Selinsgrove Speedway race report 2002-07-13

Hench repeats in Sprints on Pepsi Night; Rine takes second Late Model win; Miller scores back to back wins in Pro Stocks. SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Rick Hench of Newport made it back-to-back wins at Selinsgrove Speedway with a win last Sunday and a ...

Hench repeats in Sprints on Pepsi Night; Rine takes second Late Model win; Miller scores back to back wins in Pro Stocks.

SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Rick Hench of Newport made it back-to-back wins at Selinsgrove Speedway with a win last Sunday and a victory in Saturday night's 25-lap sprint car feature.

The victory marked the third of his career at the Snyder County oval including a victory in 410 sprint car competition several seasons ago.

Jeff Rine of Danville won his second 20-lap late model feature of the season, while Troy Miller of Williamstown made it two wins in a row in the 12-lap pro stock feature.

Matt Drum of Port Trevorton became the leading roadrunner feature winner this season with his sixth feature win in the division's 10-lap main event.

Selinsgrove Speedway returns to racing action Saturday, July 20, with a four division racing program of sprints, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners at 7 p.m. The race date will also feature an appearance by the Williams Grove Oldtimers organization and the speedway's all-time career leading feature winner Ray Tilley.

In two weeks, on July 27, Housing Products, Inc. will sponsor Twin 20's for sprint cars. Each 20-lap feature will pay $800 to win and $125 to start.

A violent crash unfolded on the frontstretch on the initial start of the sprint car feature involving Richie Jensen, Joe Whitcomb and Jimmy Stitzel. Whitcomb's car flipped over and was struck by Jensen's at the flagstand; there were no driver injuries reported.

On the second attempt to start the feature, Brian Buckwalter's top wing flew off his sprinter causing him to lose control of his race car entering turn one. Buckwalter's car struck the guardrail and flipped into the path of several race cars. In all, six drivers were involved in the first turn crash; no driver injuries were reported.

The line up shuffled as a result of the two multi-car crashes, and Brian Powell found himself starting on the pole and racing into the lead at the drop of the green flag.

Powell was chased by original eighth-place starter Hench for the first five laps before Hench powered into the lead in turn one on a lap six restart.

Once in front, Hench streaked away from the field, while 10th-place starter Adrian Shaffer stormed into the second spot on the seventh circuit. By the midway point, Hench and Shaffer were whisking their way through traffic at break-neck speeds.

Darren Eash, who started 11th, passed seventh-place starter Blane Heimbach for third on lap nine. During the second half of the event, Eash raced a distant third while Shaffer attempted to reel in Hench at the front of the pack.

At the finish, Hench was victorious by 1.10 seconds over Shaffer, Eash, Heimbach and ninth-place starter Jim Nace.

Outside front row starter Brian Cochran took the lead at the start of the late model feature. Cochran was trailed by fourth-place starter Chris Wilkinson for the first six laps before 11th-place starter Jeff Rine advanced to second.

On the ninth circuit, Rine passed Cochran for the lead using the inside lane on the backstretch. Once in front of the pack, Rine checked out from the field on the subsequent restarts.

On a lap 18 restart, Dale Kerstetter spun in turn two while racing fourth. For the final restart, Rine pulled away and posted a three-second margin of victory over Cochran, Alan Sagi, Jimmy Adams and Tony Adams.

Polesitter Daryl Niaman led the first two laps of the pro stock feature. Point leader Kyle Bachman started the event in the eighth position and took the lead on lap three. At the midway point of the race, ninth-place starter Troy Miller closed in on Bachman.

While pacing under caution, Bachman's car developed mechanical problems, forcing him to withdraw from the race. At this point, Miller inherited the lead and went on to win the event over Gerald Kratzer, Matt Drum, Chuck Bryner and Jake Buck.

Second-place starter Chris Eckert led the first lap of the roadrunner feature. Fourth-place starter Cory Long took command of the field on lap two and led through lap six.

Matt Drum, who started seventh, passed Long in turns one and two on the seventh circuit for the lead. Drum went on to post the win over Long, Rick Bixlier, Eckert and Billy McNeal.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
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