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Monday, March 28, 2016

GREGG FOSTER OPENS SUSQUEHANNA SEASON WITH SPORTSMAN WIN


Photo Courtesy of Brian Miller

Gene Knaub, Craig Morgan and Bill Diehl also score wins
YORK HAVEN, PA 3/26/16

Harrisburg’s Gregg Foster helped usher in a new season of racing at Susquehanna Speedway to become the first winner of the new era of racing under the Scott Gobrecht/Kolten Gouse banner.

Foster held off repeated challenges from Kevin Nouse to score the opening night 25-lap Credit Connection Auto Sales Super Sportsman feature win Saturday at the York Haven oval.

It marked the first competitive night of action at the York County track under the new management as a nice size crowd came out to see all of the off-season changes to the facility as well as all of the action on the new racing surface.

Other winners on opening night included Dover’s Gene Knaub in the 358 Late Models, Halifax’s Craig Morgan in the Street Stocks and defending series champ Bill Diehl of Craley, PA was the ServiceMaster Clean Central PA Legends winner.

Foster started on the front row of the 25-lap Super Sportsman feature and only momentarily lost the point during the early stages of the race despite battle throttle issues.

Foster was able to keep Mechanicsburg’s Kevin Nouse at bay to secure the win aboard his American Legion Dept. of Pennsylvania RPM Chassis No. 32.

Nouse came home in the runner-up spot with Newville’s Russ Mitten earning the Hard Charger award after starting back in the 15th spot and finishing third.

Fourth went to Newville’s Devin Beidel with Marysville’s Kenny Edkin rounding out the top five finishers.

Sixth through tenth were 18th starting Timmie Barrick, Rich Eichelberger, Scott Geesey, Jay Fannasy and Tony Jackson.

Heat races for the 31 Super Sportsman were won by Mike Enders, Scott Dellinger and Rick Barr with Davey Walsh topping the consolation.

Gene Knaub continued his domination in the 358 late model ranks as he opened the Susquehanna season with a victory in the 20-lap feature over Jake Jones, Steve Billet, Randy Christine, Jr. and Justin Ehrhart. Knaub started fourth and took control from Jones on the fifth lap.

Christine and Chase Billet were late model heat winners with 20 cars pitside.

Despite starting fourth, Craig Morgan led every lap to win the Street Stock feature, taking the checkered flag over Jasen Geesaman, Eddie Richards, Ryan Smith and Jim Palm.

Heats for the 28 cars were won by Jason Townsend, Eddie Richards and Ryan Smith.

Defending Central PA Legends champion Bill Diehl was back in winning form as he came away with the win in that division’s feature event, defeating Lucas Montgomery, Chad Earnst, Travis McClelland and Justin Mitchell. Diehl led laps 2 through 20 but his win came in a near photo finish over Montgomery.

Heats for the 23 Legends went to McClelland, Harlon Leppo and Mitchell.

Susquehanna Speedway returns to action Saturday, April 2 at 6PM with a three-division program of Credit Connection Auto Sales Super Sportsman, 358 Late Models and Street Stocks.

Results From March 26, 2016

Credit Connection Auto Sales Super Sportsman ( 31 Cars ):
1) 32 Gregg Foster 2) 1J Kevin Nouse 3) 77 Russ Mitten ( Hard Charger ) 4) 19 Devin Beidel 5) 75 Kenny Edkin 6) 7B Timmie Barrick 7) 8 Rich Eichelberger 8) 41 Scott Geesey 9) 222 Jay Fannasy 10) 17J Tony Jackson 11) 55c Chad Criswell 12) 99 Chad Smith 13) 318 Teddy Thomas 14) 99G Scott Grace 15) 6 Steve Wilbur 16) 77w Tom Wyckoff 17) 3B Mike Enders 18) 14 Nate Young 19) 30 Scott Dellinger 20) 4 Joe Bryson 21) 44 Russ Lebo 22) 20w Davey Walsh 23) 00 Rick Barr 24) 58 Paul Miller

DNQ: 54 Doug Dodson, 32J Justin Foster, 91 Lanny Hake, 2 Mike Lorah, 10 Troy Rhome, 83 Bruce Buckwalter, 11s John Stoll Jr.

Central Pa Legends ( 23 Cars ):
1) 53 Bill Diehl 2) 15 Lucas Montgomery 3) 85 Chad Earnst 4) 93 Travis McClelland 5) 91 Justin Mitchell 6) 19 Travis Perry 7) 20 Rocky Magaro 8) 14 Joe Ehrisman 9) 79 Ed Trump 10) X Justice Forbes 11) 18 Chris Transeau 12) 18H Jeff Herbst 13) 8A Austin Bellemare 14) 7md Nathan Renfro 15) 8Ball Robert Shaw 16) 15H Harlon Leppo 17) 43 Tony Markovich 18) 25 Cody Madison 19) O7 Bob Stough 20) 94 Greg Burd 21) 83 Jason Gastley 22) 5 Scott Houdeshell

DSQ: 8cr Mason Chaney

358 Late Models ( 20 Cars ):
1) 1 Gene Knaub 2) 43 Jake Jones 3) 20 Steve Billet 4) 74 Randy Christine Jr. 5) 69 Justin Erhart 6) NINE Randy Stoudt ( Hard Charger ) 7) 48 Chris Knopp 8) 57 Brad Shank 9) 19L Dave Latsha 10) 116 Travis Mease 11) 31 Dave Ogin 12) 89 Sonny Norris 13) 19 Drew Weisser 14) 3 Ron Kline 15) 722 Pat McNeal 16) 000 Matt Nailor 17) 2 Scott Richwine 18) 21m Matt Murphy 19) 22 Chase Billet 20) 62 Devin Frey

Street Stocks ( 28 Cars ):
1) 11 Craig Morgan 2) 86 Jasen Geesaman 3) FOUR Eddie Richards 4) 59 Ryan Smith 5) 7p Jim Palm 6) 72 Jason Townsend 7) M1 Mike Potts 8) 43 Eric Tripp 9) OO Josh Bloom 10) 39 Wayne Dutterer Jr. 11) 23B Don Murphy 12) 37 Mark Hutchison 13) 9 Matt Adams 14) O1 Kyle Saylor 15) F5 Dalton Frye 16) 101 Dave Goode 17) 64 Brandon Wanner 18) 41w Doug Hoffman 19) 94 Mike Buckley 20) 54J Jimmy Combs 21) 16 Walt Lemmon 22) 25H Joe Hower 23) 47 Bob Scott Jr. 24) 00 Calvin Redding

DNQ:  12 Scott Thunberg, 71 Sean Todd, 99K Dave Bowermaster, 63 Doug Barber

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