posted April 07, 2001 11:34 PM
April 14, 2001 Sat. 7:00 PM Super Sprints, ARDC Midgets & Thundercars
April 21, 2001 Sat. 7:00 PM Super Sprints, 358 Sprints & Thundercars
April 28, 2001 Sat. 7:00 PM Super Sprints, 358 Sprints & Thundercars
RAHMER LOSING STREAK ENDS AT ONE;
Herrick picks up career win number two in thundercars; Covert dominant in
limited late models
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 4/7/01 - The losing streak is over.
That is, if you consider one race a "streak." If you're Salfordsville's
Fred Rahmer, and you're at Lincoln Speedway - that's exactly what it would
Rahmer, who had his three-race winning streak snapped last week by Mont
Alto's Lance Dewease, came back with a vengeance this week. Rahmer, who
started in his usual handicapped 12th starting position, raced down Brook
Weibley and passed the York Springs racer on the backstretch of the 13th lap
for the lead. From there, is was academic...as he put on a driving display
that would even make all-time winner Steve Smith (150 wins) proud. Rahmer
took the checkered 3.78 second ahead of his nearest competitor in winning
the 25 lap super sprint feature for his fourth win of the season - and
started another winning streak in the process.
"It seems like it's been a while," said Rahmer in victory lane. "I guess
Lance (Dewease) figures on running here every week, and that's going to make
it tougher...there's a lot of good cars here already - Cris Eash, Steve
Siegel, too many to name - it's hard to just make the transfer in the heat
races from the back."
"We've got Richie and Scotty and 'Wop', everybody that helps on the
car...I'll tell you when we left here last week we were not very happy. I
get a bad attitude when we don't win. I don't have to win, but, I have to
run up to our capability. And we didn't do that last week. We regrouped this
week. We've got a long way to go, but hopefully we'll be able to get it
Polesitter Glenndon Forsythe of Aspers out-raced outside frontrow starter
Billy Sims of Enola at the drop of the green to grab the lead at the outset.
Third-starting Brook Weibley got around Sims before the first lap was in the
books to move into second. The caution waved on the third lap when Cliff
Brian brought the Tanger No.07 sprinter to a stop on the backstretch.
On the restart, Weibley was able to work his way around Forsythe in the
third and fourth turns to grab the top spot as they completed the third lap.
>From there, Weibley opened up a comfortable 1.57 second lead by the fifth
lap with Chris Knopp advancing from his fourth-starting position to move
into the runner-up spot by the fifth lap as well.
Meanwhile, Rahmer was moving into to the top five. By the time the leaders
moved into lapped traffic on the eighth circuit, Rahmer had already disposed
of Forsythe to move into fourth. A three-car battle between Knopp, Siegel,
and Rahmer through lapped traffic culminated with Rahmer moving under both
drivers to move into the runner-up spot on the tenth lap. Through it all,
Weibley's lead continued to shrink.
Rahmer wasted no time, and passed Weibley on the backstretch of lap 13.
After that, the race was for second. As Rahmer built a huge lead, Siegel
passed Weibley for second on lap 17. Just as it appeared Rahmer would race
away uncontested, the final caution waved on lap 24 for a tangle between
Josh Wells and Larry Shive on turn two.
Todd Shaffer, Greg Hodnett, and Niki Young were among the lapped cars
between Rahmer and second-place Siegel on the final restart. Rahmer pulled
away over the final two laps to take the checkered for the 103rd time at
Lincoln and fourth win in five races in the Pigeon Hills this year.
"Again, I've got to take my hat off to Lincoln for persevering. We were at
the shop and never figured on racing. I'll tell ya, we really appreciate
being able to come out and race tonight and the people that come out to
"It was pretty intense," Rahmer said, "I knew the way Siegel looked he was
real strong...I knew I couldn't let him get to the front first, and when we
came to them lapped cars, I think we were about equal and I knew I had to
make something happen, and I shoved it through there and was able to go on
Third through fifth behind Siegel were Weibley, Knopp, and Cris Eash (who
came from 13th). Completing the top ten were Jeff Rohrbaugh, Lance Dewease
(who started 16th), Johnny Mackison, Forsythe, and Bobby Weaver.
"On any given night, there is a lot of guys in these pits that could win,"
Rahmer was quick to point out. "You can't underestimate any of these teams.
They all have good equipment, and on there night it's going to be over."
"I don't take anything away from any of them because they are all good
racers. Some just don't have as much time in the seat as the rest of us."
"Fred Putney does an excellent job of preparing this racing surface,"
Rahmer added. "Today, for the conditions, to have a surface like this you
could run anywhere on the track...it was incredible."
Heats for the 22 super sprints on hand were won by Forsythe and Siegel.
They raced for every position in the 20-lap thundercar feature, but Sean
Herrick led them all to win his second career Lincoln feature. He took the
lead from Gregg Messersmith from his outside front row starting position as
the field entered the first turn, and won by .85 seconds. Messersmith ran
second the whole way, despite heavy pressure from defending champ Bobby
Beard (from his 11th starting spot) over the final five laps.
Nat Tuckey and Ken Berwager finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Heats for the 28 thundercars on hand were won by Craig Wagaman (who was
scheduled to start on the pole but scratched from the feature), Herrick, and
Messersmith, with Jeremy Brown winning the consolation.
Defending Silver Spring champion Jason Covert of Middletown claimed his
second Lincoln win in a row (dating back to last year) in the 20-lap feature
for the visiting limited late models. Covert started fourth and passed
Bernie Beard for the lead on lap two. He took the checkered 3.66 seconds
ahead of York's Jeff Leiphart, with Scott Richwine finishing third.
All-time Silver Spring winner Ed Jones qualified through the consi and
advanced from his 19th starting position to finish fourth, with Jack Lettick
Heats for the 29 limited late models on hand were won by Leiphart, Carl
Billet, and Bud Witmer.
Lincoln Speedway swings back into action next Saturday night, April 14th at
7 p.m. with the super sprint and thundercar regulars. joining them will be
the popular ARDC Midgets who will be opening their season at the Pigeon
Hills oval. Also on hand will be none other than the Eastern Bunny, with an
egg hunt for the kids (ages 0-6 and 7-9) getting underway at 6:15 p.m.
Gates will open at 5 p.m., with hot laps at 6:30 p.m., and the first heat
getting underway at 7 p.m.
Saturday - April 7, 2001
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($2,500); 2. 66-Steve Siegel; 3.
32-Brook Weibley; 4. 10N-Chris Knopp; 5. 17-Cris Eash; 6. 3-Jeff Rohrbaugh;
7. 88H-Lance Dewease; 8. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 9. 94-Glenndon Forsythe;
10. X-Bobby Weaver; 11. 6W-Josh Wells; 12. 29-Dave Ely; 13. 88-Todd Shaffer;
14. 17N-Niki Young; 15. 12-Greg Hodnett; 16. 22M-Mark Smith; 17. 07-Cliff
Brian; 18. 00-Shane Smith; 19. 43-Larry Shive (DNF); 20. 30-Darren Eash
(DNF); 21. 7K-Dan Shetler (DNF); 22. 55S-Billy Sims (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Glenndon Forsythe (1-2), Brook Weibley (3-12), Fred Rahmer
1st Heat (10 Laps) - 1. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 2. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 3.
32-Brook Weibley; 4. 6W-Josh Wells; 5. 77-Fred Rahmer; 6. 3-Jeff Rohrbaugh;
7. 17-Cris Eash; 8. 7K-Dan Shetler; 9. X-Bobby Weaver; 10. 30-Darren Eash;
11. 22M-Mark Smith. Time - 2:21.55
2nd Heat (10 Laps) - 1. 66-Steve Siegel; 2. 55S-Billy Sims; 3. 88-Todd
Shaffer; 4. 07-Cliff Brian; 5. 10N-Chris Knopp; 6. 12-Greg Hodnett; 7.
29-Dave Ely; 8. 88H-Lance Dewease; 9. 17N-Niki Young; 10. 00-Shane Smith;
11. 43-Larry Shive. Time - 2:23.66
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 25-Sean Herrick; 2. 34-Greg Messersmith; 3. 5-Bobby
Beard; 4. 8R-Nat Tuckey; 5. 77-Ken Berwager; 6. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 7.
56-Duane Hahn; 8. 31-Ron Shultz; 9. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 10. 61-Mike Ciezobka;
11. 8-Gary Potts; 12. 3-Duane Watson; 13. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 14. X-Bernie
Beard; 15. 95A-Alan Cullum; 16. 78-Ron Farrar; 17. 14-Chet McCormick; 18.
60-Cork Laughman; 19. 11R-Jim Rost; 20. 2-Jeremy Brown; 21. 67-Randy Doty;
22. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); 23. 95-Fred Cullum(DNF); 24. 63-William Knouse
(DNF); DNS - 7-Craig Wagaman. No Time
Lap Leaders - Sean Herrick (1-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 7-Craig Wagaman; 2. 56-Duane Hahn; 3.
95-Fred Cullum; 4. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 5. 3-Duane Watson; 6. 31-Ron Shultz;
7. 2-Jeremy Brown; 8. 8-Gary Potts; 9. 67-Randy Doty (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 25-Sean Herrick; 2. 1-Neil Smith; 3.
21-Jerry Bingaman; 4. 8R-Nat Tuckey; 5. X-Bernie Beard; 6. 11R-Jim Rost; 7.
14-Chet McCormick; 8. 60-Cork Laughman; 9. 9-Jeff Wilson (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 34-Greg Messersmith; 2. 5-Bobby Beard;
3. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 4. 77-Ken Berwager; 5. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 6. 78-Ron
Farrar; 7. 95A-Alan Cullum; 8. 31H-Dave Highland; 9. 21A-Mike Ziegler Jr.
(DNF); DNS - 63-William Knouse. No Time
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 2-Jeremy Brown; 2. 14-Chet
McCormick; 3. 95A-Alan Cullum; 4. 8-Gary Potts; 5. 60-Cork Laughman; 6.
67-Randy Doty; 7. 31H-Dave Highland; 8. 63-William Knouse; DNS - 21A-Mike
Ziegler Jr., 9-Jeff Wilson. Time - 2:07.73
Silver Spring Limited Late Models:
Feature (20 laps) - 1. M1-Jason Covert; 2. 8-Jeff Leiphart; 3. 2-Scott
Richwine; 4. 29-Ed Jones; 5. 19-Jake Lettick; 6. 41F-Scott McCann; 7.
33-Harold Beinhower; 8. 116-Charlie Kope; 9. 5W-Bud Witmer; 10. 22-Mark
Billet; 11. 4-John Rudy; 12. 08-Randy Croop; 13. 11-Dave Sokolowski; 14.
10-Fred Harden; 15. 86-Bob Spahr; 16. 0-Larry Baer; 17. NINE-Carl Graves;
18. X-Bernie Beard; 19. 23-Gary Warehime; 20. 18-Ty Shatzer (DNF); 21.
7-Carl Billet (DNF); 22. F1-Coleby Frye (DNF); 23. 12-Styerling Kinard
(DNF); 24. 5K-Kirk Ryan (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Bernie Beard (1), Jason Covert (2-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 8-Jeff Leiphart; 2. 19-Jake Lettich; 3.
X-Bernie Beard; 4. 2-Scott Richwine; 5. 18-Ty Shatzer; 6. 116-Charlie Kope;
7. 08-Randy Croop; 8. 29-Ed Jones; 9. 27-Bryan Coffey; 10. 15-Chris Byers
(DNF). Time - 2:24.56
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 7-Carl Billet; 2. 41F-Scott McCann; 3.
33-Harold Beinhower; 4. NINE-Carl Graves; 5. 12-Sterling Kinard; 6. 4-John
Rudy; 7. 23-Gary Warehime; 8. 34-Rob Reed; 9. 6-Terry Gingerich; 10.
F1-Coleby Frye. Time - 2:24.44
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 5W-Bud Witmer; 2. M1-Jason Covert; 3.
5K-Kirk Ryan; 4. 0-Larry Baer; 5. 10-Fred Hardin; 6. 86-Bob Spahr; 7.
11-Dave Sokolowski; 8. 67-Jeff Kendall; 9. 22-Mark Billet (DNF). Time -
Consolation (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 29-Ed Jones; 2. 08-Randy Croop; 3.
11-Dave Sokolowski; 4. 22-Mark Billet; 5. 23-Gary Warehime; 6. F1-Coleby
Frye; 7. 67-Jeff Kendall; 8. 27-Bryan Coffey; 9. 34-Rob Reed; 10. 6-Terry
Gingerich (DNF); DNS - 15-Chris Byers. No Time