Eash holds off Shaffer for win in 358 Sprint opener; Haus, Bachman & Keister take Stock Car wins. SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Darren Eash of Ijamsville, Md., held off Adrian Shaffer of Mount Wolfe for the victory in Saturday night's season opener for the...
Eash holds off Shaffer for win in 358 Sprint opener; Haus, Bachman & Keister take Stock Car wins.
SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Darren Eash of Ijamsville, Md., held off Adrian Shaffer of Mount Wolfe for the victory in Saturday night's season opener for the 358 sprint cars at Selinsgrove Speedway.
"I wish I could pick this track up and move it closer to my home," said Eash. "I love racing here."
For Eash, at the wheel of the J&S Fabrication No. 22, the win was the third of his career at the track in 358 sprint car competition. He also has one win in 410 sprint racing at Selinsgrove.
Scott Haus of Hamburg made a late-race pass by Steve Campbell of Sunbury for the win in the 20-lap late model feature. The win was the 24th of Haus' career at the track.
Kyle Bachman of Selinsgrove recorded his 21st career victory in the 15-lap pro stock feature, while Joey Keister of Penns Creek won his first ever 10-lap roadrunner main event.
Selinsgrove Speedway will present a program of sprint cars, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners this Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. Track gates open at 5 p.m.
Saturday will mark the season's first Camera & Autograph Night, in which fans will be permitted to visit drivers in the pit area prior to the start of the racing program.
In the sprint car feature, front row starters Darren Eash and Cliff Brian were forced to exchange starting positions with Nate Snyder and Chad Layton following three consecutive false starts.
When the race started, the two-time defending champion Layton stormed into the lead from second. His lead was short-lived, however, when his U-1 sprinter developed mechanical problems, which allowed eighth-place starter Adrian Shaffer to power into the lead.
On the third circuit, Layton's car stopped on the backstretch, while first-time driver Davie Franek also stopped in turn four.
When the race resumed, Shaffer blistered the lightning-fast half-mile, with Eash in close pursuit. While the race for the lead developed, so did a torrid battle for third between Brian and Snyder.
On the ninth circuit, Eash made the winning pass by Shaffer using the low groove in turn two. Shaffer kept Eash in his sites, however, as the leaders encountered traffic. With only a few laps remaining, Shaffer reeled in Eash and pulled alongside of the leader but to no avail.
Eash prevailed with the win by a mere .60 of a second over Shaffer, Snyder, seventh-place starter Rick Hench and fifth-place starter Blane Heimbach.
Polesitter JR Kieffer drove into the lead at the start of the late model feature. Kieffer was trailed by second-place starter Jimmy Adams for the first several laps before fourth-place starter Steve Campbell moved into second.
Misfortune struck on lap eight, when Kieffer's car developed engine trouble, forcing him to withdraw from the race. At this point, Campbell inherited the lead. It wasn't long until eighth-place starter Scott Haus was racing in his shadow.
Campbell and Haus dueled for the lead in lapped traffic. On a lap 19 restart, Haus snuck underneath Campbell in turn one to secure the lead for the duration of the event. Haus was victorious by 1.85 seconds over Campbell, Jeff Rine, Alan Sagi and Eric Hons.
Outside front row starter Kyle Bachman wired the field for his win in the pro stock feature. Bachman was chased by third-place starter Peanut Heintzelman for most of the event.
During the latter part of the race, Heintzelman was held up by lapped traffic, which allowed Bachman to stretch his lead. At the checkered flag, Bachman was victorious by 4.3 seconds over Heintzelman, Gary Beward, last week's winner Jason Schmidt, and Jake Buck.
Second-place starter Matt Drum led the first for laps of the roadrunner main event before fifth-place starter Joe Keister took over the front spot. Keister was followed by sixth-place starter Cory Long at the finish. Rick Bixlier, Chris Eckert and Don Scheib completed the top five.