July 10, 1953
||Last Updated: Jul 1st, 2013 - 08:09:52
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.
Lincoln swings back into action next Saturday, May 4th with PROSPECT METAL AND USED AUTO PARTS NIGHT.
It’ll be a World of Outlaws tune-up for 410 sprints. The Keizer Aluminum Wheels 358 Sprints and Thundercars will round out the evening’s racing action. Racing action getting underway at 7:30 PM. Gates will open at 5:30 PM and hot laps at 7 PM.
To get all the latest news, results, schedule changes and rule changes, visit Lincoln Speedway's website at http://www.lincolnspeedway.com to stay up-to-date on all the action or pending weather conditions at Central Pennsylvania's "Premier" Saturday night race track - The Fabulous Lincoln Speedway.
Sat., May 4, 2013
10TH ANNUAL WELDON STERNER MEMORIAL
LAWRENCE CHEVROLET 410 SPRINTS
Feature (33-Laps) - 1. 69/21-Brian Montieth ($6,900); 2. 20S-Fred Rahmer; 3. 59—Jim Siegel; 4. 39-Greg Hodnett; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 27-Lance Dewease; 7. 11C-Cory Haas; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart; 9. 15-Adam Wilt; 10. 35-Steve Owings; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen; 12. 19M-Brent Marks; 13. 56-Billy Pauch, Jr.; 14. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 15. 8-Billy Dietrich; 16. 92-Ryan Smith; 17. 48-Danny Dietrich (DNF); 18. 14-Gerard McIntyre, Jr. (DNF); 19. 4-John Rudisill (DNF); 20. 12-Mike Bittinger (DNF); 21. 45-Kevin Nagy (DNF); 22. 71X-Bill Stine (DNF); 23. 50-Tim Glatfelter (DNF); 24. 25-Aaron Ott (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders – Logan Schuchart (1-5), Greg Hodnett (6-9), Fred Rahmer (10-29), Brian Montieth (30-33)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 27-Lance Dewease; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart; 3. 20S-Fred Rahmer; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich; 5. 35-Steve Owings; 6. 11C-Cory Haas; 7. 71X-Bill Stine; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen; 9. 95-Hunter Mackison; 10. 56-Billy Pauch, Jr. Time – 2:21.581
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 19M-Brent Marks; 2. 39-Greg Hodnett; 3. 59-Jim Siegel; 4. 25-Aaron Ott; 5. 92-Ryan Smith; 6. 8-Billy Dietrich; 7. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 8. 45-Kevin Nagy; 9. 29-Ryan Wilson. Time – 2:20.222
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 15-Adam Wilt; 2. 69/21-Brian Montieth; 3. 87-Alan Krimes; 4. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 5. 14-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 6. 50-Tim Glatfelter; 7. 4-John Rudisill; 8. 12-Mike Bittinger; 9. 1080-Jordon Mackison. Time – 2:23.645
B-Main (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen; 2. 4-John Rudisill; 3. 45-Kevin Nagy; 4. 12-Mike Bittinger; 5. 71X-Bill Stine; 6. 56-Billy Pauch, Jr.; 7. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 8. 1080-Jordon Mackison; 9. 29-Ryan Wilson. No Time
Time Trials – 1. 20s-Fred Rahmer, 13.089 seconds (103.140 MPH)(New 1-Lap Track Record); 2. 39-Greg Hodnett, 13.123; 3. 87-Alan Krimes, 13.135; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.189; 5. 25-Aaron Ott, 13.223; 6. 21-Brian Montieth, 13.246; 7. 27-Lance Dewease, 13.259; 8. 59-Jim Siegel, 13.263; 9. 15-Adam Wilt, 13.265; 10. 35-Steve Owings, 13.268; 11. 19m-Brent Marks, 13.325; 12. 14-Gerard McIntyre, Jr., 13.345; 13. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.380; 14. 8-Billy Dietrich, 13.415; 15. 55k-Robbie Kendall, 13.478; 16. 11c-Cory Haas, 13.538; 17. 92-Ryan Smith, 13.596; 18. 4-John Rudisill, 13.652; 19. 1a-Jacob Allen, 13.748; 20. 45-Kevin Nagy, 13.786; 21. 12-Mike Bittinger, 13.819; 22. 71x-Bill Stine, 13.831; 23. 2w-Glenndon Forsythe, 13.851; 24. 50-Tim Glatfelter, 13.870; 25. 95-Hunter Mackison, 13.901; 26. 29-Ryan Wilson, 13.906; 27. 1080-Jordon Mackison, 14.094; 28. 56-Billy Pauch, Jr., 14.209.
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS 358 SPRINTS
Feature (20-Laps) - 1. 7-JB Cunningham; 2. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 3. 66-Dale Hammaker; 4. 21-Scott Fisher; 5. 2D-Chase Dietz; 6. 65-Niki Young; 7. 2-Ted Thomas, Jr.; 8. 69-Shane Hoff; 9. 29-Ryan Wilson; 10. 5-Tyler Ross; 11. 27-Jay Galloway; 12. 119-Chandler Leiby; 13. 38-Mark Strickler; 14. 97-Brie Hershey; 15. 12-Mike Bittinger; 16. 28-Matt Findley; 17. 5o-Brian Allman; 18. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 19. 47-Michael Hamer; 20. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 21. 69-Shane Hoff; 22. 23-Chris Arnold; 23. 36-Jesse Deeds (DNF); 24. 90-Jordan Givler (DNF). No time.
Lap Leaders – JB Cunningham (1-20)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 38-Mark Strickler; 2. 2-Ted Thomas, Jr.; 3. 5-Tyler Ross; 4. 29-Ryan Wilson; 5. 119-Chandler Leiby; 6. 23-Chris Arnold; 7. 12-Mike Bittinger; 8. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 9. 69/89-Ashley Dietrich. Time – 2:26.99
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 66-Dale Hammaker; 2. 65-Niki Young; 3. 69-Shane Hoff; 4. 7C-JB Cunningham; 5. 27-Jay Galloway; 6. 36-Jesse Deeds; 7. 47-Michael Hamer; 8. 85-Nathan Berwager (DNF); 9. 28-Matt Findley (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21-Scott Fisher; 2. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 3. 2D-Chase Dietz; 4. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 5. 97-Brie Hershey; 6. 90-Jordon Givler; 7. 5o-Brian Allman; 8. 76-Doug Deeds; 9. 4-Dwight Leppo (DNF). Time – 2:30.03
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 12-Mike Bittinger; 2. 47-Michael Hamer; 3. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 4. 28-Matt Findley; 5. 5o-Brian Allman; 6. 69-Ashley Cappetta; 7. 76-Doug Deeds. DNS: 85-Nathan Berwager, 4-Dwight Leppo. No time.
Feature (20 Laps) 1. 2W-Brian Walls; 2. 60-Danny Beard; 3. 72-Jason Townsend; 4. 9-Brian Diehl; 5. 3W-Duane Watson; 6. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 7. 83-Mikey Guise; 8. 54W-Roy Warehime; 9. 3-Todd Miller; 10. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 11. 81J- Jamie Zentmyer; 12. 1E-Greg Emlet, Sr. (DNF). No time
Lap Leaders –Brian Diehl (1-12); Brian Walls (13-20)
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