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June 6, 2014

Motorsports notebook: Schuerenberg enjoys Selinsgrove Speedway

SELINSGROVE — It was a strange sight for Hunter Schuerenberg, of Sikeston, Mo., last Saturday night.

He had a wing over his head for the first in many years as he ran Mark Smith’s backup car.

It was Schuerenberg’s first visit to Selinsgrove last week.

“It is fast and that’s a big adjustment coming from a non-wing car to a winged car,” he said. “I think it’s a pretty nice race track. It was prepared pretty nice and it slicked off and it has enough on the top and bottom that guys could move around.”

There is talk of a potential date for the 2015 Eastern Storm Series for the United States Auto Club at the track.

“I think that track would have to be a lot like it was last Saturday night, it would have to be slick with a little bit of powder up top against the fence,” he said of the potential USAC date. “I don’t see why it wouldn’t be a good race if the track was prepared for what we need.”

Schuerenberg compared the speed of Selinsgrove to Oskaloosa (Iowa) and Terre Haute (Indiana) speedways. Both are half-mile ovals.

“The big round half-miles tend to race pretty well,” he said. “I can imagine going around Selinsgrove in a non-wing car. You would be chasing all over the wheel and it would be a handful to drive even though you are going slower.”

Schuerenberg finished eighth in the 25-lap 350 feature last week at Selinsgrove.

BIG ACTION: Selinsgrove Speedway will present the 34th running of the Jack Gunn Memorial for sprint cars on Saturday, sanctioned by the United Racing Company. The super late models and pro stocks will also be in action.

Six races have produced three different winners in 360 sprint car competition at the track. Mark Smith, of Sunbury, leads the division with three feature wins, while T.J. Stutts, of Liverpool, scored his second win of the season on May 31. Davie Franek, of Wantage, N.J., also won a race April 26.

Steve Campbell, of Danville, leads the late model point standings while McClure’s Brad Mitch is the pro stock points leader.

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