Montieth Finally Makes it Through Turn One; Notes from Williams Grove – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT

To say that it has not been the best of starts to the 2018 season for Brian Montieth at the Williams Grove Speedway would be very understated. The Phoenixville, Pa., driver has been over twice at the start of both A-Mains at the track this season. Both flips came in the first corner in nearly an identical spot. Friday he finally made it through turn one and earned a well-deserved second place finish.

“We made it past the first corner so that is a win for us,” joked Montieth afterwards. “We’ve figured some more stuff out tonight. Going into the season we felt pretty confident even though we wrecked twice. We learned twice and hopefully we can keep carrying it.”

Montieth started the feature from the inside of the second row. He quickly bolted into the runner-up position. He applied heavy pressure to the race long leader and eventual winner Cory Haas. Haas moved off the cushion only briefly throughout the 25-lap feature. Montieth was close each time but not close enough to get a run around him.

“He just out motored us,” stated Montieth of Haas. “He ran a flawless a race. I was there to pounce if he messed up and he didn’t mess up. He just made me guess every time we entered. Cory is good and he normally doesn’t mess up, especially in clean air. I was hoping we’d get to a bigger bundle of lapped cars and mess us up and slow us down a little bit.”




Williams Grove Grooves

It was not a good night for Brock Zearfoss or Anthony Macri as the pair took a tumble at the start of Friday night’s A-Main. It marked the third consecutive race that cars have flipped at the start of the feature event. Zearfoss and Macri also collected Kody Lehman. All drivers were uninjured…

Defending track champion, Freddie Rahmer, got caught up in a jingle early in the feature causing the front end to collapse on his No. 51. He was unable to continue…

Aaron Reutzel made his first ever appearance at the Williams Grove Speedway. Reutzel struggled with motor issues throughout the night.  More to come on Reutzel on Dirt Track Digest…

Matt Boland picked up his first career 410 Sprint Car heat race victory by holding off Rick Lafferty to win heat one…

Eric Tomecek did not start the A-Main after showing heavy smoke in his qualifying heat…

Williams Grove Speedway debuted a new handicapping system on Friday night in which the heats are lined up via point average while the A-Main is lined up heads up from the heat race finish. Lucas Wolfe made the most moves of anyone starting at the back of the heat. The Mechinicsburg, Pa., driver moved up from seventh to third in the second heat.