Mike Walter Sits Third In Points With Two Solid Finishes In A Row
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway returns to action at 7 p.m. this Saturday, April 26, with a four division show featuring the 358-360 sprint cars, super late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners – all for a special admission price of just $20 per immediate family!
This Saturday only, immediate families, including parents and students ages 17 and under, can take in a night of racing together at the historic half-mile oval for only $20 per family. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.
After two point shows in 2014, last Saturday’s winner Mark Smith of Sunbury holds a 90-point lead over one-time winner TJ Stutts of Liverpool in the A&A Auto Stores/Mach 1 Chassis 358-360 sprint car standings.
In the Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center late models, two races have produced two different winners, including defending champion Jeff Rine of Danville in the April 12 opener and Steve Campbell of Danville in last weekend’s super late model main event. Campbell leads the early-season standings by just 10 points over Jim Yoder of Selinsgrove.
Point leaders Brad Mitch of McClure and Keith Bissinger of Orangeville each have two victories in the pro stock and roadrunner divisions, respectively.
An open practice session will be held on the half-mile track Wednesday, April 30, from 6:30-9 p.m. General admission for the practice night is free; the entry fee per race car is $100.
Andrew Shoop & Nathan Long Battle Off Turn Two
Selinsgrove Speedway will host the first-ever appearance by the Three State Flyers Late Model Series at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, sponsored by Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center. The 30-lap A-main will pay $3,000 to win. Joining the super late models May 3 will be the 358-360 sprint cars.
Selinsgrove Raceway Park will present a complete program of go kart and micro sprint car racing at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, and the second Burris Racing Tire event of the season for go karts at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 27.
For the latest news, results, and race status, visit selinsgrovespeedway.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. The speedway office can be reached at 570.374.2999.
Former Selinsgrove Speedway Champion Passes
Randy Yarnell Masser, 64, of Hegins, passed away April 12 at home. Randy won 11 feature events and claimed the 1984 track championship at Selinsgrove Speedway in the street stock division. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Randy's family and friends. Additional Information can be found at The Pottsville Republican Herald.
Mark Smith Earns 360 URC Event Victory
Stillwaggon & Kissinger In Hot Pursuit Round Out Podium Finishers
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Mark Smith of Sunbury took advantage of his pole starting position by wiring the field for his first victory of the season in Saturday night’s 67th United Racing Company (URC) 360 sprint car season opener at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Smith was awarded the pole position in the 25-lap feature by Mike Walter of Selinsgrove in the “revenge draw,” which determined the first nine starting positions in the 24-car field. Smith was behind the wheel of the Mach 1 Chassis house-car for the $2,500 win, which was his sixth career in 358-360 sprint car competition at the track.
Saturday night was the first of six race dates that will be sanctioned by URC at Selinsgrove in 2014. The next URC race at the track will be the Jack Gunn Memorial Challenge Race at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10.
Steve Campbell of Danville inherited the lead on lap seven from Jeff Rine of Danville and drove to his first win of the season and the 45th of his career in the 25-lap super late model feature. Campbell, who referred to Selinsgrove Speedway as his “home track” in Victory Lane, owns a combined 81 career victories at the speedway.
Brad Mitch of McClure and Keith Bissinger of Orangeville repeated wins in the 15-lap pro stock and 12-lap roadrunner features, respectively.
Selinsgrove Speedway will present a four division show of 358-360 sprint cars, late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, on Family Night, featuring $20 general admission for immediate families (which will include parents and students ages 17 and under with student IDs).
On the initial start of the sprint car feature, 14th-place starter Colby Womer slammed the second turn wall and escaped injury. When the race restarted, polesitter Mark Smith powered into the lead with third-place starter Josh Weller racing in second.
After five laps, Smith held a sizeable lead over Weller, second-place starter Ryan Kissinger, eighth-place starter Davie Franek, and 10th-place starter Robbie Stillwaggon. By lap 10, Smith began to encounter slower traffic as the race for third intensified between Kissinger and Stillwaggon. Two laps later, after securing third, Stillwaggon rocketed by Weller for the runner-up position.
A double-file restart on lap 18 placed Smith and Stillwaggon side-by-side on the front row. When the race resumed, Smith was challenged by Stillwaggon for the lead to no avail. At the checkered flag, Smith won the race by just .91 of a second over Stillwaggon, Kissinger, Franek, and 11th-place starter Larry Kelleher.
Campbell Back At "Home" In Selinsgrove Victory Lane
Jeff Rine started on the front row for the late model feature and steered into the early lead over polesitter Bryan Bernheisel. At the completion of the first lap, fourth-place starter Steve Campbell horsepowered his way into the runner-up position.
With a commanding lead, Rine was forced to withdraw from the race on lap six when his car reportedly developed driveline issues. Campbell inherited the lead at Rine’s expense and never looked back.
On a lap 12 restart, Campbell set the pace while a torrid battle for second unfolded behind him between Bernheisel, third-place starter Ken Trevitz, sixth-place starter Jim Yoder, and fifth-place starter Chad Hollenbeck.
With five laps remaining, 11th-place starter Hayes Mattern advanced to fifth. In the final laps, Trevitz and Yoder began to erase Campbell’s lead margin. At the checkered flag, Campbell was victorious by just 1.06 seconds over Trevitz, Bernheisel, Yoder, and Mattern.
Mitch And Bissinger Repeat In Prostocks & Roadrunners
Polesitter Andrew Shoop led the first four laps of the pro stock feature until he drifted into the high lane in turn two and allowed third-place starter Brad Mitch to power underneath him for the lead. Mitch quickly opened up a comfortable lead over Shoop, second-place starter Brandon Moser, and fourth-place starter Derrick Garman.
At the midway point, Garman began to show a lot of speed and soon powered into the runner-up position with his sights set on Mitch. In the final laps of the race, Garman began to close in on Mitch but ran out of the time. At the finish, Mitch was victorious by one second over Garman, Shoop, eighth-place starter Nathan Long, and sixth-place starter Kyle Bachman.
Outside front row starter John Schoch stormed into the lead in the roadrunner feature with fourth-place starter and the previous week’s winner Keith Bissinger in pursuit. On the second circuit, Bissinger took command of the field with an inside pass in turn two. At the same time, eighth-place starter John Fowler Jr. advanced to third.
Bissinger held a strong lead until a last-lap chase to the checkered flag when he reportedly started to sense mechanical issues with his race car.
At the finish, Bissinger was victorious by a mere .69 of a second over Schoch, Fowler, Curtis Lawton, and defending champion Brian Johnson.
3rd Place Finisher, Ryan Kissinger
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY – 19 April 2014 URC 360-358 Sprint Cars – 31 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 1 Mark Smith $2,500 2) 89 Robbie Stillwaggon 3) 66 Ryan Kissinger 4) 28F Davie Franek 5) 76 Larry Kelleher 6) 49 Mike Walter 7) 77 Derek Locke 8) 3 Pat Cannon 9) 56 Randy West 10) 23 TJ Stutts 11) 88B Andy Best 12) 29 Jason Shultz 13) F5 Mark Bittner 14) 9D Kevin Darling 15) 21 Duane Mausteller 16) 47 Eric Riggins Jr. 17) 25 Josh Weller 18) 77W Will Eggimann 19) X Dan Mazy 20) 8C Brian Carber 21) 5G Curt Michael 22) 1W Brock Zearfoss 23) 08 Jason Clauss 24) 19 Colby Womer Heat Winners: Will Eggimann, Mike Walter, TJ Stutts Consolation: Jason Shultz
Late Models – 19 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 2 Steve Campbell $1,500 2) 61T Ken Trevitz 3) 119B Bryan Bernheisel 4) 27 Jim Yoder 5) 9 Hayes Mattern 6) 88 Tony Adams 7) 93 Pancho Lawler 8) 45 Eric Hons 9) 4D Chad Hollenbeck 10) 7M Meade Hahn 11) 28 Jason Smith 12) 6M Harry Miller 13) 14 Dave Brouse Sr. 14) 15S Shaun Miller 15) 33 Chris Casner 16) 2J Jeff Rine 17) 119 Jim Bernheisel 18) 10 Dave Stamm 19) 1M Jim McBee DNS Heat Winners: Jeff Rine, Bryan Bernheisel
Pro Stocks – 20 Entries 15-Lap A-Main: 1) 10M Brad Mitch 2) 111 Derrick Garman 3) 8S Andrew Shoop 4) 63 Nathan Long 5) 99 Kyle Bachman 6) 26 AJ Stroup 7) 11 Jake Buck 8) 1C Jamin Chapman 9) 8M Brandon Moser 10) 40 Tommy Slanker 11) 71 Kurt Wray 12) 1 Peanut Heintzelman 13) 2C Adam Campbell 14) 6 Nate Herman 15) 32 Tom Hartman 16) 3G Jim Gearhart 17) 94 Kenny Day 18) 28 Dan Condo 19) 28J Jeff Ceballo DNS 20) 31 Chris Snyder DNS Heat Winners: Kyle Bachman, AJ Stroup
Roadrunners – 9 Entries 12-Lap A-Main: 1) 11B Keith Bissinger 2) 89 John Schoch 3) 02 John Fowler Jr. 4) 28 Curtis Lawton 5) 201 Brian Johnson 6) 7 Butch Shaffer 7) 8K Jeremy Kline 8) 31B Brandon Shultz 9) 22 Ricky Buss No Heats
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