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Ken Duke Wins 305 Feature at Susquehanna

From Brad Vores

YORK HAVEN, Penn. (September 3, 2016) — Ken Duke appeared to be headed for a runner-up finish in Saturday night’s 25-lap PASS/IMCA 305 Sprint car event at Susquehanna Speedway.

Duke, of Selinsgrove, PA had led laps six through 16 but gave way to multi-time winner Tyler Reeser on the 17th lap and was riding in the runner-up spot when Reeser made contact while putting a slower car a lap down and spun out.

This put Duke back out front and he was able to keep the field at bay over the final three circuits to score his first win of the season at Susquehanna.

Jay Krout led the first four laps before blowing a tire and hitting the wall which put Dave Grube out front. Grube led only lap five before fourth-starting Duke took the lead.

Rick Stief came from his 11th starting spot to finish in the runner-up position trailed by 10th starting Johnny Martin, eighth-starting George Riden as Grube completed the top five.

Sixth through 10th were Randy Kaylor, Scott Ellerman, Stephanie Dodson, Greg Dobrosky and Colby Dice.

Donnie Hendershot, Stief and Kaylor won heats for the 26 305 Sprints pitside.

Mike Potts raced from his 10th starting spot and drove to his second win of the season in the 20-lap street stock feature.

LeRoy Long and Jim Palm led early before Potts arrived on the scene, taking control with eight laps down and never looking back in taking the win as he looks to capture the 2016 street stock title with a handful of races remaining.

Palm settled for second spot ahead of Eric Tripp, 14th starting Josh Bloom and 20th starter Randy Zechman taking the Hard Charger award.

Walt Lemmon, Ryan Smith, Scott Thunberg, Travis Horan and Chad Stine completed the top ten finishers.

Long, Chris Derr and Horan won heats for the 26 cars. Eddie Richards was the consolation winner.

Manchester, PA racer Randy Christine, Jr. dominated the 25-lap 358 Late Model feature as he visited victory lane for the third time this season.

Starting sixth, Christine used a lap six restart to take the top spot and drove away for the win and strengthened his track point lead.

Gene Knaub made a rare start and finished in the runner-up spot after starting 10th as Jake Jones took the third spot. Shaun Jones earned the Hard Charger award after climbing into the Donnie Broderick owned late model, starting 20th and driving up to fourth with Matt Murphy taking the fifth spot ahead of early race leader Dave Latsha, Sam Gallagher, Travis Mease, Steve Billet and Chase Billet.

Knaub and Jones won heats for the 20-car field.

Next up on the schedule, Saturday night September10 will be the marquee event of the season for Super Sportsman as the Credit Connection Auto Sales Gary Wolford Sportsman 100 takes center stage. The Sportsman 100 lineup will be set by time trials. Joining on the card will be the Road Warriors, Extreme Stocks and EMMR. It will also be Kids Night. Pits open at 2PM, Grandstands at 5PM and Racing at 7PM.

There will be another Test & Tune on Wednesday night, September 7 beginning at 6PM.

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1. Ken Duke, 2. Rick Stief, 3. Johnny Martin, 4. George Riden, 5. David Grube, 6. Randy Kaylor, 7. Scott Ellerman, 8. Stephanie Dodson, 9. Greg Dobrosky, 10. Colby Dice, 11. Donnie Hendershot, 12. Darren Miller, 13. Joe Kay, 14. Ian Detwiler, 15. Kirsten Hess, 16. Eric Mathiot, 17. Keith Anderson, 18. Tyler Reeser, 19. Bryn Gohn, 20. Geoff Gill, 21. John Bordlemay, 22. Billy Ney, 23. Kassidy Kreitz, 24. Jay Krout.
Did Not Qualify: Ryan Lynn, Kyle Lloyd

1. Randy Christine, Jr., 2. Gene Knaub, 3. Jake Jones, 4. Shaun Jones, 5. Matt Murphy, 6. Dave Latsha, 7. Sam Gallagher, 8. Travis Mease, 9. Steve Billet, 10. Chase Billet, 11. Justin Ehrhart, 12. Sam Rial, 13. Jake Moser, 14. Matt Moran, 15. Dave Hertz, 16. Dan Zechman, 17. John Moser, 18. Patrick McClane, 19. Kyle Moser, 20. Randy Stoudt.
Did Not Start: Donnie Broderick.

1. Mike Potts, 2. Jim Palm, 3. Eric Tripp, 4. Josh Bloom, 5. Randy Zechman, 6. Walt Lemmon, 7. Ryan Smith, 8. Scott Thunberg, 9. Travis Horan, 10. Chad Stine, 11. Kyle Saylor, 12. Doug Barber, 13. LeRoy Long, 14. Craig Morgan, 15. Brandon Wanner, 16. Charles Ruppert, 17. Dalton Frye, 18. Chris Derr, 19. Mike Buckley, 20. Doug Hoffman, 21. Bob Scott, Jr., 22. Eddie Richards, 23. Jimmy Combs, 24. Jason Townsend.
Did Not Qualify: Calvin Redding, Curt McDade.