From Lincoln Speedway
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/24/2011 – He’s been a mentor to dozens in the Lincoln pits and was named the 2010 national “410” sprint car rookie of-the-year.
And in Sunday’s special Premier Auto Works/Auto Locator Night in the Pigeon Hills, Brad McClelland held off two of sprint car racing’s hottest drivers to score his first career “410” sprint car win.
“This division is so tough,” said McClelland upon exiting his B&D Truck Hoist #6, “When you beat guys like Brian Montieth, you’ve had a good night. I wish (injured driver) Fred Rahmer was here so I could say I beat him, too!”
“I want to thank my family and crew,” continued McClelland, “And especially (mechanic) Shawn Norris. That guy really knows race cars, and has been a big help.”
Handicapping put McClelland on the inside of row two for the start. For the first three laps, he ran third to front row starters John Barnett and Mike Bittinger. Bittinger grabbed the lead from Barnett on lap four, with McClelland moving into the runner-up spot one lap later. He chased one-time winner Bittinger for the next four laps before making the race-winning pass on lap nine.
Sixth-starting Brent Marks caught Bittinger for second on lap 12, and he ran there until he broke an axle while trying to hold off the challenges of ninth-starting Aaron Ott as the two passed under the flagstand to complete lap 20. Ott assumed second, with 11th-starting Brian Montieth up to third for the restart.
But neither driver could catch McClelland, who became the 11th different winner in 18 races run at Lincoln this year. Ott and Montieth settled for second and third, with Kevin Nouse and tenth-starting Danny Dietrich completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Jim Siegel, 12th-starting Lance Dewease, Brian Leppo, Alan Krimes, and 21st-starting Sam Schlosberg.
Heats for the 23 “410” sprinters were won by Montieth, Leppo, and Dietrich.
Logan Schuchart became the 12th different winner in as many 2011 Lincoln features in the 20-lap “358” sprint car main. Schuchart, who has now won at four different tracks this year, started sixth and took the lead from polesitter and race-long leader Billy Pauch, Jr. on lap seven. He led the rest of the way, with Pauch holding on for his best-ever sprint car finish in second. Jeff Rohrbaugh, Cris Eash, and Niki Young completed the top five.
Eash’s fourth-place finish, combined with his win at Trail-Way Friday night, was good enough to claim the $500 top prize for the best two-night combined finish in the Trail-Way/Lincoln “358” sprint car “Shootout.” Shawn Norris, who was credited with helping McClelland to his 410 sprint car win, also serves as head wrench for the Bruckner family #10W sponsored by West Shore Printing.
Sixth through tenth were Mike Bittinger, Dale Hammaker, Billy Dietrich, Ted Thomas, Jr., and Tim Wagaman.
Heats for the 33 “358” sprinters were won by Wagaman, Schuchart, Hammaker, and Rohrbaugh, with Logan Wagner winning the consolation.
Sam Gallagher was a double-winner in the thundercars, taking the make-up feature which was rained out back on June 4th, and then coming back to claim the regularly-scheduled feature.
In the 20-lap make-up feature from June 4th Gallagher passed Todd Miller on the 17 lap and raced away to his fifth win of the year. Gallagher took the checkered for his 21st career win over Miller, Mike Slaybaugh, Roy Warehime, Jr., Duane Watson, Mikey Guise, Justin Mong, Danny Beard, Jimmy Combs, and Jamie Zentmyer.
Then in the regularly scheduled 20-lap feature Gallagher passed Beard with five laps to go in the crash-filled event and raced away to his sixth win of 2011, and the 22nd of his career, over Beard, Mong, Watson, Brian Diehl, Combs, Bob Johnson, Al Crammer, Jim Tyson, and Warehime.
Lincoln Speedway swings back into action next Saturday night, July 30th at 7:30 PM with a regular three-division show of Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprints, Keizer Aluminum Wheels 358 Sprints, and Thundercars. Gates will open at 5:30 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.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
PREMIER AUTO WORKS/AUTO LOCATOR NIGHT
LAWRENCE CHEVROLET 410 SPRINTS:
Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 6-Brad McClelland ($3,200); 2. 77-Aaron Ott; 3. 21-Brian Montieth; 4. 92-Kevin Nouse; 5. 48-Danny Dietrich; 6. 59-Jim Siegel; 7. 30C-Lance Dewease; 8. 71-Brian Leppo; 9. 87-Alan Krimes; 10. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 11. 12-Mike Bittinger; 12. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 13. 71X-Bill Stine; 14. 44W-Austen Wheatley; 15. 15B-John Barnett; 16. 11C-Cory Haas; 17. 26-Pat Cooper; 18. 15-Adam wilt; 19. 44-Frank Cozze; 20. 55-Luke Bowey; 21. 14-Brent Marks (DNF); 22. 10-Zach Euculano (DNF); 23. 65-Hunter Mackison. No Time
Lap Leaders – John Barnett (1-3), Mike Bittinger (4-8), Brad McClelland (9-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 21-Brian Montieth; 2. 14-Brent Marks; 3. 77-Aaron Ott; 4. 12-Mike Bittinger; 5. 15-Adam Wilt; 6. 44-Frank Cozze; 7. 65-Hunter Thompson; 8. 10-Zach Euculano (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 71-Brian Leppo; 2. 15B-John Barnett; 3. 59-Jim Siegel; 4. 6-Brad McClelland; 5. 11C-Cory Haas; 6. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 7. 44W-Austen Wheatley; 8. 55-Luke Bowey. Time – 2:46.516
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich; 2. 92-Kevin Nouse; 3. 87-Alan Krimes; 4. 30C-lance Dewease; 5. 26-Pat Cooper; 6. 71X-Bill Stine; 7. 70-Sam Schlosberg. No Time
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS 358 SPRINTS
Feature (20-Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart; 2. 23B-Billy Pauch, Jr.; 3. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 4. 10W-Cris Eash; 5. 65-Niki Young; 6. 12-Mike Bittinger; 7. 66-Dale Hammaker; 8. 8-Billy Dietrich; 9. 94-Ted Thomas, Jr.; 10. 1-Tim Wagaman; 11. 99M-Kyle Moody; 12. 91-Adrian Shaffer; 13. 85-Nathan Berwager; 14. 97-Brie Hershey; 15. 6R-Logan Wagner; 16. 27-Jay Galloway; 17. B52-Brook Weibley; 18. 21-Scott Fisher; 19. 51N-Nick Palmerino; 20. 5T-Glenndon Forsythe; 21. 22T-Matt Boland (DNF); 22. 7C-Chad Trout (DNF); 23. 99-Joe Trone, Jr. (DNF); 24. 50-Austin Reed (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders – Billy Pauch, Jr. (1-6), Logan Schuchart (7-20)
1st Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 2. 8-Billy Dietrich; 3. 12-Mike Bittinger; 4. 22T-Matt Boland; 5. 99-Joe Trone, Jr.; 6. 6R-Logan Wagner; 7. 97-Brie Hershey; 8. 03-Jeff Miller; DNS – 69-Travis Willow. No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart; 2. 7C-Chad Trout; 3. 99M-Kyle Moody; 4. B52-Brook Weibley; 5. 50-Austin Reed; 6. 21-Scott Fisher; 7. 76-Kevin Nagy; 8. 23-Chris Arnold (DNF). Time – 2:32.47
3rd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 66-Dale Hammaker; 2. 94-Ted Thomas, Jr.; 3. 23B-Billy Pauch, Jr.; 4. 5T-Glenndon Forsythe; 5. 27-Jay Galloway; 6. 51N-Nick Palmerino; 7. 28F-Matt Findley; 8. 8R-Michael Ruttkamp. No Time
4th Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 2. 10W-Cris Eash; 3. 65-Niki Young; 4. 91-Adrian Shaffer; 5. 85-Nathan Berwager; 6. 11D-Mike Duncan; 7. 38-Mark Strickler; 8. 7-JB Cunningham. No Time
Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) – 1. 6R-Logan Wagner; 2. 21-Scott Fisher; 3. 97-Brie Hershey; 4. 51N-Nick Palmerino; 5. 11D-Mike Duncan; 6. 8R-Michael Ruttkamp; 7. 69-Travis Willow; 8. 38-Mark Strickler; 9. 28F-Matt Findley; 10. 76-Kevin Nagy; 11. 23-Chris Arnold; 12. 03-Jeff Miller; 13. 7-JB Cunningham. No Time.
Make-Up Feature from 6/4/11 (20 Laps) – 1. 25-Sam Gallagher; 2. 3-Todd Miller; 3. 61-Mike Slaybaugh; 4. 54W-Roy Warehime; 5. 3W-Duane Watson; 6. 93-Mikey Guise; 7. 77-Justin Mong; 8. 60-Danny Beard; 9. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 10. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer (DNF); 11. 21W-Will Walls (DNF); 12. 2W-Brian Walls (DNF); DNS – 121-Jason Neiderer; 14-Andrew Walls; 28-Jamie Huls. No Time
Lap Leaders – Todd Miller (1-16), Sam Gallagher (17-20)
Regularly-Scheduled Feature (20 Laps) – 1. 25-Sam Gallagher; 2. 60-Danny Beard; 3. 77-Justin Mong; 4. 3W-Duane Watson; 5. 9X-Brian Diehl; 6. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 7. 18-Bob Johnson; 8. 9-Al Crammer; 9. 00-Jim Tyson; 10. 54W-Roy Warehime, Jr. (DNF); 11. 21W-Will Walls (DNF); 12. 25J-Jed Latshaw (DNF); 13. 8J-Justin Bittle (DNF); 14. 93-Mikey Guise (DNF); 15. 121-Larry Neiderer (DNF); 16. 3-Todd Miller (DNF); 17. 2W-Brian Walls (DNF); 18. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer (DNF); 19. 61-Mike Slaybaugh (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders – Justin Mong (1-13); Danny Beard (14); Sam Gallagher (15-20)