SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Collier Paving & Construction of Shamokin will be the title sponsor of the inaugural Roadrunner 20 this Saturday, April 21 at Selinsgrove Speedway. Track gates will open at 4 p.m., with qualifying scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
The roadrunner division, now in its sixth season at Selinsgrove, will be featured in a 20-lap championship event paying $200 to win, with an increased purse in all 24 starting positions. Time trials, B- and A-Mains will be the format for the special event.
Race sponsor Collier Paving & Construction (www.collierpaving.com) specializes in commercial and residential paving in the mid-state area. Going into Saturday's race, Donnie Murphy of Minersville will be seeking his third consecutive victory in roadrunner competition this season.
Joining the roadrunners will be the 358 sprint cars, late models and pro stocks in the third racing program of 2007 at the Snyder County oval.
Dave Calaman Revisits Victory Lane At Selinsgrove
Adams Picks Up Latemodel Win Over Shuey
SELINSGROVE, Pa. April 14 - Dave Calaman of Carlisle stormed to his second career 358 sprint car win at Selinsgrove Speedway in Saturday night's 25-lap main event. Calaman, at the wheel of the Godfrey Motorsports No. 5, started in the ninth position and inherited the lead on the 15th circuit when race leader Jeff Furlong of Sunbury was sidelined after a crash in turn four. Calaman also owns victories in 410 sprint car and super sportsman competition at Selinsgrove.
Tony Adams of Sunbury drove to a convincing victory in the 25-lap late model main event, while Troy Miller of Tower City scored the win in the 15-lap pro stock feature. Donnie Murphy of Minersville won his second straight 12-lap roadrunner feature.
Polesitter Jeff Furlong powered into the lead at the start of the sprint car feature. Furlong was chased by second-place starter Steve Cannon for the first three laps before third-place starter Blane Heimbach advanced to second. The event's first caution flag unfurled on lap three when Pat Cannon stopped his racer on the backstretch. When the race resumed, Furlong led the way while Heimbach moved into the second position.
At the midway point of the race, ninth-place starter Dave Calaman drove by Heimbach for second. On the 14th circuit, misfortune struck Furlong when his sprint car veered into the outside third turn guardrail and flipped violently into turn four. Furlong escaped injury.
Calaman inherited the lead and pulled away from the rest of the field. At the finish, Calaman was victorious by two seconds over Heimbach, fifth-place starter Jason Shultz, Steve Cannon and 14th-place starter Len Krautheim.
Third-place starter Chris Shuey took the lead at the start of the late model feature and appeared to be on his way to a repeat performance from his opening day win on March 31. Shuey was trailed by seventh-place starter Jim Yoder for the first four laps before fifth-place starter Tony Adams advanced to second.
Shuey and Adams dueled for the lead through the midway point, while Yoder, ninth-place starter Chris Wilkinson and second-place starter Mike Bingaman competed in the top five. On lap 15, Adams made the winning pass using the outside lane in turn two to take the lead.
Once in front of the pack, Adams began to stretch his lead over Shuey. At the checkered flag, Adams was victorious by four seconds over Shuey, Yoder, Dustin Hoffman and Jeff Rine.
Outside front row starter Jason Smith led the first nine laps of the pro stock feature with polesitter Gerald Kratzer in pursuit for six of those laps. On lap seven, seventh-place starter Troy Miller drove by Kratzer for second and set his sites on Smith, whom he passed for the lead exiting turn four on the tenth lap. Miller went on to post his first victory at the track since July 2006 over Smith, defending champion Gary Beward, Kratzer and opening night winner Larry Hare.
A war on wheels unfolded in the roadrunner race when second-place starter Ray Rothfuss, eighth-place starter Cory Long, 17th-place starter Donnie Murphy and 20th-place starter Keith Bissinger pulled away from the rest of the field and raced bumper-to-bumper.
Rothfuss led the first nine laps until Murphy powered into the first position in turn one of the 11th circuit. At the checkered flag, Murphy was victorious over Long, Nathan Engle, Mark Spencer and Dennis Conrad.
Selinsgrove Speedway will present a racing program of 358 sprint cars, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 21. The program will be highlighted with the inaugural Collier Paving Roadrunner 20. Gates will open at 4 p.m. Complete Results
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