ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 4/12/08 – Alan Krimes had an old car and an old motor but was still the fastest car on the track Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway.
Krimes took the lead early then survived a marathon of caution flags to put together his first win of the year in the 25-lap Cindy Rowe Auto Glass 410 Sprint car feature Saturday night.
With track conditions to his liking, the Denver driver was able to get around Brian Leppo for the top spot with just six laps complete and drove off from the field for his fifth career feature win at the track. He started in the ninth spot.
“This car has a lot of races on it and we ran it all last year and the motor has a lot of laps on it but it still runs strong,” said the second generation racer. “We need to run good to keep this car going so tonight will help out an awful lot.”
Jeff Busby turned over before a lap could be completed to bring out a red flag. Four consecutive yellow flags over the next four laps kept the field slow as Jim Siegel, John Rudisill, Pat Cooper and a Cody Darrah/Niki Young tangle were the drivers involved in the first four yellow flags.
Krimes was already up to third as Leppo set the pace from the second lap.
Krimes drove under Leppo in turn four on lap six but then had to withstand numerous cautions during the next 10 laps.
“I hate caution flags when you are leading the race,” he stated. “I thought we ran like six or seven laps and it was actually only three. I just wanted to get the race over because I hate when you get to the front early because you are just waiting for someone to pass you.”
Krimes didn’t have to worry about that.
The action behind Krimes was intense as Leppo, Doug Esh, Stevie Smith and Fred Rahmer, who moved into contention on lap 15.
Rahmer, who started 12th made some late race moves to take the runner-up spot from Leppo on lap 21 but could not track down the Conestoga Valley Garage, Krimes Machine Shop No. 87 sprinter, who held a 10-car length margin of victory.
“I told Fred before the race I needed him to slow down a little bit”, commented Krimes about the three-time 2008 winner Rahmer. “I see he finished second so he must have been coming but we were pretty good tonight.”
Ironically, three of Krimes’ five Lincoln wins came after starting ninth in the field.
“I don’t know what it is about starting ninth here, but my crew guys get pretty excited when we start ninth,” he added. “Three out of our five wins here we have started ninth, so I don’t know what it is about that spot but we beat a good field of cars again tonight.”
Rahmer, of Salfordville finished second, strengthening his Lincoln points lead with Leppo, of New Oxford finishing a season-best third over Lancaster’s Esh and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Smith.
Completing the top 10 were Nick Schlauch, Jr., Niki Young, Brian Montieth, Aaron Ott and Mike Bittinger.
Heats for the 25 410 Sprinters were won by Leppo, AJ Michael and Cris Eash, with Montieth winning the consolation.
Dover’s Gene Knaub led all 20 laps of the Weikel Racewear 358 late model feature.
Knaub started on the pole by virtue of a nine car inversion and was never challenged in his second straight win in the Pigeon Hills.
Fellow front-row starter Dan Zechman finished in the runner-up spot over Jerry Bard, Craig Wagaman and Shaun Jones with Tyler Hershey, Kyle Lear, Roy Miller, Travis Mease and Jake Lettich completing the top 10 finishers.
Heats for the 32 358 Late Models were won by Roy Miller, Mease and Lear, with Corey Houck winning the consolation.
Harrisburg’s Kory Sites started in the 11th and final spot in the 20-lap Lawrence Chevrolet street stock feature but drove his way to the front by lap seven to score the win over Kevin Sigler, Randy Zechman, Dave Motter and Gary Welsh.
Gary Welsh and Rodney Clouser won the heat races for the 11 street stocks.
Next Saturday night, April 26th at 7 PM, it will be Williams Grove Old Timers Night with the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass 410 Sprints being joined by the 305 Sprints and Thundercars. Gates will open at 5 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.
RACE RESULTSSaturday – April 19, 2008
LINCOLN SPEEDWAYAbbottstown, PA
Cindy Rowe Auto Glass 410 Sprints:
Feature (25 laps) – 1. 87-Alan Krimes ($3,000); 2. 51-Fred Rahmer; 3. 71-Brian Leppo; 4. 30-Doug Esh; 5. 19-Stevie Smith; 6. 38N-Nick Schlauch, Jr.; 7. 10N-Niki Young; 8. 21-Brian Montieth; 9. 25O-Aaron Ott; 10. 12-Mike Bittinger; 11. 39-TJ Stutts; 12. 6W-Josh Wells; 13. 89-Cody Darrah; 14. 20-Ryan Taylor; 15. 9-Craig Keel; 16. 47J-Jeff Busby; 17. 26-Pat Cooper; 18. Adam Lawrence (DNF); 19. 45-AJ Michael (DNF); 20. 25-Chad Layton (DNF); 21. 4-John Rudisill (DNF); 22. 22Z-Michael Carber (DNF); 23. 59-Jim Siegel (DNF); 24. 17E-Cris Eash (DNF). No Time
1st Heat (10 laps/6 qualify) – 1. 71-Brian Leppo; 2. 87-Alan Krimes; 3. 51-Fred Rahmer; 4. 59-Jim Siegel; 5. 30-Doug Esh; 6. 20-Ryan Taylor; 7. 4-John Rudisill; 8. 47J-Jeff Busby; 9. 5-Adam Lawrence. No Time
2nd Heat (10 laps/6 qualify) – 1. 45-AJ Michael; 2. 38N-Nick Schlauch, Jr.; 3-26-Pat Cooper; 4. 89-Cody Darrah; 5. 25O-Aaron Ott; 6. 10N-Niki Young; 7. 6W-Josh Wells; 8. 21-Brian Montieth. Time – 2:28.20
3rd Heat (10 laps/6 qualify) – 1. 17E-Cris Eash; 2. 25-Chad Layton; 3. 19-Stevie Smith; 4. 22Z-Michael Carber; 5. 39-TJ Stutts; 6. 12-Mike Bittinger; 7. 9-Craig Keel; 8. 43-Doug Dodson (DNF).Time – 2:31.16
Consolation (10 laps/6 qualify) 1. 21-Brian Montieth; 2. 6W-Josh Wells; 3. 4-John Rudisill; 4. 9-Craig Keel; 5. 47J-Jeff Busby; 6. 5-Adam Lawrence; 7. 43-Doug Dodson. Time – 2:35.36
Weikel Racewear 358 Late Models:
Feature (20 laps) – 1. 1-Gene Knaub; 2. 88-Dan Zechman; 3. 26-Jerry Bard; 4. 30-Craig Wagaman; 5. 26J-Shaun Jones; 6. 74-Tyler Hershey; 7. 151-Kyle Lear; 8. M1-Roy Miller; 9. 119-Travis Mease; 10. 17-Jake Lettich; 11. 1W-Mike Walls; 12. 54-Roy Warehime; 13. 21-Corey Houck; 14. 7-Pat Beard; 15. 11-Dave Sokoloski; 16. 5Z-Brian Lessley; 17. 18-DJ Mease; 18. 51-Dave Graber; 19. 10H-Fred Harden; 20. 17G-Mike Goodwin; 21. 08-Zach Kauffman; 22. 2-Chad Myers; 23. 19-Matt Nailor; 24. 85-Richard Walls (DNF). No Time.
1st Heat (10 laps/6 qualify) – 1. M1-Roy Miller; 2. 19-Matt Nailor; 3. 26-Jerry Bard; 4. 54-Roy Warehime; 5. 10H-Fred Harden; 6. 11-Dave Sokoloski; 7. 17G-Mike Goodwin; 8. 2-Chad Myers; 9. 21J-John Baker (DNF); 10. 81S-Bobby Beard (DNF); 11. 7M-Mike Leonard (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (10 laps/6 qualify) – 1. 116-Travis Mease; 2. 74-Tyler Hershey; 3. 88-Dan Zechman; 4. 26J-Shaun Jones; 5. 17-Jake Lettich; 6. 51-Dave Graber; 7. 21-Corey Houck; 8. 08-Zach Kauffman; 9. 7J-Jamie Lloyd; 10. 34-Dallas Wenrich; 11. 93-Pancho Lawler (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (10 laps/6 qualify) – 1. 151-Kyle Lear; 2. 30-Craig Wagaman; 3. 1-Gene Knaub; 4. 18-DJ Mease; 5. 85-Richard Walls; 6. 1W-Mike Walls; 7. 7-Pat Beard; 8. X-Bernie Beard; 9. 07-Bob Stough; 10. 5Z-Brian Lessley (DNF). No Time
Consolation (10 laps/6 qualify) – 1. 21-Corey Houck; 2. 7-Pat Beard; 3. 5Z-Brian Lessley; 4. 17G-Mike Goodwin; 5. 08-Zach Kauffman; 6. 2-Chad Myers; 7. 7M-Mike Leonard; 8. 34-Dallas Wenrich; 9. 7J-Jamie Lloyd; 10. X-Bernie Beard (DNF); 11. 07-Bob Stough (DNF); 12. 21J-John Baker (DNS); 13. 81S-Bobby Beard (DNS); 14. 93-Pancho Lawler (DNF). No Time
Lawrence Chevrolet Street Stocks:
Feature (20 laps) 1. 21K-Kory Sites; 2. 7S-Kevin Sigler; 3. 2-Randy Zechman; 4. M15-Dave Motter; 5. 7-Gary Welsh; 6. 71-Adrian Barnhart; 7. 75-Ben Cornbower; 8. 97-Jim Hulse; 9. 34Z-Mike Zeigler, Jr. (DNF); 10. 56-Lance Grove (DNF); 11. 8-Rodney Clouser (DNF). No Time
1st Heat (6 laps/all qualify) – 1. 7-Gary Welsh; 2. 34Z-Mike Zeigler, Jr.; 3. 75-Ben Cornbower; 4. 56-Lance Grove; 5. 21K-Kory Sites (DNS). No Time
2nd Heat (6 laps/all qualify) – 1. 8-Rodney Clouser; 2. 7S-Kevin Sigler; 3. 2-Randy Zechman; 4. 71-Adrian Barnhart; 6. M15-Dave Motter; 7. 97-Jim Hulse. No Time