Watson reclaims thundercar track title from Sam Gallagher with seventh victory of 2009
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 10/10/09 - Stevie Smith capped off a sensational season by dominating the 13th Annual Kenny Weld Memorial at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
The New Oxford native now residing in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma grabbed the lead from his outside front row starting spot and led every lap of the non-stop 40-lap event, crossing 6.5 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
Lincoln had been about the only place Smith had run but not won in 2009. Adding lap money and prize money from qualifying events, Smith’s 23rd career win in the Pigeon Hills was worth $6,925.
"This is what I wanted to end up the year with," said Smith upon exiting the Zemitis/Zemco Headers #1 in victory lane, "I thought it was a really good year, I was really proud of these guys, and I wanted to end up with a win. This is our last race for the year and it’s good to go into the winter with."
Although Smith entered lapped traffic on lap nine and drove away from the rest of the field, there was thrilling wheel-to-wheel action in behind. Once fifth-starting Brian Leppo got around fourth-starting Greg Hodnett for third on lap 14, Leppo and polesitter Jim Siegel battled for the runner-up spot the rest of the way. The two passed each other several times for second in heavy lapped traffic through the middle stages of the race. Siegel was scored second through lap 21, Leppo was the runner-up from laps 22 through 31, Siegel reclaimed second for laps 33 through 39, and Leppo edged Siegel for second at the wire.
Hodnett and eighth-starting Cory Haas raced for position over the second half of the race and crossed fourth and fifth, respectively. Fred Rahmer won the D&D Septic hard-charger award for coming from 18th starting spot to finish sixth, with fast timer Mark Smith, Lance Dewease, Alan Krimes, and Chad Layton completing the top ten.
Johnny Mackison, Jr., the only car which dropped out of the feature, received the $100 hard luck award from D&D Septic. Josh Wells, who finished 12th, received a $500 bonus for being the first car across the finish line using Weld Tech cylinder heads.
For the first time in recent memory, it was a caution-less night, with all 410 sprint car events (time trials, heats, B-Main, and Weld Memorial event) all going non-stop.
Sprint heats were won by Brian Montieth, Fred Rahmer, Steve Buckwalter, and Danny Dietrich, with Tim Glatfelter winning the B-Main. Fast time in time trials over the 32-car field was set by Mark Smith with a one-lap time of 13.126-seconds (102.849 MPH).
Abbottstown’s Duane Watson came from tenth starting spot to win the 20-lap thundercar feature, and in doing so, claimed his second Lincoln title in three years.
Coming into the final evening, Watson trailed the defending champion Sam Gallagher by a mere five points. And the only position that could guarantee him the championship was the top spot. And that’s exactly what Watson did.
Watson charged from his 10th starting spot into the top-five by the second lap. Moved into third by the third lap, and into second behind race-long leader Mikey Guise on the fourth lap.
Watson got around Guise for the lead on the ninth lap as Gallagher was clawing his way to the front in fifth.
As the laps wound down Gallagher began to close on the leaders. But contact between Gallagher and Will Walls battling for second place on the 18th lap sent Walls spinning and Gallagher to the rear.
With that, Watson ran out in front the final laps to pick up his seventh win of 2009 and the 2009 Lincoln Speedway Thundercar Track Championship.
The win was Watson’s 27th career Thundercar victory moving him into a third place tie with Steve Clabaugh and Craig Wagaman on the all-time win list.
Guise finished 1.23 seconds behind in second for his best run of the year with Jimmy Combs coming from 14th to finish third. Danny Beard finished fourth and Gino Comi fifth.
Completing the top-10 were Justin Mong, Mike Slaybaugh, Josh Ulrich, Larry Niederer, and Will Walls.
Heats for the 21 thundercars were won by Tom Walls, Mikey Guise, and Sam Gallagher.
Sam Gallagher led all five laps of the Dash for Cash at the end of the night to pick up an additional $350 and he set a new five lap track record in the process of one minute 40.45-seconds.
Next Saturday night, October 17th at 6 PM, Lincoln Speedway will hold it’s final race of 2009 featuring the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprints and the 358 Sprints who will be competing in their rained-out 358 Sprint Championship on September 12th. A rain date for the 2009 finale will be the following day, Sunday, October 18th at 6 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., October 10, 2009
13TH ANNUAL KENNY WELD MEMORIAL
LAWRENCE CHEVROLET 410 SPRINTS
Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 1-Stevie Smith ($6,925); 2. 71-Brian Leppo; 3. 59-Jimmy Siegel; 4. 22-Greg Hodnett; 5. 11C-Cory Haas; 6. 51-Fred Rahmer; 7. 7M-Mark Smith; 8. 30C-Lance Dewease; 9. 87-Alan Krimes; 10. 7-Chad Layton; 11. 25-Aaron Ott; 12. 6W-Josh Wells; 13. 21-Brian Montieth; 14. 27-Keith Kauffman; 15. 39-Brent Marks; 16. 17B-Steve Buckwalter; 17. 17E-Cris Eash; 18. 88-Danny Dietrich; 19. 16-Gerard McIntyre Jr.; 20. 39T-Tim Glatfelter; 21. 47J-Jeff Busby; 22. 3B-Randy Baughman; 23. 43-Doug Dodson; 24. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr. (DNF). Time - 10:46.397
Lap Leaders - Stevie Smith (1-40)
1st Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 21-Brian Montieth; 2. 43-Doug Dodson; 3. 1-Stevie Smith; 4. 7M-Mark Smith; 5. 7-Chad Layton; 6. 39T-Tim Glatfelter; 7. X-Bobby Weaver; 8. 4-John Rudisill. Time - 2:18.642
2nd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 51-Fred Rahmer; 2. 87-Alan Krimes; 3. 30C-Lance Dewease; 4. 71-Brian Leppo; 5. 59-Jim Siegel; 6. 16-Gerard McIntyre Jr.; 7. 17E-Cris Eash; 8. 23-Todd Rittenhouse Jr.. Time - 2:22.529
3rd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 17B-Steve Buckwalter; 2. 25-Aaron Ott; 3. 27-Keith Kauffman; 4. 6W-Josh Wells; 5. 38-Brant Marks; 6. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 7. 3B-Randy Baughman; 8. 22Z-Von McGee. Time - 2:23.199
4th Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 88-Danny Dietrich; 2. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 3. 11C-Cory Haas; 4. 22-Greg Hodnett; 5. 47J-Jeff Busby; 6. 15-Adam Wilt; 7. 26-Pat Cooper; 8. 49-Bob Howard. Time - 2:25.084
B-Main (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 39T-Tim Glatfelter; 2. 16-Gerard McIntyre Jr.; 3. 3B-Randy Baughman; 4. 17E-Cris Eash; 5. 26-Pat Cooper; 6. 15-Adam Wilt; 7. X-Bobby Weaver; 8. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 9. 4-John Rudisill; 10. 22Z-Von McGee; 11. 49-Bobby Howard. Time - 2:29.398
Time Trials - 1. 7M-Mark Smith, 13.126 seconds (102.849 MPH); 2. 71-Brian Leppo, 13.225; 3. 25O-Aaron Ott, 13.260; 4. 22-Greg Hodnett, 13.262; 5. 1-Stevie Smith, 13.279; 6. 59-Jim Siegel, 13.317; 7. 6W-Josh Wells, 13.342; 8. 11C-Cory Haas, 13.355; 9. 7-Chad Layton, 13.363; 10. 30C-Lance Dewease, 13.422; 11. 39-Brent Marks, 13.440; 12. 65-Johnny Mackison, Jr., 13.442; 13. 21-Brian Montieth, 13.443; 14. 87-Alan Krimes, 13.474; 15. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 13.502; 16. 88-Danny Dietrich, 13.520; 17. 43-Doug Dodson, 13.528; 18. 51-Fred Rahmer, 13.541; 19. 27-Keith Kauffman, 13.545; 20. 47J-Jeff Busby, 13.561; 21. 39T-Tim Glatfelter, 13.569; 22. 16-Gerard McIntyre, 13.639; 23. 3B-Randy Baughman, 13.651; 24. 26-Pat Cooper, 13.790; 25. X-Bobby Weaver, 13.806; 26. 17E-Cris Eash, 13.922; 27. 8D-Billy Dietrich, 14.017; 28. 15-Adam Wilt, 14.041; 29. 4-John Rudisill, 14.094; 30. 23-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr., 14.149; 31. 22Z-Von McGee, 14.368; 32. 49-Bobby Howard, 14.551.
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. Duane Watson; 2. 93-Mikey Guise; 3. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 4. 60-Danny Beard; 5. 33-Gino Comi; 6. 77-Justin Mong; 7. 61-Mike Slaybaugh; 8. 53J-Josh Ulrich; 9. 21N-Larry Neiderer; 10. 21W-Will Walls; 11. 3-Todd Miller; 12. 25-Sam Gallagher; 13. 9C-Matt Conley; 14. 9-Al Crammer (DNF); 15. 51J-Bob Stough (DNF); 16. 15-Greg Emlet, Sr.(DNF); 17. 54-Kyle Martin (DNF); 18. 44-Tom Walls (DNF); 19. 57-Brad Shank (DNF); 20. 2W-Brian Walls (DNF); 21. 70-Rick Weaver (DNF). No time.
Lap Leaders - Mikey Guise (1-8); Duane Watson (9-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 44-Tom Walls; 2. 21W-Will Walls; 3. 60-Danny Beard; 4. 77-Justin Mong; 5. 9-Al Crammer; 6. 53J-Josh Ulrich; 7. 9C-Matt Conley. Time - 2:41.43
2nd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 93-Mikey Guise; 2. 33-Gino Comi; 3. 2W-Brian Walls; 4. 3W-Duane Watson; 5. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 6. 61-Mike Slaybaugh; 7. 54-Kyle Martin (DNF). Time - 2:40.20
3rd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 25-Sam Gallagher; 2. 3-Todd Miller; 3. 51J-Bob Stough; 4. 21N-Larry Niederer; 5. 15-Greg Emlet Sr.; 6. 70-Rick Weaver; 7. 57-Brad Shank (DNF). Time - 2:39.84
Dash for Cash (5 Laps) - 1. 25-Sam Gallagher ($350); 2. 21N-Larry Neiderer ($125); 3. 60-Danny Beard ($100); 4. 3W-Duane Watson ($75); 5. 33-Gino Comi ($50). Time - 1:40.45 (New Track Record, breaking 1:43.64 set by Steve Clabaugh on 5/15/02)