Travis Beaver wins career first in "358" late models; Duaine Smith wins tune-up for Sportsman 100
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 9/4/10 - There’s nothing like winning on your sponsor’s night. Especially when you nail down a third straight track title.
Brian Montieth left no doubt who the best was at Lincoln Speedway in 2010 by coming from his 12th starting spot to chase down polesitter and race-long leader Derek Sell, pass him for the lead on a 11th-lap restart, and then pull away from the field to pick up his fourth win of the year in the 25-lap 410 Sprint feature.
With the win, Montieth nailed down his third-straight track championship and joined some elite company by joining legendary drivers Bobby Allen (67, 69, 70), Bobby Abel (60, 65, 66) and Kenny Weld (68, 70, 71) with three track championships.
The win, Montieth’s 20th of his career at Lincoln, also moved him into a tie for 15th on the all-time win list with Bud Folkenroth and Bobby Hersh.
"I can’t complain about this thing," said Montieth in victory lane, "Scott (Zellers), Todd, and Craig work on this thing every week and Jerry (Parrish) gives them everything whatever they need to keep this thing up front. There are so many people to thank...XXX (chassis), obviously Bricker’s French Fries, the Beer Hill Gang, everybody at Premier, the Penske Shocks that we’ve been on the last couple of weeks...it’s a tough crowd here at Lincoln. It’s fortunately I can sit in this thing and get it to go."
"I’ve got respect for everybody else out there," continued Montieth when reminded of the respect that the other drivers have shown for him, "We’re going good right now, but on any given night, you can turn this around. We struggled last night, and that just goes to show that every race is its own entity. I just keep trying."
Sell led from the outset with outside frontrow starter ed Aikin giving chase over the first nine non-stop laps.
But Montieth was on the move. The Phoenixville racer moved into the top-five by lap four. He passed Chad Criswell on the sixth lap for fourth, drove around Pat Cooper on lap nine to move into third, and got by Aikin on lap 10 to move into the runner-up spot.
That’s when a caution came out for a spinning Josh Wells in turn four, putting the Premier Auto Works/Auto Locator #21 on the back bumper of the TheDirtShop.com #20s.
Sell’s lead didn’t last much longer. Montieth drove around Sell in the first two turns after the restart, and only two cautions and a red kept the field in the same zip code.
Tim Glatfelter got backwards and collected Brian Leppo on lap 17, Fred Rahmer lost steering and spun entering turn one of lap 22, and then an eight-car melee on turn one of the 23rd-lap restart brought out the event’s only red. There were no injuries in the crash.
Montieth pulled away from the field over the last three laps to cross 2.93 seconds ahead of 13th-starting Alan Krimes, with Brad McClelland, Sells, and 16th-starting Brent Marks completing the top five.
"Everybody was saying that it was designed for us to win on our night," said car owner Jerry Parrish, "We come here to win EVERY night. Everybody sitting in the seats watched that move (for the lead) down here (turn four) where he stuck between that car and the wall, and we’re talking going between the wall and a car that doesn’t have as much experience...and trust in that. That just takes nerve, that’s all him."
Sixth through tenth were Danny Dietrich, Cory Haas, Jimmy Siegel, Aikin, and Pat Cooper.
Heats for the 22 "410" sprinters were won by Sell, Glatfelter, and Chad Criswell.
Waynesboro’s Travis Beaver came from 16th starting spot to claim his first career win in the 20-lap "358" late model feature.
The wild race included a battle for the lead on nearly every lap.
Bob Stough led from the outside pole for the first ten laps before yielding to fifth-starting Mike Goodwin. Goodwin, looking for his first career "358" late model win, led the next seven laps before Beaver grabbed the lead on lap 18.
To get to the front, Beaver had to pass points leader Gene Knaub (who started 12th), Mike Walls, and, among others Craig Wagaman, who had been racing Goodwin for the lead.
Wagaman, Walls, and 11th-starting D.J. Mease crossed third through fifth, with Shaun Jones, 15th-starting Bernie Beard, Stough, Travis Mease, and Bobby Beard completing the top ten.
Heats for the 22 "358" Late Models were won by Steve Billet, Duane Harbaugh, and Stough.
Duaine Smith chased the leader for 22 laps before taking the lead and winning the 25-lap super sportsman feature.
Smith, who started fourth, was scored second all 22 laps before driving around second-starting and race-long leader John Garman through heavy lapped traffic in turns three and four of lap 23.
The race-winning pass came just before the final caution of the event, during which time Smith’s car began making the noticeable sound of a cracked header. Smith nursed the #11s over the final two laps, holding off Garman for the win by .97 seconds.
Scott Dellinger, Eric Eckert, and Rich Eichelberger completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Frankie Herr, Dave Socks, 18th-starting Paul Miller, Rick Barr, and Mike Enders.
Heats for the 32 Super Sportsman were won by Chris Meleason, Dellinger, and Garman, with Paul Miller winning the consolation.
Next Saturday night, September 11, at 7:30 PM, the 358 sprinters will close out their season in the final event for them in 2010 at the Pigeon Hills oval with the battle for the track championship on the line. Logan Schuchart and defending 358 sprint champ Dale Hammaker are deadlocked with 3,505 points each. Then Tim Wagaman and Glenndon Forsythe are tied for third and only 110 points behind the leaders. In all, the top-six drivers all have a shot at the track championship in this final race.
The Thundercars, Central PA Legends and All-American Outlaws will round out the 4-division show with gates opening at 5:30 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, Sept. 4, 2010
PREMIER AUTOWORKS/AUTO LOCATOR NIGHT
LAWRENCE CHEVROLET 410 SPRINTS
Feature (25-Laps) - 1. 21-Brian Montieth ($3,000); 2. 87-Alan Krimes; 3. 6-Brad McClelland; 4. 20S-Derek Sell; 5. 19M-Brent Marks; 6. 48-Danny Dietrich; 7. 11C-Cory Haas; 8. 59-Jimmy Siegel; 9. 7-Ed Aikin; 10. 26-Pat Cooper; 11. 6W-Josh Wells; 12. 93-Pancho Lawler; 13. 3B-Randy Baughman; 14. 4-John Rudisill; 15. 39T-Tim Glatfelter; 16. 23-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. (DNF); 17. 84C-Chad Criswell (DNF); 18. 71-Brian Leppo (DNF); 19. 49-Bobby Howard (DNF); 20. 51-Fred Rahmer (DNF); 21. 65-Johnny Mackison, Jr. (DNF); DNS - 15-Adam Wilt. No Time
Lap Leaders - Derek Sell (1-10), Brian Montieth (11-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 20S-Derek Sell2. 26-Pat Cooper; 3. 6-Brad McClelland; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 6W-Josh Wells; 7. 3B-Randy Baughman; 8. 93-Pancho Lawler. Time - 2:21.429
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 39T-Tim Glatfelter; 2. 7-Ed Aikin; 3. 51-Fred Rahmer; 4. 65-Johnny Mackison, Jr.; 5. 15-Adam Wilt; 6. 71-Brian Leppo; 7. 4-John Rudisill. Time - 2:22.547
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 84C-Chad Criswell; 2. 11C-Cory Haas; 3. 21-Brian Montieth; 4. 23-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr.; 5 59-Jim Siegel; 6. 19M-Brent Marks; 7. 49-Bob Howard. Time - 2:31.227
358 LATE MODELS
Feature (20 laps) - 1. 21B-Travis Beaver; 2. 17G-Mike Goodwin; 3. 30-Craig Wagaman; 4. 1W-Mike Walls; 5. 18-DJ Mease; 6. 117-Shaun Jones; 7. 24-Bernie Beard; 8. 07-Bob Stough; 9. 116-Travis Mease; 10. 81S-Bobby Beard; 11. 10H-Fred Harden; 12. 78-John Ebersole; 13. 17-Jake Lettich; 14. 4GT-Gary Potts; 15. 9W-Steve Weikel; 16. 54-Roy Warehime; 17. 14-Tyler Horst; 18. 87-Duane Harbaugh (DNF); 19. 1-Gene Knaub (DNF); 20. 7-Pat Beard (DNF); 21. 64-Grant Adams (DNF); 22. 20-Steve Billet (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Bob Stough (1-10), Mike Goodwin (11-17), Travis Beaver (18-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 20-Steve Billet; 2. 117-Shaun Jones; 3. 30-Craig Wagaman; 4. 18-D.J. Mease; 5. 116-Travis Mease; 6. 21B-Travis Beaver; 7. 4GT-Gary Potts; 8. 54-Roy Warehime, Jr. No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 87-Duane Harbaugh; 2. 64-Grant Adams; 3. 10H-Fred Harden; 4. 7-Pat Beard; 5. 81S-Bobby Beard; 6. 14-Tyler Horst; 7. 78-John Ebersole (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 07-Bob Stough; 2. 1W-Mike Walls; 3. 17G-Mike Goodwin; 4. 1-Gene Knaub; 5. 24-Bernie Beard; 6. 17-Jake Lettick; 7. 9W-Steve Weikel. Time - 2:21.89
Feature (25-Laps) - 1. 11S-Duaine Smith; 2. 55-John Garman; 3. 30-Scott Dellinger; 4. 20-Eric Eckert; 5. 8-Rich Eichelberger; 6. 99-Frankie Herr; 7. 45-Dave Socks; 8. 58-Paul Miller; 9. 00-Rick Barr; 10. 3B-Mike Enders; 11. 33R-Scott Geesey; 12. 9K-Steve Wilbur; 13. 5B-Dave Berkheimer; 14. 25-Bobby Hockenberry; 15. 91-Lanny Hake; 16. 202-Mark Bitner; 17. 71K-Glen Keller; 18. 318-Chris Meleason; 19. 32-Gregg Foster; 20. 35-Gary Johnston; 21. 85-Jared Miller (DNF); 22. 36-Harris Kohen (alt.)(DNF); 23. 33-Ryan Rupp (DNF); 24. 77-Tom Wyckoff (DNF); DNS - 1-John Stehman. No Time
Lap Leaders - John Garman (1-22), Duaine Smith (23-25)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 318-Chris Meleason; 2. 99-Frankie Herr; 3. 5-Dave Berkheimer; 4. 20-Eric Eckert; 5. 77W-Tom Wyckoff; 6. 1-John Stehman (DNF); 7. 58-Paul Miller (DNF); 8. 222-Jay Fannasy (DNF); 9. 17-Jeff Leisey (DNF); DNS - 77-Russ Mitten, 66-Leroy Martin. Time - 2:14.91
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 30-Scott Dellinger; 2. 8-Rich Eichelberger; 3. 45-Dave Socks; 4. 3B-Mike Enders; 5. 25-Bobby Hockenberry; 6. 202-Mark Bitner; 7. 33-Scott Geesey; 8. 9K-Steve Wilbur; 9. 32-Gregg Foster; 10. 36-Harris Kohen; 11. 88-Aaron Eichelberger (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 55-John Garman; 2. 11S-Duaine Smith; 3. 00-Rick Barr; 4. 33-Ryan Rupp; 5. 91-Lanny Hake; 6. 71K-Glen Keller; 7. 85-Jared Miller; 8. 35-Gary Johnston (DNF); 9. 888-John Wolfe (DNF); DNS - 93-Carmen Perigo, Jr.. No Time
Consolation (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 58-Paul Miller; 2. 33-Scott Geesey; 3. 9K-Steve Wilbur; 4. 32-Gregg Foster; 5. 35-Gary Johnston; 6. 1-John Stehman; 7. 85-Jared Miller; 8. 36-Harris Kohen; 9. 66-Leroy Martin (DNF); 10. 888-John Wolfe (DNF); 222-Jay Fannasy (DNF); DNS - 17-Jeff Leisey. No Time