5/30/02, Selinsgrove, PA -- When the gates swing open for Sunday night's inaugural Jan Opperman Memorial for 410 sprints at Selinsgrove Speedway, a familiar face to the speedway's regular Saturday night crowds will be in competition. For only...
5/30/02, Selinsgrove, PA -- When the gates swing open for Sunday night's inaugural Jan Opperman Memorial for 410 sprints at Selinsgrove Speedway, a familiar face to the speedway's regular Saturday night crowds will be in competition.
For only the second time in his short but successful career in sprint cars, 20-year old Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove will jockey a high-powered super sprint car in Sunday's show. Heimbach is a regular competitor at Selinsgrove Speedway in the oval's weekly headline 358-sprint car division on Saturday nights.
After making his division debut in mid-August of 2001, Heimbach scored his first-ever 358 sprint victory in Selinsgrove's second show of the season at hand in early April.
Driving for Bloomsburg owner Jeff Creasy, Heimbach has the distinction of being only the third driver for the reputable owner who is know for launching the career of current World of Outlaws star Stevie Smith and Danny Jones.
At the wheel of Creasy's No. 12 sponsored by Beavertown Block Co. and Salem RV, to date Heimbach has three additional top-tens to his credit at Selinsgrove to go along with his at the Snyder County oval.
Gates for Sunday's 30-lap Opperman Memorial open at 4:30 p.m. with time trials slated for 6:30 p.m. The Super Sportsman will join the 410 sprints for the first of four dates in the Middleswarth Potato Chips Susquehanna Valley 410 Sprint Series.
The memorial includes the $10,000 Chip Challenge, offering the polesitter in the memorial the opportunity to start at the rear and garner the high-dollar top-prize if he can speed through the pack and win the event.
The Middleswarth Series returns to the speedway for the finale of the 12th Annual Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek Series on July 7. The finale carries a raindate of July 8.