Saturday, November 21, 2015

Dietrich Wins $10,000 at the 6th Annual Final Showdown at SSP on Saturday

Newberrytown, PA (November 14, 2015) – The 6th Annual Final Showdown for the 410 Sprint Cars at the Susquehanna Speedway Park on Saturday afternoon, November 14 went to Danny Dietrich of Thomasville.  York’s Chase Dietz took the 358 Sprint Car portion as well claiming the 20-lap feature event.

By virtue of qualifying sixth in time trials, Lance Dewease started in the pole position of the 30-lap 410 Sprint Car feature event.  At the green, outside polesitter Gerard McIntyre Jr. grabbed the early lead.  Just after the midway point of the race on lap 17, Danny Dietrich made his way by McIntyre to take the lead.  As the laps wound down and Dietrich entered lapped traffic, Justin Henderson began making a late race charge for the lead.  Henderson ran out of laps as Dietrich took the victory over Henderson.  Dewease finished third, followed by Greg Hodnett and Brian Montieth in fourth and fifth places respectively.     

Heat race wins went to Brent Marks, Justin Henderson and Steve Buckwalter.  Kyle Moody won the consolation event. Greg Hodnett was the fast qualifier in time trials with a time of 14.397 seconds (existing one-lap track record is 14.256 seconds set by Ryan Smith at the same event last season).

In the 20-lap 358 Sprint Car feature, Kyle Denmyer took the lead from the pole position.  Sixth place starter Chase Dietz immediately challenged Denmyer and took the top spot on lap 13.  Dietz went on to take the victory for the second year in a row at this event over Doug Haammaker who also got around Denmyer on lap 13.   Denmyer came across the finish line in third, followed by Chris Frank in fourth.  Jake Eldreth rounded out the top five.  Qualifying heat race winners were Tyler Walton and Doug Hammaker.   

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.

Susquehanna Speedway Park Race Results from Saturday, November 14, 2015

410 Sprint Cars (30 laps): 1. Danny Dietrich; 2. Justin Henderson; 3. Lance Dewease; 4. Greg Hodnett; 5. Brian Montieth; 6. Aaron Ott; 7. Ryan Smith; 8. Gerard McIntyre Jr.; 9. Brent Marks; 10. Brock Zearfoss; 11. Steve Buckwalter; 12. Mark Smith; 13. Justin Barger; 14. Jacob Allen; 15. Steve Owings; 16. Kyle Moody; 17. Dylan Cisney; 18. Chase Dietz; 19. Glenndon Forsythe; 20. Tim Glatfelter; 21. Mike Bittinger; 22. Joe Kata III; 23. Austin Hogue; 24. Anthony Macri; DNS – Logan Schuchart; DNQ – Bradley Howard; Wayne Dadetto; Jevon Ahner; William Eggimann; Kevin Albert; Tyler Ross; Anthony Fiore; Colby Womer; Ryan Wilson; Kyle Reinhardt; Chuck Hebring.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: McIntyre Jr. (1-16); Dietrich (17-30).
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Marks, Henderson and Buckwalter.
FAST QUALIFIER (Time Trials): Greg Hodnett – 14.397

358 Sprint Cars (20 laps): 1. Chase Dietz; 2. Doug Hammaker; 3. Kyle Denmyer; 4. Chris Frank; 5. Jake Eldreth; 6. Tyler Walton; 7. Lucas Montgomery; 8. Brie Hershey; 9. John Braim; 10. Todd Reed; 11. Trey Hivner; 12. Scott Fisher; 13. Rick Horn; 14. Tim Stallings; 15. Dwight Leppo; DNS – Todd Gracey; Adam Lyman.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Denmyer (1-12); Dietz (13-20).
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Walton and Hammaker.

Previous Winners of The Final Showdown:
2010: Chad Layton (410 Sprint Cars); Aaron Ott (358 Sprint Cars).
2011: Don Kreitz Jr. (410 Sprint Cars); Pat Cannon (358 Sprint Cars).
2012: Don Kreitz Jr. (410 Sprint Cars); Pat Cannon (358 Sprint Cars).
2013: Derek Sell (410 Sprint Cars); Josh Beard (358 Sprint Cars).
2014: Greg Hodnett (410 Sprint Cars); Chase Dietz (358 Sprint Cars).
2015: Danny Dietrich (410 Sprint Cars); Chase Dietz (358 Sprint Cars).

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

8 Years and still counting.....

Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
I've been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man's soul to waste

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game

Heard this song last night at work and it made me do some thinking, which from time to time can get me into trouble, but makes for some great writing don't you think?

After hearing this tonight I got to thinking about the site and how long I have actually been doing this. Some of you might know me from doing the Central PA 358 Point Series presented by Capitol Renegade; but I have actually been writing on here for just as long. I started this site back on November 4th 2007, that's 8 years of hard work and being told by countless people that I was nothing more then a blow hard who knows absolutely nothing about this sport in which this site is dedicated to and still is today. I started it to get away from message boards which were becoming way to PC for my liking and I was looking for a place were I could share my feelings without people getting all up and arms; but to this day still continues to happen I might add. I loved talking racing with with people and started to interview different personalities in our great sport and my first ever interview was with Ross Fronk who had started the NSCBBA HERE. I then had the pleasure of talking with people ranging from Mike Root the man who started the original Beer Hill Gang HERE  to drivers ranging from a young Gerard McIntyre HERE, to Chad Criswell HERE, and even guys like Nathen Burwager and Kyle Pruitt.

I got a call from the website I was helping out and was asked to start writing for them as they liked what I was doing. After writing for them for a bit we decided to start up Central PA Live which was the prototype to what so many people are doing now, including shows like Winged Nation and Penn Live podcast hosted by Jeremy Elliot. We would invite drivers down to Pancho's Racing Products near Hanover and just sit around and shoot the bull about racing. It was nothing to serious, as my original idea for the show was for myself, my co host Todd Zinn and Jason Bly to just shoot the shit with drivers like we did at the race track or at a race shop on a Tuesday night over a few beers. Over the course of 3 years we hosted drivers like Doug Esh, Jeff Rohrbaugh, Todd Shaffer, Greg Hodnett, and Tyler Walker. And what made the show special for me was we didn't just interview the top names like certain shows do now, we had drivers from all over Central PA on the show. We hosted drivers like Teddy Thomas and Adam Wilt but also gave drivers like Logan Schuchart, and a young 358 driver named Danny Dietrich, and a rookie 410 driver named Brent Marks their first national exposure. Long before shows like Winged Nation would ask who Lucas Shofield was (yeah I'm still waiting for him to make his triumphant return to central PA btw), we were hosting drivers and letting the fans see exactly who these young drivers were in an informal atmosphere where they could just be themselves.

Around this same time I got the idea to start up the 358 point series, taking a cue from guys like Mike Root, Ross Fronk, the Butcher, and a gentleman by the name of Ron Judd, 4 guys who I looked up to in the area who gave a lot back to our heroes in different ways. Without those 4 guys there would have never been a 358 point series, as I was just taking their ideas and looking for another way to help a group of drivers and race teams out any way I could. Now you guys might be asking yourselves, who the hell are these guys....Well I already introduced you two of them to you all several paragraphs ago so go back and look, but The Butcher was a fan in the area who sponsored some sprint car teams and drivers just because he liked them and he could. Guys like Alan Cole and Donnie Krietz Jr had the famous The Butcher stickers on their front wings. Butcher along with Ron Judd would also start something called the NOCO. The National Open Chili Cookoff and with their leadership would raise a shit load of money for our race teams. So much so that race tracks started putting a limit on how much they could give to the non qualifiers of the Natty Open. Those guys showed me that anyone could find a way to help out our race teams in the area and I just took what I had learned watching them and transferred it to the 358 division. Now some 8 years later with the help of all my awesome sponsors over the years we are closing in on $100,000 given out to the 358 race teams, all without taking away from the people who actually matter, the race teams (unlike some others in the area who try and help out the sport but like to be the center of attention). 

After all of that was running I decided two years ago to restart this site and actually put some blood and sweat into making this a place where I could voice my opinions and share them with you. While my grammar is not good and my spelling is atrocious, I tend to think I spark conversations in the area between race fans. Good or bad; I try to keep people talking and give you all a different view of the sport we all love.

Now that brings me back to the present and 2015. This year I hooked up with Kristina Chambers and a little radio show called Slicks N Sticks which can be heard every Thursday night HERE....Since starting to work with her we have been able to do exactly what I started with Central PA Live back in 2009, and that's bring you new and interesting interviews with all the drivers in Central PA. We were both tired of the same four drivers from our area being shared by every other podcast or radio show devoted to sprint car racing and we made the decision to not only interview the "Big Names" like Dietrich,Hodnett and Dewease, but also guys who we think deserve just as much credit for all their hard work and sacrifices they make week to entertain us fans. We have been fortunate to interview 410 drivers like Dylan Cisney, Steve Buckwalter, and Brock Zearfoss, but also guys like Mike Bittinger, Robbie Kendell in the 410 division, but also we have brought you the drivers who make up the 358 division who deserve just as much recognition as the 410 guys. We brought you the first national interview of Doug Hammaker, 2015 Trail Way Speedway Track Champion Isaac Sneeringer, and every driver in between. The show has also hosted 360 driver and 2015 Selinsgrove Speedway Track Champion TJ Stutts just as he was getting hot in the area. We also looked for new and interesting people in our sport like Darren Kauffman (a micro driver who is in a wheel chair), and you fans have been pouring out of the norm to support the show. Since I became the executive producer of the show, we have more then tripled our audience and that is simply amazing. A major and heartfelt Thank You to each and every person who has taken the time out of their busy schedules and listened in to the show. We truly do this for all of you. All the hard work and headaches are worth it trust me.

All in all it has been a great and fun ride. Between Central PA Live, the 358 point series, Slicks N Sticks radio show, and this site Central PA Racing Scene I hope you all enjoy what we bring to you the fans. Not everything I say will be popular with everyone, trust me I know that first hand. You have no idea how many times I have had a guy or gal stop me or message me telling me how I know absolutely nothing about racing and all I am is just a blow hard, to those exact people messaging me three months later thanking me for something I said on here. But without all of you none of this is possible, so here is to another 8 years of random musings on Central PA Racing Scene, another boat load of cash flow for the 358 race teams, and more awesome interviews on Slicks N Sticks radio show.

Trust me folks we are all just getting warmed up.

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