From Steve Inch
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway will open the 2011 season, weather permitting, with a rare early afternoon show starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13, featuring the 410 sprint cars and pro stocks. Track gates will open at 12 p.m.
The 410 sprint car drivers will compete in a 25-lap main event paying $4,000 to win and $300 to start out of a purse totaling more than $16,500. Heat races, with starting lineups being determined by luck-of-the-draw, and a B-main will be the qualifying format for the first open wheel event of the season at the historic Snyder County oval.
The March 13 race will mark the sixth earliest sprint car season opener since the speedway re-opened in 1963. The last time the 410 sprint cars opened the season at Selinsgrove was on March 17, 2006, when TJ Stutts of Liverpool scored the early season victory. The 358 sprint cars became the weekly open wheel attraction at the speedway in 2001, and have opened the
sprint car season six times since then.
The 410 sprint cars are also scheduled to compete at Selinsgrove Speedway on May 29 (Keystone Cup), July 3 (PA Speedweek Finale), and Sept. 17 (Jim
Nace Memorial National Open).
Last year’s 410 sprint car races at the track were won by Daryn Pittman of Owasso, Okl., (Keystone Cup and PA Speedweek) and Lance Dewease of Fayetteville (National Open).
The Salem RV Center/Byers Built Engines pro stocks will race in a 15-lap
feature paying $400 to win. At the speedway’s annual motorsports show at
the Susquehanna Valley Mall last Saturday, AJ Hoffman of Richfield
announced he and his team are ready to begin defense of their 2010 pro
stock track championship.
For the latest news and results, visit selinsgrovespeedway.com or call
410 Sprint Car Purse for March 13, 2011: 1) $4,000 2) $1,600 3) $1,200 4)
$1,100 5) $1,000 6) $800 7) $650 8) $600 9) $550 10) $500 11) $450 12) $425
13) $400 14) $375 15) $350 16-24) $300