Knaub Takes Two At Path Valley Speedway
When the Steel Block Bandit feature was rained out on July 12 it was rescheduled for July 26. Then the Path Valley track management added a tribute race to the original builders of the speedway, giving the fans two Late Model features on the same night. Both features were paying $1,500 to win, making it the biggest payout of the year for the Late Model division.
The makeup feature for the Steel Block Bandit traveling Late Model series was the first event of the evening. Justin Ehrhart led the field of 16 to the green and jumped out to the early lead. While Ehrhart was out front, Gene Knaub was working his way toward the front after starting sixth. Knaub kept picking off one position at a time until he set his sights on Ehrhart. Knaub closed in and used an inside move to take the lead on Lap 18. That proved to be the winning pass as Knaub pulled away and was leading by several car lengths at the end of 30 laps. Ehrhart held off a late charge by Andy Fries to finish second.
The McGee Tribute for Late Models was the first of the regularly scheduled features. This event went very much like the first. Justin Ehrhart started on the front row and took the lead at the drop of the green flag. This time Ehrhart appeared to have a large enough lead as the race went nonstop. That is until Lap 25 when the only caution waved for a twocar incident in Turn 3. That put Gene Knaub on Ehrhart’s back bumper for the restart. On the restart Ehrhart protected the inside, so Knaub went to the high line and powered around Ehrhart through turns 1 and 2 and into the lead. Knaub led the final 10 laps to get his second win of the night. Andy Fries again finished behind Ehrhart and in third, with Wes Bonebrake and Tim Smith rounding out the top five.
In the Mini Stock feature Shane Sixeas beat Kurt Knepper into Turn 1 at the start for the lead. Sixeas then slowly pulled away for the rest of the nonstop 20- lap event, leading by nearly a full straightaway at the finish. This was Sixeas’ second career win. Knepper held off Gary Dehart the last 10 laps to secure second. Mark Grove finished fourth and Shaun Patterson fifth.
Steve Lowery moved from fourth to first on the first lap of the Street Stock feature and led all 20 laps for his second win in a row. Wayne Hawbaker scored a solid second place, finishing ahead of Emory Covert, Mike Duvall, and Dustin Kirk.
In the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car event Kyle Martin started second and was able to get around polesitter Tony Hampton exiting Turn 2 on the first lap. After that Martin led Hampton and Dalton McQuade on a threecar bumper-to-bumper battle for the lead. McQuade moved past Hampton only to have the pass negated by the caution flag. Over the last few laps Martin was able to pull away by a few car lengths to secure the win. Hampton kept ahead of McQuade to finish second. Robert McQuade finished fourth and Troy Showalter fifth.
Bill Powell started first and led all 20 laps of the Super Stock feature to get his third win in a row. The final 10 laps Powell had his hands full holding back Carl Snare. Snare was making his first start at Path Valley and quickly found the track to his liking with a second-place finish. Adam Imes finished third, Devin Hart fourth and Craig Imes came from starting last in the 10-car field to finish fifth.
Cletus Pittman outran Glenn Wilson for 12 laps to win the Strictly Stock event.
Coming up next weekend: Friday, August 2: Street Stock, Super Stock, Mini Stock, 4-Cylinder Thunder Car, Strictly Stock.
Saturday, August 3: 270cc & 600cc Micro Sprint, 305 Sprint and Legend