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9th Annual Susquehanna Showdown $2,000-to-win for Late Models Set for Saturday,  September 27

Sportsman Modifieds Make Second Visit to SSP This Season;

Next Test & Tune at SSP on Wednesday, September 17

Newberrytown, PA (September 10, 2014) – The 9th Annual Susquehanna Showdown at the Susquehanna Speedway Park on Saturday night, September 27 is highlighted with a 50-lap feature for the 358ci Late Models and a 25-lap Sportsman Modified race.  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, September 17.   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.


Also on Wednesday night, there will an open practice session for quarter midgets, karts and Adult Speedcars at the Outback Track.  The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with open practice from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The cost will be $20.00 per driver with no charge for anyone else entering the grandstand and “cold pit” areas.  All Outback Track participants should enter the pits from the Kise Mill Road entrance behind turn 2 of the “Big Track.”

At last year’s 8th Annual Susquehanna Showdown, Sam Gallagher won the 50-lap Late Model feature event presented by Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic.  This brought Gene Knaub’s three-year reign of the event to an end.  Logan Wagner of Harrisonville won the 25-lap PA Sprint Series Interregional feature.  The event was postponed from Saturday to Sunday due to rain.

The Susquehanna Speedway Park is located midway between Harrisburg and York 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  On raceday, use the track phone at (717) 938-9170 for up-to-date information at the “Big Track.”


Previous Winners of the Susquehanna Showdown:

2006: Scott Richwine (Late Models); Paul Kline (ARDC Midgets); Daryl Sipe (Mini Vans).

2007: Tyler Hershey (Late Models); Carl Graves (Open Wheel Modifieds); Butch Richcreek (Mini Vans).

2008: Ashley Barrett (Late Models); Frank Polimeda (Legends Cars Pro/Masters); Buddy Sload Jr. (Legends Cars Semi Pro); Daryl Sipe (Mini Vans).

2009: Jason Miller (Late Models); Jason Rochelle (Legends Cars); Chad Weaver (Road Warriors); Jason Anderson (Mini Vans).

2010: Gene Knaub (Late Models); Carmen Perigo Jr. (Super Sportsman); Dave Brouse (Pro Stocks); Brian Lefebvre (Road Warriors); Daryl Sipe (Mini Vans).

2011: Gene Knaub (Late Models); Carmen Perigo Jr. (Super Sportsman); Mike Potts (Four Cylinder Stock Cars; Daryl Sipe (Road Warriors).

2012: Gene Knaub (Late Models); Paul Miller (Super Sportsman); Bill Brown Sr. (Classic Cars); Logan Wagner (PA Sprint Series); Dennis Dorosz (Figure 8).

2013: Sam Gallagher (Late Models); Logan Wagner (PA Sprint Series).

2014: To be determined on Saturday, September 27, 2014.

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