Newberrytown, PA (September 21, 2014) – Gettysburg’s Danny
Dietrich won his first SSP 410 Sprint Carl feature race of
the season at the Susquehanna Speedway Park on Sunday
Night. Curt Michael of Ocean View, Delaware bested the
field in the 358/360 Sprint Car Challenge race presented by
and Newville Construction Services. Zach Overmiller and
Mike Zelionis each took victories in the two 8-lap
Sidewinder Sprint Car features.
In the 25-lap 410 Sprint Car feature event, Greg Hodnett
took the early lead over Freddie Rahmer. Rahmer stayed
close and within striking distance as the duo entered lapped
traffic midway through the race. A caution on lap 13 closed
up the field and gave Hodnett smooth waters in front of
him. On the restart, Danny Dietrich moved around Rahmer to
take the runner-up spot and set his sites on Hodnett. The
pair swapped positions up front for three laps until
Dietirch finally took command of the top spot on lap 19.
Dietrich went on to claim the checkers over Hodnett and
Rahmer. Lance Dewease finished fourth followed by Mark
Smith in fifth. Heat race wins went to Rahmer, Hodnett and
Aaron Ott. Dave Ely won the consolation race.
In the 20-lap 358/360 Sprint Car Challenge race, Mike Walter
took the early lead over Robbie Stillwagon with Mark Smith
following in third place. Midway through the race, Smith
took the runner-up spot and set his sights on Walter.
Meanwhile, Curt Michael moved into third, coming from a 7th
place starting spot. On lap 13, the three car battle for
the lead found Michael in the lead with Walter in second and
Smith back to third. Michael set the pace and took the
victory in the race. With three laps to go, Smith retook
the runner-up spot to finish second when Walter slowed with
mechanical issues. Stillwagon came across the line in
third, followed by Kyle Reinhardt in fourth and Derrick
Locke in fifth place. Heat victors were Smith, Stillwagon
and Michael. The consolation win went to Ryan Wilson.
In the first of two 8-lap Sidewinder Sprint Car features,
Brandon Yarlett took the early lead until lap 6 when Austin
Quick scooted by taking over the top spot. At the checkers,
it was Quick taking the win over Turk Tabb in second.
Yarlett finished third, followed by Zach Overmiller and
Rohan Beasley on fourth and fifth respectively. Following
the race, the top three finishers failed to go to post-race
technical inspections, giving the victory to Overmiller.
The second Sidewinder feature of the night, Mike Zelionis
led from start-to-finish and took the victory over Austin
Quick. Rohan Beasley finished in third, followed by Turk
Tabb in fourth and Zach Overmiller rounding out the top
On Saturday night, September 27, racing returns on
the “Big Track” with the
9th Annual Susquehanna Showdown that is
highlighted with a 50-lap feature for the 358ci Late Models
and a 25-lap Sportsman Modified race. The All-American
Outlaws will also make their sole visit to the Newberrytown
oval of the year. The Late Model race is presented by
Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic. The Late Model winner will
earn $2,000 for the victory.
The Late Models will qualify through heat races and last
chance races. The top three in each heat will draw
individually for their starting position in the 50-lap
feature. The highest SSP point driver not qualifying
through the heats or last chance races will be given a
provisional 25th place starting spot. The Late
Models will follow the general SSP Late Model spec rules
found on the website with the exception that any 11” Hoosier
tire is permitted. There will be a $100.00 entry fee for
only the Late Model drivers which will include their pit
pass for entry that night.
The open comp Sportsman Modified race
will follow the generally accepted Sportsman Modified rules
throughout local tracks in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New
York. Sail panels are permitted and the minimum weight rule
will be 2,450 lbs for cars with aluminum wheels and 2,375
lbs for cars with steel wheels. The 20-lap feature will pay
$1,000 to the winner and $100 to start. There will be one
more Sportsman Modified race held at SSP in 2014 at the
Candy Bowl on Saturday, October 25.
On Saturday, gates will open for both the pit area at 3:30
p.m. and the grandstands at 4:00 p.m. with qualifying
action beginning at 6:00 p.m. General Admission Grandstand
ticket prices for Saturday night are Adults (ages 18-59)
$15.00; Young Adults (ages 11-17) & Senior Adults (60 &
Older) $13.00; Children (10 & under) are free. Pit pass
prices are $25.00. The minimum age requirement to purchase
a pit pass is 12 years of age with a copy of a birth
certificate is required for all ages 12 to 14.
The raindate will be Sunday, September 28, if necessary.
The next Wednesday Night Test & Tune for any type of racecar
will be on Wednesday, October 1. The gates will
open at 5:00 p.m. with practice sessions rotating for each
class from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The cost is $12.00 per person for pit passes and a $20.00
fee for each racecar entering the pit area ($32.00 per car &
driver combination). Each session will be 4-6 laps per
session depending on car count. The grandstands are open
free to the public. Each class will receive 4 to 5 rounds
of 4/6 laps each or more if time permits. The fuel pumps
from Miller’s Racing Parts will not be open. Anyone needing
fuel should contact Miller’s Racing Parts directly at
717-766-0181. The main concession stand will be open
throughout the night.
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 visit online at sspracing.net.
On raceday, use the track phone at (717) 938-9170 for
up-to-date information at the “Big Track” and the “Outback