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September 23rd, 2012

    Different day, different motor but same results as Rick Singleton  swept both Limited Late Model races of the Thunder Valley Finale weekend.  For Singleton the second win was sweeter than the first.  After his Friday night win with his Hesston motor and the weight penalty caused a stir among his competitors, Singleton and crew spent the night  dropping in his lesser power crate motor  and repeated the performance by dominating the field again on Saturday.
In other action,  a weather delay caused the two long distance events to be cut to 50 laps each. Jim Saylor  took the Semi Late event while journeyman driver Brian Duffy rallied late to score the Pure Stock win.  Jarrod Barclay  ended the night by taking the Finale finale with his first career 4 Cylinder win. Read more »


September 22nd, 2012

Matt Parks Made a rare Thunder Valley appearance pay off as he swept to victory in the Late Model portion of the Valley finale.  It was Parks’ first ever Thunder Valley win and came as the Late Models headlined the first day of the annual two day event.  In other action on the Friday night program, Rick Singleton  dominated the Limited race and Robert Pluta won the 4 Cylinder finale.
      Matt Parks’ first stroke of luck came in the redraw as he started on the front row of the Late Model 25 lapper.Ad After some first lap jockeying he emerged with the initial lead.  Parks held on through several early cautions as Doug Glessner kept it close. Glessner made several runs at Parks,  whose car showed increasing amount of sparks with each passing lap.  but Parks rebuffed each advance.  At the finish Parks was blessed with  a second stroke of good luck, as a tire let go after he crossed the line and he limped to Victory Lane  on three tires. Read more »


August 26th, 2012

 When good  fortune looks your way you got to be ready to react.  Dan Lee did just that Saturday at Thunder Valley by turning a great break into a convincing win.  It was Lee’s first Thunder Valley win of the season.  Greg Cornell survived a long ordeal to score  the Semi Late win.  It was his  fourth win of the season but  second in the last three weeks.  Mike Ott was all over the Pure Stock leader and thought he had settled for second, but found himself the winner , his first of the season.   Martin Vinosky returned  and scored his first 4 Cylinder win of the season to close the evening.
     After a season of broken parts and bad luck,  Dan Lee found himself with a point average which presented him a front row starting position.    He rose to the occasion with a resounding performance,  getting the jump at the start and running off from the field.  In the event which ran caution free, he ran away from the battle for second and never looked back.   Wayne Johnson and Shawn Claar battled in his wake,  and got close several times as Lee weaved through lapped traffic,  But it was all Lee’s night. Read more »


August 19th, 2012

 Matt Emerich led the list of happy feature winners as Thunder Valley again presented the popular 420 night Saturday.  Emerich  was victorious in the headline Limited Late Model event, one of 4 20 lap features. on the program.  Jim Sayler  and  Ryan Beckett  both rallied late to snare  fourth   2012  wins in Semi Late and Pure Stock action.  For Beckett it was his third win in four weeks as he continues his roll.  Ian Will ended the evening with his first win of he season in  the 4 Cylinder event.
 With the Limited making a non regulars start at the track, pill  draw was used to set the field.  Emerick was the big winner when the invert put him on the pole for the Limited 20 lapper.  Emerick blasted away at the start but quickly had Robbie Black on his bumper.  Black was all over Emerick but could not muster a pass as Dave Leidy closed in on them both.   After some frantic action,  Leidy took second and also pressured Emerick. Read more »


August 12th, 2012

       Three racers won their firs Thunder Valley event of the season Saturday night  Including one elated first time career winner.  Chris Rhodes ended a long dry spell with a dominating performance in the Late Model 25 lapper and Mike Duck finally beat Bill Replogle to claim his first Pure Stock win of the year.   Greg Cornell won his second Semi Late  hat of the season.  But the happiest guy in the place was Nick Zborovancik who won his first ever 4 Cylinder event.
               Lincoln Ritchey led the Late model field to the green,  But it was Rhodes blasting by for the lead on lap one.  From that point on, Rhodes ran his best race of the season to lead the distance.  Wayne Johnson moved into second and briefly closed in on Rhodes during the middle stages,  but did not threaten the leader. Shawn Claar moved up to make it three at the point until Doug Glessner arrived late.  When Claar retired on lap 20,  Glessner took on the task of challenging Johnson.    Read more »


August 4th, 2012

Jason Covert left no doubt he is back in form Friday night as he totally dominated the Annual Laurel Highlands event at Thunder Valley.  The 35 lap Three State Flyer win was worth $3000 to Covert, who had gone winless since an earlier 2012 win at the track.  In other action, on a night with the backdrop of the Cruising for Courtney  charity, one of the biggest Courtney  backers Dave Whetstone claimed  the emotional Semi Late win.   Ryan Beckett made it two in a row by coming from deep in the field in the Pure Stock event and Dan Jackson claimed the 4 Cylinder  finale.
     Covert  had some luck as well as speed  early in the program as a last lap pass on Greg Satterlee for second  in his heat got him into the dash.  He drew the pole for the dash and ran away from that field to ensure a pole position start for the 35 lap feature.   He used that starting position to zip away from the field at the start and never looked back. Read more »


July 29th, 2012

 What was billed as the annual Thunder Valley 420 program seemed like  the 4ever event Saturday night.
When a nagging drizzle hit the track before warmups, it was never hard enough to cancel but enough to turn the track to soup,   and promoter Joe Padula elected to wait it out and get the show in.  What ensued was three hours of track drying,  in the end aided by many of the racers, and 4 happy feature winners.
Rance Garlock took the 20 lap win  for the visiting Limited Late Models,  Jim Sayler took the Semi Late 20 lapper, Ryan Beckett won the Pure Stock 20 and Andrew Pluta rallied late to take the 4 Cylinder  20. Read more »


July 7th, 2012

Thunder Valley ran a rare Friday night program an Jason Covert made a rare  visit to the track.   The result was a big win for Covert as he dominated the annual Willy Will Memorial event held to honor the track builder and  owner. It was Covert’s third  career tack win but  the first since 2005.  In other action,  Greg Cornell rallied late to snag another Semi Lat win,  Bill Replogle held off Mike Duck in Pure Stock action and Dan Jackson was the 4 Cylinder winner.
    Jason Covert converted  a late heat race pass into a draw for the pole in the Late Model event.   At the drop of the green he got the jump on the field and was never challenged  during the 30 laps.  He opened up huge leads after each of the race’s five caution periods and had almost a half lap lead when the last caution flew on the last lap.   That yellow,  thrown for DJ Myers drifting to a halt on the frontstretch, gave Doug Glessner and the field one last shot at Covert but   he was not to be denied. Read more »


June 17th, 2012

 Shawn Claar rallied late to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat Saturday night at Thunder Valley.  The win in the Late Model 25 lapper was  his second of the year at the track.    Joining Claar as celebrators in victory was Tom Warren,  who came from last to first in the Semi Late  event, Ryan Beckett who won his first career Pure Stock race,  and Robert Pluta in 4 Cylinder action.
     It was a  Lee family front row for the Late Model feature and Dan Lee got the jump on brother Dave for the early lead. It took several laps for Shawn Claar to emerge from the crowd and take second,  but  when he did, he did not threaten Lee up front.  Greg Fetters and Chuck Clise eventually got into third and fourth but it seemed that none could challenge Lee, who got away after each of the early race cautions as well.
     After the halfway point Claar began to close on Lee and challenge for the lead. Lee was able to hang on and defend his spot until  the clock struck 12 on lap 20.   Lee hesitated then tangled with the lapped car of Larry Foor, and Claar went for it.  He swept around outside both Lee and Foor  going into turn 3  and took control.  From that point on Claar ran off from the others to score his second win of the season.  Lee held on for second,  followed by Fetters, Clise, Ron Bottenfield, Wayne Johnson, Kirk Baker,  Bill Burns, Tom Decker and Foor.  Lee and Clise won the heats. Read more »


June 10th, 2012

For the second time in three events,  Chuck Clise roared to the win Saturday night at Thunder Valley.  His win came with a late rally in the Late Model 25  lap event Saturday night.  Tom Warren also rallied from the pack to claim the 20 lap Semi Late win.  Brian Shaw, the reigning Pure Stock champion, won for the first time ever in that division.  Dave Lambert took the 4 Cylinder closer.   Randy Doty won the special All American event in their only visit  of the year.
Chris Rhodes led the Late Model field to the green and grabbed the early lead. Tom Decker challenged and the two made contact at the end of lap two.  Rhodes  hit the wall then careened across the track collecting Greg Fetters in a grinding crash.  That was just the start of the mayhem as 11 cautions flew in the first nine laps of the race,  several for grinding crashes
Decker had inherited the lead after the first crash and held on through all the interruptions but Clise was inching forward.  He showed up in third behind Decker and Doug Glessner on lap eight  and was clearly fast.  Clise got by Glessner and was  up to second when the final caution flew on lap 13.  For 5 laps after that, Clise stalked Decker until finally shooting by  with 5 to go.  Clise opened up a wide lead at the finish as Decker fell back into the clutches of Mike Altobelli Jr . Read more »