||Last Updated: Oct 11th, 2014 - 22:54:22
DIETRICH INHERITS LEAD, CLAIMS WIN IN LINCOLN 410 SPRINT CAR SEASON FINALE
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Dwight Leppo claims first Lincoln win in 358 sprints; Harlon Leppo wins for retiring cousin Brian in Central PA Legends;
Randy Doty takes All-American Outlaw main
10/11/2014, ABBOTTSTOWN, PA –Danny Dietrich found himself the leader when Brian Montieth and Glenndon Forsythe crashed into lapped cars on the fifth lap and held off repeated challenges of rookie Austin Hogue over the next 20 laps to score his fifth win of the year in the season finale at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night.
“It was a crazy race,” said Dietrich after scoring his third win in the last four Lincoln races in the Sandoe’s Fruit Market/Hickory Run Orchards/Weikert’s Livestock #48, “My brakes were so hot from running so hard. My hat’s off to Austin. He drove a hell-of-a race and kept pressure on me the whole time. That’s impressive for a kid in his first year of 410 racing on a track like this. This is a pretty tough track to be good on. He raced me real clean.”
A redraw for the feature placed Dietrich fourth for the start. Outside front-row starter Glenndon Forsythe held off polesitter Brian Montieth over the first three laps. Montieth took the lead on lap four, but then disaster struck for the two leaders when spinning lapped traffic led to a Montieth flip and Forsythe spin in turn four.
Dietrich, who running third at the time, inherited the lead and paced the field the rest of the way, but Hogue gave him everything he could handle through heavy lapped traffic.
“That one lap I got into (turn) one there, and I decided to go to the top at the last minute and he was on the outside of me,” said Dietrich, “I thought ‘Oh, man.’ I had a really had a hard time pitching my car down and I was going his direction. He did a good job moving a little bit and I did a good job of trying to keep the car down. There were a couple of moments there that I’m not sure how we made it through. Lapped traffic was tough tonight. It’s unfortunate for the 2W and the 21. There were pretty fast. I wasn’t up on the wheel yet, but those two definitely had good cars there, and it a shame for them.”
The last laps of the race were run with Hogue on Dietrich’s back bumper behind heavy lapped traffic racing for position.
The margin of victory for Dietrich’s 23rd career Lincoln win was a scant .65 seconds.
Third through fifth were eighth-starting Cory Haas, 2014 track champ Alan Krimes (who came from 12th starting spot), and Matt Boland. Sixth through tenth were Adam Wilt, Jim Siegel, 14th-starting Tyler Ross, John Rudisill, and 18th-starting Kevin Nagy.
Rookie Brandon Rahmer was uninjured in a spectacular opening lap flip up the back stretch while battling a pack of cars, eventually landing on the outside guardrail after damaging the Prospect Auto Parts billboard.
410 Sprint heats were won by Boland, Nicole Bower, and Wilt, with 358 point series champ Chase Dietz winning the consolation.
The 20-lap “358” sprint thriller saw 305 sprint car veteran John Braim lead every lap until he was caught by Dwight Leppo coming off the final turn. For Leppo, it was his first career Lincoln win, not counting his big wheel race victory several years ago as a kid.
Leppo started on the pole and chased Braim the entire way before making the race-winning pass and crossing a half car-length ahead of Braim at the end.
Third through fifth were ninth-starting Matt Campbell, seventh-starting Brad McClelland, and lady driver Brie Hershey.
358 Sprint heats were won by Jason Schultz, Kevin Nouse, and McClelland. Nouse dropped from the feature field while running third early in the race.
Harlon Leppo recognized the sprint car career of his retiring cousin Brian by changing the number of his car to 71 and then going on to win the 15-lap Central PA Legends feature.
Leppo started sixth and wrestled the lead from Lucas Montgomery in the first two turns of the final lap to claim the win in the non-stop event (timed at 5 minutes, 4.53 seconds).
Montgomery settled for second in a race that saw three different leaders in the first three laps. Polesitter Travis McClelland led the first lap, followed by third-starting Chris McKinney on lap two, and then fifth-starting Montgomery, who led until the final lap.
Third through fifth were Jason Rochelle, McKinney, and Bill Diehl.
Legend heats were won by Leppo, Montgomery, and Bob Stough, with Tim Henry winning the consolation.
Randy Doty led every lap of the non-stop 25-lap All-American Outlaw feature, crossing in 8 minutes, 15.56 seconds.
Justin Cullum, Brian Green, Dylan Keim, and Rick Hulson (who started 17th) completed the top five.
Oct 11, 2014, 22:52
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
FRANKIE HERR WINS 7TH SPORTSMAN 100
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Saturday, September 13, 2014
40TH ANNUAL LAWRENCE CHEVROLET SPORTSMAN 100
Feature (100 Laps) - 1. 99-Frankie Herr ($5,138); 2. 55C-Chad Criswell; 3. 77-Russ Mitten; 4. 3B-Mike Enders; 5. 93-Carmen Perigo, Jr.; 6. 21D-Doug Dodson; 7. 25-Bobby Hockenberry; 8. 99C-Chad Smith; 9. 58-Paul Miller; 10. 21M-Leroy Martin; 11. 71-Steve Wilbur; 12. 8-Rich Eichelberger; 13. 222-Steve Fannasy; 14. 7-Todd Leonard; 15. 19-Devin Beidel; 16. 75-Kenny Edkin; 17. 77W-Tom Wykoff; 18. 1J-Kevin Nouse (DNF); 19. 32-Gregg Foster (DNF); 20. 7C-Chad Trout (DNF); 21. 30-Scott Dellinger (DNF); 22. 17J-Tony Jackson (DNF); 23. 33-Scott Geesey (DNF); 24. 29-Duaine Smith (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders – Mike Enders (1-15), Frankie Herr (16-48), Gregg Foster (49-60), Frankie Herr (61-100)
1st Qualifier (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 99C-Chad Smith; 2. 17T-Tony Jackson; 3. 77-Russ Mitten; 4. 29-Duaine Smith; 5. 222-Steve Fannasy; 6. 19-Devin Beidel; 7. 3-Eric Walker; 8. 318-Ted Thomas, Jr.; 9. 91-Lanney Hake; 10. 17-Brin Gontz; 11. 3J-Russ Lebo; DNS – 1-Timmy Berrick. Time – 2:38.44
2nd Qualifier (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 77-Tom Wykoff; 2. 25-Bobby Hockenberry; 3. 30-Scott Dellinger; 4. 93-Carmen Perigo, Jr.; 5. 8-Rich Eichelberger; 6. 99G-Scott Grace; 7. 75-Kenny Edkin; 8. 25S-Chris Meleason; 9. 29W-Adam Wray; 10. 45-Dave Socks; 11. 18-Dave Conrad; DNS- 20W-Davey Walsh. Time – 2:13.81
Last Chance race (10 Laps/2 to qualify) – 1. 19-Devin Beidel; 2. 75-Kenny Edkin
Time Trials – 1. 55c-Chad Criswell, 15.083(89.505 mph)(New 1-Lap Track Record); 2. 1j-Kevin Nouse, 15.153; 3. 7c-Chad Trout, 15.238; 4. 33-Scott Geesey, 15.263; 5. 99-Frankie Herr, 15.270; 6. 7-Todd Leonard, 15.367; 7. 3b-Mike Enders, 15.427; 8. 32-Gregg Foster, 15.481; 9. 58-Paul Miller, 15.485; 10. 21m-Leroy Martin, 15.487; 11. 21d-Doug Dodson, 15.516; 12. 71-Steve Wilbur, 15.517; 13. 17j-Tony Kackson, 15.517; 14. 77w-Tom Wykoff, 15.582; 15. 29-Duaine Smith, 15.591; 16. 25-Bobby Hockenberry, 15.600; 17. 222-Steve Fanassy, 15.619; 18. 8-Rich Eichelberger, 15.624; 19. 99c-Chad Smith, 15.646; 20. 93-Carmen Perigo, Jr, 15.656; 21. 77-Russ Mitten, 15.755; 22. 75-Kenny Edkin, 15.791; 23. 19-Devin Beidel, 15.837; 24. 99g-Scott Grace, 15.858; 25. 3-Eric Walker, 15.876; 26. 30-Scott Dellinger, 15.896; 27. 91-Lanny Hake, 15.955; 28. 45-Dave Socks, 16.003; 29. 318-Ted Thomas, 16.034; 30. 25s-Chris Meleason, 16.067; 31. 1-Timmy Barrick, 16.108; 32. 29w-Adam Wray, 16.112; 33. 3j-Russ Lebo, 16.113; 34. 18-Dave Conrad, Jr., 16.187; 35. 17-Brian Gontz, 16.580; 36. 20w-Davey Walsh, 19.522.
358 LATE MODELS
Feature (20 laps) - 1. 1-Gene Knaub; 2. 25-Sam Gallagher; 3. 54-Kyle Martin; 4. NINE-Ron Kline; 5. 12-Charlie Schaffer; 6. 1A-Les hare; 7. 116-Travis Mease; 8. 21Z-Cam Zeigler; 9. 14-Tyler Horst; 10. 98-Chaz Walls; 11. 19D-Ronnie Dennis; 12. 7-Pat Beard; 13. 62-Devin Frey; 14. 27-Brett Hockenberry; 15. 4-Jake Moser; 16. 121-Larry Niederer; 17. 08-Zach Hoffman; 18. 50-Jason Smith (DNF); 19. 50-Jason Smith (DNF); 20. 12M-Jake Markey (DNF); 21. 43-Jake Jones (DNF); 22. 5-John Moser (DNF); DNS – 19-Drew Weiser. No Time
Lap Leaders – Kyle Martin (1), Gene Knaub (2-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 12-Charlie Schaffer; 2. NINE-Ron Kline; 3. 1A-Les Hare; 4. 14-Tyler Horst; 5. 5-Jake Moser; 6. 08-Zach Hoffman; 7. 12M-Jake Markey (DNF); 8. 62-Devin Frey. Time – 2:14.00
2nd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 21Z-Cam Zeigler; 2. 116-Travis Mease; 3. 54-Kyle Martin; 4. 7-Pat Beard; 5. 27-Brett Hockenberry; 6. 98W-Chaz Walls; 7. 19-Drew Weisser. Time – 2:14.22
3rd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 25-Sam Gallagher; 2. 1-Gene Knaub; 3. 43-Jake Jones; 4. 19-Ronnie Dennis; 5. 121-Larry Neiderer; 6. 4-John Moser; 7. 50-Jason Smith. Time – 2:13.81
Sep 13, 2014, 23:00
LINCOLN LOSES TO RAIN; CHASE DIETZ CLAIMS FIRST TRACK TITLE IN 358 SPRINTS
Night #2 of Trail-Way/Lincoln 358 Sprint Shootout postponed to September 2oth;
PASS Racesaver 305 Sprints added to September 20th show
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/6/2014 – Lincoln Speedway gave it the ole’ college try Saturday, running in the track after a mid-afternoon rainfall and sitting through a lightning delay as the three divisions of race cars were getting ready to come out for warm-ups.
But persistent rainfall coupled with another band of rain off to the west forced promoters to cancel Saturday’s program shortly after 7:00 p.m.
Because Saturday’s event was to be the final points race of the season, Chase Dietz locked up his first-ever 358 sprint car track title over 2013 track champ Niki Young, who finished 95 points behind. Had the race been run, Dietz would have had to finish 18th or better to claim the title. Third through fifth in season points were Chandler Leiby, Matt Campbell, and lady driver Brie Hershey. Another female driver, Ashley Cappetta, finished the season sixth in points.
The second leg of the Trail-Way/Lincoln Shootout was postponed to the next 358 sprint car show on September 20th, and the PA Sprint Series Racesaver 305 sprints will make up their portion of the program on the same date (9/20).
Lincoln swings back in action next Saturday night, September 13th, with the 40TH ANNUAL LAWRENCE CHEVROLET SPORTSMAN 100 for the Super Sportsman, plus 358 Late Models. Gates will open at 5 PM, with super sportsman time trials scheduled to start at 7 PM.
Sep 6, 2014, 19:25
MONTIETH WINS FEATURE, KRIMES CLAIMS FIRST TRACK TITLE IN LINCOLN 410 SPRINTS
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Chandler Leiby becomes 12th different ’14 winner in 358 sprints; Russ Mitten leads ‘em all in super sportsman
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/30/2014 – Brian Montieth used lapped traffic to his advantage to grab the race lead and move into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time Lincoln win list after scoring his 43rd career win on John Gleim Excavating Night in the Pigeon Hills Saturday night.
Handicapping placed the Premier Auto Works/Auto Locator 11th for the start. Outside front row starter Ryan Wilson led the first lap before a red flag for a flipping Freddie Rahmer on the back stretch stopped the action. The rest of the 25-lap feature went non-stop.
Wilson led the first 14 laps before sixth-starting Steve Owings took over. Montieth, putting on his normal driving clinic, advanced to third by lap nine and followed Owings past Wilson into second on the same lap. Montieth continued to dog the leader until the two hit lapped traffic, driving under Owings in turns one and two of lap 21.
Once in front, Montieth drove through heavy lapped traffic to his third Lincoln win of the year.
“Fred Putney did an awesome job here,” said Montieth in victory lane, “We had almost 100 cars here and the track was still raceable. That’s really unheard of here in Central Pennsylvania. He does an excellent job week-in and week-out trying to do everything he can so we’re competitive as a race group. He’s definitely one of the best.”
“It is tough here every week,” continued Montieth, “It doesn’t matter where you start. You can start front row, or start 20th, and everybody’s got a chance to win. That’s why I think that Kasey Kahne race is going to be a good deal. You don’t need a ton of motor and anybody can win here from any point, so I think it’s going to be a good show. Short track racing is the best.”
“I want to congratulate the Krimes family,” said Montieth, “They absolutely deserve the track title. He finished second in points a couple of times and I’m sure happy for them. The run he had tonight show why he’s the track champion.”
By taking a green in warm-ups, Krimes claimed his first-ever Lawrence Chevrolet track title. And he did it in style, coming from 19th starting spot to finish fifth.
Owings and Wilson crossed second and third, followed by eighth-starting Cory Haas.
Sixth through tenth were Matt Boland, Billy Dietrich, Jim Siegel, Danny Dietrich, and Robbie Kendall.
Heats for the 27 “410” Sprints were won by Kyle Moody, Montieth, and Danny Dietrich, with Krimes winning the consolation.
Chandler Leiby, grandson of Lincoln co-promoter Bob Leiby and whose family is close friends with race sponsor John Gleim, came from eighth starting spot to claim his first win of the year in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature. It was Leiby’s second career Lincoln win.
Outside front row starter Denny Gross led the first seven laps before giving way to C.J. Tracy. Leiby was up to third by the end of the third lap, and took the lead from Tracy on lap 12. Following a lengthy red flag when two cars got hooked together in turn two of lap 13, Leiby held off Kevin Nouse, C.J. Tracy, Niki Young, and points leader Chase Dietz over the final seven laps.
Heats for the 31 “358” Sprints were won by Matt Campbell, Nouse, and Doug Hammaker, with Zach Euculano winning the consolation.
Russ Mitten started on the outside of the front row and led every lap of the 25-lap super sportsman feature.
Scott Geesey advanced from fourth to second on the first lap and drove on the back bumper of Mitten the entire way, with sixth-starting Frankie Herr, Mike Enders, and hard charger Kevin Nouse (who came from 11th starting spot) rounding out the top five.
Mitten’s final margin of victory in the first of three straight appearances by the super sportsman leading up to the Lawrence Chevrolet Sportsman 100 on September 13th was .81 seconds.
Heats for the 37 Super Sportsman won by Herr, Mitten, Nouse, and Rich Eichelberger, with Steve Wilbur and Chad Trout winning twin consolations.
Aug 30, 2014, 23:59
MOTHER NATURE GETS RARE WIN AT LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
John Gleim Jr. Excavating Night headlines next weekends’ Labor Day Holiday Weekend Racing Program with Fireworks;
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/23/2014 – Persistent drizzle and rain late into the afternoon forced Lincoln Speedway promoters Don & Bob Leiby, and Alan Kreitzer, to cancel Saturday evening’s, August 23rd racing program of 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints, and All American Outlaws.
With the forecast of rain moving out of the Pigeon Hill’s area early afternoon, the usually determined Lincoln Speedway promoters were looking for every reason to get the show in. But a low-hanging cloud ceiling, drizzle and the occasional light rain shower continued into the afternoon despite the forecast and appearance on radar that the rain had moved out of the area. Throw in the near 100 percent humidity and Fred Putney and his crew just couldn’t get the racing surface prepared in a timely manner.
They finally pulled the plug on the evening’s racing program around 5 PM before the gates had officially opened.
Still yet to be determined will be when the 358 Sprint Trail-Way/Lincoln Speedway Shootout and Kids Big Wheel races will be rescheduled.
Next Saturday night, August 30th,Lincoln Speedway will celebrate Labor Day Holiday weekend with their Annual John Gleim Jr. Excavating Night featuring the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprints, Keizer Aluminum Wheels 358 Sprints, and Super Sportsman. It will be the final point race for the 410 Sprints with Alan Krimes holding a 260 point lead over Jim Siegel, and 295 points over Brian Montieth, in the battle for the coveted 2014 track title. The evening’s activities will be capped off with a spectacular Summer-ending Fireworks display. Gates will open at 5:30 PM, with green flag getting underway at 7:30 PM.
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Aug 23, 2014, 18:33
DIETRICH CATCHES RAHMER LATE FOR THIRD 2014 LINCOLN WIN
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Alex Bright wins for second straight night in ARDC midgets
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/16/2014 – The night looked like it belonged to young Freddie Rahmer, but then Danny Dietrich stole the show.
Freddie won the dash for cash (a $500 bonus from race sponsor Jerry Parrish and Premier Auto Works in a winner-take-all 10 lapper) and then came from fourth starting spot to take the lead from polesitter Mike Bittinger by the end of the second lap. He was the fastest car all night to that point, and looked to be in command of the 30-lap feature. Then lapped traffic (including brother Brandon) entered the picture, and a charging Danny Dietrich was plowing through the field from 11th starting spot to pass both third-place Robbie Kendall and second-place Bittinger between turns four and one of laps 22 and 23.
One lap later, passed both Rahmer sprinters to take the race lead on the front stretch and drove away to an impressive 2.88 second win.
“We were really good,” said Dietrich after scoring his third win of the year and 21st career win in the Pigeon Hills, “Alan (Krimes) got out there and we were just setting pace with him. That’s all we worried about doing…keeping up with Alan.”
“Then I saw him loop it down there (turns three and four of lap nine), and it about got me. We were probably two feet from being collected. I’m happy to be standing here.”
But the minefield wasn’t over for Dietrich.
“I was biding my time and got behind Robbie (Kendall) there, and he about stuffed in the fence in front of me, and that fouled me up for about a lap. I was sure if I wanted to follow him with his car getting loose or what, but when he started to break for the bottom and Mike decided to break to run middle, I figured this is my chance…I gotta go for it and come out of this thing ahead off of four. It worked out really good.
Rahmer hung on for a career-best second place finish, with Bittinger, Kendall, and Kyle Moody completing the top five.
Sixth through tenth were 14th-starting Jim Siegel, Gerard McIntyre, Jr., Krimes, Glenndon Forsythe, and Brian Montieth (who came from the back after a seventh-lap spin.
Heats for the 25 410 sprinters were won by Krimes, Nicole Bower, and Freddie Rahmer.
Alex Bright made it two wins in two nights (Friday night at Williams Grove) as ARDC celebrated its 75th anniversary season as part of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing’s annual convention weekend.
Bright started sixth and didn’t appear to have a chance as the first 19 laps went non-stop with Steve Buckwalter holding nearly a two-second lead through lapped traffic. But the only caution of the event came out on lap 20, with Bright catching points leader Steve Drevicki for second just before the yellow flag came out.
Bright took to the cushion to driver around Buckwalter on the restart, and crossed 1.37 seconds ahead of Lincoln’s all-time midget winner. Drevicki, Nick Wean, and Brent Arndt rounded out the top five.
Heats for the 24 ARDC Midgets were won by Steve Buckwalter, Tony DiMattia, and Brenden Bright.
Aug 16, 2014, 22:53
STORYBOOK ENDING TO FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS NIGHT AT LINCOLN FINDS WAGAMAN IN VICTORY LANE
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McClelland makes it a two-win weekend in “358” sprints; Blaine Leppo wins second straight in Central PA Legends
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/9/2014 – “If this was your first time at a sprint car race, you’re coming back next week. I can guarantee that.”
So said Hanover’s Tim Wagaman after pulling into victory lane for his first career 410 sprint car feature win and the $5,000 top prize in Saturday’s National Fallen Firefighters Night in memory of Brandon Little at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
You couldn’t make Saturday’s story up. Wagaman was carrying the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation colors, with a specially-designed car with Brandon Little’s photo on the top wing.
Handicapping placed Wagaman on the pole for the 33-lap feature, the distance of which was in recognition of United Hook & Ladder Station #33 serving Abbottstown and New Oxford.
Although he led every lap, he held off four other challengers over the final non-stop 20 laps. The last five laps was frantic, with tenth-starting Alan Krimes driving under second-place Billy Dietrich and sliding up in front of Wagaman to briefly take the lead in turn four of lap 29. Wagaman drove back under Krimes to retake the lead exiting the turn, and regained control on the first two turns of lap 30. Krimes tried the slider one last time in the third and fourth turns of lap 31, but backed off exiting the turn, giving Wagaman the room he needed to score the .84-second win.
“I started falling out of my seat a little bit at the end. I was getting frustrated with myself,” said Wagaman, “Then Krimes came out of nowhere. I thought if I made some good laps and some smart decisions I could still win. He really could have did me dirty down in turns thee and four and he didn’t. I gotta respect that. I know he’s going for a point title and that might have played a little into it.
“That was some awesome, awesome driving by everybody involved,” continued Wagaman.
Krimes settled for second, with Cory Haas passing Dietrich on 31 for third. Dietrich finished fourth, with Adam Wilt completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Jim Siegel, Gerard McIntyre, Jr., Robbie Kendall, Kyle Moody, and 19th-starting Nathan Berwager.
“Hopefully, I’m getting a little bit of respect from those guys,” said former 358 sprint car champ Wagaman, “I want to try and earn it. Those guys have been there and I want to be there, too.”
“The Little family is ecstatic. If there was any race that I could wish to win, it would be this one. I’m so glad we got it done,” added Wagaman.
The National Fallen Firefighters Night was sponsored by Fire & Rescue Products of Harrisburg and AMKUS Rescue Systems.
Heats for the 24 410 sprinters were won by Austin Hogue, Siegel, and Brian Montieth. Montieth dropped the infield on lap eight, and Hogue pulled up lame with steering issues on lap 14.
Friday night Trail-Way winner Brad McClelland made it his first two-win weekend in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature. McClelland started sixth and took the lead from Jeff Halligan on lap nine. He led the rest of the way, spoiling a perfect night for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, as Jeff Rohrbaugh crossed second nearly one second behind McClelland.
It was McClelland’s sixth career 358 Lincoln win to go along with his two 410 sprint wins, and was worth $1,333.
Chase Dietz made the run of his life after coming back from a two-car tangle with Matt Campbell on lap three to blow through the field at pass Kevin Nouse to cross third at the finish. Nouse and Niki Young completed the top five.
Heats for the 27 358 sprinters were won by Campbell, Chris Frank, and Rohrbaugh, with Brian Allman winning the consolation.
For the second straight time, brothers Blaine and Harlon Leppo finished first and second in the 15-lap Central PA Legends feature. Also in the mix for the win were previous 2014 Lincoln feature winners Bob Stough and Lucas Montgomery, but they got together in turn four while racing for second with two laps to go. That put Harlon back on Blaine’s bumper for the two-lap dash to the checkered. Blaine’s final margin of victory was two-thirds of a second, with Bill Diehl, rookie Mason Chaney, and Rick Miller rounding out the top five.
Heats for the 21 Central PA Legends were won by Harlon Leppo and Diehl.
Aug 9, 2014, 23:25