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EMPIRE SUPER SPRINT SERIES RETURNS TO SELINSGROVE

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Selinsgrove, PA   –  (May 13, 2013) –  Selinsgrove Speedway will return to racing action at 7 p.m. this Saturday, May 18, featuring the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint (ESS) 360 sprint cars and A&A Auto Stores 358 sprint cars in an open wheel doubleheader sponsored by Mach 1 Chassis of Mechanicsburg.

The two sprint car divisions will each run a series of qualifiers and 25-lap features and will be joined by the super late models and pro stocks. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.

The ESS 360 sprint car feature will pay $3,000 to win and $300 to start out of a purse totaling more than $13,000. The 358 sprint cars and late models will race for $1,500 to win and $200 to start. The pro stock feature will pay $400 to win.

Six 358-360 sprint car races have produced six different winners at the track to date. Throw in the 410 sprint car season opener that was won by Greg Hodnett of York on March 10, and seven different sprint car winners have graced Selinsgrove Speedway’s Victory Lane already this season.

On April 6, in the first race sanctioned by ESS at Selinsgrove since 1996, NASCAR champion Tony Stewart of Rushville, Ind., made a surprise visit and won the 358-360 sprint car challenge event.

Mark Smith of Sunbury and Jason Shultz of Carlisle, both fabricators at Mach 1 Chassis, won 358 sprint car races at Selinsgrove on March 30 and April 27, respectively. Other 358-360 sprint car winners include Pat Cannon (April 13), Eric Tomecek (May 4) and most recently JJ Grasso of Pedricktown, N.J. won the United Racing Company (URC) sanctioned Jack Gunn Memorial (May 11).

Race sponsor Mach 1 Chassis, located at 10 North Frederick Street in Mechanicsburg, engineers and builds race car chassis that are known for safety, strength, durability, and performance. In addition to chassis fabrication and repair, Mach 1 Chassis also manufactures front and rear bumpers, nerf bars, front axles, wing posts, and wing trees.

ESS is celebrating its 30th anniversary season with 28 race dates at 18 different tracks in 2013. Chuck Hebing of Ontario, N.Y., is the defending series champion.

Selinsgrove Speedway will present two nights of racing over the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. The track will showcase the 358 sprint cars, late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25, followed by an open wheel tripleheader featuring 410 sprint cars in the Ray Tilley Classic, super sportsman, and 305 sprint cars at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 26. Track gates will open at 5 p.m. both nights.

Selinsgrove Raceway Park will present a program of go karts and micro sprint cars at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, plus a $200-to-win pro series race for the animal 375 lb. class. Track gates will open at 5:30 p.m. A Burris Racing Tire event for go karts will also be held at the track starting at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 19.

For a complete schedule, the latest news, results, and race status, visit selinsgrovespeedway.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. The speedway office can be reached at 570.374.2999.

Purse For May 18 ESS 360 Sprint Race: 1) $3,000 2) $1,700 3) $1,000 4) $805 5) $605 6) $545 7) $505 8) $495 9) $485 10) $450 11) $410 12) $370 13) $350 14) $340 15) $335 16) $330 17) $325 18) $320 19) $315 20) $310 21) $305 22) $300

Admission for May 18, 2013: Adults $15; Students (12-17) $12; Kids 11 & Under Free; Pit Passes $25