Layton is in, Heimbach up in the air for 410 Selinsgrove action Sunday. 7/1/02, Selinsgrove, PA - When fans settle in for this Sunday nights 12th Annual Speedweek Finale for 410 sprint cars at Selinsgrove Speedway, they might be surprised at...
Layton is in, Heimbach up in the air for 410 Selinsgrove action Sunday.
7/1/02, Selinsgrove, PA - When fans settle in for this Sunday nights 12th Annual Speedweek Finale for 410 sprint cars at Selinsgrove Speedway, they might be surprised at just who it is they see in the starting lineup.
Scheduled to make his second ever start in a 410 sprint on Sunday evening is none other than Harrisburg star Chad Layton.
A campaigner in the local 358 ranks for the better part of a decade and the defending Selinsgrove track champion in the 358 division, Layton will pull double duty on July 7 as he competes in both the 410 and 358 portions of the show.
Layton's first attempt at wheeling a 410 was at the Lincoln Speedway in the late 1990's when he took part in an All-Star Circuit of Champions show. That bid ended with a DNQ at the helm of a Billy Sims owned machine.
This time around, Layton will be jockeying a brand new U1 sprinter powered by a potent Don Ott motor recently obtained from the Shawn Weaver stables. Weaver has since gone 358 racing.
"This motor is awesome," says Layton. "We have been back and forth over whether or not to take this step but we're finally taking it."
"If I can come out and at least feel competitive, I'll be happy with it all," notes the 12-time 2001 Selinsgrove winner. "The car will be a U1 but it does look different than what the fans have been used to with my 358 car."
So far this season, Layton has recorded nine overall wins, five alone having come at the Snyder County oval and numerous top-tens to back up his checkered flags there. His Selinsgrove victories came in a remarkable non-stop streak encompassing the month of May.
Also a possible 410 entrant on Sunday, Selinsgrove's Blane Heimbach will embark on 410 Speedweek action on July 4 at Susquehanna Speedway.
>From there, car owner Jeff Creasy says he and the 20 year-old pilot may compete in the Friday night Williams Grove leg before returning to Selinsgrove for regular 358 action on Saturday night.
"Right now, I know we will be there on Sunday," quipped Creasy on Monday afternoon. "But exactly what car we will have, I can't say at this point."
Creasy indicated the possibility exists that he may bring both a 358 and a 410-powered sprint car to the oval for the open-wheel doubleheader. Heimbach and Creasy have one win to their credit at Selinsgrove to date this season.
Gates for Sunday's program, sponsored by Middleswarth Potato Chips as date two of the four-date Middleswarth/Susquehanna Valley 410 sprint series at the track open at 5 p.m. with time trials slated for 7 p.m.
The first 1,000 fans passing through the gates will receive a free bag of chips courtesy of Middleswarth and an autograph session with Mike Erdley, Todd Hestor and Todd Shaffer will take place from 5:30 until 6 p.m.