LOCAL AUTO RACING: Rine tops Selinsgrove late model field
It took him until the fifth race of the season, but Danville's Jeff Rine finally got to victory lane in the late models at Selinsgrove Speedway.
The track's all-time win and championship leader drove by Andy Haus on the frontstretch on lap 10 and went on to post a 3.4 second win over Jim Yoder, Haus, Bryan Bernheisel and Dylan Yoder in the 25-lap main event Saturday night.
It was his 80th career win at the Snyder County oval. He's the fifth different winner in as many races this season. The eight-time track champion earned $1,500.
In the 358 sprint feature, Eric Tomecek of Abbottstown held off defending champion and all-time win leader Pat Cannon for his first career win at the speedway. He earned $1,500 and also became the fifth different 358-sprint winner. The non-stop 25-lap event was timed in 8:30.354.
Tomecek started third and drove by Bloomsburg's Duane Mausteller on the bottom of turn four with 10 laps to race. Cannon closed in late, but fell 0.84 seconds short of victory. Jason Shultz, Mausteller and third generation driver Derek Locke completed the top five.
Kyle Bachman of Selinsgrove earned $1,000 for his win in the annual Pro Stock 20. It was his 37th career Selinsgrove win.
John Fowler Jr. of Montandon made a last-lap pass for his third win of the season in the 12-lap main event for the roadrunners.
Selinsgrove presents the 33rd annual Jack Gunn Memorial Challenge Race for the 358/360 sprint cars this Saturday sanctioned by the United Racing Company. The 30-lap main event will pay $3,500 to win. The late models and pro stocks join the sprint cars. Track gates open at 5.
At Port Royal Speedway, Mike Wagner won the sprint car feature over Rick Lafferty and Chad Layton, and Matt Parks won the late model feature over Steve Campbell and Tim Wilson. Steve Buckwalter won his third straight ARDC midget feature. All mothers are admitted for $10 this Saturday at Port Royal.
At Big Diamond Speedway, Craig VonDohren won the 358 modified feature over Jeff Strunk and MeMe DeSantis. Mike Lisowki won the sportsman modifieds and Mark Berzowski won the roadrunners.
Brian Montieth scored his third victory of the season and $6,900 in the Weldon Sterner Memorial at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night. He passed Fred Rahmer for the win.
Rick Lafferty won the sprint car feature at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night for his first win at the Cumberland County track this season. He beat Steve Buckwalter and Jim Siegel. Kevin Nouse won the 358 sprints.
The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series comes to Lincoln on Wednesday night, May 15, followed by a two-night stand at Williams Grove on Friday and Saturday night.