Susquehanna Valley 410 Selinsgrove season opener preview

3/10/04, Selinsgrove, Pa - The 3rd edition of the Susquehanna Valley 410 Sprint Series will take the green flag on Friday night, March 19 at 8 p.m. Pro Stocks are also on the program. The 2004 series boasts six dates including another Friday...

3/10/04, Selinsgrove, Pa - The 3rd edition of the Susquehanna Valley 410 Sprint Series will take the green flag on Friday night, March 19 at 8 p.m. Pro Stocks are also on the program.

The 2004 series boasts six dates including another Friday night double on March 26, the 3rd Annual Jan Opperman Memorial on May 2, the 14th Annual Pennsylvania Speedweek Finale on July 4, a sprints and super sportsman doubleheader on August 1 and the 22nd Annual National Open on September 18.

The series began on June 2, 2002 when Todd Hestor of Middleburg wired the field from the pole for a maiden win in the series and in the Opperman Memorial, collecting over $3,600.

Greg Hodnett of Memphis, Tenn., then claimed $4,000 after taking the lead from Keith Kauffman on the fourth circuit in the speedweek event on July 7 while also wrapping up his first speedweek series title. Hodnett returned for another victory on Labor Day.

Lance Dewease of Fayetteville ended the 2002 Selinsgrove Series with a first-ever victory in the 20th Anniversary National Open on September 14. Driving the Hamilton No. 77, Dewease took the lead from Sean Michael on lap 13 to speed to a $4,000 payday and the inaugural 410 Series title.

Chad Layton of Harrisburg secured the 2003 410 Series championship with his run in the National Open on Sept 14 but the series began on March 28. Mark Smith of Newville took advantage of a Hodnett miscue in traffic while leading with seven laps to go to kickoff the series with a win.

Hodnett roared back to pocket over $3,700 with a wire to wire victory in the 2nd Annual Opperman Memorial on May 4 before winning $5,000 in the speedweek event on July 7.

Stevie Smith of Hanover invaded the Snyder County oval for the National Open. Smith staged a battle royale with Dewease and Hodnett during the first ten circuits before blistering past both men for a $7,500 checkered flag, his first at the track in over a decade.

Gates for the March 19 series kickoff and the March 26 program will open at 6 p.m. with practice laps slated for 7:30. Drivers will draw for starting positions in both events and both will pay $2,500 to win and $250 to take the green flag.

2004 Susquehanna Valley 410 Sprint Series Schedule:

Friday, March 19 -- 8 p.m. sprints and pro stocks

Friday, March 26 -- 8 p.m. sprints and pro stocks

Sunday May 2 -- 3rd Annual Middleswarth Potato Chips Jan Opperman Memorial, raindate June 6, sprints and pro stocks

Sunday July 4 -- All Star Sports Bar PA Speedweek Finale, raindate July 5, sprints and pro stocks

Sunday August 1 -- sprints, super sportsman and roadrunners

Saturday September 18 -- 22nd Annual Alexander Dealerships National Open, raindate September 19, sprints and pro stocks plus fireworks

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