FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
August 5, 2016
LUCAS WOLFE WINS WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY SPRINT CAR FEATURE IN
Kevin Nouse wins Nouse Signs and Graphics Summer Series Feature
for 358 Sprints
MECHANICSBURG, PA -
Lucas Wolfe usually only drives the Zemco sprinter in time trial races
at Williams Grove Speedway.
But, Friday night, Wolfe was there for a regular show in the John and
Pee Wee Zemaitis-owned Zemco No. 1 in preparation for next week’s
He made it pay off, too, as he dominated the Lawrence Chevrolet Sprint
car feature for his 15th career Grove win and second of the season
“We were getting tight on time with Knoxville coming up next week and we
never had the opportunity to run the car that we plan on running there,”
“We have a car and an engine that we think will be our best option to
run there and we wanted to get some laps with it and make sure it was
It was more than okay as it was fast right out of the box.
“The car felt good all night right from the first lap in warm-ups,” said
Wolfe. “It has been tricky here. It has been hard to get a good feel
even if you’re really quick. Tonight, I was good right from the start.
In the feature, the closer you get to the front, generally you feel
Rodney Westhafer started on the pole and got the jump on Aaron Ott to
start the 25-lap main event. A first turn crash involving Frankie Herr
and Jim Shuster stopped the race with one lap completed.
Westhafer got a good restart as Doug Esh passed two cars moving into
fifth. Fifth starter Wolfe used an inside move in turn four and drove by
Cory Haas and into third.
Last week’s feature winner Freddie Rahmer spun in turn three and
collected Kody Lehman, who flipped bringing out another red flag. Ott
pitted out of second spot as the cars were lining back up for the
Wolfe ducked under Westhafer for the lead in turn one and would take it.
Westhafer’s inside top wing panel came off in turn one bringing out the
caution. Westhafer pitted and Wolfe was the leader for the lap three
Brian Montieth drove by Alan Krimes and Esh to take third on the
restart. Krimes passed Esh and was up to fourth as Wolfe streaked away
Wolfe reached slower traffic with a three second lead. Haas and Montieth
split two lapped cars as they raced into turn three as they tried to
keep pace with Wolfe.
Montieth would take second from Haas in turns three and four with eight
laps to go, but was 4.2 seconds behind the leader. Krimes would grab
third from Haas over the final laps.
Wolfe scored the win by 2.981 seconds over Montieth. Krimes, Esh and
Haas completed the top five.
“I was concerned when some of those yellows came out because I was close
to advancing some spots, but those guys had their own misfortunes and it
worked out okay for me anyway,” said Wolfe. “We were fortunate to take
advantage of a good opportunity tonight.”
Point leader Greg Hodnett, second place point man Danny Dietrich, Chase
Dietz, Matt Campbell and Steve Buckwalter rounded out the top 10.
Heat races for the 26 cars were won by Dietrich, Hodnett and Rahmer.
In the Nouse Signs and Graphics Summer Series for the 358 Sprints, it
was Kevin Nouse taking the lead on lap 11 and going on to score the
Todd Reed led the first four laps of the 25-lap main event before Matt
Findley drove by. Kevin Nouse was up to second from ninth and Eric
Parker into third. A red flag stopped the race for Cody Keller’s second
turn flip with seven completed.
Findley was able to maintain his lead, but a five-car crash in turn
three brought the red flag out again with nine laps completed.
Nouse and Findley swapped the lead in turns three and four on the
restart. They did again in turns one and two, but this time Nouse drove
into the lead off the inside of turn two.
Nouse had a comfortable lead in lapped traffic when the caution flag
flew with three laps to go giving him a clear track to the finish.
Parker took second from Findley on the restart. Doug Hammaker raced from
the 16th starting spot to finish fourth and 11th starter Chandler Leiby
completed the top five. Matt Campbell, Rich Eichelberger, Nyle Berkes,
Tyler Esh and Jordan Givler rounded out the top 10.
Sprint Car Feature (25 laps): 1.
Lucas Wolfe. 2. Brian Montieth. 3. Alan Krimes. 4. Doug Esh. 5. Cory
Haas. 6. Greg Hodnett. 7. Danny Dietrich. 8. Chase Dietz. 9. Matt
Campbell. 10. Steve Buckwalter. 11. Austin Hogue. 12. Brock Zearfoss.
13. Rodney Westhafer. 14. Daryl Stimeling. 15. Troy Fraker. 16. Jay
Galloway. 17. Jim Shuster. 18.Glenndon Forsythe. 19. Ryan Smith. 20.
Aaron Ott. 21. Freddie Rahmer. 22. Kody Lehman. 23. Rick Lafferty. 24.
Did Not Qualify: Jay Reichard, Karl Baker.
358 Sprint Car Feature (25 laps):
1. Kevin Nouse. 2. Eric Parker. 3. Matt Findley. 4. Doug Hammaker. 5.
Chandler Leiby. 6. Matt Campbell. 7. Rich Eichelberger. 8. Nyle Berkes.
9. Tyler Esh. 10. Jordan Givler. 11. Chad Trout. 12. Chris Frank. 13.
Troy Wagaman. 14. Todd Reed. 15. DJ Montgomery. 16. Todd Rittenhouse.
17. Chris Arnold. 18. Steve Drevicki. 19. Glenndon Forsythe. 20. Brian
Garland. 21. Jared Esh. 22. Kyle Denmyer. 23. Cody Keller. 24. Adam
Did Not Qualify:
Dave Thrush, Austin Kirby, Dan Richcreek, Aaron Eichelberger, Brie Hershey, Adrian Shaffer, Kyle Abrahims