Selinsgrove race report 2002-06-15

Buckwalter wires field for Sprint win, Haus passes Rine for Late Models, Heintzelman and Drum also win. SELINSGROVE, PA -- After not knowing whether or not he would have a racecar to compete in at the start of the season and then totaling a pair...

Buckwalter wires field for Sprint win, Haus passes Rine for Late Models, Heintzelman and Drum also win.

SELINSGROVE, PA -- After not knowing whether or not he would have a racecar to compete in at the start of the season and then totaling a pair of racers, Royersford's Brian Buckwalter's luck has finally taken a turn for the better.

A month ago, he landed a ride with Van Hulle motorsports and then he flipped two cars. But now he is a winner as Buckwalter claimed Selinsgrove Speedway's 25-lap sprint car feature on Saturday night to claim $1,000.

"I didn't know which end was up for a while there," said Buckwalter. "But I have got to thank Rich Van Hulle and this whole 56V team because this thing is just awesome."

"I got behind with my finances and couldn't afford to run my own deal and then I got this call and then I even wrecked some cars but these guys have just stood behind me all the way."

Indeed, everyone stood behind the likable driver on Saturday night as no one got close enough to even challenge him for the win. A pair of cautions slowed his winning pace however.

The first yellow flag was for a stopped Brian Powell in the third turn with ten down. Yellow again replaced the green on the 13th loop when second place runner Scott Tate hit the outside guardrail, resulting in a flat tire.

During the waning laps, Salem's Justin Zimmerman did attempt to make a run at the leader but Buckwalter's yellow racer was far too stout, forcing him to settle for second.

Rick Hench rode home third followed by Blane Heimbach and 22nd starter Darren Eash.

Sixth through tenth went to Chad Layton, who piloted his father's machine after developing motor problems; Adrian Shaffer, Nate Snyder, Billy Dietrich and Jon Smith.

Heats for the 35 entries went to Richie Jensen, Brian Powell, Jim Nace and Blane Heimbach. Dale Hammaker won the consolation event.

Last weeks feature winner, Joe Whitcomb of Millersburg passed Brian Powell on the second lap to win the Dave's Lawn Care Five-Lap Dash For Cash, claiming $500 for the victory.

In the 20-lap late model feature, seventh starter Jeff Rine passed Bill Karp on an eighth lap restart to take over at the front. His run was short lived however as tenth starter Scott Haus of Hamburg zoomed into second on the following lap.

Haus then used inside corner speed to blast under Rine for the lead in the fourth corner to take the lead on the 14th circuit and driver to a half lap win over Rine, Eric Hons, Karp and Tony Adams.

Late model heats went to Jeff Rine and Bill Karp. Troxelville's Peanut Heintzelman took the lead from Troy Miller with two to go in the 12-lap pro stock feature to driver to a narrow win, his second of the season at the speedway. Miller finished second followed by Kyle Bachman.

Matt Drum wired the field to win the 10-lap nightcap roadrunner feature. Selinsgrove Speedway returns to racing action on June 22 with Timber Wolf Racing night featuring a regular four-division program of sprint cars, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners.

The speedway then swings into action on June 29 with the Firecracker 40 for sprints, paying $1,500 to win and $250 to take the green flag. Fireworks will also be a part of the night's program along with the late models, pro stocks and roadrunners.

July 6 and 7 will be packed with racing action at the Snyder County oval. Saturday night's show features the 4th Annual, 30-lap Late Model National Open along with the sprints, pro stocks and roadrunners. Orefield driver Chris Shuey is the defending Open winner.

The Middleswarth Potato Chips Susquehanna Valley 410 Sprint Series returns to the speedway on Sunday when the oval hosts the finale of the 12th Annual Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek Series. The event carries a raindate of July 8. Todd Shaffer was the winner of last season's speedweek event at Selinsgrove.

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Series Sprint , Stock car