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FREEZING TEMPS FORCE LINCOLN SPEEDWAY CANCELATION
410 Sprints & Open Practice on tap March 11th
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA 3/5/2017 – Overnight freezing temperatures led to a frozen racing surface. And with a forecast of freezing temperatures to linger through the morning into the afternoon, Lincoln Speedway promoters regretfully were forced to cancel this weekends’ second racing program of the 2017.
Last weekend Danny Dietrich survived a marathon day to pick-up the 2017 season-opening Ice Breaker 30. It was a day that initially greeted fans with spring-like conditions until violent thunderstorms delayed the program. After several hours and drastically lower temperatures, Fred Putney and his track prep team got the racing surface back to race-ready conditions allowing the hearty fans in attendance to witness the Abbottstown ovals’ 2017 season-opener.
This weekend overnight temperatures in the teens froze the 3/8th-mile high-banked ovals’ racing surface. Even after waiting an additional day, it was apparent there would be no above freezing temperatures to thaw the racing surface, forcing the promoters to cancel this weekend’s 2nd racing program of 2017.
Next Saturday, March 11th, Lincoln Speedway will try again with another single-division 410 sprint car show. Additionally, there will be an open practice session following the scheduled racing program. Once again, gates open at noon, with qualifying to begin at 2:00 PM.
Mar 5, 2017, 09:31
FRIGID TEMPS PUSH MARCH 4TH SHOW TO FOLLOWING DAY MARCH 5TH
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA 3/3/2017 – With a forecast of freezing temperatures at race time for Saturday’s March 4th show, Lincoln Speedway promoters have opted to use the scheduled rain date of Sunday, March 5th in hopes of better conditions. The 410-Sprint only show will again start at 2 PM, with gates opening at noon.
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Mar 3, 2017, 17:43
DANNY DIETRICH WAITS OUT STORM DELAY, NURSES MOTOR TO CLAIM “ICEBREAKER 30” SEASON OPENER
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ABBOTTSTOWN, PA 2/25/2017 – Fans saw it all at Lincoln Speedway Saturday.
They were greeted with cloudy skies and temperatures exceeding 70 degrees at the outset, cleared the stands when a tornado warning was issued at 2:20 p.m., waited out a four-hour, forty-minute rain and hail storm delay, returned to the stands to a 20-degree temperature drop, and then withstood heavy winds to see Danny Dietrich score his 32nd career win and claim the $4,000 top prize in Saturday “Icebreaker 30” season opener for 410 sprint cars.
A redraw placed Dietrich sixth for the start. A second lap yellow for eighth-starting Bradley Howard, who came to a stop in turn three was the only caution of the event. At the time, Jim Siegel dropped into the pits and did not return.
Dietrich was running fifth when polesitter and race-long leader Tim Glatfelter hit lapped traffic on lap six.
Five laps later, fifth-starting Brian Montieth took the lead from Glatfelter on the backstretch, only to slow suddenly three laps later with mechanical issues, turning the lead back over to Glatfelter. Dietrich inherited fourth when Montieth dropped from the field, behind Glatfelter, front row starter Campbell, and Kyle Moody.
Dietrich caught Moody for third on lap 17 and passed both Campbell for second and Glatfelter on the back stretch of lap 20. From there, he checked out on the field until developing motor problems of his own with just a few laps to go. He was able to nurse it home and cross 297 seconds ahead of runner-up Moody at the finish.
I think it was a valve spring that went,” said Dietrich upon exiting the Gary Kauffman-owned Weikert’s Livestock/Sandoe’s Fruit Market #48 in victory lane, “But as Bob Weikert would have said, we have more back in the shop.”
“I told these guys all week we were gonna race. I expected to be done by 3:00, but we missed that by about a half-hour, said Dietrich tongue in cheek, “It was just another day.”
Crossing third through fifth behind Dietrich and Moody were Cory Haas in new Trone Outdoor Advertising #39 ride, 11th-starting Gerard McIntyre, Jr., and Freddie Rahmer. Sixth through tenth were Campbell, 26th-starting and hard-charger Chase Dietz, Chad Trout, Shane Hoff, and 16th-starting Billy Dietrich.
All told, there were four lead changes among three drivers over the 30 laps.
Heats for the 27 410 Sprints were won by McIntyre, Moody, and Trout.
The temperature dropped from 71 degrees during warm-ups to 46 degrees when the “Icebreaker” ended at 7:48 p.m.
Next Saturday, March 4th, Lincoln Speedway returns with another single-division 410 sprint car show. Gates open at noon, with qualifying to begin at 2:00 p.m.
Feb 25, 2017, 20:50
2017 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY RACE SCHEDULE
2017 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY RACE SCHEDULE
*Gates open 2 hours before scheduled start time*
All Dates are tentative and subject to change
Sat., Feb 25 Racing @ 2 PM OPENING DAY—“ICEBREAKER 30” for 410 Sprints ($4,000 to win)
Sat., Mar 4 Racing @ 2 PM 410 Sprints [rain date: Sun, Mar 5]
Sat., Mar 11 Racing @ 2 PM 410 Sprints plus open practice session for other divisions
Sat., Mar 18 Racing @ 4 PM 410 Sprints and Super Sportsman
Sat., Mar 25 Racing @ 4 PM 410 Sprints and 358 Sprints
Sat., Apr 1 Racing @ 6 PM 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints, and All-American Outlaws
Sat., Apr 8 Racing @ 6 PM 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints, and Street Stocks
Sat., Apr 15 Time Trials @ 7 PM LEFFLER ENERGY NIGHT: 410 Sprint SPRING CHAMPIONSHIP and 358 Sprints
Sat., Apr 22 Racing @ 7 PM 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints, and Central PA Legends
Sat., April 29 Time Trials @ 7:30 PM 14TH ANNUAL WELDON STERNER MEMORIAL for 410 Sprints, plus 358 Sprints and Super Sportsman
Sat., May 6 Racing @ 7:30 PM 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints, and Central PA Legends (York County Racing Club Night)
Sat., May 13 Racing @ 7:30 PM David Webb Tool Company Night - 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints, All-American Outlaws, and York Flooring KIDS BIG WHEEL RACES
Wed., May 17 Time Trials @ 7:30 PM WORLD OF OUTLAWS for 410 sprints [rain date: Thurs, 5/18]
Sat., May 20 -- NO RACING
Sat., May 27 Racing @ 7:30 PM 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints, and Central PA Legends
Sat., June 3 Racing @ 7:30 PM John H. Myers Night - 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints, & 358 Late Models (ARCH Night)
Sat., June 10 Racing @ 7:30 PM NATIONAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS NIGHT IN MEMORY OF BRANDON LITTLE: 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints, and Central PA Legends (KIDS NIGHT)
Wed., June 14 Time Trials @ 7 PM Amsoil USAC Sprints and 358 Sprints
Sat., June 17 Time Trials @ 7:30 PM BAPS NIGHT: 410 Sprints and 358 Sprints
Sat., June 24 Racing @ 7:30 PM 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints, and All-American Outlaws
Sat., July 1 Time Trials @ 7:30 PM PA SPEEDWEEK Show [18th Annual Kevin Gobrecht Memorial] for 410 sprints ($7,000 to win) plus Central PA Legends
Mon., July 3 Time Trials @ 7:30 PM PA SPEEDWEEK Show for 410 sprints plus 358 Sprints
Sat., July 8 Racing @ 7:30 PM 358 Sprints (“K1 RaceGear 358 Sprint Summer Series” event), 600 Xcel Modifieds, and All-American Outlaws
Sat., July 15 Racing @ 7:30 PM JOHN GLEIM JR. EXCAVATING NIGHT: 410 Sprints, Super Sportsman, and Central PA Legends
Sat., July 22 -- NO RACING
Sat., July 29 Racing @ 7:30 PM PEPSI NIGHT: 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints, and 358 Late Models (ARCH Night)(Night #1 of Lincoln/Trail-Way 358 Sprint Car “Shootout” [finale on Fri, 8/4 @ Trail-Way])
Sat., Aug 5 Racing @ 7:30 PM DCS School of Driving Night - 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints, Classic Racing Series, and York Flooring KIDS BIG WHEEL RACES (Night #1 of three-track “Shootout” series for 410 sprints) [other 410 Sprint Car “Shootout” races: Susquehanna on Sun, 8/20 & Trail-Way on Sun, 8/27]
Sat., Aug 12 Time Trials @ 7:30 PM McSHERRYSTOWN MOOSE LODGE #720 NIGHT: 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints, and All-American Outlaws
Sat., Aug 19 Time Trials @ 7:30 PM ALL-STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS for 410 Sprints, plus Central PA Legends
Sat., Aug 26 Racing @ 7:30 PM 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints (“K1 RaceGear 358 Sprint Summer Series” finale), and Central PA Legends (York County Racing Club Night)
Sat., Sept 2 Racing @ 7:30 PM BOB LEIBY MEMORIAL: 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints, and Central PA Legends, plus FIREWORKS [***Final points race for 410 Sprints***]
Sat., Sept 9 Racing @ 7:30 PM URC/358 Sprint Challenge, PASS/IMCA (305) Sprints, and Pen-Mar Vintage Race Car Club
Sat., Sept 16 Racing @ 7:30 PM 358 Sprints, 358 Late Models, Central PA Legends, and EMMR [***Final points race for 358 Sprints***]
Sat., Sept 23 Time Trials @ 7:30 PM FOURTH ANNUAL “DIRT CLASSIC” for 410 Sprints ($20,000 to win)
Sat., Sept 30 -- NO RACING
Sat., Oct 7 Racing @ 6 PM HANK GENTZLER MEMORIAL MANUFACTURERS APPRECIATION RACE PRESENTED BY PANCHO’S RACING PRODUCTS for 410 Sprints, plus 358 Sprints and All-American Outlaws [FINAL RACE OF SEASON…This show carries a rain date of Sunday, 10/8 @ Racing @ 6 PM]
Sat., Nov 18 Racing @ 6 PM-Midnight Lincoln Speedway Awards Banquet
Feb 21, 2017, 20:21
2017 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY RACE SCHEDULE (PDF File)
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Feb 20, 2017, 20:20
LINCOLN SPEEDWAY OPENING DAY FAST APPROACHING
LINCOLN SPEEDWAY OPENING DAY FAST APPROACHING
Abbottstown, PA – 2/13/2017 - "And, once again, all is right in the world."
So says Wayne Harper, voice of Lincoln Speedway, each year following the first hot lap session of Lincoln Speedway's “Icebreaker 30,” the 410 sprint car opener in the Northeast region of the United States. And after a long off-season filled with changes on and off the track, the 2017 season will take the green flag on Saturday, February 25th at 2:00 p.m. Gates will open at 11 AM.
New bleachers in the general admission grandstands will greet spectators entering the speedway as the cement seating on the front stretch has been upgraded to traditional bleacher seats. Reserved season ticket holders will now have individual seats at the top of the grandstands as well.
As for the drivers, much will remain the same. Five-time track champion Brian Montieth and the Jerry Parrish owned, Premier AutoWorks #21 will return as well as the two-time and defending track champion Alan Krimes in his family-owned and operated #87. 2012 track champion and two-time World of Outlaw winner at Lincoln Danny Dietrich plans on running a heavily Lincoln based schedule in 2017 aboard his Weikert’s Livestock Gary Kauffman-owned #48. Four-time feature winner at Lincoln in 2017 Greg Hodnett, who won last year’s “Icebreaker 30,” will be a force to be reckoned with in his Michael Heffner-owned #27 entry.
There will also be some changes in the pits to open the 2017 season. Cory Haas, fourth in the 2016 Lawrence Chevrolet point standings, will be aboard the John Trone #39 in 2017, while Lucas Wolfe will jump into the Michael Barshinger entry, previously occupied by Haas the past decade. 2015 National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Chase Dietz will pursue his first Lincoln track championship in his first full season with the Godfrey motorsports team. 2016 National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Matt Campbell will be running 410's full-time in 2017 and will be looking to improve on his eye-opening top ten finish at September's “Dirt Classic.”
Expect 2016 Lincoln Speedway Rookie of the Year Joe Kata III to make the eight-hour round-trip down from New York as he did so many times last year. Frequent Lincoln afternoon show visitor Ohio's Cole Duncan and Western Pennsylvania's 2015 Lernerville track champion AJ Flick have both expressed interested in attending the season opener weather-permitting.
Staples in the Lincoln Speedway pits such as Jim Siegel, Brandon and Freddie Rahmer, Kyle Moody, Tyler Ross and Billy Dietrich are expected to be in attendance as well. All of the above recorded wins in the 2016 campaign.
The “Icebreaker 30” pays $4,000 to win and 410 sprint cars are the only racing on the card.
Feb 13, 2017, 21:21
KRIMES CLAIMS SECOND TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP IN LINCOLN 410 SPRINTS;
Leiby takes 2016 track title in Lincoln 358 sprint division
YORK, PA, 11/19/16 - Lincoln Speedway track champions and special year-end awards were handed out at the Wyndham Garden York Hotel Saturday night, November 19th. The top ten finishers in the season -long point series for both sprint car divisions, and special awards were distributed to rookies’ of-the-year and most improved driver.
KRIMES SCORES SECOND LAWRENCE CHEVROLET TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP IN THREE YEARS
Denver’s Alan Krimes rode the strength of two wins and consistent top finishes to his second track title in three years in the 410 sprint car division. Ironically, Krimes’ second win came in the final points race of the year to clinch the track title. Capping off a strong second half of the season, Krimes dethroned five-time and defending track champ Brian Montieth with 13 top-five and a division-leading 19 top-ten finishes in 23 events. Krimes’ two wins in the Wayne Corini CPA/Abe Service Company/Krimes Racing Engines/Conestoga Valley Garage #87 moved into sole possession of 20th place on the all-time Lincoln win list with 18 career wins. Krimes title also earned his father Larry Lincoln’s mechanic of-the-year award.
Five-time track champ Brian Montieth rode the strength of three wins, 12 top-five finishes and 18 top tens to second in season points. His three wins kept him in sole possession of sixth place on the all-time Lincoln win list with 53, three wins behind Bobby Able.
New Oxford’s Jim Siegel won once and scored four top-five and 15 top-tens to finish third in season points. His win came in August on McSherrystown Moose Lodge #720 Night.
Dallastown’s Cory Haas went winless at Lincoln in 2016, but did register three top-five and 11 top ten finishes to end fourth in season points.
Rounding out the top five in the season point series was Gerard McIntyre, Jr., who finished in the top-five six times and in the top ten 13 times.
Sixth through tenth in season points were Harry Fletcher Sportsmanship Award winner Austin Hogue, Glenndon Forsythe, Robbie Kendall, Freddie Rahmer, and Adam Wilt.
Kasey Kahne and most improved driver Tyler Ross both scored their first-career Lincoln 410 sprint wins during the season. Kahne’s win came in the March 26th Spring Championship.
There were a host of one-time winners who scored their second career Lincoln win, including Chase Dietz, Hogue, Brandon Rahmer, Freddie Rahmer, Kyle Moody, and Billy Dietrich.
Greg Hodnett, who set a new one-lap track record and set fast time in three of the eight time trial events and won the season-opening “Icebreaker 30,” “Dirt Classic Showcase” in June and the Annual Weldon Sterner Memorial in July, was the leading feature winner on the season with four, followed by Montieth’s three wins.
Other Lincoln wins in 2016 were recorded by Danny Dietrich (two, including the annual Lincoln All-Star show), J.J. Grasso (National Fallen Firefighters Night in August), Lance Dewease (who won the Gobrecht Memorial Lincoln PA Speedweek opener), and Stevie Smith (whose lone victory came in the $20,000-to-win Third Annual “Dirt Classic”).
All told, there were 16 different winners in 23 races at Lincoln in 2016.
SPECIAL AWARDS WINNERS (410 Sprints)
Super Sprint Champion – Alan Krimes
Mechanic of the Year – Larry Krimes
Rookie of the Year – Joe Kata III
Harry Fletcher Sportsmanship Award – Austin Hogue
Most Improved Driver – Tyler Ross
CHANDLER LEIBY CLAIMS FIRST-EVER LINCOLN SPEEDWAY KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP
Carlisle’s Chandler Leiby scored his first win of the year in the next-to-last points race and went on to claim his first track title in Lincoln’s 358 sprint car division. It was especially gratifying for Chandler to pick up the win and, ultimately, the track championship on the following week in the presence of his late grandfather and Lincoln co-promoter Bob Leiby, who passed away shortly thereafter. All told, Leiby scored eight top-five and a division-leading 14 top-ten finishes in 18 events, which gave him a slim 35-point lead Matt Campbell and 45-point lead over Adrian Shaffer, who were all vying for the track title entering the final points race of the year.
Campbell won the third race of the year and finished second in season points. He challenged Leiby down the stretch with ten top-five and 13 top-ten finishes.
Shaffer finished an impressive third in season points. He claimed his 11th career Lincoln and moved alongside Cris Eash and Doug Esh on the all-time win list with his victory on April 18th, and ended the season with eight top-five and 13 top-ten finishes.
Rookie of-the-year Brent Shearer was fourth in season points. Shearer scored his first career win on September 10th and ended the season with three top-five and nine top-ten finishes.
Former track champ and two-time winner Jeff Rohrbaugh rounded out the top five in season points. Despite an abbreviate schedule, Rohrbaugh scored seven top-five and 12 top-ten finishes.
Sixth through tenth in season points were Central PA point series champ Jeff Halligan, most improved driver Tyler Esh, Matt Findley, and two-time winners Doug Hammaker and Brie Hershey.
Six different drivers picked up their first Lincoln career wins in 2016. In addition to Shearer, the others were C.J. Tracy, Dalton Dietrich, Trey Hivner, Troy Wagaman, Jr., and Wyatt Hinkle.
Other 2016 winners included Chris Arnold, Halligan, and Kevin Nouse.
All told, there were 15 different winners in 18 events. The only repeat winners at Lincoln in ‘16 were Hershey, Rohrbaugh, and Hammaker. Hershey led the most feature laps by a clear margin in ’16, with 51 to Wyatt Hinkle’s 22.
SPECIAL AWARDS WINNERS (358 Sprints)
358 Sprint Champion – Chandler Leiby
Rookie of the Year – Brent Shearer
Harry Fletcher Sportsmanship Award - Cody Fletcher
Most Improved Driver – Tyler Esh
Nov 19, 2016, 23:01
MONTIETH CLAIMS FIRST LINCOLN WIN SINCE MAY AND THIRD WIN OF THE YEAR IN SEASON FINALE HANK GENTZLER MEMORIAL MANUFACTURERS APPRECIATION RACE
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Brie Hershey only the third repeat winner of the year in 358’s; Fred Cullum stays undefeated in 2016 Lincoln All-American Outlaws
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA 10/9/2016 – Brian Montieth took advantage of a front-row starting position to score the 53rd win of his Lincoln career in Sunday night’s Hank Gentzler Memorial Manufacturers Appreciation Race sponsored by Pancho’s Racing Products.
“Starting up front and leading helped us out,” said Montieth upon exiting the Jerry Parrish #21 in victory lane, “I’m sure Danny (Dietrich) was better than me, because I saw him come up on the board there pretty quick. I didn’t know what he was going to do. I was trying to use every block I could with the lapped cars. Tonight, it worked out to be the leader.”
Montieth grabbed the lead from polesitter Austin Hogue at the outset and led every lap. Dietrich, who started sixth, was already up to second by the end of the second lap, setting up the anticipated race-long battle between the two dominant racers at the Pigeon Hills oval in 2016.
The only break in action during the 25-lap event was a sixth-lap caution for Bill Jones, Jr., who came to a stop in turn one.
Dietrich chased Montieth the whole way, pulling alongside the leader several times over the second half of the race.
“I could hear him back there the whole time, and I was just basically trying to not mess up,” said Montieth, “The car drag-raced pretty good down the chute, but didn’t get through the corners well, at least to my liking. But we’re sitting here for the last race of the season, and I can’t say much more about these guys. The season’s long, and I’m glad to see it’s over.”
Montieth’s final margin of victory was a carlength, with Alan Krimes making a late-race pass over Lucas Wolfe to finish third. Wolfe and World of Outlaw invader Jacob Allen crossed fourth and fifth. Sixth through tenth were Brent Marks, Jim Siegel, Greg Hodnett, Logan Schuhart, and Hogue.
Heats for the 29 410 sprints on hand were won by Wolfe, Siegel, and Hogue, with Brandon Rahmer winning the consolation.
Lady driver Brie Hershey won a race-long battle with Brent Shearer and survived a last-lap shootout to score her second win of the year in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature.
Like Montieth, Hershey started on the outside of the front row alongside Jake Eldreth. But unlike Montieth, she did not lead every lap. She momentarily lost the lead to Shearer, who was scored the leader in heavy lapped traffic on lap 10. But Hershey made the bottom groove work to perfection and got back around Shearer on lap 11.
She joined Doug Hammaker and Jeff Rohrbaugh as the only repeat winners in the 358 division this season.
Shearer settled for second, with 11th-starting Doug Hammaker, 2016 track champ Chandler Leiby, and 12th-starting Tyler Esh rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Eldreth, Todd Rittenhouse, Jr., Ashley Cappetta, 19th-starting Kyle Denmyer, and Cody Fletcher.
Heats for the 28 358 sprints on hand were won by Dwight Leppo (who flipped on lap 19 of the feature), Shearer, and CJ Tracy, with Kyle Denmyer winning the consolation.
Fred Cullum won again in the All-American Outlaw feature, remaining undefeated at Lincoln in 2016. And he did it in dramatic fashion, catching race-long leader Bryan Green coming down to the checkered flag on the last lap.
For the second straight time, Green lost to Cullum on the final turns to the checkered.
Third through fifth were Justin Cullum, Randy Doty, and Danny Holmes.
Heats for the All American Outlaws were won by Green and Fred Cullum.
The All-American Outlaw feature ended the 2016 Lincoln racing season.
Oct 9, 2016, 22:24
GENTZLER MEMORIAL/MANUFACTURERS APPRECIATION NIGHT POSTPONED TO SUNDAY
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 10/8/2016 – Rain showers into the afternoon has forced Lincoln Speedway officials to postpone the season-ending Hank Gentzler Memorial Manufacturers Appreciation Night presented by Panchos Racing Products one day, to tomorrow, Sunday Oct. 9th. Same time. Same place. Same show featuring the 410 and 358 sprint cars, along with the All American Outlaws. Gates will open for Sunday’s at 4:00 p.m. with racing getting underway at 6:00 p.m.
Oct 8, 2016, 13:26
STEVIE SMITH CLAIMS $20,000 TOP PRIZE IN LINCOLN SPEEDWAY “DIRT CLASSIC”
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ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/24/2016 – “I said at the beginning of the night that the only thing better than winning a Lincoln Dirt Classic was winning two of them.”
So said Stevie Smith after claiming his second win in three years in the 40-lap $20,000-to-win “Dirt Classic” in the Pigeon Hills Saturday night.
Smith, who started third after setting third-fast time and gathering the third-most points in time trials and qualifying, followed front row starters Lucas Wolfe and James McFadden the first two laps before catching the Kasey Kahne Racing #4 in turns three and four of lap three.
One lap later saw the “Dirt Classic” lose its front row, with McFadden turning over in turn four to bring out the red, and then Wolfe going to the pits with an oil leak during the red flag. Smith assumed the lead for the restart, with Danny Dietrich, Gerard McIntyre, and Matt Campbell in tow.
But it was only the first time he led the race, as Dietrich closed on the leader in lapped traffic. Smith, who admitted having trouble with the lapped traffic, lost the lead to Dietrich on turn four of lap 30. One lap later, Adam Wilt flipped in turn four, leading to a fuel stop. At the time, 11th-starting and rapidly closing Greg Hodnett was about to make it a three-car battle for the lead.
And that’s exactly what it became on the restart with nine laps to go. Smith and Dietrich both bounced off the walls on subsequent slide jobs, with Smith coming out with the lead on lap 35. A lap later, the final caution of the event came out for Cory Haas, who spun in turn one.
That set up a dramatic three-car battle between Smith, Dietrich, and Hodnett for the win over the final five laps.
“I told Fred (Rahmer) during the red that Danny’s going to go to the top, so we’re going to have to run the bottom,” said Smith in victory lane, “When I saw him peel down to the bottom, I knew that was my chance to go back around him on the top. We finished second last year and we didn’t wait to finish second again this year. We ran our tail off. Danny did a nice job, but when you get out there in the lead, you’re not sure which way to go. He’s been really fast this year. I think being in second may have won us that race.”
“All these guys are tough in my book,” concluded Smith when reflecting on a talent-laden 48-car field, “The older I get the better they look!”
In the end, Smith pulled away to a 1.03-second win over Dietrich, with Hodnett settling for third. Lance Dewease received the $700 bonus ($500 from the Beer Hill Gang and $200 from Winebrenner Harley in Hanover) as hard charger for coming from 14th starting spot to finish fourth, with Brian Montieth coming from 15th starting spot to finish fifth.
Sixth through tenth were McIntyre, Tim Wagaman, Jim Siegel, Campbell, and Ryan Smith.
The final transfer spot of the night went to J.J. Grasso, as he and track champ Alan Krimes got together just before the finish line in the B main, with Krimes crossing sideways at the finish line to cross fifth.
Fast time in time trials over the 48-car field was set by Matt Campbell, running his first-ever Lincoln 410 sprint car race, with a one-lap time of 13.182-seconds (102.412 MPH).
Two rounds of heats were won by James McFadden, Lucas Wolfe, Bill Balog, Danny Dietrich, Ryan Smith, Terry McCarl, JJ Grasso, Greg Hodnett, Brent Marks, and Adam Wilt. Tyler Esh won the C-Main and Freddie Rahmer won the B-Main.
Sep 24, 2016, 23:35