Monday, July 20, 2015

Dietrich Three-for-Three at SSP on Sunday Night Sprint Car Special

Newberrytown, PA (July 19, 2015) – Danny Dietrich of Gettysburg has gone three-for-three this season by taking the 410 Sprint Car victory in the Sunday Night Sprint Car Special present by Shetron Auction Services and Newville Construction at the Susquehanna Speedway Park.  Mark Smith from Sunbury collected the URC 360/358 Sprint Car 25-lap Challenge Race.  The EMMR Vintage Cars also participated in exhibition hot laps before the features began.

By virtue of a six spot inversion, Hunter Mackison and Brian Montieth brought the field to the green in the 410 Sprint Car 25-lap feature event.  Montieth grabbed the early lead over Hunter Mackison.   With 10 laps to go, Danny Dietrich got by Mackison for second and set his sights on the leader.  As Montieth navigated lapped traffic, Dietrich slowly began eating away at the straightaway lead that Montieth had built up.  With two laps to go, Dietrich began challenging for the lead and on the final circuit made the pass for the win to collect his third SSP victory of the season in as many races.  Montieth settled for second, followed by a career best third place finish for Chase Dietz.  Tyler Ross finished fourth with Hunter Mackison coming across the line in fifth.  Heat race wins went to Smith and Dietz.   

In the URC 360/358 Sprint Car Challenge Race, polesitter Mark Smith took the lead from the pole position of the 25 lapper and began to set a blistering pace.  The only thing that slowed Smith down was a caution for a spinning car in turn 4 on lap 19.  This allowed 2nd place running Robbie Stillwagon to wipe out the huge lead and start on Smith’s rear bumper on the restart.  When the race went back to green, Smith once again set the pace and went on to take the victory over Stillwagon at the end.  Curt Michael came across the line in third, followed by Josh Weller in fourth.  Davie Franek rounded out the top five.  Michael and Weller were the heat race winners.

The next Wednesday night Test & Tune will be on Wednesday, July 22.  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 $14.00 per person for pit passes and a $20.00 fee for each racecar entering the pit area ($34.00 per car & driver combination).  Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. with open track time from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. by class.  Each session will be 6 – 8 laps per session.  The grandstands are open and free to the public.  Each class will receive 4 to 5 rounds of 6/8 laps each or more if time permits.   The main concession stand will also be open throughout the night.  

Also on Wednesday night, July 22, there will an open practice session for quarter midgets, karts and Adult Speedcars at the Outback Track from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. under the lights.  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.” 

Susquehanna Speedway Park “Big Track” Race Results from Sunday, July 19, 2015
410 Sprint Cars Feature (25 laps): 1.  Danny Dietrich III; 2. Brian Montieth; 3. Chase Dietz; 4. Tyler Ross; 5. Hunter Mackison; 6. Lance Dewease; 7. Blane Heimbach; 8. Kyle Moody; 9. Kevin Mouse; 10. Dave Ely; 11. Curt Michael; 12. Jim Shuster; 13. Kody Lehman; 14. Anthony Macri; 15. Anthony Fiore; 16. Mark Smith; 17. Davie Franek.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Montieth (1-24); Dietrich III (25).
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Smith and Dietz.

URC 360/358 Sprint Cars Feature (25 laps): 1. Mark Smith; 2. Robbie Stillwagon; 3. Curt Michael; 4. Josh Weller; 5. Davie Franek; 6. Kody Lehman; 7. Derek Locke; 8. Brad Franks; 9. Bryn Gohn; 10. Randy West; 11. Mollie Shuster; 12. Justin Whittall; 13. Scott Luz; 14. Wyatt Hinkle; 15. Bob Stough; 16. Jason Clause; 17. Eric Tomecek; DNS – Jimmy Stitzel.     
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Weller and Michael.

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