By The Daily Item
HERSHEY -- Selinsgrove Speedway and Raceway Park wrapped up the 2012 season, which marked the track's 50th consecutive year of operation, with the 12th annual awards banquet, recognized and celebrating the year's top performing race teams in the track's 358 sprint car, late model, pro stock, roadrunner, micro sprint car, and go-kart classes.
Track champions Pat Cannon of Etters (358 sprint cars), Jeff Rine of Danville (late models), A.J. Hoffman of Richfield (pro stocks), Bob Bussey of Northumberland (roadrunners), and Tyler Snook of Beavertown (micro sprint cars) each received championship rings from Foss Jewelers of Selinsgrove.
Cannon clinched his third career Selinsgrove title in the A&A Auto Stores 358 sprint cars. He joins Chad Layton of Harrisburg and Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove as the only three three-time 358 sprint car champions at the track. This season Cannon won 10 races at Selinsgrove, including seven in 358 sprint competition, two in 360-powered sprints, and one in 410 sprint car racing. In 358-360 sprint car action, Cannon recorded 20 top-5 finishes out of 23 races. He ended the season as the track's all-time winner in 358 sprint racing with 41 career victories.
In addition, Cannon clinched the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Overall Central PA 358 sprint car title and edged out Eric Tomecek of Abbottstown for this year's 358 sprint car title at Williams Grove Speedway.
In the Jeff's Auto Body & Recycling Center late model division, Rine recorded his eighth career title with 17 top-five finishes, including seven feature wins, in the division's 21 races. With this year's championship, Rine tied Nescopeck's Richie Jensen for the most consecutive titles (six) and Nescopeck's Bobby Croop for the most career titles (eight) at the track. He enters next season on top of the division's all-time win list with 79.