Lincoln Speedway managed to trick Mother Nature on Saturday afternoon to present the first outdoor race of the local dirt-track season.
Brian Montieth raced to his third win in the last five openers at Lincoln. Montieth's 35th career Lincoln win came in the Icebreaker 30, and was worth $3,500.
The first attempt to start the feature event resulted in a red flag when outside front-row starter Gerard McIntyre Jr. saw his car veer to the inside of the speedway. McIntyre's car collected York's Cory Haas, who had started third. Haas flipped violently, and as cars scattered to avoid the incident, York's Hunter Mackison also flipped. Both drivers walked away from the incident. On the second attempt to start the race, one lap was completed before another Yorker, Adam Wilt, who won last year's season opener, also flipped. Wilt also walked away uninjured.
After that, the race went non-stop. Montieth moved from seventh to fourth for the start after the first-lap red. Wellsville's Scott Geesey had moved from fourth to second for that restart, and he grabbed the early lead from pole-sitter Alan Krimes. Geesey led until the ninth lap, when Montieth took over the top spot.
At the finish, Montieth was more than six seconds ahead of the battle for second, which saw Krimes slip by Geesey off the final turn. Fred Rahmer finished fourth, with Danny Dietrich coming from the 17th starting spot for fifth. Dietrich started that deep in the field after a heat-race flip. Rounding out the top 10 were Ryan Wilson, Brent Marks, Ryan Smith, Hanover's Logan Schuchart, who suffered a flat tire on the final lap while running fifth, and McIntyre.
-- Reach Bryan House holder at sports@yorkdis patch.com.