By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE -- Rookie Hayes Mattern, of Beavertown, led all 25 laps in the late model feature to score his first career late model win Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway.
In the 358 35-lap sprint car feature, Josh Beard, of Brogue, was leading on lap 20 at press time.
Mattern, the pro stock Rookie of the Year in 2012, started on the pole and took the lead at the start while former pro stock track champion A.J. Hoffman, of Richfield, trailed in second.
The first of four cautions came out on lap two when Eric Markel slowed in Turn 2.
Mattern opened his lead to nearly a straightaway when he entered lapped traffic on lap 8.
"That was pretty crazy, I didn't expect to be here so soon." he said.
The second caution flew on lap 14 for a three-car accident between Turns 3 and 4 when Chad Davis spun and was tagged by Mike Lupfer and Dylan Yoder, who had no place to go.
Davis had closed in on Hoffman for second when they caught lapped traffic on lap 8. Hoffman pulled in under the same caution with the car smoking.
On the restart, Mattern's slow start caused an accordion effect on the field as he pulled away to a two-second lead over Kenny Trevitz, who was battling with Jim Yoder and Jeff Rine.
Mattern continued to stretch his lead when the third caution came out on lap 17 as Ron Shultz tagged the fourth-turn wall and slowed to a stop in Turn 1. Tony Adams also stopped on lap 17 with mechanical issues.
Trevitz closed on Mattern on lap 18 after the restart with Yoder in third and Rine in fourth.
Yoder then slowed with a flat tire on the backstretch on lap 24 while Mattern hit the wall when he jumped the cushion, but, the caution had come out for Yoder, giving Mattern the lead back.
"I didn't want to see those cautions, that last one helped us as I think Kenny (Trevitz) would have gotten us," Mattern said.
Trevitz got under Mattern in Turn 1 on the lap-24 restart, but Mattern kept the momentum coming off Turn 2 to hold on for his first career late model win.
Rine slipped under Trevitz coming off Turn 4 to take second with Bryan Bernheisel and Jim Bernheisel rounding out the top five.
Sixth through 10th were Steve Campbell, Coleby Frye, Chad Hollenbeck, Matt Cochran and D. Yoder.
A multi-car accident occurred after the checkered flag had flown in Turn 1; all drivers were OK.
Heats for the 25 late models were won by Mattern, Lupfer and Zona.
Duane Mausteller, of Bloomsburg, led the first 20 laps before exiting the track with a blown engine.
Pat Cannon, of Etters, who leads the division with five wins, slowed on the backstretch on lap three of the feature while running fifth.
Jason Shultz, of Carlisle, the points leader, moved into fifth on lap five and then moved into third a few laps latter where he began a wheel-to-wheel battle with Brock Zearfoss.
Mausteller had extended his lead to nearly a straightaway when he slowed on lap 20 entering Turn 3
Beard inherited the lead from Mausteller with Zearfoss running second when the red flag came out on lap 20 for a two-car flip in Turn 3 for Scott Wilson and Phil Walter. Both drivers were OK.
Heats for the 19 sprint cars were won by Walter and Cannon.
There were 19 pro stocks signed in with heat wins going to Kyle Bachman and Brad Mitch. Two heat races for the 12 roadrunners were won by Brian Johnson and John Schoch.