Selinsgrove Awards Banquet report

Selinsgrove Speedway & Raceway Park Banquet honors year's top performing teams; 2003 opening dates announced. HERSHEY, Pa. - Selinsgrove Speedway and Raceway Park officials concluded the 2002 season with the annual awards banquet Saturday...

Selinsgrove Speedway & Raceway Park Banquet honors year's top performing teams; 2003 opening dates announced.

HERSHEY, Pa. - Selinsgrove Speedway and Raceway Park officials concluded the 2002 season with the annual awards banquet Saturday evening at the Harrisburg-Hershey Marriott.

More than 500 guests were in attendance representing the track's go kart, micro sprint, roadrunner, pro stock, late model and sprint car divisions.

Speedway co-promoters Charlie Paige and Earl Zechman distributed in excess of $20,000 in point fund monies and trophies to the season's top performing race teams.

Leading the list of champions was Chad Layton, 27, of Harrisburg. Layton won his second consecutive Cindy Rowe Auto Glass sprint car championship at Selinsgrove Speedway aboard the Wholesale Auto No. U-1.

Layton, whose career in open wheel race cars began in 1998, qualified for all 24 events this season, won 9 features, and recorded 17 top five finishes at Selinsgrove Speedway.

In 2002, Layton won 17 feature events at six different speedways, including victories in 358, 360 and 410 sprint car competition.

Tony Adams, 34, of Sunbury clinched his first career late model track championship. Adams qualified for all 21 events and posted one feature win and 11 top five finishes.

In 40 years of recorded late model racing at Selinsgrove Speedway, Adams became the division's 20th different champion. Adams joins his father, Roy "Check," on the list of champions, marking the first time that both a father and son have won titles at the track.

Gerald Kratzer, 23, of Selinsgrove became the track's fifth different pro stock champion in as many seasons of competition for the stock car division. Kratzer won five features and recorded 19 top five finishes in 2002.

Billy McNeal, 28, of Williamstown won the track's first ever roadrunner title. McNeal won six features and drove to 20 top five finishes in the first season for the entry level division.

All Selinsgrove Speedway divisional champions were the recipients of the gold championship rings from Foss Jewelers of Selinsgrove.

Special recognition awards were also presented in the following categories:

Most Improved Driver awards went to Nate Snyder (sprints), Jimmy Adams (late models), and Gary Kerstetter (pro stocks). Sportsman Of The Year plaques were handed to Kyle Purks (sprints), Alan Sagi (late models) and Matt Johnson (pro stocks). Rookie of the Year honors went to Blane Heimbach (sprints), Dave Reed (late models) and Jim Jurasich (pro stocks).

Dave Herrold of Selinsgrove was named the 2002 Media Member of the Year. For more than 20 years, Herrold has covered motorsports for publications such as The Daily Item, Speedway Scene and Area Auto Racing News.

"We want to recognize and thank Dave for his professional coverage of motorsports over the last 20 years," said Steve Inch, the track's publicity director. "He's a lifelong fan of Selinsgrove Speedway and a true motorsports historian, and it shows in the quality of his work."

Selinsgrove Raceway Park champions also shared the spotlight. Colby Womer, 27, of Mt. Pleasant Mills clinched the Selinsgrove Ford micro sprint car championship with six feature wins and 15 top five finishes in 21 starts. He became the second champion in as many seasons of micro sprint car competition at the track.

Go kart champions were recognized as follows: Nathan Long (kid karts), Brandon Goodling (rookies 1), Dereck Hauck (rookies 2), Nick Aucker (rookie cage 5-8), Dylan Yoder (rookie cage 9-12), Trenton Sheaffer (jr. restricted), Nathan Orwan (jr. cage), Adam Zimmerman (lites), Ken Duke (mediums), Mike Trevitz (heavies), Chad Bogar (extra heavies), Jason Kemp (adult cage), Kevin Hayle (controlled wing karts), Scott Messimer (outlaw wing karts).

Track officials announced the 2003 season openers will be Sunday, March 16 for Selinsgrove Raceway Park and Saturday, March 22 for Selinsgrove Speedway. 2003 schedules and rulebooks are expected to be finalized by December.

Extensive facility renovations are in progress at the speedway during the off-season, including the installation of approximately 6,000 feet of new steel guardrails, new safety fence in turns one and four and new ticket booths.

Both the half-mile and one-fifth mile tracks are being resurfaced with sifted clay. A new restroom/VIP/concessions complex is under construction outside of turn one of the half-mile track.

For the latest news and information, visit the speedway's official website at selinsgrovespeedway.com.

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Series Kart , Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Nathan Long
Teams Williams