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09/18/06


Path Valley Results for 9/15

270cc Micro Sprint: Aaron Lynch (4), Mike Dicely, Sean McAndrew, Jason
Houtz, Ryan McAndrew, Tom Tice, Ryan Wilson, Bryan Weigle, Pete Allison,
Ross Perchak, A.J. Bast, Jason Stahl, Tyler DeVault, Jason Houtz, Ron
Krous, Mike Murphy, Adam Warner, Tim Mertz, Jesse Howell, Levi Peck, Bob
Hockenbrock, Amanda Schlegal Heats: Houtz, Dicely, Tice

270cc Micro Sprint: Cord Kisthardt (3), Dusty Summers, Zack Fouse, J.D.
Abrahams, T.J. Wilson Heat: Summers

Four-Cylinder Thunder Car: Wes Scofield (2), John Rasp, Jeff Christy,
Keith Armolt, Buddy Smith, Tom Crum, Jason Jumper, Mark Grove, Denny
Scofield DQ: Chip Lawrence, Rodney Walls Heats: Rasp, Smith

305 Sprint: Mike Freet (3), Craig Robinson, Randy Kaylor, Chad Myers,
Michael Heckman, Tim Damiani, George Riden, Wes Zimmerman, Doug Snyder,
Mike Wagner, Ryan Hansen, Jeff Sell, Von McGee, Richie Fitz Heats:
Riden, McGee

600cc Micro Sprint: Mike Dicely (5), Tyler Walton, Brent Marks, Richie
Fitz, Jimmy Brookens, Jim Callahan, Jim Young, Tim Glatfelter, Dane
Delancey, Trevin Shank, Stan Fleming, John Garman, Greg Kone, Zach Newlin,
Dan Kanagy, Tyler Brown, Brett Arndt, Dave Thrush, Nick Saner, Jess Hager,
Tom Naylor, Rodney Glass, Lance Newlin, Travis Saner Heats: Fitz,
Garman, Glatfelter, Dicely Consolations: Young, Fleming

Mini Stock: Kyle Wiser (11), Ralph Morgan, Gary Dehart, Frank Gordon,
Kevin Thomas, Greg Moore, Jake Shoup, Ronnie Garlock, Tim Burkholder, Tim
Bumbaugh, Korey Washinger, Gary Newell, Brett Hockenberry, Austin Kirby,
John Welch, Terry Smith, Robert Cutchall, Troy Eckenrode Heats: Morgan,
Burkholder


Rain Wins at Path Valley
By: Rob Keller

On Friday night, September 8th, a brief rain shower came over the track
shortly before 6pm. Unfortunately, it put down enough rain that the
track surface could not be brought back to racing condition. The track
personnel, and many racers, tried for hours to run the track in. But,
the moist atmosphere and cool temperatures kept the clay from drying out.

Track management would like to thank all the racers which tried to help
run the track in, along with all the other race teams and fans that
stayed until the decision was made to cancel.

With the season nearing the final month of action, many of the point
championships are closely contested. You can see all of the current
point standings, along with the remaining schedule by visiting the track
website at www.pathvalley.com.


PATH VALLEY RESULTS 8/25

600cc Micro Sprint: Ben Murphy Enola, PA

Four-Cylinder Thunder Car: John Rasp McConnellsburg, PA

Rookie 270cc Micro Sprint: Dusty Summers Hagerstown, MD

Mini Stock: Kevin Thomas St. Thomas, PA

270cc Micro Sprint: Keith McIntyre Saylorsburg, PA

Hobby Stock: Dave Dunkle Spring Run, PA

Legend: Ronnie Dunstan Allentown, PA


Haus wins first ever at Path Valley
By: Rob Keller

Not many racecar drivers get the opportunity to drive a sprint car. Very
few drive a sprint car in their first season of racing. And even less
get to victory lane in their rookie year. But, that took place Friday
night at Path Valley Speedway.

In the Mini Stock feature Ralph Morgan grabbed the lead from pole sitter
Kevin Thomas on the first lap and was never seriously challenged on his
way to winning his fourth feature of the year at Path Valley. Thomas was
left to contend with Austin Kirby and Kyle Wiser for the runner-up spot.
Thomas held on to second while Kirby and Wiser swapped third a few times,
with Kirby finally taking the spot. Wiser came home fourth and Frank
Gordon rounded out the top five. Thomas and Morgan were heat winners.

Sean McAndrew, of Apollo, PA, wired the field from the pole to take
feature win number seven at Path Valley in the 270cc Micro Sprint
division. His brother, Ryan, started second, but Tom Tice passed him on
the start and Bryan Hart drove by to take third on lap six. Ryan
McAndrew was able to get back around Hart two laps later, but could not
get around Tice. Sean McAndrew led Tice by nearly a straightaway at the
checkers. Ryan McAndrew was third, while Keith McIntyre and Bryan Weigle
rounded out the top five. Heat wins went to McIntyre and Sean McAndrew.

At the start of the Four-Cylinder Thunder Car feature the front row of
Lyle Barnes and Wes Scofield battled door-to-door for the lead. As they
raced down the front stretch on lap seven, contact sent both drivers
sliding to the infield. The official call was that Barnes had caused the
incident, so Scofield was given his spot back. He was only able to hold
the lead for two more laps before Randy Wenger, of Scotland, PA, drove by
on the inside and into the lead. Scofield stayed close to Wenger, but
could never make a pass and was three car lengths behind when they
crossed the line. Keith Armolt finished third, but his car did not make
the minimum post race weight and he was disqualified. That gave John
Rasp third, Buddy Smith fourth, and Jeff Christy fifth. Scofield won the
heat race.

Cord Kisthardt, of Hershey, PA, made it a clean sweep in the Rookie 270cc
Micro Sprint division, winning both the heat and feature. T.J. Wilson
came from seventh to finish second and Kameron Morral finished third.
Zach Fouse and J.D. Abrahams completed the top five.

The 305 Sprint Car feature unveiled the story I alluded to in the first
paragraph. Andy Haus was asked to drive a racecar this year, a full
sized sprint car. He had never driven a racecar before. On Friday night
he started on the pole and led flag-to-flag to win his first feature win
ever. It wasn't easy though. Chad Myers made a strong late race run in
the high groove and was pressuring Haus for the lead over the final few
circuits. Mike Wagner finished third. Mike Alleman, who was celebrating
his birthday, came from eleventh to finish fourth and Tim Damiani
completed the top five. Damiani and Wagner were heat race winners.

The 600cc Micro Sprint feature was a classic sprint car battle with one
driver running low and the other right against the cushion. Jim Young,
of Johnstown, PA, took the lead on lap two and then hugged the bottom
groove to take the win. Ben Murphy climbed from seventh to second by lap
four and appeared to be the faster car on the track. Six cautions slowed
the race, and Murphy could never get past Young for the lead. Chad Hough
also had a strong showing, coming home not far behind the leaders and in
third. Brian Walker, who is alternating driving duties with Jim
Callahan, came home fourth and Rodney Glass rounded out the top five.
Glass, Jake Murphy and Ben Murphy were the three heat winners.

In other racing news, Path Valley Speedway sends get well soon wishes to
Craig Myers. Craig was injured at home when one of his sprint car wheels
broke while he was working on it. He suffered several broken bones and
required surgery. He is now recovering at home.


Path Valley Results for 8/18

Mini Stock: Ralph Morgan (2), Kevin Thomas, Austin Kirby, Kyle Wiser,
Frank Gordon, Tim Burkholder, Gary Dehart, Tim Bumbaugh, Gary Newell,
Brett Hockenberry, Rusty Garlock, Jeremy Ott, Bryan Neff DNS: Jake
Shoup, Larry Long Heats: Thomas, Morgan

270cc Micro Sprint: Sean McAndrew (1), Tom Tice, Ryan McAndrew, Keith
McIntyre, Bryan Weigle, Randy Morral, Jesse Howell, Kelly Hall, Levi Peck,
Brent Adams, Curtis Brown, Bryan Hart, Curt Breinich, Mike Murphy, Gary
Nailor, Matt Stein, Tyler DeVault, Jerry Palm Jr. Heats: McIntyre, S.
McAndrew

Four-Cylinder Thunder Car: Randy Wenger (3), Wes Scofield, John Rasp,
Buddy Smith, Jeff Christy, Denny Scofield, Chip Lawrence, Lyle Barnes
DQ: Keith Armolt Heat: W. Scofield

Rookie 270cc Micro Sprint: Cord Kisthardt (3), T.J. Wilson, Kameron
Morral, Zack Fouse, J.D. Abrahams, Sammy Lamothe, Dana Lamothe Heat:
Kisthardt

305 Sprint: Andy Haus (1), Chad Myers, Mike Wagner, Mike Alleman, Tim
Damiani, Mike Freet, Randy Kaylor, Michael Heckman, Wes Zimmerman, Craig
Robinson, Jeff Sell, Ryan Hansen, Jim Kennedy, Dale Thomas, Von McGee,
Richie Fitz, George Riden Heats: Damiani, Wagner

600cc Micro Sprint: Jim Young (3), Ben Murphy, Chad Hough, Brian Walker,
Rodney Glass, Tim Glatfelter, Jimmy Brookens, Travis Saner, Jim Wilson,
Dan Kanagy, Dane Delancey, Zach Newlin, Jason Hall, Josh Nailor, Lance
Newlin, Tyler Walton, Nick Saner, Jake Murphy, Mark Strickler, Tom Naylor,
John Garman, Ryan Greth DQ: Aaron Spahr DNS: Heath Hehnly, J.C.
Walling Heats: Glass, J. Murphy, B. Murphy


Path Valley Results for 8/11

270cc Micro Sprint: Keith McIntyre (4), Ryan McAndrew, Sean McAndrew, Tom
Tice, Brian Kishbaugh, Tim Mertz, Ryan Wilson, Jesse Howell, Bryan Weigle,
Levi Peck, Michael Boer, Jason Houtz, Brianna Hershey Heats: R.
McAndrew, Kishbaugh

Rookie 270cc Micro Sprint: T.J. Wilson (2), Cord Kisthardt, Tyler DeVault,
Zack Fouse, J.D. Abrahams, Peter Michael Heat: Kisthardt

Four-Cylinder Thunder Car: John Rasp (1), Wes Scofield, Mark Grove, Bob
Starr, Buddy Smith, Chip Lawrence, Randy Wenger, R.T. Bulger, Jeff
Christy, Denny Scofield, Tom Crum Heats: Christy, Rasp

Legends: Jason Rochelle (12), Geremy Sheaffer, Scott Houdeshell, Ronnie
Dunstan, Bill Harris, Jason Ewing, Shawn Arndt, Nathan Fisher, Ed Wentz,
Zach Deiter, Greg Burd, Steve Nederostek, Andy Lupfer, Darryl Bloom,
Lawrence Garrison, Ken Keyton, Amy Staver, Chad Gladfelter, Tyler Bear,
Pat McDermott, Josh Morrow, Bob Murray, Ferris Fraine DNS: Randy
Fetterolf Heats: Morrow, McDermott, Garrison

600cc Micro Sprint: Jimmy Brookens (1), Ben Murphy, Jake Murphy, Jim
Young, Tyler Walton, Jim Callahan, Rodney Glass, Brent Marks, Travis
Saner, Jim Wilson, Aaron Spahr, Ryan Wilson, Chad Hough, Nick Saner, Dane
Delancey, Tom Naylor, Greg Kone, Zach Newlin, Tim Barrick, Jess Hager,
Jesse Fitz, Rohan Beasley, Tim Glatfelter, Ryan Greth, Lance Newlin, Brock
Zearfoss Heats: Callahan, J. Murphy, Glatfelter

Mini Stock: Frank Gordon (2), Tim Burkholder, Gary Dehart, Tim Bumbaugh,
Bryan Neff, Larry Long, Dave Bivens Heat: Dehart

Hobby Stock: Adam Yetter (3), Dave Dunkle, Josh Berrier, Gary Dehart,
Steve Harlan, Bobby Witters, Curtis Heath, Kevin Hunsicker, Bobby Johnson
Heat: Dunkle


Two New Winners at Path Valley Speedway
By: Rob Keller

It was the first trip to victory lane at Path Valley Speedway in 2006 for
two of the six feature winners Friday night, August 4th. For one, it
came in his second start after moving up in the sprint car ranks and for
the other it was his first feature win ever in his three-year career.

In the Four Cylinder Thunder Car feature Randy Wenger, of Fayetteville,
PA, won his first race ever. This is his second year in the Thunder Car
division after racing one year in Strictly Stocks. Wenger took the lead
on the start from his second place starting position. Wes Scofield moved
into second on lap one, getting by the pole sitter, Denny Scofield. On
lap two Chip Lawrence and John Rasp both passed Denny Scofield to take
third and fourth. Rasp passed Lawrence two laps later for third. As the
midpoint of the race approached Wenger's car started to misfire near the
end of the straights. Wes Scofield was looking for a lane to get by, but
couldn't muster quite enough momentum to make a clean pass. While the
top two raced hard, Rasp slowly closed the gap. Just as Scofield
appeared to have a run on Wenger, Rasp went for the same hole and the
contact slowed Scofield and Rasp for just a few moments. This allowed
Wenger to pull away by about five car lengths, with just a few laps
remaining. Scofield caught back up by the final lap and was right on
Wenger's back bumper as they took the checkered flag. Rasp finished
third, Lawrence fourth, and Buddy Smith rounded out the top five. Rasp
was the heat winner.

Tyler DeVault, of Delran, NJ, captured his fourth feature win this season
at Path Valley in the Rookie 270cc Micro Sprint class. DeVault started
on the pole and wired the field, leading by a full straight at the
finish. Early mechanical woes for T.J. Wilson and J.D. Abrahams left
only Cord Kisthardt and Dusty Summers to give chase to DeVault.
Kisthardt finished second and Summers third. DeVault also won the heat
race.

Ben Murphy, of Enola, PA, wired the field from the pole position to
return to victory lane in the 600cc Micro Sprint division. Seven
cautions slowed the pace, with three of them coming on lap nine. It
appeared that the Murphy brothers may pull off another one-two finish, as
Jake had moved from sixth to second by lap eight. Unfortunately for
Jake, he made a rare mistake on lap twelve, entering turn one just a bit
too high, got into the marbles and spun out. Jake's spin moved Jim Young
into second and Chad Hough into third, which is where they both finished.
Mark Strickler was the hard charger of the night, coming from sixteenth
on the grid to finish fourth while Aaron Spahr recovered from an early
spin to round out the top five. Jimmy Brookens had a rare off night, as
he slipped back a few spots early in the race and then rolled over in
turn two on a lap nine restart. The heat race winners were Ben Murphy,
Brookens, and Spahr.

Richie Fitz, of Crystal Spring, PA, made the jump from 600cc Micro
Sprints to 305 Sprints in 2006. In only his second start at Path Valley
this year, Fitz put his sprinter in victory lane. Early on it appeared
that Chad Myers would be tough to beat, as he lead until he lost his
right front tire entering turn one of lap five. That bad break for Myers
was all the break Fitz needed, as he lead the field from that point on,
winning by six car lengths. Mike Freet, Randy Kaylor, and Wes Zimmerman
finished second through fourth, respectively, while George Riden came
from thirteenth to finish fifth. Fitz and Myers were also the heat
winners.

Gary Dehart, of Mercersburg, PA, grabbed the lead in the Mini Stock
feature on lap one from his outside front row starting position. The
pole sitter, Austin Kirby, trailed Dehart by six car lengths and was busy
defending his position through the mid portion of the race. Then he
found a groove his car liked and he slowly reeled in the leader.
Dehart's car started to push in the corners, which allowed Kirby to close
in even quicker. Kirby caught Dehart with one lap to go, but was unable
to make a move, following Dehart across the finish line by a car length.
Frank Gordon had been pressuring Kirby earlier in the race and finished
in third. Kyle Wiser came home fourth, and Kevin Thomas finished fifth.
Tim Burkholder and Dehart won the heat races.

Pete Allison started on the pole in the 270cc Micro Sprint feature and
appeared to have the car to beat. Ryan McAndrew moved into second on lap
five, but was never able to put much pressure on for the lead.
Meanwhile, his brother, Sean, was busy making his was through the field
from his twelfth place starting position. The eighth of nine yellows
flew on lap sixteen when Ryan McAndrew lost his drive chain exiting turn
two. On the restart Sean McAndrew, of Apollo, PA, was able to drive by
Allison and into the lead. Allison's car appeared to lose some of the
speed it showed earlier, as he trailed by ten car lengths when the
checkered flag fell. Tom Tice came from tenth to finish third. Ryan
Wilson ran a consistent race, starting and finishing fourth. A.J. Bast
pitted early, but drove back to finish fifth. But, his car came up light
on the scales, putting him at the back of the field and putting Jason
Houtz in fifth. Houtz had started last in the twenty two-car field.
Heat wins went to Chad Thomas, Wilson, and Brianna Hershey.

Path Valley Results for 8/4/06
Four-Cylinder Thunder Car: Randy Wenger (2), Wes Scofield, John Rasp, Chip
Lawrence, Buddy Smith, Jeff Christy, Denny Scofield, Mark Grove, Tom Crum
DNS: Tim Varner Heat: Rasp

Rookie 270cc Micro Sprint: Tyler DeVault (1), Cord Kisthardt, Dusty
Summers, T.J. Wilson, J.D. Abrahams Heat: DeVault

600cc Micro Sprint: Ben Murphy (1), Jim Young, Chad Hough, Mark
Strickler, Aaron Spahr, Jesse Fitz, Greg Kone, Jake Murphy, Tyler Walton,
Brian Walker, Heath Hehnly, Chris Crull, Dan Kanagy, Dane Delancey, Tom
Naylor, Josh Nailor, Ryan Wilson, Jimmy Brookens, Jim Wilson, Jess Hager,
Zach Newlin, Austin Quick, Lance Newlin Heats: B. Murphy, Brookens,
Spahr

305 Sprint: Richie Fitz (2), Mike Freet, Randy Kaylor, Wes Zimmerman,
George Riden, Tim Damiani, Craig Myers, Mike Alleman, Michael Heckman,
Craig Robinson, Doug Snyder, Von McGee, Ryan Hansen, Jeff Sell, Chad
Myers, Mike Wagner Heats: Fitz, Chad Myers

Mini Stock: Gary Dehart (2), Austin Kirby, Frank Gordon, Kyle Wiser,
Kevin Thomas, Tim Burkholder, Jason Wible, Gary Newell, Tim Bumbaugh, Dave
Bivens, Steve Hanes, Randy Wible, Larry Long Heats: Burkholder, Dehart

270cc Micro Sprint: Sean McAndrew (12), Pete Allison, Tom Tice, Ryan
Wilson, Jason Houtz, Justin Grosz, Tim Mertz, Levi Peck, Brent Adams,
Bryan Weigle, Ron Krous, Ryan McAndrew, Curtis Brown, Jason Stahl, Kelly
Hall, Gary Nailor, Brianna Hershey, Tim Trumpower, Jesse Howell, Chad
Thomas, Colby Helt DQ: A.J. Bast Heats: Thomas, Wilson, Hershey


Path Valley Results for 7/14/06

Mini Stock: Randy Wible (5), Frank Gordon, Kyle Wiser, Tim Burkholder,
Ronnie Garlock, Jason Wible, Brett Hockenberry, Tim Bumbaugh, Gary Newell,
Ed Kirby, Ralph Morgan, Matt Sowers, Scott Gordan, Gary Dehart, Larry
Long, Sonny Williamson Heats: Morgan, Burkholder

270cc Micro Sprint: Tom Tice (2), Sean McAndrew, Dave Schreiber, Tim
Mertz, Brianna Hershey, Brian Kishbaugh, Jason Cunningham, Ryan Wilson,
Bryan Weigle, Colby Helt, Levi Peck, Kyle Moody, Ryan McAndrew, Tim
McClelland, Keith McIntyre, Jason Houtz, Jesse Howell, Michael Boer DQ:
Matt Bower DNS: David Holbrook Heats: Tice, Schreiber

Rookie 270cc Micro Sprint: Tyler DeVault (4), Dusty Summers, Zack Fouse,
Cord Kisthardt, T.J. Wilson Heat: Kisthardt

4-Cylinder Thunder Car: Jim Worthy (2), Wes Scofield, Lyle Barnes, Mark
Grove, Jeff Christy, John Rasp, Chip Lawrence, Greg Fuller, Eric Seibert,
Denny Scofield, Rob Keller, Troy Eckenrode, Buddy Smith, Denny Cramer,
Terry Carlin Heats: Worthy, Smith

Legend: Jason Rochelle (4), Lawrence Garrison, Ronnie Dunstan, Steve
Nederostek, Ed Wentz, Nathan Fisher, Pat McDermott, Shawn Arndt, Geremy
Sheaffer, Brian Levan, Andy Lupfer, Scott Spidle, Tyler Bear, Jason
Ewing, Josh Morrow, Randy Kissinger, Jim Halbert, Bob Murray, Robert
Sobieski, Greg Burd, Ferris Fraine, Bill Harris, John Shutt DNS: Nathan
Van Zandt Heats: Rochelle Wentz, Sheaffer Consi: Harris

Hobby Stock: Adam Yetter (1), Dave Dunkle, Steve Harlan, Josh Berrier,
Terry Smith, Bobby Witters Heat: Berrier

600cc Micro Sprint: Jeremy Lynch (5), Jim Young, Mark Strickler, Ben
Murphy, Jimmy Brookens, Rodney Glass, Nick Supp, Jesse Fitz, Travis Saner,
Dane Delancey, Greg Kone, Rod Schell, Tom Naylor, Mark Freeland, Tyler
Walton, Heath Hehnly, Jess Hager DNS: Tim Glatfelter, Nick Saner, Jake
Murphy Heats: Young, J. Murphy


McAndrew Brothers Stay Hot at Path Valley
By Rob Keller

The McAndrew brothers, Sean and Ryan, have been the dominant team in the
270cc Micro Sprint division at Path Valley Speedway in 2006. Friday, July
7th, they pulled off another one-two finish, this time with Ryan, of
Edmon, PA taking the win, his fourth of this year. Sean has five wins
this year. Five other drivers have visited victory lane this year, but
none of them have done so more than once.

Although they ended up first and second, for 19 laps it appeared their
streak was in jeopardy. Chris Melton grabbed the lead from his pole
starting position and led convincingly until the final turn. As Melton
was going through turn four the final time his car suddenly turned hard
right and shot up towards the outside wall, bringing out the last of three
cautions. Jason Houtz ran a strong steady race, starting and finishing
third. Keith McIntyre took advantage of the final restart, moving up to
spots to finish fourth and Justin Grosz rounded out the top five. Melton
won one heat race while the McAndrews won the other two.

Kameron Morral, of Hagerstown, MD, returned after a long absence to win
his second feature this season in the Rookie 270cc Micro Sprint division.
Peter Michael and Cord Kisthardt were battling for the lead when they made
contact with each other and spun. They collected T.J. Wilson in the
incident, and Zach Fouse also went to the pits once the red flag was
lifted. That brought the six-car field down to two. Morral did his best
to still give the fans a show as he still ran as hard as he could the
remaining laps and led by of a lap at the end. Ron Aurand made his
debut at Path Valley, and ended up with a second place for his efforts.
Kisthardt won the heat race.

The Four-Cylinder Thunder Car feature went non-stop, and Jeff Christy
wired the field from the pole. Lyle Barnes took second from Buddy Smith
on the first lap and held the runner-up spot till lap nineteen. Wes
Scofield started eighth and was up to third at the halfway point when his
engine quit and he pulled to the infield. This moved John Rasp into
third. Rasp then chased down Barnes and took second on lap nineteen. By
then Christy was leading by a straightaway or more and Rasp could not
close the distance before the checkers fell. Barnes held on to third,
while Mark Grove and Chip Lawrence rounded out the top five. Smith was
the heat winner.

Tommy Beavers, of Winchester, VA, made a return visit to Path Valley
payoff by winning the 305 Sprint Car feature. Beavers took the lead from
his pole starting position but would have to charge hard to stay in front
of Richie Fitz, who was making his debut at Path Valley in a 305 Sprint
Car, after moving up from the 600cc Micro Sprints. Fitz stayed within
five car lengths for most of the event, and was trying to apply pressure
on Beavers after a lap fifteen restart when he lost the handle in turn
four and spun out. After the restart Beavers quickly pulled away for his
first win this year. Randy Kaylor finished second, and was followed by
Wes Zimmerman, Michael Heckman, and Tim Damiani. Heat wins went to
Zimmerman and Kaylor.

In the 600cc Micro Sprint division, Heath Hehnly drove around pole-sitter
Tyler Walton on lap one. This proved to be the winning pass, as Hehnly
held on the rest of the way to take his third feature win this year at
Path Valley. Hehnly had to fend off a challenge by his teammate, Nathan
Hauck in the middle stages of the race, but pulled away near the end to
win by ten car lengths. Jimmy Brookens nipped Walton at the line to take
third. It appeared that Walton might have slowed down before he crossed
the line. Mark Strickler completed the top five finishers. Hehnly,
Walton, and Hauck were the heat winners.

In the Mini Stock feature, Kyle Wiser jumped to the lead on the start.
Ralph Morgan moved to second on lap two. From that point on they spent
most of the race side-by-side. Wiser ran the high groove while Morgan
hugged the bottom. Several times it appeared Morgan had the advantage
exiting the corners, but Wiser used the momentum from the high groove to
drive by again on the outside. If the first 19 laps weren't enough
excitement, the final half lap made up for it. Wiser came up on a slower
car as they entered the final turns. He decided to move low to make the
pass. Morgan went one lane lower and was only beat to the line by two
feet or less. In fact, Wiser admitted in victory lane that he was not
sure who had won. While Wiser and Morgan battled for the lead, Gary
Dehart, Tim Burkholder, and Frank Gordon had a three way tussle for third.
Burkholder gained control of third on lap nine and slowly pulled away.
Dehart and Gordon continued their close race until Gordon's engine failed
on lap eighteen. Burkholder went on the finish third. Dehart and Sonny
Williamson crossed the line fourth and fifth, but were disqualified for
not reporting to the scales. That moved Brett Hockenberry to fourth and
Larry Long to fifth in the final run down. Gordon won the heat race
earlier in the night.

Path Valley Speedway returns to action Friday, July 14th, with their
regular weekly classes along with INEX Legend Cars and Hobby Stocks. The
gates open at 5:00pm and the warm-ups start at 6:30. You can check out
all the results, point standings, and photos each week at
www.pathvalley.com.


Path Valley Results for 7/7/06

270cc Micro Sprint: Ryan McAndrew (2), Sean McAndrew, Jason Houtz, Keith
McIntyre, Justin Grosz, Tim Mertz, Ryan Wilson, Brianna Hershey, Levi
Peck, Jesse Howell, Brent Adams, Amanda Schlegal, Chris Melton, Tim
Trumpower, Tom Tice, Colby Helt, Transtan Stoner, Curtis Brown, Dustin
Trumpower DNS: Pete Allison, Nathan Ritter Heats: Melton, R. McAndrew,
S. McAndrew

Rookie 270cc Micro Sprint: Kameron Morral (3), Ron Aurand, Zack Fouse,
T.J. Wilson, Cord Kisthardt, Peter Michael Heat: Kisthardt

4-Cylinder Thunder Car: Jeff Christy (1), John Rasp, Lyle Barnes, Mark
Grove, Chip Lawrence, Denny Scofield, Wes Scofield, Buddy Smith Heat:
Smith

305 Sprint: Tommy Beavers (1), Randy Kaylor, Wes Zimmerman, Michael
Heckman, Tim Damiani, Jeremy Quick, A.J. Michael, Chad Myers, Mike Freet,
Jeff Sell, Mike Wagner, Jason Morrison, Craig Robinson, Richie Fitz,
Marshall Goggs Heats: Zimmerman, Kaylor

600cc Micro Sprint: Heath Hehnly (2), Nathan Hauck, Jimmy Brookens, Tyler
Walton, Mark Strickler, Brent Marks, Jim Young, Tim Glatfelter, Rodney
Glass, Nick Saner, Jesse Fitz, Jake Murphy, Donnie Hendershot, Dane
Delancey, Trevin Shank, Greg Kone, John Garman, Mike Trumpower, Tom
Naylor, Dave Thrush, Ben Murphy, J.C. Walling, Chris Crull, Travis Saner
DNS: Jess Hager Heats: Hehnly, Walton, Hauck

Mini Stock: Kyle Wiser (6), Ralph Morgan, Tim Burkholder, Brett
Hockenberry, Larry Long, Frank Gordon, Ronnie Garlock, Pat McNaughton,
Scott Gordan DQ: Gary Dehart, Sonny Williamson Heat: Gordon


Murphy, Yockey Split 600 Features at Path Valley
By Rob Keller

An additional 600cc Micro Sprint feature was added Friday night at Path
Valley Speedway. This was done to give the many drivers that were in town
for the Super 600 Showdown a chance to race without penalizing the local
teams that race every week at Path Valley. That also gave the local teams
to chances to race, if they wished.

In the Four-Cylinder Thunder Car division, three time defending track
champion John Rasp grabbed the lead from his second place starting spot
and held on the entire twenty laps. Rasp, of McConnellsburg, PA was
pursued by Lyle Barnes, until Barnes slowed with mechanical woes on lap
eleven. After that Jeff Christy stayed close the remainder of the way,
occasionally taking a look to the inside of Rasp. At the end, it was Rasp
beating Christy by two car lengths. It's the fifth feature win for Rasp
at Path Valley in 2006. Buddy Smith, Wes Scofield, and Tracy Linn rounded
out the top five. Linn and Wes Scofield won the heat races.

Cord Kisthardt, of Hershey, PA, dominated the three-car field in the
Rookie 270cc Micro Sprint class. Kisthardt started second, took the lead
on the start, and was leading by of a lap when the checkers fell. It
was Kisthardt's third win of the year at Path Valley, tying him for the
tops in the Rookie division with Dusty Summer. T.J. Wilson finished
second, keeping him in the points lead. Zach Fouse made his debut at Path
Valley, and finished third. Kisthardt also won the heat race.

Dave Dunkle, of Spring Run, PA, has been the dominant driver in the Hobby
Stock division this year. Friday night, he came from starting last in the
six-car field to take his seventh win in ten features. Josh Berrier
started on the pole and had led until he lost the handle in turn four on
lap fifteen and spun out. Berrier charged through the field after the
restart to make it back to second place. Terry Smith finished third, and
was followed by Bobby Witters, Adam Yetter, and Steve Harlan. Berrier was
the heat race winner.

The points paying 600cc Micro Sprint feature got off to a rocky start and
didn't get any better after that. There were two red flags in the first
four laps. The first was for a flip by Alex Bright and the second was for
a flip by Chad Hough. The yellow came out seven times in the remainder of
the race, giving the eight drivers that survived all twenty laps plenty of
practice at restarts. Jake Murphy started outside the front row, grabbed
the lead on the start, and wired the field. His brother, Ben, started
third, and was in hot pursuit of the leader until his engine started
smoking badly just after halfway. With Ben out, that moved Jim Young to
second and Jimmy Brookens to third, which is where they both finished.
Tyler Walton made a last lap pass on Donnie Hendershot to capture fourth.
Hendershot held onto fifth. It was the Enola, PA driver's third win,
putting him one ahead of Brookens and Mark Strickler. Heat race wins went
to Brookens and Jesse Hare.

Another strong field of cars from the Central PA Legends Car Club were in
attendance, with 31 cars signing in. Randy Fetterolf led from the pole
until Steve Nederostek drove by on lap four. Nederostek led for ten more
laps, while Jason Rochelle, Tim Tomson, and Ronnie Dunstan worked their
way forward from their mid-pack starting positions. Rochelle, who had won
four of the five previous Legend features at Path Valley this year, took
the lead on lap fourteen. While most of the field was battling for the
low groove, Tomson, of Kutztown, PA, found the high groove to his liking.
He used it to sweep around Rochelle on lap sixteen and stayed high the
final four laps to lead by five car lengths at the finish. Rochelle held
on to second. Josh Morrow was the hard charger of the night. A flat tire
in his heat race relegated him to the consolation race, which he won.
That still only put him 21st on the starting grid. He relentlessly worked
his way through the field, making his final pass on the last lap to come
home third. Dunstan finished fourth and Nederostek held on to fifth.
Heat winners were Greg Burd, Rick Potts, Rochelle, and Jim Halbert.

Frank Gordon started on the pole and led the first eight laps in the Mini
Stock feature. Ralph Morgan dove to the inside of Gordon as the two
entered turn three. As he was making the move, Morgan caught a bump in
the track and slid up into Gordon, who had been running the high groove
since the start. As the two racers recovered Morgan powered into the
lead. From there he slowly pulled away to lead by a full straightaway
when the checkered flag fell. Morgan later apologized for the contact in
victory lane, although it was unintentional. Tim Burkholder was
pressuring Gordon for second when he hit a slick spot on the entrance to
turn one. His car pushed and he had to lift to avoid heavy contact with
Gordon. They touched lightly, but Burkholder fell back two car lengths
and wasn't able to mount a serious challenge after that. Tim Bumbaugh and
Larry Long completed the top five. It was Morgan's third feature win,
tying him with Kevin Thomas for the division lead. Morgan also won the
heat race.

If racing were like wrestling, the McAndrew brothers would be the tag team
champions of Path Valley. The two have combined to win eight of thirteen
270cc Micro Sprint features this year. Friday night, it was Sean's turn.
Sean, of Apollo, PA, started on the pole and led wire-to-wire for his
fifth win. Chris Melton also started on the front row and ran second as
the leaders worked lapped traffic. Ryan McAndrew started twelfth, but had
cracked the top five by lap four. The next lap he passed two drivers in
one turn to take third. It took him ten more laps to catch Melton and
pass him for second. Melton appeared to have third place locked up, until
he slowed on the backstretch on the final lap. He wasn't able to coast
back to the line, and dropped to thirteenth overall. Jim Still, Brad
Weber, and 'Flyin' Bryan Hart rounded out the top five. Heat race wins
went to both McAndrew brothers and Chris Melton. Jason Houtz won the
consi.

Stan Yockey made the trip from Fresno, CA payoff, as he won the non-points
feature for the 600cc Micro Sprints. Yockey started third, moved past
Wesley Gordon on the start and then passed pole-sitter Brian Roseman for
the lead on lap five. His closest competition from there on out was his
teammate, Jarrod Wilson, whom they had picked up in Tulsa, OK on the way
here. Heath Hehnly was the only local driver to finish in the top five,
coming home third. Gordon recovered from an early spin to get back to
fourth and Trevin Shank got fifth. Chad Hough and Hehnly recorded heat
wins.

Path Valley Speedway returns to action July 7th, with their regular weekly
classes along with the PA 305 Sprint cars. An added attraction to the
show is a weekly Mini Van race held at intermission. Several tickets are
drawn from the 50/50 tickets and those lucky people get to race each other
in mini-vans for ten laps. The mini-van race has become a hit with the
fans. It was reported by Miss Path Valley that one man bought $50 worth
of tickets to increase his odds at a chance to race!


Path Valley Results for 6/30/06

4-Cyl. Thunder Car: John Rasp (2), Jeff Christy, Buddy Smith, Wes
Scofield, Tracy Linn, Denny Scofield, Denny Cramer, Mark Grove, Tim
Varner, Chip Lawrence, Randy Wenger, Lyle Barnes Heats: Linn, W.
Scofield

Rookie 270cc Micro Sprint: Cord Kisthardt (2), T.J. Wilson, Zack Fouse
Heat: Kisthardt

Hobby Stock: Dave Dunkle (6), Josh Berrier, Terry Smith, Bobby Witters,
Adam Yetter, Steve Harlan Heat: Berrier

600cc Micro Sprint (Points): Jake Murphy (2), Jim Young, Jimmy Brookens,
Tyler Walton, Donnie Hendershot, Tim Glatfelter, Greg Kone, Dane Delancey,
Ron Dick, Jesse Hare, Tom Naylor, Ben Murphy, Scott Urey, Rodney Glass,
Mike Trumpower, Mark Strickler, Jan Luckenbaugh, Heath Hehnly, Chad Hough,
Alex Bright Heats: Brookens, Hare

Legends: Tim Tomson (11), Jason Rochelle, Josh Morrow, Ronnie Dunstan,
Steve Nederostek, Ricky Harring, Lawrence Garrison, Randy Fetterolf, Ed
Wentz, Jim Halbert, Robert Sobieski, Jason Ewing, Shawn Arndt, Tyler Bear,
Geremy Sheaffer, Pat McDermott, Bill Harris, Greg Burd, Rick Potts, Bob
Murray, Ken Keyton, Zach Deiter, Randy Kissinger, Nathan Fisher Heats:
Burd, Potts, Rochelle, Halbert Consi: Morrow

Mini Stock: Ralph Morgan (2), Frank Gordon, Tim Burkholder, Tim Bumbaugh,
Larry Long, Gary Dehart, Ricky Harper DNS: Dave Bivens, Scott Gordan
Heat: Morgan

270cc Micro Sprint: Sean McAndrew (1), Ryan McAndrew, Brad Weber, Tom
Tice, Ryan Wilson, Tim Mertz, Jim Still, Jason Cunningham, David Holbrook,
Colby Helt, Bryan Weigle, Shelby Rowles, Chris Melton, Tim Trumpower,
Brianna Hershey, Don Smith, Jason Houtz, Bryan Hart, Jason Stahl, Michael
Boer, Justin Grosz, David Skinner, Pete Allison, Brent Adams Heats: R.
McAndrew, S. McAndrew, Melton Consi: Houtz

600cc Micro Sprint (Non-Points): Stan Yockey (3), Jarrod Wilson, Heath
Hehnly, Wesley Gordon, Trevin Shank, Tim Glatfelter, Dane Delancey, Kerry
Shanz, Justin Jones, Tyler Walton, Brian Roseman, Jesse Hare, Alex Bright
DNS: Donnie Hendershot, Chad Hough, Mark Strickler Heats: Hough, Hehnly


Path Valley Speedway Quicker Than Rain
By: Rob Keller

On a night when the weather forecast called for 80% chance of rain, the
management of Path Valley Speedway rolled the dice that the precipitation
would hold off long enough to get the racing card in. The gamble paid
off, barely. It wasn't ten minutes after the final checkered flag waved
when it started to rain.

Only two drivers showed for the Rookie 270cc Micro Sprint Class. T.J.
Wilson appeared poised to take his third win of the season after he won
the heat race in convincing fashion. But, Peter Michael, of Lititz, PA,
put on his best performance of the year and won by half a straightaway.
Peter is the younger brother of 305 Sprint car driver, A.J. Michael.
Michael's win means that six of the seven drivers that have competed in
the division have won at least once.

It is often said in racing that you don't win a race on the first lap.
While that is true, you can make the winning pass on the first lap, which
is what happened in the 600cc Micro Sprint feature. As the front row
starters, Jim Young and Jimmy Brookens exited turn two on lap one Brookens
nudged Young from behind. As Young battled to regain control, Brookens
drove by with what proved to be the winning pass. Brent Marks and Heath
Hehnly also got by Young before he got back up to speed. Hehnly took over
second on lap seven and Young passed Marks one lap later to take third.
Ben Murphy slowed moved up from his ninth starting spot and into fourth on
lap fifteen. At the checkers, Brookens led the non-stop feature by a full
straightaway. It was his second win at Path Valley this year. Hehnly and
Young were bumper to bumper for second, with Hehnly holding on. Murphy
and Marks rounded out the top five. Heat wins went to Brookens and Young.

In the Mini Stock feature it was shaping up to be another duel between
Gary Dehart and Ralph Morgan, as they were running one-two, and
bumper-to-bumper by lap four. Those two ran about 10 car lengths ahead of
the rest of the field until a caution for Kyle Wiser stopping on the track
tightened everything back up. Under that yellow Morgan's car started to
sound as though there was a problem. When the green came out, third place
running Tim Burkholder quickly swept out and around Morgan to take second.
Two more cautions on lap nineteen slowed the pace. Austin Kirby and
Frank Gordon were able to capitalize on Morgan's problem, as they both
passed him over the final two laps. At the line the top five finishers
were Gary Dehart, Tim Burkholder, Austin Kirby, Frank Gordon, and Ralph
Morgan. It was the second win of the year for the Mercersburg, PA driver.
Burkholder won the heat race.

Randy Kaylor took the lead from his outside front row starting position
and paced the field for nineteen laps. Mike Heckman followed Kaylor on
the start and into second. He held that until Chad Myers found the high
groove and began a late race charge. Myers took second from Heckman on
lap thirteen and then set his sights on the lead. On lap nineteen Myers
passed Kaylor on the high side on the exit of turn two. Entering turn
three Kaylor again went low and pulled a semi-slide job, moving up on the
exit of turn four, forcing Myers to lift. Myers stuck to the high groove
through turns one and two and again in turn three. But, in the middle of
turn three he turned the car hard left and pulled a crossover move coming
out of turn four underneath Kaylor. Myers then won the drag race to the
line by less than a foot. It was the second win of the year for the
driver from Fayetteville, PA. The top five finishers were Chad Myers,
Randy Kaylor, Mike Heckman, Mike Freet, and Mike Wagner. Wes Zimmerman
and Freet claimed heat race wins.

In 270cc Micro Sprint action, the McAndrew brothers are on a roll. Ryan
McAndrew, of Edmon, PA, started on the pole, but lost the lead on the
start to Tom Tice. Tice led until the first of two cautions, on lap nine.
McAndrew out powered Tice on the restart to take the lead. Meanwhile,
Ryan's brother, Sean, was working his way through the field from his
twelfth place starting spot and moved into third the same lap Ryan took
the lead. It took Sean another nine laps before he was able to get around
Tice for second. It was Ryan's third win this year. Sean has four wins
at Path Valley and they are the only two racers in the 270cc division with
more than one win this year. At the end the top five were Ryan McAndrew,
Sean McAndrew, Tom Tice, Chris Melton, and Jason Houtz. Tice and Ryan
McAndrew were the heat winners.

John Rasp led the Four-Cylinder Thunder Cars to the green, but Wes
Scofield, of Spring Run, PA, used the high groove to power his way into
the lead on lap one. They ran nose-to-tail until Rasp's motor went sour
on lap four. The only caution came when Denny Scofield came to a stop
against the outside wall in turn four on lap nine. No other passing
happened over the remainder of the race. It was Wes Scofield's third win
in 2006. Jeff Christy, Mark Grove, Tim Varner, and Chip Lawrence followed
him across the line. Rasp won the heat race.

Path Valley Speedway gets back into action June 30th with their regular
weekly divisions along with the INEX Legend cars and Hobby Stocks. Gates
open at 5:00pm and warm-ups start at 6:30.

Path Valley Results 6/23/06
Rookie 270cc Micro Sprint: Peter Michael (1), T.J. Wilson Heat: Wilson
600cc Micro Sprint: Jimmy Brookens (2), Heath Hehnly, Jim Young, Ben
Murphy, Brent Marks, Ryan Greth, Travis Saner, James Wilson, Chris Crull,
Chad Hough, Cody Seiber, Tom Naylor, Dane Delancey, Greg Kone, Gary Suchi,
Tyler Walton, Tim Glatfelter, Jess Hager DNS: Jake Murphy Heats:
Brookens, Young

Mini Stock: Gary Dehart (7), Tim Burkholder, Austin Kirby, Frank Gordon,
Ralph Morgan, John Henry, Tim Bumbaugh, Scott Gordan, Jeremy Ott, Kyle
Wiser, Larry Long Heat: Burkholder

305 Sprint: Chad Myers (3), Randy Kaylor, Mike Heckman, Mike Freet, Mike
Wagner, Craig Myers, Ryan Hansen, A.J. Michael, Craig Robinson, George
Riden, Wes Zimmerman Heats: Zimmerman, Freet

270cc Micro Sprint: Ryan McAndrew (1), Sean McAndrew, Tom Tice, Chris
Melton, Jason Houtz, Bryan Hart, Brooks Bennett, Bryan Weigle, Jesse
Howell, Sean Good, Levi Peck, Tim Trumpower, Dustin Trumpower, Chad
Thomas, Michael Boer, Ryan Wilson, Brent Adams, Steven Cox Heats: Tice,
R. McAndrew

4-Cyl. Thunder Car: Wes Scofield (2), Jeff Christy, Mark Grove, Tim
Varner, Chip Lawrence, Denny Scofield, John Rasp Heat: Rasp


Path Valley Results 6/24/06

6-Cylinder Strictly Stock: Danny Gelwick (7), Terry Golden, Todd Mathna,
Rob Keller, Randy Stull, Jeff Dicken, Ron Swope DQ: Jason Ege DNS:
Josh Walstrum Heat: Ege

Modified Lite: Lynn Knepper (2), Josh Sigman, Frank Dunkle, Eddie
Benedict, Woody Styiff DNS: Gary Funck Heat: Dunkle

4-Cylinder Truck: Rob Keller (9), Dale Martin, Mike Racine, Travis
Wagerman, Aaron Shaffer, Joe Racine, Mark Hess, Robert Woodring, Kathy
Frazier Heat: M. Racine

4-Cylinder Strictly Stock: Ron Daihl (3), Frankie Gordon, Dakota
Hutchinson, Jeremy Mumma, Mark Leedy, Joe Reisher, Shawn Phelan, Johnny
Runk, Gary Walls, Jason Gilliland, Keith Walls, Chad Fauson, Todd
Hornbaker, Curt Souders Heats: Gordon, Daihl

8-Cylinder Strictly Stock: Tony Verno (2), Bruce Ginther, Steve Frazier,
Jerry Fleming, Chuck Arentz, Jared Wible, Jason Gordon, Rob Naugle, Todd
Price, Joe Daywalt, Travis Park, Rich Earhart DNS: Adam Ridenour, Dakota
Hutchinson Heats: Fleming, Ginther


Path Valley Results for 6/10/06

8-Cylinder Strictly Stock: Bruce Ginther (2), Steve Frazier, Joe Daywalt,
Tony Verno, Adam Ridenour, Todd Price, Tim Burdge, Rich Earhart, Jared
Wible, Joey Burdge, Rob Naugle Heats: Daywalt, Frazier

4-Cylinder Truck Strictly Stock: Rob Keller (3), Dale Martin, Aaron
Shaffer, Gordon Stuckey, Travis Wagerman, Robert Woodring, John Swartz,
Richard Mathna, Kathy Frazier, Paul Armstrong, Joe Racine Heats:
Shaffer, Martin

4-Cylinder Strictly Stock: Barron Taylor (4), Fred Jamison, Johnny Runk,
Jeremy Mumma, Ron Daihl, Gary Walls, Shawn Phelan, Curt Souders, Keith
Walls, Dakota Hutchinson, Joe Reisher, Denny Scofield, John Watson, Frank
Chilcoat, Frankie Gordon, Mark Leedy DNS: Brian Campbell Heats: Mumma,
Gordon

Modified Lite: Josh Sigman (1), Lynn Knepper, Barry Lasosky, John Gerula,
Ron Nester, John Decker Heat: Sigman

6-Cylinder Strictly Stock: Jason Ege (1), Danny Gelwick, Jeff Dicken, Rob
Keller, Dave Reaugh, Wayne Zinn, Ron Swope, Terry Golden, Chas Clouser,
Wilbert Barker, Josh Walstrum, Todd Mathna DNS: Randy Stull Heats:
Keller, Barker


Morgan and Scofield take Stock Car Checkers
By: Rob Keller

Ralph Morgan has been knocking on the door to victory lane at Path Valley
Speedway in 2006. On Friday night, June 9th, that door opened as he won
his first feature of the year at the Spring Run oval. Wes Scofield pulled
away early and lead at times by over a full straightaway to claim his
second win this year.

In the Mini Stock feature it appeared Gary Dehart had the upper hand on
the field when the invert put him on the pole. But Dehart did not get a
good start, and found himself back in fourth before the end of lap one.
On the other hand, Ralph Morgan started third, but quickly powered by the
front row and never looked back. Frank Gordon moved from fourth to second
on the first circuit, but was never able to mount a serious challenge for
the lead. Tim Burkholder started eighth and worked his way up to take
third on lap six. The top five finishers were Ralph Morgan, Frank Gordon,
Tim Burkholder, Gary Dehart, and Jeremy Ott. Morgan also won the heat
race.

A brief rain shower hit the track as before the next feature could get a
lap in. After the track was worked back into racing condition the 270cc
Micro Sprints came out and put on an action packed twenty-lap show. Chad
Thomas grabbed the lead from the pole and led the first three laps. Jason
Houtz took the point on lap four and kept control through lap seven. By
this point the leaders were dicing their way through slower traffic. Mike
Rutherford slipped into the lead on lap eight, and looked to be the car to
beat. The first caution came on lap eleven. It was a multi car incident
that collected Houtz, ending his night. Rutherford led until Ryan
McAndrew drove past on a lap fifteen restart. Rutherford slowed over the
final laps and brought out the final caution with one to go when he
stopped on the track trying to exit. McAndrew, of Edmon, PA, went on to
claim his second win of the year over Thomas. Justin Grosz, Sean
McAndrew, and Keith McIntyre completed the top five. The McAndrew boys
won their respective heats along with Mike Rutherford.

Dusty Summers rolled to his division leading third win of the season in
the Rookie 270cc Micro Sprint class. Summers took control on lap one and
led by a full straight at the checkers. Cord Kisthardt took second on lap
two, and held off a late race surge by Tyler DeVault to claim the
runner-up spot. DeVault finished third and Peter Michael and T.J. Wilson
rounded out the top five. Kisthardt was the heat winner.

In the Four-Cylinder Thunder Car feature Wes Scofield drove underneath
pole sitter Greg Fuller to take the lead on lap two. He then powered his
way to a lead of a full straightaway. John Rasp started ninth and
patiently worked his way to second place on lap thirteen. By that time
Scofield was a full straightaway ahead. Over the remainder of the race
Rasp closed in, but was still six car lengths behind at the end. Jeff
Christy ran strong to finish third. The closest racing for most of the
event was between Chip Lawrence, Mark Grove, and Randy Wenger. Lawrence
held the other two off for fourth while Wenger made a last lap pass to
sneak into the top five. It was the second feature win this year for
Scofield. Earlier in the night, Buddy Smith claimed his first checkered
flag of the year, winning the heat race.

It was a rough night for many drivers in the 305 Sprint Car class. Five
of the fourteen starters failed to finish due to accidents or mechanical
failure. Mike Wagner used their misfortune and a setup with tons of
forward bite to be the first repeat winner in the 305's at Path Valley
this year. Wagner started next to last, but had found his way to fourth
by lap eight. Two laps later he took third and in another two laps he
claimed second. A.J. Michael took the top spot on lap six when Craig
Myers pulled to the pits while leading. Michael led until lap seventeen,
when Wagner was able to get by on the inside. Wagner then pulled away to
win by a full straight. Michael held on to second. Wes Zimmerman, Chad
Myers, and Andy Haus completed the top five. Randy Kaylor and Craig
Robinson won the heat races.

It took six years for Ryan Greth to pull off his first win ever at Path
Valley Speedway. Although he's been close many times, a bad break here
and there has kept him out of victory lane. This time, he caught the good
fortune of the invert placing him on the pole and he made sure he didn't
let this one get away. Ben Murphy also started on the front row and
chased Greth the entire twenty laps. While Greth ran the bottom Murphy
ran the high side. Although Murphy stayed close the entire event, he
never seriously challenged Greth for the lead. The race seemed to fall
under the effect of the full moon, having five cautions between laps
twelve and fourteen and eight yellows overall. At the end, Greth, of
Mooresville, PA, lead Murphy to the line by three car lengths. Also in
the top five were Jake Murphy, Jim Young, and Jimmy Brookens. In heat
race action the winners were Jake Murphy, Rodney Glass, and Donnie
Hendershot.

Path Valley Speedway returns to action Friday night, June 16th. On the
schedule are the regular weekly classes along with Legends and Hobby
Stocks. Gates open at 5pm and warm-ups start at 6:30.

Path Valley Results 6/9/06
Mini Stock: Ralph Morgan (3), Frank Gordon, Tim Burkholder, Gary Dehart,
Jeremy Ott, John Henry, Gary Newell, Scott Gordan, Austin Kirby Heat:
Morgan

270cc Micro Sprint: Ryan McAndrew (2), Chad Thomas, Justin Grosz, Sean
McAndrew, Keith McIntyre, Ryan Wilson, Tom Tice, Tim McClelland, Tim
Mertz, Transtan Stoner, Pete Allison, Sean Good, Jesse Howell, Levi Peck,
David Holbrook, Mike Rutherford, David Grube, Curtis Brown, Ed Stine,
Bryan Weigle, Jason Houtz, Bob Robertson DNS: Tim Trumpower Heats:
Rutherford, S. McAndrew, R. McAndrew

Rookie 270cc Micro Sprint: Dusty Summers (2), Cord Kisthardt, Tyler
DeVault, Peter Michael, T.J. Wilson Heat: Kisthardt

4-Cylinder Thunder Car: Wes Scofield (3), John Rasp, Jeff Christy, Chip
Lawrence, Randy Wenger, Mark Grove, Buddy Smith, Greg Fuller, Rodney Walls
DNS: Shaun Linn Heat: Smith

305 Sprints: Mike Wagner (13), A.J. Michael, Wes Zimmerman, Chad Myers,
Andy Haus, Mike Heckman, Mike Freet, Mike Alleman, Craig Robinson, Tim
Damiani, Craig Myers, George Riden, Randy Kaylor, Brent Comp Heats:
Kaylor, Robinson

600cc Micro Sprint: Ryan Greth (1), Ben Murphy, Jake Murphy, Jim Young,
Jimmy Brookens, Mark Strickler, Heath Hehnly, Rodney Glass, Tim
Glatfelter, Chris Crull, Tyler Walton, Dave Thrush, Travis Saner, Chad
Hough, Jesse Fitz, Dane Delancey, Nick Saner, Dan Kanagy, Jess Hager, Cody
Seiber, Donnie Hendershot, Mike Trumpower, Brent Marks, Lex Brurritt,
Aaron Spahr, Tom Naylor Heats: J. Murphy, Glass, Hendershot


Two First-time Winners Highlight Strictly Stock Action
By Rob Keller

On Saturday night, May 27th, two more drivers added their name to the
winners list in Strictly Stock racing at Path Valley Speedway. The driver
starting on the pole position won the other three divisions, including the
Modified Lites.

In the Modified Lite division Lynn Knepper started on the pole and was
never seriously threatened for the lead the entire twenty laps. Josh
Sigman drove by Russell Birch on lap two to take the second spot. On the
next circuit Birch bobbled in turn four and he lost positions to John
Gerula and Eddie Benedict. The only caution of the race came out on lap
four for a spin by Gary Funck. On lap five Gerula worked his way past
Sigman and into second. The next lap Sigman surrendered third to
Benedict. From there on out the only close race was for second place.
Benedict slowly reeled in Gerula and caught him with three laps remaining.
Benedict attempted to make a pass on the low side exiting turn two, but
when he hit the throttle he lost traction and nearly spun down the
backstretch. This cost him several car lengths that he could not make up
in the remaining laps. In the end, it was Lynn Knepper taking the win
over John Gerula, Eddie Benedict, Josh Sigman, and Russell Birch. Birch
won the heat race.

Jeff Dicken started on the pole in the six cylinder division and was only
slowed while lapping other cars on his way to winning the non-stop
feature. Jason Ege and Danny Gelwick got terrific starts. Ege moved from
fifth to second on the first lap and Gelwick came from eighth to third at
the same time. As Dicken slowly walked away from Ege, Gelwick was chasing
Ege down for second. Entering turn three on lap six Gelwick passed Ege to
take the runner-up spot. As the field became strung out, the only close
race for position was for second. After Ege dropped to third, he stayed
close to Gelwick, never falling more than two car lengths behind. On lap
nineteen Gelwick came up on a lapped car and slowed early heading into
turn three. Seeing the opportunity, Ege shot the gap between Gelwick and
the bottom apron. As the two drivers went for the same spot on the track
the two cars came together. Neither driver lost control and they finished
the race in second and third. At the line Jeff Dicken led by nearly a
straightaway over Jason Ege, Danny Gelwick, Josh Walstrum, and Terry
Golden. After the race Ege was penalized one spot for rough driving.
Dicken also won the heat race for the six cylinders, which was more a
battle of survival, with rough track conditions knocking out five of the
nine starters.

Dakota Hutchinson finished first the last time the four cylinders raced
three weeks ago, only to be disqualified in post race inspection.
Saturday night, he got to start on the pole and put his Ford Probe back in
victory lane again. Although he led the entire twenty laps, it was no
'cake walk' victory for the teenage driver. The only caution of the race
came on the initial start. It was a multi-car incident, with several cars
spinning in turn one. On the restart, Hutchinson's teammate, Barron
Taylor jumped from fourth to second and immediately began putting pressure
on the leader. Fred Jamison took over third on lap four and began a three
way battle for the lead. Jamison moved to the high groove while
Hutchinson and Taylor stayed to the inside. Jamison and Taylor raced
door-to-door over the next six laps, all the while they were right on the
back bumper of the leader. At the halfway point Jamison finally got
control of second. But, before they could make another lap Jamison's
right front tire blew out and he was forced to the pit area. When Jamison
pitted Brian Campbell took over third and Keith Walls, who had started
19th, moved to fourth. On lap thirteen Walls drove his Geo around the
Honda of Campbell and into third. By this time the two leaders were
nearly a straightaway ahead, which was too much distance for Walls to make
up before the finish. In the closing laps Jeremy Mumma and Shawn Phelan
made a late charge to round out the top five. At the line it was Dakota
Hutchinson taking the win over Barron Taylor, Keith Walls, Jeremy Mumma,
and Shawn Phelan. Mumma and Walls won their respective heats.

The truck division kept the action coming with a three way battle for the
lead, which lasted from lap one to lap ten. Aaron Shaffer started on the
pole and led the first six laps running the low groove. Joe Racine
started third but immediately went to the high groove and into second.
Second starting Dale Martin dropped into third but was right behind the
leaders. On laps seven, eight, and nine Shaffer and Racine swapped the
lead back and forth. With Racine leading, the top three trucks weaved
their way through two slower trucks. This allowed Racine to put a few
truck lengths between himself and the battle for second. Martin continued
to pressure Shaffer for the runner-up spot until his right front tire went
flat on lap eighteen. At the end of the non-stop event, only the top
three drivers, Racine, Shaffer, and Dave Kitzmiller were on the lead lap.
Robert Woodring and Richard Mathna rounded out the top five. It was the
first time Racine drove in the truck division, and his first win ever. He
also won the heat race.

Larry Risser made his initial start in 2006 one to remember. Risser was
given the opportunity to race in the Strictly Stocks last year and enjoyed
it so much he built his own car for this year. He started fourth, but was
fortunate enough to be the only car of the top five starters not to be
involved in a second lap incident in turn four. That gave Risser the lead
for the restart, and moved Bruce Ginther, Joe Daywalt, Steve Frazier, and
Travis Park to the rear. After the restart Robert Naugle began a charge
to the front, taking fifth on lap three, fourth on lap four, and third two
laps after that. Tony Daniels also was moving forward from his sixteenth
starting position. Daniels cracked the top five on lap five, then drove
by Chuck Arentz, Todd Price, and Naugle over the next five laps to capture
second. The third of five yellows waved for a spin by Rich Earhart on lap
eleven. That erased the sizeable lead that Risser had built up over the
field. Daniels quickly took advantage, making the final pass for the lead
on lap twelve. On lap eighteen Naugle blew out his right rear tire
causing him to spin and bring out the caution. Frazier and Joe Daywalt
had made their way back to the top five. But on the restart Frazier got
sideways and collected Luther Daywalt and Earhart. After the final
restart the only position change in the top five was Park passing Price
for fourth. Tony Daniels led the field across the line, followed by Larry
Risser, Joe Daywalt, Travis Park, and Todd Price. Unfortunately for
Daniels, his car failed post race inspection, giving the win to Risser in
only his second Strictly Stock start. The disqualification also moved
Tony Verno into the top five. Risser and Naugle won the heat races for
the eight cylinders.

The Strictly Stocks and Modified Lites return to action in two weeks,
Saturday June 10th. You can find the complete schedule, victory lane
photos, and rules for all divisions of racing at www.pathvalley.com.

Path Valley Results for 5/27/06
Modified Lites: Lynn Knepper (1), John Gerula, Eddie Benedict, Josh
Sigman, Russell Birch, Chad Wilds, Gary Funck, Jesse Macknosky Heat:
Birch

Strictly Stocks
Six-Cylinders: Jeff Dicken (1), Danny Gelwick, Jason Ege, Josh Walstrum,
Terry Golden, Ron Swope, Todd Mathna, Shane Ege DNS: Trent Burkholder
Heat: Dicken

Four-Cylinders: Dakota Hutchinson (1), Barron Taylor, Keith Walls, Jeremy
Mumma, Shawn Phelan, Brian Campbell, Joe Reisher, Mark Leedy, Curt
Souders, Matt Seville, Ron Daihl, Matt Souders, Frankie Gordon, Fred
Jamison, Johnny Runk, John Watson, Jeff Koser DNS: Huston Richards, C.J.
Gipe, Michael Hall Heats: Mumma, Walls

Trucks: Joe Racine (3), Aaron Shaffer, Dave Kitzmiller, Robert Woodring,
Richard Mathna, Kathy Frazier, Dale Martin Heat: Racine

Eight-Cylinders: Larry Risser (4), Joe Daywalt, Travis Park, Todd Price,
Tony Verno, Bruce Ginther, Rich Earhart, Luther Daywalt, Leroy
Hockenberry, Chuck Arentz, Joey Burdge, Steve Frazier, Adam Ridenour,
Robert Naugle DQ: Tony Daniels DNS: Jason Gordon, Rick Rosenberry,
Jerry Fleming Heats: Risser, Naugle


Brookens, Kishbaugh, and Summer take Micro Sprint Wins
By Rob Keller

A soggy week, cool air temperatures, and ominous cloud cover didn't keep
the racers from their sport as 107 cars filled the pit area at Path Valley
Speedway on Friday night, May 19th. The Hobby Stock division featured a
first time ever winner, and two Micro Sprint divisions had drivers break
through for their first win at Path Valley in 2006.

The Hobby Stock division was first to run their feature this week. Path
Valley uses a rotating lineup, so that the same division doesn't have to
run last every week. Rookie Bobby Witters led the field to the green flag
and held the top spot for the first four laps. Josh Berrier started third
and ran there until he passed Terry Smith for second on lap three. Dave
Dunkle followed through the opening Berrier created to pass Smith for
third the following lap. On lap five, Berrier swept passed Witters for
the lead. It took Dunkle three more laps to make the pass on Witters for
second. By that time Berrier was leading by a full straightaway. The
feature ran non-stop, and Dunkle could only close to within two car
lengths before the checkered flag. Smith battled Witters for third, and
took the position on lap twelve. The final finishing order was Josh
Berrier, Dave Dunkle, Terry Smith, and Bobby Witters. It was Berrier's
first ever feature win. He also won the heat race.

Twenty-six 600cc Micro Sprints came out next to run their twenty-lap
feature. Cody Darrah started on the pole and got the edge on second
starting Jimmy Brookens. But, they didn't get a lap in before the first
of seven cautions slowed the field. The second attempt at the start
looked much like the first, with the same result, caution out without a
lap completed. Brookens, who is usually strong on restarts, made the
third time the charm. Using a high-to low move exiting turn two, Brookens
powered underneath Darrah and into the lead. Only two laps were completed
when a multi-car incident brought out the red flag. Aaron Spahr flipped
on the backstretch and Tim Barrick ran into him as he landed. Chris Crull
also rolled over, ending up on his side. Gary Linderman and Tom Naylor
were also involved. On the restart, Heath Hehnly drove past Darrah,
moving into the runner-up spot. They only got two more laps in before the
caution returned for a tangle between Chad Hough, Mark Strickler, and Tim
Glatfelter. On lap nine Steve Buckwalter and Ben Murphy passed Darrah,
moving him back to fifth. The next lap Darrah's car stopped on the track,
bringing out caution number four. Darrah dropping out also moved Rodney
Glass into the top five. Cautions on lap 16, 17, and 19 limited the
passing over the final laps. Ben Murphy's race ended early as he slowed
dramatically on lap 18 and pulled to the pit area. The top five were
Jimmy Brookens, Heath Hehnly, Steve Buckwalter, Rodney Glass, and Nathan
Hauck. Hauck, Hehnly, and Brookens won the heats.

The Rookie 270cc Micro Sprint division had seven entries. Five of those
drivers have won already this year, making it anybodies guess as to who
would win. Cord Kisthardt looked poised to get his second win. He won
the heat race earlier in the show, and then used a daring move in turn one
of lap one to take the lead, going to the bottom to make it three wide.
Kisthardt was pulling away from the field when the only caution came out
on lap seven. Unfortunately for Kisthardt, he was the reason for the
yellow. Once again, mechanical problems brought an early end to his race.
This gave the lead to Dusty Summer, Kameron Morral to second, and Tyler
DeVault to third. DeVault pressured Morral for the next few laps, and
then took the second spot on lap ten. By then, Summer had a sizeable
lead. DeVault slowly reeled in the leader, but was still two car lengths
back at the line. The final top five was Dusty Summer, Tyler DeVault,
Kameron Morral, T.J. Wilson, and Cord Kisthardt.

Although Frank Gordon led the Mini Stock feature wire-to-wire from the
pole, the race was far from boring. Kyle Wiser spun on lap three, setting
up an eighteen lap green flag run to the checkers. For the next seventeen
laps Gordon led a tight pack of three around the high-banked clay oval.
Tim Burkholder and Kevin Thomas followed right behind, for the most part
running right in Gordon's tire tracks. With about two laps remaining
Gordon began to slow ever so slightly. Burkholder, who never trailed by
more than two car lengths, moved right onto Gordon's back bumper, having
to brake a couple times to keep from hitting him. As they took the white
flag Thomas looked to the outside groove. With no room to pass there he
dove to the bottom on the backstretch and was able to nip Burkholder at
the line by less than a foot for second place. Rounding out the top five
was Gary Dehart and Kyle Wiser. Thomas won the heat race.

The INEX Legend cars were next to race. Twenty-four cars signed in,
making it a full field, once again. Bill Harris started on the pole and
led the first two laps. Lawrence Garrison started second and passed
Harris for the lead on lap three. But, his lead and his race ended just
one lap later. Contact between Garrison and Geremy Sheaffer caused the
two to spin and also collected Randy Fetterolf. Fetterolf was able to
continue, Garrison and Sheaffer were done. On the restart it was Harris
leading over Jim Halbert, Ronnie Dunstan, Jason Rochelle, and Zach Deiter.
Dunstan and Rochelle both moved past Halbert on lap five. Rochelle was
content to run behind his teammate as they chased Harris, until Dunstan
slipped just a bit while trying to pass Harris on lap nine. Rochelle then
slid into second. As Harris ran the middle to upper groove Rochelle
stayed low and powered into the lead exiting turn four on lap eleven.
Three laps later Dunstan finally figured the solution to passing Harris
and took second. Two cautions slowed the race in the final stages. On
lap fifteen Halbert's right rear tire went down as he was going through
turn one. When he corrected the car snapped to the right and he had to
quickly get on the brakes to keep from hitting the outside fence. The
final caution came on lap nineteen when Fetterolf and Darryl Bloom
tangled. It was Rochelle's third win in four races at Path Valley this
season. Ronnie Dunstan, Bill Harris, Zach Deiter, and Jason Ewing
followed him across the stripe. Ewing, Dunstan, and Rochelle recorded
heat wins.

Brian Kishbaugh doesn't run Path Valley on a weekly basis. But, when he
is there you can usually find him near the front. Friday night, that is
the only spot he'd have, all night long. Kishbaugh started on the pole of
the feature and was never seriously threatened, once the race went green.
Three times the caution had to be brought out before a lap was completed.
By rule, after three attempts at a double file start are made without a
lap completed, the field will then be formed into single file. That
seemed to settle things down, as the next caution didn't fall until lap
13. Just before the yellow came out Chris Melton moved past Bryan Weigle
and into fourth. Right after the restart Melton again went to the high
groove to pass Ryan McAndrew for third. McAndrew stayed close and retook
third place on lap seventeen. The entire race Brad Weber ran a strong
second, but was unable to mount a challenge for the lead. The last yellow
flew with one lap to go when Weigle and Greg Walter tangled. Melton took
advantage and passed McAndrew on the restart. The final top five were
Brian Kishbaugh, Brad Weber, Chris Melton, Ryan McAndrew, and Sean
McAndrew. The heats were won by Kishbaugh, Weber, and Ryan McAndrew.

The Four-Cylinder Thunder Cars were the final feature of the evening.
Three times defending track champion, John Rasp, started on the pole and
easily beat Greg Fuller into turn one to take the lead. Tracy Linn
started third, but when the green dropped his car would not come up to
speed and that bottled up the racers behind him. Randy Wenger quickly
dispatched of Fuller on the first lap to take second while Chip Lawrence
sneaked through the early congestion to emerge fourth. On lap four the
first of three cautions flew for a tangle between Mark Grove and Rodney
Walls. Grove had his right front tire go flat down the backstretch and
when he entered turn three his car wouldn't turn. Unfortunately for
Walls, he was outside of Grove when it happened. On the restart Lawrence
passed Fuller for third and the next lap Fuller lost fourth to Wes
Scofield. Jeff Christy moved past Fuller and into the top five on lap
eight. The next time around Fuller lost the handle and spun, bringing out
the yellow flag. From lap ten to fifteen Lawrence put heavy pressure on
Wenger, but was unable to complete the pass. Once clear of Lawrence,
Wenger slowly made up the two car lengths Rasp had put between them. Just
after the leaders saw the 'two-to-go' sign Wenger nudged Rasp and the two
lifted momentarily to correct their cars. At the same time Lawrence was
going high and then cutting back down to attempt to get underneath Wenger.
When the front two slowed Lawrence had nowhere to go and bumped Wenger in
the back bumper. When he did his front bumper slipped under Wenger's rear
bumper, shoving the radiator back into the fan blade, dropping fluid down
the backstretch. The yellow never came out, as everyone stayed headed in
the right direction. The field came around for the final lap and when
Wenger hit the fluid his car snapped sideways and slid down the
backstretch. The official call was made that they should have had the
yellow out for the fluid, and put Wenger back into second for the restart.
They ran the final lap without incident and the top five finishers were
John Rasp, Randy Wenger, Wes Scofield, Jeff Christy, and Buddy Smith. The
heat races were won by Wenger and Tracy Linn.

Next Friday, May 26th, the 305 Sprints join the regular weekly classes.
Gates open at 5pm and warm-ups start at 6:30. And then on Saturday, May
20, the Strictly Stocks and Modified Lites return to action. You can see
the schedule, latest news and results, along with victory lane photos at
www.pathvalley.com.

Path Valley Results 5/19/06
Hobby Stocks: Josh Berrier (3), Dave Dunkle, Terry Smith, Bobby Witters
Heat: Berrier

600cc Micros: Jimmy Brookens (2), Heath Hehnly, Steve Buckwalter, Rodney
Glass, Nathan Hauck, Donnie Hendershot, Jake Murphy, Mark Strickler, Tim
Glatfelter, Chad Hough, Drew Richman, Jan Luckenbaugh, Dane Delancey, Tom
Naylor, Jim Young, Dan Kanagy, Jesse Fitz, Greg Kone, Tyler Walton, Ben
Murphy, Cody Darrah, Chris Crull, Eric Tomecek, Gary Linderman, Tim
Barrick, Aaron Spahr Heats: Hauck, Hehnly, Brookens

Rookie 270cc Micros: Dusty Summer (4), Tyler DeVault, Kameron Morral, T.J.
Wilson, Cord Kisthardt, Chad Brooks DNS: Steven Bucko Heat: Kisthardt

Mini Stocks: Frank Gordon (1), Kevin Thomas, Tim Burkholder, Gary Dehart,
Kyle Wiser, Troy Eckenrode, Tim Bumbaugh, Austin Kirby, Dave Bivens
Heat: Thomas

Legends: Jason Rochelle (12), Ronnie Dunstan, Bill Harris, Zach Deiter,
Jason Ewing, Rick Potts, Greg Burd, Ferris Fraine, Ed Wentz, Denny Willey,
Andy Lupfer, Robert Sobieski, Darryl Bloom, Tyler Bear, Ken Keyton, Shawn
Arndt, John Shutt, Randy Fetterolf, Amy Staver, Jim Halbert, Bob Murray,
Geremy Sheaffer, Lawrence Garrison, Nathan Fisher Heats: Ewing, Dunstan,
Rochelle

270cc Micros: Brian Kishbaugh (1), Brad Weber, Chris Melton, Ryan
McAndrew, Sean McAndrew, Tom Tice, Steve Buckwalter, Bryan Hart, Kyle
Moody, Greg Walter, Bryan Weigle, Brianna Hershey, Jason Stahl, Shelby
Rowles, David Holbrook, Jerry Palm, A.J. Bast, Ed Stine, Ryan Wilson,
Lindsay Enscoe, Levi Peck, Jason Cunningham DNS: Curtis Brown, Jesse
Howell, Mike Murphy Heats: Kishbaugh, Weber, R. McAndrew

4-Cylinder Thunder Cars: John Rasp (1), Randy Wenger, Wes Scofield, Jeff
Christy, Buddy Smith, Chip Lawrence, Rodney Walls, Greg Fuller, Mark
Grove, Tracy Linn, Shaun Linn DNS: Jeremy Ott Heats: Wenger, T. Linn


Brother Teams Give Early Presents to Moms
By Rob Keller

Racing is a family sport. If you don't believe that, you weren't at Path
Valley Speedway Friday, May 12th. There are families with brothers that
both drive in the same division in three different sprint car divisions at
Path Valley. And on the Friday before Mother's Day, all three of those
families stood in victory lane.

Rain on Thursday provided much needed moisture for the track surface. The
track prep crew did an excellent job of preparing the speedway, and the
combination lead to a fast, smooth track that allowed the racers to run
anywhere on the racing surface and get all the performance they could from
their machines.

After all the qualifying events were completed, the 600cc Micro Sprints
were the first feature of the evening. 31 drivers signed in, giving the
600's a full field of 24 cars for the feature. Dwayne Gutshall and Jake
Murphy lead the field to green, which would only stay out momentarily, as
Aaron Spahr brought out the first of three yellows, rolling over in turn
two on lap one. Under the caution Jim Young discovered mechanical
problems and he was also forced to retire from the event. On the restart,
Jake Murphy powered his way to the lead and Cody Darrah followed him into
second the next lap. On lap three Ben Murphy passed Darrah, giving the
Murphy boys the top two spots. Darrah and Gutshall made contact several
times over the next lap and one half until they ended up wrecking in turn
four, ending the race for both of them. This moved Rob Kendall to third,
Jimmy Brookens to fourth, and Heath Hehnly to fifth. The next fifteen
laps ran caution free, and the Murphy's pulled away from Kendall, even as
they weaved through slower traffic. Lapped traffic also allowed Ben to
pass Jake on lap 15. But, on this night, Jake was a little quicker than
Ben, and he powered back to the lead on the very next circuit. With two
to go, 13th starting Donnie Hendershot and Hehnly slipped passed Brookens,
putting Hendershot in fourth and Hehnly back into fifth. The final
caution waved on the last lap, when Gary Linderman made hard contact with
the outside wall on the backstretch. Linderman was okay, but the same
could not be said for his sprinter. The field pretty much finished the
way it restarted the final time, with the top five finishers being Jake
Murphy, of Mechanicsburg, PA, Ben Murphy, Rob Kendall, Donnie Hendershot,
and Heath Hehnly. The Murphy brothers each won a heat along with Darrah.
Ben Murphy's heat win continued his heat race prowess this year, as he now
has six heat wins and one second in the seven weeks of racing. Jess Hager
took her first checkered flag at Path Valley in 2006, winning the
consolation race.

On Friday afternoon the DeVault family hopped into the race hauler in
Delran, NJ, and made a three-hour drive to Path Valley Speedway so their
son, Tyler, could race in the Rookie 270cc Micro Sprint division. He made
the long trip payoff by leading all twenty laps of the non-stop feature
and winning by almost a full straightaway. DeVault, like several other
drivers in the Rookie 270cc division, has raced for several years in
Quarter Midgets, and is now making the jump up. Peter Michael started on
the pole and ran second for nearly half the race. On lap five Steven
Bucko moved by T.J. Wilson to take over third and he then passed Michael
for second on lap nine. There was no further passing and the top five
were Tyler DeVault, Steven Bucko, Peter Michael, T.J. Wilson, and Dusty
Summer. Wilson won the heat race.

Only eight Mini Stocks were in attendance, but those that were there
provided an exciting race to watch, and the smallest margin of victory at
Path Valley this year. Ralph Morgan started on the pole and instantly
grabbed the lead. Second starting Gary Dehart, of Mercersburg, PA, fell
in right behind Morgan and thus began a twenty-lap battle for the lead
that was still in doubt as they crossed the finish line. The only caution
of the event waved on lap seven when Frank Gordon came to a stop with
engine failure. Kevin Thomas made his way from eighth to fourth, but just
as the yellow flag came out his car got very loose in turns three and
four. Suspecting a flat tire, Thomas went to the pits. A surprised pit
crew told him that none of the tires were flat and sent him back to the
track. After the restart the six remaining racers ended up in three
separate battles, each four of five car lengths apart. On lap twelve Tim
Burkholder used an inside move to take third place from Kyle Wiser. The
next lap Thomas passed Troy Eckenrode for fifth. Thomas then caught a
fading Wiser and moved back to fourth on lap 18. All eyes were on the
leaders the final two laps. As they took the 'two to go' sign, Dehart
started working his way alongside Morgan using the high groove. Ever so
slowly Dehart inched his way up over the next lap and a half. Entering
turn three the final time Dehart was still slightly behind. Both racers
drove in as hard as they possibly could. Dehart used the advantage of
more banking in the higher groove to pull even as they exited turn four.
With that extra bit of momentum Dehart was able to win the drag race to
the finish line by just about one foot. This was the defending point
champion's first win this season. The final top five was Gary Dehart,
Ralph Morgan, Tim Burkholder, Kevin Thomas, and Troy Eckenrode. Thomas
won the heat race.

The 270cc Micro Sprints were next to the track. It was almost a full moon
Friday night, and strange things tend to happen when racing under a full
moon. The 270cc division seemed to fall under that curse. Chad Thomas
started on the pole and led the first two laps. Unfortunately for him,
the car slowed on lap three and he had to pit. This gave the lead to Sean
McAndrew, who started second. His brother, Ryan, started fourth and took
over second when Thomas dropped out. For eight laps it appeared there
would be another family one-two finish. But, on lap nine Sean made
contact with a car he was attempting to lap and ended up stopped in the
infield. After a quick check of the steering, he pushed off and restarted
at the tail end of the field. This put Ryan McAndrew in first, followed
by Jim Still, Ryan Wilson, Tom Tice, and Matt Gardina. One lap after the
restart, last week's winner, Keith McIntyre did two-barrel rolls exiting
turn two, prompting a red flag. McIntyre told officials he was okay, but
the car was not as lucky. A lap later and the caution came out again for
a spin by Chris Melton. While the field was under caution officials
noticed that Ryan McAndrew's left rear shock had come loose and he was
sent to the pits for safety measures. This gave the lead to Jim Still and
moved Matt Keifert into the top five. Sean McAndrew was taking advantage
of the yellows and cars dropping out ahead of him, making his way back to
the top five on lap 12. He gained one spot on each of the next two laps
and was third when the final caution came out for Dave Thrush stopping in
turn one. One lap after returning to green Sean McAndrew slipped past
both Wilson and Still entering turn three to complete his journey from
first to last and back to first again. Still's race then took a turn for
the worse when the car lost power and he lost several positions before
pulling to the pits on lap 19. The final five laps Sean McAndrew eased
away from Wilson to lead by nearly eight car lengths at the line. Tom
Tice, Matt Gardina, and Matt Kiefert rounded out the top five. The
McAndrew family lives in the Edmon, PA area, and travel nearly three and
one half hours to race at Path Valley every week. Still and Wilson won
the heat events.

Sixteen 305 Sprinters lined up next for their feature. As in the previous
four features, the second starting spot turned out to be the one to have.
Wes Zimmerman started on the pole, but would never see the lead. Craig
Myers, of Chambersburg, PA, seized the lead as they entered turn one on
lap one. Mike Freet passed Zimmerman for second on lap two and Randy
Kaylor took third from Zimmerman two laps later. By lap five Tommy
Beavers was in the top five, and he was fourth before the first caution
flag on lap six. Rookie Ryan Hansen had a difficult night, bringing out
all three of the races yellow flags. The last time he ended up rolling
his car onto its side. Beavers also used the second and third cautions to
his advantage, gaining one spot on each restart. Those two moves put him
in second place with six laps to go. Myers was running the mid to low
groove and Beavers was running up against the cushion. Beavers closed in
on Myers, but finished two car lengths back. Craig Folmar put on a show
for the fans. In his heat race he did a quick flip in turn two.
Amazingly, only the top corner of the wing touched the ground before it
landed back on its wheels. Then in the feature he gained the most
positions, starting 13th and finishing fifth. The final top five were
Craig Myers, Tommy Beavers, Mike Freet, Randy Kaylor, and Craig Folmar.
Myers and Zimmerman won their heat races. Craig Myers' brother, Chad,
also races in the 305 Sprints. This is their rookie season in 305's after
racing many years in 270cc Micro Sprints.

Nine Four-Cylinder Thunder Cars started the next feature. Absent from the
field was scheduled pole sitter, Jeff Christy, who was serving a penalty
for an off-track violation. This moved the inside row up and put Greg
Fuller on the point. Mark Grove quickly dispatched Fuller to take the
lead on lap one. Entering turn one on lap two Fuller and Buddy Smith got
together. The result was flat tires for both, and the only caution of the
race. The restart lineup was Grove, followed by Chip Lawrence, John Rasp,
Wes Scofield, and Jeremy Ott. After the restart Ott moved to the high
groove and passed one car on each of the next three laps, which put him in
second. Scofield had just passed Rasp for third on lap five when he ended
up in his words, "in a lucky position". Grove and Ott bobble exiting turn
four and Scofield slipped by on the inside to take the lead. Grove held
on to second until Ott passed him on lap seven, and then he lost two more
spots the next lap. Rasp moved by Ott on lap ten and began to pressure
Scofield for the lead. On laps fourteen and fifteen Rasp copied Dehart's
move from the Mini Stocks, challenging for the lead from the outside.
Just when it looked like Rasp was ready to complete the pass the two
leaders came up on Rodney Walls driving slowly along the outside
guardrail. Scofield quickly moved up one lane and gave Rasp no choice but
to back off. Rasp could only close back to one car length before the
checkers fell. Ott and Walls both suffered flat tires and had to pit.
Only four drivers finished, and at the end it was Wes Scofield, of Spring
Run, winning out over John Rasp, Chip Lawrence, and Mark Grove. Lawrence
won the heat.

The Hobby Stocks were the final division to race. Dave Dunkle, of Spring
Run, wired the field from the pole position, winning for the fifth time in
2006. Josh Berrier ran second, until his car's engine shut off on lap
eight. Tony Daniels took over second and pressured Dunkle the rest of the
way. Several times he got alongside Dunkle in the turns, but Dunkle used
the momentum of the high groove to hold him off each time. Bobby Witters
was running third until he got a flat tire on lap twelve. Dunkle and
Daniels were the only two still running at the finish. Dunkle also won
the heat race.

Path Valley Speedway returns to action on May 19th. On the schedule for
that night are the six weekly classes along with the INEX Legends of
Central PA. Gates open at 5pm and warm-ups start at 6:30. The complete
schedule, directions to the track, and all the latest news from the track
can be seen on the track website, www.pathvalley.com.

Path Valley Results 5/12/06
600cc Micros: Jake Murphy (2), Ben Murphy, Rob Kendall, Donnie Hendershot,
Heath Hehnly, Jimmy Brookens, Tim Glatfelter, Mark Strickler, Alex Bright,
Tyler Walton, Brent Marks, Chris Crull, Jesse Fitz, Tom Naylor, Jan
Luckenbaugh, Nick Saner, Chad Hough, Gary Linderman, Jess Hager, Jesse
Snyder, Cody Darrah, Dwayne Gutshall, Aaron Spahr, Jim Young Heats:
Darrah, B. Murphy, J. Murphy Consi: Hager

Rookie 270cc Micros: Tyler DeVault (2), Steven Bucko, Peter Michael, T.J.
Wilson, Dusty Summer DNS: Cord Kisthardt Heat: Wilson

Mini Stocks: Gary Dehart (2), Ralph Morgan, Tim Burkholder, Kevin Thomas,
Troy Eckenrode, Kyle Wiser, Frank Gordon DNS: Gary Newell Heat: Thomas

270cc Micros: Sean McAndrew (2), Ryan Wilson, Tom Tice, Matt Gardina, Matt
Kiefert, Brianna Hershey, Chris Melton, Jason Cunningham, Pete Allison,
Levi Peck, Jim Still, Dave Thrush, Ryan McAndrew, Keith McIntyre, Jerry
Palm Jr., Matt Stein, Chad Thomas DNS: Transtan Stoner Heats: Still,
Wilson

305 Sprints: Craig Myers (2), Tommy Beavers, Mike Freet, Randy Kaylor,
Craig Folmar, Craig Robinson, Wes Zimmerman, Casey Cook, A.J. Michael,
George Riden, Don Slack, Chad Myers, Tim Damiani, Mike Wagner, Mike
Heckman, Ryan Hansen Heats: C. Myers, Zimmerman

4-Cylinder Thunder Cars: Wes Scofield (6), John Rasp, Chip Lawrence, Mark
Grove, Jeremy Ott, Rodney Walls, Tracy Linn, Greg Fuller, Buddy Smith
DQ: Jeff Christy Heat: Lawrence

Hobby Stocks: Dave Dunkle (1), Tony Daniels, Bobby Witters, Josh Berrier
Heat: Dunkle


Past Winners Return to Glory at Path Valley
By Rob Keller

Strictly Stocks and Modified Lites returned to racing action Saturday
night after a month layoff. The night began with a drivers meeting in
which track management discussed safety issues and less tolerance of rough
driving. Once the racers hit the track they found a smooth, dry surface,
which put an emphasis on car handling and driver throttle control. Once
the dust had settled, all the feature winners had previously experienced
victory lane.

Once feature time rolled around the eight cylinders were up first. Robert
Naugle, of South Mountain, PA, started on the pole, grabbed the lead from
the get go, and would never be seriously challenged over the 20 lap
distance. It was the first time Naugle put his Ford Thunderbird in
victory lane this season. The race got off to a rough start, with four
cautions in the first four laps. After that, the drivers settled down and
ran caution free the rest of the way. The best battle for most of the
race was for second place between Joey Burdge, Bruce Ginther, and Joe
Daywalt as they ran side-by-side and bumper-to-bumper. Ginther grabbed
second from Burdge on lap 13 and Daywalt passed a fading Burdge for third
the next time around. By that time Naugle's lead was eight to ten car
lengths. On the final lap Paul Gambol wrestled fourth away from Jerry
Fleming. The top five were Robert Naugle, Bruce Ginther, Joe Daywalt,
Paul Gambol, and Jerry Fleming. Burdge and Naugle won the heat races.

The truck division ran next and they only had one lap in when trouble
developed. Richard Mathna looked to the inside of Dave Kitzmiller
entering turn one. Mathna hit Kitzmiller in the driver's side with the
right front of his truck. As the two trucks began to spin the right rear
wheel came off of Mathna's ride and the truck rolled over onto its roof.
Fortunately, the roll bar did its job and Mathna crawled out unharmed.
After the restart, pole sitter Robert Woodring would lead another lap and
then Dale Martin would take the lead on lap three. Gordon Stuckey had
been running third until he passed Woodring for second on lap nine.
Kitzmiller, who had been working his way through the field, was also able
to pass Woodring on lap nine to move into third. It took Kitzmiller six
laps to catch and pass Stuckey for second. Kitzmiller caught Martin on
lap 18 and quickly dove to his inside as Martin pushed up in the middle of
the turn. The final incident came the next circuit as Martin got loose
coming off of turn two. The truck did a quick 180-degree spin, facing
Aaron Shaffer, who had just moved into third on lap 17. The two hit head
on, which spun Martin back around in the right direction. Both trucks
showed their toughness as they continued back around to finish the race.
Stuckey was able to swing to the outside of the incident and pass both
drivers to come home second. Dave Kitzmiller, of Chambersburg, PA, added
his name to the short list of drivers recording wins in two different
divisions of Strictly Stocks, as he had won in the eight cylinder division
in past years. Gordon Stuckey, Dale Martin, Aaron Shaffer, and Robert
Woodring followed him across the line. Shaffer won the heat race for
trucks.

The six cylinders rolled off next with 11 cars taking the green. Only one
lap was complete before the first yellow flag due to Ron Swope and Shane
Ege spinning in turn one. Jeff Dicken took the lead on the start from his
second place starting spot on the initial green. Defending point
champion, Jason Ege, of Plainfield, PA, also got a good start, moving from
fifth to second in one lap. A three car incident involving Danny Gelwick,
Randy Stull, and Swope brought out the final caution on lap five. Both
Josh Walstrum and Todd Mathna passed pole sitter Wayne Zinn on lap six to
move into third and fourth respectively. Before the accident Jason Ege
had edged past Dicken and they crossed the line before the yellow flag
came out. After the restart Jason Ege slowly pulled out to about a six
car length advantage, which he maintained to the end. Over the final two
laps Walstrum and Mathna swapped third place back and forth, with Mathna
getting the spot at the line. The final top five were Jason Ege, Jeff
Dicken, Todd Mathna, Josh Walstrum, and Danny Gelwick. Jason Ege and
Gelwick won the heat races.

John Gerula would lead the field of six Modified Lites to the green flag.
A three car pileup on lap one involving Barry Shearer, Gary Funck, and
Lynn Knepper would bring out the first of two cautions in the race. Only
Knepper would not be able to continue. Josh Sigman, of Carlisle, PA,
moved from fourth to second on the start and then passed Gerula for the
lead after the restart. Frank Dunkle's spin on lap three would bring out
the final caution. As Sigman pulled away, Gerula and Shearer battled for
second, with Shearer finally seizing control on lap nine. By that time
Sigman was a full straight away ahead, and still had most of that lead
when the checkered flag fell. The top five finishers were Josh Sigman,
Barry Shearer, John Gerula, Gary Funck, and Frank Dunkle. Funck won the
heat race.

The final feature to run was the four cylinder division. Joe Racine
started on the pole, but would never lead as Dakota Hutchinson bolted to
the front from his second starting position. Michael Hall's spin brought
out the yellow flag before one lap was completed. On the restart
Hutchinson again immediately took control. Jeremy Mumma and Brian
Campbell also passed Racine on the first lap. The next lap Gary Walls and
Adam Adams passed a quickly fading Racine. Ron Daihl and Keith Walls
moved into fifth and sixth after a lap three restart. The next lap they
swapped positions. Hutchinson, of Honey Grove, PA, slowly increased his
lead as Campbell and Mumma battled for second. Campbell's race ended
early when his car abruptly slowed on lap 14, but he quickly pulled to the
infield keeping the race under green. Two laps later the yellow came out
for the last time for a spinning Brett Weist. Although this nullified
most of Hutchinson's sizeable lead, several lapped cars were between he
and Mumma for the restart. On the restart Daihl got by Walls for third,
only to give the spot back the next lap. At the line the top five
finishers were Dakota Hutchinson, Jeremy Mumma, Keith Walls, Ron Daihl,
and Adam Adams. Unfortunately for Hutchinson, his car failed post race
inspection and he was disqualified. Heat wins went to Racine and
Hutchinson.

The Strictly Stocks and Modified Lites next race at Path Valley the
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. You can see the schedule, point
standings, and the latest news on the track website which is
www.pathvalley.com.


Four First Time Winners Highlight Path Valley Show
By Rob Keller

It is enjoyable to see a racecar driver get his first taste of victory,
especially those that have taken several years to achieve that success.
Four of the eight feature winners at Path Valley Speedway on May 5th were
first time winners.

The racing action started off with a make-up feature for the Four Cylinder
Thunder Cars. Jeff Christy, of Mercersburg, PA, would lead wire-to-wire
from his pole position to take his first victory in his third year of
racing at Path Valley. Christy was challenged the first half of the race
by Rodney Walls. Around lap 10 Walls bobbled momentarily and Christy
pulled away by four car lengths. Until that time the top six cars had run
bumper to bumper. Four laps later Walls and Randy Wenger, who was running
fourth at the time both slowed, mixing up the top five. As they slowed,
Chip Lawrence moved to second, and John Rasp, Buddy Smith, and Wes
Scofield secured the next three spots. That turned out to be the final
finishing order for the top five, Jeff Christy, Chip Lawrence, John Rasp,
Buddy Smith, and Wes Scofield. Scofield and Rasp won the heat races on
March 31st.

After all the qualifying events concluded the Mini Stock division got the
scheduled feature events under way. Contact on the initial start would
send pole sitter Troy Eckenrode and Ralph Morgan to the pits with flat
tires. On the restart Kyle Wiser would grab the lead from his second
starting position. Kevin Thomas, of St. Thomas, PA, started first on the
restart and would slide underneath Wiser on lap two to take the point.
Gary Dehart would follow right behind Thomas and take second from Wiser.
As Dehart dogged Thomas for the lead, the battle for third waged five car
lengths back between Wiser, Tim Burkholder, and Frank Gordon. On lap 10
Burkholder made his way around Wiser and into third and Gordon passed
Wiser the next lap to take fourth. All the positions stabilized from
there until lap 18, when Wiser spun, bringing out the caution. No
positions changed after the final restart, with the final top five being
Kevin Thomas, Gary Dehart, Tim Burkholder, Frank Gordon, and Ronnie
Garlock. In victory lane Thomas dedicated the win to his seven-year-old
son, Devin. Thomas also won the heat race.

Keith McIntyre, of Saylorsburg, PA, grabbed the lead from his second
starting position and would run out the table to take his first ever 270cc
Micro Sprint win. McIntyre is only 13 years old, but a veteran of circle
track racing, formerly competing in Quarter Midgets. Ryan McAndrew
started fifth, took over third on lap three and second the next lap, and
looked ready to challenge for the lead. But, McIntyre held off his only
attempt at a pass for the lead and would pull away by six car lengths.
Lapped traffic the final few laps slowed McIntyre, but McAndrew could only
draw back to within two lengths at the finish. Brian Kishbaugh ran third
from lap four to lap 15, when Sean McAndrew would take the spot. Tom Tice
would rebound nicely from a lap one rollover to make it back to fifth.
The final top five were Keith McIntyre, Ryan McAndrew, Sean McAndrew,
Brian Kishbaugh, and Tom Tice. Kishbaugh and Sean McAndrew were heat race
winners.

When the Four Cylinder Thunder Cars came out for their second feature,
scheduled pole sitter Buddy Smith's car would not start. This made Rodney
Walls and John Rasp the starting front row. Walls would take the early
lead with Rasp, Randy Wenger, and Wes Scofield close behind. On lap five,
contact between Wenger and Scofield left Wenger facing the wrong direction
on the backstretch. It was deemed Scofield caused the yellow, sending him
to the rear and giving Wenger back third place. After the restart Chip
Lawrence and Jeff Christy would move into the top five. On lap seven,
Rasp would pull inside of Walls to take the lead. One lap later Lawrence
would capitalize on a bobble by Wenger and take third. On lap 11 Mark
Grove would bring out the caution and under the yellow Wenger's car
started to leak fluid and he would pull to the infield. From there, Rasp
would lead with Walls right behind. Until lap twenty, when Walls got a
run to the inside entering turn one and would complete the pass in turn
two to take the win. Rodney Walls, of St. Thomas, formerly competed in
the Strictly Stock division and this was his first win in his rookie
Thunder Car season. John Rasp, Chip Lawrence, Wes Scofield, and Jeff
Christy would complete the top five. Scofield and Walls won the heat
races.

The Rookie 270cc Micro Sprint division had a season high six entries.
T.J. Wilson looked poised to take his third feature of the year winning
the heat race earlier in the show. Last week's winner, Cord Kisthardt,
struggled all night with mechanical woes. Opening day winner, Kameron
Morral, would lead the first six laps. On lap seven Dusty Summer, of
Hagerstown, MD, would take control of the event. One half of a lap later
Morral would spin, bringing out the first caution this year in the Rookie
division. One lap after the restart Steven Bucko would pass Wilson to
take second. From that point on it was all Summer, winning by five car
lengths at the end. Summer, just like McIntyre, is a veteran racer moving
up from Quarter Midgets. This was also his first win since moving up.
The top five were Dusty Summer, Steven Bucko, T.J. Wilson, Tyler DeVault,
and Kameron Morral.

The INEX Legend cars of Central PA returned to action at Path Valley after
a month long absence. Lawrence Garrison and Ronnie Dunstan would lead the
field on the start, with Dunstan grabbing the lead. Jason Rochelle, of
Hackettstown, NJ, started eighth, but would find speed in the high groove
early on and started making his way forward. On lap four he cracked the
top five and on lap seven he would swing by Jason Ewing and Allen Felix to
take third. The next lap lapped traffic held up Garrison and he lost
several spots. This put teammates Dunstan and Rochelle out front, with
Felix in third and Ewing in fourth. While Dunstan ran the low groove
Rochelle stayed high and slowly closed the gap until he swept around the
outside of Dunstan on lap 14. Just when it looked like the race might run
non-stop the caution came out when Robert Sobieski stopped in turn four
with right front suspension failure. Josh Morrow put on a strong late
race charge and took over third with one lap to go. At the end it was
Jason Rochelle taking the win over Ronnie Dunstan, Josh Morrow, Lawrence
Garrison, and Jason Ewing. Heat winners were Felix, Dunstan, and
Garrison. Shane Gladfelter won the consi.

Six Hobby Stocks were scheduled to start the next feature, but a broken
axle in the heat race sidelined Bobby Johnson for the night. Joe DeArmitt
would start inside row one with Josh Berrier on the outside. Berrier
jumped out front and lead until lap three. On lap three DeArmitt would
take the lead, but could only hold it for a short distance. Tony Daniels,
of Harrisonville, PA, followed DeArmitt by Berrier and continued on by to
take the lead. Dave Dunkle would also pass Berrier on lap three and then
slip past DeArmitt for second on lap eight. Two laps later DeArmitt would
look to the inside of Dunkle as they entered turn three. Contact between
the two resulted in DeArmitt spinning. The final half of the race
featured Daniels leading and Dunkle giving chase. Dunkle closed in tight
with three laps to go and moved to the low side while Daniels ran the top.
Those two ran like that the final three laps with little or no contact.
Coming out of turn four on the final lap Dunkle got a strong run and
pulled alongside, only to come up short by two feet or less at the line.
In the end it was Tony Daniels holding off Dave Dunkle, Joe DeArmitt, Josh
Berrier, and Bobby Witters. Daniels also won the heat race.

The final event of the evening was the 600cc Micro Sprint feature. Chad
Hough was enjoying a strong night and the pole position on his seventeenth
birthday. Unfortunately, the good night ended early when he spun on the
second attempt at a start in turn two, collecting five other racers in the
incident. Also involved was last week's winner, Rodney Glass, who ended
up rolling onto his side. Glass was uninjured, but unable to continue.
Mark Strickler, of York, PA, would move to the pole position and he took
full advantage, grabbing the lead at the start and never looking back.
Nathan Hauck would jump to second on the start, but teammate Heath Hehnly
took the spot on lap two. The last of four cautions waved on lap eleven
when Ben Murphy spun in turn one just after losing fifth place to Cody
Darrah. It was a mistake you don't often see from the talented son of
former Super Sportsman driver John Murphy. One lap after the restart
Jimmy Brookens dove inside of Darrah to take the fifth spot away. There
was no further passing amongst the top five from there on out making the
final top five finishers Mark Strickler, Heath Hehnly, Nathan Hauck,
Robert Kendall, and Jimmy Brookens. In victory lane Strickler dedicated
the win to his father, who passed away this winter. Heat winners were Ben
Murphy, Strickler, Kendall, and Hough with Donnie Hendershot winning the
consi.

Path Valley returns to action next Friday night with 305 Sprints joining
the six weekly classes. As always on Friday nights, gates open at 5pm,
warm-ups begin at 6:30, and racing around 7.


Pole sitters dominate Micro action at Path Valley
By Rob Keller

Path Valley Speedway hosted five Micro Sprint features Friday night, two
of them make-up features from March 31st, along with 305 Sprints, Mini
Stocks, Four Cylinder Thunder Cars, and Hobby Stocks. Hard, dry track
conditions put a premium on starting positions and in the Micro Sprint
features four of the five winners started on the pole.

The evening's events started with a make-up feature for the 270cc Micros.
Ryan Wilson started on the pole and would wire the field for his first
feature win at Path Valley this season. Alex Cunningham started second
and stayed there until he had to pit on lap six. Tom Tice started sixth
and was battling Ryan McAndrew for second through the middle of the race.
On lap 14 McAndrew's ride abruptly slowed. Tice glanced off and veered
near the outside fence, but recovered in time and continued on to finish
second. Sean McAndrew worked his way through from 14th to third on lap
15, but could advance no further from there. Only two cautions slowed the
race and at the end the top five were Ryan Wilson, Tom Tice, Sean
McAndrew, Chip Geib, and Bryan Weigle. Cunningham and Wilson were the
heat winners.

The 600cc Micro make-up feature rolled off next with all but two of the
scheduled starters on the grid. Mark Strickler would grab the lead from
the pole and hold on for all twenty laps. But, it was no walk in the
park. The first of two cautions waved when Mike Dicely stopped on the
backstretch on lap five. While still under that yellow Jim Young retired
from the event while running in the top three. Cody Darrah started strong
moving from 17th to ninth in just two laps, then up to sixth before the
lap five caution. On the restart he was able to pass Dane Delancey to
take over fourth. Strickler and the other leaders caught slower traffice
near halfway and were weaving their way through until the second and final
caution waved for Tyler Walton on lap 13. After the restart, Jimmy
Brookens and Ben Murphy battled side by side for three laps until Brookens
gained control of second place using the low line. The leaders were again
making their way through slower traffic in the final laps and in the final
turn Murphy was held up just enough for Darrah to sneak by on the inside
to take third place. In victory lane it was an emotional time for
Strickler and his crew as he dedicated the win to his father, who passed
away in January. The top five finishers were Mark Strickler, Jimmy
Brookens, Cody Darrah, Ben Murphy, and Heath Hehnly. Heat wins went to
Murphy, Brookens, and Young.

After the qualifying events were completed the Four Cylinder Thunder Cars
began the scheduled features for the night. Rodney Walls took the lead at
the start from his outside front row starting spot. The only caution of
the race came on lap two when Randy Wenger did a quick 180 degree spin in
turn two, amidst heavy traffic. Several drivers had to take quick evasive
action, but no one made contact with Wenger. After the restart Walls
slowly stretched his lead while Mark Grove and Jeff Christy vied for
second. In the meantime Jeremy Ott and Lyle Barnes worked their way
forward. Ott, who had started 12th, broke into the top five by halfway,
then picked his way through to take over second on lap 16. By this time
Walls was leading by approximately six car lengths. Over the next three
laps Ott reeled in the leader and made the winning pass by diving low as
they entered turn one on the final lap. In victory lane accusations of
cheating came from the stands, but his engine passed a post race technical
inspection. At the line the top five were Jeremy Ott of Shippensburg, PA,
Rodney Walls, Lyle Barnes, Mark Grove, and Jeff Christy. Ott and Barnes
won the heat races.

Four drivers signed in for the Rookie 270cc Micro division. Cord
Kisthardt would make the journey from Hershey, PA payoff winning both the
heat race and the feature event. Kisthardt had raced and won in Quarter
Midgets before moving up to the Micro Sprints and this was his first
victory in a Micro. The final results were Cord Kisthardt, Dusty Summer,
T.J. Wilson, and Peter Michael.

The 270cc Micros were next with 23 drivers taking the green. Mike Dicely,
of Lewisberry, PA, would lead from flag to flag from his pole starting
position, barely. Seven cautions kept the field close throughout, helping
Ryan McAndrew slice and dice his way from 12th all the way to second by
lap 15. While Dicely eased off a bit the final five laps McAndrew pushed
hard and pulled to the inside of Dicely as they exited turn four on the
final lap. Dicely had just enough to hold McAndrew off by just about a
foot or less for the win. The top five finishers were Mike Dicely, Ryan
McAndrew, Brad Weber, Tom Tice, and Sean McAndrew. Heat wins went to Ryan
McAndrew, Jim Myers, and Bryan Weigle.

Only five Hobby Stocks started the next feature, and before they could
complete a lap they were down to three. Contact on the start between Joe
DeArmitt and Bobby Witters left Witters with a flat tire and DeArmitt with
a broken right rear axle. After the restart they went caution free. Dave
Dunkle, of Spring Run, PA, started third and took two laps to take the
lead from Terry Norris. Josh Berrier was also able to get by Norris for
second place on lap seven. The final run down was Dave Dunkle, Josh
Berrier, Terry Norris, Joe DeArmitt, and Bobby Witters. Berrier won the
heat race.

Mike Wagner, of Fort Loudon, PA, would grab the lead from the pole sitter,
Mike Freet, down the backstretch of lap one. On lap two the first of two
cautions would come out for a tangle between Craig Folmar and Craig
Robinson. Robinson would be forced to retire while Folmar continued on
and finished sixth. Just as the field was about to go back to green,
Freet pulled to the pits, handing second over to Wes Zimmerman. For the
next few laps Zimmerman and George Riden dueled for the second spot, with
Zimmerman winning out. But, as they battled, Randy Kaylor advanced from
his eleventh starting spot to take fourth on lap five. Kaylor was able to
pass both Riden and Zimmerman to take second on a lap six restart. But
there was no catching Wagner, as he became the third different winner in
the 305 Sprint division in as many races at Path Valley in 2006. The top
five finishers were Mike Wagner, Randy Kaylor, Wes Zimmerman, George
Riden, and Tommy Beavers. The heat wins went to Wagner and Freet.

The 600cc Micros took a cue from their 270cc brethren, having six cautions
and one red flag, all before the race was half over. Rodney 'smooth as'
Glass, of Fort Loudon, would hold off all of Cody Darrah's attempt at a
pass to win by six car lengths. On a lap ten restart Darrah made a bid
for the lead trying a slide job across the apron in turn one. The pass
attempt failed, but the move through dust up across the track, slowing
Jimmy Brookens, Heath Hehnly, and several other drivers that were close
behind. The dust also effectively locked down turns one and two,
providing the racers with even less traction than the dry, hard track
previously had. Nick Shlauch was the big mover of the race, advancing to
third from twelfth by lap six. After the lap 10 restart, for a spinning
Mike Dicely, there was very little passing. Mark Strickler was able to
advance to fourth on lap twelve, and that's where he would finish. Dicely
revealed after the races that his throttle had stuck open, apparently from
a lodged stone, causing him to spin, and the same thing also happened to
Heath Hehnly and Chad Hough. The final top five were Rodney Glass, Cody
Darrah, Nick Schlauch, Mark Strickler, and Jimmy Brookens. Glass, Darrah,
and Ben Murphy won the heats and Chris Crull won the consi.

The final feature of the night was the Mini Stock division. The twenty
lap feature went non-stop, although contact between the starters on the
front row on the start jumbled the field early. Frank Gordon, also of
Fort Loudon, emerged from the scramble to take the lead by turn one and
never looked back. Tim Burkholder passed Dave Staley for second on lap
three, but could never get closer than five or six car lengths after that.
Kyle Wiser took two spots on lap three, moving from fifth to third. The
best action of the race came on laps three through five as Gary Dehart
challenged Wiser for third. Wiser finally gained control of third, and by
lap five the top five were in there final finishing order. That order was
Frank Gordon, Tim Burkholder, Kyle Wiser, Gary Dehart, and Kevin Thomas.
Thomas won the heat race.

Path Valley Speedway will be back in action next Friday night with all six
regular divisions, plus Legend cars, and a make-up feature for Four
Cylinder Thunder Cars. Then again the track opens Saturday night for the
Strictly Stocks and Modified Lites. The gates open both nights at 5pm
with warm-ups starting at 6:30.

Path Valley Results 4/28/06
270 Micros (3/31 makeup): Ryan Wilson (1), Tom Tice, Sean McAndrew, Chip
Geib, Bryan Weigle, Jesse Maurer, Tim Trumpower, Matt Stine, Ryan
McAndrew, Alex Cunningham, Curtis Brown, Amanda Schlegal DNS: Tim
McClelland, Jason Morrison, Justin Houtz, Justin Grosz, Adam Warner, Henry
Sparks Heats: Cunningham, Wilson

600cc Micros (3/31 makeup): Mark Strickler (1), Jim Brookens, Cody Darrah,
Ben Murphy, Heath Hehnly, Nathan Hauck, Chad Hough, Rodney Glass, Dane
Delancey, Tin Glatfelter, Jess Hager, Nick Saner, Jesse Fritz, Chris
Crull, Frank Magni, Travis Saner, Jim Travis, Dan Kanagy, Mike Trumpower,
Tom Naylor, Tyler Walton, Greg Kone, Jim Young, Mike Dicely Heats:
Murphy, Brookens, Young

4 Cylinder Thunder Cars: Jeremy Ott (12), Rodney Walls, Lyle Barnes, Mark
Grove, Jeff Christy, Chip Lawrence, Wes Scofield, John Rasp, Buddy Smith,
Derrick Varner, Randy Wenger, Anthony Wright, Greg Fuller, Denny Cramer,
Andy Stouffer Heats: Ott, Barnes

Rookie 270cc Micros: Cord Kisthardt (4), Dusty Summer, T.J. Wilson, Peter
Michael Heat: Kisthardt

270cc Micros: Mike Dicely (1), Ryan McAndrew, Brad Weber, Tom Tice, Sean
McAndrew, Amanda Schlegal, Keith McIntyre, Alex Cunningham, Pete Allison,
Ryan Wilson, Chip Geib, Bryan Weigle, Levi Peck, Jim Myers, Jesse Maurer,
Dave Thrush, Transtan Stoner, Tim Trumpower, Matt Stine, Curtis Brown,
Jesse Fitz, Jesse Howell DNS: Jason Hall Heats: Ryan McAndrew, Myers,
Weigle

Hobby Stocks: Dave Dunkle (5), Josh Berrier, Terry Norris, Joe DeArmitt,
Bobby Witters Heat: Berrier

305 Sprints: Mike Wagner (2), Randy Kaylor, Wes Zimmerman, George Riden,
Tommy Beavers, Craig Folmar, Craig Myers, Mike Heckman, Don Slack, Ryan
Hansen, Aaron Michael, Tim Damiani, Mike Freet, Craig Robinson DNS: Chad
Myers Heats: Wagner, Freet

600cc Micros: Rodney Glass (1), Cody Darrah, Nick Schlauch, Mark
Strickler, Jimmy Brookens, Nathan Hauck, Ben Murphy, Heath Hehnly, Tim
Glatfelter, Jim Young, Brent Marks, Tyler Walton, Nick Saner, Jesse Fitz,
Tim Barrick, Chris Crull, Rob Kendall, Chad Hough, Greg Kone, Travis
Saner, Jess Hager, Mike Dicely, Frank Magni, Tom Naylor Heats: Glass,
Darrah, Murphy Coni: Crull

Mini Stocks: Frank Gordon (3), Tim Burkholder, Kyle Wiser, Gary Dehart,
Kevin Thomas, Dave Staley, Brett Hockenberry, Dave Bivens Heat: Thomas


Path Valley Results 4/28/06

270 Micros (3/31 makeup): Ryan Wilson (1), Tom Tice, Sean McAndrew, Chip
Geib, Bryan Weigle, Jesse Maurer, Tim Trumpower, Matt Stine, Ryan
McAndrew, Alex Cunningham, Curtis Brown, Amanda Schlegal DNS: Tim
McClelland, Jason Morrison, Justin Houtz, Justin Grosz, Adam Warner, Henry
Sparks Heats: Cunningham, Wilson

600cc Micros (3/31 makeup): Mark Strickler (1), Jim Brookens, Cody Darrah,
Ben Murphy, Heath Hehnly, Nathan Hauck, Chad Hough, Rodney Glass, Dane
Delancey, Tin Glatfelter, Jess Hager, Nick Saner, Jesse Fritz, Chris
Crull, Frank Magni, Travis Saner, Jim Travis, Dan Kanagy, Mike Trumpower,
Tom Naylor, Tyler Walton, Greg Kone, Jim Young, Mike Dicely Heats:
Murphy, Brookens, Young

4 Cylinder Thunder Cars: Jeremy Ott (12), Rodney Walls, Lyle Barnes, Mark
Grove, Jeff Christy, Chip Lawrence, Wes Scofield, John Rasp, Buddy Smith,
Derrick Varner, Randy Wenger, Anthony Wright, Greg Fuller, Denny Cramer,
Andy Stouffer Heats: Ott, Barnes

Rookie 270cc Micros: Cord Kisthardt (4), Dusty Summer, T.J. Wilson, Peter
Michael Heat: Kisthardt

270cc Micros: Mike Dicely (1), Ryan McAndrew, Brad Weber, Tom Tice, Sean
McAndrew, Amanda Schlegal, Keith McIntyre, Alex Cunningham, Pete Allison,
Ryan Wilson, Chip Geib, Bryan Weigle, Levi Peck, Jim Myers, Jesse Maurer,
Dave Thrush, Transtan Stoner, Tim Trumpower, Matt Stine, Curtis Brown,
Jesse Fitz, Jesse Howell DNS: Jason Hall Heats: Ryan McAndrew, Myers,
Weigle

Hobby Stocks: Dave Dunkle (5), Josh Berrier, Terry Norris, Joe DeArmitt,
Bobby Witters Heat: Berrier

305 Sprints: Mike Wagner (2), Randy Kaylor, Wes Zimmerman, George Riden,
Tommy Beavers, Craig Folmar, Craig Myers, Mike Heckman, Don Slack, Ryan
Hansen, Aaron Michael, Tim Damiani, Mike Freet, Craig Robinson DNS: Chad
Myers Heats: Wagner, Freet

600cc Micros: Rodney Glass (1), Cody Darrah, Nick Schlauch, Mark
Strickler, Jimmy Brookens, Nathan Hauck, Ben Murphy, Heath Hehnly, Tim
Glatfelter, Jim Young, Brent Marks, Tyler Walton, Nick Saner, Jesse Fitz,
Tim Barrick, Chris Crull, Rob Kendall, Chad Hough, Greg Kone, Travis
Saner, Jess Hager, Mike Dicely, Frank Magni, Tom Naylor Heats: Glass,
Darrah, Murphy Coni: Crull

Mini Stocks: Frank Gordon (3), Tim Burkholder, Kyle Wiser, Gary Dehart,
Kevin Thomas, Dave Staley, Brett Hockenberry, Dave Bivens Heat: Thomas


Path Valley pushes through nine features
By Rob Keller

Path Valley Speedway completed a show Friday night, April 14th, that
included two make-up features and seven scheduled events. Rain from
Thursday night and Friday morning made the track surface soft and tacky.
The track prep crew graded the track twice during the night to attempt to
give the racers the smoothest track possible.

The Hobby Stock make-up feature started off the program with a twenty lap
non-stop event. Joe DeArmitt lead the race wire-to-wire to win his first
feature at Path Valley in 2006. While DeArmitt was pulling away from
Bobby Johnson, Dave Dunkle was working his way to the front, passing Josh
Berrier for third on lap eight and then passing Johnson for second the
following lap. By that time DeArmitt's lead was over a full straightaway.
Over the final few laps it appeared that DeArmitt was slowing, but Dunkle
was still five car lengths back at the finish. The top five were Joe
DeArmitt, Dave Dunkle, Bobby Johnson, Josh Berrier, and Terry Smith.
DeArmitt won the heat race on March 31st.

Next came the rained out 305 Sprint feature. Wes Zimmerman jumped to the
lead from his second place starting position, but a spin by Chad Myers
brought out the yellow before a lap could be completed. On the restart
George Riden would grab the lead from the pole and only two yellows would
slow him down after that. Randy Kaylor jumped into second on the start
and Tommy Beavers took third from Zimmerman on lap nine. Two laps later
Beavers tangled with a lapped car and spun out, sending to the tail of the
field. This put Kaylor back into second and moved Brent Comp to third.
The top three would remain in that order until Kaylor's car started to
slow, apparently from a broken right front shock absorber. Comp took
advantage and passed Kaylor on lap 19. At the end it was George Riden,
Brent Comp, Randy Kaylor, Wes Zimmerman, and Craig Robinson making up the
top five. Heat wins from two weeks ago went to Beavers and Kaylor.

After all the qualifying events and an Easter Egg hunt for youngsters up
to age 12, the Hobby Stocks began the regularly scheduled feature races.
Terry Smith grabbed the early lead from the pole position with Tony
Daniels and Dave Dunkle close behind. On lap four Daniels tried an
outside move for the lead entering turn three. With Daniels on the
outside, and Smith in the middle, Dunkle dove to the bottom to make it
three wide for the lead. Dunkle completed the pass on the frontstretch
and Daniels also made it around Smith to retain second place. Dunkle and
Daniel ran the remaining 16 laps within a car length or two. Dunkle would
not give up the bottom groove and Daniels wasn't quite quick enough to get
around Dunkle in the high groove. Dunkle lead by three car lengths at the
finish and the top five were Dave Dunkle, Tony Daniels, Joe DeArmitt,
Bobby Witters, and Bobby Johnson. Daniels won the heat race.

The 600cc Micros were next and they took advantage of the graded, tacky
surface to run one of the quickest twenty lap events you'll see at Path
Valley. Jimmy Brookens lead Cody Darrah until Ben Murphy took over second
on lap five. Darrah ran third until lap ten, when he got loose in turn
two and drove down through the infield to keep from spinning. He kept
moving and pulled back out onto the track on the backstretch, which
enabled head flagman Steve Murphy to keep the green flag out. Jake Murphy
and Jim Young went by Darrah to take over third and fourth. The leaders
had been working lapped traffic since lap five and on lap fifteen Brookens
got boxed in and Ben Murphy made the only pass for the lead. One lap
later Jake Murphy also got by Brookens to take second place. Although Ben
Murphy's rear brake rotor was glowing red hot, he maintained his lead the
remaining laps to take the win. His brother Jake held on to second to
give the Murphy family a one-two finish. Jimmy Brookens, Cody Darrah, and
Jim young rounded out the top five. Heat race wins went to Brookens,
Nathan Hauck, and Darrah and Rob Kendall won the consi.

The Rookie 270cc Micro division followed with it's largest car count of
the season, six. Cord Kisthardt grabbed the early lead while Cody
Fairchok and T.J. Wilson battled for second. On lap ten the only caution
of the event waved when Fairchok's car suddenly stopped at the entrance to
turn one. Kisthardt held off Wilson until the final lap. As they took
the white flag Kisthardt slowed and Wilson took the lead in turn one. The
top five finishers were T.J. Wilson, Cork Kisthardt, Dusty Summer, Peter
Michael, and Kammeron Morral.. Wilson also won the heat race.

Ten Mini Stocks were scheduled to start the next feature and light rain
began to fall as they lined up on the track. Kevin Thomas lead the field
flag to flag from his pole position, but Kirk Knable made him work for it
every lap of the way. As Thomas and Knable ran nose to tail Frank Gordon,
Gary Dehart, and Tim Burkholder battled bumper to bumper five car lengths
back from the leaders. On lap 17 Dehart slipped past Gordon to take over
third. As Gordon, Burkholder, and Ralph Morgan went through turns one and
two on lap 18 it appeared that Gordon's car slowed and contact exiting
turn two turned Gordon to the infield, bringing out the third and final
caution. The final three laps ran without incident and the top five
finishers were Kevin Thomas, Kirk Knable, Gary Dehart, Dave Staley, and
Tim Burkholder. Kyle Wiser won the heat race, but was unable to start the
feature.

When the 305 Sprints returned for their second feature of the night they
enjoyed a much smoother track surface than before. Seventeen cars were
scheduled to start, and it was the Mike and Mike front row with Mike
Alleman on the inside and Mike Heckman on the outside. Alleman jumped to
the lead and would stay there through two early cautions and then a red
flag on lap five for Jason Morrison. Unfortunately, Alleman's car would
not restart after the red flag was lifted and he retired for the night.
Randy Kaylor inherited the lead and held off Heckman through three
cautions and the final 16 laps to win by a straightaway. At the end the
top five were Randy Kaylor, Mike Heckman, Mike Wagner, Brent Comp, and
Craig Robinson. George Riden and Alleman won the heat races.

The 270cc Micro Sprint feature was next up. Ryan Wilson started on the
pole and lead the first five laps. On lap six Jason Houtz powered by and
lead until the first caution on lap eleven. On the restart Houtz bobbled
slightly and as he tried to recover he ended up spinning around on the
frontstretch. This made the running order Wilson, Ryan McAndrew, Tom
Tice, and Sean McAndrew, and Bryan Weigle. Sean McAndrew was able to pass
Tice two laps after the restart to take third. Ryan McAndrew continued to
pressure Wilson for the lead and coming off of turn two on the final lap
he got a run to the inside. Down the backstretch he was able to pull
alongside Wilson and made the pass stick through the final two turns to
take the win. The final top five were Ryan McAndrew, Ryan Wilson, Sean
McAndrew, Tom Tice, and Bryan Weigle. Houtz and Wilson won the heat
races.

The evening of racing concluded with the Thunder Car feature. Randy
Wenger and Wes Scofield started on the front row. Wenger would lead lap
one and third starting Jeremy Ott would use and inside move off of turn
four to take the lead on lap two. As Scofield exited turn two on lap two
he got very loose and slid down into the infield. Chip Lawrence passed
Wenger on lap three to take over second. Meanwhile Ott continued to pull
away from the field. Lawrence, Wenger, and Jeff Christy battled for
second place through the middle of the race and Rodney Walls moved into
the top five on lap ten. On lap 14 Wenger slowed with a flat right front
tire and as he moved high to pit Walls was able to pass him and Christy to
move into third. By the end of the non-stop event Ott was approaching the
sixth place car of John Rasp, and was leading Lawrence by half a lap. At
the end the top five were Jeremy Ott, Chip Lawrence, Rodney Walls, Jeff
Christy, and Mark Grove. The heat winners were Ott and Scofield.

Friday night, April 21st, Path Valley Speedway returns to action with the
regular classes along with the Legends. The make-up features for the
270cc Micros and the Thunder Cars are also scheduled for that night.

Path Valley Results
4/14/06
Hobby Stocks (make-up): Joe DeArmitt (1), Dave Dunkle, Bobby Johnson, Josh
Berrier, Terry Smith Heat: DeArmitt

305 Sprints (make-up): George Riden (1), Brent Comp, Randy Kaylor, Wes
Zimmerman, Craig Robinson, Mike Heckman, A.J. Michael, Tommy Beavers, Mike
Alleman, Craig Myers, Chad Myers, Mike Freet, Mike Wagner DNS: Tim
Damiani, Don Slack Heats: Beavers, Kaylor

Hobby Stocks: Dave Dunkle (5), Tony Daniels, Joe DeArmitt, Bobby Witters,
Bobby Johnson, Terry Smith DNS: Josh Berrier Heat: Daniels

600cc Micro Sprints: Ben Murphy (4), Jake Murphy, Jimmy Brookens, Cody
Darrah, Jim Young, Heath Hehnly, Aaron Spahr, Nick Schlauch, Mark
Strickler, Chad Hough, Tim Glatfelter, Rodney Glass, Chris Crull, Tom
Naylor, Richie Fitz, Frank Magni, Dane Delancey, Rob Kendall, Dan Kanagy,
Mike Trumpower, J.C. Walling, Greg Kone, Travis Saner, Nathan Hauck
Heats: Brookens, Hauck, Darrah Consi: Kendall

Rookie 270cc Micros: T.J. Wilson (6), Cord Kisthardt, Dusty Summer, Peter
Michael, Kameron Morral, Cody Fairchok Heat: Wilson

Mini Stocks: Kevin Thomas (1), Kirk Knable, Gary Dehart, Dave Staley, Tim
Burkholder, Troy Eckenrode, Ralph Morgan, Frank Gordon, Brett Hockenberry
DNS: Kyle Wiser Heat: Wiser

305 Sprints: Randy Kaylor (3), Mike Heckman, Mike Wagner, Brent Comp,
Craig Robinson, George Riden, Tommy Beavers, Mike Freet, Wes Zimmerman,
Craig Myers, Dave Youtzy, Chad Myers, Jason Morrison, Mike Alleman, Casey
Cook DNS: Craig Folmar, A.J. Michael Heats: Riden, Alleman

270cc Micros: Ryan McAndrew (5), Ryan Wilson, Sean McAndrew, Tom Tice,
Bryan Weigle, Alex Cunningham, Tim Trumpower, Jason Stahl, Transtan
Stoner, Levi Peck, Keith McIntyre, Curtis Brown, Jason Houtz DNS: Jesse
Howell, Dave Thrush Heats: Houtz, Wilson

4 Cylinder Thunder Cars: Jeremy Ott (3), Chip Lawrence, Rodney Walls, Jeff
Christy, Mark Grove, John Rasp, Buddy Smith, Ron Mowery, Eric Seibert,
Greg Fuller, Randy Wenger, Wes Scofield DNS: Derrick Varner Heats:
Ott, Scofield


Postponed Path Valley race brings big turnout
By Rob Keller

A forecast for possible severe storms on Friday night lead the management
of Path Valley Speedway to postpone the event until Sunday afternoon.
That turned out to be a wise decision, as the storms did come Friday
night, and the racers came in large numbers on Sunday. There were 38
600cc Micros, 19 Mini Stocks, 36 270cc Micros, 27 Legends, and 19 cars in
the remaining divisions to make a total of 139 cars filling the pit area.

The 600cc Micro Sprints were first on the lineup. Racing on Saturday
night, along with plenty of sunshine, and a large car count had the track
surface black and dry by feature time. Cody Darrah started on the pole
and looked like he may go for the trifecta, as he had already won his heat
and the Cash Dash. Ben Murphy started second and stayed within striking
distance of Darrah until lap seven, when Darrah got boxed in by lapped
traffic, and Murphy was able to go by. The first caution came out on lap
10 when Jan Luckenbaugh and Travis Saner spun. Murphy continued to pace
the field as Heath Hehnly, Jimmy Glenn, and Jimmy Brookens worked their
way up through the field. On lap 18 Hehnly moved inside Murphy on the
frontstretch. When they made the turn into turn one Hehnly's right rear
tire made contact with Murphy's left front and Murphy lost control. Under
caution Murphy realized his steering was damaged and went to the pits. On
the restart it was Hehnly, Jimmy Glenn, and Brookens as your top three and
it stayed that way to the finish. At the end the top five were Heath
Hehnly, Jimmy Glenn, Jimmy Brookens, Brent Marks, and Mike Rutherford.
Heat wins went to Darrah, Murphy, Luckenbaugh, and Nick Saner. Mark
Strickler and Nick Schlauch won their consis and Darrah won the Cash Dash.
My call for hard luck driver of the day would go to Ryan Greth. He
clipped a spunout car in his heat and rolled over destroying his top wing.
In his consi he started last and came up just one spot short of
qualifying for the feature.

The Mini Stocks took to the track next with many drivers making their
first appearance in 2006. Ralph Morgan lead the field to the green flag,
but didn't get the best of starts. Gary Dehart started third and took
advantage to grab the lead on lap one. Kyle Wiser followed Dehart and
went from fifth to second on the start. Tim Burkholder had started
second, but fell back to fourth began to patiently work his way back to
the front. First he passed Morgan for third, as Morgan appeared to be
struggling with a very loose race car. Then on lap eight Burkholder moved
by Wiser to regain second place. Burkholder slowly began to catch Dehart
as the leader started to lap slower traffic. The defining moment of the
race came on lap 12. As Dehart went to go inside Dave Bivens entering
turn three they touched and Bivens spun out. Dehart was called for
causing the caution, sending him to the rear of the field. This gave
Burkholder the lead, and he wouldn't relinquish it from there. At the
checkers Burkholder lead by a full straightaway. The top five were Tim
Burkholder, Kyle Wiser, Frank Gordon, Ralph Morgan, and Ricky Harper.
Heat wins went to Dehart and Burkholder.

A full field of 270cc Micro Sprints were up next, with Jesse Maurer on the
pole. Mike Rutherford took the lead at the drop of the green and set sail
to leave the rest of the pack race for second. Levi Peck brought out the
red flag on lap five when he flipped his racer. Peck was unhurt, but his
sprinter was done for the day. Dave Williams took second on lap nine and
Ryan Wilson also passed Maurer the same lap to take third. The next lap
Chip Geib passed a slipping Maurer for fourth. By lap 16 Rutherford was
leading by over a full straightaway when disaster struck. While running
down the backstretch it appeared his motor locked up, bringing him to a
sliding stop entering turn three. Williams made sure he didn't let his
good fortune get away as he lead the rest of the way to take only his
second feature win in ten years of racing. The top five finishers were
Dave Williams, Ryan Wilson, Chip Geib, Jesse Maurer, and Jesse Hare. The
heat winners were Geib, Williams, Rutherford, and Maurer. Consolation
event wins went to Alex Cunningham and Brianna Hershey and Chip Geib won
the Cash Dash.

The Legends followed with, well, let's just say not one of their best
efforts on the slick afternoon track. With only nine laps in the books,
ten cautions, and only minutes left on the race time limit, the call was
made that the next caution would also bring the checkered flag. Central
PA Legends series director Don Stevens told the drivers on their one way
radios, trying to settle the field. This did make for the longest green
flag run of the event, but lasted only four laps before the eleventh
caution of the day ended the race. With so many cautions, most of the
passing was done by avoiding others that had spun. Nathan Fisher started
on the pole and held serve through every restart to take the win. The top
five were Nathan Fisher, Bill Harris, Jason Rochelle, Rick Potts, and
Ronnie Dunstan. Heat wins went to Andy Lupfer, Dunstan, and Rochelle.

Two 270cc Rookies signed in and got the show headed back in the right
direction, running their twelve lap feature without caution. T.J. Wilson
took his first win since moving up from quarter midget racing and Cody
Fairchok took second. Wilson's older sister, McKenzie, started the day
off with a wonderful rendition of the National Anthem. Wilson also won
the heat race.

The 4 Cylinder Thunder Car feature was next, with eleven cars taking the
green. Wes Scofield lead the first four laps from the pole position.
John Rasp started second and followed Scofield until he made the only pass
for the lead on lap five. Randy Wenger passed Tim Varner for third on lap
three and then used the low groove to pass Scofield for second ten laps
later. Mark Grove had worked his way from seventh to third on lap 14, but
suffered mechanical woes two laps later. Tracy Linn then took over third
and Nick Ruhl moved into fourth. Rasp, following motions from his crew,
started to back off. This allowed Wenger to make up several car lengths
the final few laps and was just off Rasp's back bumper at the finish line.
The top five finishers were John Rasp, Randy Wenger, Tracy Linn, Nick
Ruhl, and Wes Scofield. Rasp and Scofield were the heat winners.

The Hobby Stock feature closed out the days show. The top two winners in
this division started on the front row. Joe DeArmitt started first and
lead the field to turn one. As Bobby Johnson did a 360 degree spin in
turn two Dave Dunkle took advantage of a slight bobble by DeArmitt and
took the lead. Only one caution slowed the racing action. Once Dunkle
took the lead it was a three car train to the finish with DeArmitt and
Tony Daniels right behind. At the end the top five were Dave Dunkly, Joe
DeArmitt, Tony Daniels, Josh Berrier, and Terry Smith. Daniels won the
heat race.

Path Valley Speedway's next scheduled event is Friday night, April 14th.
On tap will be the regular weekly classes, along with the PA 305 Sprint
Cars. There will also be an Easter Egg hunt for the youngsters. Keep an
eye on the track's website for an announcement of any make-up features to
be run.


Path Valley Speedway Results 4/9/06

600cc Micro Sprints: Heath Hehnly (5), Jimmy Glenn, Jimmy Brookens, Brent
Marks, Mike Rutherford, Steve Buckwalter, Tim Glatfelter, Chris Glenn, Jim
Young, Nick Saner, Rodney Glass, Mark Strickler, Chris Crull, Cody Darrah,
Nick Schlauch, Kevin Smith, Nathan Hauck, Travis Saner, Jan Luckenbaugh,
Brett Arndt, Dane Delancey, Ben Murphy, Greg Kone, Robert Kendall Heats:
Darrah, Murphy, Luckenbaugh, Nick Saner Consis: Strickler, Schlauch
Cash Dash: Darrah

Mini Stocks: Tim Burkholder (2), Kyle Wiser, Frank Gordon, Ralph Morgan,
Ricky Harper, Rich Newcomer, Troy Eckenrode, Kevin Thomas, Gary Newell,
Shawn Moore, Gary Dehart, Bryan Neff, Dave Staley, Jake Shoup, Steve
Hanes, Brett Hockenberry, Dave Bivens, Tink Allen, Raymond Middaugh
Heats: Dehart, Burkholder

270cc Micro Sprints: Dave Williams (3), Ryan Wilson, Chip Geib, Jesse
Maurer, Jesse Hare, Amanda Schlegal, Ryan McAndrew, Greg Robinson, Tim
Mertz, Tom Tice, Eric Bodine, Joe Kay, Keith McIntyre, Pete Allison, Mark
Ewer, Mike Rutherford, Alex Cunningham, Henry Sparks, Todd Steffy, Bob
Robertson, Todd Reusser, Brianna Hershey, Dave Thrush, Levi Peck Heats:
Geib, Williams, Rutherford, Maurer Consis: Cunningham, Hershey Cash
Dash: Geib

Legends: Nathan Fisher (1), Bill Harris, Jason Rochelle, Rick Potts,
Ronnie Dunstan, Geremey Sheaffer, Tim Tomson, Andy Lupfer, Jeff Condran,
Lamar Shaffer, Greg Burd, Edward Wentz, Chad Gladfelter, John Shutt, Josh
Morrow, Jim Halbert, shawn Arndt, Ferris Fraine, Lawrence Garrison, James
Black, Darryl Bloom, Randy Fetterolf, Bob Murray, Jason Ewing Heats:
Lupfer, Sheaffer, Rochelle

270cc Rookies: T.J. Wilson, Cody Fairchok Heat: Wilson

4 Cylinder Thunder Cars: John Rasp (2), Randy Wenger, Tracy Linn, Nick
Ruhl, Wes Scofield, Jeff Christy, Chip Lawrence, Buddy Smith, Richard
Cline, Tim Varner, Mark Grove Heats: Rasp, Scofield

Hobby Stocks: Dave Dunkle (2), Joe DeArmitt, Tony Daniels, Josh Berrier,
Terry Smith, Bobby Johnson Heat: Daniels


Strictly Stocks Heat Up in Cold April Night
By Rob Keller

The cold temperatures couldn't cool off the racing action at Path Valley
Speedway on Saturday, April 8th. Rain from Friday night and Saturday
morning made the track surface very tacky and the track prep crew had the
surface smooth, making for quick lap times and multiple groove racing.

The Eight Cylinder division started off the activities with a 20 lap
non-stop feature that included eight lead changes. Chuck Arentz lead
early from his pole position as Bruce Ginther Jr. and Barron Taylor made
their way into second and third respectively. In a few laps both Ginther
and Taylor made their way past Arentz and the duel for the lead was on.
With Taylor leading the way the two racers pulled away from third place
running Steve Frazier, and the rest of the field. They soon caught the
tail end of the field and as Taylor made a move to go out around the
slower car Ginther went load and took the lead. Only a few laps later the
same scenario played out, with the roles reversed. As the two made their
way through slower traffic they swapped the lead several times, and at one
point ran side-by-side for almost three laps. The lapped cars and close
racing slowed the leaders enough to allow Frazier, along with Robert
Naugle and Joe Daywalt to close the gap. With a few laps remaining Taylor
took the lead for good, with Ginther right on his tail till the end. On
the last lap Naugle was able to pass Frazier for the third place. The win
puts Taylor on a short list of drivers that have been able to win in more
than one division of the Strictly Stocks. The final top five were Barron
Taylor, Bruce Ginther Jr., Robert Naugle, Steve Frazier, and Joe Daywalt.
Heat wins went to Naugle and Frazier.

The Four Cylinder division was next, and they must have been watching the
Eight Cylinder feature, because their race was almost a carbon copy. Ron
Daihl jumped to the lead from his pole position and Dakota Huthinson
quickly took second from Todd Price and locked into a battle with Daihl
for the remainder of the race. Once again the two front runners pulled
away from the rest of the field. On lap seven Daihl slipped exiting turn
two and Huthinson slipped by for the lead. But, he could only hold the
lead for one lap as Daihl got by on the inside exiting turn four. The
battle for third place was also a close one between Brian Campbell, Keith
Walls, and Johnny Runk. Until lap 17, when Campbell and Walls both slowed
and the caution waved. Campbell had to retire with steering failure while
Walls continued. Contact on lap 18 resulted in Todd Price barrel-rolling
into turn one and landing on his roof. Daihl held on to the lead the
remaining laps, but was never more than two car lengths ahead. The top
five at the checkers were Ron Daihl, Dakota Huthinson, Johnny Runk, Jeremy
Mumma, and Jason Wible. Adam Adams and Daihl won their respective heats.

Only four Trucks were on hand, but they still had an exciting finish.
Dale Martin was leading as they took the white flag. Going into turn one
his truck jumped out of gear. Before he could get in back into gear Aaron
Shaffer and Terry O'Donel had gone by. The final results were Aaron
Shaffer, Terry O'Donel, Dale Martin, and Robert Woodring, with Martin
winning the heat race.

The Six Cylinder division followed, and sparks began to fly. On lap two
Shane Ege and Jason Ohler tangled in turn three, bringing out the first of
several cautions. A few laps later Ohler made contact with Shane's
brother, Jason, resulting in Jason bouncing off the outside retaining wall
and ending his night. Jeff Dicken lead most of the race as Danny Gelwick
moved up through the field, after starting seventh. Todd Mathna's race
ended early in a ball of flame as a fire erupted under the hood while on
the front stretch. Gelwick took the lead with Shane Ege in second and
Randy Stull in third. With the laps running down Ege's car began to slow
and Stull made the pass for second. At the line the top five were Dan
Gelwick, Randy Stull, Shane Ege, Jason Ohler, and Jeff Dicken. Heat wins
went to Shane Ege and Gelwick.

The Modified Lites, a division that spawned from Dwarf cars were the final
feature on the card. They had a field of eleven cars, up from four the
opening night. Lynn Knepper showed again that he is always a threat to
win every time he shows up at Path Valley. Knepper took the win over Josh
Sigman, Eddie Benedict, Matt Hay, and Frank Dunkle. Sigman and Dunkle
were the heat winners.

The Strictly Stocks and Modified Lites will return to action in two weeks.
Next Saturday, April 15th, Path Valley Speedway will be hosting AMA
motorcycle racing action along with quad racers. The gates open at 5pm
with racing beginning at 6:30pm.

Path Valley Speedway Results
4/8/06

8 Cylinder Strictly Stocks: Barron Taylor (5), Bruce Ginther Jr., Robert
Naugle, Steve Frazier, Joe Daywalt, Jerry Fleming, Chad Gambol, Paul
Gambol, Jim DeArmitt, Joey Burdge, Tony Verno, Tim Burdge, Chuck Arentz,
Scott Deaner, Jared Wible Heats: Naugle, Frazier

4 Cylinder Strictly Stocks: Ron Daihl (1), Dakota Huthinson, Johnny Runk,
Jeremy Mumma, Jason Wible, Jeff Koser, Mark Leedy, Frankie Gordon, Chad
Fauson, Todd Price, Brian Campbell, Joe Reisher, Denny Scofield, Adam
Adams DQ: Keith Walls Heats: Adams, Daihl

4 Cylinder Trucks: Aaron Shaffer, Terry O'Donel, Dale Martin, Robert
Woodring Heat: Martin

6 Cylinder Strictly Stocks: Dan Gelwick (7), Randy Stull, Shane Ege, Jason
Ohler, Jeff Dicken, Don Groce, Todd Mathna, Josh Walstrum, Ron Swope, Rob
Keller, Jason Ege, Rich Earhart Heats: Shane Ege, Gelwick

Modified Lites: Lynn Knepper, Josh Sigman, Eddie Benedict, Matt Hay, Frank
Dunkle, Gary Funck, Flory Carey, Richard Lawson, Bill Dunstine, Adam
Snyder, Don Snyder Heats: Sigman, Dunkle


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