posted June 10, 2001 01:34 AM
BRIAN MONTIETH WIRES THE FIELD IN COMEBACK VICTORY;
Greg Leiby returns for first 358 Sprint feature win of 2001; Ziegler ups win
mark to four in thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/9/01 - In only his second race back after over a year
lay-off, Phoenixville's Brian Montieth made the most of it by starting on
the pole and leading all 25 laps to score the win in the 25 lap super sprint
feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. Montieth was the class of the
field as he drove around lapped traffic for the final 15 non-stop laps and
pulled away to a convincing 3.28 second win over Darren Eash.
"We got lucky," said a happy Montieth in victory lane.
The only luck Montieth needed this night was in making the decision to
start up front in only his second week of racing this season after opting to
start at the rear last weekend while working the bugs of a car he hadn't
raced in since 1999. Ironically, the car he raced use to be driven by none
other than four-time defending track champion Fred Rahmer.
Montieth, who led all 25 laps in his last win at Lincoln on August 7, 1999,
again followed the same route to victory this night as he grabbed the lead
at the outset and led the rest of the way to register the win.
"We took a year off and got our finances in order...it's tough to run these
things with no money," explained Montieth on his year-long absence. "We
didn't have the money to rebuild the motor half-way through the season this
year so we said we'd bag half of it and try the last half."
The original start of the 25 lap super sprint feature saw last week's
feature winner Glenndon Forsythe and Chris Knopp tangle in the third and
fourth turn, bringing out the caution.
The complete restart saw polesitter Montieth grab the lead over outside
frontrow starter Mark Coldren. Fourth-starting Niki Young drove by Coldren
into second on the opening lap as well, with Coldren, seventh-starting
Darren Eash, and third-starting Cliff Brian in tow at the end of the opening
By the time Montieth starting lapping backmarkers on the sixth lap he had
already opened up a sizeable 2.90 second lead over Young. Young's chances at
a possible victory ended on the 10th lap when he jumped the cushion in the
first and second turns and slammed hard into the outside concrete wall -
bringing out the red.
This put Darren Eash into second place with two lapped cars between himself
and the race-leading Montieth on the restart, with Coldren lurking in third,
Brian fourth, and Billy Sims fifth.
On the restart 12th-starting Rahmer entered the fray driving around Sims,
Brian, and Coldren into third place by the end of the 10th lap and looked to
be mounting a charge to the front.
But Montieth hooked up to the cushion on the highside of the track and
slowly began to pull away and had opened up a 1.07 second advantage when he
entered lapped traffic on the 15th lap. As Montieth kept his momentum going
around the topside of track it became obvious that he only needed to run
mistake-free the rest of the way to pick-up the win.
"I like running up top against the cushion...it's easy," Montieth added
with a smile. "We have a Don Ott motor, it's actually a year old and has 14
races on it...and we don't have the money to rebuild it so we just keep
running it until it stops."
Montieth took the checkered going away by 3.28 seconds over Darren Eash in
the end to register his third career win at the Pigeon Hills oval and
collected the $2,500 top prize.
Eight-time 2001 Lincoln winner and defending four-time track champion
Rahmer had to settle for third, with Johnny Mackison Jr. fourth, and Brain
Completing the top-10 were Steve Siegel, Cris Eash, Billy Sims, Mark
Coldren, and Bobby Weaver.
Heats for the 24 super sprinters on hand were won by Montieth, Brian, and
Carlisle's Greg Leiby also came back from a year long lay-off to lead all
20 laps of the 358 sprint feature for his inaugural 2001 season win. Leiby,
who was injured earlier this year after coming back from a year-long break
in racing, grabbed the lead from his outside frontrow starting position at
the drop of the green over polesitter Jerry Stinson, with third-starting
Kevin Bastian slipping into the runner-up spot before the first lap was in
Fifth-starting Adrian Shaffer drove around Bastian for second place on the
fourth lap and tried to race-down the high-flying Leiby. But Leiby was not
to be denied this night as he led the rest of the way and took the checkered
2.52 seconds ahead of Shaffer for his sixth career win at Lincoln.
Two-time 2001 winner and defending 358 sprint champion Doug Esh finished
third, Brian Eichelberger finished fourth and Allen Krimes finished fifth.
Completing the top-10 was Jake Raudabaugh, Cory Haas, Joe Ilg, Kevin
Bastian, and Tony Strine.
Heats for the 29 "358" sprinters were won by Shaffer, Bastian, and Gary
Gollub, with Joe Ilg winning the consolation.
Stoverstown's Mike Ziegler Jr. grabbed the lead from Pat McClane on the
sixth lap and led the rest of the way to pick-up his fourth win of the
season in the 20-lap thundercar feature. McClane, who started on the pole,
lead the first five laps of the caution-filled event. Seventh-starting
Zeigler moved into fifth place by the end of the fourth lap, into fourth by
the second lap, and into second place by the third.
Ziegler then made his race-winning move around McClane on the sixth lap and
then had to hold-off a persistent Steve Clabaugh and Bobby Beard over the
final laps for his sixth career Lincoln win.
Clabaugh settled for second and was followed by Bobby Beard in third, Neil
Smith in fourth and Gary Potts fifth.
Heats for the 29 thundercars were won by Berwager, McClane, and David
Prunkl, with Tony Kuhn winning the consolation.
Lincoln Speedway will reel-off two special shows next week. The biggest
being the Thurdsday night, June 14th show featuring the ALL STARS & NARC
SPRINTERS TAKING ON THE PENNSYLVANIA POSSE in the mid-week special ALL STARS
VS. NCRA EASTERN SHOWDOWN. Joining the sprinters will be the thundercar
regulars. Gates open at 5:30 PM, with hotlaps at 7 PM and time trials set to
get underway at 7:30 PM.
Then next Saturday night, June 16th, the super sprint & thundercar
regulars will be host to the traveling UNITED RACING CLUB sprinters. Again
gates will open at 5:30 PM, with hotlaps at 7 PM and the first heat taking
the green flag at 7:30 PM.
Saturday - June 9, 2001
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 12B-Brian Montieth ($2,500); 2. 30-Darren Eash; 3.
77-Fred Rahmer; 4. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 5. 16-Cliff Brian; 6. 66-Steve
Siegel; 7. 17-Cris Eash; 8. 55S-Billy Sims; 9. I07-Mark Coldren; 10. X-Bobby
Weaver; 11. 6W-Josh Wells; 12. 7K-Dan Shetler; 13. 07-Glenndon Forsythe; 14.
1R-Mike Rabold; 15. 34-Al DeAngelis; 16. 15P-Pierron Reasner; 17. 85-Mike
Dillman; 18. 17N-Niki Young (DNF); 19. 43-Larry Shive (DNF); 20. 77H-Wes
Harbour (DNF); 21. 10N-Chris Knopp (DNF); DNS - 5S-Dustin Hoffman, 3-Michael
Markey. No Time
Lap Leaders - Brian Montieth (1-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 12B-Brian Montieth; 2. 17N-Niki Young;
3. 30-Darren Eash; 4. 66-Steve Siegel; 5. 10N-Chris Knopp; 6. 34-Al
DeAngelis; 7. 7K-Dan Shetler (DNF); 8. 85-Mike Dillman (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 16-Cliff Brian; 2. 17-Cris Eash; 3.
X-Bobby Weaver; 4. 07-Glenndon Forsythe; 5. 5S-Dustin Hoffman (DNF); 6.
77H-Wes Harbour (DNF); 7. 43-Larry Shive (DNF); DNS - 9-Craig Keel. No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer; 2. 65-Johnny Mackison
Jr.; 3. 55S-Billy Sims; 4. I07-Mark Coldren; 5. 6W-Josh Wells; 6.
15P-Pierron Reasner; 7. 1R-Mike Rabold; 8. 3-Michael Markey. No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 21A-Mike Ziegler Jr.; 2. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 3.
5-Bobby Beard; 4. 1-Neil Smith; 5. 8-Gary Potts; 6. 30-Bryan Wagaman; 7.
6-Tony Kuhn; 8. 22-Nat Tuckey; 9. 95-Fred Cullum; 10. 8MD-David Prunkl; 11.
95A-Allen Cullum; 12. 14-Chet McCormick; 13. 31H-Dave Highlands; 14. 4PJ-Pat
McClane; 15. 77-Ken Berwager; 16. 5S-Craig Smith; 17. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 18.
3R-Bobby Rudisill (Alt.); 19. 60-Cork Laughman; 20. 9-Jeff wilson; 21.
X-Bernie Beard; 22. 4-Dave Staub; 23. 34-Greg Messersmith; 24. 2-Jeremy
Brown; DNS - 61-Mike Ciezobka. No Time
Lap Leaders - Pat McClane (1-5), Mike Ziegler Jr. (6-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 77-Ken Berwager; 2. 2-Jeremy Brown; 3.
5-Bobby Beard; 4. 30-Bryan Wagaman; 5. 1-Neil Smith; 6. 95A-Allen Cullum; 7.
31H-Dave Highlands; 8. 9-Jeff Wilson; 9. 24C-Paul Marshall; 10. 30B-Butch
Altland (DNF). Time - 2:45.41
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 4PJ-Pat McClane; 2. 10-Steve Clabaugh;
3. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 4. 22-Nat Tuckey; 5. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 6. 99-Randy
Zechman; 7. 6-Tony Kuhn; 8. 5S-Craig Smith; 9. 4-Dave Staub; 10. 95-Fred
Cullum (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 8MD-David Prunkl; 2. 34-Greg
Messersmith; 3. X-Bernie Beard; 4. 21A-Mike Ziegler Jr.; 5. 14-Chet
McCormick; 6. 60-Cork Laughman; 7. 8-Gary Potts; 8. 3R-Bobby Rudisill (DNF);
9. 11R-Jim Rost (DNF). No Time
Consolation (6 laps/7 to qualify) - 1. 6-Tony Kuhn; 2. 8-Gary Potts; 3.
95-Fred Cullum; 4. 9-Jeff Wilson; 5. 5S-Craig Smith; 6. 4-Dave Staub; 7.
31H-Dave Highlands; 8. 30B-Butch Altland; 9. 3R-Bobby Rudisill (DNF); DNS -
24C-Paul Marshall, 11R-Jim Rost. No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 119-Greg Leiby; 2. 21-Adrian Shaffer; 3. 88X-Doug
Esh; 4. 55E-Brian Eichelberger; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh; 7.
11C-Cory Haas; 8. 22J-Joe Ilg; 9. 2K-Kevin Bastian; 10. 57S-Tony Strine; 11.
59-Jim Siegel; 12. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 13. 88-Scott Ausherman; 14. 56V-Tim
Hershey; 15. 31D-Kevin Drury; 16. 10D-Kenny Foor; 17. 3J-Judd Shepard; 18.
2J-Jerry Stinson; 19. 713-Bob Fisher; 20. 32-Stacey Eastwood; 21. 00-Gary
Gollub (DNF); 22. 01-Rick Horn (DNF); 23. 17M-Michael Creaghan (DNF); 24.
35-Randy Neiman (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Greg Leiby (1-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21-Adrian Shaffer; 2. 119-Greg Leiby; 3.
88X-Doug Esh; 4. 31D-Kevin Drury; 5. 71340Bob Fisher; 6. 88-Scott Ausherman;
7. 22J-Joe Ilg; 8. 10D-Kenny Foor; 9. 31J-Joey Palmerino; 10. 01-Rick Horn.
Time - 2:02.58
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 2K-Kevin Bastian; 2. 11C-Cory Haas; 3.
2J-Jerry Stinson; 4. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 8N-Kevin
Nouse; 7. 35-Randy Neiman; 8. 56V-Tim Hershey (DNF); 9. 4-Eric Stambaugh
(DNF); 10. 7C-Chad Trout (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 00-Gary Gollub; 2. 59-Jim Siegel; 3.
55E-Brian Eichelberger; 4. 57S-Tony Stine; 5. 17M-Michael Creaghan; 6.
32-Stacey Eastwood; 7. 8-Billy Dietrich (DNF); 8. 3J-Judd Shepard (DNF);
DNS - 8D-Dan Dietrich. No Time
Consolation (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 22J-Joe Ilg; 2. 10D-Kenny Foor; 3.
4-Eric Stambaugh; 4. 56V-Tim Hershey; 5. 01-Rick Horn; 6. 3J-Judd Shepard;
7. 35-Randy Neiman; 8. 7C-Chad Trout (DNF); 9. 8N-Billy Dietrich (DNF);
DNS - 31J-Joey Palmerino. No Time