Selinsgrove Speedway will present another blockbuster racing program at 7 p.m. this Saturday, May 7, for just $5 general admission as part of the annual PEPSI Pack The Track Night featuring 360 sprint cars, super late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners!
Track gates open at 5 p.m., when fans can check out several race cars that will be on display at the grandstand entrance before the start of Saturday’s racing program, which will also feature the April 30 rain-postponed late model feature. Kids 11 years of age and younger are always admitted FREE at Selinsgrove.
Saturday night will be the first race date of the season for the Newville Family of Companies 358 sprint car competition bonus program. For 358 sprint car teams who compete with the 360 sprints at Selinsgrove on May 7, May 14, June 25, July 9, July 16, July 23, Aug. 6, Aug. 20, and Aug. 27 (non-sanctioned races), the following bonuses will be awarded: $200, $125, and $100 for the first, second, and third 358 sprint car drivers to cross the finish line, respectively, in the main event.
A $1,000 bonus is being posted to the 358 sprint car point champion, with $500, $300, and $200 being paid to the top four 358 sprint car point finishers who compete in at least half of the designated race dates.
Selinsgrove Raceway Park will host go karts and 125 micro sprint cars at 7 p.m. this Friday, May 6. Track gates will open at 5:30 p.m.
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GUNN MEMORIAL FINISH REVIEWED AND CONFIRMED:
After our normal cursory review of Saturday night’s 360 sprint car feature event and due to the complexity of its finish, namely split cautions on 2 consecutive laps without the entire field passing under the green flag on either lap 17 (13 cars including 2 lapped) or lap 18 (4 cars) and the race then ending due to rain, a more extensive review of the finishing order was completed by speedway officials. Speedway officials also consulted with other AMB electronic timing technicians to confirm the official finish of the race.
The results of the review and the final finishing order for the event are as follows: The top 4 finishers were scored on lap 18. Positions 5 through 11 were scored on lap 17 and the balance of the field scored on lap 16 or their last green flag lap. Drivers who were penalized and/or stopped during the caution also had their positions adjusted accordingly. Purse checks will be processed and mailed out now that the review has been completed. Thank you for your patience.
OFFICIAL FINISH of the April 30 JACK GUNN MEMORIAL:
1) 1M Mark Smith 2) 63 Josh Weller 3) 23 T.J. Stutts 4) 66 Ryan Kissinger 5) 89 Robbie Stillwaggon 6) 29 Jason Shultz 7) 99 Cody Keller 8) 21 Ed Aikin 9) 39 Nate Snyder 10) 44 John Braim 11) 1W Eric Tomecek 12) 33 Mike Walter 13) 22 Troy Betts 14) 28F Davie Franek 15) 77 Derek Locke 16) 39 Eric Parker 17) 67 Steve Collins 18) 47 Adam Carberry 19) 5G Curt Michael 20) C4 Jim Shuster 21) 98 Joe Trenca 22) 10 Paul Colagiovanni 23) 74 J.R. Berry 24) 3Z Colby Womer 25) 5 Justin Barger 26) 56 Randy West
Mark Smith Chases Down Josh Weller For Winning Pass In Rain Shortened Jack Gunn Memorial
Mitch Holds Off Wray & Moser For Pro Stock Checkers
Late Model Feature To Be Made Up May 7 On Pack The Track Night
Roadrunner Makeup TBA
SELINSGROVE, Pa. - On the night of the 36th annual Jack Gunn Memorial there were two races going on at Selinsgrove Speedway. One race was on the track and the other was against mother nature and an impending storm Saturday evening.
Although the racing was fast paced all night and moved along quickly, mother nature still got the best of the 30-lap Gunn Memorial. The race was past halfway and considered complete on lap 18 with Mark Smith of Sunbury declared the winner for the second year in a row in the $2,200-to-win event. Brad Mitch of McClure also grabbed a Pro Stock win in the division’s 15-lap main before the rains came.
Robbie Stillwagon of Burlington, N.J., started the night off with the Fast Tees Fast Time Award (17.499) over the 28-car field for the Newville Family of Companies 360 Sprint Cars which were joined by the United Racing Club.
Rains hit before the Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center Super Late Model feature was held. The makeup feature will be run during the May 7 “Pack the Track” night. Chad Hollenbeck, Tony Adams, and Coleby Frye won the heat races for the stout 27-car Late Model field.
The Roadrunner feature was also postponed to a later date to be announced.
This coming Saturday, May 7, will be the annual PEPSI “Pack the Track” night featuring $5 General Admission for all adults and students. Kids 11 years of age and younger will be admitted FREE. The May 7 racing card will include a full program of 360 Sprint Cars, Pro Stocks, Roadrunners and two late model features. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.
Once heat races and a B-main were completed the Sprint Car feature line up was set with Mark Smith bringing the field to the green flag as the defending winner of the race. A strong start for fourth-place starter Josh Weller shot him into the race lead. A lap six caution flag gave Smith a chance to regroup and take a shot to regain the top spot. By the time the field returned to the flag stand for lap seven Smith was again showing the way while being chased by Weller.
On lap 12 Smith began to work into lapped traffic and that allowed Weller to begin to close up the gap along with TJ Stutts. Stutts was all over Weller when the yellow flag flew again on lap 17 for Curt Michael slowing with a flat tire. The yellow was good for Smith again giving him the open track.
Stutts was on Weller when the green flew again allowing Smith to get away a little bit before the yellow was displayed for the final time. Jim Shuster was slowing on the backstretch as the rain began to fall on the speedway. Drivers gave officials the sign that the racing surface was not what it needed to be for them to compete any further and they were sent to the pits and the race was called official soon after.
The win is Smith’s 16th career victory at the speedway in 358-360 Sprint Car racing and his seventh in a URC sanctioned event at the track dating back to 2012. Weller came home in second followed by Stutts, Ryan Kissinger from the 13th starting spot, and Robbie Stillwagon. Jason Shultz, Cody Keller, Nate Snyder, Ed Aiken, and John Braim were the top ten in the rain-shortened event.
Joe Trenca, Josh Weller, Tj Stutts won the heat races with Colby Womer winning the B main.
Brad Mitch was on a mission to grab his 20th career Selinsgrove Speedway victory and he did just that in the A&A Auto Stores Pro Stock feature event. Mitch led early over opening night winner Andrew Shoop before Shoop went pitside with an issue. Kurt Wray became the runner up and put a ton of pressure on Mitch before he too had an issue that sidelined his car.
Brandon Moser kept Mitch honest the rest of the race by staying on his rear bumper, but was not able to complete the pass and had to settle for second. Matt Wilson, Curtis Lawton, and Jeff Ceballo rounded out the top five. Mitch and Shoop won heat races for the Pro Stocks.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY- 30 April 2016 360 Sprints—28 Entries 30-Lap A-Main Called Official On Lap 18 Due To Rain: 1) 1M Mark Smith 2) 63 Josh Weller 3) 23 TJ Stutts 4) 66 Ryan Kissinger 5) 89 Robbie Stillwaggon 6) 29 Jason Shultz 7) 99K Cody Keller 8) 39 Nate Snyder 9) 21 Ed Aikin 10) 44 John Braim 11) 1W Eric Tomecek 12) 28F Davie Franek 13) 77 Derek Locke 14) 33 Michael Walter 15) 22 Troy Betts 16) 67 Steve Collins 17) 39 Eric Parker 18) 47 Adam Carberry 19) C4 Jim Shuster 20) 5g Curt Michael 21) 98 Joe Trenca 22) 10 Pauly Colagiovanni 23) 3Z Colby Womer 24) 74J JR Berry 25) 5 Justin Barger 26) 56 Randy West Heat Winners: Joe Trenca, Josh Weller, TJ Stutts B-Main Winner: Colby Womer Time Trials: 1) 89 Robbie Stillwaggon 17.499 2) 29 Jason Shultz 17.504 3) 28F Davie Franek 17.584 4) 1 Mark Smith 17.613 5) 63 Josh Weller 17.626 6) 5G Curt Michael 17.645 7) 5 Justin Barger 17.712 8) 99K Cody Keller 17.712 9) 23 TJ Stutts 17.738 10) 98 Joe Trenca 17.741 11) 21 Ed Aikin 17.801 12) 33 Michael Walter II 17.866 13) 3Z Colby Womer 17.896 14) 66 Ryan Kissinger 17.934 15) 44 John Braim 17.959 16) 1W Eric Tomecek 17.962 17) C4 Jim Shuster 18.012 19) 39 Nate Snyder 18.316 20) 29S Derek Steward 18.390 21) 56 Randy West 18.424 22) 10 Pauly Colagiovanni 18.536 23) 39 Eric Parker 18.629 24) 74J JR Berry 25)706 Mark Sasso 19.403 26) 47 Adam Carberry DNT 27) 67 Steve Collins DNT 28) 77 Derek Locke DNT Super Late Models –27 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: Postponed until May 7 Heat Winners: Chad Hollenbeck, Tony Adams, Coleby Frye Pro Stocks – 18 Entries 15-Lap A-Main: 1) 10M Brad Mitch 2) 8M Brandon Moser 3) 83 Matt Wilson 4) 33 Curtis Lawton 5) 28J Jeff Ceballo 6) 28B John Bouse 7) 55 Lori Croop 8) 4 Jim Payne 9) 14C Bill Conrad 10) 71 Kurt Wray 11) 19 Brandon Auman 12) 13 Zach Romig 13) 6C AJ Hoffman 14) 2C Adam Campbell 15) 8S Andrew Shoop 16) 28 Dan Condo 17) 55T John Troxell 18) 26 Nate Stroup Heat Winners: Brad Mitch, Andrew Shoop Roadrunners – 5 Entries 12-Lap A-Main: Makeup Date To Be Announced
DEITRICH THRILLS CROWD FOR ALL STAR VICTORY
Late Race Pass On Blaney Earns DD The Ray Tilley Classic Checkers
Double D Wing Dancin In Selinsgrove's Victory Lane
SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- Danny Dietrich of Gettysburg used a “never say die” attitude when the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series returned for the first time in 16 years to Selinsgrove Speedway Sunday night.
The $5,000 victory in the 30-lap Ray Tilley Classic was Dietrich’s second of the weekend in central Pennsylvania and second straight in 410 sprint car racing at Selinsgrove after having won last September’s National Open.
Dave Blaney and Dietrich raced side by side for the first lap of the dash before Blaney took control and it was for good. Blaney never looked back and led the whole way to gain the pole for the feature event.
Tony Stewart & Steve Inch
Double D with Track Managament, Alan Kreitzer, Mike Heffner & Steve Inch
At the drop of the green flag for the night's main event Blaney jumped out to the early lead before a red flag flew for Caleb Armstrong and Ryan Kissinger. Armstrong's ride went over, but he was ok. On the ensuing restart, the 1987 National Open winner again took a commanding lead while series point leader Chad Kemenah drove into second. Kemenah would stay there until he brought out the caution on lap four as his car slowed.
Blaney again bolted away from the rest of the field on the restart and pulled away from a great battle for second between Danny Dietrich and Kraig Kinser. Mark Smith soon joined that battle for the runner up spot. Blaney's straightaway lead was erased when Aaron Ott slowed on lap 12.
On this restart Smith would move around Kinser for third and close in on Dietrich for second. Dale Blaney also began to close in on the battle as he moved by Kinser for fourth. In the mean time Blaney had driven away again to a sizeable advantage.
The whole race changed when the yellow flag was thrown for Lee Jacobs slowing to a stop on the front stretch. Dietrich had a shot at the race lead and he would take advantage of it. Dietrich had a good start and hung right with Blaney on the inside line while Blaney sailed around the outside of the track. Dietrich was finally able to pull even with Blaney on lap 27 and at the line to score lap 28 Dietrich inched ahead. From that point Dietrich was on his way to his second career Selinsgrove win and his sixth win with the All Stars.
The Winning Crew
Dietrich followed up his first Selinsgrove Speedway win in the finale of 2015 with a win in the first 410 Sprint Car race of the season in 2016.
Blaney came home second with Mark Smith rounding out the top three. The previous night winner Dale Blaney came home fourth with Blane Heimbach coming home in fifth.
Kraig Kinser, Brent Marks, Lucas Wolfe, Sheldon Haudenschild, and Pat Cannon rounded out the top ten finishers. Haudenschild was the hard charger for the night after grabbing the final transfer spot in the B-Main.
Heat races for the 410 Sprint Cars were won by Mark Smith, Greg Hodnett, Dave Blaney, and Blane Heimbach . TJ Stutts took the B-Main.
The Saturday night race was run in honor of Ray Tilley who is the all time 410 Sprint Car feature winner at Selinsgrove Speedway.
The Fast Tees Fast Timer in memory of Jim Nace was Dietrich.
The remaining 410 Sprint Car races will be held on Friday, June 10 and Sunday, July 3 in the Speedweek finale in memory of Jan Opperman and Dick Boger. Then two Saturday night races on August 13 and September 17 with the Jim Nace Memorial National Open.