From Bill Meyer
Abbottstown, PA — (July 2, 2015) — Combined, car driver Stevie Smith and car owner Fred Rahmer have more than 200 career Lincoln wins. But has Stevie Smith ever had a better week?
“Definitely not!” responded Smith after pulling the Fred Rahmer #51s into victory lane for his fourth win in five races as part of the 25th Annual Pennsylvania Speedweek.
“You’re not telling me nothing I didn’t know before the race started,” said Smith when asked about the race-long challenges from Lincoln points leader Brian Montieth, “I knew Brian was going to be racing hard. This is his best kind of track. He can carry a lot of momentum and his car’s real nice. Before the race, I thought to myself, ‘Of course, you have 22 other cars out here in the field you gotta race with, but you’d better be ready for Montieth.’ And sure enough…if I didn’t see that black nose.”
An inversion of eight put Smith on the outside of the front row beside 2014 Lincoln Speedweek winner Kyle Moody for the start. Moody grabbed the lead on turn two of the start and led the first five laps, with Smith and Montieth close behind.
Smith snatched the lead from Moody in turns three and four of lap six, and led the rest of the way, despite pressure from five-time 2015 Lincoln winner Montieth through heavy lapped traffic over the final third of the race.
In fact, it was with ten laps to go that Montieth actually slid in front of Smith exiting turn two, only to have Smith reclaim the lead exiting turn four of lap 20.
“I made my car wider and we just kinda went in between our normal feature set-up and something a little freer because the track was a little wetter. It seemed to work,” added Smith, whose father Steve won the first Speedweek title in 1991, “I figure that Montieth was probably the fastest car, but we were fast enough to stay ahead of him. I figured he was gonna be close, but I didn’t like when I saw him out my right side there and was eating that top up. I thought ‘I’m going to make him go around me.’ I was prepared to cut across if I had to with the lapped car, but I just felt I had a lot better momentum staying the top”.
Montieth took one last shot at Smith as they passed under the white flag waving as the two entered turn one, but Smith held his line to cross .34-seconds in front for the $7,000 payday plus $300 bonus from race night sponsor BAPS Auto Paints and Supply.
Lucas Wolfe started 11th and came on strong over the final laps to pass Danny Dietrich with five laps to go to cross third, with Dietrich settling for fourth and Robbie Kendall fifth. Sixth through tenth were Moody, Adam Wilt, Greg Hodnett, Tim Wagaman, and Gerard McIntyre, Jr.
Jac Haudenschild, who sustained mechanical problems in time trials, came back through the B-Main to start 24th in the feature and finished 14th. BAPS driver Brent Marks started 18th and finished 11th.
Fast time in time trials over the 39-car field was set by Tim Wagaman with a one-lap time of 13.242-seconds (101.948 MPH).
Heats for the 410’s were won by Kendall, Montieth, Smith, and Moody, with the other BAPS driver Austin Hogue winning the B-Main.
Smith’s win padded his already impressive Speedweek points lead (824 points). Second through tenth after five nights of Speedweek competition were Danny Dietrich (731), Lucas Wolfe (664), Greg Hodnett (649), Alan Krimes (515), Brent Marks (479), Aaron Ott (457), Brian Montieth (434), Lance Dewease (353), and Cory Haas (319).
Pasadena, Maryland’s Kurt Zimmerman continued his Lincoln domination in the 20-lap All-American Outlaw feature, scoring his sixth win in-a-row in the Pigeon Hills. Zimmerman started on the outside of the front row and led all 20 laps, with polesitter Hunter Nester, 20th-starting Brad Shank, Dylan Keim, and Justin Cullum completing the top five.
All American Outlaw heats were won by Nester and Zimmerman.
Lincoln swings right back into action this weekend, Saturday, July 4th, with the 358 Sprints, PASS RaceSaver (305) Sprints, and 600 Xcel Modifieds. Gates open at 5:30 PM, with time trials set to get 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.
Thursday., July 2, 2015
PENNSYLVANIA SPEEDWEEK (Race 5 of 9)
16TH ANNUAL KEVIN GOBRECHT MEMORIAL
410 SPRINT FEATURE FINISH (30 Laps) – 1. 51S-Stevie Smith ($7,000); 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich; 5. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 6. 99M-Kyle Moody; 7. 15-Adam Wilt; 8. 27-Greg Hodnett; 9. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 10. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 11. 19M-Brent Marks; 12. 11C-Cory Haas; 13. 35-Steve Owings; 14. M16-Jac Haudenschild; 15. 44-Chase Dietz; 16. 87-Alan Krimes; 17. 52-Austin Hogue; 18. 71-Ryan Wilson; 19. 14-Lance Dewease; 20. 39-Tim Glatfelter (DNF); 21. 07-Doug Esh (DNF); 22. 5-Tyler Ross (DNF); 23. 8C-Brian Carber (DNF); 24. 8-Billy Dietrich (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders – Kyle Moody (1-5), Stevie Smith (6-30)
410 Sprint Heat One Finish (10 laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 2. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett; 4. 39-Tim Glatfelter; 5. 19M-Brent Marks; 6. 44-Chase Dietz; 7. 74-Dwayne Gutshall; 8. 3B-Randy Baughman; 9. 69-Shane Hoff (DNF); 10. 25-Aaron Ott (DNF). Time – 2:16.904
410 Sprint Heat Two Finish (10 laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 21-Brian Montieth; 2. 8-Billy Dietrich; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich; 4. 5-Tyler Ross; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 14-Lance Dewease; 7. 12B-Brad Franks; 8. 33-Curt Stroup; 9. 51K-Karl Baker; 10. 20-Ryan Taylor (DNF). No Time
410 Sprint Heat Three Finish (10 laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 51S-Stevie Smith; 2. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 3. 1-Lucas Wolfe; 4. 8C-Brian Carber; 5. 35-Steve Owings; 6. M16-Jac Haudenschild; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss; 8. 52-Austin Hogue; 9. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 10. 24B-Dustin Baney. Time – 2:18.003
410 Sprint Heat Four Finish (10 laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 99M-Kyle Moody; 2. 11C-Cory Haas; 3. 15-Adam Wilt; 4. 07-Doug Esh; 5. 71-Ryan Wilson; 6. 21T-Scott Fisher; 7. 15M-Bobby Mazingo; 8. 23-TJ Stutts (DNF); 9. 747-Davey Sammons (DNF). No Time
410 Sprint B-Main Finish (12 laps/4 to qualify) – 1. 52-Austin Hogue; 2. 14-Lance Dewease; 3. 44-Chase Dietz; 4. M16-Jac Haudenschild; 5. 21T-Scott Fisher; 6. 74-Dwayne Gutshall; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss; 8. 12B-Brad Franks; 9. 3B-randy Baughman; 10.. 33-Curt Stroup; 11. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 12. 24B-Dustin Baney; 13. 15M-Bobby Mazingo; 14. 51K-Karl Baker; DNS – 23-TJ Stutts, 69-Shane Hoff, 747-Davey Sammons. Time – 2:50.648
TIME TRIAL RESULTS – 1. 1*-Tim Wagaman, 13.242 (101.948 MPH); 2. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.278; 3. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr., 13.295; 4. 15-Adam Wilt, 13.326; 5. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.333; 6. 87-Alan Krimes, 13.375; 7. 1-Lucas Wolfe, 13.377; 8. 11C-Cory Haas, 13.378; 9. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 13.390; 10. 21-Brian Montieth, 13.393; 11. 51S-Stevie Smith, 13.407; 12. 39-Tim Glatfelter, 13.418; 13. 8-Billy Dietrich, 13.427; 14. 35-Steve Owings, 13.450; 15. 23-TJ Stutts, 13.461; 16. 25-Aaron Ott, 13.482; 17. 20-Ryan Taylor, 13.489; 18. 52-Austin Hogue, 13.521; 19. 99M-Kyle Moody, 13.525; 20. 07-Doug Esh 13.539; 21., 71-Ryan Wilson, 13.563; 22. 19M-Brent Marks, 13.565; 23. 5-Tyler Ross, 13.571; 24. 8C-Brian Carber, 13.634; 25. 44-Chase Dietz, 13.677; 26. 14-Lance Dewease, 13.678; 27. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe, 13.685; 28. 21T-Scott Fisher, 13.697; 29. 69-Shane Hoff, 13.698; 30. 33-Curt Stroup, 13.734; 31. 3Z-Brock Zarfoss, 13.744; 32. 747-Davey Sammons, 13.761; 33. 3B-Randy Baughman, 13.844; 34. 12B-Brad Franks, 13.984; 35. 24B-Dustin Baney, 14.108; 36. 15M-Bobby Mazingo, 14.124; 37. 74-Dwayne Gutshall, 14.172; 38. 51K-Karl Baker, 14.552; 39. M16-Jac Haudenschild, NT.