Earns Title After Fifth Victory In Dominating Week
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY – Stevie Smith of Broken Arrow, Okla., ended the 25th Anniversary Jake’s Wayback Burgers/Trone Outdoor PA Speedweek series the way he started it—in Victory Lane!—with a convincing win in Sunday night’s Jan Opperman/Dick Bogar Memorial for 410 sprint cars at Selinsgrove Speedway.
The $5,000 win marked Smith’s seventh career at Selinsgrove driving Fred Rahmer’s Miller Bros. Chevrolet No. 51-S. Smith’s performance Sunday night also earned him the Fast Tees Fast Time Award (16.562) and his first career PA Speedweek title that paid $10,000 to the champion for the first time. He became the first driver to win five races in a single series.
Chad Criswell of Martinsburg, W.Va., held of Kevin Knouse of Mechanicsburg for his first career win at Selinsgrove Speedway in the 20-lap super sportsman feature, while Tyler Reeser of Orwigsburg also scored his first win at the track in the 20-lap 305 sprint car feature.
The 410 sprint cars return to Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday, Sept. 19, for the Jim Nace Memorial/33rd Annual National Open.
Second-place starter Danny Dietrich powered into the lead at the start of the sprint car feature. Racing off turn four to complete the first lap, fourth-place starter Stevie Smith used the inside lane to secure the front spot.
By the fifth circuit, Smith began to encounter slower traffic as Dietrich and sixth-place starter Aaron Ott dueled for the runner-up position. By lap nine, an intense three-car battle unfolded at the front of the pack between Smith, Dietrich and Ott.
The race’s first caution flag unfolded on lap 11 when Mallie Shuster spun his sprint car in turn four. On the lap 12 restart, third-place starter Greg Hodnett got by polesitter Lucas Wolfe for the fourth spot. Ott then made a thrilling pass in turn two to get by Dietrich for second. A lap later, Hodnett advanced to third.
On the 17th circuit, Hodnett drove by Ott for second and set his sights on Smith. Despite several late-race cautions, Smith was able to hold the field at bay. In the final laps, however, Hodnett began to reel in Smith in a last-ditch effort to pull off a pass for the win. At the checkered flag, Smith was victorious by just .57 of a victory over Hodnett, Ott, Dietrich, and fifth-place starter Brent Marks.
In the super sportsman feature, polesitter Danny Walsh led the first two laps until third-place starter Chad Criswell made the winning pass on the frontstretch. On a lap four restart, 12th-place starter Kevin Nouse passed several cars using the outside lane around turns one and two to take over the fourth spot.
On a lap seven restart, Nouse drove by fourth-place starter Chad Trout for the runner-up spot and began to close in on Criswell. At the halfway point, Nouse was in striking distance as he and Criswell raced through traffic.
In the final laps, Criswell held off Nouse by .95 of a second for his third victory of the season at three different tracks. Mike Enders, Frankie Herr, and Trout completed the top five.
Second-place starter Tyler Reese pulled into the lead at the start of the 305 sprint car feature and wired the field for his first-ever win at the track. Reese checked out from the field early in the race and opened up more than a straightaway lead over polesitter Derrick Bowersox. Late in the race, current points leader and ninth-place starter Zach Newlin advanced to the second position.
At the checkered flag, Reese posted a convincing nine-second margin of victory over Newlin, Bowersox, James Pryde, and Drew Ritchey.
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SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY – 5 JULY 2015 410 Sprint Cars – 32 Entries 30-Lap A-Main: 1) 51 Stevie Smith 2) 27 Greg Hodnett 3) 25 Aaron Ott 4) 29 Danny Dietrich 5) 19M Brent Marks 6) 07 Doug Esh 7) 1Z Lucas Wolfe 8) 21R Kyle Reinhardt 9) 56 Nate Snyder 10) 12 Blane Heimbach 11) 33 Curt Stroup 12) 29S Jason Shultz 13) 36D Wayne Dadetto 14) 75 Nicole Bower 15) 49S Mallie Shuster 16) 33W Michael Walter II 17) 12B Brad Franks 18) 24B Dustin Baney 19) 29W Ryan Wilson 20) 66 Ryan Kissinger 21) 16 Jac Haudenschild 22) 23 TJ Stutts 23) 30 Daryl Steimling 24) C4 Jim Shuster Heat Winners: Aaron Ott, Greg Hodnett, Kyle Reinhardt, TJ Stutts B-Main Winner: Curt Stroup
Time Trials: 1) 51 Stevie Smith 16.562 2) 27 Greg Hodnett 16.574 3) 29 Danny Deitrich 16.629 4) 1Z Lucas Wolfe 16.718 5) 19M Brent Marks 16.746 6) 16 Jac Haudenschild 16.762 7) 3Z Brock Zearfoss 16.876 8) 12 Blane Heimbach 16.920 9) 25 Aaron Ott 16.952 10) 17B Steve Buckwalter 16.979 11) 21R Kyle Reinhardt 17.004 12) 23 TJ Stutts 17.044 13) 49S Mallie Shuster 17.045 14) 56 Nate Snyder 17.052 15) 07 Doug Esh 17.136 16) 29W Ryan Wilson 17.172 17) 66 Ryan Kissinger 17.177 18) 89 Robbie Stillwaggon 17.210 19) 33 Curt Stroup 17.220 20) 75 Nicole Bower 17.330 21) 36D Wayne Dadetto 17.387 22) 12B Brad Franks 17.431 23) 24B Dustin Baney 17.497 24) C4 Jim Shuster 17.595 25) 30 Daryl Steimling 17.776 26) 29S Jason Shultz 17.816 27) 73 Jevon Ahner 17.955 28) 79 Jordan Thomas 17.977 29) 33W Michael Walter II 18.222 30) 5 Brian Nornhold 18.819 31) 3 Pat Cannon DNT 32) 51B Karl Baker DNT
Super Sportsman – 27 Entries 20-Lap A-Main: 1) 55C Chad Criswell 2) 1J Kevin Nouse 3) 3B Mike Enders 4) 99 Frankie Herr 5) 7C Chad Trout 6) 222 Jay Fannasy 7) 41 Scott Geesey 8) 54 Doug Dodson 9) 8 Rich Eichelberger 10) 11 Steve Fannasy 11) 99C Chad Smith 12) 75 Kenny Edkin 13) 7B Timmy Barrick 14) 17J Tony Jackson 15) 7 Todd Leonard 16) 70D Bill Devine 17) 6 Steve Wilbur 18) 32 Justin Foster 19) 20W Davie Walsh 20) 19 Devonb Beidle 21) 14 Nate Young 22) 77 Russ Mitten 23) 91 Lanny Hake 24) 30 Scott Dellinger Heat Winners: Chad Crisswell, Frankie Herr, Kevin Nouse
305 Sprint Cars – 24 Entries 20-Lap A-Main: 1) 5T Tyler Reeser 2) 11Z Zach Newlin 3) 35B Derrick Bowersox 4) 29 James Pryde 5) 880 Drew Ritchey 6)99 Mike Kiser 7) 8D Scott Ellerman 8) 26V Sean Kirkpatrick 9) 4B Jason Bergstresser 10) 20 Stephanie Stevens-Dodson 11) 4 John Martin 12) 29J Bill Jones Jr. 13) 6R Reed Thompson 14) 67 Ken Duke 15) 6 Sean Hosey 16) 37 Hunter McCracken 17) 19 Tylor Cochran 18) 2 Erin Statler 19) 36 Tom Worrick 20) 99C Cale Riegle 21) 46 Mike Alleman 22) 87 Brent Rumberger 23) 23 Nathan Gramley 24) 55H Brian Haney Heat Winners: John Martin, Sean Kirkpatrick, Scott Ellerman
SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE UPDATES
There will be no racing at Selinsgrove Speedway July 11. The track will be back in action Saturday, July 18, with the annual Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center Driver & Fan Appreciation Night featuring the 360 sprint cars, super late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners at 7:30 p.m. Promoter Charlie Paige announced general admission for adults and students on July 18 will be just $5!
The Pro Stock 20 has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 25, with the Mach 1 Chassis National Open for 360 sprint cars moved to Saturday, Aug. 15.
In cooperation with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and Lernerville Speedway in rescheduling the Firecracker 100 race, Selinsgrove Speedway’s Late Model National Open will change from a two-day event to a single show on Sunday, Sept. 6
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