From Lincoln Speedway
Abbottstown, PA — (6/4/2011) — Brian Montieth fought off aches and pains, three rain delays, and lapped traffic to score his fourth Lincoln win of the year in a thrilling 30-lap 8th Annual Weldon Sterner Memorial for 410 sprint cars on Saturday night.
“I was one of the guys who voted to go home,” quipped Montieth upon exiting his Premier Auto Works/Auto Locator #21, “The second time they sent us out the track wasn’t race ready. That last time, it was a little sketchy up against the fence on the straightaways, but my hat is off to everybody who sat in these stands and endured the marathon.”
And for the fans who stuck around to see it, his race-winning pass was worth the wait.
The driver known as “the Edge” started fourth and was running fifth when the first of two mid-race rain delays stopped action during a caution on lap eight. After a 90-minute delay, the teams came back to the track and ran more than 25 laps to pack the track. Just as the drivers were lining up to re-start following a red flag for the drivers to re-fuel and add tear-offs, the third shower of the night (and second during the feature) struck, forcing race teams to the pits again.
After another half-hour rain delay, the teams returned to the track, with Justin Henderson, Alan Krimes, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Montieth lining up behind race long leader Brian Leppo. Montieth caught Hafertepe for fourth on lap 11, and finally got around Krimes for third after a 17th-lap restart. He sailed by Henderson on lap 18, and chased Leppo for the next ten laps before closing onto the leader’s back bumper as two cars battled for position at the tail-end of the lead lap.
As the leaders were coming down to take the white flag, Leppo got hung up behind the lapped cars and Montieth drove low through three and four to grab the lead. The pass counted, but because half of the field had not passed the flagstand, the lap did not.
Then disaster struck for Leppo, who hopped the cushion and came to a stop behind the spinning cars of Hafertepe and Chad Layton on turn two. Leppo was able to rejoin the field for the restart.
“I don’t know if we were going to catch Brian…he was getting around there pretty good,” said Montieth, “But lapped traffic here is tough, especially when it’s fast. I don’t know what happened to him there under the yellow, but it was unfortunate for him.”
Montieth ran unchallenged over the final two laps, crossing a half-second ahead of Henderson, with Fred Rahmer third, fast timer Greg Hodnett fourth, and Daryn Pittman fifth. Completing the top ten were Krimes, Gerard McIntyre, Jr., hard charger Doug Esh (who came from 17th starting spot), Brad McClelland, and Doug Dodson.
Heats for the 32 “410” sprints were won by McIntyre, Esh, Pittman, and Layton, with Dodson winning the consolation event.
Fast time in time trials over the 32-car field was set by Hodnett with a one-lap time of 13.811 seconds (97.748 MPH).
The three hours in rain delays forced promoters to postpone the “358” sprint car feature to Saturday, June 18th. The make-up date for the thundercar feature will be announced.
Heats for the 32 “358” Sprints were won by Isaac Sneeringer, Chad Trout, Jeff Rohrbaugh, and Travis Willow, with Ted Thomas winning the consolation.
Heats for the 15 Thundercars were won by Brian Walls and Jimmy Combs.
Lincoln Speedway swings back into action for another special mid-week show this coming Wednesday, June 8th, with Appalachian Mountain Dirt Late Model Speedweek action with the running of the Fourth Annual Charlie Grinestaff Memorial for Super Late Models. The 358 Late Models will round out the evening’s racing action. Time trials are scheduled for 7 PM, with gates opening at 5 PM.
Then next Saturday night, June 11th, at 7 PM, the All-Star Circuit of Champions return to Lincoln Speedway to take on the Pennsylvania Posse. The 410 Sprinters will be joined by the 1000cc Sidewinder Micro-Sprints and All American Outlaws, plus Kids Big Wheel Races. Gates will open at 5 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.
8TH ANNUAL WELDON STERNER MEMORIAL
LAWRENCE CHEVROLET 410 SPRINTS
Feature (30-Laps) – 1. 21-Brian Montieth; 2. 35-Justin Henderson; 3. 51-Fred Rahmer; 4. 39-Greg Hodnett; 5. 27-Daryn Pittman; 6. 87-Alan Krimes; 7. 85-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 8. 30-Doug Esh; 9. 6-Brad McClelland; 10. 14-Doug Dodson; 11. 48-Danny Dietrich; 12. 59-Jim Siegel; 13. 71-Brian Leppo; 14. 7-Chad Layton; 15. 15-Adam Wilt; 16. 15H-Sam Hafertepe (DNF); 17. 65-Johnny Mackison, Jr. (-2 laps); 18. 17-Tyler Walker (DNF); 19. 21K-Kyle Pruitt (DNF); 20. 747-Davey Sammons (DNF); 21. 11C-Cory Haas (DNF); 22. 30C-Lance Dewease (DNF); 23. 1-Stevie Smith (DNF); 24. 77-Aaron Ott (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders – Brian Leppo (1-28), Brian Montieth (29-30)
1st Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 85-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 2. 51-Fred Rahmer; 3. 6-Brad McClelland; 4. 1-Stevie Smith; 5. 39-Greg Hodnett; 6. 11C-Cory Haas; 7. 92-Justin Collett; 8. 69-Tim Glatfelter. Time – 2:27.715
2nd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 30-Doug Esh; 2. 17-Tyler Walker; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe; 4. 87-Alan Krimes; 5. 77-Aaron Ott; 6. 747-Davey Sammons; 7. 19M-Brent Marks; 8. 70-Sam Schlosberg. Time – 2:28.057
3rd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 27-Daryn Pittman; 2. 35-Justin Henderson; 3. 71-Brian Leppo; 4. 65-Johnny Mackison, Jr.; 5. 59-Jim Siegel; 6. 84C-Chad Criswell; 7. 20S-Derek Sell; 8. 15-Adam Wilt (DNF). No Time
4th Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 7-Chad Layton; 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich; 4. 30C-Lance Dewease; 5. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 6. 12-Mike Bittinger; 7. 14-Doug Dodson; 8. 1Z-Jessica Zemken. Time – 2:29.123
Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) – 1. 14-Doug Dodson; 2. 15-Adam Wilt; 3. 11C-Cory Haas; 4. 747-Davey Sammons; 5. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 6. 19M-Brent Marks; 7. 1Z-Jessica Zemken; 8. 84C-Chad Criswell; 9. 12-Mike Bittinger; 10. 92-Justin Collett; 11. 20S-Derek Sell; 12. 69-Tim Glatfelter (DNF). Time – 2:33.687
Time Trials – 1. 39-Greg Hodnett, 13.811 seconds (97.748 mph); 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 13.837; 3. 35-Justin Henderson, 13.852; 4. 21-Brian Montieth, 13.887; 5. 51-Fred Rahmer, 13.944; 6. 87-Alan Krimes, 13.947; 7. 71-Brian Leppo, 13.956; 8. 14-Doug Dodson, 13.987; 9. 6-Brad McClelland, 14.030; 10. 747-Davey Sammons, 14.075; 11. 27-Daryn Pittman, 14.080; 12. 30C-Lance Dewease, 14.082; 13. 85-Gerard McIntyre, Jr., 14.145; 14. 17-Tyler Walker, 14.146; 15. 15-Adam Wilt, 14.158; 16. 48-Danny Dietrich, 14.171; 17. 69-Tim Glatfelter, 14.172; 18. 30-Doug Esh, 14.208; 19. 65-Johnny Mackison, Jr., 14.242; 20. 7-Chad Layton, 14.246; 21. 1-Stevie Smith, 14.251; 22. 70-Sam Schlosberg, 14.259; 23. 59-Jim Siegel, 14.264; 24. 1Z-Jessica Zemken, 14.270; 25. 11C-Cory Haas, 14.319; 26. 19M-Brent Marks, 14.322; 27. 84C-Cris Criswell, 14.359; 28. 12-Mike Bittinger, 14.372; 29. 92-Justin Collett, 14.402; 30. 77-Aaron Ott, 14.482; 31. 20S-Derek Sell, 14.662; 32. 21K-Kyle Pruitt, 14.691.
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS 358 SPRINTS
Feature (20-Laps) – Rescheduled for June 18th.
1st Heat (10 Laps/5 qualify) – 1. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer; 2. 66-Dale Hammaker; 3. 66H-Doug Hammaker; 4. 91-Adrian Shaffer; 5. 11D-Mike Duncan, Jr.; 6. 33-Billy Heltzel, Jr.; 7. 99M-Kyle Moody (DNF); DNS – 8-Billy Dietrich. No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/5 qualify)- 1. 7C-Chad Trout; 2. 67-Jason Cherry; 3. 28-Keith Prutzman; 4. 23B-Billy Pauch, Jr.; 5. 65-Niki Young; 6. 0-Steve Storrie; 7. 6R-Logan Wagner; 8. 45W-Colt White (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/5 qualify) – 1. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 2. 99-Jan Luckenbaugh; 3. 35-Steve Owings; 4. 97-Brie Hershey; 5. 5T-Glenndon Forsythe; 6. 94-Ted Thomas, Jr.; 7. 85-Nathan Berwager (DNF); 8, 51N-Nick Palmerino (DNF). Time – 2:31.78
4th Heat (10 Laps/5 qualify) – 1. 69-Travis Willow; 2. 50-Austin Reed; 3. 1-Tim Wagaman; 4. 27-Jay Galloway; 5. 69-Logan Schuchart; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen; 7. B52-Brook Weibley (DNF); 8. 21-Scott Fisher (DNF). No Time
Consolation (10 Laps/4 qualify) – 1. 94-Ted Thomas; 2. B52-Brook Weibley; 3. 8-Billy Dietrich; 4. 0-Steve Storrie; 5. 85-Nathan Berwager; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen; 7. 6R-Logan Wagner; 8. 33-Billy Heltzel, III (DNF); DNS – 99M-Kyle Moody, 45W-Colt White, 51N-Nick Palmerino, 21-Scott Fisher. No Time
Feature (20-Laps) – To be determined
1st Heat (8 Laps/all qualify) – 1. 2W-Brian Walls; 2. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer; 3. 25-Sam Gallagher; 4. 93-Mikey Guise; 5. 77-Justin Mong; 6. 121-Jason Neiderer; 7. 14-Andrew Walls; 8. 61-Mike Slaybaugh (DNS). Time – 2:42.69
2nd Heat (8 Laps/all qualify)- 1. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 2. 3-Todd Miller; 3. 21W-Will Walls; 4. 54W-Roy Warehime, Jr.; 5. 60-Danny Beard; 6. 3W-Duane Watson (DNF); DNS – 28-Jamie Huls. No Time