Selinsgrove results 2003-09-20

SELINSGROVE, Pa. - They saved the best for last--right down to the last lap of the 2003 season at Selinsgrove Speedway. TJ Stutts of Liverpool came away with the prestigious victory in Saturday night's 30-lap Insinger Performance Products/SUNOCO...

SELINSGROVE, Pa. - They saved the best for last--right down to the last lap of the 2003 season at Selinsgrove Speedway.

TJ Stutts of Liverpool came away with the prestigious victory in Saturday night's 30-lap Insinger Performance Products/SUNOCO Racing Fuels National Open for 360 Sprint Cars following a wheel-to-wheel duel with Selinsgrove's Blane Heimbach.

While Stutts was scored as the leader of all 30 circuits, Heimbach on several occasions drove his race car by Stutts' in attempt to score his fifth win of the season at the track. At the checkered flag, however, Stutts was victorious by a mere .31 of a second in the season finale.

For Stutts, at the wheel of the Trone Outdoor/Scheaffer's Woodshop/Mountain View Travel 11T, the win marked the eighth of his career at the Snyder County oval and was worth $3,100. It was his first win in sprint car racing since his first victory in the Selinsgrove 358 Sprint Car National Open in 2001.

Kramer Williamson of Palmyra was the BBI Towing & Recovery fast qualifier with a lap of 17.74, which became an automatic track record for limited sprint car racing at the speedway.

Kevin Nouse of Lewisberry won the five-lap BBI Towing & Recovery dash and set a new track record of 1:33.25 for the distance.

Nate Kerstetter of Liverpool drove to his fourth win of the season in the 20-lap pro stock main event.

Selinsgrove Speedway will host the annual awards banquet at the Harrisburg-Hershey Marriott on Sat., November 1. Tickets are available by calling the speedway office at 570-374-2999.

Stutts powered into the lead at the start of the sprint car main event and was trailed by fourth-place starter Blane Heimbach. By lap seven, the leaders were beginning to encounter lapped traffic.

On the 10th lap, the event's first caution flag unfurled when Kyle Purks' race car stopped on the backstretch with mechanical problems. On the ensuing restart, Heimbach put in a bid for the lead and passed Stutts exiting turn two, only to have the pass for the lead rescinded when the red flag stopped the race for Bobby Seidel, who flipped out over turn one. Seidel was not injured.

When the race resumed, Stutts was the leader with Heimbach, polesitter Kevin Nouse, 10th-place starter Cory Haas and fifth-place starter Kramer Williamson in tow.

Stutts and Heimbach broke away from the field at the halfway point of the event and soon began to enter lapped traffic. Then Kevin Nagy stopped on the backstretch on lap 16. Stutts, Heimbach and Nouse led the way when the race restarted.

A two-car crash involving Larry Kelleher and Rick Hench stopped the race on lap 25. Hench was transported to an area hospital for observation.

When the race resumed, Heimbach raced in Stutts' shadow and kept the crowd in suspense. The event's final caution flag broke up the battle for the lead and win on lap 29 when Nouse's car went up in smoke entering turn one while racing third.

For the chase to the checkered flag, Heimbach passed Stutts for the lead using the inside lane entering turn one, only to drift high in turn two, which allowed Stutts to reclaim the lead. Coming off turn four, the two young guns nearly collided racing for the win as Stutts protected the lead on the inside while Heimbach made a last-ditch effort on the outside racing for the checkered flag. At the finish, Stutts edged out Heimbach for the thrilling victory.

Chad Layton, who started seventh, finished third, while Williamson and 20th-place starter Cliff Brian completed the top five.

Fourth-place starter Gary Beward powered into the lead at the start of the pro stock main event. During the event, Beward was chased by third-place starter Nate Kerstetter and eighth-place starter Kyle Bachman.

While pacing under caution with only a few laps remaining, Beward's left rear wheel came off of the race car. At this point, Kerstetter inherited the lead and droving to a convincing win over opening day winner and sixth-place starter Jason Schmidt and Bachman. Todd Snook and Steve Stitt completed the top five.

360 Sprint Car Open - 40 Entries

30-Lap A-Main: 1) 11T TJ Stutts $3,100 2) 12 Blane Heimbach 3) U1 Chad Layton 4) 73 Kramer Williamson 5) 16 Cliff Brian 6) 39 Scott Ausherman 7) 56 Nate Snyder 8) 81 Bob Beidleman 9) 69K John Karklin 10) 12S Ray Preston 11) 21 Kevin Nouse 12) 31 Tim Higgins 13) 61 Bubby Kerrick 14) 36 Mike Selter 15) L70 Larry Kelleher 16) 1 Rick Hench 17) 17 John Smith 18) 11C Cory Haas 19) 45 Kevin Nagy 20) 4B Jake Raudabaugh 21) 10 Bobby Seidel 22) 64K Kyle Purks 23) 38 Nick Mulheim 24) 48 Tony Smolenyak Heat Winners: Kramer Williamson, Nate Snyder, Cliff Brian, John Smith Consolation Winners: Tony Smolenyak, Mike Stelter Dash Winner: Kevin Nouse (5 Lap NTR: 1:33.25) Time Trials: 1) Kramer Williamson 17.74 2) Blane Heimbach 17.82 3) Kyle Purks 18.12 4) Scott Ausherman 18.13 5) TJ Stutts 18.18 6) Kevin Nouse 18.18 7) Davie Franek 18.26 8) Chad Layton 18.30 9) Larry Kelleher 18.33 10) Cory Haas 18.41 11) Bobby Seidel 18.43 12) Bob Beidleman 18.44 13) Rick Hench 18.44 14) Kevin Nagy 18.51 15) Bubby Kerrick 18.52 16) Nick Mulheim 18.52 17) John Karklin 18.53 18) Nate Snyder 18.54 19) Billy Dietrich 18.55 20) Ray Preston 18.61 21) Tony Smolenyak 18.61 22) Justin Zimmerman 18.64 23) Cliff Brian 18.64 24) John Smith 18.72 25) Jimmy Stitzel 18.77 26) Jake Radabaugh 18.84 27) Mike Stelter 18.97 28) Nick Fratto 18.98 29) Pup Nystrom 19.01 30) Tim Higgins 19.02 31) Vince Snyder 19.03 32) Babe Mader 19.08 33) Troy Long 19.28 34) Tim Hershey 19.31 35) John Miller 19.51 36) Brian Bossinger 19.63 37) Mike Hamer 19.76 38) Bill Coffey 20.08 39) Duane Maustellar NO TIME 40) Jim Gearhart NO TIME

Heat Winners: Kramer Williamson, Nate Snyder, Cliff Brian, John Smith

Consolation Winners: Tony Smolenyak, Mike Stelter

Dash Winner: Kevin Nouse (5 Lap NTR: 1:33.25)

Time Trials: 1) Kramer Williamson 17.74 2) Blane Heimbach 17.82 3) Kyle Purks 18.12 4) Scott Ausherman 18.13 5) TJ Stutts 18.18 6) Kevin Nouse 18.18 7) Davie Franek 18.26 8) Chad Layton 18.30 9) Larry Kelleher 18.33 10) Cory Haas 18.41 11) Bobby Seidel 18.43 12) Bob Beidleman 18.44 13) Rick Hench 18.44 14) Kevin Nagy 18.51 15) Bubby Kerrick 18.52 16) Nick Mulheim 18.52 17) John Karklin 18.53 18) Nate Snyder 18.54 19) Billy Dietrich 18.55 20) Ray Preston 18.61 21) Tony Smolenyak 18.61 22) Justin Zimmerman 18.64 23) Cliff Brian 18.64 24) John Smith 18.72 25) Jimmy Stitzel 18.77 26) Jake Radabaugh 18.84 27) Mike Stelter 18.97 28) Nick Fratto 18.98 29) Pup Nystrom 19.01 30) Tim Higgins 19.02 31) Vince Snyder 19.03 32) Babe Mader 19.08 33) Troy Long 19.28 34) Tim Hershey 19.31 35) John Miller 19.51 36) Brian Bossinger 19.63 37) Mike Hamer 19.76 38) Bill Coffey 20.08 39) Duane Maustellar NO TIME 40) Jim Gearhart NO TIME

Pro Stocks - 20 Entries

20-Lap A-Main: 1) 77 Nate Kerstetter 2) 2 Jason Schmidt 3) 99 Kyle Bachman 4) 23 Todd Snook 5) 99S Steve Stitt 6) 7 Meade Hahn 7) 76 Dave Bowsman 8) 66 Jason Philips 9) 88 Jason Davis 10) 19K Kevin Leitzel 11) 7W Gary Welsh 12) 14 Bill Conrad 13) 19 Gary Beward 14) 8 Brad Trump 15) 48 Harold Ranck 16) 9 Matt Keller 17) 199 Ken Stitt 18) 70 Matt Johnson 19) 54 Sammy Troup 20) 26 AJ Stroup Heat Winners: Gary Beward, Kyle Bachman

Heat Winners: Gary Beward, Kyle Bachman

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Matthew Johnson , Nick Fratt , Bill Coffey
Teams Williams