The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 14, 2013

Auto racing: Long scores first career win at Selinsgrove Speedway


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---- — 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.

Sixth through 10th place were Phil Walter, Eric Tomecek, Josh Beard, Ryan Kissinger and Duane Mausteller, respectively. Points leader Mark Smith pulled off on lap 4 after losing his breaks.

Heat winners for the 17 358 sprint cars went to Stutts and Keller.

Chad Davis led the first 17 laps of the 25-lap late model feature but slid up and made contact with the Turn 2 wall on a restart and surrendered the lead to Jerry Bard.

Bard held off Danville's Jeff Rine by .191 seconds for his first-ever win at the track.

"I'm beginning to like this place, you might see me here more often," Bard said. "The car was getting tight there near the end and under the caution, I adjusted the brakes and I was able to get he lead."

Jim Bernheisel finished third with Tony Adams and Matt Cochran completing the top five.

Sixth through 10th place were Bryan Bernheisel, Jim Yoder, Dave Zona, Davis and Kenny Trevitz, respectively.

Heat winners for the 17 late models went to Bard and J. Bernheisel.

Brian Johnson of Ashland became the first repeat winner in the roadrunner division as he held off Northumberland's Bob Bussey in the 12-lap feature. Ricky Bender, John Fowler and Brandon Shultz completed the top five.

Sixth through 10th place were Curtis Lawton, Butch Shaffer, Jeremy Kine, Toby Chase and Lori Croop, respectively.

Heat winners for the 12 roadrunners went to Bender and Johnson.