Logan Schuchart Claims First Career Lincoln 358 Sprint Title;
Gino Comi also a first-time champ in Thundercars;
Gene Knaub Claims Third Straight 358 Late Model Championship
YORK, PA, 11/20/10 - Lincoln Speedway track champions and special year-end awards were handed out at the Holiday Inn in York Saturday night, November 20th. Close to 400 people were in attendance to watch the crowning of the 410 sprint, 358 sprint, thundercar, and 358 late model champions for 2010. The top finishers in the season -long point series for all four divisions were honored as well as special awards.MONTIETH CLAIMS THIRD STRAIGHT LAWRENCE CHEVROLET TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP
It was another banner year for Phoenxville’s Brian Montieth, whose four wins included the Lincoln Spring Championship, Lincoln’s 58th Anniversary show, and a win in one of the two All-Star shows en route to his third straight Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprint Track Championship.
The driver known as "the Edge" dominated with 107 feature laps led during the season. And his four wins bumped him up to 15th on the all-time Lincoln career win list with legends Bud Folkenroth and Bobby Hersh at 20.
In 25 events, Montieth amassed 20 top-10 and 16 top-five finishes to go along with his four wins.
Montieth’s third title also placed him alongside Bobby Allen, Bobby Abel, and Kenny Weld as former three-time track champs. Only Fred Rahmer (10) and Steve Smith (9) have more track championships.
It was also car owner Jerry Parrish’s third track championship as well as sponsors Premiere Auto Works and Auto Locator. Montieth’s title also secured chief wrench Scott Zellers his third Mechanic of the Year award, too.
The Most improved driver of 2010, Myerstown’s Brent Marks, not only picked up his first career win, but two wins on the season to finish second in season points. He finished in the top ten 16 times and the top five seven times on the year.
Denver’s Alan Krimes actually had more top fives (17) and top tens (21) than any other driver at Lincoln during 2010. He scored two season wins and finished third in the final championship point standings, just 20 points behind Marks.
It was his third straight top three finish in season points. Krimes was in the hunt for the coveted track title all year long and earned his second straight Sportsmanship Award winner for his on-and-off track efforts.
10-time track champion Fred Rahmer of Salfordville made some noise too in 2010 as he won two back-to-back races early in the season (including the first All-Star race) to up his all-time win leader total to 166 wins. In all, Rahmer recorded 15 top-10 finishes along with eight top-fives en route to his fourth place finish in the final point standings.
For a second straight year, New Oxford’s Brian Leppo finished fifth in points on the heels of five top-fives and 13 top-10 finishes. Leppo’s lone win came on the second race of the year March 27th.
Though he didn’t score a win in 2010, York’s Johnny Mackison completed a solid year by scoring two top five and 12 top ten finishes en route to a sixth-place finish in the point standings.
Completing the top ten in season points were Danny Dietrich (1win), rookie-of-the year Brad McClelland, Jimmy Siegel, and Cory Haas (1 win).
Other Lincoln wins in 2010 were recorded by former track champ Lance Dewease (with four wins on a limited appearance schedule and a new 20-lap track record on August 28th), Mark Smith (with two wins, including first career Lincoln win in the Icebreaker 30 to open the season and opening night of PA Speedweek), Doug Esh, Greg Hodnett (season finale), and first-time career winners Aaron Ott, Daryn Pittman, John Rudisill, and Adam Wilt.
All told, there were 15 different winners in 25 races at Lincoln in 2010.
SPECIAL AWARDS WINNERS (410 Sprints):
- Super Sprint Champion - Brian Montieth
- Mechanic of the Year - Scott Zellers
- Rookie of the Year - Brad McClelland
- Sportsmanship Award - Alan Krimes
- Most Improved Driver - Brent Marks
LOGAN SCHUCHART CLAIMS FIRST-EVER LINCOLN SPEEDWAY KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP
In one of the closest 358 season points series in Lincoln history, Logan Schuchart edged out defending champ Dale Hammaker on the final night of the season to claim his first-ever track title.
Grandson to sprint legend Bobby Allen, Schuchart came into the final race of the year tied with Hammaker for the points lead. His fourth-place finish was three better than the driver known as "the Godfather" of the division, and concluded a consistent year which saw Schuchart pick up a popular first-career Lincoln win, seven top five, and nine top ten finishes in 13 events.
Without question, Lincoln was the most competitive 358 sprint car track in the nation, with 11 different winners in 13 events. The only repeat winners at Lincoln in ‘10 were former track champ Jeff Rohrbaugh (who won two of the first three races) and Adrian Shaffer (whose second win came in the lucrative World Energy Systems World Championship for 358 Sprint Cars" on August 7th). And the points leader changed nearly every week, with Schuchart edging out Hammaker by a mere 15 points at season’s end.
In addition to winning the title, Schuchart was also named the division’s most improved driver.
Hammaker finished second in points despite not winning a race, losing a steering wheel while leading the World Championship Race, and flipping in a heat race and not qualifying in the next-to-last race of the year. Hammaker did finish in the top ten nine times and in the top five five times and was also recognized with the track 2010 Sportsmanship Award.
Glenndon Forsythe and Tim Wagaman finished third and fourth in season points. Neither recorded a win, but Forsythe scored four top five and sixth top ten finishes, compared to Wagaman’s three top five and seven top ten finishes.
Eric Tomecek recorded his first career Lincoln win to go along with two top five and seven top ten finishes en route to a fifth–place tally in season points.
Sixth through tenth in season points were Brook Weibley, Steve Owings, Adrian Shaffer, Mike Bittinger, and Chad Trout.
The Rookie of-the-Year Award went to Ted Thomas, Jr., who finish 11th in season points.
Six different drivers picked up their first Lincoln career wins in 2010, including Scott Geesey (2 wins), Keith Prutzman (who set a track record in the process), Schuchart, Chris Shuttlesworth, Steve Storrie, and Tomecek.\
Tracks were also set for one lap (Billy Dietrich) and 12 laps (Mike Bittinger), both recorded on the night of the World Energy Systems World Championship for 358 Sprint Cars on August 28th.
SPECIAL AWARDS WINNERS (358 Sprints)
- 358 Sprint Champion - Logan Schuchart
- Rookie of the Year - Ted Thomas, Jr.
- Sportsmanship Award - Dale Hammaker
- Most Improved Driver - Logan Schuchart
GINO COMI CLAIMS FIRST CAREER LINCOLN SPEEDWAY THUNDERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
Like the 358 sprint car division, two drivers came into the final race of the year tied for the points lead, with Pylesville, MD’s Gino Comi edging New Oxford’s Mike Slaybaugh for the 2010 track title.
Comi won two times, recorded 14 top tens, and finished in the top five 12 times on route to his first-ever track title. He was also named the division’s most improved driver.
Slaybaugh, son of legendary racer Kenny Slaybaugh, recorded four wins in a determined effort to score his first-ever title, but settled for second by a mere ten points to Comi. He picked up 11 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes to complete his best season ever in the Pigeon Hills.
Jimmy Combs is still looking for his first Lincoln win, but was the other driver in the hunt until the final race, and used his four top-five and 12 top-10 finishes to tally a career-best third in the final point standings.
Fourth and fifth-place season points finishers Danny Beard and Mikey Guise were both winless in 2010, but rode consistent finishes to complete the top five in points.
Sixth through tenth in points were division-leading winner Sam Gallagher (five wins), Kyle Martin (who picked up his first career Lincoln win on August 28th), Brad Shank (1 win), Brian Walls (1 win), and Justin Mong.
Chuck Walls was named the division’s Rookie-of-the Year, and Mike Slaybaugh was given the Sportsmanship Award.
There were nine different winners in 18 races.
SPECIAL AWARDS WINNERS (Thundercars)
- Thundercar Champion - Gino Comi
- Rookie of the Year - Chuck Walls
- Sportsmanship Award -Mike Slaybaugh
- Most Improved Driver - Gino Comi
GENE KNAUB CHAMPION IN 358 LATE MODELS
Dover’s Gene Knaub claimed his third straight track title in the 358 late models, a division which saw no repeat winners in six events.
Knaub was one of the six winners, and scored five top finishes in the six races to edge out one-time winner Bobby Beard by 75 points for the championship.
Mike Walls, Bernie Beard, and Craig Wagaman (1 win) all ran consistently to finish third through fifth in season points.
Shaun Jones, D.J. Mease (1 win), Pat Beard, Travis Mease, and Jake Lettich finished sixth through tenth in points.
Don’t forget to check-out Lincoln Speedway On-line at http://www.lincolnspeedway.com for all the final results of the 2010 season along with statistics and point standings. The 2011 Lincoln Speedway schedule is still being finalized and is planned for release in the near future. This we do know, Lincoln will host its traditional Northeast Season Opener featuring the 410 sprints in the Ice Breaker 30 on Saturday afternoon, February 26, 2011. Gates will open at noon, with the first official green flag waving at 2 PM.