Path Valley Speedway Results
John Rasp was a champion for six years straight at Path Valley in the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car division, with more than 50 feature wins. Over the last two seasons he has only driven sporadically, concentrating on helping his son, Justin. Friday night Rasp returned to victory lane for the first time in almost two years, starting on the pole and leading every lap of the nonstop event. Dalton McQuade held off D.J. Keefer for second, with Tony Hampton fourth and Shawn Fessler fifth. Fessler won the heat race.
The Street Stock feature was a wild affair, including an incident on Lap 7 that involved almost half of the 12- car field. Josh Gustaf started first and set the early pace. Meanwhile, current pointleader Ken Singer was moving forward after starting sixth. s Singer drove around Ronnie Garlock for second Garlock spun in Turn 1. On the restart Gustaf pushed high in Turn 1 and Singer went low and into the lead. Two laps later Gustaf spun out in Turn 4 and four other cars were involved before the dust settled. After that, only one other caution slowed the pace, and Singer led by a full straightaway when the checkers fell. Mark Whitsel put the only Ford in the field in second, just ahead of Khi Swanger and Boyd Brode, with Andy Swope rounding out the top five. Heat race wins went to Garlock and Gustaf.
Steve Bailor has been faithful to Path Valley Late Model racing, possibly entering more events than any other Late Model driver. Yet, Bailor had not visited victory lane until Friday. Bailor started second and used the high groove to power around polesitter Patrick Bryner and into the lead. Wes Bonebrake passed Bryner on Lap 3 to take second and the classic high-low battle was on. Bailor stayed high and Bonebrake stayed right behind using the low lane. Bonebrake stayed within a car length until dropping back slightly over the last 10 laps. At the finish it was Bailor by three car lengths over Bonebrake, followed by Scott Richwine, Kyle Wiser, and Danny Snyder. Wiser and Snyder collected heat race wins.
The Mini Stock feature took to the track and a case of “ yellow fever” spread through the field. Six cautions waved in the first 10 laps and eight yellow flags in all. Nathan Shaw started first and led until pulling into the pits while under yellow on Lap 10. Eric Seibert inherited the lead and fended off challenges from Ronnie Garlock the remaining laps to take the win. Shane Sixeas charged back from an early spin to pressure the leaders over the final laps, coming home third. Bill Kennedy and Korey Washinger finished fourth and fifth. Eric Grubb won his heat race, the first checkered flag of his Mini Stock career. Shaw won the other heat.
Devin Hart collected the first win in his young career by starting first in the Super Stock feature and leading all 20 laps. It was no easy win as Adam Imes kept the pressure on the entire distance, and Adam Yetter chased down the leaders and was right behind in third the final 10 laps. Joe Daywalt finished fourth and Curtis Guyer fifth. Hart also won the heat race.
August 24 results
4-Cylinder Thunder Car: 1. John Rasp (McConnellsburg), 2. Dalton McQuade, 3. D.J. Keefer, 4. Tony Hampton, 5. Shawn Fessler, 6. Shaun Linn.
Street Stock: 1. Ken Singer (Robertsdale), 2. Mark Whitsel, 3. Khi Swanger, 4. Boyd Brode, 5. Andy Swope, 6. Ridge Bookwalter, 7. Shawn Gill, 8. Justin Gearhart, 9. Josh Gustaf, 10. Ronnie Garlock, 11. Scott Landis, 12. Steve Harlan.
Late Model: 1. Steve Bailor (East Waterford), 2. Wes Bonebrake, 3. Scott Richwine, 4. Kyle Wiser, 5. Danny Snyder, 6. Roger McLaughlin, 7. James O’Hara, 8. Patrick Bryner.
Mini Stock: 1. Eric Seibert (Orbisonia), 2. Ronnie Garlock, 3. Shane Sixeas, 4. Bill Kennedy, 5. Korey Washinger, 6. Eric Grubb, 7. Shaun Patterson, 8. Chris Anderson, 9. Jeff Arnesberger, 10. Gary Dehart, 11. Mark Grove, 12. Kurt Knepper, 13. Nathan Shaw, 14. Dylan Wilson, 15. Chase Shaw.
Super Stock: 1. Devin Hart (Port Royal), 2. Adam Imes, 3. Adam Yetter, 4. Joe Daywalt, 5. Curtis Guyer, 6. Austin Johnson, 7. Ray Duffy.
Coming up next weekend: Friday, August 31: Mini- Thunder-V8 Street-V8 Super; Saturday, September 1: 270-Mini-Thunder-600-305-4- and 6-cylinder SS