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Posted: Jun 15, 2014 02:30 PM EDT

TJ Stutts Powers to PST Win at Selinsgrove

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Steve Inch, SELINSGROVE, PA, (June 14, 2014)0. TJ Stutts, of Liverpool, PA and Mark Smith of Sunbury, PA exchanged the lead several times before Stutts settled the suspenseful war on wheel s with a victory in Saturday night’s 30-lap Patriot Sprint Tour/11th Annual Joe Whitcomb Memorial at Selinsgrove Speedway.  


The $2,571 win was Stutts’ third of the season and third career in the Whitcomb Memorial at the wheel of the Mountain View Travel/Shimock’s Furniture No. 23.  The victory also marked the 20th of his career in 358-360 sprint car competition at the track. 

Brock Zearfoss of Jonestown was the night’s Fast Tees Fast Qualifier with a lap time of 17.414. 

At the start of the Whitcomb Memorial, second-place starter Mark Smith pulled into the lead over polesitter Jason Shultz. Before the completion of lap one, sixth-place starter TJ Stutts raced into the third position.  The caution flag unfurled on lap two when Ryan Kissinger’s car made contact with the first turn wall. 

When the race resumed, Stutts passed Shultz for the second spot and set his sights on Smith. A two-car tangle in turn three regrouped the field for a lap five restart. Stutts drew even with Smith entering turn one but Smith maintained the lead with momentum around the top of the racetrack. 

In the early laps of the race, Smith led the field over Stutts, fourth-place starter Cody Keller, 11th-place starter Pat Cannon, and Shultz. On the 14th circuit, Smith drifted high in turn two traffic and allowed Stutts to make a pass for the lead using the inside groove. 

A caution on lap 15 became a red flag for a fuel stop. During the second half of the race, Stutts maintained a solid lead while Smith kept him in his sights. Ninth-place starter and fast qualifier Brock Zearfoss entered the top five with nine laps to race. The final caution flag waved on lap 25, setting up a five-lap dash to the checkered flag. 

The final laps produced an exciting wheel-to-wheel duel between Stutts and Smith, swapping the lead several times through the turns. Stutts eventually settled into the lead and went on to post a mere 1.3-second margin of victory over Smith, Cannon, Shultz, and Zearfoss.

 

Heat winner Cody Keller placed in sixth, ahead of PST point leader Jared Zimbardi, who drove forward to seventh.  Larry Kelleher, heat winner Joe Trenca, and young Jordan Thomas completed the top-10.

 

A total of 27 sprints filled the pits for the maiden voyage of the Patriot Sprint Tour to the famed half-mile oval.  An even split of track regulars and invaders battled throughout, however some teams suffered early issues.  Local Derek Locke was fourth fastest in time trials but grenaded his engine on a second lap.  Derek Jonathan, Brad Knab and Bobby Parrow were among others who were unable to start the feature event.


For more information, visit www.PatriotSprintTour.com.

 

Patriot Sprint Tour Press Release:

30-Lap Whitcomb Memorial:  1) 23 TJ Stutts  ($2, 571)  2) 1 Mark Smith  3) 3 Pat Cannon  4) 29 Jason Shultz  5) 1W Brock Zearfoss  6) 99K Cody Keller  7) 35 Jared Zimbardi  8) 76 Larry Kelleher  9) 98 Joe Trenca  10) 79 Jordan Thomas  11) 21F Jared Fink  12) 61 Parker Evans  13) 19 Colby Womer  14) X Dan Mazy  15) 67 Steve Collins  16) 54J Dave Just  17) 71C Charlie Anderson  18) 00  Dane Lorenc  19) 66 Ryan Kissinger  20) 54Jr Scott Just  21) 13 Kevin Ward Jr.  22) 29S Derek Steward DNS  23) 81 Derek  Jonathan DNS  24) 38 Brad Knab DNS  25) 33W Michael Walter II DNS  26) 3Z Bobby Parrow DNS  27) 77 Derek Locke DNS 

 

Heat Winners:  Brock Zearfoss, Cody Keller, Joe Trenca

 


Time Trials:  1)  Brock Zearfoss 17.414  2) Mark Smith  17.478  3) Ryan Kissinger  17.495  4) Derek Locke 17.546  5) TJ Stutts 17.652  6) Pat Cannon 17.673  7) Jordan Thomas 17.765  8) Larry Kelleher 17.792  9) Cody Keller 17.801  10) Jason Shultz 17.820  11) Colby Womer 17.845  12) Steve Collins 17.892  13) Joe Trenca 17.952  14) Kevin Ward Jr. 17.957  15) Parker Evans 18.007  16) Jared Zimbardi 18.060  17) Michael Walter II 18.069  18) Brad Knab 18.157  19) Dan Mazy 18.384  20) Jared Fink 18.489  21) Derek Steward 18.493  22) Dave Just 18.504  23) Charlie Anderson 18.639  24) Derek Jonathan 18.684  25) Dane Lawerence 18.932  26) Scott Just 19.082  27) Bobby Parrow DNT





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