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MONTIETH CLAIMS FIRST LINCOLN WIN SINCE MAY AND THIRD WIN OF THE YEAR IN SEASON FINALE HANK GENTZLER MEMORIAL MANUFACTURERS APPRECIATION RACE
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Brie Hershey only the third repeat winner of the year in 358’s; Fred Cullum stays undefeated in 2016 Lincoln All-American Outlaws
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA 10/9/2016 – Brian Montieth took advantage of a front-row starting position to score the 53rd win of his Lincoln career in Sunday night’s Hank Gentzler Memorial Manufacturers Appreciation Race sponsored by Pancho’s Racing Products.
“Starting up front and leading helped us out,” said Montieth upon exiting the Jerry Parrish #21 in victory lane, “I’m sure Danny (Dietrich) was better than me, because I saw him come up on the board there pretty quick. I didn’t know what he was going to do. I was trying to use every block I could with the lapped cars. Tonight, it worked out to be the leader.”
Montieth grabbed the lead from polesitter Austin Hogue at the outset and led every lap. Dietrich, who started sixth, was already up to second by the end of the second lap, setting up the anticipated race-long battle between the two dominant racers at the Pigeon Hills oval in 2016.
The only break in action during the 25-lap event was a sixth-lap caution for Bill Jones, Jr., who came to a stop in turn one.
Dietrich chased Montieth the whole way, pulling alongside the leader several times over the second half of the race.
“I could hear him back there the whole time, and I was just basically trying to not mess up,” said Montieth, “The car drag-raced pretty good down the chute, but didn’t get through the corners well, at least to my liking. But we’re sitting here for the last race of the season, and I can’t say much more about these guys. The season’s long, and I’m glad to see it’s over.”
Montieth’s final margin of victory was a carlength, with Alan Krimes making a late-race pass over Lucas Wolfe to finish third. Wolfe and World of Outlaw invader Jacob Allen crossed fourth and fifth. Sixth through tenth were Brent Marks, Jim Siegel, Greg Hodnett, Logan Schuhart, and Hogue.
Heats for the 29 410 sprints on hand were won by Wolfe, Siegel, and Hogue, with Brandon Rahmer winning the consolation.
Lady driver Brie Hershey won a race-long battle with Brent Shearer and survived a last-lap shootout to score her second win of the year in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature.
Like Montieth, Hershey started on the outside of the front row alongside Jake Eldreth. But unlike Montieth, she did not lead every lap. She momentarily lost the lead to Shearer, who was scored the leader in heavy lapped traffic on lap 10. But Hershey made the bottom groove work to perfection and got back around Shearer on lap 11.
She joined Doug Hammaker and Jeff Rohrbaugh as the only repeat winners in the 358 division this season.
Shearer settled for second, with 11th-starting Doug Hammaker, 2016 track champ Chandler Leiby, and 12th-starting Tyler Esh rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Eldreth, Todd Rittenhouse, Jr., Ashley Cappetta, 19th-starting Kyle Denmyer, and Cody Fletcher.
Heats for the 28 358 sprints on hand were won by Dwight Leppo (who flipped on lap 19 of the feature), Shearer, and CJ Tracy, with Kyle Denmyer winning the consolation.
Fred Cullum won again in the All-American Outlaw feature, remaining undefeated at Lincoln in 2016. And he did it in dramatic fashion, catching race-long leader Bryan Green coming down to the checkered flag on the last lap.
For the second straight time, Green lost to Cullum on the final turns to the checkered.
Third through fifth were Justin Cullum, Randy Doty, and Danny Holmes.
Heats for the All American Outlaws were won by Green and Fred Cullum.
The All-American Outlaw feature ended the 2016 Lincoln racing season.
Oct 9, 2016, 22:24
GENTZLER MEMORIAL/MANUFACTURERS APPRECIATION NIGHT POSTPONED TO SUNDAY
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 10/8/2016 – Rain showers into the afternoon has forced Lincoln Speedway officials to postpone the season-ending Hank Gentzler Memorial Manufacturers Appreciation Night presented by Panchos Racing Products one day, to tomorrow, Sunday Oct. 9th. Same time. Same place. Same show featuring the 410 and 358 sprint cars, along with the All American Outlaws. Gates will open for Sunday’s at 4:00 p.m. with racing getting underway at 6:00 p.m.
Oct 8, 2016, 13:26
STEVIE SMITH CLAIMS $20,000 TOP PRIZE IN LINCOLN SPEEDWAY “DIRT CLASSIC”
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ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/24/2016 – “I said at the beginning of the night that the only thing better than winning a Lincoln Dirt Classic was winning two of them.”
So said Stevie Smith after claiming his second win in three years in the 40-lap $20,000-to-win “Dirt Classic” in the Pigeon Hills Saturday night.
Smith, who started third after setting third-fast time and gathering the third-most points in time trials and qualifying, followed front row starters Lucas Wolfe and James McFadden the first two laps before catching the Kasey Kahne Racing #4 in turns three and four of lap three.
One lap later saw the “Dirt Classic” lose its front row, with McFadden turning over in turn four to bring out the red, and then Wolfe going to the pits with an oil leak during the red flag. Smith assumed the lead for the restart, with Danny Dietrich, Gerard McIntyre, and Matt Campbell in tow.
But it was only the first time he led the race, as Dietrich closed on the leader in lapped traffic. Smith, who admitted having trouble with the lapped traffic, lost the lead to Dietrich on turn four of lap 30. One lap later, Adam Wilt flipped in turn four, leading to a fuel stop. At the time, 11th-starting and rapidly closing Greg Hodnett was about to make it a three-car battle for the lead.
And that’s exactly what it became on the restart with nine laps to go. Smith and Dietrich both bounced off the walls on subsequent slide jobs, with Smith coming out with the lead on lap 35. A lap later, the final caution of the event came out for Cory Haas, who spun in turn one.
That set up a dramatic three-car battle between Smith, Dietrich, and Hodnett for the win over the final five laps.
“I told Fred (Rahmer) during the red that Danny’s going to go to the top, so we’re going to have to run the bottom,” said Smith in victory lane, “When I saw him peel down to the bottom, I knew that was my chance to go back around him on the top. We finished second last year and we didn’t wait to finish second again this year. We ran our tail off. Danny did a nice job, but when you get out there in the lead, you’re not sure which way to go. He’s been really fast this year. I think being in second may have won us that race.”
“All these guys are tough in my book,” concluded Smith when reflecting on a talent-laden 48-car field, “The older I get the better they look!”
In the end, Smith pulled away to a 1.03-second win over Dietrich, with Hodnett settling for third. Lance Dewease received the $700 bonus ($500 from the Beer Hill Gang and $200 from Winebrenner Harley in Hanover) as hard charger for coming from 14th starting spot to finish fourth, with Brian Montieth coming from 15th starting spot to finish fifth.
Sixth through tenth were McIntyre, Tim Wagaman, Jim Siegel, Campbell, and Ryan Smith.
The final transfer spot of the night went to J.J. Grasso, as he and track champ Alan Krimes got together just before the finish line in the B main, with Krimes crossing sideways at the finish line to cross fifth.
Fast time in time trials over the 48-car field was set by Matt Campbell, running his first-ever Lincoln 410 sprint car race, with a one-lap time of 13.182-seconds (102.412 MPH).
Two rounds of heats were won by James McFadden, Lucas Wolfe, Bill Balog, Danny Dietrich, Ryan Smith, Terry McCarl, JJ Grasso, Greg Hodnett, Brent Marks, and Adam Wilt. Tyler Esh won the C-Main and Freddie Rahmer won the B-Main.
Sep 24, 2016, 23:35