By Frank Buhrman
SPRING RUN, Pa. (Sept. 18) – Veteran Donnie Hendershot has developed a fondness for Path Valley Speedway . . . and for winning.
Over the years, the driver of the family-backed no. 31 had scored the majority of his best finishes at BAPS Motor Speedway, but in May he earned his first career victory at Path Valley.
Just four months later, he returned to the Spring Run bullring and earned IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win number two.
On a track where passing was at a premium, Hendershot slipped by early leader Mike Alleman and held off a charge from Austin Reed to capture the regularly scheduled Pennsylvania Sprint Series feature.
After a lap nine caution, Reed got past Alleman and began applying pressure to Hendershot, but the Friday night Williams Grove winner wasn’t able to complete the pass for a weekend double, and Hendershot crossed the finish line .343 seconds ahead.
Earlier, Dom Melair took the lead from Jimmy White and scored a win in the conclusion of a feature postponed by rain August 13 after eight laps had been completed.
Mikell McGee gave Melair a stiff challenge in the latter stages of the race but had to settle for second place.
Scheduled feature results – 1. Donnie Hendershot; 2. Austin Reed; 3. Mike Alleman; 4. Mikell McGee; 5. Jarrett Cavalet; 6. Zach Rhodes; 7. Ken Duke; 8. Jimmy White; 9. Dom Melair; 10. Andrew Boyer; 11. Stevie Kenawell; 12. Frank Rusnock; 13. Rowdy Heffner; 14. Garrett Bard; 15. Mike Melair.
Rescheduled feature results – 1. Melair; 2. McGee; 3. Hendershot; 4. John Walp; 5. White; 6. Rhodes; 7. Heffner; 8. Boyer; 9. Kenawell; 10. Austin Reed.