---- — By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
PORT ROYAL -- Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove scored his first-ever 410 sprint car title this year when he won the 2013 Port Royal championship last weekend. He scored five wins at track en route to the title.
"It wasn't a goal of mine at the beginnig of the year to win the track championship, it just played out that way," Heimbach said. "Early in the year we had a lot of engine issues and each week we sat down and talked about what we needed to do to get better. It's a fine line between being good and not-so good."
Heimbach is a three-time 358 sprint car track champion at Selinsgrove Speedway. He also won the 2002 combined 358/410 track title at Clinton County Speedway.
Heimbach, who is racing in this weekend's National Open at Selinsgrove, has 75 career wins which is a combined total between the 358 and 410 sprint cars.
25 BIG ONES: The 43rd annual Freedom 76er for the 358 modifieds takes place Saturday at the Grandview Speedway. The winner of the 76-lap feature earns a $25,000 payday. Among the latest entries is Billy Pauch Sr., who is looking to score his 700th career win. Pauch is a six-time winner of the event.
ADDED ATTRACTION: The 410 and 358 sprint cars will have complete programs tonight at Williams Grove. Added to the card is the rain-delayed 358 sprint car feature from Sept. 1.
LUCK OF THE IRISH: Shawn Fitzpatrick of Pottsville scored his first-ever 358 modified feature win on Sunday night at the Big Diamond Speedway. He started racing in the 358 division 10 years ago. Also on Sunday, brothers Tim (sportsman modified) and T.J. (roadrunners) earned runner-up finishes.
SCHEDULE CHANGE: Big Diamond Speedway has removed the 358 modifieds from Sunday's racing card and replaced them with the 358 late models. This was done with respect to drivers who are competing in the 76er the night before. Also on the slate are sportsman modified and roadrunners.
PUMPKIN PIE: The final Northeast dirt-track race of the season is slated for Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Accord Speedway in New York. The big block/small block modified 50-lap feature pays $5,000 to win. Also on the card will be the Sportsman modifieds and street stock/pure stock divisions.