Rahmer and Howard Take Lincoln Loot
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (March 4, 2023): The final afternoon program at the Fabulous Lincoln Speedway was presented under partly cloudy skies and with strong breezes. These conditions made for a slick track, but the action was hot in both the 410 Sprint Car and 358 Modified divisions. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. scored his second win of the season following a late race battle with Danny Dietrich. Duane Howard chased down and passed Mike Gular, who had clawed his way back to the lead after giving way to Billy Pauch, Jr. in the middle stage of the race.
Rahmer, who collected $4,000 for his twenty-sixth career win in the Pigeon Hills, benefited from the numerous cautions that occurred in the first half of the contest. “There were a lot of yellows, a lot of things happened,” Rahmer said. “With thirteen down, we were in seventh and I decided it was time to go.” And, go he did. Soon after the action resumed, he was up to third. By lap twenty-two, he was second.
But the best action took place over the final five laps. Rahmer Jr. closed in on Danny Dietrich, who led from the start. The two fierce competitors traded the lead several times, Rahmer using the inside of turn one, and Dietrich riding the rim. After clearing a lapped car, Rahmer took the lead again in turn one on lap twenty-eight. He then went to the top to prevent Dietrich from attempting another outside maneuver to regain the lead. Dietrich changed things up at the opposite end of the track, throwing a hard slide job at Rahmer coming through turn four. Rahmer had the momentum, though, and he held off Dietrich’s charge.
“That was good hard racing with Danny there at the end of the race,” Rahmer noted.
Alan Krimes drew the pole, and Danny Dietrich was his running mate. Chad Trout and Aaron Bollinger lined up behind them, Trey Hivner and Tim Wagaman made up row three. Chris Windom, who was aboard Mike Heffner’s machine, started inside Cameron Smith in Row four. Brandon Rahmer drew the worst pill, a nine, and he was matched up with Tim Glatfelter. Devon Borden and Billy Dietrich occupied row six. Anthony Macri departed from row seven, Rahmer Jr. from row eight, and Matt Campbell from row eleven.
Krimes and Danny Dietrich were dead even entering turn one on the opening lap, but Dietrich drove by on the outside of turn two to take the lead. Krimes cruised along in second, with Bollinger, Trout, Tim Wagaman, Hivner, Windom, Smith, Glatfelter, and Brandon Rahmer following.
A caution on lap four and a red two rounds later slowed teh pace, but did not change the running order up front. The red was for a flip by Borden coming off turn four. He was unhurt, but his car was done for the afternoon. Other interruptions occurred on laps eleven and thirteen. The first of those eliminated two racers from the top five, Bollinger and Macri.
The final seventeen laps went off without any hitches. Dietrich continued to lead Krimes, Tim Wagaman, Trout, and Windom. But Freddie Rahmer was the man to watch as he used both the inside line and the outside to move ahead.
Danny Dietrich seemed to have the race in hand until he encountered lapped traffic late in the race. Dietrich may have been too cautious, or maybe he assumed that he had a bigger lead than he actually did. Regardless, Rahmer closed in and it was a memorable battle between two of the most prolific winners of the current generation of Lincoln champions.
Rahmer took the checkers, much to the delight of the hardy crowd. Danny Dietrich led Krimes to the scoring loop on the final lap. Then came Tim Wagaman and Trout. Windom, Brandon Rahmer, Campbell, Troy Wagaman, Jr., and Glatfelter completed the top ten.
Freddie Rahmer, Jr. and Matt Cambell each passed fourteen cars in the race, but Rahmer received the hard charger award due to his higher finishing position.
Trout, Brandon Rahmer, and Danny Dietrich took the checkers in their heat races. Glendon Forsythe won the consolation race.
A small, but impressive field of 358 Modifieds ran in the nightcap. Mike Gular and Loudon Reimert led the field to the green, with Billy Pauch, Jr. and Rick Laubach in row two. Justin Grim and Jeff Strunk occupied row three. Duane Howard and Kyle Weiss were in the fourth row, followed by Mike Lisowski and Joe Funk. Frank Cozze was scheduled for row six, but he was unable to start the event.
Gular led Pauch, Reimert, Laubach, and Strunk in teh early stages of the thirty lapper. The only caution came eight laps into the race. On the restart, Pauch used teh outside line effectively. He raced side by side with Gular, nosing ahead coming off turn two. By the entry to turn three, Pauch was in command.
Gular fell back to third, as Reimert worked the inside line to move ahead. Howard was challenging Gular for third. Gular was searching for a better line and he found the outside to his liking. He dispatched Howard and closed in on Reimert.
As the race approached the halfway mark, Gular regained second and he was now fighting Pauch for the lead. He surged ahead again on lap fourteen.
Then Howard came to life. He worked into second by lap sixteen and he set his sights on Gular. Howard chased him down and drove by on the inside with twenty-two complete.
Howard went on to the win, with Gular, Laubach, Reimert, and Pauch rounding out the top five. Strunk, Funk, Weiss, Grim, and Lisowski were P6 through ten.
“The track was really racy,” Howard observed. “It’s a shame that we couldn’t have a better turnout. I think that the weather last night had something to do with it.” Howard conceded that he made some mistakes in the heat race, which he attributed to it being the first time that he was in the car this season. “It was a matter of getting me in the car and knocking some rust off.” He added that the team made some small adjustments before the feature event.
The pair of heat races went to Pauch and Reimert, There was no B Main.
Remember that Lincoln Speedway will be dark on March 11 in consideration of the World of Outlaws event at Port Royal Speedway. Racing will resume with Lincoln’s first of two Outlaws programs on March 18. That race will start at 6:00 p.m. March 25 will present the 410 Sprints and Legends cars. No foolin’, the first Sprint Car doubleheader (410 and 358) will take place on April 1.
Macri Masters BAPS
NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (March 26, 2023): Anthony Macri scored his first victory of the 2023 campaign. During the second caution period on lap twenty-five, race officials decided to shorten the race due to the excessive tire wear observed on several of the few remaining participants. So the field went to a green-white-checker finish. Taking the honors in the companion 358 Sprint Car division was Derek Locke.
“I was more worried about running out of fuel than the tire,” Macri confided. He explained that his crew only added five gallons of fuel when they had the opportunity, and that the crew told him the tire was good enough to go the distance.
Her added, “I wanted to win fair and square, and when you knock laps off, it’s not fair.”
Macri made his winning move driving under Danny Dietrich in turns one and two on lap eighteen. “I knew the rubber was there, I just wanted to stay as straight as I could,” he explained. Once he was in the lead, Macri had to scale back his aggressiveness and concentrate on keeping the car straight to conserve the tires.
Danny Dietrich pulled the pole for the race that was originally set for thirty laps. Kyle Moody was on his flank. Macri and Billy Dietrich were right behind them. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. and Gerard McIntyre were in row three. Chad Trout and Bradley Howard were paired in row four. The fifth row consisted of Austin Bishop and Mark Smith. Tyler Ross and Lucas Wolfe were the unlucky ones in the re-draw for the first three finishers from each of the four heat races.
Double D and Moody traded sliders but their spectacular display went for naught, as Justin Peck stopped on the outside of turn four. On the second try, Danny Dietrich assumed commence and Moody was in no position to mount any counterattack. Following them were Macri, Billy Dietrich, McIntyre, Rahmer, Smith, Howard, Trout, and Bishop.
Danny Dietrich set a quick pace. Macri moved into second, but he was several car lengths in arrears. Moody held down third, with Billy Dietrich keeping Rahmer at bay. Macri moved to the outside and he began to whittle away at Dietrich’s lead as the leader had to navigate through some back markers.
Dietrich moved off the bottom to set up a lapped car for a pass to the outside. That left the inside line open for Macri who maneuvered past both cars in turns one and two.
Soon after Macri took over, a caution came out for Dylan Norris stopping outside turn two.
On the restart, Rahmer faltered and he lost several positions entering turn one. The field was thundering into the corner, and things got congested very quickly. A couple of cars went around, and Troy Wagaman, Jr. tipped over in the process. Other cars involved were Trout, Ross, and Michael Mallard.
During the red flag, Danny Dietrich headed pitside and did not return. That put Moody into second for the restart, with Billy Dietrich, Rahmer, Smith, Kyle Reinhardt, McIntyre, Howard, Bishop, and Devon Borden following.
Cautions on laps twenty-one and twenty-three, and two on lap twenty-five disrupted the flow. Officials declared a fuel stop on one of the lap twenty-five stoppages. During the second, they opted to shorten the race, as only ten cars remained on the track and several of them had visible signs of heavy tire wear.
There was one last caution on the white flag lap.
Macri completed the race, with Moody, Rahmer, Jeff Halligan, and Reinhardt making the top five. Borden, Wolfe, Norris, Tyler Esh, and Peck were scored in positions six through ten.
The four heat wins went to Bishop, Rahmer, Wolfe, and Moody. Wagaman was the B Main winner. Thirty-two 410 Sprints were registered, with ten using the new design Hoosier tires. The others remained on the older style rubber.
In the 358 Sprint nightcap, Derek Locke led wire to wire for his first tally of the season. Steve Owings made a bid for the lead with about five laps remaining, but Locke held him off. A single file restart with two to go ensured that Lock had a comfortable margin at the checkers.
Taking third was Kyle Spence, ahead of Chris Frank and Brett Strickler. Wyatt Hinkle, Kyle Keen, Cody Fletcher, and Doug Hammaker rounded out the top ten.
Heat winners were Frank, Hammaker (from tenth), and Owings. Kody Hartlaub took the B Main.
The next 410 Sprint Car show will be on April 16, with 602 Crate Sportsmen and Wingless Sportsmen providing support. Regular racing with the Winged Super Sportsmen as the headliners will be held on April 1, 8, and 15.
Dietz Does It
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (March 25, 2023): Chase Dietz recovered from an inauspicious start to his night at the Lincoln Speedway by leading all thirty laps of the 410 Sprint Car A Main. The $4,000 victory was the first since he returned to his own equipment for the 2023 season. Also scoring was Tanner Jones in the debut for teh Central PA Legends Cars.
“I’m still pissed that I spun in hot laps,” Dietz said. He recovered nicely in his heat race, though, winning in dominant fashion. In the feature event, he weathered six tries to get the race going. Although he was credited with leading the entire distance, Dietz benefited from a caution on lap eight, when he lost the lead briefly to Zane Rudisill in traffic. Rudisill could not get back around to the scoring loop before the caution was displayed, so Dietz was restored to the point for the restart.
Dietz was able to retain his advantage throughout the remainder of the race despite losing his brakes. “It was a long race in general,” he noted. “I lost my brakes, I was trying not to use them in traffic, I was just holding on.” He added that he tried to stay on the bottom, but he admitted to making some mistakes along the way.
Dietz was handicapped to the pole for teh start of the event, with Rudisill next to him. Cole Young and Lucas Wolfe were in row two. The third row belonged to Aaron Bollinger and Tyler Ross. Then came Tim Wagaman and Kyle Moody. The fifth row paired Dylan Norris and Justin Peck. Devon Borden and Cameron Smith were slated for row six. High point men Danny Dietrich and Freddie Rahmer, Jr. were buried deep in the pack after lackluster heat race finishes.
Four cautions, two reds, and a fuel stop delayed the start of the thirty lapper. No racers were injured in the incidents, which included solo flips by Bollinger and Young. Eight cars were eliminated from the action before a single lap was scored, though. Track officials opted for a single file start, which worked like a charm.
Dietz took the early advantage, but Rudisill remained close. Wolfe settled into third, followed by Ross, Moody, Peck, Norris, Smith, Anthony Macri, and Brandon Rahmer. Dietz and Rudisill drew away from Wolfe, who was hounded by Ross and Peck through the first segment of the race.
The caution on lap eight put Dietz back in the lead, which he resumed under green flag conditions. Surprisingly, the green remained out for the rest of the race.
At the halfway mark, Dietz and Rudisill again had a substantial lead over Wolfe. Peck was up to fourth, followed by Ross, Norris, Moody, Smith, Macri, and Brandon Rahmer.
Peck went to work on Wolfe, and he finally took over third with twenty-four laps down. Macri surrendered his top ten spot during that stint.
The final laps were uneventful for those in the top positions. Matt Campbell made some headway, though, racing into the back half of the top ten before the checkers came out.
Following Dietz and Rudisill was a fast closing Peck. Then came Wolfe and Ross to complete the top five. Norris, Moody, Smith, Campbell, and Brandon Rahmer rounded out the top ten.
Heat wins were scored by Rudisill, Dietz, and Wolfe. There was no B Main, as all twenty-five entrants started the race.
Tanner Jones came from seventh to earn the win in the nightcap for the Central PA Legends. Seth Kearchner, Stephen Wurtzer, Lincoln Kearchner, and Travis Perry completed the top five.
The next five finishers were Chris Transeau, Rick Hartwig, Colton Fries, Jeremy Ott, and Justin Wagaman. Fries was the hard charger, passing seventeen cars in the contest.
Jones, Wurtzer, Transeau, and Logan Carbaugh triumphed in the heats, The B Main went to Bill Diehl.
Next weekend, on April 1, Lincoln Speedway will present its first Sprint Car double header of the season. The 358 Sprints will make their first start of the year, while the 410 Sprints will take the sixth green flag of the season. The same program will be presented on April 8 and 15. April 22 will have the Central PA Legends Cars back on the card with the 410 Sprints. The month of April will close out with 410 and 358 Sprints joined by the Penn-Mar Vintage Modifieds.
Rico Races to Outlaws Win
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (March 18, 2023): Rico Abreu made his 2023 Sprint Car debut a triumphant one, scoring his second career win at the Fabulous Lincoln Speedway. This one was especially memorable for the diminutive California hotshoe, as it came against the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.
“I have never been in Pennsylvania in March, he noted. He added that he was worried about the weather, as he observed snow along the side of the road coming across the Pennsylvania Turnpike. But his crew chief, Ricky Warner, cut his teeth in the midstate area before going on to great success for many years with the touring series.
Abreu was thankful for the efforts of Warner and the rest of his crew. “I’ really thankful, thankful for my guys. They worked so hard on this thing.” Abreu went on to explain that Warner was able to adapt to the new Hoosier tires which were rolled out for this event. “New tires. I didn’t know that until we rolled through the gate tonight.” Abreu added that he was patient, knowing that Warner would have his car set up for the end of the race, after the fuel load burned off.
Still, Abreu had a close call during the race. Freddy Rahmer, Jr. was challenging Brad Sweet for the lead with eight laps down. The two made contact and Rahmer spun between turns one and two. Abreu, who was running in fourth at the time, clipped Rahmer as he went by. “I thought that my tire was going down, or that I knocked the (Jacobs) ladder out of it,” he commented. But whatever damage there was to Abreu’s car was minor, for his car got better as the race went on.
By winning the dash, four time and defending Outlaws champion Brad Sweet had the pole and two-time Lincoln winner Freddie Rahmer, Jr. was beside him. Abreu and Devon Borden lined up in row two. Logan Schuchart and David Gravel lined up in the third row. Danny Dietrich and Spencer Bayston were the final dash participants, starting in row four. Then came Carson Macedo and Buddy Kofoid, followed by Matt Campbell and Justin Peck.
Sweet powered off turn four with a slight advantage over Rahmer heading to the green flag. Abreu fell into third ahead of Borden, Gravel, Bayston, Schuchart, Dietrich, Macedo, and Kofoid. Things stayed the same through the early laps, with the exception of Peck slipping ahead of Kofoid for the tenth position.
Sweet caught the rear of the field by lap seven. While he dealt with the slower cars, Rahmer closed in. Rahmer was ready to make a move to the front when misfortune struck. Not only did the spin take him out of contention, but his crew was unable to make repairs to get him back into the fray.
Rahmer’s miscue benefited Borden, who had moved ahead of Abreu just before the caution. Borden took up the chase of Sweet, but he was unable to make any headway. Gravel was now up to third, while Abreu raced along ahead of Schuchart and Dietrich.
Another brief caution, on lap twelve, for a spin by Dylan Norris gave Borden another shot at the leader. This time, he stayed closer to Sweet. Abreu moved back into third, and Macedo picked his way into the top five.
The green flag remained out for the next twenty-three laps. About halfway through that long run, Borden made his move. He did briefly nose ahead of Sweet in between turns one and two, but he could not hold the position. Sweet scooted back into the lead, and Abreu moved into second.
Sweet moved up the track, leaving the inside line open for Abreu. On lap twenty-three, Abreu went low into turn one, pulling up beside Sweet. They raced wheel to wheel through turn two. Abreu got a slight advantage coming off that corner and he pulled ahead as they raced toward turn three. Abreu pulled away coming off turn four.
Sweet held onto second the rest of the way. Borden maintained third. Macedo crossed in fourth, good enough to take the bonus money offered for a handful of early season races scheduled for Florida and Pennsylvania. Fifth went to Peck. Dietrich, Schuchart, Giovanni Scelzi, Brent Marks, and Gravel rounded out the top ten.
Heat wins went to Gravel, Dietrich, Rahmer, and Sweet. Troy Wagaman, Jr, captured the C Main, and Scelzi won the B. Provisional starting spots were granted to James McFadden, Sheldo.n Haudenschild, Kyle Moody, Donny Schatz, Casey Kahne, and Brock Zearfoss. Ryan Timms was unhurt in the only flip of the night
Lincoln Speedway will be back in action next Saturday, March with 410 Sprints and Central PA Legends, with a 6 p.m. start. Sprint Car doubleheaders, 410 and 358 style, will be held on April 1, 8, and 15, also with 6 p.m. starts.