ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (March 27, 2021): Jimmy Siegel became the fifth different driver to win a 410 Sprint Car feature event in as many tries at Lincoln Speedway. The second-generation driver from nearby New Oxford, PA tallied his fifteenth career win at the track.
Joining him in celebration was Jaremi Hanson in the PASS/IMCA 305 Sprint Cars. It was his third score at the speedway.
“We really had the car put together,” Siegel said. He added that his friend, Brian Leppo, helped him recently with the car. “He said, ‘don’t touch it, it’s close.'” Leppo was right. To get the win, though, Siegel had to chase down and pass Tim Wagaman, winner or the Icebraker 30 about one month ago. “I didn’t know if I would get him. But when I got by Bradley (Howard), the top slowed down and I could make up time.” Siegel added that the competition has been tough at Lincoln so far this season. “It’s tough sledding in the heats to get yourself into position,” Siegel added. Under track rules, the first three finishers in the heat races make up the first nine spots in the feature line-up with the higher ranked drivers relegated to the back of the group.
The track handicapping system put Howard on the front row, with Jordan Givler next to him. Dylan Norris and Tim Wagaman were in the second row. Sieglel was paired with Glendon Forsythe in the third row. Kyle Moody and Freddie Rahmer, Jr. had row four. Chase Dietz and Steve Buckwalter were in row five. Aaron Bollinger and Tyler Courtney were in row six. Other top runners like Brandon Rahmer (fifteenth), Billy Dietrich (eighteenth), Chad Trout (nineteenth) and last week’s winner, Alan Krimes (twenty-first), bore witness to Siegel’s comment about the difficulty in earning a good starting spot. And, were that not proof enough, point leader Tim Shaffer did not make the field due to a heat race crash that sidelined him for the rest of the night.
Howard grabbed the lead at the start of the 30 lap feature, followed by Givler, Tim Wagaman, Norris, and Siegel. Before the racers could settle in, Courtney spun in turn four collecting Buckwalter, Dietrich, and Trout in the process.
Wagaman moved into second on the restart, but Howard was hustling along in the lead. Givler, Siegel, and Norris trailed.
Wagaman made a strong inside move entering turn three with seven laps down to take control of the race. Howard continued on in second, but Siegel was soon challenging him for that position.
Following a caution on lap eleven for debris, Siegel made his move. He took over second and set his sights on Wagaman. As he was doing so, Rahmer Jr. came to life. He began picking off cars and Chase Dietz was following in his wake. Dietz saw an opportunity to scoot ahead, and he picked up a few extra spots, but a caution on lap twelve negated several of his passes.
Under the green again, Rahmer and Dietz began to move forward. Rahmer was now the man to watch, as he took over fourth on lap 13 and third on lap 16. However, his march to the front came to a sudden end on lap 18 when he pulled into the infield.
Meanwhile, Siegel continued to track down Wagaman. Dietz was no up to third and he was closing in on the leaders, too. Siegel got a good run off turn two and swooped to the inside of turn three to take the lead from Wagaman with just few laps left in the contest.
The final caution, on lap 25 set up a five lap dash to the checkers. Siegel made a smart choice for his entry point into turn one. Starting in the middle and drifting up just a bit, he took away Wagaiman’s preferred groove. Siegel then went low in turn two to close off Wagaman’s advance. Dietz tried to follow Siegel in an attempt to overtake Wagaman, but there just wasn’t enough grip upstairs to allow him to get by and the bottom lane was not available to him.
So, Siegel completed the final five laps without an serious challenge from Wagaman or Dietz. Givler turned in a fine performance to get the fourth spot and Krimes picked up a hadful of spots in the waning laps to get the fifth largest check of the night. Tyler Ross, Howard, Moody, Matt Campbell, and Brandon Rahmer completed the top ten.
Heat winners were Howard, Dietz, and Tim Wagaman. Trout was the B Main victor.
In the PASS/IMCA undercard, Mikell McGee surged ahead at the drop of the green. Jaremi Hanson raced along in second, with Justin Clark and Dave Grube in tow. Clark flipped in turn one to bring a halt to the action just four laps into the event. On the restart, Hanson challenged McGee and he grabbed the lead coming off turn two.
Hanson maintained control but he was beginning to struggle in traffic as the race went on. “I was getting loose and I didn’t want to deal with the lapped cars,” he said. “So, I was relieved when we got that caution.”
But the yellow eliminated his advantage over Dom Melair. It also allowed Doug Dodson to close in and Dodson soon took over the second spot. Dodson had momentum on his side in the final few laps and he did take a run at Hanson on the final lap.
“It got real exciting there,” Hanson said. He explained that he changed up his line on the last lap and he was able to take the win by a narrow margin.
Dodson was a close second, followed by Dom Melair, McGee, and Daren Balak. Devin Adams, Ken Duke, Jr., John Walp, Kruz Kepner, and Marry McVey rounded out the top tem.
McGee, Jeff Weaver, Jr., Clark, and Hanson took the preliminaries. McVey captured the B Main.
Lincoln Speedway will move to a 7 p.m. start next week for its first time trial event of the season. The 410 Sprints will be matched up with the 358 Sprints for that show. Those two divisions will race again on April 10, along with the Outlaw Vintage cars. Them the Weldon Sterner Memorial will be held on April 17. That will feature the 410 and 358 Sprints only.
All Star Circuit of Champions returning to Lernerville Speedway for 2-events including Don Martin Memorial
SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) is returning to Lernerville Speedway in 2022 for two nights of action including the Don Martin Memorial XXXI.
The All-Stars will make their first appearance at ‘The Action Track’ on Friday, April 29. The appearance will mark the series return to Lernerville for the first time since 2019 as COVID-19 cancelled their 2020 appearance and rain washed out this year’s visit.
On July 6th the All-Stars will return for the $25,000-to-win ‘Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XXXI’, one of the most prestigious Sprint Car events in the history of the sport.
“We’re very excited to bring in the All-Stars and their thrilling brand of high-level Sprint Car racing” said Lernerville Speedway General Manager Mike Lysakowski said in a statement. “I have always been a fan of the All-Stars and for 2022, we had more freedom in choosing a date for this year’s Silver Cup. We believe we have chosen a date that is very conducive to bringing both national and regional Sprint Car aces to Lernerville.”
Western PA Speedweek to return in 2022
SHIPPENVILLE, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Western PA Speedweek is returning for 2022 following a successful reboot earlier this year.
The five consecutive nights of winged 410 Sprint Car action will see the best regional drivers vying for an A-Main feature purse that is increasing to $14,000 with $3,000 going to the winner each night and a $300 minimum to start!
The action takes place Wednesday, June 1st through Sunday, June 5th at Michael’s Mercer Raceway (Mercer, PA), Thunder Mountain Speedway (Brookville, PA), Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA), Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) and Tri-City Raceway Park (Franklin, PA), with the round-trip total clocking in at exactly 259 miles from beginning to end.
The group time trial format used last season was extremely popular with both drivers and fans alike, and will also be utilized again in 2022.
Ryan Smith of Fleetwood, PA is the defending Speedweek Champion after winning two features and a podium in three events in 2021.
Lernerville Speedway not on World of Outlaws schedule in 2022
SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Lernerville Speedway, a fixture on the World of Outlaws tour since their inception in 1978, is not on the Outlaws schedule for 2022. The fate of the Don Martin Silver Cup is unknown at this time.
Lernerville officials were planning for two NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car events as well as a World of Outlaws Late Model event for 2022 and were shocked and surprised when the schedule was released on Monday.
Pittsburgh Racing Now has reached out to World Racing Group, the parent company of the World of Outlaws, for comment but have not received a response as of publication.