Young, Good, And Wagner Earn Sprint Wins
With the annual Sprint Nationals just a day away, the field of Sprint Cars was bolstered by several teams tuning up for the big event. The racing was a good tuneup for many, while it left several teams with plenty of work to get ready for Saturday.
Robbie Kendall grabbed the lead at the start of the 600cc Micro Sprint feature and was leading by nearly a straightaway when he suffered mechanical failure and stopped on lap 13. Jeff Stelter assumed the lead for the restart, but Jim Young of Johnstown used the high groove in turns 1 and 2 powering by Stelter and into the lead. Young led the remaining laps for his fifth win this year. One of the worst flips in recent years occurred on lap 19. Tyler Walton slowed on the front-stretch, and as he went towards the pit exit, Jimmy Brookens made contact, launching him as high as the flag stand and tumbling toward the pit entrance. Brookens was unconscious momentarily, but came to, and declined an ambulance trip to the hospital. Stelter held on to second, just ahead of Timmie Barrick. Kyle Ganoe was fourth and Shane Lewis fifth. Barrick and Lewis were the heat race winners.
Sean Good of Middleburg used strong restarts and just a bit of luck to capture his first 270cc Micro Sprint win at Path Valley this season. Good started eighth and was third by the end of lap 1. Good then passed Levi Peck on a restart on lap 8 for second place. A restart one lap later and Good drove by Jason Houtz, who had been leading since the start. Good made one mistake on lap 16, and when he missed a shift Sean McAndrew drove by. But the yellow came out before they made it back to the finish line, negating the pass. McAndrew made one final attempt at the lead in the final laps, but Good closed the door as they entered turn 3. Colby Dice finished third, ahead of Houtz and Jay Horvath. Heat wins were recorded by Mike Derr, Peck, and Steve Whary.
The 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature ran nearly nonstop, and featured a door-todoor battle for the lead nearly the entire event. Justin Rasp started first and took the early lead. Tyler Adams of Mt. Union, Pa., started second and stayed right with Rasp. The two leaders put some distance between themselves and the rest of the field, even as they ran side-by-side for many laps. Adams finally made the low line stick, taking the lead on lap 13. Two laps later, Rasp regained the lead with an inside move going into turn 1. Adams went back to work in the low groove, making the winning pass on lap 18. They were still side-by-side on lap 19 when Rasp caught a bump in turn 4, sending him high and dropping him three positions. D.J. Keefer closed in on the leaders the final laps, but had to settle for second. John Rasp finished third, Bill Kennedy fourth and Justin Rasp fifth. John Rasp won the heat race.
Two flips marred the PA Sprint Series 305 Sprint Car feature, but nothing slowed down Logan Wagner. Wagner of Harrisonville started second and out-powered polesitter Joe Smith at the drop of the green. Matt Mountz rolled in turn 1 and Mike Wagner was also involved and done for the night. On lap 2 “Cowboy” Jim Kennedy went over, again in turn 1. Only one more caution slowed the pace, but Logan Wagner drove away from the field, winning his second feature this year. Wagner had recently wrecked his own car and was in a car loaned to him by Thomas Rucker. Randy Kaylor finished second ahead of Steve Whary, Smith and Don Sotosky. Whary won the Tool Shed of America contingency award when Wagner pulled a number three pill in victory lane. The heat wins went to Logan Wagner and Smith.
Tim Smith started second in the Late Model feature and led the first 10 laps. Just after they passed the crossed-flaps, Smith got out of shape in turn 2. Smith had to slow for just a moment to regain control and when he did Kyle Wiser of Orbisonia, Pa., seized the opportunity. Wiser drove by to the inside, which proved to be the winning pass. Wiser was still leading Smith by several car lengths at the finish, giving him his second win this year. Third place went to Billy Eash, with Tim Fedder fourth and Dave Dunkle fifth. Fedder won the heat race.
There were only four cars in the Mini Stock field, and it was all Mark Grove of Chambersburg as he won the heat race and led every lap of the feature for his fifth win in 2010. Jeremy Truax finished second, Gary Hendershot third and Eric Seibert fourth.
Next Friday night, September 24, Path Valley is back in action with the weekly four divisions along with the Legends and Super Stocks.