SELINSGROVE, PA – “We don’t get to race here too often, but we always enjoy coming to Selinsgrove,” said Lucas Wolfe after he captured the Hoosier Racing Tire 410 Sprint Car feature at Selinsgrove Speedway on Sunday, during the third and final day of the inaugural World Series of Dirt Racing presented by Bob Hilbert Sportswear.
Other winners on the last of the three-day extravaganza of speed and thrills in Selinsgrove were Dakota Kohler (602 Modifieds) and Jason Geesaman (Street Stocks).
Wolfe made short work of the 410 Sprint Car field, securing the lead at the start and blasting to big leads, only to have them wiped out by yellow flags.
Wolfe, a one-time winner at Selinsgrove this season, bolted to the early lead with Ryan Smith, Saturday’s 360 Sprint winner, battling Blane Heimbach for the runner-up slot as fast timer Freddie Rahmer lurked close behind in fourth.
On a restart with only four laps complete, Heimbach suddenly slowed while exiting turn two, collecting Rahmer on the backstretch. Both cars were eliminated from the race while running well inside the top five. Jason Shultz was now in third position with Steve Buckwalter sitting in fifth.
Wolfe simply took off on the next restart, with Smith trying desparately to keep pace with the leader, but to no avail. Wolfe was in a zone, extending his advantage over Smith to 6.5 seconds.
Lapped cars did not seem to hinder the progress of Wolfe as he continued his scorching pace. He went on to score the dominating victory over Smith’s Warko Roofing entry, with Shultz ending up third. Steve Buckwalter placed fourth, and Dylan Cisney, who started out back, finished fifth.
410 heat races went to Wolfe and Smith. Freddie Rahmer was the Paul Lotier/ Moser Automotive Fast Qualifier, turning the quickest lap at 16.381 seconds.
In the American Racer Tires 602 Modified Event, paying $1,000 to the winner, pole sitter Dakota Kohler bounded into the early lead over George Gareis. Joe Toth rumbled from mid-pack to fourth in the first six laps, and that is when the first yellow flag waved to slow the pace in the 25-lap feature.
Toth, who said afterward that he either needed a caution or a few more laps to catch the leader, slipped past Gareis for second with just three more circuits left to run. Toth closed right up on the rear bumper of the No. 92 Jr., but could not find a way to get by as Kohler continued to set the pace. Try as he might, Toth could not pull alongside the race leader, but he gave it the old college try. At the finish, it was Dakota Kohler scoring his first ever win in a “big car” division after years of running Slingshots and 600 Modifieds.
Toth, who felt he went a little too hard with the compound on the right-rear, wound up second. Gareis finished third ahead of Sherby, Danny Buccafusca. Thomas Sherby, who won his heat race on Saturday, flew back to the line where Danny Buccafusca and Johnny Bangs finished fourth and fifth.
The Street Stocks put on (arguably) the best race of the weekend as they competed for $1,000 to win in the final feature of the weekend.
Johnny Palm battled furiously with Jason Geesaman for several laps before securing the lead over Geesaman.
The break of the race – both good and bad – occurred with Palm holding serve and Geesaman throwing everything (he could think of) at the leader and Chris Derr, Eric Tripp, and AJ Hoffman. All three drivers involved in this tremendous battle for third looked comfortable and fast.
With just nine tours remaining. Palm’s No. 818 gave up, stopping on the track at the exit of turn two. Geesaman inherited the top spot, and Derr began a ferocious duel for third with Ryan Smith. Hoffman and Tripp also ran side by side as the top six ran in three rows and two deep for many laps.
At the heart-pounding finish, it was Geesaman cashing in for the victory, with a photo finish for the runner-up position. “Upon further review”, was an old saying used by football officials, and upon that further review, it was determined that Derr was the official runner-up by a whisker over Smith. Eric Tripp was fourth and AJ Hoffman finished fifth.
Hoosier Tire 410 Sprint Cars, 27 Laps: 1.Lucas Wolfe, 2.Ryan Smith, 3.Jason Shultz, 4.Steve Buckwalter, 5.Dylan Cisney, 6.TJ Stutts, 7.Justin Whittall, 8.Justin Barger, 9.Trenton Shaeffer, 10.Blane Heimbach, 11.Freddie Rahmer, Davie Franek, Mike Walter, Brian Zyck. DNS: Cody Peters.
American Racer Tires/Lias Tires 602 Modifieds (20 Laps): 1.Dakota Kohler, 2.Joe Toth, 3.George Gareis, 4.Thomas Sherby, 5.Danny Buccafusca, 6.Johnny Bangs 7.Craiig Whitmoyer, 8.Seth Spayd, 9.Roger Gaskill, 10.Brad Roberts. DNS: Devon Zona, Steve Hicks.
Street Stocks Feature (25 Laps): 1.Jason Geesaman, 2.Chris Derr, 3.Ryan Smith, 4.Eric Tripp, 5.AJ Hoffman, 6.Chris Heller, 7.Tommy Dawson, 8.Kyle Saylor, 9.Jim Palm, 10.Noah Jensen, 11.Jim Somers, 12.John Zajac, 13.Johnny Palm, 14.AJ Stroup, 15.Dean Hine, 16.Lori Croop. DNS: Kevin Sigler, Elvin Brennan.