SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY HONORS 2005'S TOP PERFORMING TEAMS Record attendance at annual awards banquet HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Selinsgrove Speedway and Raceway Park officials concluded the 60th year celebration season with the annual awards banquet ...
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY HONORS 2005'S TOP PERFORMING TEAMS
Record attendance at annual awards banquet
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Selinsgrove Speedway and Raceway Park officials concluded the 60th year celebration season with the annual awards banquet Saturday evening at the Wyndham Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel.
A record number of guests (more than 580) were in attendance representing the track's go kart, micro sprint, roadrunner, pro stock, late model and sprint car divisions.
Track promoter Charlie Paige 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 Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove. Heimbach won his first career Cindy Rowe Auto Glass 358 sprint car championship at Selinsgrove Speedway at the wheel of the Goff Racing/Creasy Signs/Beavertown Block/Salem RV Center/Bill Crawford Auto Sales No. 12.
Heimbach, 23, whose racing career began in micro sprint cars at the age of 15, competed in his first full season of 358 sprint car racing in 2002, when he was named Selinsgrove Speedway's Rookie of the Year.
In 2005, Heimbach qualified for all 19 events and drove to 18 top 10 finishes, including three feature wins at Selinsgrove Speedway. Heimbach also clinched the five-race Professional Building Systems Diamond Series Championship this season at the track.
Heimbach became the 25th different, and one of the track's youngest, sprint car champions since the speedway reopened in 1963 and written records were established.
Second generation race car driver Donnie Schick, 40, of Middleburg clinched his first career MAPCO Machine Shop late model championship. Schick, the track's 1983 late model Rookie of the Year, qualified for all 20 events and posted five feature wins behind the wheel of Ed Powell's No. 6.
Schick became the speedway's 21st different late model champion since 1963.
Troy Miller, 34, of Tower City became the track's first repeat Keller's Auto Body/Salem RV Center pro stock champion in eight seasons. Miller won three consecutive features in May and recorded 18 top 10 finishes racing his No. 115.
Brad Mitch, 18, of McClure won the track's fourth-ever Professional Building Systems roadrunner title. Mitch competed in all 17 events and won four main events this season driving his No. 10M.
All Selinsgrove Speedway divisional champions were the recipients of custom championship rings from Foss Jewelers, Selinsgrove.
Special recognition awards were also presented in the following categories: Most Improved Driver awards went to Jeff Furlong (sprints), Brett Schadel (late models), Dan Jensen (pro stocks) and Doug Minium (roadrunners). Sportsman Of The Year plaques were awarded to Jake Raudabaugh (sprints), Kenny Trevitz (late models), Sammy Troup (pro stocks) and Matt Drum (roadrunners). Rookie of the Year honors went to Colby Womer (sprints), Dustin Hoffman (late models), Jim Somers (pro stocks) and Dave Kamp (roadrunners).
Paula Long-Schick presented Hard Charger awards in memory of her father, former late model champion Paul Long, to Heimbach, Schick, Miller and Mitch.
Selinsgrove Raceway Park champions also shared the spotlight. Shane Penny of Nescopeck clinched his second career Selinsgrove Ford micro sprint car championship with nine feature wins and 20 top five finishes in 22 events. He also won the one-fifth mile track's 2003 season championship.
Go kart champions were recognized as follows: Logan Leiby (kid karts), Nick Aucker (rookies 2), Darian Trego (rookie cage 5-8), Tyler Snook (rookie cage 9-12), Corbin Leiby (jr. restricted lites), Logan Hetherington (jr. cage), Trenton Sheaffer (lites), Cody Hauck (mediums), Matt Tanner (heavies), Mike Trevitz (x-heavies), Gary Keister (adult cage), Kirk Ritter (controlled wing karts).
The speedway's 2006 motorsports show at the Susquehanna Valley Mall, Selinsgrove, will be held Sun., Feb. 19 through Sat., Feb. 25.
Selinsgrove Speedway's 2006 opening weekend is slated for Fri., March 17, featuring 410 sprint cars and Sat., March 18, with a four division program of 358 sprint cars, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners.
Selinsgrove Raceway Park will open the 2006 season on Sun., March 19, with a program of go kart racing. The micro sprint cars will make their 2006 season debut on Fri., March 31.
Speedway renovations are nearing completion during the off-season, including the installation of more than 5,000 feet of five-tier steel guardrails in turns three and four. Both the half-mile and one-fifth mile tracks have been resurfaced with sifted clay.