By Bob Miller
“No Panic Franek”, Davie Franek of Wantage, NJ already his one 360 sprint victory to his credit this season and he has his eye on winning the MACH 1 sponsored Jack Gunn Memorial Saturday night, May 10 at the Selinsgrove Speedway. This prestigious event will pay $3,500 to the winner as well as all the bragging rights. Franek recently won at the Selinsgrove Speedway and this past weekend, finished a solid third. Franek joined the Rislone URC Sprint Series in 2011 and since that time, he has one feature win, that victory coming at the Delaware International Speedway in June of 2011. Franek has been a title contender the past two years.
Winning the Gunn Memorial is just one of those races every driver wants to have on their list of accomplishments. Jack Gunn was one of the all-time great promoters who did promote the Selinsgrove and other Central Pennsylvania Speedways.
Another expected contender to chase the Gunn Memorial win is Mark Smith of Tower City, PA. Smith has two wins so far this season driving the MACH 1 Chassis sprinter at Selinsgrove Speedway. Smith is just awesome whenever he takes to the “big track” in Selinsgrove, PA.
URC’s eight time champion, Curt Michael of Ocean View, DE will have his Bill Gallagher owned sprinter dialed in at Selinsgrove, a track that is a favorite for Curt. No one else in URC history has matched the Curt Michael accomplishment of winning eight URC championships. Robbie Stillwaggon from Burlington, NJ had a strong run with URC earlier this season at Selinsgrove and is expected to be in the field as well. Josh Weller, looking for breakout season in the Ken Eldreth #25 sprint car always runs fast at Selinsgrove and is usually always in the thick of the battle.
Following the Jack Gunn Memorial, the Rislone URC Sprint Series will move to the Bedford Speedway in Bedford on Friday night, May 16. The following night, Saturday, May 17 the URC sprints head to the Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, DE for a special Memorial Race to remember one of URC’s all-time racing greats, Kramer Williamson. In August of 2014, Williamson lost his life in a tragic racing accident at the Lincoln Speedway.
The Kramer Williamson Memorial will offer an additional $4,000 in prize money posted by a long list of sponsors. Each feature position will pay an additional $73 in memory of Kramer Williamson and, the eighth place finisher will pick up an additional $108 in memory of URC’s Midge Miller. Each feature lap will pay the race leader $73 and lap eight will pay $108 to the race leader. The halfway, lap 13 race leader will earn $528. Heats, the “B” Main, Fast Time and Hard Charger will also earn an additional $73. In additional, a paid provisional will be added to the starting field.
The list of sponsors for the Kramer Williamson Memorial include Henry Fenimore of B&F Towing, Joe Fiore, Nouse Signs, AARN, American Racer, ASI, Aquaflow, Betts Towing, Brad Penn Oil, Dr. Brooke Bowman, Buck Rubs Gentlemen’s Club, Tom Deladvitch State Farm, Gaerte Racing Engines, Fran Hogue, IG Burton Chevrolet, J & J, Keizer Wheels, Fred Kennedy, Kent Construction, Scott McClaren, Tim Moran, Don Ott Racing Engines, Penske Shocks, Phillips Garage, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, Rider Racing Engines, Royal Publishing, Pete Sacks, Sprint and Midge Magazine, Todd Wise, Zemco.
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