Story By: STEVE INCH / SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY – SELINSGROVE, PA – When Selinsgrove Speedway swings open the gates this Saturday, April 2, at 1 p.m., it will mark the historic 60th season opener for late model stock cars at the famed Snyder County half-mile oval!
Due to the forecast for cool temperatures during the evening hours, speedway officials moved up the starting time to 3 p.m. for this weekend’s race. Joining the Selinsgrove Ford super late models on the racing card will be the Apache Tree Service PASS/IMCA 305 sprint cars and A&A Auto Stores roadrunners.
Celebrating its 76th anniversary this year, Selinsgrove originally opened in 1946 but closed for a brief period from 1960-1962. Upon reopening in 1963, late models and sprint cars became the premier weekly attractions.
It was the late Ed Spencer of Berwick who won the late model race when the track reopened on May 25, 1963.
Danville’s Jeff Rine is a 12-time late model opening day winner at the track, more than any other driver. He has 113 career wins at Selinsgrove, including a single victory last year in the track’s 75th Anniversary race on July 20.
Rine’s track championship in 2021 was the 14th of his career, and he will be gunning for No. 15 starting this Saturday. To highlight the division’s rich history, Selinsgrove Ford posted a huge $5,000 bonus to the driver who wins this year’s championship in the 16-race series! The top five points finishers will also earn bonus money.
Three drivers are tied for second on the list of late model opening day winners; they are Dale Kerstetter, Tom Peck, and Richie Jensen who each have four wins in the first race of the season.
This Saturday’s 25-lap main event will pay a cool $3,000 to win and $300 to start out of a lucrative $15,000 purse! Tow money has been raised to $200 to help late model teams offset rising fuel costs. Grandstand and pit gates will open at 1 p.m.
Gregg Satterlee is the defending super late model opening day winner. He and Rine were two of the division’s seven different winners in as many races! Also taking victories last year at the track were Matt Cosner, Andy Haus, Kyle Knapp (Rookie of the Year), Dan Stone, and Jim Yoder.
Adult general admission is set at just $15. Students (ages 12-17) are $10, with kids 11 and under admitted free general admission. Pit passes for all ages are $30.