Layton Wins 25-Lap Sprint Car Summer Classic at SSP on Sunday Night

ssp susquehanna Speedway Park
ssp susquehanna Speedway Park

From Todd Fisher


Newberrytown, PA — (June 16, 2013) — Harrisburg’s Chad Layton claimed his first SSP Super Sprint Car feature of the season at the Susquehanna Speedway Park on Sunday Night.  Austin Hogue of Manchester took the lead late in the race to claim his first career SSP 358 Sprint Car feature victory.


Chad Layton earned the pole position of the 25-lap Super 410 Sprint Car feature by virtue of winning the first heat race and drawing the no inversion pill.  On the start, Layton quickly jumped into the lead with the other two heat race winners close behind, Donnie Kreitz Jr. and Tim Shaffer.  Shaffer trailed Layton through a rash of caution flags early in the race.  Once the race settled in, Brent Marks moved into the runnerup spot on lap 8.   On the next circuit, he passed Layton going into turn one, slid in front of the leader and broke coming out of turn two.


After Marks retired from the race, Shaffer regained the runner-up spot.  Through lapped traffic, Shaffer made many attempts to regain the lead from Layton.  At the end, Layton held off Shaffer to take his fourth career SSP victory.  Behind Shaffer, Blaine Heimbach finished third ahead of Kreitz.  Lance Dewease finished fifth after starting the race in eleventh.


As with Layton, Kevin Nouse also earned the pole position of the 20-lap 358 Sprint Car feature by winning his heat race and drawing the no inversion pill.  As with Layton, Nouse also grabbed the early lead over Dale Hammaker, another heat race winner.  Brad McClelland got by Hammaker on lap three and set his sights on the leader.  McClelland made the pass for the lead on lap 13, but two circuits later, Nouse regained the lead.  Meanwhile, Austin Hogue began a late race charge to the front.  He passed McClelland on lap 16 and then by Nouse on lap 19.  Once in the lead, he never looked back to claim the feature win.  Nouse settled in second.  Tyler Ross took third by inches at the line over McClelland.  Another heat race victor, Eric Tomecek rounded out the top five.