Riden takes PV Nationals NewsPhoto

Path Valley Speedway hosted the 12th Annual Sprint Nationals Saturday night. When it is a full moon, strange things tend to happen at the races, and Saturday night was no exception.

During the PA Sprint Series 305 Sprint feature is when things started to go bad. On the very first lap Randy Kaylor rolled onto his side, bringing out a complete restart. Pole-sitter Keith McIntyre had beat George Riden to the lead on the first start, but on the second attempt Riden drove around McIntyre to show the way. The race stayed fairly uneventful as Riden led the way until McIntyre began to fade, losing second to Craig Myers on lap eleven and then dropping two more spots to Kody Lehman and Tim Dietz before the yellow flag waved on lap eighteen. A caution two laps later set the stage for �full moon racing�. On the restart Chad Myers brushed the outside wall on the front stretch and as he slowed down �Cowboy� Jim Kennedy made contact, sending Kennedy high into the air and rolling before coming to rest on his wheels. When the officials got to Kennedy he was unconscious. A few minutes later he came to and was able to climb from the car under his own power. Kennedy was complaining of back and shoulder pain and was transported to the hospital. The red flag came out again with two laps remaining when Tim Dietz rolled over on the front stretch. Dietz climbed out unharmed. Riden used the high groove to lead all thirty laps and claim his first feature win this year. Craig Myers improved one spot over Friday night, finishing second. Third went to Kody Lehman, fourth Steve Kenawell, and fifth Tyler Bear. Riden and McIntyre were the heat race winners.

PASS 305 Sprint: 1.George Riden (Dauphin, PA), 2.Craig Myers, 3.Kody Lehman, 4.Steve Kenawell, 5.Tyler Bear, 6.Alex Schanz, 7.Eric Parker, 8.Daren Bolac, 9.Tim Dietz, 10.Jim Kennedy, 11.Tyler Reeser, 12.Chad Myers, 13.Paul Snyder, 14.Randy Kaylor, 15.John Braim, 16.Keith McIntyre Lap Leaders: George Riden (1-30)
Heats: George Riden, Keith McIntyre

Jim Kennedy update. Jim is in Altoona hospital probably for one more day. He has some type of crack at the base of his skull but it's not serious (at least for a skull it's not) and Jim will have to wear neck brsace for a few weeks. Hopefully released from hospital Monday. He's in some pain but he's a tough guy.


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