Selinsgrove Speedway & Raceway Park closed out the #WideOpen2018 season Saturday evening, Nov. 10, with the awards banquet at the historic Genetti Hotel in Williamsport for about 250 guests representing the 360 sprint car, super late model, pro stock, roadrunner, and go kart divisions.
This year’s top performing drivers received trophies, jackets, commemorative championship rings sponsored by Foss Jewelers, and shared a $25,000-plus point fund.
Davie Franek of Wantage, N.J., clinched his second straight Mach 1 Chassis 360 sprint car track championship with 12 top five finishes including two feature wins at Selinsgrove. He entered all 15 races and competed in 14 feature events. Franek held off three-time winner and former two-time champion Jason Shultz of Carlisle, who finished runner up for the third consecutive season, for the title.
In the Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center super late models, second generation racer Bryan Bernheisel of Lebanon recorded his first career track championship at Selinsgrove with nine top five finishes including four feature wins plus a limited late model victory at the track. He became the division’s 23rd different champion in 56 years.
Kyle Bachman of Selinsgrove clinched his second career A&A Auto Stores pro stock title with 15 top five finishes including five feature wins. Bachman’s first title occurred 15 years ago in 2003.
Keith Bissinger of Orangeville scored his sixth career Collier Paving & Construction/A&A Auto Stores roadrunner title with eight top five finishes including two feature wins.
Nyle Berkes of Milton clinched the 358 sprint car challenge series title.
Rookie of the Year awards went to Ryan Linder of Phoenix, Ariz., (sprint cars); Randy Christine of Manchester (late models); and Jake Jones of Hunlock Creek (roadrunners). There were no rookies in the pro stock division this season.
Nathan Long of Selinsgrove received the Joe Whitcomb Memorial Sportsman of the Year award.
The 2018 Selinsgrove Raceway Park go kart champions were Wyatt Chalker (kid karts), Liam Barton (rookies I cage), Garrett Leitzel (rookies II cage), Sophia Peters (rookies I), Brooklynn Peters (rookies II) Pat Romig (adult cage animal), Chase Keister (jr. cage), Kobe Benner (clone 375s), Bradyn Auman (jr. restricted), Mariah Romig (adult cage flat), Steve Kerstetter (mediums), Justin Wise (extra heavies), Brandyn Burkholder (flat 350s), Kruz Kepner (senior clone cage), Kobe Benner (clone 340s, clone 375s), Colton Guiher (red clone cage), Tanner Brown (PA wing karts), Mark Longenecker (predator), Joe Slautterback (open karts), and Jade Glass (red clones).
Members of the speedway management team announced all the divisions will be returning for weekly Friday night go kart racing at Selinsgrove Raceway Park and weekly Saturday night sprint car and stock car competition at Selinsgrove Speedway next season.
Off-season improvements include new guardrail, lighting, and tentative plans for more screened clay for the track, weather permitting.
For a complete schedule, the latest news, results, and race status, visit selinsgrovespeedway.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. The speedway office can be reached at 570.374.2266.
2018 TRACK CHAMPIONS
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