SELINSGROVE, Pa. ^Ã– Jim Layton of Harrisburg wired the field for his first career sprint car win in Saturday night^Ã’s Timber Wolf Racing 25-lap main event at Selinsgrove Speedway. Layton, 53, in his sixth season of sprint car racing, became...
SELINSGROVE, Pa. ^Ö Jim Layton of Harrisburg wired the field for his first career sprint car win in Saturday night^Òs Timber Wolf Racing 25-lap main event at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Layton, 53, in his sixth season of sprint car racing, became the track^Òs eighth different winner in Cindy Rowe Paintless Dent Repair sprint car competition at the wheel of the Wholesale Auto No. 46. Jim Layton is the father of Selinsgrove^Òs two-time defending sprint champion Chad Layton of Harrisburg.
Jeff Smith of Blain was declared the winner of the 19-lap rain-abbreviated late model feature. The win was the first of the season for Smith.
Kyle Bachman of Selinsgrove won the 2nd Annual Ink Spot Printing Pro Stock 20. Bachman collected $1,000 for his fourth win of the season. Joey Keister of Middleburg won the make up roadrunner feature from May 17.
The regularly scheduled roadrunner feature was postponed by rain and will be rescheduled at a later date.
Joe Whitcomb, 35, of Millersburg, was transported to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville with undisclosed injuries following a racing accident on the first lap of the second sprint car heat Saturday night. As of 11 p.m. Saturday night, Whitcomb was listed in critical condition, according to medical center staff.
Whitcomb started in the eighth position in his eight lap qualifier. Entering the first turn of the half-mile oval, Whitcomb^Òs No. 71 race car turned abruptly sideways, flipped over, then was struck by another competitor^Òs race car. The accident occurred shortly after 7:40 p.m. Members of Selinsgrove^Òs Dauntless Hook & Ladder (DH&L) Company^Òs fire and ambulance crews responded immediately.
Whitcomb is a second generation race car driver who got his start in racing in go karts at the age of 7. In 1998, he moved into sprint cars. Last year, he won two sprint car races at Selinsgrove Speedway. His father, Joe, Sr., competed in late model stock cars in the 1960^Ò and 1970^Òs.
Selinsgrove Speedway will present the 2nd Annual Salem RV Center Firecracker 40 for sprint cars, featuring the $10,000 last-to-first challenge, plus late models, pro stocks and roadrunners this Saturday, June 28 at 7 p.m. A professional fireworks display will be a part of the show, weather permitting.
If Saturday^Òs racing program is postponed until Sunday, the sprint cars and pro stocks will compete in a two division show at 7 p.m.
Outside front row starter James Layton powered into the lead at the start of the sprint car feature. Polesitter John Miller chased Layton in second.
The red flag unfurled on lap three for a multi-car incident involving TJ Stutts, Corey Haas, Duane Maustellar and Craig Eshenaur in turn two. All drivers escaped injury.
When the race resumed, Layton continued to set the pace at the front of the field. On lap four, 10th-place starter Davie Franek stormed into third and advanced to second on lap six.
On the 15th circuit, 23rd-place starter Kevin Nagy took a violent flip out over the third-turn guardrail. Nagy was not injured in the crash.
With five laps remaining, Layton was being trailed by Franek, Miller, third-place starter Bob Camilli and eighth-place starter Kyle Purks.
The event^Òs final caution slowed the field on lap 22 when Justin Zimmerman stopped his sprint car in turn four. The final three laps saw Layton hold off Franek to post his first career win by .69 of a second. Miller, Camilli and 17th-place starter Chad Layton completed the top five.
In the late model feature, polesitter Brian Cochran drove into the lead at the start of the event. Second-place starter Donnie Schick followed Cochran for the first two laps before withdrawing from the race while it was under red flag conditions for a multi-car pileup on the frontstretch.
Drivers involved in the frontstretch crash included Tony Adams, JR Keifer, Jim Bernheisel, Dan Stone, Glen Heddings and Steve Campbell.
For the restart, Cochran was pressured by fifth-place starter Jeff Smith. On the seventh circuit, Smith took command of the field. A lap later, seventh-place starter Jeff Rine advanced to second and began to reel in the new leader.
At the same time the caution flag unfurled on lap 19, rain began to fall. Rine also pitted with a flat tire while the field continued to pace under caution. When the rain became too heavy to restart the event, the race was called official
Smith was declared the winner, followed by Dave Reed, Dale Kerstetter, Eric Hons and Cochran.
Second-place starter Nate Kerstetter (who was later disqualified in the post-race technical inspection) powered into the lead at the start of the Pro Stock 20. Kerstetter was chased by polesitter Dustin Hoffman for the first lap before 11th-place starter Gary Beward moved into second.
Kyle Bachman, who started fourth, raced into the second position on the third circuit, and claimed the lead with an outside move by Kerstetter on the backstretch.
At the halfway point, Bachman, Beward and Kerstetter raced in a trio at the front of the pack. Bachman and Beward toured the high line of the speedway at a blistering pace, while Kerstetter remained in striking distance using the bottom lane of the track.
At the finish, Bachman was victorious by just .50 of a second over Beward, Peanut Heintzelman (who was credited with third), Bill Powell and Dustin Hoffman.
Fifth-place starter Joey Keister inherited the lead on lap four in the make up roadrunner feature when former leaders Brad Mitch and Rick Bixlier both dropped out of the event. Keister was victorious over Jim Somers.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY - 21 June 2003
Sprint Cars - 33 Entries
25-Lap A-Main: 1) 46 James Layton 2) 28F Davie Franek 3) 0M John Miller 4) 34 Bob Camilli 5) U1 Chad Layton 6) 12 Blane Heimbach 7) 56 Nate Snyder 8) 52 Jeff Weaver 9) 64K Kyle Purks 10) 16 Cliff Brian 11) 66 Dale Hammaker 12) 31 Tim Higgins 13) 71A Charlie Andersen 14) 15 Vice Snyder 15) 99 Nyle Berkes 16) 7J Justin Zimmerman 17) 45 Kevin Nagy 18) 8C Troy Long 19) 81 Bob Beidleman 20) 4B Jake Radabaugh 21) 11T TJ Stutts 22) 11C Cory Haas 23) 25 Duane Mausteller 24) 5 Craig Eshenaur
Heat Winners: Bob Camilli, John Miller, Bob Beidleman, Nate Snyder
Consolation Winner: Cliff Brian
Late Models - 26 Entries
19-Lap Abbreviated A-Main: 1) 32 Jeff Smith 2) 14 Dave Reed 3) 7 Dale Kerstetter 4) 45 Eric Hons 5) 16 Brian Cochran 6) 119 Jim Bernheisel 7) 4S Dave Schulski 8) 17 Nick Dickson 9) 43 Jake Jones 10) 8H Glen Heddings 11) 16 Bud Barton 12) 78 John Ebersole 13) 88X Chris Wilkinson 14) 2J Jeff Rine 15) 22D Travis Dillman 16) 1W Billy Wampler 17) 22 Bill Trometter 18) 99 Landen Seigfried 19) 6 Donnie Schick 20) 33 Scott Haus 21) 2 Steve Campbell 22) 21D Dan Stone 23) 111 JR Kiefer 24) 88 Tony Adams
Heat Winners: Tony Adams, Eric Hons, Dan Stone
Consolation: Billy Wampler
Pro Stocks - 39 Entries
2nd Annual Pro Stock 20: 1) 99 Kyle Bachman $1,000 2) 19 Gary Beward 3) 99H Peanut Heintzelman 4) 7P Bill Powell 5) 7B Dustin Hoffman 6) 10 Gerald Kratzer 7) 2 Jason Schmid 8) 19K Corey Kepner 9) 76 Dave Bawsman 10) 7 Meade Hahn 11) 47 Eric Cauffman 12) 8 Brad Thrump 13) 7 Jim Palm 14) 11 Jake Buck 15) 99R John Reyan 16) 99S Steve Stitt 17) 25 Neil Faust 18) 1 Mark Benson 19) 115 Troy Miller 20) 7W Gary Welsh 21) 38 Rob Baker 22) 23 Todd Snook 23) 8B Harry Bell 24) 77 Nate Kerstetter (DQ)
Heat Winners: Todd Snook, Bill Powell, Gary Beward, Kyle Bachman
Consolation Winner: John Reyen
Roadrunners - 13 Entries
Main Event Postponed by Rain
May 17 Makeup 10-Lap A-Main: 1) 110 Joey Keister 2) 23 Jim Somers 3) 115 Don Scheib 4) 7 Jeff Baney 5) 00 Cory Long 6) 1 Rick Bixlier 7) 10M Brad Mitch 8) 48 Matt Drum 9) 58 Chris Eckert 10) 41 Dennis Conrad (DNS) 11) 29 James Lower (DNS)