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DIETZ OUTRUNS DIETRICHS FOR SECOND CAREER LINCOLN 410 SPRINT CAR WIN
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Mitten claims fourth career Lincoln Super Sportsman victory; Stough comes from 12th to win Central PA Legends
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/16/2016 –Chase Dietz outran the Dietrichs to pick up his first win of the year in his family-owned #2D in 25 laps of torrid 410 sprint car racing at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
“I’m out of breath. Holy crap!” exclaimed Dietz after exiting the Haas Shocks/Godfrey Racing sprinter in victory lane, “We were okay. We weren’t the fastest, but the way the track was, we just had to be up there and wheel it.”
Dietz started third and ran there behind leader Billy Dietrich and polesitter Tim Wagaman for the first eight laps. The lone red then came out for Dwayne Gutshall, who did a soft roll after getting sideways in turn two.
“It just worked out for us. I got by Timmy and that red came out,” said Dietz, “I didn’t get a good restart, and Robbie (Kendall) got me and I got him back. I was like ‘Man, I gotta get back up the wheel real quick.’
“I was staying with Bill. I would gain and then lose and I figured once we got to lapped traffic it was time to get going and make my move. It worked out to our favor. I knew from Billy’s standpoint I wouldn’t want to be in the same position because you’re kinda vulnerable out there. He had a good run and has had some bad luck. It was a fun race for sure.”
Dietz finally drove around Dietrich exiting turn two in heavy lapped traffic of lap 21. The two were side-by-side at the end of the lap, but Dietz didn’t take control until exiting turn two of lap 22. From there, he drove away to his second career Lincoln win, with Billy and 12th-starting Danny Dietrich crossing second and third. Completing the top five were Kendall and Tyler Ross.
“This has been a really tough season for us. We get here when we can,” said Dietz, “It’s a family-owned team and there are a ton of people I can’t thank enough that even allow me to be here. Troy Godfrey has poured his heart and soul into me right now and supplies the car for me to even be able to get out here. My grandpa has given us a motor to run. What we have sitting here is what we got, and that’s it. But we come here to win.”
Sixth through tenth were Gerard McIntyre, Jr., Freddie Rahmer, points leader Alan Krimes, Brian Montieth, and Adam Wilt.
Heats for the 34 410 Sprints were won by McIntyre, Dietz, Cory Haas, and Billy Dietrich, with Frankie Herr winning the consolation.
Newville’s Russ Mitten, now in his 27th year of racing, ended a month-long dry spell by claiming his fourth career Lincoln win in the 25-lap super sportsman feature. Mitten started third and took the top spot away from polesitter and race-long leader Gregg Foster on lap seven. He dominated the rest of the way, taking the checkered 2.15 seconds ahead of Foster, with Doug Dodson, 11th-starting Mike Enders, and Scott Geesey rounding out the top five.
Heats for the 25 Super Sportsman were won by Dodson, Kenny Edkin, and Scott Dellinger.
Bob Stough came from 12th starting spot to score his sixth career Lincoln win in the 20-lap main event for the Central PA Legends. Stough was passing a car a lap in the late going, and drove around both Lucas Montgomery and leader Mason Chaney as the three crossed under the flag stand with two laps to go. Chaney settled for second, with Chad Earnst, Montgomery, and Harlon Leppo completing the top five.
Heats for the 30 Central PA Legends were won by Leppo, Justin Mitchell, and Reed Salony, with Tony Mrakovich winning the consolation.
Jul 16, 2016, 23:54
HODNETT CLAIMS 13TH ANNUAL WELDON STERNER MEMORIAL, KRIMES WINS FIRST NIGHT OF LINCOLN/TRAIL-WAY/SUSQUEHANNA 410 SPRNT SHOOTOUT
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Trey Hivner scores first career 358 sprint car win; Fred Cullum All-American Outlaw victor
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/9/2016 – Greg Hodnett added to his Central PA point series lead with his fourth Lincoln of the year and Alan Krimes scored his first checkered flag of the year and 17th career Lincoln win in the high-paying Pigeon Hills sprint car double features Saturday night.
STERNER MEMORIAL COMPLETION
Hodnett picked up where he left off back on April 30th in claiming the $6,900 top prize in the 33-lap Weldon Sterner Memorial for 410 sprinters. The northeast’s leading feature winner started fourth after drawing the four-pill for the inversion at the front of the field.
Polesitter Danny Dietrich led the first 16 laps from the pole before his motor went sour. Hodnett slid under the Sandoe’s Fruit Market/Hickory Run Orchards/Weikert’s Livestock #48 exiting turn four of lap 17, and drove away to a 1.34-second win.
“We knew that with Danny starting up front, he was going to be really tough. He’s been tough here all year. We were just fortunate enough to squeak on by,” said Hodnett after scoring his 17th overall win of 2016, “We can’t complain at all about this year. We come out and do the best we can every night, and fortunately for us, the crew keeps plugging away and giving me really good race cars. Again, I’m not the most comfortable here at Lincoln, but they give me really good race cars and even I can win I guess.”
Dietrich crossed second, followed by Alan Krimes, Freddie Rahmer, and Lucas Wolfe. Sixth through tenth were 11th-starting Brian Montieth, Ryan Smith, Brandon Rahmer, Jim Siegel, and Robbie Kendall.
Heats for the originally scheduled April 30th Sterner Memorial were won by Hodnett, Siegel, and Kendall. Fast time in time trials over the 29-car field on April 30th was Hodnett in the lelands.com/Trone Outdoor Advertising #27, who set a new one-lap track record time of 12.577-seconds (107.339 MPH). That same April 30th night, the fastest three cars had eclipsed the old track record of 12.719 seconds held by Lucas Wolfe from 2015.
REGULARLY SCHEDULED SHOW
Alan Krimes took home the $4,000 winner’s share after winning the regularly-scheduled show, which was night number-one of the Lincoln/Trail-Way/Susquehanna 410 Sprint Car Shootout.
Ryan led the first 23 laps from his pole position, before the Wayne Corini CPA/Abe Service Company #87 slid under Smith for the race-winning pass in heavy lapped traffic exiting turns three and four of the 24th lap.
“I saw Hodnett was making up ground on the bottom, and I figured it was going to lay rubber sometime during the feature,” said the 2014 Lincoln champ and current points leader in victory lane, “It was just a matter of moving down at the right time and finding it. Adam was down there, too, and we were running the 94 down. Those two guys got to racing and that’s what I needed. They slid each other and I could really gain on them when they were doing that. I finally got him after the caution came out.”
“Ryan’s a good racer and he moved down and got away from me a little bit,” said Krimes, “But when we got lapped cars, he tried to go around one of them and I was close enough with a real small strip of rubber there. He missed it and started humming, and that was opening I needed to sneak back by him.”
Krimes pulled away from Smith to take the checkered flag 1.44 seconds ahead of the Warko #94. Third through fifth were Hodnett, Adam Wilt, and Danny Dietrich.
Rounding out the top ten were Cory Haas, Tim Wagaman, Freddie Rahmer, Jim Siegel, and Scott Fisher.
Heats for the 32 410 Sprints on hand for the regularly scheduled show were won by Haas, Smith, Krimes, and Gerard McIntyre, Jr. winning the consolation.
Fast time in time trials for the regularly scheduled show was set again by Hodnett with a one-lap time of 13.433-seconds (100.499 MPH).
For the fourth time this year, Lincoln saw a first-time 358 sprint car career winner, as rookie Trey Hivner of Hanover grabbed the lead from polesitter and race-long leader Brian Allman on lap 15 and score the 1.69-second win.
Third through fifth behind Hivner and Allman were Tyler Esh, Dalton Dietrich, and 11th-starting Matt Campbell.
Heats for the 34 358 Sprints on hand were won by CJ Tracy, Esh, Chris Arnold, and Adrian Shaffer, with Doug Hammaker winning the consolation.
ALL AMERICAN OUTLAWS
Fred Cullum took advantage of an 18th-lap caution to close onto the back bumper of race-long leader Bryan Green and make the race-winning pass on the restart following the event’s only caution flag.
Green settled for second, with Justin Cullum, Jim Minter, and Tim Fake completing the top five.
Heats for the 13 All American Outlaws were won by Green and Fred Cullum.
Jul 9, 2016, 23:58
HAMMAKER COMES FROM 19TH TO WIN NOUSE SIGNS & GRAPHICS SERIES EVENT AT LINCOLN
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HANSON OUTDUELS DICE IN PASS/IMCA SPRINT FEATURE; BOWES BESTS POINTS LEADER INGLIN IN 600 XCEL MODIFIEDS
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/2/2016 –Social media discord and a family feud may have been among the things that inspired Doug Hammaker to score his second Lincoln win of the year in the second leg of the Nouse Signs & Graphics 358 Summer Series event on Saturday night.
“I won the Nouse series without a win last year, and I wanted one of those (tiki warrior) trophies,” said Hammaker upon exiting his Heavy Equipment Loaders & Parts #66 in victory lane, “I’ve been getting bashed pretty hard on social media that I can’t pass cars clean. I just came from 19th and I don’t think I hit anybody. Coming back from that far, you have to tip-toe, but I got my mind set.”
“We don’t run this car a lot, continued Hammaker, “Last night at Trail-Way we hurt the motor in the red car, so we changed the car around at 1:00 this afternoon. The old man ain’t here, so I kinda set it up myself…so I might have bragging rights this week.
“Dad had a family altercation today at the shop, and he decided he wasn’t coming tonight,” said Hammaker when pressed about Dale’s absence, “Hopefully, he got the grumpy pants off and got his happy face on now.”
A tenth-lap crash involving the second, third, and fourth-place cars was the only race stoppage in the 25 laps. Jake Eldreth, who was running second made contact with Matt Campbell and flew into the fourth turn catch fence. Collected in the incident was fourth-place Chris Arnold. Eldreth received a check-up from the track EMTs after complaining of head pain.
Hammaker was placed fourth for the restart, moved past Kyle Denmyer into third on lap 18, and then drove under both Kevin Nouse and race-long leader Steve Drevicki entering turn three of lap 22.
From there, he drove away to his sixth career win and the $1,200 top prize.
Second through fifth were Drevicki (in his best ever Lincoln finish), Nouse, Adrian Shaffer, and Denmyer.
Heats for the 41 358’s on hand were won by Denmyer, Jordan Givler, Shaffer, and Brent Shearer, with Phil Walter winning the consolation.
In another late-race pass for the win, Jaremi Hanson drove under Colby Dice exiting turn two of the next-to-last lap to score his first Lincoln win in the 20-lap PA Sprint Series feature event.
Hanson actually started on the pole, but yielded the top spot to fourth-starting Dice at the outset. He chased Dice the entire way before making the race-winning pass. Dice settled for second, with Rick Stief, Dave Brown, Jr., and Drew Ritchey completing the top five.
Heats for the 29 PASS/IMCA (305) Sprints on hand were won by Hanson, Zach Burd, and Stephanie Dodson.
Aaron Bowes celebrated his 23rd birthday by holding off point series leader Korey Inglin in the 20-lao Xcel Modified feature. Bowes started on the pole and led in the early going before Inglin took the lead. Bowes reclaimed the top spot at mid-race in the caution-marred event. Inglin crossed second, with Nate Brinker coming from the back after an early race spin to finish third. Richie Hitzler and Tyler Bartik rounded out the top five.
Heats for the 31 600 Xcel Modifieds on hand were won by Bowes, Brinker, and Inglin, with Bartik winning the consolation.
Jul 2, 2016, 23:59