Trout Tops Kevin Gobrecht Memorial

Chad Trout powered to victory in Saturday's Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek event at Lincoln Speedway. (Dan Demarco Photo)
Chad Trout powered to victory in Saturday's Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek event at Lincoln Speedway. (Dan Demarco Photo)

ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. – Chad Trout drew the pole for Saturday night’s 30-lap feature and raced to victory in the Kevin Gobrecht Memorial at Lincoln Speedway, which served as night two of Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek.

Trout started on the pole with Australian Darren Mollenoyux on the outside of row one. Brian Montieth lined up third, with Danny Dietrich, who swept both Speedweek races at Lincoln in 2018, starting fourth.

Mollenoyux took the lead when the green flag waved, with Trout running second and Montieth running third. Friday night’s winner Lance Dewease got up to fifth from his seventh starting spot. Dietrich moved into third on lap two after getting under Montieth in turns one and two.

The leaders caught lapped traffic on lap seven. Trout nearly beat Mollenoyux to the line for the lead on lap 8. Trout took the lead on lap nine coming out of turn four. The top five were running under a blanket with Mollenoyux challenging Trout to take the lead back. Mollenoyux got Trout back at the line on lap 14 for the lead. Trout passed him back the next lap with Dewease, Montieth, Ryan Smith and Dietrich battling for third.

Smith was coming on fast when the yellow came out on lap 16 for Landon Myers who slowed on the track.

Trout got a good jump on the restart with Montieth going to the bottom to try for second. Smith got around Dewease in turns one and two for fifth.

Montieth was coming on strong and tried a slider lap 22 in turns one and two and nearly took himself and Trout out. Montieth was all over Trout as they approached lapped traffic on lap 23.

Montieth got Trout going down the backstretch on lap 24 for the lead and Dietrich followed. The caution came out on lap 25 for Dewease who ended up facing the wrong way on the front stretch with a right front flat tire.

Montieth led Dietrich, Trout, Mollenoyux and Smith to the cone for the restart with five laps to go.

Montieth was battling engine issues and was only firing seven cylinders for much of the race and Dietrich hunted him down. Dietrich tried to take the lead in turns three and four on lap 27 and took out Montieth and himself. The red flag came out for Montieth who took a wild ride in turn 4 as a result of the contact with Dietrich.

Trout inherited the lead and held on to the spot for the final three laps to win his second career 410 race and the $7,000 check. Mollenoyux crossed the line second. Smith finished third. Freddie Rahmer finished fourth and Cory Haas finished fifth after starting 16th.

Jeremy Ott won the Central PA Legends feature.

The finish:

Chad Trout, Darren Mollenoyux, Ryan Smith, Freddie Rahmer, Cory Haas, T.J. Stutts, Adam Wilt, Robbie Kendall, Lucas Wolfe, Anthony Macri, Brandon Rahmer, Chase Dietz, Jim Siegel, Tony Stewart, Kyle Moody, Dylan Cisney, Glenndon Forsythe, Tim Tagaman, Brian Montieth, Danny Dietrich, Lance Dewease, Tim Glatfelter, Landon Myers, Steve Buckwalter.