Kreitz and Cannon Repeat Wins at the Final Showdown at SSP on Saturday

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By Todd Fisher

Newberrytown, PA (November 10, 2012) – The Final Showdown for the Super Sprint Cars at the Susquehanna Speedway Park on Saturday afternoon, November 10 went to Don Kreitz Jr. of Sinking Spring for the second year in a row. Etter’s Pat Cannon also took the 358 Sprint Car portion as well claiming the 20-lap feature event.

From the outside the front row, Chad Layton took the early lead of the 30-lap Super Sprint Car feature event. 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, Donnie Kreitz Jr. moved from a tenth place starting spot and into the runnerup spot. As Dietrich maneuvered through lapped traffic, Krietz closed the gap considerably and took the lead on lap 29. Before the checkered 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. Heat race wins went to Danny Dietrich, Adam Wilt and Brian Montieth. Hunter Mackison won the consolation event.

In the 20-lap 358 Sprint Car feature, Ryan Greth took the lead from the outside front row starting spot. However, on lap 4 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. Qualifying heat race winners were Dale Hammaker, Doug Hammaker, and Cris Eash. Nathan Snyder won the consolation race.

The Susquehanna Speedway Park is located midway between Harrisburg and York off I-83 to exit 32, then 1.4 miles NW on SR382 to York Road, then 1.3 miles south. For more information, contact the speedway offices at (717) 292-1696 or visit online at On raceday, use the track phone at (717) 938-9170 for up-to-date information.

Susquehanna Speedway Park Race Results from Saturday, November 10, 2012

Super Sprint Cars (30 laps): 1. Don Kreitz Jr.; 2. Danny Dietrich; 3. Greg Hodnett; 4. Brent Marks; 5. Mark Smith; 6. Logan Schuchart; 7. Cole Duncan; 8. Adam Wilt; 9. Brian Montieth; 10. Gerald McIntyre; 11. Billy Pauch Jr.; 12. Mark Zimmerman; 13. Bobby Howard; 14. Blaine Heimbach; 15. Hunter Mackison; 16. Glenndon Forsythe; 17. Robbie Kendall; 18. Steve Petry; 19. Billy Dietrich; 20. Cory Haas; 21. Michael Bittinger; 22. Fred Rahmer; 23. Chad Layton; 24. April Wilson; DNQ – Bill Stine; Cody Fletcher; Jordan Mackison; Brian Ehrenszeller.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Layton (1-2); Montieth (3-15); Danny Dietrich (16-28); Krietz (29-30).

HEAT RACE WINNERS: D. Dietrich; Wilt and Montieth.


358 Sprint Cars (20 laps): 1. Pat Cannon; 2. Josh Beard; 3. Doug Hammaker; 4. Matt Horst; 5. Billy Pauch Jr.; 6. Logan Schuchart; 7. Austin Hogue; 8. Derek Locke; 9. Kyle Moody; 10. Nathan Snyder; 11. Scott Fisher; 12. Bob Anderson; 13. Teddy Thomas; 14. Brie Hershey; 15. Michael Hamer; 16. Ashley Crocetta; 17. Mark Smith; 18. Tim Wagaman II; 19. Dale Hammaker; 20. Nick Palomerino; 21. Cris Eash; 22. Jason Cherry; 23. Ryan Greth; 24. Adrian Shaffer; DNQ – Stan Campbell; Chase Dietz; Larry Smith; Bill Sherman; George Streaker Jr.; Alex Spaulding; Sean Case.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Greth (1-4); Cannon (5-20).

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Dale Hammaker; Doug Hammaker and Eash.


Previous Winners of The Final Showdown:

2010: Chad Layton (Super Sprint Cars); Aaron Ott (358 Sprint Cars).

2011: Don Kreitz Jr. (Super Sprint Cars); Pat Cannon (358 Sprint Cars).

2012: Don Kreitz Jr. (Super Sprint Cars); Pat Cannon (358 Sprint Cars).