---- — By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE -- Selinsgrove Speedway will present the first championship race of the season for the late models on Saturday at 7. Joining the late models on the racing card will be the 358 sprint cars, pro stocks and roadrunners.
The late model feature will pay $2,500 to win.
Last year's special events winners for the late models were Coleby Frye of Dover (June 9 championship), Nick Dickson of Lewistown (Aug. 4 Open) and Rick Eckert of York (Oct. 6 Fall Classic).
Two weeks ago, Jerry Bard of Shippensburg became the third different late model winner in as many races at the track. Bard joins Dylan Yoder, of Selinsgrove, and Frye on the early-season win list. Defending champion Jeff Rine, of Danville, is seeking his first win of the season at Selinsgrove and holds a 25-point lead over Yoder in the point standings.
ONE-TIME ONLY: Big Diamond Speedway will close out the month tonight with the season-opening race for the United Racing Company tonight. This is the only appearance for URC sprinters at the track in 2013. The 358 modifieds and roadrunners will also be in action.
OPENING NIGHT: Promoter Vern Wasson will drop the green flag on the 2013 season at Clinton County Raceway tonight at 7:30. The five-division card is highlighted by the first of 10 races for the PA 305 Sprints.
MEET AND GREET: Fans can meet drivers from both the All Stars and ARDC Midgets prior to tonight's race at Williams Grove. The event will take place in the infield from 5:45 to 6:15.
AUTOGRAPH TIME: Fans can meet sprint racing legend Bobby Allen and his grandson, sprint driver Logan Schuchart, beginning at 5:15 Saturday behind the grandstand at Port Royal Speedway. The autograph session will last until 6.
ROUGH OUTING: Selinsgrove Speedway roadrunner driver Keith Bissinger of Orangeville took part in Frank Kimmel's street stock race at the Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway on April 13. Bissinger qualified 24th (32.196 seconds) and made 12 of the 100 laps in the feature before pulling in with engine issues. He finished last in the 30-car field.
BACK IN BLACK: New Oxford's Stevie Smith will return to 410 sprint car racing with Chad and Jenn Clemens beginning May 10. The team is looking at a 40-race schedule which includes running in tandem with Paul McMahan at 14 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series events; the full Pennsylvania Speedweek and multiple All Star Circuit of Champions; and local races.