By Brad Vores for Susquehanna Speedway
YORK HAVEN, PA…4/8/17
Put Gene Knaub on the pole of any race and nine chances out of ten, the race will be for the runner-up spot.
That’s exactly what happened in Saturday night’s Bernheisel Race Cars 358 Late Model main at Susquehanna Speedway as the Dover driver drew the pole position for the 25-lap feature and led green to checkered to pick up his first win of the season. It was also Knaub’s first start of the year at the York Haven track.
Knaub was slowed by six cautions during the event, including a late race yellow with 19 laps complete but that didn’t slow him down from becoming the third different winner in as many races this season, driving under the checkered flag ahead of point leader and defending track champ Randy Christine, Jr. who started eighth. Chase Billet moved up from 10th to finish third with Daulton Bigler earning the ArtWerks Hard Charger Award after advancing from 15th to fourth. Fifth went to Sean Merkel followed by Justin Ehrhart, Sam Rial, Cory Merkel, Dave Latsha and Matt Murphy.
Heats winners for the 18 car field were Taylor Farlling and Knaub.
Zach Newlin picked up the season opening win for the Freedmont® Mortgage Lending PASS IMCA Sprints.
Mark Watkins set the early pace, leading until a lap seven red flag for Nick Sweigart, who flipped.
Under the red flag, Watkins’ team made a wing adjustment and was disqualified from the race by PA Sprint Club officials.
Newlin assumed command held on despite many more caution flags during the 20 lap feature.
Tyler Reeser came from his 19th staring spot to finish second earning the Artwerks Hard Charger with Ken Duke, Jr., Kyle Ganoe and Stephanie Dodson completing the top five finishers. Sixth through tenth were Dave Brown, Scott Ellerman, Alex Potosky, Billy Ney and Jaremi Hanson.
Rick Stief, Darren Miller and Ellerman won heats for the 27 305 Sprints. Reeser was the consolation winner.
Patrick McClane and defending track champ Alex Updegraff exchanged the top spot several times before McClane got the upper hand with 11 laps complete and drove to his first win of the year in thee 20-lap Superior Homes Extreme Stock feature. Updegraff settled for the runner-up finish ahead of Keith Bissinger, Kyle Emig and Ronnie Buck.
Michael Smith was the single heat winner for the 11 car field.
Mason Chaney took the lead from Harlon Leppo on lap four of the 20-lap ServiceMaster Clean Central PA Legends feature and never looked back in taking his first win of the season.
Chaney survived five caution periods before the win over Scott Houdeshell, Jeff Herbst, 15th starting Rick Hartwig and 11th starting Chris Transeau with 24th starting Chandler Pagotta, Scott Smith, Justin Mitchell, Bill Diehl and Leppo completing the top ten finishers.
Hayden Pascoe, Travis McClelland, Bob Stough and Travis Perry won heats for the 35 Legends with Trent Yoder winning the consolation.
Susquehanna Speedway returns to action Saturday, April 15 on Legends of Susquehanna Night presented by Hanover Auto Team. The racing program will see the return of the Credit Connection Auto Sales Super Sportsman joined by the Bernheisel Race Cars 358 Late Models, Morgan Paving, Aqua Fun Pools Street Stocks and the Superior Homes Extreme Stocks. It will also be York County Racing Club Night at the speedway. Racing begins at 7PM.
RACE RESULTS 4/8/17
Bernheisel Race Cars 358 Late Models ( 25 Laps)
1)1 Gene Knaub 2) 74 Randy Christine, Jr. 3) 22 Chase Billet 4) 24 Daulton Bigler 5) 118 Sean Merkel 6) 69 Justin Ehrhart 7) 55 Sam Rial 8) 16 Cory Merkel 9) 19L Dave Latsha 10) 21m Matt Murphy 11) 13x Ben Whitaker 12) 22H Eric Hohol 13) 8 Taylor Farlling 14) 57 Brad Shank 15) 19 Drew Weisser 16) 116 Travis Mease 17) 5 Charles
Potts 18) 3B Cameron Benyou
Freedmont® Mortgage Lending PASS IMCA Sprints (20 Laps)
1) 11z Zach Newlin 2) 5T Tyler Reeser 3) 67 Ken Duke Jr. 4) 0 Kyle Ganoe 5) 20 Stephanie Dodson 6) 44x Dave Brown 7) 8D Scott Ellerman 8) 92 Alex Potosky 9) 83 Billy Ney 10) 35 Jaremi Hanson 11) 11 Austin Bishop 12) 5 John Walp 13) 69K Kassidy Kreitz 14) 9s Rick Stief 15) 50 Jay Krout 16) 880 Drew Ritchey 17) 17c Keith Anderson 18) 99 Cale Reigle 19) 8 Nick Sweigart 20) 51 Dave Graber 21) 77 Andrew Hake 22) 9c Darren Miller 23) 14 Kyle Craker 24) 17 Mark Watkins
Did Not Qualify: 2 Erin Statler, 17A Colby Dice, 75 Dylan Shatzer
Superior Homes Extreme Stocks (20 Laps)
1) 55 Patrick McClane 2) 1 Alex Updegraff 3) 11B Keith Bissinger 4) 10 Kyle Emig 5) 7 Ronnie Buck 6) 97 Donnie Broderick 7) 76 Michael Smith 8) 37 Mallory Duvall 9) XR7 Jerry Blauch 10) 78 Tonya Lance 11) 97B JR Rodriquez
ServiceMaster Clean Central PA Legends (20 Laps)
1) 8CR Mason Chaney 2) 5 Scott Houdeshell 3) 18H Jeff Herbst 4) 9 Rick Hartwig 5) 18 Chris Transeau 6) 75 Chandler Pagotta 7) 2 Scott Smith 8) 91 Justin Mitchell 9) 53 Bill Diehl 10) 15H Harlon Leppo 11) 7md Nate Renfro 12) 3AU Hayden Pascoe 13) 51 Travis McClelland 14) 69x Justin Forbes 15) 19 Travis Perry 16) 15 Lucas Montgomery 17) 0 Bob Stough 18) 66 Trent Yoder 19) 8 Robert Shaw 20) 85 Chad Earnst 21) 519 Tim Osheehan 22) 19L Donnie Leiby 23) M1 John Kooti 24) 27 Greg Burd
Did Not Qualify: 4 Eli Dodge, 21H Cody Haines, 25 Cody Madison, 99 Wayne Welsh, 6 Todd Rahley, 58z Zachary Settle, 2A Ken Boyce, 30 Alex Robinson, 14w Stephen Wurtzler, 41 Robert Rice, 18s Jorje Sweger