Selinsgrove race summary 2002-08-03

Eash returns from vacation & wins Sprint Race; Schick victorious in Late Models; Bachman wins sixth in Pro Stocks; Long makes it 3-in-a-row in Roadrunners. SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Darren Eash of Ijamsville, MD, didn't lose a beat following a one-week...

Eash returns from vacation & wins Sprint Race; Schick victorious in Late Models; Bachman wins sixth in Pro Stocks; Long makes it 3-in-a-row in Roadrunners.

SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Darren Eash of Ijamsville, MD, didn't lose a beat following a one-week vacation. The veteran sprint driver returned to Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday night and recorded his second win in three weeks at the Snyder County oval in the 25-lap main event.

For Eash, who was wheeling the J&S Fabrication No. 22 entry, the victory marked his second at the track and sixth overall of the 2002 season.

Donnie Schick of Northumberland, who won the last two races of 2001 at the track, drove to his first victory of the season in the 25-lap late model feature. The victory marked Schick's third career at Selinsgrove.

Kyle Bachman of Selinsgrove drove to his sixth win of the season in the 12-lap Pro Stock feature, while Cory Long of Selinsgrove made it three wins in a row in the 10-lap roadrunner event.

Saturday night marked the track's third annual Kids Night, in which more than 1,000 prizes were handed out to children ages 12 and under through the courtesy of area businesses and race teams.

Selinsgrove Speedway returns to racing action this Saturday, August 10 with the inaugural Pro Stock 20 paying $1,050 to win the championship event. The event is being co-sponsored by Keller's Auto Body of Selinsgrove and Salem RV Center of Selinsgrove. The event will pay $100 to start.

Joining the pro stocks will be the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass sprint cars plus late models and roadrunners at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Outside front row starter Rusty Rupp stormed into the lead at the start of the sprint car feature. Rupp, a sprint rookie this season, led another rookie, Jay Galloway, for the first two circuits before sixth-place starter Craig Eshenaur advanced to second.

On the fifth lap, Darren Eash, who started 10th, motored by Eshenaur for second and set his sites on Rupp. On the eighth circuit, Eash drove under Rupp for the lead in turns one and two but needed to go back one spot when the caution flag unfurled before the lap was completed.

When the race resumed, Rupp held off Eash for another lap before Eash took command of the field with a pass off the second turn on the 10th circuit. While Eash streaked away from the field, intense racing unfolded for the top five positions between eighth-place starter Nate Snyder, Eshenaur, ninth-place starter Adrian Shaffer and 11th-place starter Chad Layton.

The most exciting battle took place between Layton and Shaffer for the third spot. Then, with five laps remaining, Eash encountered heavy lapped traffic, which allowed the top five runners to regroup. Weaving through traffic, Shaffer capitalized the most when he advanced to second on the final lap.

Eash's margin of victory was just one second over Shaffer, Synder, Layton and Eshenaur.

A multi-car pileup in turn one opened the start of the late model feature; no drivers were injured, and most were able to restart the race.

Polesitter Pen Kester led the first two laps before second-place starter Donnie Schick made the winning pass using the inside line in turn two on the third circuit.

Schick's late model was dialed in to perfection as he led the field around the half-mile for 23 of the race's 25 laps. While eighth-place starter Dale Kerstetter took a couple of shots at taking the lead, Schick's most serious challenger was third-place starter Kirk Ryan.

On several occasions, Ryan moved within striking distance but could not muster enough out of his racer to take the lead. Jason Covert, who started 12th, raced a close third for several circuits before entering the pit area while pacing under caution on lap 17.

Current point leader Tony Adams inherited the third spot at this point and maintained the position to the finish. Schick was victorious by 1.38 seconds over Ryan, Adams, seventh-place starter Eric Hons and 21st-place starter Bobby Croop.

Last week's feature winner Gary Kerstetter started the pro stock feature in the second position and powered into the lead at the drop of the green flag. Kerstetter was chased by sixth-place starter Kyle Bachman for the first lap of the event.

Bachman drove by Kerstetter on the frontstretch and was scored as the leader of the second lap. In the final laps, Bachman and seventh-place starter Gerald Kratzer, the division's top two point drivers, squared off for the win and the point lead.

At the checkered flag, Bachman was victorious over Kratzer, fourth-place starter Troy Miller, Kerstetter and third-place starter Matt Drum.

Outside front row starter Dave Riddell led the first three laps of the roadrunner main event with polesitter Cory Long in close pursuit. Long took the lead from Riddell with a pass in turn four on the fourth lap.

Once in front of the pack, Long held off Riddell and, on the last lap, sixth-place starter Matt Drum for his third win in a row at the track. Drum settled for second, while Riddell, Billy McNeal and Chris Eckert completed the top five.

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Series Sprint , Stock car