Sep 3, 2011, 11:59
Miller wins Sportsman 100 tune-up; Knaub continues domination of "358" late models

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/3/2011 - It went down to the final lap of the final points race of the year.

And as Jim Siegel was holding off title contender Danny Dietrich to become the 13th different driver to win a race at Lincoln this year, Brian Montieth passed two cars on the final lap to secure his fourth straight track championship.

Dietrichís second-place finish closed the Gary Kauffman-owned Sandoeís Fruit Market/APM Buildings #48 to within 20 points at the end, but Montieth, who needed to finish in the top seven to secure the title no matter what Dietrich did, passed both Kyle Pruitt and Cory Haas on a last-lap shootout to cross sixth.

The last-lap restart was set up when Jim Siegel pulled a slider on race-long leader Chad Criswell coming through the final turns. Though there was no contact, Criswell lost the handle and spun out, bring out the caution.

"It was pretty exciting from where I was sitting!" exclaimed the third-generation New Oxford driver upon exiting his N-Line Marketing/Orndorff Construction #59 in victory lane, "My hats off to Chad Criswell. He did a heck of-a-job. I donít think I dirtied him up there. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and that was a last-ditch effort. I think I cleared him there...and I donít know if he got sideways or spun out or whatever, and I didnít know what to do on that last restart.í

The caution put 11th-starting Dietrich on Siegelís bumper for the final restart, but Siegel held on for his seventh career Lincoln win.

"The 48 obviously was looking to put it in victory lane for his championship hopes," continued Siegel, "They had a good year, but itís been a long time since Iíve been here and this feels good!"

Crossing third behind Dietrich as seventh-starting Gerard McIntyre, Jr., with 12th-starting Brian Leppo and Brad McClelland rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Montieth, Pruitt, Haas, Nick Schlauch, Jr., and Austin Reed.

Adam Wilt was uninjured in a front stretch flip to bring out the only red of the event on lap 10.

Heats for the 22 "410" sprinters were won by Haas, Leppo, and Pruitt.

Doverís Gene Knaub continued his dominance in the 358 late models, coming from 11th starting spot to win the feature event. Knaub climbed through the field to take the lead from Pancho Lawler on lap eight and drove away to his third win in four 2011 Lincoln races.

Graves led the first lap from the pole before giving way to fourth-starting Lawler. Lawler held the lead until the Superior Homes #1 took the top spot for good.

Lawler settled for second, with Chase Billet, 15th-starting Grant Adams, and Mike Walls (who came from the back after second lap spin in turn three) completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Cam Zeigler, Bobby Beard, Todd Leonard, John Baker, and Fred Harden.

Heats for the 23 "358" Late Models were won by Walls, Knaub, and Graves.

Fawn Groveís Paul Miller came from seventh starting spot to grab the lead from Cody Fairchok and drive away to a 1.17-second win in the 25-lap feature for super sportsman.

Front row starters Jim Shuster and Leroy Martin got together just in front of the flagstand as the two leaders were about to complete lap one, bringing out the first of three red flags on the event.

Fairchok assumed the pole for the restart, and held off Miller for the first nine laps before Miller took the lead on a 10th-lap restart. Miller led the rest of the way, with Fairchok holding on for second, eighth-starting Jay Fannasy third,11th-starting Frankie Herr fourth, and 10th-starting Scott Dellinger fifth.

Sixth through tenth were Chad Criswell, Lanny Hake, Duaine Smith, Steve Wilbur, and John Garman.

Heats for the 33 Super Sportsman were won by Shuster, Martin, and Hake, with Daryl Shaffer winning the consolation.

Next Saturday night, Sept. 10th at 7 PM, the 358 Sprints will close out there season-long battle for the track championship in there final Keizer Aluminum Wheels point race of the season. The Thundercars and the Classic Racing Series will round out the eveningís racing action. Gates will open at 5 PM.

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, Sept. 3, 2011
Abbottstown, PA
(25 Laps) - 1. 59-Jim Siegel ($3,200); 2. 48-Danny Dietrich; 3. 85-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 4. 71-Brian Leppo; 5. 6-Brad McClelland; 6. 21-Brian Montieth; 7. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 8. 11C-Cory Haas; 9. 38N-Nick Schlauch, Jr.; 10. 50-Austin Reed; 11. 14-Brent Marks; 12. 71X-Bill Stine; 13. 94-Ted Thomas, Jr.; 14. 87-Alan Krimes; 15. 56-Dave Wilson; 16. 3B-Randy Baughman; 17. 20S-Derek Sell; 18. 84C-Chad Criswell; 19. 74JR-JR Berry; 20. 15-Adam Wilt (DNF); 21. 23r-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. (DNF); 22. 23z-Todd Zinn (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders - Chad Criswell (1-24), Jim Siegel (25)

1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 11C-Cory Haas; 2. 50-Austin Reed; 3. 59-Jim Siegel; 4. 6-Brad McClelland; 5. 21-Brian Montieth; 6. 23R-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr.; 7. 94-Ted Thomas, Jr.; 8. 3B-Randy Baughman (DNF). Time - 2:22.972

2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 71-Brian Leppo; 2. 38N-Nick Schlauch, Jr.; 3. 85-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 4. 14-Brent Marks; 5. 20S-Derek Sell; 6. 74JR-JR Berry; 7. 23Z-Todd Zinn. No Time

3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 2. 15-Adam Wilt; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich; 4. 84C-Chad Criswell; 5. 71X-Bill Stine; 6. 87-Alan Krimes; 7. 56-Dave Wilson. Time - 2:26.969

(20-Laps) Ė 1. 1-Gene Knaub; 2. 93-Pancho Lawler; 3. 22-Chase Billet; 4. 64-Grant Adams; 5. 1W-Mike Walls; 6. 21Z-Cam Zeigler; 7. 81S-Bobby Beard; 8. 7L-Todd Leonard; 9. 21J-John Baker; 10. 10H-Fred Harden; 11. 21B-Travis Beaver; 12. Nine-Carl Graves; 13. 67-Bernie Beard; 14. 121-Larry Neiderer; 15. 14-Tyler Horst; 16. 18X-Travis McClelland; 17. 9W-Steve Weikel; 18. 7-Pat Beard (DNF); 19. 116-Travis Mease (DNF); 20. 18-DJ Mease (DNF); 21. 1E-Brad Shank (DNF); 22. 78-John Ebersole (DNF); DNS - 25-Tommy Blackwell. No Time

Lap Leaders - Carl Graves (1), Pancho Lawler (2-7), Gene Knaub (8-20)

1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) 1. 1W-Mike Walls; 2. 81S-Bobby Beard; 3. 67-Bernie Beard; 4. 9W-Steve Weikel; 5. 7L-Todd Leonard; 6. 10H-Fred Harden; 7. 1E-Brad Shank (DNF); 8. 7-Pat Beard (DNF). No Time

2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1-Gene Knaub; 2. 18-Travis McClelland; 3. 21Z-Cam Zeigler; 4. 22-Chase Billet; 5. 21J-John Baker; 6. 21B-Travis Beaver; 7. 78-John Ebersole; 8. 25-Tommy Blackwell (DNF). No Time

3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. Nine-Carl Graves; 2. 18-DJ Mease; 3. 93-Pancho Lawler; 4. 116-Travis Mease; 5. 64-Grant Adams; 6. 14-Tyler Horst; 7. 121-Larry Neiderer. Time - 2:21.44

(25-Laps) - 1. 58-Paul Miller; 2. 83F-Cody Fairchok; 3. 222-Jay Fannasy; 4. 99-Frankie Herr; 5. 30-Scott Dellinger; 6. 56-Chad Criswell; 7. 91-Lanny Hake; 8. 21-Duaine Smith; 9. 9K-Steve Wilbur; 10. 33-John Garman; 11. 3B-Mike Enders; 12. 77W-Tom Wyckoff; 13. 88W-Eric Walker; 14. 45-Dave Socks (DNF); 15. 6-Daryl Shaffer (DNF); 16. 33R-Scott Geesey (DNF); 17. 5-Dave Berkheimer (DNF); 18. 00-Rick Barr (DNF); 19. 83-Greg Robinson (DNF); 20. 35-Gary Johnston (DNF); 21. 77-Russ Mitten (DNF); 22. 66-Leroy Martin (DNF); 23. 55-Jim Shuster (DNF); 24. 8-Rich Eichelberger (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders - Cody Fairchok (1-9), Paul Miller (10-25)

1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 55-Jim Shuster; 2. 30-Scott Dellinger; 3. 99-Frankie Herr; 4. 21-Duaine Smith; 5. 00-Rick Barr; 6. 33-John Garman; 7. 6-Daryl Shaffer; 8. 3B-Mike Enders; 9. 83-Greg Robinson; 10. 64-Stan Wanner (DNF); 11. 7X-Nat Tuckey. No Time

2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify)- 1. 66-Leroy Martin; 2. 58-Paul Miller; 3. 83F-Cody Fairchok; 4. 9K-Steve Wilbur; 5. 77-Russ Mitten; 6. 88W-Eric Walker; 7. 5-Dave Berkheimer; 8. 20-Eric Walker; 9. 2-Ken Keyton; 10. 16-Jeff Leisey. Time - 2:40.12

3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 91-Lanny Hake; 2. 222-Jay Fannasy; 3. 33R-Scott Geesey; 4. 56-Chad Criswell; 5. 77W-Tom Wyckoff; 6. 35-Gary Johnston; 7. 318-Chris Meleason; 8. 45-Dave Socks; 9. 56T-Lee Taylor; 10. 8-Rich Eichelberger; 11. 93-Carmen Perigo, Jr. (DNF). Time - 2:44.87

Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) Ė 1. 6-Daryl Shaffer; 2. 5-Dave Berkheimer; 3. 3B-Mike Enders; 4. 45-Dave Socks; 5. 83-Greg Robinson; 6. 8-Rich Eichelberger; 7. 20-Eric Eckert; 8. 56T-Lee Taylor; 9. 318-Chris Meleason; 10. 888-John Wolfe; 11. 16-Jeff Leisey; 12. 2-Ken Keyton; DNS - 7X-Nat Tuckey, 93-Carmen Perigo, Jr. No Time

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