A NIGHT OF FIRSTS; RYAN SMITH & JON STEWART EARN FIRST CAREER LINCOLN WINS
Story By: Emily Winslow/Lincoln Speedway
Photos By: Dan DeMarco/RacersGuide.com
Abbottstown, PA (September 28, 2019) – Ryan Smith had yet to find victory lane in 2019, but that changed when the Kunkletown driver earned his first career win at the Fabulous Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night. Smith held off a charging Danny Dietrich to win the 25-lap main event.
Smith drew the pole position in the redraw and shared the front row with Dietrich. 2019 Track Champion, Brian Montieth lined up third and 410-rookie driver, Tyler Walton, started fourth.
Walton got by Montieth for third at the start of the race as Smith led Dietrich around the 3/8th mile oval.
It didn’t take Montieth long to start challenging Walton for third. Montieth took the spot back on lap 3 after getting under Walton going into the third turn.
The first caution of the race came on lap 4 for Freddie Rahmer who was parked sideways in turn 4.
Smith, Dietrich, Montieth, Walton and Anthony Macri were the top five heading into the restart.
Smith got a great start and went high going into turn 1 with Dietrich opting for the bottom of the track.
Macri used the bottom of the track to challenge Walton for fourth and took the spot-on lap 6.
The yellow flag flew again on lap 7. Anthony Fiore and Brett Michalski got turned around in turn 4. It was a close call for Smith and Dietrich as they nearly get together avoiding the spun-out cars.
Dietrich went low again into turn 1 on the restart and once again Smith held him off.
Dietrich was searching for something on the bottom of turns 1 and 2 as he tried to reel in Smith.
Smith entered lapped traffic on lap 13.
As Dietrich was rim ridding in turns 3 and 4, he hit the wall on lap 16 and lost nearly a second to Smith but was able to keep running.
Another yellow flag came out on lap 18 when Chris Arnold ended up facing the wrong was in turn 4.
On the restart Dietrich once again went low and this time he stayed within striking distance of Smith. Dietrich slid Smith in turns 3 and 4 for the lead, but Smith beat him back to the line.
Dietrich tried another slide job in turns 3 and 4 as the white flag waved for the leaders but once again Smith was able to hold him off.
Smith beat Dietrich to the checkered flag for his first 410 win of the season by .952 seconds. Montieth crossed the line third. Macri was fourth and Chad Trout completed the top five.
Danny Dietrich, Lucas Wolfe and Cory Haas each won a heat race. Chase Dietz won the B-main.
Jon Stewart Wins First Lincoln Speedway Feature
Jon Stewart parked his number 13 machine in victory lane for the first time in his career on Saturday night after making the pass for the lead with seven laps to go.
Stewart lined up fourth for the start of the feature next to Mark VanVorst. Pole-sitter Cody Fletcher paced the field with Michael Hamer on his outside for the start of the 20-lap feature.
Fletcher took the lead going into turn 1 but the yellow came out before the first lap was completed. The caution was for VanVorst who ended up against the wall in turns 1 and 2.
Fletcher took the lead again on the start with Stewart getting around the outside of Hamer for second. A three-way battle for second ensued between Hamer, Jeff Rohrbaugh and Stewart. Both Stewart and Rohrbaugh got by Hamer with Stewart taking second and Rohrbaugh running third.
Rohrbaugh and Stewart raced wheel to wheel for second with Rohrbaugh taking the spot as the caution came out on lap 5 for Dylan Orwig and David Holbrook. Orwig was spun around and Holbrook came to a stop in turn 4.
Fletcher led Rohrbaugh, Stewart, CJ Tracy and Hamer to the cone for the restart.
Hammaker was trying to work his way into the top five as Stewart got back around Rohrbaugh coming out of turn 2 on lap 7 for second.
An exciting three car race for the lead was brewing between Fletcher Stewart and Rohrbaugh. Fletcher was running the bottom as Stewart rolled through the middle of turns 1 and 2 and was rubbing the wall in turns 3 and 4.
Another yellow flag on lap 10 for Orwig set up the field for another restart.
Fletcher got a good jump at the cone and had a good run coming off turn 2.
The caution flag flew again on lap 12. Nat Tuckey, Brian Allman, Alyson Dietz and VanVorst piled up in turns 1 and 2.
With eight laps to go, Fletcher got out to the lead with another good restart.
Stewart caught Fletcher and the two raced wheel to wheel to the line on lap 14 with Stewart edging out Fletcher for the lead by .008 seconds.
Fletcher had taken the lead back, but the caution came out on lap 14 for Orwig who had spun out in turn 2.
Stewart was pulling away from Fletcher coming out of turn 2 but Fletcher made up ground in turns 3 and 4 running the bottom.
Troy Wagaman had worked his way up through the field to fourth from his ninth starting spot on with three laps to go after getting around Tracy.
Stewart crossed the line for his first career win at Lincoln .825 seconds ahead of Fletcher. Rohrbaugh finished third. Wagaman was fourth and Doug Hammaker completed the top five.
Zach Euculano, Steve Drevicki and CJ Tracy each won a heat with Wyatt Hinkle taking the B-main.
Lincoln Speedway will be back in action on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 2PM for the Ice Breaker. Pit gates will open at 11:30AM and the grandstand will open at noon.
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Saturday, September 28, 2019
Gene Latta Ford 410 Sprint Cars:
410 Sprint Car Feature Finish (25 Laps) – 1. 72-Ryan Smith; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich; 3. 21-Brian Montieth; 4. 39M-Anthony Macri; 5. 1X-Chad Trout; 6. 39-Cory Haas; 7. 59-Jim Siegel; 8. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 9. 14T-Tyler Walton; 10. 75-Chase Dietz; 11. 87-Alan Krimes; 12. 24-Lucas Wolfe; 13. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 14. 99-Kyle Moddy; 15. 15-Adam Wilt; 16. 33-Jared Esh; 17. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 18. 48H-Bradley Howard; 19. 8-Billy Dietrich; 20. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 21. 73B-Brett Michalski; 22. 5-Jeff Halligan; 23. 91-Tony Fiore; 24. 23-Chris Arnold (DNF)
Lap Leader – Ryan Smith (1-25)
410 Sprint Heat One Finish (10 laps) – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich; 2. 8-Billy Dietrich; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri; 4. 59-Jim Siegel; 5. 15-Adam Wilt; 6. 23-Chris Arnold; 7. 75-Chase Dietz; 8. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 9. 73B-Brett Michalski
410 Sprint Heat Two Finish (10 laps) – 1. 24-Lucas Wolfe; 2. 72-Ryan Smith; 3. 14T-Tyler Walton; 4. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 5. 33-Jared Esh; 6. 99M-Kyle Moody; 7. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 8. 5-Jeff Halligan; 9. 97-Brie Hershey (DNF)
410 Sprint Heat Three Finish (10 laps) – 1. 39-Cory Haas; 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 1X-Chad Trout; 4. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 91-Anthony Fiore; 7. 48H-Bradley Howard; 8. 21T-Scott Fisher (DNF); 9. 18-Todd Rittenhouse Jr. (DNF)
410 Sprint Consy Finish (10 laps) – 1. 75-Chase Dietz; 2. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 3. 49H-Bradley Howard; 4. 73B-Brett Michalski; 5. 5-Jeff Halligan; 6. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 7. 21T-Scott Fisher; 8. 97-Brie Hershey; 9. 18-Todd Rittenhouse Jr. (DNF)
Hanover Auto Team 358 Sprint Cars:
358 Sprint Car Feature (20 Laps) – 1. 13-Jon Stewart; 2. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 3. 00-Kyle Rohrbaugh; 4. 19-Troy Wagaman Jr.; 5. 4R-Doug Hammaker; 6. 21-CJ Tracy; 7. 47-Michael Hamer; 8. 19S-Steve Drevicki; 9. 38D-Kyle Denmyer; 10. 10-Zach Euculano; 11. 28-Matt Findley; 12. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 13. 99-Zachary Cool; 14. 93-Mike Bittinger; 15. 18-Todd Rittenhouse Jr.; 16. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 17. 32-Justin Foster; 18. 5A-Brian Allman; 19. 3-Jeff Paulson (DNF); 20. 2D-Dylan Orwig (DNF); 21. 48-Nat Tuckey (DNF); 22. 50-Alyson Dietz (DNF); 23. 34-Mark VanVorst (DNF); 24. 77-David Holbrook (DNF)
Lap Leaders – Cody Fletcher (1-13) & Jon Stewart (14-20)
358 Sprint Car Heat One Finish (10 laps) – 1. 10-Zach Euculano; 2. 13S-Jon Stewart; 3. 00-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 4. 4R-Doug Hammaker; 5. 28-Matt Findley; 6. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 7. 77-David Holbrook; 8. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 9. 51-Austin Treuchet; 10. 6S-Bill Sherman (DNF)
358 Sprint Car Heat Two Finish (10 laps) – 1. 19S-Steve Drevicki; 2. 34- Mark VanVorst; 3. 47-Michael Hamer; 4. 38D-Kyle Denmyer; 5. 5A-Brian Allman; 6. 48-Nat Tuckey; 7. 15-Cameron Burke; 8. 99-Zachary Cool (DNF); 9. 41B-Tyler Ross (DNF); 10. Dylan Norris (DNS)
358 Sprint Car Heat Three Finish (10 laps) – 1. 21-CJ Tracy; 2. 19-Troy Wagaman Jr.; 3. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 4. 93-Mike Bittinger; 5. 3-Jeff Paulson; 6. 32-Justin Foster; 7. 18-Todd Rittenhouse Jr.; 8. 50-Alyson Dietz; 9. 2D-Dylan Orwig
358 Sprint Car Consy Finish (10 laps) – 1. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 2. 77-David Holbrook; 3. 18-Todd Rittenhouse Jr.; 4. 99-Zachary Cool; 5. 50-Alyson Dietz; 6. 2D-Dylan Orwig; 7. 51-Austin Treuchet; 8. 6S-Bill Sherman; 9. 44-Dylan Norris (DNF); 10. 15-Cameron Burke (DNF); 11. 41B-Tyler Ross (DNS)