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June 12, 2014

Motorsports notebook: Whitcomb Memorial this Saturday at Selinsgrove

SELINSGROVE — The Patriot Sprint Tour, based in Western, N.Y., will make its first-ever stop to sanction the 11th annual Joe Whitcomb Memorial for 360 sprint cars at Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday.

The track switched to its summertime start of 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The super late models and pro stocks will also be on the racing card.

The 30-lap sprint car feature is a tribute to honor the late open-wheel racer from Millersburg who succumbed to injuries he sustained in a sprint car racing accident at the track on June 21, 2003.

Time trials, heat races, and a B-main will be the qualifying format for the event.

Two-time winner Jared Zimbardi, of Bradford, leads the PST standings entering Saturday’s race which will allow both the PST and Selinsgrove Speedway tire and wing rules. 358 sprint car teams will also be permitted to compete with the Patriot group.

Defending Whitcomb Memorial winner Pat Cannon of Etters (2013, 2010, 2009) and Selinsgrove’s Blane Heimbach (2008, 2007, 2006) are the only three-time winners of the race.

Other previous winners include Nate Snyder, of Halifax (2004); Kevin Nagy, of East Brunswick, N.J. (2005); and T.J. Stutts, of Liverpool (2012, 2011).

Whitcomb became a regular competitor at Selinsgrove in the 358 sprint car, driving his trademark blue and yellow number 71 racer in 2001.

Whitcomb won his first sprint car race at Selinsgrove on June 8, 2002, ending the five-race winning streak of champion Chad Layton of Harrisburg. Whitcomb also won sprint car races at Williams Grove and Bridgeport Speedways during his racing career.

MAUSTELLER UPDATE: Injured sprint car driver Duane Mausteller, of Bloomsburg, is showing signs of improvement according to his father, Randy.

While he remains unconscious and is still listed in critical condition, Duane has had been moving his arms and legs both involuntarily and by commands. He was recently moved out of the Intensive Care Unit.

Mausteller was injured on May 17 at the track during the sprint car feature.

Big Diamond Speedway collected $600 for the family the other week.

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