WEEKEND DIRT-TRACK ROUNDUP: Brian Montieth drives off with $20,000 Dirt Classic triumph
- Brian Montieth won the Dirt Classic at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night.
- Montieth, the 410 sprint champion at Lincoln, earned $20,000 for his victory.
- Aaron Reutzel won the Tommy Classic at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night.
Track champion Brian Montieth put an exclamation point on his eighth Lincoln Speedway point title by winning Saturday’s Dirt Classic for the 410 sprints.
Montieth’s big win in the 40-lap race was worth $20,000. It was his second Dirt Classic win. He also won the event in 2015.
Montieth started from the pole, but was forced to stalk his fellow front-row-starter, Aaron Reutzel, for the first 24 laps of the race before taking the lead. Montieth led the rest of the way, with 18th-starter Danny Dietrich getting by Reutzel on the final lap for second.
"The boys do all of their homework. I’m just the lucky one who gets to stand up here,” Montieth said in Lincoln Speedway's victory lane. “All the work is done at the shop through the week. I just can’t thank everyone enough.”
Reutzel clinched the All Star point title with his third-place run, while Freddie Rahmer and Knoxville champion Brian Brown completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Jim Siegel, Paul McMahan, Alan Krimes, Brock Zearfoss and Kerry Madsen.
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Reutzel triumphs at Grove: Aaron Reutzel led all 30 laps for the $6,000 win in the All Star-sanctioned Tommy Classic at Williams Grove Speedway Friday for the 410 sprints.
Lance Dewease offered numerous challenges, but had to settle for second, with Giovanni Scelzi in third. James McFadden and Brian Montieth completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Kerry Madsen, Cory Eliason, Brock Zearfoss, Danny Dietrich and Brian Brown.
Wellsville’s Chris Frank won the make-up feature for the 358 sprints, leading all 25 laps. Brett Wanner finished second, with Hanover’s Dylan Norris, Chad Criswell and York’s Glenndon Forsythe in the top five. Doug Hammaker wrapped up the Summer Series point title with a sixth-place run, followed in the top 10 by Matt Findley, Hanover’s Troy Wagaman Jr., Gregg Foster and Wyatt Hinkle.
In the regularly scheduled 358 sprint feature, it was 16-year-old Norris who picked up his first Grove win. Norris led all 20 laps to best Hammaker, with Findley, Todd Rittenhouse Jr. and Hinkle in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Wagaman, Foster, Criswell, Dillsburg’s Rich Eichelberger and Tyler Brehm.
Deatrick scores BAPS win: Luke Deatrick scored his first career win in Saturday’s super-sportsman feature at BAPS Motor Speedway.
Deatrick took the lead from Brogue’s Tyler Wolford on the 14th of 25 laps. Russ Mitten finished second, with Wolford in third, followed by Jay Fannasy and Lewisberry’s Scott Dellinger in the top five. Kenny Edkin wrapped up the track title with a sixth-place finish, followed in the top 10 by Matt Ondek, Steve Fannasy, Garrett Williamson and Chase Gutshall.
Hanover’s Bobby Beard secured the limited-late-model point title in fine fashion, winning the 20-lap feature over Dover’s Chase Billett. Wes Bonebrake, Sean Merkel and Travis Mease completed the top five.
Like Beard, Brian Walls won the feature and the track championship in the street-stock feature. Walls bested his uncle, Mike Walls, for the win, with Chad Smith, Will Walls (the winner’s brother) and Greg Diehl in the top five.
Keith Bissinger won the Xtreme-stock feature.
Lanigan excels at Selinsgrove: Darrell Lanigan wont he World of Outlaws late-model feature at Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday evening.
Lanigan’s win came over Ricky Weiss, Brandon Sheppard, Shane Clanton and Gregg Satterlee. York’s Rick Eckert finished seventh.
Andrew Yoder was the limited-late-model winner over Craig Wagaman, Matt Cochran, Devin Hart and Daulton Bigler.
Schatz, Sweet earn Outlaw wins: Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet each won during a two-day World of Outlaws sprint stop at the Dodge City Speedway over the weekend.
Schatz won Friday’s show over David Gravel, Hanover’s Logan Schuchart, Ian Madsen and Kraig Kinser. Brent Marks was 12th and Hanover’s Jacob Allen 14th.
Saturday it was Sweet the winner over I. Madsen, Schatz, Gravel and Sheldon Haudenschild. Schuchart was sixth, Marks was sixth and Allen was 12th.
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