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June 1, 2014

Selinsgrove Speedway: Mitch takes the Pro Stock 20

SELINSGROVE — Brad Mitch, of McClure, continued his winning ways in the pro stock division on Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway.

Mitch scored his fourth win of the season and his first-ever in the Pro Stock 20 in a dominating performance.

The track raised more than $3,000 during intermission for injured drivers Duane Mausteller and Jamie Collard.

Mitch took the lead on the start of the only extra-distance race of the season for the pro stocks  from his outside front row starting spot.

The race was slowed twice by cautions on lap 1 for a multi-car accident in Turn 1 and for a slow car on Turn 2.

On both restarts, Mitch pulled away from second place runner Derek Garman.

“Derrick’s a good competitor and he’s fast, he’ll be here in victory lane soon,” Mitch said.

Mitch, who had a four-car length lead at the half-way mark, held off Garman on the final lap for his his 13th-career pro stock win.

“Winning the Pro Stock 20 for us is like winning the Daytona 500,” he said.

Mitch’s three-race winning streak was snapped on May 17 by Kyle Bachman. He finished second in that race.

Garman held on for second with A.J Stroup, Nathan Long and Kyle Bachman, rounding out the top five, respectively.

Sixth through 10th were Andrew Stroup, Adam Campbell, Jamin Chapman, Steve Knapp and Matt Wilson, respectively.

Heats for the 24 pro stocks were won by Chapman, Mitch and Bachman.

Jason Shultz, of Carlisle, was in command of the 25-lap sprint car feature until lap.7.

That’s when fourth-starting T.J. Stutts, of Liverpool, made his move for the lead.

Stutts made contact with Shultz while racing for the lead off Turn 2 resulting in Shultz spinning right in front of the pack.

“I ran in there in Turn 2 and the car went straight across the track. I didn’t expect it to do that,” Stutts said. “It’s 100-percent my fault.”

On the restart, Stutts opened a lead on the field while Colby Womer, Davie Franek and Mark Smith battled for second.

Stutts’ lead grew to a straightway by lap 18, but five circuits later, Mike Walter II, of Selinsgrove, slowed to a stop to bring out the second caution of the race.

It erased Stutts’ lead on the field.

On the restart, Stutts held on to the point while Smith got by Franek for second.

Stutts would hold off Smith by five car lengths at the line for his second win of the year.

Franek finished third with Womer fourth and Shultz, fifth.

Sixth through 10th were Derek Locke, Ryan Kissinger, Hunter Schuerenberg, Derek Steward and Jason Cherry, respectively.

Heats for the 13 sprint car were won by Womer and Smith.

Dave Zona scored his second-career late model feature win in the caution filled 25-lap feature.

Zona, who started 11, passed early race leader Dustin Huffman on lap six and never looked back. It was his first win at the track since 2012.

“It feels pretty good,” he said. “This place makes you feel as if you’ll never win here again.”

He was was the fifth different with late model winner.

Andy Haus finished second with Steve Campbell, third, Tony Adams, fourth and Donnie Schick, fifth.

Sixth through 10th were Jim Bernheishel, Bud Philips, Kenny Trevitz, Chad Davis and Chad Hollenbeck, respectively.

Heat for the 30 super late models were won by Jason Schmidt, Kenny Trevitz, Jeff Rine and Yoder. The consolation was won by Jason Smith.

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