Montieth Rallies At Williams Grove
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - Brian Montieth rallied late to take his third sprint-car win of the Williams Grove Speedway season on Friday night and was the third and final leader of the 25-lap event.
In the 20-lap 358 sprint main, Nate Hammaker became the first driver to repeat in the division this season.
The initial start of the 410 sprint main was red flagged for a four car accident in the third turn involving Glenndon Forsythe, Dylan Cisney, Brent Marks and Danny Dietrich.
When action got going pole sitter Ryan Taylor of Perkasie drove into control with Frank Cozze racing second as they entered the backmarkers on the seventh tour.
Doug Esh was up to third by that time and drove into second with 11 laps down as Taylor began to struggle with traffic.
And then two laps later, as he tried to work a pack of cars upon entering the first corner and put them a lap down, Taylor looped his machine upon entry allowing Montieth, Cozze and Alan Krimes to get by before he fell back in line.
Lap 13 had just been scored with Esh as the leader when Adam Wilt stopped in the second turn, slowing the pace for the only time after the initial start fracas.
Esh kept Montieth at bay when action resumed and Taylor eventually rebounded back up to third but again as lapped cars entered the picture, the leader would fall backwards.
Montieth drove up on Esh as he worked the backmarkers on the 22nd tour and as Esh went to the outside of Troy Fraker to lap his car in the middle of the second turn, Montieth pinned his car in the middle and eyed up a three-wide move for the lead and win.
And then as quickly as he saw the opening, he squirted right through the pair as they all shot onto the backchute, executing a perfect thread-the-needle move to thrill the fans and take the lead before pulling away.
It was his 12th career victory at the facility and third this season.