Knaub Beats The Rain At Susquehanna
NEWBERRYTOWN, Pa. – Gene Knaub claimed his third Late Model win of the season in the 30-lap Steel Block Bandits Late Model Series race at the Susquehanna Speedway Park on Saturday night.
Randy Zechman won his fourth Street Stock feature of the year. A rain storm claimed the Road Warrior, Mini Vans and Xtreme Stock Car features.
In a 30-lap Steel Block Bandits Late Model Series feature event littered with multiple cautions due to spins, Gene Knaub grabbed the lead on the start from the pole position. Knaub continued to lead after every restart and led every lap to claim his third SSP victory of the season. Chase Billet moved into the runner-up spot on lap 17 but was unable to make the winning pass and settled for second at the finish.
Randy Christine Jr. and J.R. Rodriguez battle side-by-side at the end with Christine edging out Rodriguez by about a foot at the finish to take third spot. 2012 Steel Block Bandits Series champion Andy Fries rounded out the top five. Dan Zechman started twentieth and finished eighth to claim the JRs Paving Hard Charger award of the race. Knaub, Frye, Eaton and Murphy were the heat race winners.
Scott Thunberg led the field of Street Stocks to the green for the 20-lapper. Thunberg led the first three circuits until Mike Walls took the lead on lap four. Similar to the same story line as last week, Randy Zechman moved into the runner-up spot on lap 12, getting by runner-up Jim Palm Jr. However, this week Zechman was able to pass Walls for the lead on lap 15 instead of finishing behind Walls like last weekend. Wall retired from the race with mechanical failure on lap 17.
With a restart on lap 17, Bob Scott Jr. and Palm set their sights on Zechman for the lead. Zechman was flawless and held on for the victory over Scott. Palm settled for third, followed by Jasen Geesaman and Scott Thunberg in fourth and fifth respectively. Danny Beard and Walls were heat race victors.
The final three features (Road Warriors, Mini Vans and Xtreme Stock Cars) of the evening were postponed to Saturday, July 27 when rains hit the speedway on lap five of the Road Warrior feature. The 15-lap Road Warrior feature will be resumed from lap five on Saturday, July 27. These three divisions will have double features on that particular night.