The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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June 16, 2013

Auto racing: Cannon wins third Whitcomb Memorial at Selinsgrove

By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- For a guy who isn't running for the points title at Selinsgrove Speedway this season, Pat Cannon is still dominating the 358 sprint car ranks.

Cannon scored his fifth win of the season and 46th of his career at Selisngrove as he took the lead back from Bloomsburg's Ryan Kissinger on lap 22 to score his third Joe Whitcomb Memorial win for the 358 sprint cars.

Other winners on Saturday night included A.J. Stroup (pro stocks), Jeff Rine (late models) and Bob Bussey (roadrunners).

Cannon, last week's 358 winner, took the lead on lap lap 13 when he passed early pace-setter Derek Locke on the low side of Turn 3.

"The track was a little different than what we have been used to the past few weeks," Cannon said. "The track was choppy and rough. I was running the bottom of the track and the lap times were decent. I was able to get through lapped traffic OK."

The race was an eventful one as the original start was called back for a spin by Scott Wilson in Turn 1.

Locke, a third-generation driver took the lead on the second start of the race after losing it on the initial start to two-time defending race winner T.J. Stutts.

Stutts brought out the caution on lap two when the left side of his wing panel came off. He also had a tire explode on lap 22; an engine change before the feature and a second wing collapse on lap 25.

When Locke caught lapped traffic, he opened his lead over Cannon with Kissinger closing in.

Once Cannon got past Locke, Kissinger moved into the runner-up spot a few laps later running the high side.

After a lap-18 caution for a two-car tangle in Turn 3, Kissinger would stay on the high side and used it to pass Cannon as they came off Turn 4 on lap 20.

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