3 drivers get 1st win at Path Valley

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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