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.
LENDING A HAND: Port Royal Speedway is presenting a Race To Cure Cancer Night on Saturday. Fifty-cents from every general admission ticket sold goes to the American Cancer Society and its efforts. The three-division show features 410s, late model and pro stocks.
HAUS UPDATE: According to scotthaus.com, veteran driver Scott Haus of Hamburg, will take a few weeks off to heal following a violent accident last week at Port Royal Speedway during the 25-lap late model feature. Haus, who was unresponsive for nearly 10 minutes, suffered a concussion and a broken rib. He was airlifted to Hershey Medical Center and released on Sunday.
CAST YOUR VOTE: Pocono Raceway and Walmart announced the new name for the June 9 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway, as voted on by race fans -- "Party in the Poconos 400 Presented by Walmart." Additionally, fan voting for the official June 7—9 race weekend concession item, from three fan-submitted pierogie recipes is also underway. Fans can vote on fan-submitted pierogie recipes which include Hot Honey Buffalo Wing, Loaded Baked Potato or Sweet Cinnamon Sugar. To vote, visit walmarturl.com/fandriven400. Concession item voting ends on May 6.