The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 5, 2013

Area motorsports notebook: Zearfoss hopes for speedy return


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---- — By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- Brock Zearfoss, of Jonestown, is at home recovering from a broken leg he sustained during last Saturday night's 358 sprint car feature at Selinsgrove Speedway.

"I was behind the 29 car (Derek Steward) and I lost the air off the wing and got over the cushion, but I was able to gather it back in," Zearfoss said. "But I was too close to the wall and caught the guardrail and started to flip. The rear torsion bars broke and it was a freak deal as the rear end slid out of place and the torque tube was flopping around and may left leg was in the way."

On Thursday, Zearfoss, in his first full season of 358 sprint cars, was able to lift his broken leg without any help since Monday.

He suffered a compound fracture of the tibia and fibia that caused the bone to break the skin on both sides. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

Fans can help with the Brock Zearfoss Recovery Fund by purchasing stickers at Williams Grove and Lincoln (Brett Marks' pit), Selinsgrove (Phil Walter's pit), Linda's Speedway (Sherry Kenderdine, track photographer) and Greenwood Valley Action Track (see Sherry & Nunzi) this weekend. The stickers are $5.

HODNETT UPDATE: Greg Hodnett of York suffered a broken hand on Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway. While he will not need surgery on his hand, he will be out one to two weeks. The injury occurred when he bumped tires with another car, sending him into the pit entrance tires with a left-side impact.

MONEY BAGS: The first-ever Money in the Mountains big block/small block challenge race is tonight at the Big Diamond Speedway. The 40-lap feature pays $7,000 to win. Also on the card are the sportsman modifieds and roadrunners.

WALKER RETURNS: Tyler Walker, of Los Angeles, Calif., will return to 410 sprint car racing in Central Pennsylvania for Charlie and Dawn Sorokach, of Minersville. The team has not yet released a schedule.

ONE NIGHT ONLY: The super late models make their only appearance of the season at Williams Grove tonight as they join the 410s for a doubleheader racing card. Bobby Goodling tops the all-time late model win list at Williams Grove with 31.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: The 15th season of the PA Sprint Series kicks off Saturday at Port Royal Speedway. The "invitation only" series will make eight visits to the Juniata County oval. Also on the racing card are the 410 sprint cars and late models.

FREE PREVIEW: Pocono Raceway is welcoming Indy cars back to the speedway on Aug. 7 for the first time since 1989 with a test session on Wednesday. The gates will open at 9 and fans will be able to park in the lots via Gate No. 5 and enter via Gate No. 11. Drivers in the test include Marco Andretti, Dario Franchitti, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.