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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
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