2008-11-27 / Sports

Racing Roundup

By Brad Vores

Lincoln Speedway honored its top drivers at its banquet this past weekend at the Holiday Inn in York.

Brian Montieth and the Jerry Parrish-owned team were honored as first-time 410 Sprint car champions at the track, while Jeff Rohrbaugh and the Roy Vincentowned team won the 358 Sprint title. Other track champions were Sam Gallagher in the Thundercars, and Gene Knaub was honored as the 358 Late Model champion.

Despite not winning a feature all season, Montieth thrilled the fans with 10 top-five finishes and 22 top- 10 finishes in 22 starts for his firstever championship. Team crew chief Scott Zellers was named the Mechanic of the Year, while Adam Lawrence won Rookie of the Year, Cris Eash won the Sportsmanship Award and Cody Darrah was Most Improved Driver.

Rohrbaugh's first-ever 358 title at Lincoln also won the title without a feature win but had seven top-five finishes in 13 starts. Ricky Stonebraker won Rookie of the Year, while Chad Criswell won both the Most Improved and Sportsmanship awards.

Gallagher's Thundercar title was also his first-ever Lincoln title, while Mikey Guise won Rookie of the Year, Mike Slaybaugh won Sportsmanship and Gino Comi won Most Improved.

Lincoln Speedway opens the 2009 racing season with 410 Sprints only on Saturday, February 28, 2009.

Last weekend Selinsgrove Speedway honored its champions at its banquet where Pat Cannon was honored as a first-time 358 Sprint car champ at the track.

Cannon won six times and finished in the top 10 in all 20 starts at the track. Fifteen of those finishes were either first or second.

Special awards in the 358 Sprints went to Steve Cannon (Most Improved), Mark Freeland (Sportsmanship), Chuck Paige (Rookie) and Pat Cannon (Hard Charger).

Jeff Rine was honored as a fourtime Late Model champion at Selinsgrove on the heels of five feature wins. Other awards went to Kyle Rhoads (Most Improved), Gary Beward (Sportsmanship), Bryan BernHeisel (Rookie) and Rine (Hard Charger).

Selinsgrove will open the 2009 season with a two-day show for the Race of Champions Dirt Modifieds on Friday March 20 and Saturday March 21.

That's a wrap on this as we wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving while we are counting the days until Penn State's possible trip to the Rose Bowl, unless a trip to the BCS Championship comes their way in the next two weeks. What a great season and another Big 10 Championship! Until next time, have a good one.

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