This week’s edition of Selinsgrove Speedway spotlight is on 42-year-old late model driver of the black Selinsgrove Ford sponsored number 6, Donnie Schick.Schick is certainly not a rookie when it comes to late model racing.He has been a veteran of the respected division for nearly 25 years, proving he is a force to be reckoned with week in and week out and with the title of reigning champion for two years running at Selinsgrove to his credit.When Schick is not at the racetrack, he is still working on cars at his day job as a mechanic.
Even when Schick was a young boy he was around racing.His father, Donnie Schick Sr. raced late models at Selinsgrove when Schick was young.The two then moved on to help repair and run the track in before races.As Schick was continually around racing throughout his school years, it became apparent that he had the hopes of getting behind the wheel of a racecar one day.
While in high school, Schick was on the path to graduate without missing a single day of school.His father made a deal with him that if he continued to not miss until graduation, he would buy his son a brand new Camero.When the time came, and not a single day was missed, Schick chose a racecar over the street car.
Although currently his racing career may look like a drive down easy street, in the beginning Schick thought he would never see the day when he would get his first win, much less have two championships under his belt.He knew how difficult and competitive the division was and was waiting patiently for his day in the spotlight.That day finally came one evening when fellow driver Tony Adams took the weekend off to vacation at the beach.Adams left his car in the hands of Schick.That night, Schick drove the car to victory lane for his first win, just not in his own car.He then came back for the last race of the year driving his father’s car and won race number two of his career.
The rest of Schick’s racing career is history.He continues to be a great competitor each week at Selinsgrove with the support of his wife Paula and family to cheer him on.
Donnie Schick would like to give special thanks to “Mother” Twila and crew members Randy Keister and Mark Williams.Whle Selinsgrove Ford is the main sponsor of the team, Keister’s Construction, Keller’s Auto Body, CarQuest, Glick Door, and Martin’s Ceramic Tile all add their support to the Schick racing team.
Written by Kristin Saltzer
Raceway Park Spotlight, Tyler Brown
This edition of the Raceway Park spotlight is on 11 year old, "Downtown", Tyler Brown. Tyler lives in East Salem, and attends school in the Thompsontown area School district. His full time kart division in 2007 is the Rookies II class where he currently sits a very close second in the overall point standings, with five victories. Tyler and the family race each and every week at Raceway Park and enjoy every bit of it as a close knit racing family. The Brown family has been touring area go kart tracks for over five years with Tyler behind the wheel, and his Dad setting up his kart.
He got his go kart career started at the nearby, Little Greenwood Raceway in Oriental, which is a closer drive from the families residence. But five years later, Tyler decided to try his luck at the well-liked Selinsgrove Raceway Park. This season at the Snyder county kart track, Tyler has been a force to be reckoned with. As stated above, he has five wins, and many top three's so far this season at the Park. His 2007 racing schedule also has him running in the PDKS series. To date, Tyler sits third, and sixth in the point standings in the two classes he enters, in the state run events. His goal is to win as many races as he can, and defeat his close friends that also race in the Rookies II class at Selinsgrove, and eventually bring home his first ever Selinsgrove Raceway Park track Championship. His ultimate racing achievement, is to capture a track title at every track they visit.
Tyler's bright red #95 open kart is family owned, while he uses Kempy Power to get him to victory lane, as well as his Predator Chassis. Tyler's sponsor's consist of, Benner's Butcher Shop, Kramer's Recyclingand Sporting Goods, & Harts Combining. His Dad, and Kempy himself, handle all crew chief duties, while Tyler and his Mom help out whenever they can. The Brown race team can be reached by email at, email@example.com. Tyler would like to thank all his sponsor's, Kempy, and Mom & Dad for all their support and help in his successful racing career.