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ROHRBAUGH JOINS HAAS AT THE TOP OF THE ALL-TIME LINCOLN 358 SPRINT WIN LIST;
Chad Glatfelter holds off McClelland and Stough for Central PA Legends win
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/18/2015 – Another big race, another big win for Danny Dietrich at Lincoln Speedway.
Dietrich came from 12th starting spot, nursed an injured motor over the final 16 laps, and claimed the $5,040 top prize in the 28th Annual and final DARYL GOHN/GLENN GOHN, SR. MEMORIAL for 410 sprint cars in the Pigeon Hills Saturday night. The extra money was put up by friends, family members, and sponsors.
“I hurt a motor there with nine laps to go trying to pass (Tim) Glatfelter going into three,” said Dietrich, who shut it down as soon as he took the checkered flag and went to the infield for some assistance, “As soon as I turned the corner (on the ninth lap) it started going south. We’re just lucky to be standing here”
Polesitter Brandon Rahmer led the first 20 laps and had an impressive two-second lead in lapped traffic over outside front row starter Tim Glatfelter as late as lap 17. On lap 18, Dietrich caught Robbie Kendall for third, and then took second from Glatfelter following caution restart on lap 20.
Dietrich continued his surge, taking the lead from Rahmer in turns thee and four of lap 21. It was the debris caution on the last restart with two to go that led to Dietrich’s concern.
“I was worried about it taking off on that last restart,” said Dietrich, “I know daggone well we’ll show up tomorrow and have another motor. We’ve got another one in the shop that’s just as good.”
Despite the engine issue, Dietrich crossed 1.10 seconds ahead of Glatfelter, with Brandon Rahmer settling for third, Kendall fourth, and Austin Hogue fifth. Sixth through tenth were 11th-starting and point leader Brian Montieth, Billy Dietrich, Cory Haas, Jim Siegel, and Tyler Ross.
Heats for the 24 410’s on hand were won by Siegel, Brandon Rahmer, and Kyle Moody.
Two-time track champ Jeff Rohrbaugh moved into a tie with Cory Haas as the all-time winningest 358 sprint drivers after coming from 11th starting spot to score his 13th career Lincoln win in the 25-lap Nouse Signs and Graphics Summer Series feature event.
And he didn’t waste any time, advancing to third by lap the end of lap two.
Third-starting Kyle Denmyer led the first lap before spinning in front of the field and collecting Troy Wagaman, Jr. on turns one and two of lap two, resulting in Denmyer being knocked onto his side.
Both cars were done for the night.
Sixth-starting Cody Fletcher assumed the lead for the lap two restart, and held off Rohrbaugh for the next 14 laps before Rohrbaugh took the lead on lap 15. Rohrbaugh raced away to convincing 7.01 second win over a charging Doug Hammaker, who started 12th and grabbed the runner-up spot from Fletcher with three laps to go.
Fletcher crossed third, with Chandler Leiby and Adrian Shaffer completing the top five.
Heats for the 33 358’s on hand were won by Matt Campbell, Nathan Prezenica, Wagaman, and Leiby, with Brie Hershey winning the consolation.
Chad Glatfelter delivered a 90th birthday present to his grandfather by claiming the 15-lap Central PA Legends feature. Glatfelter started fourth, took the lead from outside front row starter and race-long leader Mason Chaney on lap four, and withstood the constant challenges of both Travis McClelland and Lincoln points leader Bob Stough over the final eight laps.
McClelland and Stough finished second and third, with Chad Earnst and Harlon Leppo rounding out the top five.
Heats for the 26 Central PA Legends on hand were won by Stough, Leppo, and Chad Glatfelter.(Click on headline link above for full story & results)
FRANEK CLAIMS FIRST CAREER LINCOLN WIN IN 358’S; OTT TAKES MACH 1 360/358 CHALLENGE
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/11/2015 – Jim Siegel capitalized on a week of hard work and possibly a little help from upstairs in scoring his first win of the year in the Fallen Firefighters Night feature event at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
The 33-lap race was run in memory of firefighter Brandon Little, who was killed in a traffic crash while responding to a fire call in January of 2012, and in recognition of United Hook and Ladder Station 33, which serves Abbottstown and New Oxford.
As a young race fan, Brandon’s favorite driver was Jim Siegel.
“It’s special for me to be able to stand here on a night when we celebrate Brandon’s life,” said Siegel after scoring his 12th career Lincoln win and claiming the $5,000 top prize, “All I can say is that kids like him give their time and efforts. It matters a lot what those people do for us. I think it’s real special that they volunteer and help us out, because when you need them, they’re there for you.”
“I’ve been working my (butt) off all week,” continued Siegel, “So have my guys and my dad. We got that car tore up during the Monday Speedweek show here, and couldn’t make it back for Thursday. It’s been a long year. And it was an even longer week. It sure feels good to get the monkey off my back.”
Normal handicapping and a redraw with the first six spots and second group of six cars put Siegel on the inside of row two for the start. Outside front row starter Kyle Moody grabbed the lead from polesitter Glenndon Forsythe at the outset, with Siegel falling in line behind them.
The race’s lone caution flag came out for Scott Fisher on lap four. Siegel passed Forsythe for second two laps later, and closed quickly on Moody in lapped traffic over the next six lap. Siegel was actually scored the leader at the line completing lap 15, but Moody was able to retake the lead on the following lap.
Meanwhile, seventh-starting Danny Dietrich had worked his way into third place during that exchange.
Siegel was able to put on his race-winning move on lap 20. Four laps later, Dietrich got by Moody to take second. For the next ten laps, the Sandoe’s Fruit Market #48 tried to track down Siegel. He got close with five laps to go, but got hung up behind lapped cars, allowing Siegel to pull away to the .62-second win.
Moody settled for third, with Alan Krimes and Greg Hodnett completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Austin Hogue, Forsythe, 20th-starting Brian Montieth, Chase Dietz, and Tim Wagaman.
Heats for the 34 410’s on hand were won by Moody, Cory Haas, Wagaman, and Lance Dewease, with Freddie Rahmer winning the consolation.
Sussex, New Jersey’s Davie Franek came from 11th starting spot to score his first career Lincoln win in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature. Franek methodically worked his way through the field during through a red flag and four caution flags during the first nine laps of the race to restart third after the ninth-lap caution.
Driving the Roger McKeehan #4R, Franek caught Lucas Montgomery for the runner-up spot at the half-way point, and made his race-winning pass by polesitter and race-long leader Wyatt Hinkle three laps later. From there, he pulled away to a convincing 5.37-second win.
Hinkle crossed second, followed by Montgomery, Tyler Esh, and 12th-starting Jeff Halligan.
Rounding out the top ten were Brie Hershey, 22nd-starting Cole Young, Matt Campbell, 24th-starting Todd Rittenhouse, Jr., and 23rd-startng Jordan Givler.
Heats for the 40 358’s on hand were won by Troy Wagaman, Jr., Esh, Scott Fisher, and Hershey, with Chandler Leiby winning the consolation.
Aaron Ott ended a Lincoln win drought by winning the make-up 25-lap Mach 1 360/358 Challenge from 2014.
Front row starters Josh Weller and Jimmy Stitzel battled for the lead in the early going, with Weller leading lap one, Stitzel leading laps two and three, and Weller reclaiming the lead on lap four.
Ott made it a race between the yellow #25 cars after passing Stitzel for second on lap seven. Following the race’s final caution (a lap 12 caution for a spinning Mark Smith in turn one), Ott took the lead from Weller on the restart and drove away to a 4-second win, his first at Lincoln since 2011.
Weller crossed second, with Stitzel, Greg Hodnett, and Davie Franek rounding out the top five.