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Franek wins Selinsgrove opener, track debuts new pit area



JIM VITALE/FOR THE NEWS-ITEM Davie Franek is interviewed in victory lane after winning the 360 sprint car feature Saturday at Selinsgrove Speedway.

JIM VITALE/FOR THE NEWS-ITEM Davie Franek is interviewed in victory lane after winning the 360 sprint car feature Saturday at Selinsgrove Speedway.

A new era began Saturday night in the storied history of Selinsgrove Speedway.

For the first time, fans and teams had a clear view of the racing action all around the big half-mile speedway as the pit area was moved outside the track during the winter. Rigs are no longer parked inside as a new pit area was created outside turn four of the speedway.

Defending track champion Davie Franek scored the opening night win in the 360 Sprint cars over Sunbury’s Mark Smith by .280. Ryan Kissinger, Troy Betts and Chad Layton completed the top five. Jason Shultz, Michael Walter II, Derek Locke, Eric Tomecek and Mallie Shuster rounded out the top 10.

Jeremy Ohl won the special race for the limited late models. Jared Fulkroad, Travis Mease, Danny Snyder and Kenny Yoder completed the top five.

Tommy Slanker won the pro stock feature over Kyle Bachman, Brandon Moser, Shaun Lawton and AJ Hoffman.

Selinsgrove is off this Saturday night, but returns to action Sunday night for the Ray Tilley Classic for the 410 Sprint cars, plus the pro stocks and roadrunners. Racing starts at 6.

Lance Dewease came from the 13th starting spot to win the Tommy Hinnershitz Memorial for the Sprint cars Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway.

For Dewease, of Fayetteville, his 88th career Grove win was worth $5,000 and it came against Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions. It was his 36th win with the All Stars and pushed the Pennsylvania Posse’s against the All Stars to 33-0 in sanctioned races at the Grove.

Brock Zearfoss was racing the bottom now in lapped traffic with Dewease closing on lap 23. Dewease used the middle groove to

JIM VITALE/FOR THE NEWS-ITEM Selinsgrove Speedway’s new pit area located outside of the race track gave fans improved views of the oval during Saturday night action.

JIM VITALE/FOR THE NEWS-ITEM Selinsgrove Speedway’s new pit area located outside of the race track gave fans improved views of the oval during Saturday night action.

pass a slower car and was under Zearfoss in turn four, but Zearfoss led the lap. Dewease made the winning pass in turn two on lap 24.

“I didn’t even know I was leading it,” Dewease said. “When I got by Zearfoss, I really didn’t know who was leading it. I never looked at the board. Where I started, I was trying to pass every car I got to as quick as possible. I really didn’t know who got out front.”

Zearfoss, Danny Dietrich, Chad Trout, and Chad Kemenah completed the top five. Anthony Macri, Greg Hodnett, Jac Haudenschild, Mark Smith and Freddie Rahmer rounded out the top 10.

Dewease, who will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa, in June, returned to victory lane Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway in the Keith Kauffman Classic. It was his 108th career win there, which is second only to Kauffman’s 129.

This time, Dewease took the lead from All Star series regular Aaron Reutzel with nine laps remaining scoring the $5,000 win. Reutzel, Macri, Steve Buckwalter and Hodnett completed the top five. Mike Wagner, Dylan Cisney, 20th starter Ryan Smith, World of Outlaws regular Daryn Pittman and Ryan Taylor rounded out the top 10.

Dewease has won eight of his last 12 starts at Port Royal.

Danville’s Jeff Rine started second in the Moon Shine Camo Rt. 35 Series main event for the late models and would lead all 25 laps of the event. He earned $2,200. Andy Haus, Gene Knaub, Dylan Yoder and Alex Feree completed the top five.

Freddie Rahmer scored his fifth career Sprint car win at Lincoln Speedway defeating six-time track champion Brian Montieth.