posted June 10, 2001 08:40 PM
BRIAN MONTIETH WIRES THE FIELD IN COMEBACK LINCOLN VICTORY
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."
By the time Montieth starting lapping backmarkers on the sixth lap he had
already opened up a sizeable 2.90 second lead over Niki Young. But 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 Mark Coldren lurking in
third, Cliff Brian fourth, and Billy Sims fifth.
On the restart 12th-starting Rahmer entered the fray driving around Sims,
Brian, and Coldren into third place and looked to be mounting a charge to
But Montieth hooked up to the cushion on the highside of the track and
slowly began to pull away. 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.
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.
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. Ziegler made his race-winning move
around McClane on the sixth lap and had to hold-off a persistent Steve
Clabaugh and Bobby Beard over the final laps for his sixth career Lincoln