Wilt Bags Lincoln Speedway Opener
ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. – It didn’t take long for Adam Wilt and veteran sprint-car mechanic Lee Stauffer to find victory lane together.
In fact, it took exactly one race.
Wilt kicked off the 2014 sprint-car season in Pennsylvania with a victory in the Icebreaker 30 at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday afternoon.
Wilt earned $3,500 for his second win in the opening race in the past three years. It was Wilt’s first race with Stauffer helping his family-owned team.
Lincoln’s opener was scheduled for three weeks ago, but delayed by the snow and cold weather.
“I knew I had a good car from the beginning,” said Wilt, who started fourth. “I knew I had to power around those guys or they would have held me up the whole race.”
Glenndon Forsythe started second and got the jump on polesitter Kyle Moody for the lead when the green flag dropped on the 30-lap main event.
Wilt would drive into the runner-up spot in one lap and then into the lead as they raced off turn four to complete the second lap.
Four-time Lincoln champion Brian Montieth was making his way to the front from his seventh starting spot. Using the outside lane, which was watered prior to the feature, Montieth was quickly into the top five and a two car pass of Alan Krimes and Forsythe moved him up to second by lap six.
Montieth continued to use the top groove and drove by Wilt to lead lap eight. Wilt would tap the second turn wall and Krimes took second, but the caution flag flew and negated his pass.
“I held the bottom and then Montieth got around me on the top,” said Wilt. “I went back to the top, but I didn’t feel comfortable up there. I hit the wall and then I figured I’d move the wing and make the bottom work.”
Montieth led Wilt for the lap 10 restart, but Wilt powered under him through turns three and four to reassume the lead. Montieth took the lead back from Wilt off turn two and blocked the third turn slider, but the yellow flag flew again giving Wilt the lead back.
Krimes passed Montieth on the restart in turn two as the top lane began to fade away. One lap later, Montieth hit the first turn wall and stopped with a flat tire.
Wilt held off Krimes for the win over the final 17 laps.
“This is a great win,” said Wilt. “Starting position was key today, but I’ll take a win any day. I hope I raced him (Montieth) clean. I seen him in the wall and I hope it wasn’t my fault. I don’t think it was. I knew he was behind me on the top. This is a tough group of cars and they are tough to beat.”
J.J. Grasso, Moody and Forsythe completed the top five. Greg Hodnett raced from 20th to finish sixth. Cole Duncan, rookie Austin Hogue, Gerard McIntyre Jr. and rookie Shane Hoff rounded out the top 10.
Grasso, Montieth and Krimes won the 10-lap heat races.
Freddie and Brandon Rahmer – 18-year-old sons of Hall of Famer Fred Rahmer – made their competitive 410 sprint-car debuts. They started at the back of their heats and the B-main and gained some valuable seat time.
Adam Wilt, Alan Krimes, J.J. Grasso, Kyle Moody, Glenndon Forsythe, Greg Hodnett, Cole Duncan, Austin Hogue, Gerard McIntyre Jr., Shane Hoff, Rick Lafferty, Derek Sell, Steve Owings, Niki Young, Scott Geesey, Brian Montieth, Scott Fisher, Danny Dietrich, Alex Schanz, Billy Dietrich, Robbie Kendall, Ryan Wilson, Tyler Ross, Cory Haas.