PASS ready to kick off 2024 season at Path Valley March 30

By Frank Buhrman

SPRING RUN, Pa. (March 19, 2024) – With more than 200 events Path Valley is the longevity leader!

The River Valley Builders Pennsylvania Sprint Series kicks off its 26th season of economy Sprint Car competition in appropriate fashion on Saturday, March 30, racing at the active track where it has competed more often than anywhere else, the quarter-mile, high-banked “bullring” that is Path Valley Speedway.

Located near Spring Run in far northern Franklin County, Path Valley was built and opened in 1987 to take advantage of the blossoming popularity of micro sprint racing but in 2000, then-new promoters Jack and Vicki Flowers and John Winsett decided to try out a new division of full-sized economy sprint cars that also were running at nearby Hesston Speedway.

On Aug. 4, 2000, the Pennsylvania Sprint Series made its first Path Valley appearance, with Roger Fickett taking the checkered flag over a 17-car field.

Since that night, more than 200 PASS races have been run at Path Valley, by far the most at any track. At least 80 different drivers have taken the checkered flag, with Scott Ellerman of Landisburg holding the “winningest” title with 11 victories. Ryan Lynn of Hollidaysburg, with six wins, leads all active drivers, with his brother Todd, Doug Dodson, and Ken Duke Jr. all counting three victories in their totals.

Path Valley has six River Valley Builders PASS IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car races scheduled for 2024, including a supporting role in Dr. Crouse’s Night of Power on July 19.

Last year, rain reduced the track’s PASS schedule to four races, with Zach Rhodes, Logan Spahr, Kruz Kepner and Aiden Borden each taking a win. Rhodes, the McVeytown driver who had previously raced micro sprints at Path, earned the track championship.

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