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MONTIETH BECOMES FIFTH DIFFERENT LEADER TO CLAIM THRILLING HILLY RIFE MEMORIAL WIN
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Rookie Chandler Leiby scores first career “358” sprint car win; Montgomery makes last turn pass to win Legends
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 5/25/13 – It was one for the ages on Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway.
“It was pure luck,” said Montieth upon exiting his Premier Auto Works/Auto Locator #21 after a thrilling 30-lap Hilly Rife Memorial 410 sprint car win in victory lane, “I just wasn’t following that mess in...and trying to stay whatever was going to happen.”
And it happened.
Time trials and an inversion of eight put one-time 2013 Lincoln winners Jim Siegel and Danny Dietrich on the front row for the start.
Siegel drove away to the early lead while Dietrich stumbled on the start and yielded to row two starters J.J. Grasso and Gerard McIntyre, Jr. on the first lap. Dietrich rebounded to reclaim third from Grasso on lap three, and then raced wheel-to-wheel with McIntyre from laps six through 11 before moving back into the runner-up spot.
And the chase was on.
Dietrich closed on Siegel and raced side-by-side with the Mason Dixon Vault Company #59 for two laps before sliding in front of Siegel to grab the lead on lap 14. Dietrich led the next ten laps before Siegel reclaimed the lead in heavy lapped traffic on lap 24. Dietrich and Siegel passed each other in every turn as Dietrich was scored the leader again on laps 25 and 26. During the war for the front, Dietrich and Siegel made contact twice exiting turn four, with both driving out of potential crashes in heavy lapped traffic.
Siegel reclaimed the lead on lap 27, just before hopping what little cushion was left in turn four, riding the wall, and coming to a stop in front of Dietrich with front-end damage, ending his brilliant run.
Dietrich, nearly out of control himself, slowed just enough for third-place Montieth to cross four-thousands of-a-second in front of him at the flagstand as the caution flag was coming out.
“Lapped traffic was tough,” added Montieth, “No matter what you did, you couldn’t get by anybody, and I just happened to pick the right line at the right time.”
Montieth led the rest of the way, but a late charge by points leader Fred Rahmer, who started seventh, made it close at the end. Rahmer caught Dietrich with two laps to go, and Dietrich settled for third. Alan Krimes, who started eighth, fell as far back as 11th before recovering the finish fourth, with tenth-starting Brent Marks completing the top five.
Sixth through tenth were Billy Dietrich, Stevie Smith, 16th-starting Cory Haas, Adams Wilt, and Ryan Smith. Jacob Allen came from 24th starting spot to finish 11th.
Heats for the “410” Sprinters were won by Montieth, Danny Dietrich, and Siegel, with Steve Storrie winning the consolation. Fast time in time trials over the 29-car field was set by Krimes with a one-lap time of 13.209 seconds (102.203 MPH).
Rookie Chandler Leiby, grandson to promoter Bob Leiby, scored his first career win in the 20-lap “358” sprint feature.
Leiby, who won’t be 16 until October, was the second straight rookie and second straight 15-year-old to win at Lincoln. He started on the outside of the front row following a first lap spin by front row starter Isaac Sneeringer, and led the entire way. Sixth starting Tyler Ross chased Leiby the entire way, and closed onto Leiby’s back bumper from laps 17 through 19. Ross tried to root under Leiby for the race lead on turn two of lap 19, but Leiby held his line to drive away to the .63-second win.
Ross settled for second, with tenth-starting Austin Hogue, 12th-starting Niki Young, and 11th-starting Jeff Rohrbaugh completing the top five.
Cody Fletcher started on the pole, but hung on for a career-best eighth place finish. And lady driver Brie Hershey earned a well-deserved ninth-place finish after coming from the rear following an opening lap crash.
No one was injured in a seven-car melee that blocked the track and brought out a red flag on lap 13. D.J. Montgomery and Jay Galloway were flip victims in the crash.
Heats for the 27 “358” Sprinters were won by Ross, Mark Strickler, and Young, with Brian Allman winning the consolation.
Lucas Montgomery made a last-turn pass to win a three-car race to the checkered in yet another thrilling feature on the night, the 15-lap Central PA Legends event.
Bob Stough took the lead and at the outset and led every lap until the final turn to the checkered. Montgomery scored his second career Lincoln win by mere inches over Stough, with polesitter Scott Haudeshell crossing less than a carlength behind in third. Harlon Leppo and one-time 2013 Lincoln winner Rick Miller completed the top five.
Heats for the 30 Legends were won by Haudeshell, Stough, and Harlen Leppo, with Rick Hartwig winning the consolation.
May 25, 2013, 23:33
DIETRICH DOES IT AGAIN; BEATS WORLD OF OUTLAWS AT LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
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Turns Lincoln season around after leading every lap for a second straight year
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 5/16/13 – He did it again.
Defending Lincoln champ Danny Dietrich turned around a rough start to the 2013 season by leading every lap of World of Outlaws STP Sprint Series feature on Thursday night.
“These guys are tough,” said a jubilant Dietrich after finishing a celebratory wing dance on top of his Gary Kauffman-owned Sandoe’s Fruit Market #48 in victory lane, “And I have respect for all of them. Hopefully, we can continue this luck into tomorrow and Saturday (at Williams Grove).”
Luck did play into Dietrich’s night. A little girl from the stands drew the #8 pill for the inversion, placing Dietrich on the pole for the dash. His subsequent win in the 6-lap dash put him on the pole for the 35-lap “A” main.
Earlier, Dietrich came out late in time trials and turned a lap of 13.918 seconds, good enough for 14th quick and placing him on the pole for his heat.
By virtue of his second-place finish in the dash, five-time World of Outlaw champ Donny Schatz started beside Dietrich in the front row and challenged Dietrich for the lead the entire way. Thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing that saw Schatz stay within a car length of Dietrich forced fans to their feet from laps 15 through 26.
It wasn’t until after a lap 27 caution for a spinning Craig Dollansky that Dietrich was able to pull away, crossing about four car lengths in front of the STP #15 as the two caught lapped traffic as they crossed under the checkered flag.
“That was all joking around,” said Dietrich about his bold talk this week on the internet, “But to back it up feels great.”
“I want to thank all the fans for coming out,” concluded Dietrich, “This is the best track in the country to race and see a race!”
The crowd was so huge that the 50/50 winner won more than Dietrich. Proceeds from the 50/50 drawing were donated to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.
Sammy Swindell came from sixth starting spot to finish third, with Tim Kaeding (in his first ever Lincoln run) and invader Brad Sweet completing the top five. Three-time 2013 Lincoln winner Brent Marks was sixth.
Daryn Pittman earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after maneuvering from 17th to 7th. Rounding out the top ten were Lincoln points leader Fred Rahmer, invader Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Brian Montieth.
Sammy Swindell set quick time over the 43-car field with a lap of 13.617-seconds (99.141 MPH). Kaeding, Dietrich, Schatz, and Marks each claimed a heat race, with Jason Sides winning the C Main and David Gravel the “B” Main Last Chance Showdown.
May 16, 2013, 23:47
CONTRARY SHOWERS FORCE 24-HOUR POSTPONEMENT OF WORLD OF OUTLAW SHOW AT LINCOLN
Thursday evening rain date to be used
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 5/15/13 – A passing shower early, followed by a passing shower later, forced World of Outlaw officials to postpone Wednesday night’s Gettysburg Clash featuring the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse.
43 “410” sprints cars had just completed the first of two sets of hot laps when the final shower arrived at 8:45 p.m.
Realizing that it would be at least 10:30 or 11:00 before the show could begin, World of Outlaw STP Sprint Series officials decided to postpone the program until the scheduled rain date of Thursday (5/16).
All activities will be run at the same time, with pit gates opening at 2 PM, general admission gates opening at 4 PM. Time trials are slated for 7:30 PM.
May 15, 2013, 20:40
MARKS HOLDS OFF MONTIETH TO WIN WORLD OF OUTLAWS TUNE-UP AT LINCOLN
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Chase Dietz makes daring pass to claim first career “358” sprint car win; Walls wins third of the year in thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 5/11/13 – Brent Marks was the class of the field in claiming the $4,000 top prize in Saturday’s Prospect Metal and Used Auto Parts Night World of Outlaw tune-up at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
It was Marks’ third win of the year in the Pigeon Hills, and ended a perfect night for the BAPS Auto Paints and Supply/Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel/KC Automotive/Creekside Auto Sales #19M after winning his qualifying event for the eighth week in a row.
The World of Outlaw format placed Marks on the outside of the front row for the start, and he led every lap, despite late-race pressure from eighth-starting Brian Montieth over the closing laps.
“For all the rain we’ve had, Fred (Putney) did an awesome job on this track,” said Marks in victory lane, “That race was awesome. Kudos to Lincoln for running tonight.”
The start of the show was delayed by 45 minutes after a series of rain showers during the day, the last of which didn’t end until after 5:00 p.m.
“We needed this win really, really bad,” continued Marks, “We’ve been struggling for a few weeks here, and falling from first to fourth in the point standings was pretty depressing. The team behind me is awesome. We went through some difficult times this week, made some changes, and I can’t thank these guys enough.”
Polesitter Gerard McIntyre, Jr. chased Marks the first seven laps before fourth-starting Stevie Smith grabbed second on lap eight.
“I thought Stevie was going to give me a good run there, but I knew the bottom was still too slimy, and I learned my lesson there in the dash, when I just spun my tires there.”
Marks and Smith pulled away from the field until McIntyre and third-starting Logan Schuchart got together while racing for third on lap 15, resulting in a Schuchart flip on turn two.
That put Montieth on the rear bumper of Smith for the restart. Marks opted for the outside for the double-file restart, and Montieth drove around Smith in the first two turns of the restart. Fifth-starting Greg Hodnett caught Smith for third a lap later, and Marks, Montieth, and Hodnett ran first through third the rest of the way.
Smith and seventh-starting Fred Rahmer completed the top five, with Alan Krimes, Robbie Kendall, Steve Owings, Cory Haas, and Kyle Moody rounding out the top ten.
It didn’t take Marks long to start looking toward Wednesday night’s Lincoln showdown with the famous World of Outlaws.
“I know the track will be different, and I can’t go with the same set-up as tonight, but we’ll adapt accordingly and, hopefully, give them a run for their money.”
The other red flag of the event came on the opening lap, when defending champ Danny Dietrich rolled onto his side in turn two. Dietrich was uninjured, made repairs and returned, but dropped out several laps later with front brake problems.
“410” Sprint heats were won by Kendall, Schuchart, and Marks, with Lance Dewease setting a new 12-lap track record of 2:48.149 in the B-Main.
McIntyre won the Dash in a record-setting 6-lap time of 1 minute, 24.420-seconds. Fast time in time trials over the 26-car field was set by Montieth, with a one-lap time of 13.408-seconds (100.686 MPH).
York’s Chase Dietz drove around both Mike Duncan, Jr. and Jeff Rohrbaugh to grab the lead as the three were completing lap seven to score his first career win in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature.
Dietz, who will turn 16 next Friday (5/17), started fourth and steered clear of a slowing outside front row starter Chandler Leiby on the first lap to maintain fourth. He caught third-starting Mark Stickler on lap two and ran third until blowing around both Duncan and Rohrbaugh at the same time.
Rohrbaugh passed Duncan for second on lap nine, and Austin Hogue came from tenth starting spot to finish third. Ninth-starting Tim Wagaman and 11th-starting Niki Young completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Duncan, Tyler Ross, Mike Bittinger, Strickler, and 17th-starting Matt Findley.
Heats for the 28 “358” sprinters were won by Young, Strickler, and Dietz, with Scott Fisher winning the consolation.
Gettysburg’s Brian Walls picked up his second win in-a-row and third of the year in the 20 lap Thundercar feature.
Outside frontrow starter Brian Diehl grabbed the lead at the outset and held off polesitter Wayne Dutterer and sixth-starting Jamie Zentmyer.
Meanwhile Walls, was patiently working his way front from the back of the field and got by Zentmyer for second place at the halfway mark.
One lap later Walls went to the outside of race-long leader Diehl and made his winning pass. Walls led the rest of the way, and survived a one-lap dash to the checkered for his 13th career win, tying him with Ron Shultz for 14th on the all time Thundercar win list.
May 11, 2013, 23:26
MONTIETH DRIVES STERNER CEMENT #69 TO WELDON STERNER MEMORIAL WIN
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J. B. Cunningham claims first career Lincoln “358” sprint car win; points leader Walls wins second in thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 5/4/13 –“We were going to win or take it home in a basket.”
So said four-time track champ Brian Montieth after out-dueling ten-time track champ Fred Rahmer to score his third win of the year in the Tenth Annual Weldon Sterner Memorial at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
The huge crowd was on its feet as the driver known as “the Edge” used what was left of the cushion to drive around Rahmer for the race lead on turn two of lap 30 and went on the claim the $6,900 top prize in the 33 lap event.
Time trials and a four-car inversion at the front put Logan Schuchart and Alan Krimes on the front row and Montieth on the inside of row three for the start. Schuchart led the first five laps before third-starting Greg Hodnett took over.
Fourth-starting and new one-lap track record holder Rahmer became the third leader of the event when he slid under Hodnett in turns three and four of lap 10. Rahmer, the current Lincoln and Speedway Motors Central PA points leader led the next 16 green flag laps before the fifth caution flag of the event came out for defending champ Danny Dietrich, who hit the outside guardrail and sustained front suspension damage exiting turn four of lap 27.
Montieth, who caught Hodnett for second on lap 20, pulled onto the back bumper of the Rob Sell-owned JM Bullion #20S for the restart, with tenth-starting Jim Siegel in third. Rahmer led the next three laps, but Montieth squeezed between Rahmer and outside wall to take the lead in a hair-raising move on turn two of lap 30.
“It’s an honor to carry the colors of one of the great sponsors in the history of Central PA sprint car racing,” said Montieth upon exiting his Jerry Parrish sprinter, which was carrying the Sterner Cement top wing for the Sterner Memorial, “I don’t do this for the money. I do it for fun. And tonight was fun!”
“It’s great to race at a facility where the promoters care about the race teams,” continued Montieth, “Lincoln gives us a great track to run at, and you could run anywhere tonight.”
Siegel settled for third, with Hodnett and Krimes completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Lance Dewease, 16th-starting Cory Haas, Schuchart, Adam Wilt, and Steve Owings.
“410” Sprint heats were won by Dewease, Brent Marks, and Wilt, with Jacob Allen winning the consolation.
Fast time in time trials over the 28-car field was set by Fred Rahmer, who set a new track record with a one-lap time of 13.089-seconds (103.140 MPH).
Westminster, Maryland’s J.B. Cunningham claimed his first career win in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature.
Cunningham started on the pole and led every lap, but he had to withstand the challenges of tenth-starting Jeff Rohrbaugh to claim the win. Rohrbaugh closed on Cunningham in the waning laps and tried to sneak under Cunningham for the race lead in turn one of the final lap. But Cunningham dove low to avoid a slowing car, and the two made contact, resulting in a Rohrbaugh spin. Cunningham bobbled, but kept going and was placed back in the lead for the last-lap dash to the finish.
Eighth-starting Tim Wagaman caught Dale Hammaker at the line for second, with Scott Fisher and rookie Chase Dietz rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth 12th-starting Niki Young, Ted Thomas, Jr., Shane Hoff, Ryan Wilson, and Tyler Ross.
Heats for the 27 “358” sprinters were won by Mark Strickler, Hammaker, and Fisher, with Mike Bittinger winning the consolation.
Gettysburg’s Brian Walls came from tenth starting spot and chased down race leader Brian Diehl to score his second win of the year in the 20-lap thundercar feature.
Polesitter Diehl led from the outset, and appeared to be on his way to a win. But a mid-race caution allowed him to get by Diehl and pull away to a 1.97-second win, his 12th career victory in the Pigeon Hills, pulling him into a tie for 15th all the all-time Lincoln win list with David Prunkl.
Third-starting Danny Bead followed Walls into second on lap 13, and Jason Townsend came from 12th starting spot to catch Diehl for third on the last lap. Diehl held on for fourth, with defending track champ Duane Watson finishing fifth.
May 5, 2013, 01:16
MONTIETH ENDS DRY SPELL WITH SECOND LINCOLN WIN OF YEAR
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Young fifth different winner in five events in “358” sprint cars; Blaine Leppo scores first Lincoln win in Legends
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 4/27/13 – Brian Montieth ended a personal dry spell by coming from ninth starting spot to claim his second win of the year in the 25-lap “410” sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
And he did it in his normal thrilling style, advancing to the top five by the end of the second lap and passing Robbie Kendall to move into fourth on lap four. That’s when he joined a wild four-car battle for the lead.
Polesitter and race-long leader Jacob Allen got swallowed up John Rudisill, Billy Dietrich, and Montieth as they all passed for position on lap six.
Rudisill came out with the lead and ran the cushion, leading the next 11 laps. Montieth moved past Dietrich into the runner-up spot on lap 10, and tried numerous times to drive under Rudisill in turn three and four, to no avail.
Montieth finally drove low in turns one and two and pulled even driving up the backstretch of lap 17 to finally grab the lead.
Seventh-starting Adam Wilt caught Rudisill for second as the leaders raced through lapped traffic on the next lap, and Rudisill brought out the caution when he spun on turn one of lap 20.
Once in front, Montieth left no doubt, crossing 1.56-seconds ahead of Wilt, with 11th-starting Fred Rahmer, Cory Haas, and tenth-starting Alan Krimes completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Billy Dietrich, Kendall, Jim Siegel, Brent Marks, and Gerard McIntyre, Jr.
“The track was a little faster than I thought it was going to be,” said Montieth in victory lane, “We’ve been running like crap for the last couple of weeks. We’ve been struggling, but we’re getting better I guess. We’re trying to figure out some stuff before the Outlaws get here. I don’t know if we’re straightened out, but tonight we were a little better than what we’ve been, so I guess it’s baby steps at a time...I don’t know.”
Montieth’s 36th-career Lincoln win moved him into a tie for seventh with Lance Dewease on the all-time Lincoln win list.
Heats for the 26 “410” Sprinters were won by Krimes, Marks, and Haas.
Niki Young became the fifth different winner in as many races in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature.
Like Montieth in the “410” sprints, he also won convincingly, advancing from tenth starting spot to third by the end of the third lap and catching polesitter Scott Fisher on lap four. He chased down outside front row starter and race-long leader D.J. Montgomery, grabbing the lead as the two drove under the crossed flags.
Montgomery hit the inside guardrail and spun as the cars entered turn one of lap 11, putting Fisher back on Young’s back bumper for the restart. But three laps later, 11th-starting Ryan Wilson drove around Fisher for second.
Young led the last ten laps to cross 2.06 seconds ahead of Wilson, with Fisher settling for third, 12th-starting Austin Hogue advancing to fourth, and Ted Thomas, Jr. fifth. Sixth through tenth were Dale Hammaker, Tyler Ross, 15th-starting Jeff Rohrbaugh, Tim Wagaman, and 17th-starting Mike Bittinger.
Heats for the 25 “358” Sprints were won by Hogue, Brie Hershey, and Thomas.
Spring Grove’s Blaine Leppo claimed his first career Lincoln win in the 15-lap Central PA Legends feature.
Leppo started on the pole and led every lap, despite heavy race-long pressure from Scott Haudeshell and Bob Stough. Haudeshell and Stough swapped second several times, and both drivers challenged Leppo at one point in the race.
In the end, Stough crossed second, .53 seconds behind the winner, followed by Haudeshell, Rick Miller, and Bill Diehl.
Heats for the 28 Legends were won by Lucas Montgomery, Scott Gobrecht, and Haudeshell, with Jacob Feltch winning the consolation.
Apr 27, 2013, 22:57
SCHUCHART CLAIMS FIRST CAREER LINCOLN “410” SPRINT WIN IN CAUTION-FREE NIGHT
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Austin Hogue victor in “358” sprints; Jason Townsend wins first of career in Thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 4/20/13 –“I like running the schedule that we run…traveling and getting to do what my grandpa did, seeing different tracks. But by far, I love Lincoln Speedway the best. I consider it my home track, and it’s a real fun track to race here. There’s no better fans in the country. To come back home and race in front of these people right here. It’s exciting, they hype up sprint car racing, and definitely make it fun for this area.”
So said 2012 national 410 sprint car rookie of-the-year Logan Schuchart after claiming his first career Lincoln 410 sprint win in Saturday night’s 25-lap feature event.
Schuchart, grandson of the legendary Bobby Allen, was slated for a sixth-starting spot in the Your Auto Source/Rick Fogle Custom Pole Buildings/Brenneman Painting/CnB Mushroom Farms #1s, but started on the outside of row two when Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. scratched from the feature and gave up his second starting spot.
Cory Haas assumed second for the start, and both he and Schuchart got around polesitter Hunter Mackison in the first two turns. Schuchart chased Haas the first 16 laps before diving under the lapped car of Tim Glatfelter and Haas entering turn three of lap 17. From there, Schuchart pulled away for the win, with Haas settling for second and fifth-starting Adam Wilt third. Ninth-starting Fred Rahmer and eighth-starting Brian Montieth completed the top five.
Schuchart’s official time in the non-stop feature was 6 minutes, 37.236 seconds. In fact, the entire 410 sprint portion of the show was run caution-free.
Sixth through tenth were 14th-starting Danny Dietrich, 12th-starting Alan Krimes, 13th-starting Jim Siegel; Brent Marks, and J.J. Grasso.
Heats for the 26 “410” Sprinters were won by invader Brian Paulus, Fred Rahmer, and Brent Marks, with Ryan Smith winning the consolation.
Manchester’s Austin Hogue became the fourth winner in as many races in the non-stop 20-lap “358” sprint car feature.
Third-starting Tyler Ross drove under both polesitter Brad McClelland and outside front-row starter Hogue for the lead at the start, but a red flag for a flipping Eric Tomecek on turn four resulted in a complete restart. The Livingston Lawn Care/BAPS Auto Paints and Supply #52 drove around McClelland for the lead on the restart, and Hogue led every lap for his third win of 2013 (previous wins at Trail-Way and Williams Grove).
Niki Young caught McClelland for second on lap 13 and finished runner-up, with Ross crossing third, Mark Smith catching McClelland for fourth on the final lap. Sixth through tenth behind McClelland were Tim Wagaman, Dale Hammaker, Brie Hershey, Jeff Rohrbaugh, and Mark Strickler.
Due to the complete restart at the beginning, Hogue’s 5-minute, 35-second win was an officially-timed 20-lap event.
Heats for the 29 “358” Sprints were won by Ross, Wagaman, and Young.
After years of trying, York’s Jason Townsend found his way to victory lane in winning the 20-lap Thundercar feature.
Townsend grabbed the lead from his outside frontrow starting position over polesitter Wayne Dutterer at the drop of the green and pulled out to a comfortable lead of the first half of the feature.
Meanwhile a battle raged for second through fifth as Dutterer, Jimmy Combs, Duane Watson and Brian Walls were passing each other for position lap-after-lap. With five laps to go Walls and Watson had moved solidly into second and third and began to chase down the leader.
On the final lap, Walls pulled alongside Townsend coming off the final corner to the checkered but was able to hold him off for his career first thundercar victory as they leaned on each other to the checkered.
Watson settled for third, Dutterer fourth and Combs fifth.
Apr 20, 2013, 22:12
TIRE RULE GOES INTO EFFECT FOR THE 358 SPRINTERS THIS WEEKEND!
Abbottstown, PA - 4/15/2013 - The 2013 tire rule for the 358 Sprints goes into effect this Saturday, April 20.
Apr 15, 2013, 21:21
KRIMES CLAIMS 11TH LINCOLN CAREER WIN IN ARCH NIGHT “410” SPRINT CAR MAIN
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Grant Adams holds off Gene Knaub in “358” late model thriller; Socks claims first Lincoln win in super sportsman
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 4/13/13 – Denver’s Alan Krimes came from seventh starting spot to claim his first win of the year in the 25-lap “410” sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
“We’ve been fast the last three weeks. I thought we had the car to beat last week and the week before that,” said Krimes upon exiting his Conestoga Valley Garage/Krimes Racing Engines #87 in victory lane, “A couple late yellows there killed us. We were lucky enough to get to the front first tonight.”
“The yellows were hurting us again tonight,” added Krimes, “I don’t know if the tires were sealing over or what, but every time the yellow came out, my car would get worse and worse. I know J.J. was behind us, and he’s been going real good pretty much every week. I was hoping there was some lapped cars between me and him, but apparently there wasn’t. We got a restart and I saw his front end down in three and four. I already had the wing all the way back, so I just ran around the top and hoped I didn’t see anybody. Luckily, we came away with it.”
Krimes took to the high side to get around sixth-starting Adam Wilt and fourth-starting J.J. Grasso in the first two turns and cross fifth by the end of the first lap. He then drove by both third-starting Gerard McIntyre, Jr. and fifth-starting Danny Dietrich to move into third following a third-lap restart, and caught second-starting Tim Glatfelter for the runner-up spot on lap four. Two laps later, Krimes grabbed the top spot from polesitter and race-long leader Robbie Kendall with a low-side move in turns three and four.
Though Krimes led the rest of the way, torrid racing between Brian Montieth, Danny Dietrich, and Fred Rahmer for fifth had the fans on their feet between laps nine and 12. It was on that lap that J.J. Grasso re-entered the picture after passing Kendall for second. Caution flags on laps 16 and 18 kept Grasso close until the end.
“There’s a lot of good guys running real good this year. I saw the 25 on the board there, and he’s been tough. I heard he’s going to URC when they start their season, and I’m not going to be sad to see him go!”
The 16th-lap caution involved the spinning cars of Brian Montieth, Brent Marks, and Cole Duncan. All three of those drivers have won races at Lincoln in 2013. Montieth and Duncan were unable to continue, and Mark joined the rear. The 18th-lap caution was for the spinning car of Jordan Mackison in turns one and two.
Grasso settled for second, with eighth-starting Jim Siegel coming on strong late in the race to finish third. Rahmer and Kendall completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Danny Dietrich, 13th-starting Logan Schuchart, Glatfelter, 22nd-starting Billy Dietrich, and Wilt.
Heats for the 26 “410” Sprinters were won by Marks, Duncan, and Montieth, with Jordon Mackison winning the consolation.
Defending Lincoln/Trail-Way Precise Racing Products champion Grant Adams held off the repeated challenges of opening night winner Gene Knaub to win a 20-lap “358” late model thriller.
An inversion of six put Adams on the pole for the start. He led the first nine laps, while fifth-starting Knaub and third-starting Brad Shank racing side-by-side. Shank nudged under Adams to be scored the leader at the half-way point.
Adams reclaimed the lead in the next two turns, and both Knaub and Steve Clabaugh caught Shank for second and third by the end of lap 11.
Knaub gave it everything he had over the final two laps, but Adams crossed less than a car length ahead under the checkered. Clabaugh was third, followed by Shank and Sam Gallagher.
Heats for the 16 “358” Late Models were won by Pat Beard and Knaub.
Hagerstown’s Dave Socks claimed his first-ever Lincoln win in the 25-lap super sportsman feature. He started on the front row and chased polesitter Steve Wilbur the first 21 laps before making the race-winning pass.
Eighth-starting Frankie Herr caught Wilbur for second with two laps to go, but finished .84-seconds behind the winner. Wilbur crossed third, with Scott Geesey and Scott Dellinger completing the top five.
Heats for the 34 Super Sportsman were won by Herr, Russ Mitten, Duaine Smith, and Chad Criswell, with Stan Wanner winning the consolation.
Apr 13, 2013, 23:04
RAHMER BACK IN VICTORY LANE AT LINCOLN
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Ryan Wilson comes from eighth to claim “358” sprint car win; Walls wins wild thundercar feature
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 4/6/13 – For a driver who once won a dozen races in a row in the Pigeon Hills, the past three years has no doubt seemed like an eternity to Fred Rahmer.
But Lincoln’s ten-time track champ and all-time winner got the monkey off his back in claiming Saturday night’s “410” sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway.
Among those in attendance was famous motorsports journalist Dick Berggren, who was in town for the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing’s spring open house, where he was to deliver the keynote address for the dedication of the museum’s library in the name of Chris Economaki.
“I was talking to Dick here tonight, and he said if I got a little bit more experience, I might be able to drive one of these,” quipped a jubilant Rahmer upon exiting his JMBullion.com/Tru-Line Contractors/Miller Brothers Chevrolet/Trevdin Building Supply #20S in victory lane, “It’s been a long time here, this one was a hard one to get. I haven’t forgotten how to drive. I’m just around good people who believe in me, and that makes all the difference in the world.”
Handicapping put Rahmer ninth in the starting lineup, but J.J. Grasso (who was supposed to start fifth) opted for the rear, moving Rahmer up to seventh. As polesitter Robbie Kendall led the first six laps, Rahmer raced into fourth by the end of the second lap, and he was still running there when fourth-starting Cory Haas took the lead from Kendall on the back stretch of lap seven. Both Adam Wilt and Rahmer passed Kendall to move into second and third respectively on lap 8, and Rahmer drove under Wilt on lapped traffic on lap 11.
Rahmer closed on Haas the next four laps, and made the race-winning pass on the back stretch of lap 16. Sixth-starting Alan Krimes caught Haas for second on lap 18, one lap before the only caution of the event came out for Haas, who hooked the back bumper of the lapped car of invader Mark Cole (of Lebanon, NH), with both cars coming to a stop on the front stretch.
Rahmer and Krimes ran first and second the rest of the way, with Rahmer’s final margin of victory a scant .66 seconds. It was Rahmer’s 168th career Lincoln win, but first since May 1, 2010.
Wilt, eighth-starting Jim Siegel, and ninth-starting Brian Montieth completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Brent Marks, Logan Schuchart, Billy Dietrich, Jason Leffler, and Kendall.
Heats for the 23 “410” Sprinters were won by Montieth, Grasso, and Marks.
Maytown’s Ryan Wilson came from eighth starting spot to claim his second career Lincoln win in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature. Wilson went to the top side to advance to third by the end of the first lap. He caught Chase Dietz for the runner-up spot a lap later, just before the caution came out for a three-car melee on turns one and two.
Wilson around polesitter and race-long leader Austin Hogue exiting turn four of lap five, and led the rest of the way, becoming the third winner in three events this year.
Eric Tomecek also went to the top to come from 12th starting spot into second by lap eight. Though he closed on Wilson in lapped traffic over the second half of the race, he was never able to mount a serious challenge. Tomecek settled for second, with Hammaker coming on strong late to cross third. Hogue was fourth, followed by 19th-starting Tyler Ross.
Sixth through tenth were Jeff Rohrbaugh, Matt Mountz, Jay Galloway, Matt Findley, and Brie Hershey.
Heats for the 25 “358” Sprinters were won by Hogue, Tomecek, and Tim Wagaman, with Ross winning the consolation.
Gettysburg’s Brian Walls picked up his first win of 2013 in winning the 20-lap Thundercar feature. Walls, who started ninth, chased down the race leaders, polesitter Jamie Zentmyer, and seventh-starting Jimmy Combs, to make it a three car battle for the leader by the fourth lap. A couple laps later defending track champ Duane Watson joined them to make it a four-car battle. Combs got by Zentmyer for the lead on the ninth lap, but Watson and Walls were on his bumper.
On the 11th lap, contact between Watson and Combs sent them into a wild spin down the frontstretch, collecting several other cars along the way. Josh Angle took the hardest hit and was pounded by several cars and came to a stop in the middle of the track with fluids draining everywhere.
Walls was able to make it through the crash and assumed the lead on the restart with Zentmyer in second. Watson and Combs were able to restart with damage at the rear.
Walls held off Zentmyer the rest of the way to record his 11th career win at Lincoln Speedway with Zentmyer second, Roy Warehime third, Todd Miller fourth, and Mikey Guise fifth. Completing the top-10 were Combs, Danny Beard, Brian Diehl, Jason Townsend, and Duane Watson.
Heats for the Thundercars were won by Jamie Zentmyer and Duane Watson.
Apr 6, 2013, 22:59