Behind the Wheel
Kings Without Wings
Walton wins 2 at Path Valley
On the same night that Tyler Walton wins two features Devin Beidel was at the other end of the spectrum, flipping his 600cc Micro Sprint twice, once landing on top of the guardrail.
The first feature of the night was for the 600cc Micro Sprints. Kameron Morral started first and led the first eight laps. On a lap nine restart Morral was too quick to get on the throttle and was put to the rear for jumping the start. Tyler Walton inherited the lead at that point and made sure his good fortune did not go to waste, leading the final twelve laps for the win. The win was the second in a row for car owner Rich Glosser. The race was slowed by seven cautions and one red flag. The red flag was brought out when Devin Beidel flipped in turn four and his car came to rest on the dirt bank above the guard rail. Tom Schearer finished second while Garrett Bard out-dueled Jim Young for third. Timmie Barrick came from starting thirteenth to finish fifth. Heat race wins went to J.D. Harman, Tom Schearer, and Garrett Bard.
The Bob Stough win streak in Legends at Path Valley came to a halt, barely. Bill Diehl started on the pole and led all twenty laps for the win. On paper it isn’t that exciting, but on the track it was a different story. With Diehl leading and Stough in close pursuit the two caught the back of the field on the final lap. Diehl dropped to the inside and Stough went high, passing Diehl as they entered turn three, and then the caution came out, negating the pass. On the restart Diehl again went low in turn one and Stough again went high driving around Diehl and into the lead, and then the caution came out, negating the pass. Two more cautions waved before the final lap was completed and on those restarts Diehl had learned his lesson, moving his line up enough to protect the outside and hold the lead. Chris Spidle won a hard fought battle with Lucas Montgomery and Randy Minich to finish third with Montgomery fourth and Minich fifth. Bob Diehl and Randy Minich were the heat race winners.
For the third time in three races it was a McAndrew in victory lane in the 270cc Micro Sprint division. But for the first time this year it was Sean McAndrew. Ryan McAndrew had won the first two races this year and only took three laps to get from ninth to the lead, passing Cory Myers for the top spot. Myers regained the lead on lap five, but could only hold it for one lap. Sean McAndrew took a little longer to get to the front, but passed Ryan on a lap ten restart for the sixth yellow flag out of eight in the event. Sean led the final eleven laps for the win. Greg Robinson started eleventh in the 24-car field and posted an impressive second place finish. Myers finished third, Mason Peters fourth, and Colby Dice rebounded from being put to the rear of the field for jumping a start to finish fifth. The heat race winners were Levi Peck, Ryan McAndrew and Sean McAndrew.
In the ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprint division they run two fifteen lap features instead of heat races and a feature. In the first feature Lance Yeager held off Devin Garman for his second win this year, with third thru fifth going to Brandon Noel, Alyssa Rowe, and Brent Sparks.
In the second event Brandon Noel found speed running the high groove and out ran Alyssa Rowe for the win. Lance Yeager finished third and Brent Sparks fourth.
The final feature of the evening also was for 600cc Micro Sprints, but now they were running wingless. Devin Beidel started first and showed the way for the first eleven laps. On a restart on lap twelve Steve Whary dove to the inside of Beidel as they entered turn one. As Whary slid up the two made slight contact slowing them both. Tyler Walton was third on the restart and saw the opening he needed, diving to the bottom. The three drivers entered turn three virtually even and then disaster struck. Walton made contact with Beidel which knocked him up into Whary. Beidel flipped for the second time in one night and Whary also flipped, getting nearly ten feet in the air before coming back down. When the race resumed Walton pulled away from Bruce Ginther for the win. Tom Schearer finished third, ahead of Ben Houtz and Aaron Bowes. Tyler Walton and Bruce Ginther collected heat race victories.
Next weekend Path Valley Speedway returns to action on Friday night with the regular five division stock car card, including Mini Stocks, 4-Cylinder Thunder Cars, Street Stocks, Super Stocks, and Strictly Stocks. On Saturday evening the track will host AMA motorcycle racing action.
Path Valley results 4/20
600cc Micro Sprint: 1.Tyler Walton (Mifflintown, PA), 2.Tom Schearer, 3.Garrett Bard, 4.Jim Young, 5.Timmie Barrick, 6.Steve Whary, 7.Gunner Layton, 8.Tyler Campbell, 9.Hank Donovan, 10.Bruce Ginther, 11.Kameron Morral, 12.Troy Rhone, 13.Wade Kemp, 14.Wayne Dadetto, 15.Scott Scholl, 16.Craig Fox, 17.Anthony Foor, 18.Brett Conrath, 19.Todd Hoover, 20.Ben Houtz, 21.Devin Beidel, 22.J.D. Harman, 23.David Holbrook, 24.Alex Potosky, 25.Mike Rynard DNS: Aaron Spahr, Hannah Riser, Brian Carber
Lap Leaders: Kameron Morral (1-8), Tyler Walton (9-20)
Heats: J.D. Harman, Tom Schearer, Garrett Bard
Legend: 1.Bill Diehl (Craley, PA), 2.Bob Stough, 3.Chris Spidle, 4.Lucas Montgomery, 5.Randy Minich, 6.Rick Miller, 7.Chris Transeau, 8.Mike Gable, 9.Keith Haring, 10.Jacob Feltch, 11.Ed Trump, 12.Chad Earnst, 13.Vern Houseman, 14.Joe Ehrisman, 15.Chris Ward, 16.Brad Mellott, 17.Greg Martz, 18.Chris McKinney, 19.Scott Deaner
Lap Leaders: Bill Diehl (1-20)
Heats: Bill Diehl, Randy Minich
270cc Micro Sprint: 1.Sean McAndrew (Apollo, PA), 2.Greg Robinson, 3.Cory Myers, 4.Mason Peters, 5.Colby Dice, 6.Adam Warner, 7.Daryl Beakler, 8.Jerry Palm, 9.Bob Brubaker, 10.Brandon Hawkins, 11.Tyler Reich, 12.Tim Smith, 13.Don Roush, 14.Eric Forsythe, 15.Rob Best, 16.Dave Hawkins, 17.Cody Hackenberry, 18.Ryan McAndrew, 19.Levi Peck, 20.Ted Volz, 21.Gary Keister, 22.Scott Hawkins, 23.Matt Campbell, 24.Jason Houtz
Lap Leaders: Cory Myers (1-2, 5), Ryan McAndrew (3-4, 6-9), Sean McAndrew (10-20)
Heats: Levi Peck, Ryan McAndrew, Sean McAndrew
ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprint feature #1: Lance Yeager (St. Thomas, PA), 2.Devin Garman, 3.Brandon Noel, 4.Alyssa Rowe, 5.Brent Sparks, 6.Andy Zeller
Lap Leaders: Brent Sparks (1), Lance Yeager (2-15)
ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprint feature #2: Brandon Noel (Hanover, PA), 2.Alyssa Rowe, 3.Lance Yeager, 4.Brent Sparks DNS: Andy Zeller, Devin Garman
Lap Leaders: Alyssa Rowe (1-3), Brandon Noel (4-15)
Wingless 600cc Micro Sprint: 1.Tyler Walton (Mifflintown, PA), 2.Bruce Ginther, 3.Tom Schearer, 4.Ben Houtz, 5.Aaron Bowes, 6.Alex Potosky, 7.Steve Whary, 8.Devin Beidel, 9.Kameron Morral DNS: Wade Kemp
Lap Leaders: Devin Beidel (1-11), Tyler Walton (12-20)
Heats: Tyler Walton, Bruce Ginther
Coming up next weekend:
Fri. 4/26: 4-Cyl. Thunder Car, Mini Stock, Strictly Stock, Super Stock, and Street Stock
Sat. 4/27: AMA Motorcycle Flat Track gates open at 3:00pm
photos by Randy Wenger
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