Story By: LINCOLN SPEEDWAY – ABBOTTSTOWN, PA – The Inaugural Barry Skelly Memorial honored the life of Lincoln’s long-time track photographer. Skelly was not only a photographer, he was a champion for dirt track racing, sharing his love for the sport with fans and drivers through his photos.
Chase Dietz celebrated his second win of the season at Lincoln with the fans surrounding victory lane by high fiving those along the fence as they cheered him on. After the celebration Dietz reflected on his most recent win, “The way the track was it was more of trying to stay a little patient which is what I’ve been struggling with.”
Going into Saturday night, Dietz had two DNFs and a twelfth place finish in his last three features, “The guys put in all the work. I was at the beach this week, so these guys did everything. They stuck around for all the rough nights we have had here lately.”
Starting next week, Central PA will kick off it’s month of money, “Hopefully we pick off a couple more here before the end of the year. Big weekend coming up next week with the All Stars coming in. We’re definitely ready to get them.”
Reflecting on the win in honor of Skelly Dietz shared, “We’re happy to be able to do this for Barry and be here in memory of him. He was a very big part of Lincoln Speedway and obviously the racing community in general.”
Brie Hershey and Trey Hivner shared the front row for the start of the 30-lap feature.
The red flag waved on the first lap for Tim Wagaman who flipped down the front stretch. Matt Campbell’s car also had damage. Campbell utilized time in the work area and rejoined the field for the complete restart.
Hivner went to the bottom of turn 1 to take the lead. Jim Siegel and Chase Dietz battled side by side for second with Dietz holding the spot.
Aaron Bollinger got by Jordan Givler for fourth coming out of turn 2 on lap 4.
Hivner made contact with the wall in turn 4 on lap 5. The misstep allowed Dietz to close in and take the lead on lap 7. Dietz entered lapped traffic after taking the lead.
Devon Borden got by Givler on lap 9 to work his way into the top five. In his first race back at Lincoln since Speedweek, Danny Dietrich was on the move from his twelfth starting spot.
Siegel got by Hivner for second on lap 10. Bollinger looked to follow and got by Hivner for third at the line on lap 11.
Borden raced his way up to fourth on lap 13.
Dietz had a lead of 2.820 seconds at the halfway point over Siegel as Dietrich made his way into the top five.
Borden was closing in on Bollinger for third and Dietrich was reeling in Borden.
Borden got under Bollinger and Dietrich followed sending Bollinger to fifth.
Dietrich and Borden raced wheel to wheel at the line for third with Dietrich having the advantage on lap 21. Borden took the spot from Dietrich on lap 22.
Dietz was in heavy lapped traffic allowing Siegel to close in. With five laps to go Dietz’s advantage was down to 1.758 seconds.
The three car battle for second between Siegel, Borden and Dietrich was cut short when the caution came out on lap 26 for Glenndon Forsythe who fell off the pace on the front stretch.
Dietz led Siegel, Borden, Dietrich, and Bollinger to the cone for the late race restart.
Alan Krimes was looming right outside the top five on the restart after making his way to sixth from his fifteenth starting spot.
Krimes got by Bollinger on the back stretch to get into the top 5 with two laps to go.
Dietz crossed the line .779 seconds ahead of Siegel for the win. Borden finished third and Dietrich was fourth. Krimes earned the hard charger honors with this fifth place finish.
Heat race winners in the 410 sprint division were Chad Trout, Chase Dietz, and Jordan Givler.
Kody Hartlaub Scores First 358 Sprint Win
Saturday’s feature was the 400th for the 358 sprint car division at Lincoln Speedway. The first race for the 358 sprints was held on August 12, 1989, with the win going to Jimmy Sheaffer. Kody Hartlaub added his name to the impressive list of winners that includes Doug Esh, Chris Eash, Steve Siegel, and many more with his Inaugural Barry Skelly Memorial victory.
Kyle Rohrbaugh and Mason Chaney shared the front row for the 20-lap feature and the two raced side by side at the flag stand when the green flag dropped.
Rohrbaugh had the lead coming out of turn 2.
Kody Hartlaub was running third with Wyatt Hinkle in fourth.
Hartlaub caught Chaney and made the pass for second coming out of turn 4 on lap 2. CJ Tracy got by Hinkle for fourth and then the yellow flag flew when Dylan Orwig got turned around in turns 3 and 4.
Rohrbaugh led Hartlaub, Chaney, Tracy, and Hinkle for the restart.
Hartlaub went low into turn 1 to make a run for the lead but Rohrbaugh held onto the top spot. Hinkle got by Tracy on the restart to get back up to fourth.
Hartlaub was using the bottom line around the track as Rohrbaugh ran the top.
Hinkle took third from Chaney on lap 6.
Zane Rudisill used the outside of turn 4 to get by Tracy and entered the top five on lap 9 before the caution came out. Travis Leh was off the pace and came to a stop in turn 4.
The top five for the restart were Rohrbaugh, Hartlaub, Hinkle, Chaney and Rudisill.
Once again Hartlaub opted for the bottom of turn 1 on the restart with Rohrbaugh holding the top spot using the high line. Rudisill got a run coming out of turn 2 to get by Chaney for fourth on lap 12.
Steve Owings caught Chaney and battled to work his way into the top five.
Lapped traffic loomed ahead of the leaders with five laps to go. Hartlaub was on Rohrbaugh’s bumper and pulled a slider in turns 1 and 2 for the lead. Rohrbaugh tried to return the favor in turns 3 and 4, but Hartlaub held the position.
Owings got by Chaney to get into the top five on lap 16 and Tracy followed sending Chaney back to seventh.
The checkered and red flags came out simultaneously as Rudisill stumbled coming out of turn 2. Hartlaub won the race ahead of Rohrbaugh, Hinkle, Owings, and Tracy. The hard charger honors went to Cody Fletcher who drove from twenty-second to ninth.
358 sprint car heat races were won by Wyatt Hinkle, CJ Tracy, and Cameron Smith.
Next Saturday, August 28, Lincoln Speedway is back in action with All Star Circuit of Champions in the Kramer Klash plus the Central PA Legends. Racing starts at 7:30PM with pit gates opening at 5PM and grandstand gates opening at 5:30PM.
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Gene Latta Ford 410 Sprints:
410 Sprint Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 39-Chase Dietz ($4,000); 2. 59-Jim Siegel; 3. 27-Devon Borden; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 16A-Aaron Bollinger; 7. 38-Cory Haas; 8. 11-TJ Stutts; 9. 7-Trey Hivner; 10. 58-Troy Wagaman; 11. 1X-Chad Trout; 12. 75-Tyler Ross; 13. 90-Jordan Givler; 14. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 15. 21-Matt Campbell; 16. 44-Dylan Norris; 17. 99m-Kyle Moody; 18. 21T-Scott Fisher; 19. 11P-Greg Plank; 20. 2w-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF); 21. 9-Dalton Dietrich (DNF); 22. 97-Brie Hershey (DNF); 23. 51-Freddie Rahmer (DNF); 24. 5E-Tim Wagaman (DNF)
Lap Leaders – Trey Hivner (1-6) & Chase Dietz (7-30)
410 Sprint Heat One Finish (10 laps) – 1. 1X-Chad Trout; 2. 7-Trey Hivner; 3. 11-TJ Stutts; 4. 58-Troy Wagaman; 5. 21-Matt Campbell; 6. 11P-Greg Plank; 7. 99m-Kyle Moody; 8. 21T-Scott Fisher; 9. 75-Tyler Ross; 10. 23-Todd Zinn
410 Sprint Heat Two Finish (10 laps) – 1. 39-Chase Dietz; 2. 97-Brie Hershey; 3. 27-Devon Borden; 4. 5E-Tim Wagaman; 5. 44-Dylan Norris; 6. 38-Cory Haas; 7. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 8. 2w-Glenndon Forsythe; 9. 19m-Landon Myers; 10. 35-Zach Hampton
410 Sprint Heat Three Finish (10 laps) – 1. 90-Jordan Givler; 2. 16A-Aaron Bollinger; 3. 59-Jim Siegel; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 9-Dalton Dietrich; 7. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 8. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 9. 8-Billy Dietrich
410 Sprint Consy Finish (10 laps) – 1. 99m-Kyle Moody; 2. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 3. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 4. 75-Tyler Ross; 5. 2w-Glenndon Forsythe; 6. 21T-Scott Fisher; 7. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 8. 19m-Landon Myers; 9. 23-Todd Zinn; 10. 35-Zach Hampton (DNF); 11. 8-Billy Dietrich (DNF)
Hanover Auto Team 358 Sprint Cars:
358 Sprint Feature (20 Laps) – 1. 2-Kody Hartlaub ($1,100); 2. 12K-Kyle Rohrbaugh; 3. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 4. 35-Steve Owings; 5. 21-CJ Tracy; 6. 8CR-Mason Chaney; 7. 00R-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 8. 23-Justin Foster; 9. 66a-Cody Fletcher; 10. 38s-Jordan Strickler; 11. 00-Chris Frank; 12. 38-Brett Strickler; 13. 11H-Hayden Miller; 14. 5a-Zachary Allman; 15. 14K-Hannah Riser; 16. 5B-Brian Allman; 17. 7-Jayden Wolf; 18. 5-Travis Scott; 19. 69-Cameron Smith; 20. 4-Zane Rudisill (DNF); 21. 45R-Brett Rose (DNF); 22. 2D-Dylan Orwig (DNF); 23. 96-Billy Heltzel (DNF); 24. 25-Travis Leh (DNF)
Lap Leaders – Kyle Rohrbaugh (1-16) & Kody Hartlaub (17-20)
358 Sprints Heat One Finish (10 laps) – 1. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 2. 8CR-Mason Chaney; 3. 38s-Jordan Strickler; 4. 35-Steve Owings; 5. 33-Riley Emig; 6. 38-Brett Strickler; 7. 2D-Dylan Orwig; 8. 7-Jayden Wolf; 9. 5B-Brian Allman
358 Sprint Heat Two Finish (10 laps) – 1. 21-CJ Tracy; 2. 00R-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 3. 12K-Kyle Rohrbaugh; 4. 5a-Zachary Allman; 5. 23-Justin Foster; 6. 45R-Brett Rose (DNF); 7. 99-Zachary Cool (DNF); 8. 89-Ashley Cappetta (DNF); 9. 00F-Chris Frank (DNF)
358 Sprint Heat Three Finish (10 laps) – 1. 69-Cameron Smith; 2. 2-Kody Hartlaub; 3. 4-Zane Rudisill; 4. 14K-Hannah Riser; 5. 25-Travis Leh; 6. 96-Billy Heltzel (DNF); 7. 5-Travis Scott (DNF); 8. 11H-Hayden Miller (DNF); 9. 66a-Cody Fletcher (DNF)
358 Sprint Consy Finish (2 laps) – 1. 5-Travis Scott; 2. 7-Jayden Wolfe; 3. 00F-Chris Frank; 4. 11H-Hayden Miller; 5. 66a-Cody Fletcher; 6. 2D-Dylan Orwig (DNF); 7. 5B-Brian Allman (DNF); 8. 99-Zachary Cool (DNS); 9. 89-Ashley Cappetta (DNS)