Saturday’s racing program at Susquehanna Speedway Park ended the local racing season, and also the 2015 Speedway Motors/Champion Racing Oil Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car Series presented by Hoseheads.com.
Spring Grove’s Greg Hodnett had already clinched the Speedway Motors title a few weeks ago. The title was Hodnett’s sixth in the last seven years and seventh overall.
The Speedway Motors series completed 92 races around the area this season. Since that included nights when Lincoln and Port Royal both presented events, a driver could have competed in 75 races in the series this season.
In all, 33 different drivers scored wins this season in the series and a whopping 92 drivers scored points. A driver must record a top-10 finish to earn points.
Hodnett won 16 times in series competition this season and also scored two wins outside the series. Hodnett had 14 second-place finishes among his 61 top-10 finishes.
Danny Dietrich finished second in the series and also had 16 wins. Dietrich had 55 top-10 finishes, including eight second-place runs.
Brian Montieth wrapped up the third slot, with nine wins and 44 top-10 finishes. Montieth finished second seven times.
Lucas Wolfe was fourth for the season with four wins among his 48 top 10s. He also had four seconds.
Brent Marks wrapped up the top five with three wins in 47 top 10s. He was second four times.
Lance Dewease only won once, but had 46 top 10s and seven seconds for sixth overall.
Aaron Ott was seventh with two wins in 36 top 10s. He also had three seconds.
Stevie Smith won 10 times in 21 top-10 finishes during his “specials-only” season. Smith also had three seconds and ended up eighth.
Ninth for the season was Alan Krimes, who won twice in 33 top-10 finishes. He also had a pair of seconds.
York’s Cory Haas was 10th on the season with one win in 28 top 10s. Haas had three seconds.
Other winners this season in point order, included: Steve Buckwalter with three, Dover’s Austin Hogue with one, Doug Esh with two and single wins for Freddie Rahmer, Jim Siegel, Donny Schatz, Gerard McIntyre Jr., Logan Wagner, Blane Heimbach, J.J. Grasso, Fairview Township’s Pat Cannon, York’s Chase Dietz, Dave Ely, Donnie Kreitz Jr., Kevin Nouse, Rodney Westhafer, York’s Glenndon Forsythe, Brandon Rahmer, Brad Sweet, Chad Kemenah and Red Lion’s Cody Darrah.
Final Showdown: Susquehanna’s Final Showdown on Saturday was held on a chilly blustery day, but still attracted 36 sprint cars and a large crowd of fans. The 358 sprint car count was 17.
A number of drivers were in different cars. Second-place driver Justin Henderson was driving for Donnie Kreitz Jr. Henderson is a former regular on the circuit who had a tremendous season at Knoxville in both the sprints and 360 sprints.
Lance Dewease was wheeling the Campbell family No. 16 car and finished third. The Dietz team, for which Dewease drove this season, is retiring from the sport. The Campbell car Dewease was driving is a stable mate to the 358 sprint car driven by teenager Matt Campbell of Fawn Grove. Jac Haudenschild drove the car during Pennsylvania Speedweek.
Brock Zearfoss got a top-10 run in a second Rob Warko No. 94 as a teammate to Ryan Smith. Zearfoss also drove the car at the World Finals in Charlotte. Smith finished seventh, and Zearfoss was 10th.
While he didn’t have a day to write home about, New York state 360 star Chuck Hebing was on hand as well. Hebing was driving the Doug Emery No. 33 usually driven by Stewart Friesen. They had engine woes in time trials and lost a wheel during the heat races.
YCRC meeting: The York County Racing Club will play host to a general membership meeting this Wednesday evening at the club hall in Zions View. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
York’s Chase Dietz will be the guest speaker. The teenage college student won the very last race of the season in the 358 portion of Susky’s Final Showdown. Dietz won the Williams Grove 358 sprint point title this season and also won a sprint car race at Lincoln in his rookie season in the 410 machines.
Lincoln banquet: Lincoln Speedway will host its awards banquet this Saturday evening at the Wyndham Garden in West York.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.