Susquenhanna clebrates 50 years

50th Anniversary Celebration at SSP on Thursday NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (May 18, 2004) - The Susquehanna Speedway celebrates its 50th year of operation this Thursday night, May 20. Along with a few surprises, the night will feature the 410 Sprint...

50th Anniversary Celebration at SSP on Thursday

NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (May 18, 2004) - The Susquehanna Speedway celebrates its 50th year of operation this Thursday night, May 20. Along with a few surprises, the night will feature the 410 Sprint Cars, the Xtreme Enduro Stock Cars and the Penn Mar Vintage Club in action on the 1/2-mile Newberrytown oval. Last week found three new winners for the season in victory lane that includes Greg Hodnett from Memphis, TN in the 410 Sprints, David Wilhelm from Perryville, MD in the Xtreme Stock Cars and Wellsville's John Stoll Jr. in the PA Four Cylinders.

The Xtreme Stock Car Pepsi Challenge will feature Wilhelm along with Ronnie Thomas of Gettysburg, Matt Smith from Carlisle, XSC points leader Charlie Pennsinger of Shippensburg and Manchester's Raymond Repp. Pennsinger picked up the "double money" purse when he finished fourth from the back in last week's feature. The return of the Rock It Pizza School Bus Challenge will also continue with some special guests of the 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Bud Bricker Jr., the son of the late Bud Bricker who built and promoted the first race at Susquehanna Speedway in May of 1954, will be on hand as the honorary starter for the evening's activities. New traditions have also begun at SSP which include all children 12 and under being able to visit victory lane after the 410 Sprint Car feature to have their picture as a group with the winning driver. A picture from last week's event can be found on www.sspracing.net under May 13 photos.

Gates open in the pit area at 4:00 p.m. with the grandstand gates opening at 5:00 p.m. Warmups begin at 6:30 p.m. with racing action beginning at 7:30 p.m. Race fans can expect a fast paced 2 0x8bf5r program each and every night (and as coined by a local reporter "Done by 10."). Grandstand ticket prices are Adults (18 & older) $10.00; Teens (13-17) $6.00; Children (6-12) $2.00; and Children (5 & under) are free. Pit pass prices have been reduced to $20.00 with a reduced price of $18.00 for all track license holders. A track license is $25.00 for the year.

The Trail Motors 358/360 Open Comp Sprint Car Challenge will be featured on Thursday Night, May 27 paying $1200 to the winner. As a bonus, every entrant in the May 27th show will be eligible to win $1500 at the August 12 Trail Motors 358/360 Open Comp Show only if they enter the May 27th event. If they only compete in the August 12 show, then they can win $1200. All drivers will declare which rules they are competing under as they enter the pit gate and must abide by those rules. An open tire rule is in effect except for those competing for points under their declared organization. Also on the racing card are the ever-popular Xtreme Enduro Stock Cars and the Central PA Legends Cars.

Also, with the huge amount of interest for the June 10th Great American School Bus Race, SSP will be selling advance tickets at a discounted rate of $10.00 per ticket. At the gate, the general admission price will be $12.00. Ticket may be purchased at intermission during Thursday night racing events or by calling the SSP 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. For more information, contact the speedway offices at (717) 292-1696 or email toddafish@aol.com.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Matt Smith