Path Valley Speedway
With only a few weeks left in the racing season at Path Valley, some of the point championships are clinched while others are getting tighter each week and will come down to the final race. Meanwhile, other drivers are just trying to get a good finish before the season is over.
For the second week in a row Josh Walstrum took the lead on Lap 5 of the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature and drove away for the win. This week it was D.J. Keefer leading the first four laps. Keefer ran second until his car started to slow with about five laps to go, and John Rasp drove around to get second with three laps remaining. Tony Hampton finished fourth and Shaun Linn fifth. Hampton and Linn are now in a tie for the point lead. John Rasp won the heat race.
In the Super Stock feature, Terry Norris took the lead on Lap 1 from his second place starting position. Devin Hart stayed right behind Norris, even pulling alongside Norris a few times. Several cautions kept the field close, with four drivers battling each other for the third spot. Alex Boozel passed Hart for second with three laps remaining, but when Hart tried to regain the spot they got together, and Boozel almost came to a stop before continuing on, but dropping to the last car on the lead lap. The battle for second gave Norris all the lead he needed to get his first win of the year at Path Valley in only his third start. Adam Imes beat Curtis Guyer to the line to get second, and move one point ahead of Guyer for the point championship. Hart finished fourth and Brandy Mills finished fifth in her first start at Path Valley. Heat wins went to Guyer and Imes.
Bill Kennedy built a new car and made the switch to Mini Stocks for the 2012 season. All season long Kennedy has shown gradual improvement. Friday night Kennedy put it all together, starting on the pole and leading all 20 laps for his first-ever Mini Stock win. It was not a walk in the park for Kennedy, as Chase Shaw hounded him, looking for a way by. That was until Shaw got too aggressive in Turn 3, hitting Kennedy in the left side and spinning him around. As per Path Valley rules, the person causing the caution goes to the rear of the field and the “victim” gets their spot back. Kennedy led the remaining laps, leading teammate Korey Washinger to the finish line. Shaw finished third, the last car on the lead lap. Kurt Knepper scored his best finish in his first year in the Mini Stocks, finishing fourth, and Chris Anderson got fifth. Nathan Shaw was the heat race winner.
The Street Stock division was controlled by Greg Moore all night long. Moore won the heat race and then led all 20 laps to win the feature, lapping all but the second place driver, Ken Singer. Ridge Bookwalter finished third, ahead of Steve Harlan and Justin Gearhart.
Coming up next weekend: Friday, September 21: Mini Stock, 4-Cyl. Thunder Car, Street Stock, Late Model, Super Stock.
Saturday, September 22: Mini Stock, 4-Cyl. Thunder Car, All-American Outlaw, Legend, along with Powder Puff and Mechanics Races.
Saturday night was the final point race for the Micro Sprints at Path Valley in 2012. The 600cc championship was already clinched, but the 270cc championship was still in doubt.
Adam Warner closed out what has been a frustrating 2012 on a high note by leading all 20 laps of the 270cc Micro Sprint feature to get the win. Brian Marriott ran second the entire event, but was unable to mount a challenge for the lead during the nonstop race. The top two in points entering the night finished third and fourth. Colby Dice finished third, but Levi Peck’s fourth-place finish was enough to earn him the 2012 point championship. Ben Houtz completed the top five. Mike Boyer and Dice were the heat race winners.
In the Mini Stock feature, it was a 20-lap duel for the lead between Chris Anderson and Dave Friedrich. The two drivers swapped the lead twice in the first three laps. Friedrich had the quicker car, but Anderson held the bottom groove, and Friedrich could not find the combination to complete the pass, giving Anderson his first official win in the Mini Stock class. Third through fifth went to Barry Welch, Dylan Wilson and Jodie Varner. The heat race win went to Welch.
The last time the Classic Racing Series visited Path Valley Brandon Little didn’t take the lead until the final turn. This time Little started first and led all 20 laps for the win. Kurt Welsh stayed right behind Little the first 10 laps, but started to fall back over the second half, finishing five car lengths behind. Jim Crocker avoided a Lap 3 incident that collected seven of the 12-car field and held off Bill Brown Sr. over the closing laps to finish third while Steve Cantwell came home fifth.
Timmie Barrick had clinched the championship for the 600cc Micro Sprints before the race started, but he put the exclamation point on his championship season by starting first and leading the nonstop event flag-toflag for the win. Tyler Walton made a strong move on the start, going from sixth to second on the first lap. At one point Walton got to within two car lengths as the leaders were putting other drivers a lap down. But Barrick quickly stretched the lead back out to six car lengths and was never challenged after that. After the race Walton was disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct in the pit area. That gave second place to Chandler Leiby and third through fifth went to Stan Fleming, Travis Scott, and Rich Glosser.
Ray Middaugh led all 20 laps of the 4-Cylinder feature for the win and further solidifies his hold on the point lead. Middaugh only made one mistake, but it almost cost him the race. Middaugh went high through the final two turns, allowing Kyle Martin to make a charge to the inside, getting up to Middaugh’s door as they crossed the finish line. Jeremy Moore finished third. Middaugh also won the heat.
Corey Wagner passed Doug Guise on Lap 14 and led the final six laps to win the 6-Cylinder Strictly Stock feature. Aaron Frehn finished third. Guise has a commanding lead in the point chase in only his first year of racing. The heat race was won by Guise.
The 4-Cylinder Strictly Stock feature was a wild affair with five of the 13 drivers disqualified for intentional contact. Justin Williamson took the lead from Nathan Woolley on Lap 4 and led the rest of the way. Williamson was driving in his fourth different car this year and has clinched the point championship. Woolley held on to second, ahead of Gary Guise, Jarred Rudy and Charlie Stallman.