Heimbach Outduels Smith for 360 Sprint Car Open Victory

SELINSGROVE, PA – Blane Heimbach drove across town for a rare appearance at his home track and picked up the 19th Annual Mach 1 Chassis National Open for 360 sprint cars after a thrilling duel with Mark Smith of Sunbury.

The $5,000 win in the 30-lap championship event was Heimbach’s fourth career in the race at the wheel of the Creasy Signs/Goff Racing No. 12.

Jim Bernheisel of Lebanon returned to Victory Lane when he wired the field for his fifth career win in the 25-lap super late model race. Bernheisel became the division’s ninth different winner this season.

Shaun Lawton of Bloomsburg made it five feature wins in a row in the 15-lap pro stock race.

Selinsgrove Speedway will be back in action at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, with an open wheel doubleheader featuring the 360 sprint cars, PASS/IMCA 305 sprint cars plus limited late models and roadrunners. Gates will open at 5 p.m.



The speedway will not be racing Saturday, July 17, for summer break.

Blane Heimbach jetted to the early sprint car lead from the pole leading Adam Carberry, Mark Smith, Mike Walter and Curt Michael.

Carberry dogged Heimbach until lap three when Smith moved to second.  One of the early race favorites, Chad Layton’s engine started to show heavy smoke and he retired to the pits early.

As Heimbach negotiated the heavy traffic, Smith drew to his tail.  Smith used a lapped car to shoot by Heimbach for the lead on lap 11 but Heimbach came right back.

By the middle part of the race Kyle Reinhardt started his charge from the back, taking over fifth place and continued to move forward.

Smith started to open a lead as Heimbach again drove through traffic but as laps wound down, Heimbach was back on Smith’s nerf bar.  Heimbach retook the lead on lap 26 and started to pull away.

A spin by third running Derek Locke on lap 29 brought out the caution flag and gave Smith one last shot in a battle of former track champions.

Reinhardt tried to slingshot by Smith on the restart but Smith held him off.  This allowed Heimbach to pull away and win by just .7 seconds over Smith, Locke, Reinhardt and Carberry.

Sprint car heats were won by Keller, Smith and Heimbach.

Jim Bernheisel, Donnie Schick, Dave Brouse Jr. Kenny Trevitz and Danny Snyder made up the top five to start the late model feature.

The two veterans Bernheisel and Schick with scores of wins between them started to pull away from the rest of the field.

By the midway point Bernheisel was running with a comfortable lead as Brouse started to close on Schick.

Bernheisel led the rest of the distance winning by 3.11 seconds over Schick, Brouse, Kenny Trevitz and Snyder.

Late model heats went to Jim Bernheisel and Danny Snyder

Five cars made an early bid for the pro stock lead with Corey Long just nosing ahead of Brandon Moser, Tommy Dawson, Kyle Bachman and Shaun Lawton.  Moser took the lead in the first turn but a melee collected Dawson bringing out the caution.

On the restart, Lawton got by Bachman for second.  Lori Croop found the second turn wall on lap four, requiring a wrecker.

Moser and Lawton battled side by side for the lead.  Moser up top and Lawton on the low side.  The battle for the lead put Bachman right on Lawton’s tail in third when the yellow flag came out again on lap nine.

Lawton again used the restart to duck low and go side by side and was able to get by on lap 10.  Once in the lead Lawton started to open some daylight while Bachman pressured Moser.

Lawton led the rest of the way, winning his fifth consecutive race by 1.276 seconds over Moser, Bachman, AJ Stroup and Long.

Bachman and Lawton won the pro stock heat races.

SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY – 13 July 2019

360 Sprint Cars – 24 Entries

30-Lap A-Main:  1) 12 Blane Heimbach ($5,000)  2) M1 Mark Smith  3) 1W Kyle Reinhardt  4) 47C Adam Carberry  5) 33W Michael Walter  6) 5G Curt Michael  7) 29 Jason Shultz  8) 19 Colby Womer  9) 08 Jason Clauss  10) 99K Cody Keller  11) 49 Mallie Shuster  12) 66 Ryan Kissinger  13) 11A Austin Bishop  14) 07 Matt Hoyt  15) 11 Jim Shuster  16) 12D Steve Downs  17) 07 Curt Stroup  18) 77 Derek Locke  19) 36 Tim Perry  20) 6M Chad Criswell  21) 35 Chad Layton  22) 669 Brandon McGough  23) 5N Brian Nornhold  24) 17 Jason Wagner

Heat Winners:  Cody Keller, Mark Smith, Blane Heimbach

Late Models – 17 Entries

25-Lap A-Main:  1) 171 Jim Bernheisel  2) 6 Donnie Schick  3) 14Z Dave Brouse  4) 61 Ken Trevitz  5) 4S Danny Snyder  6) 119 Bryan Bernheisel  7) 14 Tyler Horst  8) 22 Brett Schadel  9) F1 Coleby Frye  10) 24 Jim Yoder  11) 63 Nathan Long  12) 7M Meade Hahn  13) 31 Denny Superko  14) 10 Dave Stamm  15) 9 Hayes Mattern  16) 0 Andrew Stotler  17) 11B Jake Buck

Heat Winners:  Jim Bernheisel, Danny Snyder

Pro Stocks – 11 Entries

15-Lap A-Main:  1) 92 Shaun Lawton  2) 8M Brandon Moser  3) 99 Kyle Bachman  4) 26 AJ Stroup  5) 00 Cory Long  6) 89 John Schoch  7) 69 Noah Kissinger  8) 55 Lori Croop  9) 16 Tommy Dawson  10) 28 Jason Smith  11) 77T John Troxell

Heat Winners:  Kyle Bachman, Shaun Lawton