Bacon wins Path Valley championship
SPRING RUN – Brady Bacon drove by Lucas Wolfe in lapped traffic and would go on to win the Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek feature Sunday night at Path Valley Speedway.
For Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Okla, it was his first career Speedweek win and first ever in Pennsylvania as well. He earned a total of $6,000.
“This is about the most neutral ground you can get a little track that these guys aren’t used to racing,” said Bacon. “I knew this was going to be my best shot to win during Speedweek. We’ve got our car going really well right now. It’s good to start running consistently.”
Wolfe started second in the 40-lap main event and after dueling for a few laps, finally secured the lead from Danny Dietrich. Bacon started fifth and was moving forward as the race went on.
Bacon would finally drive by Wolfe off the second corner on lap 23 and hold on for the win. Lance Dewease nipped Wolfe at the line for second. Dietrich and 23rd starting Cole Duncan completed the top five.
Robbie Stillwaggon, Aaron Ott, Jimmy Siegel, Greg Hodnett and Justin Barger were in the top 10.
Hodnett set fast time and earned an extra $1,000 with a lap of 9.876 seconds. The 10-lap heat races were won by Ott, Dietrich, Brent Marks and Bacon.
“It’s good to win against really good guys,” said Bacon. “Lucas was pretty good through the middle so I’m glad the bottom came in.”
The event was promoted by retired Hall of Fame sprint car driver Fred Rahmer and a large crowd was on hand.
Kyle Moody won the 30-lap Kevin Gobrecht Memorial Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway in the second Speedweek race. Moody went from third to first in a matter of one lap. First, the red flag flew when runner-up Glenndon Forsythe smacked the third turn fence.
Then under the red flag, race-long leader Adam Wilt’s right rear tire went flat. This handed the lead to Moody, who would lead the final 13 laps to record his first career 410 sprint car win and $7,000. Moody, 23, of Lewisberry, pays for everything on the car himself and has one engine and very few spare parts.
Bacon finished second and Ryan Smith was third. Brian Montieth came from the 23rd starting spot to finish fourth and Tim Glatfelter completed the top five. Rookie Austin Hogue, Brent Marks, Lance Dewease, Alan Krimes and fast timer Gerard McIntyre Jr. were in the top 10.
McIntyre’s quick lap was 16.508 seconds. The 10-lap heat races were won by Wilt, Glatfelter, Moody and Forsythe. Steve Owings made a last turn pass of McIntyre to win the B-main. A field of 34 cars were on hand.
The Speedweek series will take tonight off before six straight nights beginning tomorrow at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville. The series heads just south of the border Wednesday night at the Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway.