ABBOTTSTOWN – Alan Krimes summed it up best in victory lane Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway.
“I don't know if I won that race or just didn't lose it,” said Krimes after climbing from his Midnight Antiques, Conestoga Valley Garage, Krimes Racing Engines No. 87. sprinter in victory lane following his win in the 30-lap 410 sprint car Spring Championship.
It was a race that saw several red flags and in one lap that saw nine of the top-10 running cars dropping from contention due to various reasons. But Krimes missed all of the crashes and won the battle of attrition to score his second straight victory in as many weeks and upped his career total to 15 in the Pigeon Hills.
“I thought it was going to be pretty tough starting back there tonight because I knew the best we could start was 12th and ended up starting 13tth,” said Krimes. “Then everybody started dropping out and I thought we might not have to pass any cars tonight if they all keep dropping out.”
All of the craziness started on lap five when Steve Owings spun, collecting Nathan Berwager, and Brian Montieth who flipped. Aaron Ott also flipped in turn three after a reported stuck throttle.
On the restart, Tim Wagaman and Adam Wilt tangled collecting point leader Danny Dietrich, who did everything but flip on the front stretch.
Second-place running Billy Dietrich then stopped on the next restart which made him the ninth car inside the top 10 to drop out. That left only Will Rose, who had led the race from the green flag, the lone top 10 car on the track.
When the dust settled, Krimes, Jim Siegel, Brent Marks and Robbie Kendall all entered the top five with Krimes storming by Rose to take the lead with six laps complete.
Krimes continued to lead Siegel as the pair closed on lapped traffic when Tyler Ross and Wilt tangled in turn three right in front of the leaders. Siegel took evasive action to miss the incident but Marks wasn't as lucky and spun into Wilt.
Montieth advanced through the field after his flip to move into the top five on lap 18 and then took fourth on the next circuit. But that would be as far as Montieth, the four-time track champion, would make it as Krimes held off Siegel in heavy lapped traffic over the final few laps to pick up the win.
“We made a few changes under that one red and freed the car up a little bit but we could have been better,” said the Denver driver after earning the $4,000 paycheck. “Our car has been real good every time out it seems so we're hoping for a good season. I don't know that I've ever won two in-a-row, and like I said, I don't know that we would have won tonight if everyone wouldn't have had problems so we got lucky.”
Siegel finished in the runner-up spot ahead of Kendall, Montieth and Gerard McIntyre, Jr.
Kevin Nagy crossed in sixth with Freddie Rahmer getting his best career finish in seventh over Danny Dietrich, Austin Hogue and Cory Haas.
Sprint car heat races were won by Siegel, Dietrich and Ott with Marks topping the consolation for the 29 car field.
Kevin Nouse raced his way from his 12th starting spot to score an impressive win in the 20-lap feature for his second win in-a-row at Lincoln in 358 sprint car action.
The Mechanicsburg driver worked his way into second spot by lap eight and made the race winning move by Jay Galloway on the 15th lap. From there Nouse drove away to fourth career win in the Pigeon Hills.
Nouse did have several close calls during the feature before bringing his Bulls-Eye Express, McKeehan Motorsports No. 4R sprinter to victory lane.
Galloway finished second followed by Brian Allman, Chase Dietz and Chandler Leiby with Matt Campbell, Matt Findley, Brie Hershey, Mike Bittinger and Zach Eucalano rounding out the top 10 finishers.
Heats for the 27 358 sprint cars were won by Rick Horn, Nouse and Dietz with Tyler Esh topping the consolation.
At the age of just 15, lady racer Michelle Walls captured his first ever street stock feature win in the only appearance of the season by the division this season at Lincoln.
The Gettysburg driver started fourth and took the lead on the 12th lap from Gary Potts and held on over the final eight laps in the win over Potts, Walt Lemmon, Bob Scott, Jr. and Chris Heller.
Street stock heat wins went to Gary Potts and Bob Scott, Jr.. There were 12 cars pitside.
Next Saturday, April 26th, it will be another three-division show as the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprinters will be joined by the 358 Sprints, and Central PA Legends. Racing gets underway at 7 PM, with gates opening at 5 PM.
LAWRENCE CHEVROLET 410 SPRINTS
Spring Championship (30 laps) - 1. 87-Alan Krimes ($4,000); 2. 59-Jim Siegel; 3. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 4. 21-Brian Montieth; 5. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 6. 45-Kevin Nagy; 7. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 8. 48-Danny Dietrich; 9. 52-Austin Hogue; 10. 11C-Cory Haas; 11. 2wW-Glenndon Forsythe; 12. 99M-Kyle Moody; 13. 69-Shane Hoff; 14. 35-Steve Owings; 15. 85-Nathan Berwager; 16. 15-Adam Wilt; 17. 19M-Brent Marks; 18. 21A-Will Rose; 19. 92-Tyler Ross (DNF); 20. Phil Walter (DNF); 21. Bill Dietrich (DNF); 22. Tim Wagaman (DNF); 23. JJ Grasso (DNF); 24. Aaron Ott (DNF). No Time
Heat 1 (10 laps) - 1.59-Jim Siegel; 2. 35-Steve Owings; 3. 21A-Will Rose; 4. 85-Nathan Berwager; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 69-Shane Hoff; 7. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 8. 2w-Glenndon Forsythe; 9. 45-Kevin Nagy; 10. 12-Mike Bittinger (DNS). Time 2:15.86
Heat 2 (10 laps) - 1. 48-Danny Dietrich; 2. 8-Bill Dietrich; 3. 56-Tim Wagaman; 4. 21-Brian Montieth; 5. 92-Tyler Ross; 6. 52-Austin Hogue; 7. 19M-Brent Marks; 8. 14-Lance Dewease; 9. 99M-Kyle Moody; 10. 21K-Kyle Reinhardt. Time 2:17.65
Heat 3 (10 laps) - 1. 25-Aaron Ott; 2. 37-JJ Grasso; 3. 15-Adam Wilt; 4. 11C-Cory Haas; 5. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 6. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 7. 5-Phil Walter; 8. 21T-Scott Fisher (DNF); 9. 88-Brandon Rahmer (DNF). No Time
Consolation (10 laps) - 1. 19M-Brent Marks; 2. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 3. 45-Kevin Nagy; 4. 5-Phil Walter; 5. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 6. 99M-Kyle Moody; 7. 21K-Kyle Reinhardt; 8. 21T-Scott Fisher; 9. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 10. 14-Lance Dewease; (DNS) 11. 12-Mike Bittinger (DNS). Time 2:21.70
Keizer Aluminum Wheels 358 Sprints
Feature (20 laps) - 1. 4R-Kevin Nouse; 2. 27-Jay Galloway; 3. 5A-Brian Allman; 4. 2D-Chase Dietz; 5. 119-Chandler Leiby; 6. 16-Matt Campbell; 7. 28-Matt Findley; 8. 97-Brie Hershey; 9. 31-Mike Bittinger; 10. 10-Zac Eucalano; 11. 45H-Jeff Halligan; 12. 17-Niki Young; 13. 19-Troy Wagaman, Jr.; 14. 35-Tyler Esh; 15. 47-Michael Hamer; 16. 2-Denny Gross; 17. 11-Leah Starner; 18. 13-Ryan Higgins; 19. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 20. 01-Rick Horn; 21. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 22. 3W-Duane Watson (DNF); 23. 38-Mark Strickler (DNF); 24. 94-Ted Thomas, Jr. (DNF). No Time
Heat 1 (10 laps) - 1. 01-Rick Horn; 2. 16-Matt Campbell; 3. 28-Matt Findley; 4. 47-Michael Hamer; 5. 3W-Duane Watson; 6. 45H- Jeff Halligan; 7. 35-Tyler Esh; 8. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 9. 2-Denny Gross. Time 2:24.19
Heat 2 (10 laps) 1. 4R-Kevin Nouse; 2. 11-Leah Starner; 3. 119-Chandler Leiby; 4. 31-Mike Bittinger; 5. 19-Troy Wagaman, Jr.; 6. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 7. 13-Ryan Higgins; 8. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 9. 23-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. (DNS). Time 2:27.94
Heat 3 (10 laps) 1. 2D-Chase Dietz; 2. 27-Jay Galloway; 3. 97-Brie Hershey; 4. 5A-Brian Allman; 5. 10-Zac Eucalano; 6. 94-Ted Thomas, Jr.; 7. 38-Mark Strickler (DNF); 8. 91-Niki Young (DNF); 9. 38D-Kyle Denmyer (DNF). No Time
Consolation (6 laps) - 1. 35-Tyler Esh; 2. 38-Mark Strickler; 3. 17N-Niki Young; 4. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 5. 13-Ryan Higgins; 6. 2-Denny Gross; 7. 38D-Kyle Denmyer (DNF); 8. 45-Jeff Rohr Baugh (DNS); 9. 23-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. (DNS). No Time
Feature (20 laps) - 1. 1W-Michelle Walls; 2. 4GT-Gary Potts; 3. 16-Walt Lemmon; 4. 57-Bob Scott, Jr.; 5. 99-Chris Heller; 6. 21A-Mike Zeigler, Jr.; 7. 17-Cory Phillips; 8. 21Z-Jaynee Zeigler; 9. 1E-Zach Emlet (DNF); 10. 2-Dan Zechman (DNF); 11. 62-Donnie Leiby (DNF). No Time
Heat 1 (8 laps) 1. 46T-Gary Potts; 2. 21Z-Jaynee Zeigler; 3. 17-Cory Phillips; 4. 1E-Zach Emlet (DNF); 5. 2-Dan Zechman (DNF); 6. 21A-Mike Zeigler, Jr. (DNF). No Time
Heat 2 (8 laps). - 1. 57-Bob Scott; Jr. 2-1W-Michelle Walls; 3. 16-Walt Lemmon; 4. 99-Chris Heller;5. 62L-Donnie Leiby; 6. 59-Ryan Smith (DNS). Time 2.39.03