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.
The race was red flagged on lap 10 for a seven-car accident on the front stretch. There were no injuries.
"Dave's a really awesome racer to race with and that was a heck of a battle for second," Rine said. "We'll be back for another season in 2013."
Zona held on for second, six seconds behind Rine with Dylan Yoder, Jim Bernheisel and Jim Yoder rounding out the top five.
Hoffman, who is moving to the late model ranks next year, won his fifth pro stock feature of the season and 41st overall after taking the lead on lap one of the second attempt to start the 15-lap feature. The initial start was aborted following a multi-car tangle in Turn 1.
"I am so glad that I was able to win here one last time," Hoffman said. "We couldn't ask for anything more than what we've accomplished here."
Hoffman, who captured his third straight pro stock title, battled with Shaun Miller for the lead on the opening lap and took the lead coming out of Turn 2.
Jason Smith moved into second on lap six and closed in late but finished a half-second behind Hoffman at the line. Miller held on for third with Hayes Mattern fourth and Jason Davis, fifth.
Nate Romig scored his first-ever roadrunner win in the 12-lap feature event.
"The car was hooked up and all I had to do was stand on the gas," Romig said.
Bob Bussey, the roadrunner champion finished second with Brain Johnson third, Jeremy Kline fourth and Matt Lawrence fifth.