ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/20/04 - "I like night time racing. You get it up against the fence and let it go!" So said Phoenixville's Brian Montieth after becoming the fifth different winner in as many 2004 sprint features at Lincoln Speedway Saturday ...
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/20/04 - "I like night time racing. You get it up against the fence and let it go!"
So said Phoenixville's Brian Montieth after becoming the fifth different winner in as many 2004 sprint features at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
And he did it in grand style, rim riding around both Josh Wells and race leader Bobby Weaver in turns three and four of the tenth lap to grab the race lead and drive away to his fifth career Lincoln win. Montieth started third and faded to fourth on laps five and six before beginning a four-lap charge under green that saw him pass Brian Leppo to reclaim third on lap seven.
After blowing around Wells and Weaver for the lead on lap ten, Montieth extended his lead to nearly a second before Wells got by Weaver for second. They ran one-two the rest of the way. Despite a 21st-lap caution for a second-turn spin by Eric Stambaugh (who was running seventh), Montieth's margin of victory was 3.02 seconds.
"My hat goes off to (car owner) Jerry Parrish and everybody that works on the car," said a jubilant Montieth in victory lane, "I just can't ask for no more than this."
"I was a ahead of myself there for a little bit early on, but I straightened out," explained Montieth about his early-race fade, "We're getting close, but we're still off a little bit."
It was Montieth's first Lincoln win since July of 2001.
"I quit there for a year or two and started my own business," said Montieth on his nearly two-year absence. "I just couldn't afford it."
Reacting to questions about the level of competition this year, Montieth said, "It's going to be hard for one person to win a lot this year. There are a lot of good cars and they are not afraid to push the peddle down."
"This guy here can get the job done," said car owner Jerry Parrish, "The reason he is in the seat is because we've seen him drive around the best of them...he can continue to do that night in and night out."
"It just doesn't faze him and he keeps his cool. He's a good competitor."
Cris Eash advanced methodically through the field from his 12th starting spot to finish third and hang on to the Lincoln points lead, with Leppo crossing fourth and Niki Young fifth. Completing the top ten were Lance Dewease, Brook Weibley, 14th-starting Doug Esh, Fred Rahmer, and 15th-starting Greg Hodnett.
Heats for the 23 410-Sprints were won by Rahmer, Weaver and Dewease.
Ephrata's Cliff Brian started on the pole and led wire-to-wire in the season opener for the 358 sprints. He and outside front row starter Chad Trout were scored first and second every lap.
It was Brian's first win since the death of his father, Bill Brian, Sr., and Cliff dedicated the win to his dad.
Though Brian led every lap, the outcome was in doubt until a 19th lap restart which saw defending champion Cory Haas line up third behind the leaders. He had advanced from his seventh starting spot on a racey surface that saw loads of wheel-to-wheel battles.
But Brian pulled away to an 84-hundredths of-a-second win over Trout, with Haas crossing third. A spectacular crash occurred at the finish when Keith Prutzman and T.J. Stutts got together just shy of the flagstand, resulting in a Prutzman flip. The rest of the field behind the leaders reverted to the completed 19th lap when red replaced the checkered at the finish. Credited with fourth was 8th-starting Alan Krimes, with 13th-starting Brad McClelland fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Mike Bittinger, Billy Dietrich (who started 21st), Scott Tate, Brian Eichelberger (who started 16th), and Bobby Howard (who started 22nd).
Dan Dietrich was uninjured in a horrific crash into the fourth turn catch fence in his qualifying event. The newly-installed catch fence did its job and kept the violently-flipping Dietrich out of the fourth-turn grandstands. The crash delayed action for 20 minutes.
Heats for the 37 350-Sprints were won by Mike Lehman, Brian, Haas and Trout, with Steve Clabaugh and Tim Hershey winning twin consolation events.
Rains postponed the 20-lap thundercar feature until next Saturday, with Bob Bare leading after the completion of the first lap. Showers which had been predicted for earlier in the evening arrived during a second-lap caution. The remainder of the thundercar feature will be completed as part of next week's three-division show featuring the 410 sprints, thundercars, and INEX Legends.
Heats for the 25 Thundercars were won by Duane Watson, Tom Slusser Jr. and Craig Wagaman, with Mike Slaybaugh winning the consolation event.
Next Saturday, March 27th, Lincoln Speedway looks to get in there sixth consecutive show of 2004 with the INEX Legends invading the Pigeon Hills oval.
The Cindy Rowe Paintless Dent Removal 410 Sprints & Thundercars will round out the evening's racing program. Gates will open 4 PM. Hot-laps get underway at 5:30 PM, with the first heat taking the green at 6 PM.
To get all the latest news, results, schedule changes and rule changes, visit Lincoln Speedway's website at www.lincolnspeedway.com 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 - March 20, 2004
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 21-Brian Montieth ($2,500); 2. 6W-Josh Wells; 3. 17E-Cris Eash; 4. 71-Brian Leppo; 5. 10N-Niki Young; 6. 77-Lance Dewease; 7. 32-Brook Weibley; 8. 30-Doug Esh; 9. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 10. 12-Greg Hodnett; 11. 22-Darren Eash; 12. 31D-Kevin Drury; 13. 7K-Dan Shetler; 14. 25-Adrian Shaffer; 15. 59-Jim Siegel; 16. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 17. 47J-Jeff Busby; 18. 70-Sam schlosberg; 19. X-Bobby Weaver; 20. 7-Keith Kauffman; 21. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 22. 23-Jimmy Weller; 23. 26-Pat Cooper. No Time
Lap Leaders - Bobby Weaver (1-9), Brian Montieth (10-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 2. 71-Brian Leppo; 3. 10N-Niki Young; 4. 7K-Dan Shetler; 5. 22-Darren Eash; 6. 47J-Jeff Busby; 7. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 8. 94-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) 1. X-Bobby Weaver; 2. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 3. 7-Keith Kauffman; 4. 6W-Josh Wells; 5. 30-Doug Esh; 6. 25-Adrian Shaffer; 7. 31D-Kevin Drury; 8. 26-Pat Cooper. No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) 1. 77-Lance Dewease; 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 32-Brook Weibley; 4. 17E-Cris Eash; 5. 12-Greg Hodnett; 6. 23-Jimmy Weller; 7. 59-Jim Siegel. Time - 2:24.67
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 16-Cliff Brian ($1,000); 2. 7C-Chad Trout; 3. 11C-Cory Haas; 4. 87-Alan Krimes; 5. 6M-Brad McClelland; 6. 12-Mike Bittinger; 7. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 8. 9-Scott Tate; 9. 55-Brian Eichelberger; 10. 49-Bobby Howard; 11. 69R-Randy Rhoads; 12. 11-Dave Neuman; 13. 28-Keith Prutzman (DNF); 14. 39-T.J. Stutts (DNF); 15. 88J-Rory Janney (DNF); 16. 97-Tim Hershey (DNF); 17. 80-Todd Reed (DNF); 18. 12C-Blane Heimbach (DNF); 19. 22D-Jeff Young (DNF); 20. 55L-Chad Layton (DNF); 21. 25-Brian Buckwalter (DNF); 22. 7V-Mike Lehman (DNF); 23. 4R-Mark Freeland (DNF); 24. 52-Steve Clabaugh (DNF). No time.
Lap Leaders - Cliff Brian (1-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 7V-Mike Lehman; 2. 22D-Jeff Young; 3. 9-Scott Tate; 4. 6M-Brad McClelland; 5. 52-Steve Clabaugh; 6. 58-Aaron Long (DNF); 7. 09-Brandon Grandstaff (DNF); 8. 8D-Billy Dietrich (DNF); DNS - David Bull. No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 16-Cliff Brian; 2. 80-Todd Reed; 3. 28-Keith Prutzman; 4. 88J-Rory Janney; 5. 12-Blane Heimbach; 6. 80R-Dan Richcreek; 7. 69R-Randy Rhoads; 8. 88-Danny Dietrich; 9. 24B-Brent Kluge (DNF). Time - 2:00.74
3rd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 11C-Cory Haas; 2. 87-Alan Krimes; 3. 12-Mike Bittinger; 4. 39-T.J. Stutts; 5. 97-Tim Hershey; 6. 69G-Kevin Drury; 7. 41-Scott Geesey; 8. 14-Will Urkuski (DNF); 9. 8-Dan Dietrich (DNF). Time - 2:01.57
4th Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 7C-Chad Trout; 2. 4R-Mark Freeland; 3. 55L-Chad Layton; 4. 55-Brian Eichelberger; 5. 49-Bobby Howard; 6. 11-Dave Neuman; 7. 25-Brian Buckwalter; 8. 3D-Ronnie Orwig; 9. 85-Ken Berwager; 10. 6-Bill Sherman. Time - 2:01.27
1st Consolation (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 52-Steve Clabaugh; 2. 12-Blane Heimbach; 3. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 4. 69R-Randy Rhoads; 5. 80R-Dan Richcreek; 6. 1B-David Bull; 7. 58-Aaron Long (DNF); 8. 09-Brandon Grandstaff (DNF); 9. 88-Danny Dietrich (DNF); 10. 24B-Brent Kluge (DNF). Time - 2:04.17
2nd Consolation (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 97-Tim Hershey; 2. 25-Brian Buckwalter; 3. 49-Bobby Howard; 4. 11-Dave Neuman; 5. 69G-Kevin Drury; 6. 85-Ken Berwager; 7. 3D-Ron Orwig; 8. 41-Scott Geesey; DNS: 14-Will Urkuski, 8-Dan Dietrich, 6-Bill Sherman. Time - 2:05.97
Feature (20 Laps) -Postponed until next Saturday, March 27th with one lap down, 19 to go
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 3R-Duane Watson; 2. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 3. B52-Mike Walls; 4. 11-Jim Rost; 5. 20-Sam Gallagher; 6. 15-Doug Devilbiss; 7. 4-Greg Feltch; 8. 8-Mike Gladfelter II. Time - 2:47.19
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 91-Tom Slusser Jr.; 2. X-Bernie Beard; 3. 76-Bob Bare; 4. 31-Ron Shultz; 5. 1-Neil Smith; 6. 34-Gregg Messersmith; 7. 37-Frankie Dee; 8. 3-Mike Gladfelter (DNF); 9. 16-George Kohrmann (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 30-Craig Wagaman; 2. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 3. 52-Nat Tuckey; 4. 14-Chet McCormick; 5. 5-Gary Potts; 6. 7X-Tony Rose; 7. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 8. 70-Duane Hahn (DNF); 9. 34M-Jim Martz Jr. Time - 2:45.10
Consolation (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 61S-Mike Slaybaugh; 2. 8-Mike Gladfelter; 3. 4-Greg Feltch; 4. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 5. 37-Frankie Dee; 6. 16-George Kohrmann; DNS 3-Mike Gladfelter II, 70-Duane Hahn. Time - 2:08.69