The low down



Johnson repeats at Mid Nebraska

By John Rittenoure


   DONIPHAN, NE (August 18, 2004) - Jason Johnson may want to move to the

state of Nebraska after winning his second straight All Star/NCRA Thunder

Thru the Plains Outlaw Sprint 30 lap X-1R A Main feature event on Wednesday

at Mid Nebraska Speedway.

   Just like the night before at Junction Motor Speedway, Johnson shot out

front early in the Cox Fabricating machine and went the distance to record

his second straight All Star and fourth NCRA series win of the season.

  Johnson broke from a three car pack in turn two to lead the first lap over

Terry McCarl and Garry Lee Maier. Maier and Chad Kemenah battled for third

with Kemenah taking over on lap 10. Meanwhile McCarl was closing on Johnson

and pulled up on his rear bumper with five laps remaining. However Johnson

held his line to win over McCarl with All Star points leader Kemenah a close

third. Brooke Tatnell worked his way into fourth and Maier dropped to fifth.

Danny Smith, Paul May, Dean Jacobs, Jeremy Campbell and Travis Whitney

completed the top ten finishers.

   Action was slowed several times, on lap seven for Greg Wilson and Aaron

Berryhill and again on lap 13 for a stalled Jon Agan, but Johnson was able

to motor away from the pack on each restart.

   The Crown Battery heat fell to Greg Wilson, the B&B Products heat went to

Jeremy Campbell, the Engler Machine and Tool heat was won by Terry McCarl

and the TP Wings heat fell to Paul May. Brock Mayes won the University of

Northwestern Ohio B Main, Jeremy Campbell captured the Haulmark Dash and

Chad Kemenah was the Huggins Cams Fast Time qualifier with a new track

record of 14.810 seconds.

   Huggins Cams Time Trials: 1. Chad Kemenah, 14.810 (NTR); 2. Dean Jacobs,

14.924;  3. Terry McCarl, 14.950;  4. Brooke Tatnell, 14.963; 5. Jason

Johnson, 15.073; 6. Brock Mayes, 15.166; 7. Gary Lee Maier, 15.167; 8. Danny

Smith, 15.177; 9. Aaron Berryhill, 15.194; 10. Jeremy Campbell, 15.199;  11.

Travis Whitney, 15.213; 12. Mike Lutz, 15.252; 13. Jason Solwold, 15.269;

14. Kerry Madsen, 15.272; 15. Roger Crockett, 15.289; 16. Paul May, 15.294;

17. Greg Wilson, 15.314; 18. Tony Bruce Jr., 15.356; 19. Phil Gressman,

15.359; 20. Tim Hunter, 15.412; 21. Bill Rose, 15.427; 22. Jon Agan, 15.465;

23. Luke Cranston, 15.480; 24. Barry Ruble, 15.604; 25. Daron Clayton,

15.649; 26. Mike Woodruff, 15.706; 27. CJ Johnson, 15.729; 28. Jason Martin,

15.767; 29. Pat Bourke, 15.971; 30. Eddie Lynch, 16.046.

  Crown Battery Heat (8 laps): 1. Greg Wilson, Jason Solwold, Chad Kemenah,

Jason Johnson, Bill Rose, Aaron Berryhill, Pat Bourke, Daron Clayton

   B&B Products Heat (8 laps): 1. Kerry Madsen, Tony Bruce Jr., Jeremy

Campbell, Jon Agan, Dean Jacobs, Brock Mayes, Mike Woodruff, Eddie Lynch

   Engler Machine & Tool Heat (8 laps): 1. Terry McCarl, Phil Gressman,

Roger Crockett, Travis Whitney, Gary Lee Maier, Luke Cranston, CJ Johnson

   TP Wings Heat (8 laps): 1. Paul May, Danny Smith, Mike Lutz, Brooke

Tatnell, Barry Ruble, Jason Martin, Tim Hunter

   Haulmark Dash (4 laps): 1. Campbell, Kemenah, Smith, May

   University of Northwestern Ohio B Main (12 laps): 1. Brock Mayes, Aaron

Berryhill, Tim Hunter, Pat Bourke, CJ Johnson, Jason Martin, Daron Clayton,

Luke Cranston, Eddie Lynch, Mike Woodruff

   X-1R A Main (30 laps): 1. Jason Johnson, Terry McCarl, Chad Kemenah,

Brooke Tatnell, Gary Lee Maier, Danny Smith, Paul May, Dean Jacobs, Jeremy

Campbell, Travis Whitney, Jason Solwold, Mike Lutz, Roger Crockett, Bill

Rose, Tony Bruce Jr., Kerry Madsen, Tim Hunter, Greg Wilson, Pat Bourke,

Brock Mayes, Phil Gressman, Jon Agan, Barry Ruble, Aaron Berryhill

   Lap Leaders: Jason Johnson 1-30.




Arizona Race Mart Time Trials

1.  Levi Jones, 2B   17.090

2.  Zach Chappell, 50Z   17.150

3.  Alex Pruett, 56AZ   17.180

4.  Tony Elliott, 11   17.280

5.  Bud Kaeding, 45   17.280

6.  Dave Darland, 56   17.340

7.  Mike Spencer, 44   17.400

8.  Sean McClelland, 1   17.500

9.  Jimmy Crawford, 13   17.590

10. Matt Neely, 17N   17.600

11. Gary Wright, 9   17.700

12. Mike Martin, 57M   17.740

13. Charles Davis Jr., 8A   17.900

14. Cody Branchcomb, 94   17.980

15. Mel Murphy, 62   17.990

16. Seth Wilson, 17   18.030

17. Mark Nation, 3N   18.030

18. Ronnie Clark, 33   18.100

19. Rickie Gaunt, 2A   18.130

20. Alan Ballard, 97   18.250

21. Roy Larkin, 52   18.280

22. Brian McClelland, 87   18.560

23. Nick Smith, 15S   18.570

24. Jake Martens, 48   18.830

25. Jerrod Wilson, 88J   19.310

26. Sean Walden, 14   19.930

27. Don Whitmore, 66   20.700




1. Tony Elliott, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Rickie Gaunt, 4. Matt Neely, 5.

Levi Jones, 6. Mike Spencer, 7.Brian McClelland, 8. Jerrod Wilson, 9. Seth




1. Gary Wright, 2. Zach Chappell, 3. Cody Branchcomb, 4. Nick Smith, 5. Bud

Kaeding, 6. Sean Walden, 7. Alan Ballard 8. Sean McClelland, 9. Mark Nation




1. Dave Darland, 2. Jimmy Crawford, 3. Alex Pruett, 4. Mike Martin, 5. Don

Whitmore, 6. Roy Larkin, 7. Ronnie Clark, 8. Jake Martens, 9. Mel Murphy.



1. Tony Elliott, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Levi Jones, 5. Alex

Pruett, 6. Zach Chappell, 7. Matt Neely, 8. Jimmy Crawford.


B-MAIN EVENT (12 Laps)

1. Mike Spencer, 2. Ronnie Clark, 3. Seth Wilson, 4. Roy Larkin, 5. Brian

McClelland, 6. Alan Ballard, 7. Sean Walden, 8. Jerrod Wilson, 9. Jake Martens.


A -MAIN EVENT (30 Laps)

1. Dave Darland, 2. Tony Elliott, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5. Nick

Smith, 6. Matt Neely, 7. Rickie Gaunt, 8. Mike Spencer, 9. Ronnie Clark, 10.

Charles Davis Jr., 11. Alex Pruett, 12. Sean Walden, 13. Cody Branchcomb, 14. Jimmy

Crawford, 15. Mike Martin, 16. Alan Ballard, 17. Zach Chappell, 18. Seth

Wilson, 19. Brian McClelland, 20. Roy Larkin, 21. Gary Wright, 22. Don Whitmore.

Led: Tony Elliott (Lap 1-22), Dave Darland (Lap 23-30), No Time.






(AUGUST 18, 2004, PERRIS, CA)  Cory Kruseman, one of the countries most popular and successful sprint car drivers, will be flying back to his native Southern California to drive in Saturday’s Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car race at Perris Auto Speedway. 


Kruseman, who turns 34 in September, will be driving the silver #4 owned by Mark Alexander of Torrance.  His statistics in the Alexander car have been nothing short of incredible.  In eight 2004 starts he has only finished out of the top three two times.  He has three wins, two second place finishes and a third.


Two of his wins have come on Manzanita Speedway’s big half-mile in Phoenix and he has a single victory at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Washington.  His best finishes at Perris in 2004 have been a pair seconds (3/6 and 6/12).  In years gone by the Riverside County Clay oval and Kruseman have gotten along very well.  He has several wins at the eight year-old speed plant including a mind boggling 12 victories in 2001.  He also has three wins at the prestigious Jack Kindoll Classic at The PAS (1998, 2000 and 2001).


Known by his fans as “The Kruser,” the affable racer normally drives for NASCAR Nextel Cup Superstar Tony Stewart on the USAC National Sprint Car Series in the Midwest.  In 2004 competition in the Midwest, Kruseman is currently ranked third in USAC points and has posted three wins in Indiana (Terre Haute, Putnamville and Haubstadt).  In addition to his sprint car driving duties, he also competes in midgets and silver crown cars and has had rides in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the Indy Racing League.


When not racing, Kruseman makes his living driving racecars!!! He owns and operates the Cory Kruseman Sprint Car Driving School at the Ventura Raceway.  He is married to his high school sweetheart Carri and they live in Ventura with their young daughter Casie.


Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM on Saturday and racing will begin at 7:00.


Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, home of the Southern California Fair, approximately one hour east of Los Angeles.  Take the 215 Freeway, exit at the Ramona Expressway and go east two and a half miles to the fairgrounds. 


For more information on this or any other event at Perris Auto Speedway events, please call (909) 940-0134.



1.     Rip Williams – Garden Grove, CA – 932

2.     Damion Gardner – Concord, CA – 921

3.     Mike Kirby – Torrance, CA – 864

4.     Troy Rutherford – Ojai, CA – 675

5.     Tony Jones – Corona, CA – 573

6.     Steve Ostling – Corona, CA – 521

7.     Greg Bragg – Visalia, CA – 519

8.     Brian Venard – Irvine, CA – 486

9.     Jordan Hermansador – Long Beach, CA – 476

10.   Cory Kruseman – Ventura, CA - 470



Rain Shower Forces “Pepsi Hot August Night” at SSP to Sunday Night

NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (August 19, 2004) – Late day rain showers has forced SSP officials to postpone the Pepsi Hot August Night scheduled for Thursday, August 19 to Sunday night August 22.  The night will feature an autograph session for fans to meet their favorite drivers along with their cars just before the feature events.  Along with the 410 Sprint Cars, the Xtreme Enduro Stock Cars and the Legends Cars will be in action.   

Gates open in the pit area at 4:00 p.m. with the grandstand gates opening at 5:00 p.m.  Warmups begin at 7:00 p.m. with racing beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m.  Grandstand ticket prices are Adults (18 & older) $12.00; Teens (13-17) $8.00; Children (6-12) $4.00; and Children (5 & under) are free.  SSP will continue its Repeat Fan Discount in which there will be a $2.00 discount for each person with a ticket stub from the August 15 event only.  For example, $2.00 off an Adult ticket for August 22 with and Adult ticket stub from the August 15 event.  Returning fans are encouraged to write their name, address and phone number on the back of the stub to be entered into a special drawing to be held at the end of the season.  Prizes will be announced soon.  Pit pass prices are $20.00 with a reduced price of $18.00 for all track license holders.  A track license is $25.00 for the year.  The raindate for this event will be announced if needed. The Susquehanna Speedway Park is located 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  On raceday, fans are encouraged to call (717) 938-9170 for current weather conditions.

SSP News and Notes:

- The 4th Annual York County Nationals will be 32 laps and pay $3,200 to the winner of the 410 Sprint Car event.  The top six drivers in points will be automatically qualified for the feature event and will compete in a $300-to-win “winner take all 5 lap dash.”  Six other drivers will qualify through the heats to draw for starting position in the feature along with the top six in points.  The Xtreme Enduro Stock Cars feature event will be 25 laps paying $300 to win.  The Classic Cars will also be on the schedule. 

- A new race date has been added to the 2004 SSP race schedule on Sunday night, September 5 with the Credit Connection / Trail Motors Night at the Races featuring the Super Sportsman Tour, the Silver Springs Street Stocks paying $500-to-win and double features for the PA Four Cylinders.   

- An aggressive 2005 racing schedule is in the planning stages with a wide variety of divisions and great racing action.  Weekly Thursday night racing will continue in 2005 with the 410 Sprint Cars, Xtreme Enduro Stock Cars and one other class or novelty act per night.  The 358/360 Sprint Car Open Challenge events will continue on nights when the 410 Sprint Cars are scheduled off.  There will also be eight Sportsman Tour Races scheduled for every other Sunday beginning on June 5 and ending on September 4.  Other notable dates include four Great American School Bus Races to be announced and PA Speedweeks on Thursday, June 30.  A mid-summer break from racing action is also tentatively planned from July 4 through July 16.  More exciting and prestigious events will be announced in the near future.

- The new spectator pit viewing area behind the turn one grandstand has been completed and will be open.


- The post season awards for the 2004 SSP 410 Sprint Car Points Championship will be three (3) 2005 Season Pit Passes for the championship team (Value = $1,500).  Drivers finishing second through fifth will receive two (2) 2005 Season Pit Passes (Value = $1,000 per team).  Drivers finishing sixth through tenth will receive one (1) 2005 Season Pit Pass (Value = $500 per team).   The complimentary driver’s pit pass for all licensed members will also be in effect again for 2005. 


- The post season awards for the 2004 SSP Xtreme Stock Car Points Championship will be two (2) 2005 Season Pit Passes for the championship team (Value = $1,000).  Drivers finishing second through fifth will receive one (1) 2005 Season Pit Passes (Value = $500 per team).   The complimentary driver’s pit pass for all licensed members will also be in effect again for 2005. 


Susquehanna Speedway Park or (717) 292-1696


August 22, 2004 - Sunday Night Thunder Time Schedule (Pepsi Hot August Nights)

(Subject to Change – More events may be added)

            4:00 p.m.                      Pit Gates Open: Pit Passes: Members - $18.00; Non members - $20.00

            5:00 p.m.                      Grandstands Open: General admission: Adults - $12.00; Teens (13-17) – $8.00;

Children (6-12) - $4.00; Children (5 & under) – Free

6:30 p.m.                      410 Sprint Cars Driver’s Meeting (Mandatory) - A random role call may be

taken.  Failure to report to the driver’s meeting may result in disqualification for that night.

410 Sprint Cars (Heat in Engines) - after the meeting.

            6:40 p.m.                      Xtreme Enduro Stock Car, & Legends Cars Meeting—(Mandatory) - A

random role call may be taken.  Failure to report to the driver’s meeting may result in

disqualification for night.

6:50 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.     Practice Begins (all divisions in the following order) - THIS IS NOT A RACE!

            Rotation:           410 Sprint Cars

                                    Legends Cars

                                    Xtreme Enduro Stock Cars                              

7:20 p.m.                      Welcome, Invocation and National Anthem

7:30 p.m.          Qualifying Events        

                                    Legends Cars Heats (5 laps)

                                    410 Sprint Cars Heat Races (10 laps)

                                    Legends Cars Consolation Race (5 laps) – if necessary.

                                    410 Sprint Cars Consolation Race (10 laps) – if necessary.

                                    Xtreme Stock Car Pepsi Challenge (4 laps) Top 5 from previous week feature.

                        Autograph and Camera Session – Frontstretch

                                    All Cars & Drivers to report to the frontstretch (15 minutes)

8:45 p.m.          Feature Events — Victory Lane @ Finish Line for Top 3 in each division.

                                    410 Sprint Cars A-Main (25 laps)

                                    Xtreme Enduro Stocks Cars A-Main (20 laps)

                                    Legends Cars National Qualifier A-Main (15 laps)


Time is a factor!  All cars must report to the grid area on time for their races.  Late arrivals may not be permitted on the track.  Please be early!




410 Sprint Car Point Standings at Susquehanna Speedway Park (as of Aug. 11, 2004)

Rank   Car #      Driver Name                  Hometown, State                       Points

  1        88h       Fred Rahmer                 Salfordsville, PA                       1329

  2        77         Lance Dewease            Fayetteville, PA                         1196

  3        59         Jim Siegel                    New Oxford, PA                                    1161

  4        12         Greg Hodnett                Memphis, TN                            1096

  5          4        Eric Stambaugh             East Berlin, PA                          1067

  6        69k       Donnie Kreitz Jr.           Sinking Springs, PA                    979

  7        71         Brian Leppo                  Spring Grove, PA                        971

  8        17t        Jeff Taylor                     Cherry Hill, NJ                             878

  9        29K      Brent Kluge                   Fallston, MD                                854    

10         33         Scott Lutz                      Fredericksburg, PA                     844

11         23         Todd Zinn                     Glenville, PA                               772

12           6w      Josh Wells                    York, PA                                     704

13         28H      Bill Hetzel Jr.                York, PA                                     651

14           7c       Dave Cordier Jr.            Shoemakersville, PA                   566

15         97         Billy Dietrech                 Aspers, PA                                 547

16         51         Karl Baker                     York, PA                                     526

17         28J       Chad Jumper                Marysville, PA                             480

18         17H      Peter Attard                   Sydney, Australia                        474

19         39         T.J. Stutts                      Liverpool, PA                              460    

20           1z       Mark Smith                    Newville, PA                               423



Xtreme Enduro Stock Cars Point Standings at Susquehanna Speedway Park (as of Aug. 17, 2004)

Rank   Car #      Driver Name                  Hometown, State                       Points

  1        10         Charlie Pensinger          Shippensburg, PA                     1517

  2          3G      Mike Goodwin               Wellsville, PA                           1471

  3        16         Karl Windish                  Harrisburg, PA                          1442

  4        59         Samuel Rial                  Windsor, PA                             1400

  5        37         Tom Slanker                 Dover, PA                                 1368

  6        XR7      Jerry Blauch                  Grantville, PA                            1351

  7        25         Allan Miller                    Carlisle, PA                               1346

  8          4        Matt Smith                     Carlisle, PA                               1333

  9        91         Tom Johns                    Columbia, PA                            1320    

 10        07         Ricky Hippensteel Jr.    Newville, PA                             1283

11         71         Adrian Barnhart              Hanover, PA                             1075

12         54jr.      Bobby Glass Jr.                        York Haven, PA                                    1075

13         21         Ronnie Thomas             Gettysburg, PA                           960

14         33         Bryon Sipe                   Hamburg, PA                              938

15         27         Matt Wampler                Dover, PA                                   926

16           4a       Shawn Arndt                  York, PA                                     853

17         35         Curtis Nichols                Aberdeen, MD                            851

18         38         Brian Sanders               Mechanicsburg, PA                     843

19         57         Raymond Repp             Manchester, PA                                      788

20           1H      Brian Lohman                Manchester, PA                                      736