ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 4/13/13 – Denver’s Alan Krimes came from seventh starting spot to claim his first win of the year in the 25-lap “410” sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
“We’ve been fast the last three weeks. I thought we had the car to beat last week and the week before that,” said Krimes upon exiting his Conestoga Valley Garage/Krimes Racing Engines #87 in victory lane, “A couple late yellows there killed us. We were lucky enough to get to the front first tonight.”
“The yellows were hurting us again tonight,” added Krimes, “I don’t know if the tires were sealing over or what, but every time the yellow came out, my car would get worse and worse. I know J.J. was behind us, and he’s been going real good pretty much every week. I was hoping there was some lapped cars between me and him, but apparently there wasn’t. We got a restart and I saw his front end down in three and four. I already had the wing all the way back, so I just ran around the top and hoped I didn’t see anybody. Luckily, we came away with it.”
Krimes took to the high side to get around sixth-starting Adam Wilt and fourth-starting J.J. Grasso in the first two turns and cross fifth by the end of the first lap. He then drove by both third-starting Gerard McIntyre, Jr. and fifth-starting Danny Dietrich to move into third following a third-lap restart, and caught second-starting Tim Glatfelter for the runner-up spot on lap four. Two laps later, Krimes grabbed the top spot from polesitter and race-long leader Robbie Kendall with a low-side move in turns three and four.
Though Krimes led the rest of the way, torrid racing between Brian Montieth, Danny Dietrich, and Fred Rahmer for fifth had the fans on their feet between laps nine and 12. It was on that lap that J.J. Grasso re-entered the picture after passing Kendall for second. Caution flags on laps 16 and 18 kept Grasso close until the end.
“There’s a lot of good guys running real good this year. I saw the 25 on the board there, and he’s been tough. I heard he’s going to URC when they start their season, and I’m not going to be sad to see him go!
The 16th-lap caution involved the spinning cars of Brian Montieth, Brent Marks, and Cole Duncan. All three of those drivers have won races at Lincoln in 2013. Montieth and Duncan were unable to continue, and Mark joined the rear. The 18th-lap caution was for the spinning car of Jordan Mackison in turns one and two.
Grasso settled for second, with eighth-starting Jim Siegel coming on strong late in the race to finish third. Rahmer and Kendall completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Danny Dietrich, 13th-starting Logan Schuchart, Glatfelter, 22nd-starting Billy Dietrich, and Wilt.
Heats for the 26 “410” Sprinters were won by Marks, Duncan, and Montieth, with Jordon Mackison winning the consolation.
Sat., April 13, 2013
LAWRENCE CHEVROLET 410 SPRINTS
Feature (25-Laps) – 1. 87-Alan Krimes ($3,200); 2. 25-JJ Grasso; 3. 59-Jim Siegel; 4. 20S-Fred Rahmer; 5. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 6. 48-Danny Dietrich; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart; 8. 50-Tim Glatfelter; 9. 8-Billy Dietrich; 10. 15-Adam Wilt; 11. 92-Ryan Smith; 12. 14-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 13. 19M-Brent Marks; 14. 71X-Bill Stine; 15. 29-Ryan Wilson; 16. 175-Billy Pauch, Jr.; 17. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 18. 95-Hunter Mackison; 19. 1080-Jordon Mackison; 20. 21-Brian Montieth (DNF); 21. 22-Cole Duncan (DNF); 22. 23-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. (DNF); 23. 1A-Jacob Allen (DNF); 24. 4-John Rudisill (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders – Robbie Kendall (1-5), Alan Krimes (6-25)
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 21-Brian Montieth; 2. 87-Alan Krimes; 3. 25-JJ Grasso; 4. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 5. 92-Ryan Smith; 6. 4-John Rudisill; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen; 8. 11C-Cory Haas (DNF). No Time