock feature Curtis Guyer led the way for the first seven laps followed closely by Devin Hart. Hart put an inside move on exiting turn two on lap eight to take over the top spot. Soon after that Adam Imes also used the low line to pass Guyer for second. Hart was never contested the rest of the way to take his sixth win of the year. Imes and Guyer finished second and third while Austin Johnson and Ryan Norris came home fourth and fifth. Johnson won the heat race.
The 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature was an entertaining event with three different drivers taking a turn at the front. Justin Rasp led the first six laps until Mike Fuller slipped by to lead lap seven. Rasp came right back, regaining the lead on lap eight. Rasp’s car started to slow just past halfway and he lost the lead to Dalton McQuade on lap fifteen. McQuade’s time at the front only lasted three laps until he suffered engine woes and pitted, giving the lead back to Fuller. Fuller held off Tony Hampton the final three laps to earn his first career victory. Third thru fifth went to Kyle Martin, Shaun Linn, and Robert McQuade. Dalton McQuade was the heat race winner
Todd Snook has only run his Late Model at Path Valley the last two weeks, but he has won both events. Snook took the lead from Tim Snare on the second lap and kept the field at bay the final 24 laps, which included many restarts. Dave Dunkle worked his way forward and into second, but was nearly a full straightaway behind at the checkers. Behind Dunkle it was Wes Bonebrake, Snare, and Steve Bailor. Heat race wins went to George Dixon, Bailor, and Bonebrake.
The Mini Stock feature unfortunately degraded into a rolling demolition derby, with only six of the eleven starters finishing, and only three of the six finishers were not involved in any incident. Not surprisingly, those were the top three finishers. Gary Dehart took the lead from Kenny Hill on lap two and led the last nineteen laps. That made Dehart the second “streaker” in victory lane with his third win in a row and seventh of the season. Bill Kennedy and Chris Anderson avoided on the carnage to finish second and third with Shaun Patterson fourth and Chase Shaw fifth. Dehart and Hill claimed heat race wins.
Steve Lowery became the third “streaker” in victory lane, winning his fifth straight. As with most of his wins, Lowery led from start to finish. He was challenged late when Devin Whitsel caught up to him and gave him a slight tap in the back bumper with a lap to go, but that is as close as he could get. Third thru fifth went to Josh Gustaf, Joe Gustaf, and Emory Covert. Lowery also won the heat race.
Justin Williamson continued his domination of the Strictly Stock division, leading all twenty laps and leading by over half of a lap for his tenth win this year. Robert Wellman finished second, followed by Kaili Hockensmith, Heath Leonard, and Scott Rohr. The heat race was won by Williamson.
YOUNG AND McANDREW WIN MICROS AT PATH VALLEY
The 600cc Micro Sprint feature got things underway with a bang, literally. As the field entered turn one for the first time several cars got crossed up resulting in a multi-car incident which involved at least eight of the twenty-car field. Three cars rolled over and the worse was Kameron Morral. Morral’s car flew thru the air and came to a sudden stop on its side on top of the guard rail beside the track exit. Morral climbed from the car unharmed, and all of the other involved drivers said they were okay.
When the race resumed, pole-sitter Jim Young darted into the lead. Tyler Walton ran in second, closing the gap once they started working thru lapped traffic. Two more cautions and a red flag for Timmie Barrick and Ben Houtz flipping kept the field close, but cleared away the slower traffic ahead of the race leaders. Young kept Walton at bay to claim the win and the trophy on Juniata Beverage Night. Walton was followed across the line by Shane Lewis, Steve Whary, and Cale Reigle. Heat race wins went to Walton, Lewis, and Whary.
Pete Neal followed Jim Young’s lead, starting first in the Classic Racing Series feature and leading all twenty laps for the win. Neal dominated the event, leading by over half of a lap at the finish. Neal has three wins in 2013, and all three have come at Path Valley. The win also closes up the championship battle as Neal entered the evening in second, 95 points behind Matt Wallace. Second thru fifth was a close race the whole way with Ron Grove prevailing over Steve Cantwell, Charlie Summers, and Matt Wallace. Neal and Grove claimed heat race checkers.
The 270cc Micro Sprint feature had an unusually small field, with only nine drivers signed in and only seven able to take the green flag. Cory Myers started second and took the early lead. Myers set the pace until Jerry Palm used the high groove to slingshot around Myers on lap five. Palm’s lead was short lived due to engine failure on lap ten. Ryan McAndrew inherited the lead on the lap ten restart and led the last eleven laps for the win. Cory Myers held on to second, followed by Brandon Hawkins, Don Roush, and Eric Forsythe. Forsythe was the heat race winner.
The Sidewinder Sprints run twin fifteen lap features. In the first event Tim Townsend took the lead from Zach Overmiller on lap two and drove away to finish first. But, Townsend failed post race inspection, giving the win to Josh Chess. The win is Chess’s first since joining the Sidewinder division. Second thru fifth went to Rich Halter, Rohan Beasley, Mike Zielonis, and Overmiller.
Rohan Beasley started first in the second event and led all fifteen laps for his first win in 2013. Beasley described the win as “getting the gorilla off my back” as he has suffered thru a disappointing season so far. Brandon Yarlett finished second, just ahead of a hard charging Mike Zielonis. Josh Chess and Rich Halter finished fourth and fifth.
THREE NEW FACES IN PATH VALLEY VICTORY LANE
There were three drivers that made their first trip to Path Valley’s victory lane on Friday night, two for the first time ever and one the first time this year.
The Street Stock feature was the first of the night. Steve Lowery extended his winning streak to four in a row by leading all twenty laps for the win. Rich Earhart finished second with Emory Covert in third. Ronnie Garlock was credited for fourth and Ken Singer fifth. Lowery also won the heat race.
Justin Rasp returned to 4-Cylinder Thunder Car action for the first time since June 28th and showed no bad signs from the time off. Rasp was sent to the rear of the eight-car field for contact on the initial start, but then only took eight laps to rocket his way to the lead, driving around Dalton McQuade for the top spot. After that he was never contested, leading the final thirteen laps for the win. Second thru fifth went to Tony Hampton, Mike Fuller, Dalton McQuade, and Kyle Martin. The heat race win went to Rasp.
Todd Snook made his first visit to Path Valley in his Late Model and the trip paid off. Steve Bailor led the first five laps, but slipped high in turn four on a restart and Snook drove by on the inside. Going into turn one Bailor got extremely sideways again and George Dixon had nowhere to go and the two got hooked together. Snook took over the point on the ensuing restart and never faltered, keeping Wes Bonebrake a few car lengths behind to claim his first win at Path Valley. Tim Smith followed Bonebrake to finish third while Dixon and Bailor recovered to finish fourth and fifth. Dixon and Smith were the heat race victors.
The Mini Stock feature was a classic battle between Gary Dehart and Jeremy Ott. Dehart led from the drop of the green flag and Jeremy Ott reeled him in from nearly a full straightaway behind near the halfway mark. Ott got beside Dehart down the frontstretch, but the caution came out, negating the attempted pass. After that Ott could never get closer than Dehart’s back bumper, giving Dehart the flag-to-flag win, his second in a row. Shane Sixeas was close behind, finishing third. Chris Anderson finished fourth, but was disqualified in post race inspection, giving fourth to Tom White and fifth to Bill Kennedy. Heat race checkers went to Dehart and Anderson.
In the Super Stock division Derek Grabill ended two years of struggles by claiming his first win at Path Valley. Grabill, driving a 1967 Barracuda, started first and led every lap, holding off challenges by Austin Johnson the second half of the race. Bill Powell worked past Devin Hart in the closing laps to finish third and Curtis Guyer rounded out the top five. Powel was the heat race winner.
Charlie Stallman led all fifteen laps of the Strictly Stock feature for the win. Second went to Andrew Moist and Jarred Rudy third. Stallman also won the heat race.
BULL GETS 1ST WIN AT PATH VALLEY
The 270cc and 600cc Micro Sprints run every Saturday night at Path Valley Speedway and were joined this week by the P.A.S.S. 305 Sprints and the Central PA Legend Cars. This gave four different drivers the thrill of victory and the spectators hours of racing action.
The 270cc Micro Sprint feature was the first to run. Brent Bull started on the pole position followed by Levi Peck, Ryan McAndrew, and Colby Dice, three drivers that are always a threat to win at Path Valley. On this night though, it was Bull’s turn. Bull shot out front when the green flag dropped and led all twenty laps for his first win in a Micro Sprint. Five cautions in the first ten laps kept the field close, but Bull never faltered and was able to put some distance between himself and McAndrew on every restart. McAndrew finished second, ahead of Dice, Brandon Hawkins, and Peck. Heat race wins went to Derek Miller and Daryl Beakler.
Rick Miller started first for the Legend Car feature and set the pace for the first seven laps. On lap eight Lucas Montgomery pulled by with an inside move and into the lead. While Miller and Montgomery battled for the lead Bob Stough was working his way forward after starting ninth in the eighteen car field. Stough used the low line to take third from Chris Spidle on lap twelve and second from Chad Earnst on lap fourteen. Three laps later Stough caught Montgomery and used the high groove thru turns three and four to drive around Montgomery and into the lead. Stough led the final four laps to claim the checkered flag. Montgomery held on to second while Bill Diehl made a second half charge to finish third. Earnst finished fourth and Spidle fifth. Miller and Montgomery were the heat race winners.
Alex Schanz and Scott Ellerman started first and second in the 305 Sprint feature and were still running that way when they caught up to slower traffic mid-way thru the twenty lap feature. On lap twelve Schanz got held up for just a moment and Ellerman seized the opportunity, diving to the inside and into the lead. Two laps later the only break in the action came when Cory Myers rolled on to his side, bringing out the red flag. That gave Ellerman a clear track for the restart and he kept Schanz a few car lengths behind to claim his first win since rejoining the 305 Sprints. Following Schanz across the line was Ryan Lynn, Zack Newlin, and Eric Parker. Ellerman and Schanz also won the heat races.
The 600cc Micro Sprint feature was the night cap. Cale Reigle started first and showed the way for the first five laps. Kameron Morral started third and quickly found the high groove to his liking, chasing down Reigle and taking the lead on lap six. Two laps later Jim Young worked past Reigle and into second, but nearly half of a straightaway behind Morral. On lap sixteen Morral’s hopes were dashed when the car suddenly slowed entering turn three and came to a stop on the frontstretch. Young inherited the lead on the restart and led the final five laps to take the win. Eric Bodine made a rare appearance at Path Valley, but made it count with a solid second place finish. Reigle held on to finish third, followed by J.D. Harman and Todd Hoover. Heat race checkers went to Steve Whary and Young.
LOWERY AND POWELL CONTINUE WIN STREAKS
Two drivers in the stock car program that Path Valley runs every Friday night have now have winning streaks of at least three weeks. Both drivers got a late start to the season, but have been quickly making up for lost time.
A week ago in the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature Kyle Martin led Tony Hampton all twenty laps for the win. This week Martin was attempting to do it again, grabbing the lead at the drop of the green flag. This week Martin had trouble avoiding a “pot hole” that developed in turn three. It finally slowed him down enough that Hampton got a run to the inside, making the winning pass on lap sixteen. Hampton led the final five laps for the win. Martin settled for second, ahead of John Rasp, Robert McQuade, and Shaun Linn. McQuade won the heat race.
It took Steve Lowery and his team a few weeks to get his car dialed-in, but now that it is he is making the most of it. Lowery led all twenty laps of the Street Stock feature to claim his third win in a row. Ken Singer kept Lowery honest, staying within a few car lengths most of the race and pulling alongside Lowery in the closing laps when Lowery moved to the high groove. That is as close as Singer could get as Lowery moved back to the bottom and took the checkered flag leading by one and one-half car lengths. Third thru fifth went to Emory Covert, Mike Duvall, and Mark Whitsel. Singer won the heat race.
Gary Dehart took the lead from Shane Sixeas on lap three of the Mini Stock feature and cruised to victory, leading the last eighteen laps virtually unchallenged. The big story in this race was a multi-car crash in the early laps that sent nearly half of the twelve car field to the pit area. Shaun Patterson continues to show improvement, coming home second. Bill Kennedy came back from two spinouts to finish third while Lyle Barnes held off John Rasp to finish fourth. Heat race checkers went to Korey Washinger and Mark Grove.
Bill Powell is making life tough on the other Super Stock competitors. Powell survived a minor on-track “pushing match” to win the heat race and then drew a “heads up” invert pill, putting him on the pole for the feature. Powell then led all twenty laps of the feature for his fourth win in four races. Second thru fifth place went to Devin Hart, Adam Imes, Curtis Guyer, and Ryan Norris.
Justin Williamson won the Strictly Stock feature in the car previously owned by Glenn Wilson. Williamson’s brother, Chris Anderson, bought the car just before the races started. Travis Wilson led the first ten laps, also in a car he had just purchased earlier in the week. On lap eleven Wilson’s car started to slow down and the next lap he was stopped on the front stretch with a fire under the hood.
BILLY DIETRICH DOMINATES POSSE AT PATH VALLEY-BILLY PAUCH TAKES SPEEDSTER WIN
Spring Run, PA (July 28, 2013): Billy Dietrich probably wishes that every race was held on a Sunday. The Second generation driver fom Biglerville, PA dominated the Posse at the Path, for the biggest win of his career. A number of his other memorable wins came on the Sabbath day.
In the nightcap for the Speedsters, it was deja vu all over again, as Modified stars Billy Pauch and Kenny Brightbill battled to the checkers, as they did many timeover the course of their long careers. Pauch came out on top, prompting him to sat that "it's pretty easy when the top two have a hundred years of experience on the field."
The luck of the draw put Brent Marks and Billy Dietrich on the front row of the 35 lapper. Dietrich fired first, and held control through the first 11 laps. "Starting on the outside was an advantage, for sure," Dietrich said after taking the win.
Marks ran in second until the leaders hit lapped traffic. While Dietrich sliced through the back markers, Kyle Moody worked into second. Lance DeWease wrestled third away from Marks, with Fred Rahmer and Ryan Smith challenging for positions.
Dietrich continued to lead through a number of cautions that slowed the pace in the middle stages of the race. DeWease had the momentum up top, but he could never get a good run on Moody during this interval. Fred Rahmer retired with a flat right rear tire on one of the cautions, ending his remarkable streak of 42 consecutive top ten finishes.
The field was given a fuel stop with 22 laps down, setting up a thirteen lap run to the checkers. Dietrich got away in the lead, but behind him, the action was furious. Unable to pass Moody on the topside,
DeWease threw sliders at the young driver. While DeWese did take the second position several times, he could not hold retain it. DeWease repeatedly slid across the top, opening the door for Moody to turn back under him.
Greg Hodnett joined Moody and DeWease in the intense fight for second. He grabbed third on lap 31 when DeWease could not control his slider in turn one. Hodnett then worked past Moody for second as the field completed lap 34.
At the checkers, it was Dietrich earning the $5,000 payday, with Hodnett, Moody, DeWease and Jacob Allen completing the top five. Allen was one of the drivers who came to life after the fuel stop.
Ryan Smith, Marks, Alan Krimes, Jimmy Siegel, and Logan Schuhart were sixth through tenth.
Heat wins went to Fred Rahmer, Lance DeWease, and Billy Dietrich. The B Main victor was Danny Dietrich. The evening's fastest qualifier for the 29 cars was Brent Marks, who turned the track in 10.016 seconds. The top 6 qualifiers were separated by just a tenth of a second. Promoter's options added to the starting lineup were Hunter Mackison and Logan Wagner.
In the Speedster feature, Pauch jumped out to an early lead, with Freddie Rahmer, Jr. giving chase. The third generation driver spun in turn one, and Rich Janney collided with him, ending the night for both.
That put Brad Brightbill and his dad, Kenny, into second and third for the restart. Brad maintained second for several laps, but Kenny got going in the high groove and took second away within a few circuits.
Brightbill chased Pauch as the laps clicked off. Brightbill rode the outside, with Pauch taking the middle groove or the inside, as he was searching for a faster line around the speedway.
Brightbill got a run on Pauch with about seven laps remaining, but Pauch powered off turn four with the lead. When Brightbill fell back several car lengths, many of the fans thought the race was over. However, he came charging back with just two lpas remaining. Once again, Brightbill took the high line trough turns three and four, but Pauch was up to the task.
Pauch claimed the win, with Kenny Brightbill second. Brandon Rahmer came on in the final ten laps of the race to take third. Brad Brightbill held on for fourth. Billy Pauch, Jr. took fifth from Joey Allen, who had held the psoition for almost the entire distance.
Mike Bednar, Brittany Wixon, Jeff Strunk, and Kyle Weiss completed the top ten. The run for Weiss was remarkable, as he was the evening's only flipper. The crew made the necessary repairs to allow him to start the feature and make the top ten.
Speedster heat winners were Joey Allen and Rich Janney.
Posse at the Path: Billy Dietrich, Greg Hodnett, Kyle Moody, Lance DeWease, Jacob Allen, Ryan Smith, Brent Marks, Alan Krimes, Jimmy Siegel, Logan Schuhart, Logan Wagner, Robble Kendall, Matt Boland, Hunter Mackison, Fred Rahmer, James McFadden, Dan Shetler, Curt Stroup, Rodney Westhafer, Danny Dietrich, Joey Hershey, Ryan Wilson.
DNQ: Jimmy Seger, Matt Horst, Mike Wagner, II, Alex Schanz, Ryan Greth, Jordan Mackison, and Matt Sowers.
Speedsters: Billy Pauch, Sr., Kenny Brightbill, Brandon Rahmer, Brad Brightbill, Billy Pauch, Jr., Joey Allen, Mike Bednar, Brittany Wixon, Jeff Strunk, Kyle Weiss, John Kovatch, Freddie Rahmer, Jr., Rich Janney
KNAUB TAKES TWO AT PATH VALLEY
When the Steel Block Bandit feature was rained out on July 12th it was rescheduled for July 26th. Then the Path Valley track management added a tribute race to the original builders of the speedway, giving the fans two Late Model features on the same night. Both features were paying $1,500 to win, making it the biggest payout of the year for the late model division.
The make-up feature for the Steel Block Bandit traveling Late Model series was the first event of the evening. Justin Ehrhart led the field of sixteen to the green and jumped out to the early lead. While Ehrhart was out front, Gene Knaub was working his way toward the front after starting sixth. Knaub kept picking off one position at a time until he set his sights on Ehrhart. Knaub closed in and used an inside move to take the lead on lap eighteen. That proved to be the winning pass as Knaub pulled away and was leading by several car lengths at the end of thirty laps. Ehrhart held off a late charge by Andy Fries to finish second. Fourth and fifth went to Dominic Defino and Kris Eaton.
The McGee Tribute for Late Models was the first of the regularly scheduled features. This event went very much like the first. Justin Ehrhart started on the front row and took the lead at the drop of the green flag. This time Ehrhart appeared to have a large enough lead as the race went non-stop. That is until lap twenty-five, when the only caution waved for a two car incident in turn three. That put Gene Knaub on Ehrhart’s back bumper for the restart. On the restart Ehrhart protected the inside so Knaub went to the high line and powered around Ehrhart thru turns one and two and into the lead. Knaub led the final ten laps to get his second win of the night. Andy Fries again finished behind Ehrhart and in third, with Wes Bonebrake and Tim Smith rounding out the top five. Heat wins went to Steve Bailor, Bonebrake, and Ehrhart.
In the Mini Stock feature Shane Sixeas beat Kurt Knepper into turn one at the start for the lead. Sixeas then slowly pulled away the rest of the non-stop twenty lap event, leading by nearly a full straightaway at the finish. This was Sixeas’ second career win. Knepper held off Gary Dehart the last ten laps to secure second. Mark Grove finished fourth and Shaun Patterson fifth. Knepper was the heat race winner.
Steve Lowery moved from fourth to first on the first lap of the Street Stock feature and led all twenty laps for his second win in a row. Wayne Hawbaker scored a solid second place, finishing ahead of Emory Covert, Mike Duvall, and Dustin Kirk. The heat race win went to Hawbaker.
In the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car event Kyle Martin started second and was able to get around pole-sitter Tony Hampton exiting turn two on the first lap. After that Martin led Hampton and Dalton McQuade on a three car bumper-to-bumper battle for the lead. McQuade moved past Hampton, only to have the pass negated by the caution flag. Over the last few laps Martin was able to pull away by a few car lengths to secure the win. Hampton kept ahead of McQuade to finish second. Robert McQuade finished fourth and Troy Showalter fifth. Hampton was the heat race winner.
Bill Powell started first and led all twenty laps of the Super Stock feature to get his third win in a row. The final ten laps Powell had his hands full holding back Carl Snare. Snare was making his first start at Path Valley and quickly found the track to his liking with a second place finish. Adam Imes finished third, Devin Hart fourth, and Craig Imes came from starting last in the ten car field to finish fifth. Powell also won the heat race.
Cletus Pittman outran Glenn Wilson for twelve laps to win the Strictly Stock event.
BOWES WINS MODIFIED AT PATH VALLEY
The 600cc Modifieds made their first trip to the high banks of Path Valley speedway. Every record book shows that there can only be one “first” winner of a division at any track, and Saturday night Aaron Bowes put his name in the record books as the first ever feature winner of 600cc Modifieds at Path Valley.
In the 270cc Micro Sprint division Brandon Hawkins appeared to be the man to beat. Hawkins won the heat race, started second for the feature, and beat pole-sitter Ted Volz to turn one and the lead. Hawkins was already leading by several car lengths when something broke exiting turn four and his car turned hard right. Before he had time to react the car went straight into the outside wall. Hawkins climbed out of the car, apparently unharmed, but the car was not as fortunate. Levi Peck took over the top spot on the restart on lap three. Peck had his racecar setup dialed in perfectly and he handily led the last eighteen laps to score the win. Colby Dice wrestled second place from Jerry Palm with two laps to go while Adam Warner came from the back of the ten car field to finish fourth. Cody Hackenberry completed the top five.
Devin Beidel started on the pole and led the first six laps of the 600cc Micro Sprint feature. Several early cautions kept the field bunched together and Jim Young dove to the inside of Beidel in turn one on a restart on lap seven to take the lead. Beidel’s chain came off just a few laps later. Steve Whary ran behind Young in second place, but was not able to gain any ground. That is until lap seventeen when Whary started closing in. Just after getting the “two laps to go” signal Whary powered past Young for the winning pass. An excited Whary in victory lane stated, “I’m not sure if I got faster or he slowed down, but I just drove in hard and the car stuck”. Young held on to second. J.D. Harman and Hannah Riser ran strong, finishing third and fourth. Kameron Morral rebounded from hitting the backstretch wall in warm-ups and used the high groove to finish fifth. Young and Whary were the heat race winners.
Twenty-five drivers signed in for the first ever appearance by the 600cc Modifieds at Path Valley Speedway. Aaron Bowes took the lead at the drop of the green and restarts were the only time he was challenged after that, leading all twenty laps to take the checkered flag. Jon Pepe held off a late race charge by Nick Mady to finish second while Mark Ludwig out-dueled Jorclyn Mohr for the fourth spot. In victory lane Bowes said that Path Valley was “very racy” and he was looking forward to when the series returns later in the year. Heat race wins went to Jon Pepe, Daulton Bigler, and Michael Burrows.
The Sidewinder Sprints run twin fifteen lap features instead of qualifying heats and a feature. In the first event Reed Salony dominated, leading all fifteen laps on the way to victory. Salony was followed by Brandon Yarlett, Jerry Strausbaugh, Zach Overmiller, and Mike Zielonis. On the start point leader Rich Halter made contact with another racer which turned him into the outside wall and almost rolling over, ending his string of wins at Path Valley at three.
Mike Zielonis used the same formula to win the second feature as Reed Salony did in the first. Zielonis led every lap on his way to the win. Jonathan Hynes showed much improvement with a solid second place, finishing ahead of Zach Overmiller, Brandon Yarlett, and Jerry Strausbaugh.
10 RACES AND 9 WINNERS AT PATH VALLEY
When rain hit during intermission the previous week, six features were rescheduled. Five of them were Friday night, running with the five that were already scheduled, giving the fans ten features worth of racing action all in one night.
The five make-up features started the night’s activities and the 4-Cylinder Thunder Cars were first out. Dalton McQuade grabbed the early lead and built up just enough of an advantage that when his car started overheating the final three laps he was still able to hold off Kyle Martin for the win. Third thru fifth went to Robert McQuade, Shaun Linn, and Tony Hampton.
In the Super Stock make-up event Carl Miller led the way until Bill Powell used an inside move to take the lead on lap twelve. Powell drove away from the field the remaining laps to claim the win. Austin Johnson also worked past Miller in the closing laps to finish second while Devin Hart finished fourth and Curtis Guyer fifth.
Steve Lowery led the first two laps of the Street Stock feature but pulled off the track on lap three. Ken Singer took over from there and drove away from Wayne Hawbaker for the win.
Bill Kennedy got his first win this year in the make-up feature for the Mini Stocks. Kennedy led all twenty laps, although dealing with an engine that wasn’t quite right. Shaun Patterson ran a close second with Kenny Hill finishing third. Fourth and fifth went to Shane Sixeas and Ronnie Garlock.
Glenn Wilson was the only Strictly Stock to return from last week and was awarded the win.
The running order was switched up for the regularly scheduled features and the Mini Stocks were now first to take the track. Shane Sixeas led the first lap and then gave way to Jeremy Ott on lap two. Ott led comfortably the rest of the way for the win. Shaun Patterson again finished in second place, this time leading Gary Dehart, Kurt Knepper, and Sixeas across the line.
In the second Street Stock feature it was Wayne Hawbaker leading the first two laps before pitting with mechanical trouble. This time Steve Lowery took over the point and Lowery led the last thirteen laps for the win. Second and third went to Ken Singer and Mike Duvall.
The 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature ran much like the make-up, with just a few changes in the order. Tony Hampton led from start-to-finish to take the checkers. Kyle Martin again finished one spot short, finishing second. Dalton McQuade finished third and Shaun Linn was credited for fourth when Robert McQuade was disqualified for not wearing all required safety gear (gloves).
Carl Miller again showed the way to start the Super Stock feature. As in the make-up feature, Miller lost the lead to Bill Powell, this time on lap six. Shortly after losing the lead Miller’s left rear tire went flat, forcing him to the pit area. Curtis Guyer tried to keep it interesting, staying close to Powell, but Guyer could not mount a serious challenge and Powell claimed his second win of the night. Behind Guyer it was Devin Hart, Austin Johnson, and Jason Zook finished fifth in his first night in the car previously driven by Steve Harlan.
The final event of the night was the Strictly Stock feature. Charles Stallman took the lead on the first lap with Justin Williamson right behind. Williamson continued to pressure Stallman until he finally made his move and the winning pass on lap twelve. Williamson then led the last four laps to claim victory. Stallman was second and Glenn Wilson third.
BARRICK AND STOYER TAKE MICRO WINS AT PATH VALLEY
Six divisions were on the card for Saturday night’s event at Path Valley Speedway. Two of them ran double features, so eight drivers got the thrill of visiting victory lane.
The 600cc Micro Sprint feature got off to a slow start with two cautions before one lap was completed. On the third attempt Timmie Barrick beat J.D. Harman to turn one and the lead. That proved to be the winning pass, as Barrick went on to lead all twenty laps for the win. Four more cautions and one red flag kept the field tight, but Barrick had the answer on every restart and won by several car lengths. Steve Whary finished second, Jim Young third, while Harman held off Garrett Bard for fourth. Heat race wins went to Devin Beidel, Zack Light, and Young.
Brent Bull started second in the 270cc Micro Sprint feature and quickly jumped out front at the drop of the green. Bull was leading with Josh Stoyer a few car lengths behind when he caught the back of the field. As Bull attempted to pass Dave Hollar on lap nine the two got together and both came to a stop in turn four. On the restart Stoyer inherited the lead and he would not relinquish it, leading the final eleven laps for the win. Colby Dice finished a solid second ahead of Ryan McAndrew and Sean McAndrew while pole-sitter Derek Miller finished fifth. Ryan and Sean McAndrew won heat races along with Stoyer.
Steve Cantwell claimed his first win at Path Valley and second overall in the Classic Racing Series. Cantwell started first and led all twenty laps for the win. Ryan Arnold stayed close, but could not mount a serious challenge and settled for second. Matt Wallace started last in the thirteen car field and was able to make it to third before running out of laps. Pete Neal finished fourth and Neal Reamer fifth. Cantwell and Arnold also won the heat races.
In the first of two features for the Sidewinder Sprints Reed Salony started eighth but quickly charged to the front, taking the lead from Josh Chess on lap four. Salony was never challenged after that, leading the final twelve laps in the non-stop event. Second thru fifth went to Mike Zielonis, Chess, Alex Schanz, and Jerry Strausbaugh.
Rohan Beasley led the first three laps of the second feature until Rich Halter used the high groove to drive around Beasley exiting turn two. Halter then pulled away, winning by nearly a full straightaway at the finish. Beasley recorded his best finish this year by staying in second. Third thru fifth went to Reed Salony, Mike Zielonis, and Zach Overmiller.
In the Legend feature Bob Stough started fourth and rocketed into the lead by the end of lap one. On lap two Bill Diehl used the high groove to take the lead from Stough. The first half of the race was a back and forth battle between those two with Diehl holding the lead at the end of each lap, sometimes by mere inches. On lap nine the leaders caught the back of the field and when Diehl checked up to avoid hitting one of them Stough shot past to regain the lead. Stough was able to keep control the remaining laps, including a red flag when Brent Marquis suffered an engine fire, to break his streak of second place finishes and get the win. Following Stough at the finish was Diehl, Lucas Montgomery, Chris Spidle, and Rick Miller. Chris Transeau, Diehl, and Miller claimed heat race wins.
The ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprints also forego heat races and run twin fifteen lap features. In the first even Buddy Hines started first and led all fifteen laps for his first win of the year. Hines was followed by Lance Yeager, Wayne Dadetto, Brent Sparks, and John Albright.
Wayne Dadetto went from starting third to the lead on the first lap of the second feature. Dadetto continued to set the pace until his racecar suffered mechanical woes and he pulled to the infield on lap eleven. Alyssa Rowe took over the lead at that point and was able to keep Buddy Hines behind her to claim the win. Third thru fifth went to Lance Yeager, Brent Sparks, and Scott Garman.
THE BEAR ROARS AT PATH VALLEY
It took Steve “The Bear” Bailor awhile to get up to speed in 2013, but once he got the issues resolved he has been unbeatable, winning the last four races he has entered, three of them at Path Valley.
The Mini Stock feature was the first event of the evening. Phil Boden took the lead at the drop of the green and showed the way until Shane Sixeas used an inside move to take control on lap five. Sixeas was never seriously challenged after that, including several restarts, and led the way to the checkers for his first career win. For the second week in a row Gary Newell posted a solid second place finish. Kurt Knepper was close behind in third, followed by Mark Grove and Dan Smith. Heat race wins went to Korey Washinger and Gary Dehart.
Ken Singer out ran Josh Gustaf in a two car Street Stock feature. Singer also won the heat race.
In the Super Stock feature Carl Miller led the opening lap only to have his left rear wheel come off on lap two. Austin Johnson inherited the lead on the restart and made it pay off by leading the last nineteen laps for his first official win in the Super Stocks. Johnson had won earlier this year, but was disqualified for a post-race altercation. This race also featured some post-race problems, but the other drivers were disqualified for being the instigators. Curtis Guyer showed signs of returning to his championship form from one year ago with a second place finish. Shawn Shoemaker finished third in his Path Valley debut, just ahead of Brad Karns and Ryan Norris. Terry Norris and Guyer claimed heat race wins.
Steve “The Bear” Bailor and Wes Bonebrake started on the front row of the Late Model feature. When the green dropped they raced door-to-door into the first turn. Just when it appeared Bonebrake would get the advantage in the high groove he lost traction and Bailor shot into the lead. That was as close as anyone would get to Bailor. The 25-lap feature went non-stop and Bailor led Bonebrake by half of a lap at the finish. Mike Duck held off a persistent George Dixon for third and Tim Snare finished fifth. Bailor was also the heat race winner.
Tony Hampton paced the field for the first twelve laps of the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature. Just past halfway Hampton’s car started to get loose, and when he slowed to correct on lap thirteen D.J. Keefer was right there and quickly seized the lead. Hampton quickly recovered staying in second, but could not close back in, with Keefer taking the win by a few car lengths. Kyle Martin drove the car normally raced by Chas Clouser to an impressive third place. Justin Rasp recovered from an early flat tire to finish fourth and Robert McQuade rounded out the top five. The heat race win went to Dalton McQuade.
Justin Williamson took the lead at the start of the Strictly Stock feature and spent the early laps trying to keep ahead of Ricky Weaver. When Weaver got a flat right front tire Eric Boozel took over the pursuit. Boozel wrestled the lead from Williamson on lap eleven and was pulling away until he also suffered a flat right front tire on lap sixteen. Williamson regained the lead at that point and kept it for the rest of the race to keep the string of wins alive between him and his brother, Chris Anderson. Boozel got his tire replaced, but not before the restart and he finished second. Glenn Wilson was the only other car to finish, getting third. Robert Wellman claimed the heat race win.
WHARY, KENAWELL AND STOYER IN PATH VALLEY VICTORY LANE
Six different classes and seven feature events led to exciting racing action from start to finish Saturday night at Path Valley Speedway.
The 600cc Micro Sprint feature was the first on the program. Garrett Bard started on the pole and set the early pace. Just at the last of three cautions waved Bard’s front wing mounts came loose and the wing flipped backwards. Bard went to the pits for repairs handing the lead over to Steve Whary. Whary took control from that point on and led the remaining laps to claim his second win this year. Timmie Barrick continues to put together top five finishes as he came home second. Zach Light finished third, but he and two other racers were disqualified for a technical infraction in post-race inspection. Third thru fifth went to Jim Young, Hannah Riser, and J.D. Harman. The heats were won by Whary, Bard, and Barrick.
Paul Bacchus led all twelve laps of the Penn-Mar Vintage Car Club race, beating Stew Wenrich and Fred Thompson. Bacchus also won the heat race.
In the first of two fifteen lap features for the ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprint features, Scott Garman led start-to-finish for the win. Buddy Hines finished second, Devin Garman third, and Lance Yeager fourth.
Buddy Hines led the way for the first four laps in the second feature, until Lance Yeager went by on lap five. Yeager pulled away for a convincing victory, keeping his string of winning at least one of the two features each time the series has been to Path Valley. Hines again came home second, ahead of Scott Garman, Devin Garman, and Alyssa Rowe.
The last time the Legends raced at Path Valley Lucas Montgomery took the lead from Bob Stough in the final ten feet of the race. Saturday night Montgomery did just the opposite, charging into the lead on the first lap and leading all twenty laps for his third win in a row at Path Valley. Stough was literally on Montgomery’s back bumper for much of the race, but could not find the way around and settled for second. Bill Diehl finished third, Chris Spidle fourth, and Jacob Feltch used a second half charge to finish fifth. Stough, Montgomery, and Rick Miller were the heat race winners.
When Mark Watkins lined up on the pole position and grabbed the early lead of the PASS 305 Sprint feature it appeared he would be tough to catch. But with most of the field fighting for the bottom groove Steve Kenawell went to the top and found the traction he was looking for. Kenawell quickly reeled in Watkins and powered by on the outside exiting turn two. A few late cautions kept the field close, but Kenawell held firm to earn his first win this year. Watkins held on to second, just in front of a hard charging Scott Ellerman. Logan Wagner finished fourth and Eric Parker fifth. Heat race wins went to Watkins and Lance Newlin.
Josh Stoyer’s night started on a sour note, ending up on his side during warm-ups after contact with another racer. Fortunately for him the top wing was the only serious damage. The inversion for the start of the 270cc Micro Sprint feature put Stoyer on the pole and he took full advantage. Stoyer led all twenty laps for the win, admitting in victory lane that the four cautions fell just right for him as his car was not handling as well as he wanted. Ryan McAndrew ran second the entire distance, losing a few car lengths on each restart and seeing the caution come back out each time he closed back in on the leader. Third thru fifth went to Colby Dice, Greg Robinson, and Levi Peck. Daryl Beakler and McAndrew claimed heat race victories.
THOMAS RETURNS TO PATH VALLEY VICTORY LANE
When Kevin Thomas raced at Path Valley on a weekly basis he was a regular visitor to victory lane. On Friday night Thomas returned to Path Valley Speedway and also to victory lane.
The 4-Cylinder Thunder Cars were the first feature of the night. Tony Hampton started first and was able to stretch out a comfortable lead in the early going. Justin Rasp had to work his way up to second and then slowly began to chase down Hampton. Rasp caught up to Hampton at the halfway point and began looking for his way around the leader. Hampton was able to use the momentum of the high groove to hold the lead until his right rear tire started to lose pressure making his car very loose. Rasp drove by on the inside, taking the lead on lap seventeen and holding it the rest of the way for the win. Dalton McQuade was also able to get by Hampton just before the finish line to take second. Hampton finished third, ahead of Troy Showalter and Mike Fuller. Rasp was also the heat race winner.
Ken Singer has been the dominant driver in Street Stocks this season. But on Friday night he made one error while leading and it cost him the race. Singer got just a bit too far sideways while going thru turn four on lap eight and he had to get off the gas and go across the apron to get headed in the right direction. While that was happening Josh Gustaf and Wayne Hawbaker both went by. Singer was able to get back past Hawbaker for second, but Gustaf made no mistakes the final eight laps and claimed his first career victory in seven years of racing. Singer and Hawbaker finished second and third. The heat race win went to Singer.
Kevin Thomas has been struggling in 2013, unable to finish over half the races he has entered. His racing luck changed Friday night. The inversion put him on the pole position for the start and he took full advantage, leading all twenty laps for his first win this year. Gary Newell also returned to Path Valley and drove to a solid second place finish. Korey Washinger rebounded from an early incident and made his way back to third place, finishing ahead of Bill Kennedy and Kenny Hill. Kurt Knepper showed vast improvement with a dominating win in the heat race, but got caught up in a wreck on the initial start of the feature.
Terry Norris led the way the first thirteen laps of the Super Stock feature, but as the race wore on Norris’ car showed signs of overheating and his pace slowed. Meanwhile Adam Imes had worked his way from fifth to second and used an inside move to blast past Norris and into the lead on lap fourteen. Imes pulled away over the last seven laps, leading by nearly a full straightaway when the checkers fell. Norris held on for second, ahead of Curtis Guyer, Carl Miller, and Amber Mills. Miller claimed the heat race win.
Brothers Chris Anderson and Justin Williamson have been taking turns at the front of the Strictly Stock field, winning all but one of the features this year. Friday night they both ran and finished one-two, with Anderson leading all twenty laps for the win. Williamson finished a close second, followed by Andrew Moist, Jarred Rudy, and Adam Morgan.
STOYER, BARD, AND YEAGER WIN IN MICROS AT PATH VALLEY
Early last week the weather forecast called for rain Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. They were right for the first two, but the skies cleared on Saturday, and the rain gave the racers a very fast and tacky racing surface.
The 270cc Micro Sprint feature was the first one out. The race got off to a very rocky start with two cautions and two red flags before the first lap was completed. Once they did get a lap in Daryl Beakler led the way from starting on the pole with Josh Stoyer in close pursuit. The race was stopped again for another red flag on lap two and slowed three more times by caution after that. Stoyer stayed right with Beakler and found the opening he needed, taking the lead on lap ten. Ryan McAndrew moved past Beakler for second on lap seventeen and the final caution on lap nineteen set up a two lap shootout. Stoyer pulled away on the restart to claim his first feature win in 2013. McAndrew finished second, Beakler in third, with Greg Robinson fourth and Brandon Hawkins fifth. Beakler and Stoyer were the heat race winners.
The 600cc Micro Sprint feature started out as a runaway as Timmie Barrick started first and was leading by nearly half of a lap at the halfway point. Two laps later Barrick got crossed-up with someone he was trying to lap and by the time he got heading in the right direction Jim Young and Garrett Bard were right with him. Young and Barrick made slight contact going thru turns one and two which slowed both of them and allowed Bard to drive by on the inside. Bard kept control after that, leading Barrick and Young across the finish line. Fourth went to Steve Whary and David Holbrook came home fifth. Heat wins went to Whary, Devin Beidel, and Young.
Pete Neal claimed his second win in a row in the Classic Racing Series at Path Valley. Neal started first and led every lap, but was closely pursued the entire event by Roland Brown. Brandon Little also closed in to make it a three-way battle for the lead. Neal never made a mistake and neither Brown nor Little could find their way around him. The top five finishers were Neal, Brown, Little, Charlie Summers, and Neal Reamer. A post race incident led to the disqualification of Steve Cantwell. Matt Wallace and Neal won the heat races.
Lance Yeager became the first driver at Path Valley to win both features in the same night for the ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprints. Yeager led all fifteen laps in both events and Alyssa Rowe finished second in both. In the first event it was Devin Garman third and Sean Garman fourth and Sean Garman got third in the second feature.
The Legend feature was the final event and it was a classic battle between two of the areas better Legend drivers that ended with a win by inches. Bob Stough started second and grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag. Lucas Montgomery moved from fifth up to second on lap five and then the battle began. Stough was running the bottom groove and Montgomery kept looking for a way to get to the inside of Stough. Montgomery finally got to the inside, but Stough found enough traction one groove up to stay in front. Coming off the final turn Stough drifted up slightly letting Montgomery to the inside once again. The drag race was on down the final straight and Montgomery prevailed by mere inches. Chris McKinney posted a solid third place, finishing ahead of Chris Transeau, and Chris Spidle. Heat races were won by McKinney, Montgomery, and Rick Miller.
NEWLIN WINS FIRST IN 305 SPRINT
The racing action at Path Valley Speedway Saturday night was almost as hot as the weather. The track conditions were dry and slick, putting a premium on chassis setup and throttle control for the driver.
After an autograph session during intermission the 270cc Micro Sprint feature was the first to the track. Brandon Hawkins started second and showed the way thru the first five laps, which included three cautions. On the restart for lap six Sean McAndrew drove to the inside of Hawkins and into the lead. Two laps later Ryan McAndrew took over second, recovering quickly after being involved in an accident on the initial start. The event stayed green the rest of the way and Ryan could not close the gap on his brother Sean and he had to settle for second. This was Sean’s second win this year at Path Valley while the brothers have combined to win five of the first seven features. Hawkins held on to finish third, ahead of Adam Warner and Jason Houtz. Ryan and Sean McAndrew also won their respective heat races.
In the first of two Sidewinder Sprint features Mike Zielonis captured his first win at Path Valley by leading all fifteen laps and had a lead of several seconds at the finish. Second thru fifth went to Jason Stahl, Ben Houtz, Reed Salony, and Rich Halter.
The second feature saw Reed Salony showing the way from the pole position with Rich Halter in close pursuit. Salony was driving the low groove while Halter went up top. Halter finally found the traction he needed exiting turn two on the final lap as he drove around Salony and into the lead. This is the second time that Halter has won the second feature at Path Valley this year. Mike Zielonis closed in on the leaders after starting at the rear, but was still a few car lengths behind Salony at the finish. Jason Stahl finished fourth and Brandon Yarlett fifth.
Kody Lehman and Zack Newlin started on the front row of the PA Sprint Series 305 Sprint feature and Lehman took the lead at the drop of the green. Newlin stayed right with Lehman while the leaders pulled away from Logan Wagner in third. Lehman and Newman were both running the low groove when Lehman hesitated just a moment when he caught up to a slower car. That moment of hesitation gave Newlin his chance and he took control with an inside move as they raced down the backstretch. Newlin ran the last three laps to perfection, leading by three car lengths at the end. The win is the first for Newlin in the PASS 305 Sprints and comes in only his sixth start in the series. Following Lehman across the line it was Logan Wagner, Tyler Reeser, and Mike Wagner. Mike and Logan Wagner were the heat race winners.
The 600cc Micro Sprint feature saw seven caution periods and all but one were for multi-car spins in turn two. Steve Whary started first and was able to keep Jim Young and the rest of the field behind him all twenty laps to claim victory. There was some controversy, as one of the wrecks happened right in front of the leaders and Whary was almost involved, coming almost to a stop to avoid the other racers. It was deemed that Whary did not come to a complete stop and was allowed to retain his position at the front of the field. Dwayne Gutshall recovered from a spinout on lap two to finish third, ahead of Kameron Morral and J.D. Harman. Heat race checkers went to Timmie Barrick, Gutshall, and Tyler Esh.
BAILOR BLASTS TO LATE MODEL WIN
Steve Bailor has been struggling with an engine issue all of 2013. The team had replaced everything except the engine itself. Last week they finally found the problem, made the correction, and did it ever show on Friday night.
The Mini Stock feature was the first event after the autograph session during intermission. Jeremy Ott was driving a car he just recently purchased from Austin Kirby. Two hours before the races started and they were still finishing up getting the car ready to go. Ott immediately found the car to his liking. Mark Grove led the first five laps until Ott got to his inside and took the lead on lap six. Ott steadily pulled away after that, leading the final fifteen laps for the win. Grove held off Jason Stoner to finish second with Shane Sixeas fourth and Bill Kennedy fifth. Grove won the heat race.
Leading the Super Stock feature seemed to be a tough place. Adam Imes led the first two laps and then was slowed by a flat tire. Devin Hart took over from there, but he could only hold off Bill Powell until lap seven. On lap eight Powell took his turn at the point, only to also suffer a flat tire while leading lap ten. Hart again showed the way, but was under pressure from Curtis Guyer. The two leaders were putting the back of the field a lap down when Guyer made slight contact with Ryan Norris. Norris spun to the infield and Guyer was put to the tail end of the lead lap cars for causing the caution. Hart was not challenged over the final three laps, leading Austin Johnson to the line by several car lengths. Third thru fifth went to Carl Miller, Guyer, and Norris. Miller was the heat race winner.
John Rasp dominated the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature, leading all twenty laps for the win. Rasp was leading by nearly half of a lap when the only caution waved on lap seventeen. Robert McQuade finished second, followed by Troy Showalter, Shaun Linn, and Dalton McQuade. Rasp also won the heat race.
In the Late Model heat races George Dixon and Steve Bailor put on a great show, running absolutely door-to-door for the first four laps. When it came feature time Bailor left no doubt about it, blasting into the lead right on the start and leading all twenty-five laps for the win. Wes Bonebrake was the best of the rest, coming home second. From there it was George Dixon, Mitch Hack, and Larry Baker. Heat race wins went to Bonebrake and Bailor.
Ken Singer outran Wayne Hawbaker to win the Street Stock feature with Josh Gustaf third. Singer was also the heat race winner
Chris Anderson returned with his super quick Acura and he spanked the Strictly Stock field, leading all twenty laps and lapping all but second place. Heath Rauch finished second, ahead of T.J. Bookwalter, Glenn Wilson, and Adam Morgan.
PETERS WINS 270 ROAD SHOW AT PATH VALLEY
Forty-seven 270cc Micro Sprint drivers came to Path Valley Speedway Saturday night. Although the weather was unseasonably cool, the racing action was not.
The 600cc Micro Sprints started the feature lineup. Gunnar Layton led the field to the green flag and set the early pace. Cale Reigle chased down the leader and made the inside pass for the lead on lap six. From that point on Reigle dominated the event, leading by nearly half of a lap at the finish for his first ever win at Path Valley. Hannah Riser continues to show improvement as she came home with a strong second place finish. Riser was followed by Garrett Bard, Steve Whary, and Timmie Barrick. Layton and Reigle won the heat races.
Paul Bacchus led the first three laps of the Penn-Mar Vintage Car feature until a mechanical breakdown sent him to the infield. Larry Felty took over from there and held of Stew Wenrich to take the win. Fred Thompson finished third. The heat race was won by Bacchus.
After four heat races and three consolation events the twenty-four car field was set for the 270cc Micro Sprint feature. Mason Peters started second, alongside pole-sitter Sean McAndrew. Peters won the drag race to turn one for the early lead and that turned out to be the winning pass. The event was slowed by several cautions and red flags, but Peters never faulted and led all twenty laps. Tyler Snook finished second, with Sean McAndrew third. Ryan McAndrew passed Colby Dice in the closing laps as they finished fourth and fifth. Heat race winners were Jason Houtz, Tyler Snook, Mason Peters, and Sean McAndrew. Consolation wins went to Mike Boyer, Dave Hawkins, and Robert Garvey.
The ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprints run two features. In the first feature Jeff Haefke made the long trip from Ohio pay off by leading all fifteen laps for the win. Haefke was followed across the line by Lance Yeager, Alyssa Rowe, Brent Sparks, and Nick Krchelich.
The second feature saw Alyssa Rowe show the way until her chances literally went up in smoke. Rowe’s engine started losing oil on the front stretch and she did a great job of bringing her car to a safe stop while in a big cloud of smoke and oil all over the left rear tire. Lance Yeager passed Brian Stivenson on the restart and led the final three laps for the win.
TWO FIRST TIME WINNERS AT PATH VALLEY
Two drivers out of the six winners Friday night at Path Valley were experiencing firsts. For one it was his first win in a Late Model and for the other it was his first career feature win.
It took Kyle Martin nearly two years to win his first feature at Path Valley in the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car division. He now has his first winning streak as he followed the win two weeks ago with a dominant performance this week. Martin started second and led all twenty laps of the non-stop event, leading by nearly a full straightaway at the finish. Martin was followed across the line by John Rasp, Shaun Linn, Robert McQuade, and Dalton McQuade. Heat race checkers went to Dalton McQuade.
Ken Singer and Greg Moore started first and second in the Street Stock feature. Twenty laps later and they were still that way. Moore kept pressuring Singer for all but a few laps, but Singer made no mistakes and held his ground to take the win. That snaps a four-race win streak for Moore dating back to last season. Josh Gustaf finished third, ahead of Mike Desch and Ryan Sager. Mike Desch won the heat race.
In the Late Model feature Patrick Bryner started on the pole and paced the field for the first eleven laps. Eric Irwin chased down Bryner, making the pass for the lead with an inside move on turn two of lap twelve. The only caution waved late in the event, putting Wes Bonebrake on Irwin’s back bumper for the restart. Irwin kept Bonebrake a car length or two behind for the remaining laps to take his first win in a Late Model. Bonebrake was followed by George Dixon, Larry Baker, and Jim O’Hara. Heat race wins went to George Dixon and Wes Bonebrake.
Mike Duck brought back the same car Terry Norris violently flipped just six weeks ago and led the Super Stock feature flag-to-flag for the win. Duck was actually passed by Rick Potter, but Potter slipped high and Duck turned back to the inside to recapture the lead. Potter continued to pressure Duck for the lead until pitting with mechanical issues just past halfway. After that Duck was never challenged, beating Devin Hart by a full straightaway. Third thru fifth went to Curtis Guyer, Carl Miller, and Austin Johnson. Rick Potter and Austin Johnson won the heat races.
Gary Dehart is officially “on a roll”. Dehart easily out-distanced the Mini Stock field for his third win in a row and fourth out of the last five. Korey Washinger, making his first start in 2013, set the early pace, leading the first five laps. Dehart took over on lap six and never looked back. Washinger held off Mark Grove for the second spot with Dan Smith in fourth and Shane Sixeas fifth. Gary Dehart also won the heat race.
For the first time in 2013 the Strictly Stock feature winner was not Justin Williamson, or Chris Anderson driving Williamson’s car. Charlie Stallman led the field to the green flag and showed the way for the first half. Williamson took over the lead on lap eleven and looked poised to return to victory lane. But Williamson made contact with T.J. Bookwalter as he was putting him a lap down and the result was a flat right rear tire for Williamson. Williamson stayed on track, but his wounded racecar could not keep up the pace and Ricky Weaver drove by, taking the lead on lap eighteen, just before the only caution period of the event. After the restart Bobby Wellman drove around Weaver, leading the final two laps for his first ever win. Weaver maintained second with Bookwalter third. Justin Williamson was credited for fourth and Charlie Stallman fifth. The heat race win went to Charlie Stallman.
DUKE CLAIMS 270 ROAD SHOW WIN AT PATH VALLEY
When another speedway was unable to host their scheduled event for the 270 Road Show the event was quickly re-scheduled to Path Valley Speedway as a tune-up for their event scheduled for May 25th. Rain threatened to cancel the show, but instead provided plenty of moisture in the clay and a very fast racing surface.
The 600cc Micro Sprint feature started the main events. Garrett Bard and Steve Whary won the heat races, and a number two invert pill was pulled, putting them on the front row for the start. Bard got the jump on Whary at the drop of the green and led every lap for his first win this year. Whary’s only chances to challenge for the lead came on three different restarts, but he was five car lengths behind at the finish. Third thru fifth went to Alex Bright, Kameron Morral, and Timmie Barrick.
Pete Neal started first and was leading Joe Snodgrass by a full straightaway when the only caution of the Classic Racing Series feature waved on lap fifteen. Snodgrass made one serious attempt for the lead, getting inside Neal as they entered turn three. But Snodgrass had to lift out of the throttle to avoid contact and Neal pulled away, leading by two car lengths when the checkered flag dropped. The win was the first for Neal at Path Valley. Third thru fifth were virtually bumper-to-bumper as they crossed the finish in order of Charlie Summers, Steve Cantwell, and Matt Wallace. Heat race wins went to Neal and Summers.
The 270 Road Show has quickly become a successful traveling series for the 270cc Micro Sprints. Thirty-one drivers signed in for Saturday night’s event and the action lasted all night. Ken Duke started on the pole and beat Greg Robinson to turn one, setting the early pace. While Duke was slowly pulling away Ryan McAndrew was working forward from his seventh place starting position, making his was into second on lap ten. Just as Duke was catching the tail end of the field the first caution fell on lap thirteen. When the final yellow flag waved with two laps to go Duke was still ahead of Ryan McAndrew, and Ryan’s brother, Sean, had made his way from starting twelfth up to third. On the final restart Ryan McAndrew looked to the inside of Duke entering turn one, but Duke was able to close the door and led the remaining two laps for his first win in a 270cc Micro Sprint at Path Valley. It was the first race this year that someone other than the McAndrew brothers won a 270cc Micro Sprint feature. Ryan held off Sean as they finished second and third. Robinson stayed close to finish fourth, just ahead of Colby Dice. Josh Stoyer, Matt Campbell, and Denny Rinehimer won the heat races and Jerry Palm won the consolation event.
The Legend Car feature was highlighted by a three car battle for the lead over the final ten laps. Scott Houdeshell started first and led the way until Bob Stough drove around and into the lead on lap seven. Bill Diehl followed Stough to the front using the high groove, pulling into second on lap nine. Lucas Montgomery took note of the leaders passing on the high side, and when they both moved back down Montgomery took advantage, passing Diehl for second on lap thirteen and two laps later working around Stough for the top spot. Montgomery then led the final six laps for the win. Diehl worked the outside line in the final turns and beat Stough by inches for second place. Chris Transeau and Mike Gable finished fourth and fifth. Heat race victories went to Rick Miller and Jacob Feltch.
The ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprints run twin fifteen lap features. In the first event Lance Yeager led all fifteen laps for the win, followed by Alyssa Rowe and Brandon Noel. In the nightcap it was Rowe’s turn, as she led all fifteen laps with Noel in second and Yeager third.
McANDREW STREAK EXTENDS TO FOUR
Path Valley Speedway has run four events for micro sprints in 2013 and so far there has been a McAndrew in victory lane every time.
Sean McAndrew looked to be the early favorite in the 270cc Micro Sprint feature when he started third and was leading before lap one was complete. A caution regrouped the field on lap four and on the restart Josh Stoyer made his move and powered into the lead. While Stoyer was showing the way, Ryan McAndrew was working his way toward the front from his ninth place starting spot, taking over second from his brother Sean on lap ten. Ryan McAndrew had caught Stoyer when the final caution waved on lap fourteen. On the restart Stoyer stretched his lead back to three car lengths. Going into the final turn Stoyer caught a slower car causing him to check up for just a moment. But that was all it took as Ryan McAndrew dove to the bottom and into the lead, snatching the win in the final half lap. The win is his third in four races this year after taking off all of 2012. Stoyer held on to second, ahead of Sean McAndrew, Greg Robinson, and Matt Campbell. Campbell came up light on the scales after the race, giving Cody Hackenberry fifth place. Heat race wins went to Eric Forsythe, Brent Bull, and Sean McAndrew.
The Sidewinder Sprints are using a twin feature format this year. In the first feature Jason Stahl started first and led all fifteen laps, holding off Josh Chess for the win. Third thru fifth went to Ben Houtz, Christian Wright, and Zach Overmiller.
In the second feature it was all Rich Halter. Halter started second and led all fifteen laps, winning by nearly half a lap. Zach Overmiller held off a charging Jason Stahl for second with Josh Chess in fourth and Ben Houtz fifth.
The PA Sprint Series 305 Sprint feature was won by rookie John Braim. Braim was making only his sixth start in the 305’s and he parlayed the pole position and strong restarts into leading flag-to-flag for the win. Lance Newlin struggled with the slow pace of the restarts, but recovered for an impressive second place finish. Craig Myers finished third, ahead of Alex Schanz and Marcus Defreitas. It was Defreitas first race back at Path Valley after completely destroying his racecar in a violent crash early last season. Braim and Newlin also won the heat races.
Todd Hoover claimed his first win at Path Valley in the 600cc Micro Sprint feature, the final event of the evening. Gunner Layton led the first lap, giving way to Hoover on lap two. Dwayne Gutshall ran second until losing the handle and spinning out in turn two on lap fourteen. That moved Timmie Barrick to the runner-up spot, but Hoover was not to be denied, pulling away by a few car lengths in the final laps for the win. Barrick finished a strong second with Layton holding on to third. Steve Whary made a late race charge to finish fourth and Mike Duncan rounded out the top five. Heat race wins went to Whary and Gutshall.
WILLIAMSON REMAINS UNDEFEATED
Winning five races in a year can be difficult. Some drivers don’t win five in their whole career. Path Valley has one driver this year that has won all of the first five events.
The 4-Cylinder Thunder Cars were the first feature this week. Shaun Linn started first and led the first two laps until getting high and losing the lead to John Rasp on lap three. Rasp, Linn, and Dalton McQuade ran nearly bumper-to-bumper until Rasp finally pulled away by a few car lengths over the last five laps. The win was Rasp’s first this year. Linn held off Dalton McQuade for second with Robert McQuade fourth and Troy Showalter fifth. Dalton McQuade was the heat race winner.
Ken Singer now has a three-race winning streak in the Street Stock class. Singer beat Josh Gustaf for the lead on the start only to lose the spot on the next lap and lose the handle in turn two, spinning out and sending him to the rear of the field. Gustaf appeared to be the man to beat at that point, but his bad luck continued when he suffered mechanical failure only a few laps later. At that point Wayne Hawbaker inherited the lead, but he could only control the pace a few laps until Singer charged back past. At the end Singer and Hawbaker were the only cars still running. Lloyd Hockenberry finished third, Brad Long fourth, and Gustaf fifth. Singer also won the heat race.
In the Mini Stock feature Mark Grove took the lead from pole-sitter Shane Sixeas on the second circuit and showed the way until lap fourteen. A restart on lap fourteen had the field bunched up and when Grove’s car did not come back up to speed Gary Dehart dove to the inside for the lead. Dehart had to fend off Frank Gordon the final five laps to seal the victory. Jeremy Ott came from starting eighth to finish third, ahead of Ronnie Garlock and Bill Kennedy. Ott and Kennedy were the heat race winners.
The Super Stock feature had several twists with the winner not decided until well after the checkered flag fell. Devin Hart led the first two laps but was forced to pit under caution for a loose rear bumper. Carl Miller took over the top spot at that point but only could only hold it for three laps before his transmission failed and he was done. Austin Johnson inherited the lead on lap six. Hart made his way back to second, but could not find a way to get around Johnson. It was the first win of Johnson’s career, or so he thought. After the race a fight broke out in the grandstands involving someone associated with Johnson’s team. Fighting is an automatic disqualification, whether it is the driver or someone associated with the team. The disqualification gave the win to Hart, followed by Adam Imes, Joey Burdge, Miller, and Curtis Guyer. The heat race win went to Hart.
Justin Williamson remains the dominant driver in the Strictly Stock division. Williamson passed T.J. Bookwalter for the lead on lap five and outran Charlie Stallman and the rest of the field to stay undefeated, five wins in five races in 2013. After Stallman it was Heath Rauch, Bookwalter, and Glenn Wilson. Stallman won the heat race.
WALTON WINS 2 AT PATH VALLEY
On the same night that Tyler Walton wins two features Devin Beidel was at the other end of the spectrum, flipping his 600cc Micro Sprint twice, once landing on top of the guardrail.
The first feature of the night was for the 600cc Micro Sprints. Kameron Morral started first and led the first eight laps. On a lap nine restart Morral was too quick to get on the throttle and was put to the rear for jumping the start. Tyler Walton inherited the lead at that point and made sure his good fortune did not go to waste, leading the final twelve laps for the win. The win was the second in a row for car owner Rich Glosser. The race was slowed by seven cautions and one red flag. The red flag was brought out when Devin Beidel flipped in turn four and his car came to rest on the dirt bank above the guard rail. Tom Schearer finished second while Garrett Bard out-dueled Jim Young for third. Timmie Barrick came from starting thirteenth to finish fifth. Heat race wins went to J.D. Harman, Tom Schearer, and Garrett Bard.
The Bob Stough win streak in Legends at Path Valley came to a halt, barely. Bill Diehl started on the pole and led all twenty laps for the win. On paper it isn’t that exciting, but on the track it was a different story. With Diehl leading and Stough in close pursuit the two caught the back of the field on the final lap. Diehl dropped to the inside and Stough went high, passing Diehl as they entered turn three, and then the caution came out, negating the pass. On the restart Diehl again went low in turn one and Stough again went high driving around Diehl and into the lead, and then the caution came out, negating the pass. Two more cautions waved before the final lap was completed and on those restarts Diehl had learned his lesson, moving his line up enough to protect the outside and hold the lead. Chris Spidle won a hard fought battle with Lucas Montgomery and Randy Minich to finish third with Montgomery fourth and Minich fifth. Bob Diehl and Randy Minich were the heat race winners.
For the third time in three races it was a McAndrew in victory lane in the 270cc Micro Sprint division. But for the first time this year it was Sean McAndrew. Ryan McAndrew had won the first two races this year and only took three laps to get from ninth to the lead, passing Cory Myers for the top spot. Myers regained the lead on lap five, but could only hold it for one lap. Sean McAndrew took a little longer to get to the front, but passed Ryan on a lap ten restart for the sixth yellow flag out of eight in the event. Sean led the final eleven laps for the win. Greg Robinson started eleventh in the 24-car field and posted an impressive second place finish. Myers finished third, Mason Peters fourth, and Colby Dice rebounded from being put to the rear of the field for jumping a start to finish fifth. The heat race winners were Levi Peck, Ryan McAndrew and Sean McAndrew.
In the ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprint division they run two fifteen lap features instead of heat races and a feature. In the first feature Lance Yeager held off Devin Garman for his second win this year, with third thru fifth going to Brandon Noel, Alyssa Rowe, and Brent Sparks.
In the second event Brandon Noel found speed running the high groove and out ran Alyssa Rowe for the win. Lance Yeager finished third and Brent Sparks fourth.
The final feature of the evening also was for 600cc Micro Sprints, but now they were running wingless. Devin Beidel started first and showed the way for the first eleven laps. On a restart on lap twelve Steve Whary dove to the inside of Beidel as they entered turn one. As Whary slid up the two made slight contact slowing them both. Tyler Walton was third on the restart and saw the opening he needed, diving to the bottom. The three drivers entered turn three virtually even and then disaster struck. Walton made contact with Beidel which knocked him up into Whary. Beidel flipped for the second time in one night and Whary also flipped, getting nearly ten feet in the air before coming back down. When the race resumed Walton pulled away from Bruce Ginther for the win. Tom Schearer finished third, ahead of Ben Houtz and Aaron Bowes. Tyler Walton and Bruce Ginther collected heat race victories.
BRIGHT & McANDREW SCORE MICRO WINS
One man’s misfortune is the next man’s gain when it comes to racing. Saturday night at Path Valley was a prime example.
The 600cc Micro Sprint was the first feature of the night and a case of “yellow fever” broke out. Eight cautions and one red flag slowed the event. Steve Whary started first and led every lap until exiting turn four on the final circuit. Whary made an abrupt evasive maneuver to avoid a car he was lapping and ended up against the outside guardrail. That gave the lead to Alex Bright, who had been right behind Whary from the initial start. Bright held off Todd Hoover on the final lap to earn the win. Jim Young rebounded from an early spin to get back to third place. Hank Donovan finished fourth and Gunner Layton fifth. Heat wins went to Timmie Barrick, Wayne Dadetto, and Todd Hoover.
The Classic Racing Series feature was next which showcased a door-to-door battle for the lead for the first ten laps. Matt Wallace started on the pole with Brandon Little on the outside of the front row. Little edged Wallace for the early lead, but Wallace stayed to the inside of Little, keeping the pressure on. The two leaders ran side-by-side, literally inches apart for four straight laps. Finally as they took the sign for halfway Wallace completed the pass for the lead. After that Wallace was able to stretch his lead out over the final 10 laps for the win. Little held on to finish second, followed by Charlie Summers, Joe Snodgrass, and Pete Neal. Little and Wallace also won the heat races.
Bob Stough started second in the Legend feature and was able to beat pole-sitter Lucas Montgomery to turn one and the lead. That turned out to be the winning pass as Stough kept Montgomery a few car lengths behind to claim the win. Right behind Montgomery was Harlon Leppo and Chris Spidle. Coming home fifth was Scott Houdeshell. Heat race wins went to Leppo, Chad Earnst, and Stough.
In the 270cc Micro Sprint feature Ted Volz started first and led the first fourteen laps, until the second of three cautions waved. On the ensuing restart Volz sprinter did not come up to speed right away and Ryan McAndrew seized the opportunity, pulling to the inside of Volz as they exited turn four and securing the lead. McAndrew led the final six laps to get his second win in as many races this year at Path Valley. McAndrew was followed across the finish line by Darren Miller, Mason Peters, Josh Stoyer, and Volz. Greg Robinson and Volz won the heat races.
TWO NEW WINNERS AT PATH VALLEY
Every racecar driver will tell you, they will never forget their first win. Two drivers accomplished that feat Friday night at Path Valley Speedway.
Robert McQuade and his brother Dalton switched cars and Robert made the most of it, winning his first career feature event. The brothers started first and second and Dalton lead the first lap. Robert took over on lap two proceeded to “put a whooping” on the field as he lead by nearly half of a lap when the checkered flag dropped. Kyle Martin out-dueled Shaun Linn for the runner-up spot with Greg Scott finishing fourth and Dalton McQuade fifth. Dalton McQuade was the heat race winner.
In the Mini Stock feature Mark Grove became the first repeat winner of 2013. Grove started on the pole and led all twenty laps. Dan Smith stayed within a few car lengths during the first half of the race, but faded during the second half to finish second by nearly a full straightaway. Third thru fifth went to Jason Stoner, Bill Kennedy, and Rusty Garlock. The heat race was won by Shane Sixeas.
Justin Williamson continued his perfection in the Strictly Stock feature, collecting his fourth win in as many races by holding off Adam Morgan for 10 laps. Williamson also won the heat race.
Ken Singer won the drag race into turn one at the start of the Street Stock feature. From there Singer held off Ryan Sager for ten laps for his second win this year. Sager won the heat race.
Alex Boozel won his first career feature event in the Super Stock division, and he left no doubt about it. Boozel lapped all but second place and was closing in on that driver as the checkered flag fell. Devin Hart finished second, the only other car on the lead lap. Third thru fifth went to Adam Imes, Austin Johnson, and Amber Mills. The heat race win went to Hart.
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