Tim Wagaman claims first career Lincoln win in “358” sprints; Walls makes it 5 out of 7 in thundercars

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/22/13 – Greg Hodnett came to Lincoln Saturday night to prepare for the 23rd Annual Pennsylvania Speedweek. He’s prepared.

Hodnett, who has had an up-and-down season after suffering a serious hand injury and missing several races earlier this year, scored his 26th career win in the Pigeon Hills, moving him past Steve Siegel into sole possession of 11th place on the all-time Lincoln win list.

“It’s been a really, really long time since I’ve been here,” reflected Hodnett upon exiting his Eagle Steel/Trone Outdoor Advertising #39 in victory lane, “We’ve really been struggling, so to come away with a win here is pretty important to us. You’ve got a great group of cars here. We were pretty fortunate to get a starting spot toward the front and get the car running pretty decent.”

“Those guys have pretty much been kickin’ our ass all year,” continued Hodnett, “We decided to do something totally different tonight, and it kinda’ worked. I don’t know if it will next week, but it did tonight. That’s one of the reasons we came down again this week, because we know Speedweek comes through Lincoln and Williams Grove two races each, and we definitely have to get better here and face the un-daunting challenge of Lincoln Speedway.”

Cory Haas started on the pole and led the first 18 laps before Hodnett drove around him exiting turn two of lap 19. Hodnett started fifth and ran there the first four laps before passing Robbie Kendall for fourth on lap five. He caught Gerard McIntyre, Jr. for third on lap eight, and passed Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. for second on lap 11.

Although Haas dominated the first half of the race, an 18th-lap caution for a spinning Kendall on turn two put Hodnett on Haas’ back bumper for the restart. Hodnett chased Haas for a lap before making the race-winning pass.

From there, he drove away to a 1.06-second win, with Haas settling for second. Points leader Fred Rahmer came from 12th starting spot to cross third, extending his season-long streak of top-ten finishes to 31 straight.
Stevie Smith and Alan Krimes completed the top five, with McIntyre, Brian Montieth, Jim Siegel, BAPS driver Brent Marks, and Billy Dietrich rounding out the top ten.

Heats for the 29 “410” Sprinters were won by Haas, Krimes, and Montieth, with Glenndon Forsythe winning the consolation.

Not too many drivers win a track title before winning their first career feature, but Tim Wagaman did it in the “358” sprint division Saturday night.

The defending track champ took to the top side to come from sixth starting spot and score his first-ever Lincoln win. Once he caught race-long leader Isaac Sneeringer for the lead, Wagaman had to protect the low side from a charging Tyler Ross, who caught Sneeringer for second one-lap later and actually drove under Wagaman once in a pass that was negated by a caution flag.

Wagaman’s final margin of victory was a scant .75 seconds, with Ross second and BAPS team driver Tim Berkheimer third. Hard charger and Lincoln points leader Niki Young came from 12th starting spot to finish fourth, with Sneeringer settling for fifth. Rounding out the top ten were BAPS team driver Austin Hogue, Chase Dietz, Jordan Givler, Chandler Leiby, and Mark Smith.

Heats for the 29 “358” Sprints were won by Smith, Jay Galloway, and Ross, with Brie Hershey winning the consolation.

Brian Walls picked up his fifth win in seven races in the 20-lap thundercar feature. Walls started last in the ten-car field and drove past race-long leader Mikey Guise on lap nine en route to his 15th career Lincoln win.

Guise crossed second 4.93 seconds behind the winner, with Wayne Dutterer, Todd Miller, and Jimmy Combs completing the top five.

Lincoln swings back into action next Saturday night, June 29th, for night two of the 23rd Annual Pennsylvania Speedweek. The 410 sprint cars will be joined by the All-American Outlaws in a program that begins with time trials for the sprinters at 7:30 p.m. Gates for the Speedweek show open at 5:30 p.m.

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.

Sat., June 22, 2013
Abbottstown, PA
Feature (25-Laps) – 1. 39-Greg Hodnett ($3,200); 2. 11C-Cory Haas; 3. 20S-Fred Rahmer; 4. 19-Stevie Smith; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 14-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 7. 21-Brian Montieth; 8. 59-Jim Siegel; 9. 19M-Brent Marks; 10. 8-Billy Dietrich; 11. 99M-Kyle Moody; 12. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 13. 23-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr.; 14. 92-Ryan Smith; 15. 45N-Kevin Nagy; 16. 21T-Scott Fisher; 17. 49-Bobby Howard; 18. 2A-Todd Allen; 19. 1080-Jordon Mackison (DNF); 20. 55K-Robbie Kendall (DNF); 21. 7JR-Jimmy Reppert (DNF); 22. 4-John Rudisill (DNF); 23. 50B-Tim Berkheimer (DNF); 24. 48-Danny Dietrich (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Cory Haas (1-18), Greg Hodnett (19-25)

1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 11C-Cory Haas; 2. 39-Greg Hodnett; 3. 20S-Fred Rahmer; 4. 99M-Kyle Moody; 5. 48-Danny Dietrich; 6. 45-Kevin Nagy; 7. 7JR-Jimmy Reppert; 8. 50-Tim Glatfelter (DNF); 9. 95-Hunter Mackison (DNF); 10. 56-Dave Wilson (DNF). No Time

2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 87-Alan Krimes; 2. 19M-Brent Marks; 3. 59-Jim Siegel; 4. 23-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr.; 5. 8-Billy Dietrich; 6. 1080-Jordon Mackison; 7. 49-Bobby Howard; 8. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 9. 21T-Scott Fisher; 10. 75-Nicole Bower. Time – 2:29.621

3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 21-Brian Montieth; 2. 19-Stevie Smith; 3. 14-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 4. 55k-Robbie Kendall; 5. 92-Ryan Smith; 6. 4-John Rudisill; 7. 2A-Todd Allen; 8. 22T-Matt Boland; 9. 50B-Tim Berkheimer. No Time

Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 2. 7JR-Jimmy Reppert; 3. 49-Bobby Howard; 4. 21T-Scott Fisher; 5. 2A-Todd Allen; 6. 50B-Tim Berkheimer; 7. 22T-Matt Boland; 8. 75-Nicole Bower; DNS – 50-Tim Glatfelter, 95-Hunter Mackison, 56-Dave Wilson. No Time

Feature (20-Laps) – 1. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 2. 5-Tyler Ross; 3. 50-Tim Berkheimer; 4. 65-Niki Young (Hard Charger); 5. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer; 6. 52-Austin Hogue; 7. 2D-Chase Dietz; 8. 90-Jordon Givler; 9. 119-Chandler Leiby; 10. M1-Mark Smith; 11. 66-Dale Hammaker; 12. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 13. 2-Ted Thomas, Jr.; 14. 66H-Doug Hammaker; 15. 27-Jay Galloway; 16. 23-Chris Arnold; 17. 5o-Brian Allman; 18. 47-Michael Hammer; 19. 16-Matt Campbell; 20. 97-Brie Hershey; 21. 22T-Dave Thrush; 22. 85-Nathan Berwager (DNF); 23. 38-Mark Strickler (DNF); 24. 28-Matt Findley. No time.

Lap Leaders – Isaac Sneeringer (1-10), Tim Wagaman (11-20)

1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. M1-Mark Smith; 2. 65-Niki Young; 3. 2D-Chase Dietz; 4. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer; 5. 66H-Doug Hammaker; 6. 5O-Brian Allman; 7. 97-Brie Hershey; 8. 85-Nathan Berwager; 9. 28-Matt Findley. Time – 2:23.41 (New 10-Lap Track Record)

2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 27-Jay Galloway; 2. 52-Austin Hogue; 3. 50-Tim Berkheimer; 4. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 5. 66-Dale Hammaker; 6. 16-Matt Campbell; 7. 47-Michael Hamer; 8. 38-Mark Strickler; 9. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 10. 55-Matt Krause. Time – 2:31.12

3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 5-Tyler Ross; 2. 90-Jordon Givler; 3. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 4. 119-Chandler Leiby; 5. 23-Chris Arnold; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss (Scratched); 7. 2-Ted Thomas, Jr.; 8. 30-Seth Kerchner; 9. 22T-Dave Thrush; 10. 6S-Bill Sherman (DNF). Time – 2:31.40

Consolation (10 Laps/7 to qualify) – 1. 97-Brie Hershey; 2. 2-Ted Thomas, Jr.; 3. 38-Mark Strickler; 4. 47-Michael Hamer; 5. 85-Nathan Berwager; 6. 28-Matt Findley; 7. 22T-Dave Thrush; 8. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 9. 6S-Bill Sherman; 10. 55-Matt Krause; 11. 30-Seth Kerchner (DNF). Time – 2:46.41

Feature (20-Laps) – 1. 2W-Brian Walls; 2. 83-Mikey Guise; 3. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 4. 3-Todd Miller; 5. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 6. 54W-Roy Warehime, Jr.; 7. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer (DNF); 8. 72-Jason Townsend (DNF); 9. 60-Danny Beard (DNF); 10. 1M-Duane McMillion (DNF).

Lap Leaders – Mikey Guise (1-9); Brian Walls (10-20)