SELINSGROVE, PA – The ninth annual Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center Driver & Fan Appreciation Night Saturday at Selinsgrove Speedway offered plenty of giveaways for race fans, FREE child and student general admission plus bonus money for the top three finishers in the 360 sprint cars, late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners.
The special night did not disappoint. A large crowd witnessed some of the best racing of the season on a great racing surface that produced plenty of wheel-to-wheel racing and a new 25-lap track record by Hayes Mattern of Beavertown in the super late model main event.
In the thrilling 360 sprint car main event, Adam Carberry was trading slidejobs in lap traffic with Mark Smith with Eric Tomecek lurking in the wings. Young Carberry had just secured the top spot with four to go from Smith off turn two when his car made hard contact with the outside wall ending his bid for his first Selinsgrove Speedway win.
Smith, who started tenth, timed his restart perfect to break away from Tomecek on his was to his third win of the season. Tomecek was second followed by point leader Davie Franek who started 12th on the racy half-mile surface.
Chad Layton earned a hard fought fourth place run after being involved in an early race accident. Nate Snyder came from 18th to finish fifth. Kevin Nouse was sixth across the line followed by Larry Kelleher, Ryan Higgins, Nyle Berkes, and Ryan Kissinger.
Brett Michalski, Adam Carberry, and Eric Tomecek won Sprint Car heat races.
In your best Tom Carnegie voice, “It’s a new track record!” for Hayes Mattern in the Jeff’s Auto body Super Late Models. It was Kenny Trevitz out front for the first half of the feature before Mattern moved to the lead on lap 11. Mattern had to maneuver through lap traffic while Trevitz and Jeff Rine dueled for the second spot. Rine soon secured the second spot and began to catch Mattern for the lead.
Mattern kept the advantage over one second for the remainder of the event on his way to his third win of the season in the Late Models. Rine was second followed by Trevitz, 11th starting Gene Knaub, and Bryan Bernheisel.
Steve Campbell, Tony Adams, Donnie Schick, Dave Stamm, and Meade Hahn were the top ten finishers.
Late Model heat races were won by Kenny Trevitz and Steve Campbell.
Kurt Wray broke away from a six car, race long battle for the second spot. Wray went unchallenged for much of the A&A Auto Stores Pro Stock feature. Curtis Lawton held second for a majority of the race before Dustin Snook snuck by. Snook started in 16th.
Tommy Slanker moved into third when Curtis Lawton and Shaun Lawton both made contact with the outside wall on the final laps of the race. AJ Hoffman was also able to get by for fourth.
After post race inspection was complete Wray’s car was deemed illegal and Snook was awarded the victory. It was his first in the Pro Stock class.
Slanker was second followed by Hoffman, Shaun Lawton, and Curtis Lawton. Peanut Heintzelman finished in sixth. Seventh through tenth spots went too Bill Conrad, John Troxell, Wayne Shaffer, and Jake Buck.
Pro Stock heat winners were Shaun Lawton and Kyle Bachman.
Bob Bussey led the whole race for the Roadrunners on Saturday night on his way to his third win of the season. Bussey held off point leader Will Brunson just past half way. Bussey’s win came over Ken Scheffler, Smith Cope, Tom Underwood, and Kyle Kissinger.
Will Brunson and Keith Bissinger took checkered flags in Roadrunner heats.
Next Saturday night the 360 Sprints will be joined by the Pro Stocks, Roadrunners, and the Moonshine Camo Route 35 Challenge Series for the Super Late Models. It is also Sunbury Eagle Club night. Racing begins at 7:30.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY : 15 July 2017
360 Sprint Cars – 22 Entries
25-Lap A-Main: 1) M1 Mark Smith 2) 1W Eric Tomecek 3) 28F Davie Franek 4) 35 Chad Layton 5) 56 Nate Snyder 6) 16 Kevin Nouse 7) 76 Larry Kelleher 8) 13 Ryan Higgins 9) 22M Nyle Berkes 10) 66 Ryan Kissinger 11) C4 Jim Shuster 12) 49S Mallie Shuster 13) 22 Troy Betts 14)669 Brandon McGough 15) 80M Dan Richcreek 16) 29S Derek Steward 17) 47 Adam Carberry 18) 99K Cody Keller 19) 2T Michael Thomas 20) 73B Brett Michalski 21) 29 Jason Shultz 22) 77 Derek Locke
Heat Winners: Brett Michalski, Adam Carberry, Eric Tomecek
Late Models – 16 Entries
25-Lap A-Main: 1) 9 Hayes Mattern 2) 2J Jeff Rine 3) 61 Ken Trevitz 4) 1 Gene Knaub 5) 119B Bryan Bernheisel 6) 2 Steve Campbell 7) 88 Tony Adams 8) 6 Donnie Schick 9) 10 Dave Stamm 10) 7M Meade Hahn 11) 15 Luke Hoffner 12) 63 Nathan Long 13) 57 Jon Rohacevich 14) 77 Dick Houtz 15) 24 Jim Yoder 16) 0 Coleby Frye
Heat Winners: Kenny Trevitz, Steve Campbell
Pro Stocks – 17 Entries
15-Lap A-Main: 1) 15 Dustin Snook 2) 40 Tommy Slanker 3) 6C AJ Hoffman 4) 92 Shaun Lawton 5) 33 Curtis Lawton 6) 99 Peanut Heintzelman 7) 14C Bill Conrad 8) 55T John Troxell 9) 86 Wayne Shaffer 10) 11B Jake Buck 11) 85 Terry Lauver 12) 28 Dan Condo 13) 40G Nick Gentile 14) 8M Brandon Moserr 15) 99B Kyle Bachman 16) 71 Kurt Wray 17) 55 Lori Croop
Heat Winners: Shaun Lawton, Kyle Bachman
Roadrunners – 13 Entries 12-Lap A-Main: 1) 76 Bob Bussey 2) 32 Ken Schreffler 3) 1 Smith Cope 4) 12 Tom Underrwood 5) 7 Kyle Kissinger 6) 8B Will Brunson 7) 11 Keith Bissinger 8) 2B Brian Mabus 9) 31B Brandon Shultz 10) 3 Tommy Brunson 11) 22 Ricky Buss 12) 201 Brian Johnson 13) 41D Dennis Conrad
Heat Winners: Will Brunson, Keith Bissinger