Oct 4, 2008, 23:10
Mike Walls wins 21st career in Thundercars; Sam Gallagher Clinches 2008 Thundercar Track Championship

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 10/4/08 - After a successful season that included both World of Outlaw and All-Star Circuit of Champions wins and a second-place finish in the All-Star point standings, Lance Dewease says there is still no place like home.

"I’ve said all along, I’m a Pennsylvania driver racing with the All-Stars," said Dewease after scoring the win in the 40-lap 12th Annual Kenny Weld Memorial for 410 sprint cars Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway, "I’ll be a member of the PA Posse my whole life, and that won’t ever change no matter what we do." Dewease was a heat win away from a perfect night after setting fast time and winning the 12th Annual Kenny Weld Memorial for 410 sprint cars at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. Counting the $300 from Don Ott Racing Engines for setting fast time and feature lap money, Dewease’s first Lincoln win of the year was worth $6,480.

After a feature win at Williams Grove the night before, Dewease was fast out of the box, becoming the first driver since the 1,375-pound weight rule took effect to break 13 seconds for a lap in the Pigeon Hills.

Alan Krimes also broke the 13-second barrier with second-quick time, and later claimed the $500 bonus from Kenny Weld’s wife Mary Etta for being the first car with Weld Tech cylinder heads to cross the finish line.

Dewease drew a "six" pill for the inversion, and started fifth when Doug Esh failed to qualify in his heat. Esh qualified in the B main, but by race rule had to start ninth and dropped out late in the feature.

2008 track champ Brian Montieth started on the pole, but it was outside front row starter Craig Keel who grabbed the lead at the start. Keel and Montieth ran first and second for the first 11 laps before Alan Krimes took second from Montieth in a wild three-car battle for the runner-up spot between those two and Dewease.

Krimes ran second from laps 12 through 15 until Dewease took the spot in heavy lapped traffic on lap 16.

Dewease went to the cushion to drive around Keel for the lead in turns three and four of lap 20. He led the rest of the way, crossing .81-seconds ahead of Montieth for his 31st career Lincoln win.

"We’ve had a problem finishing races here," said Dewease, "Heck, we couldn’t even make it through time trials the one night here. Last time here, we were pretty decent and I messed up for a lap and-a-half at the start and killed it."

"Tonight, we changed a lot of stuff and this is a different car than we’ve been running all year, continued Dewease, "It’s two for two right now, so I can’t complain a bit. I want to thank my engine builder Brian Morrison. He builds some really killer motors for us, and we’ve qualified good all year out on the road, we just didn’t race real well. But we’re heading the right direction"

Krimes finished third with Keel and Greg Hodnett completing the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Tim Shaffer (driving the J&M Motorsports #55), D&D Septic hard charger award winner Fred Rahmer (who started 16th), Aaron Ott, Cody Darrah, and Josh Wells.

There were only two breaks in the 40-lap event. The first was a red flag for Niki Young, who was uninjured in a flip in turn four of lap 8, and a caution when Chad Layton and Mark Smith got together entering at the end of the back stretch on lap 33.

Heats were won by Rick Lafferty, Stevie Smith, Young, and Cory Haas. Esh won the B-Main.

In time trials, Dewease’s fast time over the 40-car field was 12.945-seconds (104.287 MPH).

Mike Walls returned to thundercar racing for the night and walked away with his 21st career win in the 20-lap feature. Walls, who started 12th, worked his way to the front while outside frontrow starter Ronnie Thomas led the first two laps before fourth-starting Danny Beard took over on lap three. Walls caught Beard on the fourth lap and raced side-by-side with him until he made his racing winning pass exiting turn four on the 18th lap. Walls raced away to take the checkered .81-seconds ahead of Beard to earn the win.

2007 track champion Duane Watson came back for the night and finished a solid third, with Sam Gallagher fourth and Jimmy Combs fifth. Completing the top-10 were Kyle Martin, Mike Slaybaugh, Doug Bennett, Rick Weaver and Gino Comi.

Gallagher, with his fourth place finished, clinched the 2008 Lincoln Speedway Thundercar track championship with one race remaining.

Heats for the 22 Thundercars were won by Jimmy Combs, Larry Niederer and Brian Walls.

Lincoln Speedway will take next Saturday night, Oct. 11th off, before running the final race of the 2008 season at the Pigeon Hills oval on Saturday, Oct. 18th.

The final race of the season will feature the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass 410 Sprinters and Thundercars. The Thundercars will be battling in there final point race of the season as well as the 2007 Thundercar track championship will come down to this final race.

To get all the latest news, results, schedule changes and rule changes, visit Lincoln Speedway's website at to stay up-to-date on all the action or pending weather conditions at Central Pennsylvania's "Premier" Saturday night race track - The Fabulous Lincoln Speedway.

Saturday - October 4, 2008
Abbottstown, PA
(40 Laps) - 1. 30C-Lance Dewease ($5,000); 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 87-Alan Krimes; 4. 9-Craig Keel; 5. 22-Greg Hodnett; 6. 55-Tim Shaffer; 7. 51-Fred Rahmer; 8. 25O-Aaron Ott; 9. 89-Cody Darrah; 10. 6W-Josh Wells; 11. 19-Stevie Smith; 12. 11C-Cory Haas; 13. 25-Chad Layton; 14. 71-Brian Leppo; 15. 38N-Nick Schlauch Jr.; 16. 47J-Jeff Busby; 17. 17E-Cris Eash; 18. 71X-Bill Stine; 19. 7M-Mark Smith (DNF); 20. 0-Rick Lafferty (DNF); 21. 30-Doug Esh (DNF); 22. 4-John Rudisill (DNF); 23. 4H-Todd Hestor (DNF); 24. 10N-Niki Young (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders - Craig Keel (1-19), Lance Dewease (20-40)

Keizer Aluminum Wheels 1st Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 0-Rick Lafferty; 2. 71X-Bill Stine; 3. 9-Craig Keel; 4. 4-John Rudisill; 5. 30C-Lance Dewease; 6. 59-Jim Siegel; 7. 47J-Jeff Busby; 8. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 9. 5-Adam Lawrence; 10. 45-AJ Michael (DNF). Time - 2:15.215

York County Racing Club 2nd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 19-Stevie Smith; 2. 89-Cody Darrah; 3. 55-Tim Shaffer; 4. 21-Brian Montieth; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 12-Mike Bittinger (DNF); 7. 23-Todd Rittenhouse (DNF); 8. 17B-Steve Buckwalter (DNF); 9. 17E-Cris Eash (DNF); 10. 61-Chris Wainwright (DNF). No Time

Wes Sensenig’s Quality Meats 3rd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 10N-Niki Young; 2. 4-John Rudisill; 3. 7M-Mark Smith; 4. 38N-Nick Schlauch Jr.; 5. 25-Chad Layton; 6. 30-Doug Esh; 7. 45L-Scott Geesey; 8. 71-Brian Leppo; 9. 55Z-Mark Zimmerman; 10. 22Z-Justin Henderson (DNF). No Time

In Memory of Kevin Gobrecht 4th Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 11C-Cory Haas; 2. 51-Fred Rahmer; 3. 22-Greg Hodnett; 4. 25o-Aaron Ott; 5. 6W-Josh Wells; 6. 15-Adam Wilt; 7. 3B-Randy Baughman; 8. 26-Pat Cooper; 9. X-Bobby Weaver (DNF); 10. 8-Steve Petry (DNF). No time.

Cars by Dealers Magazine B-Main (12 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 30-Doug Esh; 2. 71-Brian Leppo; 3. 17E-Cris Eash; 4. 47J-Jeff Busby; 5. 23-Todd Rittenhouse; 6. 15-Adam Wilt; 7. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 8. 0-Rick Lafferty; 9. 59-Jim Siegel; 10. 26-Pat Cooper; 11. 5-Adam Lawrence; 12. 55Z-Mark Zimmerman; 13. 12-Mike Bittinger (DNF); 14. 45L-Scott Geesey (DNF); 15. 8-Steve Petry (DNF); 16. 17B-Steve Buckwalter (DNF); DNS - 3B-Randy Baughman. No Time

Don Ott Racing Engines Time Trials - 1. 30C-Lance Dewease, 12.945 seconds (104.287 MPH); 2. 87-Alan Krimes, 12.970; 3. 30-Doug Esh, 13.084; 4. 6W-Josh Wells, 13.154; 5. 9-Craig Keel, 13.166; 6. 21-Brian Montieth, 13.182; 7. 38N-Nick Schlauch Jr., 13.193; 8. 25o-Aaron Ott, 13.193; 9. 4-John Rudisill, 13.196; 10. 55-Tim Shaffer, 13.226; 11. 7M-Mark Smith, 13.242; 12. 22-Greg Hodnett, 13.247; 13. 0-Rick Lafferty, 13.255; 14. 89-Cody Darrah, 13.270; 15. 10N-Niki Young, 13.272; 16. 51-Fred Rahmer, 13.273; 17. 71X-Bill Stine, 13.305; 18. 19-Stevie Smith, 13.309; 19. 4H-Todd Hestor, 13.315; 20. 11C-Cory Haas, 13.329; 21. 59-Jim Siegel, 13.333; 22. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 13.340; 23. 71-Brian Leppo, 13.373; 24. 15-Adam Wilt, 13.379; 25. 47J-Jeff Busby, 13.393; 26. 17E-Cris Eash, 13.400; 27. 25-Chad Layton, 13.421; 28. 26-Pat Cooper, 13.439; 29. 45-A.J. Michael, 13.443; 30. 23-Todd Rittenhouse, 13.453; 31. 22Z-Justin Henderson, 13.465; 32. X-Bobby Weaver, 13.512; 33. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr., 13.516; 34. 12-Mike Bittinger, 13.574; 35. 45L-Scott Geesey, 13.585; 36. 3B-Randy Baughman, 13.598; 37. 5-Adam Lawrence, 13.688; 38. 61-Chris Wainwright, 13.770; 39. 55Z-Mark Zimmerman, 14.130; 40. 8-Steve Petry, 15.607.

(20 Laps) - 1. 01-Mike Walls; 2. 60-Danny Beard; 3. 8W-Duane Watson; 4. 25-Sam Gallagher; 5. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 6. 54-Kyle Martin; 7. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh; 8. 77X-Doug Bennett; 9. 70-Rick Weaver; 10. 33-Gino Comi; 11. 2W-Brian Walls; 12. 21N-Larry Neiderer; 13. 93-Mikey Guise; 14. 20-Scott Fisher; 15. 15U-Josh Ulrich; 16. 15-Dave Reever, Jr.; 17. 00-Barry Rinehart; 18. 61-Hurricane Menges; 19. 77-Justin Mong (DNF); 20. 21-Ronnie Thomas (DNF); 21. 44-Dave Mantegna (DNF); 22. 6X-Marcus Groft (DNF); 23. 57-Brad Shank (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders - Ronnie Thomas (1-2); Danny Beard (3-17); Mike Walls (18-20)

1st Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 01-Mike Walls; 2. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 3. 60-Danny Beard; 4. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh; 5. 33-Gino Comi; 6. 15U-Josh Ulrich; 7. 93-Mikey Guise; 8. 00-Barry Rinehart. Time - 2:37.80

2nd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 21-Ronnie Thomas; 2. 21N-Larry Neiderer; 3. 8W-Duane Watson; 4. 15-Dave Reever, Jr.; 5. 54-Kyle Martin; 6. 70-Rick Weaver; 7. 77X-Doug Bennett; 8. 61-Hurricane Menges. Time - 2:37.69

3rd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 2W-Brian Walls; 2. 25-Sam Gallagher; 3. 57-Brad Shank; 4. 77-Justin Mong; 5. 20-Scott Fisher; 6. 44-Dave Montegna; 7. 6X-Marcus Groft. Time - 2:37.45

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