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LINCOLN SPEEDWAY 2012 AWARDS BANQUET HONORS CHAMPS
DANNY DIETRICH CLAIMS FIRST TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP;
Tim Wagaman wins first Lincoln 358 Sprint Title;
Watson thundercar champ for third time;
YORK, PA, 11/20/10 - Lincoln Speedway track champions and special year-end awards were handed out at the Holiday Inn in York Saturday night, November 17th. More than 200 people were in attendance to watch the crowning of the 410 sprint, 358 sprint, and thundercar champions for 2012. The top finishers in the season-long point series for all three divisions were honored as well as special awards.
DIETRICH CLAIMS FIRST LAWRENCE CHEVROLET TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP
For the first time in five years, Lincoln crowned a new track champion in 2012. Rising 410 sprint car star Danny Dietrich scored nine Lincoln wins during a breakout season that included his first-ever victories against the World of Outlaws and All-Star Circuit of Champions and the annual Kenny Weld/Hilly Rife Memorial race en route to his first Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprint Track Championship.
Four-time track champ (2008-2011) Brian Montieth of Phoenixville was the other big winner during the year, with the Spring Sprint Championship, Lincoln Keystone Cup race, Gohn Memorial, PA Speedweek, and the annual Hank Gentzler Manufacturers Appreciation events among his eight wins. And his eight wins bumped him up to ninth on the all-time Lincoln career win list (passing Van May) win list with 34. Despite the wins, he was only able to finish sixth in points in another season filled with competitive Lincoln racing.
Together, Dietrich and Montieth claimed 17 of the 27 races, with Dietrich finishing in the top five 20 times and top ten 23 of the 27events, and Montieth amassing 16 top-five finishes. Dietrich’s nine wins placed him into a 19th-place tie with Steve Kinser on the all-time Lincoln win list.
It was also the first track title for car owner Gary Kauffman and sponsors Sandoe’s Fruit Market and APM Buildings. Dietrich’s title also secured chief wrench Jacob Hinkle his first Mechanic of the Year award.
Myerstown’s Brent Marks nailed down second in season points in the TJ’s Body Shop/BAPA Paints & Auto Supply #19M. Marks scored a second-week win, ten top ten and 21 top five finishes to finish 265 points behind Dietrich in season points.
Cory Haas had his best-ever year in a 410 sprinter, finishing third in points on the strength of four wins, doubling his Lincoln career total to eight. Haas scored 17 top-fives and 21 top-10 finishes. Haas’ wins included the season finale on October 13th.
Denver’s Alan Krimes scored one win, 15 top-fives and 20 top-tens to finish fourth in season points.
New Oxford’s Jim Siegel went winless in 2012, but finished in the top five five times and top ten 17 times to round out the top five in season points.
Completing the top ten in season points were Montieth, 2012 most improved driver Gerard McIntyre, Jr., Billy Dietrich (who claimed his first career Lincoln 410 sprint win on April 28th), Brad McClelland (one win), and Adam Wilt (who lone season win was on opening day on February 25th).
The other Lincoln winner in 2012 was Brian Leppo on March 17th.
All told, there were nine different winners in 27 races at Lincoln in 2012.
Third-generation driver Hunter Mackison, who finished the season 16th in points, was recognized as Lincoln’s 2012 rookie of-the-year.
2012 SPECIAL AWARDS WINNERS (410 Sprints)
Super Sprint Champion – Danny Dietrich
Mechanic of the Year – Jacob Hinkle
Rookie of the Year – Hunter Mackison
Sportsmanship Award – Chad Criswell
Most Improved Driver – Gerard McIntyre, Jr.
TIM WAGAMAN CLAIMS FIRST LINCOLN SPEEDWAY KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP
In a season that saw 14 different winners in 17 events, Hanover’s Tim Wagaman was the most consistent of all drivers in claiming his first-ever track title in the 358 sprint car division.
And he did it without registering a win at the Pigeon Hills oval during the season, dethroning uncle Jeff Rohrbaugh by a mere 30 points in a battle that went down to the final points race. Despite being winless, Wagaman registered six top-five and 13 top-ten finishes in the 17 events.
Rohrbaugh, whose lone win was in the 358 sprint season opener on March 10th, finished second on the strength of a win, seven top-five, and 11 top-ten finishes. Rohrbaugh was also the division’s leading heat winner with six.
Norristown’s Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. recorded five top-five and 11 top-ten finishes en route to third in season points.
Niki Young finished fourth in points with a division-leading three wins, division-leading eight top fives, and a division-leading 13 top ten finishes.
Most improved driver Austin Hogue, one of eight drivers recording their first career Lincoln win in 2012, finished fifth in points. His win came on his sponsor’s night, BAPS Auto Paints & Supply Night on July 14th.
Other first-time winners in 2012 were lady driver Brie Hershey, D.J. Montgomery, Jacob Allen, Mark Smith, Matt Mountz, Shane Hoff, and Ryan Wilson. The only other repeat winner in 2012 was Scott Fisher.
Sixth through tenth in season points were Nathan Berwager, rookie of-the-year Ryan Wilson (one win), sportsmanship award winner Cris Eash (one win), Tyler Ross, and Mike Bittinger (one win).
2012 SPECIAL AWARDS WINNERS (358 Sprints)
358 Sprint Champion – Tim Wagaman
Rookie of the Year – Ryan Wilson
Sportsmanship Award – Cris Eash
Most Improved Driver – Austin Hogue
DUANE WATSON CLAIMS THIRD LINCOLN SPEEDWAY THUNDERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
Abbottstown’s Duane Watson joined some elite company in the thundercar division, becoming only the second driver to ever win three track titles. (Bernie Beard’s five track titles leads all drivers with five titles, and Watson joins Bobby Beard as a three-time track champ.) In 14 events, Watson’s four wins also included 11 top-five finishes. He is third on the all-time Lincoln thundercar win list with 37.
Mike Slaybaugh, 2012 sportsmanship award winner, took the title chase against Watson down to the final race with one win, six top-fives and a division-leading 13 top-tens to finish second in season points. Third through fifth in season points were Jimmy Combs (who recorded his first career win on July 28th), Todd Miller, and Brian Walls (who was tied with Watson for most wins on the season at four).
Sixth through tenth in points were most improved driver Mikey Guise, Kyle Martin (one win), Danny Beard, Wayne Dutterer, and Will Walls.
In addition Combs, other first-time winners were Wayne Dutterer and rookie of-the-year Jimmy Jesmer.
There were eight different winners in 14 races.
2012 SPECIAL AWARDS WINNERS (Thundercars)
Thundercar Champion – Duane Watson
Rookie of the Year – Jimmy Jesmer
Sportsmanship Award – Mike Slaybaugh
- Most Improved Driver – Mikey Guise
Nov 17, 2012, 21:30
HAAS COMES FROM 12TH TO WIN LINCOLN 410 SPRINT CAR SEASON FINALE
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Niki Young wins third of the year in 358 sprints; Brian Walls wins fourth in thundercars; Watson claims third Lincoln title
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 10/13/2012 – How fast was Cory Haas in the season finale for 410 sprint cars at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night?
Fast enough to start 12th and win by more than four seconds.
Haas thought he was in trouble when his redraw placed him on the outside of row six for the start. But he advanced through the field as front row starter Derek Sell and polesitter Josh Wells ran first and second the first five laps. By the time the only red flag of the event came out for a flipping third-place Bill Stine on lap six, Haas had entered the top five.
He caught Alan Krimes for fourth on the lap six restart, but then dropped back out of the top five during torrid racing with Krimes and Marks on lap nine. That’s when the caution came out for Randy Baughman, who stopped at the end of the front stretch to bring out the caution.
“I thought I kinda blew it there in the middle stages of the race,” said Haas upon exiting his Michael Barshinger-owned Embee & Son/Tailgaters #11c in victory lane, “We had that restart and I went through the middle and the top, and about cleared Alan and Logan, but I didn’t quite get ‘em. They got back around me and got going, and I moved the wing around a little bit and tried the bottom and top. It just felt best going around the top and going as fast as I could. That’s where I felt the best and could gain some ground on those guys. I worked my way to second and was closing on Brent a little bit. It was going to be a heck of-a-race I think.”
Sixth-starting Logan Schuchart took the lead from Sell on the 10th-lap restart, and Brent Marks came from his eighth starting spot to slide under Sell for second one lap later. By lap 12, Haas was back in the picture, passing Sell for fourth but trying to hold off Danny Dietrich, who had advanced from his 11th starting spot to fifth.
Marks slid under Schuchart for the lead on lap 17, and Haas moved into second the next lap.
That’s when disaster struck from Marks, who hit the outside guardrail and sustained front suspension damage exiting turn four of lap 20.
“I was closing up a little bit and I looked up and he was crashing. I barely got out of the cushion enough to just miss him,” said Haas, “After that, it was getting pretty far up against the wall and I decided to move the wing back and just go around the bottom down there.”
Haas assumed the lead for the restart and drove away from the field, crossing 4.14 seconds ahead of Danny Dietrich, who caught Schuchart for second on lap 23.
Schuchart settled for third, with Krimes and 15th-starting Brian Montieth completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were 18th-starting Jim Siegel, 17th-starting Brian Leppo, 20th-starting Adam Wilt, and Steve Owings.
Heats for the 28 410 Sprints on hand were won by Glenndon Forsythe, Wells, and Danny Dietrich, with Gerard McIntyre, Jr. winning the consolation.
Niki Young claimed his third win of the year in the 20-lap 358 sprint car feature. Young grabbed the lead from track champ Tim Wagaman as the two leaders both had to take evasive action to clear the slowing car of Nick Palmerino exiting turn four of lap ten and led the rest of the way. Palmerino suffered a leg injury when the drive shaft broke in his #51 sprinter, and received medical attention in the infield during a 13th-lap caution.
Tim Berkheimer advanced from fourth to second on the 14th-lap restart, and finished 1.2 seconds behind Young. Ryan Wilson, Wagaman, and Tyler Ross rounded out the top five, with Dale Hammaker, Cris Eash, Austin Hogue, Adrian Shaffer, and Matt Findley completing the top ten.
Heats for the 20 358 Sprints on hand were won by Berkheimer, Brad McClelland, and Hogue. McClelland, who was slated to start fourth in the feature, scratched from the event.
Oct 13, 2012, 22:02
MONTIETH CLAIMS 8TH LINCOLN WIN OF THE YEAR IN HANK GENTZLER MEMORIAL MANUFACTURERS NIGHT MAIN
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Smith wins 358 Championship event; Tim Wagaman wraps up season-long points title
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 10/6/2012 – “That was my only chance,” said a matter-of-fact Brian Montieth after claiming his eighth Lincoln win of the year and second straight Hank Gentzler Manufacturers Appreciation Night Race on Saturday night.
Montieth pulled a major league slider on Brent Marks during a 23rd lap restart and drove to his 34th career Lincoln win, taking home the $4,000 top prize.
Time trials, qualifying, and an inversion draw for a 6-lap dash place Montieth fifth for the start. Outside front row starter Gerard McIntyre, Jr. grabbed the lead from polesitter Billy Dietrich at the start and led the first 18 laps before Mark slid under the Weaver’s Body Shop #16 entering turn three of lap 19. Marks looked to be in command until the caution came out for Todd Zinn, who hit the guardrail in turn one on lap 23.
Montieth ran fifth until lap 15, when he caught Billy Dietrich for position on lap 15.
“There was a lot of dirty air up top in the early stages,” said Montieth, “That really makes it difficult to get to the front.”
The driver known as “the Edge” closed on Marks, McIntyre, and third-place Lance Dewease as Marks was taking the lead on lap 19. Montieth then took second from McIntyre a lap later as Danny Dietrich was making it a five-car race up front.
Montieth’s race-winning move in turns one and two of the 23rd-lap restart. Over the final three laps, Montieth pulled away to a 1.29-second win, with Marks settling for second, McIntyre holding onto third, Dietrich fourth, and Dewease fifth.
Sprint heats were won by Alan Krimes, Danny Dietrich, and Dewease, with Randy Baughman winning the consolation event. Fast time in time trials over the 26-car field was set by Montieth with a one-lap time of 13.181-seconds (102.420 MPH).
Sunbury’s Mark Smith started on the outside of the front row and led every lap of the 25-lap, $1,500-to-win “358” sprint car championship race.
But the big story on Saturday night was the battle for the track title. Defending champ Jeff Rohrbaugh started on the pole of the time trial show and needed to gain 40 points on nephew Tim Wagaman to claim his second straight title.
But qualifying and an inversion draw place Wagaman third for the start, and he stayed out of trouble to cross fourth and join his uncle in becoming only the second driver to claim track titles at both Lincoln and Trail-Way Speedways in the same year. It was Wagman’s first championship at both tracks.
Smith and Rohrbaugh ran first and second the entire way, with Ryan Wilson edging Wagaman for third after the two exchanged the spot several times during the race. Tim Berkheimer completed the top five, with Austin Hogue, Steve Owings, 19th-starting Tyler Ross, Niki Young, and Brad McClelland rounding out the top ten.
Heats for the “358" sprinters were won by Wilson, Dale Hammaker, Smith and McClelland.
Brie Hershey won the consolation.
Fast time in time trials over the 33-car field was set by Cris Eash with a new one-lap track record time of 14.061-seconds (96.010 MPH). In all, the top 13 time trialers broke the previous 1-lap record of 14.283-seconds held by Billy Dietrich from 8/7/2010.
Oct 6, 2012, 23:21
CHAMP DIETRICH CLAIMS NINTH LINCOLN WIN OF THE YEAR IN ANNUAL KENNY WELD/HILLY RIFE MEMORIAL
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Watson pads point lead with fourth win of the year in thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/22/2012 – Sixteen years after Kenny Weld’s passing, Weld Tech cylinder heads were on the car of the winner in the Annual Kenny Weld/Hilly Rife Memorial at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
Danny Dietrich put an exclamation point on a championship season by scoring the $5,000 win in the 40-lap event. Dietrich started eighth and worked his way through the field to slide under Gerard McIntyre, Jr. for the race lead exiting turn four of lap 32. From there, he drove away to the 2.86-second win, his ninth of the year and 16th career win in the Pigeon Hills. He also collected the $500 bonus for being the first car across the finish line with Weld Tech cylinder heads.
“I tried to bide my time,” said Dietrich upon exiting the Gary Kauffman-owned Sandoe’s Fruit Market/APM Buildings #48 in victory lane, “I looked up a couple of times at the board and it about bit me. You look up at the board and you lose your concentration. You try and pace yourself in these 40-lappers. They wear you out a little bit, and I was surprised to stay on the top for 40 laps.”
Time trials and a redraw placed McIntyre and Cory Haas on the front row. Those two swapped the lead several times, with McIntyre leading lap one and Haas scored the leader of laps two through 24.
Lance Dewease brought out the caution after stopping (while running 10th) in turn four of lap 25. On the restart, McIntyre reclaimed first from Haas and led the next eight laps. Dietrich, who was running third for the restart, caught Haas for second on lap 28, then made the race-winning pass four laps later.
“When I went to the bottom on a restart while racing Jimmy (Siegel) there for a while, I was planning on staying there, said Dietrich, “ Then Cory went to the bottom, and I thought ‘The only way I’m going to forward is if I get to the outside of him.’”
Though he had nothing for Dietrich, Haas was strong enough to catch McIntyre for second on lap 38. McIntyre settled for third, with Brian Montieth coming from 19th starting spot to take fourth from Alan Krimes at the line. His last-lap pass earned him the $100 Walter’s Services hard-charger award, one pass better than Logan Schuchart. Sixth through tenth were Brent Marks, Jim Siegel, Adam Wilt, 23rd-starting Logan Schuchart, and Greg Hodnett.
Sprint heats were won by Siegel, Brad McClelland, Dewease, and Daryn Pittman, with Robbie Kendall winning the B-Main. Fast time in time trials over the 32-car field was set by Brian Leppo with a one-lap time of 13.402 seconds (100.731 MPH). Leppo received the $100 Walter’s Services hard luck award for spinning in turn four while running fifth on lap 12 of the feature. Also spinning and making contact with the outside wall at the same time was Daryn Pittman. Pittman’s night was done, and Leppo dropped out a few laps later.
Abbottstown’s Duane Watson overcame problems in his heat and charged from his 15th starting spot to pass Todd Miller for the lead on the 10th lap and then survived the final laps of the 20-lap thundercar feature to record his fourth win of 2012.
Watson’s 37th career win came .81-seconds over Mikey Guise and increased his point lead over Mike Slaybaugh to 75 points with one race remaining in the battle for the 2012 Thundercar track championship.
Slaybaugh settled for third, with Roy Warehime, Jr. fourth and Wayne Dutterer fifth. Jason Townsend finished sixth. Finishing seventh, one-lap down in seventh was Kyle Martin. Only the top-seven cars were on the track from the original 19 scheduled to start.
Todd Miller, who grabbed the lead from his fourth starting position on the opening lap, ended up finishing 10th.
Heats for the Thundercars were won by Roy Warehime, Jr. and Mikey Guise.
Sep 22, 2012, 23:02
DELLINGER CLAIMS SECOND CAREER LAWRENCE CHEVROLET SPORTSMAN 100 WIN
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Bobby Beard, Randy Doty “358” late model, All-American Outlaw winners
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/15/2012 – Scott Dellinger came from tenth starting spot to grab the lead from polesitter Steve Fannasy, then held off a determined Scott Geesey to claim his second career “Lawrence Chevrolet Sportsman 100” win in the 38th edition of the annual classic at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
The race-winning pass came on lap 27, and the Dellinger’s Auto Body #30 racked up $1,166 in lap money to go along with the $4,000 winner’s share in leading the rest of the way. Though he was never headed, the 2009 winner had to hold off the repeated challenges of Scott Geesey through heavy lapped traffic over the first portion of the race and then the final 30 laps of the event.
“This track used to really be hard on me,” said Dellinger, “The guys have been really patient with me this year. We’ve been struggling here the last half of the season. I’m not sure what we’ve going on here, but every time we come to Lincoln we seem to get a little better, so we tried to capitalize on that.”
“I have to thank all the guys on the crew,” continued Dellinger, “Ben Engle has been with me since I started running street stocks. I’m glad he hasn’t lost faith in me yet. He told me he wanted at least two feature wins this year. We gave a couple away at the beginning, so this counts four of them I believe.”
Geesey, who started sixth, ran strong the entire way to cross second, with ninth-starting Paul Miller, eighth-starting Carmen Perigo, Jr., and 15th-starting and hard charger Russ Mitten completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Jay and Steve Fannasy, Rich Eichelberger, Frankie Herr, and Gregg Foster. Only eight cars finished on the lead lap, largely due to the low number of caution flags (five) during the event.
“I guess my car was set up a little bit better for the race track,” said Dellinger, “Those guys may have been coming on a little better at the end of the first half, because I was going away.”
Super Sportsman qualifiers were won by Bobby Hockenberry and Eichelberger, with Jared Miller winning the last chance race.
Fast time in time trials over the 38-car field was set by Geesey with a one-lap time of 15.437-seconds (87.452 MPH).
Bobby Beard started on the front row, drove by polesitter Grant Adams on the first lap, and led the entire way in the 20-lap “358” late model feature. Charlie Scheaffer came from ninth starting spot to catch Adams late and finish second. Adams settled for third, with Chase Billet and 12th-starting Pat Beard rounding out the top five.
Heats for the 26 “358" Late Models were won by Chase Billet, Randy Stoudt, and Cam Zeigler, with Travis Mease winning the consolation.
Randy Doty claimed his first career Lincoln win in the 20-lap All-American Outlaws feature. Doty, who raced in Lincoln’s thundercar division without a career win, started tenth and advanced through the field to catch Justin Cullum for the race lead as the two were coming down to the flag to complete lap 11. From there, he held off Cullum for the win, with Al Daniels, Scott Jorda, and Fred Cullum completing the top five. Fred Cullum’s fifth-place finish earned him the All-American Outlaw series championship for 2012.
Heats for the All American Outlaws were won by Scott Jorda and Carnie Fryfogle.
Sep 15, 2012, 23:20
SEVERE STORMS POSTPONE 358 CHAMPIONSHIP/POINTS FINAL.E TO OCTOBER 6TH
Abbottstown, PA - 9/8/2012 - Severe thunderstorms, with damaging wind and possible tornadoes during the afternoon forced Lincoln Speedway to postpone it's Sept. 8th 358 Sprint Championship and 358 Sprint points finale until Oct. 6th. It will be run in conjunctioon with the Hank Gentzler Memorial/Manufacturers Appreciation Night activities.
Sep 8, 2012, 14:16
KRIMES CLAIMS FIRST LINCOLN WIN OF THE YEAR IN PREMIER AUTOWORKS/AUTO LOCATOR FEATURE
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D.J. Montgomery wins career first in “358” sprints; Steve Wilbur sets new track record in super sportsman
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/1/2012 –To hear him tell it, Alan Krimes has had a terrible year. His worst ever.
But he was good enough to finish fourth in Lincoln points, and has been in the hunt in most Lincoln features in 2012. Saturday night, Krimes sifted through the leaders to score his first Lincoln win of the year, the tenth of his Lincoln career.
Time trials and a redraw placed Krimes fifth for the start. Third starting Cory Haas became the third different leader of the first lap and led the first 10 laps before second-starting Brent Marks grabbed the lead at the flagstand in heavy lapped traffic to complete lap 11. At the time, Krimes was running fourth behind eighth-starting Danny Dietrich.
Haas began to fade after Marks took the lead and was back to fourth by the end of lap 12. Dietrich and Krimes moved into second and third that lap, and Krimes caught Dietrich for second on lap 15. Krimes then chased down Marks as the leader continued to sort their way through lapped traffic, and took the lead on lap 19.
“That was wild! It went by fast,” said Krimes upon exiting his Conestoga Valley Garage #87 in victory lane, “I knew the laps had to be winding down there…we were racing for the lead…and when I got the lead I saw there was only three or four to go and I thought ‘Wow, that went fast!’ I guess time flies when you’re having fun!”
“We’ve been awful all year everywhere we’ve been,” added Krimes, “We won early at the Grove, and I didn’t think we’d get another win the rest of the year. Those three cars (Dietrich, Haas, and Montieth) have been way better than us all year. We passed two of the three…Brian started behind us…We got by Dietrich and Cory somehow. It feels good to beat all three of those guys, along with a bunch of other guys…Marks has been really fast, too…and once he got in the lead I thought it might be tough to get around him. But once we got into lapped traffic there, it didn’t seem like anybody could roll the bottom in one and two and I wasn’t too bad down there. He (Marks) went to the top in turn four and I got a run on the bottom and made it work.”
From there, he drove away to a 2.33-second win over Marks, with Dietrich, ninth-starting Brian Montieth, and Haas completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Billy Dietrich, polesitter Brad McClelland, Jim Siegel, 19th-starting Niki Young (driving the John Pinter #92), and Gerard McIntyre, Jr.
Heats for the 410 Sprints were won by Danny Dietrich, Haas, and Kyle Moody.
Marks set fast time over the 22-car field with a one lap time of 13.519-seconds (99.859 mph).
D.J. Montgomery scored his first career win and became the 13th different winner in 15 races in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature. Montgomery started third and was running second when polesitter and race-long leader Denny Gross broke and flipped hard into the third-turn guardrail on lap 14. Gross was uninjured, but severe damage to his #2 ended his night. Montgomery led the rest of the way, crossing .72 seconds ahead of ninth-starting Mike Bittinger. Seventh starting Cris Eash, 11th-starting Jeff Rohrbaugh, and Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. completed the top five.
Rohrbaugh and Rittenhouse both stayed in the season-long points chase by finishing ahead of Tim Wagaman, who crossed sixth. That title will be on the line when the “358” sprints run in a season-ending 358 Sprint Car Championship next Saturday night, September 8th.
Heats for the 24 “358” Sprints on hand were won by Wagaman, Austin Hogue, and Eash.
Carlisle’s Steve Wilbur set a new track record the non-stop sportsman feature, completing the 25 laps in 7:20.33.
Wilbur started on the pole and led every lap, with Scott Geesey coming from 15th-starting spot to finish second. Eric Eckert, Dave Berkheimer, and Jay Fannasy crossed third through fifth.Heats for the 36 Super Sportsman on hand were won by Berkheimer, Carmen Perigo, Jr., Eckert, and Wilbur, with Rich Eichelberger winning the consolation.
Sep 1, 2012, 11:33
MONTIETH, DIETRICH SPLIT JOHN GLEIM, JR. EXCAVATING 60TH ANNIVERSARY TWIN 20’S;
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BRIAN WALLS WINS WILD THUNERCAR FEATURE; HARLON LEPPO TAKES THIRD STRAIGHT IN CENTRAL PA LEGENDS
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/25/2012 – For the first time in five years, Lincoln Speedway has a new track champion.
Danny Dietrich scored his eighth win of the year in the second of Twin 20’s for Lincoln’s John Gleim, Jr. Excavating 60th Anniversary show, a victory that secured his first track title.
“Our next goal here is to get ten wins,” said Dietrich upon exiting his Sandoe’s Fruit Market/APM Building #48 in victory lane, “I think it’s been a while since anyone hit double digits in a single season here at Lincoln, and that’s what we’re after.”
“This track was phenomenal tonight,” continued Dietrich, “It was real racey in the first feature. For as wet as it was, it really slicked off and got real racey the second feature. When Cory got the lead I wasn’t sure if we were going to win it or not. He’s really tough to beat, we’re good friends and we race each other extra hard. We’re fortunate to be racing with a group of guys like that.”
“It was our goal to get this track championship. This race cost us the championship last year,” said Dietrich, “I’m not going to say we’d have won it, but we fell 20 points short and won one of these races last year. You never know. It feels good to take care of it with a week to spare.”
“This track ain’t nowhere near the same,” said Dietrich speaking of Lincoln’s 60th Anniversary, “We were looking at old videos and said ‘This track can’t be the same.’ Turn four was about 20 feet wider. Lincoln is definitely the best facility we have in the area.”
An inversion of eight for the second feature of the night put Dietrich in sixth for the start. Polesitter Alan Krimes led the first lap from the pole before outside front row starter Brian Leppo took the lead on lap two. Cory Haas caught Krimes for second on lap two and took the lead from Leppo during a five-car battle for the lead on lap 10.
Dietrich caught Leppo for second on lap 11, but less than half the field was past the flagstand. The lap didn’t count, but Dietrich’s pass of Haas did.
Dietrich’s race-winning pass came on the 11th-lap restart, and three laps later Leppo reclaimed second from Haas.
Wild racing over the final three laps saw Haas drive around both Alan Krimes and Leppo on the homestretch for second. Leppo was scored third, with Krimes settling for fourth and Brent Marks fifth.
Sixth through tenth were Fred Rahmer, Brad McClelland (who returned from the rear after an opening lap spin), Gerard McIntyre, Jr., Jim Siegel, and Kyle Moody.
The first of the Twin 20’s was won by Brian Montieth, his seventh Lincoln win of the year.
Time trials and an inversion of four put Montieth on the outside of row two for the start. Gerard McIntyre, Jr. led the first eight laps from the pole. Montieth drove around Fred Rahmer for third on the first lap and moved past front-row starter Brent Marks for the runner-up spot on lap two. Montieth grabbed the lead from McIntyre just before the only caution of the event came out for fourth-place McClelland, who clipped a lapped car and spun in turn four.
From there, Montieth drove away to a 1.17-second win over Marks, with Danny Dietrich, Rahmer, and McIntyre completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Haas, Billy Dietrich (who lost a motor after the checkered flag fell and was done for the night), Leppo, Krimes, and Adam Wilt.
Fast time in time trails over the 22-car field was set by Montieth with a one-lap time of 13.294 seconds (101.550 MPH).
With the top 12 time trailers locked in for the first of the Twin 20’s, the lone qualifier for the sprint cars was won by Leppo.
Harlon Leppo raced to his third straight Lincoln win in the 15-lap Central PA Legends feature. An inversion draw of zero put him on the outside front row for the start. Polesitter Tim Henry led the first lap before Leppo took the lead for good, holding off all challengers the rest of the way. Henry ran second the rest of the way despite heavy late-race pressure from Blaine Leppo, who crossed third. Chris Spidle and point’s leader Scott Gobrecht completed the top five.
Heats for the 27 Central PA Legends on hand were won by Henry, Harlon Leppo, and Chris Spidle.
Gettysburg’s Brian was the survivor of a wild 20-lap thundercar feature that saw four cars battle for the lead over the final 10 laps with three and four-wide racing on the straightaways.
Walls, while running fourth on the 17th lap, got the lead when the top-three cars of Danny Beard, Kyle Martin and Duane Watson got together in turns three and four with Martin ending up backwards, and both Beard and Watson suffering flat tires and headed to the pit.
Once out front, Walls held on for the final three laps to score his third win of the year over brother Will Walls, Brian Diehl, Jimmy Combs and Mike Slaybaugh completing the top-five.
Heats for the 20 Thundercars on hand were won by Tom Walls, II and Brian Walls.
Aug 25, 2012, 23:34
AUGUST 25, 2012 - TWIN 20 410 SPRINT PURSE
Sat., August 25, 2012 (Time Trials @ 7:30 PM)
60TH ANNIVERSARY/JOHN GLEIM JR. EXCAVATING NIGHT
410 Sprints Twin 20’s, Thundercars & Central PA Legends
Gates open @ 5:30 PM
| Adults $20 | Pits $25 | Students w/Student ID (ages 12 to 17) $12 |
| 6-11 yrs. old $2 | under 6 yrs old Free |
AUGUST 25, 2012 - TWIN 20 410 SPRINT PURSE
- $2,700.00 to win
Aug 24, 2012, 09:05
BRANDON LITTLE MEMORIAL/FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS NIGHT FEATURES GO TO THE 21 CARS AT LINCOLN
(Click on headline link above for full story and results)
Montieth for the sixth time this year in 410 sprints; Fisher takes second of season in 358 sprints
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/18/2012 – Brian Montieth came from fifth starting spot to claim the $5,000 top prize in a thrilling Brandon Little Memorial/Fallen Firefighters Night feature event at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
“Lapped traffic the last three weeks has just been unreal,” said Montieth upon exiting the Premier AutoWorks/Auto Locator #21 in victory lane, “Sometimes you win by ‘em and sometimes you lose by ‘em. Luckily tonight, I was sitting second. The lapped cars really ain’t that slow, and everyone’s racing all the way back through. I took that shot at Cory and it worked out.”
Montieth also claimed $245 in lap money in scoring his sixth win of the year, and established a 33-lap track record in the process. The extra-distance feature was to recognize the many members of United Hook and Ladder Company #33, the company for which 19-year-old Lincoln neighbor Brandon Little was responding when he was killed in a traffic crash in January.
“My hats off to the first responders,” continued Montieth, “They’re better people than I’ll ever be. There are no words to express the type of people the first responders and military people are. They give us the chance to be here.”
After three tries to start the race, the feature went non-stop, with Montieth’s official winning time of 9 minutes, 15.124 seconds establishing a Lincoln track record for that distance.
A redraw placed Montieth seventh for the start, but he moved up a row when polesitter Derek Sell spun in turn two right after the caution came out for a spinning car in turn four of the opening lap.
Montieth faded to sixth on the opening lap, then re-entered the top five after getting by Brent Marks on lap four.
He ran there for the next seven laps before catching Ryan Bolhke for fourth on lap 12.
Cory Haas, Lance Dewease, and Greg Hodnett ran first through third the first 13 laps before Montieth drove under Hodnett for third on lap 14.
Montieth closed on Dewease for the runner-up spot as the leaders drove through heavy lapped traffic, and he finally caught Dewease for second on lap 20. At the time, Haas enjoyed a 1.45-second lead. But Dewease didn’t give up, and the two continued their battle for the runner-up spot while closing on Haas.
By lap 24, it had become a three-car race for the lead, with all three cars side-by-side driving through turns one and two of lap 25. Montieth drove under Haas entering turn three of lap 27 to grab the lead. From there, he drove away to a 2.27-second win over Haas, with Dewease settling for third. Hodnett, who ran in the top five the whole way, crossed fourth, with a charging Alan Krimes finishing fifth.
Sixth through tenth were Brent Marks, Fred Rahmer, Aaron Ott, Bohlke, and Brian Leppo.
Heats for the “410” Sprints were won by Dewease, Haas, and Sell, with Gerard McIntyre, Jr. winning the consolation.
Fast time in time trails over the 28-car field was set by Adam Wilt with a one-lap time of 13.456-seconds (100.327 MPH).
Scott Fisher started on the pole and led wire-to-wire in the 20-lap, $1,333-to-win “358” sprint car feature. It was Fisher’s second win of the year and third career win at Lincoln.
Fifth-starting Mike Bittinger passed third-starting Nathan Berwager for second on lap seven, but was never able to seriously challenge Fisher, crossing 2.15 seconds behind Fisher at the end. Third through fifth were Niki Young, Berwager, and Tyler Ross. Completing the top ten were 14th-starting Jeff Rohrbaugh, Brock Zearfoss, Ryan Wilson, Dale Hammaker, and Austin Hogue.
Saturday’s feature was the first in the two-night “Shootout” for “358” sprinters. Trail-Way’s leg of the “Shootout” was rained out Friday night, and the “Shootout” finale will now be run on Friday, August 31st. The “Shootout” will pay out $2,000 divided among the top ten drivers in the combined two-night series, with $500 going to the winner.
Heats for the 29 “358” Sprinters on hand were won by Fisher, Zearfoss, and Dale Hammaker, with Tim Glatfelter winning the consolation.
Aug 18, 2012, 11:24