ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/11/04 - T.J. Stutts dominated the season finale for 358 sprints at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night, but his win was not enough to catch Chad Trout in a season long points battle that went down to the final race. Stutts, the...
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/11/04 - T.J. Stutts dominated the season finale for 358 sprints at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night, but his win was not enough to catch Chad Trout in a season long points battle that went down to the final race.
Stutts, the only driver to win more than one 358 sprint feature in the Pigeon Hills this year, won for the second time in a row and third time this season. By virtue of his third-quick time, Stutts started on the outside of the front row. He grabbed the lead from polesitter Danny Dietrich at the outset and led every lap. By the time the second caution of the race came out on lap 22, Stutts had put six lapped cars between himself and second-place Brad McClelland, and his final margin of victory was a whopping 8.24 seconds.
"I didn't know we were leading by that much," said Stutts in victory lane, "About half-way, I started to get pretty loose. I had to be very careful when I got those lapped cars. It really concerned me. Evidently, it's good we were that fast. It just shows how dedicated my team is and how hard they worked to get us to this point."
McClelland, who started seventh, held off ninth-starting Cory Haas for second over the final four laps. Alan Krimes, Danny Dietrich, and Mike Lehman completed the top five.
But it was Felton's Chad Trout who claimed his first-ever 358 track title. With the absence of Billy Dietrich (away on a cruise won in a radio station promotion), Trout needed only a top 20 finish to wrap up the championship. Despite a sputtering engine he ran sixth quick in time trials. He qualified fourth in his heat, started sixth, and crossed ninth at the finish.
"That (the track title) is what I wanted," said Trout when introduced to the crowd as the '04 champ, "Jimmy and Bob Strausbaugh helped us out this year with their motors, and we got a consistent car. Jay Krout...this is the first car he ever built...it's a Lee chassis. A lot of people asked us why we're running a 'no name' car, well this is why we ran it. It was our most consistent car all year."
"Here at Lincoln, we didn't have a problem all year until tonight," Trout continued, "My crew won this championship tonight. We brought the other car and put all our spare parts on it. We had to take the part off it to get the car to run tonight. I don't know how we got sixth in time trials with the motor acting like it did, but they got it fixed for the feature. We were just a little bit off tonight. If I'd have run the bottom earlier, we'd of had a better finish."
Heats for the 358 sprinters were won by Haas, Aaron Long, Stutts and Lehman. Steve Clabaugh won the B-Main. Setting fast time in time trials over the 34-car field was set by Dan Dietrich, with a one-lap time of 14.436-seconds (93.516 MPH).
Dan Dietrich was taken out in the feature when a spinning Mike Bittinger collected the Racers Used Parts Warehouse #8 in turn four of lap eight while Dan was running third behind Stutts and his son Danny.
Dover's Bud Witmer used the cushion to drive around leader Carl Billet on turn four of lap eight and cruise to his second straight Lincoln limited late model feature win.
The Billet brothers started on the front row, and Mark Billet was actually leading when he spun out on turn four of the first lap. That put Fred Harden on the pole, but he was unable to hold off Billet, who led the first seven laps. Pat Beard also got around Harden for second from his fourth starting spot on the first lap, but yielded to a charging Witmer on lap four. Beard pulled up lame while racing Harden for third on lap 14.
Harden hung on for third, with Justin Ehrhart fourth and Bernie Beard coming on late from his 20th starting spot to finish fifth.
Heats for the 27 limited late models were won by Jeff Leiphart, Scot McCann and Laudan Seigfried, with Jake Lettick winning the consolation. Leiphart set a new 8-lap track record in winning the first heat in a time of two minutes, 19.98-seconds, beating his old mark of two minutes 21.15-seconds set on June 10, 2000.
Leiphart dropped from the field while running seventh during the 14th lap caution for Pat Beard.
Mike Walls claimed his fifth win of the year in the crash-marred 20-lap feature for thundercars. Walls started 11th and was running sixth by the time the caution came out for third-place Jim Rost and fifth-place Mike Gladfelter on lap two. He moved past Duane Watson to enter the top five on lap three, passed both Bernie Bead and Jim Martz, Jr. for third on lap four, and then assumed the lead when he got around Mike Ciezobka for second and leader Chad Myers brought out the caution on lap five.
He led the rest of the way to move into sole possession of ninth on the all time Lincoln thundercar win list with his 13th career win.
Bernie Beard crossed second, with Martz, points leader Mike Zeigler, Sr., and Mike Zeigler, Jr. completing the top five. There were 12 caution flags in the feature, which resulted in only eight cars completing the 20-lap distance.
Heats for the 27 thundercars were won by Mike Zeigler Sr., Mike Walls and David Prunkl.
Lincoln Speedway switches to Friday night racing next weekend as the World of Outlaw Late Models return to make up the previously scheduled August 14th show which was rained-out due to Hurricane Charlie.
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series (WoO) and the Mid-Atlantic Championship Series (MACS) are joining forces for this special night of late model racing on Friday, September 17th.
The originally scheduled World of Outlaws Late Model Series Lincoln Speedway show was rained out August 14th. The rescheduled event will now include the MACS Series. The program will be 50-laps, $10,000 to-win with $700 going to start. The race procedures and format at Lincoln will run under the "Outlaw" rules and procedures.
Gates will open at 5:30 PM with time trials getting underway at 7:30 PM.
To get all the latest news, results, schedule changes and rule changes, visit Lincoln Speedway's website at http://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 - September 11, 2004
358 SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP:
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 39-TJ Stutts ($1,500); 2. 6-Brad McClelland; 3. 11C-Cory Haas; 4. 87-Alan Krimes; 5. 88-Danny Dietrich; 6. 7V-Mike Lehman; 7. 2J-Billy Johns; 8. 3J-Judd Shepard; 9. 7C-Chad Trout; 10. 52-Steve Clabaugh; 11. 22D-Jeff Young; 12. 49-Bobby Howard; 13. 41-Scott Geesey; 14. 15-Adam Wilt; 15. 14-Will Urkuski; 16. 28-Keith Prutzman; 17. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 18. 58-Aaron Long (DNF); 19. 23-Todd Rittenhouse (DNF); 20. 56M-Mark Zellers (DNF); 21. 98-Troy Becker (DNF); 22. 8-Dan Dietrich (DNF); 23. 12-Mike Bittinger (DNF); 24. 69R-Randy Rhoads (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - TJ Stutts (1-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 11C-Cory Haas; 2. 15-Adam Wilt; 3. 49-Bobby Howard; 4. 8-Dan Dietrich; 5. 98-Troy Becker; 6. 52-Steve Clabaugh; 7. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 8. 1B-David Bull; 9. 27S-Stewart Smith. Time - 2:30.10
2nd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 58-Aaron Long; 2. 12-Mike Bittinger; 3. 2J-Billy Johns; 4. 7C-Chad Trout; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 85-Ken Berwager; 7. 32-Donny Smith; 8. 69R-Randy Rhoads (DNF). Time - 2:33.77
3rd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 39-TJ Stutts; 2. 23-Todd Rittenhouse Jr.; 3. 22D-Jeff Young; 4. 28-Keith Prutzman; 5. 6-Brad McClelland; 6. 14-Will Urkuski; 7. 88K-Travis Keeney; 8. 00P-Bill Brown. Time - 2:37.85
4th Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 7V-Mike Lehman; 2. 56M-Mark Zellers; 3. 41-Scott Geesey; 4. 3J-Judd Shepard; 5. 88-Danny Dietrich; 6. 69G-Kevin Drury; 7. 84-Chad Criswell; 8. 27-Jay Galloway. No time
B-Main (12 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 52-Steve Clabaugh; 2. 69R-Randy Rhoads; 3. 14-Will Urkuski; 4. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 5. 69G-Kevin Drury; 6. 88K-Travis Keeney; 7. 27-Jay Galloway; 8. 1B-David Bull; 9. 84-Chad Criswell; 10. 00P-Bill Brown; 11. 27S-Stewart Smith (DNF); 12. 32-Donny Smith (DNF); 13. 85-Ken Berwager (DNF). No Time
Time Trials - 1. 8-Dan Dietrich, 14.436 (93.516 MPH); 2. 87-Alan Krimes, 14.514; 3. 39-TJ Stutts, 14.607; 4. 88-Danny Dietrich, 14.663; 5. 52-Steve Clabaugh, 14.780; 6. 7C-Chad Trout, 14.799; 7. 6-Brad McClelland, 14.850; 8. 7V-Mike Lehman, 14.858; 9. 11C-Cory Haas, 14.877; 10. 2J-Billy Johns, 14.880; 11. 22D-Jeff Young, 14.904; 12. 3J-Judd Shepard, 14.945; 13. 49-Bobby Howard, 14.970; 14. 69R-Randy Rhoads, 14.999; 15. 14-Will Urkuski, 15.015; 16. 41-Scott Geesey, 15.051; 17. 15-Adam Wilt, 15.073; 18. 58-Aaron Long, 15.075; 19. 28-Keith Prutzman, 15.119; 20. 56M-Mark Zellers, 15.124; 21. 98-Troy Becker, 15.175; 22. 12-Mike Bittinger, 15.193; 23. 23-Todd Rittenhouse, 15.276; 24. 84-Chad Criswell, 15.291; 25. 09-Brandon Grandstaff, 15.368; 26. 85-Ken Berwager, 15.400; 27. 88K-Travis Keeney, 15.445; 28. 69G-Kevin Drury, 15.445; 29. 27S-Stewart Smith, 15.459; 30. 32-Donny Smith, 15.489; 31. 00P-Bill Brown, 15.558; 32. 27-Jay Galloway, 15.780; 33. 1B-David Bull, 15.916; 34. 31J-Joey Palmerino, NT.
SILVER SPRING LIMITED LATE MODELS:
Feature (20 Laps) 1. 5W-Bud Witmer; 2. 2M-Carl Billet; 3. 10-Fred Harden; 4. 69-Justin Ehrhart; 5. X-Bernie Beard; 6. 43-Jake Jones; 7. 41F-Scott McCann; 8. 26-Tom Blackwell; 9. 17-Jake Lettick; 10. 99X-Laudan Seigfried; 11. 22-Mark Billet; 12. 91-Chuck Yingling; 13. 6-Josh Kimmel; 14. 5-Ron Chrisman; 15. 116-Travis Mease; 16. 11-Dave Sokoloski; 17. 9W-Steve Weikel; 18. 4M-John Moser, Jr. (DNF); 19. 8-Jeff Liephart (DNF); 20. 7-Pat Beard (DNF); 21. 21X-Danny McSherry (DNF); 22. 33-Harold Beinhower (DNF); 23. 21-Derrike Zirkle (DNF); 24. 46-Hal Browning (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Mark Billet (1-7), Bud Witmer (8-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 8-Jeff Leiphart (NTR); 2. 21-Derrick Zirkle; 3. 26-Tom Blackwell; 4. 10-Fred Harden; 5. 11-Dave Sokolowski; 6. 91-Chuck Yingling; 7. 116-Travis Mease; 8. 4M-John Moser Jr.; 9. 83-Rick Todorow. Time - 2:19.98 (New 8-Lap Track Record - old record was 2:21.15 set by Jeff Leiphart on 6/10/00)
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 41F-Scott McCann; 2. 43-Jake Jones; 3. 5W-Bud Witmer; 4. 2M-Carl Billet; 5. 33-Harold Beinhower; 6. 5-Ron Chrisman; 7. 17-Jake Lettick; 8. X-Bernie Beard (DNF); 9. 12-Sterling Kinard (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 99X-Laudan Seigfried; 2. 69-Justin Ehrhart; 3. 7-Pat Beard; 4. 22-Mark Billet; 5. 21-Danny McSherry; 6. 46-Hal Browning; 7. 9W-Steve Weikel; 8. 78-John Ebersole; 9. 6-Josh Kimmel. Time - 2:23.93
Consolation (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 17-Jake Lettich; 2. X-Bernie Beard; 3. 4M-John Moser Jr.; 4. 9W-Steve Weikel; 5. 6-Josh Kimmell; 6. 116-Travis Mease; 7. 78-John Ebersole; 8. 83-83-Rick Todorow; 9. 12-Sterling Kinard (DNS). No time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 52-Mike Walls; 2. X-Bernie Beard; 3. 34M-Jim Martz Jr.; 4. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 5. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 6. 33-Duane Watson; 7. 30-Craig wagaman; 8. 8-Mike Gladfelter; 9. 57-Willie Godfrey (DNF); 10. 22-Nat Tuckey (DNF); 11. 9X-Brett Emig (DNF); 12. 37-Jim Rost (DNF); 13. 76-Bob Bare (DNF); 14. 61-Mike Ciezobka (DNF); 15. 61S-Mike Slaybaugh (DNF); 16. 18-Bob Johnson (DNF); 17. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); 18. 51-Chad Myers (DNF); 19. 8MD-David Prunkl (DNF); 20. 41-Howard Williams (DNF); 21. 8B-Doug Brown (DNF); 22. 1E-Greg Emlet (DNF); DNS - 9-Al Cramer, 70-Rick Weaver. No Time
Lap Leaders - Chad Myers (1-4), Mike walls (5-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 81-Mike Zeigler, Sr.; 2. 33-Duane Watson; 3. 30-Craig Wagaman; 4. 22-Nat Tuckey; 5. 9-Al Cramer; 6. 18-Bob Johnson; 7. Y-Kenny Slaybaugh (DNF); 8. 39-Wayne Dutterer (DNF); 9. 61S-Mike Slaybaugh (DNS). No time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 52-Mike Walls; 2. 76-Bob Bare; 3. 37-Jim Rost; 4. 34M-Jim Martz, Jr.; 5. 8B-Doug Brown; 6. 70-Rick Weaver; 7. 0-Eric McClane (DNF); 8. 41-Howard Williams (DNF); 9. 1-Neil Smith (DNF). No time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 8MD-David Prunkl; 2. 51-Chad Myers; 3. X-Bernie Beard; 4. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 5. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 6. 1E-Greg Emlet; 7. 9X-Brett Emig; 8. 57-Willie Godfrey (DNF); 9. 8-Mike Gladfelter (DNF). No Time