Story By: LINCOLN SPEEDWAY – ABBOTTSTOWN, PA – Alan Krimes lined up sixth for the start of the 30-lap feature on Saturday afternoon. Krimes rolled around the bottom of the track to work his way to the front of the field.
With five laps to go, Krimes got by defending track champion, Freddie Rahmer, for the lead and never looked back, claiming the $4,000 prize and his 22nd career win at the track.
Dylan Norris and Freddie Rahmer shared the front row for the start of the feature. Norris got in front of Rahmer on the start and led the field coming out of turn 2. Rahmer tried to slide in front of Norris in turns 3 and 4, but Norris held the lead at the line.
Freddie got by Norris coming out of turn 2 to take the lead.
Brandon Rahmer was running the bottom line trying to get a run on Dietz who was running third.
Freddie had a three-second lead as he approached lapped traffic on lap 6. The first yellow flag of the race came on lap 7 when Bradley Howard stopped on the front stretch.
Freddie led Norris, Dietz, Brandon and Krimes to the cone for the single-file restart. Dietz got under Norris to move into second and Krimes got by Brandon for fourth, but the yellow came out before the lap was completed, negating both passes. Aaron Bollinger and Ricky Dieva got together in turns 1 and 2 and brought out the caution.
On the restart Dietz got to the outside of Norris in turns 1 and 2 but couldn’t make the pass for second. Dietz stuck with Norris though and took the runner-up spot in turns 3 and 4.
Krimes was battling Brandon for fourth and took the spot at the line on lap 9. Krimes then went to work on Norris and made the pass for third on the next lap.
Further back in the field Tim Shaffer and Danny Dietrich were raging a fierce battle for seventh and Billy Dietrich and Brandon were racing for fifth.
As the leaders were catching the tail-end of the field the caution came out on lap 14 for Jordan Givler. Givler came to a stop on the front stretch with a flat right rear tire. Givler went to the work area and his team changed the tire for him to rejoin the field.
Dietz, Krimes, Norris and Brandon lined up behind Freddie for the restart. Krimes was using the bottom of the track to close in on Dietz and got by him for the second spot on lap 17.
Lap 17 also saw Danny Dietrich make his way into the top five after lining up 12th for the start of the race.
Freddie was back in lapped traffic with 10 laps to go and his advantage over Krimes was down to less than one second.
Krimes caught Freddie with 8 laps to go with Krimes rolling around the bottom and Freddie opting for the high line around the track.
Krimes was getting a good run out of turn 4 and dove under Rahmer going into turn 3 on lap 24. Krimes beat Rahmer back to the line to take the lead with the crowd on their feet and five laps to go.
Freddie tried to get the lead back in turns 1 and 2 to no avail. Krimes’ win was his 22nd at the track. Dietz got by Freddie for second on the last lap. Danny Dietrich finished fourth and Brandon completed the top five. Krimes was the fourth different winner in as many weeks at Lincoln this year.
Heat race winners were Freddie Rahmer, Tyler Ross and Dylan Norris. For the second week in a row Danny Dietrich was the hard charger driving from his 12th starting spot to a 4th place finish.
Cody Fletcher Defends Track Title with Season Opener Win
Defending track champion, Cody Fletcher, received his 2020 championship trophy and recognition in front of the crowd Saturday afternoon before strapping in for the 20-lap feature. Fletcher found himself back in victory lane for his second career win at the track later in the afternoon.
Zachary Allman and Dylan Orwig shared the front row for the first 358 sprint car race of the season. Orwig spun out on the first lap in turn 1 and landed on his side bringing out the red flag. Steve Owings hit the wall getting by Orwig and ended up with a flat tire. Owings was able to change the tire and rejoin. Orwig also rejoined the field after getting upright.
The field lined up for a complete restart with Allman and Mason Chaney on the front row. Owings had more trouble in turn 1 on the restart bringing out the yellow flag when he got turned around.
The third time was the charm for the start of the first 358 sprint car feature of the 2021 season. Chaney had the lead coming out of turn 2 and led lap 1 with Allman in second and Zane Rudisill and Fletcher battling for third.
Rudisill and Fletcher caught Allman making it a three-car battle for second. Rudisill took the runner-up spot on lap 3. The yellow flag waved again on lap 4 for a six car pile-up in turns 1 and 2. The cars involved, Chad Criswell, Orwig, Ashley Cappetta, Zachary Cool, Owings and David Holbrook, nearly blocked the track.
Chaney paced the field for the restart ahead of Rudisill, Fletcher, Allman and Riley Emig.
Rudisill looked to the outside of Chaney on the restart but the red flag came out for Emig in turn 1. Emig was making his debut in the 358 sprint division on Saturday and had lined up 12th for the feature. Emig had raced his way up to fifth before his misfortune.
Rudisill tried the outside again on the restart but could not get by Chaney. The top three, Chaney, Rudisill and Fletcher, were pulling way from the rest of the field. Rudisill was trying everything to get by Chaney which allowed Fletcher to close in. Fletcher got by Rudisill for second on lap 12 right before the caution came out for Orwig in turn 4.
Chaney led Fletcher, Rudisill, Allman and Brett Wanner on the restart. Wanner had made his way into the top five from his 16th starting spot.
Fletcher looked to the outside of Chaney and made the pass for the lead coming out of turn 2. Wanner was working on Allman for the fourth spot.
Fletcher was pulling away and had a nearly two-second lead with five laps to go. Allman was still holding off Allman but with two laps to go Wanner made the pass for fourth in turns 1 and 2. Wanner wasn’t done though as he passed Rudisill for third in turns 3 and 4, advancing two spots in one lap.
Fletcher got to the checkered flag 2.248 seconds ahead of Chaney. Wanner earned the hard charger award with his third place finish, having advanced 13 spots in the feature. Rudisill held on for a fourth place finish and Allman completed the top five.
358 sprint car heat races were won by Dylan Orwig, Cody Fletcher and Kody Hartlaub.
Next Saturday, March 27, Lincoln Speedway is back in action with 410 Sprint Cars and 305 PASS/IMCA Sprint Cars. Racing starts at 6PM with pit gates opening at 3:30PM and grandstand gates opening at 4PM.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Gene Latta Ford 410 Sprints:
410 Sprint Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 87-Alan Krimes ($4,000); 2. 39-Chase Dietz; 3. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich; 5. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 6. 8-Billy Dietrich; 7. 72-Tim Shaffer; 8. 75-Tyler Ross; 9. 59-Jim Siegel; 10. 19-Troy Wagaman; 11. 99m-Kyle Moody; 12. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 13. 5E-Tim Wagaman; 14. 1x-Chad Trout; 15. 2w-Glenndon Forsythe; 16. 44-Dylan Norris; 17. 21-Matt Campbell; 18. 21T-Scott Fisher; 19. 90-Jordan Givler; 20. 85-Ricky Dieva; 21. 11P-Greg Plank; 22. 16A-Aaron Bollinger (DNF); 23. 49H-Bradley Howard (DNF); 24. 44B-Dave Brown (DNS)
Lap Leaders – Dylan Norris (1), Freddie Rahmer (2-25) & Alan Krimes (26-30)
410 Sprint Heat One Finish (10 laps) – 1. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 2. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 3. 72-Tim Shaffer; 4. 19-Troy Wagaman; 5. 21T-Scott Fisher; 6. 2w-Glenndon Forsythe; 7. 21-Matt Campbell; 8. 11P-Greg Plank (DNF)
410 Sprint Heat Two Finish (10 laps) – 1. 75-Tyler Ross; 2. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 3. 8-Billy Dietrich; 4. 90-Jordan Givler; 5. 59-Jim Siegel; 6. 99m-Kyle Moody; 7. 5E-Tim Wagaman; 8. 16A-Aaron Bollinger
410 Sprint Heat Three Finish (10 laps) – 1. 44-Dylan Norris; 2. 39-Chase Dietz; 3. 87-Alan Krimes; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich; 5. 1x-Chad Trout; 6. 49H-Bradley Howard; 7. 85-Ricky Dieva; 8. 44B-Dave Brown (DNF)
Hanover Auto Team 358 Sprint Cars
358 Sprint Feature Finish (20 laps) 1. 66a-Cody Fletcher ($1,100); 2. 8cr-Mason Chaney; 3. 54-Brett Wanner; 4. 4-Zane Rudisill; 5. 5a-Zachary Allman; 6. 50-Tyler Esh; 7. 5-Travis Scott; 8. 00-Chris Frank; 9. 23-Justin Foster; 10. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 11. 28-Matt Findley; 12. 11H-Hayden Miller; 13. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 14. 84M-Chad Criswell; 15. 2D-Dylan Orwig; 16. 33-Riley Emig (DNF); 17. 77-David Holbrook (DNF); 18. 35-Steve Owings (DNF); 19. 99-Zachary Cool (DNF); 20. 2-Kody Hartlaub (DNF); 21. 12K-Kyle Rohrbaugh (DNS)
358 Sprint Heat One Finish (10 laps) – 1. 2D-Dylan Orwig; 2. 5a-Zachary Allman; 3. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 4. 28-Matt Findley; 5. 5-Travis Scott; 6. 54-Brett Wanner; 7. 12K-Kyle Rohrbaugh (DNF)
358 Sprint Heat Two Finish (10 laps) – 1. 66a-Cody Fletcher; 2. 50-Tyler Esh; 3. 8cr-Mason Chaney; 4. 11H-Hayden Miller; 5. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 6. 84M-Chad Criswell; 7. 00-Chris Frank
358 Sprint Heat Three Finish (10 laps) – 1. 2-Kody Hartlaub; 2. 35-Steve Owings; 3. 4-Zane Rudisill; 4. 33-Riley Emig; 5. 99-Zachary Cool; 6. 23-Justin Foster; 7. 77-David Holbrook