Saturday - June 30, 2001 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, PA Greg Leiby Scores Second 358 Sprint Victory In-A- Row; Tim Dietz Captures Thrilling ARDC Midget Main; Craig Wagaman Finally Tops Thundercar Field ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/30/01 - Carlisle's...
Saturday - June 30, 2001
Greg Leiby Scores Second 358 Sprint Victory In-A- Row;
Tim Dietz Captures Thrilling ARDC Midget Main;
Craig Wagaman Finally Tops Thundercar Field
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/30/01 - Carlisle's Greg Leiby, back from retirement a year ago, and recently recovering from early season injuries, has found his groove as he picked up his second win in-a-row in the 20-lap 358 sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
"You know, we've just got this J&J working real good right now," Leiby said after he won his second consecutive "358" sprint feature.
And working good it was. After three aborted attempts to start the feature, the feature was reeled off in non-stop fashion with Leiby passing race-long leader Rick Horn of Dover for the lead off the inside of the second corner with 13 laps down and then drove away to win in five minutes, 38.8 seconds, shattering the 20-lap record by over 20 seconds of five minutes 59.42 seconds set by Hanover's Cris Eash on August 5, 1998.
But the win didn't come easy for Leiby.
"Actually, that (the non-stop race) didn't help me any," said a happy Leiby while holding his son in victory lane. "I was way too tight...Doug Esh probably would have won the race. I know he went by me good (early), but we were just way too tight."
Esh, who also has two feature wins this season, passed Leiby for third place on the second lap, but would drop out three laps later. By then, Leiby had found his stride, passing Chad Trout for third place on the fourth circuit and then taking second with Esh dropped out. From there, Leiby chased Horn, who started on the outside pole and remained there through two early interruptions.
In those incidents, Adrian Shaffer spun in the third turn at the outset and then the caution flag waved for debris after the restart. The situation then worsened on the next restart as 11 cars were involved in a melee on the frontstretch as the green flag fell. Five cars were unable to restart, including that of Shaffer, whose car flipped at the flagstand.
However, the next restart not only was smooth, but began a 20-lap dash to the checkered flag. Horn eventually took second place after Leiby caught him.
"At first, I had my doubts, but I just kept running as hard as I could," Leiby added. "Like I said, I was way too tight. I had to run in (the corners) real hard. Man, I don't know. I think maybe his (Horn's) tires went away. He was loose on the top. There ain't much there to hold onto. I'm just glad to be here."
Trout placed third ahead of Scott Ausherman, Tim Hershey, Eric Stambaugh (who started 22nd), Gary Gollub, Joe Ilg, Judd Shepard and Alan Krimes.
Heats for the 30 "358" sprinters on hand were won by Horn, Leiby and Esh, with Cory Haas winning the consolation for the second time in 2001.
In the ARDC Carquest Midget feature, Hanover's Tim Dietz passed Mark Freeland for the top spot on the 22nd lap and drove away to his second straight series feature after he had won a wingless feature last weekend at Mercer Raceway Park to break the four-race win streak of Ray Bull.
Freeland, who led the first 10 laps before Bull led for two and then relinquished the top spot to Freeland, settled for second place ahead of Bryan Kobylarz, Marc Dailey, Walt Stearly, Fred Schell, Gary Halteman, Randy Mausteller, Lew Blair and Kathy Kurtz.
Heats for the 23 ARDC Midgets on hand were won by Freeland and Ray Bull, who was running second during the feature when his car stopped on the 21st lap.
In the thundercar feature, Abbottstown's Craig Wagaman finished the job he didn't quite complete the week before and led every lap from the pole to win the 20-lap feature for his first victory of the season at Lincoln and the 12th of his career. Wagaman held off Mike Walls over the entire distance to win. Gary Potts took third place on the third lap and held that position to the finish. Tony Kuhn was fourth ahead of Bernie Beard, Steve Clabaugh, Jerry Bingaman, Allen Cullum, Jeremy Brown and Bobby Rudisill.
Heats for the 32 thundercars were won by Wagaman, Gregg Messersmith and Nat Tuckey, with Rudisill winning the consolation.
Lincoln Speedway will swing back into action Tuesday night, July 3, with a special Fourth of July racing program featuring the 358 sprint regulars. Joining them with be the Silver Spring Super Sportsman, and the Virginia-based VSS 305 Sprints. A spectacular FIREWORKS display will then round out the evening's racing program. Gates will open at 5:30 PM, with hot laps at 7 PM, and racing action getting under way at 7:30 PM.
Then next Saturday night, July 7, it will be PEPSI Night with the super sprint and thundercar regulars being joined by the micro-sprints, plus KIDS BIG WHEEL RACES as well. Gates will open at 5:30 PM, hot laps at 7 PM and racing action gets under way at 7:30 PM.