posted August 11, 2001 09:53 AM
Garber, McCartney and Ellerman Lead in Path Valley Speedway Wins
Spring Run, PA-Brandon Grandstaff of Strasburg VA won his first Path Valley
Speedway Park feature of the season Friday night in the 270cc Sprint class
with a length to spare ahead of last week's winner, Jimmy Brookens.
The Legends Cars win went to Harry Garber of Barto for the sixth time this
season as he contends for a national Legends points championship. Garber won
by the width of a tire ahead of Butch Brough of Newville and said that,
"Every week the competition here gets tougher and faster," and guessed that
the $2000 purse posted by Star and Eagle Trailers of Newville was a big
Scott Ellerman of Landisburg won his fourth feature of the season in the 305
PA Sprints, and Steve McCartney of Doylesburg won for the fourth time in the
four-cylinder thunder cars less than a length ahead of Kevin Booth of
Steve Bailor of East Waterford in the V-8 Street Stocks and Brian Lessley of
Orbisonia in the Modified Mini Stocks both won their second feature of the
season by more than a turn ahead of the second place car.
Representatives of local Franklin County food banks were on hand to thank
race teams and fans for a pickup load of non-perishable items from the local
food drive that was to continue Saturday.
Next Friday night is the Pepsi Race Night challenge with a $500 to win
special feature for the four-cylinder thunder cars and the Dwarf Cars as the
special guest division. Saturday, August 17, features karts and
four-wheelers in the afternoon and the season's second evening race for the
AMA Motorcycle Short Track series. Sunday, August 18, Path Valley hosts the
Pennsylvania Dirt Karters Association (PDKA) for a series points race toward
the state karting championships.
With thunderstorms to the north, south and west, Path Valley's Two Wheel
Promotions management team started warm-ups promptly at 6:30 and completed
the six features shortly after 10:30.
The Legends feature completed with a hard drive by Brough off turn four on
the last lap as he tried the soft outside groove and came short of beating
Garber by a tire. The front five finishers were Garber, Brough, Larry
Garrison, Donnie Potts and Ray Swank, and the heat race winners were Kip Erb
and Donnie Potts.
Grandstaff worked up to second in the 270 sprints feature by lap three and
finally passed Rodney Glass amid lapped cars in lap 11. After a lap 17
caution regrouped the field he held off Jimmy Brookens to the checkers after
Brookens weaved his way forward from the 12-spot handicap start for the
winner of the previous week's feature. The front five were Grandstaff,
Brookens, Glass, Jim Callahan Jr. and Jeff Furlong, and the heat winners
were Grandstaff, Glass and Callahan.
Brian Lessley took an early lead in the four-cylinder modified mini stock
feature and with only two cautions at laps 10 and 15 to regroup the field he
raced a length or more ahead of Jerry Bard all the way to his win. The front
five were Lessley, Bard, Arlin Brougher, Mark Whitsel and Brian Gordon and
the heat winners were Matt Glinski and Brougher.
Steve Bailor battled Weston Alleman through the early laps in the street
stock feature and after Alleman disqualified for rough driving Bailor raced
a turn ahead of defending champ Doug Hoffman who had his hands full staying
ahead of Randy Patterson. The top five were Bailor, Hoffman, Patterson,
Wayne Hawbaker and Jeff Johnson and the heat winners were Patterson and
The full field of four-cylinder thunder cars crashed and banged until only
18 were left when the first lap was finally completed. Steve McCartney led
all the way as his nephew Jeremy swapped back and forth with Kevin Booth in
the #(M)00 Holstein painted Saab. The front five were Steve McCartney,
Booth, Jeremy McCartney, Mike Beidel and Bob Starr. Austin Kirby, Terry
Smith and Booth won the heats.
Scott Ellerman, who is also a points championship contender when the 305
Sprints race at Hesston alternate weeks, won both the heat race and the
feature and was only threatened as J.R. Fogelsonger took second on lap 17
and began to close on Ellerman's lead. The complete finish order for the
small field of full-size sprints was Ellerman, Fogelsonger, Mike Alleman,
Jason Schultz, Tom Worrick, Jim Roush, Nathan Gramley and Jim Lender.
The Path Valley Speedway Park is located in Spring Run PA a mile north on PA
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
off Route 75.
For information on the 2001 schedule and track, race teams can consult the
website at www.pathvalley.com, call the owners at 717-426-4756 or
717-426-2910,or they can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. The new phone
number at the track for promoter Ken Geesey is 717-349-7111.
305 V-8 Sprints - Scott Ellerman, J.R. Fogelsonger, Mike Alleman, Jason
Schultz, Tom Worrick, Jim Roush, Nathan Gramley and Jim Lender
Central PA Legends Cars - Harry Garber, Butch Brough, Lawrence Garrison,
Donnie Potts, Ray Swank, Brian Levan, Denny Rothermel, George Craker, Vern
Smith, Kip Erb, Scott Houdeshell, Nathan Fisher, Darryl Bloom, Jason Ewing,
Todd Spahr, Randy Fetterolf, Jim Lowery, Allen Felix, Greg Burd
270cc Sprints - Brandon Grandstaff, Jimmy Brookens, Rodney Glass, Jim
Callahan Jr., Jeff Furlong, Greg Miller, Randy Morrall, Sean Good, Butch
Harrington, Jim Young, Dusty Shatzer, Dave Shirk, Randy Baughman, Jesse
Snyder, Doug Gray, Craig Myers, Jack Brubaker, Paul Fitzsimmons, Bob
Brubaker, Nyle Berkes, Tony Jackson, DNS Glen Walls Jr., Danny Crum.
4-Cyl Modified Mini Stock - Brian Lessley, Jerry Burd, Arlin Brougher, Mark
Whitsel, Brian Gordon, Matt Glinski, Chuck Ingram, Gary Dehart, Jeremy Ott,
Eric Mellott, Gary Kitzmiller, Mark Fleegal, Bryan Neff, Ken Hill, Kyle
Wiser, DNS Ed Kirby
V-8 Street Stock - Steve Bailor, Doug Hoffman, Randy Patterson, Wayne
Hawbaker, Jeff Johnson, Rich Black, Terry Deshong, James Andrews Jr., Don
Bilger, Steve Lowery, Shawn Whitsel, DNS Brad Long, DQ Weston Alleman
4-Cyl Thunder Cars - Steve McCartney, Kevin Booth, Jeremy McCartney, Mike
Beidel, Bob Starr, Shawn Moore, Adam Miller, Terry Wiser, Brenda McCartney,
Jason Erwin, Keith Walls, Mike Kalinich, Shaun Linn, Roger Traxler, Melvin
Bigler, Steve Seibert, Austin Kirby, Keith Armolt, Lynn Hyde, Tracy Linn,
Dave Ricker, Terry Smith, Jim Garlock, Tim Williamson, John Rasp IV
PHOTO MENU AND ID - Photos of all winners available by return email to
email@example.com (Miss Path Valley is Autumn Peterson)
PVwc1 - Food Bank representatives Bill and Connie Wright joined to thank
Path Valley staff and drivers for their contributions in the annual food
PVwc2 - Harry Garber of Barto won his sixth Legends feature and thanked wife
and crew chief Jannette.
PVwc3 - Brandon Grandstaff's 270 Sprints win was his fifth of the season but
his first at Path Valley.
PVwc4 - Brain Lessley of Orbisonia won for the second time this season in
the mini stocks.
PVwc5 - Steve Bailor of East Waterford won his second street stock feature.
PVwc6 - Steve McCartney of Doylesburg may have reclaimed the thunder car
points lead with his fourth win.
PVwc7 - Scott Ellerman's crew joined him to celebrate his fourth Path Valley