Justin Rasp Wins At Path Valley
Kevin Thomas has been the driver to beat in 2009 in the Mini Stock division at Path Valley Speedway, winning nine out of 10 races, including the last four. But the wins have been harder to come by each week. And now last year's dominant driver, Ricky Harper, appears to have his early season troubles behind him. Harper started on the outside of the front row and lead wire-to-wire to claim his first win this year. Ed Kirby posted his best finish of the year with a strong secondplace run. Thomas passed Kenny Hill with a lap to go to get third place and Frankie Gordon drove his dad's car to fifth. Hill and Kirby were heat race victors.
Keith Woodson started on the pole and led the first lap of the 600cc Micro Sprint feature. Isaac Sneeringer started second and drove by Woodson and into the lead on lap two. As most of the drivers were running the high groove, Tyler Walton was making his way toward the front running low. Walton started 10th and was in third on lap nine. Two laps later, he passed Jim Brookens for second. It appeared that Walton was closing the distance behind Sneeringer when the caution came out on lap 15. After the restart, Sneeringer pulled away and took the win by several car lengths. Walton, Brookens, Jesse Fitz and Timmie Barrick followed him across the line. It was Sneeringer's first win at Path Valley. Woodson and Sneeringer won the heat races.
Tim Fedder became the first repeat winner in the Late Model division at Path Valley in 2009. With Scott Richwine leading and Kyle Wiser right behind him, Fedder dove to the low groove and went from third to first in just one turn. A lap later, Richwine had to pit with a flat rear tire. Fedder's lead was nearly half a lap at the end over Brad Kling, who just held off Dave Dunkle on the final lap. Wiser finished in fourth and Richwine in fifth. Kling won the heat race.
Chad Hough has three wins this season in the Sidewinder division and looked like he would make it four when he started on the pole and led the first four laps. Unfortunately, he never made it back around after his engine expired on the backstretch. Craig Myers inherited the lead and held off Sean McAndrew the rest of the distance to get his second win this year. McAndrew made a valiant attempt for the lead on the final straightaway only to come up a few feet short and in second. For the second week in a row, Chad Myers drove a strong second half of the race to finish third. Alex Schanz and Mark Strickler completed the top five. Heat race wins went to Chad and Craig Myers.
Justin Rasp started on the pole and led every lap of the 4- Cylinder Thunder Car feature for his third win in his rookie season. Rasp was never seriously challenged for the lead, and his only issue came trying to put a lap on Sam Rock. The two made slight contact exiting turn two, and Rock spun out. With Rasp out in front, the best battle was between Jeff Koser, Tom Crum and Andy Stouffer. With Koser in second, Crum and Stouffer ran side-by-side as they looked for a way to get by Koser. Stouffer finally cleared Crum for third on lap 16 and then he passed Koser for second a lap later. Crum followed Stouffer and passed Koser for third. Koser held on to finish fourth and Charles Kimmel finished fifth. Mike Brindle and John Rasp won the heat races.
In the 270cc Micro Sprint feature, the McAndrew brothers, Sean and Ryan, gave their dad and early Father?s Day present by finishing first and second. Sean started on the pole and took the lead at the drop of the green flag. Ryan started fourth and was up to second on lap two. Sean was able to pull away by several car lengths, while Ryan stayed just ahead of Brian Marriott. Marriott finished third, Steve Whary fourth and Jim Stull fifth. Sean McAndrew and Zach Fouse won their heat races.
Path Valley Speedway returns to action Friday, June 26 with its regular four divisions, along with the P.A.S.S. 305 Sprint cars and the Central PA Legend Cars. The gates open at 5 p.m. and warm-ups start at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.pathvalley.com.