The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 6, 2013

Area motorsports: Selinsgrove slates late model championship


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---- — By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- Saturday's four-division show at Selinsgrove Speedway features a 30-lap championship race for late models.

The late model feature pays $2,500 to win. Time trials, heat races and a B-Main will be the qualifying format to set the A-Main.

Also on the card on Saturday will be the 358 sprint cars, pro stocks and roadrunners.

Heading into Saturday's 30-lap feature, nine late model features have produced six different winners. Points leader Jeff Rine of Danville won his 82nd career win and third of the season last Saturday.

Dylan Yoder of Selinsgrove is the only other driver in the division with multiple wins. His last came on May 25. Single victories this season have gone to Coleby Frye of Dover, Jerry Bard of Shippensburg, Dan Stone of Thompson, and Jim Bernheisel of Lebanon.

Rine's lead over Yoder is 45 points.

Jason Shultz of Carlisle leads the 358 sprint car points by 80 markers over T.J. Stutts of Liverpool, while Selinsgrove's Kyle Bachman has moved into second place in the pro stock division standings, 100 points behind leader Troy Miller of Tower City. John Fowler Jr. of Montandon has a 70-point leader over last week's Roadrunner 20 winner, Brian Johnson of Ashland.

Next Saturday, the speedway will present the 10th annual Joe Whitcomb Memorial for 358 sprint cars with the starting time changing to 7:30.

CRAZY 8s: The Roadrunner division at Big Diamond Speedway will have its popular set of four 8-lap features tonight. Each feature will be a full points-paying show. The first feature is lined up by the normal handicapping procedures. Features two through four will be lined up via an inverted number drawn by the previous feature winner. Also on the card will be the 358 modifieds and sportsman modifieds.

WHO WANTS IT? Port Royal Speedway has run nine 410 sprint car races to date with seven different winners. In the late model division, there have been seven winners in eight races. Both point battles have been tight all year. Chad Layton on Harrisburg leads Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove by five points in the 410 sprint car division, while Terry Naugle leads Danville's Steve Campbell by 75 points.

CHALLENGE TIME: The first appearance of the United Racing Company at Williams Grove Speedway tonight will be a URC/358 sprint car challenge.

Heat races will be the method of qualifying with both the URC sprints and Williams Grove 358 sprints being lined up according to their ranking in their respective point standings. The top 20 in Williams Grove points as of last Friday night will be seeded into the URC point standing to determine the lineup. Brian Carber of Piperville is the current URC point leader.

GET WELL SOON: Clarks Summit sprint car driver George Suprick, 54, suffered a heart attack on the way home from Mercer Raceway Park last Saturday where he competed and finished fourth in the Patriot Sprint Tour feature. Suprick was driving the hauler on Route 80 near Clarion. Teammate Clint Ide called 911. He was flown to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he remained as of press time. Suprick is in intensive care but is in stable condition.