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posted April 08, 2001 10:59 AM UIN: 16262997
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
be called.*
Rahmer had his three-race Lincoln winning streak snapped last week by Mont
Alto's Lance Dewease. And Rahmer 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 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. "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 done."*
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.
Brook 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.*
Meanwhile, Rahmer was moving into to the top five and by the time the
leaders moved into lapped traffic on the eighth circuit. Rahmer moved into
fourth when a three-car battle between Chris Knopp, Steve Siegel, and Rahmer
through lapped traffic culminated with Rahmer moving under both drivers to
move into the runner-up spot on the tenth lap. Rahmer wasted no time, and
made his racing winning move around Weibley on the backstretch of 13th lap.*
Rahmer then pulled away to take the checkered for the 103rd time at Lincoln
and fourth win in five races in the Pigeon Hills this year.*
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. *
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.*
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 consolation
race and advanced from his 19th starting position to finish fourth, with
Jack Lettick crossing fifth.*
The race for the coveted Williams Grove Speedway track championship just
keeps getting more interesting each week. Prior to Friday night there were
four different winners in four races.*
Friday night Ocean View Delaware's Curt Michael threw his hat in the ring.*
Michael passed an inspired Rick Lafferty with a bold move in the third and
fourth turn of the sixth lap to take lead and led the rest of the way to
become the fifth different winner in as many races at the Historic
Mechanicsburg half-mile in winning the 25 lap super sprint feature.
Michael's second career Grove win was worth $3,000.*
"I knew I had to get to the front as fast as I could," said a victorious
Michael in victory lane. "The last time I won here I accidentally said I
made it look good...these guys (the crew) made it look good tonight."*
"We really worked hard for this front row position. We really stunk at the
beginning of the year. We'll take this win no matter how we got it."*
As the final 10 laps wound down Michael was able to maintain his
comfortable lead with lapped traffic looming ahead. But it wasn't until the
final lap that Michael had to deal with any of the backmarkers and he simply
raced a smooth final lap to take the checkered 1.54 seconds ahead of
Rohrbaugh for his first win of 2001.*
Rahmer (who started 12th), probably had the fastest car at the end, but was
forced to settle for third place. Len Thompson and Hodnet finished fourth
and fifth respectively.*
Mark Smith, who flipped in the super sprint feature, climbed into his super
sportsman car and dominated the 20 lap sportsman feature. Smith started
third, took the lead on the first lap and cruised to his ninth career
victory. Carmen Perigo, Billy Schofstall, Scott Snyder and Tim Wike
completed the top five.*
Sportsman heats went to Rusty Rupp, Smith, Perigo and Wike. Craig Morrow
and Howie Locke won the consolation races.*
Harrisburg's Chad Layton wired the field for his first career Selinsgrove
Speedway 358 sprint win Saturday night. The win marked Layton's second
victory of the season and the seventh of the 25-year-old's racing career.
Layton became the second winner in as many races at the Snyder County oval
to date this season. T.J. Stutts of Etters won the season opener the
previous week.*
Jim Yoder of Selinsgrove returned this week to capture his second win in a
row in the 20-lap Late Model feature, while Jake Buck of Port Trevorton won
his first career feature in the 12-lap Pro Stock main.*
Silver Spring Speedway canceled it's racing program Saturday night due to
persistent light rain. Silver Spring swings back into action next week,
April 14, with the super sportsman and late models, and, the street stocks
who have also been added to the program to make it a three division show.*
Afternoon rains prompted Port Royal Speedway officials to cancel their
Saturday racing program. Selinsgrove returns to action next Saturday, April
14 with a three division program of super sprints, late models and pro
stocks, scheduled to get underway at 7:00 p.m.*
In other news, officials have released that delivery of the speedways new
grandstands will begin on Monday. The speedway hopes to have the new
structure in place for the Gumout World of Outlaw show scheduled for April
Andy Anderson started off the season right. In the first points race
towards the coveted late model championship at Hagerstown Speedway the
Martinsburg, WV, racer picked up his second career victory in the ITSI late
model division.*
"I was pretty good in the heat and then the car started tightening up,"
said Anderson who edged out Roy Deese Jr. and Andy Fries for the win. "I
didn't know what to do with it on how many they were going to invert so I
didn't change much. Once we got out there and were riding around, I was
hoping we went the right way, but I wasn't sure."*
Others that started there season atop the point standings with wins were
Mercersburg's Marvin Winters in the late model sportsman division, Bruce
Leibowitz of Reisterstown, MD in the pure stocks and Josh Angle of
Greencastle in the 4-cylinder pure stocks.*
Of particular note, Dave Mikolajski led every lap and appeared to be the
winner of the pure stock feature. But Mikolajski declined to let inspectors
check his carburetor after the race and was disqualified, giving the win to
Oolitic, Indiana'a Mark Kinser continued his resurgence on the Pennzoil
World of Outlaw Tour Saturday night by picking up his third win in two weeks
in the Second Annual Texas Shootout at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, TX.*
Kinser inherited the lead on the 24th lap when race leader Craig Dollansky
pitted under a caution for a flat right rear tire.*
That was the only break Kinser needed as he led the rest of the way to take
the checkered 1.67 seconds ahead of Jeff Shepard and Brad Furr.*
"It takes patience, determination, and dedication to run with the World of
Outlaws," said Mark Kinser afterwards. "I think Craig (Dollansky) always had
the dedication and the determination, but he's learned patience now
too...his tire got a hole in it under that caution but it was probably in
just as good a shape as mine was, and it could have just as easily been him
here in victory lane."*
Steve Kinser sure knows how to make a sponsor happy. "The King of the
Outlaws" has made a habit of winning races in Houston - home of
Pennzoil/Quaker State - since Quaker State became his sponsor in 1995.*
Kinser drove his Quaker State Maxim to victory in both main events at
Houston Raceway Park a year ago and led all 30 laps Friday night before a
live audience when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series opened the Second
Annual Texas Shootout.*
Rookie Brad Furr gave "The King" a run for the $5,000 first prize, but was
.08 seconds behind at the checkered flag.*
"I knew someone was back there close to me," Kinser said. "I could hear him
getting off the corners. I wasn't really sure where to run. We were working
pretty good up top early, and when you're running good it's tough to move
around a lot."*
Phil Gressman was almost a surprise winner Saturday night at Eldora
Speedway in the All Star sprint 30-lap feature. Gressman ran down race long
leader Chad Kemenah to take the lead on the 21st lap and cross the line
first. But Gressman lost the race at the scales after his victory lane
interview, failing to make the 1,200 lb. minimum weight - and handed the win
to Kemenah.*
"The car just got a little bit loose," Kemenah recalled of his apparent
second place run which turned into a victory. "But it's a 1,200 lb. weight
rule and 1199 doesn't cut it."*
Kemenah said of Gressman's disqualification. "After leading all those laps
I'm not going to complain about winning this way.*

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