The 2009 racing season officially kicked off over the weekend as Lincoln Speedway braved the weather for a Saturday afternoon opener.
The end result was a capacity crowd, a great car count, a beautifully prepared race track and a fantastic 30-lap Sprint car feature won by Brian Montieth.
Montieth, who won the 2008 Sprint car championship at Lincoln despite not winning a feature, missed a late race crash that eliminated three of the top five cars.
Mark Smith had set the pace through the first 28 laps before being caught in the crash when two lapped cars tangled in turn one. Smith, second-running Cody Darrah and fourth-running Sean Michael were all eliminated in the melee.
Montieth, who exchanged the runner-up spot with Darrah several times, assumed command and captured his 10th career Lincoln win.
Greg Hodnett started 12th and finished second, with Daryn Pittman finishing third after starting at the rear of the field. Fred Rahmer came from 19th to fourth, and Lance Dewease was fifth over Doug Esh, Pat Cannon, Johnny Mackison, Alan Krimes and Justin Henderson.
Hagerstown Speedway canceled for the second straight weekend due to cold weather. It will retry this weekend with Late Models and Modifieds while Lincoln returns this Saturday with Sprints and Thundercars.