The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 6, 2013

Area motorsports notebook: Points batle winding down at Selinsgrove

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---- — By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- With a few point races left in the 2013 Selinsgrove Speedway season, the track will present a four-division racing show on Saturday with a start time of 7 p.m.

The 358 sprint car title is up for grabs as former division champions Pat Cannon, of Etters, and Jason Shultz of Carlisle have two races left to decide this year's title. Cannon, the defending 358 sprint car champion, holds a 65-point lead over Shultz, the 2004 champion. Cannon, an eight-time winner this season, is seeking a record-setting fourth 358 print car title.

In the late model division, three points races remaining as defending champion Jeff Rine, of Danville, leads Dylan Yoder, of Selinsgrove, by 235 points. Rine, a five-time feature winner this season, is well on his way to clinching a record-setting ninth track title.

Although he has not visited victory lane this year in the pro stock division, Troy Miller, of Tower City, holds a 90-point lead over Kyle Bachman, of Selinsgrove, with two point races left. Miller is looking to become the division's first-ever four-time champion. Bachman, a four-time feature winner this year, is seeking his second career title.

Brian Johnson, of Ashland, holds a 60-point lead over two-time defending champion Bob Bussey, of Northumberland. Bussey has five wins on the season. There are two point races left for the roadrunners.

The 410 sprint cars return Saturday, Sept. 14, for the Jim Nace Memorial 31st annual National Open.

SUPER MATT: Matt Cochran of Williamsport drove the race of his life Sunday when he finished a career-best third in the 15th annual Late Model National Open, which was sanctioned for the first time ever by the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. He finished seventh in Saturday's WoO LMS feature. He was one of three Selinsgrove regulars to finish in the top-10 on Saturday. Rine (third Saturday), finished 10th on Sunday, and he was the only other local driver in the top-10 in the 50-lap feature.

DIAMOND MINE: Jeff Strunk won Sunday's Coal Cracker 72, holding off last year's winner Doug Manmiller. It was Strunk's fourth Coal Cracker win of his career and his first since 1997. This year's Coal Cracker attracted a field of 45 358 modifieds. The track continues its points battle on Sundays through the end of September with race time set for 6:15 p.m.

RARE APPEARANCE: Williams Grove Speedway is in action tonight with a three-division show of 358 late models, Super Sportsman and the ARDC midgets. The 358 late models will go topless for a 30-lap feature. The Super Sportsman close out their 2013 points battle tonight with Frankie Herr as the points leader.