Path Valley beats the rain
By Rob Keller
Path Valley Speedway dodged the raindrops just long enough Friday night to get a four division show in the books.
You might want to be careful if you stand next to Carl Miller right now. You would not want any of his current luck to rub off on you. Miller has been one of the quickest cars in the Super Stock division every week, but cannot get a decent finish. This week Miller started on the pole and easily led the first twelve laps. As he exited turn four on lap thirteen he slowed dramatically and headed to the pits with a flat tire. This gave the lead to Ray Duffy, who was making his first start of the year. Duffy was pressured by Curtis Guyer for several laps, but pulled away over the last few laps to win by two car lengths. Adam Yetter finished third, Devin Hart recovered from an early pit stop to finish fourth, and Shyann Bard was fifth. Heat wins went to Kenny Hill and Miller.
Frankie Gordon lost last week’s Mini Stock feature by less than a foot. He made sure that would not happen again this week as he led all twenty laps and was ahead by several seconds when the checkered flag fell. Eric Seibert piloted the number one car to a strong second place. Ryan Laye made his debut at Path Valley for 2012 and powered his way to a solid third place. Gerald Varner was near the front early, but faded to fourth with Eric Grubb rounding out the top five. Gary Dehart was the heat race winner.
Randy Burkholder liked his performance so well two weeks ago that he decided to repeat it. Two weeks ago Burkholder started second and led all twenty-five laps for the win. This week he started first and had the same results. Only one caution slowed the Late Model feature, just before halfway. Even after the restart, Burkholder slowly pulled away from the field. Wes Bonebrake held off Tim Fedder for second while Andy Fries finished fourth and Danny Snyder fifth. The heat race winners were Fedder and Steve Bailor.
Light rain started to fall as the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature began. Justin Rasp started first and led all twenty laps to claim the win. The solid run was a welcome turnaround for the Rasp family race team as last time out he was involved in three separate incidents and left the track with a damaged racecar. Rasp was closely followed by Denny Cramer the entire event, but Cramer could not find a way around and finished second. Corey Shaw finished third, ahead of Tony Hampton and Robert McQuade. Nathan Shaw won the heat race.
Path Valley results 5/4
Super Stock: 1.Ray Duffy (Hustontown, PA), 2.Curtis Guyer, 3.Adam Yetter, 4.Devin Hart, 5.Shyann Bard, 6.Adam Imes, 7.Austin Johnson, 8.Carl Miller, 9.Kenny Hill, 10.Deron Henry, 11.Joe Daywalt
Lap Leaders: Carl Miller (1-12), Ray Duffy (13-20)
Heats: Kenny Hill, Carl Miller
Mini Stock: 1.Frankie Gordon (Ft. Loudon, PA), 2.Eric Seibert, 3.Ryan Laye, 4.Gerald Varner, 5.Eric Grubb, 6.Bill Kennedy, 7.Shaun Patterson, 8.Ronnie Garlock, 9.Gary Dehart, 10.Troy Cramer
Lap Leaders: Frankie Gordon (1-20)
Heat: Gary Dehart
Late Model: Randy Burkholder (Chambersburg, PA), 2.Wes Bonebrake, 3.Tim Fedder, 4.Andy Fries, 5.Danny Snyder, 6.Tim Burkholder, 7.Steve Bailor, 8.Dan Sollers, 9.Kenny Yoder, 10.George Dixon, 11.Kyle Wiser DNS: Jason Laman
Lap Leaders: Randy Burkholder (1-25)
Heats: Tim Fedder, Steve Bailor
4-Cylinder Thunder Car: 1.Justin Rasp (McConnellsburg, PA), 2.Denny Cramer, 3.Corey Shaw, 4.Tony Hampton, 5.Robert McQuade, 6.Shaun Linn, 7.Jason Pecho, 8.Nathan Shaw, 9.Aaron Clayton DQ: Andrew Long
Lap Leaders: Justin Rasp (1-20)
Heat: Nathan Shaw