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Mark Smith Storms To The Front For URC Victory
Holds Off Stutts In Last Lap Shootout
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Mark Smith of Sunbury stormed from his eighth starting position to win his fourth race of the season at Selinsgrove Speedway in Saturday night’s 25-lap United Racing Company (URC) 360 sprint car main event.
The victory at the wheel of the Mach 1 Chassis No. 1 was Smith’s eighth career in 358-360 sprint car competition at the track and was worth $2,500.
Scott Haus of Hamburg scored his 30th career late model win at Selinsgrove in the division’s 25-lap feature following a wheel-to-wheel duel with Bryan Bernheisel of Lebanon. He became the ninth different late model feature winner in 12 races at the track this season.
In the 15-lap pro stock feature, Nathan Long of Selinsgrove led flag-to-flag for his second win of the season, while Keith Bissinger of Orangeville took the checkered flag for the fifth time this season in the 12-lap roadrunner race.
Selinsgrove Speedway will present a four division show of 360 sprint cars, late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. The show will carry over the bonus money that was posted on July 19 for the feature winners by Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center on the rained-out Driver & Fan Appreciation Night. The sprint car and late model features will each pay $2,500 to win. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.
Polesitter Derek Locke and fourth-place starter Colby Womer put on a wheel-to-wheel battle for the early lead in the sprint car feature. Womer led the first four laps until Locke secured the front spot with an inside pass off turn four. On the sixth circuit, third-place starter Cody Keller raced into the runner-up position as a suspenseful race unfolded among the top five drivers in the opening laps.
On lap 10, Locke continued to lead with fifth-place starter Jason Clauss now racing second and eighth-place starter Mark Smith holding down the third position. A circuit later, Smith powered into second and set his sights on Locke. For the next several laps, Smith tormented Locke for the front spot then made the winning pass using the inside lane off turn two on lap 15.
Smith quickly started to stretch his lead while second-place starter TJ Stutts began to make up lost ground by moving into the second spot. The event’s only caution flag unfurled on lap 24 when Keller’s car got sideways in turn one. For the chase to the checkered flag, Smith held off Stutts’ challenge around the top of the race track and posted a .59 of a second margin of victory. Locke finished third followed by Larry Kelleher, and Clauss.
Scotty Haus Fights Off Strong Challenges For LM Checkers
Third-place starter Hayes Mattern edged out the field for the early lead as the late models charged to the green flag at the start of the feature. Entering turn one on the start, second-place starter Scott Haus powered around the outside of Mattern through turns one and two to take over the front spot.
A four-car tangle in turn three on the second circuit regrouped the field for a restart. When the race resumed, Haus held the front spot while a race for the second position unfolded between Mattern and fourth-place starter Matt Cochran. By lap five, seventh-place starter Bryan Bernheisel advanced to second and quickly closed in on Haus.
At the halfway point, an intense race for the lead unfolded between Haus, Bernheisel, and sixth-place starter Coleby Frye in lapped traffic. Haus and Bernheisel see-sawed for the lead for several laps as Bernheisel was scored as the leader on laps 15 and 16.
On the 21st lap, a multi-car crash slowed the field again with Haus setting the pace. When the green flag waved, Haus and Bernheisel dueled for the lead and the win with more side-by-side racing. At the checkered flag, Haus edged out Bernheisel by a mere half-of-a-second margin of victory. Frye, Jeff Rine, and Matt Cochran completed the top five.
Nathan Long Wires Pro Stock Field For Second Win Of The Season
Bissinger Takes Roadrunner Checkers
Polesitter Nathan Long raced with fourth-place starter AJ Stroup for the early lead at the start of the pro stock feature. Long pulled into the front spot off turn four on the first lap and kept his racer out in front of the field for the duration of the event. Stroup, however, kept Long in his sites and started to reel in the leader in the final laps of the race.
At the checkered flag, Long was victorious by just 1.3 seconds over Stroup, sixth-place starter Derrick Garman, second-place starter Jake Buck, and seventh-place starter Kyle Bachman.
In the roadrunner race, polesitter John Schoch led the first lap with fifth-place starter Keith Bissinger advancing to second. On the second circuit, Bissinger took command of the field and never looked back.
Late in the race, third-place starter Curtis Lawton made a charge into the runner-up position but trailed Bissinger by 4.5 seconds at the finish. John Fowler Jr., Butch Shaffer, and Ricky Buss rounded out the top five.
Top URC Finisher, Jason Clauss
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY SUMMARY – 26 July 2014 360 Sprint Cars – 30 Entries URC 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 1 Mark Smith 2) 23 TJ Stutts 3) 77 Derek Locke 4) 76 Larry Kelleher 5) 08 Jason Clauss 6) 1W Brock Zearfoss 7) 28F Davie Franek 8) 29 Jason Shultz 9) 25 Josh Weller 10) 19 Colby Womer 11) 5G Curt Michael 12) 66 Ryan Kissinger 13) 49 Mike Walter 14) 4 Jimmy Stitzel 15) 79 Jordan Thomas 16) 33W Michael Walter II 17) 99K Cody Keller 18) 88B Andy Best 19) 29S Derek Steward 20) 7 Ed Aikin 21) 12B Brad Franks 22)28 Keith Prutzman 23) 9 Wes Irwin 24) 35 Shannon Fisher 25) 56 Randy West Heat Winners: Colby Womer, Brock Zearfoss, Curt Michael B-Main Winner: Randy West
Late Models – 23 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 76 Scott Haus 2) 119B Bryan Bernheisel 3) F1 Coleby Frye 4) 2J Jeff Rine 5) 16 Matt Cochran 6) 99Z Dave Zona 7) 24 Dylan Yoder 8) 2 Steve Campbell 9) 26 Jerry Bard 10) 88 Tony Adams 11) 6M Harry Miller 12) 28 Jason Smith 13) 27 Jim Yoder 14) 10 Dave Stamm 15) 15S Shaun Miller 16) 9 Hayes Mattern 17) 119 Jim Bernheisel 18) 91 Chad Davis 19) 7M Meade Hahn 20) 3V Scott Richwine 21) 61 Ken Trevitz 22) 45 Eric Hons 23) 4S Danny Snyder Heat Winners: Jeff Rine, Jim Bernheisel, Scott Haus
Pro Stocks – 17 Entries 15-Lap A-Main: 1) 63 Nathan Long 2) 26 AJ Stroup 3) 111 Derrick Garman 4) 11 Jake Buck 5)99 Kyle Bachman 6) 2C Adam Campbell 7) 10M Brad Mitch 8) 1C Jamin Chapman 9) 88 Matt Hornberger 10) 40 Tommy Slanker 11) 83 Matt Wilson 12) 26S Nate Stroup 13) 6 Nate Herman 14) 21 Austin Johnson 15) 4 Jim Payne 16) 28J Jeff Ceballo 17) 6C Cory Long Heat Winners: Jake Buck, Nathan Long
Roadrunners -9 Entries 12-Lap A-Main: 1) 11B Keith Bissinger 2) 28 Curtis Lawton 3) 02 John Fowler 4) 7 Butch Shaffer 5) 22 Rickty Buss 6) 89 John Schoch 7) 8K Jeremy Kline 8) F14 Ed Capper 9) 31B Brandon Shultz