NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (July 15, 2004) -- Eric Stambaugh raced to his first career 410 Sprint Car win in a rain shortened program at Susquehanna Speedway Park on Thursday evening. The feature events for the PA Four Cylinder Stocks and the Xtreme Enduro...
NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (July 15, 2004) -- Eric Stambaugh raced to his first career 410 Sprint Car win in a rain shortened program at Susquehanna Speedway Park on Thursday evening. The feature events for the PA Four Cylinder Stocks and the Xtreme Enduro Stocks were postponed. The Xtreme Enduro Stock Car feature will be run as part of the July 22 program with double features, while the PA Four Cylinder event will be rescheduled sometime in the future at a date to be announced with double features as well. Since one feature was officially completed, rain checks will not be honored at the next event. A victory lane celebration will take place on July 29 for Stambaugh "SSP's World's Fastest Driver for 10 laps" as he also set the 10 lap track record in 2 minutes, 30.88 seconds.
The 25 lap Sprint Car feature event was a barnburner right up until rain slowed the pace with 19 laps completed. Jeff Taylor led the first lap before yielding the top spot to "SSP World's Fastest Driver for 1 lap" Brian Leppo. Leppo set the pace for the next eleven laps, although most of those laps he was under pressure from Stambaugh. After several wheel to wheel battles, Stambaugh finally slipped by Leppo on the 13th lap. But the race wasn't over yet, point leader Fred Rahmer and Greg Hodnett were on the move, passing Leppo, and closing on Stambaugh when the sky opened up on the 19th lap. The rain did eventually stop, but after making an attempt at running in the track rains began again, and the feature was called complete.
Stambaugh received $2,500 for his first career 410 Sprint Car win. Rahmer finished second followed by Hodnett, Leppo and Lance Dewease in the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Jim Siegel, Josh Wells, Dave Cordier Jr., Brent Kluge and Steve Wilbur. Heats went to Stambaugh and Leppo.
PA Four Cylinder heats went to Chris McLanigan and Kyle Levengood. Xtreme Enduro Stock Car heats went to Adrian Barnhardt and Pat Hires. Alan Miller won the Pepsi Challenge Dash Race. Brian Wentzel drove an Eagle Talon to the overall win in the One-On-One Street Car Drags.
The next race will be Thursday Night, July 22 as SSP hosts A.R.C.H. (Auto Racing Club of Hagerstown) Fan Night. All A.R.C.H. members will receive a $1.00 discount on general admission tickets for the remainder of the 2004 racing season. This is similar to the discount for the York County Racing Club. A membership card must be shown to receive the discount. The Super Sportsman Tour will also visit along with the Open Challenge Race for the Street Stocks and Thunder Cars. The Xtreme Enduro Stock Cars will run their make-up feature along with another 20 lap feature event. The 410 Sprint Cars will return to action on Thursday, July 29.
Gates open in the pit area at 4:00 p.m. with the grandstand gates opening at 5:00 p.m. Warmups begin at 7:00 p.m. with racing beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m. Grandstand ticket prices are Adults (18 & older) $12.00; Teens (13-17) $8.00; Children (6-12) $4.00; and Children (5 & under) are free. SSP will continue its Repeat Fan Discount in which there will be a $2.00 discount on general admission for each person with a ticket stub from the July 15 event only. For example, $2.00 off an Adult ticket for July 22 with and Adult ticket stub from the July 15 event. Pit pass prices are $20.00 with a reduced price of $18.00 for all track license holders. A track license is $25.00 for the year. The raindate will be Sunday night, July 25 with the same time schedule.
For more information, visit ww.sspracing.net or call the SSP home office at (717) 292-1696. The Susquehanna Speedway Park is located off I-83 to exit 32, then 1.4 miles NW on SR382 to York Road, then 1.3 miles south. On raceday, use the track phone at (717) 938-9170.
SSP RESULTS FROM THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2004
410 SPRINT CAR FEATURE (25 laps) 1. Eric Stambaugh 2. Fred Rahmer 3. Greg Hodnett 4. Brian Leppo 5. Lance Dewease 6. Jim Siegel 7. Josh Wells 8. Dave Cordier 9. Brent Kluge 10. Steve Wilbur 11. Scott Lutz 12. Jeff Taylor 13. Billy Heltzel 14. Michael Hamer 15. Lloyd Ettinger
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Taylor 1 Leppo 2-12, Stambaugh 13-19
HEAT WINNERS: Stambaugh 2:30.88 NTR, Leppo
XTREME ENDURO FEATURE (20 laps) Postponed until July 22.
HEAT WINNERS: Adrian Barnhardt and Pat Hires
PEPSI CHALLENGE DASH WINNER: Allan Miller
PA FOUR CYLINDERS CARS FEATURE (15 laps): Postponed to a later to be announced.
HEAT WINNERS: Chris McLanigan and Kyle Levengood