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Sidewinder Sprints – 10/4/14 Path Valley Sprint Nationals

Summer was but a fading memory as much cooler temperatures greeted the teams. The track conditions were as close to perfect as you can get and the racing action was multi groove all night. Long distance traveler Rick Stone again made the tow from Connecticut.

Normally at Path Valley the Sidewinders run two 15 lap features, however with such a prestigious occasion the decsiison was made to up the laps to two 20 lap features.

Josh Chess and Brandon Yarlett lined up on the front row for the first feature and raced side by side down the front straight. Chess drifted slightly high forcing Yarlett to run even wider and drop back to 2nd.  4th starter Tyler Walton made his move around Yarlett just before the caution appeared for a slowing Jason Rhoads. Rhoads was making his first Sidewinder start filling in for Matt Kreider in the #53. The restart saw Walton dive under Chess and into the lead on lap 4. Walton would remain unchallenged and take the checkers. Garret Bard made the high line work in his charge to 2nd with Kameron Morrel crossing in 3rd. The drama didn’t end there as unfortunately for Walton , the tech inspection  found a left rear tire on the #14T. Kameron  Morral also suffered from not understanding the rules that require teams to run the same brand tire on all 4 corners. Earlier in the evening Kameron was informed that the D12 Hoosier he planned to use would not meet the RD15 minimum specifications and Kameron went off to purchase a RD15. Unfortunately for Kameron to get the “correct” stagger he could only find an American Racer tire and subsequently didn’t meet the requirements of the same brand on all 4 tires.

In yet another indication of the quality of the competitors, the Walton team took the blow with a smile and a chuckle and the Sidewinder official pointed out the positive that this time they did in fact remember to turn up in tech. The Morral team also took the situation in their stride and actually thanked the Sidewinder officials for upholding the rules and promised to race more often with the group next year.

For the 2nd feature, Whary shot from the pole into the lead. Bard followed hi through and took 2nd and the battle was set. Walton sped into 3rd ( on correct tires). Everyone was watching the battle up front. Bard and Whary exchanged the lead position through lapped traffic multiple times and raced side by side. It took until lap lap 17 before Whary was able to wrestle control and take the win. In victory lane, Path Valley announcer, Mike Donald stated that it was the “race of the night”. 3rd at the line wa Tyler Walton with Jason Rhoads earning 4th and rookie Turk Tabb finishing in 5th.

The point’s battle for 2014 is all but official with Mike Zielonis holding insurmountable lead. Second place however is still up for grabs and Brandon Yarlett made the most of his opportunity with a huge point swing this week to now lead Rohan Beasley by 46 points. Fourth will go to Zach Overmiller with 2014 rookie Matt Kreider finishing in 5th.

2015 already has some interesting news. Apparently Jim Young is looking at installing a 1000cc engine and chasing the championship. This will no doubt shake things up as the 600cc superstar will now get to become the measuring stick of the larger 1000cc engine performance. 

 

Feature One

Feature Two

Final Total

Driver

Start

Finish

Points

Start

Finish

Points

Points total

Hard Charger

Garret Bard (95)

11

1

150

3

2

105

255

11

Steve Whary (44S)

13

4

126

1

1

105

231

9

Brandon Yarlett (4T)

2

3

94

12

7

95

189

4

Hannah Riser (14K)

12

5

113

2

6

76

189

3

Turk Tabb (41)

5

7

74

9

5

102

176

2

Tyler Walton (14T)

4

12

49

10

3

126

175

-1

Mike Zielonis (81)

3

2

105

11

10

68

173

2

Zach Overmiller (75)

8

6

88

6

8

70

158

0

Jason Rhoads (53)

9

11

58

5

4

95

153

-1

Josh Chess (72)

1

9

60

13

9

82

142

-4

Rick Stone 41U

6

8

70

8

11

57

127

-5

Rohan Beasley (14)

7

10

61

7

12

52

113

-8

Kameron Morral (880)

10

13

51

4

13

45

96

-12

Tire Shootout Invitational Results; Hoosier takes the top 5 and closes the gap.

American Racer – 148 pts

Hoosier – 137 pts

This week’s Answers;

Q.  The Path Valley Sprint Nationals are next up on the schedule. Zach Overmiller was super fast at Shippensburg in the first feature until a split radiator hose forced him pit side. Zach is getting faster every week and just like a form guide on a race horse, is due to take a feature win. Will Zach take a checkers at Path Valley this week ?

A.  Zach struggled to get a grip on the slicker surface and finished 6th and 8th.

Next Week’s Questions;

Q.  Next up is the wingless non points race on October 18th. This race will not have a tire compound rule to allow any/all teams to burn up left over tires. All tires will still need to be the same manufacturer. Teams from as far away as Connecticut and New York have indicated that they will make the tow.  2015 might see more wingless races appear on the Sidewinder schedule so this race could be an indicator of things to come.With the Sidewinder twin feature format rewarding cars that make passes, who will be crowned the wingless king in 2014?

Sidewinder Sprints are accepting 2015 registrations.

 Drivers wishing to join are reminded to register with us ASAP (click the registration link on our website) to reserve your car number, as we do not allow duplicate numbers, and to receive important "registered team" only emails regarding rules, contingency requirements and schedules.


Sidewinder Sprints will be appearing at:

Shippensburg Oct. 18th ( Wingless – non points)

Susquehanna Oct 25th (Candy Bowl – Final Points race)

For all your racing needs please contact our following partners: 

Season Sponsors;
American Racer – Lias Tires (www.americanraceronline.com)
Hoosier Tire - Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic (www.hoosiermidatlantic.com)

Contingency Awards:
Guhl Motors (www.guhlmotors.com); For all of your Fuel Injection needs. “Highest eligible Guhl injection finisher”;
Hyper Hard Charger (www.Hyperracing.com); Most positions gained in the features;
Aero Wings (www.aerowingsonline.com); Winners use Wings by Aero. "Lucky 7";
Keizer Wheels (www.keizerwheels.com ); Fast Fifth Award.;

 


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