20th Anniversary Sprint Car Open this Saturday,
SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Selinsgrove Speedway will present the 20th Anniversary Alexander Family Dealerships Sprint Car Open this Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. The open wheel doubleheader for 410 and 358 sprint cars will close out the 2002 season at the Snyder County oval.
The 2002 edition of the National Open will mark the 16th consecutive season that the Alexander Family Dealerships, namely Alexander Pontiac, Buick, Cadillac, GMC of Sunbury and Aubrey Alexander Toyota of Selinsgrove, have carried the title sponsorship of the track's most prestigious event.
Sprint car drivers will be racing for nearly $30,000 in prize money in the twin 30-lap events, with an additional $25,000 at stake as part of the two Chip Challenges posted by Middleswarth Potato Chips.
The 410 sprint car main event will pay $4,000 to win and $300 to start. In addition, Middleswarth has posted the $20,000 Chip Challenge for 410 sprint car drivers to commemorate the 20th running of the event. If one of the front row starters elects to start the 410 sprint car main event at the rear of the field and can win the Open, he will earn $20,000 for the victory.
The format for the 410 sprint cars will include time trials, heats, B-main, dash and 30-lap A-main.
The 358 sprint car Open will pay $2,000 to win and $200 to start. Similarly, the $5,000 Chip Challenge will be on the line for 358 sprint car drivers. The 358 drivers will draw for their starting spots and compete in heat races, B-main, dash and 30-lap feature.
Middleswarth Potato Chips officials announced an incentive program to entice drivers to accept the Chip Challenges. The 410 Challenge driver will earn a $50 bonus for each car passed, while the 358 Challenge driver will earn a $25 bonus in their respective main events.
Championship trophies will be presented to each of the Open winners by Alexander Family Dealerships representatives.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the event, a full fireworks display is scheduled, weather permitting. Gates will open at 5 p.m., with qualifying slated to begin at 7 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, September 15 at 7 p.m.
In 2001, cousins Todd Shaffer of Millerstown and TJ Stutts of Liverpool won the 30-lap events for 410's and 358's, respectively. It marked the first time the family-related sprint car drivers won main events in the same night.
Shaffer, unfortunately, will not be able to defend his title due to injuries sustained in a sprint car crash at Williams Grove Speedway in Aug.
The late Maynard Yingst of Linglestown won the inaugural Open in 1983 and subsequently won the next two Opens in 1984 and 1985. Fred Rahmer of Salfordville has won the Selinsgrove Open five times, more than any other driver. Rahmer's Open victories occurred in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000.
Other past winners include Don Kreitz, Jr. of Sinking Spring (1986, 1992); Dave Blaney of Hartford, Ohio (1987); Keith Kauffman of Mifflintown (1988); Doug Wolfgang of Sioux Falls, SD (1989); Sammy Swindell of Cordova, Tenn.(1990); Johnny Mackison of York (1991); Shaffer (1993, 1994, 2001); and Greg Hodnett of Memphis, Tenn. (1998).
The Hoosier track tire for the 358 sprint cars will not be required, and there is no minimum race requirement to be eligible to enter the event.
Middleswarth Potato Chips, based in Middleburg, signed on to sponsor the Susquehanna Valley 410 Sprint Car Series at Selinsgrove Speedway this season. To date, three of the four high-profile 410 sprint car series events have been completed.
Todd Hestor of Middleburg won the June 2 Opperman Memorial, while Hodnett was the winner of the Speedweek Finale on July 7 and the Labor Day Classic on Sept. 2.
Entering this weekend's Open, the Middleswarth Potato Chips Susquehanna Valley 410 Sprint Car Series point standings are as follows: 1) Fred Rahmer 880 2) Lance Dewease 860 3) Greg Hodnett 850 4) Todd Hestor and Mark Smith 820 6) Keith Kauffman 790 7) Alan Cole 730 8) Brook Weibley 720 9) Mike Erdley 650 10) Sean Michael 580.
The series champion will be the recipient of the beautiful Chip Championship Cup from Middleswarth Potato Chips.
For the latest information, visit the speedway's official website at selinsgrovespeedway.com.