Steve Billet Wins One for his Father at SSP on
SSP Outback Track Rained Out on
Newberrytown, PA (April 26, 2014) – Mt. Wolf’s Steve
Billet picked up his second career SSP victory by
winning the 25-lap Late Model feature at the
Susquehanna Speedway Park on Saturday Night for the
Auto Racing Club of Hagerstown Night. Billet took
an emotional post-race victory lap with the
checkered flag in memory of his late-father Carl
Billet, a seven-time SSP Late Model track champion.
Lebanon’s Jasen Geesaman took the checkers
for the third straight week in the Street Stock 20
Millerstown’s Zach Newlin won his first career SSP
victory in the near non-stop PA Sprint Series 20 lap
feature. York’s Patrick McClane won the Xtreme
Stock Car 20 lapper. The 15-lap Road Warrior
feature was won by York’s Ricky Weaver Jr. Zakari
Kitner of York Haven claimed his third 12-lap Mini
Van feature this season.
Polesitter Randy Chrisitne Jr. brought the field to
the green of the 25-lap Late Model feature but it
was Steve Billet, the outside front row starter that
took the lead on the first circuit. Christine Jr.
fell in behind Billet and waited for Billet to
falter. That never happened in the 25 lapper and
Billet took the checkers at the end that conclude
with a one-lap shoot-out for the win. Christine Jr.
settled for second, followed by Billy Wampler, the
2013 SSP Late Model track champion. Paul Cursey Jr.
came from a tenth place starting spot to finish
fourth. Ben Whitaker finished strong as well in
fifth. Kyle Martin, Matt Murphy and Kyle Lear were
the heat race winners.
Dalton Frye, the outside front row starter, grabbed
the early lead of the 20-lap Street Stock feature.
From a sixth place starting spot, Scott Thunberg
took the top spot on the second circuit. Thunberg
led until lap6 when Jasen Geesaman made the pass
for the lead. A wild battle continued to ensue
behind Geesaman between Thunberg, 14th
place Starter Danny Beard and Michelle Walls.
Midway through the race Walls moved into the
runner-up spot and set her sights on the leader.
With three laps to go, Walls retired from the race
with mechanical failure. At the finish, Gessaman
took the win over Danny Beard. Scott Thunberg
collected another podium finish in third place. Jim
Palm Jr finished fourth, followed by Aaron Beard
rounding out the top five. Jimmy Combs and Geesaman
were heat race victors.
In the 20-lap PA Sprint Series feature race,
polesitter Donnie Hendershot took the lead at the
start. A three car battle for the lead began with
Hendershot, Zac Newlin and Mike Wagner II. On lap
12, Newlin wrestled the lead away from Hendershot as
the trio entered lapped traffic. The sole caution
flag fell on lap 18 setting up a 2-lap race for the
win. At the finish, Newlin took the checkers over
Wagner. Colby Dice got by Hendershot on the restart
to finish third. Hendershot took fourth with Eric
Parker finishing fifth, all the way from a 16th
place starting spot. Heat race winners were Scott
Ellerman, Ken Duke and John Braim. Randy Kaylor was
the consolation race winner.
The 20-lap Xtreme Stock Car feature event had the
polesitter Matt Wampler lead the first four circuits
until Patrick McClane took the top spot away on lap
five. Jim Jacobs and Davey Nester pursued McClane
midway through the race and closed in with two laps
to go. At the finish, McClane claimed his third
consecutive feature win at the end with Davey Nester
finishing close behind in second. Jim Jacobs
finished third with Eric Flinchbaugh finishing
fourth and claimed the Madison House Recovery Homes
Hard Charger award. Matt Wampler rounded out the
top five. Heat race winners were Todd Knaub and
Jeff Foster took the lead on the start of the Road
Warrior 15 lapper. Midway through the race, Ricky
Weaver Jr. and Daryl Sipe were on the leader’s rear
bumper. With five laps to go, Weaver moved into the
lead and went on to take the victory over Sipe and
Foster. Curt McDade and Terry Hartlaub completed
the top five. Weaver and McDade were heat race
John Kitner led the first two circuits of the 12-lap
Mini Van race. Zakari Kitner took the lead on the
third lap and went on to take the win over Roy
Denike. Early leader John Kitner finished in
third. Darryl Kump II finished fourth, followed by
Richard Wolfe in fifth.
Friday Night, May 2, the third round of the Spring
Shoot-Out Series will take place at the Outback
Track featuring Quarter Midgets, Karts and Adult
Speedcars in a special “Double Features Night.”
There will be no racing at the Big Track on Saturday
night, May 3 as Sunday, May 4 will be a Sunday Night
Sprint Car Special featuring the 410 Super Sprint
Cars, Late Models and the Sidewinder Sprints.
Racing begins at 7:00 p.m.
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 Track.”