Selinsgrove race report 2002-06-01

Layton wins five in a row in Selinsgrove Sprints, bounty on defending champ mounts. Rine takes late models, Buck victorious in pro stocks. SELINSGROVE, PA -- On a night when the bounty on his head mounted to $900.00, Chad Layton picked up a...

Layton wins five in a row in Selinsgrove Sprints, bounty on defending champ mounts.
Rine takes late models, Buck victorious in pro stocks.

SELINSGROVE, PA -- On a night when the bounty on his head mounted to $900.00, Chad Layton picked up a little extra money of his own on Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway on Philips Industries Night. In claiming his fifth feature in a row at the track, Layton claimed an extra $750 that was posted if only he could win the event. And he made good, taking home $1,750.00. "This place is my home. I love this place," said the winner. "I try to put on the best show I can each week. Whether I'm being booed or cheered, as long as I have people on the edge of their seats, that's what its all about."

Scranton driver Jon Smith led the first seven laps of the 25-lapper for sprint cars over opening day winner Kyle Purks before the red flag was displayed for a five-car tangle that saw Linglestown's Craig Eshenaur flip in the third turn.

Tony Smolenyak and Troy Long piled into the turn-three scene that turned fiery when Smolenyak's No. 48 had his fuel cell erupt. After a lengthy red for a stubborn fire and with no injuries reported, Smith restarted the event over Purks, Bob Camilli and Jason Schultz.

With all eyes glued to four-time winner Layton on the restart, Smith streaked away as Layton began working inside the top five, snaring fifth on the restart, fourth at the halfway point, third with a dozen to go and second from Purks with six to go. Layton had just tracked down the leader when yellow appeared just after taking the second spot.

Layton followed Smith for only one more circuit before taking the lead with a high outside move in the second corner. As has been the case during the previous four weeks, Layton then went on to score a convincing victory over Smith by over a straightaway. Smith's finish was a career best.

Unbeknownst to Layton, the extra $750 posted exclusively for him was put up by his brother Jimmy, who was in attendance but who remained on the grandstand side of the speedway.

Purks rode home third followed by TJ Stutts and Bob Camilli.

Sixth through tenth went to 17th starter Darren Eash, Nate Snyder, Blane Heimbach, Tim Hershey and Jason Schultz.

Sprint car heats for the30 entries were won by Tim Hershey, Jon Smith and Blane Heimbach.

James Layton won the consolation.

Outside front row starter Dave Shulski led the first five laps of the 20-lap late model feature before yellow slowed the pace. Eighth starter Jeff Rine lined up second for the restart.

Running the top of the speedway, Rine drove into the lead on the restart and virtually hid from the field for the remainder of the distance. At the finish, Danville's Rine picked up his 13th career oval win by more than a half lap over tenth starter Tony Adams, who took second with two to go. Last week's winner, Jimmy Adams rode home third followed by Shulski and JR Kieffer.

Late model heats were picked up by Tony Adams and Eric Hons. Defending track chamoion Jake Buck took the lead from Dave Brouse Sr. at the halfway point of the 12-lap pro stock main and proceeded to drive to his first win of the season at Selinsgrove. With his win, Buck becomes the fourth different winner of the season in pro stock action. Gerald Kratzer followed Buck to the line followed by Kyle Bachman.

Billy McNeal won the 10-lap nightcap roadrunner feature, his second of the season.

Stew Wenrich and Lloyd Hockenberry won features for the Penn Marr Vintage Racecar division.

Selinsgrove Speedway returns to racing action on Sunday June 2 when it presents the inaugural Jan Opprman Memorial for 410 sprint cars with time trials slated for 6:30 p.m.

The oval then returns June 8 as it hosts Advanced Concrete Systems Night. Sponsored by the Middleburg based manufacturer of pre-fabricated concrete walls and ornamental stone, a regular program of sprints, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners is slated to begin at 7 p.m.

In speedway news, more local businesses have entered the effort to halt Chad Layton's winning streak at the Snyder County oval. At the start of the night the wanted poster read $300. At the end of the evening, the bounty on the dominator's head was up to $900. If someone can knock the Harrisburg driver from his throne next Saturday night, the winner will claim $1,900 for the regular distance event.

The June 15 program at Selinsgrove will be highlighted by the Dave's Lawn Care Sprint Car Dash for Cash. June 15 will also be the second of three scheduled camera and autograph nights and the program carries sponsorship from Penn Lyon Homes of Selinsgrove.

Sponsor of Nate Snyder's No. 56 sprint car, Dave's Lawn Care of Halifax will post $500 to the winner of a five-lap dash on June 15. Contestants for the high-dollar, small-distance event will include the first and second place finishers from each of the nights sprint car heats.

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Series Sprint , Stock car