Newberrytown,PA (July 5, 1998) Don Kreitz Jr. won the 30 lap feature at Susquehanna Speedway, the last leg of the seven race Keystone Pretzels Pennsylvania Speedweek series. Kreitz's victory was worth $4,000. Fred Rahmer finished third to take...
Newberrytown,PA (July 5, 1998) Don Kreitz Jr. won the 30 lap feature at Susquehanna Speedway, the last leg of the seven race Keystone Pretzels Pennsylvania Speedweek series. Kreitz's victory was worth $4,000.
Fred Rahmer finished third to take the Pennsylvania Speedweek championship. Rahmer came into tonight's event with a five point lead over Jeff Shepard in Speedweek point standings. Shepard set fast time tonight but had trouble in his heat race with the slick track conditions, finishing sixth, the last transfer spot. Rahmer won the second heat race.
Susquehanna does not regularly feature sprint car racing and the poor track conditions did little to encourage wheel to wheel racing. The track was dry, hard and slick before hot laps were completed. When Kreitz, a slick track specialist, was started on the outside of the second row, it was just a matter of how far back second place would finish.
The one lane slick track not only curtailed the wheel to wheel action, it also lent itself to an increase in caution periods. The yellow was shown six times, necessitating a red flag for a fuel stop with only two laps complete.
The evening was drawn out further by officials unaware of cars on track that were unsuitable for competition. Mark Coldren broke a part on his front suspension. He circulated the track, in plain view of all the officials, for two laps trying to diagnose the problem from the cockpit. Instead of directing Coldren to the pits for consultation, they waited until the entire front end collapsed on the car.
During a late race caution period, it was clearly evident that Tim Shaffer's right rear tire was deflating. Rather than pulling Shaffer off the track during the caution period, the green was thrown. The race was stopped one lap later when Shaffer's tire was completely flat.
When the green flag dropped, polesitter Kevin Gobrecht took the lead. Gobrecht took command at the front being careful not to overpower the track. Gobrecht had plenty of car to stay at the front but lapped traffic allowed the more experienced Kreitz to take the lead on lap thirteen.
Despite three more yellow flags late in the race, no one was able to mount a challenge for the lead.
Fast Time: 4j-Jeff Shepard 16.317
Heat One Results (10 laps/6 qualify): 1. 12-Tim Shaffer, 2. 88-Todd Shaffer, 3. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr., 4. 28-Brian Paulus, 5. 8-Dan Jones, 6. 4j-Jeff Shepard, 7. 3-Bob Bennett, 8. 80r-Brett Romano, 9. 32g-Randy Glover, 10. i07-Mark Coldren DNF
Heat Two Results (10 laps/6 qualify): 1. 69-Don Kreitz Jr., 2. 92-Kevin Gobrecht, 3. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh, 4. 77e-Dave Ely, 5. 10-Len Thompson, 6. 461-Lance Dewease, 7. X-Bobby Weaver, 8. 77t-Jess Thomas, 9. 51 Karl Baker, 10. 12-Troy Fraker
Heat Three Results (10 laps/6 qualify): 1. 77-Fred Rahmer, 2. 17e-Cris Eash, 3. 1-Dave Calaman, 4. 25-Todd Gracey, 5. 69w-Shawn Weaver, 6. 2t-Tracy Readinger, 7. 3x-Mick Wasitawski DNF, 8. 53-Shawn Keen DNF, 9. 2s-Burt Shoop DNF, 10. 13k-Rick Kaylor DNF
B-Main Results (10 laps/6 qualify): 1. Keen, 2. Coldren, 3. Weaver, 4. Romano, 5. Thomas, 6. Baker, 7. Fraker, 8. Glover, 9. Bennett DNF
Feature (30 laps): 1. Kreitz Jr., 2. Eash, 3. Rahmer, 4. Shepard, 5. Gobrecht, 6. Paulus, 7. Dewease, 8. Mackison Jr., 9. Calaman, 10. Ely, 11. Gracey, 12. B. Weaver, 13. Thomas, 14. Rohrbaugh, 15. Jones, 16. Tim Shaffer, 17. Keen, 18. Romano, 19. Thompson, 20. Readinger, 21. Baker, 22. Todd Shaffer, 23. S. Weaver, 24. Coldren DNS
Keystone Pretzels Pennsylvania Speedweek Points: 1. Fred Rahmer 864 2. Jeff Shepard 850 3. Don Kreitz Jr. 834 4. Lance Dewease 696 5. Cris Eash 694 6. Todd Shaffer 666 7. Tim Shaffer 646 8. Dave Calaman 576 9. Jeff Rohrbaugh 554 10. Johnny Mackison Jr. 530
David Reininger - Motorsport News International