SELINSGROVE – Pat Cannon of Etters held off a hard-charging Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove in a dramatic finish Saturday to win the Jim Nace Memorial 30th Anniversary Selinsgrove Ford National Open at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Cannon won the special race for 410 sprint cars for the second year in a row.
In the 44-lap tribute race to the speedway’s only five-time sprint car champion, divided into two 22-lap segments with two complete payoffs, Cannon earned $6,900 for his second career win in a 410 sprint car at the track driving the Highlands’ Tire & Service Center No. 3.
On Sept. 1, Cannon also won $8,000 in the National Open for 358-360 sprint cars.
Cannon placed eighth in the first segment, while Danny Lasoski of Dover, Mo., out-paced the field to claim the first round. For the third consecutive year, the Nace Memorial offered a $14,000 bonus if the same driver won both segments. Motor woes at the start of the second segment, however, knocked Lasoski out of contention for a possible $26,000 haul had he won both segments.
Brian Leppo of New Oxford, who was piloting the Clemens-owned No. 51 this weekend, was the Fast Tees Fast Qualifier with a lap time of 15.933.
Davey Sammons of Bordentown, N.J., was transported to the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville with undisclosed injuries following a lap 32 crash in turn two in the second segment of the sprint car feature.
Dylan Yoder of Selinsgrove won his fourth race of the year in the 25-lap late model main event.
Information used in this story was provided by Selinsgrove Speedway. Video used in this report is courtesy of www.SportsPlusVideo.com and Lynn Schaeffer Productions.