Hodnett Grabs SSP Victory on Thursday Night NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (April 21, 2004) -- Greg Hodnett drew a front row starting spot for Thursday evening's Sprint Car feature at the Susquehanna Speedway Park, and never looked back, claiming his first ...
Hodnett Grabs SSP Victory on Thursday Night
NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (April 21, 2004) -- Greg Hodnett drew a front row starting spot for Thursday evening's Sprint Car feature at the Susquehanna Speedway Park, and never looked back, claiming his first win of the season. In the season's first Great American School Bus Race, J.R. Rodriguez claimed the win, while David Wilhelm made a spectacular drive from the rear of the field for the Xtreme Stock Car victory and claimed the double money bonus.
Hodnett started alongside polesitter Brian Leppo in the 25-lap Sprint Car feature, and outgunned Leppo to take the lead on the first lap. He led all the way to score the $2,500 victory, his seventh career SSP win. While Hodnett was maintaining a secure lead, and all out war erupted for the second spot between Lance Dewease, Fred Rahmer and Jeff Shepard. All three drivers held the second spot at one time, but it was Dewease who claimed the spot at the end over Rahmer and Shepard. Leppo finished fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Josh Wells, Blane Heimbach, Eric Stambaugh, Cory Haas, and last week's feature winner Jason Johnson. Heats went to Heimbach and Leppo.
J.R. Rodriguez vaulted from the fifth starting spot into the lead on the first lap of the 10 lap Great American School Bus Race, and then held off a last lap challenge from Alan Witmer to score the win. Following the top two were Rob Harkins, John Hiden Sr., and Paul Fisher. Heats went to Shawn Arndt and Harkins.
Wilhelm started 32nd in the 20-lap Xtreme Stock Car feature and took the lead from Mike Goodwin on the 18th lap. Wilhelm also won the Pepsi Dash. Following Wilhelm in the feature event were Mark Vegh, Mike Mixell, Adam Smith and Travis Horan. Heat wins went to Tom Johns and Smoke Christine.
The next race at SSP will be Thursday night, April 28 with the Sprint Cars, Xtreme Stock Cars, Classic Cars and the One-on-One Street Car Drags. Gates open in the pit area and grandstands 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 April 21 event only. For example, $2.00 off an Adult ticket for April 28 with and Adult ticket stub from the April 21 event. Returning fans are encouraged to write their name, address and phone number on the back of the stub to be entered into special drawings to be held during the season for great prizes. Last season, the grand prize was 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.
Entry forms for the One-on-One Street Car Drags may be obtained by calling (717) 292-1696 or at the pit gate on the day of the event. Bob the Undertaker from Tombstone, AZ is the first entry for next week's event with his 1979 Cadillac Hearse. The first prize is $250.00.
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, April 21, 2005
SPRINT CAR FEATURE (25 laps): q. Greg Hodnett, 2. Lance Dewease, 3. Fred Rahmer, 4. Jeff Shepard, 5. Brian Leppo, 6. Josh Wells, 7. Blane Heimbach, 8. Eric Stambaugh, 9. Cory Haas, 10. Jason Johnson, 11. Judi Bates, 12. Pat Cooper, 13. Bill Brown, 14. Jimmy Callahan Jr., 15. Steve Poplaski, 16. Chad Jumper, 17. Brent Kluge, 18. Johnny Mackison Jr.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Hodnett 1-25
HEAT WINNERS: Heimbach, Leppo
XTREME STOCK CAR FEATURE (20 laps): 1. David Wilhelm, 2. Mark Vegh, 3. Mike Mixell, 4. Adam Smith, 5. Travis Horan, 6. Gerald Schomann, 7. Mike Goodwin, 8. Jason Failor, 9. Jerry Blauch, 10. Karl Windish, 11. Eric Snoak, 12. Bryon Sipe, 13. Harry Sipe, 14. Alan Miller, 15. Daryl Beakler, 16. Karl Davis, 17. Trevor Stark, 18. Matt Wampler, 19. Steve Clemens, 20. Andrew Frye, 21. Tom Johns, 22. Paul Tiemann, 23. Gerald Barnes, 24. Smoke Christine, 25. Charlie Pensinger, 26. Adrian Barnhardt, 27. Carl Cassell, 28. Nate Heindle, 29. Tommy Slanker, 30.Sam Rial, 31. Brian Sanders, 32. John Hiden Jr., DNS - Brian Shue, Wayne Eurich, Brian Spencer
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Johns 1-12, Goodwin 13-17, Wilhelm 18-20
PEPSI DAH WINNER: Wilhelm
HEAT WINNERS: Johns, Christine
GREAT AMERICAN SCHOOL BUS FEATURE (10 laps): 1. J.R. Rodriguez, 2. Alan Witmer, 3. Rob Harkins, 4. John Hiden Sr., 5. Paul Fisher, 6. Travis Fink, 7. Todd Fisher, 8. Harold Ebaugh, 9. Don Gardner, 10. Heidi Thomas, 11. Jim Peters, 12. Shawn Arndt
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Rodriguez 1-10
HEAT WINNERS: Arndt, Harkins