July 10, 1953
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FORSYTHE DRIVES WISNER FAMILY #2W TO SECOND CAREER LINCOLN “410”SPRINT CAR WIN
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Rahmer cements his Lincoln legacy with 11th career track title;
Matt Campbell follows first career “358” Trail-Way win with first career Lincoln “358” win on successive nights;
Enders edges Eichelberger in super sportsman main; rain results in Lincoln “two month night”
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/31/13 – There was nothing wrong with Glenndon Forsythe that a new car couldn’t fix.
Forsythe started fourth, grabbed the lead exiting the first two turns, and drove away from the field to score his second career Lincoln win in the 25-lap “410” sprint car feature on Saturday night. It was Forsythe’s first Lincoln win since June of 2001, and this time came in the Livingston Lawn Care #2W owned by Norm, Penny, and daughter Whitney Wisner of Hanover, the family’s first career win.
The checkered flag fell on the first of three features just a few minutes before midnight, following a two-hour rain delay.
“It was sorta’ one lane…it gets that way when you have a rain delay,” said Forsythe in victory lane, “We sorta’ sucked all year so we started toward the front. I didn’t need a 26th lap, because I was falling out of the seat!”
“We changed race cars,” added Forsythe, “We wasted three-quarters of a year on another frame, and did everything. We couldn’t make it work and had another one sitting there. I want to thank the Wisner family for sticking with me, and giving me another shot in a different car.”
Jacob Allen started on the outside of the front row and ran second every lap, actually closing on the leader in lapped traffic in the middle stages of the race. But Allen was never able to set up for the pass, and crossed a Lincoln career-best second, followed by tenth-starting Alan Krimes, who passed polesitter Hunter Mackison on the last lap.
Ninth-starting Brian Montieth and 18th starting Danny Dietrich completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Hunter Mackison (who hit the guardrail after contact with Montieth coming off the final turn), Cory Haas, Jim Siegel, Ryan Smith, and Logan Schuchart, who came from 22nd spot and then came from the back again after being involved in a lap five crash in turn two.
Fred Rahmer finished sixth in his heat and pulled into the pits on the first lap, but earned enough appearance points to lock up an unprecedented 11th track title when he took the green for warm-ups. Rahmer’s 169 career wins at Lincoln came between 1987and last week, and his first track title was in 1994, giving him 11 titles in the past 19 years.
Heats for the 24 “410” Sprints were won by Haas, Adam Wilt, and Forsythe.
One night after claiming his first career “358” sprint car win at Trail-Way Speedway, Fawn Grove’s Matt Campbell drove to his first career Lincoln win. In doing so, the Kennard-Dale sophomore become the third 15-year-old rookie to win a “358” sprint car feature at Lincoln this season.
Campbell started on the outside of the front row and took the high line around turns one and two to take the lead from polesitter Jeff Halligan, another rookie, and was scored the leader of every lap. His final margin of victory was 3.15 seconds over ninth-starting Tyler Ross. Third through fifth were eighth-starting Tim Wagaman, 12th-starting Austin Hogue, and rookie Chase Dietz.
Niki Young’s eighth-place finish and Jeff Rohrbaugh’s ninth-place finish sets up a battle between those two heading into the final points race of the season for the “358”sprint cars next Saturday night. Young will enter the final points race with a slim 25-point lead.
A double-points night for the Central PA “358” point series solidified Austin Hogue’s hold on the season-long series.
Heats for the 30 “358” Sprints were won by Halligan, Dietz, and Cody Fletcher, with Chris Arnold winning the consolation.
Mike Enders took the lead from Rich Eichelberger on lap 18 to claim his first win of the year in the 25-lap super sportsman feature. A late-race caution gave Eichelberger another chance, and he kept it close, but Enders’ final margin of victory was .91 seconds over the Lobar #8 and Chad Criswell. Fourth and fifth in the division’s final tune-up for the “Lawrence Chevrolet Sportsman 100” in two week (9/14) were Leroy Martin and Scott Dellinger.
Polesitter Jaremi Hansen led the first four laps before outside front row starter Tom Wyckoff took over until lap seven.
Eichelberger took command on lap eight, and led until Enders caught him on lap 18.
Heats for the 33 Super Sportsman won by Dellinger, Criswell, Chris Meleason, and Eichelberger, with Rick Barr winning the consolation.
Aug 31, 2013, 23:59
RAHMER REFLECTS ON AN AMAZING CAREER AFTER CLAIMING 169TH CAREER LINCOLN SPRINT CAR WIN
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Jason Rochelle bests field of 38 in Central PA Legends; Randy Doty wins after flat-tire pit stop
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/24/13 – Fred Rahmer says he’s old and tired, but he had no trouble driving to his third win of the year and 169th Lincoln win of his career in the 25-lap Fisher Auto Parts Night “410” sprint car feature Saturday night.
“I wasn’t hitting the lapped cars very good, and…to be quite honest…I’m a watered-down version of a drive that I once was,” said Rahmer upon exiting the Rob Sell-owned JM Bullion.com #20S in victory lane, “It’s pretty incredible to think that this possibly…I hope it isn’t…but could be the last win I ever get here. It’s pretty cool.”
Handicapping place Rahmer seventh for the start. He caught Cory Haas to move into the top five on lap six. By that time, polesitter and leader Tim Glatfelter had a .87-second lead over fellow front-row starter Robbie Kendall at the front.
Rahmer passed Gerard McIntyre, Jr. for fourth on a lap 10 restart following a red flag for a flipping Steve Storrie in turn four, then drove under Brian Montieth for third on lap 12.
In a classic Rahmer move, Fast Freddie drove under both Kendall and Glatfelter in turn two to grab the lead on lap 16. Despite a rapidly-closing Montieth, who caught Glatfelter for second on lap 21, Rahmer all but locked up his 11th point title with the win. Rahmer only needs to take a green flag to claim his 11th track title in his final year of sprint car racing.
“I saw the opportunity coming off of two,” said Rahmer, “I figured ‘that’s gonna be tight,’ but I had to jam it between the lapped cars and those guys, and I was able to get it done. I appreciate all the fans coming up to me. All I wanted to do this year…I wanted to do it with no big fanfare…I just wanted to finish and go away. But I do appreciate everybody coming up. We’ll still be around. Hopefully, next year we’ll be here with my boys, but we’ll see what happens.”
Danny Dietrich came from 10th starting spot to finish third, with 12th-starting Greg Hodnett fourth and 11th-starting Brent Marks fifth. Sixth through tenth were Glatfelter, Kendall, Alan Krimes, Logan Schuchart, and Jim Siegel.
“Unless you’re involved in racing, I don’t think you can understand how much sacrifice you make,” continued Rahmer, “Obviously, it’s a great way to earn a living, but so many people give up so much so you can do this, and I’m just tired. I don’t have anything left.”
Heats for the 25 “410” Sprints were won by Rahmer, Marks, and Krimes, with Ryan Smith winning the consolation.
Jason Rochelle also came from seventh starting spot to score a win, this one in the 15-lap Central PA Legends feature.
Rochelle broke out of a seven-car battle to take lead from Lucas Montgomery on lap six, and led the rest of the way despite heavy pressure from points leader Bob Stough over the second half of the race.
Stough, Scott Gobrecht (who led the first two laps), Montgomery, and “358” sprint car regular Jeff Rohrbaugh (who came 17th) completed the top five.
Vern Houseman was uninjured in a rate Legends car flip in turns one and two of the original start.
Heats for the 38 Central PA Legends were won by Stough, Rochelle, Montgomery, and Houseman, with Rohrbaugh and Jacob Feltch winning twin consolations.
Randy Doty came from the rear after a pit stop under caution to drive back through the field and win the 20-lap All-American Outlaw feature. Doty dove to the pits with a flat tire during a second-lap caution for Hunter Nester, who sustained damage after spinning while racing Al Daniels for the lead in turns three and four.
Doty returned to the track and took the lead from Justin Cullum by the half-way point. His final margin of victory over Cullum was .53-seconds, with Al Daniels, Scott Jorda, and Todd Paul rounding out the top five.
Heats for the All American Outlaws were won by Daniels and Doty.
Aug 24, 2013, 23:41
WILT RACES TO THIRD CAREER LINCOLN WIN IN 410 SPRINT FEATURE
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Hogue scores win, weekend “Shootout” title in 358 sprints
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/17/13 – Former national sprint car rookie of-the-year Adam Wilt ended a long dry spell by picking up his third career win the Saturday’s 25-lap “410” sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway.
“We’ve been fast here for a while,” said Wilt upon exiting his North York AutoMenders/Creekside Auto Sales/Credit Connection #15 in victory lane, “But I make mistakes. Last week, we had a car to beat and I was racing with the best guys around here and got sucked up in the curb and wheel-packed my right rear. But our team doesn’t give up. I want to thank my parents and crew. We’ve been struggling with these new tires. At the beginning of the year, we looked like a shitbox. We’ve turned it around and this win really means a lot tonight. The season’s not over yet for us.”
Handicapping placed Wilt sixth for the start, but the Wide Open Motorsports #15 was already third by the end of the second lap. After racing wheel-to-wheel with polesitter Ryan Wilson, Wilt moved into the runner-up spot on lap four. He then set his sights on outside front row starter and race-long leader Glenndon Forsythe, who had opened up nearly a second and-a-half lead as he entered lapped traffic on lap 7.
Wilt chased down Forsythe through lapped traffic, and made his race-winning pass with a slider in turns three and four of lap 12. From there, he opened up a sizeable lead, with Cory Haas catching Forsythe for second with six laps to go. At the time, Wilt enjoyed a 4.5-second lead.
Wilt was heading into the final turns when Jacob Allen stopped on the backstretch, bringing out the only caution of the event. That set up a one-lap dash to the checkered, but four lapped cars separated Wilt from the other contenders. He crossed 2.34 seconds ahead of Haas for his first sprint car win anywhere since last year’s “Icebreaker” opener on February 25th of last year.
Eleventh-starting Danny Dietrich, points leader Fred Rahmer, and 12th-starting Brian Montieth completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Jim Siegel, Alan Krimes, Wilson, Forsythe, and Billy Dietrich.
Heats for the 25 “410” Sprints on hand were won by Rahmer, Krimes, and Wilt.
Central PA “358” point series leader Austin Hogue started on the pole and led every lap of the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature, claiming the weekend Trail-Way/Lincoln “Shootout” title in the process.
Hogue’s third-place finish at Trail-Way Friday night combined with the Lincoln win tied Rohrbaugh’s Friday night Trail-Way win and third-place Lincoln finish for the best two-night combined finish. But the tie-breaker was the best Lincoln finish, with Hogue picking up the $500 “Shootout” bonus.
Points leader Niki Young started seventh and finished second, followed by Rohrbaugh, Chase Dietz, and 11th-starting Tyler Ross. Sixth through tenth were Tim Wagaman, Austin Reed, Duane Watson, Doug Hammaker, and Dale Hammaker.
Third in the two-night “Shootout” was Mike Bittinger, with Brian Eichelberger and Tim Wagaman rounding out the “Shootout” top five.
Heats for the 32 “358” Sprints on hand were won by Dietz, Young, Dale Hammaker, and Hogue, with Matt Campbell winning the consolation.
Aug 17, 2013, 23:02
MONTIETH SCORES FIFTH LINCOLN WIN OF THE YEAR IN BRANDON LITTLE MEMORIAL
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Nouse invades, comes from 11th to take “358” sprint feature; Six straight for Brian Walls in thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/10/13 –Brian Montieth took advantage of a late-race restart to claim his fifth Lincoln win of the year in the special 33-lap Second Annual Brandon Little Memorial/Fallen Firefighters Night feature on Saturday.
And thanks to sponsorship support from Fire & Rescue Products, AMKUS Rescue Systems, and numerous supporting co-sponsors, Montieth’s payday was a cool $5,000.
Handicapping placed Montieth ninth for the start. After an opening-lap red flag for a flipping Gerard McIntyre, Jr., who was actually able to make repairs and return to the field, the first 20 laps went non-stop.
“The Edge” caught polesitter John Rudisill to move into the top five on lap three, but by that time, outside front row starter Tim Glatfelter had driven away to a 2.31-second lead over the rest of the field. Montieth passed Kyle Moody for fourth as the leaders entered lapped traffic on lap seven, and then moved past Steve Owings into third on lap nine. Montieth raced several laps with Adam Wilt before moving into second on lap 18.
A 21st-lap red flag for Ryan Wilson, who tipped onto his side in turn two, put Montieth on Glatfelter’s back bumper for the restart.
“We sorta’ got lucky there at the yellow,” said Montieth upon exiting his Premier Auto Works/Auto Locator/Golf Cart Services #21 in victory lane, “I wasn’t sure if I was gonna be able to get by Tim. He was being really consistent there in hitting his marks. I figured all I could do was push him and get him to mess up a little bit.”
Glatfelter didn’t mess up, but Montieth pulled a slider on the Finish Line Auto Sales #69 in turns three and four to make the race-winning pass.
Points leader Fred Rahmer, who started tenth, caught Glatfelter for second on lap 25, and 11th-starting Alan Krimes took third from Glatfelter one lap later. Those three ran first through the third the rest of the way, with 12th-starting Jim Siegel moving into fourth on lap 28. Cory Haas, who started 14th, made a late-race pass to finish fifth, with Glatfelter, Owings, Glenndon Forsythe, Moody, and McIntyre (who came from the back) finishing sixth through tenth.
“I could see Fred was coming there on the bottom,” said Montieth of his plan after taking the lead, “and I just wanted to get to traffic as fast as I could to try and bottle-neck everything up.”
Heats for the 25 “410” Sprints on hand were won by Rahmer, Owings, and Krimes, with Jordon Mackison winning the consolation.
Williams Grove points leader Kevin Nouse made a rare Lincoln appearance, and came from 11th-starting spot to claim his second career Lincoln win in the 20-lap, $1,333-to-win 358 sprint car feature.
Nouse moved advanced to the top five at the half-way point and caught Chase Dietz for fourth on lap 11. He drove around Isaac Sneeringer for third on lap 13, and then stayed on the cushion to drive around Jeff Rohrbaugh for second during a wild three-car battle following a 16th-lap restart. One lap later, Nouse drove around polesitter and race-long leader Nathan Berwager to make the race-winning pass.
Rohrbaugh took second from Berwager on lap 18, with Berwager settling for third, Niki Young coming from eighth starting spot to finish fourth, and Dietz crossing fifth. Sixth through tenth were Austin Hogue, Tyler Ross, Sneeringer, Brie Hershey, and Ryan Wilson.
Heats for the 31 “358” Sprints on hand were won by Ross, Young, and Sneeringer, with Duane Watson taking his first-ever sprint car checkered flag in winning the consolation.
Gettysburg’s Brian Walls kept his winning streak alive, barely, by passing race-long leader Jimmy Combs in the final turns to the checkered to register his sixth win in-a-row in the $600-to-win 20-lap Thundercar feature.
Combs, who ended up starting on the pole after a couple opening lap incident, grabbed the lead and led the way comfortably through the first half of the race. But Brian Walls was steadily working his way through the field and was closing on the race-leader when Wayne Dutterer slowed in the final turns to the checkered, setting up a final one-lap dash to the checkered.
Combs tried taking away the bottom groove on the final turns, but Walls drove to the outside and made his race-winning pass coming off the final turn to the checkered to score his sixth win in-a-row, the seventh of the year, and the 17th of his career, tying him with Mike Zeigler, Sr. for 12th on the All-time Thundercar win list.
Jason Townsend finished third, Will Walls fourth, and Todd Miller fifth. Finishing all 20-laps were Mikey Guise in sixth, Joe Racine seventh, and Aaron Beard eighth.
Heats were won by Brian Walls and Danny Beard.
Aug 10, 2013, 11:36
KRAMER WILLIAMSON SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES
KRAMER WILLIAMSON SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES AFTER SPRINT CAR CRASH SATURDAY NIGHT AT LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
Sprint car driving legend Kramer Williamson of Palmyra, PA died as a result of serious injuries sustained in a sprint car racing accident Saturday night at the Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA. During the running of the first URC 360 sprint car heat race, Williamson took a series of flips in turn two. Williamson was air-lifted to the trauma center of the York Hospital where he did undergo surgery.
Williamson was listed in critical condition through the night and died at approximately 5:30 PM on Sunday evening of complications.
Kramer Williamson was a well decorated sprint car driver who pretty much did it all. Even more of a credit to Kramer, he did it his way. Williamson was a popular driver among the fans and his competitors as well, and will be remembered driving his "Pink Panther" #73 sprint car. In the sprint car circuit, he was just known as Kramer.
His long list of accomplishments include numerous 410 sprint car wins, many Central Pennsylvania sprint car championships including the historic Williams Grove Speedway. Williamson was a winner of the prestigious Williams Grove National Open as well as adding his name to the nationally known World of Outlaws career winners list. In 2008, he was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame as well as the United Racing Company Hall of Fame.
In most recent years, Kramer Williamson competed with the United Racing Company 360 sprint series where he owns sixty-seven career wins and three URC championships. His last URC win came at the Delaware International Speedway on April 30, 2011.
Kramer is survived by his wife Sharon, son Kurt, daughter Felecia, and brother George.
"URC lost the most popular driver and accomplished driver in our storied history, " comments John Zimmerman who co-owns the United Racing Company with his wife Cher and special events promoter Bob Miller. "We are so saddened by the loss of an unforgettable member of our URC Family, "Cher Zimmerman adds. "Kramer was the sweetest and funniest driver I have ever known in racing. He
made racing a family affair and simply adored his wife and children. I know the national racing community will join us in remembering Kramer and sending prayers to his family at this very difficult moment."
"Kramer had such a love for this sport that included his competitors and race fans. He was an intense driver that always found a win to bring some humor into any situation, it was just who Kramer was". Bob Miller continued to say, "Kramer will be sadly missed and our sympathy goes out to his family, our thoughts are prayers are with you".
Aug 4, 2013, 18:58
CHAD TROUT SCORES FIRST URC WIN IN LINCOLN 358/360 CHALLENGE
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HALL OF FAMER WILLIAMSON SERIOUSLY INJURED IN HEAT RACE CRASH;
Reed Salony double winner in 1000cc Sidewinder Micro-Sprints
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/3/13 – Chad Trout led ‘em all in claiming his first career United Racing Company feature win in Saturday night’s 358/360 Rislone Racing Series “A” Main at Lincoln Speedway.
“It’s great to win here at Lincoln, and I’m very happy for the team,” said Trout in victory lane, “But all of our thoughts are on Kramer. He built my uncle’s super sportsman cars, and he’s been a mentor to many of us in this division.”
National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Kramer Williamson was seriously injured in a heat race crash that saw his famous Pink Panther sprinter roll over the back wheel of another sprinter, into the second turn catch fence, fall onto all four wheels, and then roll upside down. Williamson was flown to York Hospital’s trauma center, where at last word he was in surgery.
Trout landed on the pole for the feature when Dave Ely, the third-fastest time trialer, failed to qualify in his heat. He grabbed the lead from fellow front row starter Andy Best and fast timer Gerard McIntyre, Jr. (who started fourth) at the outset, and those three drivers ran first through third the entire way.
The feature was marred by a lengthy red flag on lap eight when Davie Franek and Randy West collided in turn three while racing for fourth, vaulting Franek into the catch fence. Franek’s car cleared the catch fence, but caught it on the way down, suspending the 28F car over the cables in mid-air. West’s car ended up against the outside wall. Both drivers were uninjured, and West actually had time to make repairs and return for the restart.
Billy Pauch, Jr. assumed fourth for the restart, and stayed there the rest of the way, with Lincoln 358 points leader Niki Young coming from 15th starting spot to finish fifth. Aaron Ott, Ryan Wilson (who came from 24th starting spot), Glenndon Forsythe, Josh Weller, and Brian Carber completed the top ten.
Heats were won by Weller, Young, JJ Grasso, and Franek. Twin B-Mains were won by Brock Zearfoss and Dave Ely. Gerard McIntyre, Jr. set fast time over the 42-car field with a one-lap time of 13.955-seconds (96.740 MPH).
The big night for York County drivers continued with a double-win by Seven Valleys’ Reed Salony in the 1000cc Sidewinder micro-sprints.
Salony started third in both feature event after several cars failed to appear in the second feature.
In the first 15-lap feature, Salony chased down polesitter and race-long leader Brandon Yarlett to make the winning pass with two laps to go. Don Harvey caught Yarlett on the last lap for second, with Yarlett third, Josh Chess fourth, and Zach Overmiller fifth.
In the second 15-lap feature, Salony chased down polesitter and race-long leader Zach Overmiller to make the winning pass with five laps to go. Overmiller settled for second, with Tanner Hunsicker, Yarlett, and Chess completing the top five.
Aug 3, 2013, 23:42
August 3 URC/360 Challenge Rules & Show Details
2013 Lincoln Speedway URC/358 Challenge
Saturday – August 3, 2013 (Racing at 7:30 PM, Warm-ups 7 PM, Gates open at 5:30 PM)
Feature – 25 Laps
TIME TRIAL SHOW
American Racer 4 corners for all 360 and URC registered 358’s. (360’s on a TP must run AR on LR & RR, Fronts open)
Lincoln 358 sprints require American Racer RR ONLY!
1,475 lbs. WITH driver
1,525 lbs. if running a Vacuum oil pan system
URC Rules per Rule Book (http://www.urcsprints.com/ >Go to Competitors)
358 motor rules to follow strictly Lincoln Speedway rules
358 Sprints must meet all other URC car specification rules (5x5 wing optional)
For URC Members
URC Incentive Bonus money (Heats & B Main money, etc.) to be paid to valid URC card holders
Heats 8 Laps
B-Main 10 Laps
Feature 25 Laps
TP’s for 360 Sprint Non-Regulars $50 Does not apply for Lincoln 358 sprint drivers
Full points show Plus 50 appearance points - - URC
All Lincoln 358 sprint entraints will receive credit for one (1) week regarding handicapping
Jul 29, 2013, 18:32
BRANDON LITTLE/FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS NIGHT RESCHEDULED TO AUGUST 10TH DUE TO RAIN
Heavy Rains move 410 Sprint, 358 Sprint & Thundercar extra-payout show
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/27/13 – Heavy rains associated with a slow-moving weather front forced Lincoln Speedway promoters to postpone Saturday night’s, July 27th, special 2nd Annual Brandon Little Memorial/Fallen Firefighters Night racing program until Saturday night August 10th.
The York County Racing Club Night portion of the night has yet to be rescheduled.
The Central PA Legends, originally slated August 10th show, will not be a part of that evening’s racing program.
Lincoln will return to action next Saturday night, August 3rd at 7:30 PM with PA CUSTOM POWDER COATING NIGHT featuring the 358/360 URC SPRINT CAR CHALLENGE plus 1,000cc “Sidewinder” Micro-Sprints. Gates will open at 5:30 PM.
Jul 27, 2013, 20:02
HODNETT CATCHES KRIMES LATE FOR PREMIER AUTO WORKS/AUTO LOCATOR NIGHT WIN
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Jeff Rohrbaugh scores second win of the year in “358” sprint main
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/18/13 – “It’s always great racing here at Lincoln. I never thought in a million years I’d be able to get past Fred (Rahmer) and Alan (Krimes). They’re the ones who are good right now and we just got lucky and were running were they really weren’t, so just a set of circumstances that benefited us…but we’ll take it.”
So said Greg Hodnett after scoring his second Lincoln win of the year in the 30-lap Premier AutoWorks/Auto Locator Night feature at Lincoln Speedway Thursday night.
Time trials and an inversion of four put Hodnett on the inside of row two for the start. And for most of the race, Hodnett was racing with sixth-starting and points leader Fred Rahmer for second.
Polesitter Steve Owings led the first three laps before fast time timer and fourth-starting Alan Krimes grabbed the race lead. As Krimes appeared to have the race under control, Hodnett and Rahmer swapped second several times, with Hodnett moving into second on lap five, Rahmer getting by Owings for third on a sixth lap restart, Rahmer passing Hodnett on lap seven, Hodnett reclaiming the spot on lap 11, Rahmer passing Hodnett for second on lap 16, and Hodnett driving back around Rahmer on lap 27.
But this time, Hodnett meant business, closing on Krimes and driving past the Conestoga Valley Garage #87 as they passed under the flagstand with two laps to go.
“I’m sure those guys told Alan he needed to be on the bottom, because Fred was coming a ton,” said Hodnett, “We just slowed down enough where we could run around the top. I was driving in too straight there for a long time, and I just started yahoo’in it in there…kinda driving more like ‘idiot style.’ I just kinda’ backed it in there until I hit something, and it worked out for us.”
Hodnett’s biggest lead was at the end, crossing .56 seconds ahead of Krimes, with Rahmer settling for third (his 40th straight top ten finish in the Northeast in 2013), Jim Siegel coming from tenth starting spot to finish fourth, and ninth-starting Logan Schuchart fifth.
Rounding out the top ten were Brent Marks (who came from the rear after suffering motor problems and failing to take time trial laps), Adam Wilt, Brian Montieth, Kyle Moody, and Cory Haas.
Fast time in time trial was set by Krimes over the 20-car field with a one-lap time of 13.465-seconds (100.260 MPH). Heats for the “410” Sprinters were won by Tim Glatfelter, Ryan Smith, and Schuchart.
Former two-time track champ Jeff Rohrbaugh scored his second win of the year and the ninth Lincoln win of his career in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature.
Rohrbaugh started seventh after an opening-lap seven-car crash that resulted in flips by Jay Galloway and Austin Reed. Both drivers and the drivers of the cars they collected were uninjured.
Duane Watson, driving in only his third “358” sprint car race, led the first two laps from pole before yielding to Rohrbaugh, who dominated until the middle stages of the race. Two mid-race red flags (one for a flipping Tyler Ross and the other for a flipping third-place Matt Campbell) gave second-place Doug Hammaker new life.
Hammaker challenged Rohrbaugh the rest of the way, with the two leaders crossing side-by-side on the front stretch with three laps to go. Rohrbaugh finally took command again with two to go, driving away to a 1.35-second win. Hammaker, celebrating his 23rd birthday, finished second, with Chase Dietz, Niki Young, and Tim Wagaman completing the top five. Young came from the back after switching to his son’s #17 car after flipping the C&G Auto Group #65 in his qualifying event.
Sixth through tenth were Ryan Wilson (who came from the back after the opening lap melee), Dale Hammaker, Watson, Brian Allman, and Chandler Leiby.
Heats for the 30 “358” Sprinters on hand were won by Ryan Greth (running his first Lincoln 358 sprint car race), Brock Zearfoss (driving the John Westbrook #1W), and Rohrbaugh, with Young winning the consolation.
Jul 18, 2013, 23:04
SIEGEL COMES FROM EIGHTH TO WIN LINCOLN 410 SPRINT MAIN
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Austin Hogue claims 358 sprint championship event; Walls finish first, second, and third in thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/13/13 – Jim Siegel made pulled a late-race slider on race-long leader Kyle Moody to claim another 410 sprint car thriller at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
“My hat’s off to Kyle (Moody). He ran a really good race and made one mistake on the restart, and that was it,” said Siegel upon exiting his Mason-Dixon Vault Company #59 in victory lane, “He’s young and has a lot of talent behind him, and they’re doing it on a shoe-string budget, so I have a lot of respect for a kid like that can come out and run up front like that. He did everything right until the end, and I got a good restart.”
“I was planning on doing a flyer in one and two,” said Siegel, “I thought that would be my only chance because he was pretty good on top. I thought if I could get alongside him and rattle him or get him up over the cushion…but he went to the bottom, and I thought it was too good to be true.”
Handicapping placed Siegel eighth for the start. The early stages of the race were dominated by second starting Moody and fifth starting Adam Wilt. Moody drove around polesitter Hunter Mackison in the first two turns, and Wilt caught Mackison for second on lap five, just before the first caution came out for a spinning Glenndon Forsythe in turn four. During the caution, defending champ Danny Dietrich stopped in turn two with a flat right rear tire. He was able to rejoin the field and came back to finish seventh.
Moody and Wilt ran away from the field between laps six and 12, but Wilt slowed on lap 13 and went to the infield. Billy Dietrich assumed second, followed by Alan Krimes and Mackison. One lap later, Siegel moved past Mackison into fourth.
Mackison and Montieth brought out the caution flag on lap 18, when the two made contact on the front stretch and Montieth sustained front-end damage after hitting the outside guardrail.
Krimes and Siegel raced wheel-to-wheel on the restart, with Siegel making the pass on lap 20. Two laps later, Siegel got around Dietrich for the runner-up spot. The red came out on lap 23 for Jordan Mackison, who was uninjured in a violent barrel roll in turn two.
Siegel pulled the slider on Moody in turns three and four of the restart, and led the final three laps to claim his second win of the year and ninth career win in the Pigeon Hills.
Moody, seeking his first-ever 410 sprint win, settled for second, with Dietrich third, Krimes fourth, and Fred Rahmer coming from 20th starting spot (after flipping in his heat) to cross fifth. Sixth through tenth were Ryan Smith, Danny Dietrich, Stevie Smith, Brent Marks, and J.J. Grasso.
Heats for the 26 “410” Sprinters on hand were won by Krimes, Stevie Smith, and Montieth.
Central Pennsylvania points leader Austin Hogue drove a heavily-smoking race car to the win in the 25-lap 358 sprint car championship event. Hogue’s motor blew on a last-lap restart, and, with the help of two lapped cars between himself and second-place Kevin Nouse, he was able to baby his car to the finish for his third Lincoln win of the year and the $1,500 top prize.
“This thing sounded like an old Ford tractor,” exclaimed Hogue upon exiting his Livingston’s Lawn Care/BAPS Auto Paints and Supply #52 following his sixth overall win of the year, “Dick Smith (engine builder) told me to always keep going if I’m in the lead, and I don’t know how it stayed together.”
It didn’t. Motor parts and oil were removed from the racing surface during victory lane ceremonies.
Invader Kevin Nouse settled for second, with Jeff Rohrbaugh, Brent Marks (subbing in the John Westbrook #1W), and 15th-starting Dale Hammaker completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten were 12th-starting Ryan Wilson, Cris Eash, Isaac Sneeringer, Austin Reed, and 20th-starting and hard charger Brie Hershey.
Heats for the 34 “358” Sprinters on hand were won by Wilson, Hogue, Sneeringer, and Reed, with Chris Arnold winning the consolation.
I was a family affair in the 20-lap thundercar feature as Bryan Walls passed race-long leader and brother Will Walls with 2 laps to go for the lead. Then he had to hang in a two-lap dash to the checkered which saw Will and their older brother Mike all chase him over the final laps. In the end, Bryan was able to hold them off to pick up his fifth thundercar feature win in-a-row, the sixth of the year and the 16th of his career.
Will and Mike Walls settled for second and third, followed by Danny Beard and Jason Townsend in fourth and fifth respectively.
Completing the top-10 were Mikey Guise, Todd Miller, Wayne Dutterer, Jamie Zentmyer, and Greg Emlet, Sr.
Heats for the Thundercars were won by Will Walls and Miller.
Jul 13, 2013, 23:47