Abbottstown, PA (Saturday, February 28, 2021) – The 2020 Lincoln Speedway racing season was like no other. The season came to a halt in March and resumed on Memorial Day Weekend due to a worldwide pandemic. Despite a strong season that went well into the fall, a banquet was not held due to limitations on indoor events. The 410 sprint car champion and awards winners were honored at the season opener. The 358 champions and award winners will be honored at their first race of the season on March 20th.
FREDDIE RAHMER CROWNED 2020 GENE LATTE FORD TRACK CHAMPION
Freddie Rahmer scored his first Lincoln Speedway track title in a point battle that went down to the wire. Going into the final race of the season, Rahmer had an 180 point advantage over Danny Dietrich, who was chasing his second track title after missing a handful of races throughout the season. Dietrich won the final race of the season, but Rahmer’s fourth place finish on October 17 allowed him to claim his first track championship.
Rahmer started out his 2020 campaign with a podium finish at the Ice Breaker, finishing third. Freddie didn’t place outside the top 10 in the four races held before the shutdown. When racing resumed on Memorial Day, Rahmer finished 19th. He rebounded the following race with a second place finish.
The month of June started off rough for Rahmer with a DNF on June 6th. Things started looking up for Freddie when he scored back-to-back wins on June 13th and June 20th. He finished out the month with two top 10 finishes.
Freddie’s third and final win of the season came on July 11th. He finished fourth the following week and then had back-to-back DNFs. The first DNF coming in the World of Outlaws Gettysburg Clash and the second in the Drydene 40.
Rahmer had a 17th place outing to start off the month of August and recovered with second and third place finishes. After the two podium finishes Rahmer’s up and down season headed back down as he had a DNF and two DNSs in a row. The two DNSs came on the night of Bob Leiby Memorial that featured Twin 20 features.
Freddie rounded out the season with a top 10, 20th and top 5 finishes. Overall Rahmer had an average finish of 8.86 in his championship season. He accumulated 15 top 10s, three top 5s and nine podium finishes on his way to his first track title.
Despite missing seven races during the season, Danny Dietrich had a chance to claim his second track title going into the final race of the season. Dietrich set himself up to battle for the championship scoring eight wins in 2020, including a sweep of the Twin 20 features on September 5. Dietrich finished the season with 13 top 10s and 11 top 5 finishes.
Alan Krimes found victory lane on March 14, the last race before the shutdown. Krimes had 12 top 10s and four top 5s on his way to a third place finish in the point standings.
Completing the top five in points were Brandon Rahmer (4 top-5/12 top-10) who landed in victory lane for his third career win at the track on March 7 and Brian Montieth, who won the first race back after the shutdown and finished the season with with 7 top 5 and 9 top 10 finishes.
Rounding out the top 10 in points were Chase Dietz (6 top-5/14 top-12); Tim Wagaman II (4 top-5/10 top-10); Jim Siegel (4 top-5/9 top-10); Billy Dietrich (3 top-5/10-top 10) and Tim Glatfelter (2 top-5/7 top-10).
The 410 sprints rans 24 races in 2020 with 13 different winners and four first time winners [Rico Abreu, Spencer Bayston, Dylan Cisney and Sheldon Haudenschild]. In total, 123 different drivers entered competition at the track in 2020.
Receiving Rookie of the Year honors after making the jump from 358 to 410 Sprints full-time in 2020 is Troy Wagaman Jr. Hivner had six top-10s and one top-5 finish.
Tim Wagaman earned the Most Improved Driver award with two podium finishes. Both podiums were third place finishes. The first coming on May 30 and the second on August 8.
410 Special Awards
Rookie of the Year: Troy Wagaman, Jr.
Most Improved Driver: Tim Wagaman, II
Harry Fletcher Sportsmanship Award: Scott Fisher
Mechanic of the Year: Moon Byers & Fred Rahmer