Smith Bests Montieth For Grove Payday
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – Stevie Smith outran Brian Montieth in the final laps of Friday’s Mitch Smith Memorial at Williams Grove Speedway to pocket $10,000 during the sixth race of Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek.
Montieth and Smith shared the front row for the start of the 30-lap main event and Montieth grabbed the lead off turn two.
“Fred (Rahmer) and I talked about it and he said if Montieth gets the lead, just run your groove and get with him and we did and we were able to slide by him,” said Smith. “It was a really good night. These guys are good with the set-ups and they do a really good job with the car. I’m getting more and more confident and it feels really good.”
Brent Marks drove by Chad Layton and into third. Montieth was racing around heavy lapped traffic and Smith was able to close.
Montieth momentarily cleared traffic and so did Smith, who was now about 10 car lengths back. Montieth didn’t have clear track very long as he caught traffic again with 10 laps completed Montieth cleared three lapped cars and had a clear track again on lap 13. Smith and Marks were still caught behind a few lapped cars.
Montieth had an open track and then Smith cleared traffic as well. Marks was up to third and Donnie Kreitz moved by Layton and into fourth. Lucas Wolfe also drove by Layton and into the top five. Montieth continued to hammer the cushion and Smith was checking out the bottom just a few car lengths back in lapped traffic.