Path Valley Stock Car Action Heats Up
While the car count has been low for the Saturday night stock car races at Path Valley, the drivers that are attending are doing their best to put on a good show for the fans. This past Saturday may have been the best this year.
The second race in the River Valley Quad TT Challenge series kicked off the night's activities. Kris Bures picked up right where he left off the first race, in first place. Bures grabbed the hole shot at the drop of the green flag and kept the field behind him the entire 15 laps to capture his second win. Eric Jennings started fifth and had to work his was through the field. He made his way to second on lap eight, but by then Bures was too far ahead to catch in the remaining laps. At the finish it was Bures by a straightaway over Jennings, Matt Dice, Robert Kline and Andy Sier. Bures and Kline won the heat races.
Rodney Brown grabbed the lead of the Strictly Stock Truck feature on lap one. His brother, Dale Martin, chased him down and took the lead on lap five. The only caution waved when Doug Decker made hard contact with the backstretch wall. On the ensuing restart, Brown nudged Martin, and Martin did a complete spin on the front stretch but kept going. Martin tried hard to make up the ground, but was still five truck lengths back at the finish. In victory lane Martin said he hated to see his brother spin, but he knew he his only chance was to pass him on the restart. With Brown winning and Martin second, Chuck Gipe finished third. The heat win went to Martin.
Jason Ege is a past point champion in the Strictly Stocks at Path Valley Speedway. But in 2009 he has been struggling to find his form and was winless going into the night. Saturday he started on the pole in the 8- Cylinder Strictly Stock feature and pulled away from the pack over the first few laps. Carl Miller started sixth and was into second on lap three. Miller caught Ege in just a few laps and began to pressure Ege for the lead. Several times Miller would pull to the inside, only to have Ege pull away using the high groove. On lap 13 Miller suffered a flat right rear tire, and Ege went unchallenged the rest of the distance to get his first win of the year. After Ege it was Jeremy Woodring, Steve Frazier, Miller and Joey Burdge. Miller won the heat race.
Dan Gelwicks was the only 6-Cylinder Strictly Stock in attendance. Gelwicks raced with the 8-Cylinders and was able to hold his own. He was credited with a heat and feature win for the 6-Cylinder division.
With a six-car incident mar- ring the heat race earlier in the night, there was much anticipation for what might happen in the Super Stock feature. Jan Powell started on the pole and led the entire 20-lap event to capture his second checkered flag this season. Although he led the whole way, Powell was constantly under pressure from Craig Imes. Powell stated in victory lane he was just trying to hit his marks and not over-drive the car. He didn't want to mess up in front of the field and have a repeat of the heat race accident. Finishing behind Craig Imes was Adam Yetter, Adam Imes and Bobby Witters. Powell also won the heat race.
The 4-Cylinder Strictly Stock feature provided 18 laps of great racing entertainment. Robbie Imgrund jumped into the lead, while Dan Smith, Johnny Runk and Jesse Dehart battled right behind. Smith and Runk ran side-by-side until Runk took control of second place on lap four. Then Runk set his sights on the lead, trying to win his third feature in a row. With Imgrund running the high groove, Runk continued to try to pass on the inside. Lap after lap they battled. Each time Runk would pull alongside Imgrund would have just enough speed to pull back in front. Smith was never far behind in third and, as the laps wound down, he closed in on the leaders. Coming out of turn four to finish lap 18 Smith got inside of Runk. They got together on the front stretch turning Runk?s racer sideways. By the time they got straightened out Imgrund was long gone. Imgrund went on for the win, his third this season. Runk recovered for second. Dehart finished third, and Smith was fourth after getting a flat tire. Dehart was the heat race winner.
The Super Stocks and Strictly Stocks return to action May 16 and the next event in the River Valley Quad TT Challenge Series is May 30.
Path Valley Speedway returns to action May 15 with four regular divisions, along with the PASS 305 Sprints and the Sidewinders. The schedule is available along with other information at www.pathvalley.com.