2013-04-18 / Entertainment

McQuade Wins At Path Valley Speedway

Robert McQuade 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature winner Robert McQuade 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature winner Every racecar driver will tell you, they will never forget their first win. Two drivers accomplished that feat Friday night at Path Valley Speedway.

Robert McQuade and his brother, Dalton, switched cars, and Robert made the most of it, winning his first career feature event. The brothers started first and second and Dalton lead the first lap. Robert took over on lap two proceeded to “put a whooping” on the field as he lead by nearly half of a lap when the checkered flag dropped. Kyle Martin outdueled Shaun Linn for the runner-up spot with Greg Scott finishing fourth and Dalton McQuade fifth. Dalton McQuade was the heat race winner.

In the Mini Stock feature Mark Grove became the first repeat winner of 2013. Grove started on the pole and led all 20 laps. Dan Smith stayed within a few car lengths during the first half of the race, but faded during the second half to finish second by nearly a full straightaway. Third thru fifth went to Jason Stoner, Bill Kennedy, and Rusty Garlock. The heat race was won by Shane Sixeas.

Justin Williamson continued his perfection in the Strictly Stock feature, collecting his fourth win in as many races by holding off Adam Morgan for 10 laps. Williamson also won the heat race.

Ken Singer won the drag race into turn one at the start of the Street Stock feature. From there Singer held off Ryan Sager for 10 laps for his second win this year. Sager won the heat race.

Alex Boozel won his first career feature event in the Super Stock division, and he left no doubt about it. Boozel lapped all but second place and was closing in on that driver as the checkered flag fell. Devin Hart finished second, the only other car on the lead lap. Third thru fifth went to Adam Imes, Austin Johnson, and Amber Mills. The heat race win went to Hart.

Next Friday night these same five divisions return to action and will be joined by the Late Models.

One man’s misfortune is the next man’s gain when it comes to racing. Saturday night at Path Valley was a prime example.

The 600cc Micro Sprint was the first feature of the night and a case of “yellow fever” broke out. Eight cautions and one red flag slowed the event. Steve Whary started first and led every lap until exiting turn 4 on the final circuit. Whary made an abrupt evasive maneuver to avoid a car he was lapping and ended up against the outside guardrail. That gave the lead to Alex Bright, who had been right behind Whary from the initial start. Bright held off Todd Hoover on the final lap to earn the win. Jim Young rebounded from an early spin to get back to third place. Hank Donovan finished fourth and Gunner Layton fifth. Heat wins went to Timmie Barrick, Wayne Dadetto, and Todd Hoover.

The Classic Racing Series feature was next which showcased a door-to-door battle for the lead for the first 10 laps. Matt Wallace started on the pole with Brandon Little on the outside of the front row. Little edged Wallace for the early lead, but Wallace stayed to the inside of Little, keeping the pressure on. The two leaders ran side-by-side, literally inches apart for four straight laps. Finally as they took the sign for halfway Wallace completed the pass for the lead. After that Wallace was able to stretch his lead out over the final 10 laps for the win. Little held on to finish second, followed by Charlie Summers, Joe Snodgrass, and Pete Neal. Little and Wallace also won the heat races.

Bob Stough started second in the Legend feature and was able to beat polesitter Lucas Montgomery to turn one and the lead. That turned out to be the winning pass as Stough kept Montgomery a few car lengths behind to claim the win. Right behind Montgomery was Harlon Leppo and Chris Spidle. Coming home fifth was Scott Houdeshell. Heat race wins went to Leppo, Chad Earnst, and Stough.

In the 270cc Micro Sprint feature Ted Volz started first and led the first 14 laps, until the second of three cautions waved. On the ensuing re-start Volz sprinter did not come up to speed right away and Ryan McAndrew seized the opportunity, pulling to the inside of Volz as they exited turn four and securing the lead. McAndrew led the final six laps to get his second win in as many races this year at Path Valley. McAndrew was followed across the finish line by Darren Miller, Mason Peters, Josh Stoyer, and Volz. Greg Robinson and Volz won the heat races.

Path Valley returns to action with another doubleheader next weekend. Friday night the Late Models join the Stock cars and on Saturday the Legends return to run with the Micro Sprints.

Coming up next weekend: Friday, April 19: Regular Classes plus Late Models.

Saturday, April 20: Regular Classes plus Legends-600 Wingless-600 Stock

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