Barrick And Stoyer Take Micro Wins At Path Valley
Six divisions were on the card for Saturday night’s event at Path Valley Speedway. Two of them ran double features, so eight drivers got the thrill of visiting victory lane.
The 600cc Micro Sprint feature got off to a slow start with two cautions before one lap was completed. On the third attempt Timmie Barrick beat J.D. Harman to Turn 1 and the lead. That proved to be the winning pass, as Barrick went on to lead all 20 laps for the win. Four more cautions and one red flag kept the field tight, but Barrick had the answer on every restart and won by several car lengths. Steve Whary finished second, Jim Young third, while Harman held off Garrett Bard for fourth.
Brent Bull started second in the 270cc Micro Sprint feature and quickly jumped out front at the drop of the green. Bull was leading with Josh Stoyer a few car lengths behind when he caught the back of the field. As Bull attempted to pass Dave Hollar on Lap 9 the two got together and both came to a stop in Turn 4. On the restart Stoyer inherited the lead and he would not relinquish it, leading the final eleven laps for the win. Colby Dice finished a solid second ahead of Ryan McAndrew and Sean McAndrew, while polesitter Derek Miller finished fifth.
Steve Cantwell claimed his first win at Path Valley and second overall in the Classic Racing Series. Cantwell started first and led all 20 laps for the win. Ryan Arnold stayed close, but could not mount a serious challenge and settled for second. Matt Wallace started last in the 13-car field and was able to make it to third before running out of laps. Pete Neal finished fourth and Neal Reamer fifth.
In the first of two features for the Sidewinder Sprints, Reed Salony started eighth but quickly charged to the front, taking the lead from Josh Chess on Lap 4. Salony was never challenged after that, leading the final 12 laps in the nonstop event. Second through fifth went to Mike Zielonis, Chess, Alex Schanz, and Jerry Strausbaugh.
Rohan Beasley led the first three laps of the second feature until Rich Halter used the high groove to drive around Beasley exiting Turn 2. Halter then pulled away, winning by nearly a full straightaway at the finish. Beasley recorded his best finish this year by staying in second. Third through fifth went to Reed Salony, Mike Zielonis and Zach Overmiller.
In the Legend feature Bob Stough started fourth and rocketed into the lead by the end of Lap 1. On Lap 2 Bill Diehl used the high groove to take the lead from Stough. The first half of the race was a back-and-forth battle between those two with Diehl holding the lead at the end of each lap, sometimes by mere inches. On Lap 9 the leaders caught the back of the field and when Diehl checked up to avoid hitting one of them, Stough shot past to regain the lead. Stough was able to keep control the remaining laps, including a red flag when Brent Marquis suffered an engine fire, to break his streak of second place finishes and get the win. Following Stough at the finish was Diehl, Lucas Montgomery, Chris Spidle and Rick Miller.
The ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprints also forego heat races and ran twin 15- lap features. In the first event Buddy Hines started first and led all 15 laps for his first win of the year. Hines was followed by Lance Yeager, Wayne Dadetto, Brent Sparks, and John Albright.
Wayne Dadetto went from starting third to the lead on the first lap of the second feature. Dadetto continued to set the pace until his race car suffered mechanical woes and he pulled to the infield on Lap 11. Alyssa Rowe took over the lead at that point and was able to keep Buddy Hines behind her to claim the win. Third through fifth went to Lance Yeager, Brent Sparks and Scott Garman.
Coming up next weekend: Friday, July 19: Street Stock, Mini Stock, Super Stock, 4-Cyl. Thunder, Strictly Stock plus makeup features from July 12 for all five divisions
Saturday, July 20: 270cc and 600cc Micro Sprint, 600cc Wingless, Sidewinders, and 600cc Modifieds.