Defending champ Gallagher claims first thundercar win; Rochelle takes Legends opener
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 3/14/09 - With new Musco lighting shining on the track surface and a talent-laden field of sprinters chasing him the whole way, Jeff Busby drove to his second career win in the 25-lap "410" sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
Busby beat polesitter Brent Marks to the first turn and led the whole way, but he didn’t claim the victory without challengers. Marks and Sean Michael chased Busby through two cautions flags in the early stages of the race. Alan Krimes suffered front-end damage on the initial start, bringing out the caution and forcing a complete restart. Jim Siegel spun in turn two and then Cris Eash stopped in turn four on the restart, bringing out successive cautions on lap five.
By the time the next yellow flag flew for a stopped Adam Lawrence on lap 14, eighth-starting Mark Smith and 11th-starting Daryn Pittman had advanced to second and third. Marks came to a stop on the front stretch during the caution after being scored second the lap before.
Pittman battled Smith for second on the restart and got the position, but allowed Busby to pull away to a 1.54-second lead with 10 laps to go.
Busby closed in on lapped traffic with five laps to go allowing Pittman to close in on his bumper. But Busby was not to be denied this night and ran flawlessly the rest of the way to pick up his second career checkers .97-seconds ahead of Pittman.
Smith settled for third, with 14th-starting Greg Hodnett crossing fourth and Sean Michael fifth. Completing the top ten were Brooke Tatnell, 13th-starting Niki Young, 19th-starting Doug Esh, Cody Darrah, and Brian Leppo.
"We put this car together last weekend and right out of the box it’s been really good," said Busby in victory lane, "Let’s hope it’s the car. The track was perfect tonight. It’s hard for me to pass cars, but I can go out front."
Some called it the strongest regular show field ever assembled in the Pigeon Hills. Among the drivers not making the show were Lance Dewease, Tim Shaffer, Johnny Mackison, Pat Cannon (third in Lincoln points heading into the night), and among others, 10-time track champ and all-time Lincoln winner Fred Rahmer, who finished eighth in the consolation event.
Heats for the 36 "410" sprinters were won by Busby, Justin Henderson, Lawrence, and Michael, with Chad Layton winning the consolation.
Defending track champ Sam Gallagher battled Danny Beard and Kyle Martin to win a thrilling 20-lap thundercar feature, his first win of 2009.
Beard led the first 12 laps before Gallagher finally edged ahead, and then held off Martin, Duane Watson, Gino Comi, and Brad Shank to the finish. Gallagher crossed .59-seconds ahead of Martin for his 10th career Lincoln win.
Sixth through tenth were Rick Weaver, Jimmy Combs, Mike Slaybaugh, Josh Ulrich, and Al Crammer.
Heats for the 25 Thundercars on hand were won by Danny Beard, Gallagher, and Martin.
Jason Rochelle squeaked out the win in the 2009 season opener for the Central PA Legends.
Rochelle made the winning pass of race-long leader Reed Solony on lap 12 and held off Solony and brother-in-law Tim Henry for his eighth career Lincoln win. Lucas Montgomery and Randy Kissinger completed the top five.
Heats for the 30 Legends were won by Robert Sobieski, Salony, and Henry, with Brian Weitzel winning the consolation.
Next Saturday, March 28th, at 6 PM, Lincoln Speedway will host all three point divisions, the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprints, Keizer Aluminum Wheels 358 Sprints and Thundercars. Racing action will get underway at 6 PM, with gates opening at 4 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.
Saturday - March 21, 2009
LAWRENCE CHEVROLET 410 SPRINTS:
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 47J-Jeff Busby ($3,000); 2. 25-Daryn Pittman; 3. 7M-Mark Smith; 4. 22-Greg Hodnett; 5. 27-Sean Michael; 6. 21Au-Brooke Tatnell; 7. 98-Niki Young; 8. 39-Doug Esh; 9. 89-Cody Darrah; 10. 71-Brian Leppo; 11. 21-Brian Montieth; 12. 11C-Cory Haas; 13. 88-Danny Dietrich; 14. 55-Chad Layton; 15. 22Z-Justin Henderson; 16. 17E-Cris Eash; 17. 38N-Nick Schlauch Jr.; 18. 15-Adam Wilt; 19. 6K-Chris Knopp; 20. 19M-Brent Marks (DNF); 21. 5-Adam Lawrence (DNF); 22. 59-Jim Siegel (DNF); 23. 16-Gerard McIntyre Jr. (DNF); 24. 87-Alan Krimes (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Jeff Busby (1-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 47J-Jeff Busby; 2. 15-Adam Wilt; 3. 88-Danny Dietrich; 4. 98-Niki Young; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 16-Gerard McIntyre Jr.; 7. 30C-Lance Dewease; 8. 51-Fred Rahmer; 9. 39T-Tim Glatflter. No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 22Z-Justin Henderson; 2. 25-Daryn Pittman; 3. 21Au-Brooke Tatnell; 4. 22-Greg Hodnett; 5. 59-Jim Siegel; 6. 26-Pat Cooper; 7. 11C-Cory Haas; 8. 41-Scott Geesey; 9. 17-Pat Cannon. No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 5-Adam Lawrence; 2. 7M-Mark Smith; 3. 19M-Brent Marks; 4. 17E-Cris Eash; 5. 39-Doug Esh; 6. 21-Brian Montieth; 7. 0-Rick Lafferty; 8. 83-Tim Shaffer; 9. 25O-Aaron Ott. Time - 2:21.396
4th Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 27-Sean Michael; 2. 71-Brian Leppo; 3. 89-Cody Darrah; 4. 6K-Chris Knopp; 5. 38N-Nick Schlauch, Jr.; 6. 55-Chad Layton; 7. 65-Johnny Mackison, Jr.; 8. 43-Doug Dodson; 9. 7C-Chad Trout. Time - 2:15.810
Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 55-Chad Layton; 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 4. 11C-Cory Haas; 5. 26-Pat Cooper; 6. 30C-Lance Dewease; 7. 83-Tim Shaffer; 8. 51-Fred Rahmer; 9. 65-Johnny Mackison, Jr.; 10. 41-Scott Geesey; 11. 0-Rick Lafferty; 12. 17-Pat Cannon; 13. 43-Doug Dodson; 14. 7C-Chad Trout; 15. 39T-Tim Glatfelrter (DNS); 16. 25-Aaron Ott (DNS). Time - 2:20.015
Feature (20-Laps) - 1. 25-Sam Gallagher; 2. 54-Kyle Martin; 3. 3W-Duane Watson; 4. 33-Gino Comi; 5. 57-Brad Shank; 6. 70-Rick Weaver; 7. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 8. 61-Mike Slaybaugh; 9. 53J-Josh Ulrich; 10. 9-Al Crammer; 11. 2W-Brian Walls; 12. X-Bernie Beard; 13. 21N-Larry Niederer; 14. 93-Mikey Guise; 15. 3-Todd Miller; 16. 8J-Justin Bittle; 17. 77-Justin Mong; 18. 60-Danny Beard (DNF); 19. 15-Will Walls (DNF); 20. 29B-Ricky Bender (DNF); 21. 52-Tom Walls (DNF); 22. 15X-Art Schwartz (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Danny Beard (1-12), Sam Gallagher (13-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 60-Danny Beard; 2. 61-Mike Slaybaugh; 3. 53J-Josh Ulrich; 4. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 5. 15-Will Walls; 6. 52-Tom Walls; 7. 3-Todd Miller; 8. 8J-Justin Bittle; 9. 4J-Jeff Racine (DNS). Time - 2:35.06
2nd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 25-Sam Gallagher; 2. 57-Brad Shank; 3. 33-Gino Comi; 4. 2W-Brian Walls; 5. 70-Rick Weaver; 6. 29B-Ricky Bender; 7. 93-Mikey Guise; 8. 05-Chase Eckert (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 54-Kyle Martin; 2. 9-Al Crammer; 3. X-Bernie Beard; 4. 21N-Larry Niederer; 5. 3W-Duane Watson; 6. 77-Justin Mong; 7. 15X-Art Schwartz (DNF); 8. 44-Bobby Beard (DNF). Time - 2:38.66
CENTRAL PA LEGENDS:
Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 148-Jason Rochelle; 2. 22-Reed Salony; 3. 98-Tim Henry; 4. 15M-Lucas Montgomery; 5. 48-Randy Kissinger; 6. 11-Robert Sobieski; 7. 77R-Tom Mayberry; 8. 248-Brian Weitzel; 9. 27-Chad Glatfelter; 10, 94-Greg Burd; 11. 7R-Steve Nederostek; 12. 53JR-Buddy Sload, Jr.; 13. 19-Dru Weisser; 14. 53-Bill Diehl; 15. 38-Rick Miller; 16. 28-Brent Marquis; 17. 20-Vernon Houseman; 18. 77-Randy Fetteroff; 19. 4-Shane Galtfelter (DNF); 20. 8-Mike Alcaro (DNF); 21. 27R-T.J. Mayberry (DNF); 22. 5-Scott Houdeshell (DNF); 23. 15-Harlon Leppo (DNF); 24. 611-Justin Grim (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Reed Salony (1-11), Jason Rochelle (12-15)
1st Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 11-Robert Sobieski; 2. 27-Chad Gladfelter; 3. 48-Randy Kissinger; 4. 94-Greg Burd; 5. 5-Scott Haudenshell; 6. 53JR-Buddy Sload Jr.; 7. 53-Bill Diehl; 8. 19-Dru Weisser; 9. 4-Shane Glatfelter; 10. 248-Brian weitzel. Time - 2:07.25
2nd Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 22-Reed Salony; 2. 148-Jason Rochelle; 3. 77-Randy Fetterhoff; 4. 611-Justin Grim; 5. 38-Rick Miller; 6. 8-Mike Alcaro; 7. 20-Vernon Houseman; 8. 79-Ed Trump; 9. 35-Andy Whaling; 10. S1-Vince Magaro. Time - 2:04.98
3rd Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 98-Tim Henry; 2. 15-Harlon Leppo; 3. 15M-Lucas Montgomery; 4. 7R-Steve Nederostek; 5. 77R-Tom Mayberry; 6. 27R-TJ Mayberry; 7. Y9-Rick Hartwig; 8. 28-Brent Marquis; DNS - 17R-Tom Mayberry, 14W-Ed Wentz. Time - 2:03.91 (New 6-Lap Track Record/Old record was 2:04.53 set by Scott Haudenshell on 3/22/08)
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 248-Brian Weitzel; 2. 53-Bill Diehl; 3. 19-Dru Weisser; 4. 4-Shane Glatfelter; 5. 20-Vernon Houseman; 6. 28-Brent Marquis; 7. Y9-Rick Hartwig; 8. 79-Ed Trump; 9. S1-Vince Magaro; 10. 35-Andy Whaling; DNS - 14W-Ed Wentz. No Time