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Kreitz Returns to Victory at SSP on Sunday Night

Newberrytown, PA (April 13, 2014) – Donnie Kreitz of Sinking Springs took the victory in the 5th Annual Sprint Car Spring Classic at the Susquehanna Speedway Park on Sunday night.  Tyler Ross of Lincoln University collected the 358 Sprint Car 20 lapper.

 

By virtue of winning his heat race and pulling the “no inversion” pill, Blaine Heimbach took the early lead of the 410 Sprint Car 25-lapper.  As Heimbach set the pace of the race, with Lance Dewease and Danny Hotgraver in tow, Donnie Kreitz bagan picking of positions from his seventh place starting spot.  On lap 7, Kreitz moved past Holtgraver to claim third.  At the midway point, Kreitz moved past Dewease to claim the runner-up spot.  A caution flag on lap 14 negated the lead that Heimbach had built.  With Krietz restarting on Heimbach’s rear bumper, Heimbach took off as the green flag flew.

 

On lap 18, Kreitz slid in front of Heimbach coming out of turn 4 to take the lead.  However, Heimbach would not go away as he pursued Kreitz into lap traffic as the laps wound down.  With two laps to go, Heimbach made his move going into three and four but was unable to complete the pass as the lapped car slid up in front of him, blocking him from making the pass.  Kreitz went on to take the victory over Heimbach with Lance Dewease finishing third.  This was Kreitz’s 30th career SSP victory putting him five wins away from all-time open wheel SSP feature win leader Johnny Mackison Sr. at 35 wins.  Out-of-staters Trey Starks and Danny Holtgraver finished fourth and fifth respectively.  Heat race wins went to Heimbach, Dewease and Zearfoss.    

 

In the 358 Sprint Car night cap, Chandler Leiby took the lead from the front row.  Kevin Nouse immediately began to challenge from the runner-up spot after starting fourth.  Nouse took over the top spot on the third circuit. As a wild battle ensued for the lead, Leiby regained the lead with Brad McClelland close behind.  Nouse retired from the race on lap 11 when the caution flag flew.  Tyler Ross made it a three car battle for the lead midway through the race.  With five to go, Ross claimed the runner-up spot and passed Leiby with two to go to take the lead.  Ross went on to collect the feature victory over McClelland in second and Leiby had to settle for a strong third place finish.  Brock Zerafoss, who finished 7th in the 410 Sprint Car main event, came home fourth in the 358 Sprint Car feature.  Scott Fisher rounded out the top five.  McClelland and Nouse were the heat race winners. 

 

Racing action returns to the Big Track at SSP on Sunday night, April 19 when Figure 8 Racing returns to SSP along with the Late Models, Street Stocks, Xtreme Stocks, Road Warriors, Mini Vans/Jr. Road Warriors and the PENNMAR Vintage Cars.  The start time for racing is 6:00 p.m. 

 

The 410 Sprint Cars will return to SSP on Sunday, May 4 along with the Late Models and Sidewinder Sprint Cars.  The start time is 7:00 p.m. for the event.      

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.”

Previous Winners of SSP Sprint Car Spring Classic:

2010: Don Kreitz Jr.(Super Sprint Cars); Billy Pauch Jr. (ARDC Midgets).

2011: Aaron Ott (Super Sprint Cars); Steve Buckwalter (ARDC Midgets).

2012: Greg Hodnett (Super Sprint Cars); Mark Smith (358 Sprint Cars).

2013: Fred Rahmer (Super Sprint Cars); Ryan Wilson (358 Sprint Cars).

2014: Don Kreitz Jr. (Super Sprint Cars); Ryan Wilson (358 Sprint Cars).

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