Thrilling finishes all night at Path Valley
By Rob Keller
Seven scheduled features and four make-ups gave the fans in attendance at Path Valley Speedway more than their monies worth. Not only were there more features in one night than some tracks run in a month, but many were decided with last lap passes.
Raymond Middaugh led the entire 4-Cylinder Thunder Car make-up feature until a restart with one lap remaining. On the restart Middaugh’s right rear tire went flat and Tom Crum took the lead and the win. Second thru fifth went to Kyle Martin, Tony Hampton, Middaugh, and John Rasp.
Colby Dice took the lead from Mark Mehalick on lap three of the make-up feature for 270cc Micro Sprints. Levi Peck pressured Dice on several occasions, but Dice held his ground for the win. Adam Warner finished third, ahead of Eric Forsythe and Jerry Palm.
In the 4-Cylinder Strictly Stock make-up feature Justin Williamson debuted a new car and came from the back of the field to take the lead on lap thirteen and then the win. After Williamson it was Steven Jacobs, Gary Guise, Ellis Whitsel, and Eric Johnston.
Cory Wagner was awarded the win in the 6-Cylinder Strictly Stock make-up feature after Doug Guise was disqualified.
Timmie Barrick and Chad Vanhorn dueled for the lead in the 600cc Micro Sprint feature while Brock Zearfoss stayed close in third. With less than five laps to go Zearfoss moved to the high groove, passed Barrick for second on lap seventeen and drove around Vanhorn exiting turn two on the final lap to take the win. Garrett Bard finished in fourth and Mike Rynard in fifth.
Ryan Laye used a borrowed part from Gerald Varner to pass him on lap twelve to win the two-car Mini Stock feature.
When second place starting Al Daniels spun-out on the original start it moved Brooks Coleman into that slot. Coleman took full advantage, grabbing the lead at the drop of the green and leading all twenty laps for the win in the All-American Outlaws feature. Coleman was followed across the line by Tommy Crummitt, Tim Fake, Fred Cullum, and Jessie Morrison.
Sean McAndrew slipped inside pole-sitter Levi Peck in turn one on the start of the 270cc Micro Sprint feature. The pass proved to be the winning move as McAndrew kept Peck at bay the entire twenty laps, which included nine restarts. Brandon Hawkins, Colby Dice, and Denny Rinehimer completed the top five.
The 4-Cylinder Strictly Stock feature may have been the most exciting race of the night. The top three came across the line side-by-side with Charlie Stallman claiming the win by just over one foot. Gary Guise was in the middle of the three-wide sandwich and nosed out Justin Williamson by inches for second. Ellis Whitsel was fourth and Steven Jacobs fifth.
Doug Guise passed Cory Wagner on lap nine and led the remaining laps to win the 6-Cylinder Strictly Stock feature.
The final event of the night was the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature and the results flip-flopped from the make-up feature which started the night. Raymond Middaugh closely followed leader Tom Crum until he got his chance on lap eighteen. Middaugh got to the inside of Crum and made the winning pass. Crum held on for second, ahead of Kyle Martin, Tony Hampton, and Dalton McQuade.
Path Valley results 5/12
4-Cylinder Thunder Car (make-up from 4/14): 1.Tom Crum (Carlisle, PA), 2.Kyle Martin, 3.Tony Hampton, 4.Raymond Middaugh, 5.John Rasp, 6.Jacob Carbaugh
Lap Leaders: Raymond Middaugh (1-19), Tom Crum (20)
270cc Micro Sprint (make-up from 4/14): 1.Colby Dice (Chambersburg, PA), 2.Levi Peck, 3.Adam Warner, 4.Eric Forsythe, 5.Jerry Palm, 6.Cody Hackenberry, 7.Mark Mehalick, 8.Jack Thornton, 9.Cory Thornton, 10.Tyler Reich, 11.Jason Houtz, 12.Don Roush, 13.Rob Garvey DNS: Bob Brubaker, Daryl Beakler
Lap Leaders: Mark Mehalick (1-2), Colby Dice (3-20)
4-Cylinder Strictly Stock (make-up from 4/14): 1.Justin Williamson (Rockhill, PA), 2.Steven Jacobs, 3.Gary Guise, 4.Ellis Whitsel, 5.Eric Johnston, 6.Scott Barker DNS: Chris Anderson, Ryan Norris
Lap Leaders: Ellis Whitsel (1-12), Justin Williamson (13-20)
6-Cylinder Strictly Stock (make-up from 4/14): 1.Cory Wagner (Amberson, PA) DQ: Doug Guise
Lap Leaders: Cory Wagner (1-3), Doug Guise (4-20)
600cc Micro Sprint: 1.Brock Zearfoss (Jonestown, PA), 2.Chad Vanhorn, 3.Timmie Barrick, 4.Garrett Bard, 5.Mike Rynard, 6.Shelby Rowles, 7.Jesse Snyder, 8.Kris Walters, 9.Devin Beidel, 10.Gunnar Layton, 11.Jake Hummel, 12.Kenny Edkin, 13.Shannon Fisher, 14.Kameron Morral, 15.Zane Walters, 16.Pat Kelly, 17.Rich Glosser
Lap Leaders: Timmie Barrick (1-6), Chad Vanhorn (7-19), Brock Zearfoss (20)
Heats: Chad Vanhorn, Timmie Barrick
Mini Stock: 1.Ryan Laye (Ft. Loudon, PA), 2.Gerald Varner
Lap Leaders: Gerald Varner (1-11), Ryan Laye (12-20)
Heat: Gerald Varner
All-American Outlaws: 1.Brooks Coleman (Mt. Airy, MD), 2.Tommy Crummitt, 3.Tim Fake, 4.Fred Cullum, 5.Jessie Morrison 6 – 18 unavailable
Lap Leaders: Brooks Coleman (1-20)
Heats: Fred Cullum, Al Daniels
270cc Micro Sprint: 1.Sean McAndrew (Apollo, PA), 2.Levi Peck, 3.Brandon Hawkins, 4.Colby Dice, 5.Denny Rinehimer, 6.Mason Peters, 7.Eric Forsythe, 8.Dave Hawkins, 9.Mark Mehalick, 10.Rob Garvey, 11.Scott Hawkins, 12.Tom Tice, 13.Chad Thomas, 14.Cory Thornton, 15.Jack Thornton, 16.Darell Troxell, 17.Ken Duke, 18.Jason Houtz, 19.Adam Warner, 20.Cody Hackenberry, 21.Jake Danneker, 22.Don Roush, 23.Tyler Reich, 24.Jerry Palm
Lap Leaders: Sean McAndrew (1-20)
Heats: Mason Peters, Levi Peck, Sean McAndrew
4-Cylinder Strictly Stock: 1.Charlie Stallman (Thompsontown, PA), 2.Gary Guise, 3.Justin Williamson, 4.Ellis Whitsel, 5.Steven Jacobs, 6.Eric Johnston, 7.Scott Barker, 8.Heith Rauch, 9.Jonathan Middaugh, 10.Barron Taylor
Lap Leaders: Charlie Stallman (1-8), Justin Williamson (9-19), Charlie Stallman (20)
Heat: Steven Jacobs
6-Cylinder Strictly Stock: Doug Guise (East Berlin, PA), 2.Cory Wagner
Lap Leaders: Cory Wagner (1-8), Doug Guise (9-20)
Heat: Cory Wagner
4-Cylinder Thunder Car: 1.Raymond Middaugh (Rockhill, PA), 2.Tom Crum, 3.Kyle Martin, 4.Tony Hampton, 5.Dalton McQuade, 6.Chas Clouser, 7.Chris Semple, 8.Andrew Long, 9.Jacob Carbaugh, 10.Shawn Fessler, 11.Justin Rasp
Lap Leaders: Raymond Middaugh (1), Tom Crum (2-17), Raymond Middaugh (18-20)
Heats: Tom Crum, Raymond Middaugh