HEINTZLEMAN: Montieth Starts Pennsylvania Season A Winner

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ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. — Winning sprint-car races at Lincoln Speedway is becoming an old habit for Brian Montieth. He’s the three-time track champion and his Icebreaker 30 triumph March 5 was the 21st victory of his career at the south-central Pa. oval.

Montieth’s a laid-back guy and, win or lose, doesn’t get too worked up about things. The same can be said for his car owner Jerry Parrish and the whole team.

The Montieth/Parrish combination is one of the longest standing in the sprint-car pits in central Pa. and the results have shown that the past few years.

He’s been the Lincoln champion and has been in the hunt at the Grove as well.

His Icebreaker win was his second in the past three seasons. The win in 2009 came after his championship season of 2008, during which he didn’t win a race. His 21st Lincoln victory matches his car number.

Montieth spent a month in Australia this winter and was supposed to be racing, but constant rain allowed him to compete only twice. However, important contacts were made and things were learned.

“My boys did a lot of homework,” Montieth said referring to his crew. “They learned a lot spending time with different guys in Australia. They learned a couple of different things they want to try with shocks and setups.”

Montieth drew the pole for the feature and led every lap, but his drive from seventh to second in his heat allowing him to redraw was key.

Former World of Outlaws regular Daryn Pittman raced from ninth to second in the feature. Pittman already picked up a big win in 360 sprint-car competition in Florida.

One of central Pa.’s young guys, Adam Wilt, came home third in his family-owned car.

As usual, a large crowd was on hand. Many have questioned Lincoln’s late-winter openers, but all you have to do is look at the kind of crowd it had and you don’t have to ask why anymore.

The weather was fairly decent all day with temperatures in the 50s along with a gusty wind. Rain was moving in, but held off until well after the checkered flag.

Missing in action was Posse regular Lance Dewease, who was on his way home from competing with the Outlaws in Las Vegas.

Fast Freddie Rahmer, who recently turned 53, will have Barry Jackson helping him this season. Rahmer came from the rear after spinning early on to finish eighth. Rahmer has the most opening day wins at Lincoln with seven, but none since 2005.

Doug Esh is looking for some redemption in 2011 and he started the year off with a top five. Dick and Leslie Leach have returned to sprint-car ownership with Esh as their driver once again. Esh has had a turbulent two seasons since the Leaches retired.

It has been a few seasons since the red No. 77 of Hall of Fame car owner Al Hamilton was on the track. Hamilton has returned to sprint-car racing this season, helping out teenager Aaron Ott, son of renowned engine builder Don Ott. Ott had a bad day and didn’t make the field.

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