The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Motorsports

September 9, 2011

Speedway will remember 9-11

SELINSGROVE — Selinsgrove Speedway will mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America with a special tribute as part of this Saturday’s four-division racing program on United States Army Night.

Local U.S. Army personnel, future soldiers and members of the Color Guard will be on hand to participate in the 9/11 tribute tentatively scheduled for intermission.

Local radio stations B98.3 and Y106.5 have produced an eight-minute audio presentation that will be played on the track’s public address system as part of Saturday night’s ceremony.

With two point shows remaining, three-time winner Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove holds a 170-point lead over one-time winner T.J.

Stutts of Liverpool in the 358 sprint car division. Heimbach is seeking his third career track title, while Stutts is seeking for his first career.

Defending champion and five-time winner Pat Cannon of Etters trails Heimbach by 315 points in the third position.

Defending champion and eight-time winner Jeff Rine of Danville holds a slim 15-point lead over one-time winner Jim Yoder of Selinsgrove in the late model standings.

With three point shows remaining, Rine is seeking his fifth straight and seventh career Selinsgrove track championship.

A.J. Hoffman of Richfield, who is also an eighttime winner and defending champion, leads the pro stock standings over threetime winner Jason Smith of Williamsport. There are two point races left for the pro stock division.

In the roadrunner division, four-time winner Bob Bussey of Northumberland leads the point chase by 210 over defending champion and threetime winner Ricky Bender of Jolliet. Bussey, who is racing to clinch his first career championship, has to hold off Bender for two more point races.

Track officials will make a third attempt to run the 13th Annual Late Model Open on Saturday, Oct. 8, paying $5,000 to win. Joining the late models for the stock car showdown program will be the pro stocks and roadrunners.

The starting time on Oct. 8 will be announced.

Tickets for the 11th annual Selinsgrove Speedway and Raceway Park awards banquet scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel are on sale in the track office on race nights.

CONDOLENCES: Pat and Steve Cannon of Etters lost their father, Billy, on Tuesday, after a long bout with cancer. Pat Cannon was a former competitor in the sportsman and modified division at the famed Flemington Fair Speedway in Flemington, N.J. He was the track’s sportsman champion in 1980.

TO BE CONTINUED: Despite the efforts of Big Diamond Speedway to press through Sunday night’s program quickly, Mother Nature had other ideas.

Heavy rains moved over the Schuylkill County track on lap 28 of the scheduled 100 for the 31st running of the Coal Cracker 100 for 358 modifieds.

The final 72 laps and the accompanying 20-lap feature for the Roadrunners will take place on Sunday starting at 6 p.m. Rain checks and wristbands from last Sunday will be honored. The Coal Cracker 100 winner earns $10,000.

Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., who won the Coal Cracker in 2009, was the leader when the rain arrived.

2011 Big Diamond Speedway champion Jeff Strunk of Bechtelsville, who started 13th, is second while Billy Pauch Jr. of Frenchtown, N.J., sits third. Six-time and defending Coal Cracker winner Duane Howard of Oley, is fourth and ninth-place starter Mike Gular of Green Lane, will round out the top five in the running order on the restart.

FLOOD WINS: The heavy rains and flooding in central Pennsylvania has wiped out the entire weekend schedule at Williams Grove Speedway.

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