NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (November 21, 2004) -- After the event was rained out on Saturday, November 20, the final racing event for Central Pennsylvania in 2004 was held on Sunday, November 21 at the Susquehanna Speedway Park as Charlie Pensinger won the...
NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (November 21, 2004) -- After the event was rained out on Saturday, November 20, the final racing event for Central Pennsylvania in 2004 was held on Sunday, November 21 at the Susquehanna Speedway Park as Charlie Pensinger won the Turkey 200 Enduro event and Harold Ebaugh picked up his first win of the season in the Great American School Buses main event.
In the first ever "daytime" Great American School Bus 10-lap race, Ebaugh and his "Pap's Bus" started on the pole position and took the early lead at the drop of the green flag. He was immediately challenged my Alan Witmer in the "Sweet Pea." From his 4th place starting position Shawn Arndt quickly moved into the lead packed and passed Witmer on lap 3. As he made his move to the outside of Ebaugh on Lap 4, he was forced into the outside guardrail as contact was made amongst the leaders. With steering problems, Arndt quickly fell back through the field. After a yellow flag to clear debris from the track on Lap 5, Rob Harkins in the "Harkins Comet" moved into second place to begin his challenge for the lead. Harkins pulled along side Ebaugh, but could not make the pass over the final 5 circuits.
Ebaugh claimed the 10 lap feature by less than a bus length over Harkins and Witmer. Finishing fourth was J.R. Rodriguez and fifth went to Paul Fisher. Rounding out the rest of the field was Brent Fink, Shawn Arndt, Heidi Thomas and Charlie Pensinger.
Bill Fulton started on the pole of the Turkey 200 and took the early lead. Fulton cruised ahead of the pack until lap 44 when Michael Goodwin, who started 26th, overtook Fulton for the lead. As Goodwin and Fulton maneuvered their way through lapped traffic, 2004 SSP track champion held down the third position. With many drivers in and out of the pits with flat tires, blown hoses and other mechanical problems, Goodwin, Fulton and Pensinger were the only cars left on the lead lap by lap 80. On lap 123, while in the lead, Goodwin lost his wheel and gave the lead back to Fulton as he went to the pits for a replacement.
Pensinger then turned up the heat and took command of the top spot on the 140th circuit in the 200 lap event. A red flag on lap 165 for a flipping Gerald Barnes stopped the race. Barnes escaped without injury. On the restart, PEnsinger continued to lead until the waning moments of the race. On lap 180, Fulton began his charge for the victory. During the final 10 laps Fulton and Pensinger exchanged the lead numerous times with a great side-by-side battle. With two laps to go, a lapped car made the leaders scramble as Pensinger went to the high side and led the final lap for the victory. Fulton came home a close second and Vernon Myers finished one lap down in third.
The Susquehanna 200 Enduro race will be scheduled for a date to be announced in March. Opening night for SSP will be Thursday, April 14.
An open practice and media night is scheduled for Sunday night, April 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. More details on the schedule will be released in December.
For more information or to be added to the monthly newsletter list, 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 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2004
GREAT AMERICAN SCHOOL BUS FEATURE (10 laps) 1. Harold Ebaugh, 2. Rob
Harkins, 3. Alan Witmer, 4. J.R. Rodriguez, 5. Paul Fisher, 6. Brent
Fink, 7. Shawn Arndt, 8. Heidi Thomas, 9. Charlie Pensinger
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Ebaugh 1-10
TURKEY 200 ENDURO FEATURE (200 laps) 1. Charlie Pensinger, 2. Bill Fultlon, 3. Vernon Myers, 4. Darrin Williams, 5. Adam Smith, 6. Jim Gross, 7. Sam Rial, 8. Les Scrivens, Jr., 9. Michael Goodwin, 10. Gary Guise, 11. Rich Lomman, 12. Brian Sanders, 13. Paul Tiemann, 14. Joey Allen, 15. Rick Rohrbaugh, 16. Steve Johns, 17. Gerald Barnes, 18. Bryon Sipe, 19. Zac Beck, 20. Sam Henry, 21. Chris Oberlander, 22. Tony Tumas, 23. Paul Vance, 24. Kevin Roth, 25. Matt Wampler, 26. Brad Gorman, 27. Eric Tracy, 28. Dave Yingst