ANTHONY MACRI THREE-PEATS IN SELINSGROVE NACE MEMORIAL NATIONAL OPEN
LOGAN SPAHR CLOSES OUT 305 SPRINT CAR SEASON WITH SECOND WIN
Anthony Macri of Dillsburg captured his third straight victory in the Jim Nace Memorial 40th Annual National Open for 410 sprint cars Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Macri, who won the division’s first race of the year in April’s Ray Tilley Classic, book-ended his season at the historic speedway by becoming the fourth driver to record three consecutive wins in the National Open. The late Maynard Yingst of Linglestown (1983-85), Fred Rahmer of Salfordville (1995-97), and Pat Cannon of Etters (2011-2013) also pulled off the feat.
The win aboard the Macri Concrete/J&S Classics No. 39M was worth $26,000, a tribute to one of Nace’s most popular car numbers he campaigned in central Pennsylvania sprint car racing.
Gio Scelzi of Fresno, Calif., was the Fast Tees Fast Qualifier with a lap of 16.341. Scelzi scored his first career win at the track in May.
Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove, who won two of the eight 410 sprint car races this year, clinched his first career Lelands.com 410 sprint car track championship worth $5,000.
Logan Spahr of Lewisberry won his second race of the year in the 20-lap PASS 305 sprint car feature.
Ken Duke of Selinsgrove wrapped up his first career Apache Tree Service 305 sprint car track championship.
The two-day National Open weekend, a first at the track since 1992, concluded the speedway’s 76th anniversary season.
Polesitter Danny Dietrich out-dueled second-place starter Anthony Macri for the early lead at the start of the sprint car main event. For the first laps, Macri tormented Dietrich for the front spot but struggled to find a way around him. On the seventh circuit, Macri powered underneath Dietrich in turn two to take command of the field while third-place starter Brian Brown and fourth-place starter Freddie Rahmer raced in the top five.
At the lap 15 mark, Dietrich reeled in Macri again and on lap 17 pulled a slider in turn two. Dietrich was able to take the lead back for a few seconds until Macri raced back underneath him to reclaim the front spot out of turn two.
The race was red-flagged on lap 20 for a scheduled fuel stop. Under the red flag, Brown’s car developed a flat tire and he was forced to restart on the rear of the field.
When the race resumed, Macri led Dietrich, 10th-place starter Brent Marks, sixth-place starter Daryn Pittman, and Rahmer. The closest battle on the track in the second half of the race was the battle for third between Marks and Pittman.
In the final laps of the race, Dietrich was reeling in Macri, erasing the deficit with each passing lap. At the checkered flag, Macri was victorious by just 1.6 seconds over Dietrich, Pittman, Marks, and Rahmer.
Front row starter Kruz Kepner pulled into the early lead at the start of the 305 sprint car feature and was chased by third-place starter Austin Reed.
Reed took over the front spot on lap three with an outside pass in turn four. He set the pace through lap seven, when sixth-place starter Logan Spahr made the winning pass using the inside lane off turn four.
Kepner attempted to reel in the leader to no avail. Spahr took the checkered flag by two seconds over Kepner, Zach Rhodes, Reed, and Doug Dodson.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY – 24 September 2022
410 Sprint Cars – 25 Entries 40-Lap A-Main: 1) 39M Anthony Macri 2) 48 Danny Dietrich 3) 27 Daryn Pittman 4) 19 Brent Marks 5) 51 Freddie Rahmer 6) 23 Devon Borden 7) 5W Lucas Wolfe 8) 18 Gio Scelzi 9) 71 Cory Eliason 10) 11 TJ Stutts 11) 12 Blane Heimbach 12) 21 Brian Brown 13) M1 Mark Smith 14) 75 Tyler Ross 15) 19R Matt Campbell 16) 5G Briggs Danner 17) 33 Michael Walter 18) 25 Tyler Bear 19) 6 Ryan Smith 20) 33 Gerard McIntyre 21) 17B Steve Buckwalter 22) 35 Jason Shultz 23) 20 Ryan Taylor 24) 0 Rick Lafferty 25) 67 Justin Whittall Heat Winners: Danny Dietrich, Brian Brown, Freddie Rahmer
Time Trials: 1) 18 Gio Scelzi 16.341 2) 39M Anthony Macri 16.406 3) 5W Lucas Wolfe 16.451 4) 48 Danny Dietrich 16.486 5) 19M Brent Marks 16.580 6) Freddie Rahmer 16.650 7) 27 Daryn Borden 16.655 8) 23 Devon Borden 16.704 9) 21 Brian Brown 16.735 10) 71 Cory Eliason 16.757 11) 12 Blane Heimbach 16.767 12) 11 TJ Stutts 16.846 13) 6 Ryan Smith 16.882 14) 5G Briggs Danner 16.930 15) 20 Ryan Taylor 16.930 16) M1 Mark Smith 16.945 17) 35 Jason Shultz 16.947 18) 67 Justin Whittall 16.970 19) 75 Tyler Ross 17.112 20) 33 Gerard McIntyre 17.130 21) 17B Steve Buckwalter 17.142 22) 19R Matt Campbell 17.153 23) 25 Tyler Bear 17.270 24) 0 Rick Lafferty 17.302 25) Michael Walter DNT PASS 305 Sprint Cars – 25 Entries 20-Lap A-Main: 1) 5 Logan Spahr 2) 19 Kruz Kepner 3) 31 Zach Rhodes 4) 34 Austin Reed 5) 20 Doug Dodson 6) 25 Dustin Young 7) 7 Drew Young 8) 10 Jake Waters 9) 67 Ken Duke 10) 39X Scott Frack 11) 95 Garrett Bard 12) 97 Kenny Heffner 13) 29R Seth Schnoke 14) 61 John Scarborough 15) 06K Erick Knepp 16) 2 Erin Statler 17) 1M Paul Moyer 18) 98 Croix Beasom 19) 10 Nathan Piere 20) 21 Andrew Yoder 21) 17R Frank Rusnock 22) 21M Cassandra Minium 23) 9R Mariah Romig 24) 28R Jason Roush 25) 17 Owen Dimm Heat Winners: Austin Reed, Logan Spahr, Dustin Young.
DARYN PITTMAN WIRES FIELD FOR NATIONAL OPEN PRELIMINARY WIN
DYLAN YODER CLOSES OUT LATE MODEL SEASON WITH THIRD VICTORY
Daryn Pittman of Danville, Ind., returned to Selinsgrove Speedway and his former Heffner Racing Enterprises No. 27 ride to score the win in Friday night’s 25-lap National Open preliminary race for 410 sprint cars.
Pittman’s fourth career 410 sprint car win at the track, his first since 2012, was worth $6,000 and a spot in Saturday night’s redraw for the 40-lap 40th National Open.
Anthony Macri of Dillsburg, who will be seeking his third straight win in the Jim Nace Memorial National Open, was the night’s Fast Tees Fast Qualifier with a lap time of 15.803.
The National Open preliminary event, sponsored by Heister House Millworks & Cabinetry, was a first at the track since 1992.
Dylan Yoder of Middleburg closed out the late model racing season with his third win of the year in the 25-lap main event. Yoder was the only driver this season to visit Victory Lane three times.
Bryan Bernheisel of Lebanon clinched his second career Selinsgrove Ford super late model track championship worth $5,000.
Selinsgrove Speedway is back in action at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 24, with the Jim Nace Memorial 40th Annual National Open for 410 sprint cars paying $26,000 to win. The PASS 305 sprint cars will join the 410 sprint cars on the final racing card of the 2022 season. Pit and advance ticket holder gates will open at 4 p.m. with all general admission gates opening at 4:30 p.m. Qualifying is slated for 7 p.m.
Pittman started the feature race in the second position and pulled into the lead over polesitter Brian Brown. The caution flag slowed the field on lap two when Mark Smith’s car rolled to a stop in turn.
When the race resumed, Pittman continued to set a blistering pace in front of Brown and third-place starter Anthony Macri. At the completion of lap three, Macri powered into the second position and set his sights on Pittman. A lap later, fifth-place starter Brent Marks also passed Brown to take over third.
By the halfway point, the top three drivers broke away in a close race at the front of the pack. On the 14th circuit, Marks passed Macri for the second spot at the start/finish line and began to reel in Pittman.
On lap 15, Marks pulled a thrilling slider in turn four, only to have Pittman make a dive back underneath him to reclaim the lead. The race was slowed for the second time on lap 17 when Gio Scelzi’s car came to a stop in turn one.
On the final restart, Pittman held off Marks as fourth-place starter Cory Eliason showed some speed by passing Macri for the third postion.
At the checkered flag, Pittman was victorious by 2.5 seconds over Marks, Eliason, Macri and seventh-place starter Devon Borden.
Polesitter Jeff Rine powered into the lead at the start of the super late model feature with second-place starter Mike Lupfer in pursuit. On the third circuit, fifth-place starter Rick Eckert drove by Lupfer for the runner-up spot and quickly gained on Rine.
By lap 10, Eckert was in striking distance of Rine for the lead, and on lap 12 they raced side-by-side. At the halfway point, the leaders encountered traffic with Eckert taking evasive action in turn three and tagging the outside guardrail. The incident caused Eckert to lose the second position to third-place starter Dylan Yoder.
D. Yoder quickly caught Rine and made the winning pass using the inside lane off turn four on lap 17. Two laps later Eckert was back into second only to have his car develop a flat tire on lap 21.
For the final four laps, Yoder held the rest of the field at bay and posted a 1.9-second margin of victory over seventh-place starter Bryan Bernheisel, who made a late-race charged into second. Rine, Brett Schadel, and Coleby Frye rounded out the top five.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY – 23 September 2022 410 Sprint Cars – 16 Entries 25-Lap Preliminary A-Main: 1) 27 Daryn Pittman 2) 19M Brent Marks 3) 71 Cory Eliason 4) 39M Anthony Macri 5) 23 Devon Borden 6) 21 Brian Brown 7) 6 Ryan Smith 8) 75 Tyler Ross 9) 12 Blane Heimbach 10) 33 Michael Walter 11) 5G Briggs Danner 12) 18 Gio Scelzi 13) 20 Ryan Taylor 14) 35 Jason Shultz 15) 17B Steve Buckwalter 16) M1 Mark Smith Heat Winners: Daryn Pittman, Cory Eliason Time Trials: 1) 39M Anthony Macri 15.803 2) 21 Brian Brown 15.861 3) 19M Brent Marks 15.983 4) 71 Cory Eliason 16.026 5) 27 Daryn Pittman 16.030 6) 18 Gio Scelzi 16.041 7) 23 Devon Borden 16.060 8) 12 Blane Heimbach 16.171 9) 35 Jason Shultz 16.205 10) 6 Ryan Smith 16.252 11) 75 Tyler Ross 16.357 12) 17B Steve Buckwalter 16.379 13) M1 Mark Smith 16.437 14) 20 Ryan Taylor 16.518 15) 33 Michael Walter 16.550 16) 5G Briggs Danner 16.578 Super Late Models – 20 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 24 Dylan Yoder 2) 119 Bryan Bernheisel 3) 2J Jeff Rine 4) 22 Brett Schadel 5) F1 Coleby Frye 6) 17 Nick Dickson 7) 32J Shaun Jones 8) 93 Cory Lawler 9) 31 Jim Bernheisel 10) 2 Andrew Yoder 11) 06 Mike Lupfer 12) B2 Brian Booze 13) 0Rick Eckert 14) 7 Meade Hahn 15)27 Jim Yoder 16) G05 Paul Spear 17) 63 Nathan Long 18) 9 Hayes Mattern 19) 74 Randy Christine 20) 92 Shaun Lawton Heat Winners: Nick Dickson, Shaun Jones, Mike Lupfer
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