Selinsgrove report 2002-08-10

Shaffer wins second in Selinsgrove Sprints; Heddings scores Late Model first; Pro Stock 20 to Kratzer. SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Harrisburg's Chad Layton appeared to be on his way to his eighth win of the season at Selinsgrove Speedway until the right...

Shaffer wins second in Selinsgrove Sprints; Heddings scores Late Model first; Pro Stock 20 to Kratzer.

SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Harrisburg's Chad Layton appeared to be on his way to his eighth win of the season at Selinsgrove Speedway until the right rear tire on his U1 exploded entering turn three on the 21st lap of Saturday night's 25-lap sprint car feature.

At that point, Adrian Shaffer of York, driving the Diversified Machine, Inc. No. 21, inherited the lead and powered to his second win of the season at the Snyder County oval.

Glenn Heddings of New Columbia wired the field for his first career Late Model victory in the division's 20-lap main event, while Gerald Kratzer of Selinsgrove won the inaugural Pro Stock 20 championship event.

Rick Bixler of Tower City won his third roadrunner race of the ar.

Selinsgrove Speedway returns to racing action on Saturday, August 17, with the 16th Annual Bob Bender Late Model Memorial. This year's event, sponsored by Ensinger's Performance Fuels, will be a 30-lap contest paying $1,500 to win and $200 to start the feature race. Joining the late models will be the sprint cars, pro stocks and roadrunners.

Gates open at 5 p.m., with racing slated to begin at 7 p.m.

Polesitter Troy Long powered into the lead at the start of the sprint car feature. Long was chased by second-place starter Richie Jensen for the first half of the event. On the fifth circuit, Duane Maustellar took a violent flip out over the first turn guardrail; no injuries were reported.

When the race resumed, Long continued to set the pace. On the tenth circuit, Darren Eash, who was challenging for a top five position, withdrew from the race with mechanical problems. At the same time, 11th-place starter Chad Layton drove into the lead with a pass in turns one and two.

Once in front, Layton checked out from the field. Then, with eight laps remaining, ninth-place starter Adrian Shaffer began to reel in the leader. Entering turn three on the 21st lap, Layton's right rear tire blew up, causing him to almost lose control of his race car.

Shaffer inherited the lead at this point and drove to a comfortable victory by 5.46 seconds over sixth-place starter Donnie Beaver, 20th-place starter Blane Heimbach, Long, and Jensen.

Glenn Heddings started second in the late model feature and wired the field for his victory. The event's first caution flag did not unfurl until the 13th lap when Bob Spahr spun in turn four.

Heddings held a sizable lead for the most of the event, while third-place starter Dave Schulski, fourth-place starter Donnie Schick and fifth-place starter Bobby Croop dueled for positions in the top five.

Schick, who won his first race of the season the previous week, eventually passed Schulski for second and set his sites on the leader. Heddings posted a narrow margin of victory, .88 of a second, over Schick, Jimmy Adams, Schulski and Croop.

Third-place starter Gerald Kratzer stormed into the lead at the start of the Pro Stock 20. The event was stopped on lap three when 11th-place starter Peanut Heintzelman crashed hard into the backstretch guardrail; he was not injured.

When the race resumed, a torrid battle for second unfolded between fifth-place starter Gary Kerstetter and 10th-place starter Kyle Bachman. Once Bachman secured the runner up position at the halfway point, it was an all-out war on wheels at the front of the pack between Kratzer and Bachman for the lead.

At one point, Bachman did pass Kratzer for the lead, only to have to relinquish it for a lap 13 restart. On several occassions Bachman challenged Kratzer on the inside lane of the track but to no avail. At the checkered flag, Kratzer was victorious by .50 of a second margin over Bachman, Troy Miller, Kerstetter and Matt Drum.

In the roadrunner event, second-place starter Rick Bixler led the first lap. Seventh-place starter Matt Drum took command of the field on the second circuit when Bixler had to go to the rear of the field following a flat tire.

With three laps remaining, Bixler was back in contention, moving into the second position. On the final lap, Drum drifted high in turns three and four in his racer and allowed Bixler to steal the lead and win on the final lap.

Drum settled for second, while Chris Eckert, Billy McNeal and Cory Long completed the top five.

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