Runner-Up Finish for Perrego at Selinsgrove, Icebreaker 40 Notes – DTD Exclusive

By KEN BRUCE

Anthony Perrego had never raced at Selinsgrove Speedway before Saturday’s running of the Icebreaker 40 and when all was said and done brought the Brian Smith owned Superior Remodeling No. 44 to a runner-up finish.

Starting in the third spot for the 40-lap feature race, Perrego hung in the top five the entire race coming on late to pass a strong running Kyle Coffey for second with three laps left. Perrego was able to run down leader Andy Bachetti as the leaders took the white flag and made a last-ditch effort through turns three and four to go for the win but it was not quite enough as Perrego had to settle for second.

“We had a good car tonight, I kind of got stuck there in the wrong spots a couple of time on restarts but that happens sometimes,” said a happy Perrego while the crew loaded up his No. 44 to head to Port Royal. “We were able to pass some very good cars there at the end and I thought we had something for Bachetti there, but we just ran out of laps.”

Perrego went on to talk about the track and how if played out during the day.




“In the heat races the track was only about a car and a half wide but in the feature, I thought it became pretty racy,” explained Perrego. “Matt (Sheppard) was able to pass some cars and get up to third and we were able to pass some good cars there at the end. They gave us what they could for the feature. I thought at the end of the race Bachetti’s tire was a little worn and I was able to find a different lane there late in the race, I wish I was able to find it earlier.

“I was scared to go to the top of one and two because it was a little choppy, but if you could enter it just right you could drive back to the bottom and get a good drive off and it allowed me to get to his back bumper the last lap, but I just didn’t have enough time. I kind of kick myself in the ass for not doing the lap before but all in all it was a good run, and it keeps us up in this points battle. This was the second race of the series and we have two top fives so that is good for our team.”

Icebreaker Comings and Goings

50 Modifieds signed in for action at Selinsgrove as the track hosted the modifieds for the first time since 2013. Heat winners were Larry Wight, Tyler Dippel, JR Heffner, Billy Pauch Jr & Mike Gular. Consolation winners were Frank Cozze and Max McLaughlin…

Series provisionals for the 40-lap feature event went to Michael Maresca, Brandon Grosso & Danny Bouc…

Dominick Buffalino qualified through his heat but was disqualified when the No. 126 failed to make weight after the race. Buffalino ended the day as a DNQ…

Michael Maresca was forced to race his own No. 7MM in the feature due to the Gary Simpson No. 12K breaking a rear suspension four-link mount during his heat race…

It was a nice run for Kyle Coffey who does not have much experience racing on American Racer tires. Coffey ran in the top three nearly the entire race ultimately ending up with a fifth-place finish at the end…

The No. 51 of Timmy Buckwalter went up in a cloud of smoke during the feature ending their day. Fortunately, the damage was not fatal, and the team was able to make repairs for Sunday at Port Royal…

Danny Creeden had an eventful day aboard the No. 16. Creeden broke a U-joint early, made repairs and was able to qualify in the heat. In the feature, Creeden had yet another U-joint break ending his night. The crew once again made repairs and took the car out after the night’s races were complete to take some hot laps to make sure the engine was okay for Sunday…

Tough day for STSS South series regular Danny Hieber. Hieber who failed to qualify at the series opener at Georgetown and who has seen his share of bad pill draws lately finally was able to have a good starting spot in his qualifying heat race at Selinsgrove. Running a solid fourth in his heat race with a safe lead of the fifth-place car it looked like Hieber was in a good spot to qualify only to see his good fortune go away when a yellow flag was thrown with two laps to go. Mike Mahaney was able to go past Hieber on the restart and as Hieber was making a move to regain the last qualifying spot on the outside, Mahaney and him bumped wheels with Hieber making hard contact with the outside wall ending his hopes for a good day…

Shout out to my little buddy and my SDW golf cart chauffer Logan Watt for qualifying for his first ever Crate Sportsman feature event in only his second race behind the wheel of a big car. Logan managed to get into the feature redraw after finishing second in his heat. Logan was able to run all 25-laps of the sportsman feature to gain valuable experience for the future. Let me tell you, the future of dirt modified racing is in good hands with the likes of Logan Watt, Tanner Van Dohren, Alex Yankowski, Derrick McGrew and many many other young drivers out there…

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