Selinsgrove, PA — (August 4, 2012) — A shower around 8 p.m. washed out Sunday night’s open wheel doubleheader featuring the Mach 1 Chassis Mid-Atlantic Championship Series for 358-360 sprint cars and 305 sprint cars at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Despite the threatening weather and storms that passed over the track earlier in the afternoon, a field of 19 358-360 sprint cars and 26 305 sprint cars was on hand to support the show.
Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart of Rushville, Ind., arrived in Selinsgrove by jet after he finished fifth in the rain-shortened Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR race at Pocono International Raceway.
In warm-ups, Stewart timed second-quick in his Office Depot Racing No. 14 360 sprint car with a lap time of 17.800 (107 average miles per hour). Pat Cannon of Etters turned in the fastest lap at 17.614 (108 average miles per hour) and won the first sprint car heat before rain cancelled the remainder of the show.
Sunday night was to be the fifth race in the inaugural six-race Mach 1 Chassis Mid-Atlantic Championship Series for 358-360 sprint cars. The race will not be rescheduled. The final race in the series will be the 12th Annual National Open for 358-360 sprint cars on Saturday, Sept. 1. The 35-lap Open will pay $8,000 to win.
This Saturday, Aug. 11, the speedway will swing back into action with another open wheel doubleheader featuring the 358 sprint cars and the United Racing Company (URC) 360 sprint cars plus late models and roadrunners at 7:30 p.m.