2010-09-23 / Sports

Racing Roundup

By Brad Vores

Pat Cannon came within .33 of a second of shocking the Sprint car community Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway.

Cannon, a regular on the 358 Sprint car circuit, came out on top of the first 22-lap segment in Saturday’s Jim Nace Memorial National Open for 410 Sprints at Selinsgrove. Cannon shot around Tyler Walker on the final lap to score the $6,000 victory for the Zane and Vicki Highlands-owned team

Following Cannon and Walker were Todd Shaffer, Stevie Smith, Mike Erdley, Lance Dewease, Mark Smith, Curt Michael, Blane Heimbach and Fred Rahmer. The win for Cannon was his 17th overall this season.

With the top-six finishers inverted for the second 22- lap segment, Dewease led the entire way but had Cannon all over him on the final lap, as Cannon was looking for the $14,000 bonus if he could sweep both features.

Dewease was named the overall National Open champion, his second straight, and kept Cannon from shutting out the big boys of the 410 Sprint ranks Saturday night.

Cannon fell just short, with Shaffer third, Walker fourth and 22nd-starting Greg Hodnett fifth.

Sixth was Erdley over Rahmer, Brian Montieth, Heimbach and Michael.

Jeff Rine won for a ninth time in Selinsgrove Late Model action over Steve Campbell, Scott Haus, Al Shawver Jr. and Dave Zona.

Frankie Herr became the first five-time winner of the prestigious Sportsman 100 Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway. Herr started fifth in the 100-lap event, moved into the runner-up spot on lap 22 behind race leader Carmen Perigo Jr. and inherited the lead on lap 52 when Perigo suffered a flat tire.

Aaron Eichelberger finished in the runner-up spot just ahead of his father, Rich Eichelberger, with last year’s winner, Scott Dellinger, fourth and rookie Scott Geesey fifth.

Craig Wagman won his first 358 Late Model feature of the season at Lincoln over Bernie Beard, Chase Billet, 2010 Lincoln champion Gene Knaub and Mike Walls.

Steve Buckwalker finally won that elusive first career 410 Sprint car feature Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway.

Buckwalter started on the front row of the 25-lap event and never looked back in scoring the win over Adam Wilt, Brian Leppo, Tyler Walker and Aaron Ott.

Pat Cannon used a last lap pass on Derek Frohlich to score his sixth win of the year in Grove 358 Sprint car action. Cannon came from 12th for the win over Frohlich, Cory Haas, Scott Geesey and Ricky Stonebraker.

Big Cove Tannery’s Frankie Plessinger just finished clinching his first-ever Super Late Model track championship at Hagerstown Speedway and made his first start in a late model sportsman this weekend.

Plessinger came out on top of the 30-lap Small Car Nationals for the 358 Late Model division in a car owned by Doug Timmons.

Fellow Late Model regular Marvin Winters of Mc- Connellsburg was second over Andy Fries, Steve Axtell Jr. and Ashley Barrett.

Bedford Speedway racer Brian Duffy won the Pure Stock portion of the Nationals over Jamie Swank, Mike Corbin, Mike Warrenfeltz and Brian Miller, while Richard Gwizdale won the four-cylinder feature over Tommy Whitt, John Stoll Jr., Kevin Thomas and Greg Keister.

All three winners earned a $2,000 paycheck.

Rookie 358 Sprint car driver Arron Spahr won his first-ever 358 Sprint car main Friday at Trail-Way Speedway after winning the $2,000 check in the season finale Trone Outdoor Championship, and it came over 2010 Trail-Way points champion Brad McClelland, Bill Dietrich, Cris Eash and Dale Hammaker.

Chris Knopp won for the fifth time in Susquehanna Speedway Park action Saturday night over Randy Christine Jr., Justin Ehrhart, Larry Baer and Carl Billet.

That’s a wrap on another week of racing as we are back to the grind after a great week in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Email reaches me at Bvores@comcast.net.

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