The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 16, 2011

Area motorsports notebook: Schuchart makes 410 debut at National Open

SELINSGROVE — With eight wins at four different tracks, including three wins at Selinsgrove Speedway, Logan Schuchart, of Hanover, will make his 410 sprint car debut on Saturday night in the Jim Nace Memorial 29th annual National Open.

The 18-year-old senior at Spring Grove Area High School is in his third season of sprint car racing. His three wins at Selinsgrove have netted $12,000. He won the Sept. 3 National open for 358-360 sprint cars worth $8,000.

"It's been my dream since I was a little kid to drive sprint cars and especially to drive 410 sprint cars," Schuchart said. "When I got the opportunity to drive the 358 I was really excited and now to race a 410 is awesome. Some day I'd like to race with the World of Outlaws or have the opportunity to race full time."

"I've never driven a 410 before and there's a lot more horsepower to them so it's going to take a little time to get used to," he added. "Selinsgrove is definitely a high-speed place with the 358s and I think I'll be able to adapt to that with the 410 quickly. I think we have a good chance of running well on Saturday."

While Schuchart has been making a name for himself this season racking up additional wins at Williams Grove, Lincoln and Susquehanna speedways, he is quick to credit his legendary grandfather, Bobby Allen, for steering him in the right direction on the Pennsylvania ovals.

Allen won some 230 sprint car features during his career, including the 1990 Knoxville Nationals. In 1998, Allen was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa.

"I really don't listen to anybody except my grandpa," Schuchart quipped. "He's been a great mentor from the time I started. Ever since I was little, he was the one who taught me how to race and how to drive. If I have questions, he's the one I go to."

410s AND ARDC: 410 sprint car racing returns to Williams Grove Speedway tonight along with the ARDC midgets.

Racing is scheduled to begin at 7:30, which will be the starting time for all remaining Friday night programs this season. One driver looking forward to the return of the midget cars is Steve Buckwalter, who had the richest night of his career at Williams Grove on April 29. That marked the first appearance of the midgets this season. Buckwalter, who is solidly in the top 10 in the race for the speedway's sprint car championship, is the defending ARDC midget champion. He won the All-Star feature that night worth $5,000 and then won the ARDC feature for the sweep. Buckwalter has since added another Grove sprint car victory along with three more ARDC wins. Lance Dewease continues his quest for a sixth Williams Grove title as he currently holds a 430-point lead over Brian Montieth with six points races remaining.

TWO-FOR-TWO: Following his second win in the rain-delayed Coal Cracker 100 on Sunday, Ryan Godown reveled that the engine in the car was the same engine that took him to the North-South Race of Champions win at Lincoln Speedway back in July. That win was worth $8,500 and Sunday's triumph was worth $10,000 for a two-win race total of $18,500.

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