Stutts Earns 5th 360 National Open Victory Yoder Holds Off Rine For Late Model Win
Mitch, Hoffman Take Prostock A-Mains Bissy Sweeps Roadrunner Features
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – TJ Stutts of Liverpool drove to an unprecedented fifth career victory in Saturday night’s 30-lap 16th Annual Mach 1 Chassis National Open for 360 sprint cars at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Stutts’ 25th career victory at the track in 358-360 sprint car racing was worth $4,000 at the wheel of the family owned No. 23M.
Jim Yoder of Selinsgrove held off Jeff Rine of Danville for his first win of the season at the track in the 25-lap super late model main event. The win was the 13th of Yoder’s late model racing career at Selinsgrove.
Brad Mitch of McClure and AJ Hoffman of Richfield each took a win in the twin 15-lap pro stock races, while Keith Bissinger of Orangeville swept the dual 12-lap roadrunner features.
Selinsgrove Speedway will be back in action at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 27, with the final points race of the season for the four weekly classes. Foss Jewelers Night will feature the 360 sprint cars, super late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners. There will also be a non-point makeup feature for the pro stocks from July 3.
The Craftsman World of Outlaws Late Model Series returns to Selinsgrove Speedway for the 18th Annual Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center Late Model National Open Sunday, Sept. 4. The 40-lap A-Main will pay $8,000 to win. The limited late models will compete in a 20-lap feature paying $1,000 to win over the Labor Day Holiday weekend.
TJ & Crew
Eric Tomecek took the race lead from Colby Wolmer on lap two and led the way early in the Mach 1 Chassis Open for the Newville Family of Companies 360 Sprint Cars. Tomecek was soon joined at the front by the four-time and defending winner of the event TJ Stutts. Stutts followed Tomecek until lap 13 when the race leader slowed to the infield with a problem. Stutts took over the top spot in a good position ahead of Josh Weller.
His lead would soon be erased as Cody Keller slowed. Weller dove to the inside of Stutts on the start, but settled back into second as Stutts opened up his advantage again. Stutts had to make some late race moves around lap traffic, but held on after a tough season for his first Selinsgrove Speedway checkered flag of the year.
"After the year we had, I was just waiting for something to go wrong. Our confidence levels were so low coming into this race," said Stutts in Victory Lane. Stutts took the win over Weller, Mark Smith, Aaron Ott, and Jason Shultz. Womer, Derek Locke, Ryan Kissinger, Larry Kelleher, and Michael Walter were the top ten finishers. Heat race wins for the 22 car field went to Tomecek, Weller, and Michael Walter.
Derek Locke and Aaron Ott shared the IBEW Local Union 1319 Hard Charger for passing the same number of cars in the sprint car feature.
Jim Yoder drove away from the field after passing Meade Hahn got the top spot in Saturday's Jeff’s Auto Body Super Late Model feature. Yoder showed the way for the rest of the race before he had to negotiate through lap traffic in the closing laps. Jeff Rine had a problem in the heat races and had to start last. Rine had driven to second and was catching Yoder.
Yoder made a very bold outside move to go by not one lap car but both of the lap cars in front of him. That move put the lap traffic between Yoder and Rine for good as Yoder drove to his first checkered flag of the season and the 13th of his career. Rine’s charge came to an end with a second place run from 17th. Bryan Bernheisel charged into the top three late in the race from his mid-pack starting spot and finished third. Meade Hahn and Chris Casner also enjoyed top five finishes.
Donnie Schick, Danny Snyder, Steve Campbell, Matt Cochran, and Tony Adams finished out the top ten finishers. Heat race wins went to Yoder and Snyder.
Point leader Brad Mitch was not going to play it safe in the make-up feature for the A&A Auto Stores Pro Stocks to start the racing action on Saturday night. Mitch said he was here to win and win he did leading much of the 15 lap event. Mitch was not pressured after a big wreck on lap one produced the races only yellow flag.
Mitch enjoyed a three second plus lead over a tight battle for second between AJ Hoffman and John Troxell. The three would stay that way coming to the checkered flag. Joing Mitch, Hoffman, and Troxell in the top five were Matt Wilson and Brandon Moser.
In the regularly scheduled Pro Stock feature, John Troxell was thinking about his first win of the season as he led the early laps. Troxell was passed by AJ Hoffman on lap three, but that didn't change Troxell's plans. He continued to keep the pressure on the race leader for the next 10 laps before Brad Mitch took over second.
Mitch missed his heat race and had to start at the back but rebounded to run second. Hoffman's lead was too much for Mitch to overcome. Hoffman climbs back into a tie for the most Pro Stock wins ever at the track with 45.
"I don't think about it much, I'm just here to have fun," said Hoffman after climbing from his Pro Stock following his fourth win of the season. Mitch, Troxell, Kurt Wray, and Shaun Lawton completed the top five finishers. Nate Herman, Brandon Moser, Matt Wilson, Andrew Shoop, and Tommy Slanker filled in the top ten finishers. Brandon Moser and Tommy Slanker were heat race winners.
Keith Bissinger and Ryan Leister ran side by side for much of the make-up Roadrunner feature. Bissinger fended off the late race challenges of Leister for the win. Leister was second followed by Jason Zook. Will Brunson and Dustin Snook rounded out the top five finish.
In the second roadrunner feature, Bissinger hit a slick spot in turn three on lap two and his car turned sideways in front of the A&A Auto Store Roadrunner field. Bissinger could not save his car before contact was made with another car. Bissinger was able to continue, but fell to the tail of the field.
Ryan Leister moved into the top spot and showed the way with Brian Johnson closing. By lap nine it was a three car battle at the front for the win between Leister, Johnson, and Bissinger. On lap nine all three drivers saw the front of the field before Bissinger moved ahead for good.
Bissinger saw the checkered flag first for his second win of the night ahead of Leister. Johnson had a tire go down on the final corner. Charlie Bryner, Deron Henry, and Daren Rice were the top five finishers. Johnson limped across the line in sixth followed by Ken Schreffler, Tom Underwood, Butch Shaffer, and Will Brunson. Keith Bissinger and Daren Rice were heat race victors.
30-Lap Open: 1) 23 TJ Stutts $4,000 2) 63 Josh Weller 3) 1 Mark Smith 4) 25 Aaron Ott 5) 29 Jason Shultz 6) 19 Colby Womer 7) 77 Derek Locke 8) 66 Ryan Kissinger 9) 76 Larry Kelleher 10) 33 Michael Walter 11) 39 Nate Snyder 12) 67 Steve Collins 13) 39 Eric Parker 14) 71 Charlie Anderson 15) 2T Michael Thomas 16) 99 Cody Keller 17) 1W Eric Tomecek 18) C4 Jim Shuster 19) 5 Brian Nornhold 20) 49 Mike Walter 21) 27 Greg Hodnett 22) 49 Mallie Shuster Heat Winners: Eric Tomecek, Josh Weller, Michael Walter
Super Late Models – 17 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 27 Jim Yoder 2) 2J Jeff Rine 3) 119 Bryan Bernheisel 4) 7M Meade Hahn 5) C-33 Chris Casner 6) 6 Donnie Schick 7) 4S Danny Snyder 8) 2 Steve Campbell 9) 16 Matt Cochran 10) 88 Tony Adams 11) 9 Hayes Mattern 12) 15 Luke Hoffner 13) 28 Jason Smith 14) 86 Austin Berry 15) 10 Dave Stamm 16) 88 Randy Croop 17) 77 Dick Houtz Heat Winners: Jim Yoder, Danny Snyder
Pro Stocks – 19 Entries 15-Lap A-Main: 1) 6C AJ Hoffman 2) 10M Brad Mitch 3) 55T John Troxell 4) 71 Kurt Wray 5) 92 Shawn Lawton 6) 6 Nathan Herman 7) 8m Brandon Moser 8) 83 Matt Wilson 9) S-8 Andrew Shoop 10) 40 Tommy Slanker 11) 55 Lori Croop 12) 14 Bill Conrad 13) 99 Peanut Heintzelman 14) 28J Jeff Ceballo 15) 88 Matt Hornberger 16) 33 Curtis Lawton 17) 8K Jeremy Kline 18) 26 Nate Stroup 19) 4 Jim Payne Heat Winners: Brandon Moser, Tommy Slanker
15-Lap July 16 Makeup Main: 1) 10M Brad Mitch 2) 6C AJ Hoffman 3) 55T John Troxell 4) 83 Matt Wilson 5) 8M Brandon Moser 6) S-8 Andrew Shoop 7) 71 Kurt Wray 8) 28J Jeff Ceballo 9) 4 Jim Payne 10) 88 Matt Hornberger 11) 14C Bill Conrad 12) 8K Jeremy Kline 13) 26 Nate Stroup 14) 55 Lori Croop 15) 11 Jake Buck 16) 13 Zach Romig
Roadrunners – 18 Entries 12-Lap A-Main: 1) 11 Keith Bissinger 2) 14 Ryan Leister 3) 58 Charlie Bryner 4) 22 Deron Henry 5) 8 Daren Rice 6) 201 Brian Johnson 7) 32 Ken Schreffler 8) 12 Tom Underwood 9) 7 Butch Shaffer 10) 76 Will Brunson 11) 41 Dennis Conrad 12) 2B Brian Mabus 13) 44 Steve Midauh 14) 28 Miranda Minium 15) 1 Smith Cope 16) 28 Ryan Zook 17) 15 Dustin Snook 18) 3B Jason Brosious Heat Winners: Keith Bissinger, Daren Rice
12-Lap July 16 Makeup Main:1) 11 Keith Bissinger 2) 14 Ryan Leister 3) 28 Jason Zook 4) 76 Will Brunson 5) 15 Dustin Snook 6) 28 Miranda Minium 7) 41 Dennis Conrad 8) 44 Cory Collier 9) 1 Smith Cope 10) 3B Jason Brosious 11) 44 Jim Collier
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