Selinsgrove race report 2003-04-12

Eshenaur wins first Selinsgrove Sprint feature since 1996; Adams, Heintzelman & Drum take stock car sins. SELINSGROVE, Pa. - With a new Davey Brown racing engine under the hood of his McNaughton Homes sponsored No. 5 sprint car, Craig Eshenaur...

Eshenaur wins first Selinsgrove Sprint feature since 1996; Adams, Heintzelman & Drum take stock car sins.

SELINSGROVE, Pa. - With a new Davey Brown racing engine under the hood of his McNaughton Homes sponsored No. 5 sprint car, Craig Eshenaur of Linglestown stormed to his first win at Selinsgrove Speedway since 1996 in Saturday night's 25-lap main event.

The win was Eshenaur's first at the track in 358 sprint car competition. He is a former three-time winner in 410 sprint car action.

Jimmy Adams of Herndon held off Dale Kerstetter of Liverpool for the victory in the 25-lap late model main event. The win was the third of Adams' career at the track.

Peanut Heintzelman of Troxelville recorded his first win of the season in the 15-lap pro stock feature, while Matt Drum of Port Trevorton took the checkered flag in the 10-lap roadrunner main event.

Selinsgrove Speedway returns to racing action this Saturday, April 19 with a program of sprint cars, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Second-place starter Craig Eshenaur wired the field for his victory in the sprint car feature, but not without several challenges along the way. Eshenaur was chased by polesitter Rick Hench for the entire event. Seventh-place starter Joe Whitcomb and 10th-place starter Nate Snyder are the ones who later made it a close battle at the front of the pack.

On lap five, last week's feature winner, Darren Eash, lost control in turn three and made contact with the guardrail. Eash was able to rejoin the race following a red flag on a lap six restart. A six-car melee stopped the race, when 11th-place starter Tim Higgins flipped violently in turn two; all drivers escaped injury. When the race resumed, Hench kept Eshenaur in his sights.

By the halfway point, 10th-place starter Snyder was making strides and challenging for top positions. On the 12th circuit, Snyder passed Whitcomb for third and tracked down Hench.

The event's final caution flag unfurled on lap 23, setting up a two-lap chase to the checkered flag. At the finish, Eshenaur was victorios by 1.72 seconds over Hench, Snyder, Whitcomb and 16-year-old driver Davie Franek.

Outside front row starter Jimmy Adams beat polesitter Dale Kerstetter to the first turn for the lead at the start of the late model feature. For most of the event, Adams had Kerstetter glued to his rear bumper as the two drivers raced through lapped traffic.

On several occasions, Kerstetter threatened to take the lead but could not find enough horsepower to steal the front spot. Meanwhile, fourth-place starter Dave Reed maintained the third position, with fifth-place starter JR Kieffer and sixth-place starter Scott Haus dueling for the fourth spot.

In the final laps, Kerstetter raced in Adams' shadow and tormented the leader for the win. At the finish, Adams was victorious by just .47 of a second over Kerstetter, Reed, Haus and Jeff Rine.

Second-place starter Todd Snook drove into the lead at the start of the pro stock feature. Snook was passed by fourth-place starter Gerald Kratzer on the second circuit.

At the halfway point, Snook reclaimed the front spot and, two laps later, was challenged by seventh-place starter Peanut Heintzelman. On the 13th circuit, Heintzelman made the winning pass using the inside line through turns three and four. At the same time, ninth-place starter Gary Beward advanced to second and made a last-ditch effort to pass the leader. At the checkered flag, Heintzelman was victorious by just .25 of a second over Beward, Snook, opening day winner Jason Schmidt and last Saturday's winner Kyle Bachman.

Polesitter Cory Long led the first two laps of the roadrunner feature before fifth-place starter Matt Drum powered into the lead. Drum was seriously challenged by ninth-place starter Joey Keister for the duration of the event.

On several occasions, Keister challenged for the lead but to no avail. Drum was victorious by .78 of a second over Keister, Keith Bissinger, Rick Bixlier and Long.

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Series Sprint , Stock car