SHULTZ WIRES FIELD FOR OPENING DAY 360 SPRINT CAR VICTORY;
RINE SHINES IN LATE MODEL OPENER;SLANKER SCORES PRO STOCK THRILLER
SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- The gates swung open for the 55th consecutive season opener at Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday night presented by Insinger Performance Sunoco Race Fuels/Stinger Racing Alcohol.
Carlise native Jason Shultz took the $2,500-to-win opening 360 Sprint Car Spring Showdown event that was co-sanctioned with Empire Super Sprints. Danville’s Jeff Rine claimed his second opening night win in a row in the Late Model main event and Tommy Slanker of York was the Pro Stock winner.
Shultz led the field for the first 16 laps under the green flag while trying to maneuver around lap traffic. Schultz had his hands full when he came upon two lap cars battling side by side while Davie Franek closed in from the second spot. Franek wasn’t the only one closing in on the leaders. Chad Layton had moved into third and was also closing in on the lead duo. A yellow flag flew on Lap 16 that settled the action. Shultz used the open race track to open the lead back up on the field before action slowed again for a lap 19 yellow flag.
At that point in the race Nate Snyder was running the quickest laps in the field and was into the fourth spot. Franek was stout on the next restart staying right with Shultz into turn one. Snyder also continued his charge moving into third spot.Although Shultz was challenged, he was able to pull away in the final two laps to secure the victory over Franek and Snyder. Layton was fourth and Larry Kelleher finished out the top five. Steve Collins, Derek Locke, Colby Womer, Troy Betts, and Ryan Kissinger rounded out the top ten finishers. Heat races went to Larry Kelleher and Nate Snyder for the Sprint Cars.
Bryan Bernheisel won the heat race for the Late Models. The redraw did not fall into Bernheisel’s favor with a draw of four. Donnie Schick benefited by starting on the pole and leading the race early. Schick was using a different line on the outside of the speedway than the drivers chasing him, Steve Campbell and Jeff Rine.
As Schick came upon lap traffic he had to make a quick decision that paid off by clearing the first lap car. He would not fair as well on the second car to go a lap down. Schick used the inside line along with Campbell. As if Rine could see the future he slid to the outside of the race track to go by the top two into the top spot. Rine struggled a little in dirty air as he dealt with some lap traffic which allowed Campbell to again close, but Rine would clear the lap car and drive to his second opening night win in a row.
Campbell, Bernheisel, Tony Adams, and Hayes Mattern made up the top five across the line. Meade Hahn, Dan Green, Schick, Ernie Millon, and Nate Long crossed the line as the top ten.
Brandon Moser brought the field to the green flag in the A&A Auto Stores season opener before his car stumbled and handed the race lead over to Shawn Lawton. Lawton raced in the lead just ahead of Tommy Slanker. Slanker closed the point paying races out with a victory last season and looked to carry that momentum into victory lane in the season opener for 2017.
Slanker made his move on lap five on the outside of the race leader Lawton. Lawton stayed in hot pursuit of the race leader until the closing laps when Lawton began to reel the leader back in. As the white flag flew Lawton had pulled even with the race leader before a red flag flew for John Shock who had an engine fire on the backstretch. Shock was okay.
Slanker sat ten feet shy of the finish line, but now he had to hold off the field in a one lap shootout. On the restart, third place running Kyle Bachman drove to the inside of Lawton and Slanker drifted away. Lawton made his final bid out of turn four, but fell just short as Slanker claimed the opening night win after finishing second in the opening event a year ago. Lawton came home in second followed by Bachman, John Fowler, and Moser. Dustin Snook came from last to finish sixth just ahead of Bill Conrad, Nate Stroup, Curtis Lawton, and John Shock. AJ Hoffman and Kyle Bachman won heat races for the Pro Stocks.
In memory of late Pro Stock driver Jim Payne the leader on the fourth lap of the feature, Shawn Lawton, and fourth place finisher John Fowler received bonus money. Payne raced the number 4 for many years at the speedway and passed away last fall.
Cold temperatures kept a few teams hibernating at the Season Opener. Next week at Selinsgrove Speedway the 360 Sprint Cars will be back in action along with the Super Late Models and the Pro Stocks. Start time will remain at 6 p.m.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY SUMMARY - 8 April 2017
360 Sprint Cars - 18 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 29 Jason Shultz 2) 28F Davie Franek 3) 56 Nate Snyder 4) 35 Chad Layton 5) 76 Larry Kelleher 6) 67 Steve Collins 7) 77 Derek Locke 8) 3Z Colby Womer 9) 22 Troy Betts 10) 66 Ryan Kissinger 11) C4 Jim Shuster 12) 10 Joe Kata 13) 2T Michael Thomas 14) 67W Justin Whittall 15) 1W Eric Tomecek 16) 99K Cody Keller 17) 33 Michael Walter II 18) 49S Mallie Shuster Heat Winners: Larry Kelleher, Nate Snyder
Late Models - 10 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 2J Jeff Rine 2) 2C Steve Campbell 3) 119B Bryan Bernheisel 4) 88 Tony Adams 5) 9 Hayes Mattern 6) 7M Meade Hahn 7) 46 Dan Green 8) 6 Donnie Schick 9) 88M Ernie Millon 10) 63 Nathan Long Heat Winners: Bryan Bernheisel
Pro Stocks - 15 Entries 15-Lap A-Main: 1) 40 Tommy Slanker 2) 92 Shawn Lawton 3) 99 Kyle Bachman 4) 02 John Fowler 5) 8M Brandon Moser 6) 15 Dustin Snook 7) 14C Bill Conrad 8) 26 Nate Stroup 9) 33 Curtis Lawton 10) 89 John Schoch 11) 40 Nick Gentile 12) 6C AJ Stroup 13) 55 Lori Croop 14) 26 AJ Stroup 15) 88 Matt Hornberger Heat Winners: AJ Hoffman, Kyle Bachman
April 15. 2017
Davie Franek of Wantage, N.J.; Donnie Schick of Middleburg; and Brad Mitch of McClure gave the fans their money's worth in feature racing Saturday at Selinsgrove Speedway. The night’s racing provided stiff battles for the top spots and valued trips to victory lane for each of the winners.
A collective groan went through the Selinsgrove crowd when Mark Smith's name was announced as the polesitter for the 25 lap 360 Sprint Car feature event. It's not that Smith isn't popular among fans, it’s merely the fact that when the fast guy starts up front there is usually little to no chance there will be a pass for the win. That wasn’t the case Saturday night.
Smith bolted to the race lead while second-place starter Davie Franek gave chase. A mid-race yellow proved valuable for Franek as he pulled to the rear bumper of Smith's m1 machine for the restart. Franek rolled around the outside on the restart and challenged Smith before the yellow flag flew when Chad Layton crashed in turn four.
Franek again used the outside on the restart. This time it would pay off with a successful slide job in turn three. Franek was now the race leader with Smith in chase. As Franek closed in on lap traffic in the final stages on the race, Smith would close slightly but not enough as Franek picked up his first win of the season.
“It's rare you pass Mark Smith for a win,” Franek said in victory lane afterward, thanking his crew for their many hours in the shop to help them get the win. Smith crossed the line second ahead of opening night winner Jason Shultz. Mallie Shuster and Michael Walter completed the top five finishers. Layton and Shultz took heat races.
Donnie Schick has not been to victory lane at Selinsgrove since 2011 in the Jeff's Auto Body Super Late Models. In the opening night feature event Schick looked like he might end that streak before a misjudged lap car took him out of the race lead. Schick came back this weekend and was out for redemption for himself, his race team, and his legion of fans.
Schick had challenges from Tony Adams and Danny Snyder, but neither ever posed a real threat to Schick. Schick crossed the line for the win in what he called an unbelievable moment. Adams and Snyder closed out the podium finishers. Jim Bernheisel made a rare Late Model start and drove to fourth with Dave Zona closing out the top five. Danny Snyder was the heat race winner.
The A&A Auto Stores Pro Stocks usually roll off as the first feature of the night. On this night, they made for a hard act to follow. Tommy Slanker was carrying all the momentum in the class after winning the season opener and jumping to the early race lead Saturday. On a lap four restart defending champion Brad Mitch, making his season debut, made a big move to slide into the race lead. Slanker crossed Mitch over and took the top spot back as the two continued the exchange.
Mitch would come away with the top spot after the two leaders "traded some paint" in the battle. Slanker lost some ground on lap 12 after slipping above the racing groove. Slanker quickly recovered and closed the gap with one lap to go. Even with Slanker's advances Mitch held on for his first win of the season. Slanker was second ahead of John Fowler, Brandon Moser, and Kyle Bachman. Fowler and Mitch came across the line first in heat races.
Selinsgrove Speedway will sanction the first race of the season with the United Racing Club next Saturday, April 22. The 360 Sprint Cars will compete in the 37th annual Jack Gunn Memorial race. The Super Late Models and Pro Stocks will also be on the racing card. There has been a start time change with the racing rolling off at 7pm rather than the original 6pm scheduled time. Track gates will open at 5pm.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY SUMMARY: 15 April 2017 360 Sprint Cars –18 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 28F Davie Franek 2) M1 Mark Smith 3) 29 Jason Shultz 4) 49S Mallie Shuster 5) 33 Mike Walter 6) 99K Cody Keller 7) 77 Derek Locke 8) 3Z Colby Womer 9) 56 Nate Snyder 10) C4 Jim Shuster 11) 10 Joe Kata 12) 22M Nyle Berkes 13) 2T Michael Thomas 14) 89 Robbie Stillwaggon 15) 35 Chad Layton 16) 22 Troy Betts 17) 66 Ryan Kissinger 18) 1W Eric Tomecek Heat Winners: Chad Layton, Jason Shultz Late Models – 11 Entries 20-Lap A-Main: 1) 6 Donnie Schick 2) 88 Tony Adams 3) 4S Danny Snyder 4) 119B Jim Bernheisel 5) 99Z Dave Zona 6) 15 Luke Hoffner 7) 7M Meade Hahn 8) 63 Nathan Long 9)77D Dick Houtz 10) 2C Steve Campbell 11) 9 Hayes Mattern Heat Winner: Danny Snyder Pro Stocks – 16 Entries 15-Lap A-Main: 1) 10M Brad Mitch 2) 40 Tommy Slanker 3) 02 John Fowler 4) 8M Brandon Moser 5) 99B Kyle Bachman 6) 71 Kurt Wray 7) 33 Curtis Lawton 8) 14C Bill Conrad 9) 26 Nate Stroup 10) 86 Wayne Shaffer 11) 55 Lori Croop 12) 6C AJ Hoffman 13) 40G Nick Gentile 14) 92 Shawn Lawton 15) 89 John Schoch 16) 15 Dustin Snook Heat Winners: John Fowler, Brad Mitch
April 22, 2017
FRANEK HOLDS OFF HODNETT FOR SPRINT CAR GUNN MEMORIAL VICTORY; MATTERN POWERS TO FIRST LATE MODEL WIN OF SEASON; MITCH REPEATS IN ANOTHER CLOSE PRO STOCK FINISH
SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- Davie Franek of Sussex, N.J., scored the $2,500 win over a talented 360 sprint car field in the 30-lap 37th annual Jack Gunn Memorial Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway. The victory was Franek’s second in a row at the track this season, 13th career, and first in the Gunn race.
Brad Mitch of McClure joined Franek as repeat winners from last week by taking another close win in the 15-lap pro stock feature. It was Mitch’s 24th career pro stock win.
Hayes Mattern of Beavertown powered to a convincing win in the 25-lap super late model feature. The win was Mattern’s first of the season and third career in super late model racing at Selinsgrove.
Chris Coyle led the field in the early laps of the Jack Gunn Memorial race. Coyle soon had some pretty strong company with last week’s winner, Davie Franek, and Greg Hodnett closing in. A yellow flag put Coyle back in front of Franek as the field had not completed a lap with Franek at the front.
Franek took advantage of the restart to take the helm while Hodnett followed him through into the second spot on lap eight. A fuel stop was called when Chad Layton and Mark Smith got together in turn two while racing for the fifth spot. Franek paced the field for the next ten laps after the fuel stop before he got into lap traffic. Hodnett quickly closed the gap that Franek had opened up.
Hodnett's opportunity quickly dwindled away as the laps counted down and Franek began to drive away again in traffic. Franek crossed the line to claim his first Jack Gunn Memorial race. Franek said in victory lane he was not sure what to expect after the fuel stop because he didn't feel his car was good on a full fuel load. It made no difference on this night though with Franek winning for the second week in a row. Hodnett, Curt Michael, Robbie Stillwagon, and Adam Carberry were the top five across the line. Kevin Nagy led the charge for sixth through tenth ahead of Coyle, Josh Weller, Derek Locke, and Larry Kelleher.
Nate Snyder took the Fast Tees Fast Time Award in Memory of Jim Nace. Franek, Stillwagon, Coyle, and Carberry won heat races while Troy Betts took the checkered flag in the consolation event.
Hayes Mattern must have learned from Jeff Rine when Rine used the outside to pass him for the race lead on Saturday in the Jeff's Auto Body and Recycling super model feature event. Rine's car slowed on lap five and Mattern went back to the race lead.
Mattern had moved to the top side of the race track even though Mattern's crew encouraged him to run the inside line in the feature event. But as the race went on it appeared Mattern had made the right choice to stay loyal to the outside line. Mattern fended off challenges from Tony Adams and maneuvered through lap traffic without losing any distance of his lead.
The only moment when the race lead seemed in jeopardy was when Mattern tried to cross over to a clear race track and caught the tail of one of the cars going down a lap. Both drivers recovered quickly allowing Mattern to finish off his bid for his first win of the season. Adams followed Mattern to the checkered flag ahead of Dylan Yoder and a hard charging Kyle Hardy. Chad Hollenbeck rounded out the five finishers. Andy Haus, Steve Campbell, Bryan Bernheisel, Jim Yoder, and Andrew Yoder finished out the top ten. Hollenbeck, Adams, and Rine were heat winners.
Brad Mitch took the race lead away from Dustin Snook with a slide job in turn one on lap two. From that point, it looked like Mitch was locked and loaded for this second straight win heading into the Pro Stock 20 on May 6.
Mitch commanded the field until lap 13 when opening night winner Tommy Slanker pulled to his rear bumper. Slanker hounded Mitch the last two laps of the race, but never could work by the 10m. Mitch, who was under the weather much of the week, claimed the victory over Slanker and John Fowler. Strong runs for AJ Stroup and Dustin Snook were rewarded with top five finishes. AJ Hoffman came from 14th to finish sixth followed by Shawn Lawton, Brandon Moser, Kurt Wray, and Curtis Lawton. Shawn Lawton and Dustin Snook were heat race winners for the Pro Stock field.
There will be no racing next Saturday night April 29th. Selinsgrove Speedway returns at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6, with the annual Pro Stock 20 presented by A&A Auto Stores. The 360 sprint cars, super late models, and roadrunners will be in action as well. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY – 22 April 2017 360 Sprint Cars – 32 Entries 30-Lap Jack Gunn Memorial: 1) 28F Davie Franek 2) 27 Greg Hodnett 3) 5G Curt Michael 4) 89 Robbie Stillwaggon 5) 47 Adam Carberry 6) 45 Kevin Nagy 7) 56C Chris Coyle 8) Josh Weller 9) 77 Derek Locke 10) 76 Larry Kelleher 11) 56 Nate Snyder 12) 29 Jason Shultz 13) 99K Cody Keller 14) 3Z Colby Womer 15) 66 Ryan Kissinger 16) 22 Troy Betts 17) 49S Mallie Shuster 18) 7A Ed Aikin 19) 73B Brett Michaski 20) 10 Joe Kata 21) M1 Mark Smith 22) 35 Chad Layton 23) 67W Justin Whittall 24) 33 Michael Walter 25) 08 Jason Clauss 26) 706 Mark Sasso Heat Winners: Adam Carberry, Chris Coyle, Robbie Stillwaggon, Davie Franek B-Main Winner: Troy Betts Time Trial Results: 1) 56 Nate Snyder 17.346 2) 29 Jason Shultz 17.375 3) 1 Mark Smith 17.377 4) 28F Davie Franek 17.445 5) 63 Josh Weller 17.518 6) 35 Chad Layton 17.529 7) 5G Curt Michael 17.576 8) 27 Greg Hodnett 17.607 9) 47 Adam Carberry 17.652 10) 67W Justin Whittall 17.687 11) 89 Robbie Stillwaggon 17.737 12) 77 Derek Locke 17.746 13) 45 Kevin Nagy 17.817 14) 56C Chris Coyle 17.892 15) 3Z Colby Womer 17.894 20) 20 C4 Jim Shuster 18.089 21) 66 Ryan Kissinger 18.110 22) 08 Jason Clauss 23) 10 Joe Kata 18.145 24) 99K Cody Keller 18.158 25) 7A Ed Aikin 18.265 26) 33 Michael Walter 18.357 27) 7K Kris Lilick 18.422 28) 5 Cory Thorton 18.651 29) 12 Brent Shearer 18.690 30) 33U Bill Unglert 18.854 31) 2T Michael Thomas 19.091 32) 706 Mark Sasso 19.520 Late Models -23 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 9 Hayes Mattern 2) 88 Tony Adams 3) 24 Dylan Yoder 4) 99 Kyle Hardy 5) 4D Chad Hollenbeck 6) 76 Andy Haus 7) 2 Steve Campbell 8) 119B Bryan Bernheisel 9) 27 Jim Yoder 10) 2Y Andrew Yoder 11) 24M Kenny Moreland 12) 3 Tim Wilson 13) 15 Luke Hoffner 14) Z14 Dave Brouse Jr. 15) 63 Nathan Long 16) 6 Donnie Schick 17) 99Z Dave Zona 18) 0 Larry Baer 19) 2J Jeff Rine 20) 20 John Myers 21) 77D Dick Houtz 22) 0V Coleby Frye 23) 7M Meade Hahn Heat Winners: Chad Hollenbeck, Tony Adams, Jeff Rine Pro Stocks -16 Entries 15-Lap A-Main: 1)10M Brad Mitch 2) 40 Tommy Slanker 3) 02 John Fowler 4) 26S AJ Stroup 5) 15 Dustin Snook 6) 6C AJ Hoffman 7) 92 Shawn Lawton 8) 8M Brandon Moserr 9) 71 Kury Wray 10) 33 Curtis Lawton 11) 89 John Schoch 12) 26 Nate Stroup 13) 14C Bill Conrad 14) 55 Lori Croop 15) 99B Kyle Bachman 16) 86 Wayne Shaffer Heat Winners: Shawn Lawton, Dustin Snook
April 29, 2017
NO RACING SCHEDULED
May 6, 2017
CANCELLED - WEATHER
May 13, 2017
CANCELLED - WEATHER
May 20. 2017
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY FINALLY BEATS THE WEATHER SATURDAY NIGHT: SMITH (360 SPRINTS), BERNHEISEL (LATE MODELS) & SLANKER (PRO STOCKS) ALSO VICTORIOUS!
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – After three weeks off, two due to inclement weather, Selinsgrove Speedway pulled off an exciting three division show despite another serious effort to dampen the action by Mother Nature.
The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint series sanctioned the Mach 1 Chassis 360 Sprint Car Spectacular at on Reinhart Food Service Night Saturday with a strong 30-car field.
A multi-car incident on the start of the 25-lap main event in turns one and two resulted in Adam Carberry’s sprint car flipping over. All drivers escaped injury. At the drop of the green flag to restart the A-Main Jason Barney showed the way with Ryan Kissinger in pursuit.
Derek Locke drove into the top spot on the following lap with Kissinger in chase. Kissinger then closed in on Locke quickly in lap traffic. Kissinger's car developed mechanical problems on lap 11 and slowed to bring out a yellow flag.
A restart on lap 12 gave the field a shot at Locke after he led the race early. The double file restart brought Robbie Stillwaggon and Mark Smith to Locke, but a yellow put the field back to single file. Smith took advantage of the restart to take the top spots with a sweeping move around both Stillwaggon and then Locke. Once out front Smith drove away from the field.
The yellow flew on lap 20 to bunch the field up once more. On the restart, Chad Layton would take over second from Locke but as the two drivers battled Smith would drive away to his first win of the season at Selinsgrove and collect $2,000. Locke would secure the second spot before the drop of the checkered flag and Layton would round out the podium. Barney and Davie Franek were the top five finishers.
Heat races for the 360 Sprint Cars were won by Jeff Cook, Robbie Stillwaggon, and Davie Franek. The B-Main was won by Jason Shultz and the dash went to Michael Walter.
Track records were falling on a fast Selinsgrove Speedway. Michael Walter has the new track record in the 4 lap dash. Davie Franek now owns the track record for the 10-lap distance for sprint cars.
Bryan Bernheisel showed the field to the green flag in round two of the Moon Shine Camo Route 35 Late Model Challenge series. Bernheisel led early holding off the advances of a hard charging Jeff Rine.
Various yellow flags throughout the event allowed Rine to get close, but he was never able to make the pass of Bernheisel. In the final corner Rine made one final bid but was unable to get by.
The Delaware double file restarts definitely made things challenging said Bernheisel in victory Lane. He continued by saying, “I was trying to do something a little different and diamond them on the starts so that Rine wasn't able to get by me as easy on the inside.”
It all paid off for the 119 with "Kid Lazer" taking his first win of the season worth $2,000. Rine and 10th place starter Coleby Frye rounded out the podium. Chad Hollenbeck came from 19th to finish fourth followed by Jim Yoder.
Steve Campbell, Rick Singleton, and Tony Adams were the heat race winners for the Jeff's Auto Body Late Models.
AJ Stroup battled Dustin Snook early on in the pro stock feature event. The race was the final time for the drivers to tuneup for the rescheduled Pro Stock 20 next weekend.
Tommy Slanker showed he will be a force to be reckoned with driving from the 10th spot up into the top three before lap three ever went on the board. On lap six Slanker dove to the inside and made the pass of Stroup for the race lead. Soon Shawn Lawton would move into the runner-up spot and by lap 12 the lead was shrinking.
Lawton put all of his eggs in the basket going into turn three coming to the white flag when he went to the inside of the race leader Slanker. Lawton pushed up the track and Slanker was able to get away for his second win of the season.
Lawton crossed the line in second but was penalized at the end for passing before the cone. Stroup moved to second followed by Snook, Lawton, and Brandon Moser.
Heat races for the Pro Stocks were won by Shawn Lawton and AJ Stroup.
Next Saturday night, May 27, Selinsgrove Speedway is back in action on Pepsi Night over the Memorial Day weekend. Racing on May 27 will feature the 360 Sprint Cars plus Late Models, the rescheduled A&A Auto Stores Pro Stock 20, and Roadrunners plus Fireworks! Racing will kick off at 7pm. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.
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SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY: 20 May 2017 360 Sprints – 30 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 1 Mark Smith 2) 77 Derek Locke 3) 35 Chad Layton 4) 87 Jason Barney 5) 28F Davie Franek 6) 89 Robbie Stillwaggon 7) 76 Larry Kelleher 8) 29 Jason Shultz 9) 79 Jordan Thomas 10) 22 Troy Betts 11) 88C Chad Miller 12) 21 Alex Vigneault 13) 90 Matt Tanner 14) 10 Jeff Cook 15) 1W Eric Tomecek 16) 19K Paul Kinney 17) 14B Brett Wright 18) 56 Nate Snyder 19) 66 Ryan Kissinger 20) 63 Josh Weller 21) 33 Michael Walter 22) C4 Jim Shuster 23) 14 Coleman Gulick 24) 47 Adam Carberry 25) 99K Cody Keller 26) 49S Mallie Shuster Heat Winners: Robbie Stillwaggon, Davie Franek, Jeff Cook Dash Winner: Michael Walter B-Main Winner: Jason Shultz
Late Models – 20 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 119B Bryan Bernheisel 2) 2J Jeff Rine 3) 0 Coleby Frye 4) 4D Chad Hollenbeck 5) 27 Jim Yoder 6) 17 Nick Dickson 7) 88 Tony Adams 8) 2 Steve Campbell 9) 99 Rick Singleton 10) 86 Austin Berry 11) 06 Mike Lupfer 12) Z14 Dave Brouse Jr. 13) 4S Danny Snyder 14) 7M Meade Hahn 15) 63 Nathan Long 16) 0 Larry Baer 17) 9 Hayes Mattern 18) 11 Jason Schmidt 19) 46 Dan Green 20) Dylan Yoder Heat Winners: Steve Campbell, Rick Singleton, Tony Adams
Pro Stocks – 18 Entries 15-Lap A-Main: 1) 40 Tommy Slanker 2) 26 AJ Stroup 3) 15 Dustin Snook 4) 92 Shawn Lawton 5) 8M Brandon Moser 6) 33 Curtis Lawton 7) 70J John Schreffler 8) 89 John Schoch 9) 14C Bill Conrad 10) 55 Lori Croop 11) 71 Kurt Wray 12) 40 Nick Gentile 13) 11B Jake Buck 14) 99B Kyle Bachman 15) 86 Wayne Shaffer 16) 55T John Troxell 17) 6C AJ Hoffman 18) 02 John Fowler Heat Winners: Shawn Lawton, AJ Stroup
May 27, 2017
SNYDER RETURNS TO SELINSGROVE SPRINT CAR VICTORY LANE; MATTERN BECOMES FIRST REPEAT LATE MODEL FEATURE WINNER; MITCH SCORES SECOND CAREER PRO STOCK 20; BUSSEY WINS ROADRUNNER SEASON OPENER
SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- The sun shined for one of the first times on a Saturday night all year as Selinsgrove Speedway offered one of its most exciting weekends in racing. PEPSI Night at the track saw the second appearance of the season by the United Racing Club 360 sprint cars plus the Pro Stock 20, Late Models, and season opener for the Roadrunners.
Eddie Strada showed the way early before he had car problems taking him out of contention on lap number seven of the 25-lap URC 360 sprint car main event. Nate Snyder was in search of his first win at the track since 2011. Numerous restarts gave Derek Locke and Cody Keller opportunities to try to go by the race leader. Snyder held tough at the front.
On lap 17 Locke made his best attempt to take the race lead after reeling in Snyder in lap traffic. Locke pulled even with Snyder, but Snyder fended off the challenge and got away from Locke on his way to the checkered flag. Locke finished in second just ahead of Mallie Shuster.
Jason Shultz gave the fans a thrill coming from the 19th starting spot to finish in fourth in front of Keller. Larry Kelleher, Chad Layton, Chris Coyle, Curt Michael, and Troy Betts completed the top ten finishers.
Heat races for the 360 Sprint Cars were won by Jason Clauss, Eric Tomecek, and Brett Michalski.
Hayes Mattern looked like a lock to be the Late Model feature winner on Saturday night as he drove away from the field in the 20-lap feature. A lap eight yellow flag would change the whole complexion of the race. Mattern did not get a good restart and Danny Snyder took advantage of it racing into the top spot. Snyder led the way until lap 12 when Mattern would get the top spot back and bring Steve Campbell with him.
Campbell followed Mattern closely for the next few laps before pulling to the inside on lap 19 to try to grab the win away. Campbell's car spun at the exit of turn two during the battle on the final lap.
The spin set up a one lap shootout that saw Mattern hold off a pretty tough charge from Donnie Schick who finished second. Snyder was third across the line followed by Tony Adams and Gene Knaub.
Luke Hoffner finished sixth with Dave Stamm, Nate Long, Zach Kauffman, and Meade Hahn crossing the line as the top ten.
Late model heat wins went to Meade Hahn and Danny Snyder.
Brad Mitch can recall a lap 12 caution flag as one of the crucial moments in his quest to be a two time winner of the A&A Auto Stores Pro Stock 20. Mitch slid up the race track and allowed Tommy Slanker to take the race lead, but a yellow flag negated the pass and Mitch was placed back in first spot.
Slanker spent the rest of the race tailing Mitch at the front with Shawn Lawton hanging in the shadows running third. On the final lap Slanker dove to the inside of Mitch setting up a drag race finish. The finish became very melodramatic when Slanker's car began dumping fluid and his car slowed off turn 4 allowing Mitch to pull away to the win over Shawn Lawton.
AJ Stroup, Slanker, and John Fowler were the top five finishers. Johnny Bouse finished in sixth with Brandon Moser, Peanut Heintzelman, Noah Jensen, and John Schoch rounding out the top ten finishers.
Tommy Slanker, Shawn Lawton, and Brad Mitch won heat races with Lawton winning the cash dash. Each heat race winner received $40 from the family of Jim Payne as well a dash payout.
The night cap run by the Roadrunners kept the fans on the edge of their seat. Keith Bissinger, the defending champion, flipped in his heat and was starting deep in the field. A returning Bob Bussey grabbed the lead away from Ryan Leister early on. Brian Johnson got into the outside wall on a restart that saw he and Bissinger run a lane higher than what the track had to offer. It was at that point that Bussey realized he needed to move up to the high side of the track before he got passed.
Bussey did just that and won the Roadrunner season opening event. Bissinger finished second ahead of Will Brunson, Smith Cope, and Leister.
Roadrunner heat race wins were captured by Ryan Leister and Darren Rice.
For the second week in a row the speedway had many of the standing track records broken. Meade Hahn broke the track record In the Late Models after the first heat race of the night before Danny Snyder broke it again in the second one.
Next Saturday will mark the third race of the season at Selinsgrove Speedway for the united racing club in the annual Kramer Cup in memory of former champion Kramer Williamson. The Race will run 30 laps and pay $2,573 to win.
The Mid Atlantic Modifieds and Econo Late Models will also join the Sprint Car teams as well as the Pro Stocks.
Track gates will open at 5 p.m. Racing will start at 7 p.m.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY – 27 May 2017 360 Sprint Cars – 30 Entries 25-lap A-Main: 1) 56 Nate Snyder 2) 77 Derek Locke 3) 49 Mallie Shuster 4) 29 Jason Shultz 5) 99K Cody Keller 6) 76 Larry Kelleher 7) 35 Chad Layton 8) 56C Chris Coyle 9) 5G Curt Michael 10) 22 Troy Betts 11) 33 Michael Walter 12) 73 Brett Michalski 13) 22M Nyle Berkes 14) C-4 Jim Shuster 15) 13 Ryan Higgins 16) 29S Derek Steward 17) 66 Ryan Kissinger 18) 1W Eric Tomecek 19) 42E Eddie Strada 20) 3Z Colby Womer 21) 08 Jason Clauss 22) 67 Justin Whittal 23) 28F Davie Franek 24) 87 George Suprick 25) 47 Adam Carberry 26) 63 Josh Weller Heat Winners: Jason Clauss, Eric Tomecek, Brett Michalski Consolation Winner: Jason Shultz Late Models – 14 Entries 20-Lap A-Main: 1) 9 Hayes Mattern 2) 6 Donnie Schick 3) 4S Danny Snyder 4) 88 Tony Adams 5) 1 Gene Knaub 6) 15 Luke Hoffner 7) 10 Dave Stamm 8) 63 Nathan Long 9) 08 Zach Kauffman 10) 7 Meade Hahn 11) 2 Steve Campbell 12) 27 Jim Yoder 13) 115 Shaun Miller 14) 77 Dick Houtz Heat Winners: Meade Hahn, Danny Snyder Pro Stocks – 20 Entries 20-Lap A-Main: 1) 10M Brad Mitch 2) 92 Shawn Lawton 3) 26 AJ Stroup 4) 40 Tommy Slanker 5) 02 John Fowler 6) 28J Johnny Bouse 7) 8M Brandon Moser 8) 99 Peanut Heintzelman 9) 6J Noah Jensen 10) 89 John Schoch 11) 14 Bill Conrad 12) 71 Kurt Wray 13) 33 Curtis Lawton 14) 6C AJ Hoffman 15) 11 Jake Buck 16) 88 Matt Hornberger 17) 15 Dustin Snook 18) 55t John Troxell 19) 55 Lori Croop 20) 55C Tommy Dawson Heat Winners: Tommy Slanker, Shawn Lawton, Brad Mitch Dash Winner: Shawn Lawton Roadrunners – 17 Entries 12-Lap A-Main: 1) 76 Bob Bussey 2) 11 Keith Bissinger 3) 8B Will Brunson 4) 1 Smith Cope 5) 14 Ryan Leister 6) 8 Daren Rice 7) 12 Tom Underwood 8) 2B Brian Mabus 9) 44 Jim Collier 10) 22 Ricky Buss 11) 19 Kyle Smith 12) 0 Kevin Dobson 13) 7 Kyle Kissinger 14) 31 Brandon Shultz 15) 201 Brian Johnson 16) 3 Tom Brunson 17) 28 Jason Zook Heat Winners: Ryan Leister, Daren Rice
June 3, 2017
SMITH WINS THIRD URC 360 SPRINT CAR KRAMER CUP; LAWTON DRIVES TO FIRST CAREER PRO STOCK VICTORY; YODER TAKES CHECKERS IN 355 ECONO LATE MODELS
SELINSGROVE, PA. – Saturday night marked the fourth annual running of the Kramer Cup at Selinsgrove Speedway. The Kramer Cup, a literal pink cup presented to the winner each year, went home with Sunbury’s Mark Smith for the third time out of the four tribute races in memory of sprint car driver Kramer Williamson.
Williamson was the 2008 Knoxville Sprint Car Hall of Fame driver Kramer who lost his life in a racing accident in 2013. He is a former track champion a Selinsgrove Speedway and had unmeasured success and impact on central PA Sprint Car racing.
Timed hot laps set heat races with inversions. When everything was said and done Smith was on the pole of the 30-lap main event in search of Kramer Cup number three. Derek Locke was the first challenger for Smith, and Locke was the only driver other than Smith to see the daylight of the race lead in the early laps. Locke took advantage of a restart and led the field into turn one before his car turned sideways and Smith went back into the lead. Cody Keller took advantage of the sideways Locke to take second.
On lap 11 the race leader was into traffic, but Keller could not make up ground as Smith sliced his way through the back of the field. A caution flag flew at half way that put Keller aside of the Smith for the double file restart with new challenger Greg Hodnett joining the front duo. Derek Locke climbed back into the race for second with Keller and Hodnett while Smith started to drift away. Keller’s strong run came to an end when he lost his right rear tire on lap 18. Hodnett was the challenger to Smith on the restart before Selinsgrove point leader Davie Franek moved into second. Franek closed on Smith initially after taking the spot, but never got close enough to challenge Smith for the win.
Smith crossed the line ahead of Franek, Hodnett, Locke, and Jason Shultz, who started 19th. Robbie Stillwagon, 2015 winner of the event, Josh Weller, Chad Layton, Chris Coyle, and Mallie Shuster were the top ten finishers. Heat races were won by Franek, Weller, and Nate Snyder. Shultz won the B-Main.
Kramer Williamson’s daughter, Felecia Williamson, paced the field in the “Pink Panther” number 73 before the feature event. The Williamson family also joined Mark Smith in victory lane with the 73 at the conclusion of the feature race. The beautiful Kramer Cup was custom finished by Keller’s Auto Body in Selinsgrove.
Last lap heroics were written all over the first ever Econo Late Model feature at Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night. Shaun Miller led the whole feature event with Andrew Yoder in chase. Miller ran the middle of the track, while Yoder peddled around the bottom of the race track. Yoder kept constant pressure on Miller the whole race.
On lap 12 the front runner began to catch lap traffic and soon Tim Fedder had joined the duo at the front. Miller’s line around the outside allowed him to move past the traffic until the white flag was given. Miller tried to pass a lap car around the outside and although he completed the pass, it was not before Yoder turned down across the speedway to pull even with the leader.
As they drove under the white flag Yoder began to inch ahead securing the race leader in turn two. Yoder made a bold move on the back stretch and into turn three splitting some laps cars leaving Miller and Fedder behind on his way to the win. The feature ran green to checkered. Yoder, Fedder, and Miller led Todd Snook and Tim Krape across the line. Sixth through tenth finishing positions went to Kenny Yoder, Ander Shoop, Troy Miller, Jared Fulkroad, and Chase Bowsman.
Miller and Yoder won heat races.
There is an old saying that if you continue to put yourself in good spots, good things will happen. That was the case for the A&A Auto Store Pro Stock winner. Shawn Lawton has been in contention all season long and finally overcame the challenges to pick up his first win on Saturday night. Lawton dominated the feature event running through mostly unchallenged.
AJ Hoffman and Dustin Snook waged a tight battle for second while Lawton drove away. Hoffman won out on that battle to finish in the runner up spot. It was Lawton’s first career Selinsgrove Speedway win. Hoffman, Snook, Jake Buck, and AJ Stroup were the top five finishers. John Fowler, Brandon Moser, Bill Conrad, Nate Stroup, and Nick Gentile made up the top ten finishers in the feature event.
Lawton and Hoffman were heat race winners.
Selinsgrove Speedway returns to racing action at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 10, hosting the finale to the Appalachian Mountain Late Model Speedweek Series plus 360 sprint cars and pro stocks. Track gates will open at 5 p.m. The 40-lap super late model main event will pay $4,000 to win. Stay in touch with the speedway by visiting SelinsgroveSpeedway.com or following the track on Facebook and Twitter.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY: 3 June 2017 360 Sprints – 30 Entries 30-Lap A-Main: 1) M1 Mark Smith 2) 28F Davie Franek 3) 27 Greg Hodnett 4) 77 Derek Locke 5) 29 Jason Shultz 6) 89 Robbie Stillwaggon 7) 63 Josh Weller 8) 35 Chad Layton 9) 56C Chris Coyle 10) 49S Mallie Shuster 11) 5G Curt Michael 12) 67W Justin Whittall 13) 22 Troy Betts 14) 76 Larry Kelleher 15) 66 Ryan Kissinger 16) 3Z Colby Womer 17) 7A Ed Aiken 18) 13 Ryan Higgins 19) C4 Jim Shuster 20) 7K Kriss Lilick 21) 99K Cody Keller 22) 1W Eric Tomecek 23) 45 Kevin Nagy 24) 33 Michael Walter 25) 73B Brett Michalski 26) 56 Nate Snyder Heat Winners: Davie Franek, Nate Snyder, Josh Weller B-Main Winner: Jason Shultz
Time Trials (Overall): 1) 27 Greg Hodnett 17.609 2) 56C Chris Coyle 17.657 3) 28F Davie Franek 17.744 4) 77 Derek Locke 17.922 5) 35 Chad Layton 18.109 6) M1 Mark Smith 18.112 7) 5G Curt Michael 18.189 8) 63 Josh Weller 18.201 9) 66 Ryan Kissinger 18.222 10) 29 Jason Shultz 18.267 11)99K Cody Keller 18.282 12) 1W Eric Tomecek 18.365 13) 67 Justin Whittall 18.457 14) 56 Nate Snyder 18.505 15) 49S Mallie Shuster 18.559 16) 73B Brett Michalski 18.647 17) 22 Troy Betts 18.725 18) 76 Larry Kelleher 18.738 19) 89 Robbie Stillwaggon 18.834 20) 7A Ed Aikin 18.880 21) JJ Grasso 18.931 22) 13 Ryan Higgins 18.934 23) 3Z Colby Womer 18.985 24) 7K Kris Lilick 19.253 25) 45 Kevin Nagy 19.292 26) 33 Michael Walter 19.335 27) 29S Derek Steward 19.490 28) C4 Jim Shuster 19.552 29) 706 Mark Sasso 20.650 30) 71 Jessica Whitenight DNT
355 Econo Late Models – 15 Entries 15-Lap A-Main: 1) 2 Andrew Yoder 2) 24 Tim Fedder 3) 115S Shaun Miller 4) 23 Todd Snook 5) 07 Tim Krape 6) 7 Kenneth Yoder 7) S8 Andrew Shoop 8) 115 Troy Miller 9) 12K Jared Fulkroad 10) 79 Chase Bowsman 11) 13H Jess Trometter 12) 4 Jason Nace 13) 30 Andy Snyder 14) 7 Jason Davis 15) 11 Derick Garman Heat Winners: Shawn Miller, Andrew Yoder
Pro Stocks – 15 Entries 15-Lap A-Main: 1) 92 Shawn Lawton 2) 6C AJ Hoffman 3) 15 Dustin Snook 4) 11B Jake Buck 5) 26 AJ Stroup 6) 02 John Fowler 7) 8M Brandon Moser 8) 14C Bill Conrad 9) 26N Nate Stoup 10) 40G Nick Gentile 11) 55 Lori Croop 12) 40 Tommy Slanker 13) Wayne Shaffer 14) 55T John Troxell 15) 89 John Schoch Heat Winners: Shawn Lawton, AJ Hoffman
June 10, 2017
RINE’S 104th CAREER SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY LATE MODEL VICTORY WORTH $4,000 & APPALACHIAN MOUNTIAN DIRT LATE MODEL SPEEDWEEK SERIES TITLE; OUT-RUNS ECKERT IN INTENSE A-MAIN ON SUPER RACING SURFACE! TOMACEK SCORES FIRST OF SEASON IN 360 SPRINTS; SLANKER DUELS WITH MITCH FOR PRO STOCK VICTORY
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Jeff Rine’s 104th career super late model victory at Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday night was worth $4,000 and the Appalachian Mountain Dirt Late Model Series title. The Danville driver didn’t take the lead until lap 30 in the intense 40-lap thriller and held off Rick Eckert of York for the prestigious win.
Rine came into the event trailing series leader Jason Covert of York Haven by only 27 points and bested a stellar field of 32 super late model drivers. Covert finished second in the series points with last year’s champion Kenny Pettyjohn of Millboro, Del., rounding out the top three.
Eric Tomacek of Abbottstown put on a show around the top of the race track to score his first win of the season in the 25-lap 360 sprint car main event, while Tommy Slanker of York out-dueled Brad Mitch of McClure for this third victory of the year in the 15-lap pro stock main event.
Selinsgrove Speedway will present a two-race weekend Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17. Friday night’s race at 8 p.m. will feature the first appearance of the season by the 410 sprint cars in the 30-lap, $4,000-to-win Ray Tilley Classic plus 355 econo late models. Track gates on Friday will open at 6 p.m.
Saturday night’s racing card will showcase the 360 sprint cars in the Patriot Sprint Tour-sanctioned Joe Whitcomb Memorial plus super late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners at 7:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.
Polesitter Matt Cosner and second-place starter Rick Eckert drag raced around the half-mile oval at the start of the late model main event. Eckert had a slight lead until Cosner pulled in front on lap three. By lap seven, fourth-place starter Jeff Rine and Eckert were dueling for second as Cosner led the way.
At the lap nine marker, Cosner began to encounter slower traffic. Kyle Hardy, who started twelfth, showed a lot of speed around the top of the race track and stormed into the fourth spot on lap 12. He then passed Rine for third on the 17th circuit. At the halfway point, Cosner led Eckert, Rine, and Hardy.
Hardy eventually moved into second and began to reel in Cosner. The race’s first caution flag unfurled on lap 28 when Austin Hubbard’s car rolled to a stop. When the race resumed, Hardy drifted too high and lost spots as a war on wheels unfolded at the front of the pack. On the 30th circuit, Rine took the lead from Cosner with an outside pass in turn four.
Despite two more restarts, Rine held off Eckert for the checkered flag by just .89 of second. Cosner, Hardy, and Steve Campbell rounded out the top five.
Outside front row starter Eric Tomacek powered into the lead at the start of the 360 sprint car feature over polesitter Derek Steward. Fourth-place starter Michael Walter drove into the second spot on lap three and began to close in on Tomacek. By lap five, Tomacek was the pacesetter over Walter, fifth-place starter Cody Keller, Steward, and third-place starter Justin Whittal.
Chad Layton, who started seventh, advanced to fourth on lap nine. At the halfway point, Walter was in striking distance in slower traffic. The first caution flag unfurled at halfway for Michael Thomas who was able to rejoin the race.
When the race resumed, 11th-place starter and current points leader Davie Franek stormed into the top five. With 10 laps remaining, a close three-car battle unfolded between Walter, Keller, and Layton for the runner-up spot.
In the final laps, Layton posed a threat to Walter for the second spot as Tomacek drove to victory. Walter finished a strong second with Layton, Keller, and Franek rounding out the top five.
Second-place starter AJ Hoffman took the lead at the start of the pro stock feature. Fourth-place starter AJ Stroup quickly took over the runner-up spot. On lap four, the caution flag unfurled when Hoffman’s car developed a flat tire.
For the lap five restart, Stroup inherited the lead only to have seventh-place starter Brad Mitch power into the front spot a lap later. Current points leader and sixth-place starter Tommy Slanker followed Mitch in the second position. For the next several laps, Mitch and Slanker see-sawed for the lead and switched lanes around the quick half-mile oval.
With three laps remaining, Slanker secured the lead and drove to victory over Mitch, Shaun Lawton, Stroup, and Noah Jensen in the top five.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY: 10 June 2017 360 Sprint Cars – 21 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 1W Eric Tomecek 2) 33 Michael Walter 3) 35 Chad Layton 4) 99K Cody Keller 5) 28F Davie Franek 6) 29 Jason Shultz 7) 56 Nate Snyder 8) 67W Justin Whittall 9) 77 Derek Locke 10) 76 Larry Kelleher 11) 49S Mallie Shuster 12) 15 Mark Bitner 13) 29S Derek Steward 14) 22M Nyle Berkes 15) C4 Jim Shuster 16) 22T Dave Thrush 17) 24 Mike Haggenbottom 18) 2T Michael Thomas 19) 3Z Colby Womer 20) 66 Ryan Kissinger 21) 80M Dan Richcreek Heat Winners: Michael Walter, Eric Tomecek, Justin Whittall
Late Models – 32 Entries 40-Lap A-Main: 1) 2J Jeff Rine 2) 7E Rick Eckert 3) 66C Matt Cosner 4) 3V Kyle Hardy 5) 2 Steve Campbell 6) 119B Bryan Bernheisel 7) 4D Chad Hollenbeck 8) 24 Dylan Yoder 9) 38 Kenny Pettyjohn 10) 5W Waylon Wagner 11) 2D Dylan Yoder 12) 76 Andy Haus 13) 72 Jason Covert 14) 6 Donnie Schick 15) 88 Tony Adams 16) 9 Hayes Mattern 17) 11 Jason Schmidt 18) 2Y Andrew Yoder 19) 1C Mike Pegher Jr. 20) 11 Austin Hubbard 21) 24J Jim Yoder 22) 7M Meade Hahn 23) 06 Mike Lupfer 24) 4S Danny Snyder 25) 0 Coleby Frye Heat Winners: Rick Eckert, Jeff Rine, Jason Covert B-Main Winner: Hayes Mattern
Pro Stocks – 15 Entries 15-Lap A-Main: 1) 40 Tommy Slanker 2) 10M Brad Mitch 3) 92 Shaun Lawton 4) 26 AJ Stroup 5) 6 Noah Jensen 6) 11B Jake Buck 7) 99 Peanut Heintzelman 8) 14C Bill Conrad 9) 40G Nick Gentile 10) 89 John Schoch 11) 15 Dustin Snook 12) 86 Wayne Shaffer 13) 55 Lori Croop 14) 6C AJ Hoffman 15) 28J Johnny Bouse Heat Winners: Shawn Lawton, AJ Hoffman
June 16, 2017
SELINSGROVE BEATS RAIN, WOLFE WIRES FIELD FOR TILLEY CLASSIC SPRINT VICTORY; ANDREW YODER REPEATS IN ECONO LATE MODELS
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway fended off the rain while Lucas Wolfe of Mechanicsburg fended off Brock Zearfoss of Jonestown for the victory in Friday night’s 30-lap Ray Tilley Classic for 410 sprint cars.
It was Wolfe’s second win in a row at the track in 410 sprint car competition after having won the National Open last September, the last time the 410 sprints competed at the track.
The victory, Wolfe’s third career at Selinsgrove and fifth overall this season, was worth $4,088 plus the custom crystal trophy cup from the Tilley family.
Andrew Yoder of Middleburg won his second straight 355 econo late model race at the track in the division’s 15-lap main event.
TJ Stutts and Lucas Wolfe shared the front row for the start of the sprint car main event with Wolfe grabbing the lead down the backstretch. Fourth-place starter Brock Zearfoss raced underneath Stutts at the same time and began his pursuit of the leader.
By lap six, Wolfe began to encounter slower traffic as Zearfoss raced second, followed by Stutts, and third-place starter Danny Dietrich. At the halfway point, Zearfoss began to close in on Wolfe in a high-speed chase around the Superspeedway of Dirt Track Racing.
With eight laps to go, Zearfoss almost got within striking distance in traffic. The race’s first and only caution flag unfurled on lap 25 when fifth-place runner Jason Shultz blew a tire and parked his sprinter sideways in turns one and two.
When the race resumed, Wolfe maintained the front spot with Zeafoss in tow. The final two laps saw Dietrich power by Stutts for the third position. At the checkered flag, Wolfe was victorious by just two seconds over Zearfoss, Deitrch, Stutts, and Aaron Ott.
Polesitter Tim Fedder led the start of the econo late model main event. A close battle unfolded at the front of the pack between Fedder, Todd Snook, and Shaun Miller. On the second circuit, second-place starter Andrew Yoder reclaimed the position and set his sights on the leader.
On a lap five restart, Yoder took the lead from Fedder with an inside through turn two. Fedder later brought out the caution flag for a flat tire and rejoined the race. Yoder continued to set the pace and posted a mere 1.39 second margin of victory over Miller, Fedder, Devin Hart, and Jared Fulkroad.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY – 16 June 2017 410 Sprint Cars – 20 Entries 30-Lap A-Main: 1) 24 Lucas Wolfe 2) 3Z Brock Zearfoss 3) 48 Danny Dietrich 4) 11 TJ Stutts 5) 25 Aaron Ott 6) 27 Greg Hodnett 7) 39 Anthony Macri 8) 1W Eric Tomecek 9) 75 Frankie Herr 10) 29 Jason Shultz 11) 12 Blane Heimbach 12) 44 Trey Starks 13) 29S Derek Steward 14) 24B Dustin Baney 15) 28F Davie Franek 16) 49 Mallie Shuster 17) C4 Jim Shuster 18) 5B Justin Barger 19) Freddie Rahmer 20) 49H Bradley Howard Heat Winners: Aaron Ott, Trey Starks, Greg Hodnett Time Trials: 1) 11 TJ Stutts 16.419 2) 24 Lucas Wolfe 16.538 3) 48 Danny Dietrich 16.560 4) 3Z Brock Zearfoss 16.563 5) 29 Jason Shultz 16.577 6) 1W Eric Tomecek 16.590 7) 25 Aaron Ott 16.634 8) 44 Trey Starks 16.703 9) 27 Greg Hodnett 16.773 10) 49 Mallie Shuster 16.774 11) 39 Anthony Macri 16.803 12) 75 Frankie Herr 16.920 13) 12 Blane Heimbach 16.649 14) 28F Davie Franek 17.140 15) 5B Justin Barger 17.149 16) C4 Jim Shuster 17.232 17) 24B Dustin Baney 17.463 18) 29S Derek Steward 18.317 19) 49H Bradley Howard DNT 20) 51 Freddie Rahmer DNT Econo Late Models – 10 Entries 15-Lap A-Main: 1) 2 Andrew Yoder 2) 115S Shaun Miller 3) 24 Tim Fedder 4) 33K Devin Hart 5) 12K Jared Fulkroad 6) 7K Kenny Yoder 7) 79 Chase Bowsman 8) 30 Andy Snyder 9) 15 Luke Hoffner 10) 23 Todd Snook
June 17, 2017
SNYDER WINS WHITCOMB SPRINT CAR THRILLER BY HALF CAR-LENGTH; RINE SMASHES LATE MODEL TRACK RECORD FOR 105th CAREER WIN; SLANKER’S FOURTH PRO STOCK WIN STRENGTHEN POINTS LEAD; BRUNSON WINS FIRST CAREER ROADRUNNER RACE
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway capped off a big two-race weekend Saturday night in thrilling and record-breaking fashion with a strong field of race cars and another super racing surface.
The Patriot Sprint Tour invaded as part of the 14th Annual Joe Whitcomb Memorial for 360 sprint cars to honor the memory of the late Millersburg driver who lost his life in a racing accident at the track in 2003.
Nate Snyder led early in the 25-lap Sprint Car event showing the way over defending Patriot Sprint Tour champion Jarrid Zimbardi. Cody Keller quickly broke into the top three in the early laps.
The caution flag flew on lap 11 for a slowing Jordan Thomas and interrupted a great battle for second between Zimbardi and Keller.
On the restart Jason Shultz threw a slider on Keller to take over the third spot and soon worked his way by Zimbardi into second. Shultz began to close in on the race leader after securing second. Soon Chad Layton and Davie Franek charged to third and fourth.
Over the next few laps the top four closed up and with three to go Snyder led Shultz, Layton, and Franek in a tight high speed chase with no lap cars between them.
Shultz pulled the last corner slide job on Snyder and looked like he might have stolen the victory away. Snyder turned down the speedway and crossed Shultz over coming to the line for the win. Snyder's victory was by just .052, or half of a car-length, over Shultz. Franek ended up third followed by Layton and Makr Smith.
Jared Zimbardi, Robbie Stillwagon, Derek Locke, Larry Kelleher, and Eric Tomecek made up the top ten finishers.
360 Sprint Car heat race winners were Justin Whittall, Eric Tomecek, and Jason Shultz. George Suprick won the B-Main for the 29 car field.
The Fast Tees Fast Time award was taken by Mark Smith with a time of 17.577.
Tommy Slanker isn't the current A&A Auto Store Pro Stock point leader for nothing. Slanker drove from his eighth starting spot to make the pass of Dustin Snook for the race lead on lap 9. Snook, the race long leader, tried to come back and challenge Slanker but spun on lap 12 to bring out a caution flag.
John Fowler took over the second spot and gave Slanker headaches over the next two corners before AJ Stroup moved into the runner up spot. Stroup was out of time by the time he got to second as Slanker was crossing the line for his fourth win of the season.
Slanker dedicated the win to his dad and grandfathers on Father's Day weekend. His grandfather is the reason he runs the number 40. Stroup was second followed by Fower, Brandon Moser, and Lori Croop.
Heat races for the Pro Stocks went to Tommy Slanker and Dustin Snook.
Jeff Rine started in the eighth spot but wasted little time taking the race lead on lap eight from the race leader Tim Wilson.
Rine would pull away from the field and go on to win and set a new track record. Rine shattered the old record (9:02.203) by 17 seconds setting a new time of 8:45.459. Rine dedicated the win to the Eckert family and Rick Eckert who lost his dad Junior earlier in the day.
The battle everyone was watching on the track were for spots two through six. Tim Wilson spent the second half of the race trying to hold off a hard charging Dylan Yoder. Yoder caught Wilson on lap 17 and the two raced side by side for the next five laps before Yoder secured the spot pushing Wilson back to third.
Behind the battle for second was a tight race between Gene Knaub, Steve Campbell, and Hayes Mattern. Mattern held the spot before getting passed by Campbell. Once Campbell went to fourth Knaub followed him by. Knaub then made the pass of Campbell to take the fourth spot.
Rine, Yoder, Wilson, Knaub, and Campbell were the top five followed by Mattern, Dave Brouse Jr., Kenny Trevitz, Donnie Schick, and Jason Schmidt.
Late Model heat winners were Jeff Rine and Gene Knaub.
In a thrilling Roadrunner feature event Will Brunson passed Ryan Leister on the last lap to claim the checkered flag. Brandon Shultz finished third followed by Ryan Zook and Michael Smith.
Smith Cope, Butch Shaffer, Dennis Conrad, Bob Bussey, and Kevin Dobson finished out the top ten in the feature event.
Tom Underwood and Bob Bussey won Roadrunner heat races.
Next Saturday night Selinsgrove Speedway will swing back into action with Kid's Night featuring the 360 Sprint Cars, Super Late Models, Pro Stocks, and Roadrunners. The event will have a 7:30 start time. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.
Also make sure to mark your calendar for the Saturday, July 1, Selinsgrove event featuring the Selinsgrove Ford Market Street Race Car parade at 4 p.m. prior to the evening’s racing events. The 360 Sprint Cars will compete in the Firecracker 30 along with Late Models, Pro Stocks, and Roadrunners plus Fireworks.
For more information on the upcoming events at the speedway you can visit the speedway web site at SelinsgroveSpeedway.com and on social media via Facebook and Twitter.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY: 17 June 2017 360 Sprints - 29 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 56 Nate Snyder 2) 29 Jason Shultz 3) 28F Davie Franek 4) 35L Chad Layton 5) M1 Mark Smith 6) 25 Jared Zimbardi 7) 89 Robbie Stillwaggon 8) 77 Derek Locke 9) 76 Larry Kelleher 10) 1W Eric Tomecek 11) 67W Justin Whittall 12) 98 Joe Trenca 13) 47 Kyle Drum 14) 67 Steve Collins 15) 79 Jordan Thomas 16) 87 George Suprck 17) 29S Derek Steward 18) C4 Jim Shuster 19) 81 Derek Jonathan 20) 45 Kevin Nagy 21) 99K Cody Keller 22) 33 Michael Walter 23) 66 Ryan Kissinger 24) 3Z Colby Womer 25) 49S Mallie Shuster Heat Winners: Justin Whittall, Eric Tomecek, Jason Shultz B-Main Winner: George Suprick Time Trials: 1) M1 Mark Smith 17.577 2) 67 Steve Collins 17.637 3) 49S Mallie Shuster 17.672 4) 67W Justin Whittall 5) 35L Chad Layton17.711 6) 29 Jason Shultz 17.755 7) 28F Davie Franek 17.755 8) 1W Eric Tomecek 9) 56 Nate Snyder 17.808 10) 99K Cody Keller 17.909 11) 35 Jared Zimbardi 17.915 12) 47C Adam Carberry 17.953 13) 77Derek Locke 17.965 14) 89 Robbie Stillwaggon 17.986 15) 66 Ryan Kissinger 18.044 16) C4 Jim Shuster 18.055 17) 45 Kevin Nagy 18.078 18) 47 Kyle Drum 18.104 19) 98 Joe Trenca 18.159 20) 79 Jordan Thomas 18.170 21)29S Derek Steward 18.197 22) 76 Larry Kelleher18.223 23) 81 Derek Jonathan 18.419 24) 33 Michael Walter 18.444 25) 3Z Colby Womer 18.495 26) 87 George Suprick 18.510 27) 48Darryl Ruggles 18.594 28) 17 Josh Azzi 18.829 29) 1J Derrick Juliano DNT
Late Models - 16 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 2J Jeff Rine 2) 24 Dylan Yoder 3) 3 Tim Wilson 4) 1 Gene Knaub 5) 2 Steve Campbell 6) 9 Hayes Mattern 7) 14 Dave Brouse Jr. 8) 61 Kenny Trevitz 9) 6 Donnie Schick 10) 11 Jason Schmidt 11) 7M Meade Hahn 12) 10 Dave Stamm 13) 15 Luke Hoffner 14) 2Y Andrew Yoder 15) 88 Tony Adams 16)63 Nathan Long Heat Winners: Jeff Rine, Gene Knaub
Pro Stocks - 13 Entries 15-Lap A-Main: 1) 40 Tommy Slanker 2) 26 AJ Stroup 3) 02 John Fowler 4) 28J Johnny Bouse 5) 55 Lori Croop 6) 92 Shaun Lawton 7) 14C Bill Conrad 8) 15 Dustin Snook 9) 8M Brandon Moser 10) 55T John Troxell 11) 11B Jake Buck 12) 86 Wayne Shaffer 13) 40G Nick Gentile Heat Winners: Dustin Snook, Tommy Slanker
Roadrunners - 18 Entries 12-Lap A-Main: 1) 8B Will Brunson 2) 14 Ryan Leister 3) 31B Brandon Shultz 4) 28 Ryan Zook 5) 76S Michael Smith 6) 1 Smith Cope 7) 7 Butch Shaffer 8) 41D Dennis Conrad 9) 76 Bob Bussey 10) 0 Kevin Dobson 11) 12 Tom Underwood 12) 11 Keith Bissinger 13) 22 Ricky Buss 14) 3 Tommy Brunson 15) 28M Miranda Minium 16) 44X Jim Collier 17) 2B Brian Mabus 18) 8 Daren Rice Heat Winners: Tom Underwood, Bob Bussey
June 24, 2017
FRANEK STORMS FROM 12th STARTING POSITION TO WIN THIRD 360 SPRINT RACE; ADAMS, HOFFMAN & JOHNSON ALL SCORE FIRST STOCK CAR WINS OF SEASON
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The 360 Sprint cars had one week left to prepare before the big Firecracker 30 race at Selinsgrove Speedway coming up on July 1. Davie Franek of Wantage, N.J., proved he is more than ready. Franek charged from his 12th starting spot to pass race leader Eric Tomecek on lap 19 and go onto his third win of the season in the 25-lap 360 Sprint Car main event.
Tomecek passed race-long leader Ryan Kissinger on lap 11 after a restart. Once out front Tomecek led until a lap 15 caution flag which gave Franek the opportunity to be on the race leader’s rear bumper for the restart. Ryan Kissinger continued to struggle as Jason Shultz went past while in a battle with Justin Whittall. Whittall also completed the pass and then Derek Locke went by to fifth from his 14th starting spot.
As Franek crossed the line he was chased by Tomecek, Shultz, Whittall, and Locke. Franek mentioned in victory lane that the yellow flags fell his way during the event allowing him to come from his 12th starting spot. He also said he was better in traffic than he was once he was out front which also helped his cause.
Kissinger, Nate Snyder, Larry Kelleher, Colby Womer, and Nyle Berkes completed the top ten finishers. Justin Whittall, Eric Tomecek, and Jim Shuster won the heat races for the 360 Sprinters.
Tony Adams was the fastest car for much of the night in the Jeff’s Auto Body and Recycling Late Models. Adams started sixth and picked his way to the front to take the race lead away from Dave Zona on lap 11.
Once out front Adams looked to be a lock for his first win in five years at the speedway. A yellow flag on lap 21 changed everything. The yellow flag put Steve Campbell on his tail for the restart. Adams, who was concerned his tire might have gone away under the yellow flag was able to fend off the challenge of Campbell and pulled away to his first win since 2012.
Campbell came home second followed by Tim Wilson, Donnie Schick, and Hayes Mattern. Kenny Trevitz came across the line in sixth ahead of Nathan Long, Dave Stamm, Dave Zona, and Luke Hoffner. Wilson and Adams won heat races for the Super Late Models on Kids’ Night at the speedway.
The A&A Auto Store Pro Stock feature race had point imprecations the whole way through it. AJ Hoffman was in search of his first win of the season after winning five times a year ago. Hoffman is not in the top of the point battle so his main focus was a trip to victory lane.
On the other hand Shaun Lawton charged to the front of the field Saturday night hoping to better his point race counterpart Tommy Slanker. Slanker, the point leader, was caught up in an accident on lap five.
From that point on Lawton did all he could to work to the front and take a victory. Hoffman had other ideas while in a battle with Lawton, Kyle Bachman, and AJ Stroup. Hoffman and Lawton were left to settle the race for the win on the final lap.
Lawton led lap 14 of the 15 lap race. Hoffman came back and took the race lead back as the duo raced down the back stretch for the final time. In turns three and four Hoffman inched ahead and held on by just inches for the win over Lawton. Bachman, Stroup, and Dustin Snook competed the top five finishers.
Slanker recovered to run sixth, Jake Buck, Noah Jenson, John Fowler, and John Schreffler joined him in the top ten. Hoffman and Lawton were the heat race winners for the Pro Stocks.
The Roadrunners raced for the $400 payday on Saturday night. Daren Rice lead the way early in a tight battle with Keith Bissinger and Will Brunson. Bissinger lost his left front tire and that took him out of contention. On the restart, Brian Johnson made an attempt to slide in front of the leaders going into turn one and two after charging into the battle for the lead from his 15th starting spot.
Johnson made contact with Rice and Brunson took the lead. A yellow flag disregarded the pass for the lead. Rice held the lead until lap ten when Johnson made the winning pass. Johnson crossed the checkered flag ahead of Rice, Tom Brunson, Ken Schreffler, and Tom Underwood. Ricky Buss, Butch Shaffer, Will Bruson, Brandon Shultz, and Brian Mabus.
Smith Cope and Keith Bissinger won heat races for the Roadrunners.
Saturday July 1st is the Firecracker 30 at Selinsgrove Speedway. The prelude to the night’s racing will be the annual Selinsgrove Ford Market Street Race Car Parade at 4 p.m. The 360 Sprint cars will compete to be the winner of the 15th running of the Firecracker 30 paying $3,000 to win plus the Late Models, Pro Stocks, and Roadrunners.
Thanks to Todd Benner of Selinsgrove Ford there will be added purse money in each class. The winner of the Late Models will receive a $2,000. The Pro Stock ($650) and the Roadrunner ($450) winners will also receive extra money as well as the top three finishers in each class.
Saturday night was Kids’ Night at the speedway. A big thank you to all the fans that came out to take part in the events and also to the drivers and business’s that donated items for the kids.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY – 24 June 2017 360 Sprints – 21 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 28F Davie Franek 2) 1W Eric Tomecek 3) 29 Jason Shultz 4) 67 Justin Whittall 5) 77 Derek Locke 6) 66 Ryan Kissinger 7) 56 Nate Snyder 8) 76 Larry Kelleher 9) 3Z Colby Womer 10) 22M Nyle Berkes 11) 10 Joe Kata 12) C4 Jim Shuster 13) 22T Dave Thrush 14) 2T Michael Thomas 15) M1 Mark Smith 16) 22 Troy Betts 17) 33 Michael Walter 18) 99K Cody Keller 19) 49S Mallie Shuster 20)35 Chad Layton 21) 47C Adam Carberry Heat Winners: Justin Whittall, Eric Tomecek, Jim Shuster
Late Models – 13 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 88 Tony Adams 2) 2 Steve Campbell 3) 3 Tim Wilson 4) 6 Donnie Schick 5) 9 Hayes Mattern 6) 61 Kenny Trevitz 7) 63 Nathan Long 8) 10 Dave Stamm 9) 99Z Dave Zona 10) 15 Luke Hoffner 11) 8 Zach Kauffman 12) 7M Meade Hahn 13) 77D Dick Houtz Heat Winners: Tim Wilson, Tony Adams
Pro Stocks – 16 Entries 15-Lap A-Main: 1) 6C AJ Hoffman 2) 92 Shaun Lawton 3) 99B Kyle Bachman 4) 26 AJ Stroup 5) 15 Dustin Snook 6) 40 Tommy Slanker 7) 11B Jake Buck 8) 6 Noah Jensen 9) 02 John Fowler 10) 70J John Schreffler 11) 99H Peanut Heintzelman 12) 55 Lori Croop 13) 14C Bill Conrad 14) 71 Kurt Wray 15) 8M Brandon Moser 16) 40G Nick Gentile Heat Winners: AJ Hoffman, Shaun Lawton
Roadrunners – 16 Entries 12-Lap A-Main: 1) 201 Brian Johnson 2) 8 Daren Rice 3) 3 Tommy Brunson 4) 32 Ken Schreffler 5) 12 Tom Underwood 6) 22 Ricky Buss 7) 7 Butch Shaffer 8) 8B Will Brunson 9) 31B Brandon Shultz 10) 2B Brian Mabus 11) 11Keith Bissinger 12) 1 Smith Cope 13) 44C Cory Collier 14) 28M Miranda Minium 15) 0 Kevin Dobson 16) 41D Dennis Conrad Heat Winners: Smith Cope, Keith Bissinger
July 1, 2017
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