Selinsgrove race summary 2002-07-20

Eash makes late race pass for Sprint win; Haus returns for fourth Late Model victory; Sprint car Twin 20's slated for July 27. SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Darren Eash of Ijamsville, Maryland, made a late-race pass by Joe Whitcomb of Millersburg to record...

Eash makes late race pass for Sprint win; Haus returns for fourth Late Model victory; Sprint car Twin 20's slated for July 27.

SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Darren Eash of Ijamsville, Maryland, made a late-race pass by Joe Whitcomb of Millersburg to record his first win of the season at Selinsgrove Speedway in Saturday night's 25-lap sprint car feature.

Eash, who owns one career 410 sprint car win at Selinsgrove, was at the wheel of the J & S Fabrication No. 22 entry owned by Jim and Sandy Kline for his fifth overall win in 2002.

Scott Haus of Hamburg returned to Selinsgrove and powered to his fourth win of the season at the Snyder County oval and 11th overall win in 2002. The win marked the 23rd of his career at the track.

Peanut Heintzelman of Troxelville also recorded his fourth win of the season in the 12-lap pro stock feature, while Cory Long of Selinsgrove won his first ever roadrunner main event.

Selinsgrove Speedway welcomed back two of its racing legends Saturday night. Ray Tilley of Pine Grove and Lynn Paxton of York Sprints were on hand to meet fans and sign autographs. Both Tilley and Paxton are in the top five on the track's sprint car all-time career win list.

Selinsgrove Speedway returns to racing action this Saturday, July 27 with a special program of sprint car twin 20-lap features plus late models, pro stocks and roadrunners sponsored by Housing Products, Inc. Each of the 20-lap sprint car main events will pay $1,050 to win plus a $400 bonus if one driver can win both events. The late models will compete for $1,200 to win, while the pro stocks will race for $350 to win this Saturday. HPI posted $800 in additional purse monies for the three divisions. The roadrunners also will be on the racing card set to begin at 7 p.m.

Outside front row starter Jimmy Layton powered into the lead at the start of the sprint car feature. Layton was trailed by fourth-place starter Donnie Beaver.

On the third circuit, third-place starter Troy Long spun in turn three and collected Chad Layton's U1 machine. Seventh-place starter Blane Heimbach also received a flat tire as a result of the incident. Heimbach was able to rejoin, while C. Layton was sidelined for the night.

When the race resumed, J. Layton was forced to deal with sixth-place starter Joe Whitcomb. On the fifth lap, Whitcomb drove to the inside of J. Layton entering turn one and took command of the field.

Once in front, Whitcomb streaked away from the field, while J. Layton and Beaver dueled for the runner up position. Misfortune struck on the 10th circuit when J. Layton's car hit the second turn wall, flipped over and collected the race cars of Bob Camilli and Rick Hench; no driver injuries were reported.

For the restart, Whitcomb held off Beaver, TJ Stutts, 12th-place starter Darren Eash and 11th-place starter Adrian Shaffer. The red flag unfurled again on lap 16 when Jim Nace crashed hard into the third turn wall. Nace escaped injury.

When the race resumed, Eash was on the move, advancing to second and setting his sites on Whitcomb. On the 24th lap, Eash powered underneath Whitcomb in the fourth turn to take the lead. Eash maintained the front spot and posted a narrow margin of victory over Whitcomb, Beaver, Shaffer and Stutts.

Outside front row starter Dave Schulski drove into the lead at the start of the late model feature. Schulski was chased by defending champion Bobby Croop.

Lap after lap of exciting racing unfolded with the top five runners breaking away from the pack, including Schulski, Croop, seventh-place starter Alan Sagi, eighth-place starter Dale Kerstetter and 11th-place starter Scott Haus.

The second half of the event saw Haus storm into second and reel in Schulski. On the 18th lap, Haus made the winning move with an inside pass in turn one. Once in front of the pack, Haus checked out from the field.

At the checkered flag, Haus was victorious by a straightaway over Schulski, Kerstetter, sixth-place starter Jeff Smith and Sagi.

Front row starter Matt Johnson led the first three laps of the pro stock feature before 10th-place starter Gary Kerstetter put his racer into the lead with an outside pass in turn two.

Sixth-placer starter Peanut Heintzelman caught Kerstetter at the halfway point. On the eighth circuit, Heintzelman powered around Kerstetter in the fourth turn for the lead and eventual win.

The final two laps saw seventh-place starter Kyle Bachman stormed into. Bachman came up short as Heintzelman had stretched his lead to nearly a straightaway. At the check flag, Heintzelman was victorious over Bachman, Gerald Kratzer, Troy Miller and Jake Buck.

Cory Long started on the pole for the roadrunner feature and wired the field for his first ever victory. Matt Drum, who offered the most serious challenge near the end of the race, finished second, while Dave Riddell, Billy McNeal and Jeff Baney completed the top five.


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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Matthew Johnson , Jeff Smith