HERSHEY, Pa. -- Selinsgrove Speedway and Raceway Park officials concluded the 2001 season with the annual awards banquet Saturday evening at the Harrisburg-Hershey Marriott. More than 400 guests were in attendance representing the...
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Selinsgrove Speedway and Raceway Park officials concluded the 2001 season with the annual awards banquet Saturday evening at the Harrisburg-Hershey Marriott.
More than 400 guests were in attendance representing the track's Go-Kart, Micro Sprint, Pro Stock, Late Model and Sprint Car divisions.
Speedway co-promoters Charlie Paige and Earl Zechman distributed in excess of $18,000 in Hoosier point fund monies and trophies to the season's top performing race teams.
Leading the list of champions was Chad Layton, 26, of Harrisburg. Layton won his first Sprint Car championship at the wheel of the Wholesale Auto No. U-1.
Layton, whose career in open wheel race cars began in 1998, qualified for all 23 events, won 12 features, and recorded 22 top five finishes at Selinsgrove Speedway this season.
Bobby Croop, 48, of Nescopeck clinched his record eighth Late Model track championship at Selinsgrove. Croop qualified for all 22 events and posted three feature wins and 16 top five finishes.
Croop's previous championships occurred in 1981, 82, 84, 85, 88, 96 and 97.
Jake Buck, 28, of Port Trevorton became the track's fourth different Pro Stock champion in as many seasons of competition for the stock car division. Buck won five features, the firsts of his career, and recorded 16 top five finishes in 2001.
All three Selinsgrove Speedway divisional champions were the recipients of the gold championship rings from Foss Jewelers of Selinsgrove.
Special recognition awards were also presented in the following categories:
Most Improved Driver awards went to Bob Camilli (Sprints), Jimmy Adams (Late Models), and Troy Miller (Pro Stocks). Sportsman Of The Year plaques were handed to Joe Whitcomb (Sprints), Donnie Schick (Late Models) and Matt Drum (Pro Stocks). Rookie of the Year honors went to Jon Keller (Sprints), Jeremy Stone (Late Models) and Mark Benson (Pro Stocks).
Harold Raker, Assistant Sports Editor, The Daily Item, was named the 2001 Media Member of the Year. Raker's journalism career at The Daily Item began in 1972, and he moved into the Sports Department in 1983.
"This special recognition is in appreciation of Harold's professionalism in covering the motorsports scene in general and Selinsgrove Speedway in particular," said Steve Inch, the track's publicity director. "Harold's done an excellent job for our sport."
Selinsgrove Raceway Park champions also shared the spotlight. Brian Kishbaugh, 38, of Nescopeck clinched the inaugural season Micro Sprint Car championship with six feature wins and 17 top five finishes.
Todd Hoover, 30, of Mt. Pleasant Mills, won the Rookie Micro Sprint Car championship with four feature wins and 17 top five finishes.
Go Kart champions were recognized as follows: Colton Hoover (Kid Karts), Alan Rhodes (Rookie Caged 5-8), Corbin Leiby (Rookie Caged 9-12), Zack Majestic (Junior Caged), Kevin Mull (Junior Restricted), Adam Zimmerman (Lites), Kirk Ritter (Mediums), Mike Trevitz (Heavies), Nathan Weikel (Super Heavies), Matt Horst (Wing Kart Outlaws), and Dwayne Zimmerman (Adult Caged).
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCEMENTS:
2002 Season Opener is slated for Saturday, March 30 at 6 p.m. featuring Sprint Cars, Late Models, Pro Stocks and Roadrunners. Gates will open at 4 p.m.
Cindy Rowe Auto Glass named the 2002 title sponsor of the Sprint Car point fund.
Middleswarth Potato Chips named the 2002 title sponsor of the Susquehanna Valley 410 Sprint Car Series, featuring four major Sprint Car events: Jan Opperman Memorial (April 28), PA Speedweek (July 7), Labor Day Classic (September 2) and the 20th Anniversary National Open (September 16).
Sprint Car weight rule changed to 1,500 lbs., unified with Williams Grove and Lincoln Speedways.
Selinsgrove Speedway will hold a practice day on Saturday, March 23, open to any full-size race cars.
2002 schedules, rules and season reserved seats and parking spots will be available beginning January 1.
Roadrunners is a newly added division that will compete in features only at the conclusion of racing programs.
SELINSGROVE RACEWAY PARK ANNOUNCEMENTS:
2002 Go-Kart Season Opener scheduled for Sunday, March 10 at 1 p.m.
2002 Micro Sprint Car Season Opener scheduled for Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Regular Friday night competition will feature Go-Karts and Micro Sprints in 2002.
Three Pennsylvania Dirt Karting Association (PDKA) events scheduled for Sunday, May 19, July 14 and September 29.
Track enlarged for 2002 season.