posted March 03, 2001 08:37 PM
NORTHEAST SEASON OPENER/ICE BREAKER 30
100TH WIN LATEST MILESTONE FOR RAHMER AT LINCOLN;
Bernie Beard captures season-opener in thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/3/2001 - Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer gave himself a 42nd
birthday present Saturday afternoon by picking up milestone win number 100
at Lincoln Speedway. Rahmer took the lead from Jeff Rohrbaugh on the third
lap and held off all challengers the rest of the way to pick up the win in
the Northeast Season Opener - the Ice Breaker 30. The win, Rahmer's first of
2001, was worth $3,000.
"I've been so fortunate over the years to have the car owners I've had,"
reflected a happy Rahmer in victory lane, "All the credit goes to Al
(Hamilton) though. It's an honor just to be able to drive this Manheim Auto
Auction car and be able to reach this milestone win."
Rohrbaugh, who started on the pole, held his own against outside frontrow
starter Rahmer as they headed into the first turn of the first lap. Rahmer
then made a charge down the backstretch and appeared to take the lead, but
Rohrbaugh fought back in the third and fourth turns by passing the four-time
track champion on the bottom to lead the first lap, with Rahmer, Sean
Michael, Todd Gracey and Cris Eash in tow.
Rohrbaugh held off Rahmer through the second lap, but slipped high in the
third and fourth turns of the third lap and opened the door for Rahmer to
take the lead as they completed the third lap.
The first caution waved on the fourth lap when 2000 All Star Circuit of
Champions Rookie of the Year Todd Gracey looped his sprinter in the third
and fourth turns.
The ensuing restart saw Rohrbaugh almost spin in the first turn, forcing
Cris Eash high into the wall and eventually rolling on his side to bring out
the first red flag.
The fifth lap restart was red-flagged one more time as Ohio invader Rodney
Duncan took a hard flip in the third and fourth turns. the third straight
red-flag waved on the restart when contact between Dave Ely and Todd Hestor
entering the first turn resulted in Ely flipping hard on top the first turn
wall, eventually spilling back onto the track, with the Weikert's Livestock
sprinter heavily damaged. Ely crawled out of the car and walked away, but
was later transported to Hanover General Hospital for a check-up. A
late-day call confirmed that Ely was discharged.
The next restart was finally clean, with Rahmer leading the way and
Rohrbaugh staying close behind. Rahmer opened up a slim one-second lead when
the caution waved on the eighth lap for spins by Bob Beidleman and Josh
Wells in the third and fourth turns.
Rahmer continued to lead the way, with Rohrbaugh closing as they threaded
lapped traffic on the 14th lap. A spin by Beidleman in the first and second
turns of the 18th lap ended Rohrbaugh's great run, as he hit head-on with
the Walnutport racer and came to a stop.
Rahmer now had to contend with Mont Alto racer Lance Dewease, Greg Hodnett,
and a hard-charging Phil Gressman on the restart. Rahmer pulled away when
the green flag waved and had opened up a 2.33 second lead as they entered
lapped traffic with seven laps to go. A spinning Mark Smith in the first and
second turns brought the caution out one final time on the 26th lap, giving
Dewease one more shot at Rahmer.
But Rahmer was not to be denied this day, as he pulled away over the final
four laps to take the checkered 1.79 seconds ahead of Dewease. Sinking
Spring's Donnie Kreitz Jr. made a late race charge to finish third, with
Hodnett settling for fourth, and Gressman fifth. Completing the top-10 was
Todd Shaffer, Johnny Mackison Jr., Sean Michael, Cris Eash, and Steve
Heats for the 28 super sprints on hand were won by Cris Eash, Lance
Dewease, and Josh Wells, with Todd Shaffer winning the consolation. Dewease
set a new 10 lap track record in winning his heat with a time of two minutes
15.31 seconds, eclipsing the old mark of two minutes 16.63 seconds set by
Jeff Shepard on 2/28/98.
Abbottstown's Bernie Beard scored his all-time Lincoln leading 59th career
win in the 20-lap thundercar feature. Beard started fifth, had the lead by
the end of the first lap, and led the rest of the way in equaling his win
total from 2000. The best race was for second through fifth, with Steve
Clabaugh holding off Nat Tuckey for the runner-up spot. Duane Watson and
Bobby Beard (in Cork Laughman's car after breaking a drive shaft in his own
car during warmups) crossed fourth and fifth.
Heats for the 30 thundercars present were won by Clabaugh and the Beards,
with Tony Kuhn winning the consolation. Claybaugh set a new 8 lap track
record in winning his heat with a time of two minutes 40.57 seconds,
eclipsing the old mark of two minutes 41.56 seconds set by Bobby Beard on
Lincoln Speedway swings back into action next Saturday afternoon, March
10th, with another super sprint and thundercar double-header at 2 p.m.
Saturday - March 3, 2001
NORTHEAST SEASON OPENER/ICE BREAKER 30
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($3,000); 2. 88H-Lance Dewease; 3.
69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 4. 12-Greg Hodnett; 5. 97-Phil Gressman; 6. 88-Todd
Shaffer; 7. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 8. 1-Sean Michael; 9. 17-Cris Eash; 10.
2-Steve Siegel; 11. 7-Keith Kauffman; 12. X-Bobby Weaver; 13. 32-Brook
Weibley; 14. 17N-Niki Young; 15. 22M-Mark Smith; 16. 07-Jesse Wentz; 17.
03-Jeff Miller (DNF); 18. 81-Bob Beidleman (DNF); 19. 25-Todd Gracey (DNF);
20. 3-Jeff Rohrbaugh (DNF); 21. 6W-Josh Wells (DNF); 22. 29-Dave Ely (DNF);
23. 22-Rodney Duncan (DNF); 24. 26-Pat Cooper (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Jeff Rohrbaugh (1-2), Fred Rahmer (3-30)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 17-Cris Eash; 2. 22-Rodney Duncan; 3.
65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 4. 3-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 5. 2-Steve Siegel; 6. 97-Phill
Gressman; 7. 88-Todd Shaffer; 8. 17N-Niki Young; 9. 22M-Mark Smith; 10.
X1-Todd Wise. No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 88H-Lance Dewease; 2. 25-Todd Gracey;
3. 1-Sean Michael; 4. 77-Fred Rahmer; 5. 7-Keith Kauffman; 6. 81-Bob
Beidleman; 7. 07-Jesse Wentz; 8. 30-Darren Eash; 9. 32-Brook Weibley. Time -
2:15.31 (New 10-lap track record - old record was 2:16.63 set by Jeff
Shepard on 2/28/98.)
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 6W-Josh Wells; 2. 12-Greg Hodnett; 3.
69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 4. 29-Dave Ely; 5. 26-Pat Cooper; 6. 03-Jeff Miller;
7. 7M-Todd Hestor (DNF); 8. X-Bobby Weaver (DNF); 9. 10N-Chris Knopp (DNF).
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 88-Todd Shaffer; 2. 17N-Niki Young;
3. X-Bobby Weaver; 4. 32-Brook Weibley; 5. 07-Jesse Wentz; 6. 22M-Mark
Smith; 7. 10N-Chris Knopp; 8. 30-Darren Eash; DNS - X1-Todd Wise, 7M-Todd
Hestor. No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. X-Bernie Beard; 2. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 3. 22-Nat
Tuckey; 4. 3-Duane Watson; 5. 60-Bobby Beard; 6. 1-Neil Smith; 7. 21-Jerry
Bingaman; 8. 31-Ron Shultz; 9. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 10. 78-Ron Farrar; 11.
19-Donnie Murphy; 12. 11R-Jim Rost; 13. 17H-Tim Hahn; 14. 61-Mike Ciezobka;
15. 9-Jeff Wilson; 16. 3R-Bobby Rudisill (DNF); 17. 7A-Dale Knight (DNF);
18. 2-Jeremy Brown (DNF); 19. 77-Ken Berwager (DNF); 20. 56-Duane Hahn
(DNF); 21. 6-Tony Kuhn (DNF); 22. 17-Butch Harvey (DNF); DNS - 34-Greg
Messersmith, 0-Craig Wagaman. No Time
Lap Leaders - Bernie Beard (1-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 2. 22-Nat Tuckey; 3.
34-Gregg Messersmith; 4. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 5. 3-Duane Watson; 6. 61-Mike
Ciezobka; 7. 11R-Jim Rost; DNS - 68-M.R. Teal, 95A-Alan Cullum, 38-Roy
Warehime. Time - 2:40.57 (New 8-lap track record - old record was 2:41.56
set by Bobby Beard on 3/18/00)
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. X-Bernie Beard; 2. 78-Ron Farrar; 3.
31-Ron Shultz; 4. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 5. 21A-Mike Ziegler Jr.; 6. 17H-Tim
Hahn; DNS - 95-Fred Cullum, 60-Cork Laughman, 17-Butch Harvey, 9-Jeff
Wilson. No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 60-Bobby Beard; 2. 2-Jeremy Brown; 3.
56-Duane Hahn; 4. 1-Neil Smith; 5. 77-Ken Berwager; 6. 19-Donnie Murphy; 7.
14-Chet McCormick; 8. 6-Tony Kuhn; 9. 7A-Dale Knight; 10. 0-Craig Wagaman;
DNS - 5-Bobby Beard. No Time
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 6-Tony Kuhn; 2. 11R-Jim Rost; 3.
17-Butch Harvey; 4. 0-Craig Wagaman; 5. 9-Jeff Wilson; 6. 7A-Dale Knight;
DNS - 14-Chet McCormick. Time - 2:06.34