The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 5, 2013

Auto racing: Bachman wins Pro Stock 20


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---- — By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- The last time Kyle Bachman won the Pro Stock 20 was 2003.

It was the same year that he won his one and only pro stock division title.

Bachman became the first driver to repeat in pro stock division as he led all 20 laps to score his 37th-career win and his second Pro Stock 20.

Other winners on Saturday night included Eric Tomecek (358 sprints), Jeff Rine (late models) and John Fowler Jr. (roadrunner).

Bachman took the lead on the start as they were three wide with McClure's Brad Mitch and Selinsgrove's Nathan Long battling with Bachman for the lead through Turn 2.

Bachman wrestled the lead off of Turn 2 and held on through three cautions and a red flag over the 20-lap distance.

"I wasn't quite sure if we would ever win another one of these," Bachman said. "We took a few second place finishes over the last few years. The track slicked off and made it even for everybody."

McClure's Brad Mitch pressured Bachman for the lead but slowed on the lap 18 restart.

"I know there wasn't going to be a ton of passing unless they found something on the bottom," he said. "A bigger race like this, a lot of things go through you mind as if you bobble for a second, someone will get by you."

A.J. Stroup flipped on lap 16 between Turns 1 and 2. He was uninjured. The accident collected Hayes Mattern of Beavertown, who set fast time during time trials with a lap of 24.314 seconds.

As Mitch's car slowed, points leader Troy Miller passed him for second with Pete Lauver third, Tommy Slanker, fourth and Mitch holding on for fifth.

Sixth through 10th were Hank Steffen, Nate Stroup, Jeff Ceballo, Jim Payne and Nathan Long, respectively.

Tomecek held off a hard-charging Pat Cannon in a thrilling, non-stop 25-lap 358 sprint car feature for his first-ever 358 sprint car win at the track.

"We've been struggling here lately," he said. "I like to be around the top of the speedway and the car was hooked right around the bottom. We crashed at Lincoln, worked hard to get the car back together and then we blew the engine. It's just awesome to be standing here in victory lane."

The initial start came back when Shannon Fisher of Mount Pleasant Mills spun.

On the restart, Larry Kelleher took the lead before Bloomsburg resident Duane Mausteller passed him coming out of Turn 4 on lap 3.

Tomecek used the same move on lap 16 to become the third leader of the race.

Defending points champion Pat Cannon, who started 11th, closed on Tomecek in lapped traffic with two to go and trailed him at the finish line by .086 seconds.

Jason Shultz was third with Mausteller, fourth and Derek Locke, fifth.

Sixth through 10th were T.J. Stutts, Kelleher, Josh Bear, Cody Keller and Colby Womer, respectively.

Heat winners for the 22 358s were Keller, Cannon and Beard.

Rine became the fifth different late model winner after scoring his first win of the season at Selinsgrove. It was also his 80th career win, tying him with fellow Danville late model driver Steve Campbell on the track's all-time combine win list.

"We did a lot of stuff to the car over the winter and we gradually put the car back to where it was last year and we're getting better on the slick tracks now," Rine said. "I got rolling on the top

Rine took the lead from Andy Haus on lap 11 of the 25-lap feature.

Jim Yoder closed in late and finished second with early race leader Andy Haus, third, Bryan Bernheisel, fourth and Dylan Yoder, fifth.

Sixth through 10th were Dave Zona, Tony Adams, Donne Schick, Chad Davis and Matt Cochran.

Heat winners for the 19 late models were Adams and Meade Hahn.

John Fowler Jr. scored his third roadrunner win of the season in the 12-lap feature. Ricky Bender, Brian Johnson, Ray Rothfuss and Jeremy Kline rounded out the top five, respectively.

Curtis Lawton was six, John Schoch, seventh, Butch Shaffer, eighth and Bob Bussey, ninth. Brandon Shultz did not start.