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April 3, 2014

Motorsports notebook: Former Bloomsburg resident hoping for fast recovery

Former Bloomsburg resident hoping for fast recovery

By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Bloomsburg resident John Heydenreich is in Connecticut for his eighth and final surgery on his right foot which stems from his highway accident from several years ago.

The long-time American Midget Racing Drivers Club competitor is ready to get back to racing as soon as he can.

"The doctor is going to cut out some scar tissue and do some tweaking of the screws and he believes that could give me a little more flexibility in my foot," Heydenreich said.

Heydenreich noted the healing process should take about two or three weeks and then he can get back to racing.

"I'll be taking the midget and racing at Gas City (Ind.) and Montpelier Motor Speedway (Ind.)," he said. "We are hoping to have three races with the Silver Crown car this year at Syracuse (N.Y.), Springfield (Ill.) and DuQuion (Ill.)."

A multi-time winner with ARDC, Heydenreich is looking forward to racing with the club again this year in Pennsylvania.

"We had some motor issues last year in some races back home," he added. "We are hoping that is behind us."

NEW ERA: The long-awaited season opener for Selinsgrove Speedway takes place on Saturday as the 360 sprint cars join the 358 sprint cars to headline the track's four-division show. Sunbury's Mark Smith won the 358 sprint car opener last year. Also on the card will be the late models, pro stocks and roadrunners.

PORT ROYAL OPENS: After battling four weeks of weather-related issues, Port Royal is hoping to get its first race of the season in on Saturday. The 25-lap 410 sprint cars feature pays $3,300 to win. Joining the sprint cars will be the super late models and the new 355-econo late models. Saturday will be the first camera and autograph night of the year.

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