Susquehanna Speedway Park will begin its preseason schedule with four open practice sessions for any type of racecar, beginning Saturday, March 31. The other practice sessions, which last from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., are Wednesday, April 4; Saturday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 11. The gates will open at 5:00 p.m.
The first Test & Tune for the “Outback Track” will be Saturday, April 7.
Here's all the info, courtesy of SSP:
Newberrytown, PA (March 26, 2012) – The Susquehanna Speedway Park will begin its pre-season with four open practice sessions for any type of racecar on the “Big Track” on Saturday, March 31; Wednesday, April 4; Saturday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 11. 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 first Test & Tune for the “Outback Track” will be Saturday, April 7.
Drivers will have the opportunity to test the new configurations of the “Big Track” on Saturday, March 31. With the unseasonably warm weather, more than 25 loads of clay have been added to each turn. The banking of the turns have been drastically increased with the additional clay added. The straight-aways have also been lowered and appear flatter. The track has been returned towards the standards that from the 1970s/1980s in terms of banking in the turns.
During the season, SSP will also host Wednesday Night Test & Tune Sessions on April 25; May 9; May 23; May 30; June 13; June 27; July 25; August 8; August 22; September 5; September 19; October 3; October 17 and October 25. All Wednesday night practices will run 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 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 2012 season opener of Stock Car Saturday Night will be on Saturday, April 14, with the Late Models, Street Stocks, Xtreme Stock Cars, Mini Vans, Road Warriors and PENNMAR Vintage Cars. All point championships for each class starts on April 14. At the end of the season, SSP will crown twelve-(12) track champions in their respective classes (Late Models; Street Stocks, Xtreme Stock Cars, Road Warriors, Mini Vans, Legends Cars, PENNMAR Vintage Cars – 2 classes, PA Sprint Series, Sidewinder Sprints, 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 20 point races for the Late Models and Street Stocks as well as 19 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 18 each respectively. The Sidewinder Sprints, Legends Cars and PENNMAR Vintage Cars have four races each. The Women on Wheels Mini Vans (Saturday, May 12), XCEL 600 Modifieds (Saturday, August 4), Sportsman Modifieds (Saturday, October 27) and Lincoln Thundercars (Saturday, October 27) also make their way to SSP in 2012.
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 15 for the Sprint Car Spring Classic; Sunday, June 17 (Father’s Day) for the Sprint Car Summer Classic and Saturday, November 10 for the Final Showdown. The PA Sprint Series make three appearances on Saturday, April 21; Tuesday, June 3; Saturday, September 15 and Friday, September 21. Two special events for the 600cc Micro Sprints include events on Tuesday, July 3 and the Candy Bowl VIII on Saturday, October 27. The ARDC Wingless Midgets will have one date at the Newberry Township oval on October 27 (Candy Bowl VIII presented by J&K Salvage). The Super Sportsman Tour will have two dates at SSP with the Silver Springs Speedway Racer Reunion on Saturday, July 21 and in conjunction with the 7th Annual Susquehanna Showdown on Saturday, September 22.
On Saturday, April 14, 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.
On Sunday night, April 15, the Super Sprint Cars will return to SSP for the Sprint Car Spring Classic. They 410 cubic inch powered cars will be joined by the 358 Sprint Cars. The pit gates will open 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.
For the Super Sprint Cars, mufflers WILL NOT be required and an open tire rule on all four corners will be in place. The tire rule will be the same used at the regular local 358 Sprint Car tracks – (All right rear tires used must be a HOOSIER National Sprint Spec tire, size 105/18-15. Any SC compound tire is permitted). All other rules of the Central PA 358 Sprint Cars will prevail for this event. Mufflers are not required for the 358 Sprint Cars. Raceivers will be mandatory for all Sprint Cars. The pit gates will open 3:30 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 4:00 p.m. Warmups begin at 5:30 p.m. and racing action at 6:00 p.m.
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.”