By BRAD VORES
YORK HAVEN, PA – Last season, Scott Dellinger only visited victory lane one time at Susquehanna Speedway. That win came late in the season in the Sportsman 100.
Dellinger isn’t waiting that long this season as the Lewisberry driver tracked down week one winner Scott Geesey during the late laps to win Saturday night’s Credit Connection Auto Sales Super Sportsman feature.
Aboard his Dellinger Auto Body, AAI Recycling, Reeser’s Soft Serve Ice Cream, G.A. Smith Towing No. 30 machine, Dellinger started 10th on the grid and worked this way to the front, coming on strong in the waning laps of the 25-lap feature. Dellinger tracked down leader Geesey and after several attempts to take the lead, Dellinger made the race winning move with 23 laps complete and drove away for the win.
Jay Fannasy led the first seven laps before giving way to Geesey, who held the point until lap 22 when Dellinger took over.
Geesey settled for the runner-up finish trailed by Fannasy, ninth starting and defending track champion Russ Mitten and Mike Enders with 20th starting Doug Dodson, Paul Miller, Kenny Edkin, Gregg Foster and Troy Hockenberry completing the top ten finishers.
Geesey, Davey Walsh and Fannasy won heats for the 28-car field while Edkin was the consolation winner.
. Three Springs’ racer Rance Garlock led flag to flag to post the win in the Bernheisel Race Cars Mason Dixon Shootout Series 358 Late Model feature.
Starting on the pole, Garlock was never seriously challenged in his No. 19 late model and defeated Brad Shank, who finished in the runner-up spot for the second consecutive week. Andrew Yoder raced home third ahead of Robbie Black and Eric Irvin.
Rounding out the top ten were Justin Ehrhart, Brian Shuey, ArtWerks Hard Charger Derrik Quade up from 23rd starting spot, Cameron Benyou and Devin Frey.
Shank, Shuey, Garlock and Black were heat winners for the strong field of of 34 cars for the Mason Dixon Shootout. Todd Snook won the consolation.
Greg Diehl became the third and final leader in the 20-lap Morgan Paving Aqua Fun Pools Street Stock feature to pick up his first win of the season.
Defending champ Mike Potts led the first 10 laps before suffering a flat tire and having to pit. That turned the lead over to Dalton Frye who held the point until lap 16 when Diehl, who started 10th took command of the event and raced to the win ahead of Frye (best career finish), Artwerks Hard Charger Eric Tripp up from 15th, Jim Jacobs and Matt Adams.
Scott Thunberg, Diehl and Kevin Sigler won heats for the 25 street stocks.
In defense of his 2016 track championship, Alex Updegraff led all 20 laps of the Superior Homes Extreme Stock feature to take the first checkered flag of the season.
He defeated Patrick McClane, Ronnie Buck, Kyle Emig and Keith Bissinger.
McClane was the lone heat race winner for the 12 car field.
Susquehanna Speedway will see action two times this coming weekend with two racing shows.
Saturday, April 8 will feature the first appearance of the season for the Freedmont® Mortgage Funding PASS/IMCA 305 Sprints, along with the Precise Racing 358 Late Models, Superior Homes Xtreme Stocks and ServiceMaster Clean Central PA Legends. Racing begins at 6PM.
Then on Sunday, April 9, it will be the first of seven BAPS Auto Paints and Supplies 410 Sprint Series events. Joining the 410 sprints on the Sunday night card will be the 358 Sprints. It will also be Wintermyers Auto Salvage Night. Racing begins at 6PM.
There will also be a Test ‘N’ Tune on Wednesday night, April 5 from 6-9PM at the Speedway.
RACE RESULTS 4/1/17
Credit Connection Auto Sales Super Sportsman (25 Laps)
1. 30- Scott Dellinger, 2. 41- Scott Geesey, 3. 222- Jay Fannasy, 4. 77- Russ Mitten, 5. 3B- Mike Enders, 6. 54- Doug Dodson, 7. 58- Paul Miller, 8. 75- Kenny Edkin, 9. 32- Gregg Foster, 10. 27-Troy Hockenberry, 11. 7- Timmie Barrick, 12. 17J- Tony Jackson, 13. 23- Justin Foster, 14. 91- Lanny Hake, 15. 83- Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., 16. 10- Troy Rhome, 17. 00- Rick Barr, 18. 20w- Davey Walsh, 19. 14- Nate Young, 20. 32w- Garrett Williamson, 21. 44- Russ Lebo, 22. 24- Justin Williams, 23. 2m- Matt Ondek, 24. 99- Chad Smith.
Did Not Qualify: 8- Rich Eichelberger ( Scratched after qualifing in heat ), 1A- Chase Gutshall, 13- Luke Deatrick, 19- Devin Beidel
Bernheisel Race Cars Mason Dixon Shootout Series358 Late Models (25 Laps)
1. 19- Rance Garlock, 2. 57- Brad Shank, 3. 2- Andrew Yoder, 4. 01- Robbie Black, 5. 87- Eric Irvin, 6. 69- Justin Ehrhart, 7. 177- Brian Shuey, 8. 74Q- Derrik Quade, 9. 3B- Cameron Benyou, 10. 62- Devin Frey, 11. 74- Randy Christine, Jr., 12. 44- Ralph Morgan, Jr., 13. D19- Dillan Stake, 14. 23- Todd Snook, 15. 118- Sean Merkel, 16. 33K- Devin Hart, 17. 72-Wayne Pfeil, 18. 48- Donnie Farlling, 19. 16- Cory Merkel, 20. 32J- Shaun Jones, 21. 21m- Matt Murphy, 22. 5- Charles Potts, 23. 42- Jim Yoder, 24. 22- Chase Billet.
Did Not Qualify: 46- Daniel Green, 13x- Ben Whitaker, 8- Taylor Farlling, 19- Drew Weisser, X- Bernie Beard, NINE- Randy Stoudt, 12K- Jared Fulkroad, 24- Daulton Bigler, 3- Rick Lias, 22B- Mark Billet
Morgan Paving/Aqua Fun Pools Street Stocks (20 Laps)
1. 80D- Greg Diehl, 2. 91- Dalton Frye, 3, 43- Eric Tripp, 4. 4J- Jim Jacobs, 5. 9- Matt Adams, 6. M1- Mike Potts, 7. 21- Joey Hoffer, 8. 88p- Brett Pickel, 9. 12- Scott Thunberg, 10. 54J- Jimmy Combs, 11. 11- Craig Morgan, 12. 64- Brandon Wanner, 13. 32- Brad Bingaman, 14. 59- Ryan Smith, 15. FOUR- Eddie Richards, 16. 7p- Jim Palm, 17. 8- Darin Rice, 18. 86- Scott Strickler, 19. 0-Richie Dobson, 20. 65- Bill Wentz, 21. 63- Doug Barber.
Did Not Start: 9x- Brandon Ort, 71- David Dietz, 7s- Kevin Sigler, 19- Chad Stine
Superior Homes Exteme Stocks (20 Laps)
1. 1- Alex Updegraff, 2. 55- Patrick McClane, 3. 7- Ronnie Buck, 4. 10- Kyle Emig, 5. 11B- Keith Bissinger, 6. 76- Michael Smith, 7. 97- Donnie Broderick, 8. 11- Brandon Staccone, 9. 37- Mallory Duvall, 10. 77- Jeff Waltz, 11. XR7- Jerry Blauch.
Did Not Start: 97B- Richard Daughtrey