SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- Selinsgrove Speedway honored the memory of sprint car driver Joe Whitcomb on Saturday with a 30-lap tribute race that was won by Nate Snyder of Halifax, a close racing friend of Whitcomb's. "I would have given back all the...
SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- Selinsgrove Speedway honored the memory of sprint car driver Joe Whitcomb on Saturday with a 30-lap tribute race that was won by Nate Snyder of Halifax, a close racing friend of Whitcomb's.
"I would have given back all the other wins this year for this one," said Snyder in Victory Lane.
Snyder, at the wheel of the Lisi Shell No. 56, is on a hot streak in central Pennsylvania 358 sprint car racing, having won three of the past four events at Selinsgrove and one event at Williams Grove Speedway.
With the posted winner's share plus lap money and contingencies, Snyder won $2,974 in the suspenseful race that saw he and Davie Franek of Lafayette, NJ, duel for the lead and win in lapped traffic for most of the event.
Members of the Whitcomb family and race team were in attendance to honor the memory and racing career of Joe Whitcomb, 35, of Millersburg, who succumbed to injuries sustained in a sprint car racing accident last June 21 at the speedway.
Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove set a one-lap track for 358 sprint car racing with a lap time of 18.045, while Franek won the Dave's Lawn Care/Entertainment Tents Dash in a new five lap record time of 1:31.56.
In other racing action, Jeff Rine of Danville won his fifth late model event of the season in the division's 20-lap feature, while Nate Kerstetter of Liverpool was victorious for the third time this season in the 15-lap pro stock feature. The roadrunner feature was postponed until Saturday, July 3.
Selinsgrove Speedway will present the fourth annual Firecracker 40 for sprint cars this Sat., June 26 at 7 p.m. The 40-lap race will pay $2,000 to win and $250 to start. Late models, pro stocks and roadrunners will also compete, with a fireworks display scheduled for intermission.
A serious crash occurred on the first lap of the sprint car feature when 13th-place starter Rusty Pressley made contact with the frontstretch wall and flipped over in his race car several times. Pressley's car was then struck by 20th-place starter Jeff Furlong. All drivers escaped injury.
For the restart, polesitter Davie Franek beat second-place starter Nate Snyder into turn one for the early race lead. In the early laps, Franek was able to stretch his lead to a comfortable margin while Snyder raced a solid second.
Meanwhile, fifth-place starter Dave Calaman and fourth-place starter Blane Heimbach battled for the third position. On the third circuit, Heimbach secured the third spot.
As the leaders approached the halfway point of the race, slower traffic became a factor. Snyder reeled in Franek in traffic and made an inside pass for the lead in turn four on lap 13.
Franek, however, remained in striking distance as the leaders see-sawed their way through lapped traffic. The traffic also allowed Heimbach to close in on the leaders.
The race went without any caution flags until the final lap, when Heimbach did a 360-degree spin in turn three and continued. Up until that moment, the race was filled with suspense as Snyder and Franek raced in each other's shadow for most of the event.
For the one-lap chase to the checkered, Snyder drove away and posted a 1.25 second margin of victory over Franek. Calaman, seventh-place starter Mark Freeland and ninth-place starter Adrian Shaffer completed the top five.
At the start of the late model feature, a multi-car incident in turn one brought out the red flag. Driver Mike Mort was transported outside of the speedway for observation by EMT's.
When the race resumed, second-place starter Dave Shulski powered into the lead. Sixth-place starter and current point leader Jeff Rine quickly reeled in the leader. Exiting the second turn, Rine made the winning pass on the outside of Shulski on lap five.
Once in front, Rine streaked away from the field, while Shulski maintained the runner up position. A torrid battle unfolded for the third position between fourth-place starter Brian Cochran and fifth-place starter Tony Adams.
Adams secured the third position on lap 11 as Rine stretched his lead to nearly a straightaway. At the finish, Rine was victorious by 1.06 seconds over Shulski, Adams, Cochran and 16th-place starter Donnie Schick.
Second-place starter Daryl Niaman led the first two laps of the pro stock feature until fourth-place starter Nate Kerstetter took command of the field. Despite multiple caution flags, Kerstetter was able to hold off current point leader and 10th-place starter Troy Miller for the win.
Miller settled for second, while sixth-place starter Gerald Kratzer, eighth-place starter Brad Trump and ninth-place starter AJ Stroup completed the top five.
Sprint Cars -- 30 Entries
30-Lap Whitcomb Memorial: 1) 56 Nate Snyder $2,974 2) 28F Davie Franek 3) 3 Dave Calaman 4) 4R Mark Freeland 5) 4 Adrian Shaffer 6) 39 TJ Stutts 7) 12 Blane Heimbach 8) 2 Jason Shultz 9) 10 Donnie Beaver 10) 81 Bob Beidleman 11) L70 Larry Kelleher 12) 88 Travis Keenan 13) 115 Brian Powell 14) 99 Kyle Bachman 15) 25 Duane Mausteller 16) 28 Keith Prutzman 17) 50 Dave Emory 18) 71 Charlie Anderson 19) 7J Justin Zimmerman 20) 48 Tony Smolenyak 21) 1A Cale Reigle 22) 5 Rusty Pressley 23) 45 Kevin Nagy 24) 10F Jeff Furlong
Heat Winners: Jason Shultz, Duane Mausteller, Rusty Pressley
Consolation Winner: Ryan Bolhke
Dash Winner: Davie Franek (5 lap record: 1:31.56)
Time Trials: 1) Blane Heimbach 18.045 (Track Record) 2) John Wagner 18.131 3) Dave Calaman 18.253 4) Charlie Anderson 18.2267 5) Nate Snyder 18.269 6) Davie Franek 18.302 7) Dave Neuman 18.403 8) TJ Stutts 18.420 9) Mark Freeland 18.442 10) Bob Beidleman 18.451 11) Adrian Shaffer 18.474 12) Don Beaver 18.477 13) Travis Keenan 18.489 14) Justin Zimmerman 18.508 15) Rusty Pressley 18.516 16) Jason Shultz 18.518 17) Duane Mausteller 18.553 18) Mike Hamer 19.679 19) Kyle Bachman 18.687 20) Dave Emory 18.699 21) Larry Kelleher 18.726 22) Wade Stauffer 18.735 23) Kevin Nagy 18.804 24) Ryan Bolhke 18.837 25) Jeff Furlong 18.914 26) Keith Prutzman 19.045 27) Bill Fannasy 19.148 28) Brian Powell 19.184 29) Cale Reigle 19.489 30) Tony Smolenyak 19.233
Late Models -- 18 Entries
20-Lap A-Main: 1) 2J Jeff Rine 2) 4S Dave Shulski 3) 88 Tony Adams 4) 16 Brian Cochran 5) 6 Donnie Schick 6) 45 Eric Hons 7) 17 Erick Metzger 8) 3 Robbie Smith 9) 1 Harold Schick 10) 90 Kyle Rhoads 11) 4 Tom Vilello 12) 32 Jeff Smith 13) 29 Dick Houtz 14) 71 Bill Sube 15) 77 Todd Kiger 16) F1 Colby Frye 17) 1M Mike Mort 18) 14 Dave Reed (DNS)
Heat Winners: Eric Hons and Brian Cochran
Pro Stocks -- 21 Entries 15-Lap A-Main: 1) 77 Nate Kerstetter 2) 115 Troy Miller 3) 10 Gerald Kratzer 4) 8 Brad Trump 5) 26 AJ Stroup 6) 99 Peanut Heintzelman 7) 6 Dan Jensen 8) 54 Sammy Troup 9) 81 Todd Kiger 10) 111 Daryl Niaman 11) 38 Rob Baker 12) 18 Roger Stoneroad 13) 14 Bill Conrad 14) 11 Jake Buck 15) 14 Frank Spencer 16) 21 AJ Hoffman 17) 70 Bill Glass 18) 7 Meade Hahn 19) 21M Brandon Moser 20) 14B Dave Brouse Jr. 21) 21J Jason Bowersox 22) 70G Bill Glass
Heat Winners: Nate Kerstetter, Daryl Niaman
Roadrunners: 14 Entries Feature postponed until July 3.