Selinsgrove Speedway Honors Year's Top Performing Teams HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Selinsgrove Speedway and Raceway Park officials concluded the 2004 season with the annual awards banquet Saturday evening at the Wyndham Harrisburg-Hershey. More than...
Selinsgrove Speedway Honors Year's Top Performing Teams
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Selinsgrove Speedway and Raceway Park officials concluded the 2004 season with the annual awards banquet Saturday evening at the Wyndham Harrisburg-Hershey.
More than 500 guests were in attendance representing the track's go kart, micro sprint, roadrunner, pro stock, late model and sprint car divisions.
Track officials distributed more than $20,000 in point fund monies and trophies to the season's top performing race teams.
Leading the list of champions was Jason Shultz of Carlisle. Shultz won his first career Cindy Rowe Auto Glass 358 sprint car championship at Selinsgrove Speedway at the wheel of the Martin's Refrigeration/Smith's Appliances No. 2.
Shultz, whose career in open wheel race cars began in 1998 in 305 sprint cars, qualified for all 22 events this season, won two features, and recorded 11 top five finishes at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Jeff Rine of Pillow clinched his second career MAPCO Machine Shop late model track championship. Rine, also the 1998 champion, qualified for all 20 events and posted seven feature wins, including the victory in the $6,300 to win inaugural Paul Long Memorial. Rine recorded 15 top five finishes.
Troy Miller of Tower City became the track's seventh different Keller's Auto Body/Salem RV Center pro stock champion in as many seasons of competition for the stock car division. Miller won four features and recorded 22 top five finishes in the 27 pro stock events in 2004.
Keith Bissinger of Bloomsburg won the track's third ever roadrunner title. Bissinger was the season's leading feature winner with 12 victories in 22 events. He drove to 19 top 5 finishes.
All Selinsgrove Speedway divisional champions were the recipients of the gold championship rings from Foss Jewelers.
Special recognition awards were also presented in the following categories: Most Improved Driver awards went to Charlie Anderson (sprints), Donnie Schick (late models), Bill Glass (pro stocks) and Jim Somers (roadrunners). Sportsman Of The Year plaques were handed to Bob Beidleman (sprints), Chris Wilkinson (late models), Matt Johnson (pro stocks) and Dennis Conrad (roadrunners). Rookie of the Year honors went to Ryan Bohlke (sprints), Al Shawver (late models), AJ Hoffman (pro stocks) and Matt Keister (roadrunners).
Paula Long-Schick presented Hard Charger awards in memory of her father, former late model champion Paul Long, to Blane Heimbach (sprints), Donnie Schick (late models), AJ Stroup (pro stock) and Brad Mitch (roadrunners).
Selinsgrove Raceway Park champions also shared the spotlight. Brian Kishbaugh of Nescopeck clinched his second career Selinsgrove Ford micro sprint car championship with five feature wins and 11 top five finishes in 19 events. He won the one-fifth mile track's inaugural 2001 season championship.
Go kart champions were recognized as follows: Brice Harro (kid karts), Jake Hummel (rookies 2), Zach Bogar (rookie cage 5-8), Joshua Garbera (rookie cage 9-12), Cody Keller (jr. restricted lites), Dylan Yoder (jr. cage), Trenton Sheaffer (lites), Chuck Paige (mediums), Scott Weirick (heavies), Mike Trevitz (x-heavies), Gene Burd (adult cage), Jace Cresswell (controlled wing karts).
Track officials announced the 2005 season openers will be Sunday, March 20 for Selinsgrove Raceway Park and Saturday, March 26 for Selinsgrove Speedway.
Facility renovations are in progress at the speedway during the off-season, including the installation of approximately 1,000 additional seats. Both the half-mile and one-fifth mile tracks are being resurfaced with sifted clay at this time.