Selinsgrove race summary 2002-07-27

Layton sweeps Sprint Car Twin 20's; Rine wins third in Late Models; Kerstetter scores Pro Stock career first. SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Chad Layton was back in winning form at Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday night. Layton won both of the 20-lap sprint...

Layton sweeps Sprint Car Twin 20's; Rine wins third in Late Models; Kerstetter scores Pro Stock career first.

SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Chad Layton was back in winning form at Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday night.

Layton won both of the 20-lap sprint car features and collected $2,500 for his sweep of the events sponsored by Housing Products, Inc.

The victories were his firsts at the track since June 1, when his streak of five wins in a row ended. He now has seven wins at the Snyder County oval and 13 overall this season aboard his United Expressline U-1 racer.

Jeff Rine of Danville won his third event of the season in the 25-lap late model feature, while Gary Kerstetter of Beavertown recorded his first career win in the 12-lap pro stock main event.

Cory Long of Selinsgrove made it back-to-back wins in the 10-lap roadrunner feature.

Selinsgrove Speedway returns to racing action this Saturday, August 3, with Kids Night III and a regular racing program of sprints, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners at 7 p.m. Prize registration for kids ages 12 and under will take place between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

More than 800 prizes from area businesses will be given away as part of the annual event, in addition to bicycle, big wheels and power wheels racing for youngsters.

In the first 20-lap sprint feature, polesitter Jake Raudabaugh drove into the lead ahead of second-place starter Kyle Purks. On the second circuit, fourth-place starter Rick Hench moved into the second position, only to develop a flat tire on lap eight.

When the race resumed, Raudabaugh held off the hard-charging Purks and ninth-place starter Chad Layton.

On lap 11, Layton stormed into second and reeled in Raudabaugh. Two laps later, Layton powered around Raudabaugh for the lead in turn four.

Meanwhile, Purks and third-place starter Joe Whitcomb dueled for the third position. On the 13th circuit, the two cars made contact coming off turn four, resulting in Whitcomb's racer crashing into the outside frontstretch guardrail. Purks was able to continue.

The final laps saw Layton rocket away from the field, posting the victory by 3.38 seconds over fifth-place starter Adrian Shaffer, who advanced to second on the 18th lap. Purks, Raudabaugh and John Smith completed the top five.

In the second 20-lap feature, outside front row starter TJ Stutts led the field to the drop of the green flag. Stutts was chased by polesitter Blane Heimbach for the first five laps.

Layton drew an eight inversion for the start of the second feature, but started the event sixth when the entire third row did not make the call to the starting grid. Layton drove into second on the sixth lap and began to track down Stutts.

On the 13th circuit, Layton drove around Stutts for the lead in the second turn and checked out from the field. With five laps remaining, 21st-place starter Joe Whitcomb charged into second.

The red flag stopped the race on lap 16 when Bob Camilli flipped his racer in turn four; he escaped injury. For the final four laps, Layton led Whitcomb around the lightning fast half-mile, recording his second win in one night by 1.65 seconds over Whitcomb, Stutts, Heimbach and Nate Snyder.

Second-place starter Brian Cochran led polesitter Pen Kester for the first seven laps of the late model main event. The event's first caution flag unfurled on lap seven when Dale Kerstetter's car stopped in turn two.

On the lap eight restart, eighth-place starter Jeff Rine advanced to second and set his sites on the leader. Cochran held off Rine until the 11th circuit, when Rine made the winning pass in turn four. Scott Haus, who started 12th and was racing third, developed a flat tire on lap 13. For the second half of the event, Rine dominated the event, posting the win over Cochran, Hons, point leader Tony Adams and Alan Sagi.

Outside front row starter Gary Kerstetter powered into the lead at the start of the pro stock feature. Kerstetter was followed by polesitter Meade Hahn for the first three laps. On the fourth lap, Hahn spun in turn two and relinquished the runner up spot to seventh-place starter Kyle Bachman.

When the race resumed, sixth-place starter Peanut Heintzelman made it a close three-car battle at the front of the pack. The final two circuits saw Bachman apply heavy pressure to Kerstetter for the lead and win.

At the finish, Kerstetter was victorious by a mere .31 of a second over Bachman, Heintzelman, point leader Gerald Kratzer and Troy Miller.

Cory Long started on the outside of the front row and wired the field for his second straight victory in the roadrunner division. Long's victory came over Rick Bixlier, Matt Drum, Billy McNeal and Jeff Baney.


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Series Sprint , Stock car