Selinsgrove, PA — (April 27,, 2015) — Selinsgrove Speedway will present the 35th running of the Jack Gunn Memorial for sprint cars at 7 p.m. this Saturday, May 2, sanctioned by the United Racing Club.
Joining the 358-360 sprint cars on the racing card will be the super late models and pro stocks. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.
For the tenth consecutive year, the Gunn Memorial will feature a 30-lap race between the traveling URC 360 sprint cars and the track’s weekly Mach 1 Chassis 358-360 sprint cars. The race will pay $3,500 to win and $225 to start out of a $15,000-plus purse. Time trials, heats, and a B-Main will be the format for setting the 24-car starting field for the Gunn Memorial.
The tribute race is run each year to honor the memory of the late race track promoter Jack Gunn, who operated Selinsgrove, Williams Grove, Penn National, and Hagerstown Speedways during his career and brought mid-state dirt track racing to national prominence in the 1970’s. Gunn was inducted posthumously into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame (Knoxville, Iowa) in 1990.
Some of the biggest names in sprint car racing have won the prestigious Jack Gunn Memorial at Selinsgrove Speedway. Lynn Paxton of Dillsburg; Steve Kinser of Bloomington, Ind.; Doug Wolfgang of Sioux Falls, S.D., are a few of the drivers who have won the race as a 410 sprint car event. In the track’s modern era, TJ Stutts of Liverpool, Chad Layton of Harrisburg, Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove, and Dave Calaman of Carlisle took wins as a 358 sprint car race.
The Gunn Memorial became a URC-sanctioned challenge race between 358 and 360 sprint car drivers in 2006, when Heimbach took the victory as well as in the 2008 and 2012 editions of the race. Calaman (2007); Trevor Lewis of Upper Black Eddy (2009, 2010); Shane Stewart of Indianapolis, Ind. (2011); JJ Grasso of Pedricktown, N.J. (2013); and defending winner Aaron Ott of East Berlin have also won the Gunn Memorial as a challenge event.
The super late models will compete in a 25-lap feature paying $1,500 to win, while the pro stocks will race in a 15-lap main event paying $400 to win.
Selinsgrove Raceway Park will present a program of go karts and micro sprint cars at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1. Track gates will open at 5:30 p.m.
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2015 Gunn Memorial Purse: 1) $3,500 2) $1,700 3) $1,200 4) $1,100 5) $1,000 6) $700 7) $575 8) $525 9) $515 10) $500 11) $360 12) $340 13) $320 14) $300 15) $270 16) $250 17) $240 18-20) $235 21-24) $225 TOW: $50
Gunn Memorial Admission for May 2, 2015: Adults $15; Students (12-17) $12; Kids 11 & Under Free; Pit Pass $30