2009-07-02 / Sports

Naugle And Moore Get First-Ever Win

By Rob Keller

On the eve of Micro Sprint Speed Week many new faces were in attendance to get tuned up for the weeklong event. And with a rain shower hitting the speedway just as warm-ups began, the night was very similar to last year's Speed Week event. Fortunately, this shower didn't bring quite as much rain as last year, and the show was delayed just less than two hours.

Brian Marriott started third in the 270cc Micro Sprint feature and slipped underneath pole-sitter Ryan McAndrew on the start to take the lead. That proved to be the winning pass, as Marriott kept McAndrew two-to-four car lengths back to win his first this season at Path Valley. McAndrew finished second, followed by Tim Mertz, Jason Houtz, and Bill Logeman. Ryan McAndrew and Sean McAndrew won the heat races.

Scott Sawyer made his trip from Broken Arrow, Okl., payoff when he started on the pole and led flag-to-flag to win the 600cc Micro Sprint feature. With no cautions until lap 18 the front running cars were slicing through lapped cars on either side. After the only restart, Jesse Fitz fell two positions from second to fourth when Jim Brookens and Mike Dicely got by. Brookens finished second, Dicely third, Fitz in fourth and Travis Saner in fifth. Saner and Brad Cox won the heat races.

Greg Moore started on the pole of the Mini Stock feature and beat Kenny Hill to turn one for the lead. With Moore in the lead, Hill, Dave Friedrich and Kevin Thomas battled for second. Contact between those three just after halfway sent Friedrich and Thomas to the pits with flat tires. Moore held off Hill the rest of the way to get his firstever feature win. Ricky Harper slipped coming off the final corner but was just able to hold off Leroy Long for third. Gary Dehart finished fifth in his first race in 2009. Hill and Moore also won the heat races.

After a botched attempt at the initial start sent the front row to the back of the field, Ben Naugle inherited the pole position. Naugle beat Tim Damiani on the start to take the lead. Naugle continued to pull away from Damiani, leading by nearly half a lap until he caught the back of the pack. Naugle showed patience, carefully putting cars a lap down as the opportunity presented. The big lead was completely negated by the only caution of the event with two laps to go. On the restart Naugle pulled away to earn his first-ever career win in the 305 Sprint cars. Damiani struggled the final two laps, dropping from second to fifth at the finish. Todd Spangler finished second, ahead of Mark Watkins and Logan Wagner. Heat race wins went to Tyler Bear and Damiani.

Chris Anderson was making his second start in the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature and everything was looking good as he led the race the first 12 laps. But when he came up on the back of the field, he was held up for just a moment, and Jeremy Ott pounced on the opportunity to take the lead. Anderson stayed within a car length of Ott the rest of the way, but could not mount any serious challenges. It was Ott's second win this year at Path Valley. Bob Starr finished a solid third, just ahead of Justin Rasp and John Rasp. Anderson and Justin Good claimed heat race victories.

Jason Rochelle is always a threat to win in the Glick Fire Equipment/Central PA Legend Cars events. Put him on the pole and it is almost a given he will win. Rochelle started on the pole and led every lap for his second win this season. But, it was no cakewalk. For the first eight laps, Randy Kissinger stayed right on his back bumper. After a restart on lap nine, Lucas Montgomery passed Kissinger for second. Montgomery kept pace with Rochelle but just could not find enough speed to make the pass. With Montgomery finishing second, Scott Houdeshell came home third, ahead of Greg Burd and Kissinger. Heat races were won by T.J. Wilson, Rochelle, and Kissinger.

Friday night, July 3, it is Celebrate America at Path Valley Speedway. Along with the regular four divisions of 270cc and 600cc Micro Sprints, Mini Stocks, and 4-Cylinder Thunder Cars will be the Limited Late Models and the Glick Fire Equipment/Central PA Legend Cars. There will also be bicycle races for the kids.

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