Selinsgrove Speedway Whitcomb Memorial for 360 Sprints This Saturday

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SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway will honor the memory of sprint car driver Joe Whitcomb with the 12th running of the Joe Whitcomb Memorial for 358-360 sprint cars at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, June 13, sanctioned by the Patriot Sprint Tour.  The super late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners will also be on the racing card. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.

The 30-lap sprint car feature, a tribute to honor the late open wheel racer from Millersburg who succumbed to injuries sustained in a sprint car racing accident at the track on June 21, 2003, will pay $2,571 to win and $225 to start.  Time trials, heat races, and a B-main will be the qualifying format for the special event.    

The June 13 event will carry the second-ever sanction by the Patriot 360 sprint car tour based in Sodus, N.Y.  The race will allow both the Patriot Sprint Tour and Selinsgrove Speedway tire and wing rules. 358 sprint car teams will also be permitted to compete with the Patriot group. 
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In last year’s Whitcomb Memorial, TJ Stutts of Liverpool (2014, 2012, 2011) became the third driver to win the race three times after a thrilling wheel-to-wheel duel with Mark Smith of Sunbury.  

Pat Cannon of Etters (2013, 2010, 2009) and Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove (2008, 2007, 2006) are the other two drivers who have won the tribute race three times.  Other previous winners include Nate Snyder of Halifax (2004) and Kevin Nagy of East Brunswick, N.J. (2005). 

Whitcomb, a dedicated racer most of his life, began his career in go-karts at the age of seven.  He won hundreds of races in karting and was a three-time national karting champion.  A highlight during his karting career was an appearance on ESPN.

In 2001, Whitcomb became a regular competitor at Selinsgrove in the 358 sprint car, driving his trademark blue and yellow number 71 racer.  That year, Whitcomb became Selinsgrove Speedway’s Sportsman of the Year.

Whitcomb won his first sprint car race at Selinsgrove on June 8, 2002, ending the five-race winning streak of champion Chad Layton of Harrisburg.  Whitcomb also won sprint car races at Williams Grove and Bridgeport Speedways during his racing career.  

Selinsgrove Raceway Park will present a program of go kart and 125 micro sprint car racing at 7 p.m. Friday, June 12. 

The A&A Auto Stores Pro Stock 20 that was rained out on May 30 has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 27. 

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Purse for 2015 Joe Whitcomb Memorial for 358-360 Sprint Cars: 1) $2,571 2) $1,300 3) $1,100 4) $1,050 5) $1,000 6) $650 7) $550 8) $500 9) $450 10) $400 11) $350 12) $325 13) $300 14) $275 15) $265 16) $250 17) $240 18) $235 19) $235 20) $235 21-24) $225

Whitcomb Memorial Admission for June 13, 2015: Adults $15; Students (12-17) $8; Kids 11 & Under FREE; Pit Passes $30