PITTMAN MAKES LAST-LAP PASS BY SMITH FOR WIN IN KEYSTONE CUP SPRINT CAR THRILLER AT SELINSGROVE; EICHELBERGER WINS NON-STOP SPORTSMAN FEATURE

Date: 5/31/2010 4:46:14 PM

 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 30 May 2010
Steve Inch

PITTMAN MAKES LAST-LAP PASS BY SMITH FOR WIN
IN KEYSTONE CUP SPRINT CAR THRILLER AT SELINSGROVE;
EICHELBERGER WINS NON-STOP SPORTSMAN FEATURE


SELINSGROVE, Pa. Ė With one of the largest crowds in recent years looking
on, Daryn Pittman of Owasso, Okla., made a thrilling last-lap pass by
Stevie Smith of Broken Arrow, Okla, in turn two to win Sunday nightís
30-lap main event for 410 sprint cars at Selinsgrove Speedway.

For Pittman, driving the Mike Heffner-owned No. 27, the $5,000 victory
marked his third straight in the fourth annual Keystone Cup Series and his
first career at Selinsgrove Speedway. He leads the point standings entering
the seriesí final event Monday afternoon at Port Royal Speedway.

Mark Smith of Tower City was the nightís fast qualifier out of a field of
30 cars with a lap time of 17.794.

Rich Eichelberger of York Springs won the 20-lap non-stop super sportsman
main event in 7:24.20. It was Eichelbergerís second career sportsman win at
Selinsgrove in the divisionís first event at the track since the 2004
season. 

Selinsgrove Speedway will present another two-race weekend June 5-6. The
Saturday, June 5 show will feature the URC sprint cars, 358 sprint cars,
pro stocks, and roadrunners. The speedway will also be in action on Sunday,
June 6 with the second annual Jeffís Auto Body & Recycling Center
Appalachian Mountain Speedweek series for late models. Both shows will
start at 7 p.m.

Second-place starter Fred Rahmer beat polesitter Daryn Pittman into the
first turn for the early lead in the sprint car feature. For the first
several laps, an intense battle for the runner up position unfolded between
Pittman and fourth-place starter Stevie Smith. Then fifth-place starter
Mark Smith made it a close three-car battle for second.

Once Smith secured the second position, he quickly reeled in Rahmer in a
race for the lead. On the 14th circuit in lapped traffic, Smith took the
lead when he powered around Rahmer coming off turn four following a
wheel-to-wheel duel. Pittman then passed Rahmer for second and closed the
gap with Smith.

The eventís first caution flag unfurled on lap 26 when Colby Womer stopped
on the fronstretch with a flat tire. Prior to the caution flag with only
four laps remaining, the field was on track to eclipse nearly 13 seconds
off of the 30-lap track record that was set in 1985 by Doug Wolfgang.

When the race resumed, Pittman cleared the lapped traffic and attempted to
run down Smith in the final laps. Then another caution flag for Steve
Buckwalter regrouped the field for a one-lap chase to the checkered flag.

On the final restart, Pittman used the inside lane to pull alongside of
Smith through turns one and two. Pittman took the lead exiting the second
turn and held off Smithís charge through turns three and four. At the
checkered flag, Pittman took the win by a mere .14 of a second over Smith.

Seventh-place starter Lance Dewease, Rahmer, and sixth-place starter Pat
Cannon completed the top five.

Polesitter Jason Fry powered into the lead at the start of the super
sportsman feature. On the third lap, sixth-place starter Carmen Perigo Jr.
made a pass for the lead racing down the backstretch.

By lap seven, ninth-place starter Rich Eichelberger had advanced to second
and was beginning to gain on Perigo. On the 11th circuit, Eichelberger made
the winning pass using the inside lane down the backstretch. At the finish,
Eichelberger was victorious in the non-stop event over Perigo, Frankie
Herr, Fry, and Jay Fannasy.


SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY
410 Sprint Cars - 30 Entries
30-Lap A-Main: 1) 27 Daryn Pittman 2) 1 Stevie Smith 3) 30C Lance Dewease
4) 51 Fred Rahmer 5) 3 Pat Cannon 6) 7M Mark Smith 7) 17 Tyler Walker 8) 25
Aaron Ott 9) 11 Mike Erdley 10) 15 Adam Wilt  11) 48 Danny Dietrich  12) 0
Rick Lafferty 13) 88 Todd Shaffer 14) 12 Blane Heimbach  15) 7 Chad Layton
16) 19M  Brent Marks  17) 71 Brian Leppo  18) 49 Bob Howard  19) 18 Ryan
Bohlke  20) 35 Justin Henderson  21) 66 Ryan Kissinger  22) 37 Scott
Flammer  23) 17B Steve Buckwalter  24) 19W Colby Womer

Time Trials: 1) 7M Mark Smith 17.794  2) 1 Stevie Smith 17.816  3) 12 Blane
Heimbach 17.916  4) 3 Pat Cannon 17.935  5) 71 Brian Leppo 18.020  6) 35
Justin Henderson 18.025 7) 30C Lance Dewease 18.037  8) 48 Danny Dietrich
18.057  9) 0 Rick Lafferty 18.213  10) 17 Tyler Walker 18.268  11) 27 Daryn
Pittman 18.271  12) 11 Mike Erdley 18.307  13) 3B Bob Bennett 18.368  14)
19M Brent Marks 18.425 15) 15 Adam Wilt 18.529  16) 25O Aaron Ott 18.568
17) 51 Fred Rahmer 18.608  18) 88 Todd Shaffer 18.631  19) 66 Ryan
Kissinger 18.691  20) 19W Colby Womer 18.701 21) 17B Steve Buckwalter
18.733  22) 49 Bob Howard 18.794  23) 37 Scott Flammer 18.870 24) 21 Rod
Stroup 18.962  25) 18 Ryan Bohlke 19.180  26) 31 Jim Campbell 19.656 27) 5
Dylan Cisney 19.691 28) 3J Jack Thorton 20.470 29) 22 Greg Hodnett 21.728
30) 7 Chad Layton DNT
Heat Winners:  Stevie Smith, Mike Erdley, Fred Rahmer
B-Main Winner: Justin Henderson

Super Sportsman - 22 Entries
20-Lap A-Main: 1) 8 Rich Eichelberger  2) 93 Carmen Perigo Jr.  3) 99
Frankie Herr  4) 10 Jason Fry 5) 222 Jay Fannasy  6) 32 Greg Foster  7) 30
Scott Dellinger  8) 88 Aaron Eichelberger  9) 45 Dave Socks  10) 00 Rick
Barr  11) 33R Ryan Rupp  12) 3B Mike Enders  13) 25 Bob Hockenberry  14)
318 Paul Miller  15) 11S Duaine Smith  16) 55 Chad Crisswell  17) 1 John
Stehman  18) 85 Jared Miller  19) 66 Leroy Martin DNF  20) 9K Steve Wilbur
DNF  21) 91 Lanny Hake DNF  22) 83 Greg Robinson 
Heat Winners:  Jason Fry, Carmen Perigo Jr.
 
 


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