SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove made a last-lap pass by Kevin Nouse of Lewisberry to take the victory in Saturday night's 30-lap 23rd Annual Jack Gunn Memorial for sprint cars at Selinsgrove Speedway. The win was Heimbach's...
SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove made a last-lap pass by Kevin Nouse of Lewisberry to take the victory in Saturday night's 30-lap 23rd Annual Jack Gunn Memorial for sprint cars at Selinsgrove Speedway.
The win was Heimbach's second of the season at Selinsgrove at the wheel of the Jeff Creasy owned No. 12 entry. The win in the Gunn Memorial, sponsored by Housing Products, Inc. (HPI) of Selinsgrove, was worth $1,500.
Donnie Schick of Northumberland won his first event of the season in the 20-lap late model feature, and earned a $300 bonus from HPI for the victory.
Kyle Bachman of Selinsgrove won his sixth main event of the season in the 15-lap pro stock feature, while Nate Kerstetter of Liverpool won the rescheduled pro stock event from June 14.
Joey Keister of Middleburg was the winner of the 12-lap roadrunner feature.
Selinsgrove Speedway returns to racing action on Saturday, July 26 with a racing program of sprints, late models, pro stocks, roadrunners and the vintage race cars. The Williams Grove Oldtimers organization will also have several classic race cars on display.
Former sprint car champion and racing legend Bobbie Adamson is scheduled to make a return appearance to Selinsgrove Speedway as part of the July 26 program. Adamson will sign autographs beginning at 5 p.m.
At the start of the Jack Gunn Memorial for sprint cars, sixth-place starter Donnie Beaver stormed into the lead. Beaver was chased by second-place starter Larry Kelleher for the first circuit before eighth-place starter Kevin Nouse advanced to second.
On the second circuit, Kelleher's race car spun in turn four and brought out the event's first caution flag. When the race resumed, Beaver and Nouse broke away from the pack.
The race slowed again on lap five for a three-car tangle in turn three involving Vince Snyder, Kelleher and Charlie Andersen. All three cars were sidelined as a result of the contact.
Beaver continued to set the pace with Nouse in hot pursuit. On lap seven, seventh-place starter Blane Heimbach moved into third, while 10th-place starter Davie Franek and 12th-place starter Chad Layton competed in the top five.
At the midway point of the 30-lap event, the leaders began to encounter lapped traffic. It was a thrilling cat-and-mouse game through traffic. On lap 20, Rick Hench stopped his sprinter in turn four.
When the race resumed, Nouse raced in Beaver's shadow. Then, on the 22nd circuit, Nouse made an inside pass by Beaver for the lead entering turn one.
The race was stopped on lap 23, when Tony Smolenyak's race car made a sudden right-hand turn into the outside third-turn guadrail, causing his sprinter to spin wildly then flip over. Smolenyak was not injured.
With Nouse leading, Beaver maintained the runner up position until the 29th lap, when smoke poured from the car and it rolled to a stop on the frontstretch.
The final caution set up a one-lap chase to the checkered flag between Nouse and Heimbach. On the restart, Heimbach powered to the inside of Nouse entering turn one. The two raced side by side through the turn and Heimbach emerged the race leader on the backstretch. At the finish, Heimbach was victorious by a mere .50 of a second over Nouse, Layton, Nate Snyder and TJ Stutts.
Polesitter Donnie Schick powered into the lead at the start of the late model feature and wired the field for his victory. Schick was trailed by fourth-place starter Eric Hons, who was racing for two consecutive wins at the track.
Schick drove a smooth line around the speedway while Hons and third-place starter Chris Wilkinson followed him. On the eighth circuit, eighth-place starter Dale Kerstetter drove into third.
The event's final caution flag unfurled on lap 19, setting up another chase to the checkered flag between Schick and Hons. While Hons attempted to snag the lead, Schick held off any challenge and drove to a mere .31 of a second victory over Hons, Tony Adams, Kerstetter and Wilkinson.
In the makeup Pro Stock race from June 14, eighth-place starter Troy Miller took the lead before the completion of the first lap. On lap six, fourth-place starter Nate Kerstetter moved into second.
Miller and Kerstetter raced for the lead in lapped traffic. On the final lap, coming off the final corner, Kerstetter edged out Miller for the lead and win. Kyle Bachman, Matt Johnson and Jake Buck completed the top five.
A multi-car pileup unfolded in turn four on the first lap of the regularly scheduled pro stock feature. No drivers were injured. When the race restarted, second-place starter Steve Byers powered into the lead.
On the third circuit, Nate Kerstetter, who won the make up feature, was involved in a crash on the frontstretch.
While Byers led the pack, polesitter Ken Stitt followed in close pursuit. Kyle Bachman, who started 12th, raced in third. On the 12th lap, Bachman powered by Byers for the lead on the backstretch and drove to the win over Byers, Gerald Kratzer, K. Stitt and Steve Stitt.
Second-place starter Brad Mitch led the first four laps of the roadrunner race until spinning on the backstretch. At this point, sixth-place starter Joey Keister inherited the lead and went on to win the race over Matt Drum, Cory Long, Rick Bixlier and Jim Somers.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY - 19 July 2003
Sprint Cars - 30 Entries
30-lap Jack Gunn Memorial: 1) 12 Blane Heimbach $1,500 2) 21 Kevin Nouse 3) U1 Chad Layton 4) 56 Nate Snyder 5) 11T TJ Stutts 6) 28F Davey Franek 7) 64K Kyle Purks 8) 7J Justin Zimmerman 9) 16 Cliff Brian 10) 81 Bob Beidleman 11) 31 Tim Higgins 12) 1M Babe Mader 13) 10 Donnie Beaver 14) 46 Jim Layton 15) 25 Duane Mausteller 16) 48 Tony Smolenyak 17) 6F Bill Fannasy 18) 1 Rick Hench 19) 2 Jason Schultz 20) 54 John Wagner 21) L70 Larry Kelleher 22) 15 Vince Snyder 23) 71A Charlie Andersen 24) 13 Jen Yinger
Heat Winners: Rick Hench, John Wagner, Jason Schultz
Consolation Winner: Bill Fannasy
Late Models - 14 Entries
20-lap A-Main: 1) 6 Donnie Schick $1,300 2) 45 Eric Hons 3) 111 Tony Adams 4) 7 Dale Kerstetter 5) 88X Chris Wilkinson 6) 14 Dave Reed 7) 8H Glen Heddings 8) 32 Jeff Smith 9) 2J Jeff Rine 10) 16 Brian Cochran 11) 4S Dave Shulski 12) 8 Jimmy Adams 13) 92 Dave Perry 14) 2 Jeff Rayson
Heat Winners: Chris Wilkinson and Dale Kerstetter
Pro Stocks - 29 Entries
15-Lap A-Main: 1) 99 Kyle Bachman 2) 20 Steve Byers 3) 10 Gerald Kratzer 4) 199 Ken Stitt 5) 99S Steve Stitt 6) 115 Troy Miller 7) 26 AJ Stroup 8) 2 Jason Schmidt 9) 11 Jake Buck 10) 70 Matt Johnson 11) 7W Gary Welsh 12) 05 John Schmidt 13) 81 Todd Kiger 14) 14 Bill Conrad 15) 06 Dave Newcomer 16) 77 Nate Kerstetter 17) 48 Matt Drum 18) 1 Mark Benson 19) 99H Peanut Heintzelman 20) 66 Jason Phillips 21) 9 Chad Keister 22) 70G Bill Glass 23) 7 Meade Hahn 24) 47 Chris Benfer
Heat Winners: Ken Stitt, Nate Kerstetter, Steve Byers
Consolation Winner: Chris Benfer
15-Lap Make Up Feature From 6/14: 1) 77 Nate Kerstetter 2) 115 Troy Miller 3) 99 Kyle Bachman 4) 70 Matt Johnson 5) 11 Jake Buck 6) 2 Jason Schmidt 7) 199 Ken Stitt 8) 99H Peanut Heintzelman 9) 20 Steve Byers 10) 48 Matt Drum 11) 26 AJ Stroup 12) 7W Gary Welsh 13) 7 Meade Hahn 14) 14 Bill Conrad 15) 54 Sammy Troup 16) 47 Chris Benfer 17) 99S Steve Stitt 18) 9 Gary Kerstetter 19) 10 Gerald Kratzer 20) 1 Mark Benson 21) 81 Todd Kiger 22) 21 Jason Bowersox 23) 70G Bill Glass 24) 99R Ryan Heitzelman
Roadrunners - 12 Entries
12-Lap A-Main: 1) 110 Joey Keister 2) 48 Matt Drum 3) 00 Cory Long 4) 1 Rick Bixlier 5) 23 Jim Somers 6) 10 Brad Mitch 7) 111 Jim Neiman 8) 7 Jeff Baney 9) 36 Shawn Stahl 10) 48X Bill Brubaker 11) 41 Dennis Conrad 12) 115 Don Scheib (DNS)