Selinsgrove race report 2003-04-19

Layton returns to winning form in Selinsgrove Sprints; Kerstetter wins 30th career in Late Models. SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Chad Layton of Harrisburg returned to winning form Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway. The two-time defending Cindy...

Layton returns to winning form in Selinsgrove Sprints; Kerstetter wins 30th career in Late Models.

SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Chad Layton of Harrisburg returned to winning form Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway. The two-time defending Cindy Rowe Auto Glass champion powered to his first win of the season in the 25-lap sprint car feature.

For Layton, the victory was the 22nd of his career at the Snyder County track at the wheel of the United Expressline U1 entry.

Dale Kerstetter of Liverpool marked a milestone in his racing career at Selinsgrove by recording his 30th career win in the 20-lap late model race. Peanut Heintzelman of Troxelville won his second 15-lap pro stock feature in a row, while Matt Drum of Port Trevorton won back-to-back 10-lap roadrunner main events.

The racing program was sponsored by Apex Homes, Inc. of Middleburg.

Selinsgrove Speedway returns to racing action this Saturday, April 26, with a program of Cindy Rowe Paintless Dent Repair sprint cars, MAPCO Machine Shop late models, Salem RV Center/Keller's Auto Body pro stocks and roadrunners at 7 p.m. The racing program will be sponsored by Advanced Concrete Systems of Middleburg.

Front row starter Troy Long led the first lap of the sprint car feature before fourth-place starter TJ Stutts powered into the lead. Once in front, TJ began to stretch his lead over Long, polesitter Bob Camilli, fifth-place starter Chad Layton and 10th-place starter Nate Snyder.

On the fifth circuit, Layton drove into second and began to track down Stutts. The chase turned into an exciting game of cat-and-mouse in lapped traffic as Layton closed in on Stutts.

Snyder took over the third position on lap seven and set his sites on the leaders. The race soon became an intense three-car battle at the front of the pack..

The event's first caution flag unfurled on lap 14 when Rick Hench stopped on the track with a flat tire. When the race resumed, Stutts held Layton at bay. Then the race was stopped on lap 16 when Rusty Rupp flipped violently in turn one; he escaped injury.

On the ensuing restart, Layton raced in Stutts' shadow and made the winning pass exiting the second turn on lap 18. Layton then stretched his lead and went on to post the win by 2.07 seconds over Stutts, Snyder (who has three third-place finishes in three events to date), eighth-place starter Blane Heimbach and 12th-place starter Darren Eash.

Front row starter Jeff Smith led the first six laps of the late model feature before fifth-place starter Dale Kerstetter made a pass for lead in turns one and two on lap seven.

Smith held the runner up position for the next three laps until fourth-place starter Tony Adams stormed into second at the halfway point. Kerstetter and Adams then broke away from the pack in a torrid race for the lead and win.

On several occasions, Adams moved within striking distance and even pulled alongside of Kerstetter to challenge for the lead but to no avail. At the checkered flag, Kerstetter was victorious by a mere .44 of a second margin over Adams, Smith, Jeff Rine and Jimmy Adams.

Second-place starter Matt Johnson led the first three laps of the pro stock race, then was challenged and passed by fourth-place starter Matt Drum for the lead on lap four. Drum was trailed by sixth-place starter Meade Hahn for the next six laps.

Then ninth-place starter Peanut Heintzelman came on the scene. Heintzelman made an outside pass by Hahn for second in turn three, then raced underneath Drum off turn four for the lead in one swoop.

In the final laps, 11th-place starter Kyle Bachman made a last-ditch charge for the lead and win. A close finish saw Heintzelman victorious by just .28 of a second over Bachman, Drum, Jason Schmidt and Jake Buck.

Matt Drum also competed in the roadrunner feature and wired the field for his second win of the season. Drum was challenged by polesitter Joey Keister to the finish. Drum won the event by .62 of a second over Keister, Keith Bissinger, Rick Bixlier and Don Scheib.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Matthew Johnson , Jeff Smith