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Saturday, June 30 – The original plan was to stay overnight in the York area and go see the Lancaster Barnstormers during the day before heading out to the opening night of Pennsylvania Sprint Week. It turned out to be another hot day in Central Pennsylvania and we decided to scrap the idea of going to a minor league baseball game during the day fearing that by the time we got to Lincoln Speedway we would be drained of all of our body water. Instead we went to eat at our favorite Mexican restaurant and then spent a couple of hours browsing through Ollie’s Discount Store. I love Ollie’s, it is where you go to spent money you do not have on stuff you do not need and will never use. It is a great time.
By 4:15 we pulled into the parking lot at Lincoln Speedway. Bruce walked in and secured seats in the cement grandstands and we relaxed in our lawn chairs under a shade tree until it was time to go in and watch warm-ups. Even though it was hot there was a good crowd on hand to see night number 1 of sprint week and the Central PA Legends were also on the agenda. These cars are good fillers and always run well on this track. On this night everything ran like a fine tuned clock. Warm-ups started promptly at 7:00 with the first sprint taking to the track at exactly 7:30 to start time trials. All 29 cars took time in 18 minutes and Brent Marks set fast time with a time of 13.666. The legends came out for their warm-up laps and at 8:04 the three sprint qualifying heats took the green. The show was literally whizzing by. The caution only waved one time during the sprint heats when Kyle Larson, invading the sprint week from California, spun and backed into the turn one wall. In all they ran off three sprint heats, a B main for the sprints, three legends heats and a consolation with the only caution being for Kyle Larson. It seemed by the time qualifying got under way it was over and it was only 8:52.
A half hour intermission ensued and then it was feature time for the sprints. The 30 lap event was paying $7,000 to win and the field was lined up by time trials. The field was 24 cars but Logan Schuchart was unable to start making the field 23 strong when they took the green. This was a race where the position to watch was not first. Brian Montieth took the lead and ran away with the event. The real action was back in the pack. For a few laps Fred Rahmer, Danny Dietrich and Gerard McIntyre put on a real show, sometimes running three wide. The race only had three minor cautions and at its completion Brian Montieth was standing in victory lane for the second night in a row. It was his fifth win of the season at Lincoln Speedway and a Montieth win is always a crowd pleaser.
The race was over prior to 10:00 so we decided to stay and see the legend race and I was glad we did. The legends ran with only two cautions and it was real good 15 lap feature. Harlon Leppo won the event. By 10:15 we were in the car driving home. It was a good night of racing with a race surface that held up well in the high heat, plus a show well run.
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