Selingsgrove Speedweek preview

6/30/03, Selinsgrove, Pa - When the 13th Annual Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek series culminates at Selinsgrove Speedway with the 2003 finale on July 6 it will be the 11th visit by the series to the Snyder County oval. The speedweek finale will...

6/30/03, Selinsgrove, Pa - When the 13th Annual Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek series culminates at Selinsgrove Speedway with the 2003 finale on July 6 it will be the 11th visit by the series to the Snyder County oval. The speedweek finale will also be the third leg of the five-date 2003 Middleswarth Potato Chips Susquehanna Valley 410 Sprint Series at Selinsgrove.

Not a part of the initial speedweek series in 1991, Selinsgrove Speedway first enrolled in the series in 1992. Since that time, Selinsgrove has taken part in each tournament with the exception of the 1998 installment when an abbreviated speedway schedule forced race organizers out of the series.

Fred Rahmer of Salfordville is by far the most successful Selinsgrove speedweek entrant, recording wins in half or five of the ten events contested to date at the oval. Second on the Selinsgrove speedweek win list is Billy Pauch (2) of Frenchtown, NJ., followed by one time winners Len Krautheim III, Penns Creek; Todd Shaffer, Millerstown; and Greg Hodnett, Memphis, Tenn.

Both Hodnett and Mark Smith of Camp Hill have the most to gain by taking a victory at Selinsgrove on July 6. It is this pair of drivers who are the closest to claiming the 2003 $10,000 Middleswarth Chip Challenge at the speedway.

If one driver can win three of the five scheduled Middleswarth Series races at the oval this season, he will receive a 10G bonus. Smith recorded the Middleswarth opener at the track on March 28 and Hodnett won the 2nd Annual Jan Opperman Memorial on May 4. If the sprint hat trick is accomplished, one fan in the crowd on that night will receive $500 courtesy of Middleswarth Potato Chips.

After speedweek, two races remain for the 410 sprints at Selinsgrove, the Labor Day Classic on September 1 and the National Open on September 13. Both defending Chip Series Champion Lance Dewease of Fayetteville and Shaffer are currently tied at the top of the 2003 series point standings with 600 markers each.

Hodnett and Smith will sign autographs at the July 6 Middleswarth Speedweek finale beginning at 5:30 PM. Time trials are slated for 7 PM. The sprints will vie for $5,000 in the 30-lap finale and will be joined by the late models on the dual card. The event carries a July 7 raindate.

Middleswarth Potato Chips will distribute free bags of potato chips to the first 1,500 fans who enter the speedway on July 6.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Billy Pauch