Kreitz Wins Susky’s Final Showdown


NEWBERRYTOWN, Pa. — The Final Showdown for winged 410 sprint cars at Susquehanna Speedway Park Saturday afternoon went to Don Kreitz Jr. for the second year in a row.

Pat Cannon also took the 358 sprint car portion of the program, claiming the 20-lap feature event.

From the outside the front row, Chad Layton took the early lead of the 30-lap sprint car feature. Mechanical failure forced Layton to the pit on the third circuit, relinquishing the lead to Brian Montieth.

Montieth led the next 13 laps weaving in and out of lapped traffic until Danny Dietrich who started sixth, moved past Montieth to take the lead on lap 16. The next lap, the red flag flew with three cars getting together in turn three as Billy Dietrich rolled.

During the red-flag period, Montieth was forced to the pit area with a flat tire, forcing him to the rear at the next restart. When the race was restarted, Dietrich led over Greg Hodnett and Brent Marks. On lap 23, Kreitz, who started 10th, moved to second. As Dietrich maneuvered through lapped traffic, Krietz closed the gap considerably and took the lead on lap 29.

Before the checkered flag could be thrown, the red flag flew once again setting a one-lap shootout for the race.

At the finish, Krietz held on for the win over Dietrich. Hodnett finished third with Marks and Mark Smith rounding out the top five.

In the 20-lap 358 sprint car feature, Ryan Greth took the lead from the outside front row starting spot. However, on lap four Greth jumped the cushion and last year’s Showdown winner Pat Cannon scooted by to take the lead.

Cannon set sail to lead the final 15 circuits to take the win over polesitter Josh Beard. Doug Hammaker finished third with Matt Horst taking the fourth place position on the final lap from Billy Pauch Jr. Pauch settled for fifth at the end.