TO OPERATE SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY IN 2016
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – A tentative deal is in place for a new promotional team to operate Selinsgrove Speedway beginning in 2016, according to an announcement Wednesday evening by Dawayne Betzer, president of the Selinsgrove Fair Association, Inc., which has oversight of the historic Snyder County half-mile dirt track.
Mike Heffner of Hellertown, a successful championship sprint car team owner, will head a group which includes Alan Kreitzer of Mechanicsburg. Heffner said that the group has named Steve Inch of Lewisburg as the track’s new promoter.
“Selinsgrove Speedway has a rich history, which is something I have an appreciation for,” said Heffner, who is the president of Lelands.com, one of the most respected sports memorabilia auction houses in the world. “Everyone involved in this effort believes Selinsgrove Speedway has a lot of potential. We didn’t want to see another one of the great historic tracks close its gates for good.”
Kreitzer operates Lincoln Speedway in Hanover with Don and Bob Leiby, and previously promoted Silver Spring and Williams Grove Speedways.
Inch has served as track announcer and publicity director at a number of area race tracks over the last 25 years.
Social media blew up Wednesday morning over news that Selinsgrove Speedway had reached a lease agreement for 2016. "Being told that Alan Kreitzer has bought the lease on Selinsgrove Speedway and that Steve Inch will be the promoter," said a tweet by Live Dirt Updates, a member o The Dirt Track Network with close to 10,000 followers. According to Steve Inch, Public Relations Director and track announcer at the speedway, the statement isn't true.
"Everything is in negotiations," said Inch, who has been at the track for 18 years. "We hope to have an announcement in the next two weeks.
IN JIM NACE MEMORIAL 33rd ANNUAL NATIONAL OPEN
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Danny Dietrich of Gettysburg wired the field for his first-ever win at Selinsgrove Speedway in Saturday night’s Jim Nace Memorial 33rd Annual National Open for 410 sprint cars sponsored by Paul Stine Chevrolet. The $10,000 victory at the wheel of the Kauffman Racing/ Sandoe’s Fruit Market No. 48 was Dietrich’s 15th overall win in sprint car racing this season. Brock Zearfoss of Jonestown was the Fast Tees Fast Qualifier with a lap time of 16.554.
Dylan Yoder of Selinsgrove won his first race of the season at Selinsgrove and fourth overall this year in the 25-lap super late model main event. Saturday night’s race closed out the 2015 racing season at the 70-year-old facility and marked the end of Charlie Paige’s 15-year term as track promoter. The Selinsgrove Fair Association, which governs the speedway, is working on a succession plan for racing to continue in 2016.
Dietrich started on the pole and powered into the lead in the sprint car main event with second-place starter Lucas Wolfe and third-place starter Greg Hodnett in pursuit. On the ninth circuit, Hodnett drove by Wolfe for the runner-up spot racing out of turn four.
SELINSGROVE: There was a moment Saturday afternoon when Danny Dietrich thought about staying home and not racing. It was 1:30 p.m., and Dietrich was reflecting on his long season. The team had run 76 shows so far, and crew and driver have been going full tilt, thrashing away for the last six months in an effort to win races. Fatigue had set in, and a break was needed. But when a race pays $10,000 and you are one of the best in central Pennsylvania, you don't want to sit on the sidelines. Dietrich made No. 77 count.
The Gettysburg driver started on the pole and wired the field. He led all 35 laps to collect his first Selinsgrove Speedway victory in the Jim Nace Memorial National Open, a well-deserved confetti bath and sizable check for the bank account. "I had a brainstorm to stay home," Dietrich said. "We are just wore out and tired, and I thought about taking a race off.
WILL CLOSE OUT 2015 RACING SEASON THIS SATURDAY!
Will Hodnett Tie Rahmer’s 5-Time Win Record In The Open?
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway will present its crown jewel event, the Jim Nace Memorial 33nd Annual National Open for 410 sprint cars sponsored by Paul Stine Chevrolet, at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 19. The Nace Memorial National Open will be a 35-lap tribute race paying $10,000 to win and $400 to start. The Fast Tees Fast Time Award will pay $300. Time trials, heat races, and a B-main will be the qualifying format. Joining the 410 sprint cars on the Sept. 19 racing card will be the super late models in a 25-lap main event paying $2,000 to win. Track gates will open at 5 p.m. and qualifying will start at 7 p.m.
For the sixth straight year, the 410 Open will honor the life and racing career of Nace, the track’s only five-time sprint car champion who died in November 2009 following a seven-year battle with cancer. In last year’s race, Greg Hodnett of Spring Grove wired the field and became only the third driver to win the Open four times. Hodnett’s previous Open victories came in 1998, 2004, and 2007. With a stellar16-win season to date, Hodnett is a pre-race favorite to score his fifth victory in the Open and tie Fred Rahmer’s record for the most wins.
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway will present Foss Jewelers Championship Night at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 12, featuring the final points races of the season for the 360 sprint cars, super late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.
In the Mach 1 Chassis 360 sprint car standings, TJ Stutts of Liverpool has already wrapped up his first career track championship. With four wins in a row and five on the season, Stutts leads the standings by 650 points over four-time winner Mark Smith of Sunbury entering the final 360 sprint car race.
Five-time super late model winner Jeff Rine of Danville, who is seeking his 11th career track championship, holds a 125-point lead over three-time winner and former champion Steve Campbell of Danville in the Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center super late model standings. Jim Yoder of Selinsgrove trails by 190 points in the third position.
RINE STRENGTHENS POINTS LEAD WITH FIFTH LATE MODEL VICTORY; SHOOP HOLDS TOP SPOT IN PRO STOCK POINTS BATTLE WITH THIRD WIN
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – TJ Stutts of Liverpool clinched his first-ever sprint car track championship Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway with his fifth victory of the year in the 25-lap main event for 360 sprint cars. The $2,000 win was his fourth in a row and 25th career at the track at the wheel of the Wise Motorsports No. 23-M.
Jeff Rine of Danville also scored his fifth victory of the year and the 96th of his career at Selinsgrove in the 25-lap late model feature. The win helped Rine stretch his lead in the points chase over three-time winner Steve Campbell of Danville. Points leader Andrew Shoop of Mifflintown notched his third win of the year in the 12-lap pro stock race.
Selinsgrove Speedway will be dark Saturday, Sept. 5. The track’s next race will be the World of Outlaws Late Model Series-sanctioned 17th Annual National Open for super late models at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, sponsored by Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center.
RINE RETURNS TO LATE MODEL VICTORY LANE FOR FOURTH WIN; MITCH POWERS TO FIFTH PRO STOCK CHECKERS; LAWTON SCORES FIRST CAREER WIN IN ROADRUNENRS
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – TJ Stutts has found a lot of speed in the second half of the 2015 racing season as the Liverpool driver powered to his fourth win of the year in Saturday night’s 25-lap 360 sprint car main event at Selinsgrove Speedway following a thrilling wheel-to-wheel duel with Mark Smith of Sunbury.
Driving the Wise Motorsports No. 23, the $2,000 victory was Stutts’ 24th career at Selinsgrove in 358-360 sprint car competition.
Jeff Rine of Danville scored his fourth win of the year and the 95th of his career at Selinsgrove in the 25-lap super late model main event on Bernheisel Race Components Night. Brad Mitch of McClure raced to his fifth win of the year in the 15-lap pro stock feature, while Curtis Lawton of Danville drove to his first career win in the 12-lap roadrunner race.
ON BERNHEISEL RACE COMPONENTS NIGHT
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway swings back into action at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 22, with a four division program of 360 sprint cars, super late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners on Bernheisel Race Components Night. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.
For the 2015 season, Jim Bernheisel, President of Bernheisel Race Components, announced a local track sponsorship program that will provide more than $60,000 in awards, parts, and cash to the late models, limited late models, and econo late models at five area speedways, including Selinsgrove.
This Saturday the super late models will compete in a 25-lap main event paying $1,500 to win. The points margin among the top four drivers in the standings is the closest it has been in years in the chase for the Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center/Bernheisel Race Components chase for the championship.
FRYE SCORES SECOND LATE MODEL WIN IN THREE WEEKS
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – TJ Stutts of Liverpool wired the field to become the first four-time winner of the Mach 1 Chassis National Open for 358-360 sprint cars Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway but not without several thrilling challenges from Doug Esh of Lancaster and Davie Franek of Wantage, N.J.
At the wheel of the Wise Motorsports No. 23, Stutts’ $10,000 victory in the 15th annual 35-lap Open was his third of the season and the 23rd of his career in 358-360 sprint car competition at the track. His previous Open victories came in 2001, 2003, and 2013. Coleby Frye of Dover won his second race in three weeks at Selinsgrove in the 25-lap super late model main event.
Selinsgrove Speedway will present the Bernheisel Race Components Superior Products Night for super late models plus 360 sprint cars, pro stocks, and roadrunners at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.
WILL PAY $10,000 TO WIN THIS SATURDAY! SUPER LATE MODELS ADDED TO RACING CARD
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Last weekend Terry McCarl of Altoona, Iowa, won $10,000 in the 360 sprint car Nationals at the Knoxville Raceway.
Who will $10,000 in the Mach 1 Chassis National Open for the 360 sprint cars this Saturday, Aug. 15, at Selinsgrove Speedway?
The purse for Selinsgrove’s 15th Annual 360 sprint car Open, which was postponed on June 20 due to inclement weather, will exceed $35,000, one of the largest of any 360 sprint car race in the United States, with $5,000 being posted to finish second, $1,000 for a 10th-place finish, and $500 just to start the race.
KNAUB EARNS FIRST CAREER SELINSGROVE SUPER LATE MODEL VICTORY; MITCH POWERS TO FOURTH PRO STOCK CHECKERS; SNOOK REPEATS IN ROADRUNNER RACING
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – TJ Stutts of Liverpool became the fourth and final leader before driving to his second win of the season in Saturday night’s 25-lap 360 sprint car main event at Selinsgrove Speedway. Stutts, at the wheel of the Wise Motorsports No. 23, earned $2,000 for his 22nd career win at the track in 358-360 sprint car competition.
Gene Knaub of Dover powered to his first career win in super late model racing at Selinsgrove in the division’s 25-lap feature. Knaub is a former limited late model winner at the track.
Brad Mitch of McClure won his fourth race of the season in the 15-lap pro stock feature, while Dustin Snook also of McClure scored his second 12-lap roadrunner win in a row.
Selinsgrove Speedway will present the rescheduled Mach 1 Chassis National Open for 360 sprint cars plus super late models at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15. The Open will pay $10,000 to win out of a $35,000 purse for 360 sprint cars. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.
THIS SATURDAY ON REINHART FOOD SERVICE NIGHT
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway will be back in action at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 8, with a four division racing card of 360 sprint cars, late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners plus a special appearance by the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR) on Reinhart Food Service Night.
EMMR will have a classic race car display set up behind the covered grandstand prior to the start of Saturday’s racing program. Later in the evening, the classic cars will take to the track for some exhibition laps. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.
The Mach 1 Chassis 360 sprint cars will compete in a 25-lap main event paying $2,000 to win. Defending champion and four-time winner Mark Smith of Sunbury leads the standings over one-time winner TJ Stutts of Liverpool. Eric Tomacek of Abbottstown; Davie Franek of Wantage, N.J.; and Robbie Stillwaggon of Burlington, N.J., have also taken sprint car wins this season.
FRYE & MITCH SCORE STOCK CAR WINS
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Robbie Stillwaggon of Burlington, N.J. powered to his first win of the season in the second annual Selinsgrove Ford Kramer Cup for 360 sprint cars Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway.
The $2,573 victory, at the wheel of the Quality Auto Body No. 89, marked Stillwaggon’s second career at the track in the United Racing Club sanctioned event that was a tribute to the late Hall of Fame sprint car driver and former Selinsgrove champion Kramer Williamson.
THIS SATURDAY AT SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY; PRE-RACE SELINSGROVE FORD RACE CAR DISPLAY & MARKET STREET PARADE WILL HIGHLIGHT BIG DAY OF MOTORSPORTS EVENTS!
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway will present the Second Annual Kramer Cup at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 1, to honor the memory of sprint car racing legend Kramer Williamson of Palmyra. The 25-lap 360 sprint car race will pay $2,573 to win and $200 to start.
Williamson succumbed to injuries he sustained in a sprint car racing accident at the Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown in August of 2013. The tribute race will mark the third event of the season at Selinsgrove Speedway sanctioned by the United Racing Club (URC) 360 sprint car contingent.
For most of his racing career, Williamson drove the famous “Pink Panther” No. 73 sprint car and won hundreds of races across the country as well as in Australia and Canada. He clinched sprint car track championships at Selinsgrove Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway, where he also was a former winner of the prestigious Williams Grove National Open. In 2008, Williamson was recognized for his incredible accomplishments in auto racing when he was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa.
STANDING ROOM ONLY CROWD ON HAND FOR TOMECEK, CAMPBELL, STROUP & SNOOK VICTORIES ON DRIVER & FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT!
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – A huge crowd was on hand Saturday evening at Selinsgrove Speedway to watch an exciting four division racing program on Driver & Fan Appreciation Night sponsored by Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center.
Eric Tomecek of Abottstown drove to his second win of the season in the 25-lap 360 sprint car feature at the wheel of the Central Builders Supply Co. No. 1-W. The $2,500 victory was Tomecek’s third career at the track.
Steve Campbell of Danville powered to his third win of the year in the $2,500-to-win, 25-lap super late model main event. The win marked the 48th of Campbell’s career at the track in super late model competition.
AJ Stroup of Evandale wired the field for his first career win in the A&A Auto Stores 14th Annual Pro Stock 20. Stroup collected $1,000 for his 17th overall career victory in the division’s biggest race of the year. Kyle Bachman of Selinsgrove was the night’s pro stock fast qualifier with a lap time of 24.323.
& A&A AUTO STORES PRO STOCK 20 ON TAP THIS SATURDAY!
$5 GENERAL ADMISSION! KIDS 11 & UNDER FREE! $2,500-To-Win Features For 360 Sprints & Late Models
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The seventh annual Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center Driver & Fan Appreciation Night that was washed out by heavy rain last Saturday has been rescheduled for this Saturday, July 25, along with the twice-rescheduled 14th annual A&A Auto Stores Pro Stock 20 at Selinsgrove Speedway. Race time is 7:30 p.m.
Rain checks from July 18 will be honored for this Saturday’s four division show also featuring the 360 sprint cars and super late models in 25-lap features paying $2,500 to win! The Pro Stock 20 will pay $1,000 to win and $100 to start. The roadrunners will round out the racing card with a $200-to-win 12-lap main event.
If fans don’t have a rain check from last weekend, GENERAL ADMISSION THIS SATURDAY WILL BE JUST $5 again for adults and students! Kids 11 and under are always admitted FREE at the speedway!
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RETURNS WITH JEFF’S AUTO BODY & RECYCLING CENTER DRIVER & FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT THIS SATURDAY! $5 GENERAL ADMISSION! KIDS 11 & UNDER FREE!
$2,500-To-Win Features For 360 Sprints & Late Models
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The seventh annual Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center Driver & Fan Appreciation Night this Saturday, July 18, at Selinsgrove Speedway will offer plenty of giveaways for race fans and teams plus bonus money for the winners of the 360 sprint car, late model, pro stock, and roadrunner feature events. Race time is 7:30 p.m.
Speedway promoter Charlie Paige also announced GENERAL ADMISSION THIS SATURDAY WILL BE JUST $5 for adults and students! Kids 11 and under are always admitted FREE at the speedway!
Jeff and Kathy Kurtz, owners of Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center in Paxinos, put bonus money on the line with the winners of the 25-lap 360 sprint car and late model features each earning $2,500!
SUNDAY AT SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY; CLINCHES FIRST PA SPEEDWEEK TITLE FOR CAR OWNER FRED RAHMER
CRISSWELL & REESER SCORE WINS IN SUPER SPORTSMAN & 305 SPRINTS
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY – Stevie Smith of Broken Arrow, Okla., ended the 25th Anniversary Jake’s Wayback Burgers/Trone Outdoor PA Speedweek series the way he started it—in Victory Lane!—with a convincing win in Sunday night’s Jan Opperman/Dick Bogar Memorial for 410 sprint cars at Selinsgrove Speedway.
The $5,000 win marked Smith’s seventh career at Selinsgrove driving Fred Rahmer’s Miller Bros. Chevrolet No. 51-S. Smith’s performance Sunday night also earned him the Fast Tees Fast Time Award (16.562) and his first career PA Speedweek title that paid $10,000 to the champion for the first time. He became the first driver to win five races in a single series.
Chad Criswell of Martinsburg, W.Va., held of Kevin Knouse of Mechanicsburg for his first career win at Selinsgrove Speedway in the 20-lap super sportsman feature, while Tyler Reeser of Orwigsburg also scored his first win at the track in the 20-lap 305 sprint car feature.
Completes record breaking Pennsylvania Speed Week run with Selinsgrove victory.
SELINSGROVE: Stevie Smith could have taken it easy around speedy Selinsgrove Speedway Sunday night.
It's been a busy week, and Smith's job was pretty much done after time trials and his heat race. He set quick time for the 32-car field and wrapped up the Pennsylvania Speed Week title with a lot of room to spare.
So there was no pressure entering the 30-lap Jan Opperman/Dick Bogar Memorial. No one would blame Smith for coasting and enjoying the moment. But Smith had a goal entering the series. He wanted to make his mark by becoming the first driver in Speed Week history to win five races. Smith was still hungry. And then he took to the half-mile surface and dominated the competition like he did all week and added $5,000 to his series war chest in another romp to Victory Lane.
"This week's been amazing," Smith said. "I've never won Pennsylvania Speed Week, and no one has ever won five [races].
- SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY FIRECRACKER WEEKEND
- 360 Sprints part of a 4 division program this weekend at Selinsgrove
- MACH 1 CHASSIS $10,000-TO-WIN NATONAL OPEN
- STUTTS BECOMES FOUR-TIME WINNER OF WHITCOMB MEMORIAL
- $2,571-TO-WIN WHITCOMB MEMORIAL FOR 358-360 SPRINT CARS JUNE 13th
- SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY MACH 1 CHASSIS 360 SPRINT CAR NATIONAL OPEN WILL PAY $10,000 TO WIN JUNE 20
- SMITH HOLDS OFF STUTTS FOR WIN IN 360 SPRINT CAR THRILLER
- UNITED RACING CLUB SPRINTS RETURN TO SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY
- 360 Sprints part of 4 division program at Selinsgrove this week
- HODNETT WIRES FIELD FOR $5,000 SPRINT CAR TILLEY CLASSIC VICTORY GEESEY & THOMPSON SCORE SPORTSMAN & 305 SPRINT WINS
- SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY WILL PRESENT THE RAY TILLEY CLASSIC NEXT SUNDAY
- RAIN WASHES OUT SELINSGROVE EMPIRE SUPER SPRINT SHOW
- $3,000-TO-WIN MACH 1 CHASSIS EMPIRE SUPER SPRINT RACE
- TOMECEK, CAMPBELL, MITCH & FOWLER TAKE WINS
- SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY PRESENTS MAX MEDIA PACK THE TRACK NIGHT THIS SATURDAY!
- SMITH STORMS TO JACK GUNN SPRINT CAR MEMORIAL WIN
- $3,500-TO-WIN URC GUNN MEMORIAL CHALLENGE FOR 358-360 SPRINT CARS
- SMITH MAKES MID-PACK CHARGE FOR SECOND 360 SPRINT WIN
- Charlie Paige honoring his commitment to Selinsgrove Speedway
- FRANEK WINS SPRINT CAR THRILLER OVER STUTTS
- 4 DIVISION RACING SHOWS ROUND OUT MONTH OF APRIL AT SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY
- EMPIRE SUPER SPRINTS (ESS) RETURN TO SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY APRIL 11
- DEFENDING CHAMPIONS SMITH & RINE SCORE
- SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY OPENER SET FOR THIS SATURDAY
- SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY'S 70th YEAR FEATURES 27 RACE DATES IN 2015
- OTT MAKES LATE-RACE PASS FOR $10,000 VICTORY IN MACH 1 CHASSIS 360 SPRINT CAR NATIONAL OPEN THRILLER!
- SCHULTZ EARNS FIRST SPRINT CAR WIN OF SEASON
- SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY MACH 1 CHASSIS 360 SPRINT CAR NATIONAL OPEN WILL PAY $10,000 TO WIN SEPT. 27
- HODNETT WIRES FIELD FOR JIM NACE MEMORIAL NATIONAL OPEN VICTORY
- Hodnett crushes field to claim Jim Nace Memorial National Open at Selinsgrove