The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 5, 2013

Motorsports: ESS opens 30th season at Selinsgrove


"The New York tracks are usually slick by the time the feature starts," he said. "We're just not used to the track getting slick during the feature."

Ward has been racing 360 sprint cars since he was 15 and he started racing go-karts when he was 4.

Ward was one of 18 different winners with ESS last year. His best finish to date at Selinsgrove was seventh in the opening round of last year's MACH 1 Chassis 360 series. He finished 14th in ESS points in 2012.

"I'd like to head out west to try Eldora and Knoxville one day." Ward added.

Last year's champion, Chuck Hebing, who scored a series-leading four wins, won't be making the trip to Selinsgrove this week, but he too enjoyed racing at the track.

"As far as speed wise, Selinsgrove to me seems like one of the faster tracks we race on because of the clay," Hebing said, "The clay has a lot more grip at night and, on some nights, you can run wide open there."

Hebing is a former modified driver who competed with the likes of "Barefoot" Bob McCreadie, Danny and Alan Johnson and Joe Plazek on a weekly basis at Canandaigua Motorsports Park (N.Y.). He has 22 career ESS wins and two championships.

Hebing finished second in the 360 opener last March.

"Every year it gets tougher to win with ESS," he noted. "The level of competition in ESS has grown quite a bit over the past several years. You see it at other events that ESS guys race at, they are very competitive."

"I think it's good for the club to come down and have a race at Selinsgrove," he added.

The format for the challenge race will be time trials, heat race and a B-main to set the field for the 30-lap feature.

Mark Smith, of Sunbury. who won the season-opening 358 sprint car feature last week, was the MACH 1 Chassis 360 champion last year. He is the chief fabricator at Mach 1.

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