From Bill Meyer
Abbottstown, PA — (July 4, 2013) — “Obviously it’s seven grand, but that’s far from the purpose. It was the Kevin Grobrecht Memorial. I don’t think there’s a driver that can stand out here that had more of a relationship with him than me. We all grew up together…we beat on each other…and this is a great night to win.”
So said Stevie Smith after picking up a thrilling win in Thursday night’s 14th Annual Kevin Grobrecht Memorial PA Speedweek show at Lincoln Speedway.
“At one point in time, the Gobrechts and I were worried about football. We weren’t really into racing,” said Smith, “I think we got tired of running up and down the field, so we all started looking at race cars. I actually sold Kevin his first go cart and that’s where he started. We dragged him to the races with us, and we got away from each other for many years because I was running the Outlaws and he was running local. Then he started running on the road and that’s when we got right back together again. His death was a sad time, but I think it’s amazing the power he still has behind him from the fans here all these years later.”
For the second straight Lincoln Speedweek show, Smith set fast time. But then he pulled the #8 pill for the inversion, putting him on the outside of row four for the start beside Saturday night Speedweek winner Alan Krimes.
Smith got off to a tremendous start, moving into fourth by the end of the second lap. He caught polesitter J.J. Grasso for third on lap four.
Speedweek points leader Sam Hafertepe, Jr. led the first three laps from outside the first row before third-starting Brent Marks took the lead on lap four. From there, Marks pulled away to a 2.66-second lead by the time the leader hit lapped traffic on lap 11.
Smith followed Marks and Hafertepe the next two laps before Grasso spun in turn four while running fourth, bringing out the only caution of the race on lap 13.
Mark, Hafertepe, and Smith ran first through third the next six laps, and a surging Alan Krimes entered the picture when he caught Brian Montieth for fourth on lap 18.
Things got interesting with six laps to go, as Smith finally caught Hafertepe for second, and Krimes caught Hafertepe for third a lap later.
The race quickly became a three-car battle for the win with three laps to go.
Smith grabbed the lead from Marks as the three leaders drove nearly side-by-side under the white flag. Smith was scored the leader of the lap, and held off both Marks and Krimes in another three-wide run under the checkered flag.
“Krimes has been the fastest car here in the features at Lincoln,” said Smith, “And sure enough if he wasn’t on my back bumper. I was trying to just make sure I didn’t miss the bottom and run it a little easier than I should because I wanted to make sure I was on it coming off. Brent had that momentum, and I’m sure when he saw me the one time he was making a little more momentum. I was able to hold off Krimes and stay in front of Brent. It was a good night. That’s all there was to it.”
Smith’s win was the 24th in his Lincoln career, and he became the 10th different winner in 19 races at Lincoln this year.
Crossing fourth was Hafertepe, who maintained his Speedweek points lead, with Danny Dietrich spinning backwards across the line in fifth. Sixth through tenth were Montieth, Fred Rahmer, Jim Siegel, Glenndon Forsythe, and Lance Dewease.
Heats for the Sprinters were won by Hafertepe, Grasso, Adam Wilt, and Rahmer, with Aaron Ott winning the B-Main. Fast time in time trials over the 39-car field was set by Stevie Smith with a one-lap time of 13.506-seconds (99.956 MPH).
Marysville’s Scott Haudeshell raced to his first Lincoln career win in the INEX national qualifier for the Central PA Legends. Haudeshell led every lap despite heavy pressure from Bill Diehl, Scott Gobrecht, and Bob Stough over the last several laps. In a wild four-car race for the lead, Gobrecht took third from Stough on lap 12, and Stough returned the favor on the final lap. Cody Haines finished fifth.
After a first lap caution for former Lincoln winners Harlon Leppo and Lucas Montgomery, the race was restarted and went non-stop in a time of 5 minutes, 12.28 seconds.
Heats for the Central PA Legends were won by Stough, Gobrecht, and Diehl, with Chris Transeau winning the consolation.
Lincoln swings right back into action Saturday night, July 6th, for a three-division show with the Keizer Aluminum Wheels 358 Sprints taking center stage with the 410 Sprints off racing elsewhere in PA Speedweek action. They will be joined by the PASS RaceSaver (305) Sprints and All-American Outlaws. Gates open at 5:30 PM with racing action getting 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.
Thur., July 4, 2013
PENNSYLVANIA SPEEDWEEK (Race 6)
14th Annual Kevin Gobrecht Memorial
LAWRENCE CHEVROLET 410 SPRINTS
Feature (30-Laps) – 1. 19-Stevie Smith ($7,000); 2. 19M-Brent Marks; 3. 87-Alan Krimes; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, Jr.; 5. 48-Danny Dietrich; 6. 21-Brian Montieth; 7. 20S-Fred Rahmer; 8. 59-Jim Siegel; 9. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 10. 27-Lance Dewease; 11. 92-Ryan Smith; 12. 15-Adam Wilt; 13. 39-Greg Hodnett; 14. 11-Danny Lasoski; 15. 5L-Chad Layton; 16. 11C-Cory Haas; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart; 18. 18-Ryan Bohlke; 19. 45-Kevin Nagy; 20. 25O-Aaron Ott; 21. 77AU-Darrin Mollenoyux; 22. 55K-Robbie Kendall (DNF); 23. 25G-JJ Grasso (DNF); 24. 8-Billy Dietrich (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders – Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (1-3), Brent Marks (4-28), Stevie Smith (29-30)
1st Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, Jr.; 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 19-Stevie Smith; 4. 18-Ryan Bohlke; 5. 39-Greg Hodnett; 6. 99M-Kyle Moody; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen; 9. 1080-Jordon Mackison; 10. 21T-Scott Fisher. Time – 2:24.329
2nd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 25G-JJ Grasso; 2. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 3. 87-Alan Krimes; 4. 11-Danny Lasoski; 5. 92-Ryan Smith; 6. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 7. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 8. 0-Steve Storrie; 9. 12-Mike Bittinger; 10. 75-Nicole Bower. Time – 2:25.501
3rd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) – 1.15-Adam Wilt; 2. 19M-Brent marks; 3. 27-Lance Dewease; 4. 5L-Chad Layton; 5. 45-Kevin Nagy; 6. 25O-Aaron Ott; 7. 4-John Rudisill; 8. 29-Ryan Wilson; 9. 47-Eric Riggins, Jr.; DNS – 23-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. Time – 2:25.503
4th Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 20S-Fred Rahmer; 2. 59-Jim Siegel; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich; 4. 11C-Cory Haas; 5. 8-Billy Dietrich; 6. 77AU-Darrin Mollenoyux; 7. 14-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 8. 95-Hunter Mackison; 9. 29T-Robin Dawkins. Time – 2:27.371
B-Main (12 Laps/4 to qualify) – 1. 25O-Aaron Ott; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart; 3. 77AU-Darrin Mollenoyux; 4. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen; 6. 14-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 7. 29-Ryan Wilson; 8. 21T-Scott Fisher; 9. 47-Eric Riggins, Jr.; 10. 75-Nicole Bower; 11. 12-Mike Bittinger; 12. 99M-Kyle Moody; 13. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 14. 1080-Jordon Mackison (DNF); 15. 95-Hunter Mackison (DNF); 16. 29T-Robin Dawkins (DNF); 17. 4-John Rudisill (DNF); DNS – 0-Steve Storrie. No Time
TIME TRIALS – 1. 19-Stevie Smith, 13.506 seconds (99.956 MPH); 2. 87-Alan Krimes, 13.579; 3. 5L-Chad Layton, 13.611; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.697; 5. 18-Ryan Bohlke, 13.702; 6. 92-Ryan Smith, 13.715; 7. 27-Lance Dewease, 13.726; 8. 20S-Fred Rahmer, 13.748; 9. 21-Brian Montieth, 13.758; 10. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe, 13.781; 11. 19M-Brent Marks, 13.784; 12. 8-Billy Dietrich, 13.825; 13. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 13.827; 14. 25G-JJ Grasso, 13.859; 15. 15-Adam Wilt, 13.862; 16. 59-Jim Siegel, 13.863; 17. 39-Greg Hodnett, 13.875; 18. 11-Danny Lasoski, 13.877; 19. 25o-Aaron Ott, 13.893; 20. 77AU-Darren Mollenoyux, 13.903; 21. 99M-Kyle Moody, 13.941; 22. 69-Tim Glatfelter, 13.942; 23. 45-Kevin Nagy, 13.983; 24. 11C-Cory Haas, 14.000; 25. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.013; 26. 55X-Robbie Kendall, 14.056; 27. 29-Ryan Wilson, 14.074; 28. 14-Gerard McIntyre, Jr., 14.102; 29. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.106; 30. 0-Steve Storrie, 14.113; 31. 47-Eric Riggins, Jr., 14.124; 32. 95-Hunter Mackison, 14.147; 33. 1080-Jordon Mackison, 14.148; 34. 75-Nicole Bower, 14.163; 35. 23-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr., 14.236; 36. 29T-Robin Dawkins, 14.303; 37. 21T-Scott Fisher, 14.540; 38. 12-Mike Bittinger, 14.625; 39. 4-John Rudisill, 14.704.
CENTRAL PA LEGENDS
Feature (15 Laps) – 1. 5-Scott Haudeshell; 2. 53-Bill Diehl; 3. 07-Bob Stough; 4. 44-Scott Gobrecht; 5. 21-Cody Haines; 6. 38-Rick Miller; 7. 09-Chris Spidle; 8. 18-Chris Transeau; 9. 90-Scott Spidle; 10. 3M-Chris McKinney; 11. 85-Chad Earnst; 12. 2-Brent Marquis; 13. 20-Vern Houseman; 14. 27-John Lyter; 15. 77-Randy Fetterhoff; 16. 13-Jacob Feltch; 17. 79-Ed Trump; 18. 56-Mike Gable; 19. 76-Randy Minich; 20. 14-Joe Ehrisman; 21. 521-Scott Deaner; 22. 94-Greg Burd (DNF); 23. 15H-Harlon Leppo (DNF); 24. 15-Lucas Montgomery (DNF). Time – 5:12.28
Lap Leaders – Scott Haudeshell (1-15)
1st Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 07-Bob Stough; 2. 38-Rick Miller; 3. 09-Chris Spidle; 4. 90-Scott Spidle; 5. 79-Ed Trump; 6. 85-Chad Earnst; 7. 56-Mike Gable; 8. 521-Scott Deaner; 9. 93-Dave Miller; 10. 97H-George Hanson. Time – 2:04.57
2nd Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 44-Scott Gobrecht; 2. 5-Scott Haudeshell; 3. 15H-Harlon Leppo; 4. 15-Lucas Montgomery; 5. 20-Vern Houseman; 6. 94-Greg Burd; 7. 18-Chris Transeau; 8. 76-Randy Minich; 9. 14-Joe Ehrisman; 10. 75R-Ron Dick. Time – 2:04.53
3rd Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 53-Bill Diehl; 2. 21-Cody Haines; 3. 3M-Chris McKinney; 4. 27-John Lyter; 5. 2-Brent Marquis; 6. 77-Randy Fetterhoff; 7. 13-Jacob Feltch; 8. 55-Chandler Leiby; 9. 33-Chris Ward; 10. 6-Jason Loss. No Time
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 18-Chris Transeau; 2. 13-Jacob Feltch; 3. 56-Mike Gable; 4. 76-Randy Minich; 5. 521-Scott Deaner; 6. 14-Joe Ehrisman; 7. 75R-Ron Dick; 8. 93-Dave Miller; 9. 33-Chris Ward; 10. 6-Jason Loss; 11. 55-Chandler Leiby; 12. 97-George Hanson (DNF). No Time