FREET, GLENN AND DICELY LEAD PATH VALLEY SPRINTS
Spring Run – Mike Freet of Spring Run in the 305 Sprints and Jimmy Glenn of Branchburg NJ in the Sidewinders were leading winners Friday night at the Path Valley Speedway Park.
John Rasp was the Thunder Car winner and in a special tribute to the late Wes Scofield who was killed in a car wreck during the off season the Scofield car came on to finish the winning lap and Scofield’s family paid homage to him in victory lane. Mike Dicely of Hyper Chassis won in the 600 Sprints and two drivers came from far behind to win with Tom Tice of Middleburg first in the 270 Sprints and Kevin Thomas of St. Thomas first in the Mini Stocks.
Both Thomas and Tice had won on opening day and were handicapped to start 12 in their respective features. The Legends Cars and the Super Stocks were off and return in regular rotation to take the place of the Sidewinders and 305 Sprints next Friday night.
The 600 Sprints opened the feature action with Dicely charging from his 8 starting spot to pass Chad Hough for the lead on lap nine. The front five were Dicely, Tyler Walton, Heath Hehnly, Jimmy Brookens and Jim Young. Heat winners were Tyler DeVault, Tim Glatfelter and Chad Hough.
Then came the Scofield tribute race and defending champion John Rasp took the lead on the first lap and then scooted ahead of Mark Grove, Buddy Smith, Denny Scofield and Terry Smith in the front five finishers. By lap 10 Rasp was using lapped cars to hold off Grove as the feature went green to checkers with no caution flags. Scofield was the heat winner.
Tim Mertz led the early laps in the debut of the Sidewinders but at midway Jimmy Glenn passed and took the checkers for a front five of Glenn, Mertz, Mark Stricker, Gary Funck, and Kerry Schanz. Glenn said his previous experience at Path Valley racing 600 Sprints was a big help but this was his first win on the soft clay. Mertz won the heat race.
Twenty sprints started the 270 feature and after nine cautions only seven finished. Heath Hehnly led most of the race, only to break on lap 18, handing the win to Tice who had started in the handicap spot and stayed out of trouble as the field thinned ahead of him. The front five were Tice, Randy Morral, Colby Dice, JD Abrahams and Tyler DeVault. Heat race winners were Hehnly, Tim McClelland and Tice.
With a soft fast track that allowed plenty of passing, Mike Freet was the only winner to lead every lap. The front five were Freet, Todd Spangler, Mike Wagner II, Wes Zimmerman and Jeff Sell. Spangler and Freet won the heat races.
Kevin Thomas won his Mini Stock heat race and then charged from last to first in his feature with plenty of passes and only one caution. The front five in Mini Stocks were Thomas, Tim Burkholder, Kyle Wiser, Ralph Morgan and Scott Gordon.
Following an AMA motorcycle race March 31, next weekend features all four regular classes and the Legends and Super Stocks on April 6 and then the season’s first races for the pure and unmodified Strictly Stock cars on April 7. Gates open at 5 p.m. for the Friday night races and at 3 p.m. for the Saturday races.
The Path Valley Speedway Park is located in Spring Run PA a mile north on PA Route 641 from the intersection with PA Route 75, halfway between Port Royal and Hagerstown. It is five miles east from the Willow Hill Exit 14 of the PA Turnpike. From March to October, Path Valley races stock cars and sprints Friday nights and AMA bikes or Strictly Stock junkyard cars Saturday nights.
The phone number at the track is 717-349-7111. For information on the 2007 schedule and rules, race teams and fans can consult the website at www.pathvalley.com or they can email Two Wheel Promotions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
305 Sprints – 1. Mike Freet (started 1), 2. Todd Spangler, 3. Mike Wagner II, 4. Wes Zimmerman, 5. Jeff Sell, 6. James Kennedy, 7. Craig Laudermilch, 8. Mark Watkins, 9. Brett Hockenberry, 10. Tim Damiani, 11. Randy Kaylor, DNS Michael Heckman. Heats to Spangler, Freet.