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SMITH CLAIMS 4TH WIN IN 5 PA SPEEDWEEK SHOWS THURSDAY NIGHT AT LINCOLN
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Zimmerman wins sixth straight at Lincoln in All-American Outlaws
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/2/2015 – Combined, car driver Stevie Smith and car owner Fred Rahmer have more than 200 career Lincoln wins. But has Stevie Smith ever had a better week?
“Definitely not!” responded Smith after pulling the Fred Rahmer #51s into victory lane for his fourth win in five races as part of the 25th Annual Pennsylvania Speedweek.
“You’re not telling me nothing I didn’t know before the race started,” said Smith when asked about the race-long challenges from Lincoln points leader Brian Montieth, “I knew Brian was going to be racing hard. This is his best kind of track. He can carry a lot of momentum and his car’s real nice. Before the race, I thought to myself, ‘Of course, you have 22 other cars out here in the field you gotta race with, but you’d better be ready for Montieth.’ And sure enough…if I didn’t see that black nose.”
An inversion of eight put Smith on the outside of the front row beside 2014 Lincoln Speedweek winner Kyle Moody for the start. Moody grabbed the lead on turn two of the start and led the first five laps, with Smith and Montieth close behind.
Smith snatched the lead from Moody in turns three and four of lap six, and led the rest of the way, despite pressure from five-time 2015 Lincoln winner Montieth through heavy lapped traffic over the final third of the race.
In fact, it was with ten laps to go that Montieth actually slid in front of Smith exiting turn two, only to have Smith reclaim the lead exiting turn four of lap 20.
“I made my car wider and we just kinda went in between our normal feature set-up and something a little freer because the track was a little wetter. It seemed to work,” added Smith, whose father Steve won the first Speedweek title in 1991, “I figure that Montieth was probably the fastest car, but we were fast enough to stay ahead of him. I figured he was gonna be close, but I didn’t like when I saw him out my right side there and was eating that top up. I thought ‘I’m going to make him go around me.’ I was prepared to cut across if I had to with the lapped car, but I just felt I had a lot better momentum staying the top”.
Montieth took one last shot at Smith as they passed under the white flag waving as the two entered turn one, but Smith held his line to cross .34-seconds in front for the $7,000 payday plus $300 bonus from race night sponsor BAPS Auto Paints and Supply.
Lucas Wolfe started 11th and came on strong over the final laps to pass Danny Dietrich with five laps to go to cross third, with Dietrich settling for fourth and Robbie Kendall fifth. Sixth through tenth were Moody, Adam Wilt, Greg Hodnett, Tim Wagaman, and Gerard McIntyre, Jr.
Jac Haudenschild, who sustained mechanical problems in time trials, came back through the B-Main to start 24th in the feature and finished 14th. BAPS driver Brent Marks started 18th and finished 11th.
Fast time in time trials over the 39-car field was set by Tim Wagaman with a one-lap time of 13.242-seconds (101.948 MPH).
Heats for the 410’s were won by Kendall, Montieth, Smith, and Moody, with the other BAPS driver Austin Hogue winning the B-Main.
Smith’s win padded his already impressive Speedweek points lead (824 points). Second through tenth after five nights of Speedweek competition were Danny Dietrich (731), Lucas Wolfe (664), Greg Hodnett (649), Alan Krimes (515), Brent Marks (479), Aaron Ott (457), Brian Montieth (434), Lance Dewease (353), and Cory Haas (319).
Pasadena, Maryland’s Kurt Zimmerman continued his Lincoln domination in the 20-lap All-American Outlaw feature, scoring his sixth win in-a-row in the Pigeon Hills. Zimmerman started on the outside of the front row and led all 20 laps, with polesitter Hunter Nester, 20th-starting Brad Shank, Dylan Keim, and Justin Cullum completing the top five.
All American Outlaw heats were won by Nester and Zimmerman.
Jul 2, 2015, 23:43
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Jul 2, 2015, 16:11
DIETRICH SCORES THIRD CAREER PA SPEEDWEEK WIN IN LINCOLN MONDAY-NIGHTER
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SPEEDWEEK RETURNS TO PIGEON HILLS FOR BAPS GOBRECHT MEMORIALTHURSDAY
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/29/2015 – Danny Dietrich took advantage of a little racing luck to start on the pole and lead every lap of round three of PA Speedweek on Monday night at Lincoln Speedway.
In doing so, Dietrich scored his third career PA Speedweek victory, third Lincoln win of the year, and moved alongside Stevie Smith with his 26th career win in the Pigeon Hills and claimed the $5,000 top prize. But he made it look easier than it was.
“I was glad for lapped traffic and that the last 29 laps went non-stop, said Dietrich upon exiting his Sandoe’s Fruit Market/Hickory Run Orchards/Weikert’s Livestock #48 in victory lane, “We weren’t that good. I don’t think anyone anticipated the track being like this. It got real dirty and you just couldn’t get off the bottom.”
Dietrich timed 11th quick in the 37-car field, but made it into the inversion draw when the second, third, and fourth fastest timers (Robbie Kendall, Freddie Rahmer, and Brandon Rahmer) failed to qualify in their heat. That, combined with Lucas Wolfe winning his own heat and drawing a “6” pill for the restart allowed Dietrich to start on the pole.
Dietrich took the lead at the outside and drove to a comfortable lead before he hit lapped traffic ten laps into to the feature. That’s when Brian Montieth and Alan Krimes joined the chase. Both Krimes and fourth-starting Stevie Smith got by Montieth while the leaders raced through lapped traffic, allowing Dietrich to open a two-second lead with 10 laps to go.
Once Dietrich disposed of pesky lapped traffic that held him up for ten laps, he drove away to a 2.72-second win over Krimes, with Smith crossing third, Montieth settling for fourth, and brother Billy Dietrich holding his own by starting fifth and finishing fifth.
“I ran out of brakes there and missed the bottom a couple of times,” said Dietrich of the closing challengers over the middle stages of the race, “I heard Brian get underneath me, and I had to shut the door. Then I saw Alan get to second, but had a crew member tell me I had a decent lead once I got past a couple of lapped cars. I’m just glad to be standing here…and I appreciate everyone coming out on a Monday night. How often do you get to see racing here on a Monday?”
Although the last 29 laps went non-stop, there were two early red flags. The first came out at the start when Adam Wilt, Jim Siegel, and Steve Buckwalter call got together in turn four at the starting line. Kyle Moody also rode the inside guardrail and went to the pits to repair brakes. Siegel was also able to continue, but Wilt and Buckwalter were done for the night.
Then on lap two, popular invader Brady Bacon got upside down in turns one and two. All drivers were uninjured.
Sixth through tenth in the “A Main” were Lucas Wolfe, Aaron Ott, Brent Marks, Greg Hodnett, and Freddie Rahmer.
Stevie Smith, who won the first two PA Speedweek shows at Williams Grove and Path Valley, left Lincoln with the Speedweek points lead (488), 41 points ahead of Dietrich. Third through fifth in Speedweek points after Night #3 were Wolfe (394), Hodnett (376), and Krimes (355).
Heats for the 410’s were won by Wolfe, Ott, Danny Dietrich, and Chase Dietz, with Freddie Rahmer winning the B-Main.
Fast time in time trials over the 37-car field was set by Lucas Wolfe with a one-lap time of 13.031-seconds (103.599 MPH).
Lincoln swings right back into PA Speedweek action on Thursday night, July 2nd, with the Round 5 of the scheduled 9-race series featuring the 16th Annual Kevin Gobrecht Memorial with $7,000-to-win, in conjunction with BAPS Family Night. The All American Outlaws round out the evening’s racing action. Gates open at 5:30 PM, with time trials set to get underway at 7:30 PM.
Then on Saturday night, July 4th, it will be special 3-division show of 358 Sprints, PASS RaceSaver (305) Sprints, and 600 Xcel Modifieds. Again, racing action gets underway at 7:30 PM, with gates opening at 5:30 PM.
Jun 29, 2015, 22:46