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STORYBOOK ENDING TO FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS NIGHT AT LINCOLN FINDS WAGAMAN IN VICTORY LANE
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McClelland makes it a two-win weekend in “358” sprints; Blaine Leppo wins second straight in Central PA Legends
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/9/2014 – “If this was your first time at a sprint car race, you’re coming back next week. I can guarantee that.”
So said Hanover’s Tim Wagaman after pulling into victory lane for his first career 410 sprint car feature win and the $5,000 top prize in Saturday’s National Fallen Firefighters Night in memory of Brandon Little at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
You couldn’t make Saturday’s story up. Wagaman was carrying the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation colors, with a specially-designed car with Brandon Little’s photo on the top wing.
Handicapping placed Wagaman on the pole for the 33-lap feature, the distance of which was in recognition of United Hook & Ladder Station #33 serving Abbottstown and New Oxford.
Although he led every lap, he held off four other challengers over the final non-stop 20 laps. The last five laps was frantic, with tenth-starting Alan Krimes driving under second-place Billy Dietrich and sliding up in front of Wagaman to briefly take the lead in turn four of lap 29. Wagaman drove back under Krimes to retake the lead exiting the turn, and regained control on the first two turns of lap 30. Krimes tried the slider one last time in the third and fourth turns of lap 31, but backed off exiting the turn, giving Wagaman the room he needed to score the .84-second win.
“I started falling out of my seat a little bit at the end. I was getting frustrated with myself,” said Wagaman, “Then Krimes came out of nowhere. I thought if I made some good laps and some smart decisions I could still win. He really could have did me dirty down in turns thee and four and he didn’t. I gotta respect that. I know he’s going for a point title and that might have played a little into it.
“That was some awesome, awesome driving by everybody involved,” continued Wagaman.
Krimes settled for second, with Cory Haas passing Dietrich on 31 for third. Dietrich finished fourth, with Adam Wilt completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Jim Siegel, Gerard McIntyre, Jr., Robbie Kendall, Kyle Moody, and 19th-starting Nathan Berwager.
“Hopefully, I’m getting a little bit of respect from those guys,” said former 358 sprint car champ Wagaman, “I want to try and earn it. Those guys have been there and I want to be there, too.”
“The Little family is ecstatic. If there was any race that I could wish to win, it would be this one. I’m so glad we got it done,” added Wagaman.
The National Fallen Firefighters Night was sponsored by Fire & Rescue Products of Harrisburg and AMKUS Rescue Systems.
Heats for the 24 410 sprinters were won by Austin Hogue, Siegel, and Brian Montieth. Montieth dropped the infield on lap eight, and Hogue pulled up lame with steering issues on lap 14.
Friday night Trail-Way winner Brad McClelland made it his first two-win weekend in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature. McClelland started sixth and took the lead from Jeff Halligan on lap nine. He led the rest of the way, spoiling a perfect night for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, as Jeff Rohrbaugh crossed second nearly one second behind McClelland.
It was McClelland’s sixth career 358 Lincoln win to go along with his two 410 sprint wins, and was worth $1,333.
Chase Dietz made the run of his life after coming back from a two-car tangle with Matt Campbell on lap three to blow through the field at pass Kevin Nouse to cross third at the finish. Nouse and Niki Young completed the top five.
Heats for the 27 358 sprinters were won by Campbell, Chris Frank, and Rohrbaugh, with Brian Allman winning the consolation.
For the second straight time, brothers Blaine and Harlon Leppo finished first and second in the 15-lap Central PA Legends feature. Also in the mix for the win were previous 2014 Lincoln feature winners Bob Stough and Lucas Montgomery, but they got together in turn four while racing for second with two laps to go. That put Harlon back on Blaine’s bumper for the two-lap dash to the checkered. Blaine’s final margin of victory was two-thirds of a second, with Bill Diehl, rookie Mason Chaney, and Rick Miller rounding out the top five.
Heats for the 21 Central PA Legends were won by Harlon Leppo and Diehl.
Aug 9, 2014, 23:25
DIETZ WINS SECOND STRAIGHT IN LINCOLN “358” SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
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Blaine Leppo edges brother in Central PA Legends; Zimmerman wins third straight in All-American Outlaws;
Tyler Walton overpowers field in 600cc Micro-Sprints
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/2/2014 – Chase Dietz is making a name for himself in “358” sprint car racing.
And Saturday night, he did it at the expense of Isaac Sneeringer, who led every lap but the last.
Dietz took to the top side as the two leaders sorted through heavy lapped traffic as they passed under the flagstand. Sneeringer went to the bottom, and Dietz went to the top to pass both Sneeringer and the lapped cars to score his second straight win and third of the season in Saturday’s “358” sprint car championship event at Lincoln Speedway.
“I’m so tired right now. It felt like the longest race ever!” said Dietz upon exiting his ServiceMaster/Mark’s Automotive #2D in victory lane, “I was a little tight up there on the top. I tried to bottom to slide Isaac a couple of times. The top was just too fast and it wasn’t too far up there. That kinda’ made it one lane up there, but we’d get a caution every time we got to lapped traffic.”
Leah Starner’s decision to start at the rear put Dietz tenth for the start. He was already up to third by the end of the second lap and passed polesitter Michael Hamer for second on lap three. Dietz closed on third-starting Sneeringer (who took the lead on the first lap) several times, but cautions before the leaders reached lapped traffic gave Sneeringer a clear track every time.
“I stumbled on that final restart and couldn’t slide him,” said Dietz, “I was just hoping that he would mess up a little bit in lapped traffic. We got to that last lapped car there, and he looked like he was going to go the top and Isaac had to go to the bottom. I was in the right spot at the right time. We were cruisin’ tonight, and it was awesome!”
Sneeringer settled for a disappointing second-place finish, followed by Chandler Leiby, who ran third from the third lap on.
Rounding out the top five were Doug Hammaker and Jeff Rohrbaugh. Sixth through tenth were 18th-starting Niki Young, Brad McClelland, Brie Hershey, 20th-starting Matt Campbell, and Jay Galloway.
Heats for the 30 358 sprinters were won by Rohrbaugh, Hershey, and McClelland, with Kody Lehman winning the consolation.
Spring Grove’s Blaine Leppo edged brother Harlon in a race-long battle for the top spot in the 15-lap Central PA Legends feature. Harlon was actually scored the leader of lap six, but Blaine reclaimed the lead on lap seven and paced the field the rest of the way, with 12th-starting Bob Stough, Chris Spidle, and Lucas Montgomery (all 2014 Lincoln winners) crossing third through fifth.
Heats for the 27 Central PA Legends were won by Montgomery, Spidle, and Harlon Leppo, with Mason Chaney winning the consolation.
Tyler Walton made quick work of the field in the 20-lap 600cc micro-sprint feature, charging from his 12th starting spot to take the lead from Travis Scott on lap eight and drive away to a 1.03-second win over tenth-starting Cale Reigle.
Dwayne Gutshall, Aaron Spahr, and Scott completed the top five.
Heats for the 27 600cc Micro-Sprints were won by Walton, Spahr, and Reigle, with Cheyenne Topper winning the consolation.
Kurt Zimmerman outdueled Dylan Keim to claim his third straight win in the All-American Outlaw main, reduced to 15 laps after several cautions and concerns over low fuel with several cars using eight-gallon tanks.
Zimmerman started eighth and wrestled the lead away from Keim on lap nine. The two raced side-by-side for several of the remaining laps, with Keim scored the leader of lap 11. Justin Cullum led the first lap before Keim took over, and settled for third at the end. Fourth and fifth were Hunter Nester and Scott Jorda.
Heats for the 16 All American Outlaws were won by Randy Doty (who dropped oil around the race track, leading to a lengthy delay in the feature after one lap was in the books) and Nester.
Aug 2, 2014, 23:27
MONTIETH SCORES CAREER 43RD IN LINCOLN PEPSI NIGHT 410 SPRINT CAR FEATURE
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Chase Dietz pads points lead with second 2014 “358” sprint car win; Aaron Bowes wins 600 Modified special
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/26/2014 – Brian Montieth said it was tough, but the four-time track champ made it look easy in scoring his second win of the year and 43rd victory of his career at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
“I knew it was going to be tough. Luckily, we all started back there,” said Montieth upon exiting the Jerry Parrish-owned Auto Locator/Premier Auto Works #21 in victory lane, “I thought Alan (Krimes) was gone. I’m trying to put the pressure on him because he can’t tear the car up. He HAS to finish races to try and win this championship, and I can ball one up. I’d love see him win it, but I’d like to come from that far behind to take this thing, too.”
Montieth, who missed a race while vacationing earlier in the year, moved into second in points behind Krimes with the 4.25-second win over Krimes.
Montieth started tenth and caught Krimes for fifth on lap six. He got buy Billy Dietrich to move into fourth a lap later, took third from Matt Boland (with Dietrich and Krimes following him through) on lap nine, and moved around early-race leader Tim Wagaman on lap 13.
At the time, race leader Ryan Wilson (who started second and took the lead from polesitter Wagaman on lap eight) enjoyed a 3.85-second lead.
Montieth reduced Wilson’s lead to 1.5 seconds by the time the only caution of the race came out for Bradley Howard’s spin in turn two of lap 19. Howard collected Gerard McIntyre in the spin, and the yellow put Montieth on Wilson’s tail for the restart.
“He (Wilson) was getting into that dirty air there in lapped traffic. He was starting to have to make choices what he wanted to do when he got to those care, and it’s always better running second than running first.”
Montieth made short work of Wilson, sliding in front of him through turns one and two of the restart. Krimes caught Wilson a lap later, but had nothing for the four-time track champ.
“I enjoy coming to this place versus everywhere else,” said Montieth, “I’m a short track guy and I just love this.”
Danny Dietrich came from 12th starting spot to catch Wilson for third with two laps to go. Wilson settled for fourth with Billy Dietrich fifth. Sixth through tenth were Cory Haas, 15th-starting Adam Wilt, Wagaman, Freddie Rahmer, and Jim Siegel.
Heats for the 22 410 sprinters were won by Krimes, Billy Dietrich, and Montieth.
York’s Chase Dietz padded his points lead by winning his second of the year and third of his Lincoln career in the non-stop “358” sprint car feature.
Dietz, scheduled to start ninth, moved up one row when Phil Walter lost his brakes and stopped on the backstretch of the first lap. He came from seventh-starting spot to catch polesitter and race-long leader Chris Arnold on lap six. Dietz was actually running third by the end of the first lap. From there, he navigated methodically through lapped traffic as the non-stop laps clicked off. He took the checkered flag in front of eighth-starting Jeff Rohrbaugh in a time of 5 minutes, 47 seconds.
Third through fifth were Matt Campbell, 11th-starting Tyler Ross, and Chandler Leiby.
Defending track champ Niki Young, second in 2014 points, finished seventh.
Heats for the 28 358 sprinters were won by Walter, Leiby, and Mike Bittinger, with Cody Fletcher winning the consolation.
Nazareth’s Aaron Bowes took the $3,000 top prize in the highest-paying Xcel Chassis 600 Modified Tour event ever held over the 10-year history of the division. It was Bowes’ four straight Tour win.
Because he won the last event, Bowes was forced to start ninth in the event. He proceeded to pass a car a lap to take the lead from polesitter and race-long leader Ian Williamson on the ninth lap. Bowes led the rest of the way, crossing a half-second in front of Richie Hitzler, with Jonathan Pepe, Cody Coons, and 15th-starting Jason Dunkleberger rounding out the top five.
Heats for the 35 600 Modifieds were won by Abbey Price, Bowes, Hitzler, and Jonathon Pepe, with Kyle Fallis winning the consolation.
Jul 26, 2014, 23:56