MECHANICSBURG — Brian Montieth fought the battle with Freddie Rahmer and won the war at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night by taking the win in the 25-lap Dirt Classic Qualifier for 410 sprint cars.
For Montieth, the victory broke a 17-month win drought at the oval after last scoring a win in April 2018.
The win means that the Phoenixville flyer has earned a guaranteed starting spot in next Saturday’s prestigious Dirt Classic at nearby Lincoln Speedway.
In the 305 sprint main on Friday night, Dave Grube picked up the win from the second starting spot.
Smith settled for second, 1.927 seconds behind the winner, followed by Kerry Madsen, Brian Brown and Danny Dietrich.
Sixth through 10th went to TJ Stutts, Matt Campbell, Lucas Wolfe, Steve Buckwalter and Anthony Macri.
Heats went to Campbell, Rahmer and Montieth.
Smith set fast time with a lap of 16.767 seconds.
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Grube started second and claimed the 20-lap 305 sprint car main to close the night.
Dylan Proctor finished second followed by Ken Duke Jr., Zach Newlin and Devin Adams.
Heats for the 34-car field went to Garret Bard, Proctor, Drew Ritchey and Duke with the consoaltion going to Keith Prutzman.
410 sprints, 25 laps: 1. Brian Montieth, 2. Ryan Smith, 3. Kerry Madsen, 4. Brian Brown, 5. Danny Dietrich, 6. TJ Stutts, 7. Matt Campbell, 8. Lucas Wolfe, 9. Steve Buckwalter, 10. Anthony Macri, 11. Cory Haas, 12. Adam Wilt, 13. Tim Wagaman, 14. Chad Trout, 15. Rick Lafferty, 16. Brett Michalski, 17. Greg Plank, 18. Troy Fraker, 19. Trey Starks, 20. Freddie Rahmer, 21. Barry Shearer, 22. Jeff Halligan, 23. Kyle Moody, 24. Chase Dietz.
305 sprints, 20 laps: 1. Dave Grube, 2. Dylan Proctor, 3. Ken Duke Jr., 4. Zach Newlin, 5. Devin Adams, 6. Ryan Lynn, 7. Scott Lutz, 8. Jeff Geiges, 9. Kassidy Kreitz, 10. Scott Ellerman, 11. Jaremi Hanson, 12. Erin Statler, 13. Logan Diehl, 14. Steve Surniak, 15. Jake Frye, 16. Joh Walp, 17. Dom Melair, 18. Kenny Heffner, 19. George Riden, 20. Garret Bard, 21. Drew Ritchey, 22. Doug Dodson, 23. Keith Prutzman, 24. Ben McCall.
DNQ: Landon Price, Christian Rumsey, Fred Arnold, Jared Zionkowski, Todd Lynn, Kurt Kneaper, Donnie Hendershot, Jay Krout, Eric Mathiot, Danny Leaper.