Cannon Wins at Selinsgrove

Pat Cannon. - Rick Rarer / Photo
Pat Cannon. - Rick Rarer / Photo
Pat Cannon. – Rick Rarer / Photo

From Selinsgrove Speedway

Selinsgrove, PA — (August 17, 2013) — Pat Cannon of Etters made a late-race pass by Scott Wilson of Scranton for his eighth win of the season at Selinsgrove Speedway in Saturday night’s 25-lap 358 sprint car feature.

The victory marked Cannon’s 49th career at Selinsgrove in 358-360 sprint car racing driving the Highlands’ Tire & Service Center No. 3.

Jeff Rine of Danville drove to his fifth win of the year in the 25-lap super late model feature. The victory was the 84th of Rine’s career at the track.

Brad Mitch of McClure powered to his sixth win of the year in the 15-lap pro stock feature, while Brian Johnson of Ashland also steered to his sixth victory of the season in the 12-lap roadrunner race.

Selinsgrove Speedway will present a four division show of 358 sprint cars, late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, sponsored by PEPSI. The pro stocks will race in a $500-to-win championship and the late models will be featured in a 30-lap World of Outlaws (WoO) tune-up event paying $2,000 to win with time trials in preparation for the upcoming two-day WoO-sanctioned Late Model National Open on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

Polesitter Scott Wilson powered into the lead at the start of the sprint car feature. Wilson was chased by second-place starter Duane Mausteller and third-place starter Phil Walter. On the third lap, 10th-place starter Pat Cannon advanced to third and quickly closed in on Mausteller in a race for second.

Cannon made the pass for the runner-up position on lap seven and set his sights on Wilson. At the halfway point, Wilson was leading Cannon, Mausteller, seventh-place starter Mark Smith, and eighth-place starter Josh Beard.

On lap 16, Cannon raced underneath Wilson for the lead in turns one and two only to have Wilson reclaim the front spot in turns three and four when the leaders were forced to take evasive action for a spun car. When the race resumed, Cannon rocketed into the lead with an outside pass in turn two.

The event’s final caution flag unfurled on lap 21, setting up a chase to the checkered flag. Cannon streaked away from the field and posted a 3.5-second margin of victory over Wilson, Smith, Beard, and ninth-place starter Jason Shultz.

Veteran racer Scott Haus started on the pole in the late model feature and stormed into the early lead. On the second circuit, third-place starter Chris Shuey passed second-place starter Hayes Mattern for the runner-up position.

On a lap nine restart, Shuey put in a bid for the lead and made a pass by Haus using the inside line. Two laps later, seventh-place starter Matt Cochran powered into second while 11th-place starter Jeff Rine moved into the third position.

On the 14th circuit, Rine made the winning pass by Shuey using the inside lane off turn four. By lap 18, 12th-place starter Bryan Bernheisel began to show a lot of speed and took over the third position.  Rine pulled away from the field and scored a 5.5-second victory over B. Bernheisel, who got by Shuey for second on the final lap. Shuey, Cochran, and ninth-place starter Jim Bernheisel rounded out the top five.

Front row starter Jake Buck led the first lap of the pro stock feature. Racing through turn two on the second circuit, Buck’s car bobbled and allowed fourth-place starter Tommy Slanker to take command of the field.

Slanker held the lead while a torrid battle for the top five spots unfolded behind him between seventh-place starter AJ Stroup, sixth-place starter Brad Mitch, eighth-place starter Shaun Miller, and ninth-place starter Kyle Bachman.

Mitch eventually horsepowered his way into the runner-up position and made the winning pass by Slanker using the inside lane off turn four on the fourth lap. Stroup eventually took over the second position and Bachman made a late-race charge into the third spot.

At the finish, Mitch was victorious by .98 of a second over Stroup, Bachman, S. Miller, and point leader Troy Miller in the non-stop race.

Second-place starter John Schoch led the first three laps of the roadrunner feature until he spun sideways in turn two on a lap four restart. Sixth-place starter Brian Johnson inherited the lead and pulled away from the field.

In the final laps, fifth-place starter Bob Bussey, who had to rejoin the race on the back of the pack, pressured 11th-place starter Ken Schreffler for the runner-up position and made a pass for the spot on lap 10. At the finish, Johnson was victorious by 5.5 seconds over Bussey, Schreffler, Butch Shaffer, and Chris Hoffman.

358 Sprint Cars – 18 Entries
25-Lap A-Main:  1) 3 Pat Cannon  2) 38 Scott Wilson  3) 1 Mark Smith  4) 5B Josh Beard  5) 2 Jason Shultz  6) 99K Cody Keller  7) 19 Colby Womer  8)  21 Duane Mausteller  9) 77 Derek Locke  10) 76 Larry Kelleher  11) 15 Mark Bitner  12) 35 Shannon Fisher DNF  13) 66 Ryan Kissinger DNF  14) 5 Phil Walter DNF  15) 29S Derek Steward DNF  16) 33 John Troxell DNF  17) 29 Matt Horst DNS  18) 100 Mike Walter DNS
Heat Winners:  Scott Wilson, Josh Beard
Late Models – 20 Entries
25-Lap A-Main:  1) 2J Jeff Rine  2) 119B Bryan Bernheisel  3) 55 Chris Shuey  4) 16 Matt Cochran  5) 119 Jim Bernheisel  6) 6 Donnie Schick  7) 99Z Dave Zona  8) 27 Jim Yoder  9) 21 Scott Haus  10) 7M Meade Hahn  11) 61 Ken Trevtiz  12) 93 Pancho Lawler  13) 24 Dylan Yoder  14) 215 Al Shawver Jr.  15) 88 Tony Adams  16) 90 Kyle Rhoads  17) 2C Adam Campbell  18) 9 Hayes Mattern DNF  19) 10 Dave Stamm DNF  20) 8C  Jace Cresswell
Heat Winners:  Scott Haus, Jim Yoder, Dave Zona
Pro Stocks – 19 Entries
15-Lap A-Main:  1) 10M Brad Mitch  2) 26 AJ Stroup  3) 99 Kyle Bachman  4) 115S Shaun Miller  5) 115 Troy Miller  6) 19 Tommy Slanker  7) 70J John Schreffler  8) 06 Frank Reisser  9) 85 Terry Lauver  10) 3G Jim Gerhart  11) 85L Pete Lauver  12) 28J Jeff Ceballo  13) 74 Rob Baker  14) 8M Brandon Moser  15) 4 Jim Payne  16) 32 Tom Hartman  17) 63 Nathan Long DNF  18) 15S Shawn Stahl DNF  19) 11 Jake Buck DNF
Heat Winners:  Brad Mitch, AJ Stoup
Roadrunners – 11 Entries
12-Lap A-Main:  1) 201 Brian Johnson  2) 76 Bob Bussey  3) 32 Ken Shreffler  4) 7 Butch Shaffer  5) 99 Chris Hoffman  6) 8K Jeremy Kline DNF  7) 02 John Fowler DNF  8) 89 John Schoch DNF  9) 31B Brandon Shultz DNF  10) 28 Curtis Lawton DNF  11) 22 Ricky Buss DNF
Heat Winners:  John Fowler Jr, Bob Bussey