DIRT TRACK RACING: Stevie Smith earns another Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek triumph at Lincoln
Stevie Smith is on a serious roll.
For the fourth time in five Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek races, Smith was in victory lane after Thursday night's feature at Lincoln Speedway near Abbottstown.
Smith's win in the Kevin Gobrecht Memorial Race was worth $7,300. That is the second-biggest prize in the 10-day, eight-race Speedweek series. The series was supposed to be nine races, but Tuesday's "Thunder on the Hill" program at Grandview Speedway was canceled because of rain.
The veteran driver started second and chased Lewisberry's Kyle Moody for five laps before taking the lead on lap six. Over the next 25 laps of the 30-lap main event, Smith had to fend off track points leader Brian Montieth. Although Smith was scored the leader of the final 25 laps, he and Montieth swapped the lead several times on other parts of the track.
Montieth had to settle for second, with Lucas Wolfe coming from the 11th starting spot to finish third. Danny Dietrich and Robbie Kendall completed the top five.
Rounding out the top-10 were Moody, York's Adam Wilt, Spring Grove's Greg Hodnett, Hanover's Tim Wagaman and Gerard McIntyre Jr.
Speedweek continues on Friday night with the "crown jewel" of the series — the Mitch Smith Memorial Race at Williams Grove Speedway near Mechanicsburg, which pays $10,000 to the winner.
That will be followed by programs on Saturday at Port Royal and Sunday at Selinsgrove. Both of those events will pay $5,000 to win.
Smith also wins at Hagerstown: In action from Wednesday night, Smith earned his third Speedweek win at Hagerstown, collecting $5,000 for his ninth career Speedweek victory.
Smith settled into the third spot early in the 30-lap feature and rode there for much of the distance, while Hodnett and Dietrich put on a thrilling show at the front. Hodnett who started on the pole, led second-place starter Dietrich over the early laps, before the pair began swapping the lead near the mid stages of the event. Officially, Hodnett led laps 1-11, 13 and 16-24, with Dietrich in the lead at the line on laps 12, 14 and 15. Actually the two swapped the lead several times on each lap.
Smith entered the fray just after at 23rd-lap restart and took the lead for good on the 25th lap. Hodnett finished second, with Dietrich in third. Wolfe and 18th-place starter Aaron Ott completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were York's Cory Haas, Mike Wagner, Lance Dewease, Alan Krimes and Doug Esh.
Krimes came from the back after being involved in an opening-lap tangle that saw York's Glenndon Forsythe flip wildly on the front stretch and Freddie Rahmer flip over the inside fence into the pit area. No one was injured.
— Reach Bryan Householder at firstname.lastname@example.org.