Three first time winners at Path Valley
By Rob Keller
For three of the five winners at Path Valley Speedway it was their first win of this season and for one of them it was a career first win.
Nathan Shaw set the early pace in the Mini Stock division, leading the first nine laps. Ryan Laye used the low groove and powered into the lead on lap ten. Laye slowly pulled away after that to take the win. It was a special day for the Laye family as earlier Ryan’s younger sister, Amanda, helped the Fannett-Metal softball team win the PA state championship. Shaw finished second, but was disqualified for an illegal part, giving second place to Frankie Gordon. Third thru fifth went to Gary Dehart, Lyle Barnes, and David Bookwalter. Heat races were won by Ronnie Garlock and Laye.
Adam Yetter broke thru for his first win in 2012 in the Super Stock feature. Yetter started first and led all twenty laps, holding off Curtis Guyer’s pass attempts the final five laps. Devin Hart finished third, Joe Daywalt fourth, and Joey Burdge fifth. Hart and Daywalt won their heat races.
Kyle Wiser started first in the Late Model feature, leading the field to the green flag. Twenty-five laps later Wiser was ahead by a full straightaway, claiming his first win at Path Valley in 2012. Wes Bonebrake held off Tim Fedder to finish second, with Sean Merkel in fourth and Steve Bailor fifth. Merkel and Randy Burkholder were heat race winners.
Kenny Singer controlled the Street Stock division all night long, winning the heat race and leading start-to-finish in the feature. Josh Gustaf finished second and Bridge Bookwalter third.
The most dramatic finish was saved for last in the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car main event. Chase Shaw led from the drop of the green with Tony Hampton in second and Justin Rasp third. Shaw was able to pull away as Hampton fought off the passing attempts of Rasp. Hampton lost control and spun out due to a flat right rear tire with about five laps remaining putting Rasp on Shaw’s back bumper for the restart. They stayed that way until Rasp moved to the inside exiting turn two on lap twenty. As they got to turn three Shaw turned down into Rasp and the two cars tangled together and came to a stop just short of the outside guardrail in turn three. Rasp’s car was damaged and he was forced to retire and Shaw was sent to the rear for instigating the accident. This put Dalton McQuade on point for the restart. McQuade made no mistakes on the final lap to win his first feature event ever. It was also his first start in a car they just purchased from Denny Cramer. Second thru fifth went to Shaun Linn, Tony Hampton, Justin Rasp, and Robert McQuade. Dalton McQuade also won the heat race.
Path Valley results 6/15
Mini Stock: 1.Ryan Laye (Ft. Loudon, PA), 2.Frankie Gordon, 3.Gary Dehart, 4.Lyle Barnes, 5.David Bookwalter, 6.Eric Seibert, 7.Dylan Wilson, 8.Chris Anderson, 9.Troy Cramer, 10.Ronnie Garlock, 11.Shaun Patterson, 12.Eric Grubb DNS: Bill Kennedy DQ: Nathan Shaw
Lap Leaders: Nathan Shaw (1-9), Ryan Laye (10-20)
Heats: Ronnie Garlock, Ryan Laye
Super Stock: 1.Adam Yetter (East Waterford, PA), 2.Curtis Guyer, 3.Devin Hart, 4.Joe Daywalt, 5.Joey Burdge, 6.Ray Duffy, 7.Shyann Bard, 8.Adam Imes DNS: Carl Miller, Shane Sixes
Lap Leaders: Adam Yetter (1-20)
Heats: Devin Hart, Joe Daywalt
Late Model: 1.Kyle Wiser (Orbisonia, PA), 2.Wes Bonebrake, 3.Tim Fedder, 4.Sean Merkel, 5.Steve Bailor, 6.Randy Burkholder, 7.Danny Snyder, 8.Kenny Yoder, 9.James O’Hara, 10.Kyle Merkel DNS: Frank Todaro
Lap Leaders: Kyle Wiser (1-25)
Heats: Sean Merkel, Randy Burkholder
Street Stock: 1.Ken Singer (Robertsdale, PA), 2.Josh Gustaf, 3.Bridge Bookwalter DNS: Devin Whitsel
Lap Leaders: Ken Singer (1-20)
Heat: Ken Singer
4-Cylinder Thunder Car: 1.Dalton McQuade (McConnellsburg, PA), 2.Shaun Linn, 3.Tony Hampton, 4.Justin Rasp, 5.Robert McQuade DQ: Chase Shaw
Lap Leaders: Chase Shaw (1-19), Dalton McQuade (20)
Heat: Dalton McQuade