NASCAR Sprint Cup standout Tony Stewart won Saturday's ESS 360/358 Sprint Challenge at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Stewart started eighth and tracked down track kingpin Pat Cannon, of Fairview Township, at the midpoint of the race, for the $3,000 victory.
Stewart visited Selinsgrove before his Sprint Cup race on Sunday at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
Cannon settled for second, with Mark Smith in third. T.J. Stutts and Jason Shultz completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Robbie Stillwaggon, Davie Franek, Jessica Zemken, Dylan Swienik and Michael Parent.
"It's an honor to run here," Stewart said in Victory Lane. "It's a deal we tried last year but it got rained out and I'm glad we got back here tonight. The track got so wide and racey. It's fun when you can go to a track and have a lot of room to race from top to bottom."
In qualifying, Stewart set a new one-lap track record for 360 sprint cars at Selinsgrove in 17.168 seconds (111.053 average mph) and also won his eight-lap heat race. The top two finishers in each of the four heats redrew a pill to determine the first eight starting positions in the feature.
"I was nervous when we drew an eight for the feature," Stewart said. "Knowing that Pat Cannon and Mark Smith are up there, those are the guys you're going to have to watch out for and have to beat."
Stewart qualified 26th on Friday for Sunday's STP Gas Boosters 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville. He finished 17th in the race on Sunday.
"My pilots get a lot of third-shift flights," Stewart said about his hectic schedule traveling between race tracks. "But it makes it all worthwhile when I can come to a cool place like this. It's obviously one of the most famous tracks in Pennsylvania. We got some momentum after tonight. It makes Sunday morning at the (NASCAR) drivers' meeting a lot more fun when we can go there with a smile on our face."
Dover's Coleby Frye won the late-model feature at Selinsgrove, with Dylan Yoder in second. Jerry Bard, Andy Haus and Bryan Bernheisel completed the top five.
Shaun Miller was awarded the pro-stock win after Kyle Bachman's car failed a post-race inspection. Bob Bussey won the roadrunner feature.
OTHER DIRT TRACK RESULTS
RAHMER TRIUMPHS AT LINCOLN: Fred Rahmer won his 167th career Lincoln Speedway sprint-car feature on Saturday evening.
For Rahmer, it was a long wait for that victory. His last Lincoln win had come in 2010. Rahmer's win was worth $3,200.
Robbie Kendall took the early lead in the 25-lap, sprint-car feature from the pole position, and held the top spot until York's Cory Haas took over on the seventh lap. Haas held the lead until the 16th lap, when Rahmer, who started ninth, took over. Rahmer led to the finish, but Haas tangled with a slowing lapped car and dropped from contention.
Alan Krimes finished a fast-closing second, with York's Adam Wilt in third. Jim Siegel and Brian Montieth completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Brent Marks, Hanover's Logan Schuchart, Billy Dietrich, Jason Leffler and Kendall.
Ryan Wilson rode the high side from the eighth starting spot to take the lead from Manchester's Austin Hogue on the fifth of 20 laps for the 358 sprint win. Eric Tomecek came from the 12th starting spot for second, with Dale Hammaker coming from 13th for third. Hogue and 19th-starter Tyler Ross completed the first five. Rounding out the top 10 were York's Jeff Rohrbaugh, Matt Mountz, Jay Galloway, Matt Findley and Franklintown's Brie Hershey.
Brian Walls won the 20-lap thundercar feature over Jamie Zentmyer, Roy Warehime, Todd Miller and Mikey Guise.
LAFFERTY VICTORI OUS AT PORT: Rick Lafferty raced to his first win of the season Saturday at Port Royal.
Lafferty collected $3,000 for his victory over Blane Heimbach. Mike Wagner finished third, with Doug Esh and Lance Dewease in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Dylan Cisney, Cliff Brian, Nate Snyder, Keith Kauffman and Michael Ruttkamp.
Matt Parks won the late-model feature over Derrek Casner, with Steve Campbell, Marvin Winters and Chad Hollenbeck in the top five.
All-time win leader Scott Haus was airlifted out of the track after an early-race crash. No official word was released on Haus' condition, although it was noted that he was alert and talking with emergency workers.
Eric Parker won the 305 sprint feature over Logan Wagner, Jason Bergstresser, George Riden and Alex Schanz.
HERR FIRST AT SUS QUEHANNA: Multi-time, super-sportsman champion Frankie Herr won the sportsman-tour event at Susquehanna Speedway Park on Saturday.
Herr bested Mike Enders in a race that saw those two drivers swap the lead eight times.
Dillsburg's Rich Eichelberger finished third, with Chad Criswell and Carmen Perigo Jr. in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Chris Meleason, Russ Mitten, Wellsville's Scott Geesey, Duaine Smith and Steve Fannasy.
CURSEY EXCELS AT HAGERSTOWN: Paul Cursey won Saturday's late-model sportsman feature at Hagerstown, with Kyle Lear in second.
Sam Gallagher, Justin Weaver and Charlie Schaffer completed the top five.
Tony Catlett won the pure-stock feature and Gary Proctor was the hobby-stock winner.
DIETRICH SHINES AT GROVE: Danny Dietrich scored his first win of the season on Friday evening at Williams Grove.
With added bonus money, Dietrich collected $4,300 for his fifth career Williams Grove win.
Pole-sitter Logan Schuchart, of Hanover led the first 10 laps of the 25-lap event, before Dietrich, who started third, took over the top spot. Dietrich went on to win by a scant .558 seconds over Lance Dewease. Donnie Kreitz Jr. finished third, with NASCAR ace Tony Stewart in fourth. Schuchart rounded out the top five. Completing the top 10 were Fred Rahmer, Ryan Taylor, Fairview Township's Pat Cannon, Jason Leffler and Rick Lafferty.
Newberrytown's Jason Covert collected $1,500 for winning the 25-lap, late-model feature. Covert started second and led all 25 laps to best Dover's Gene Knaub. Jerry Bard finished third with Dan Stone and Tyler Hershey in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Brian Booze, Scott LeBarron, Mike Lupfer, Jim Yoder and Sam Scheaffer.
HOGUE LEADS WAY AT TRAILWAY: Manchester's Austin Hogue won Friday's 25-lap, 358 sprint feature at Trailway.
Hogue took the lead from York's Jeff Rohrbaugh on the third lap and went on to score the win over Rohrbaugh. Hanover's Cris Eash finished third, with Robbie Kendall in fourth and Spring Grove's Zach Eucalano in fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were Hanover's Tim Wagaman, Mike Duncan Jr., Seth Kearchner, Hanover's Joe Trone Jr. and Stewartstown's Randy Whisler.
Scott Houdeshell won the Legends feature over Bob Stough, with Greg Martz, York's Bill Diehl and York's Lucas Montgomery in the top five.
Brad Kress won the limited-stock feature and Tim Hahn was the street-stock winner.
-- Reach Bryan House holder at sports@yorkdis patch.com.