Walton Wins Two At Path Valley
On the same night that Tyler Walton won two features, Devin Beidel was at the other end of the spectrum, flipping his 600cc Micro Sprint twice, once landing on top of the guardrail.
The first feature of the night was for the 600cc Micro Sprints. Kameron Morral started first and led the first eight laps. On a lap nine restart, Morral was too quick to get on the throttle and was put to the rear for jumping the start. Walton inherited the lead at that point and made sure his good fortune did not go to waste, leading the final 12 laps for the win. The win was the second in a row for car owner Rich Glosser. The race was slowed by seven cautions and one red flag. The red flag was brought out when Devin Beidel flipped in turn four, and his car came to rest on the dirt bank above the guardrail. Tom Schearer finished second, while Garrett Bard out-dueled Jim Young for third. Timmie Barrick came from starting 13th to finish fifth.
The Bob Stough winning streak in Legends at Path Valley came to a halt, barely. Bill Diehl started on the pole and led all 20 laps for the win. On paper it isn’t that exciting, but on the track it was a different story. With Diehl leading and Stough in close pursuit, the two caught the back of the field on the final lap. Diehl dropped to the inside and Stough went high, passing Diehl as they entered turn three, and then the caution came out, negating the pass. On the restart, Diehl again went low in turn one and Stough again went high, driving around Diehl and into the lead, and then the caution came out, negating the pass. Two more cautions waved before the final lap was completed and on those restarts Diehl had learned his lesson, moving his line up enough to protect the outside and hold the lead. Chris Spidle won a hard fought battle with Lucas Montgomery and Randy Minich to finish third with Montgomery fourth and Minich fifth.
For the third time in three races it was a McAndrew in victory lane in the 270cc Micro Sprint division. But for the first time this year it was Sean McAndrew. Ryan McAndrew had won the first two races this year and only took three laps to get from ninth to the lead, passing Cory Myers for the top spot. Myers regained the lead on lap five, but could only hold it for one lap. Sean McAndrew took a little longer to get to the front, but passed Ryan on a lap 10 restart for the sixth yellow flag out of eight in the event. Sean led the final 11 laps for the win. Greg Robinson started 11th in the 24-car field and posted an impressive second place finish. Myers finished third, Mason Peters fourth. Colby Dice rebounded from being put to the rear of the field for jumping a start to finish fifth.
In the ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprint division they run two 15 lap features instead of heat races and a feature. In the first feature, Lance Yeager held off Devin Garman for his second win this year. Third thru fifth went to Brandon Noel, Alyssa Rowe, and Brent Sparks.
In the second event, Brandon Noel found speed running the high groove and out ran Alyssa Rowe for the win. Lance Yeager finished third and Brent Sparks fourth.
The final feature of the evening also was for 600cc Micro Sprints, but now they were running wingless. Devin Beidel started first and showed the way for the first 11 laps. On a restart on lap 12 Steve Whary dove to the inside of Beidel as they entered turn one. As Whary slid up the two made slight contact slowing them both. Tyler Walton was third on the restart and saw the opening he needed, diving to the bottom. The three drivers entered turn three virtually even and then disaster struck. Walton made contact with Beidel which knocked him up into Whary. Beidel flipped for the second time in one night, and Whary also flipped, getting nearly 10 feet in the air before coming back down. When the race resumed Walton pulled away from Bruce Ginther for the win. Tom Schearer finished third, ahead of Ben Houtz and Aaron Bowes.
Next weekend Path Valley Speedway returns to action on Friday night with the regular five division stock car card, including Mini Stocks, 4-Cylinder Thunder Cars, Street Stocks, Super Stocks and Strictly Stocks. On Saturday evening the track will host AMA motorcycle racing action.
Coming up next weekend: Friday, April 26: 4-Cyl. Thunder Car, Mini Stock, Strictly Stock, Super Stock, and Street Stock.
Saturday, April 27: AMA Motorcycle Flat Track gates open at 3:00pm