ABBOTSTOWN, PA – Brian Montieth admits they really doesn’t think about the number of wins he has. All he does is think about the race in front of him each night. And for his legion of fans who call Lincoln Speedway home most Saturday nights, that’s just fine by them.
Montieth started on the pole, survived three stoppages of action due to red flags, and raced away to his fourth win of the year in the 25-lap 410 sprint feature Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway.
“The heat races were everything when they start like this (heads up from heat race finish),” said Montieth matter-of-factly standing next to his winning Premier Autoworks No.21 sprint car in victory lane. “The track was good, fast, and it was pretty even…the heat race (win) was everything.”
“We don’t even think about it…we just come out here to race,” said Montieth following his 59th career win when asked his thoughts on closing in on Kenny Weld for 4th place on Lincoln Speedway’s all time win list. “People ask me where I finished at a certain track, on a certain night and I honestly don’t know.”
“I only know what is in front of me while we’re sitting here on the front stretch. Last week we didn’t do well as a team and all we knew was we needed to step up our game this week.”
After what Montieth called a bad night of racing last week (7th place), all he and his Premier Autoworks team wanted to do was to do better. And that they did.
Starting 7th in the first heat of the night, Montieth simply did what he needed to do. Win his heat and start on the pole for the feature. So, he went out and won it.
Now it was a matter of putting together 25 laps better than the week before.
At the start Montieth jumped in front after a spirited opening lap duel with outside front row starter Tim Wagaman. After five laps, and starting to close on lapped traffic, the 1st of 3 red flags waved when Tyler Ross rolled in turn four.
The restart saw much of the same as he continued to lead the field and opened up over two seconds on second place Wagaman they headed into lapped traffic with 10 laps in the books.
Wagaman and third-starting Scott Fisher tried to chase down Montieth as the non-stop lapped traffic got heavier and heavier.
But suddenly on the 20th lap the racing stopped. Montieth’s teammate Austin Hogue, driver of the No.21X sprinter, appeared to lose his brakes heading into the first turn, slammed into the outer wall and flipped up into the catch fence. With his car resting on it’s side, the red flag waved, and emergency crews descended onto the accident scene.
After many agonizing minutes, Hogue was extricated from the car, placed onto a stretcher, and taken to a nearby hospital.
“We were just hoping everything was alright,” said Montieth when asked about the accident involving his teammate. “They said he was okay, knew where he was at, and was moving everything, so he’s pretty good.”
Other than talking and moving his extremities, no further information on Hogue’s condition was available at this time.
When they got back to racing Montieth continued where he left off with five laps to go and lead the field again until the final red flag of the night waved with only four laps to go when Cole Young rolled his sprinter in turns three and four. Young was okay.
But now Montieth had Glenndon Forsythe on his bumper for the restart after Forsythe got by Wagaman on the previous restart for the runner-up spot.
But the result was the same. With a clear track ahead, Montieth raced away to his fourth win of the year.
“It was a good race track but it took an hour and a half longer than I wanted it too,” said Montieth with a smile. “I was way better in clean air and when I started to get into lapped cars there we got way tight.”
“I didn’t want to see red (flags), but definitely yellows. It was going to get interesting with the traffic. There was no where to go in traffic in front of me when we got up to the middle of the pack. But everything played out the way it needed to today that’s for sure.”
Forsythe settled for second, with Cory Haas coming from his 12th starting spot to pass Wagaman in the closing laps for third.
“We wrecked that car with Danny (Dietrich) a few weeks ago, which was unfortunate,” added Montieth. “But I think it was the best thing to happen to us because this car is a heck of a lot better…”.
Wagaman and 13th-starting Anthony Macri finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Completing the top-10 were Chad Trout, Brandon Rahmer, Jim Siegel, 20th-starting Freddie Rahmer, and 15th-starting Kyle Moody.
Heats for the 24 410 Sprints on hand were won by Montieth, Wagaman, and Fisher.
East Berlin’s Wyatt Hinkle survived a caution with only two laps to go to hang on for his second career win in the 20-lap 358 sprint feature.
After losing the lead, and ultimately the race, under nearly the same circumstances a week ago to Tyler Walton, Hinkle now had the same or even harder of situation with only two laps to go.
A group of cars with late-race surges were now on his bumper. They included Steve Owings, Tyler Ross, and Scott Geesey.
But Hinkle was not to be denied this night as he held off the restart challenge of Owings and raced away to take the checkered .84-seconds ahead for his 2nd career win in the 358 Sprint feature.
Owings, Ross and Geesey followed with 11th-starting Troy Wagaman, Jr. finishing fifth.
Completing the top-10 were 14th-starting Brent Shearer, Cody Fletcher, Kyle Denmyer, 12th-starting Tyler Walton, and Matt Findley.
Heats for the 23 358 Sprints on hand were won by Trey Hivner, Walton, and Geesey.
Joe Brown passed Dylan Brown on the eighth lap and raced to the win in the 20-lap “Dizzy Dean” Renfro Memorial for the Classic Racing Series.
Neal Reamer finished second, Wes Brown third, Dylan Brown fourth, and Charlie Summers fifth.
Heats for the 13 Classic Racing Series cars on hand were won by Dylan Brown and Neal Reamer.
Next Saturday night, August 11th, Lincoln Speedway swings back into action with the special time trial 410 Sprint show, along with the 358 Sprinters and the Vintage Modified Shootout cars. Competition Pit gates will open at 5 PM, Spectator Pit Admission & General Admission gates will open at 5:30 PM. Hot laps will get underway at 7 PM, followed by time trials 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.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
DCS SCHOOL OF DRIVING NIGHT
LAWRENCE CHEVROLET 410 SPRINTS
410 Sprint Feature Finish (25 Laps) – 1. 21-Brian Montieth; 2. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 3. 39-Cory Haas; 4. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 5. 39M-Anthony Macri; 6. 1X-Chad Trout; 7. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 8. 59-Jim Siegel; 9. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 10. 99M-Kyle Moody; 11. 87-Alan Krimes; 12. 7K-Dan Shetler; 13. 21T-Scott Fisher; 14. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 15. 90-Jordon Givler; 16. 49H-Bradley Howard; 17. 73B-Brett Michalski; 18. 74D-TJ DeHaven; 19. 11-Greg Plank; 20. 17-Cole Young (DNF); 21. 21X-Austin Hogue (DNF); 22. 10-Zach Eucalano (DNF); 23. 3B-Randy Baughman (DNF); 24. 5-Tyler Ross. No Time
Lap Leaders – Brian Montieth (1-25)
410 Sprint Heat One Finish (10 laps) – 1. 21-Brian Montieth; 2. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 3. 21X-Austin Hogue; 4. 59-Jim Siegel; 5. 39M-Anthony Macri; 6. 17-Cole Young; 7. 73B-Brett Michalski; 8. 11-Greg Plank. Time – 2:29.34
410 Sprint Heat Two Finish (10 laps) – 1. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 2. 7K-Dan Shetler; 3. 3B-Randy Baughman; 4. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 48H-Bradley Howard; 7. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 8. 5-Tyler Ross. Time – 2:23.586
410 Sprint Heat Three Finish (10 laps) – 1. 21T-Scott Fisher; 2. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 3. 1X-Chad Trout; 4. 39-Cory Haas; 5. 99M-Kyle Moody; 6. 90-Jordon Givler; 7. 74D-TJ DeHaven; 8. 10-Zach Eucalano. Time – 2:28.141
KEISER ALUMINUM WHEELS 358 SPRINTS
358 Sprint Feature Finish (20 Laps) – 1. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 2. 35-Steve Owings; 3. 41B-Tyler Ross; 4. 41-Scott Geesey; 5. 19-Troy Wagaman, Jr.; 6. 12-Brent Shearer; 7. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 8. 38D-Kyle Denmyer; 9. 14T-Tyler Walton; 10. 28-Matt Findley; 11. 7-Trey Hivner; 12. 11D-Kody Hartlaub; 13. 5T-Travis Scott; 14. 59-Steve Wilbur; 15. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 16. 44-Dylan Norris; 17. 34-Mark VanVorst; 18. 5A-Zachary Allman (DNF); 19. 2D-Aaron Spahr (DNF); 20. 13A-Trevin Caruccio (DNF); 21. 80-Rodney Westhafer (DNF); DNS – 66-Jeff Halligan. No Time
Lap Leaders – Wyatt Hinkle (1-20)
358 Sprint Heat One Finish (10 laps) – 1. 7-Trey Hivner; 2. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 3. 44-Dylan Norris; 4. 19-Troy Wagaman, Jr.; 5. 80-Rodney Westhafer; 6. 11D-Cody Hartlaub; 7. 2D-Dylan Orwig; 8. 66-Jeff Halligan (DNF). Time – 2:29.34
358 Sprint Heat Two Finish (10 laps) – 1. 14T-Tyler Walton; 2. 35-Steve Owings; 3. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 4. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 5. 12-Brent Shearer; 6. 5A-Zachary Allman; 7. 13A-Trevin Caruccio; DNS – 9-Dalton Dietrich. Time – 2:26.28
358 Sprint Heat Three Finish (10 laps) – 1. 41-Scott Geesey; 2. 41B-Tyler Ross; 3. 28-Matt Findley; 4. 38D-Kyle Denmyer; 5. 59-Steve Wilbur; 6. 5T-Travis Scott; 7. 34-Mark VanVorst. Time – 2:25.93
CLASSIC RACING SERIES
Classic Racing Series Feature Finish (20 Laps) – 1. 89-Joe Brown; 2. 73-Neal Reamer; 3. 86-Wes Brown; 4. 9-Dylan Brown; 5. 07-Charlie Summers; 6. 2-Jim Rost; 7. 09-Ron Grove; 8. 56-Lance Grove; 9. 48-Mike Cashman; 10. 54J-Jimmy Combs (DNF); 11. 100-Al Vican (DNF); 12. 19-Chad Stine (DNF); 13. 87-Roland Brown (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders – Dylan Brown (1-7), Joe Brown (8-20)
Classic Racing Series Heat 1 Finish (6 Laps) – 1. 9-Dylan Brown; 2. 09-Ron Grove; 3. 19-Chad Stine; 4. 56-Lance Grove; 5. 48-Michael Cashman; 6. 86-Wes Brown (DNF); DNS – 2-Jim Rost. No Time
Classic Racing Series Heat 2 Finish (6 Laps) – 1. 73-Neal Reamer; 2. 89-Joe Brown; 3. 07-Charlie Summers; 4. 87-Roland Brown; 5. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 6. 100-Al Vican (DNF). Time – 2:41. 62