Selinsgrove July 5-6th preview

SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- The MAPCO Machine Shop late models will be in the spotlight for two complete racing programs this weekend, July 5-6, at Selinsgrove Speedway. The United Late Model Series (ULMS) is sanctioning the track's fifth annual Late ...

SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- The MAPCO Machine Shop late models will be in the spotlight for two complete racing programs this weekend, July 5-6, at Selinsgrove Speedway.

The United Late Model Series (ULMS) is sanctioning the track's fifth annual Late Model Open this Saturday. The 30-lap, $3,000 to win race is expected to draw a talented field of late model drivers for the division's most prestigious event of the year. More than $12,000 in prize monies and contingencies will be on the line for the late model teams.

The event is being co-sponsored by Selinsgrove companies Salem RV Center and Philips Products. Philips Products is one of the nation's leading manufacturers and suppliers of windows and doors to the housing industry, while Salem RV Center leads the region in sales and service of recreational vehicles.

"Selinsgrove Speedway will be interesting," said ULMS director Chris Zuver. "This is sprint car country with a great following of dirt late models and fans. I am very honored that Selinsgrove contacted me for a show at their facility."

The Hoosier tire rule at Selinsgrove will not be in effect, allowing teams to use American Racers or Goodyear racing tires for this event. Start time is 7 p.m.

According to Zuver, some of the expected ULMS entries include Ron Davies, Bob Cloase, Ed Carley, David Scott, Chad Ruhlman, and Al Brewer. Also expected to enter is Brian Ruhlman of Maumee, OH, the 2002 Eldora Speedway dirt late model champion.

The inaugural Late Model Open was run in 1999, when Chris Shuey of Orefield wired the field for the victory over Haus, Bob Croop of Nescopeck, Carl Billet of York and Steve Campbell of Sunbury. The inaugural event drew 31 entries.

In 2000, Kenny Pettyjohn of Millsboro, DE, bested a field of 44 entries with a last-lap pass by Haus. Not only was the race a memorable one because of its suspenseful finish, it was also Pettyjohn's first ever appearance at Selinsgrove Speedway.

The 2001 Open saw Shuey return to record his second win in the Open over Haus again. Dan Stone of Thompson, Jeff Rine of Danville, and Mike Atherton completed the top five from a field of 28 entries.

In last year's event, Dale Kerstetter of Liverpool wired the field for his first win in the race. Kerstetter held off JR Kieffer of Bedford, Eric Hons of Benton, Tony Adams of Sunbury and Travis Dillman. There were 24 entries.

The late models will join the 410 sprint cars on Sunday, July 6 as part of the Middleswarth Potato Chips PA Speedweek finale at 7 p.m.

The top four finishers from Saturday's Late Model Open will be automatic qualifiers for Sunday's non-sanctioned 25-lap, $2,000 to win Invitational.

In the event Sunday's race is postponed until Monday due to inclement weather, the show will consist of sprint cars only.

For more information, please call 570-374-2999, or visit selinsgrovespeedway.com.

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