By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE -- The sprint car portion of the 2013 season at Selinsgrove Speedway concluded on Sunday afternoon with pair of first-time 410 winners at the track.
Logan Schuchart, of Hanover, and Rick Lafferty, of Pennington, N.J., split the Twin 20 features on a warm midsummer-like day.
Schuchart took the lead at the start in the first Twin 20 and by lapped four he opened a lead on the field as Chad Layton, Brock Zearfoss and Blane Heimbach were locked in a battle for second.
Schuchart entered lapped traffic on lap six and that is when Layton, a former three-time 358 sprint car track champion, closed in.
The first caution of the race came for Nyle Berkes who slammed the frontstretch wall on lap 14. He was okay.
On the restart, Schuchart pulled away from Layton, but this time when they entered lapped traffic, Layton couldn't close in on the leader.
Schuchart would go on to win his first-ever 410 feature at Selinsgrove by 2.1-seconds over Layton with Zearfoss taking third, Steve Buckwalter, fourth and Heimbach, fifth.
Sixth through 10th were Pat Cannon, Jacob Allen, Kyle Moody, Laffery and Justin Barger, respectively.
"I love coming to this place and I love racing here," Schuchart said.
The second Twin 20, which saw the top-10 finishers inverted following Schuchart's pill draw in victory lane, got off to a rough start as a pair of spins made for three attempts before the green flag flew.
Berger, in his first 410 race at Selinsgrove, started on the pole after finishing 10th in the first feature.
By lap three, he opened his lead over Lafferty by was 1.6-seconds ahead at the half-way point.
His lead remained the same until lap 19 when the caution flew as Berger was coming off Turn 4 for the checkers when Bobby Howard spun. Howard kept going, but the caution waived and that set up a one-lap dash to the checkers.
On the restart, Lafferty drove around Berger on the outside of Turn 1 and went on to score his first-ever win at the speedway by .343 seconds over Berger, who was looking for his first career 410 win.
"We were just lucky that the yellow came out when it did," Lafferty said. "We missed nearly three months of racing when dad broke his ankle."
It as the fourth win of the season for Lafferty
Heimbach was third with Schuchart fourth and Allen fifth.
Sixth through 10th were Zearfoss, Buckwalter, Erdley. Moody and Cannon, respectively.
Heat for the 24 410 sprint cars on hand were won by Schuchart, Layton and Heimbach.
Eric Boozer won the 12-lap 4-cylinder race.
The speedway closes out the 2013 season on Saturday with the $5,000 to win Late Model show.