Story By: STEVE INCH / SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY – SELINSGROVE, PA – Briggs Danner of Allentown settled a thrilling wheel-to-wheel battle with Alex Bright of Collegeville by parking his No. 5G wingless 360 sprint car in Victory Lane for the sixth time this season in USAC East Coast competition.
The victory in the 25-lap main event was the second of Danner’s career at Selinsgrove.
Polesitter Tommy Kunsman powered into the lead only to drift into the third turn guardrail and launch into a series of flips. Kunsman escaped injury.
Original third-place starter Ed Aikin restarted the race on the pole and led the first two laps before being passed by fifth-place starter Alex Bright. Aikin kept Bright in his sights for three laps until sixth-place starter Briggs Danner streaked into the runner-up position.
A caution flag on lap 10 for David Swanson reset the field with Bright leading over Danner and fourth-place starter Joey Amantea. At the halfway point, eighth-place starter Mark Smith advanced to fourth.
With 10 laps to race, the race for the lead heated up as Bright and Danner pulled slide jobs for two laps before Danner secured the lead on lap 19 with a pass at the start/finish line.
Danner went on to take the checkered flag over Bright, Amantea, Carmen Perigo, and Smith.
USAC East Coast Wingless 360 Sprint Cars – 20 Entries
25-Lap A-Main: 1) 5G Briggs Danner 2) 20 Alex Bright 3) 88J Joey Amantea 4) 21 Carmen Perigo 5) 75 Mark Smith 6) 7 Ed Aikin 7) 83 Bruce Buckwalter Jr. 8) 23B Preston Lattomus 9) 67 Jason Cherry 10) 12W Troy Fraker 11) 2J Aaron Jacobus 12) 117 David Swanson 13) 42 John Fraker 14) R17 Jason Wagner 15) 19 Steven Drevicki 16) 21K Tommy Kunsman Jr. 17) 90 Colin White 18) 17J Jonathan Swanson 19) 7J Andrew Jacobus 20) 96 Lee Kauffman
Heat Winners: Briggs Danner, Alex Bright