LOCAL AUTO RACING: Schultz crowned Selinsgrove sprint champion
Carlisle's Jason Shultz is the 358 sprint car champion at Selinsgrove Speedway. The final point race of the season was rained out Saturday night and Shultz was 115 points ahead of defending champion Pat Cannon.
The race was not rescheduled so Shultz has recorded his second career track championship. The first came in 2004.
Third-generation racer Derek Locke had a career-best third place point finish followed by Cody Keller and Colby Womer.
Cannon won eight races and Shultz won four. Single wins went to Mark Smith, Tony Stewart, Eric Tomecek, JJ Grasso, Brock Zearfoss and Cody Keller.
Danville's Jeff Rine once again is the late model champion. Rine has a total of nine late model championships at the big Snyder County track. He's won the past seven. His first title came in 1998 and his second in 2004. He owns the most career wins in the division with 85.
Troy Miller of Tower City is the pro stock champion and Brian Johnson of Ashland won the roadrunner track championship.
Although the point chases are over at Selinsgrove, the season is not over as three special shows remain in 2013.
Two more sprint car races remain at Selinsgrove Speedway this season. This weekend will be 360/358-sprint car National Open paying $8,000 to win and $5,000 for second. It's co-sanctioned by the URC and ESS sprint cars.
The final sprint car race will be Oct. 6 and feature twin 20-lap features for the 410 sprint cars. This is the Sunday following the National Open at Williams Grove. Selinsgrove officials have announced that this race will not be held if Williams Grove needs to use Sunday as a raindate for the National Open.
The final race of Selinsgrove's schedule will be the Fall Classic for the super late models on Saturday, Oct. 12, paying $5,000 to win.
The Morgan Hughes National Open for sprint cars will be held at Williams Grove Speedway, Oct. 4 and 5. The event is sanctioned by the World of Outlaws and the Saturday night finale pays $50,000 to win. Donny Schatz won the race for a record fifth time last season. He'll be a big favorite this year as well.
Port Royal hosts the Blue Collar Classic featuring the 305 sprints Oct. 11 and 12. The final race of the season at Port is Oct. 19 featuring the 410 sprint cars, super sportsman and a demo derby.
Last weekend's rain has altered the remaining schedule at Lincoln Speedway. This weekend will be the Hank Gentzler Memorial Manufacturers Appreciation race as
scheduled. The 358 sprints will also be on the schedule.
Lincoln will be off the following week for the National Open. The Kenny Weld Memorial will now be held on Oct. 12. It was scheduled last Saturday.
The final race of the season will now be Oct. 19 and will be Fred Rahmer's "Final Call" at Lincoln Speedway. The 358 sprints will also be on the schedule.