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Path Valley Speedway

Knaub scores $3,000 sweep at Path Valley

July 29, 2013, 2:24 pm
From series reports
Gene Knaub heads to victory. (Clifford Dove)
Gene Knaub heads to victory. (Clifford Dove)

SPRING RUN, Pa. (July 26) — Gene Knaub overtook fellow Dover, Pa., driver Justin Ehrhart on the 18th lap at Path Valley Speedway and went on to a 30-lap Steel Block Bandits victory at Path Valley Speedway. Knaub earned $1,500 for a victory on a makeup of a race rained out July 12. | Slideshow

Ehrhart settled for second with Andy Fries of Mercersburg, Pa., in third. Dominic Defino of Severn, Md., and Kris Eaton of Winchester, Va., rounded out the top five at the quarter-mile oval.

Ehrhart took the lead at the outset over Kyle Merkel, though action was quickly slowed a Ralph Morgan Jr.-Steve Bailor tangle.

With Knaub dropping back early, Ehrhart was in control when another scramble developed among series points leader Andy Fries, Merkel and Patrick Bryner, ending Merkel’s race.

Ehrhart went back to work with Danny Snyder and Knaub in pursuit. Knaub took second from Snyder at halfway, then tracked Ehrhart before taking command three laps later.

Knaub pulled away over the final 10 laps for the victory for his third consecutive Steel Block Bandits victory early in the evening. He capped the night in an unsanctioned event later, picking up another $1,500 in the track’s regularly-scheduled McGee Tribute race.

Steel Block Bandits @ Path Valley: (1) Gene Knaub, (2) Justin Ehrhart, (3) Andy Fries, (4) Dominic Defino, (5) Kris Eaton, (6) George Dixon, (7) Tim Smith Jr., (8) Wesley Bonebrake, (9) Steve Bailor, (10) Tyler Armstrong, (11) Kyle Merkel, (12) Kenny Yoder, (13) Patrick Bryner, (14) Danny Snyder, (15) Barry Welch, (16) Ralph Morgan. Scratched: Rick Hulson Jr., Courtney Schreiner, Sean Merkel.

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