Mark Smith Has Motor Failure; Still Captures Track Title
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Jason Shultz of Carlisle finally made a break-through and scored his first win of the season in Saturday night’s 25-lap 360 sprint car main event at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Shultz, who won four races and the track championship last year, was at the wheel of the Horstcraft Millworks No. 29 for his 13th career win at the track.
Tim Wilson of McClure held off late-race challenges for his second win of the season at Selinsgrove in the 25-lap super late model feature.
In the 15-lap pro stock feature, Adam Campbell of Danville earned his first career win, while Keith Bissinger of Orangeville won his eighth race of the season in the 12-lap roadrunner feature.
The 2014 track championships were clinched by Mark Smith of Sunbury (360 sprint cars), Jeff Rine of Danville (late models), Brad Mitch of McClure (pro stocks), and Keith Bissinger of Orangeville (roadrunners).
Selinsgrove Speedway will conclude the season with the 14th annual Mach 1 Chassis National Open for 358-360 sprint cars at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. The 35-lap Open will pay $10,000 to win out of the $35,000-plus purse. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.
Second-place starter Michael Walter II stormed into the lead at the drop of the green flag in the sprint car feature. Walter was chased by fourth-place starter Colby Womer, third-place starter Cody Keller, and eighth-place starter Jason Shultz, and by lap five the leaders began to encounter slower traffic.
By lap 10, Walter stretched his lead to a straightaway over Womer as Shultz advanced to third. The race’s first caution flag unfurled on lap 11 when Bill Sherman spun his car in turn four. When the race resumed, Walter continued to lead with Shultz moving into the second position.
Another caution flag for Mallie Shuster in turn four regrouped the field. On the lap 14 restart, Shultz made the winning pass using the inside lane entering turn one. The final caution flag waved on lap 20 when Pat Cannon’s car rolled to a stop on the frontstretch.
Racing into turn one, Keller made an exciting pass to take away the second position with 12th-place starter TJ Stutts streaking into the third position. At the finish, Shultz was victorious by just .92 of a second over Keller, Stutts, 10th-place starter Davie Franek, and Walter.
Second-place starter Meade Hahn and third-place starter Tim Wilson dueled for the lead in the late model feature for 11 laps before Wilson secured the front spot with an inside pass in turn four on the 12th circuit. By the 14th lap, Wilson began to open up a comfortable lead over polesitter Danny Snyder and fifth-place starter Jason Schmidt.
With 10 laps to go, 11th-place starter Jim Yoder began to show a lot of speed and advanced to the second spot with 20th-place starter Jeff Rine in tow. The final caution flag unfurled on lap 22 for Jim Bernheisel, setting up a chase to the checkered flag between Wilson, Yoder, and Rine.
Yoder and Rine pressured Wilson during the final three laps of the race but it was Wilson taking the checkered flag by a mere .54 of a second over Yoder. Rine, 16th-place starter Chad Hollenbeck, and 10th-place starter Bryan Bernheisel completed the top five.
Polesitter Matt Wilson powered into the early lead in the pro stock feature. On the fourth circuit, Wilson’s car bobbled in turn two, allowing third-place starter Brandon Moser to take command of the field. Fifth-place starter AJ Stroup raced a close second but was forced to withdraw from the race when his car developed mechanical problems on lap eight while pacing under caution.
Moser led through the 10th lap, when sixth-place starter Adam Campbell made a pass for the lead. A lap later, Moser spun in turn four, setting up a four-car battle between Campbell, fourth-place starter Nathan Long, eighth-place starter Kyle Bachman, and ninth-place starter Andrew Shoop.
At the checkered flag, Campbell was victorious by just .49 of a second over Long, Bachman, Shoop, and 19th-place starter Jake Buck.
Second-place starter Brandon Shultz led the first lap of the roadrunner race until eighth-place starter Keith Bissinger stormed to the front of the pack with a pass in turn four. Late in the race, third-place starter Bob Bussey reeled in Bissinger and was the leader’s most serious challenger. At the finish line, Bissinger was victorious by 2.7 seconds over Bussey, John Fowler Jr., Shultz, and Toby Chase.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY – 20 September 2014 360 Sprint Cars – 25 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 29 Jason Shultz 2) 99K Cody Keller 3) 23 TJ Stutts 4) 28F Davie Franek 5) 33W Michael Walter II 6) 1W Brock Zearfoss 7) 25 Josh Weller 8) U1W Chad Layton 9) 76 Larry Kelleher 10) 19 Colby Womer 11) 77 Derek Locke 12) 5 Justin Barger 13) 3Z Bobby Parrow 14) 49 Mike Walter 15) 66 Ryan Kissinger 16) 00 Dane Lorenc 17) 22 Troy Betts 18) 44 John Braim 19) 6 Bill Sherman 20) 3 Pat Cannon 21) 49S Mallie Shuster 22) 1B Joe Biasi 23) 52 Jim Shuster 24) 100 Jeff Lebowski 25) 1 Mark Smith DNS Heat Winners: Colby Womer, Jason Shultz, Larry Kelleher
Late Models – 25 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 3 Tim Wilson 2) 27 Jim Yoder 3) 2J Jeff Rine 4) 4D Chad Hollenbeck 5) 119B Bryan Bernheisel 6) 22 Brett Schadel 7) 4S Danny Snyder 8) 99Z Dave Zona 9) 11 Jason Schmidt 10) 2 Steve Campbell 11) 9 Hayes Mattern 12) 26 Jerry Bard 13) 7M Meade Hahn 14) 43A Gene Knaub 15) 5 Jeremy Ohl 16) 61 Ken Trevitz 17) 91 Chad Davis 18) 92 Pancho Lawler 19) 71 Tim Krape 20) 88T Ernie Millon 21) 119 Jim Bernheisel 22) 88 Tony Adams 23) 45 Eric Hons 24) 77 Dick Houtz 25) F1 Coleby Frye Heat Winners: Eric Hons, Jason Schmidt, Tim Wilson
Pro Stocks – 19 Entries 15-Lap A-Main: 1) 2C Adam Campbell 2) 63 Nathan Long 3) 99 Kyle Bachman 4) S8 Andrew Shoop 5) 6C Jake Buck 6) 40 Tommy Slanker 7) 26S Nate Stroup 8) 94 Frank Dibella 9) 4 Jim Payne 10) 8M Brandon Moser 11) 31 Chris Snyder 12) 6 Nate Herman 13) 32 Tom Hartman 14) 14C Bill Conrad 15) 10M Brad Mitch 16) 26 AJ Stroup 17) 83 Matt Wilson 18) 11G Derrick Garman 19) 71 Kurt Wray DNS Heat Winners: Kyle Bachman, Derrick Garman
Roadrunners – 14 Entries 12-Lap A-Main: 1) 11 Keith Bissinger 2) 76 Bob Bussey 3) 02 John Fowler Jr. 4) 31B Brandon Shultz 5) 88 Toby Chase 6) 8K Jeremy Kline 7) 28 Curtis Lawton 8) 89 John Schoch 9) 7 Butch Shaffer 10) 22 Ricky Buss 11) 12 Tom Underwood 12) 41D Dennis Conrad 13) F14 Ed Capper 14) 3B Jason Brocious DNS Heat Winners: Bob Bussey, Jeremy Kline
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY MACH 1 CHASSIS
360 SPRINT CAR NATIONAL OPEN SEPTEMBER 27
$10,000 TO WIN - $500 TO START
FINAL POINTS RACE THIS SATURDAY, SEPT. 20
2013 National Open Winner T.J. Stutts
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway will present its first-ever $10,000-to-win race for 358-360 sprint cars at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, as part of the 14th Annual Mach 1 Chassis National Open. Sprint car teams from the United Racing Company (URC) and Empire Super Sprint (ESS) traveling groups are expected to join the central Pennsylvania regulars to vie for the lucrative winner’s share.
The purse for this year’s 358-360 sprint car Open will exceed $35,000, with $5,000 being posted to finish second, $1,000 for a 10th-place finish, and $500 just to start the race. Time trials, double heats (points will be awarded), and B-mains will be the qualifying format for the A-main. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.
The rain date, if needed, will be Sunday, Sept. 28, with the time to be determined.
The 360 sprint car Open will conclude the track’s 2014 racing season, which marked the inaugural year for the 360 sprint cars as the weekly headline open wheel division. To date, 16 races have produced eight different feature winners. Points leader Mark Smith of Sunbury leads the win column with six victories at the track, followed by three-time winner TJ Stutts of Liverpool.
2014 360 Sprint Car Champion Mark Smith
Davie Franek of Wantage, N.J., is the only other repeat winner with two checkered flags. Single wins this season in 360 sprint car action include Aaron Ott of East Berlin; Brock Zearfoss of Jonestown; Ryan Kissinger of Bloomsburg; Cody Keller of Selinsgrove; and Robbie Stillwaggon of Burlington, N.J.
In 358-360 sprint car Open history at Selinsgrove Speedway, 13 races have produced eight different winners since 2001.
In last year’s Open, which drew a stellar field of 50 entries, Stutts scored a convincing flag-to-flag victory over Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove to mark the third time Stutts won the prestigious race, having also won the Open in 2001 and 2003. In 2012, Pat Cannon of Etters became the first three-time winner of the 358-360 sprint car Open. Cannon also scored victories in 2007 and 2008.
Logan Schuchart of Hanover drove to an impressive victory in the 2011 race. In 2010, Daryn Pittman of Owasso, Okla., was awarded the win when Cannon’s race car was under the legal weight during the post-race inspection.
Heimbach won the 2005 Open and the rain-postponed 2009 edition of the Open that was run in the spring of 2010. Adrian Shaffer of Hallam was the Open champion in 2002, while Nate Snyder of Halifax took the victory in the 2004 race. Phil Walter of McClure took home the trophy in 2006.
Race sponsor Mach 1 Chassis, located at 10 North Frederick Street in Mechanicsburg, engineers and builds race car chassis that are known for safety, strength, durability, and performance. In addition to chassis fabrication and repair, Mach 1 Chassis also manufactures front and rear bumpers, nerf bars, front axles, wing posts, and wing trees. There’s also the Mach 1 speed shop offering a full line of race car parts and service at the Mechanicsburg shop. The Middleburg IGA will sponsor the National Open trophy.
Selinsgrove Speedway will hold the final points race of the year for the 360 sprint cars, late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 20, sponsored by Foss Jewelers of Selinsgrove.
Selinsgrove Raceway Park will be in action two times this coming weekend on Friday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 21. Friday at 7 p.m. will include the final points races for the go karts and micro sprint cars. The one-fifth mile track will also race at 6 p.m. Sunday with the annual 270 micro sprint car All Star Championship/Roger Spencer Memorial plus Jr. slingshot and slingshot national tour events.
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