2012-05-03 / Sports

Ott Stays Hot At Path Valley

By Rob Keller

A cool and breezy evening set the tone for some strange events and exciting racing in the 4-cylinder divisions at Path Valley Speedway.

Ken Singer and Dave Brown dominated the Street Stock division all night, each winning their respective heat race, starting first and second in the feature, and finishing first and second. Singer led all twenty laps, with Brown close behind, for the win. Greg Moore made his debut this year with a late model- style body. Moore charged from the rear to third, was caught up in a lapped car spinning out, and charged back to finish third. Tony Daniels finished fourth in his first race at Path Valley this year and Steve Lowery completed the top five.

Christian Wright appeared to be ready for his strongest run at Path Valley in the Sidewinder Sprints. After winning his heat race he started on the pole for the feature. But Wright accelerated before the starting area and was sent to the rear of the field for jumping the start. Chris Crull then became the pole-sitter and led the first four laps. Alex Schanz started fourth, passed Zack Overmiller for second, and powered by Crull for the lead on lap five. Seth Kearchner worked his way thru the field and was second when a caution came out with four laps to go. Schanz pulled away the final four laps to win by several car lengths over Kearchner. Crull finished third but was dropped to the end of the lead lap cars for failing to report to tech inspection, giving third to Brandon Yarlett. Mike Zeilonis finished fourth and Rohan Beasley fifth. Overmiller won the second heat race.

The 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature was next and that’s when things started to go on the strange side. Chase Shaw led from the drop of the green and was soon followed by Nathan Shaw. Chase was leading Nathan by several car lengths and Nathan’s engine did not sound good. Just past halfway Nathan pulled to the pit area, letting Nathan with nearly a halflap lead. As Nathan came off turn four to take the white flag he slowed dramatically and smoke came out from under his hood. Nathan Shaw coasted around Justin Bucher and Tony Hampton passed him and battled sideby side on the final lap. Bucher held off Hampton to finish first while Jason Pecho was the only other finisher, third across the line. Now this is when it really takes a strange twist. When Bucher gets out of the car in victory lane, the track officials recognize that it is not Bucher driving the car. The team had not notified the track of a driver change, resulting in disqualification, thus giving the win to Hampton. This is Hampton’s rookie year and his first win ever. Chase Shaw and Nathan Shaw were credited with third and fourth with Andrew Long fifth.

In the Mini Stock feature, Frankie Gordon appeared to be cruising to another win after taking the lead on lap two from Eric Seibert. Jeremy Ott put on a late race charge, pulled a “cross-over” move exiting the final turn, and nosed out Gordon at the line to take the win by inches. The win is Ott’s fourth of 2012 at Path Valley, his first in the Mini Stocks. Gary Dehart finished third, ahead of Seibert and Eric Grubb. Gordon also won the heat race.

April 27 results

Street Stock: 1. Ken Singer (Robertsdale), 2. Dave Brown, 3. Greg Moore, 4. Tony Daniels, 5. Steve Lowery, 6. Josh Gustaf, 7. Brad Long, 8. Steve Harlan, 9. Kevin Keefer, 10. Tom Wakefield .

Sidewinder Sprint: 1. Alex Schanz (Manheim, Pa.), 2. Seth Kearchner, 3. Brandon Yarlett, 4. Mike Zielonis, 5. Rohan Beasley, 6. Zack Overmiller, 7. Jerry Strausbaugh, 8. Chris Crull (finished third but did not tech), 9. Christian Wright, 10. Mike Murphy Jr.

4-Cylinder Thunder Car: 1. Tony Hampton (Amberson, Pa.), 2. Jason Pecho, 3. Chase Shaw, 4. Nathan Shaw, 5. Andrew Long.

Mini Stock: 1. Jeremy Ott (Upper Strasburg, Pa.), 2. Frankie Gordon, 3. Gary Dehart, 4. Eric Seibert, 5. Eric Grubb, 6. Bill Kennedy, 7. Ronnie Garlock, 8. Denny Cramer.

Coming up next weekend: Friday, May 4: 4-Cylinder Thunder Car, Mini Stock, Late Model, and Super Stock.

Saturday, May 5: 270cc, 600cc, and 600cc Stock Micro Sprint, 305 Sprint, 4- Cylinder Thunder Car, and Mini Stock plus make-up features for 600cc Micro Sprint and Mini Stock

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