By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE -- Tony Stewart probably had more fun at Selinsgrove Speedway last Saturday night than a 17th-place finish after 500 laps at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday in the NASCAR race.
A last-minute change in plans had the three-time NASCAR champion at Selinsgrove for the ESS-358 challenge race.
Stewart set a track record in time trials for a 360 sprint car with a lap of 17.168 seconds (111.053 mph). He won his eight-lap heat race and then chased down defending track champion Pat Cannon for the 30-lap feature win.
It was the first time that Stewart had ever raced at the track.
"It's an honor to run here," Stewart said. "It's a deal we tried last year but it got rained out. I'm glad we got back here tonight. The track got so wide and racy. It's fun when you can go to a track and have a lot of room to race from top to bottom."
"My pilots get a lot of third-shift flights," Stewart added. "But it makes it all worthwhile when I can come to a cool place like this. It's obviously one of the most famous tracks in Pennsylvania."
Stewart finished fourth on Friday night in 410 action at Williams Grove.
SAY CHEESE: Selinsgrove Speedway is holding the first of two camera and autograph sessions on Saturday from 4-5:15 p.m.
Fans will be permitted to enter the pit area, which is normally restricted, to meet their favorite drivers for autographs and photos. A second camera and autograph night is slated for July 6. A regular four-division show is on tap for Saturday.
Track officials announced this week the PASS 305 sprint cars will join the 410 sprint cars and super sportsman for an open-wheel tripleheader on May 26. Selinsgrove Raceway Park is in action tonight at 7 with go-karts and micro sprints.