Selinsgrove 40th Sprint Car National Open next weekend

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Selinsgrove Motor Circuit. (Photo by Dan Demarco)

SELINSGROVE, Pa. — Selinsgrove Speedway will close the season on Friday and Saturday, September 23-24 with the 40th annual Jim Nace Memorial National Open for 410 sprint cars.

For the first time in 30 years, the speedway crown jewel race will be a two-day event with nearly $100,000 in prize money.

Friday night’s preliminary race for the 410 sprint cars is sponsored by Heister House Millworks & Cabinetry of Mt. Pleasant Mills and will also feature the super late models in a 25-lap race paying $3,000 to win.

The winner of Friday’s 25-lap sprint car race will raise $6,000 and automatically qualify as well as into the new draw for Saturday’s open.

Saturday will feature the sprint cars in the 40-lap Nace Memorial National Open presented by Mountain Ridge Metals of Millersburg.

To celebrate the 40th edition of the race and in tribute to Nace, the speedway’s only five-time speed car track champion driving the famous Camel Express #26.

The winner will take home $26,000, the biggest winner’s share for an unsanctioned sprint car race in central Pennsylvania this season.

The Fast Tees Fast Time Award in memory of Jim Nace will pay out $300. The Nace family is also giving away five $50 cash prizes to fans in honor of Nace’s five track championships.

410 sprint car races on Saturday will pay $100 to win. Tow money for 410 sprint cars will be $200 both nights.

The PASS 305 sprint cars will join the 410 sprint cars on the Saturday evening menu from 7 p.m.

Anthony Macri is the two-time defending Jim Nace Memorial National Open champion.

He became the 20th different driver to win the race since its launch in 1983, with the late Maynard Yingst taking victories at the first three Opens.

Fred Rahmer is the only five-time winner of the event.

The rain date for the Saturday-only show will be Sunday, September 25, if needed.

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