Bard Takes First Win At Path Valley
When another speedway was unable to host its scheduled event for the 270 Road Show, the event was quickly re-scheduled to Path Valley Speedway as a tuneup for its event scheduled for May 25. Rain threatened to cancel the show, but instead provided plenty of moisture in the clay and a very fast racing surface.
The 600cc Micro Sprint feature started the main events. Garrett Bard and Steve Whary won the heat races, and a number two invert pill was pulled, putting them on the front row for the start. Bard got the jump on Whary at the drop of the green and led every lap for his first win this year. Whary’s only chances to challenge for the lead came on three different restarts, but he was five car lengths behind at the finish. Third through fifth went to Alex Bright, Kameron Morral and Timmie Barrick.
Pete Neal started first and was leading Joe Snodgrass by a full straightaway when the only caution of the Classic Racing Series feature waved on Lap 15. Snodgrass made one serious attempt for the lead, getting inside Neal as they entered Turn 3. But Snodgrass had to lift out of the throttle to avoid contact and Neal pulled away, leading by two car lengths when the checkered flag dropped. The win was the first for Neal at Path Valley. Third through fifth were virtually bumper-tobumper as they crossed the finish in order of Charlie Summers, Steve Cantwell, and Matt Wallace.
The 270 Road Show has quickly become a successful traveling series for the 270cc Micro Sprints. Thirty-one drivers signed in for Saturday night’s event and the action lasted all night. Ken Duke started on the pole and beat Greg Robinson to Turn 1, setting the early pace. While Duke was slowly pulling away Ryan McAndrew was working forward from his seventhplace starting position, making his way into second on Lap 10. Just as Duke was catching the tail end of the field, the first caution fell on Lap 13. When the final yellow flag waved with two laps to go, Duke was still ahead of Ryan McAndrew, and Ryan’s brother, Sean, had made his way from starting 12th up to third. On the final restart Ryan McAndrew looked to the inside of Duke entering Turn 1, but Duke was able to close the door and led the remaining two laps for his first win in a 270cc Micro Sprint at Path Valley. It was the first race this year that someone other than the McAndrew brothers won a 270cc Micro Sprint feature. Ryan held off Sean as they finished second and third. Robinson stayed close to finish fourth, just ahead of Colby Dice, Josh Stoyer, Matt Campbell, and Denny Rinehimer won the heat races and Jerry Palm won the consolation event.
The Legend Car feature was highlighted by a three-car battle for the lead over the final 10 laps. Scott Houdeshell started first and led the way until Bob Stough drove around and into the lead on Lap 7. Bill Diehl followed Stough to the front using the high groove, pulling into second on Lap 9. Lucas Montgomery took note of the leaders passing on the high side, and when they both moved back down, Montgomery took advantage, passing Diehl for second on Lap 13 and two laps later working around Stough for the top spot. Montgomery then led the final six laps for the win. Diehl worked the outside line in the final turns and beat Stough by inches for second place. Chris Transeau and Mike Gable finished fourth and fifth.
The ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprints run twin 15-lap features. In the first event Lance Yeager led all 15 laps for the win, followed by Alyssa Rowe and Brandon Noel. In the nightcap it was Rowe’s turn, as she led all 15 laps with Noel in second and Yeager third.
Coming up this weekend: Friday, May 17: Mini Stock, 4-Cyl. Thunder Car, Street Stock, Super Stock, Strictly Stock plus Late Model. Saturday, May 18: no racing.