The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 25, 2013

Area motorsports notebook: Patriot Sprint Tour invades Clinton County


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---- — By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

MACKEYVILLE -- The Patriot Sprint Tour will make its annual stop tonight at the Clinton County Raceway.

The last time the tour raced at the 1/3-mile bullring was 2010 when Bloomsburg's Alan Cole topped the invaders.

The last two years, the race has been rained out.

Current PST America point leader Scott Kreutter did not compete in the race three years ago while Jared Zimbardi, who is second in the PST standings, did not qualify for the event in 2010.

Justin Barger, third in the points, won a sprint car feature at the track in 2008. Kreutter leads Zimbardi by 14 points.

There have been eight different winners this season.

Former Clinton County and PST champion George Suprick, of Clark Summit, is out of racing for the rest of the year as he continues to recover from a heart attack he suffered in June.

Kyle Drum, of Wayland, N.Y., a two-time PST winner, is currently second in the 305 sprint car point standings at the track.

The IMCA modified, pro stocks, 370 micro sprints and 4-cylinders round out the five-division show.

ON SALE: Selinsgrove Speedway announced that advance tickets for the two-day World of Outlaws Late Model Series-sanctioned National Open Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, will go on sale Friday, Aug. 2.

The entire covered grandstand will be reserved for this special two-day event.

Season reserved seat holders will have first option to hold their seats for both nights of racing.

The speedway will present a regular four-division show on Saturday.

LONG-TIME COMING: Troy Whitesel, of Selinsgrove, lead all 25 laps to win the 270 micro sprint car feature at Selinsgrove Raceway Park last Friday.

It was his first-ever win at the track and his sixth career win in the micros. He has one win in 410 sprint car action at the Clinton County Raceway. Whitesel builds his own chassis, known as K-oss (pronounced Kaos).

THE STREAK: With his fourth-place finish in the Summer Nationals last Saturday at Williams Grove Speedway, Fred Rahmer finished in the top-10 for the 41st consecutive race this year.

SEEING DOUBLE: Williams Grove Speedway will host the 410 and 358 sprint cars tonight thanks to a rainout on July 19.

The 25-lap 410 feature pays $4,400 to win while the 20-lap 358 feature pays $1,100 to win.

The United Racing Company 360/358 Sprint Nationals will be held on Aug. 2.

GETTING RICHER: Former World of Outlaws champion and current NASCAR driver Dave Blaney will race in the Port Royal Speedway Living Legends Dream Race on Aug. 3. The track has also announced a non-qualifiers feature to be run after the Dream A-Main, which will pay $500 to win.

To date, the event's purse is more than $70,000.

MORE FOR THEM: Big Diamond Speedway, near Minversville, presents the Crazy Eights roadrunner features tonight.

They will run four eight-lap features.