Logan Wagner Uses Double-File Restart in Impressive Victory at Susky
There was no shortage of drama at Susquehanna’s Sprint Car opener on Sunday, April 9th. At the end of night, it was young Logan Wagner that used a lap 16 restart to best a stout field ahead of Doug Esh and Lance Dewease.
In just his second race aboard the Wayne Quackenbush owned Capitol Renegade #91, Kyle Reinhardt led the first 5 laps before a yellow for Anthony Fiore erased Reinhardt’s lead. Susquehanna employed double-file restarts all evening which lined up Doug Esh on the inside of Reinhardt.
On the ensuing restart, Esh threw a slide job on Reinhardt but made contact with Reinhardt sending the #91 upside down. Reinhardt was uninjured, albeit very frustrated. Reinhardt walked the length of the infield but was halted by Susquehanna officials as he intended to confront Esh. Reinhardt was turned away, but didn’t stop there as he jumped the inside fence and made his way to the track before being escorted back to the pits. The packed crowd was thoroughly entertained and gave Reinhardt, who was searching for his 1st career 410 sprint car victory, a loud ovation following his effort.
Once action resumed, Esh was awarded the lead with Logan Wagner, Brock Zearfoss, and Greg Hodnett in tow. Esh led the way as Hodnett moved into 2nd when Anthony Macri’s top 10 run came to end as he stopped in turn 2 with 14 to go.
With the double-file restarts, Esh lined up on the inside with Hodnett to his outside. Esh slid up to halt the momentum of Hodnett, which subsequently opened up the door for Wagner who seized the opportunity and shot from third to the lead heading into turn 1 and never looked back.
Hodnett overtook Esh and begun reeling in Wagner but came to a stop with a flat tire with 7 to go. This gave Esh one last chance to re-take the lead but off the restart was hounded by Lance Dewease, which let Wagner drive away to a popular victory among the fans and competitors alike. Wagner got a $500 bonus from Wintermeyer’s Auto Salvage and gave $250 to Reinhardt and the Quackenbush team for his bad luck. If Wagner wasn’t a fan-favorite after his stellar on-track performance, he gained even more fans and respect for his charitable donation to the #91 team. “People asked me why I keep going back to Susky, they say every time you go, you crash,” an elated Wagner said in Victory Lane.
Doug Esh’s outstanding 2017 campaign continued as he crossed 2nd with Lance Dewease close in tow in the Kreitz 69K to round out the podium. Brock Zearfoss and Freddie Rahmer were having a fierce battle all race and came home 4th and 5th respectively.
Sixth through tenth were Aaron Ott, Lucas Wolfe, who picked up the hard charger coming from 21st, Brian Montieth, Alan Krimes and Chad Trout.
Heat races went to Ott, Krimes and Dewease. Tyler Ross won the B main.
The 358 feature went to Doug Hammaker with Chandler Leiby and Kevin Nouse on the podium. All racing action was completed by 8:45pm.
Susquehanna Feature Finish: 1. 7W – Logan Wagner; 2. 07 – Doug Esh; 3. 69K – Lance Dewease; 4. 3Z – Brock Zearfoss; 5. 51 – Freddie Rahmer; 6. 25 – Aaron Ott; 7. 24 – Lucas Wolfe; 8. 21 – Brian Montieth; 9. 87 – Alan Krimes; 10. 1X – Chad Trout; 11. 11 – TJ Stutts; 12. 5 – Tyler Ross; 13. 39 – Cory Haas; 14. 99M – Kyle Moody; 15. 39M – Anthony Macri; 16. 7K – Dan Shetler; 17. 75 – Kody Lehman; 18. 98 – Joe Trenca; 19. 45 – Kyle Pruitt; 20. Greg Hodnett (DNF); 21. 2W – Glenndon Forsythe (DNF); 22. 12 – Mike Bittinger (DNF); 23. 91F – Anthony Fiore (DNF); 24. 91R – Kyle Reinhardt (DNF)
DNQ: 17 – George Streaker, Jr.; 86 – George Streaker, Sr.; 44 – Trey Starks; 14 – Coleman Gulick.
Lap Leaders: Kyle Reinhardt (1-5), Doug Esh (6-16), Logan Wagner (17-30)