ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/14/2012 – He’s been a mentor to many in the open wheel ranks, and the teaching moments continued in the 410 sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
Brad McClelland led two other former micro-sprint drivers to the checkered flag in scoring his second career Lincoln win on BAPS Auto Paints & Supply Night in the Pigeon Hills.
“Some of the other guys bellyache about the roughness, but this big guy likes it,” said McClelland upon exiting his B&D Truck Hoist/SCC Trucking #6 in victory lane, “I was actually surprised the track was this heavy. This humidity brings it back out.”
“Those guys (Kendall and Glatfelter) are young, and want it just as bad as anybody else,” continued McClelland, “Kendall’s coming around here. He’s one of the gassers, and I’m starting to grow out of the stage, but there hard to pass and track position was important tonight.”
McClelland started fourth and was still in third chasing polesitter Robbie Kendall and Tim Glatfelter when a red flag came out on lap 11 for fourth-place Aaron Ott, who slammed into the outside guardrail trying to avoid a spinning Hunter Mackison.
McClelland caught Glatfelter on the restart, and was second when the red came out a lap later for points leader Danny Dietrich, who flipped onto his side in turn four of lap 12. He then passed Kendall for the lead on lap 13, just before the final red of the event came out for Brian Leppo and Alan Krimes, who got together and flipped simultaneously in turn two of lap 14.
“Robbie was taking the starts there real slow, and my guys were saying that the starts are where you gotta’ get him here,” said McClelland, “ We put a log of gear in the car tonight so we go on the starts like that. That helped, and once I got out in clean air I could run it a lot harder.”
The race went non-stop the rest of the way, with McClelland crossing 1.76 seconds in front of Kendall. Glatfelter hung on for third, with Jim Siegel and Cory Haas completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were BAPS driver Brent Marks, Fred Rahmer, Chad Criswell, 20th-starting Ryan Bohlke, and Steve Owings.
Heats for the 21 “410” Sprints on hand were won by the Dietrich brothers and Haas.
Austin Hogue ended a storybook night by claiming his first career win in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature.
Hogue, whose mother is one of three current owners of BAPS Auto Paints & Supply, started 11th and was running third when both leader Joey Allen (car out of gear) and Tim Berkheimer (the other BAPS family driver whose throttle stuck) stopped during a 15th-lap caution flag.
Hogue led the rest of the way despite heavy pressure from rookie Tyler Ross over the final five laps, and crossed just .34 seconds ahead of Ross at the end. Hard charger Niki Young (who started 14th), Jeff Rohrbaugh, and 12th-starting Cris Eash completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were points leader Tim Wagaman, Todd Rittenhouse, Jr., Ryan Wilson, Mike Bittinger, and Nathan Berwager.
Heats for the 33 “358” Sprinters on hand were won by Eash, Allen, Wagaman, and Rohrbaugh, with Findley winning the consolation.
Abbottstown’s Duane Watson passed Jimmy Combs on the 13th lap and raced away to his third win of 2012 in the 20-lap Thundercar feature.
Polesitter Jason Townsend led the first 2 laps before yielding to third-place starter Jimmy Combs on the third. Combs began to pull away from the field as 12th-starting Watson worked his way through to the front. Watson moved up into the runner-up spot on the 12th lap, passing ninth-starting Danny Beard just as the caution waved.
On the restart Watson immediately went after Combs for the lead and made the pass as he completed the 13th lap. From there Watson pulled away to 2.77-second win to register his 36th career thundercar win in the Pigeon Hills.
11th-starting Kyle Martin came on strong the second half of the race to pass Combs for second with 4 laps to go.
Combs settled for third, with Beard and Townsend finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
Completing the top-10 were Will Walls, Justin Mong, Mike Slaybaugh, Rick Weaver, and Todd Miller.
Heats for the 19 Thundercars were won by Jimmy Combs and Duane Watson.
Lincoln Speedway swings back into action this coming Thursday night, July 19th, for the Special PREMIER AUTO WORKS/AUTO LOCATOR SPRINT CAR SPECTACULAR to benefit the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR) featuring the 410 Sprints and 358 Sprints. Gates will open at 5:30 PM, with time trials for the 410 sprinters beginning at 7:30 PM.
Next Saturday night, July 28th, Lincoln Speedway will not be racing.
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.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
LAWRENCE CHEVROLET 410 SPRINTS
Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 6-Brad McClelland ($3,200); 2. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 3. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 4. 59-Jim Siegel; 5. 11C-Cory Haas; 6. 19M-Brent Marks; 7. 51-Fred Rahmer; 8. 84-Chad Criswell; 9. 2-Ryan Bohlke; 10. 35-Steve Owings; 11. 2W-Kyle Moody; 12. 85-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 13. 71X-Bill Stine; 14. 95-Hunter Mackison; 15. 52-Amy Ott; 16. 14-Brian Leppo (DNF); 17. 87-Alan Krimes (DNF); 18. 48-Danny Dietrich (DNF); 19. 5T-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF); 20. 8-Billy Dietrich (DNF); 21. 77-Aaron Ott (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders – Robbie Kendall (1-12), Brad McClelland (13-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps) – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich; 2. 71X-Bill Stine; 3. 19M-Brent Marks; 4. 59-Jimmy Siegel; 5. 85-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 6. 5T-Glenndon Forsythe; 7. 95-Hunter Mackison. Time – 2:26. 704
2nd Heat (10 Laps) – 1. 11C-Cory Haas; 2. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 3. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 4. 87-Alan Krimes; 5. 35-Steve Owings; 6. 14-Brian Leppo; 7. 2-Ryan Bohlke. No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps) – 1. 8-Billy Dietrich; 2. 77-Aaron Ott; 3. 51-Fred Rahmer; 4. 6-Brad McClelland; 5. 84-Chad Criswell; 6. 2W-Kyle Moody; 7. 52-Amy Ott. Time – 2:29.882