posted March 10, 2001 07:58 PM
RAHMER AND BEARD KEEP PILING 'EM UP AT LINCOLN;
101st for Rahmer, 60th for Beard
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/10/2001 - Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer keeps upping the
Rahmer took the lead from polesitter Darren Eash on the first lap and never
looked back to win his second race in-a-row in the 25 lap super sprint
feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday afternoon.
Rahmer's second win of the season upped his all-time local win count to
245 - tied with Steve Smith for the winningist driver ever on Central
"It's hard to imagine. When I came out here, I was just trying to qualify
like a lot of new guys," said a victorious Rahmer in victory lane, "It's all
about have good people around me, good car owners, and good equipment. I've
just been very fortunate and I just keep trying as hard as I can."
"Tonight I'll enjoy this win, and tomorrow it's back to zero. It looks like
we've got a strong field of cars here. Our local racing is as good as
anywhere in the country, and hopefully we'll keep getting these fans out to
Rahmer, who started outside polesitter Darren Eash by the luck of the draw,
had to withstand a race long challenge by Memphis, Tennessee driver Greg
Hodnett and took the checkered .97 seconds ahead.
"I'd say Greg Hodnett is going to be a pain in my rear end this year,"
Rahmer said jokingly in victory lane. "So far we've been lucky on the draws,
and on a day show like this...when we came to them lapped cars, I wasn't
much faster than them."
"In open track I was pretty good, we just had the car a little bit too
tight. I want to thank Al (Hamilton) and Don Ott Racing Engines. I think
McCreary Tires are a big thing here for us."
Ohio racer Phil Gressman brought out the first caution on the second lap
with a spin in the first and second turn which collected Donnie Kreitz Jr.,
Keith Kauffman, and Todd Shaffer.
Hodnett, who started fourth, moved around Sean Michael into the runner-up
spot on the seventh lap as Rahmer enjoyed a commanding 3.34 second lead.
A soft roll by Niki Young in the fourth turn erased that lead, allowing
Hodnett a chance to catch the streaking Rahmer. The restart saw Dave Ely put
the Weikart's Livestock No.29 sprinter into the second turn wall for the
second week in-a-row, followed by a caution for debris on the eighth lap.
Another Ohio invader, Chad Kemenah, brought out the race's final caution
with a spin in the first and second turns on the 11th lap.
Rahmer's last challenge was lapped traffic beginning on the 19th lap, as
the racing surface began to slick off . Rahmer cautiously navigated the
final laps to pick up his 101st career win at the Pigeon Hills oval. The
win, worth $2,500, was also Rahmer's 245th overall career super sprint win.
"The beginning of the year like this you have a good group of cars. It's
not the kind of track you can hustle around there...you've got to use a lot
of finesse. You don't want to make a mistake out front leading. When you're
running second you can take a lot more chances. You don't want to lose the
"We're very fortunate to have a hardy group of fans like we do here,"
Rahmer added. "Without them I'd have to get a real job."
Following Hodnett in third was a fast closing Lance Dewease, with Michael
in fourth, and Darren Eash fifth.
"I'd rather start back a little bit because it's a lot less pressure,"
Rahmer said surprisingly. "I mean I'm glad to start up front, but I look
forward to starting in the back and see if we can win from there."
Completing the top-10 were Bobby Weaver, Jeff Rohrbaugh, Cris Eash, Todd
Gracey, and Brook Weibley.
Heats for the 33 super sprints on hand were won by Dewease, Michael, and
Ely, with Young winning the consolation.
Bernie Beard chalked up his second win in two races in the 20-lap
thundercar feature, but not before scooting under leader Neil Smith in a
wild four-car dash to the finish over the final lap. Beard started fifth,
took the lead from Bobby Rudisill on the third lap, and led until Neil Smith
made the pass on lap 18. Smith lead laps 18 and 19, but drifted high while
trying to block Steve Clabaugh in the final turns, handing the lead and win
back over to Beard. Jerry Bingaman also slid under Smith and Clabaugh for
second at the end. Clabaugh, who started on the last row (23rd), crossed
fourth behind Smith. Nat Tuckey started ninth, spun on the first lap, and
returned from the rear to finish fifth.
Heats for the 29 thundercars present were won by Tuckey, Duane Hahn, and
Ron Shultz, with Butch Harvey winning the consolation.
Lincoln swings back into action for one more Saturday afternoon show before
switching to it's first night time race. Next Saturday, March 17, it will
once again be the super sprints and thundercars at 2 PM. Joining them will
be the Northeast Classic Cars. Gates will open at noon, hot laps at 1:30
p.m., with the first green flag waving at 2 p.m.
Saturday - March 10, 2001
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($2,500); 2. 12-Greg Hodnett; 3.
88H-Lance Dewease; 4. 1-Sean Michael; 5. 30-Darren Eash; 6. X-Bobby Weaver;
7. 3-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 8. 17-Cris Eash; 9. 25-Todd Gracey; 10. 32-Brook
Weibley; 11. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 12. 22M-Mark Smith; 13. 7M-Todd Hestor;
14. 10N-Chris Knopp; 15. 15K-Chad Kemenah; 16. 53K-Skip Jackson; 17. 88-Todd
Shaffer; 18. 55S-Billy Sims; 19. 17N-Niki Young (DNF); 20. 6W-Josh Wells
(DNF); 21. 29-Dave Ely (DNF); 22. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr. (DNF); 23. 97-Phil
Gressman (DNF); 24. 7-Keith Kauffman (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Fred Rahmer (1-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 88H-Lance Dewease; 2. 77-Fred Rahmer;
3. 15K-Chad Kemenah; 4. 32-Brook Weibley; 5. 22M-Mark Smith; 6. 7-Keith
Kauffman; 7. 17N-Niki Young; 8. 55S-Billy Sims; 9. X1-Jeremy Trout; 10.
07-Jesse Wentz (DNF); DNS - 26-Pat Cooper. No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1-Sean Michael; 2. 3-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 3.
12-Greg Hodnett; 4. 97-Phil Gressman; 5. 17-Cris Eash; 6. 88-Todd Shaffer;
7. 25-Todd Gracey; 8. 53K-Skip Jackson; 9. 10N-Chris Knopp; 10. 81-Bob
Beidleman; 11. 03-Jeff Miller (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 29-Dave Ely; 2. 30-Darren Eash; 3.
X-Bobby Weaver; 4. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 5. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 6.
6W-Josh Wells; 7. 22-Rodney Duncan; 8. 7M-Todd Hestor; 9. 53-Shawn Keen; 10.
94-Glenndon Forsythe; 11. 0-Ricky Ferkel (DNF). No Time
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 17N-Niki Young; 2. 25-Todd Gracey;
3. 55S-Billy Sims; 4. 7M-Todd Hestor; 5. 10N-Chris Knopp; 6. 53K-Skip
Jackson; 7. 07-Jesse Wentz; 8. 53-Shawn Keen; 9. X1-Jeremy Trout; 10. 81-Bob
Beidleman; 11. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 12. 26-Pat Cooper; 13. 03-Jeff Miller;
14. 0-Ricky Ferkel (DNF); 15. 22-Rodney Duncan (DNF). No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. X-Bernie Beard; 2. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 3. 1-Neil
Smith; 4. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 5. 22-Nat Tuckey; 6. 56-Duane Hahn; 7.
55W-Bobby Beard; 8. 2-Jeremy Brown; 9. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 10. 31-Ron Shultz;
11. 78-Ron Farrar; 12. 38-Roy Warehime; 13. 77-Ken Berwager; 14. 21A-Mike
Ziegler Jr.; 15. 7A-Dale Knight; 16. 3R-Bobby Rudisill (DNF); 17. 11-Scott
Geib (DNF); 18. 36H-Bob Henry (DNF); 19. 14-Chet McCormick (DNF); 20.
11R-Jim Rost (DNF); 21. 68-M.R. Teal (DNF); 22. 3-Duane Watson (DNF); 23.
17-Butch Harvey (DNF); 24. 6-Tony Kuhn (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Bobby Rudisill (1-2), Bernie Beard (3-17), Neil Smith (18-19),
Bernie Beard (20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 22-Nat Tuckey; 2. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 3.
1-Neil Smith; 4. 56-Duane Hahn; 5. 7-Craig Wagaman; 6. 38-Roy Warhime; 7.
68-M.R. Teal; 8. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 9. 9-Jeff Wilson; 10. 3D-John Rudisill.
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 3-Duane Hahn; 2. 60-Cork Laughman; 3.
77-Ken Berwager; 4. 11R-Jim Rost; 5. 14-Chet McCormick; 6. 61-Mike Ciezobka;
7. 11-Scott Geib; 8. 7A-Dale Knight; 9. 5-Bobby Beard (DNF); 10. 17H-Tim
Hahn (DNF). Time - 2:44.55
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 31-Ron Shultz; 2. X-Bernie Beard; 3.
3R-Bobby Rudisill; 4. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 5. 95-Fred Cullum; 6. 2-Jeremy
Brown; 7. 78-Ron Farrar; 8. 17-Butch Harvey; 9. 36H-Bob Henry; 10. 6-Tony
Kuhn (DNF). No Time
Consolation (6 Laps/7 to qualify) - 1. 17-Butch Harvey; 2. 68-M.R. Teal; 3.
55W-Bobby Beard; 4. 36-Bob Henry; 5. 6-Tony Kuhn; 6. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 7.
78-Ron Farrar; 8. 11-Scott Geib; 9. 7A-Dale Knight; DNS - 9-Jeff Wilson,
5-Bobby Beard, 17H-Tim Hahn, 3D-John Rudisill. No Time