Selinsgrove Speedway officials released an action-packed 25-race schedule today that is highlighted by a number of high-profile motorsports events during the 2018 racing season.
All the excitement and anticipation surrounding the upcoming season is being amplified by the speedway’s biggest change in its 72-year history with the pit area being moved outside the half-mile oval to provide fans with a wide-open view of the wheel-to-wheel racing action on the track!
For most Saturday night shows, the Mach 1 Chassis 360 sprint cars, Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center super late models, A&A Auto Stores pro stocks and Collier Paving/A&A Auto Stores roadrunners will make up the weekly fanfare.
Throughout the season, the speedway’s regular divisions, visiting divisions, and sanctioning groups will be showcased in special events as part of the track’s 56th consecutive season of auto racing.
The green flag will wave on the season opener at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 7, for the 360 sprint cars, super late models, and pro stocks. Grandstand gates on Opening Day will open at 4 p.m. with pit gates at 3 p.m. Race time will be 6 p.m.
Officials scheduled a pre-season practice day for any division of race car that will be competing at the track in 2018 Saturday, March 31, from 1-4 p.m.
One of the many highlights this season will be the much-anticipated May 5 visit by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series in a two-race Battle of the Groves weekend with Williams Grove Speedway (May 4).
The United Racing Club (URC) and Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) will either sanction or co-sanction several 360 sprint car events again this year. These races include the May 26 Jack Gunn Memorial (URC), June 2 Kramer Kup (URC), June 16 Joe Whitcomb Memorial (PST), Aug. 4 Mach 1 Chassis National Open (URC), and Sept. 2 Summer Spectacular (URC/PST).
Fans should also mark their calendars for a rare mid-week show featuring Firecracker 30 main events for both the 360 sprint cars and super late models Tuesday, July 3. Pro stocks and a professional fireworks display will also be a part of the holiday celebration.
Selinsgrove and Port Royal Speedways will host the Moon Shine Camo Route 35 Dirt Late Model Series for the third consecutive season. Each track will run three races as part of this year’s enhanced series, with Selinsgrove’s dates slated for May 19, July 21, and Aug. 11.
The Northeast Ultimate Super Late Model Series will make its first-ever appearance at the track June 9 for the Showdown on Sand Hill. On the same night, the Mason Dixon limited late models will also make their first stop at the track.
The Craftsman World of Outlaws Late Model Series will be back with a new date for the $10,000-to-win 20th Anniversary Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center Late Model National Open Sept. 22.
The popular and competitive pro stocks will have the most events at the track this year with 23 dates including the A&A Auto Stores Pro Stock 20 April 28. The Collier Paving Roadrunner 20 will be run June 23.
The 410 sprint cars will take the spotlight several times this season in the Ray Tilley Classic April 22, PA Speedweek Finale July 8, and in the $10,000-to-win Jim Nace Memorial/36th Annual National Open Sept. 15 sanctioned by the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.
Limited late models will take to the sweeping half-mile track on at least six race dates this season. The PASS/IMCA 305 sprint cars, Mid-Atlantic modifieds, Penn Mar Vintage Race Car Club, and Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will also have track time in 2018.
The season will conclude with the mega motorsports event The World Series of Dirt Racing featuring no less than 10 different divisions of racing under the promotional reigns of Richie Tobias and Doug Rose Oct. 11-14.
Selinsgrove Raceway Park, the one-fifth mile track located inside of Selinsgrove’s half-mile oval, will feature weekly Friday night go kart competition for the 18th consecutive season. The go kart opener is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, March 25.
Various classes of karts will be featured in special Pro Series races during the season and the Burris Money Series (BMS) events have been scheduled for April 8, May 20, and July 15. The annual Middleswarth Potato Chips Firecracker Special for go karts will be held June 29.
For the latest news and the full 2018 schedule of events, visit selinsgrovespeedway.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. The speedway office can also be reached at 570.374.2266.
TODD PEIFER NAMED DIRECTOR OF FIRE & SAFETY SERVICES INTENSIVE HANDS-ON FIRE & SAFETY TRAINING DAY CONDUCTED BY EXPERTS FROM PEIFER FIRE PROTECTION, POCONO RACEWAY, NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION (NHRA), FIRE & RESCUE PRODUCTS PHOTOS BELOW
Todd Peifer - Director Of Fire & Safety Services
Selinsgrove Speedway named Todd Peifer of Millersburg as the speedway’s Director of Fire & Safety Services for the upcoming 2018 season. Peifer, who owns and operates Peifer Fire Protection, Inc., is a veteran emergency medical technician (EMT) and expert in the field of fire suppression and safety.
For more than 27 years, Peifer Fire Protection is one of the leading fire suppression companies in the United States, and Peifer himself is one of a select few specially-trained industrial fire brigade instructors. His company provides fire suppression equipment to a number of regional and national motorsports venues.
“We are very pleased to have Todd take on this leadership position with the track,” said Selinsgrove Speedway General Manager Steve Inch. “Safety is the most important aspect of operating a race track, and Todd’s wealth of knowledge and expertise will complement one of the best-trained safety crews at any speedway in the country.”
Peifer will oversee the coordination and logistics of the speedway’s fire and safety program with the Dauntless Hook & Ladder Fire Company of Selinsgrove. A direct communication link with Central Susquehanna Communications (911 Unit) has been established for the speedway to dispatch additional emergency, aero-medical, and state police resources if needed.
“My parents were season ticket holders at Selinsgrove Speedway so I’ve had a connection to the track since I was a child,” said Peifer. “I enjoyed volunteering on the fire crew and wanted to share my experience in the industry to make the track’s safety crew the best it can be.”
“My goal is to pull the crew together, give them the tools and training they need to be prepared for any situation they might face, and take Selinsgrove Speedway’s safety program to the next level by using today’s technology to our advantage,” Peifer continued. “We want the drivers, crews, and fans to feel safe when they are at the track.
Safety Seminar Instructional Team
For the 2018 season, the safety crew has been outfitted with new helmets purchased by the Selinsgrove Fair Association and a dedicated set of two-way radios provided by the speedway. The new radio system will allow safety crew members to communicate among themselves as well as with track officials.
Selinsgrove Speedway was one of the first dirt tracks in the country with a fully operational Purple-K fire response vehicle thanks to the contributions by Peifer Fire Protection. Purple-K is one of the most effective agents used to extinguish flammable liquid fires such as those that are prone to occur in auto racing.
FRP/Fire & Rescue Products of Harrisburg will continue to provide the speedway’s safety crew with a dedicated “Jaws of Life” unit in the event a driver needs to be extricated from a race car.
Hilly Ridge Sales & Service of Mt. Pleasant Mills provided the speedway with a 2018 Mahindra Retriever for the upcoming season. The all-terrain vehicle has been equipped to serve as an additional Purple-K mobile response unit.
Peifer conducted an intensive hands-on training day March 11 for more than 25 safety crew members at the Peifer Fire Protection, Inc. facility in Millersburg. Peifer was joined by Dave Richards, Fire Chief at Pocono Raceway; Steve Jeffrey, Fire & Rescue at Pocono Raceway; Tino Gonzalez, Northeast Division Services Coordinator with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA); and John Brownawell from FRP/Fire & Rescue Products.
The guest speakers gave lectures and provided hands-on training covering race track best practices for fire suppression, rescue equipment operation, extrication, emergency vehicle staging, personal protection and communication, to name a few.
Jim Bernheisel at Bernheisel Race Cars in Lebanon provided late model chassis and Ken Duke Racing of Selinsgrove provided a sprint car chassis for the various training exercises.
“On behalf of Selinsgrove Speedway, we would like to thank Todd and everyone who contributed time and resources to make this an effective and successful training day at Peifer Fire Protection,” said Inch.
Selinsgrove Speedway’s 2018 season opener is slated for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 7, featuring the Mach 1 Chassis 360 sprint cars, Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center super late models, and A&A Auto Stores pro stocks.
For a complete schedule, the latest news, results, and race status, visit selinsgrovespeedway.com or follow us Twitter and Facebook. The track office can be reached at 570.374.2266.
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