posted July 26, 2002 12:56 PM
Path Valley Offers Free August Kart Feature Races
By Walt Cox
Spring Run, PA_ The price is right for Saturday afternoon fun and thrills at the Path Valley Speedway Park as the smooth clay quarter mile races into torrid August special events every weekend.
Kart and bike races at Path Valley feature free grandstand admission for all the regular shows, and slowly but surely the attendance is growing as families realize they can see a thrilling racing event that their kids will love without paying an arm and a leg.
The young kart and bike riders learning on the tough Path Valley clay today are the stars of the future. Only the fastest and most mechanically secure riders are willing to risk the Path Valley quarter-mile with its steep, smooth banks week after week. Some of last season’s kart riders are already racing full size sprints this season.
“Our free admission for Saturday kart racing is a small part of our overall investment in developing the future of our sport. It would be nice to break even on our kart, quad and bike shows, but right now we may be the only major national dirt track with such an extensive developmental program for future racers,” suggests business manager Vicki Flowers of Two Wheel Promotions which operates the Path Valley Speedway Park.
In addition to the kart racing for riders as young as five and the bike racing for riders four years old and up, Path Valley also welcomes sprint and stock car drivers as young as 14 with a parental liability waiver. In racing development, Path Valley’s Junk Car class for low and no-budget racing continues to grow and includes two separate events in August.
The first weekend of August at Path Valley starts out with the 305 Sprints headlining a six-division show Friday night, August 2, and continues with the season’s first Enduro race Saturday night following the regular afternoon karts and ATV races.
August 9 and 10 at Path Valley features a Canned Food Drive for the local food banks to let race teams and fans prove they care about more than just racing. The sprints and stock cars are joined by the Dwarf Cars Friday night, and Saturday has only a regular karts and quads points race scheduled. The ATV two-stroke and four-stroke classes are growing all the time as riders learn that flattrack oval racing is more challenging and gets them more national recognition than the still proliferating moto-cross courses.
The following weekend, August 16 and 17, includes three distinctly separate racing events. Friday night features the 305 Sprints along with the regular weekly 270 Sprints and 600 Sprints, along with the Legends and stock cars. Saturday’s karts and quads race features a motor race for a new Briggs boxstock engine.
Then Saturday night, August 17, the Junk Cars return to Path Valley along with the Vintage Car Club for what promises to be one of the biggest races yet. The Junk Car racing is a development class for stock car drivers with separate features in four, six and V-8 cylinder absolutely and purely stock street cars.
The Junk Car purse is based on car count, and the last race paid $25 to each heat race winner and $200 to each feature winner, but it’s not about money so much as fun. With an old junker that still runs and less than $100 a driver can get on the track and actually race! Safety is the most important factor and Two Wheel Promotions had to announce at the last race that shirts and shoes are required!
Sunday August 18 is a very special event at Path Valley as the Pennsylvania Dirt Karters Association gathers more than 200 strong for round five in the Burris State Championship Karting Series. Gates open at 7 a.m. for the PDKA races and breakfast will be available at the track. Registration starts at 10. Points from the best five of the six series races count toward the PDKA state championships, and all count toward Burris National Speedway Series rankings.
The following weekend is the big, big show of the month for the Friday night racers with the annual Pepsi Race Night featuring double races for the Legends Cars, a $500 to win V-8 street stock feature, and an exhibition race for the Four-Cylinder Junk Cars. All three stock car divisions will be on hand. Then Saturday is the regular karts and quads points races August 24, and again August 31.
Coors Race Night August 30 wraps up the sprint and stock car racing with a six-feature show and the PA 305 Sprints leading the lineup. Then following the next days regular karts and ATV four-wheeler race, the AMA motorcycles and quads return August 31 for a monthly points race sponsored by B and B Sales and Service – KTM Yamaha.
Labor Day Weekend continues at Path Valley Monday, Sept. 2, with the Fall Sprint National for 305, 600 and 270 Sprints with money-added purses in a rare daytime holiday special with gates open at 11 a.m. For information on any of these special events, consult the website at www.pathvalley.com.
The Path Valley Speedway Park is located in Spring Run PA a mile north on PA Route 641 from the intersection with PA Route 75, halfway between Port Royal and Hagerstown. It is five miles east from the Willow Hill Exit 14 of the PA Turnpike. The new phone number at the track for promoter Ken Geesey is 717-349-7111.
For information on the 2002 schedule and track, race teams and fans can call the owners at 717-426-4756 or 717-426-2910, consult the website at www.pathvalley.com, or they can email Two Wheel Promotions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PVwc1Quads – ATV riders get to race at least once every Saturday on the smooth steeply banked Path Valley Speedway Park quarter-mile clay oval.
PVwc2Kartstart – Veteran stock and sprint car flagman Steve Murphy starts at typical field of Saturday afternoon karts at Path Valley.
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