Jim Nace battles cancer

Sprint car champ Nace battles cancer. THOMPSONTOWN, Pa. - One of Pennsylvania's most popular sprint car drivers is determined to win one of the most difficult battles of his life. Jim Nace, 48, of Thompsontown was recently diagnosed with colon...

Sprint car champ Nace battles cancer.

THOMPSONTOWN, Pa. - One of Pennsylvania's most popular sprint car drivers is determined to win one of the most difficult battles of his life.

Jim Nace, 48, of Thompsontown was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. According to Nace, who returned home this weekend following a procedure at Hershey Medical Center, he will soon start six to eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy cancer treatments.

"This is pretty serious," Nace said from his home. "But we're going to do all that we can to beat this."

Nace is expected to undergo additional surgeries following the cancer treatments.

Nace began his racing career in 1974. Since then, he has recorded five sprint car track championships, more than any other driver, at Selinsgrove Speedway. He is one of the all-time career-leading sprint car feature winners in Pennsylvania, and also owns track titles at Williams Grove and Susquehanna Speedways.

Following a brief hiatus from the sport, Nace returned to Selinsgrove Speedway full-time in 2001 in 358 sprint car racing. This season he visited victory lane twice and finished fifth in the overall sprint car point standings.

Cards can reach the Nace family at RR1, Box 97B, Thompsontown, Pa., 17094.

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