Help Us Complete Our PASS History Records

Due to several circumstances, there was until recently no written history available for most of the first decade of PASS competition. A lengthy research project involving multiple racing newspapers has filled in much of that void, but we remain limited to what the papers included for each race.

We have full results for many races, but only the top 10, top 5, or less for others. It’s possible that we’re missing some races completely.

This winter we’re asking your help to fill in some of those gaps. Over the next few weeks, we’ll publish what we’re missing and ask you to see if you have any records that would add to ours. We thank you in advance for any help you can give.

John Walp from Wapwallopen, Pennsylvania. A regular IMCA/RaceSaver sprint competitor with the PA Sprint Series at Marley’s Brewery & Grille for a promotional appearance. (Frank’s 2021 Race Marathon, Part III – Pure Thunder Racing)  

We’ll start with the oldest of the old days, 1998, 1999, and 2000.

1998 was the “exhibition season,” when cars with the new economy V8 engines (now known as RaceSavers) ran against Pennsylvania 4-cylinder sprints. We have incomplete results from four races, all at Hesston Speedway, and we understand that at least six were run. Please help us get beyond this point:

July 25 – Danny Bolger winner; we have top 5 only. Nothing indicates this was the first race.

August 22 – Bolger again; no other finishers listed, only that Rodney Peters spun on white flag lap while leading.

August 29 – Shawn Howe winner; top 5 only.

September 12 – Rodney Peters winner; no other finishers listed.

1999 was the first full season for the series, and we have results from 13 races, all held at Hesston. We have complete results from 4/24, 5/1, 5/15, 5/29, 6/5, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/24, and 8/21. We know it rained on 5/8, 7/31, and 8/14 (and maybe 8/28).

We have partial results as follows:

June 12 – Our results are pretty complete, but they show Todd Lynn finishing both 4th and 6th, so we need clarification.

August 7 – Judi Bates winner; top 5 only.

September 4 – Bates winner again; no other results listed.

We have nothing from 5/22, 7/3, 8/28 (maybe rain), or anything after 9/4.

2000, unfortunately, has much less complete results than ’99. Hesston was the only track until Path Valley ran for the first time on August 4.

For Hesston, we have complete results for 4/15 (season opener), 4/29, 5/6, 6/3, 7/8, 8/5, 8/12, and 8/19. Rain is noted for 4/22, 5/20, 5/27, maybe 6/10, and 7/15.

We have partial results as follows:

May 13 – Judi Bates winner; top 3 only.

June 17 – Bates winner again; top 3 only.

June 24 – Vince Snyder winner; top 3 only.

July 1 – Bates winner; top 10 only.

August 26 – Snyder winner; results include teams from other divisions in the final four positions, so these may not be complete or correct.

September 2 – Rodney Peters winner; no other results listed.

No results are shown after 9/2 for Hesston.

For Path Valley, we have complete results for 8/4, 9/22, and 10/6. No other results have been found, although there was some indication a race was run on 9/1.

That’s enough homework for one week. Thanks again for looking in your piles of old stuff, and thanks for any help you can provide. We’ll be back with more years in about a week.

Thanks in advance!

Frank Buhrman

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