2013-09-26 / Sports

Path Valley Speedway Results

Justin Rasp, 4-Cylinder Thunder Car winner. Justin Rasp, 4-Cylinder Thunder Car winner. It is a long-standing superstition that strange things happen at the race track when it is on or near a full moon. Such was the case on Friday night at Path Valley.

The 4-Cylinder Thunder Cars were the first feature of the night. Things seemed fairly normal during the race. Dalton McQuade led from start-to-finish. Justin Rasp got a flat tire in the first few laps but rallied back after getting the tire replaced to finish second. After the checkered flag dropped is when the unusual started. McQuade was disqualified for safety infractions, making Rasp the official winner. Second through fifth went to Tony Hampton, Kyle Martin, Shaun Linn and Corey Wagner.

Brad McGinnis made his first appearance this year at Path Valley pay off with a win in the Super Stock feature. Curtis Guyer started alongside McGinnis on the front row, and they stayed side-byside in the early going with Guyer leading laps 3 and 4. McGinnis regained the lead on Lap 5 and was not challenged after that, winning by nearly a full straightaway. Guyer held on to second, while Deron Henry and Austin Johnson made late charges to finish third and fourth.

The Late Model feature was next and the “full moon effect” kicked back in. There were four cautions before the first lap was scored. One of those occurred while they were on the pace lap getting ready to go back to green. There were a total of seven cautions in the first four laps. Danny Snyder started on the pole and led the first four laps before pulling to the pit area on Lap 5. George Dixon inherited the lead at that point, and it was a lead he would not relinquish. After the early struggles, the race went non-stop the last 21 laps. Dixon stretched out a large lead, only to have Dave Dunkle close the gap as the leaders worked through lapped traffic. At the finish the margin of victory was only two car lengths with Dixon leading Dunkle across the line. Third through fifth went to Transtan Stoner, Patrick Bryner and Tim Snare.

Sometimes the “full moon effect” isn’t just about cautions and disqualifications. Sometimes it is about a driver pulling off an unexpected upset. Such was the case in the Mini Stock feature. Jeremy Ott and Kurt Knepper started on the front row and Ott took the early lead. Ott has more than 100 feature wins in his career and Knepper had none, so most figured it would be Ott’s race to win. Knepper, on the other hand, had other ideas. While Ott ran the high groove, Knepper stayed low and started to catch Ott. Knepper drove past Ott, took the lead on Lap 4, and began to pull away. Ott closed back in around Lap 12, but then Knepper pulled away by a few car lengths. Ott made one final run, pulling to the inside of Knepper as they exited the final turn. They made side-by-side contact down the frontstretch, but Knepper crossed the line one car length ahead of Ott for his first career feature win.

Mike Desch scored his second victory at Path Valley this year in the Street Stock feature.

Justin Williamson notched another win in the Strictly Stock feature, running his total at Path Valley to 13 in 2013. What is even more amazing than his win total is that he has won all these races in several different cars. Charlie Stallman finished in second, followed by Barry Snyder and Scott Rohr.

Natasha Moore beat five other competitors to win the 4-Cylinder Powder Puff race, and Wayne Wright beat eight other drivers in the 4-Cylinder Mechanics race.

Coming up next weekend: Friday, September 27: Street Stock, Super Stock, Mini Stock, 4-Cyl. Thunder Car, and Strictly Stock plus 8 Cyl. Powder Puff and Mechanics races

Saturday, September 28: 13th Annual All Sprint Nationals for 305 Sprint, 270cc & 600cc Micro Sprint, Sidewinder Sprint and Stock 600cc Micro Sprint.

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