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July 3, 2014

Motorsports: Speedweek wraps up with Opperman Memorial

SELINSGROVE — After five nights of racing, defending Speedweek champion Greg Hodnett holds a 79-point lead over Lucas Wolfe as the 2014 Pennsylvania Sprint Car  Speedweek hits the home stretch.

The series will wrap up on Sunday with a three-division show at Selinsgrove Speedway with the as the Super Sportsman and 305 sprint cars are on the card.

It will be the second 410 sprint car of the season at the track. Hodnett was the winner back on March 23.

Opperman is a 19-time sprint car winner at Selinsgrove where he won his only track championship in 1973. He qualified for the 1974 and 1976 Indianapolis 500 and then returned to Pennsylvania to race sprint cars. He suffered a career-ending injury in a United Racing Company-sanctioned sprint car race in 1981 at the Jennerstown Speedway. He died in 1997 at the age of 58.

Hodnett is the only repeat winner through Wednesday having won back-to-back races at Grandview and Hagerstown. He now has 25 career Speedweek wins, five shy of tying Fred Rahmer atop the all-time Speedweek wins list.

Other winners include Danny Dietrich (Williams Grove), Kyle Moody (Lincoln) and Brady Bacon (Path Valley). Tonight’s race at Williams Grove Speedway is the $10,000 to win Mitch Smith Memorial. Stevie Smith is the defending race winner.

Port Royal will host its second night of Speedweek on Saturday after playing host to round six on Thursday night.

There have been 70 different who have registered a point through Wednesday.

MAUSTELLER UPDATE: Injured sprint car driver Duane Mausteller, of Bloomsburg, has just about regained consciousness according to his dad, Randy. He was moved to MossRehab in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

IRONMEN BATTLE: Danville late model racers Steve Campbell and Jeff Rine are sitting first and second in points at Selisngrove Speedway entering Saturday’s late model summer championship. Campbell, who is looking for his third title and his first since 1999, holds a 160-point lead over Rine who is seeking his eighth straight and 10th late model title overall.

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