Season of big events slated at Selinsgrove

Published: 4/21/2017 10:00 AM
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By Todd Heintzelman

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SELINSGROVE — Major events for sprint cars and late models highlight the 2017 season at Selinsgrove Speedway.

A two-day National Open awaits the track’s regular 360 sprint car division. The 17th Annual Mach 1 Chassis National Open preliminary race will be held Saturday, July 30, followed by the finale on Sunday. The track 360s will be joined by the United Racing Club (URC) and Empire Super Sprint (ESS) groups.

Selinsgrove hosts the Jack Gunn Memorial for sprint cars this weekend, paying $2,500 to the winner. The Joe Whitcomb Memorial will be held June 17 and the Firecracker 30 on July 1. The Summer Spectacular will be held Sept. 2.

One of the track’s most popular events will be the Kramer Cup sanctioned by URC on Saturday, June 3. The race honors the late track and URC champion. The past two years, a parade of racecars has been held down Market Street prior to the race.

Along with the URC and ESS Sprint car series, the Patriot Sprints will sanction at least one event at the track this season.

It’s the second season with Steve Inch promoting the track, along with help from Alan Kreitzer and Mike Heffner.

Two races have been held thus far, with Carlisle’s Jason Shultz winning the season opener a few weeks ago. New Jersey’s Davie Franek won the second race.

Shultz won the 2016 season finale as well and finished a close runnerup to Sunbury’s Mark Smith for the track championship. It was Smith’s second championship in the past three seasons since the 360 sprints became the Saturday night headline division.

For the late models, the World of Outlaws will once again sanction the 19th Annual National Open on Sunday night, Sept. 3. The track once again will host the Appalachian Mountain Dirt Late Model Speedweek series on June 10. The Route 35 Series will once again be held between Selinsgrove and Prot Royal. Each track will host three races in the series. Selinsgrove’s dates are May 20, July 22 and Aug. 12.

Two late model races have been held thus far with 10-time champion Jeff Rine of Danville winning the opener and Donnie Schick winning the second race.

410s in town three times

The 410 sprint cars have three big races on their schedule at Selinsgrove, including the traditional Pennsylvania Speedweek finale on Sunday night, July 9. It will be the Jan Opperman/Dick Bogar Memorial sponsored by Middleswarth Potato Chips. The 305 Sprints and Pro Stocks will join the sprints. The Ray Tilley Classic will be held Friday night, June 16. It’s the second straight year for the special Friday night program as the 410s will not race at Williams Grove Speedway that night because the USAC Silver Crown cars are in town. Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions will sanction the 35th Annual Jim Nace Memorial National Open on Saturday night, Sept. 16.

The pro stock and roadrunner classes will have their normal longer, higher paying races, including the Pro Stock 20 on May 6 and Roadrunner 20 on May 13.

Kids Night in honor of Carol Stuck will be held June 24 and Driver/Fan Appreciation Night will be held July 15.

The 305 Sprints, mid-Atlantic modifieds and econo late models are also part of the schedule this season.

The final points race for the four regular divisions will be Aug. 26. The racing flea market will be held Oct. 28 and the track awards banquet on Nov. 11.

Selinsgrove Raceway Park continues to operate its go-kart track on Friday nights.

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