|Date: 7/17/2013 12:39:29 AM|
Sidewinder Sprints – Path Valley 07/13 – Salony and Halter take victories
The Sidewinders once again made the tow up the turnpike for their 3rd visit of the season to the high banks of Path Valley and once again they were greeted by a super smooth racey surface. Our thanks must go to the track crew that worked diligently all day after heavy overnight rain caused their Friday Night program to be washed out.
The first feature saw a torrid battle up front until Reed Salony was able to wrestle the lead away on lap four from Josh Chess. Reed’s crew had the car dialed in perfectly as he streaked away to take the win. Mike Zielonis was also moving forward after staring 6th to finish 2nd. Josh Chess finished 3rd and continues to dial in to the Path valley surface. The first feature results in the matrix really show the importance of passing cars. Although Josh finished 3rd, he was still outscored by Rich Halter and Alex Schanz as they both passed cars and earned valuable passing points.
The 2nd feature saw Rohan Beasley line up on pole. Unfortunately for Beasley he only had a couple of laps in the first feature to get a feel for the surface before mechanical issues forced him infield. It was this lack of laps in the first feature that caught him with a car that was too loose. The initial start saw Beasley jump to the lead but with the current in form high line specialist, Rich Halter taking up the chase in 2nd, it became only a matter of time. On lap 4 Halter made the move on the back straight in a similar fashion to the last time the Sidewinder were at Path Valley when Halter passed Salony on the last lap, to take the lead. From there halter hit the cruise control and lead the final 11 laps. Beasley came home 2nd with Salony making it to 3rd. Zielonis’s 4th pace position was enough to score 2nd overall on the night with the overall win for the third time in a row going to Reed Salony.
Later in the pits Rich Halter explained “With another trip to Path Valley and a track that I was thinking was not going to provide good racing due to the heavy rain it received overnight, to my surprise the night ended with great results for Halter Racing. Starting at the rear of a field with a lot of good cars in front of me it was not looking promising. I started the first feature on the bottom and quickly made it to the top and made up some ground. Finishing 6th with no brakes and taking the checker with the throttle stuck wide open made for an interesting finish. The 2nd feature saw a front row start and with the pole sitter getting stronger every week I thought I would have my work cut out for me. The pole sitter took off at the line and I was caught sleeping and he open up a lead and I was worried if I could reel him in. Once again running the high line I was making progress and on lap 4 made the pass for the lead down the back stretch. From there we managed to park her in victory lane for the 3 time in the second feature at Path Valley this year. It’s been great to run this good at Path Valley because the track in the past has not been nice to me.” When asked about his sponsors Rich shared “I would like to thank my wife Tara and step daughter Kaitlyn for all their support with my racing. It’s enjoyable being able to do something I love and do it with the family. It really can be a great family sport. I would like to thank Rock’s Automotive for the product support and OD Graphic for the vinyl work on the car. Also a big thanks need to go out to Path Valley for offering such a great racing surface with all the rain we have been getting.”
This week’s question;
Q. The high banks of Path Valley will see the return of the Sidewinders. So far this year Jason Stahl, Rich Halter and Mike Zielonis have been the masters. With Jason still chasing snowflakes down under, will either Rich or Mike be able to take the wins again ?
A. Yes, Rich was able to take the second feature after finishing 6th in the first one. Mike ended up with a 2nd and a 4th place finish.
Next Week’s Question;
Q. With Path Valley becoming a jinx this year for Rohan Beasley with DNF’s in at least one feature at each appearance, will he be able to finish both features on the Sidewinders return to the high banks next week?
Q. Reed Salony has taken the last 3 combined overall wins. Can a bounty of an extra $100 to the winner make a difference or will Reed just pick up the extra cash with a smile ?
Tire Shootout Invitational Results; Hoosier takes the win and the round with 3 of the top 5
Tire Shootout Points based on 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1
Hoosier, American Racer, American Racer, Hoosier, Hoosier
Hoosier – 8 pts
American Racer – 7 pts
American Racer – 51 pts
Hoosier – 38 pts
Sidewinder Sprints are accepting 2013 registrations.
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Path Valley 07/20
For all your racing needs please contact our following partners:
American Racer – Lias Tires (www.americanraceronline.com )
Hoosier Tire - Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic (www.hoosiermidatlantic.com )
Guhl Motors (www.guhlmotors.com) ; For all of your Fuel Injection needs. “Highest eligible Guhl injection finisher”; Reed Salony
Hyper Hard Charger (www.Hyperracing.com); Most positions gained in the features; Reed Salony
Aero Wings (www.aerowingsonline.com) ; Winners use Wings by Aero. "Lucky 7"; Rohan Beasley
Keizer Wheels (www.keizerwheels.com ); Fast Fifth Award.; Jerry Strausbagh
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