By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE -- Selinsgrove Speedway's regular four divisions -- the 358 sprint cars, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners -- will be back at the historic half-mile oval on Saturday.
The 358 sprint cars will compete in a 25-lap main event paying $1,500 to win. In the season standings, former two-time champion Pat Cannon of Etters, a five-time winner this season, holds a 380-point lead over three-time winner and former champion Jason Shultz of Carlisle.
The late models will race in a 25-lap feature paying $1,200 to win. Seven-time champion Jeff Rine of Danville leads the standings by 460 points over Jim Bernheisel of Lebanon, who took over the second position following his fifth-place finish in last Saturday's race.
After a one-week hiatus, the pro stocks return with a 15-lap feature paying $400 to win. Two-time defending champion and four-time winner A.J. Hoffman of Richfield has a 290-point lead over rookie and five-time winner Hayes Mattern.
The roadrunners will compete in two 12-lap features on Saturday, one of which is a makeup event from July 21. Defending champion and seven-time winner Bob Bussey of Northumberland holds a 660-point lead over Curtis Lawton of Danville.
RISING STAR: Austin Dillon, the 22-year-old grandson of legendary NASCAR team owner Richard Childress and Nationwide Series rising star of Lewisville, N.C., is a confirmed entry for the first-ever World of Outlaws late model series race at Selinsgrove Speedway on Aug. 26. Dillon, who clinched the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship last year, will sign autographs at a time to be announced.
The 2012 late model racing season at Selinsgrove has produced eight different winners in 15 races.
THE BIG 3-0: Last Saturday's appearance by the United Racing Company at Selinsgrove Speedway marked the 30th time the series has had a feature at the track that was not a URC-358 sprint car challenge. The 65-year-old traveling series, the oldest traveling sprint car series in the nation, first raced at Selinsgrove on July 4, 1959, with Hank Rogers scoring the win.