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Mitten Dominates Keystone 50 at Lincoln

From Bill Meyer

ABBOTTSTOWN, Penn. (September 17, 2016) — Russ Mitten raced to his biggest payday of the year in Saturday night’s Lawrence Chevrolet Keystone 50 for super sportsman at Lincoln Speedway.

The Newville veteran started on the outside of the front row and led every lap of the extra-distance race, picking up all the lap money and $100 bonus for the leading the most laps for a total payday of $3,190 in scoring his fifth career win in the Pigeon Hills.

“I don’t know. I had a game plan when we went on the race track, and that was to run the cushion no matter what unless we got into lapped cars, which I did heavily,” said Mitten in victory lane, “I about crashed a couple of times behind them, but just trying to be as fast as you can and be cautious at the same time is tough to do.”

“I knew Frank was back there,” continued Mitten, “On the fuel stop, the guys asked if I wanted to make any changes. I said not to touch it…just put fuel in it. The car’s good, I could maneuver through traffic decent, and I didn’t want to mess it up. But when they put fuel in it, it really changed the car for about five or six laps. The car got tight on me, but as soon as the fuel burned off it came back around and got going good again. That last caution, I was sweating bullets because I knew Frank was back there. Anyone who follows sportman racing knows that Frank’s a killer and restarts, so I knew I had to hit my marks perfect on the restarts. I pretty much figured once I got through turns one and two and didn’t see anyone, I was going to be okay because three and four were my better turns.”

Mitten had nearly a two-second lead when heavy lapped traffic allowed all-time Lincoln super sportsman winner Frankie Herr to close in. But a caution with three laps to go gave Mitten a clear track, and he drove away to a 1.09 second win.

Herr settled for second, with fast time timer and fourth-starting Kenny Edkin third. Completing the top five were Doug Dodson and 11th-starting Rich Eichelberger. Rounding out the top ten were 15th-starting Mike Enders, 14th-starting Tony Jackson, Steve Fannasy, Timmie Barrick, and 18th-starting Devin Beidel.

Todd Leonard received the $100 hard charger bonus after starting 23rd and finishing 12th. Jay Fannasy received the hard luck award when he broke and dropped from the field while running fifth with three laps to go.

Fast time in time trials over the 28-car Super Sportsman field was set by Edkin with a 1-lap time of 15.314-seconds (88.155 MPH). Qualifying races were won by Scott Dellinger (who spun on the front stretch of lap five and dropped out) and Jackson.

Both support division features saw the winners lead only the final lap after racing-winning passes exiting turn four.

York’s Lucas Montgomery went from third to first when race leaders Harlon Leppo and Bob Stough got together in the final turns to the checkered. It was Montgomery’s fifth career Lincoln win. Leppo recovered to finish second, with Stough (who had started 11th) dropping to fifth. Crossing third and fourth were early race leader Jeff Herbst and Chad Earnst.

Heats for the 30 Central PA were won by Tony Mracovich, Stough, and Reed Saloney (who came from 10th starting spot and dropped from the field while leading on lap 13), with Greg Burd winning the consolation.

Jason Geeseman drove under Ryan Smith to win the 20-lap street stock feature by a half-carlength. Smith, who started fourth, took the lead from Sean Todd on lap five and led going into the final turns. He settled for second, with Jimmy Combs, Greg Diehl, and Todd completing the top five.

Heats for the 24 Street Stocks were won by Tyler Stump, Diehl, and Kyle Martin, who was involved in a three-car front stretch crash, ending his night, on lap five of the feature.

Next Saturday night, September 24th, at 7:30 PM, Lincoln Speedway will host the THIRD ANNUAL “DIRT CLASSIC” for 410 Sprints ($20,000 to win). Pit gates will open at 4 PM, admission for advance ticket holders 4:15 PM, and then regular admission at 4:30 PM. Time trials get underway at 7:30 PM.

To get all the latest news, results, schedule changes and rule changes, visit Lincoln Speedway’s website at 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 17, 2016
Abbottstown, PA
Super Sportsman Keystone 50 Feature Finish (50 Laps) – 1. 77-Russ Mitten ($3,190); 2. 702D-Frankie Herr; 3. 75-Kenny Edkin; 4. 54-Doug Dodson; 5. 8-Rich Eichelberger; 6. 3B-Mike Enders; 7. 17-Tony Jackson; 8. 11-Steve Fannasy; 9. 7B-Timmie Barrick; 10. 19-Devin Beidle; 11. 14-Nate Young (-1); 12. 7-Todd Leonard (-1); 13. 32W-Garrett Williamson (-1); 14. 222-Jay Fannasy (-3); 15. 24-Troy Hockenberry (-3); 16. 11S-John Stoll, Jr. (-3); 17. 20W-Davey Walsh (DNF); 18. 318-Gregg Foster (DNF); 19. 58-Paul Miller (DNF); 20. 00-Rick Barr (DNF); 21. 32J-Justin Foster (DNF); 22. 18-Dave Conrad (DNF); 23. 30-Scott Dellinger (DNF); 24. 59-Steve Wilbur (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Russ Mitten (1-50)

Super Sportsman 1st Qualifier Finish (10 laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 30-Scott Dellinger; 2. 3B-Mike Enders; 3. 32-Justin Foster; 4. 318-Gregg Foster; 5. 11S-John Stoll, Jr.; 6. 7-Todd Leonard; 7. 25-Bobby Hockenberry; 8. 73-Kevin Gutshall. Time – 2:35.19
Super Sportsman 2nd Qualifier Finish (10 laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 17J-Tony Jackson; 2. 00-Rick Barr; 3. 19-Devin Beidle; 4. 24-Troy Hockenberry; 5. 18-Dave Conrad; 6. 32W-Garrett Williamson; 7. 91-Lanny Hake; DNS – 99-Chad Smith. Time – 2:37.19

Time Trial Results (Top-12 locked into Feature) – 1. 75-Kenny Edkin, 15.314 seconds (88.155 MPH); 2. 70-Frankie Herr, 15.438; 3. 77-Russ Mitten, 15.481; 4. 58-Paul Miller, 15.509; 5. 14-Nate Young, 15.526; 6. 11-Steve Fannasy, 15.533; 7. 222-Jay Fannasy, 15.574; 8. 54-Doug Dodson, 15.610; 9. 7B-Timmie Barrick, 15.631; 10. 20W-Davey Welsh, 15.648; 11. 8-Rick Eichelberger, 15.680; 12. 59-Steve Wilbur, 15.725; 13. 3B-Mike Enders, 15.811; 14. 17J-Tony Jackson, 15.819; 15. 32J-Justin Foster, 15.903; 16. 00-Rick Barr, 15.959; 17. 30-Scott Dellinger, 16.062; 18. 19-Devin Beidel, 16.084; 19. 11S-John Stoll, Jr., 16.144; 20. 18-Dave Conrad, 16.164; 21. 318-Gregg Foster, 16.235; 22. 32W-Garrett Williamson, 16.313; 23. 7-Todd Leonard, 16.318; 24. 24-Troy Hockenberry, 16.349; 25. 25-Bobby Hockenberry, 16.455; 26. 91-Lanny Hake, 16.495; 27. 73-Kevin Gutshall, 16.959; 28. 99-Chad Smith, NT.

Legends Feature (20 Laps) – 1. 15-Lucas Montgomery; 2. 15H-Harlo Leppo; 3. 18H-Jeff Herbst; 4. 85-Chad Earnst; 5. 0-Bob Stough; 6. 19-Travis Perry; 7. 9-Rick Hartwig; 8. 91-Justin Mitchell; 9. 8CR-Mason Chaney; 10. X-Justice Forbes; 11. 18-Chris Transeau; 12. 43-Tony Mracovich; 13. 94-Greg Burd; 14. 119-John Kooti; 15. 53-Bill Diehl; 16. 82A-Shawn Abney; 17. 7MD-Nate Renfro; 18. 13R-Joe Ridle; 19. 22-Reed Saloney; 20. 3M-Chris McKinney; 21. 83-Jason Gastley; 22. 90-Scott Spidle; 23. 51-Tim O’Sheehan; 24. 19-Donnie Leiby. No Time

Lap Leaders – Jeff Herbst (1-3), Reed Saloney (4-12), Harlon Leppo (13-14), Bob Stough (15), Harlon Leppo (16-19), Lucas Montgomery (20)

Legends Heat One Finish (8 laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 43-Tony Mracovich; 2. 8CR-Mason Chaney; 3. 85-Chad Earnst; 4. 83-Jason Gastley; 5. 15-Harlon Leppo; 6. 91-Justin Mitchel; 7. 94-Greg Burd; 8. 119K-John Kooti; 9. 13R-Joe Ridle; 10. 34-Dan Harrison. Time – 2:48.654

Legends Heat Two Finish (8 laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 0-Bob Stough; 2. 19-Travis Perry; 3. 15H-Harlon Leppo; 4. 18H-Jeff Herbst; 5. 18-Chris Transeau; 6. 3M-Chris McKinney; 7. 7MD-Nate Renfro; 8. 8-Robert Shaw; 9. 82-Shawn Abney; 10. 95-Alex Schmiedel. Time – 2:45.380

Legends Heat Three Finish (8 laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 22-Reed Saloney; 2. 53-Bil Diehl; 3. X-Justice Forbes; 4. 9-Rick Hartwig; 5. 19L-Donnie Leiby; 6. 90-Scott Spidle; 7. 51-Tim O’Sheehan; 8. 97H-George Hanson; 9. 0-Bruce McClane; 10. 14-Steven Wurtzer; DNS – 55. Time – 2:43.893

Legends Consolation Finish (8 laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 94-Greg Burd; 2. 119-John Kooti; 3. 51-Tim O’Sheehan; 4. 82A-Shawn Abney; 5. 7MD-Nate Renfro; 6. 13-Joe Ridle; 7. 0-Bruce McClane; 8. 8-Robert Shaw; 9. 95-Alex Schmiedel; 10. 34-Dan Harrison; 11. 14-Steve Wurtzer (DNF); DDNS – 97-George Hanson. No Time

Street Stocks Feature (20 Laps) – 1. 81-Jason Geeseman; 2. 59-Ryan Smith; 3. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 4. 80-Greg Diehl; 5. 71-Sean Todd; 6. 60-Danny Beard; 7. 83-Mikey Guise; 8. 21-Joey Hoffer; 9. 818-Tyler Stump; 10. 81x-Matt Chronister; 11. 1J-Eric Johnson; 12. 9-Matt Adams; 13. 17-Jim Rost; 14. 01-Kyle Saylor; 15. 55X-Richie Dobson; 16. 64-Brandon Wanner; 17. 19-Chad Stine (DNF); 18. 18-Chris Derr (DNF); 19. 00-Calvin Reading (DNF); 20. 17-Jim Rost (DNF); 21. 54-Kyle Martin (DNF); 22. 39-Wayne Dutterer (DNF); 23. 26-Dave Shatto (DNF); 24. 72-Jason Townsend (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Sean Todd (1-4), Ryan Smith (5-19), Matt Chronister (20)

Street Stocks Heat One Finish (8 laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 818-Tyler Stump; 2. 81-Jason Geeseman; 3. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 4. 17-Cory Phillips; 5. 83-Mikey Guise; 6. 55X-Richie Dobson; 7. 64-Brandon Wanner; 8. 26-Dave Shatto. Time – 2:35.19

Street Stocks Heat Two Finish (8 laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 80D-Greg Diehl; 2. 60-Danny Beard; 3. 19-Chad Stine; 4. 71-Sean Todd; 5. 9-Matt Adams; 6. 39-Wayne Dutterer; DNS – 00-Calvin Reading. No Time

Street Stocks Heat Three Finish (8 laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 54-Kyle Martin; 2. 21-Joey Hoffer; 3. 59-Ryan Smith; 4. 81X-Matt Chronister; 5. 01-Kyle Saylor; 6. 1J-Eric Johnson; 7. 18-Chris Derr (DNF); 8. 17-Jim Rost (DNF). No Time