Selinsgrove June 29th preview

$5,000 Chip Challenge Firecracker 40 this Saturday. 6/25/02, Selinsgrove, PA -- Coming up this Saturday, June 29 at Selinsgrove Speedway it will be the Firecracker 40 for sprint cars, featuring the $5,000 Chip Challenge as sponsored by ...

$5,000 Chip Challenge Firecracker 40 this Saturday.

6/25/02, Selinsgrove, PA -- Coming up this Saturday, June 29 at Selinsgrove Speedway it will be the Firecracker 40 for sprint cars, featuring the $5,000 Chip Challenge as sponsored by Middleswarth Potato Chips of Middleburg. If one of the front row starters opts for the rear and can return to win the event he will take home 5 G's.

Slated to pay $1,500 to win and $250 to start, the Firecracker 40 comes complete with a fireworks display to kick off the tracks July 4 celebrations. The half-mile oval returns to action on July 6 and 7 with the 4th Annual Late Model Open on Saturday and the finale of Pennsylvania Speedweek for Sprint Cars on Sunday as part of the four-date Middleswarth Susquehanna series.

Sprint car drivers will draw for starting spots in their heat events. Heat winners and the top men in the season point standings who fail to win a heat but qualify will transfer to a five-lap dash. The finish of the dash will set the starting lineup at the front of the field and it will determine who gets the chance to take the challenge.

Millersburg's Joe Whitcomb will enter the Firecracker 40 fresh off of his second win of the season at the Snyder County oval, which came on June 22. In the last 14 days, Whitcomb has hauled $3,400 out of the speedway.

Current point leader and five-time winner in 2002, Harrisburg's Chad Layton will prepare to take the challenge at the wheel of a brand new U1 sprint car. Layton has been hampered by mechanical ills the last two weeks, falling victim to a broken camshaft on one occasion and a busted frame this past Saturday.

Liverpool's TJ Stutts is still seeking his first win of the year at Selinsgrove. Stutts will enter competition having just recorded his best finish of the season, a second to Whitcomb last weekend.

Additional winners on the 2002 season expected to be in the field include Kyle Purks of Langhorne, Jim Nace of Thompsontown, Brian Buckwalter of Royersford and Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove.

Linglestown's Craig Eshenaur is also expected to return to action this Saturday after a three-week absence and Asper's driver Billy Dietrich is also expected to attend.

Gates for the Firecracker 40 will open at 5 p.m. with hot-laps scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Along with fireworks, additional racing action will include the late model stock cars, pro stocks and roadrunners.

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Series Sprint , Stock car