By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE -- With a break in the racing action this weekend at the Selinsgrove Speedway for the two-day Pennsylvania Elite Karting event at the fifth-mile Selinsgrove Raceway Park, it's time to take a look back on the racing season to date.
The track has lost three weather-related events this year, the last coming on April 20. The track returns to action next Saturday with the 12th annual Firecracker 30 for the 358 sprint cars.
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Not seeing Pat Cannon's name atop the leader board is like not hearing "Danny Boy" by Bing Crosby on St. Patrick's Day. There are just some things that go hand-in-hand.
For a driver who said he is not racing for the points title this year, the Etters resident leads the division with five wins.
Sitting atop the 358 sprint car leader board is 2004 track champion Jason Shultz, of Carlisle. Shultz had two wins this season, matching his win total during the 2004 championship year.
"We don't worry about points, If you ask top-10 driver in the points, they just want to win," Shultz said. "The only time you think about the points is if it's the last two races of the season and the points are close. It's not in our game plan (to look at the points), we just want to win races."
Shultz holds a 30-point lead over Cannon and finished second to him in last year's point standings. He said consistency has been the key for the team to be in the top-five in the points.
"Whenever you are racing (against) the (No. 3) car, you are doing something right," he said. "That's a super first-class team and they've been at it for a long time. When we you do go by them, you do relish what you did."