Late Models take spotlight in Fourth Annual Salem RV/Philips Products Open this Saturday. SELINSGROVE, Pa. - The popular late model stock cars, which have played an important role in the rich racing history at Selinsgrove Speedway for more than...
Late Models take spotlight in Fourth Annual Salem RV/Philips Products Open this Saturday.
SELINSGROVE, Pa. - The popular late model stock cars, which have played an important role in the rich racing history at Selinsgrove Speedway for more than four decades now, will take center stage in this Saturday's Fourth Annual Open sponsored by Salem RV Center and Philips Products of Selinsgrove.
The late model main event will be 30 laps in distance and will pay the winner $1,500. Drivers will draw for starting spots in qualifying and will earn a minimum of $200 to start the main event.
The July 6 racing program will mark the second race date this season carrying sponsorship support from Philips Products, one of the nation's leading manufacturers and suppliers of windows and doors to the housing industry.
Salem RV Center, located on Route 522 and Clifford Road, leads the region in sales and service of recreational vehicles. The 15-year-old business is family owned and operated, and currently sponsors the race cars driven by Scott Haus of Hamburg, Blaine Heimbach of Selinsgrove and Dale Kerstetter of Liverpool, who are expected to be on hand to sign autographs prior to the start of Saturday's racing program.
The inaugural Late Model Open was run in 1999, when Chris Shuey of Orefield wired the field for the victory over Haus, Bob Croop of Nescopeck, Carl Billet of York and Steve Campbell of Sunbury. The inaugural event drew 31 entries.
In 2000, Kenny Pettyjohn of Millsboro, DE, bested a field of 44 entries with a last-lap pass by Haus. Not only was the race a memorable one because of its suspenseful finish, it was also Pettyjohn's first ever appearance at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Last year Shuey returned to record his second win in the Open over Haus again. Dan Stone of Thompson, Jeff Rine of Danville, and Mike Atherton completed the top five from a field of 28 entries.
Haus, who has three consecutive second-place finishes in the Open, is expected to be in the field on Saturday and a top contender for his first Open championship. To date, Haus has three wins at Selinsgrove Speedway in 2002.
Other late model winners this season include Jeff Smith of Blain (3 wins), Jimmy Adams of Herndon (1), Croop (1), Tony Adams of Sunbury (1), Rine (1) and Kerstetter (1).