Six divisions of racing were on the card for Saturday night, including three divisions of Micro Sprints and three stock car divisions. Between all the racing and the windy conditions, it did not take long for the track surface to dry out, putting a premium on setup and throttle control.
The Street Stock feature only had four drivers start, but they did their best to put on a show and three of the four led laps. Ronnie Garlock set the early pace and was still leading when Brad Karns hit him from behind in turn two. Garlock retained his position and Karns returned to the race missing much of the sheet metal on the front of the car. Garlock continued to lead as Josh Gustaf and Ken Singer jockeyed back and forth right behind him. Singer had secured second and was beside Garlock in turn four when he got too high and slipped back to third. Gustaf then took his shot, getting around Garlock and into the top spot on lap fifteen. Singer was not done just yet and he also cleared Garlock and stayed in the high groove to power around Gustaf as they exited turn two. Singer led the final two laps to secure the win, followed by Gustaf, Garlock, and Karns. Gustaf was the heat race winner.
Charlie Stallman made the switch to 4-Cylinder Thunder Cars in 2014 and has been quick out of the gate, but different issues have cropped up each race to keep him out of victory lane. Saturday it all came together for him. Korey Washinger led the first four laps until Stallman forced Washinger high in turn three and gained control of the top spot. The only challenge for the lead came on a restart with two laps remaining. Jeremy Moore was second and was able to squeeze to the inside of Stallman as they went thru turns three and four on the restart. As they exited turn four Moore's car got sideways and he finally corrected the car just before going into the infield, dropping him to the back of the field. Stallman cruised on for his first win in 4-Cylinder Thunder Car competition. At the finish Stallman was followed by Brandon Seibert, Tony Hampton, Mike Saylor, and Raymond Middaugh. The heat race was won by Justin Williamson.
Shaine Sixeas built a new Mini Stock over the winter and they must have done it right. It only the second race out Sixeas dominated, leading Jeremy Ott and the rest of the ten car field all twenty laps. Ott was the only driver that could stay close, but he was three car lengths or more back for most of the way. Dillon Wilson held off a late charge by Chris Anderson to finish third while Travis Semple finished fifth. Ott was the heat winner.
Path Valley results 4/26
Street Stock: 1.Ken Singer (Robertsdale, PA), 2.Josh Gustaf, 3.Ronnie Garlock, 4.Brad Karns DNS: Ridge Bookwalter
Lap Leaders: Ronnie Garlock (1-14), Josh Gustaf (15-18), Ken Singer (19-20)
Heat: Josh Gustaf
4-Cyl. Thunder Car: 1.Charlie Stallman (Shirleysburg, PA), 2.Brandon Seibert, 3.Tony Hampton, 4.Mike Saylor, 5.Raymond Middaugh, 6.Jeremy Moore, 7.Justin Williamson, 8.Korey Washinger
Lap Leaders: Korey Washinger (1-4), Charlie Stallman (5-20)
Heat: Justin Williamson
Mini Stock: 1.Shaine Sixeas (Mercersburg, PA), 2.Jeremy Ott, 3.Dillon Wilson, 4.Chris Anderson, 5.Travis Semple, 6.Kurt Knepper, 7.Eric Seibert, 8.Bill Kennedy, 9.Keith Walls, 10.Mark Grove
Lap Leaders: Shaine Sixeas (1-20)
Heat: Jeremy Ott