Path Valley Speedway Results
The 270cc and 600cc Mi- cro Sprints run every Saturday night at Path Valley Speedway and were joined this week by the P.A.S.S. 305 Sprints and the Central PA Legend Cars.
The 270cc Micro Sprint feature was the first to run. Brent Bull started on the pole position followed by Levi Peck, Ryan McAndrew, and Colby Dice, three drivers that are always a threat to win at Path Valley. On this night, though, it was Bull’s turn. Bull shot out front when the green flag dropped and led all 20 laps for his first win in a Micro Sprint. Five cautions in the first 10 laps kept the field close, but Bull never faltered and was able to put some distance between himself and McAndrew on every restart. McAndrew finished second, ahead of Dice, Brandon Hawkins and Peck.
Rick Miller started first for the Legend Car feature and set the pace for the first seven laps. On Lap 8 Lucas Montgomery pulled by with an inside move and into the lead. While Miller and Montgomery battled for the lead, Bob Stough was working his way forward after starting ninth in the 18- car field. Stough used the low line to take third from Chris Spidle on Lap 12 and second from Chad Earnst on Lap 14. Three laps later Stough caught Montgomery and used the high groove through turns 3 and 4 to drive around Montgomery and into the lead. Stough led the final four laps to claim the checkered flag. Montgomery held on to second, while Bill Diehl made a second half charge to finish third. Earnst finished fourth and Spidle fifth.
Alex Schanz and Scott Ellerman started first and second in the 305 Sprint feature and were still running that way when they caught up to slower traffic mid-way through the 20-lap feature. On Lap 12 Schanz got held up for just a moment, and Ellerman seized the opportunity, diving to the inside and into the lead. Two laps later the only break in the action came when Cory Myers rolled on to his side, bringing out the red flag. That gave Ellerman a clear track for the restart, and he kept Schanz a few car lengths behind to claim his first win since rejoining the 305 Sprints. Following Schanz across the line were Ryan Lynn, Zack Newlin and Eric Parker.
The 600cc Micro Sprint feature was the night cap. Cale Reigle started first and showed the way for the first five laps. Kameron Morral started third and quickly found the high groove to his liking, chasing down Reigle and taking the lead on Lap 6. Two laps later Jim Young worked past Reigle and into second, but nearly half of a straightaway behind Morral. On Lap 16 Morral’s hopes were dashed when the car suddenly slowed entering Turn 3 and came to a stop on the front stretch. Young inherited the lead on the restart and led the final five laps to take the win. Eric Bodine made a rare appearance at Path Valley, but made it count with a solid second place finish. Reigle held on to finish third, followed by J.D. Harman and Todd Hoover.
A week ago in the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature Kyle Martin led Tony Hampton all 20 laps for the win. Martin was attempting to do it again, grabbing the lead at the drop of the green flag. This week Martin had trouble avoiding a “pot hole” that developed in Turn 3. It finally slowed him down enough that Hampton got a run to the inside, making the winning pass on Lap 16. Hampton led the final five laps for the win. Martin settled for second, ahead of John Rasp, Robert McQuade and Shaun Linn.
It took Steve Lowery and his team a few weeks to get his car dialed-in, but now that it is he is making the most of it. Lowery led all 20 laps of the Street Stock feature to claim his third win in a row. Ken Singer kept Lowery honest, staying within a few car lengths most of the race and pulling alongside Lowery in the closing laps when Lowery moved to the high groove. That is as close as Singer could get as Lowery moved back to the bottom and took the checkered flag leading by 1 1/ 2 car lengths.
Gary Dehart took the lead from Shane Sixeas on Lap 3 of the Mini Stock feature and cruised to victory, leading the last 18 laps virtually unchallenged. The big story in this race was a multi car crash in the early laps that sent nearly half of the 12-car field to the pit area. Shaun Patterson continues to show improvement, coming home second. Bill Kennedy came back from two spinouts to finish third, while Lyle Barnes held off John Rasp to finish fourth.
Bill Powell is making life tough on the other Super Stock competitors. Powell survived a minor on-track “pushing match” to win the heat race and then drew a “heads up” invert pill, putting him on the pole for the feature. Powell then led all 20 laps of the feature for his fourth win in four races.
Justin Williamson won the Strictly Stock feature in the car previously owned by Glenn Wilson. Williamson’s brother, Chris Anderson, bought the car just before the races started. On Lap 11 Wilson’s car started to slow down and the next lap he was stopped on the front stretch with a fire under the hood.
Coming up next weekend: Friday, August 9: Late Model, Street Stock, Super Stock, Mini Stock, 4-Cyl. Thunder, Strictly Stock.
Saturday, August 10: 270cc and 600cc Micro Sprint, Stock 600cc Micro Sprint.