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STEVIE SMITH REMEMBERS KEVIN GOBRECHT AFTER SCORING THRILLING LINCOLN SPEEDWEEK WIN
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Scott Haudeshell wins first ever in national qualifier for Central PA Legends
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/4/13 – “Obviously it’s seven grand, but that’s far from the purpose. It was the Kevin Grobrecht Memorial. I don’t think there’s a driver that can stand out here that had more of a relationship with him than me. We all grew up together…we beat on each other…and this is a great night to win.”
So said Stevie Smith after picking up a thrilling win in Thursday night’s 14th Annual Kevin Grobrecht Memorial PA Speedweek show at Lincoln Speedway.
“At one point in time, the Gobrechts and I were worried about football. We weren’t really into racing,” said Smith, “I think we got tired of running up and down the field, so we all started looking at race cars. I actually sold Kevin his first go cart and that’s where he started. We dragged him to the races with us, and we got away from each other for many years because I was running the Outlaws and he was running local. Then he started running on the road and that’s when we got right back together again. His death was a sad time, but I think it’s amazing the power he still has behind him from the fans here all these years later.”
For the second straight Lincoln Speedweek show, Smith set fast time. But then he pulled the #8 pill for the inversion, putting him on the outside of row four for the start beside Saturday night Speedweek winner Alan Krimes.
Smith got off to a tremendous start, moving into fourth by the end of the second lap. He caught polesitter J.J. Grasso for third on lap four.
Speedweek points leader Sam Hafertepe, Jr. led the first three laps from outside the first row before third-starting Brent Marks took the lead on lap four. From there, Marks pulled away to a 2.66-second lead by the time the leader hit lapped traffic on lap 11.
Smith followed Marks and Hafertepe the next two laps before Grasso spun in turn four while running fourth, bringing out the only caution of the race on lap 13.
Mark, Hafertepe, and Smith ran first through third the next six laps, and a surging Alan Krimes entered the picture when he caught Brian Montieth for fourth on lap 18.
Things got interesting with six laps to go, as Smith finally caught Hafertepe for second, and Krimes caught Hafertepe for third a lap later.
The race quickly became a three-car battle for the win with three laps to go.
Smith grabbed the lead from Marks as the three leaders drove nearly side-by-side under the white flag. Smith was scored the leader of the lap, and held off both Marks and Krimes in another three-wide run under the checkered flag.
“Krimes has been the fastest car here in the features at Lincoln,” said Smith, “And sure enough if he wasn’t on my back bumper. I was trying to just make sure I didn’t miss the bottom and run it a little easier than I should because I wanted to make sure I was on it coming off. Brent had that momentum, and I’m sure when he saw me the one time he was making a little more momentum. I was able to hold off Krimes and stay in front of Brent. It was a good night. That’s all there was to it.”
Smith’s win was the 24th in his Lincoln career, and he became the 10th different winner in 19 races at Lincoln this year.
Crossing fourth was Hafertepe, who maintained his Speedweek points lead, with Danny Dietrich spinning backwards across the line in fifth. Sixth through tenth were Montieth, Fred Rahmer, Jim Siegel, Glenndon Forsythe, and Lance Dewease.
Heats for the Sprinters were won by Hafertepe, Grasso, Adam Wilt, and Rahmer, with Aaron Ott winning the B-Main. Fast time in time trials over the 39-car field was set by Stevie Smith with a one-lap time of 13.506-seconds (99.956 MPH).
Marysville’s Scott Haudeshell raced to his first Lincoln career win in the INEX national qualifier for the Central PA Legends. Haudeshell led every lap despite heavy pressure from Bill Diehl, Scott Gobrecht, and Bob Stough over the last several laps. In a wild four-car race for the lead, Gobrecht took third from Stough on lap 12, and Stough returned the favor on the final lap. Cody Haines finished fifth.
After a first lap caution for former Lincoln winners Harlon Leppo and Lucas Montgomery, the race was restarted and went non-stop in a time of 5 minutes, 12.28 seconds.
Heats for the Central PA Legends were won by Stough, Gobrecht, and Diehl, with Chris Transeau winning the consolation.
Jul 4, 2013, 23:24
KRIMES TOPS STELLAR FIELD, TAKES PA SPEEDWEEK POINTS LEAD WITH LINCOLN WIN
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Randy Doty wins rain-shortened All-American Outlaw feature
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/29/13 – Sometimes, it’s just your night. And race number two of Pennsylvania Speedweek belonged to Alan Krimes at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
Krimes turned fourth-quick time and finished fourth in his heat. Both Stevie Smith and Fred Rahmer finished in to top two of their heat, putting Krimes into the inversion for the feature. When Smith picked pill number four for the inversion, Krimes found himself on the pole for the “A” Main.
And he didn’t waste the opportunity, outrunning 168-time Lincoln winner and 13-time Speedweek champion Rahmer to the first turn and leading every lap of the 30-lap, $5,000-to-win event for his third Lincoln win of the year.
Lapped traffic also played into his favor in the feature.
“I was pretty good on the top early,” said Krimes upon exiting his Conestoga Valley Garage/Krimes Racing Engines #87 in victory lane, “And then that yellow came out and I wasn’t as good on the top. I kinda stayed up there, but once I got around lapped cars that were running the bottom I moved down, and I felt a little bit better down there.”
The bottom was where Rahmer was running, and although he couldn’t catch Krimes, he did complete a solid run to continue his string of top ten finishes in every race he’s run this year. Krimes’ final margin of victory in his 13th career Lincoln win was 3.28 seconds.
“If Stevie and Rahmer don’t finish first or second in their heat, we have no chance,” continued Krimes, “I knew it was gonna be tough to run first or second in our heat with Siegel and Lasoski and Hodnett all ahead of us. I’ve never been more happy to see Fred Rahmer finish second in his heat! I was sitting in the car getting ready to go out for our heat, and they told me he got second...and then he was back to third...and then he got Marks back, and I was pretty happy in the car.”
Third through fifth were Stevie Smith, Brian Montieth, and 16th-starting Lance Dewease, who caught Adam Wilt as the two passed under the white flag. Seventh through tenth behind Wilt were Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Brent Marks, 21st-starting Cory Haas, and Jim Siegel.
Heats for the Sprinters were won by Montieth, Wilt, Danny Dietrich, and Siegel, with Nicole Bower winning the B-Main.
Fast time in time trials over the 36-car field was set by Stevie Smith with a one-lap time of 13.251-seconds (101.879 MPH).
Randy Doty dropped three spots from his outside front row starting spot, then worked his way back to the lead to win the rained-shortened 17-lap All American Outlaw feature. The race was checkered during an 18-lap red flag for a seven-car melee in turns three and four.
Justin Cullum caught polesitter and early-race leader Hunter Nester for the runner-up spot just before the red flag came out. Nester was credited with third, followed by Fred Cullum and Al Daniels.
Heats for the All American Outlaws were won by Nester and Doty.
Jun 29, 2013, 22:46
HODNETT CLAIMS BAPS NIGHT “410” SPRINT CAR FEATURE WIN AT LINCOLN
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Tim Wagaman claims first career Lincoln win in “358” sprints; Walls makes it 5 out of 7 in thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/22/13 – Greg Hodnett came to Lincoln Saturday night to prepare for the 23rd Annual Pennsylvania Speedweek. He’s prepared.
Hodnett, who has had an up-and-down season after suffering a serious hand injury and missing several races earlier this year, scored his 26th career win in the Pigeon Hills, moving him past Steve Siegel into sole possession of 11th place on the all-time Lincoln win list.
“It’s been a really, really long time since I’ve been here,” reflected Hodnett upon exiting his Eagle Steel/Trone Outdoor Advertising #39 in victory lane, “We’ve really been struggling, so to come away with a win here is pretty important to us. You’ve got a great group of cars here. We were pretty fortunate to get a starting spot toward the front and get the car running pretty decent.”
“Those guys have pretty much been kickin’ our ass all year,” continued Hodnett, “We decided to do something totally different tonight, and it kinda’ worked. I don’t know if it will next week, but it did tonight. That’s one of the reasons we came down again this week, because we know Speedweek comes through Lincoln and Williams Grove two races each, and we definitely have to get better here and face the un-daunting challenge of Lincoln Speedway.”
Cory Haas started on the pole and led the first 18 laps before Hodnett drove around him exiting turn two of lap 19. Hodnett started fifth and ran there the first four laps before passing Robbie Kendall for fourth on lap five. He caught Gerard McIntyre, Jr. for third on lap eight, and passed Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. for second on lap 11.
Although Haas dominated the first half of the race, an 18th-lap caution for a spinning Kendall on turn two put Hodnett on Haas’ back bumper for the restart. Hodnett chased Haas for a lap before making the race-winning pass.
From there, he drove away to a 1.06-second win, with Haas settling for second. Points leader Fred Rahmer came from 12th starting spot to cross third, extending his season-long streak of top-ten finishes to 31 straight.
Stevie Smith and Alan Krimes completed the top five, with McIntyre, Brian Montieth, Jim Siegel, BAPS driver Brent Marks, and Billy Dietrich rounding out the top ten.
Heats for the 29 “410” Sprinters were won by Haas, Krimes, and Montieth, with Glenndon Forsythe winning the consolation.
Not too many drivers win a track title before winning their first career feature, but Tim Wagaman did it in the “358” sprint division Saturday night.
The defending track champ took to the top side to come from sixth starting spot and score his first-ever Lincoln win. Once he caught race-long leader Isaac Sneeringer for the lead, Wagaman had to protect the low side from a charging Tyler Ross, who caught Sneeringer for second one-lap later and actually drove under Wagaman once in a pass that was negated by a caution flag.
Wagaman’s final margin of victory was a scant .75 seconds, with Ross second and BAPS team driver Tim Berkheimer third. Hard charger and Lincoln points leader Niki Young came from 12th starting spot to finish fourth, with Sneeringer settling for fifth. Rounding out the top ten were BAPS team driver Austin Hogue, Chase Dietz, Jordan Givler, Chandler Leiby, and Mark Smith.
Heats for the 29 “358” Sprints were won by Smith, Jay Galloway, and Ross, with Brie Hershey winning the consolation.
Brian Walls picked up his fifth win in seven races in the 20-lap thundercar feature. Walls started last in the ten-car field and drove past race-long leader Mikey Guise on lap nine en route to his 15th career Lincoln win.
Guise crossed second 4.93 seconds behind the winner, with Wayne Dutterer, Todd Miller, and Jimmy Combs completing the top five.
Jun 22, 2013, 23:20
KRIMES BLOWS AWAY FIELD AND PICKS UP $5,000 TOP PRIZE IN LINCOLN ALL-STAR MAIN
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Points leader Niki Young comes from 10th to score “358” sprint car win
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/15/13 – There was no lack of talent in Saturday night’s All-Star Circuit of Champions “A” Main at Lincoln Speedway, but none of them were a match for Denver’s Alan Krimes, who dominated en route to a four-second win and the $5,000 top prize.
After finishing second in the dash, Krimes started beside Stevie Smith on the front row. He beat Smith to the first turn and was never seriously challenged.
“Getting him (Smith) on the start was everything there. I was actually surprised I could turn in off his right rear and pass him down there,” said Krimes upon exiting his Conestoga Valley Garage #87 in victory lane, “That was the biggest move of the race as far as I’m concerned. Getting ahead of Stevie, because he’s a hell of a driver.”
“My goal is to win a World of Outlaw show and an All-Star show, and I’m half-way,” quipped Krimes, “You’re never sure how far you are ahead of everybody else when you’re running out there. We were getting through lapped traffic pretty good, and I knew somebody else was going to have to be really good to beat us.”
“We actually started slowing down there at the end,” said Krimes, “But I was hoping I had enough of lead to hold them off at the end.”
Krimes didn’t know that everyone else was slowing down at the end, too. Krimes maintained a three-to-four second lead over the entire second half of the 30-lap event.
If Krimes was half of the show, Danny Dietrich was the other half. Dietrich started sixth after finishing last in the dash, and bounced off the second turn wall several times in catching Lance Dewease for third on lap 18 and Smith for the runner-up spot on lap 22.
“Danny must have been real good,” added Krimes, “The track was pretty tough to pass on. To come from sixth to second was a great job.”
The last 24 laps of the race went non-stop, with the only caution of the night for a spin by Steve Storrie and Greg Hodnett after colliding in turn one of lap six.
Smith settled for third, with Dewease and tenth-starting Fred Rahmer completing the top five. Rahmer, the current Central PA and Lincoln point series leader, continued his amazing streak of top-ten finishes, which now sits at 28 straight races.
Sixth through tenth were Tim Shaffer, Brent Marks, Dale Blaney, Jim Siegel, and Aaron Ott.
Heats were won by Gerard McIntyre, Jr., Jac Haudenschild, Nicole Bower, and Brian Montieth.
Dale Blaney won the B-Main while Stevie Smith won the Dash. Fast time in time trials over the 35-car field was set by Shaffer with a one-lap time of 13.286-seconds (101.611 MPH).
Points leader Niki Young came from tenth starting spot to score his second win of the year in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature. Matt Findley led the first lap from the outside of the front row before polesitter Chris Arnold grabbed the top spot on lap two.
By lap three, Young was in third. He caught Findley for second on lap five, tracked down Arnold over the next three laps, and raced wheel-to-wheel with the Re/Max #23 for the next five laps before diving under Arnold to make the race-winning pass in turns one and two of lap 13.
Arnold settled for second, with Findley third, rookie and one-time 2013 Chase Dietz fourth, and Matt Mountz fifth.
Heats for the 18 “358” Sprints on hand were won by Young and Tyler Ross.
Jun 15, 2013, 23:47
RAHMER HOLDS OFF MONTIETH, DEWEASE TO WIN LINCOLN GOHN MEMORIAL
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Tyler Ross scores career first in “358” sprints; Points leader Brian Walls win fourth of ’13 in thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/8/13 – Last time Fred Rahmer won a feature at Lincoln Speedway, his good friend Dick Berggren was there to watch. This time, his good friend Tony Stewart was in the field.
Fred Rahmer held off the challenges of Brian Montieth and Lance Dewease to claim Saturday night’s 25-lap Darryl Gohn/Glenn Gohn, Sr. Memorial for “410” sprint cars Saturday night. In the process, Rahmer continued his amazing run of 26 top-ten finishes in 26 races in the Northeast this year, established a post-weight rule record of 6-minutes, 20.436 seconds for 25 laps, and claimed a total of $4,445 in winnings as part of the memorial event.
The Gohn family and their sponsors for the night added $1,125 to the $3,200 winner’s share. Rahmer also collected a $50 bonus from Thornton Chevrolet for leading lap 16 and picked up a $70 bonus for winning his heat. The win was Rahmer’s division-leading 168th of his career in the Pigeon Hills.
Points handicapping placed Fast Freddie seventh for the start. Both he and eighth-starting Montieth caught Ryan Smith to move into fourth and fifth, respectively, on lap six. Rahmer caught second-starting Steve Storrie for third on lap nine, and then drove around Gerard McIntyre, Jr. for second on lap 13.
Rahmer caught polesitter and race-long leader Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. on lap 15, and led the rest of the way despite late-race pressure from Montieth and a rapidly-closing Lance Dewease, who started tenth.
Completing the top five were Rittenhouse and McIntyre. Sixth through tenth were 12th-starting Danny Dietrich, Smith, Robbie Kendall, Adam Wilt, and Greg Hodnett.
Among the competitors Saturday night was three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, who started and finished 13th.
Heats for the 33 “410” Sprints on hand were won by Danny Dietrich, Montieth, Rahmer, and McIntyre, with Cory Haas winning the consolation.
Lincoln University’s Tyler Ross became the third driver in the past four races to claim his first career “358” sprint car win. Like Rahmer in the 410’s, Ross started seventh in the 20-lap feature. He advanced to third by the end of the seventh lap, caught front-row starter Chris Arnold for second on lap eight, and drove around polesitter and race-long leader Brian Allman for the lead as the two #5’s were coming off turn four to complete lap 11.
From there, Ross drove away to a 1.59-second win over 12th-staring Austin Hogue. Third through fifth were ninth-starting Jeff Rohrbaugh, Dale Hammaker, and Allman. Sixth through tenth were Niki Young, Matt Findley, Jay Galloway, Tim Wagaman, and Arnold.
Heats for the 27 “358” Sprints on hand were won by Wagaman, Findley, and Dale Hammaker, with Doug Hammaker winning the consolation.
Points leader Brian Walls came from 12th starting spot to claim his fourth win of the year in the 20-lap thundercar feature. It took only seven laps for Walls to drive around the rest of the field and take the lead from polesitter and race-long leader Donnie Murphy. Murphy kept it close the rest of the way, but crossed 1.53 seconds behind Walls. Third through fifth were Wayne Dutterer, Jamie Zentmyer, and Todd Miller.
Heats for the Thundercars were won by Danny Beard and Brian Walls.
Jun 8, 2013, 23:00
ECKERT KNOWS LINCOLN; FORMER CHAMP WINS APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN DIRT LATE MODEL SPEEDWAY FINALE
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Bobby Beard holds off Lear and Billet to score 358 late model win
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/5/13 – Four-time track champ Rick Eckert returned to his roots to claim the 40-lap Appalachian Mountain Dirt Late Model Speedweek finale at Lincoln Speedway Wednesday night.
The win, Eckert’s second straight Speedweek win and 24th of his career in the Pigeon Hills, was worth $7,000, including a $2,000 bonus from Terry Grinestaff of Advanced Realty Service and Consultants as part of the Sixth Annual Chargin’ Charlie Grinestaff Memorial.
After time trialing second quick behind Gene Knaub, Eckert drew seventh for the feature event. Series champ Gregg Satterlee took the lead from the outside pole and led the first 36 laps before Eckert drove around him exiting turn four of lap 37.
“I was doing my best Brian Montieth impersonation!” exclaimed Eckert after scoring his third win in six races in the Paul Crowl #7, “I knew I had to catch Gregg by going to the top, but Jason (Covert) was there and I wasn’t quite sure what to do.”
His mission was simplified when Covert pulled up lame while battling Satterlee for the lead on the back stretch of lap 34.
Eckert reached the top four by catching polesitter David Williams following a 13th-lap restart. He ran behind Satterlee, Davey Johnson, and Covert until Covert came to a stop in turn four.
Eckert caught Williams at the line for the runner-up spot at the flagstand to complete lap 35, and ran down Satterlee at the line as the leaders completed lap 37. From there Eckert drove to an uncontested .81-second win over Satterlee, with ninth-starting Vic Coffey coming on late to cross third, 19th-starting and hard-charger Dan Stone fourth, and Davey Johnson fifth.
Competing the top ten were Dylan Yoder, Jamie Lanthrum, John Garvin, Gene Knaub, and Gary Stuhler.
Heats for the Super Late Models were won by Lanthrum, Eckert, and Covert, with Stone winning the B-Main.
Knaub set fast time over the 32-car Late Model field with a one-lap time of 15.997 seconds (84.391 MPH)
Bobby Beard ended an eventful night by winning the 20-lap “358” late model feature event.
Beard, who spun in his heat and came back to finish fourth, took advantage of a 12-car inversion draw to start beside Devin Frey on the front row. Beard grabbed the lead entering turn one and was never headed.
Kyle Lear, who won the first qualifier and drew the #12 inversion pill, came from 12th starting spot to finish second after swapping the runner-up spot several times with Chase Billet, who settled for third. Billy Wampler and Travis Mease completed the top five.
Heats for the “358” Late Models were won by Lear, Pat Beard, and Brad Shank, with Chris Knopp winning the consolation.
Jun 5, 2013, 23:27
DIETRICHS PUT ON A SHOW AT LINCOLN; DANNY PICKS HOLDS OFF MARKS FOR THE WIN
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Austin Hogue first repeat winner in 358 sprints; Fred Cullum beats son Justin by inches in AAO feature
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/1/13 – Defending Lincoln champ Danny Dietrich is back.
And for the first 21 laps of the “410” sprint car feature Saturday night, the Dietrichs were the show.
Older brother Billy Dietrich took the lead from polesitter Steve Storrie on lap four and led the next ten laps as younger brother Danny charged from his sixth starting spot to claim second from Robbie Kendall on lap eight. Over the next four laps, Danny closed on Billy and the two raced wheel-to-wheel for the lead through lapped traffic for the next four laps before Danny made the race-winning pass on lap 15.
“He was good,” said Danny of brother Billy in victory lane, “We’ve been working together at the shop trying to get these things fast. It seemed to take a long time…all year long…just to get a little fast.
“He had a good run,” continued Danny, “I kinda psyched him out there in lapped traffic and made him think I was trying to run the bottom (in turns three and four). He bit on it, so I took advantage of it. It’ll be a good conversation piece on Monday.”
Danny and Billy continued to run first and second until 11th-starting Brent Marks made his presence known by driving past Billy into the runner-up spot on lap 22.
Billy settled for a well-earned third-place finish, with 13th-starting Cory Haas passing two cars on the final lap to cross fourth. Completing the top five was Alan Krimes. Sixth through tenth were 12th-starting Brian Montieth, Jim Siegel, Fred Rahmer, Logan Schuchart, and Kendall.
Heats for the 26 “410” Sprinters on hand were won by Siegel and the Dietrichs, with Gerard McIntyre, Jr. winning the consolation.
After nine races, Manchester’s Austin Hogue became the season’s first repeat winner in the 20-lap “358 sprint car feature.
The current Central PA “358” point series leader was originally slated to start 10th, but moved up a row when five cars got together in the first two turns. Hogue bolted to the runner-up spot by the end of lap six, one lap after leaders Dale Hammaker and Isaac Sneeringer both spun in turns one and two. Hammaker kept going, and stayed in the lead for the restart. Sneeringer stalled and rejoined the field at the rear. At the same time, Niki Young, involved in the first-lap crash, did a “360” and kept going, placing him sixth for the restart.
Hammaker and Hogue raced wheel-to-wheel for the lead over the next four laps before Hogue made the race-winning pass around Hammaker by going to the top in turn two.
Hogue pulled away to a 5.40 second win, with Hammaker second, Tyler Ross third, Jay Galloway fourth, and Young fifth. Sixth through tenth were Tim Wagaman, Michael Hamer, Chase Dietz, Brie Hershey, and Chandler Leiby.
Heats for the 27 “358” Sprinters on hand were won by Jeff Rohrbaugh, Ross, and Sneeringer, with Brian Allman winning the consolation.
Father Fred Cullum and son Justin Cullum raced side-by-side the entire 20 laps in the All-American Outlaw feature, a race that included seven official lead changes between the two. A Barry Skelly confirmed Fred’s win by mere inches over Justin at the finish.
Al Daniels, Randy Doty, and Steve Jorda completed the top five.
Heats for the 21 All-American Outlaws were won by the Cullums.
Jun 1, 2013, 23:44
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