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Sidewinder Sprints – 06/14/14 Path Valley

Springtime rain on the Friday caused Path Valley to cancel the Friday Night action. Teams arrived on Saturday to perfect weather but he very soft surface from the previous day’s rain was always going to create its own challenge.
Hot laps saw the track get torn up enough to warrant the grader to make an appearance, Some of the Sidewinder teams found weak links in their drive train during hotlaps with numerous teams shearing their rear sprocket carriers on the rough tacky surface.

The first feature saw Steve Whary again show the fast way around the high banked quarter mile. Brandon Yarlett gave chase and Ben Houltz crossed the line in 3rd. Heartbreak would reappear in the tech building when it was found that Ben had inadvertently grabbed the wrong Right Rear of the tire rack and was subsequently scored last of the cars that took the green. All eyes were on Rich Halter as he pounded the high line passing cars every lap and had made it to 4th before a broken chain on the last lap caused catastrophic engine failure with a destroyed engine case. ( the pictures are on our facebook page). Current points leader Mike Zielonis had crossed the line in 4th after starting 10th , subsequently placed in 3rd after Ben was relegated. Austin Quick was credited with 4th and amazingly Rich Halter was credited with 5th as the leader had crossed the finish line before the caution flew and the finish order became the lap 19 positions.

History was made with the first ever start by a lady racer and Hannah Riser showed that she was prepared to take it to the boys. Riser led the first 11 laps before seeming to slow exiting turn two allowing Ben Houltz to sweep from 3rd to 1st with a bold move around the highline entering turn 3 and took the win. Steve Whary again showed that the highline could be used to make passes and he finished in a close 2nd Riser on the last lap to take 4th. Riser held on to finish 5th.

The combined overall finishes of the twin feature format again showed the importance of passing cars. Steve Whary made the most of his opportunities to take the overall win. Mike Zielonis proved his consistency to take home 2nd. Brandon Yarlett continued to show a strong performance with 3rd . Ben Houltz’s 4th place would have been higher without the first feature mistake, but he showed great tenacity to come back strong , winning the 2nd feature and still managing 4th overall. Hannah Riser showed that she will be a force to be reckoned with in her Sidewinder debut with an excellent 5th overall.

Feature One Feature Two Final Total
Driver Start Finish Points Start Finish Points Points total Hard Charger
Steve Whary (44S) 1 1 105 13 2 146 251 11
Mike Zielonis (81) 10 3 126 4 3 100 226 8
Brandon Yarlett (4T) 2 2 100 12 6 103 203 6
Ben Houtz (77) 5 11 54 9 1 142 196 2
Hannah Riser (14K) 12 7 95 2 5 82 177 2
Rich Halter (04) 13 5 116 1 10 55 171 -1
Matt Kreider (53) 3 6 77 11 7 92 169 1
Ausitn Quick (44) 6 4 100 8 9 67 167 1
Rohan Beasley (14) 4 12 49 10 4 116 165 -2
Rick Stone 41U 9 8 76 5 8 69 145 -2
Mike Murphy Jr (39) 11 9 76 3 11 52 128 -6
Tim Townsend (56) 7 10 61 7 13 48 109 -9
Zach Overmiller (75) 8 13 49 6 12 51 100 -11

Tire Shootout Invitational Results ;

Hoosier dominates with 4 of the top 5

American Racer – 63 pts

Hoosier – 43 pts

This Week’s Questions;

Q. With the return to Path Valley , the question will be will one of the Path Valley regulars be able to replicate Steve Whary and Ben Holutz’s 1st and 2nd place finish from the previous appearance or will the Sidewinder teams strike back ?

A. No.. the local Path Valley 600 teams took 3 of the top 5 with Whary and Houtz taking victories and Whary taking the overall win. Hannah Riser performed well in her first ever Sidewinder start with a 5th overall.

Next Week’s Questions;
Q. After having a week of the Sidewinder teams return to Path Valley. Last time the local 600 teams showed the way again. With summer time track conditions expected, will even more 600 teams take the challenge of the double feature format?

Sidewinder Sprints are accepting 2014 registrations.
Drivers wishing to join are reminded to register with us ASAP (click the registration link on our website) to reserve your car number, as we do not allow duplicate numbers, and to receive important "registered team" only emails regarding rules, contingency requirements and schedules.

Sidewinder Sprints will be appearing at:
Path Valley June 28th
Susquehanna July 3rd (Thursday Night)
Path Valley July 12th
Shippensburg July 19th

For all your racing needs please contact our following partners:

Season Sponsors;

American Racer – Lias Tires (www.americanraceronline.com )

Hoosier Tire - Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic (www.hoosiermidatlantic.com )

Contingency Awards:
Guhl Motors (www.guhlmotors.com) ; For all of your Fuel Injection needs. “Highest eligible Guhl injection finisher”; Mike Zielonis

Hyper Hard Charger (www.Hyperracing.com); Most positions gained in the features; Mike Zielonis

Aero Wings (www.aerowingsonline.com) ; Winners use Wings by Aero. "Lucky 7"; Matt Kreider

Keizer Wheels (www.keizerwheels.com ); Fast Fifth Award.; Rich Halter

Coating Concepts (www.coatingconcepts.net) End of season awards

Drivers 2014 points standings:
1st Mike Zielonis (81) 1589
2nd Brandon Yarlett (4T) 1416
3rd Rohan Beasley (14) 1307
4th Zach Overmiller (75) 1207
5th Matt Kreider (53) 1074
6th Rich Halter (04) 1000
7th Jason Stahl (5J) 840
8th Austin Quick (44) 562
9th Steve Wary (44S) 491
10th Jim Young (8) 406
11th Ben Houtz (77) 405
12th Jerry Strausbaugh (26) 401
13th Mike Murphy Jr (39) 386
14th Reed Salony (22R) 339
15th Keith Ford (4D) 307
16th Rick Stone (41U) 305
17th Jonathon Hynes (95) 243
18th Josh Chess (72) 209
19th Tim Townsend (56) 209
20th Hannah Riser (14K) 177
21st Mike Deimler (52) 163
22nd Turk Tabb (95) 160
23rd Brad Weber (17) 141
24th Christian Wright (22) 100
25th Adam Meier (23M) 100
26th Tom Kirkpatrick (5) 100
27th Brett Strickler (38) 100
28th Jason Eisenhart (21) 100
29th Aaron Spahr (16) 100

Team Owner 2014 points standings:
1st Mike Zielonis (81) 1589
2nd Donna and Brandon Yarlett (4T) 1416
3rd Katie Beasley (14) 1307
4th Steve & Renee Overmiller (75) 1207
5th Ron Kreider (53) 1074
6th Tara Halter (04) 1000
7th Mike Dicely (44) 562
8th Mike Zielonis (81Z) 533
9th John Wary (44S) 491
10th Jim Young (8) 406
11th Ben Houtz (77) 405
12th Jerry Strausbaugh (26) 401
13th Mike Murphy Jr (39) 386
14th Todd Salony (22R) 339
15th Glenn Stahl (5J) 307
16th Keith Ford (4D) 307
17th Rick Stone (41U) 305
18th David Hynes (95) 243
19th Don Chess (72) 209
20th Tim Townsend (56) 209
21st Hannah Riser (14K) 177
22nd Mike Deimler (52) 163
23rd Turk Tabb (95) 160
24th Brad Weber (17) 141
25th Ken and Chris Wright (22) 100
26th Adam Meier (23M) 100
27th Tom Kirkpatrick (5) 100
28th Party of Five (21) 100
29th Scott Spahr (16) 100
30th Mark Strickler (38) 100


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