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Peck wins Night 4 of week at Lincoln

ABBOTTSTOWN–Justin Peck led all 30 laps of the Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek main event at Lincoln Speedway Monday night.

Peck, of Monrovia, Indiana, earned $7,000 for his first career Lincoln win.

While Peck was never seriously challenged for the win, the race behind him was intense between Robbie Kendall and 2020 Speedweek champion Kyle Larson. They traded the spots numerous times with Kendall earning second over Larson.

“I love coming to Lincoln Speedway,” Peck said. “This is one of my favorite tracks in Pennsylvania. Its cool to pick up a win. I feel like we got robbed of a podium finish last night (at BAPS) blowing a tire going into three on the last lap. We had to come in here today and make up for it.”

Peck started on the pole racing into the lead over Gerard McIntyre Jr. and Ryan Smith.

“As soon as we took off, I knew we were pretty good,” Peck said. “Even with the fuel load, this thing was driving pretty good. We struggled the first two nights. Had a 12th and a ninth. He had a good car the last time we were here, but I drove a bad race and backed up a little bit.”

Kendall raced into second while ninth starting Larson was into the top five.

Peck was racing through heavy lapped traffic, but maintained a comfortable lead. The first yellow flag of the race flew on lap 18 erasing his 2-second lead.

Peck blasted the cushion on the restart as did Larson with Kendall trying the inside groove. Kendall got under him, but Peck’s momentum off the top carried him down the straightaways.

Larson tried to take second, but Kendall passed him back. They traded the spot several more times with Kendall staying in front off both sets of corners.

The yellow flew again with seven to go. At this time, Speedweek point leader Brent Marks pitted with a flat right rear tire.

The battle for second continued following the restart as Peck stayed out front.

Brandon Rahmer’s flip brought out the red flag stopping the race with four to go. He was OK.

The restart was much of the same as Peck stayed out front and the others battled for the runner-up spot. His final margin of victory was .797 seconds over Kendall with Larson third.

“I knew we had a pretty good car as long as I could get off turn four on the restart and get through one and two clean, I felt like we were going to be tough to beat. I saw Robbie stick his nose down there a couple of times. I thought about moving down there, but I had a gut feeling to stick with what I was doing and run the top. We’ve had a fast racecar, but stuff hasn’t fell our way like we wanted it to.”

“It’s cool to be back here in central PA and I’ve grown to love Lincoln,” Larson said. “I had a lot of fun racing with Robbie. That was definately a battle for second. I would have liked to been a couple spots better, but a good night all-in-all. I’ve got to do a better job earlier in the night and put myself in a better position. Starting ninth is tough with all this competition.”

“My car was awesome,” Kendall. said. “I was the lucky one that got to drive it. It was fun racing with Kyle. I think I could have given Justin Peck a run for his money, but I struggled off of four on the restarts. If I could have got a better run, I could have slid him into one, but I never got that opportunity.”

Dietrich and Christopher Bell completed the top five. Smith, Buddy Kofoid, Matt Campbell, Aaron Bollinger and Cory Haas rounded out the top 10.

NASCAR drivers Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell made their much-anticipated Speedweek debut. It was Bell’s first Sprint car race of the season. Larson has five sprint car wins this year. In qualifying, Bell was fourth and Larson seventh. Bell won his heat race and Larson finished second in his.

Lucas Wolfe set quick time over the 40-car field with a lap of 13.974 seconds. Gerard McIntyre Jr., Ryan Smith, Buddy Kofoid and Bell won the heat races.

Speedweek continues tonight at Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, for a $10,000 top prize and Port Royal Speedway’s first Speedweek race is Wednesday night.

Despite his flat tire, Marks maintained his Speedweek point lead now over Danny Dietrich.

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