Franek Holds Off Hodnett to win Jack Gunn Memorial at Selinsgrove

SELINSGROVE, PA – Davie Franek of Sussex, N.J., scored the $2,500 win over a talented 360 sprint car field in the 30-lap 37th annual Jack Gunn Memorial Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway. The victory was Franek’s second in a row at the track this season, 13th career, and first in the Gunn race.

Brad Mitch of McClure joined Franek as repeat winners from last week by taking another close win in the 15-lap pro stock feature. It was Mitch’s 24th career pro stock win.

Hayes Mattern of Beavertown powered to a convincing win in the 25-lap super late model feature. The win was Mattern’s first of the season and third career in super late model racing at Selinsgrove.

Chris Coyle led the field in the early laps of the Jack Gunn Memorial race. Coyle soon had some pretty strong company with last week’s winner, Davie Franek, and Greg Hodnett closing in. A yellow flag put Coyle back in front of Franek as the field had not completed a lap with Franek at the front.

Franek took advantage of the restart to take the helm while Hodnett followed him through into the second spot on lap eight. A fuel stop was called when Chad Layton and Mark Smith got together in turn two while racing for the fifth spot. Franek paced the field for the next ten laps after the fuel stop before he got into lap traffic. Hodnett quickly closed the gap that Franek had opened up.

Hodnett’s opportunity quickly dwindled away as the laps counted down and Franek began to drive away again in traffic. Franek crossed the line to claim his first Jack Gunn Memorial race. Franek said in victory lane he was not sure what to expect after the fuel stop because he didn’t feel his car was good on a full fuel load. It made no difference on this night though with Franek winning for the second week in a row.
Hodnett, Curt Michael, Robbie Stillwagon, and Adam Carberry were the top five across the line. Kevin Nagy led the charge for sixth through tenth ahead of Coyle, Josh Weller, Derek Locke, and Larry Kelleher.

Nate Snyder took the Fast Tees Fast Time Award in Memory of Jim Nace. Franek, Stillwagon, Coyle, and Carberry won heat races while Troy Betts took the checkered flag in the consolation event.

Hayes Mattern must have learned from Jeff Rine when Rine used the outside to pass him for the race lead on Saturday in the Jeff’s Auto Body and Recycling super model feature event. Rine’s car slowed on lap five and Mattern went back to the race lead.

Mattern had moved to the top side of the race track even though Mattern’s crew encouraged him to run the inside line in the feature event. But as the race went on it appeared Mattern had made the right choice to stay loyal to the outside line. Mattern fended off challenges from Tony Adams and maneuvered through lap traffic without losing any distance of his lead.

The only moment when the race lead seemed in jeopardy was when Mattern tried to cross over to a clear race track and caught the tail of one of the cars going down a lap. Both drivers recovered quickly allowing Mattern to finish off his bid for his first win of the season. Adams followed Mattern to the checkered flag ahead of Dylan Yoder and a hard charging Kyle Hardy. Chad Hollenbeck rounded out the five finishers. Andy Haus, Steve Campbell, Bryan Bernheisel, Jim Yoder, and Andrew Yoder finished out the top ten. Hollenbeck, Adams, and Rine were heat winners.

Brad Mitch took the race lead away from Dustin Snook with a slide job in turn one on lap two. From that point, it looked like Mitch was locked and loaded for this second straight win heading into the Pro Stock 20 on May 6.

Mitch commanded the field until lap 13 when opening night winner Tommy Slanker pulled to his rear bumper. Slanker hounded Mitch the last two laps of the race, but never could work by the 10m. Mitch, who was under the weather much of the week, claimed the victory over Slanker and John Fowler. Strong runs for AJ Stroup and Dustin Snook were rewarded with top five finishes. AJ Hoffman came from 14th to finish sixth followed by Shawn Lawton, Brandon Moser, Kurt Wray, and Curtis Lawton. Shawn Lawton and Dustin Snook were heat race winners for the Pro Stock field.

There will be no racing next Saturday night April 29th. Selinsgrove Speedway returns at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6, with the annual Pro Stock 20 presented by A&A Auto Stores. The 360 sprint cars, super late models, and roadrunners will be in action as well. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.

360 Sprint Cars – 32 Entries
30-Lap Jack Gunn Memorial: 1) 28F Davie Franek 2) 27 Greg Hodnett 3) 5G Curt Michael 4) 89 Robbie Stillwaggon 5) 47 Adam Carberry 6) 45 Kevin Nagy 7) 56C Chris Coyle 8) Josh Weller 9) 77 Derek Locke 10) 76 Larry Kelleher 11) 56 Nate Snyder 12) 29 Jason Shultz 13) 99K Cody Keller 14) 3Z Colby Womer 15) 66 Ryan Kissinger 16) 22 Troy Betts 17) 49S Mallie Shuster 18) 7A Ed Aikin 19) 73B Brett Michaski 20) 10 Joe Kata 21) M1 Mark Smith 22) 35 Chad Layton 23) 67W Justin Whittall 24) 33 Michael Walter 25) 08 Jason Clauss 26) 706 Mark Sasso
Heat Winners: Adam Carberry, Chris Coyle, Robbie Stillwaggon, Davie Franek B-Main Winner: Troy Betts Time Trial Results: 1) 56 Nate Snyder 17.346 2) 29 Jason Shultz 17.375 3) 1 Mark Smith 17.377 4) 28F Davie Franek 17.445 5) 63 Josh Weller 17.518 6) 35 Chad Layton 17.529 7) 5G Curt Michael 17.576 8) 27 Greg Hodnett 17.607 9) 47 Adam Carberry 17.652 10) 67W Justin Whittall 17.687 11) 89 Robbie Stillwaggon 17.737 12) 77 Derek Locke 17.746 13) 45 Kevin Nagy 17.817 14) 56C Chris Coyle 17.892 15) 3Z Colby Womer 17.894 20) 20 C4 Jim Shuster 18.089 21) 66 Ryan Kissinger 18.110 22) 08 Jason Clauss 23) 10 Joe Kata 18.145 24) 99K Cody Keller 18.158 25) 7A Ed Aikin 18.265 26) 33 Michael Walter 18.357 27) 7K Kris Lilick 18.422 28) 5 Cory Thorton 18.651 29) 12 Brent Shearer 18.690 30) 33U Bill Unglert 18.854 31) 2T Michael Thomas 19.091 32) 706 Mark Sasso 19.520 Late Models -23 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 9 Hayes Mattern 2) 88 Tony Adams 3) 24 Dylan Yoder 4) 99 Kyle Hardy 5) 4D Chad Hollenbeck 6) 76 Andy Haus 7) 2 Steve Campbell 8) 119B Bryan Bernheisel 9) 27 Jim Yoder 10) 2Y Andrew Yoder 11) 24M Kenny Moreland 12) 3 Tim Wilson 13) 15 Luke Hoffner 14) Z14 Dave Brouse Jr. 15) 63 Nathan Long 16) 6 Donnie Schick 17) 99Z Dave Zona 18) 0 Larry Baer 19) 2J Jeff Rine 20) 20 John Myers 21) 77D Dick Houtz 22) 0V Coleby Frye 23) 7M Meade Hahn Heat Winners: Chad Hollenbeck, Tony Adams, Jeff Rine Pro Stocks -16 Entries 15-Lap A-Main: 1)10M Brad Mitch 2) 40 Tommy Slanker 3) 02 John Fowler 4) 26S AJ Stroup 5) 15 Dustin Snook 6) 6C AJ Hoffman 7) 92 Shawn Lawton 8) 8M Brandon Moserr 9) 71 Kury Wray 10) 33 Curtis Lawton 11) 89 John Schoch 12) 26 Nate Stroup 13) 14C Bill Conrad 14) 55 Lori Croop 15) 99B Kyle Bachman 16) 86 Wayne Shaffer Heat Winners: Shawn Lawton, Dustin Snook