The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 20, 2013

Motorsports notebook: Track titles to be decided at Selinsgrove


Daily Item

---- — By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- With three of the four division titles still to be determined, the only question that lingers is will mother nature cooperate?

Saturday's forecast as of now is for a 70-percent chance of showers after 2 p.m.

Jeff Rine of Danville, a five-time winner this year, has captured his seventh consecutive and ninth overall late model track championship, both are track records.

Saturday's final point race will be a regular four-division show at 7 p.m.

In the 358 sprint car division, former champion and four-time winner Jason Shultz of Carlisle holds a 115-point lead over eight-time winner and former three-time champion Pat Cannon, of Etters.

If Cannon were to win the title, he would be the first driver in the division's 13-year history to win four titles.

Both Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove and Chad Layton of Harrisburg are three-time 358 sprint car champions at the track. Last Saturday night, Cannon became only the third driver to win three consecutive Jim Nace Memorial National Open titles for the 410 sprint cars.

Troy Miller of Tower City leads the pro stocks standings by only 30 points over Kyle Bachman of Selinsgrove. Miller is a three-time division champion while Bachman has one tile and five wins this year. Brad Mitch of McClure is also in contention in the third position, trailing Miller by 110 points.

Seven-time roadrunner feature winner Brian Johnson, of Ashland, is seeking his first career track championship. Johnson leads the roadrunner standings by 90 points over two-time defending champion and five-time winner Bob Bussey, of Northumberland.

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TWO TIMES THE FUN: Selinsgrove Raceway Park will be in action two times this coming weekend. Tonight the one-fifth mile track presents a program of go-karts and micro sprints at 7 p.m. The track is back in action in Sunday at 6 p.m. with the 7th annual 270 micro sprint car all-star race. This year's 30-lap feature pays $1,000 to win. The slingshots will also be in action in a national tour event.

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BACK IN ACTION: Port Royal Speedway returns to action on Oct. 11 and 12 with the 2nd annual Blue Collar Classic Weekend. The 305 sprint cars, limited late models and pro stocks are on Friday night while the Saturday show will be the 305 sprints and Super Sportsman.

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TITLE FIGHT GOES ON: The 410 sprint car and 358 sprint cars will be in action tonight at Williams Grove Speedway. In the 358 sprint car standings, rain has limited the number of races this year. Kevin Nouse lead the points over Austin Hogue with three shows left. Fred Rahmer's point advantage over Greg Hodnett in the 410 sprint class is down to 175 points.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM: For the second year in a row, Jeff Strunk drove to a $25,000 pay day in winning the 43rd annual Freedom 76 358 modified feature at the Grandview Speedway. It was his fifth win in the event for the nine-time track champion and it came on his mom's 70th birthday.