'I put 100 percent into everything I do'
Selinsgrove promoter Charlie Paige is worn out. But that doesn't mean he isn't going to honor his commitment. Paige stunned onlookers and fans opening day when he announced he wasn't going to renew his lease with the fair board and promote the Snyder County oval. It resonated like a piano falling down a flight of stairs.
It didn't help that there were only 14 360 Sprint Car entries in the pit area for the opener. Things got worse the following week after Paige pulled the plug on an Empire Super Sprint show 32 hours before it was scheduled to start. Gloom turned to doom. Rumors started to fly, and some drivers and fans had Paige bailing and the track closing its doors.
RINE REPEATS IN SUPER LATE MODELS; LONG MAKES LAST-TURN PASS FOR PRO STOCK WIN; BUSSEY RETURNS TO ROADRUNNER WINNERS CIRCLE
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Davie “No Panic” Franek of Wantage, N.J., scored a thrilling victory over TJ Stutts of Liverpool in Saturday night’s 25-lap 360 sprint car feature at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Franek and Stutts see-sawed for the lead for the last 10 laps of the race with Franek taking his first checkered flag of the season in the Franek Auto Sales No. 28F. The $2,000 victory was Franek’s ninth career at the track. "I hope you fans enjoyed that!” said Franek in Victory Lane. “It was exciting from my seat!”
Jeff Rine of Danville made it two wins in a row in the 25-lap super late model feature. The victory marked the 93rd of Rine’s career at the track.
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway will present back-to-back four division racing programs starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 18, and Saturday, April 25, featuring 360 sprint cars, late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners to round out the month. Track gates will open at 4 p.m. both nights.
The Mach 1 Chassis 360 sprint cars will compete in a 25-lap feature paying $2,000 to win and $200 to start. The Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center/Bernheisel Race Components super late models will race in a 25-lap main event paying $1,500 to win, while the A&A Auto Stores pro stocks go wheel-to-wheel in a 15-lap feature paying $400 to win. Closing out the four division program will be the roadrunners in a 12-lap race.
In The $3,000-To-Win Mach 1 Chassis 358-360 Sprint Car Spring Fling!
SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- Selinsgrove Speedway will present the 358-360 Sprint Car Spring Fling Challenge at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 11, sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint (ESS) series and sponsored by Mach 1 Chassis of Mechanicsburg.
Time trials, heat races, and a B-main will be the qualifying format to set the field for the 30-lap A-main. The winner will earn $3,000 out of the $13,000-plus purse. The race will be an open tire and open legal sprint car wing event with a weight rule of 1,475 pounds (including driver) for the combined sprint car divisions.
360 SPRINT CAR & LATE MODEL OPENING DAY VICTORIES; SHOOP & SHULTZ TAKE PRO STOCK & ROADRUNNER WINS
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Defending champion Mark Smith of Sunbury drove to a convincing victory in Saturday’s night’s 25-lap 360 sprint car season opener at Selinsgrove Speedway. Smith, who scored the prestigious “King of the 360s” victory at the East Bay Raceway in Florida earlier this year, was at the wheel of the Mach 1 Chassis No. 1 for his 11th career win in 358-360 sprint car competition at the track.
Former 10-time champion Jeff Rine of Danville wired the field for his 92nd career feature win at Selinsgrove in the 25-lap super late model feature.
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway will present the 2015 season opener featuring 360 sprint cars, late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners at 6 p.m. this Saturday, April 4, providing Mother Nature releases her grip on the lingering wintry weather that has been plaguing the northeast this spring. Track gates will open at 4 p.m. Prior to the start of Saturday’s racing program, kids are invited to participate in an Easter Egg candy scramble behind the covered grandstand. The 2015 season marks the track’s 70th year celebration and 53rd consecutive season opener (the speedway shut down for a brief period from 1960-62).
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway's 70th year celebration will feature a variety of open wheel and stock car events with 27 race dates dotting the 2015 schedule.
The season kicks off with the track's annual Motorsports Show at the Susquehanna Valley Mall in Selinsgrove Sunday, March 1 through Friday, March 6. Teams interested in placing their race cars in the show please call 570.523.8420 before Feb. 25.
Racing at the historic half-mile clay oval starts Saturday, March 14, with the annual Race of Champions (RoC) Ice Breaker 40 for big block modifieds paying $5,000 to win. Also on the opening day 2 p.m. racing card will be the sportsman modifieds. The rain date, if needed, will be Sunday, March 15.
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Aaron Ott of East Berlin made a late-race pass by Justin Barger of Montose, N.Y., to score the $10,000 victory in Saturday night's 14th Annual Mach 1 Chassis National Open for 358-360 sprint cars at Selinsgrove Speedway.
For Ott, driving the Don Ott Racing Engines No. 25 entry, the win in the 35-lap main event was his second career at the track, having also won the June 7 Jack Gunn Memorial. He became the ninth different driver to win the 358-360 sprint car Open since its inception in 2001.
The $10,000 first-place prize marked a record winner's share for 358-360 sprint cars in the track's history. Barger collected $5,000 for finishing in the runner-up position.
WILSON SCORES SECOND CAREER LATE MODEL VICTORY; CAMPBELL DRIVES TO FIRST CAREER PRO STOCK WIN; BISSINGER ENDS SEASON WITH ROADRUNNER WIN & CHAMPIONSHIP
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Jason Shultz of Carlisle finally made a break-through and scored his first win of the season in Saturday night's 25-lap 360 sprint car main event at Selinsgrove Speedway. Shultz, who won four races and the track championship last year, was at the wheel of the Horstcraft Millworks No. 29 for his 13th career win at the track. Tim Wilson of McClure held off late-race challenges for his second win of the season at Selinsgrove in the 25-lap super late model feature. In the 15-lap pro stock feature, Adam Campbell of Danville earned his first career win, while Keith Bissinger of Orangeville won his eighth race of the season in the 12-lap roadrunner feature.
FINAL POINTS RACE THIS SATURDAY, SEPT. 20
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway will present its first-ever $10,000-to-win race for 358-360 sprint cars at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, as part of the 14th Annual Mach 1 Chassis National Open. Sprint car teams from the United Racing Company (URC) and Empire Super Sprint (ESS) traveling groups are expected to join the central Pennsylvania regulars to vie for the lucrative winner's share.
The purse for this year's 358-360 sprint car Open will exceed $35,000, with $5,000 being posted to finish second, $1,000 for a 10th-place finish, and $500 just to start the race.
RINE SCORES SIXTH LATE MODEL FEATURE WIN
SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- Fourth-place starter Greg Hodnett of Thomasville stormed into the lead at the drop of the green flag and wired the field for a convincing victory in Saturday night's 44-lap Jim Nace Memorial 32nd Annual National Open for 410 sprint cars at Selinsgrove Speedway.
The $12,000 flag-to-flag win at the wheel of the Lelands.com No. 27 was Hodnett's first of the year and 15th career at Selinsgrove and 10th overall this season in 410 sprint car racing. Hodnett joins Todd Shaffer of Millerstown as four-time winners of the Open.
Pat Cannon of Etters, who was attempting to become the first driver to win the Open four years in a row, finished in the second position.
SELINSGROVE: Greg Hodnett's car bounced through the treacherous corners at Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday night.
He planted his right rear against a rough cushion that got worse as the night went on because of the weather conditions earlier in the day. And yet, Hodnett was a second faster than anyone else in the field. The Jim Nace Memorial National Open at the Snyder County oval will be remembered for several things. Attrition. Pure speed. And an epic beat down.
Hodnett dismantled the 24-car field with a fast car and nerves of steel. He negotiated the tricky surface for 44 brutal laps and parked his car in Victory Lane for a $12,000 payday and his fourth win in the event.
"It was too fast," Hodnett said. "When they packed it in, it was really good but it got really rough and was getting rougher as the race went on.
"I was just hanging on for dear life. That was a challenge."
WITH THE RUNNING OF THIS SATURDAY'S 32ND ANNUAL NATIONAL OPEN FOR 410 SPRINT CARS
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway will honor the memory of the track's only five-time sprint car champion Jim Nace with the running of this Saturday's (Sept. 13) 32nd Annual National Open for 410 sprint cars sponsored by Selinsgrove Ford. Track gates will open at 5 p.m. and qualifying is slated to begin at 7 p.m.
The Nace Memorial National Open will be a 44-lap tribute race paying $12,000 to win and $500 to start out of a total purse in excess of $40,000. The Fast Tees Fast Time Award will pay $300.
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Severe thunderstorms coupled with a tornado watch forced Selinsgrove Speedway officials to cancel Saturday night's Foss Jewelers four division racing card at about 6:45 p.m.
WILL OFFER $40,000 PURSE; $12,000 TO WIN SEPTEMBER 13
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway will present its crown jewel event, the Jim Nace Memorial 32nd Annual National Open for 410 sprint cars presented by Selinsgrove Ford, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. The Nace Memorial National Open will be a 44-lap tribute race paying $12,000 to win and $500 to start out of a total purse in excess of $40,000. The Fast Tees Fast Time Award will pay $300.
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway will return to racing action at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 6, with a four division program of 360 sprint cars, super late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners presented by Foss Jewelers of Selinsgrove. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.
The 360 sprint cars will compete in a 25-lap main event paying $2,000 to win. In the A&A Auto Stores/Mach 1 Chassis standings, six-time 360 sprint car winner Mark Smith of Sunbury holds a 290-point lead over three-time winner TJ Stutts of Liverpool in the chase for the track championship. Both Smith and Stutts are seeking their first career track titles.
RINE BREAKS IN NEW RACE CAR WITH LATE MODEL VICTORY;
LONG SCORED THIRD PRO STOCK WIN OF YEAR;
BISSINGER DOMINATING ROADRUNNER DIVISION
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Following a string of strong finishes at Selinsgrove Speedway in recent years, Robbie Stillwaggon of Burlington, N.J., scored his first career win at the Snyder County half-mile oval in Saturday night's 25-lap 360 sprint car feature.
Stillwaggon, driving the Quality Auto Body No. 89, held off three-time winner TJ Stutts of Liverpool for the $2,000 victory and became the track's eighth different 360 sprint car winner this season.
FRYE DOMINATES FOR FIRST LATE MODEL WIN OF SEASON; MITCH RETURNS TO PRO STOCK WINNERS CIRCLE; BISSINGER SCORES SIXTH ROADRUNNER FEATURE WIN
SELINSGROVE, Pa. –Selinsgrove's Cody Keller made a breakthrough Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway and scored an impressive victory in the 25-lap 360 sprint car feature following a season filled with mechanical woes. The $2,000 win was Keller's first of the season and first career in a 360 sprint car at the wheel of the Keller's Auto Body/Trautman's Meat Market No. 99. He became the division's seventh different winner this season and in doing so ended point leader Mark Smith's three-race winning streak. Keller previously won two 358 sprint car races at the track.
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway will present a four division racing program of 360 sprint cars, late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 16, sponsored by Reinhardt Food Service. Track gates will open at 5 p.m. With just four point races remaining in the A&A Auto Stores/Mach 1 Chassis chase for the inaugural 360 sprint car track championship, Mark Smith of Sunbury leads the standings with six feature wins entering this weekend's racing action.
Steve Campbell of Danville, a one-time winner this season, leads the Jeff's Auto Body & Recycling Center super late model standings with seven point shows remaining on the 2014 schedule.
KRAMER WILLIAMSON THIS SATURDAY AT SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway will present the inaugural running of the Kramer Cup at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 9, 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 fifth event of the season at Selinsgrove Speedway sanctioned by the United Racing Company (URC) 360 sprint car contingent.
- 1ST ANNUAL KRAMER CUP TO PAY $$2,573 TO WIN SATURDAY NIGHT AUGUST 9 AT SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY
- SMITH DRIVES TO FIFTH 360 SPRINT CAR WIN, STRENGTHENS POINTS LEAD
- RESCHEDULED DRIVER & FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT THIS SATURDAY
- SMITH BECOMES LEADING 360 SPRINT CAR WINNER WITH FOURTH VICTORY
- MARK SMITH SCORES IMPRESSIVE VICTORY IN RISLONE URC SPRINT CHALLENGE SATURDAY NIGHT AT SELINSGROVE
- ESPN 92.3'S "THE INSIDE LANE" ANNOUNCES THURSDAY, JULY 24, LINEUP
- URC 360 SPRINT CARS RETURN TO SELINSGROVE JULY 26
- PERSISTENT RAIN PUTS A DAMPER ON DRIVER & FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT
- SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RETURNS WITH JEFF’S AUTO BODY & RECYCLING CENTER
- MARKS CLOSES OUT PA SPEEDWEEK WITH OPPERMAN MEMORIAL VICTORY
- Brent Marks ends winless streak, captures Speed Week finale at Selinsgrove Speedway
- KISSINGER MAKES LATE-RACE PASS FOR 360 SPRINT WIN
- FIRECRACKER WEEKEND FEATURING FOUR STRAIGHT NIGHTS
- FRANEK ROCKETS TO FIRECRACKER 30 SPRINT CAR WIN
- NO PANIC FRANEK WINS FIRECRACKER 30 SATURDAY NIGHT AT SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY
- SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY / URC FIRECRACKER 30
- ZEARFROSS THRILLS CROWD WITH FIRST SELINSGROVE SPRINT WIN OF 2014
- SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RETURNS THIS SATURDAY
- STUTTS WINS WAR ON WHEELS FOR WHITCOMB MEMORIAL SPRINT VICTORY
- $2,571-TO-WIN WHITCOMB MEMORIAL FOR 358-360 SPRINT CARS
- OTT & WILSON SCORE FIRST SELINSGROVE WINS
- RESCHEDULED URC GUNN MEMORIAL CHALLENGE FOR 358-360 SPRINT CARS THIS SATURDAY AT SELINSGROVE
- STUTTS WINS SECOND 360 SPRINT CAR RACE
- $1,000-TO-WIN PRO STOCK 20 PLUS 360 SPRINTS, LATE MODELS & ROADRUNNERS
- May Ends With Williams Grove Sprint Double Friday, URC Coming Up June 6
- Sunday's race canceled at Selinsgrove
- SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY WILL PRESENT THE RAY TILLEY CLASSIC FOR 410 SPRINT CARS
- SMITH CAPTURES ESS 360 SPRINT CAR RACE
- ESPN 92.3'S "THE INSIDE LANE" ANNOUNCES THURSDAY, MAY 15, LINEUP
- LUCAS OIL EMPIRE SUPER SPRINT SERIES RETURNS TO SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY MAY 17