Bittinger best of “358” sprints; Rick Miller wins Central PA Legends feature
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 3/30/13 – Brent Marks is the man to beat so far this season at Lincoln Speedway.
Marks assumed the lead when Logan Schuchart hit the spinning car of Ryan Slothower in turns three and four of lap four, and went on to become the first repeat winner of 2013 in Saturday’s 30-lap, $4,000-to-win “410” Spring Championship event.
“What a great year so far,” said Marks upon exiting his BAPS Auto Paints and Supply/Creekside Auto Sales/Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel/Memtec Services/KC Automotive #19M in victory lane, “This track was awesome again tonight. I love these types of tracks that are slick like this. These guys just work so hard, and everything pays off. I’m very grateful for this moment.”
An eight-car inversion at the front of the field put Marks on the inside of row two for the start. Marks drove under front row starter Adam Wilt at the start, and was running second when Schuchart knocked a tire off his left rear wheel trying to squeeze between the wall and Slothower and was forced to the pits.
From there, he led the rest of the way, much of it through lapped traffic during the middle stages of the race.
A Scott Geesey spin with four laps to go set up a dramatic finish, with Alan Krimes and Brian Montieth restarting on Marks’ back bumper.
“I was keeping an eye on it (the scoreboard),” said Marks, “I got caught up behind (Jason) Leffler there in traffic, and it was so hard to get by. The track got so high, and it was so hard to get a run. The track was pretty treacherous there at the end, and I knew it was too far around the top to run the top on the restart, so I went to the bottom and hoped to gain some car lengths on them and set sail. It was a lot of fun tonight.”
Montieth caught Krimes for the runner-up spot on lap 29, but was unable to catch Marks, who crossed 1.294 seconds ahead of the four-time track champ for his seventh career Lincoln win.
Krimes settled for third, with Fred Rahmer and Wilt completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Billy Dietrich, Cory Haas, Jim Siegel, Schuchart (who came from the back), and J.J. Grasso completing the top ten.
Heats for the “410” Sprinters were won by Schuchart, Krimes, and Marks, with Nicole Bower winning the consolation. Fast time in time trials was set by Siegel over the 25-car field with a one-lap time of 13.434 seconds (100.491 MPH).
Mike Bittinger started on the pole and led every lap of the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature. Defending track champ Tim Wagaman started second and ran there the entire race, with sixth-starting Niki Young, 10th-starting Jeff Rohrbaugh, and lady driver Brie Hershey rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth were 12th-starting Rodney Westhafer, Shane Hoff, 16th-starting Tim Berkheimer, 22nd-starting Matt Mountz, and Jay Galloway.
Heats for the 30 “358” Sprinters were won by Rohrbaugh, Chase Dietz, and Bittinger, with Ted Thomas winning the consolation.
Spring Grove’s Rick Miller held off the challenges of Tim Henry and Bob Stough to claim his first career Lincoln win in the 15-lap Central PA Legends feature. Miller started on the outside of the front row and wrestled the lead from polesitter Chad Ernst on the second lap. He led the rest of the way, despite heavy late-race pressure from sixth-starting Henry and eighth-starting Stough.
Ernst crossed fourth, with Blaine Leppo coming from 17th-startng spot to finish fifth.
Heats for the 30 Legends were won by Scott Haudeshell, Jason Rochelle, and Harlon Leppo, with Lucas Montgomery winning the consolation.
Lincoln swings back into action next Saturday, April 6th at the regular summer 7 PM start time with all three regular point divisions in action – the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprints, the Keizer Aluminum Wheels 358 Sprints and Thundercars. Gates will open at 5 PM, hot laps at 6:30 PM and racing action getting underway at 7 PM.
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Sat., March 30, 2013
SPRINT SPRING CHAMPIONSHIP
LAWRENCE CHEVROLET 410 SPRINTS
Feature (30-Laps) - 1. 19M-Brent Marks ($4,000); 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 87-Alan Krimes; 4. 20S-Fred Rahmer; 5. 15-Adam Wilt; 6. 8-Billy Dietrich; 7. 11C-Cory Haas; 8. 59-Jim Siegel; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart; 10. 25-JJ Grasso; 11. 47-Eric Riggins, Jr.; 12. 48-Danny Dietrich; 13. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 14. 14-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 15. B52-Scott Geesey; 16. 13-Jason Leffler; 17. 75-Nicole Bower; 18. 92-Ryan Smith; 19. 1080-Jordon Mackison (DNF); 20. 50-Tim Glatfelter (DNF); 21. 14S-Ryan Slothower (DNF); 22. 29-Ryan Wilson (DNF); 23. 21A-Will Rose (DNF); 24. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders – Logan Schuchart (1-3), Brent Marks (4-30)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart; 2. 8-Billy Dietrich; 3. 15-Adam Wilt; 4. 59-Jim Siegel; 5. 13-Jason Leffler; 6. 47-Eric Riggins, Jr.; 7. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 8. 75-Nicole Bower; 9. 14S-Ryan Slothower. No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 87-Alan Krimes; 2. 20S-Fred Rahmer; 3. B52-Scott Geesey; 4. 92-Ryan Smith; 5. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 6. 50-Tim Glatfelter; 7. 95-Hunter Mackison; 8. 21A-Will Rose (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 19M-Brent Marks; 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich; 4. 11C-Cory Haas; 5. 25-JJ Grasso; 6. 14-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 7. 29-Ryan Wilson; 8. 1080-Jordon Mackison. No Time
Consolation (5 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 75-Nicole Bower; 2. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 3. 29-Ryan Wilson; 4. 1080-Jordon Mackison; 5. 14S-Ryan Slothower; 6. 21A-Will Rose; DNS – 95-Hunter Mackison. No Time
TIME TRIALS - 1. 59-Jim Siegel, 13.434 (100.491 MPH); 2. 20S-Fred Rahmer, 13.527; 3. 21-Brian Montieth, 13.551; 4. 8-Billy Dietrich, 13.552; 5. 87-Alan Krimes, 13.610; 6. 19M-Brent Marks, 13.629; 7. 15-Adam Wilt, 13.672; 8. 92-Ryan Smith, 13.734; 9. 25-JJ Grasso, 13.821; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.836; 11. 21A-Will Rose, 13.845; 12. 11C-Cory Haas, 13.860; 13. 75-Nicole Bower, 13.877; 14. B52-Scott Geesey, 13.884; 15. 14-Gerard McIntyre, Jr., 13.897; 16. 47-Eric Riggins, Jr., 13.925; 17. 50-Tim Glatfelter, 13.942; 18. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.952; 19. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe, 14.064; 20. 95-Hunter Mackison, 14.074; 21. 29-Ryan Wilson, 14.096; 22. 13-Jason Leffler, 14.101; 23. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 14.118; 24. 1080-Jordon Mackison, 14.253; 25. 14S-Ryan Slothower, 14.642.
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS 358 SPRINTS
Feature (20-Laps) - 1. 12-Mike Bittinger; 2. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 3. 65-Niki Young; 4. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 5. 97-Brie Hershey; 6. 44-Rodney Westhafer; 7. 69-Shane Hoff; 8. 50-Tim Berkheimer; 9. 94V-Matt Mountz; 10. 27-Jay Galloway; 11. 2D-Chase Dietz; 12. 7C-JB Cunningham; 13. 28-Matt Findley; 14. 119-Chandler Leiby; 15. 88-Aaron Eichelberger; 16. 23-Chris Arnold; 17. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 18. 76-Doug Deeds; 19. 52-Austin Hogue (DNF); 20. 83-Troy Wagaman, Jr. (DNF); 21. 94-Ted Thomas (DNF); 22. 5-Tyler Ross (DNF); 23. 66-Dale Hammaker (DNF); 24. 21-Scott Fisher (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders – Mike Bittinger (1-20)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 2. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 3. 52-Austin Hogue; 4. 27-Jay Galloway; 5. 66-Dale Hammaker; 6. 50-Tim Berkheimer; 7. 88-Aaron Eichelberger; 8. 28-Keith Prutzman; 9. 94-Ted Thomas; 10. 94V-Matt Mounts. Time – 2:32.84
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 2D-Chase Dietz; 2. 65-Niki Young; 3. 5-Tyler Ross; 4. 44-Rodney Westhafer; 5. 76-Doug Deeds; 6. 23-Chris Arnold; 7. 83-Troy Wagaman, Jr.; 8. 1A-Jason Bulick; 9. 55-Matt Krause (DNF); DNS – 6R-Brad McClelland. No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 12-Mike Bittinger; 2. 69-Shane Hoff; 3. 97-Brie Hershey; 4. 21-Scott Fisher; 5. 7C-JB Cunningham; 6. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 7. 5o-Brian Allman; 8. 119-Chandler Leiby; 9. 47-Michael Hammer (DNF); DNS – 11D-Mike Duncan, Jr. No Time
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 94-Ted Thomas, Jr.; 2. 88-Aaron Eichelberger; 3. 28-Matt Findley; 4. 94V-Matt Mountz; 5. 119-Chandler Leiby; 6. 83-Troy Wagaman, Jr.; 7. 1A-Jason Bulick (DNF); DNS – 5o-Brian Allman, 47-Michael Hamer, 6R-Brad McClelland, 11D-Mike Duncan, Jr. No Time
CENTRAL PA LEGENDS
Feature (15 Laps) 1. 38-Rick Miller; 2. 94T-Tim Henry; 3. 07-Bob Stough; 4. 85-Chad Earnst; 5. 10-Blaine Leppo; 6. 09-Chris Spidle; 7. 890-Tim Bauer; 8. 53-Bill Diehl; 9. 15-Lucas Montgomery; 10. 48-Jason Rochelle; 11. 94-Greg Burd; 12. 44-Scott Gobrecht; 13. 21-Cody Haines; 14. 18-Chris Transeau; 15. 90-Scott Spidle; 16. 76-randy Minich; 17. 20-Vern Houseman; 18. 6X-Brad Melott; 19. 13-Jacob Feltch; 20. 79-Ed Trump; 21. 5-Scott Haudeshell (DNF); 22. 55-Greg Martz (DNF); 23. 77-Randy Fetterhoff (DNF); 24. 15H-Harlon Leppo (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders – Chad Earnst (1-2), Rick Miller (3-15)
1st Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 5-Scott Haudeshell; 2. 53-Bill Diehl; 3. 09-Chris Spidle; 4. 94-Greg Burd; 5. 90-Scott Spidle; 6. 79-0Ed Trump; 7. 13-Jacob Feltch; 8. 77-Randy Fetterhoff; 9. 14-Joe Ehrisman; DNS-55-Greg Martz. Time – 2:04.50
2nd Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 48-Jason Rochelle; 2. 07-Bob Stough; 3. 94-Tim Henry; 4. 38-Rick Miller; 5. 44-Scott Gobrecht; 6. 10-Blaine Leppo; 7. 6X-Brad Melott; 8. 15-Lucas Montgomery; 9. 56-Mike Gable; 10. 521-Scott Deaner, Sr. Time – 2:05.09
3rd Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 15-Harlon Leppo; 2. 18-Chris Transeau; 3. 890-Tim Bauer; 4. 85-Chad Earnst; 5. 21-Cody Haines; 6. 76-Randy Minich; 7. 20-Vern Houseman; 8. 85S-Keith Haring; 9. 33-Chris Ward; 10. 3M-Chris McKinney (DNF). No Time
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 15-Lucas Montgomery; 2. 20-Verne Houseman; 3. 13-Jacob Feltch; 4. 6X-Brad Melott; 5. 77-Randy Fetterhoff; 6. 55-Greg Martz; 7. 85S-Keith Haring; 8. 521-Scott Deaner, Sr.; 9. 56-Mike Gable; 10. 14-Joe Ehrisman; 11. 33-Chris Ward; DNS – 3M-Chris McKinney. No Time