The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 30, 2013

Motorsports: Sunbury's Smith opens Selinsgrove season with sprint car win

Local sprint driver battles 2012 champ

By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- Mark Smith and Pat Cannon may not be weekly regulars at Selinsgrove Speedway this season, but they are a threat to win when they pull into the pits.

Smith, of Sunbury, took the lead on lap 4 and pulled away from the field to score the season-opening 35-lap 358 sprint car feature win on opening day for Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night.

Other winners on Saturday night included Brad Mitch (pro stocks), Dylan Yoder (late models) and John Fowler Jr. (roadrunners).

Cannon appeared to have taken the lead in the 358 feature on the initial start as he got by Josh Beard and Smith on the outside. He had the lead in Turn 2 when the red flag came out for rookie Derek Stewart who flipped at the end of the front-stretch after climbing a wheel. He was uninjured.

"Pat went around us on the outside and made us look stupid," Smith said of the opening lap move by Cannon.

Smith would pass pole-sitter Josh Beard on lap 4 in Turn 2 for the lead.

"The low side was really good for me as I was up top for a little bit and when I moved down I got really fast and just stayed there," Smith added.

Smith, a four-time winner at the speedway last year, won his first 358 feature at the speedway last year on April 14.

The race was stopped on lap 5 for Brock Zearfoss who flipped on the backstretch. He was transported to an area hospital for an apparent leg injury.

"We didn't change anything under the lengthy red," Smith added. "It's good to get an early-season win."

Smith and Cannon took off in a race of their own after lap 5, leaving Beard all alone in third.

Bloomsburg's Ryan Kissinger, who won his heat race, was running fifth on lap 17 when he pulled into the pits.

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