Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Mark Smith Dominates 360 Sprint Main From Tenth Spot Rine & Campbell Victorious In Late Model A-Mains

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Mark Smith of Sunbury scored his fourth win of the season in Saturday night’s 25-lap 360 sprint car feature at Selinsgrove Speedway driving Canada’s Patrick Vegneault’s No. 55 entry.

Danville drivers Jeff Rine and Steve Campbell each scored a win in the twin 25-lap features for the super late models.

AJ Hoffman of Richfield took the checkered flag in the 15-lap pro stock feature, while Keith Bissinger of Orangeville won the 12-lap roadrunner race.

Selinsgrove Speedway swings back into action with a rare Saturday night 410 sprint car race this coming weekend, Aug. 13, plus super late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners at 7:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 5:30 p.m.

Mallie Shuster looked like a winner for the second race in a row in the 360 Sprint Car feature event presented by the Newville Family of Companies. Shuster led right out of the gate after passing Brett Michalski as the field jockeyed for positions.  A lap five restart saw Nate Snyder throw a slide job on Shuster for the race lead before Shuster drove back into the top spot.

At the half way mark, Davie Franek and Mark Smith had worked into the thick of the battle coming into the top three. Franek started to develop a damaged wing, which allowed Smith to take second.  Smith then used lap traffic to work by Shuster into the top spot for good.

Smith collected his fourth win of the year. This win came in the car Smith usually races with the Empire Sprint Series in New York and Canada after his weekly ride needed an engine change. With the win, Smith adds to his point lead after wondering if he would even compete Saturday night. Franek, Shuster, Derek Lock, and last place starter Jason Shultz rounded out the top five.

Shultz was credited with the night's IBEW hard charger award. Larry Kelleher, Nate Syder, Eric Tomecek, Ryan Kissinger, and Mike Walter were the top ten across the line. Cody Keller and Mallie Shuster won heat races for the 360 Sprint Cars.

Jeff Rine returned from a rained out event last week to kick off the night's Late Model racing with a win. Rine shook off any rust he had very quickly in the makeup feature from July 16's Jeff's Auto Body and Recycling Center fan appreciation night. Dave Stamm showed the way
early on until a mid race yellow flag bunched the field back up. Jason Smith worked by Stamm while Rine used a battle between Gene Knaub and Stamm to go by both drivers for second.

Once in second Rine was able to catch and pass Smith for the race lead before Smith retired later in the event with an apparent engine issue. Rine had some excitement at the end of the event with a caution flag that put Knaub and Bryan Bernheisel on his rear bumper. Rine ran his best laps of the race after the yellow driving to his sixth win of the season. Knaub was second and Bernheisel was third.

n the regularly scheduled late model feature later in the night, a big wreck shuffled the starting line up in a big way for the feature restart. Hayes Mattern led the first five laps before his car broke at the end of the back stretch and hit the outside wall destroying his car. He was ok.

The wreck handed the lead over to Donnie Schick who led Steve Campbell until a lap 14 yellow flag. The yellow flag interrupted a battle for the lead as Campbell had just pulled out to
pass Schick. Campbell wasn't going to settle for second on this night as he drove by Schick into the race lead on lap 16. Campbell finished second three times to start the season, but on Saturday night he was able to hold off the field to the checkered flag.

Jeff Rine ran second until the final lap when he broke. Luke Hoffner quickly drove into second holding off a hard charging Dave Stamm. Matt Cochran and Dave Zona rounded out the top five. Jason Smith came from deep in the field to finish sixth followed by Rine, Dick Houtz, Donnie Schick, and Danny Snyder. Heat races for the Late Models were won by Snyder, Rine, and Gene Knaub.

John Schreffler was the early race leader in the A&A Auto Store Pro Stock feature event. AJ Hoffman climbed into the top spot on lap two in search of his 44th career Selinsgrove win which would put him just one out of a tie for being on top of the list. Early season point leader Brandon Moser had other ideas as he moved into second and started to pressure the race leader. Moser bid for the top spot came to an end on lap eight when he made contact with the backstretch wall.

Third place Brad Mitch moved into second and began to challenge Hoffman as soon as the green flag was displayed. Tommy Slanker quickly joined the race for the win. Mitch was able to pull beside Hoffman, but was never able to move past the race leader. Hoffman claimed his third win of the season holding off Mitch, Slanker, Schreffler, and Andrew Shoop. Matt Hornberger, Kurt Wray, Matt Wilson, Jeremy Kline, and Bill Conrad were the top ten finishers. Two Pro Stock heat races went to Schreffler and Wray.

Keith Bissinger started ninth in the Roadrunner feature, but wasted little time picking his way to the front. Bissinger took the race lead away from Ryan Zook on the fourth circuit and once Bissinger was out front he drove to his third win of the season. Zook finished in second
just ahead of Walt Peters, Dustin Snook, and Kevin Imes. Michael Smith, Brian Johnson, Butch Shaffer, Smith Cope, and Will Brunson were the top ten finishers.

Nearly 30 restored race cars from the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing were on display for fans and the cars took to the speedway at the intermission time.

360 Sprint Cars – 19 Entries
25-Lap A-Main:  1) 55 Mark Smith 2) 28F Davie Franek  3) 49S Mallie Shuster   4) 77 Derek Locke  5) 29 Jason Shultz  6) 76 Larry Kelleher  7) 39 Nate Snyder  8) 1W Eric Tomecek  9) 66 Ryan Kissinger  10) 49 Mike Walter  11) C4 Jim Shuster  12) 5 Brian Nornhold  13) 33 Michael Walter II  14) 39P Eric Parker  15) 71 Charlie Anderson  16) 89 Robbie Stillwaggon  17) 99K Cody Keller 18) 2T Michael Thomas  19) 73 Brett Michaski
Heat Winners:  Mallie Shuster, Cody Keller

Late Model – 21 Entries
25-Lap A-Main (Makeup Feature from July 16):  1) 2J Jeff Rine  2) 1 Gene Knaub  3) 119B Bryan Bernheisel  4) 27 Jim Yoder  5) 2C Steve Campbell  6) 88 Tony Adams  7) 6 Donnie Schick  8) 33 Chris Casner   9) 10 Dave Stamm  10) 99 Steve Stitt  11) 4S Danny Snyder  12) 28 Jason Smith  13) 86 Austin Berry  14) 16 Matt Cochran 15) 9 Hayes Mattern  16) 41 Terry Goshorn  17) 77 Dick Houtz  18) 7M Meade Hahn  19) 15 Luke Hoffner  20) Jon Rohacevich

25-Lap A-Main:  1) 2C Steve Campbell  2) 15 Luke Hoffner  3) 10 Dave Stamm  4) 16 Matt Cochran  5) 99Z Dave Zona  6) 28 Jason Smith  7) 2J Jeff Rine  8) 77 Dick Houtz  9) 6 Donnie Schick  10) 4S Danny Snyder  11) 90 Kyle Rhoads  12) 99 Steve Stitt  13) 9 Hayes Mattern  14) 7M Meade Hahn  15) 1 Gene Knaub  16) 33C Chris Casner  17) 86 Austin Berry  18) 27 Jim Yoder  19) 88 Tony Adams  20) 119B Bryan Bernheisel  21) 41 Derrick Casner
Heat Winners:  Danny Snyder, Jeff Rine, Gene Knaub

Pro Stocks – 17 Entries
15-Lap A-Main:  1) 6C AJ Hoffman  2) 10M Brad Mitch  3) 40 Tommy Slanker  4) 70J John Schreffler  5) 8S Andrew Shoop  6) 88 Matt Hornberger  7) 71 Kurt Wray  8) 83 Matt Wilson  9) 8K Jeremy Kline  10) 14C Bill Conrad  11) 26 Nate Stroup  12) 55T John Troxell  13) 55 Lori Croop  14) 8M Brandon Moser 15) 28J Jeff Ceballo  16) 99 Peanut Heintzelman  17) 4 Jim Payne
Heat Winners:  Kurt Wray, John Schraffler

Roadrunners – 13 Entries
12-Lap A-Main:   1) 11 Keith Bissinger 2) 28 Ryan Zook  3) 17jr Walt Peters  4) 15 Dustin Snook 5) 117 Kevin Imes  6) 76 Michael Smith  7) 201 Brian Johnson  8) 7 Butch Shaffer  9)1 Smith Cope 10) 76 Will Brunson  11) 32 Ken Schreffler  12) 28M Miranda Minium  13) 3B Jason Brosius

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