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April 14, 2013

Auto racing: Long scores first career win at Selinsgrove Speedway

By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- Nathan Long had a trying rookie season last year in the pro stock division at Selinsgrove Speedway.

He put that behind him on Saturday night as led all 15 laps to score his first-ever pro stock feature win.

Long, a senior at Selinsgrove High School, built up a straightaway lead over Tower City's Troy Miller, until the caution came out twice in the final five laps.

"I was so stressed out when I saw those yellows come out, it was the most stressful 15-lap feature of my career," he said. "I made a lot of rookie mistakes last year, I'm glad we got them out of the way."

Long, who crashed in the feature last week, pulled away from Miller on the lap-14 restart for the win. Miller held on for second with Matt Hornberger, Shaun Miller and Tommy Slanker completing the top five.

Sixth through 10th place were Jake Buck, Kyle Bachman, Jeff Ceballo, Jim Payne and Tom Hartman, respectively.

Heat winners for the 14 pro stocks went to Bachman and Brad Mitch.

Pat Cannon of Etters scored his first win of the 2013 season in the 25-lap 358 sprint car feature as he wrestled the lead away from Selinsgrove's Cody Keller on lap 6 and then held off a hard charging T.J. Stutts of Liverpool for the win.

"I can down the front stretch and the hood scoop came loose and that caused the car to stood up and I was wondering if the wing was still attached," Cannon said. "This is a great place to race at, especially when the track widens out on a night like this."

Stutts, who was rim-riding the cushion against the fence, closed in on Cannon with five to go, but was unable to get close enough to make a bid for the lead and settled for second. Derek Locke, Jason Shultz and Keller rounded out the top five.

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