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INAUGURAL LINCOLN “DIRT CLASSIC PRESENTED BY KASEY KAHNE” GOES TO STEVIE SMITH
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ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/27/14 – Stevie Smith has had a number of memorable wins at Lincoln Speedway. His first career World of Outlaws win was in the Pigeon Hills. His first track title was in the Pigeon Hills. His most recent World of Outlaws win was in the Pigeon Hills. And now his name will stand for all-time as the first winner of the “Dirt Classic Presented by Kasey Kahne.
A unique qualifying format which required the drivers to gather points for time trials and a pair of heat races put Smith on the pole for the 40-lap, $20,000-to-win Classic. He followed outside front row starter Lance Dewease for one lap before making the race-winning pass in the first two turns of lap two. From there, he held off Dewease and the rest of the field through heavy lapped traffic over the second half of the race to score his second win of the year and 26th career win the Pigeon Hills.
“It’s the position they put me in,” said Smith upon exiting his Fred Rahmer and David Pritchard-owned, Miller Brothers Chevrolet/A.R.A.N. Limited #51s in victory lane, “Fred, Moon (Byers), Freddie, and Dave…all the sponsors…they put me here. I’m having a hell-of-a-time doing it. It’s been fun.”
In addition to the all-time Lincoln record $20,000 top prize, the driver and owner each received specially designed giant plates produced by Moose Blocks.
“I want to see if Fred wants to trade me $20,000 for this plaque,” quipped Smith, “But he had three cars out here tonight, and he needs about $40,000!”
Smith had a comfortable 1.85-second lead with ten laps to go, but it quickly evaporated as Dewease closed onto his back bumper when the two heavy lapped traffic with eight to go. Third-place Shane Stewart (driving the Kyle Larson/Justin Marks #2) and fourth-place Alan Krimes were the others to close on the battle for the lead, as Smith tried to safely navigate the lapped traffic in the waning laps.
Those four crossed nearly nose-to-tail at the finish, with Smith’s margin of victory a scant quarter of-a-second. Central PA Point Series champ Greg Hodnett finished fifth, with All-Star points champion Dale Blaney, Danny Dietrich, NASCAR star Dave Blaney, and rookies Austin Hogue and Tim Wagaman (who started 17th) completing the top ten.
Brent Marks came from 21st after an engine fire in his first heat to win his second heat and finish 11th in the feature.
“I’m really happy to be a part of this deal, and we’re going to focus now on Williams Grove (next week’s National Open),” said Smith, “This win means a lot. Of course, Fred’s the all-time winner here, and my dad’s right there, and I’m a lot of wins behind them. They’re the best drivers ever to come to this track. But we took $20,000 out of here. I want to thank Kasey Kahne and Jarrod and Shannon Adams (Kasey’s sister and brother-in-law) for all their work on putting this together. And I want to thank Lincoln Speedway, Alan Kreitzer and the Leibys. The Leibys have done a lot for me and my racing career, and they helped me get here, too.
Coming from NASCAR competition to Lincoln with Kahne was Kyle Larson, both of which addressed the record-setting crowd during course of the evening. 1st Round Heats were won by Dewease, Stevie Smith, Dave Blaney, Gerard McIntyre, Jr., and Danny Dietrich. 2nd Round Heats were won by Adam Wilt, Hodnett, Steve Owings, Marks, and Stewart. C-Main was won by Brian Carber and the B-Main was won by Marks. Fast time in time trials over the 52-car field was set by Dewease with one-lap time of 13.329-seconds (101.283 mph).
Lincoln will remain dark next Saturday (10/4), as Williams Grove runs its annual National Open, and then return to action for its final show of the season on Saturday, October 11th. The event will include the 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints & Central PA Legends, with the All-American Outlaws added as a fourth division in a feature-only program for them. Gates open at 4:00 PM, with the first green flag waving at 6:00 PM.
Sep 27, 2014, 23:59
DANNY DIETRICH EDGES BRIAN MONTIETH IN MANUFACTURERS NIGHT 410 SPRINT THRILLER
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Nouse wins feature, Rohrbaugh claims Trail-Way/Lincoln Shootout in 358 sprints;
Dalton Dietrich wins first of career in PASS Racesaver Sprints
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/20/14 – “That’s was pretty exciting.”
That understatement of the night was delivered by Danny Dietrich after scoring his fourth win of the year in the 25-lap Hank Gentzler Memorial Manufacturers Appreciation Night feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
The thriller saw Dietrich and Montieth throw slide jobs at each other in every turn over the final five laps.
“I wasn’t sure who was going to win. He got to second and I was kinda biding my time there in lapped traffic,” said Dietrich upon exiting his Sandoe’s Fruit Market/Weikert’s Livestock #48 in victory lane.
Time trials and an inversion of eight put Dietrich on the front row with polesitter Brandon Rahmer for the start. Dietrich wasted no time in grabbing the front spot in the first two turns, holding off fourth-starting Cory Haas through the middle stages of the race as Montieth was working his way to the front from sixth starting spot.
Montieth took second from Haas with five laps to go, and slid under Dietrich for the race lead exiting turn four of lap 21. But a caution for a four-car spin involving Jim Siegel, Bill Stine, Shane Hoff, and Aaron Ott in turns one and two negated the pass.
“He caught me by surprise,” said Dietrich, “I thought he was racing Cory (for second). Dietrich assumed the lead for the final restart, with Haas back in second and Montieth third.
Montieth drove around Haas immediately and started the late-race duel, taking the lead by the completion of lap 21.
From there, it was slide job heaven on each turn. Montieth was actually scored the leader of laps 21 and 22.
“It was definitely elbows up. I’m not sure who had the best line but I knew I could stick the bottom and through the middle pretty good,” said Dietrich, “The last lap I blew it into one and I figured I just needed to get to the cushion first and drive off. If I sat too long in the middle, he’d be standing here. It was good, clean, hard, fun racing. It doesn’t get any more exciting than that. My hat’s off to Montieth for a hell of-a-run he put on.”
Montieth settled for a close second .256 seconds behind Dietrich, with Haas, Austin Hogue, and Brandon Rahmer.
Sixth through tenth were Greg Hodnett, Lance Dewease, track champ Alan Krimes, Adam Wilt, and Gerard McIntyre, Jr.
Sprint heats were won by Danny Dietrich, Haas, Dewease, and Montieth, with Jordan Mackison winning the consolation. Fast time in time trials over the 45-car field was set by Krimes with one-lap time of 13.388-seconds (100.837 MPH).
More than $42,000 in manufacturers’ products and services were distributed to the 24 race teams that qualified for the feature. Thanks to the efforts of Denise Gentzler and Hank’s Performance Products, every driver received a prize package worth at least $1,600 at intermission. Bonus money was also provided to the first two alternates and the hard charger.
Mechanicsburg’s Kevin Nouse came from sixth starting spot to claim his 100th career win in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature. Nouse took the lead from Doug Hammaker in heavy lapped traffic as the leaders came down the front stretch to begin lap 18.
Hammaker settled for second, with C.J. Tracey, Jeff Rohrbaugh, and Matt Campbell completing the top five.
Rohrbaugh’s fourth-place finish coupled with his fourth-place finish at Trail-Way back on September 5th was good enough to claim the 2014 Trail-Way/Lincoln Shootout bonus of $500, edging Mike Bittinger in a tie-breaker for having the better Lincoln finish.
Heats for the 358 Sprints were won by Bittinger, Hammaker, and Jeff Halligan, with Brad McClelland winning the consolation, and finishing third in the two-race Shootout.
Dalton Dietrich assumed the lead when Colby Dice lost a drive line on lap six, and went on to score his first career win in the PASS Racesaver 305 Sprint Car 20-lap feature event.
Scott Ellerman, 11th-starting Paul Snyder, Cale Griffin, and Mark Watkins finished second through fifth.
Heats for the 21 PASS Sprints were won by Erin Statler and Watkins.
Sep 20, 2014, 23:59
FRANKIE HERR RECORDS 7TH LAWRENCE CHEVROLET SPORTSMAN 100 WIN
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Gene Knaub Dominates Again in 358 Late Model Action
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/13/14 – Frankie Herr continues to rewrite the super sportsman record books. From his fourth starting spot, Herr led 32 laps early, and then led the final 39 to record his seventh win in the prestigious 40th Annual Lawrence Chevrolet Sportsman 100 at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
Herr chased down outside frontrow starter and race long leader Mike Enders to take his first lead on lap 16 and paced the field through lap 48. Polesitter Gregg Foster had stayed with the leaders, Herr and Enders, through the first half of the 100 lap event and raced by Enders for second on lap 48 and then by Herr for the lead a lap later on lap 49.
Herr and Enders stayed with the race-leading Foster as the top-three raced though lapped traffic just past the halfway point of the 100-lap marathon. Herr got back around Foster for the lead on lap 61 and paced the field to the 70-lap break with Enders and 17th-starting Russ Mitten both keeping pace as the 70th-lap caution, signaled the break in the action.
All teams then headed to the pits for 10 minutes to work on their cars at the 70th lap break in the action’
But nobody had anything for Herr over the final 30-laps as he extended a 3-second lead to 9.53 seconds over the final 10 laps and took the checkered over eighth-starting Chad Criswell and Mitten for his second consecutive Sportsman 100 victory.
Enders, and 20th-starting Carmen Perigo, Jr. completed the top-five.
Rounding out the top10 were Doug Dodson, Bobby Hockenberry, Chad Smith, Paul Miller and Leroy Martin.
Early race contender Scott Geesey was running third when it appeared something broke on his can and turned hard into the third and fourth turn wall on lap 39 and flipped. Geesey was uninjured .
Including lap money, Herr took home $5,138 for his dominating performance which saw him lead 71 of the 100 laps run.
Super Sportsman qualifiers were won by Chad Smith and Tom Wykoff, with Devin Beidel winning the last chance race. Fast time in time trials over the 36-car field was Chad Criswell with a new one-lap track record time of 15.083-seconds (89.209 MPH).
For the second year in-a-row, Dover’s Gene Knaub followed up Frankie Herr’s Sportsman 100 win with his own in the 20-lap 358 Late Model feature.
Knaub, who started fourth, grabbed the lead from outside frontrow starting Kyle Martin on the second lap and never looked back en route to the 2.94-second win over Sam Gallagher, Martin, Ron Kline, and Charlie Schaffer.
Completing the top-10 were Les Hare, Travis Mease, Cam Zeigler, Tyler Horst, and Chaz Walls.
Heats for the “358" Late Models were won by Charlie Schaffer, Cam Zeigler, and Sam Gallagher
Sep 13, 2014, 23:51