The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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September 22, 2012

Cannon continues hot streak at Selinsgrove

By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- A week after winning the National Open for 410 sprint cars, Pat Cannon had to work for his ninth win of the season in the 25-lap 358 feature on the final night of point racing at Selinsgrove Speedway.

Other winners on Saturday night were A.J. Hoffman, pro stocks, Jeff Rine, late models and Nate Romig, roadrunners.

Bloomsburg's Ryan Kissinger paced the first six laps of the 358 sprint car feature before Mark Smith, who started sixth, passed Kissinger for the lead. Smith started to open a lead when Cody Kelly hit the Turn 3 wall to bring out the race's lone caution.

Cannon, who captured his third 358 sprint car title this season, was not in contention for the win until lap 22. He moved into third on lap 12 and into the runner-up spot five laps later.

"We were plugging away all race and when we got into traffic, I saw Mark get loose and I knew I had one shot to get by him; he would have changed his line to keep the lead," Cannon said. "It's a beautiful way to wrap up the season."

Cannon passed Smith at the start-finish line on lap 22 and went on and score his 41st career 358 win at the track.

Smith, who finished third in the Open last week, held on for second with Jason Shultz third, T.J. Stutts, fourth and Kissinger fell back to fifth.

Rine continued the parade of track champions taking the checkers on the final point night as he won for the seventh time this season and his 79th career late model win at the track.

Rine took the lead on lap 16 and pulled away to a conniving win after battling Dave Zona for several laps and then chased down race leader Chad Davis.

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