posted April 01, 2001 12:22 AM
DEWEASE ENDS RAHMER'S LINCOLN WIN STREAK;
Zeigler, Jr. claims thundercar win; Lou Johnson wins vintage main
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/31/01 - To be a winner, you've first got to be
consistent. Mont Alto's Lance Dewease has been that model of consistency by
placing in the top five in all but two races so far this season. So it was
no surprise that he finally rode that consistency to victory lane Saturday
Dewease roared from his 10th starting position to pass polesitter and
race-long leader Niki Young on the backstretch of the 17th lap and then
raced away to his first Lincoln Speedway win of the season in the 25 lap
super sprint feature.
Dewease's victory also ended Fred Rahmer's three-race win streak at the
Pigeon Hills oval.
"Tonight this thing couldn't have been much better," Dewease said upon
exiting his Carl Harz Furniture/Hank's Performance Parts No. 88H sprinter in
victory lane. "It ran the bottom, it ran the middle, it ran the top. I think
this was the best I've ever been around this place."
"My hat's off to the whole crew. All the sponsors, Hank's Performance
Products, Weld Racing Products, American Racer Tires, AFCO Shocks, and J&J
Chassis. And these Don Ott engines have been winning a heck of a lot of
races this year already. Also, Top Flight Wings, Winter's, everybody that
helps us out...especially the fans for coming out and supporting both race
tracks like you do. I know we passed a good many fans coming down here from
Port Royal so I'd just like to thank everybody for coming out and supporting
The original start was aborted as the green flag waved when York's Jeff
Rohrbaugh spun down the frontstretch and came to a stop with frontend
damage. Polesitter Young then set the pace at the drop of the green with
outside frontrow starter Darren Eash and sixth-starting Bobby Weaver in tow.
Weaver passed Darren Eash for second just before the race's second caution
came out on the sixth lap when Johnny Mackison Jr.'s sprinter came to a stop
on the frontstretch. Young looked strong on the restart and opened up a full
second lead as they headed into lapped traffic on the 12th lap.
Meanwhile, Dewease (who started outside the fifth row) was methodically
working his way to the front and had moved around a fading Darren Eash into
fourth on the eighth lap. Greg Hodnett began pressuring Weaver for the
second spot on the 12th lap, allowing Dewease to close in. In a wild
three-car battle on the 14th lap Dewease was able to get by Hodnett for
third, and then around Weaver for second on the 15th lap.
Dewease then set his sights on Young, who had a .69 second lead. Dewease
wasted no time and drove past the Hanover speedster on the backstretch of
the 17th lap for the lead. Dewease then began to drive away from the field
and opened up a 2.65 second lead with five laps to go.
The race's final caution on the 23rd lap for a Steve Siegel spin in the
third turn. That gave Young, Cris Eash, Hodnett and Rahmer one last shot at
the leader. But Dewease simply over-powered them on the restart and raced
away to take the checkered for his 12th career Lincoln win.
"We were real good here last week in the feature, we just can't figure
these heat races out," said a jubilant Dewease, "We run here enough...so
we'll figure it out sooner or later."
"This is the same set-up we ran here last week but the track is a bit
better than it was last week. The crew worked hard all day. It was a long
day for a lot of us...we had troubles up at Port Royal every time we went
out. They worked hard when we got here. Thank god for a safe trip down here.
When we come down the highway from Port Royal today - we were coming down
Dewease, whose only other finishes out of the top-five have been a sixth
and a ninth, picked up $2,500 dollars for his night's work. The win was also
his second overall in 410 sprint competition in 2001.
"One of our goals was to run top-five every race...but we know that's not
going to happen every race," Dewease said. "We broke that last week at the
Grove when we ran sixth, but we were still a pretty good race car. We were a
pretty good race car today (at Port) but we just didn't have the breaks go
our way and had a couple of things happen to us (a flat tire)."
Cris Eash slipped past Young on the final lap for second, but finished 1.82
seconds behind the winner. Young hung on for a hard-fought third place
finish, with Memphis, Tennessee's Greg Hodnett fourth (who started eighth)
and Rahmer fifth.
Completing the top-10 were Sinking Spring's Dave Ely, Louisiana invader
Jason Johnson, Hallam's Bobby Weaver, Mifflintown's Keith Kauffman, and
York's Todd Gracey.
Heats for the 29 super sprints on hand were won by Darren Eash, Dave Ely,
and Steve Siegel, with Cliff Brian winning the consolation.
Spring Grove's Mike Zeigler led the final 12 laps to score his first win of
the year and third of his Lincoln career in the 20-lap thundercar feature.
Zeigler took second from his fourth starting spot on the first lap, and
wrestled the lead from Fred Cullum on lap eight. Bobby Rudisill spotted
Bernie Beard second place on lap eight, and then pressured Zeigler the rest
of the way in the crash-marred event that included a rare double flip.
Polesitter Cork Laughman and Ken Berwager flipped simultaneously on the
fourth turn of the first lap. Berwager's spectacular flip was nose over
tail. Neither driver was injured.
Bernie Beard crossed third, followed by ninth-starting Ron Shultz and Bobby
Beard (who came from the back after the fourth-turn melee on lap one).
Zeigler's final margin of victory was .69 seconds.
Heats for the 26 thundercars on hand were won by Berwager, Bobby Beard, and
Delaware's Lou Johnson picked up the win in the 15-lap vintage car feature.
Johnson, in his first ride as substitute for car owner Tony Steele
(recovering from surgery), took the lead after he and Oscar Fields got
together on the second turn of lap eight. Fields came from the back to
finish fifth. Second through fourth were Tom Strickler, Bryan Brooks, and
Lloyd Hockenberry. The vintage cars ran both the modifieds and the
sportsman divisions at the same time. Fastest among the sportsman was Pete
Cobb, who crossed seventh.
Pete Cobb won the seven-car sportsman vintage car stock car heat event and
Tony Steele captured the 10-car modified vintage stock car heat.
Lincoln Speedway swings back into action next Saturday night, April 7th
with the super sprint and thundercar regulars being joined by the popular
limited late models of Silver Spring Speedway. Gates will open at 4 p.m.,
with hot laps at 5:30 p.m., and the first heat getting underway at 6 p.m.
Next weekend will also mark the final 6 p.m. start at Lincoln Speedway
before switching to 7 p.m. starting times on April 14th.
Saturday - March 31, 2001
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 88H-Lance Dewease ($2,500); 2. 17-Cris Eash; 3.
17N-Niki Young; 4. 12-Greg Hodnett; 5. 77-Fred Rahmer; 6. 29-Dave Ely; 7.
22E-Jason Johnson; 8. X-Bobby Weaver; 9. 7-Keith Kauffman; 10. 25-Todd
Gracey; 11. 22M-Mark Smith; 12. 10N-Chris Knopp; 13. 30-Darren eash; 14.
37-Shawn Stidfole; 15. 07-Cliff Brian; 16. 6W-Josh Wells (DNF); 17. 66-Steve
Siegel (DNF); 18. 94-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF); 19. 9-Kevin Schaeffer (DNF);
20. 43-Larry Shive (DNF); 21. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr. (DNF); 22. 9X-Bill
Heltzel (DNF); 23. 7K-Dan Shetler (DNF); 24. 3-Jeff Rohrbaugh (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Niki Young (1-16), Lance Dewease (17-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 30-Darren Eash; 2. 7-Keith Kauffman; 3.
77-Fred Rahmer; 4. X-Bobby Weaver; 5. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 6. 10N-Chris
Knopp; 7. 9-Kevin Schaeffer; 8. 8B-Brian Woodhall; 9. 32-Brook Weibley;
DNS - 9X-Bill Heltzel. No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 29-Dave Ely; 2. 3-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 3.
17-Chris Eash; 4. 22E-Jason Johnson; 5. 25-Todd Gracey; 6. 43-Larry Shive;
7. 26-Pat Cooper; 8. 55S-Billy Sims; 9. 7K-Dan Ashetler. No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 66-Steve Siegel; 2. 17N-Niki Young; 3.
12-Greg Hodnett; 4. 88H-Lance Dewease; 5. 22M-Mark Smith; 6. 6W-Josh Wells;
7. 07-Cliff Brian; 8. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 9. 21-Trevor Lewis; 10. 37-Shawn
Stidfole. Time - 2:21.12
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 07-Cliff Brian; 2. 9-Kevin
Schaeffer; 3. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 4. 37-Shawn Stidfole; 5. 7K-Dan Shetler;
6. 9X-Bill Heltzel; 7. 21-Trevor Lewis (DNF); 8. 8B-Brian Woodhall (DNF);
DNS - 26-Pat Cooper, 55S-Billy Sims. No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 21A-Mike Ziegler Jr.; 2. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 3.
X-Bernie Beard; 4. 31-Ron Shultz; 5. 5-Bobby Beard; 6. 95-Fred Cullum; 7.
10-Steve Clabaugh; 8. 1-Neil Smith; 9. 14-Chet McCormick; 10. 2-Jeremy
Brown; 11. 95A-Alan Cullum; 12. 11R-Jim Rost; 13. 17-Butch Harvey; 14.
17H-Tim Hahn; 15. 9-Jeff Wilson; 16. 22-Nat Tuckey (DNF); 17. 34-Gregg
Messersmith (DNF); 18. 9C-Al Cramer (DNF); 19. 21-Jerry Bingaman (DNF); 20.
67-Randy Doty (Alt.)(DNF); 21. 7-Craig Wagaman (DNF); 22. 60-Cork Laughman
(DNF); 23. 77-Ken Berwager (DNF); 24. 25-Sean Herrick (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Fred Cullum (1-7), Mike Ziegler Jr. (8-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 77-Ken Berwager; 2. 22-Nat Tuckey; 3.
31-Ron Shultz; 4. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 5. 25-Sean Herrick; 6. 9C-Al Crammer;
7. 95A-Alan Cullum; 8. 11R-Jim Rost; 9. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 10. 67-Randy Doty.
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 5-Bobby Beard; 2. 95-Fred Cullum; 3.
3R-Bobby Rudisill; 4. 21A-Mike Ziegler Jr.; 5. X-Bernie Beard; 6. 7-Craig
Wagaman; 7. 17H-Tim Hahn; 8. 17-Butch Harvey; DNS - 52B-Jim Honaker. Time -
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 2. 14-Chet McCormick;
3. 60-Cork Laughman; 4. 1-Neil Smith; 5. 2-Jeremy Brown; 6. 34-Greg
Messersmith; 7. 9-Jeff Wilson; 8. 88-Rodney Clouser (DNF); 9. 56-Duane Hahn.
Modified Vintage Stock Cars/Sportsman Vintage Stock Cars (2 Divisions
Feature ( 15 Laps) - 1. 31-Lou Johnson (Modified Vintage Winner); 2.
130-Thomas Strickler; 3. 60-Bryan Brooks; 4. 33-Loyd Hockenberry; 5. 5-Oscar
Fields; 6. 45-Tom Swanger; 7. 65-Pete Cobb (Sportsman Vintage Winner); 8.
4-Larry Felty; 9. 1-Stew Wenrich; 10. 8-Harry McConnell; 11. 46-Glenn
Poblitz; 12. 57-David Potteiger; 13. 113JR-Willie Brymesser; 14. 00-Greg
Emlet; DNS - 911F-Fred Thompson, 70-Craig Coghill. No Time
Lap Leaders - Oscar Fields (1-7), Lou Johnson (8-15)
Sportsman Vintage Stock Cars Heat ( 6 Laps) - 1. 65-Pete Cobb; 2. 1-Stew
Wenrich; 3. 4A-Larry Felty; 4. 911F-Fred Thompson; 5. 70-Craig Coghill; 6.
113JR-Willie Brymesser. No Time
Modified Vintage Stock Cars Heat (6 Laps) - 1. 31-Tony Steele; 2. 5-Oscar
Feilds; 3. 130-Thomas Sickler; 4. 60-Bryan Brooks; 5. 45-Tom Swanger; 6.
33-Loyd Hockenberry; 7.8-Harry McConnell; 8. 46-Glenn Poblitz; 9. 00-Greg
Emlet; 10. 57-David Potteiger. No Time