By Steve Inch
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway returns to racing action at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, with The Acme Companies 41st annual Jack Gunn Memorial for the Lelands.com 410 sprint cars plus limited late models and roadrunners.
The special Saturday night outing for the 410 sprint cars will be a 30-lap tribute to the late central Pennsylvania Hall-of-Fame promoter paying $5,000 to win and $400 to start. A total purse of nearly $20,000 will be on the line for the fifth 410 sprint car race of the season at the track.
Time trials and heat races will be the qualifying format. The fast timer will earn a $300 bonus from Fast Tees in memory of five-time champion Jim Nace. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.
For fans who are not able to attend, this race will be available to purchase as a live pay per view event on sprintcarunlimited.tv.
Lance Dewease of Fayetteville is the defending Gunn Memorial champion.
Previous 410 sprint car feature winners this season at Selinsgrove include Brent Marks of Myerstown (April 25 Tilley Classic and July 4 PA Speedweek), Danny Dietrich of Gettysburg (July 20 75th Anniversary Race), and Chase Dietz of York (July 24 Summer Championship).
In the Lelands.com 410 sprint car standings, Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove holds a 70-point lead over Dietz with three races remaining in the 2021 campaign. Dietrich is third in the standings, trailing Heimbach by just 130 points.
The limited late models will compete in a 20-lap feature paying $1,200 in their final appearance of the season. Devin Hart of Port Royal is a three-time limited late model feature winner at Selinsgrove and has a 110-point lead over two-time winner Andrew Yoder of Middleburg. Trent Brenneman of Mifflintown is the division’s most recent feature winner on Aug. 14.
The roadrunners will round out the three-division card in a 12-lap feature. In the 10 roadrunner races this season, Keith Bissinger of Orangeville (4), Jake Jones of Hunlock Creek (3), Brad Mitch of McClure (2), and Adam Campbell of Danville (1) have been in Victory Lane. Two-time defending champion Jones has a commanding 370-point lead over Nathan Romig of McClure with two races remaining.
Jack Gunn was a native of Hancock, Md., and brought mid-state sprint car racing to national prominence in the 1970’s while serving as track announcer and promoter. Gunn guided Selinsgrove, Williams Grove, Penn National, and Hagerstown
Speedways during his promotional reign. He died in 1980 at the age of 48, and was inducted posthumously into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1990.
The Acme Companies, based in New Cumberland, is owned and operated by former sprint car racers John Mickle and Bob Bennett. The company operates four divisions including Acme Trailer Works (acmetrailerworks.com), Acme Car Company (acmecarco.com), Berrien Buggy by Acme (berrienbuggy.com), and Acme Composites (acme-composites.com).
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY: A Motorsports Tradition for Generations
Selinsgrove Speedway’s grand motorsports tradition began July 20, 1946, when Bill Holland of Philadelphia won the first race. Since that historic day, Holland went on to win the 1949 Indy 500, and many of motorsports’ most famous drivers have turned laps at the iconic half-mile dirt track designed by legendary Hollywood stuntman and race car driver Joie Chitwood. The speedway, celebrating its momentous 75th anniversary in 2021, will continue its legacy of rip-roaring open wheel and stock car racing this season and for future generations!
For a complete schedule, the latest news, results, and race status, visit selinsgrovespeedway.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. The track office can be reached at 570.374.2266.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE INFORMATION FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 28, 2021:
410 Sprint Cars
Limited Late Models
Students (12-17): $10
Kids 11 & Under FREE GA
Pit Passes: $30
41st Annual Jack Gunn Memorial for 410 Sprint Cars: 1) $5,000 2) $2,000 3) $1,200 4) $1,100 5) $1,000 6) $800 7) $700 8) $600 9) $575 10) $550 11) $525 12) $500 13) $475 14) $450 15) $425 16-14) $400