Multiple And Birthday Winners Prevail At Path Valley
Friday’s racing on the first not so hot and sticky evening in a while produced two birthday winners among those collecting wins. Celebrating their birthdays with triumphs included Ryan McAndrew of Slickville, Pa., who scored his fifth of the season in the 270cc Micro Sprint Main, while Jim Young of Johnstown, Pa., took the 600cc Micro Sprint victory, which was his season third. Other winners included McConnellsburg’s Justin Rasp, his sixth in the 4-cylinder Thunder Car division, Scott Houdeshell of Marysville, his second in the Central PA Legends; and Ft. Loudon’s Gary Newell, his track first this season but 10th overall.
Levi Peck started from the pole in the four-car inverted 270 Micro feature to lead the first four circuits while R. McAndrew started alongside him on the front row. After a single secondlap caution, McAndrew got past Peck to take charge on Lap 5 and was into the rear of the field before the halfway mark. Behind the leader, fifth starting Colby Dice moved into third by halfway and closed on Peck to take his runner-up position away with three laps to go. Meanwhile, McAndrew had checked out and took the checkered nearly five seconds ahead of Dice and Peck, with Bryce Stevens and Jason Houtz completing the top five. Sean Good and Sean McAndrew won the heats.
With eight cars inverted for the 4-cylinder Thunder Car feature, Justin Rasp began on the point with Josh Walstrum alongside as the two toured the track with Keith Armolt trailing at a distance. Walstrum kept the pressure on as Rasp maintained just over a length margin on him, until a Lap 16 caution gave everyone a chance of changing the running order. Rasp took off as Walstrum closed in, but Rasp continued to hold onto a one length lead until the finish. Jeremy Ott had taken third following the restart as Armolt ended fourth, with John Rasp finishing fifth. Justin Rasp and Armolt were the heat winners.
Six cars were inverted for the Legends feature as Houdeshell pulled to the lead over third-starting Geremey Sheaffer as those two pulled out to have their own battle while Scott Gobrecht trailed at a distance. During a Lap 16 caution, smoke trailed Sheaffer’s car as he dropped off the pace following the restart and 12th starter Lucas Montgomery , who had got past Gobrecht before the final caution, ended in the runner-up spot and was 10 lengths behind at the finish. Gobrecht, Bill Diehl and Rick Miller were next. Miller and Montgomery were the heat winners.
Jim Young rounded the first turns to grab the 600 Micro lead from the outside pole in the six car inverted field as polesitter Timmie Barrick dropped into second. Behind them, Tyler Walton and Jimmy Brookens swapp-ed the third spot various times before a Lap 11 caution when Walton came to a stop. The front five rounded the track only a length or two apart as Young collected the win with Barrick only a length back, with Brookens, Tim Dietz and Jesse Fitz next in line. Brookens was the heat winner.
From the front row, Keith Walls led Newell in the twocar Mini Stock inversion as Newell was already looking under Walls while Leroy Long was looking under Ryan Laye for third. Both were successful as Newell was in front on Lap 3 while Long swapped third with Walls several times before and after a Lap 7 caution. Long got a left rear flat as Walls secured second on Lap 14 but while the exchanges were going on behind him, Newell was on cruise and pulled three seconds ahead at the checkered. Walls was followed by Laye, Tyler Adams and Dustin Brown. Newell was the heat winner.
Racing resumes on Friday, August 20, with George’s Used Car Nite and the same line up excluding the Legends but also to include the 305 Sprints and Late Models.