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June 21, 2014

Motorsports: Zearfoss wins 360 feature at Selinsgrove Speedway

SELINSGROVE — Brock Zearfoss made the right move at the right time on Saturday night to score his first win of the season at Selinsgrove Speedway.

The 25-lap 360 sprint car feature featured five lead changes among four drivers: two three-wide battles for position and a swap of the lead three times on one lap.

Other winners on Saturday night included Jeff Rine (late models) and Derick Garman (pro stocks).

Former 410 sprint car track regular Bobby Parrow led the opening laps before Ryan Kissinger challenged him for the lead.

T.J. Stutts, Mark Smith and Pat Cannon drew an awe from the crowd when they went three wide in Turn 1 for a battle for fourth on lap two.

Kissinger would take the lead from Parrow on lap five on the backstretch and then had to hold off Parrow and Zearfoss in a three-wide move off Turn 2 a lap later. Parrow got back by Kissinger to retake the lead in Turn 3.

As Parrow took the lead, Cody Keller slowed in Turn 2 to bring out the lone caution of the race.

On the restart, Kissinger took the lead momentarily in Turn 2 as he passed Parrow on the low side, but Parrow regained the lead in Turn 3.

Kissinger would take the lead back in Turn 4 while Zearfoss got by Parrow for second.

Three laps later, Zearfoss and Kissinger swapped the lead three times before Zearfoss took the lead for good on the low side of Turn 4.

“I didn’t want to see that caution come out, but it let me get my thoughts together and I knew what Ryan was going to do on the restart,” Zearfoss said. “It seemed like he was getting a good run in Turn 3 and I was expecting him to stay on the high side, but he left me enough of an opening on the low side and I decided to take it.”

Behind Zearfoss, a four-car battle raged for second on lap 12 which would see eventual runner-up T.J. Stutts take the spot and — with five laps to — he began to cut into Zearfoss’ three-second lead.

Stutts was able to close the gap to 1.5-seconds in traffic, but it was as close as he got.

Mark Smith, Derek Locke and Pat Cannon rounded out the top five.

Sixth through 10th were Larry Kelleher, Kissinger, Mike Walter, Mark Bittner and Parrow.

Heats for the 16 360 sprint cars were won by Kissinger and Keller.

Jerry Bard took the lead from Hayes Mattern on lap nine of the 25-lap late model feature and was pulling away when the only cation of the race came out for Mattern on lap 21.

On the restart, Bard shut the door on Rine in Turn 1, but Rine took the lead coming off Turn 4.

Rine would go on to score his third win of the season and his 88th-career win at the track.

“This racetrack was flawless tonight,” Rine said. “I think it was going to come down to the last lap if I had caught Jerry without a caution.”

Jim Yoder, Tony Adams and Donnie Schick completed the top five.

Sixth through 10th were Steve Campbell, Bryan Bernheisel, Dave Zona, Dylan Yoder and Kenny Trevitz.

Heats for the 14 late models were won by Matt Cochran and Mattern.

Garman, who started sixth, took the lead on lap six and held off Brad Mitch for his first-ever win in the pro stock feature.

Mitch moved alongside of Garman in Turn 3 on the final lap when the caution flew to set up a one-lap shootout.

On the restart, both Garman and Mitch went high in Turn 1 as Garman would hold on to the lead over the final lap.

“This place is tough to tame,” Garman said. “I was a little worried about (Brad) Mitch, he’s always tough.”

Mitch finished second, with Andrew Shoop, Jamin Chapman and Jake Buck rounding out the top five.

Sixth through 10th were Nathan Long, Kurt Wray, Adam Campbell, David Berry and Matt Wilson.

Heats for the 15 pro stocks were won by Way and A.J. Stroup.

Keith Bissinger won his fourth roadrunner feature of the year over John Fowler, Bob Bussey, Brian Johnson and Butch Shafer.

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