Pennsylvania Short Track
Path Valley Speedway
Story and Photos by Len Breech and Ben Breech
SPRING RUN, PA, AUG. 1, 2015
Making a rare “local” Amateur-event appearance, Cory Texter led several riders in scoring double-race wins at Path Valley Speedway’s second and final short-track event of the season. Texter scored wins in the Open A and 450cc Sportsman A divisions. While the top four were the same in both, the ways in which those results happened were very different.
In the Open A contest, Texter jumped out in front of Derek Hersh, Mike Poe and Austin Wherley and pulled away from the rest of the field, which gradually became evenly spaced from one another.
In the 450cc Sportsman A final, Poe and Hersh tried to slow Texter’s charge by getting in front off the start. However, with the riders getting spread out after the opening lap, Texter shot into the lead off turn four on the second lap. Hersh took second on the following lap.
The same classes on the Amateur side also had the same top three finishers, but the winner, Devon Gerhart, had a harder time.
In the Open B class, Jeremy Orr took the point, ahead of Gerhart, Chris Thomas, Justin Haag and Ronnie Mercer. For the next few laps, Gerhart and Orr traded the lead every other lap, with Gerhart taking the lead for good going into turn one on the sixth lap.
The Orr-and-Gerhart battle was held up briefly in the 450cc Sportsman B contest when Gerhart and Thomas tangled slightly off the start, so it was Orr leading Mercer, Thomas and Gerhart. Those latter two quickly got by Mercer, and Gerhart took the lead off turn four on the sixth lap.
Rich Mellinger scored a pair of age-class wins, in the Over 40 and Over 30 finals.
In the Over 40 outing, Mellinger easily outdistanced Lowell Wherley and Dallas Baer.
Jason Cunningham took the initial Over 30 lead, but Mellinger went by on the outside off turn four on the second lap and then pulled away.
Tyler Scott again topped the 85cc and 65cc classes.
In the 85cc event, Scott got by Logan McGrane and Jared Florian off the second turn on the opening lap and pulled away.
The 65cc final ended up being a three-quarters-of-a-lap runaway for Scott. Dominick Cooper inadvertently tapped Tyler Cunningham off turn four on the final lap and took second.
Doug Cook jumped out in front of the 250cc B final, followed by Tyler Johnson, Damon Ream and Robert Wheatley. While Cook put some distance on the others, Ream finally got by Johnson off turn two on the fourth lap. Ream did cut into Cook’s margin, but he could not get close enough to mount a challenge for first.
Ream came back later and challenged Justin Haag in the 125cc Two-Stroke/ 150cc Four-Stroke class, finally taking the lead with a dive under Haag off turn two on the seventh lap.
Legend Erisman led Aiden Hawthorne, Jack Rutherford and Aaden Johnson into the third turn in the 50cc Chain Drive final. Once he got rolling, Hawthorne took the lead entering turn one on the second lap. Rutherford then took second on the back straight on the fourth lap.
After losing a close final the night before at Timonium, Dylan Dancy took the 50cc Shaft Drive lead right off the bat, ahead of Erisman, Hawthorne and Gabriel Mazza. Hawthorne and Mazza quickly got by Erisman, while Dancy pulled away. Mazza took second on the sixth lap. Within sight of the finish line, Dancy’s Yamaha seized, giving Mazza his first win.
Path Valley Speedway
Spring Run, Pennsylvania
Results: August 1, 2015
50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Aiden Hawthorne (Lem); 2. Jack Rutledge (Hon); 3. Aaden Johnson (KTM); 4. Legend Erisman (KTM); 5. Dylan Dancy (KTM).
50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Gabriel Mazza (Yam); 2. Aiden Hawthorne (Yam); 3. Legend Erisman (Yam); 4. Dylan Dancy (Yam); 5. Kayla Sample (Hon); 6. Kayden Rylee (Yam).
65 (7-11): 1. Tyler Scott (Kaw); 2. Dominick Cooper (KTM); 3. Logan Eisenhard (Cob); 4. Dylan Cunningham (Kaw); 5. Tyler Cunningham (Kaw).
85 (7-11): 1. Tyler Scott (KTM); 2. Logan McGrane (Kaw); 3. Dominick Cooper (Yam); 4. Logan Eisenhard (Suz).
85 (12-15): 1. Jared Florian (Suz).
125 2-STROKE/150 4-STROKE: 1. Damon Ream (Hon); 2. Justin Haag (Hon); 3. Jared Haag (Hon); 4. Gary Bobb (Hon).
150 YOUTH (7-11): 1. Logan McGrane (Kaw).
250 B: 1. Doug Cook (Hon); 2. Damon Ream (Hon); 3. Tyler Johnson (Kaw); 4. Robert Wheatley (Kaw); 5. Ritchie Thomas (Kaw); 6. Robert Ream (Hon); 7. Grant Shafer (Kaw).
250 SPORTSMAN A/B: 1. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 2. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 3. Damon Ream (Hon); 4. Doug Cook (Hon); 5. Tyler Rylee (Hon); 6. Ritchie Thomas (Kaw); 7. Robert Wherley (Kaw); 8. Grant Shafer (Kaw).
450 SPORTSMAN A: 1. Cory Texter (Hon); 2. Derek Hersh (KTM); 3. Mike Poe (Hon); 4. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 5. Jerry Alexander (Hon).
450 SPORTSMAN B: 1. Devon Gerhart (Hon); 2. Jeremy Orr (Hon); 3. Chris Thomas (Hon); 4. Ronnie Mercer (Hon); 5. Justin Bender (Kaw); 6. Elizabeth Fitch (Hon); 7. Brandon Shearer (Yam).
OPEN A: 1. Cory Texter (Hon); 2. Derek Hersh (KTM); 3. Mike Poe (Hon); 4. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 5. Anthony Crabbe (Hon).
OPEN B: 1. Devon Gerhart (Hon); 2. Jeremy Orr (Hon); 3. Chris Thomas (Hon); 4. Justin Haag (KTM); 5. Ronnie Mercer (Hon); 6. Justin Bender (Kaw); 7. Elizabeth Fitch (Hon).
OPEN TWINS: 1. Jerry Alexander (Kaw).
30+: 1. Rich Mellinger (Rtx); 2. Jason Cunningham (Yam); 3. Chris Johnson (Kaw).
40+: 1. Rich Mellinger (Rtx); 2. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 3. Dallas Baer (Rtx).
50+: 1. Scott Slade (Yam); 2. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 3. Jim Chapman (Hon); 4. Mike Slade (Kaw).
VINTAGE: 1. R.J. Hart IV (Hon); 2. Clayton Murin (H-D).
4-WHEEL SPORTSMAN: 1. Dane Delancey (Yam); 2. Jordan Miller (Hon); 3. Cody Wompler (Yam); 4. Ryan Berkley (Yam); 5. Matt Cisney (Hon); 6. Zach Hahn (Suz); 7. Brandon Shearer (Yam); 8. Jeff Foster (Yam); 9. Cody Sheeder (Kaw); 10. Cody Moyer (Hon); 11. Justin Moyer (Hon).