SELINSGROVE — “I haven’t seen a track like this in a while up here,” Cannon said.
“This is the fastest I’ve seen this place in a long time,” remarked Dewease.
The track called the turnout one of the largest crowds in its 65-year history. Private estimations put it easily over a few thousand as droves of people came back to the races for the first time in more years than they could count, all to remember Nace.
“I don’t know if it is the largest crowd here, but it has to be close,” said Dewease.
Shaffer remarked on his owner’s retirement, his future and his running of the Camel Express for the night, which made its return to a track for the first time in 21 years.
“To see the people standing and cheering, I know they’re rooting for it. This is a special night for me,” he said.
Shaffer said he doesn’t know yet if he’ll keep driving. His mechanic and Nace’s as well, Jimmy Russell said he’s likely going to be done and he’s hoping that Shaffer, “goes with Gary and Patty and myself and finds other things to do.”
Russell called Nace, “Probably my greatest friend ever.”
Shaffer ended the night with a pair of thirds in the Open segments, a heat win in new eight-lap track record time and the win in the dash.
“Nacey” would have been proud of his night, his family, his friends, his track, his race, his car, his fans and his sport.
OPEN NOTES: Of the 39 cars in action, eight of them were regular weekly 358 sprint drivers with 410s under the hood. Those drivers were Cannon, Blane Heimbach, Cody Keller, Mike Walter, Phil Walter, Ryan Kissinger, Colby Womer and Davie Franek...Franek was driving the Guy Howie No. 19...Keller’s was his first race ever in a 410 and he looked as good or better in the car than he does in a 358...Heimbach had motor woes in his heat but ran the B for a win...The winner’s share of the 50/50 was more than $2,000.