Selinsgrove race notes 2003-04-26

SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- Chad Layton of Harrisburg romped to another win in Saturday night's 25-lap sprint car feature at Selinsgrove Speedway. Layton, the two-time defending champion, was at the wheel of his Wholesale Auto U1 for his 23rd career win...

SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- Chad Layton of Harrisburg romped to another win in Saturday night's 25-lap sprint car feature at Selinsgrove Speedway.

Layton, the two-time defending champion, was at the wheel of his Wholesale Auto U1 for his 23rd career win at the Snyder County oval.

Dale Kerstetter of Liverpool also returned to victory lane for the second week in a row in the 20-lap late model feature. The win was the 31st of Kerstetter's career at the track.

Troy Miller of Williamstown won his first feature of the season in the 15-lap pro stock main event, while Matt Drum of Port Trevorton made it three wins in a row in the 10-lap roadrunner feature.

Selinsgrove Speedway and Raceway Park will present a big weekend of racing action Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4.

Raceway Park will present its second racing program of go karts and micro sprints on Friday, May 2 beginning at 7 p.m.

Selinsgrove Speedway is back in action on Saturday, May 3 with Pack The Track, featuring free general admission for race fans. Saturday's promotional night, co-sponsored by Cindy Rowe Paintless Dent Repair and The Selinsgrove Hotel, will feature a program of sprint cars, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners at 7 p.m. Track gates will open at 4 p.m.

Selinsgrove Speedway returns on Sunday, May 4, with the 2nd Annual Jan Opperman Memorial for 410 sprint cars and super sportsman. The 30-lap sprint race, a tribute to the late Selinsgrove Speedway champion, is the second race in the Middleswarth Potato Chips Susquehanna Valley 410 Sprint Car Series. Track gates open at 4 p.m., with time trials for sprints slated for 6 p.m.

Front row starter Duane Mausteller powered into the lead at the start of the sprint car feature. Mausteller was chased by fourth-place starter Scott Tate for the first five laps before eighth-place starter Donnie Beaver moved into second following a pass on the backstretch.

The event's first caution flag unfurled on lap 11 when rookie driver Davey Franek stopped on the fronstretch. Darren Eash and Nate Snyder pitted with flat tires from debris.

When the race resumed Beaver powered around Mausteller for the lead, but the pass was recalled when Joe Whitcomb took a wild series of flips out over the fourth turn guardrail. Whitcomb was not injured, and the lead reverted back to Mausteller.

On the ensuing restart, however, Mausteller's car fell off the pace, and Beaver drove into the lead. Beaver was followed by Tate until 11th-place starter Chad Layton drove into second.

Layton reeled in Beaver, and on the 18th circuit, took the lead in turn four. Once in front of the pack, Layton streaked away from the pack and posted the win by 8.06 seconds over Beaver, 24th-place starter Kyle Purks, Tate and 10th-place starter Rick Hench.

Front row starter Jeff Smith took the lead at the start of the late model feature. Third-place starter Alan Sagi chased Smith in second for the first half of the race. At the halfway point, seventh-place starter Dale Kerstetter raced by fourth-place starter Dave Reed for third.

A torrid three-car battle unfolded during the second half of the race. In the final laps, Kerstetter powered by Sagi for second. On the final lap, coming off the final corner, Kerstetter swept underneath Smith for the lead and win. The margin of victory was just .44 of a second.

Sagi finished third, while Reed and fifth-place starter Tony Adams rounded out the top five.

Outside front row starter Troy Miller took the lead at the start of the pro stock feature and fended off several challenges that came down to the wire.

Polesitter Meade Hahn trailed Miller for the first five circuits before eighth-place starter Kyle Bachman moved into second. At the halfway point, two-time winner Peanut Heintzelman powered into third.

On the checkered flag lap, Bachman pulled alongside of Miller on the outside exiting turn four but came up short at the finish line. Miller was victorious by just .41 of a second over Bachman, Heintzelman, Nate Kerstetter and Jake Buck.

Fourth-place starter Matt Drum wired the field for his win in the roadrunner race. Fifth-place starter Joey Keister trailed Drum for all ten circuits. Cory Long, Brad Mitch and Jason Brosius completed the top five.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Jeff Smith
Teams Williams