WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa — Dustin Selvage won the battle and Russ Hall won the war Saturday night at 34 Raceway.
Selvage won the season championship 30-lap feature over Hall, who clinched the Sprint Invaders title.
C.J. Houseman, making his first sprint car start of 2013, led early from the pole position in the 30-lapper with Hall and Selvage in tow. The lead trio hit traffic and on lap seven, Selvage slipped by Hall for the second spot. Two laps later, Houseman stumbled, allowing Selvage by for the lead. Houseman cruised over the turn one berm, bringing a caution, while Tim Moore flipped in turn three.
On the restart, Selvage led Hall, Joe Beaver, Jarrod Schneiderman and Jon Agan. When the green fell, Schneiderman shot by Beaver into the show position and pursue the leaders. The next 15 laps went non-stop with Selvage guiding the Kenny Bragg No. 73 on the cushion through lapped traffic.
Joey Moughan was battling Bobby Mincer for sixth when he tried to squeeze between Mincer and the lapped car of Jimmy Davies on lap 23. He caught Davies left front wheel and the caution came out. Davies amazingly stayed right side up in the collision, and it set up a seven lap Dash to the finish.
Selvage would pull away for his third career Sprint Invaders win, and second of the season at 34 Raceway. He finished second in the season standings to Hall, who would hold onto second. Schneiderman finished third, ahead of Beaver and hard-charger, Paul Nienhiser.
“I felt like I was getting through the lapped traffic pretty well, then I would get hung up on a couple of cars,” said Selvage. “I saw Russ there a few times, and I didn’t know how he was getting through traffic. The restart late helped us I think, because we had clean air at that point. This car is owned by Kenny Bragg and Chris McGraw. They decided over the winter to do this whole Sprint Invaders deal, and I was the lucky one to get to drive it.”
“I’d like to thank all the fans for coming out tonight, and for supporting us all year,” said Hall. “This Sprint Invaders series is the best one going. I get to run with a lot of organizations, but this is definitely my favorite. It has the best drivers and the cleanest drivers. Unfortunately, my Dad couldn’t make it tonight. He sacrificed everything for this team. I wish he could have been here.”
Dustin Selvage, Russ Hall, Jarrod Schneiderman, Joe Beaver, Paul Nienhiser, Joey Moughan, Jon Agan, Bobby Mincer, Matt Sutton, Matt Krieger, Chris Martin, Josh Schneiderman, Justin Newberry, Laney Feight, Andy Huston, C.J. Houseman, Dave Getchell, Jimmy Davies, Tommy Rockwell, Tim Moore, Pat Moore, Ryan Jamison, Daniel Bergquist.