ABBOTTSTOWN — He’s won in super sportsman and 358 sprint cars, but Dover’s Chad Trout raced to his first career 410 sprint car win in Saturday’s season-opening $4,000-to-win “Icebreaker 30” at Lincoln Speedway.
By virtue of a Top 10 redraw for the feature, Trout started on the outside of the front row to Lucas Wolfe, who started on the pole.
Wolfe led the opening lap, but disaster struck for three of the top drivers. Wolfe suddenly slowed in Turn 2, leading to a Brian Montieth spin collecting Danny Dietrich in the process. Dietrich and Wolfe were done for the day, handing the lead over to Trout.
From there Trout led the field until Lap 5, when second-place invader Cole Duncan ran into the spinning cars of Scott Fisher and Cory Haas in Turns 3 and 4.
Brandon Rahmer caught Kyle Moody for send on the restart and chased him the rest of the way. But Rahmer’s father, Fred, may have unknowingly helped Chad to his first win.
“I saw Fred [Rahmer] walk out on the track," said Trout about the 21st-lap caution. “I slowed up as much as I could, and I saw him motion to Brandon to move up in Turn 1, so I rolled around the corner and looked at the track, and it was black-slick from the bottom to the top, so I’m like ‘I think I know what he means.’ So I just rolled the outside.
With that, Trout surged out in front on the race’s final restart and led the final nine laps. He took the checkered 1.731 seconds in front for his inaugural 410 sprint win.
“All these people back here standing behind the car believe in me,” said Trout upon exiting his Jiffy Lube/Egg Farm No.1X in victory lane. “They believe in me more than I do. I owe it all to them. Jim [Walker] passed away last year, and I wanted to win for him. Randy Oberlander and his wife Steph bought the team and I couldn’t ask for better owners. All the people back here deserve it as much as I do.
Brandon Rahmer settled for second, with Moody third, Gerard McIntyre Jr. fourth, and Greg Hodnett fifth.
Montieth ended up coming back following the second-lap mishap to finish 11th.
Lincoln Speedway returns March 10 with another single-division 410 sprint car show. Then immediately afterwards an open practice session will be held for all regularly-scheduled divisions. Gates open at noon, with qualifying to begin at 2.