The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 25, 2013

Motorsports: Yoder wins late model tune-up at Selinsgrove

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---- — By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- Dylan Yoder of Selinsgrove proved he's ready to take on the World of Outlaws late model series next week by dominating the 30-lap late model tune-up feature on Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway.

Other winners on Saturday night were Brad Mitch (pro stocks) and Jason Shultz, 358 sprint cars.

Yoder, who took the lead at the start, stretched it to nearly five seconds over Bryan Bernheisel when the third caution of the feature came out on lap 21, erasing his lead.

On the restart, Yoder maintained the lead and pulled away from Bernheisel, who battled his father Jim from the early portion of the race.

"This new car has been good so far," Yoder said. "I just tried to keep a smooth line and once in a while I would hit the bumps and it pushed the car up towards the wall. We're just going to check the nuts and bolts and wash her and leave the set-up alone for next week."

It was Yoder's third win of the season after winning on May 25 and the late model opener on March 30.

Yoder's mount was stout all night, as he timed seventh quick in time trials and had a five-second lead over fast qualifier Matt Cochran of Williamsport by lap 8 when the first caution came out for Yoder's father, Jim, who slowed on the backstretch.

Cochran slowed on the next lap to bring out a second caution.

The third caution came out on lap 10 when a two-car tangle sent Lindsay Barton hard into the outside wall on the backstretch. She was OK.

Points leader Jeff Rine slowed on lap 27 of the race while running in fourth and was credited with a 17th-place finish.

Jim Bernheisel edged his son Bryan for second while Coleby Frey was fourth and Chad Hollenbeck. Sixth through 10th were Tim Wilson, Tony Adams, Mike Lupfer, Chris Shuey and Scotty Haus.

In the 358 sprint car feature, Walter Sr., who made a return to the sport just a few weeks ago, led the first 19 laps of the 25-lap feature before Shultz of Carlisle took the lead coming off Turn 2 on lap 19 and went on to score his fourth win the season.

The feature went non-stop with a time of 8 minutes, 12.011 seconds.

"We had some problems here in the last couple of weeks," Shultz said. "We lost the car going for the lead in clean air the other week, but we've been fast. I told my dad I just wanted to get out and lead."

Shultz, who started 11th, moved into the top five on lap 8 and moved into the runner-up spot on lap 18.

"Anytime you win at Selinsgrove is great, but to win four ... we're racing on a shoe-string budget," Shultz added.

Points leader Pat Cannon of Etters finished second with T.J. Stutts third, Walter fourth, and Matt Horst fifth.

Sixth through 10th were Phil Walter, Colby Womer, Scott Wilson, Ryan Kissinger and Duane Mausteller.

Heats for the twenty 358 sprint cars were won by Cannon, Womer and Walter Sr.

For the seventh time this season, Mitch, of McClure, scored the 15-lap pro stock feature win after taking the lead from Sunbury's Jake Buck on the front-stretch on lap 2.

Selinsgrove's Kyle Bachman finished second with Troy Miller, Jim Gerhart and Pete Lauver rounding out the top five. Six through 10th were Nathan Long, Terry Lauver, Brandon Moser, Tommy Slanker, Tom Hartman.

The race was stopped on a lap 7 restart when a nine-car accident occurred in Turn 1 when Tower City driver Shaun Miller (third in points) barrel-rolled his car after his right front tire blew out going into Turn 1. All drivers were OK.

Bob Bussey of Northumberland won the 12-lap roadrunner feature, his fifth of the season.