Will Walls wins Thundercar Thriller
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 9/27/09 - Cory Haas had led his fair share of laps over the past season and a half at Lincoln Speedway. But the Dallastown driver could never bring home that elusive career first 410 Sprint car win.
Sunday night, Haas was right on the money as he captured that first career win in the 25-lap Hank Gentzler Memorial on Manufacturer’s Night at the Pigeon Hills oval. The race was rescheduled after being rained out Saturday night.
"This sure makes getting up at 5:30 AM tomorrow morning feel pretty good," said Haas, who held off a final lap challenge from Daryn Pittman to score the win by a mere .0257 seconds. "I saw his nose under me on the white flag lap and there was a lapped car there and I thought he was going to have to make one heck of a move to get between me and the lapped car...it all worked out."
Haas started fourth in the feature and moved into second at the start behind race leader Danny Dietrich, who beat fellow front row starter Cody Darrah into turn one. Darrah nearly spun out and fell back to the 10th position.
Mark Smith’s car slowed on lap three as Dietrich continued to set the pace as Adam Wilt took the runner-up spot from Haas on six laps complete.
Wilt was all over Dietrich for the lead and briefly took the spot with a pass in turn two on lap 10 but Dietrich led at the line only to have Wilt try to steal the lead in turn one and spinning out.
Haas pulled a slider on Dietrich on the restart to grab the lead as Dietrich’s great run came to an end when he stopped to bring out a yellow flag.
Haas assumed command with Daryn Pittman and Darrah following on the restart. Pittman stayed with Haas for a few laps but Haas eventually started to pull away.
With slower cars coming into play over the final few laps, Pittman was able to gain on Haas but fell short at the checkered flag.
"I almost didn’t win it because I got my wing back too far at the end and it started pushing in the corner," he said. "I know Daryn was there and you know what kind of driver he is...he’s one of the best around and I just didn’t want to make any mistakes."
Haas became the 15th different winner this season aboard the Embee & Sons, Inc, York P B Truss, Tailgaters, Michael Barshinger Builder No. 11C.
"The cautions really helped us tonight," Haas said. "We let a couple slip away here over the last year and a half and I didn’t want to let this one get away. I’m very happy to win the Hank’s race, it’s really something special and I appreciate everything Denise does with this race."
Pittman was second over Darrah, Brian Leppo, Lance Dewease, 21st starting Fred Rahmer, Aaron Ott, 2009 track champion Brian Montieth, Jim Siegel and Greg Hodnett.
Heats for the 33 "410" Sprints were won by Wilt, Lance Dewease, Aaron Ott and Dietrich, with Fred Rahmer winning the consolation. Heat races were sponsored by David Cassel, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions and York Excavating Co.
Brian Leppo paced the time trial session with a lap of 14.410 seconds. Cody Darrah earned $400 for his win in the Wings Unlimited 6-lap Dash.
All 24 drivers who qualified for the feature event were presented with packages for the Manufacturer’s Night festivities. All packages were worth at least $2,000. Denise Gentzler of Hank’s Performance Products was instrumental in obtaining the product sponsorship for the drivers.
Will Walls came out on top of a thrilling 20 lap thundercar feature after a three-wide battle over the final few laps.
Walls, who started 9th, took the lead from his brother Brian on lap 18 and held off track points leader Sam Gallagher for his fourth win of the season. Gallagher, Brian Walls, Al Crammer and Gino Comi were the top five finishers.
Heats for the 23 Thundercars were won by Danny Beard, Brad Shank and Brian Walls.
Next Saturday Lincoln Speedway will have the night off as Williams Grove hosts it’s Annual National Open.
The following Saturday night, October 10th at 6 PM, Lincoln Speedway will host the 13th Annual Kenny Weld Memorial for the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprints. The Thundercars will round out the night’s racing action with their final event of 2009 which will determine their 2009 champion.
Gates will open at 4 PM, with warm-ups at 5:30 PM, and Time trials getting underway 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.
Sun., September 27, 2009
HANK GENTZLER MEMORIAL/LAWRENCE CHEVROLET 410 SPRINTS
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 11C-Cory Haas ($4,000), 2. 17-Daryn Pittman, 3. 89-Cody Darrah, 4. 71-Brian Leppo, 5. 30C-Lance Dewease, 6. 51-Fred Rahmer, 7. 25-Aaron Ott, 8. 21-Brian Montieth, 9. 59-Jim Siegel, 10. 22-Greg Hodnett, 11. 87-Alan Krimes, 12. 39-Brent Marks, 13. 27-Keith Kauffman, 14. 43-Doug Dodson, 15. 17E-Cris Eash, 16. 39T-Tim Glatfelter, 17. 15-Adam Wilt, 18. 65-Johnny Mackison, Jr., 19. 47J-Jeff Busby, 20. 26-Pat Cooper (DNF), 21. 88-Danny Dietrich (DNF), 22. 7C-Chad Trout (DNF), 23. 0-Rick Lafferty (DNF), 24. 7M-Mark Smith (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Dietrich (1-10); Haas (11-25)
David Cassel sponsored Heat #1 (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 15-Adam Wilt, 2. 59-Jim Siegel, 3. 7M-Mark Smith, 4. 26-Pat Cooper, 5. 39T-Tim Glatfelter, 6. 47J-Jeff Busby, 7. 7A-Ed Aiken, 8. 7-Chad Layton (DNF) 9. 7K-Dan Shetler (DNS). No Time
Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat #2 (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 30C-Lance Dewease, 2. 11C-Cory Haas, 3. 71-Brian Leppo, 4. 21-Brian Montieth, 22-Greg Hodnett, 6. 51-Fred Rahmer, 7. 0-Rick Lafferty, 8. 6W-Josh Wells. Time - 2:28.678
York Excavating Co Heat #3 (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 25-Aaron Ott, 2. 89-Cody Darrah, 3. 17E-Cris Eash, 4. 43-Doug Dodson, 5. 7C-Chad Trout, 6. 4-John Rudisill, 7. 19-Kyle Pruitt, 8. 5S-Ricky Stonebraker. Time - 2:31.406
York Excavating Co Heat #4 (10 laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 88-Danny Dietrich, 2. 17-Daryn Pittman, 3. 87-Alan Krimes, 4. 27-Keith Kauffman, 5. 65-Johnny Mackison, Jr., 6. 39-Brent Marks, 7. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr., 8. 5-Adam Lawrence. Time - 2:31.455
Wings Unlimited Dash (6 laps) - 1. 89-Cody Darrah ($400), 2. 88-Danny Dietrich, 3. 15-Adam Wilt, 4. 11C-Cory Haas, 5. 25-Aaron Ott, 6. 17-Daryn Pittman, 7. 30C-Lance Dewease, 8. 59-Jim Siegel. Time - 1:29.574
Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 51-Fred Rahmer, 2. 47J-Jeff Busby, 3. 39-Brent Marks, 4. 0-Rick Lafferty, 5. 7A-Ed Aiken, 6. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr., 7. 7-Chad Layton, 8. 4-John Rudisill, 9. 6W-Josh Wells, 10. 5-Adam Lawrence. 11. 19-Kyle Pruitt, 12. 5S-Ricky Stonebraker, 13. 7K-Dan Shetler (DNS). Time - 2.33.539
Time Trials (by heat race lineup only)
Heat 1: Smith 14.512, Layton 14.627, Wilt 14.865, Siegel 14.939, Cooper 14.972, Busby 15,130, Glatfelter 14.416, Aiken 14.627, Shetler NT.
Heat 2: Leppo 14.410, Montieth 14.768, Dewease 14.896, Haas 14.924, Hodnett 14.935, Rahmer 15.050, Wells 15.095, Lafferty 15.166
Heat 3: Dodson 14.848, Darrah 14.861, Eash 15.025, Ott, 15.053, Trout 15.200, Pruiit 15.795, Rudisill 15.924, Stonebraker 15.984
Heat 4: Krimes 14.588, Mackison 14.699, Dietrich 14.892, Pittman 14.902, Kauffman 15.004, McIntyre 15.075, Marks 15.151, Lawrence 15.568.
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 21W-Will Walls, 2. 25-Sam Gallagher, 3. 2W-Brian Walls, 4. 9-Al Crammer, 5. 33-Gino Comi, 6. 60-Danny Beard, 7. 3W-Duane Watson, 8. 93-Mikey Guise, 9. 54J-Jimmy Combs, 10. 3-Todd Miller, 11. 77-Justin Mong, 12. 77B-Doug Bennett, 13. 70-Rick Weaver, 14. 21N-Larry Neiderer, 15. 61-Mike Slaybaugh, 16. 1M-Duane McMillian, 17. 44-Tom Walls, 18. 15-Greg Emlet, Sr., 19. 1-Andrew Frye, 20. 57-Brad Shank (DNF), 21. 01-Tim Fake (DNF), 22. 53J-Josh Ulrich (DNS), 23. 33J-Jeff Wilson (DNS). No Time
Lap Leaders - Mikey Guise (1-3); Brian Walls (4-17): Will Walls (18-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 60-Danny Beard, 2. 44-Tom Walls, 3. 21-Will Walls, 4. 53J-Josh Ulrich, 5. 1M-Duane McMillan (DNF), 6. 01-Tim Fake (DNF), 7. 21N-Larry Neiderer (DNF), 8. 54J-Jimmy Combs (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 57-Brad Shank, 2. 25-Sam Gallagher, 3. 3-Todd Miller, 4. 93-Mikey Guise, 5. 33-Gino Comi, 6. 61-Mike Slaybaugh, 7. 77B-Doug Bennett, 8. 1-Andrew Frye. Time 2:38.34
3rd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 2W-Brian Walls, 2. 3W-Duane Watson, 3. 77-Justin Mong, 4. 9-Al Crammer, 5. 70-Rick Weaver, 6. 15-Greg Emlet, Sr., 7. 33J-Jeff Wilson (DNF). No Time