NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (June 13, 2004) - Second year Sprint Car racer Brian Leppo claimed his first career win in Sunday evening's 25-lap feature event at Susquehanna Speedway Park. In other action, Charlie Pensinger claimed his second Xtreme Enduro...
NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (June 13, 2004) - Second year Sprint Car racer Brian Leppo claimed his first career win in Sunday evening's 25-lap feature event at Susquehanna Speedway Park. In other action, Charlie Pensinger claimed his second Xtreme Enduro win of the season, and J.R. Rodriguez won the much anticipated Great American School Bus Race. The event was the raindate from the postponed Thursday, June 10 event.
Brian Leppo started second in the 25 lap Sprint Car event and led every lap on his way to his first career Sprint Car win. Just two caution flags slowed the pace, with the final one coming out with just a lsp remaining when Dave Cordier drifted to a stop with mechanical problems while running in the top ten. At the time Leppo had two lapped cars separating himself from second place runner Chad Layton. Those cars provided enough of a cushion for Leppo to score an uncontested win. The win was worth $2500.00.
Layton finished second with Kenny Jacobs getting third. Mark Smith, and current point leader Fred Rahmer completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Jim Siegel, Donnie Kreitz Jr., Keith Kauffman, Billy dietrich, and Cris Eash. Heats for the 35 Sprint Cars went to Kreitz, Kauffman, Leppo and Rahmer. The consolation races went to Eash and Cory Haas.
After several weeks of bad luck Charlie Pensinger scored his second Xtreme Enduro feature win of the season in that 20 lap affair. Pensinger started from the pole position, but didn't have an easy time scoring the win. Tom Slanker hounded Pensinger for most of the distance, and actually was scored as the leader of the 15th lap. Slanker finished second followed by Sam Rial, Tom Johns and Brian Lomman. Heats went to Pensinger and Larry Hughes Jr., while Matt Wampler won the Pepsi Dash.
The 12-lap Great American School Bus Race turned into a race long battle between winner Rodriguez and former Sprint Car owner and driver Leon Wintermyer. Nick Hauck led the first lap from the front row before Rodriguez took over from the seventh starting spot on lap two. Wintermyer took the lead away from Rodriguez on the ninth lap, but Rodriguez was back on top after a restart on lap ten. Wintermyer finished second in the 16 bus field, with his son Jared Wintermyer third. Shawn Arndt and Heidi Thomas, a professional West Shore School District school bus driver, completed the top five.
The next race will be Thursday Night, June 17 as SSP hosts an Encore Performance of the Great American School Bus Race. Joining the buses will be the 410 Sprint Cars and the Xtreme Enduro Stocks. 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 action beginning at 7:30 p.m. Race fans can expect a fast paced 2 0x8bf5r program each and every night. Grandstand ticket prices are Adults (18 & older) $12.00; Teens (13-17) $8.00; Children (6-12) $4.00; and Children (5 & under) are free. Fans bringing a ticket stub from the June 13 race will receive $2.00 off for this event. 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.
As a special treat for the fans, there will be complimentary school bus rides around the track from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and have some fun at SSP. There are also buses available for purchase for the race by contacting Todd Fisher at the SSP home office at (717) 292-1696.
The website for the Susquehanna Speedway Park can be found at ww.sspracing.net. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SSP RESULTS FROM THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2004
410 SPRINT CAR FEATURE (25 laps) 1. Brian Leppo 2. Chad Layton 3. Kenny Jacobs 4. Mark Smith 5. Fred Rahmer 6. Jim Siegel 7. Donnie Kreitz jr. 8. Keith Kauffman 9. Billy Dietrich 10. Cris Eash 11. Doug Esh 12. Kevin Nouse 13. Karl Baker 14. Cory Haas 15. T J Stutts 16. Bobby Weaver 17. Dave Cordier 18. Brent Kluge 19. Scott Lutz 20. Jim Campbell Jr. 21. Scott Geesey 22. Niki Young 23. Todd Zinn 24. Eric Stambaugh
LAP LEADERS: Leppo 1-25
HEAT WINNERS: Kreitz, Kauffman, Leppo, Rahmer
CONSY WINNERS Eash, Haas
XTREME ENDURO FEATURE (20 laps) 1. Charlie Pensinger 2. Tom slanker 3. Sam Rial 4. Tom Johns 5. Brian Lomman 6. Karl Windish 7. Matt Wampler 8. Jerry Blauch 9. Alan Miller 10. Shawn Arndt 11. Adrian Barnhardt 12.Gerald Barnes 13. Brian Sanders 14. Lloyd Ettinger 15. Mike Goodwin 16. Ricky Hippensteel Jr. 17. Larry Hughes Jr. 18. Randy Christine Jr. 19. Sam Henry DNS Bobby Glass Jr., Jesse Henry, Les Davis
LAP LEADERS Pensinger 1-14, Slanker 15, Pensinger 16-20
HEAT WINNERS: Pensinger, Hughes
DASH WINNER: Wampler
THE GREAT AMERICAN BUS RACE FEATURE (12 laps) 1. JR Rodriguez 2. Leon Wintermyer 3. Jared Wintermyer 4. Shawn Arndt 5. Heidi Thomas 6. Rob Harkins 7. Nick Hauck 8. Chad Layton 9. Scott Keller 10. Alan Witmer 11. Larry Baer 12. Paul Fisher 13. Jerry Walters 14. Mike Zerance 15. Harold Ebaugh 16. Jim Riley
LAP LEADERS Hauck 1, Rodriguez 2-8, L. Wintermyer 9 , Rodriguez 10-12