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HODNETT TAKES $5,000 TOP PRIZE ON BAPS NIGHT AT LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
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Dalton Dietrich scores first career win in “358” sprints;
Fred Cullum wins All-American Outlaw feature
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA 5/14/2016 – Central Pennsylvania “410” sprint car points leader Greg Hodnett took advantage of a unique qualifying format to advance nine spots before the race event started and score the win in the 25-lap BAPS Night feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
Hodnett advanced from a handicapped 11th starting spot to second after winning a series of match races for the top 12 qualifiers. His only loss was to polesitter Stevie Smith when he ran out of fuel in the final match race.
“Yes, we did run out of fuel on the last match race,” confirmed Hodnett upon exiting the Mike Heffner Lelands.com/Trone Outdoor Adverting #27 in victory lane, “We just didn’t think we’d make it that far (through the challenge races), and we had 20 gallons in it. We ran 20 or 25 laps and it just wasn’t enough.
Despite losing to Smith in the final match race, Hodnett still started beside him for the start of the feature.
Smith grabbed the lead at the outset and had a 1.72-second lead when he and Hodnett entered lapped traffic at the mid-point of the race. Hodnett made the race-winning pass on lap 16, crossing .72 seconds ahead of Smith at the finish.
“We were a little tight in the beginning with a full load of fuel, and I figured I’d just hang out and work it out to where I could run my race and let things happen. We got back into traffic and my car was pretty maneuverable, and we were able to do what we needed to do.”
Hodnett’s $5,000 payday (including $1,800 from BAPS) was the 31st of his Lincoln career, moving him into sole possession of 10th on the all-time Lincoln win list.
Third through fifth were Chase Dietz, seventh-starting Billy Dietrich, and eighth-starting Alan Krimes. Completing the top ten were Gerard McIntyre, Jr., Brent Marks, Freddie Rahmer, Steve Owings, and Robbie Kendall.
“Thanks to everybody for being here tonight. I know it was very questionable weather, but we really appreciate everyone coming out. Thankfully, we got the race in. We were debating on whether or not to come up…if they’d even be able to try. But Fred Putney always does a great job with the track under any circumstances, and he came through for us tonight and made it happen.
Heats for the 33 410 sprinters on hand were won by Brian Montieth, Freddie Rahmer, Marks, and Owings, with Lucas Wolfe winning the consolation.
Tim Glatfelter was transported to the hospital for a check-up after flipping hard on the front stretch during his heat. Car owner John Trone said that Glatfelter sustained a possible concussion and arm injury in the crash.
York’s Dalton Dietrich scored his first career win in the 20-lap ”358” sprint car feature.
Dietrich started outside polesitter Chris Frank, grabbed the lead entering the first turn, and led every lap. Frank scored his best-ever Lincoln finish in second, with seventh-starting Jeff Halligan crossing third. Rounding out the top five were Brent Shearer and Ryan Higgins.
Heats for the 28 358 sprinters on hand were won by Jeff Rohrbaugh, Kevin Nouse, and Higgins, with Cody Fletcher winning the consolation.
Former Lincoln thundercar driver Fred Cullum outdueled Bryan Green in a race-long battle to claim the win in the 20-lap All-American Outlaw feature. Green actually sneaked in front Cullum as the two raced through lapped traffic in turns one and two at the mid-way point, but Cullum reclaimed the lead before the lap was in the books.
Third behind Cullum and Green at the finish was Fred’s son Justin Cullum.
Heats for the 13 All American Outlaws on hand were won by Brad Alexander and Fred Cullum.
May 14, 2016, 23:27
KYLE MOODY HOLDS OFF KENDALL FOR SECOND CAREER LINCOLN 410 SPRINT CAR WIN
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Rohrbaugh first repeat winner in 358 sprints; Ryan Smith best of 29-car street stock field
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA 5/7/2016 – Things finally fell into place for Lewisberry’s Kyle Moody Saturday night, resulting his second career win in the “410” sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway.
“This season we have a new (Maxim) race car and had some motor issues early on,” said Moody upon exiting his Dynatech Controls/ISSC #99M in victory lane, “It’s funny, earlier in the night I told a couple people that in prior weeks, we’ve been building a notebook. But when the night hits and this thing’s fast, it will all come together in one night.”
Handicapping placed Moody fourth for the start. He was second behind polesitter Frankie Herr (subbing for Nicole Bower) by end of the first lap, and then slid under Herr to grab the race lead exiting turn two of lap five. From there, he drove out to a two and-a-half second lead by the time the first caution flag waved for Mike Bittinger, who came to a stop in turn three of lap 15.
Fifth-starting Robbie Kendall and eighth-starting Austin Hogue were second and third for the restart.
“I did see Kendall and Hogue behind me, and I know those guys are just as quick on any given night, so I tried to mix up my restarts,” commented Moody in the two cautions and one red flag over the remainder of the race, “Luckily, the restarts held up and we’re here.”
The red flag started as a caution, but racing was stopped to make sure Tim Glatfelter was okay after being shaken up after striking the inside guardrail on the front stretch of lap 20.
On the final restart, 17th-starting Brian Montieth passed Hogue for third place, and stayed there until the checkered flew, with Moody’s margin of victory over Kendall at 2.16 seconds.
“This was my type of race track tonight,” said Moody, “I love a heavy race track like this. It was just fun out there.”
Completing the top five were Hogue and Shane Hoff, with Billy Dietrich, 15th-starting Alan Krimes, Glenndon Forsythe, Scott Fisher, and Adam Wilt rounding out the top ten.
Heats for the 28 410 sprinters on hand were won by Kendall, Hoff, and Danny Dietrich, with Gerard McIntyre, Jr. winning the consolation.
Jeff Rohrbaugh became the first sprint car repeat winner of the year at Lincoln and claimed his division-leading 15th career win in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature.
Rohrbaugh started tenth and inherited the lead when polesitter Kody Hartlaub slowed to a stop on the backstretch on lap six. From there, he held off the challenges of 12th-starting Matt Campbell and ninth-starting Jeff Halligan for the win.
Defending Lincoln champ Doug Hammaker came from 17th-starting spot to cross fourth, with Chandler Leiby fifth. Completing the top ten were Dalton Dietrich (best Lincoln career finish), Chris Arnold, Adrian Shaffer, Brent Shearer (who came back through the field after a fourth-lap spin), and Cody Fletcher.
Heats for the 25 358 sprinters on hand were won by Shearer, Shaffer, and Ryan Higgins.
Ryan Smith fulfilled a life-long dream by scoring the win in the 20-lap street stock feature.
Smith started fourth and took the lead from Jimmy Combs down the back stretch of lap eight. He led the rest of the way, with Chad Stine coming from 13th-starting spot to finish second.
Jim Palm, Jr., Josh Bloom, and Eddie Richards completed the top five.
Heats for the 26 street stock were won by Richards (who drew an inversion pill of 12 for the feature), Wayne Dutterer, and Chris Derr.
May 7, 2016, 23:57
13TH ANNUAL WELDON STERNER MEMORIAL RESCHEDULED TO JULY 9TH
Entire April 30th show to be run in its entirety
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA 5/2/2016 – Following Saturday night’s aborted attempt to run the 13th Annual Weldon Sterner Memorial, Lincoln Speedway promoters tried to accommodate the race teams schedule when coming up with the original May 10th reschedule date.
But after a couple days of getting feedback from the race teams, the promoters have decided to change the date and re-run the entire show on July 9th.
“The original decision to run the remainder of the show on May 10th was based entirely with the race teams in mind,” said Lincoln Speedway promoter Alan Kreitzer. “We got a lot of feedback from the teams following the announced make-up date and it became clear that the mid-week May 10th date would place undue burden on the teams and their schedules.”
With the teams and upcoming schedule in mind, Lincoln Speedway promoters have decided to reschedule the show in its entirety to Saturday, July 9th. This date originally had all three divisions from the April 30th Sterner Memorial show - the 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints and All American Outlaws – returning to the Pigeon Hills oval. So it was decided to take advantage of the schedule the race teams had already made plans for.
In summary, the original April 30th show will now be considered a complete rain-out and re-run in its entirety on July 9th. All rain checks from Saturday night’s April 30th show will be honored for one of the next three Lincoln Speedway shows, or, the July 9th Sterner Memorial make-up date.
The one-lap track record set by Greg Hodnett over the 29-car field of 12.577-seconds (107.339 MPH) on Saturday night’s rain-out will still stand.
Reminder, this weekend, Saturday, May 7th, it will be APPLE AUTOMOTIVE NIGHT, along with Dover Elementary Night, featuring the 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints and Street Stocks. Racing gets underway at 7:30 PM, with gates opening at 5:30 PM.
May 2, 2016, 13:35