Logan Schuchart three spots better than the Godfather to claim 2010 track title;
Neiderer wins second of career in thundercars;
Fred Cullum, Geremy Sheaffer take All-American Outlaw, Central PA Legends features
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 9/11/10 - It was a night of firsts in the "358" sprint car finale at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
And the night’s action ended with two young guns celebrating in victory lane.
One of them was Chris Shuttlesworth, who out-dueled Steve Owings to claim his first career win.
The other was Logan Schuchart, whose fourth-place finish was three spots better than Dale Hammaker, resulting in his first-ever track title.
It was a fitting 9/11 win for Shuttlesworth, who gave three years of his life to serve in the military after the terrorist attacks nine years ago.
"September 11th means a lot to me," said Shuttlesworth in victory lane, "I served three years in the United State Army because of September 11th. I just to thank my brothers and sisters who have fought for this great country. I sacrificed three years, and it hurt my racing career, but I’d do it again tomorrow."
Shuttlesworth started on the pole and led the first 11 laps before fifth-starting Steve Owings grabbed the lead on a 12th-lap restart. Owings was scored as the leader the next six laps before Shuttlesworth reclaimed the lead on lap 18, one lap after the event’s final caution.
Shuttlesworth, driving the Jim Strausbaugh, Jr. #50, powered away to a 1.2-second win over Owings. It was Jim Stausbaugh, Jr. and Jim Strausbaugh, Sr.’s first win together as a team.
"That guy in that #35 car...Steve Owings...I haven’t really raced with him very much, but he’s one hell-of-a race car driver," said Shuttlesworth describing the race for the win, "He bounced off the wall down there in turn one and I did something that I preach to everyone else...you don’t follow the car in front of you. So I bounced off the wall, too. But he left me enough room to sneak on by him."
Although the race boiled down to Shuttlesworth and Owings, the race within the race was for the 2010 track championship. Logan Schuchart and Dale Hammaker entered the feature tied in season-long points.
Schuchart made the handicapped inversion through his heat and started 11th. Defending track champ Hammaker qualified through one of two consolation events and started 19th. Though he advanced to seventh at the end, Hammaker was still three spots behind Schuchart’s fourth-place finish.
For Schuchart, grandson of legendary sprint car driver Bobby Allen, it was his first Lincoln track title.
"I actually thought we might get a shot at it (the win) there at the end. Everyone just kept saying ‘Keep you’re head in it; don’t let the championship thing mess you up," said Schuchart upon entering victory lane to be recognized as the track champ, "I just came into it treating it like a regular race, and that’s what we had to do. This championship is great!"
John Barnett started third and raced with tenth-starting Glenndon Forsythe most of the way before finishing there. Schuchart grabbed fourth from Forsythe after the final 17th-lap restart, with Forsythe settling for fifth. Sixth through tenth were Ted Thomas, Jr., Hammaker, Tim Wagaman, 24th-starting Tim Berkheimer, and 17th-starting Brad McClelland.
Heats for the 40 "358" sprinters were won by Shuttlesworth, Mike Bittinger, Thomas, and Steve Storrie. Twin consolations were won by McClelland and Cris Eash.
Larry Niederer came for his fourth starting spot to take the lead from polesitter Justin Mong on the third lap and then held off a determined Sam Gallagher in a one-lap dash to the checkered to pick up his first win of the year in the 20-lap thundercar feature.
Mong was chased by two-time 2010 winner Will Walls early and then three-time winner Gallagher over the final laps in close-quarters racing. In the end, Niederer bested Gallagher in an exciting one-lap dash to the checkered to earn his second career win and he became the ninth different winner in 16 events in 2010.
Will Walls settled for third and Mong finished fourth.
Mike Slaybaugh came back from an early flat tire to finish fifth and unofficially took over the point lead from Gino Comi by a mere 10 points with two races remaining.
Heats for the 20 Thundercars were won by Danny Beard and Gallagher.
Geremy Sheaffer started on the outside of the front row and led all but one lap in claiming the win in the 15-lap Central PA Legends feature.
Sheaffer battled with polesitter Scott Gobrecht for the lead the first eight laps before Gobrecht drove under Sheaffer for the top spot in turns three and four of lap nine. But Gobrecht spun out in the same turns a lap later, turning the lead back over to Sheaffer, who led the rest of the way.
Chad Glatfelter started third and drove a strong race to finish second, with Lucas Montgomery coming from 15th-starting spot to finish third. Josh Morrow and Tim Bauer completed the top five.
Heats for the 29 Central PA Legends were won by Tim Henry (who dropped from the feature while running in the top five), Morrow, and Bauer, with Mark Roberts winning the consolation.
Manchester, Maryland’s Fred Cullum, a Lincoln thundercar regular, came from seventh starting spot to claim the win in the 20-lap All-American Outlaw feature.
Cullum worked his way through the field and took the lead from polesitter and race-long leader Al Daniels as the pair were coming down to take the crossed flags. He led the rest of the way, with 14th-starting Randy Doty (another former Lincoln thundercar regular) coming on to finish second.
Third through fifth were Al Daniels, 15th-starting Dylan Keim, and Allan Daniels.
Heats for the 21 All-American Outlaws were won by Al Daniels, Fred Cullum, and Doty.
Next Saturday night, September 18th, at 7 PM, the Super Sportsman will race in their biggest race of the year, the 36th Annual Super Sportsman 100. The 358 Late Models will join them in their final point race of 2010 at the Pigeon Hills oval with only 65 points separating point leader Gene Knaub and Bobby Beard. Time trials get underway at 7 PM, with gates opening at 5 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. 11, 2010
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS 358 SPRINTS
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 50-Chris Shuttlesworth; 2. 35-Steve Owings; 3. 15B-John Barnett; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart; 5. 5T-Glenndon Forsythe; 6. 94-Ted Thomas, Jr.; 7. 66-Dale Hammaker; 8. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 9. 50B-Tim Berkheimer; 10. 6-Brad McClelland; 11. 91-Adrian Shaffer; 12. 10W-Cris Eash; 13. 88-Billy Dietrich; 14. 34-Austin Reed; 15. 0-Steve Storrie; 16. 00-Mike Bittinger; 17. 27-Jay Galloway; 18. 11T-Eric Tomecek; 19. 2J-Billy Johns; 20. 99-Jan Luckenbaugh; 21. 22T-Matt Boland (DNF); 22. 16-Arron Spahr (DNF); 23. 99F-Derek Frohlich (Alt.)(DNF); 24. 8R-Michael Ruttkamp (DNF); DNS - B52-Brook Weibley. No Time
Lap Leaders - Chris Shuttlesworth (1-11), Steve Owings (12-17), Chris Shuttlesworth (18-20)
1st Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 50-Chris Shuttlesworth; 2. 15B-John Barnett; 3. B52-Brook Weibley; 4. 8R-Michael Ruttkamp; 5. 6-Brad McClelland; 6. 99F-Derek Frohlich; 7. 66H-Doug Hammaker; 8. 11T-Eric Tomecek; 9. 74-Dwayne Morris; DNS - 6S-Bill Sherman. Time - 2:27.81
2nd Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 00-Mike Bittinger; 2. 1-Tim Wagaman; 3. 91-Adrian Shaffer; 4. 16-Arron Spahr; 5. 97-Brie Hershey; 6. 66-Dale Hammaker; 7. 22T-Matt Boland; 8. 81B-Bob Anderson; 9. 63-Stan Campbell; 10. 20-Dustin Brown (DNF). Time - 2:34.51
3rd Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 94-Ted Thomas; 2. 34-Austin Reed; 3. 35-Steve Owings; 4. 88-Billy Dietrich; 5. 2J-Billy Johns; 6. 42-Alan Spriggle; 7. 67-Jason Cherry; 8. 2-Denny Gross (DNF); 9. 33-Billy Heltzel, Jr. (DNF); 10. 65-Cale Griffin (DNF). No Time
4th Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 0-Steve Storrie; 2. 5T-Glenndon Forsythe; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart; 4. 99-Jan Luckenbaugh; 5. 27-Jay Galloway; 6. 10W-Cris Eash; 7. 21-Scott Fisher; 8. 50B-Tim Berkheimer; 9. 11D-Mike Duncan, Jr.; 10. 59T-Tim Stallings (DNF). No time.
1st Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 6-Brad McClelland; 2. 66-Dale Hammaker; 3. 22T-Matt Boland; 4. 11T-Eric Tomecek; 5. 99F-Derek Frohlich; 6. 66H-Doug Hammaker; 7. 97-Brie Hershey; 8. 63-Stan Campbell; 9. 74-Dwayne Morris; 10. 81B-Bob Anderson; 11. 20-Dustin Brown; 13. 6S-Bill Sherman (DNF). No Time
2nd Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 10W-Cris Eash; 2. 2J-Billy Johns; 3. 27-Jay Galloway; 4. 50B-Tim Berkheimer; 5. 21-Scott Fisher; 6. 42-Alan Spriggle; 7. 67-Jason Cherry; 8. 11D-Mike Duncan, Jr.; 9. 2-Denny Gross; 10. 65-Cale Griffin; 11. 59T-Tim Stallings (DNF); 12. 33-Billy Heltzel, III (DNF). No Time
Feature (20-Laps) - 1. 121-Larry Neiderer; 2. 25-Sam Gallagher; 3. 21-Will Walls; 4. 77-Justin Mong; 5. 61-Mike Slaybaugh; 6. 57-Brad Shank; 7. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 8. 3W-Duane Watson (DNF); 9. 93-Mikey Guise (DNF); 10. 33J-Jeff Wilson (DNF); 11. 33-Gino Comi (DNF); 12. 54-Kyle Martin (DNF); 13. 52-Tom Walls (DNF); 14. 3-Todd Miller (DNF); 15. 15-Mike Walls (DNF); 16. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer (DNF); 17. 57K-Hurricane Menges (DNF); 18. 60-Danny Beard (DNF); 19. 8-Nathan Emig (DNF).
Lap Leaders - Justin Mong (1-2), Larry Niederer (3-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 60-Danny Beard; 2. 21W-Will Walls; 3. 121-Larry Neiderer; 4. 61-Mike Slaybaugh; 5. 57-Brad Shank; 6. 3-Todd Miller; 7. 57K-Hurricane Menges; 8. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer; 9. 8-Nathan Emig; 10. 44-Tom Walls (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 25-Sam Gallagher; 2. 77-Justin Mong; 3. 3w-Duane Watson; 4. 54-Kyle Martin; 5. 93-Mikey Guise; 6. 33-Gino Comi; 7. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 8. 33J-Jeff Wilson; 9. 15-Mike Walls (DNF); 10. 52-Chuck Walls (DNF). No Time
ALL AMERICAN OUTLAWS
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 59-Fred Cullum; 2. 6-Randy Doty; 3. 11-Al Daniels; 4. 07-Dylan Keim; 5. 22-Allen Daniels; 6. 39-Brooks Coleman; 7. 01-Jessie Morrison; 8. 20-Steve Cantwell; 9. 95-Allen Cullum; 10. 00-Scott Jorda; 11. 48-Brad Alexander; 12. 55-Carnie Fryfogle; 13. 99-Kevin Palmer (DNF); 14. 33-Stephanie Daniels (DNF); 15. 93-Brittany Coleman (DNF); 16. 30-Daryl Winkler (DNF); 17. 53-David Egge (DNF); 18. 77-Robert Enders (DNF); 19. 5-Tommy Crummitt (DNF); 20. 1-Hunter Nester (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Al Daniels (1-9), Fred Cullum (10-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 11-Al Daniels; 2. 00-Scott Jorda; 3. 55-Carnie Fryfogle; 4. 77-Robert Enders; 5. 33-Stephanie Daniels; 6. 5-Tommy Crummitt (DNF); 7. 66-David Egge (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 59-Fred Cullum; 2. 1-Hunter Nester; 3. 39-Brooks Coleman; 4. 22-Allen Daniels; 5. 01-Jessie Morrison; 6. 93-Brittany Coleman; 7. 99-Kevin Palmer (DNF). Time - 2:45.03
3rd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 6-Randy Doty; 2. 07-Dylan Keim; 3. 20-Steve Cantwell; 4. 48-Brad Alexander; 5. 30-Daryl Winkler; 6. 53-Andy Mos; 7. 95-Allen Cullum (DNF). Time - 2:43.63
CENTRAL PA LEGENDS
Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 7-Geremy Sheaffer; 2. 27-Chad Glatfelter; 3. 15-Lucas Montgomery; 4. 222-Josh Morrow; 5. 89-Tim Bauer; 6. 5-Scott Haudeshell; 7. 38-Richard Miller; 8. 53-Bill Diehl; 9. 28-Brent Marquis; 10. 46-Pat McDermott; 11. 90-Scott Spidle; 12. 94-Greg Burd; 13. 20-Vernon Houseman; 14. 23G-John Rutter; 15. 44-Scott Gobrecht; 16. K9-Mark Roberts; 17. Z-Jim Black; 18. 7H-John Hagerman; 19. 40-Donnie Pifer, Jr. (DNF); 20. 4-Shane Glatfelter (DNF); 21. 15-Harlon Leppo (DNF); 22. 94T-Tim Henry (DNF); 23. 60-John Kerchner (DNF); 24. 10-Blaine Leppo (DNF). No time.
Lap Leaders - Geremy Sheaffer (1-8), Scott Gobrecht (9), Geremy Sheaffer (10-15)
1st Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 94T-Tim Henry; 2. 53-Bill Diehl; 3. 94-Greg Burd; 4. 27-Chad Gladfelter; 5. 5-Scott Haudeshell; 6. 20-Vernon Houseman; 7. 45-Andy Whaling; 8. 7H-John Hagerman; 9. Z-Jim Black; DNS - 79-Ed Trump. Time - 2:09.47
2nd Heat (6 Laps/) - 1. 222-Josh Morrow; 2. 10-Blaine Leppo; 3. 15-Harlon Leppo; 4. 7-Geremy Sheaffer; 5. 38-Richard Miller; 6. 90-Scott Spidle; 7. K9-Mark Roberts; 8. 23G-John Rutter; 9. 60-John kerchner (DNF); DNS - 37-Keith Emmaus. Time - 2:08.81
3rd Heat (6 Laps) - 1. 89-Tim Bauer; 2. 4-Shane Glatfelter; 3. 46-Pat McDermott; 4. 44-Scott Gobrecht; 5. 15-Lucas Montgomery; 6. 28-Brent Marquis; 7. 9X-Dustin Kelly; 8. 9-Rick Hartwig; 9. 40-Donnie Pifer, Jr. Time - 2:11.65
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. K9-Mark Roberts; 2. 23G-John Rutter; 3. 7H-John Hagerman; 4. 60-John Kerchner; 5. Z-Jim Black; 6. 40-Donnie Pifer, Jr.; 7. 45-Andy Whaling; 8. 9X-Dustin Kelly; 9. 37-Keith Emmons (DNF); 10. 9-Rick Hartwig (DNF). No Time