NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (September 16, 2004) - All Fred Rahmer had to do Thursday evening to clinch his fourth Susquehanna Speedway Park Sprint Car point title was start his heat race. Instead, Rahmer won every race he entered to put an exclamation...
NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (September 16, 2004) - All Fred Rahmer had to do Thursday evening to clinch his fourth Susquehanna Speedway Park Sprint Car point title was start his heat race. Instead, Rahmer won every race he entered to put an exclamation point on his championship season. Rahmer's win in the 25-lap 410 Sprint Car feature was his seventh of the season at SSP, 32nd overall, and 25th career SSP win.
In other action, Tom Johns won the Xtreme Enduro Stock Car feature event, while Ronnie Dunstan claimed the Legends Cars feature win. Butch Richcreek Jr. won the Spectacular One-on-One Street Car Drags in an exciting one lap finale over Ken Johns.
Rahmer started sixth in the Sprint Car feature and caught race-long leader Eric Stambaugh in heavy lapped traffic on the 17th lap. He went on to record the $2,500 win over Stambaugh. Lance Dewease finished third, with Brian Leppo and Cris Eash completing the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Greg Hodnett, Blane Heimbach, Doug Esh, Kevin Nouse, and Jim Siegel. Eash set a new ten lap track record in winning the first heat race with a time of 2:29.68. Dewease and Rahmer were other heat winners.
Johns chased polesitter Matt Smith for 19 of the 20 laps in the Xtreme Enduro Stock Car feature event. Johns got by Smith on the first turn of the final lap to score the win. Smith finished second, with David Wilhelm getting third in a three car wide finish for that spot. Mike Goodwin and Matt Wampler completed the top five. Heats went to Smith and Wampler. Alan Miller took the Pepsi Challenge Dash.
Dunstan moved from fourth to first by the completing of the second lap in the Central PA Legends Cars feature race. He then held the lead for the remainder of the 15 lap distance. Greg Burd, who led the first lap held second place despite a seven car battle for that spot. Rod Kistler, Josh Morrow, and Randy Kissinger completed the top five. Heats went to Kistler and Harry Garber.
The final race of the season will be Thursday Night, September 23 as SSP hosts the 410 Sprint Cars along with the Xtreme Enduro Stock Cars. Tentatively on the schedule are the Classic Cars and a Ford vs. Chevy Tough Truck Tug-O-War. These will be confirmed on Monday. 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. SSP will continue its Repeat Fan Discount in which there will be a $2.00 discount for each person with a ticket stub from the September 16 event only. For example, $2.00 off an Adult ticket for September 23 with and Adult ticket stub from the September 16 event. Returning fans are encouraged to write their name, address and phone number on the back of the stub to be entered into a special drawing to be held at the end of the season. The grand prize will be two tickets to the NASCAR race in October at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. Pit pass prices are $20.00 with a reduced price of $18.00 for all track license holders.
SSP RESULTS FROM THURSDAY, September 16, 2004
410 SPRINT CAR FEATURE (25 laps) 1. Fred Rahmer, 2. Eric Stambaugh 3. Lance Dewease 4. Brian Leppo 5. Cris Eash 6. Greg Hodnett 7. Blane Heimbach 8. Doug Esh 9. Kevin Nouse 10. Jim Siegel 11. Chris Meleason 12. Rick Lafferty 13. Scott Lutz 14. Cory Haas 15. TJ Stutts 16. Ryan Lynn 17. Jeff Taylor 18. Todd Zinn 19. Lloyd Ettinger 20. Michael Hamer 21. Pat Cooper 22. Bob Bennett 23. Brent Kluge DNS Billy Heltzel, Dave Cordier
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Stambaugh 1-16, Rahmer 17-25
HEAT WINNERS: Eash NTR 2;29.68 , Dewease, Rahmer
XTREME ENDURO FEATURE (20 laps) 1.Tom Johns 2. Matt Smith 3. David Wilhelm 4. Mike Goodwin 5. Matt Wampler 6. Charlie Pensinger 7. Greg Miller 8. Alan Miller 9. Karl Windish 10. Charles Schomann 11. Ronnie Thomas 12. Ricky Hippensteel Jr. 13. Jerry Blauch 14. Mike Mixell 15. Wayne Eurich 16. Brian Sanders 17. Sam Rial 18. Adrian Barnhardt 19. Rich Lomman 20. Tim Wert 21. Larry Hughes Jr. 22. Carl Cassel 23. Travis Horan 24. Jason Failor 25. Zack Beck DNS Barry Fahs
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Smith 1-19, Johns 20
HEAT WINNERS: Smith, Wampler
PEPSI CHALLENGE DASH WINNER: Miller
LEGENDS CARS FEATURE (15 laps) 1. Ronnie Dunstan 2. Greg Burd 3. Rod Kistler 4. Josh Morrow 5. Randy Kissinger 6. Jason Rochelle 7. Dave Kline 8. Harry Garber 9. Bob Murray 10. Randy Fetterhoff 11. Denny Rothermel 12. Ed Wentz 13. Laura McGonnell 14. Andy Lupfer 15. Paul Fitzsimmons 16. Dallas Schittler 17. Ron Cooper 18. Lamar Schaffer 19. Darryl Bloom 20. Zack Dieter 21. Jay Aten
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Burd 1 Dunstan 2-15
HEAT WINNERS: Kistler, Garber