posted July 29, 2001 09:50 AM
MONTIETH OUTRUNS EASH FOR SECOND LINCOLN WIN OF YEAR;
Adrian Shaffer claims first career win in "358" sprints; Prunkl wins second
straight in thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/28/01 -On Fridays, he runs the steel block at Williams
Grove so he can "try for the bonus money and run tomorrow." On Saturdays,
he drives like there is no tomorrow.
Phoenixville's Brian Montieth has a plan, and so far it seems to be working
quite well. After sitting out the first half of the season waiting for the
money to race, Montieth has again proven that the low-buck racer can win.
Montieth survived a mid-race scare while battling for second with Cris
Eash, took the top spot on the 14th lap, and raced away to his second win of
the season in the 25 lap super sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday
"This car really works," said a happy Montieth upon exiting his Bill and
Brian Montieth-owned Precision Hydraulics No.12B in victory lane. "I can't
complain too much."
"I run Friday night with my steel motor (at Williams grove) and hopefully I
can make the show so I can make a little bit of money ($200 steel block
bonus) so I can run here on Saturday night," said Montieth on his
interesting racing schedule. "Money is a big factor in how I run this year."
Polesitter Josh Wells outraced fellow frontrow starter Niki Young into the
first turn at the drop of the green to take the lead and opened up a
1.29-second lead over Young, Billy Sims, Montieth, and Cris Eash by the
Eash, who started 10th, drove around Montieth, Sims, and then Young on the
ninth lap to move into the runner-up spot on lap 10. But two laps later,
Montieth drove around Eash for second and set his sights on Wells. Montieth
powered around Wells exiting the second turn of lap 14. As the two entered
lapped traffic on turn three of the same lap, Wells collided with the lapped
car of Pierron Reasner and flipped, ending his night.
That put Eash on the back bumper of Montieth for the restart, but the
Miller Brothers No.17E was no match for Montieth, who drove away from Eash
on two other restarts to claim the win 2.11 seconds over Eash.
Billy Sims crossed third, ahead of 11th-starting Fred Rahmer and Young.
Shawn "Big Block" Weaver, Steve Siegel, Cliff Brian, Chris Knopp, and Darren
Eash completed the top ten.
"I have to apologize, I don't know if it was me," Montieth said in regard
to the contact between himself and Eash as the two battled for the runner-up
spot as the two came down to complete lap 11, "I'm still getting use to this
car...it's a little twitchy on me."
"I'm happy to make the top ten," Montieth was quick to add. "I'm going to
run weekly here, and run the Grove as much as I can."
It's was Montieth's fourth career win in the Pigeon Hills.
Heats for the 21 super sprinters on hand were won by Sims and Young.
York's Adrian Shaffer claimed his first career win in a 20-lap "358" sprint
feature that saw former micro-sprint drivers finish in the top six spots.
Kevin Nouse drove one of four Dietrich cars from his pole position into the
lead at the drop of the green and led the first six laps before yielding to
Shaffer exiting the second turn of lap seven. Felton's Chad Trout started
third and disposed of Will Urkuski on the first lap to run second the first
five laps. After giving way to Shaffer, Trout ran third until passing Nouse
on lap 10. Shaffer and Trout ran first and second the rest of the way, with
Jim Siegel coming on late to finish third, Cory Haas advancing from his 11th
starting spot to finish fourth, and Brian Eichelberger completing the top
five. Nouse, Greg Leiby, Dan Dietrich, Joe Ilg, and Alan Krimes rounded out
the top ten.
Points leader Eric Stambaugh needed a hook after getting together with
Billy Dietrich while battling for eighth on the fourth turn of lap seven.
Billy was able to come back through the field to finish 11th.
Heats for the 21 "358" sprinters were won by Nouse and Trout.
Sykesvile Maryland's David Prunkl assumed the lead when Craig Wagaman lost
power as the caution was coming out on lap 11 on went on to win his second
in-a-row and third of the year in the 20-lap thundercar feature. Prunkl,
who started third, ran third thru the first nine laps before passing
second-starting Cork Laughman for the runner-up spot on the 10th lap. Then
on the 11th lap race-long leader Wagaman was side-lined with mechanical
problems as the caution flag waved - handing the lead to Prunkl.
From there Prunkl held off Neil Smith and was able to survive a last lap
dash to the checkered to register a .24 second win over Smith. Laughman hung
on for third, with Mike Walls finishing forth, and Mike Ziegler Jr. fifth.
Heats for the 31 thundercars were won by Laughman, Steve Clabaugh, and
Prunkl, with Allen Cullum winning the consolation.
Next Saturday night, August 4th, Lincoln Speedway will present the ANNUAL
THUNDERCAR MANUFACTURERS APPRECIATION NIGHT featuring all three regular
divisions - the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass Super Sprints, the
Budweiser/Motorsports Monthly 358 Sprints and the Miller Brothers Chevrolet
Thundercars. Gates will open at 5:30 PM, with hot laps at 7 PM and racing
action getting under way at 7:30 PM.
Saturday - July 28, 2001
Feature (25 laps) - 1. 12B-Brian Montieth ($2,500); 2. 17E-Cris Eash; 3.
55S-Billy Sims; 4. 77-Fred Rahmer; 5. 17N-Niki Young; 6. 69-Shawn Weaver; 7.
66-Steve Siegel; 8. 16-Cliff Brian; 9. 10N-Chris Knopp; 10. 30-Darren Eash;
11. X-Bobby Weaver; 12. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 13. 17B-Troy Whitesel; 14.
I07-Mark Coldren; 15. 32-Glenndon Forsythe; 16. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh (DNF); 17.
4L-Josh Wells (DNF); 18. 15P-Pierron Reasner (DNF); 19. 10-Chad Wolf (DNF);
DNS - 3C-Chris Webb. No Time
Lap Leaders - Josh Wells (1-13), Brian Montieth (14-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps) - 1. 55S-Billy Sims; 2. 10N-Chris Knopp; 3. 66-Steve
Siegel; 4. 77-Fred Rahmer; 5. 30-Darren Eash; 6. 4L-Josh Wells; 7. 16-Cliff
Brian; 8. 10-Chad Wolf (DNF); 9. 3C-Chris Webb (DNF); DNS: 26-Pat Cooper,
I07-Mark Coldren. No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps) - 1. 17N-Niki Young; 2. X-Bobby Weaver; 3. 65-Johnny
Mackison, Jr.; 4. 17E-Cris Eash; 5. 69-Shawn Weaver; 6. 12B-Brian Montieth;
7. 17b-Troy Whitesel; 8. 15P-Pierron Reasner (DNF); 9. 32-Glenndon Forsythe
(DNF). DNS: 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh. Time- 2:26.55.
Feature (20 laps) - 1. 21-Adrian Shaffer; 2. 7C-Chad Trout; 3. 59-Jim
Siegel; 4. 11C-Cory Haas; 5. 55E-Brian Eichelberger; 6. 49-Kevin Nouse; 7.
119-Greg Leiby; 8. 8H-Dan Dietrich; 9. 22J-Joe Ilg; 10. 87-Alan Krimes; 11.
8D-Billy Dietrich; 12. 88-Scott Ausherman; 13. 22T-Matt Boland; 14. 14-Will
Urkuski; 15. 32-Stacey Eastwood; 16. 56M-Shawn Seifert (DNF); 17. 11-Woody
Linton (DNF); 18. 7-Roy Vincent (DNF); 19. 4-Eric Stambaugh (DNF); 20.
31J-Joey Palmerino (DNF); 21. 57S-Tony Stine (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Kevin Nouse (1-6), Adrian Shaffer (7-25)
1st Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 49-Kevin Nouse; 2. 55E-Brian Eichelberger; 3.
8D-Billy Dietrich; 4. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 5. 59-Jim Siegel; 6. 8-Dan Dietrich;
7. 22T-Matt Boland; 8. 87-Alan Krimes; 9. 56M-Shawn Seifert; 10. 7-Roy
Vincent; 11. 31J-Joey Palmerino (DNF). Time - 2:05.05
2nd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 7C-Chad Trout; 2. 11C-Cory Haas; 3. 119-Greg Leiby;
4. 22J-Joe Ilg; 5. 21-Adrian Shaffer; 6. 14-Will Urkuski; 7. 88-Scott
Ausherman; 8. 57S-Tony Strine; 9. 32-Stacey Eastwood; 10. 11-Woody Linton.
Time - 2:04.38
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 8MD-David Prunkl; 2. 1-Neil Smith; 3. 60-Cork
Laughman; 4. 25-Mike Walls; 5. 21A-Mike Ziegler Jr.; 6. 3R-Bobby Rudisill;
7. 67-Randy Doty; 8. 99-Randy Zechman; 9. 12M-Jake Markey; 10. 4-Greg
Feltch; 11. 28-Tom Walls Jr.; 12. 14-Chet McCormick; 13. X-Bernie Beard; 14.
77-Ken Berwager; 15. 31H-Dave Highland; 16. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 17. 61-Mike
Ciezobka (DNF); 18. 5-Bobby Beard (DNF); 19. 95A-Allen Cullum (DNF); 20.
6-Tony Kuhn (DNF); 21. 9J-Mike Johnson (DNF); 22. 7-Craig Wagaman (DNF); 23.
30B-Duane Watson (DNF); 24. 5S-Craig Smith (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Craig Wagaman (1-10), David Prunkl (11-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 60-Cork Laughman; 2. 5-Bobby Beard; 3.
21a-Mike Zeigler, Jr.; 4. 25-Mike Walls; 5. 9J-Mike Johnson; 6. 5s-Craig
Smith (penalized four spots for jumping at start); 7. 95A-Allen Cullum; 8.
99-Randy Zechman; 9. 3D-John Rudisill; 10. 9-Jeff Wilson; 11. 6-Tony Kuhn.
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 2. 7-Craig Wagaman;
3. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 4. 77-Ken Berwager; 5. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 6. 31H-Dave
Highland; 7. 12M-Jake Markey; 8. 17-Butch Harvey; 9. 30-Bryan Wagaman; 10.
17H-Tim Hahn; 11. 63-William Knous. No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 8MD-David Prunkl; 2. X-Bernie Beard; 3.
67-Randy Doty; 4. 1-Neil Smith; 5. 14-Chet McCormick; 6. 30B-Duane Watson;
7. 4-Greg Feltch; 8. 28-Tom Walls Jr.; 9. 95-Fred Cullum (DNF); 10. 2-Jeremy
Brown (DNF). Time - 2:49.42
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 95A-Allen Cullum; 2. 12M-Jake Markey;
3. 99-Randy Zechman; 4. 4-Greg Feltch; 5. 6-Tony Kuhn; 6. 28-Tom Walls Jr.;
7. 3D-John Rudisill; 8. 17-Butch Harvey; 9. 17H-Tim Hahn; 10. 95-Fred Cullum
(DNF); 11. 63-William Knaus (DNF); DNS - 20-Pete Lawrence, 9-Jeff Wilson,
2-Jeremy Brown, 30-Bryan Wagaman. No Time