DRIVER & FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT PART II THIS SATURDAY FEATURING $2,500-TO-WIN 360 SPRINT CAR & LATE MODEL RACES
PRO STOCKS & ROADRUNNERS EACH TO RACE FOR ADDITIONAL $100
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The 6th annual Driver & Fan Appreciation Night that was rained out at Selinsgrove Speedway on July 19 will be held at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 2, featuring a complete racing program of 360 sprint cars, super late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.
The show will include 25-lap main events for the 360 sprint cars and super late models paying $2,500 to win each feature courtesy of bonus money sponsored by Jeff and Kathy Kurtz of Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center in Paxinos. The pro stocks will race in a 15-lap feature paying $500 to win and the roadrunners will go 12 laps for $200 to win.
KRAMER CUP WILL HONOR MEMORY OF RACING LEGEND AUGUST 9TH
The late Kramer Williamson’s wife, Sharon, and daughter, Felecia, unveil the custom “Kramer Cup” that will be presented to the winner of the URC 360 sprint car tribute race to be held on Saturday, August 9th
Selinsgrove Speedway will present the Kramer Cup for 358-360 sprint cars at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9. The tribute race will honor the memory of the late Hall of Fame sprint car driver Kramer Williamson of Palmyra who succumbed to injuries he sustained in a sprint car racing accident at the Lincoln Speedway in August of 2013. The race will mark the fifth event of the season at the track sanctioned by the United Racing Company (URC) 360 sprint car contingent.
Williamson, who for most of his career drove the famous “Pink Panther” No. 73, was a sprint car driving legend who won hundreds of races. He clinched sprint car track championships at Selinsgrove Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway, where he also was a former winner of the prestigious Williams Grove National Open. In 2008, he was recognized for his incredible accomplishments in auto racing when he was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa.
At Selinsgrove Speedway, Williamson’s lone championship was in 1978. His first win in a super sprint car at the track was on Sept. 3, 1973, and his last was on Aug. 10, 1981. He is tied with Barry Camp of Beavertown for the ninth spot on the track’s all-time win list for super sprint cars with 25 career victories.
In recent years, Williamson had been touring on the URC circuit. He scored a single URC win at Selinsgrove on July 8, 1995, which was the last time he won a race at his former home track. In all, Williamson recorded 67 career wins and three championships with URC.
The 25-lap Kamer Cup 360 sprint car feature will pay $2,573 to win and $200 to start. The qualifying format will include heat races (lineups determined by pill draw) and a B-main.
The 25-lap super late model feature will pay $1,573 to win and the 15-lap pro stock feature will pay $473 to win. The additional $73 to all the feature winners plus $73 to all the heat race winners is being sponsored by Todd Benner at Selinsgrove Ford.
From 12-4 p.m. Aug. 9, there will be a race car display on the Selinsgrove Ford lot located at 10 North Susquehanna Trail in Selinsgrove. The public is invited to visit the dealership to check out the race cars and meet the drivers prior to the running of the Kramer Cup at Selinsgrove Speedway that evening. In addition, there will be several prize raffles throughout the afternoon courtesy of Selinsgrove Ford.
Members of the Williamson family are expected to be in attendance at the Kramer Cup, including Kramer’s wife Sharon, daughter Felecia, and son Kurt. The family is also planning to have one of the Pink Panther No. 73 sprint cars on display at the track.
The winner of the Kramer Cup will also receive a custom pink trophy cup to commemorate the victory in the inaugural sprint car memorial race.
NEAL AUCKER MEMORIAL FOR 270 MICRO SPRINT CARS THIS FRIDAY
Selinsgrove Raceway Park will hold the Neal Aucker Memorial for 270 micro sprint cars at 7 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 1. Friends and family of the late Neal Aucker have posted bonus money for this event with the winner collecting $800 and $100 bonuses being awarded to the second- and third-place finishers.
Neal's son, Nick Aucker, recently took over the points lead with his third win of the season in last Friday night's main event. Go karts will also be on the racing card. Track gates will open at 5:30 p.m.
For the latest news, results, and race status, visit selinsgrovespeedway.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. The speedway office can also be reached at 570-374-2999.
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Mark Smith Storms To The Front For URC Victory
Holds Off Stutts In Last Lap Shootout
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Mark Smith of Sunbury stormed from his eighth starting position to win his fourth race of the season at Selinsgrove Speedway in Saturday night’s 25-lap United Racing Company (URC) 360 sprint car main event.
The victory at the wheel of the Mach 1 Chassis No. 1 was Smith’s eighth career in 358-360 sprint car competition at the track and was worth $2,500.
Scott Haus of Hamburg scored his 30th career late model win at Selinsgrove in the division’s 25-lap feature following a wheel-to-wheel duel with Bryan Bernheisel of Lebanon. He became the ninth different late model feature winner in 12 races at the track this season.
In the 15-lap pro stock feature, Nathan Long of Selinsgrove led flag-to-flag for his second win of the season, while Keith Bissinger of Orangeville took the checkered flag for the fifth time this season in the 12-lap roadrunner race.
Selinsgrove Speedway will present a four division show of 360 sprint cars, late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. The show will carry over the bonus money that was posted on July 19 for the feature winners by Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center on the rained-out Driver & Fan Appreciation Night. The sprint car and late model features will each pay $2,500 to win. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.
Polesitter Derek Locke and fourth-place starter Colby Womer put on a wheel-to-wheel battle for the early lead in the sprint car feature. Womer led the first four laps until Locke secured the front spot with an inside pass off turn four. On the sixth circuit, third-place starter Cody Keller raced into the runner-up position as a suspenseful race unfolded among the top five drivers in the opening laps.
On lap 10, Locke continued to lead with fifth-place starter Jason Clauss now racing second and eighth-place starter Mark Smith holding down the third position. A circuit later, Smith powered into second and set his sights on Locke. For the next several laps, Smith tormented Locke for the front spot then made the winning pass using the inside lane off turn two on lap 15.
Smith quickly started to stretch his lead while second-place starter TJ Stutts began to make up lost ground by moving into the second spot. The event’s only caution flag unfurled on lap 24 when Keller’s car got sideways in turn one. For the chase to the checkered flag, Smith held off Stutts’ challenge around the top of the race track and posted a .59 of a second margin of victory. Locke finished third followed by Larry Kelleher, and Clauss.
Scotty Haus Fights Off Strong Challenges For LM Checkers
Third-place starter Hayes Mattern edged out the field for the early lead as the late models charged to the green flag at the start of the feature. Entering turn one on the start, second-place starter Scott Haus powered around the outside of Mattern through turns one and two to take over the front spot.
A four-car tangle in turn three on the second circuit regrouped the field for a restart. When the race resumed, Haus held the front spot while a race for the second position unfolded between Mattern and fourth-place starter Matt Cochran. By lap five, seventh-place starter Bryan Bernheisel advanced to second and quickly closed in on Haus.
At the halfway point, an intense race for the lead unfolded between Haus, Bernheisel, and sixth-place starter Coleby Frye in lapped traffic. Haus and Bernheisel see-sawed for the lead for several laps as Bernheisel was scored as the leader on laps 15 and 16.
On the 21st lap, a multi-car crash slowed the field again with Haus setting the pace. When the green flag waved, Haus and Bernheisel dueled for the lead and the win with more side-by-side racing. At the checkered flag, Haus edged out Bernheisel by a mere half-of-a-second margin of victory. Frye, Jeff Rine, and Matt Cochran completed the top five.
Nathan Long Wires Pro Stock Field For Second Win Of The Season
Bissinger Takes Roadrunner Checkers
Polesitter Nathan Long raced with fourth-place starter AJ Stroup for the early lead at the start of the pro stock feature. Long pulled into the front spot off turn four on the first lap and kept his racer out in front of the field for the duration of the event. Stroup, however, kept Long in his sites and started to reel in the leader in the final laps of the race.
At the checkered flag, Long was victorious by just 1.3 seconds over Stroup, sixth-place starter Derrick Garman, second-place starter Jake Buck, and seventh-place starter Kyle Bachman.
In the roadrunner race, polesitter John Schoch led the first lap with fifth-place starter Keith Bissinger advancing to second. On the second circuit, Bissinger took command of the field and never looked back.
Late in the race, third-place starter Curtis Lawton made a charge into the runner-up position but trailed Bissinger by 4.5 seconds at the finish. John Fowler Jr., Butch Shaffer, and Ricky Buss rounded out the top five.
Top URC Finisher, Jason Clauss
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY SUMMARY – 26 July 2014 360 Sprint Cars – 30 Entries URC 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 1 Mark Smith 2) 23 TJ Stutts 3) 77 Derek Locke 4) 76 Larry Kelleher 5) 08 Jason Clauss 6) 1W Brock Zearfoss 7) 28F Davie Franek 8) 29 Jason Shultz 9) 25 Josh Weller 10) 19 Colby Womer 11) 5G Curt Michael 12) 66 Ryan Kissinger 13) 49 Mike Walter 14) 4 Jimmy Stitzel 15) 79 Jordan Thomas 16) 33W Michael Walter II 17) 99K Cody Keller 18) 88B Andy Best 19) 29S Derek Steward 20) 7 Ed Aikin 21) 12B Brad Franks 22)28 Keith Prutzman 23) 9 Wes Irwin 24) 35 Shannon Fisher 25) 56 Randy West Heat Winners: Colby Womer, Brock Zearfoss, Curt Michael B-Main Winner: Randy West
Late Models – 23 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 76 Scott Haus 2) 119B Bryan Bernheisel 3) F1 Coleby Frye 4) 2J Jeff Rine 5) 16 Matt Cochran 6) 99Z Dave Zona 7) 24 Dylan Yoder 8) 2 Steve Campbell 9) 26 Jerry Bard 10) 88 Tony Adams 11) 6M Harry Miller 12) 28 Jason Smith 13) 27 Jim Yoder 14) 10 Dave Stamm 15) 15S Shaun Miller 16) 9 Hayes Mattern 17) 119 Jim Bernheisel 18) 91 Chad Davis 19) 7M Meade Hahn 20) 3V Scott Richwine 21) 61 Ken Trevitz 22) 45 Eric Hons 23) 4S Danny Snyder Heat Winners: Jeff Rine, Jim Bernheisel, Scott Haus
Pro Stocks – 17 Entries 15-Lap A-Main: 1) 63 Nathan Long 2) 26 AJ Stroup 3) 111 Derrick Garman 4) 11 Jake Buck 5)99 Kyle Bachman 6) 2C Adam Campbell 7) 10M Brad Mitch 8) 1C Jamin Chapman 9) 88 Matt Hornberger 10) 40 Tommy Slanker 11) 83 Matt Wilson 12) 26S Nate Stroup 13) 6 Nate Herman 14) 21 Austin Johnson 15) 4 Jim Payne 16) 28J Jeff Ceballo 17) 6C Cory Long Heat Winners: Jake Buck, Nathan Long
Roadrunners -9 Entries 12-Lap A-Main: 1) 11B Keith Bissinger 2) 28 Curtis Lawton 3) 02 John Fowler 4) 7 Butch Shaffer 5) 22 Rickty Buss 6) 89 John Schoch 7) 8K Jeremy Kline 8) F14 Ed Capper 9) 31B Brandon Shultz