Three Drivers Get First Win At Path Valley
Friday night at Path Valley Speedway three drivers won for the first time after moving to a new division.
Brothers Ryan and Sean McAndrew started first and second, respectively, in the 270cc Micro Sprint feature. Ryan took the lead at the start and pulled away by several car lengths. It appeared they would finish first and second until Sean had to slow down while overtaking a lapped car on lap 19. Tim Mertz blasted by to take the runner-up spot. At the checkers it was Ryan McAndrew winning over, Mertz, Sean McAndrew, Chris Melton, and Jay Horvath. The win is Ryan?s second of the year. Ryan and Sean McAndrew also won their heat races.
The 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature went non-stop until the final lap. D.J. Keefer started on the pole and led every lap. But on the final circuit Keefer was slowed by a lapped car, and Denny Scofield went for the three-wide pass on the backstretch. Unfortunately for Scofield, he lost traction on the inside and spun to the infield. Keefer led the final lap to get his second win this year. Jeremy Ott drove Sam Rock’s car to a solid second place while Tom Crum took third from Mike Brindle on the final lap. John Rasp finished fifth. Heat race wins went to Keefer and Crum.
For most of this season the question of the week on the Sidewinder Web site has been ?Is this the week Joe Robertson breaks into victory lane?? They will have to come up with a new question, because this week the answer is yes. Robertson started second and took the lead from polesitter Danny Wykes on the first lap. Robertson led every lap to claim his first victory in the Sidewinders. Tim Mertz had one shot for the lead as he dove low into turn one on a restart on lap 18. Mertz pulled alongside Robertson, but Robertson used the momentum of the high groove to keep the lead. Wykes finished third, Jason Stahl in fourth, and Keith Ford won a spirited battle with Mark Strickler to finish fifth. Mertz and Wykes won the heat races.
Each week Path Valley handicaps the winner from the previous week to 12th place for the start of the feature, making it difficult to win consecutive races. But Geremey Sheaffer overcame the odds, taking the lead with just one lap to go in the Legend Cars feature. Harlon Leppo started first and led every lap until Sheaffer made the winning pass on lap 19. After Leppo lost the lead, he lost control on the front stretch and was on the apron of the front stretch before recovering. That cost Leppo three more spots in the final rundown. Sheaffer led the way at the finish line over Scott Houdeshell, Greg Burd, Chad Glatfelter and Leppo Glatfelter had the save of the night, doing a complete spin on the front stretch while running third on lap three. He did not hit anyone and everyone continued on without a caution. Heat race wins went to Glatfelter and Leppo.
Jim Young started second in the 600cc Micro Sprint feature and led the first 17 laps. On lap eighteen Young tangled slightly with a car he was trying to lap, and it slowed him enough that Robbie Kendall shot by and into the lead. Kendall was using this race for a tune-up for next week’s Speedweeks event and ended up with his first win ever in a Micro Sprint. Young recovered to finish second, ahead of Jimmy Glenn, Jim Brookens and Jesse Fitz. Young and Fitz won the heat races.
Mark Grove started on the pole of the Mini Stock feature and survived an incident on the start and some contact on the final straightaway to lead all 20 laps for his first win in this division. Jeremy Ott made a run on the final lap, but came up one car length short at the finish, coming home second. Frank Gordon started 12th and finished third ahead of Leroy Long and Bryan Neff. Heat wins went to Kevin Thomas and Grove.
Next Friday night Path Valley returns to action with the PA Sprint Series 305 Sprints and Late Models joining the program. Path Valley closes out the month of June with the 600cc Micro Sprint Speedweek show on Monday, June 28th. The 270cc Micro Sprints and Sidewinders will also race that night.