Justin Barger First Time ASCS Winner in First ASCS North/South Feature at Penn Can SUSQUEHANNA, Pa. (August 17, 2007)- Two months after the heats were run, the $2,000-to-win Feature at the Penn Can Speedway was recorded into the books with...
Justin Barger First Time ASCS Winner in First ASCS North/South Feature at Penn Can
SUSQUEHANNA, Pa. (August 17, 2007)- Two months after the heats were run, the $2,000-to-win Feature at the Penn Can Speedway was recorded into the books with Justin Barger returning to Victory Lane at the track he won his first career sprint car A-Main.
Barger became the eighth different winner in an ASCS Patriot event, moving around Geoff Quackenbush on lap 16 and cruising to his first career ASCS Sanctioned win in the North/South Shootout Feature One between the Mid-Atlantic and Patriot Regions.
"This car was real good, I've always liked this track," said the Montrose, NY driver. "I just took my time getting around (Geoff Quackenbush) because I knew I had a strong car."
After the rains came four laps into the 25-lap feature back in June, the restart on a cool August Night found Barger restarting single-file behind Geoff Quackenbush. After the only caution on lap six, the race ran under green flag conditions for the final 19 laps to give Barger plenty of time to take over the lead.
While Quackenbush kept his car nice and wide in front the field, the AEM No. 32 searched the track to find the fast lane. On lap 16, Barger found enough bite on the top of turn two and slung around the No. 25 to take the lead for good.
"I just didn't want to do anything stupid getting into the lead," said the driver of the Ford-powered Maxim Chassis. "I've always liked the track and I had a good idea where the fast lane was."
While Barger pulled away from Quackenbush, Rookie Scott Kreutter threw his name into the mix, moving into second and closed on Barger in lapped-traffic. Barger was mellifluent in the few lap cars he had to deal with and scored the win.
For the 23-year-old, it was a nice trip down memory lane, seeing that his first career sprint win came in 2001 at the 3/8-mile when he was still just 16 years old. In his 16th career A-Main win in a sprint car, Barger is only the third driver to score a $2,000 ASCS Patriot or Mid-Atlantic prize, with help from contributions made by Shuttleworth Asphalt Sealing, Red Bear Hand Cleaner and the Penn Can Speedway.
Scott Kreutter's runner-up showing was due much in part to the postponement of the event, which allowed the Alden, NY hot shoe to gain two months more of experience. It was the second runner-up finish for the leading contender for ASCS Patriot Rookie of the Year in three races.
Tim Hogue did wonders for his lead in the ASCS Mid-Atlantic Standings, as the former winner at Penn Can moved up with Kreutter to score a third-place finish.
Geoff Quackenbush would battle a loose-handling No. 25 over the second-half of the race, as he slipped back to a fourth place finish. The season has been a nightmare for Quackenbush since the postponement in June, so a top-five was just what he needed.
Even though he restarted in seventh, just needing to move up six more spots to pick up $3,000 at a track he has never lost at, Chuck Hebing was stagnant in his No. 45 as he struggled with the dry race surface, as he settled for the fifth position at the finish. "Cobra" would make up for it though at the end of the night.
Jared Fink scored what was at the time his best career sprint car finish in just his fifth start. Fink's first start was the rain-delayed event back in June, so the postponement is exactly what he needed to finish sixth.
Don Adamczyk was stout for a seventh place showing, with Jared Zimbardi finishing in eighth. Local Coleman Gulick was the KSE Hard Charger, moving from 20th to ninth. Gary Troutman rounded out the top-10.
Only the cars that were in attendance back in June were permitted to restart this feature. Fifteen cars restarted the event, with 14 of them running at the finish.
After the dust settled on the first event, the slate was wiped clean and the standard August program took to the racetrack.
ASCS Patriot/Mid-Atlantic Results: 8/17/07, Penn Can Speedway, Susquehanna,Pa. Race 1
A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Justin Barger (32), 2. Scott Kreutter (52), 3. Tim Hogue (39), 4. Geoff Quackenbush (25), 5. Chuck Hebing (45), 6. Jared Fink (21a), 7. Don Adamczyk (21), 8. Jared Zimbardi (35), 9. Coleman Gulick (14), 10. Gary Troutman (44), 11. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 12. Ray Preston (22), 13. John Karklin (69), 14. Dave Wickham (80), 15. Blake Breen (8), 16. Bryan Howland (51), 17. Warren Alexson (3A), 18. Jeff Cook (10), 19. Normand Beaudreault (50), 20. Chris Weiss (29), 21. Daniel Lampron (52L), 22. George Suprick (87), DNS. Darrell Quackenbush (25x).
Lap Leaders- Quackenbush 1-15, Barger 16-25.
Rob's Market Pole Dash (4 Laps)- 1. Chuck Hebing (45), 2. Geoff Quackenbush (25), 3. Scott Kreutter (52), 4. Bryan Howland (51), 5. Justin Barger (32), 6. Warren Alexson (3A).
National Parts Peddler Heats (8 Laps Each)-
Race 1: 1. Chuck Hebing (45), 2. Geoff Quackenbush (25), 3. Tim Hogue (39), 4. Jeff Cook (10), 5. Jared Zimbardi (35), 6. Don Adamczyk (21), 7. Ray Preston (22), 8. Chris Muhleisen (10M)
Race 2: 1. Justin Barger (32), 2. Bryan Howland (51), 3. Scott Kreutter (52), 4. Blake Breen (8), 5. Gary Troutman (44), 6. Daniel Lampron (52L), 7. Coleman Gulick (14), 8. Darrell Quackenbush (25x)
Race 3: 1. Warren Alexson (3a), 2. Dave Wickham (80), 3. Jared Fink (21a), 4. Normand Beaudreault (50), 5. Chris Weiss (29), 6. George Suprick (87), 7. John Karklin (69)