The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 16, 2013

Auto racing: Cannon wins third Whitcomb Memorial at Selinsgrove


Daily Item

---- — 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.

The two then battled side-by-side for the next lap until Cannon re-took the lead on the low side of Turn 3 on lap 21.

When the yellow came out on the next lap for Stutts, it also brought out a red for a fuel stop.

During the stop, Cannon noted his car was good and he told the crew not to make any changes.

"I didn't want to get the car too tight and run it up in the choppy stuff and end up running up into the fence," he said.

On the restart, Josh Beard got past Kissinger, who slide high into Turn 1 for second while Cannon stretched out his lead.

The final caution came out on lap 25 when Eric Tomeckt lost his left-side wing panel in Turn 3 and erased Cannon's two-second lead.

Cannon would regain his two-second lead and lead Beard to the line by 2.7 second.

Jason Shultz finished third with Locke, fourth and Larry Kelleher, fifth.

Sixth through 10 were Tim Berkheimer, Phil Walter, Colby Womer, Nyle Berkes and Stutts, respectively.

Kissinger ran out of fuel on the final lap and finished 15th.

Heats for the 24 358 sprint cars went to Cannon, Beard and Smith. Cannon set fast time with a lap of 17.430 seconds, which was .70-seconds off of his own track record.

A.J Stroup of Evandale led wire-to-wire in the 15-lap pro stock feature, holding off challenges from Kyle Bachman and Brad Mitch to score his 15th-career win and his first at the track since 2010.

Points leader Troy Miller was third followed by Terry Lauver and Nate Stroup.

Sixth through 10 were Nathan Long, Jeff Ceballo, Brandon Moser, Shaun Miller and Brad Mitch, respectively.

Heats for the 13 pro stocks went to Long and Stroup.

Jeff Rine came from 12th to win the 25-lap late model feature after passing Donny Schick on lap 15 of the feature. It was his 84th career late model win.

Schick held on for second with Jim Bernheisel, Matt Cochran and Chad Davis rounding out the top five.

Sixth through 10 were Jim Yoder, Bryan Bernheisel, Jerry Bard, Dylan Yoder and Kenny Trevitz, respectively.

Heats for the 21 late models went to Matt Cochran, Jeff Rine and Tony Adams.

Bussey won for the fist time since May 25 and for the third time this year in the 12-lap roadrunner feature. Heats for the 11 roadrunners went to Brian Johnson and Bussey.

The speedway is dark next Saturday night and returns to action on June 29 with the Firecracker 30 for the 358 sprint cars.