BAPS Motor Speedway
Knaub earns $3,000 Susquehanna Showdown victory
NEWBERRYTOWN, Pa. (Oct. 2) — Gene Knaub of Dover, Pa., took the lead on the fifth lap at Susquehanna Speedway Park on Saturday and led the rest of the way for a $3,000 victory in the unsanctioned Susquehanna Showdown.
Polesitter Justin Ehrhart grabbed the lead from the start with Grant Adams in hot pursuit during the early stages of the 50-lapper. Adams bolted by Ehrhart on the third circuit using the top side before a lap-four caution for three spinning cars in turn two slowed the field.
On the restart, Ehrhart pressured Adams on the low side, but Knaub followed Adams and made the pass by Ehrhart entering turn one. One lap later, Knaub took command of the top spot and never looked back.
Throughout the middle stages of the race, the battle for second was wild and furious. Adams, Ehrhart, Travis Mease, Shaun Jones and Craig Wagaman all made challenges for the runner-up spot.
The 19th-starting Wagaman held onto the runner-up spot from the middle of the race to lap 42, but Ehrhart regained the second spot the final eight laps. Jones dropped Wagaman to fourth with a last-lap pass and Adams rounded out the top five.
Notes: Knaub's Rocket Chassis is sponsored by Superior Homes and 382 Auto. ... SSP offered Knaub a possible $25,000 bonus for the envelope challenge; Knaub opened up the first envelope that contained the correct half of the $25,000 prize, but car owner Donnie Broderick did not have the correct second half in his envelope. ... Craig Wagaman's 19th-to-fourth run gave him HTMA Hard Charger honors. ...The Late Model Tire Changing Contest presented by Miller’s Racing Parts was won by the crew of Ashley Barrett. ... Drivers failing to make the main event: Pat Beard, Chase Billet, Cody Fairchok, Roger Myers, Matt Henry, Denny Willey, Chaz Walls. ... Previous Susquehanna Showdown winners are Scott Richwine, Tyler Hershery, Ashley Barrett and Jason Miller.
Susquehanna Showdown: (1) Gene Knaub, (2) Justin Ehrhart, (3) Shaun Jones, (4) Craig Wagaman, (5) Grant Adams, (6) Travis Mease, (7) Ashley Barrett, (8) Roy Miller, (9) Rick Singleton, (10) Larry Baer, (11) Bobby Beard, (12) Jason Rochelle, (13) Jason Miller, (14) D.J. Groft, (15) Randy Christine Jr., (16) Charlie Potts, (17) Ron Kline, (18) Bob Minnich, (19) Kyle Saylor, (20) Carl Billet, (21) Jake Jones, (22) Duane Harbaugh, (23) Mike Goodwin, (24) John Moser Jr., (25) Chris Knopp. Heat race winners: Ehrhart, Barrett, Adams, Knaub. Dash winner: Ehrhart. Consolation winner: Kline.