Smith Claims Inaugural Kramer Cup
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Mark Smith, driving the MACH 1 Chassis sprint car, won the inaugural 25-lap Kramer Cup Rislone URC Sprint Series feature Saturday night at the Selinsgrove Speedway.
The event is sponsored by Selinsgrove Ford and presented in honor of three-time URC champion and Central Pennsylvania sprint car great Kramer Williamson, who lost his life in a sprint car accident in 2013. The family of Kramer Williamson along with his No. 73 Pink Panther sprint car were on hand for the event.
Heat race victories went to Josh Weller, Cody Keller and Ryan Kissinger with each driver earning $73 for the win. Jessica Anderson was the winner of the B Main.
In the 25 lap Kramer Cup event, Troy Betts was the early race leader with Ryan Kissinger and T.J. Stutts in the chase. On lap four Kissinger took the lead as Stutts followed in second. The yellow flaw was displayed on lap seven when Colby Womer stopped in turn four.
On the restart, Kissinger and Stutts went to battle exchanging the lead several times before Kissinger settled in as the race leader on lap 10.
At the halfway point of the race, Kissinger and Stutts were again in a heated battle as Mark Smith moved into the picture racing in third followed by Cody Keller and Robbie Stillwaggon. The Kissinger and Stutts battle continued, then on lap 19 Smith moved into second.
On lap 21, Jimmy Stitzel spun with the leaders charging into turn three. Kissinger slipped by the spinning sprinter but Stutts, Cody Keller and Larry Kelleher sustained some damage, displaying the caution flag.
A double file restart now set the stage with Smith taking the lead. Robbie Stillwaggon was now moving into contention along with Mike Walter.
Once on top, Smith easily took the victory followed by Kissinger, Stillwaggon, Walter and Davie Franek.
Mark Smith, Ryan Kissinger, Robbie Stillwaggon, Mike Walter, Davie Franek, Josh Weller, Curt Michael, Jason Shultz, Hunter Schuerenberg, Larry Kelleher, Jordan Thomas, Derek Locke, Mike Water II, Jason Clauss, Mark Bitner, Jessica Anderson, Troy Betts, T.J. Stutts, Cody Keller, Jimmy Stitzel, Keith Prutzman, Brad Franks, Andy Best, Colby Womer.