|Date: 7/31/2012 9:57:10 PM|
Ohio's Duncan Claim $5000 Posse Prize
An overflowing crowd and some of the top 410 sprint car drivers,SpeedSTR drivers and small car drivers converged on the ultra-wide, highbanked 1/4 mile oval in Spring Run,PA called Path Valley Speedway for the Posse at the Path.
The “Revenge Draw” between the top 2 cars in 410 time trials,those being Logan Schuhart and Cole Duncan and the 3 heat winners found Fred Rahmer, a two-time Path Valley Speedway feature winner,getting the honors of leading the field to the green compliments of Daryn Pittman.Rahmer paced the feature field to the green flag with Dan Shetler as his front row companion for the 30-lap event. Rahmer got the early jump and survived a few early cautions in opening 3 laps. With Rahmer maintaining a healthy lead over the field, Lockbourne, Ohio invader Cole Duncan was picking and choosing his passing areas on his way to the front after starting in the fourth spot.
Duncan, a Fremont Speedway runner,has made a few appearances in Central Pennsylvania with his PA stops in the beginning and end of the season, reeled in Rahmer for the top spot as traffic came into play on lap eleven. Duncan got a run on leader Rahmer under the halfway sign given by starter Galen Kollar before making his bid for the lead one lap later. Duncan raced side-by-side with Rahmer as the duo exited turn two and down the backstretch as Duncan emerged with the lead after wheeling between a slower car and Rahmer through turns three and four. Rahmer was holding his ground as he mirrored Duncan's tire tracks over the next few circuits trying to reclaim the lead.
While this front running pair were working traffic, 8th starting "DD" Danny Dietrich was quickly becoming the fastest car on the track. Dietrich caught Rahmer for second and had his slide job stick on lap twenty-three and was now setting his sights on leader Duncan. Dietrich got to Duncan who was beginning to struggle with the lapped cars that were also racing for position with just three laps remaining. Duncan kept his pace and was hitting his marks enabling him to keep Dietrich at bay to grab the well-deserved and hard earned victory. The win was worth $5,000 for the 20-year-old Duncan making this his biggest triumph yet in what has been a relatively young career.
Dietrich, Rahmer, Daryn Pittman who had a 360 power plant under the hood and 17th starting Rodney Westhafer who was running a 358 powered engine completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Dan Shetler, Logan Schuhart, Bill Stine, Brent Marks and Greg Hodnett. Schuhart led the 25-car field in time trials with a lap of 9.842. Heat race victories went to Rahmer, Pittman and Shetler. Troy Fraker claimed the consolation race victory.
The companion big car class joining the 410 Sprint Car teams at Path Valley on Sunday night was the highly competitive SpeedSTR division. The 20-lap main gave the modified fans something to cheer for as modified drivers Jeff Strunk fended off Kenny Brightbill and SpeedSTR regular Brandon Rahmer son of Sprint Car legend Fred Rahmer for the $2,000 victory. Earlier in the day 2011 Slingshot National Champion Brett Bieber ,from Oley,PA wheeled his brother Travis' # 114 Slingshot to the 20-lap feature win for the Slingshot division. 2011 Lindas Speedway champion Justin Thompson and Alex Schoffstall were quickly closing ,but ran out of laps to finish second and third.In the 270/600 Micro Sprint challenge feature, Chandler Leiby recorded the victory with a pass on AJ Bast to get the $300 top prize.Justin Harrington's third place run netted him the non-winning class bonus since he was the top running 270 micro trailing the top two running a 600 cc micro.
Rich Tobias, oversaw all racing activity from speedway level with Mike Feltenberger taking the race director and media manager positions as the entire Speedway Entertainment staff did an outstanding job putting on the Posse at the Path event. Paul Lotier,Sr. was honored as the Grand Marshal of the event with Ray Nemeth,Jr. of Herrs Sanck Foods thanking all the fans for their support of this racing program.A Path Valley record crowd turned out and the racing was very close and competitive. Plans for a return in 2013 are already in the works. Path Valley Speedway info can be found online at http://www.pathvalley.com. Rich Tobias' Speedway Entertainment has a great website to visit at http://www.slingshotbytobias.com.
1.Cole Duncan 2. Danny Dietrich 3. Fred Rahmer 4. Daryn Pittman 5. Rodney Westhafer 6. Dan Shetler 7. Logan Schuhart 8. Bill Stine 9. Brent Marks 10. Greg Hodnett 11. Rob Kendall 12. Joey Hershey 13. Ryan Lynn 14. Mike Wagner 15. Colby Wolmer 16. Logan Wagner 17. Ryan Wilson 18. Johnny Mackison,Jr. 19. Ben Naugle 20. Troy Fraker 21. Hunter Mackison 22. Jacob Allen 23. Alex Schantz DNQ Billy Dietrich, George Streaker
1. Jeff Strunk 2. Kenny Brightbill 3. Brandon Rahmer 4. Brittany Wixon 5. Josianne Plante 6. Paul Lotier,Jr. 7. Richie Hartman 8. Mitch Lacombe 9. Maxime Plante 10. Mikell McGee 11. Al Arrisher 12. Tori Donaldson 13. Freddie Rahmer DNS Dane Tobias
1. Brett Bieber 2. Justin Thompson 3. Alex Schoffstall 4. Cody Kline 5. Joe Nemeth 6. John Bockhorn 7. Matt Miller 8. Ryan Raidline 9. Tayllor Schoenly 10. Kyle Gruber 11. Dave McCullough 12. Ray Nemeth,Jr.
1.Chandler Leiby 2. AJ Bast 3. Justin Harrington 4. Wade Kemp 5. Dane Tobias 6. Gary Keister 7. Jason Klinger 8. Kyle Brown 9. Alex Potosky 10. Jerry Palm 11. Dan Roush 12. Cory Thornton 13. Jerry Schott,Jr. 14. Adam Warner
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