Montieth wins third of Grove season, Tomecek takes 358s

Brian Montieth
Brian Montieth

From Williams Grove

MECHANICSBURG – Brian Montieth of Phoenixville won his thrid race of the season at Williams Grove Speedway Friday night, taking the lead from Rick Lafferty with five laps to go in the 25-lap 410 sprint main.

Montieth garnered over $4,000 for his victory, the seventh of his career at the oval.

Eric Tomecek of Abbottstown proved victorious in the 25-lap championshp event race for the 358 sprints.

Montieth started the 410 feature from the outside of the sixth row as polesitter Mark Coldren took control at the start.

Coldren could only complete two circuits before the caution flag unfurled for a three car tangle in the third corner involving John Rudisill, Robbie Stillwaggon and Mark Whitebread.

Lafferty, Pennington, N.J., took control of the race from Coldren on the restart and began his quest for a second career triumph at the oval but it was not to be.

Montieth swept into second just before the halfway point when another yellow flag appeared.

Lafferty stepped his program up on the restart but could only thwart Montieth until the five to go point when he watched Montieth go by him on the inside of the first and second turns to run to the checkers.

Chad Layton had swept into third with 14 down but brought out a final caution with two to go when he stopped on the backstretch.

Lafferty held on for second followed by Alan Krimes, Denver; Brent Marks, Myerstown; and Mark Smith, Tower City.

Sixth through 10th went to Keith Kauffman, Mifflintown; Don Kreitz Jr., Sinking Spring; Danny Dietrich, Aspers; Trevor Lewis, Upper Black Eddy; and Derek Sell, Royersford.

Heats for the 24 sprints went to Coldren, Doug Dodson and Krimes.

Tomecek scored the second win of his Grove career in the 358 division after starting sixth in the field.

Tim Berkheimer led until lap 10 when Tomecek took control.

The race pace was slowed only once, when Cory Haas dropped out with eight laps down.

Over the waning circuits, all eyes were on point leader Pat Cannon of Etters, who after starting 12th moved into second with four laps to go.

Cannon did close on the leader but ran out of time to mount a serious challenge.

Cannon finished second followed by Glenndon Forsythe, Blane Heimbach and Logan Schuchart.

Sixth through 10th went to Berkheimer, Ted Thomas, Kevin Nouse, Scott Geesey and Jason Shultz.

Heats for the 35-car field were scored by Tomecek, Mike Ressler, Jessica Anderson and Schuchart. Nouse took the consolation race.


410 sprint feature, 25 laps – 1. Brian Montieth, 2. Rick Lafferty, 3. Alan Krimes, 4. Brent Marks, 5. Mark Smith, 6. Keith Kauffman, 7. Don Kreitz Jr., 8. Danny Dietrich, 9. Trevor Lewis, 10. Derek Sell, 11. John Rudisill, 12. Robbie Stillwaggon, 13. Mark Coldren, 14. Troy Fraker, 15. Dylan Cisney, 16. Todd Zinn, 17. Chad Layton, 18. Doug Dodson, 19. Brian Leppo, 20. Adam Wilt, 21. Chris Meleason, 22. Dale Hammaker, 23. Mark Whitebread

358 sprint feature, 25 laps – 1. Eric Tomecek, 2. Pat Cannon, 3. Glenndon Forsythe, 4. Blane Heimbach, 5. Logan Schuchart, 6. Tim Berkheimer, 7. Ted Thomas, 8. Kevin Nouse, 9. Scott Geesey, 10. Jason Shultz, 11. Derek Frohlich, 12. Kyle Moody, 13. Austin Reed, 14. Chad Trout, 15. Danny Massey, 16. Mike Ressler, 17. Billy Johns, 18. Nate Hammaker, 19. Chris Arnold, 20. Matt Boland, 21. Amy Ott, 22. Cory Haas, 23. Jimmy Reppert, 24. Jessica Anderson