NEWBERRYTOWN, Pa.– The Final Showdown for the Super Sprint Cars at the Susquehanna Speedway Park on Saturday afternoon went to Derek Sell, who pocketed $10,010 for his victory.
The victory was Sell’s first career 410 sprint car win and the $10,010 payout was to commemorate Todd and Rhonda Fisher’s first 10 years of owning the speedway. This was the highest paying race ever held at SSP in its 59 year history.
Josh Beard took the 358 Sprint Car 20-lap feature event.
By virtue of qualifying sixth in time trials, Sell started on the pole position of the 30-lap 410 sprint car feature event. At the green, Sell grabbed the early lead. Blaine Heimbach and Brent Marks applied immediate pressure on the leader Sell.
Brian Leppo entered the fray by lap five. Leppo flipped on lap 12 after a part failed on his car, collecting Donnie Krietz and Davey Franek in the accident. All drivers were uninjured. On the restart, Sell continued to set the pace with Blaine Heimbach challenging on the low side.
On lap 20, Logan Schuchart moved past Heimbach for the runner-up spot after starting eighth. Schuchart then set his sights on the leader. With one circuit remaining, Schuchart was on the rear bumper of the leader. Going into turn three, Schuchart slid in front of the leader.
Sell did not falter as he ducked low in a drag race to the finish, Sell won the race to the line by half a car length over Schuchart. Lance Dewease finished with a last lap pass to claim third over Heimbach. Greg Hodnett rounded out the top five.
Heat race wins went to Justin Barger, Schuchart and Hodnett. Tim Glatfelter won the consolation event. Leppo was the fast qualifier in time trials and coming very close to breaking his old record, missing it by .015 of a second.
In the 20-lap 358 Sprint Car feature, Josh Beard took the lead from the pole position with Brad McClelland in tow. A few cautions closed up the field, but the real race came down the last lap coming out of turn four when Austin Hogue made a challenge for the lead coming to the finish line.
Hogue came up about five feet short at the end and settled for second behind Beard, who took the win. McClelland finished in third, followed by Tyler Ross in fourth. Dale Hammaker rounded out the top five.
Qualifying heat race winners were Dale Hammaker, Hogue and McClelland. McClelland set a new eight-lap track record for 358 Sprint Cars at 2:09.21 besting the old record by seven seconds. The old record was held by Tim Wagaman at 2:16.18.