SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- Selinsgrove Speedway officials, fans and race teams will honor the memory of race car driver Joe Whitcomb on Sat., June 19, with a 30-lap tribute event for sprint cars paying $1,571 to win. Whitcomb, 35, of Millersburg, ...
SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- Selinsgrove Speedway officials, fans and race teams will honor the memory of race car driver Joe Whitcomb on Sat., June 19, with a 30-lap tribute event for sprint cars paying $1,571 to win.
Whitcomb, 35, of Millersburg, succumbed to injuries sustained in a sprint car crash at Selinsgrove Speedway on June 21, 2003.
The format for the Whitcomb Memorial will include time trials, heat races and a dash to determine the starting lineup for the 30-lap feature. The purse for all 24 starting positions has been increased; the race will pay $171 to start.
In addition, the leader of each lap will also earn $71 in honor of Whitcomb's car number, while Dave's Lawn Care Service is sponsoring $300 to win the dash. Combining the winner's share and contingencies posted for the Whitcomb Memorial, one sprint car driver could win more than $4,000.
Joining the sprint cars will be the late models, pro stocks and roadrunners on Timber Wolf Racing Night. Gates will open at 5 p.m., with time trials slated to start at 7 p.m.
Whitcomb was a dedicated racer most of his life, beginning his career in go karts at the age of seven. He won hundreds of races in karting and was a three-time national karting champion. At one point in his karting career he was interviewed on ESPN.
Whitcomb became a regular competitor in sprint car racing at Selinsgrove Speedway in 2001 driving his trademark blue and yellow No. 71 racer. That year Whitcomb was named Selinsgrove Speedway's Sportsman of the Year.
Whitcomb won his first sprint car race at Selinsgrove on June 8, 2002, ending the five-race win streak of champion Chad Layton of Harrisburg. Whitcomb followed up that victory with another one on June 22 at Selinsgrove. He also won sprint car races at Williams Grove and Bridgeport Speedways in his career.
The sprint cars will also be featured in the Firecracker 40 on Sat., June 26. For a complete schedule, visit selinsgrovespeedway.com.