2009-09-03 / Sports

Path Valley Speedway Results

By Rob Keller

With rain hitting the region again on Friday, Path Valley rescheduled for Sunday afternoon. The beautiful sunshine and cooler temperatures brought many drivers to the track, some for the very first time. But many drivers had difficulty with the daytime track surface as most of the events were plagued with "yellow fever."

In the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature, Justin Rasp started second and led the field through the first seven laps. During that time Jeremy Ott was making his way from starting 15th in the 17-car field up to second, including a sweeping pass around Denny Scofield and Tom Crum for the runner-up spot. On a restart on lap eight, Ott powered past Rasp and into the lead. After the final restart on lap 14, Ott pulled away to win his third feature in the Thunder Car division this year. Rasp finished second, ahead of Crum, Scofield, and Darryl Kohr. Heat wins went to Rasp and Crum.

Eight cautions in the first nine laps of the 270cc Micro Sprint feature was not what pole-sitter Sean McAndrew was hoping for. But on every restart McAndrew had the power to keep Steve Whary behind him. And when the last 11 laps ran caution free McAndrew pulled away to win by more than a full straightaway. Whary finished second, while rookie Daryl Beakler finished third in only his fourth start in a Micro Sprint. Adam Warner collected fourth place while Levi Peck rebounded from an early spin to finish fifth. McAndrew and Whary won the heat races.

Scott Richwine started second in the Late Model feature and grabbed the lead from polesitter Dave Leidy on lap one. Through six laps everything was going Richwine's way as he built up a full straightaway lead. But on lap seven Richwine entered turn three just a bit too high, losing control in the loose dust and spinning sideways in turn four. Leidy assumed the lead on the restart and kept the field at bay until lap 19. Tim Fedder and Dave Dunkle were side-by-side for second and when Leidy slowed with mechanical issues, Fedder made the winning pass. Dunkle kept pressure on Fedder with a restart on the final lap but had to settle for second. Brad Kling finished third, Richwine came back for fourth, and Leidy fell to fifth. Richwine won the heat race.

By the time the 600cc Micro Sprint feature started the track surface was "locked down" and passing became difficult. Zach Light and Shane Lewis started on the front row and ran first and second, respectively, through the first 13 laps. On the fourth restart on lap 14, Lewis slipped to the inside of Light and into the lead. At the same time, Jake Murphy passed Travis Saner for third. That is the order they ran the remaining laps for Lewis to capture his first-ever feature win at Path Valley. Light finished second, Murphy third, Saner fourth, and Jesse Fitz rounded out the top five. Murphy and Fitz also won the heat races.

When it comes to daytime Mini Stock races at Path Valley, Frank Gordon is almost always a contender for the win. Gordon started on the pole and raced just ahead of Leroy Long for the first 12 laps. On lap 13 Kevin Thomas worked underneath Long for the runner-up spot. On lap 18 Denny Wallace spun out, bringing out the fifth and final caution. After the restart, Thomas got to the inside of Gordon and nosed ahead as they took the white flag. Thomas pulled away on the final lap to get win number 13 this year at Path Valley. Gordon's car slowed on the final straight. and Bryan Neff passed Gordon for second. Eric Seibert moved into fourth in the final laps. and Long dropped to fifth. Heat race wins went to Neff and Thomas.

The Glick Fire Equipment Legend Car feature got off to a very rocky start with four cautions before the first lap was completed. But when the green flag waved. the action was intense with four different drivers leading and the winning margin less than a foot. Jason Rochelle started on the pole and led until he got caught behind a car he was trying to lap on lap five. Randy Kissinger pounced on the opportunity and drove around Rochelle for the lead. Kissinger led until he got too high and into the marbles, handing the lead to Scott Houdeshell. Houdeshell's lead only lasted one lap before Greg Burd used the high groove to drive around Houdeshell and into the lead. But Houdeshell stayed close and coming off the final turn was able to slip inside Burd and take the win by mere inches. Blaine Leppo started 11th and finished third. Pat Mc- Dermitt came from 21st starting spot to finish fourth and Brian Weitzel recovered from an incident on the initial start to finish fifth. Houdeshell, Kissinger, and Weitzel won the heat races.

When Path Valley Speedway returns to action Friday September 4 it will be Bair's Gulf Night and the regular four divisions will be joined by the PA Sprint Series 305 Sprint Cars and the 8-Cylinder Strictly Stocks.

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