Susquehanna Speedway Park
March 31, 2014
_______________________________________SSP Going From Dirt Track to Asphalt Track in Near Future
Fishers’ Finished With Weather Related Issues
Newberrytown, PA (April 1) – The Susquehanna Speedway Park will be changed from a successful dirt track to a one-of-a-kind asphalt track on the local Central PA racing scene. Local native and SSP owner Todd Fisher has an extensive background in asphalt racing while working for the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina (1993-2000) and the Hardeeville Motor Speedway in South Carolina (2000-2002) before purchasing SSP at the end of the 2003 racing season.
Ground will be broken immediately as J.R. Rodriguez from JR’s Paving whose home base is directly across from the speedway. Rodriguez, an expert in asphalt and driveway sealing for any project will take on his biggest task yet with the covering of the clay with asphalt. Tim Hahn of Madison House East will provide workers to assist Rodriguez in this huge job that has time implications.
“This will be a great addition to our business,” commented Jake Jones of Miller’s Racing Products in Mechanicsburg. “We will expand our business to all new levels and immediately look into expanding our current retail shop to cover the impending demands for the pats needed to convert the dirt cars to asphalt.
The Garage owned by Mike Keller in Stevens, Pennsylvania will also assist the customers on the “other side of the river.” His extensive background in drag racing will also help racers make the conversion much quicker.
To assist with the transition, Hoosier Racing Tires has developed a special dirt/asphalt combination tire for the racers to adapt to the hard surface much quicker. All interested parties should contact Bob Wirts of Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic for the technical details. Insinger Performance and Sunoco Racing Fuels, the official Fuel Supplier of SSP, has also developed a special blend of fuel for SSP to allow for maximum horsepower without giving up any torque.
Coca Cola, the official beverage supplier, is also very excited about the news. The will have a special formula of Coke Syrup that will be applied to the upper groove of the track every week to provide at least two lanes of side-by-side racing every time the cars hit the track. They are in the process of developing a permanent solution that will not need to be applied every race, but once every five years.
The properties around the speedway will be on the market quickly as the great influx of racing fans will flock to the area. Any interested parties should contact Rhonda Fisher from Coldwell Banker in York to get the best deal on real estate in the area. Rhonda can find the best mobile homes in the area at the Conewago Valley Mobile Home Park located just down the road from the track.
For those purchasing vacant lots in the area, Donnie Broderick of Superior Homes in Lancaster can assist with new modular homes of great quality and price. For those that want to renovate their already built homes, Tony Sipling from AS2 Home Improvements will do a masterful job with any project small or large. Lee Manuel of Pest-Rite, a locally owned Pest and Termite Control Expert from Manchester, will be able to help home buyers rid their purchases of pesky inhabitants.
If you find that you do not have enough storage in your new purchase, a great solution is an Amish Built shed, garage or barn from Fisher Structures in Lewisberry. They have the best prices in the Central PA area for quality outbuildings.
To deal with the huge influx of asphalt starved short track fans in Central PA, Carl Hughes will offer additional parking at the SSP neighbor, the Newberrytown Peddlers Market. The market is open on Saturday and Sunday before the races begin for those early-arriving fans.
J&K Salvage of York will be giving the best prices for those drivers that want to scrap their dirt racecars. If persons cannot get their cars to the salvage yard, Mike Walls of Mike’s Towing will be more than helpful to assist anyone in need. For those special, hard-to-find parts from factory-manufactured asphalt cars, Eichelbergers U-Pull-It in Spring Grove has more than 1000vehicles on property. With a few simple tools and a little elbow grease a person can save as much as 80% over new auto parts prices at Eichelbergers U-Pull-It. If a person still can’t find that part, they can check online at www.rockauto.com
Great used cars that may be converted to asphalt racers can be found at Credit Connection Auto Sales with three locations in Harrisburg, Carlisle and York. They also specialize in imports, trucks, SUVs and vans as well.
The only downside to the announcement is that Dain Hursh, owner of the newly renovated Dover Car Wash on Main Street, is still hoping to keep the business open from racecars from surrounding dirt tracks. The Dover Car Wash is one of the very few area car washes that encourage dirt racers to bring their vehicles there to be cleaned after a hard night of racing. Fans are also encouraged to bring in their vehicles as well for a quick wash after watching a night of exciting dirt racing.
Anyone wishing to preserve the memories of the track in its dirt heyday, can find photos at Lucky Shot Photos online. For those wishing to find videos of the days past by, contact the speedway offices and they will put you in touch with Dave Zortman, SSP videographer.
Fisher would like to conclude this major announcement by saying “Happy April Fools Day.” We will see how many people (fools) start this rumor and post on message boards without actually reading the entire press release.
Although this fictional story may be untrue and a shameless sponsor plug, Todd Fisher would like to thank the great businesses mentioned for the support and continued partnerships. We look forward to an exciting and enjoyable 2014 racing season and beyond…………….on dirt.
Wednesday Test & Tune on April 2; Season Opener This Saturday
The next Test & Tune will be on Wednesday, April 2. The gates will open at 5:00 p.m. with practice sessions rotating for each class from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The cost is $12.00 per person for pit passes and a $20.00 fee for each racecar entering the pit area ($32.00 per car & driver combination). Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. with open track time from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. by class. Each session will be 6 – 8 laps per session. The grandstands are open and free to the public. Each class will receive 4 to 5 rounds of 6/8 laps each or more if time permits. The fuel pumps from Miller’s Racing Parts will be open along with their parts trailer. The main concession stand will also be open throughout the night.
The first Test & Tune for the “Outback Track” will be Friday Night, April 11.
During the season, SSP will also host Wednesday Night Test & Tune Sessions on April 9; April 23; May 7; May 21; June 4; June 11; June 25; July 23; August 6; August 13; September 3; September 17; October 1; October 15 and October 22. All Wednesday night practices will run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
New this season will be the Jr. Road Warrior class for all drivers ages 14 to 18 years of ages as of age. This class will compete along with the Mini Vans in a feature only event. This will allow younger drivers to develop their talents without competing against veterans in the division.
Entering the 11th year of ownership under Todd and Rhonda Fisher, the 2014 season opener at the Susquehanna Speedway Park will be on Saturday, April 5, with the Late Models, Street Stocks, Legends Cars and the first of two appearances by the Super Sportsman. All point championships for each class starts on April 6. At the end of the season, SSP will crown fourteen-(14) track champions in their respective classes (Late Models; Street Stocks, Xtreme Stock Cars, Road Warriors, Mini Vans, Figure 8 Racing, PENNMAR Vintage Cars, Classic Cars, PA Sprint Series, Legends Cars, Sidewinder Sprints, ARDC Midgets, Super 410 Sprint Cars and 358 Sprint Cars). Track championships are based on classes with a minimum of three races per season.
The SSP track championship point season schedule features 19 point races for the Late Models and 18 point races for the Street Stocks as well as 16 point races for the Xtreme Stock Cars not including their respective season ending special events. The popular entry level Road Warrior and Mini Van divisions will compete 15 and 14 each respectively. The PA Sprint Series will compete at the York County oval 11 times.
Open-wheel cars will make many appearances at York County’s stock car oval in Newberrytown. The Super 410 Sprint Cars and 358 Sprint Cars are double billed for three separate visits on Sunday, April 13 for the 5th annual Sprint Car Spring Classic; Sunday, June 15 for the 7th annual Sprint Car Summer Classic (Father’s Day) Saturday, November 15 for the popular 5th annual Final Showdown paying a SSP record-breaking $10,060 to the 410 Sprint Car winner bringing a close to SSP’s 60th year in existence The 410 Sprints will also join the SSP Late Models for one race on Sunday, May 4 and the ARDC wingless Midgets will join the 410 Sprint Cars on Sunday, September 21 for the Inaugural Sprint Car Fall Classic.
Two special events for the 600cc Micro Sprints include events on Thursday, July 3 for the Eichelberger’s U-Pull-It Super Show IX and the Candy Bowl X presented by J&K Salvage on Saturday, October 25.
The final leg of the USAC Eastern Storm championship featuring the National USAC Non-Wing Sprint Cars will be on Sunday, June 8.
At the season opener on Saturday, April 5, the pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 4:00 p.m. Warm-ups begin at 5:30 p.m. with qualifying races at 6:00 p.m. followed by consolation races and feature events. General Admission Grandstand ticket prices for the Season Opener special event on Saturday night are Adults (ages 18-59) $15.00; Young Adults (ages 11-17) & Senior Adults (60 & Older) $13.00; Children (10 & under) are free. Pit pass prices are $25.00 with a reduced price of $22.00 for all pit competitor license holders. The minimum age requirement to purchase a pit pass is 12 years of age with a copy of a birth certificate is required for all ages 12 to 14.
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 sspracing.net. On race day, use the track phone at (717) 938-9170 for up-to-date information at the “Big Track” and the “Outback Track.”
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Stock Car Saturday Night Season Opener Time Schedule
(Subject to Change)
3:30 p.m. Pit Gates Open: Pit Passes: Members - $22.00; Non members - $25.00
4:00 p.m. Grandstands Gates Open: General admission: Adults (18 & older) – $15.00; Seniors (60 &
older) & Young Adults (11–17) - $13.00; Children (10 & under) – Free
5:10 p.m. Driver’s Meeting (Turn 1 Pit Grandstands)
5:30 p.m. Track Preparation Laps Begin (Pit area)
Rotation: Street Stocks (Infield)
Late Models (Front Pit)
Super Sportsman (Outside Turn 2)
Legends Cars (Infield)
6:00 p.m. Welcome, Invocation and National Anthem
Late Models Qualifying Heat Races (8 laps)
Super Sportsman Qualifying Heat Races (8 laps)
Street Stocks Qualifying Heat Races (8 laps)
Legends Cars Qualifying Heat Races (6 laps)
Consolation Races (same order as Heats) – if necessary
Late Models Feature (25 laps)
Super Sportsman Feature (25 laps)
Street Stocks Feature (20 laps)
Legends Cars Feature (20 laps)