2012-05-31 / Entertainment

Snyder Breaks Thru For First Win At Path Valley

By Rob Keller

Danny Snyder has committed to making the almost three-hour tow from his home in Green Lane, Pa., to Path Valley Speedway to compete when the Late Models are on the schedule. Snyder’s speed and aggressive three-wheel driving style have made him popular among the fan base. Friday night everything came together for his first win at Path Valley.

The Mini Stock feature got the show under way, and it was a three-car battle with Ronnie Garlock leading Ryan Laye and Jeremy Ott. On Lap 13 Laye made a move on Garlock, but the move slowed both of them, and Ott drove underneath both to go from third to first. It appeared Ott would keep his perfect record alive in 2012 as he pulled away from Garlock and Laye slowed and went to the pits. As Ott took the white flag for the final lap, he slowed with engine trouble. Garlock quickly caught up and they went side-by side into turn three. Neither driver wanted to give up the position as they raced into the final turns. They made contact, turning both toward the outside wall. Garlock recovered first and won the drag race to the finish over Troy Cramer by half a car length. Bill Kennedy also made it past Ott to take third. Nathan Shaw made his Mini Stock debut in the car previously driven by Frankie Gordon and recorded a respectable fifth-place finish. Laye was the heat race victor.

Ken Singer pulled the power move of the evening, driving around polesitter Josh Gustaf on the start of the Street Stock feature. Gustaf had the jump as they exited turn four, but Singer powered back on the outside, driving around Gustaf in turn one and exiting turn two with the lead. Singer led all 20 laps for the win, but had to hold off a strong charge by Greg Moore over the final five laps. Moore got beside Singer, but could not complete the pass and had to settle for second. Gustaf came home third, ahead of Chad Parks and Kenny Gearhart. Singer also won the heat race.

Danny Snyder started first in the Late Model feature and wired the field, leading all 25 laps for his first win at Path Valley Speedway. Snyder pulled away from Wes Bonebrake nearly every lap, only being slowed when he caught the back of the field. Randy Burkholder recovered from issues in the heat race and worked his way up to a third-place finish. Steve Bailor and Ken Yoder rounded out the top five. Heat race checkers went to Snyder and Bonebrake.

The 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature looked like a lock for Justin Rasp as he led Tony Hampton by five car lengths, and it was half a lap back to third place. Just past halfway Hampton made contact with the front stretch wall and he coasted to a stop on the backstretch. That wiped out Rasp’s huge lead and put Chase Shaw and Josh Walstrum right behind him for the restart. On Lap 15 Shaw got into the back bumper of Rasp as they went thru turn one, slowing both. Walstrum took full advantage, diving to the bottom and passing both. Walstrum then pulled away the final five laps to get his second win in a row. Shaw made one last attempt to pass Rasp with one lap remaining, but was unsuccessful, and he finished third. Robert McQuade finished fourth and Shaun Linn fifth. Shaw was the heat race winner.

May 25 results

Mini Stock: 1. Ronnie Garlock (Mapleton), 2. Troy Cramer, 3. Bill Kennedy, 4. Jeremy Ott, 5. Nathan Shaw, 6. Ryan Laye, 7. Eric Seibert, 8. Eric Grubb.

Street Stock: 1. Ken Singer (Robertsdale), 2. Greg Moore, 3. Josh Gustaf, 4. Chad Parks, 5. Kenny Gearhart, 6. Steve Harlan, 7. Randy Wible.

Late Model: 1. Danny Snyder (Green Lane), 2. Wes Bonebrake, 3. Randy Burkholder, 4. Steve Bailor, 5. Ken Yoder, 6. Dan Sollers, 7. Kyle Wiser, 8. Ralph Morgan, 9. Tim Fedder.

4-Cylinder Thunder Car: 1. Josh Walstrum (Fannettsburg), 2. Justin Rasp, 3. Chase Shaw, 4. Robert Mc- Quade, 5. Shaun Linn, 6. Tony Hampton.

Coming up next weekend Friday, June 1: 4-Cylinder Thunder Cars, Mini Stocks, Late Models and Super Stocks on George’s Used Cars Night.

Saturday, June 2: 4-Cylinder Thunder Cars, Mini Stocks, 270cc & 600cc Micro Sprints, and 305 Sprints.

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