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LINCOLN SPEEDWAY 2015 AWARDS BANQUET
MONTIETH CLAIMS FIFTH TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP IN LINCOLN 410 SPRINTS;
Doug Hammaker edges Matt Campbell by five points to take first Lincoln title in 358 sprint division
YORK, PA, 11/21/15 - Lincoln Speedway track champions and special year-end awards were handed out at the Wyndham Garden York Hotel Saturday night, November 21st. The top ten finishers in the season-long point series for both sprint car divisions and special awards were distributed to rookies’ of-the-year and most improved driver.
MONTIETH WINS BIG RACES, INCLUDING “DIRT CLASSIC” TO CLAIM FIFTH LAWRENCE CHEVROLET TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP
Phoenixville’s Brian Montieth rode the strength of six wins and 21 top-ten finishes in 24 races to claim his fifth Lincoln track title. Among his wins were the Spring Championship, Sterner Memorial, All-Star Circuit of Champions show, and the biggest race in Lincoln history, the Second Annual “Dirt Classic.” Sixteen of those 21 top-ten finishes were actually top fives. Back-to-back victories on weeks two and three (the Spring Championship) vaulted Montieth into a points lead he never relinquished. Montieth’s other win came in a regular point show on May 30th. Montieth’s “Dirt Classic” win was a milestone 50th, sixth on all the all-time Lincoln win list. His fifth title is third to only Fred Rahmer (11) and Steve Smith (9). Montieth’s title also earned Scott Zellers Lincoln’s mechanic of-the-year award.
2014 track champ Alan Krimes won the Hilly Rife Memorial, scored nine top-five finishes and 18 top-ten finishes to a runner-up finish in season points.
2014 national and Lincoln rookie of-the-year Austin Hogue of Dover certainly didn’t suffer the dreaded sophomore jinx. Though he didn’t get a Lincoln win in ’15, he did score six top-five and 13 top-ten finishes in a competitive Lincoln field to finish third in season points. Hogue was also awarded the inaugural Harry Fletcher Sportsmanship Award.
Kyle Moody, voted by track officials as the most improved driver of the year, went winless at Lincoln in 2015, but did lead 36 laps during the season and contended for the win in several events. He registered two top-five and 10 top-ten finishes to end fourth in season points.
Rounding out the top five in the season point series was six-time winner Danny Dietrich. Though traveling a few times and missing races, Dietrich was able to garner 16 top-five finishes, trying champ Montieth for the series lead in that category. He also scored 18 top-ten finishes, meaning his was in the top five all but two races during the year. Among his wins were the John Gleim “Dirt Classic Qualifier,” first PA Speedweek show at Lincoln, and final Gohn Memorial.
Sixth through tenth in season points were Cory Haas, Jim Siegel, Robbie Kendall, Freddie Rahmer, and Gerard McIntyre, Jr. (whose lone win came in the season finale Hank Gentzler Memorial Manufacturers Night).
Brothers Brandon and Freddie Rahmer both scored their first-career 410 sprint wins during the season, and they came on back-to-back weeks August 29th and September 5th.
Other Lincoln wins in 2015 were recorded by Greg Hodnett (who won both the season opener and the World of Outlaws race on May 13th), and single-race winners J.J. Grasso, Glenndon Forsythe, Jim Siegel, Stevie Smith, Lance Dewease, and Chase Dietz, Lincoln’s rookie of-the-year who won on Premier Auto Works Night.
All told, there were 13 different winners in 24 races at Lincoln in 2015.
SPECIAL AWARDS WINNERS (410 Sprints)
Super Sprint Champion – Brian Montieth
Mechanic of the Year – Scott Zellers
Rookie of the Year – Chase Dietz
Harry Fletcher Sportsmanship Award – Austin Hogue
Most Improved Driver – Kyle Mood
DOUG HAMMAKER CLAIMS FIRST-EVER LINCOLN SPEEDWAY KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP
Carlisle’s Doug Hammaker won three times during the season to edge Matt Campbell by a mere five points and claim his first track title in Lincoln’s 358 sprint car division. Despite a rainout on the final points race of the year, Hammaker came back to win the season finale on October 10th and put an exclamation point on a thrilling season-long points chase that saw several point leaders during the year. All told, Hammaker scored 11 top-five and 12 top-ten finishes in 16 events.
Fawn Grove’s Campbell won two races and finished second in season points. He challenged Hammaker down the stretch with six top-five and a series-leading 13 top-ten finishes.
Fellow two-time winner and former two-time track champ (2008 & 2011) Jeff Rohrbaugh finished third in season points. His two wins tied him with Cory Haas atop the all-time Lincoln career 358 sprint car win list with 13. He ended the season with seven top-five and 11 top-ten finishes and won the Trail-Way/Lincoln 358 “Shootout” on the strength of two second-place finishes.
Lady driver Brie Hershey of Dillsburg completed a solid year by finishing fourth in season points. She four top-five and nine top-ten finishes.
Cody Fletcher earned the most improved driver award on the strength of three top-five and nine top-ten finishes to finish fifth in the season point series. He also received the Harry Fletcher Memorial Sportsmanship Award, in honor of his grandfather, who passed away late in the 2015 season.
Sixth through tenth in season points were Matt Findley, rookie of-the-year Cole Young (who scored his first career win on May 23rd), Chandler Leiby (one win), Tyler Esh, and Kyle Denmyer.
Other drivers who picked up their first Lincoln career wins in 2015 were Kody Lehman, Davie Franek, Bill Stine, and Jeff Halligan (who won twice).
Other winners during the year were Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. (who won opening night) and Adrian Shaffer (who missed some races but finished 11th in the final point standings).
All told, there were 12 different winners in 16 events.
SPECIAL AWARDS WINNERS (358 Sprints)
358 Sprint Champion – Doug Hammaker
Rookie of the Year – Cole Young
Harry Fletcher Sportsmanship Award - Cody Fletcher
Most Improved Driver – Cody Fletcher
MEASE CHAMP OF PRECISE RACING PRODUCTS LINCOLN/TRAIL-WAY 358 LATE MODEL SERIES
Harrisburg’s Travis Mease claimed the Precise Racing Products Lincoln/Trail-Way 358 late model point series. He will be recognized at the Trail-Way awards banquet on December 5th.
STOUGH LINCOLN CENTRAL PA LEGENDS SERIES CHAMP
Former Lincoln thundercar driver Bob Stough won his first-ever Lincoln Speedway Central PA Legends point series title. He was to be recognized at the Legends awards banquet being held on the same night as the Lincoln banquet.
Nov 22, 2015, 06:51
McINTYRE MANUFACTURERS NIGHT WINNER TO CLAIM LINCOLN SEASON FINALE
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Hammaker ends championship season with 358 sprint win; champ Zimmerman takes All-American Outlaw feature
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 10/10/2015 – Gerard McIntyre, Jr. certainly picked a good night to win his first race of the year. A heat win assured him of a Hank Gentzler Memorial Manufacturers Night prize package valued at more than $3,000, and the win in the season finale earned him another $4,000.
“It came down to the very last race,” said McIntyre upon exiting his family Weaver’s Body Shop/NAPA Auto Parts/William McIntyre & Sons #16 in victory lane, “It’s been such a long year. To be standing here…I can’t thank all these guys enough for hanging with me. And hopefully this will give us a boost in the off-season and get things back going for next year. At least I know we’re competitive.”
Polesitter Mike Bittinger led the first 13 laps before J.J. Grasso took the lead. But in the process, Grasso damaged the front wing of his sprinter, which finally fell off entering turn one of lap 20.
When the caution came out, fourth-starting McIntyre pulled onto his back bumper. McIntyre pulled alongside Grasso several times during the caution, and made the race-winning pass on the restart.
“I was going around him anyway,” quipped McIntyre when asked chasing the Grasso #37, “I didn’t wat to take any chances. I knew I was the better car there at the end. He was fast and got around me when I was screwing around at the beginning. Everything went our way tonight. I drew a #1 pill for the heats and drew the #1 pill for the Manufacturer’s prize package. We’ll be back at Lincoln next year.”
Tenth-starting Greg Hodnett took the runner-up spot from Grasso on the next-to-last lap, but crossed 2.25 seconds behind McIntyre, with Grasso hanging on for third. Ninth-starting Adam Wilt and Tyler Ross completed the top five, with Aaron Ott, 18th-startng Alan Krimes, Bittinger, Steve Owings, and Jim Siegel rounding out the top ten.
Heats for the 35 410’s were won by McIntyre, Kyle Moody, Grasso, and Hodnett, with Cory Haas winning the consolation despite a 360-degree spin in the middle of the event.
Carlisle’s Doug Hammaker added an exclamation point to his Central PA point series and Lincoln Speedway championships by scoring the win in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature.
Hammaker started third and caught polesitter and race leader Brie Hershey on lap five. He held off the late-race challenges of 15th-starting Adrian Shaffer to claim his third win of the season in the Pigeon Hills. Just like McIntyre, it was his fourth career Lincoln win, and came by 1.75 seconds over Shaffer.
Third through fifth were Hershey, Matt Campbell (who came from the rear following a fourth turn spin on lap four), and Kyle Denmyer.
Heats for the 26 358’s were won by Cole Young, Denmyer, and Phil Walter, with Tyler Walton setting a new 5-lap track record in winning the consolation with a time of 1 minute, 19.25 seconds.
Kurt Zimmerman polished off a series championship season by becoming the fourth and final leader of the 20-lap All-American Outlaw feature. Zimmerman came from ninth starting spot to grab the lead from Bryan Green during a four-car battle for the lead on lap nine.
He led the rest of the way, with Randy Doty coming from 11th starting spot to finish second. Third through fifth were Justin Cullum, Hunter Nester, and Green.
The All-American Outlaw feature ended the 2015 Lincoln racing season, with annual Lincoln Race Car Flea Market coming up on Saturday, November 14th (6 a.m. to noon), followed by the 2015 Lincoln Speedway Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 21st (6 PM-12:30 AM).
Oct 10, 2015, 23:07
MONTIETH HOLDS OFF SMITH IN LINCOLN “DIRT CLASSIC” THRILLER
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Caps off fifth track championship with $20,000 win; Manufacturers Night season finale in two weeks
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/26/2015 –Brian Montieth showed the huge crowd why is the track champ by claiming the $20,000 top prize in the Second Annual “Dirt Classic” at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
After exchanging numerous slide jobs over the final few laps, Montieth held off inaugural “Dirt Classic” winner Stevie Smith to score a milestone 50th career Lincoln win.
And although it got down to Montieth and Smith at the end, it was Montieth’s double-pass of third-place Jac Haudenschild and second-place Brent Marks that was key to the win.
“Stevie was up there just trying not to make a mistake and trying to keep his speed,” said Montieth upon exiting the Jerry Parrish-owned Auto Locator/Premier Auto Works #21 in victory lane, “That restart when I got from fourth to second was the kicker for me. The car started to go and I got off my butt I guess.”
Smith started on the pole as high point man after time trials and two sets of qualifying events, but spotted the lead to outside front row starter Brent Marks for the first 11 laps.
Smith then pulled the slider on Marks to grab the lead in turn four of lap 12, and led through lap 26.
Montieth, who started third, ran fourth behind fourth-starting Haudenschild the first half of the race. It was after a 21st lap restart that Montieth passed both Haudenschild and Marks to move into the runner-up spot. At the time, Smith’s lead was nearly two seconds.
“It was follow the leader and I saw Greg trying to make a move when I was trying to make moves, and this place is tough in lapped traffic…especially when it’s just one lane around the top. The only time the bottom worked was on those restarts when everybody was slowed down.”
Montieth tracked down the leader over the next five laps and caught Smith on the backstretch of lap 27. Although Smith stayed close the rest of the way and actually slid in front of Montieth in heavy lapped traffic late in the race, Montieth was scored the leader of every lap.
“Once I saw Stevie, I got back on the wheel again, said Montieth, “If I made a mistake, it was on me…but I knew Stevie was going to be tough and I just tried to make the track as wide as I could there at the end.”
“I can’t say enough about this team. We haven’t had a real good run in the last few months, and I’m just happy for this team right now,” said Montieth.
Smith settled for second, with Marks third and Haudenschild fourth. Danny Dietrich, who flipped in his first heat, came from 17th starting spot to cross fifth, with Greg Hodnett running fifth the entire race until Dietrich caught him in the final few laps. Seventh through tenth were Lucas Wolfe, Aaron Ott, Gerard McIntyre, Jr., and B Main winner and 21st starting Dave Blaney.
Fast time in time trials over the 41-car field was set by Jac Haudenschild with a one-lap time of 13.090-seconds (103.132 MPH).
Two rounds of heats were won by Wolfe, Smith, Krimes, Marks, Tim Glatfelter, Billy Dietrich, Cory Haas, JJ Grasso, and Blaney.
Sep 26, 2015, 23:41