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April 27, 2014

Motorsports: Franek sets Selinsgrove Speedway track record in win

SELINSGROVE — Davie Franek let loose four years of frustration when he climbed on the back of his sprint car and pounded his hands onto his top wing.

The Wantage, N.J., driver, set a 25-lap, non-stop, 360 sprint car track record with a time of 8 minutes,12.083 seconds in winning for the first time at Selinsgrove Speedway since 2010.

Other winners on Saturday were Jim Yoder (late models), Brad Mitch (pro stocks), and Brian Johnson (roadrunners).

“We’ve been close but, man, it feels great to be back in victory lane,” Franek said.

Selinsgrove’s Cody Keller led the opening lap before last year’s sprint car champion, Jason Shultz, passed him in Turn 3 on lap one.

Franek, who started seventh, moved past Keller into second on lap four and then started reeling in Shultz in lapped traffic on lap 5.

“We were rolling from the beginning,” Franek said. “We ran well in the heat race and we made a few minor adjustments before the feature.”

By lap 8, Franek made his first move on Shultz for the lead on the low side of Turn 2, but he slid up too high coming out of the turn, allowing Shultz to regain the lead.

One lap later, Franek made a bold move on the outside of Turn 4 to pass Shultz for the lead.

From there, Franek pulled away for his seventh career win at the track.

“Those wins seem to just get away from us,” Franek added. “We kept doing our homework; we’re getting faster.”

Brock Zearfoss and T.J. Stutts battled for third over the final seven laps with Zearfoss moving into second on lap 22 and holding onto the runner-up spot at the checkers.

Stutts, the previous non-stop, 25-lap record holder, moved by Shultz for third on lap 23, with Shultz coming home fourth while Mark Smith rounded out the top five.

Sixth through 10th were Ryan Kissinger, Larry Kelleher, Mike Walter, Duane Mausteller and Dan Mazy.

Heats for the 18 sprint cars were won by Keller and Franek.

A six-car pileup on opening late of late model feature didn’t stop Yoder from earning his 11th career win.

Yoder passed Jim Bernheisel on lap 4 and raced to a near five-second lead that was wiped out when the caution came out on lap 22.

On the restart, Yoder pulled away, as he was never tested for most of the run.

“The car has been good all year. Hopefully we’ll be real good next week in the Three State Flyers race,” Yoder said. “We had a good car last week, but we had a spark plug foul up on us.”

Bernheisel held on for second, with Kenny Trevitz, Andy Haus and Dylan Yoder rounding out the top five.

Sixth through 10th were Chad Hollenbeck, Steve Campbell, Jeff Rine, Bryan Bernheisel and Jerry Bard.

Heats for the 31 late models were won by Trevitz, J. Bernheisel and Yoder. Mike Lupfer won the consolation race.

It took four starts to get the 15-lap pro stock feature underway before Mitch took a lead in Turn 3 from Tommy Slanker. He then held off a last-lap challenge from A.J. Stroup to win his third straight feature to start the year.

Nathan Long was awarded second after Stroup was DQ’d in post-race inspection. Jamin Chapman, Kurt Wray and Peanut Heintzelman completed the top five.

Sixth through 10th were Dan Condo, Tom Hartman, Slanker, Kenny Day and Nate Herman.

Heat for the 18 pro stocks were won by Kyle Bachman and Brandon Moser.

Last year’s roadrunner champion, Johnson, led the final five laps for this first win of the year. Curtis Lawton, Keith Bissinger, Butch Shaffer and John Fowler round out the top five.

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