|Date: 6/20/2010 10:24:39 PM|
3 drivers get 1st win at Path Valley
By Rob Keller
Friday night at Path Valley Speedway three drivers won for the first
time after moving to a new division.
Brothers Ryan and Sean McAndrew started first and second respectively
in the 270cc Micro Sprint feature. Ryan took the lead at the start
and pulled away by several car lengths. It appeared they would finish
first and second until Sean had to slow down while overtaking a lapped
car on lap nineteen. Tim Mertz blasted by to take the runner-up spot.
At the checkers it was Ryan McAndrew winning over, Mertz, Sean
McAndrew, Chris Melton, and Jay Horvath. The win is Ryan?s second of
the year. Ryan and Sean McAndrew also won their heat races.
The 4-Cylinder Thunder Car feature went non-stop until the final lap.
D.J. Keefer started on the pole and led every lap. But on the final
circuit Keefer was slowed by a lapped car and Denny Scofield went for
the three-wide pass on the backstretch. Unfortunately for Scofield,
he lost traction on the inside and spun to the infield. Keefer led
the final lap to get his second win this year. Jeremy Ott drove Sam
Rock?s car to a solid second place while Tom Crum took third from Mike
Brindle on the final lap. John Rasp finished fifth. Heat race wins
went to Keefer and Crum.
For most of this season the question of the week on the Sidewinder
website has been ?Is this the week Joe Robertson breaks into victory
lane?? They will have to come up with a new question, because this
week the answer is yes. Robertson started second and took the lead
from pole-sitter Danny Wykes on the first lap. Robertson led every
lap to claim his first victory in the Sidewinders. Tim Mertz had one
shot for the lead as he dove low into turn one on a restart on lap
eighteen. Mertz pulled alongside Robertson, but Robertson used the
momentum of the high groove to keep the lead. Wykes finished third,
Jason Stahl in fourth, and Keith Ford won a spirited battle with Mark
Strickler to finish fifth. Mertz and Wykes won the heat races.
Each week Path Valley handicaps the winner from the previous week to
twelfth place for the start of the feature, making it difficult to win
consecutive races. But Geremey Sheaffer overcame the odds, taking the
lead with just one lap to go in the Legend Cars feature. Harlon Leppo
started first and led every lap until Sheaffer made the winning pass
on lap nineteen. After Leppo lost the lead he lost control on the
front stretch and was on the apron of the front stretch before
recovering. That cost Leppo three more spots in the final rundown.
Sheaffer led the way at the finish line over Scott Houdeshell, Greg
Burd, Chad Glatfelter, and Leppo. Glatfelter had the save of the
night, doing a complete spin on the front stretch while running third
on lap three. He did not hit anyone and everyone continued on without
a caution. Heat race wins went to Glatfelter and Leppo.
Jim Young started second in the 600cc Micro Sprint feature and led the
first seventeen laps. On lap eighteen Young tangled slightly with a
car he was trying to lap and it slowed him enough that Robbie Kendall
shot by and into the lead. Kendall was using this race for a tune-up
for next week?s Speedweeks event and ended up with his first win ever
in a Micro Sprint. Young recovered to finish second, ahead of Jimmy
Glenn, Jim Brookens, and Jesse Fitz. Young and Fitz won the heat races.
Mark Grove started on the pole of the Mini Stock feature and survived
an incident on the start and some contact on the final straightaway to
lead all twenty laps for his first win in this division. Jeremy Ott
made a run on the final lap, but came up one car length short at the
finish, coming home second. Frank Gordon started twelfth and finished
third ahead of Leroy Long and Bryan Neff. Heat wins went to Kevin
Thomas and Grove.
Next Friday night Path Valley returns to action with the PA Sprint
Series 305 Sprints and Late Models joining the program. Path Valley
closes out the month of June with the 600cc Micro Sprint Speedweek
show on Monday, June 28th. The 270cc Micro Sprints and Sidewinders
will also race that night.
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