posted April 14, 2001 11:51 PM
April 21, 2001 Sat. 7:00 PM Super Sprints, 358 Sprints & Thundercars
April 28, 2001 Sat. 7:00 PM Super Sprints, 358 Sprints & Thundercars
May 5, 2001 Sat. 7:30 PM ALL STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS
RAHMER MAKES IT FIVE OUT OF SIX IN LINCOLN MAIN;
Bull wins ARDC season opener; Zeigler, Jr. claims thundercar feature
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 4/14/01 - Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer continued his
winning ways at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night as he picked up his fifth
win out of six races. Rahmer passed York's Johnny Mackison Jr. exiting the
second turn of the 17th lap and then held off Mackison in a one-lap
shoot-out at the end to register his 104th career win at the Pigeon Hills
"We struggled a little bit and only ran as hard as I had to," Rahmer said
in victory lane. "They said Johnny (Mackison) was good at the end, but we
got there first."
Mackison, who started fifth, grabbed the race lead from polesitter Billy
Sims on the third and fourth turns of lap 8 and led until Rahmer slipped
underneath exiting the second turn of lap 17. Just when it appeared the
race was over, Mackison found new life and was closing quickly on the
four-time defending track champ when the final caution of the race waved for
Niki Young, who came to a stop on the fourth turn after the leaders had
completed lap 24. On the restart, Rahmer held his line and crossed a
half-second ahead of Mackison.
"We were a little tight and it made it hard to race up top," said Rahmer on
struggling in lapped traffic. "I took a lap after the checkered and I
realized I should have been running up top."
The win came on his car owner's birthday.
"If you drive for Al (Hamilton), and it's his birthday, you better win!"
Rahmer said jokingly.
"It's 47," Al Hamilton said jokingly when asked how old he was.
"It's incredible," commented Hamilton on the team's fifth Lincoln win,
"There are a lot of good cars here...it's not easy. Fred has a knack to get
through the crowd and he does it nice and clean."
Cris Eash, who got crossed up and spun on the original start, came from the
back of the field to finish third, with Steve Siegel crossing fourth and
Dave Ely fifth. Completing the top ten were James Chesson, Bobby Weaver,
Chris Knopp, Cliff Brian, and Sims.
"After watching the heats...almost everybody up through, even on the front
row...Billy Sims and Glenndon (Forsythe) - they're going to win races,"
Rahmer added. "It makes you hustle."
"Al gives us a good car," Rahmer was quick to point out. "Don Ott engines
and J&J cars...I want to also thank the Leiby's. My kids had a great time at
the Easter Egg Hunt. That's really something nice and extra they do for the
kids and we appreciate it."
Greg Hodnett's bad luck at Lincoln continued, as he spun while racing with
Eash for third on lap 18.
Mackison trailed by a half a second at the checkered to finish second, with
Hanover's Cris Eash third, New Oxford's Steve Siegel fourth, and
Waynesboro's Dave Ely was fifth.
Completing the top-10 were James Chesson, Bobby Weaver, Chris Knopp, Cliff
Brian, and Billy Sims.
Heats for the 20 super sprints on hand were won by Cris Eash and Glenndon
Local driver Ray Bull of New Chester took the lead from a slowing Bryan
Kobylarz on the backstretch of lap six and withstood heavy pressure from Ed
Stimely, Jr. to win the 25-lap season opener for the ARDC midgets. Stimely
was running fourth when Bull took the lead, assumed third when Kobylarz
dropped from the field two laps later, and caught Duane Mausteller for the
runner-up spot on lap 13. The last caution of the race on lap 19 for a
stopped Donnie Trent on the backstretch put Stimely on Bull's rear bumper,
where he stayed under green for the final six laps. Stimely took the inside
line and pulled even with Bull on every turn over the final laps, but Bull
held on for the .47-second victory. Crossing third through fifth were Jim
Jackson, Steve Craig, and Marc Dailey.
Heats for the 24 ARDC Midgets on hand were won by Bull, Trent, and Tim
Dietz. Dietz, the other local driver in the field, brought out the caution
after stopped on the backstretch of the first lap, and finished 17th.
Spring Grove's Mike Zeigler, Jr. darted from his fourth starting spot to
the lead exiting the second turn of the first lap, and led all 20 laps in
the thundercar feature. It was Zeigler's second win of the young season.
Despite leading them all, Zeigler was pressured by a number of drivers.
Fred Cullum dogged Zeigler from laps one through six, before Ken Berwager
squeezed by and chased the leader from laps seven through nine. Cullum
reclaimed second on lap ten and then gave way on lap 12 to Duane Watson, who
chased Zeigler through lap 18. Then Bobby Beard, driving Gary Potts' #8 car
after his car died in his heat, claimed second from Watson on the
next-to-last lap, and it was all Watson could do to hold off Bernie Beard
for fourth over the final lap. Zeigler's final margin of victory was one
car length over Bobby Beard, with Watson third, Bernie Beard fourth, and
Jerry Bingaman fifth.
Heats for the 29 thundercars on hand were won by Ron Shultz, Gary Potts,
and Fred Cullum. Potts gave up his starting spot when he turned his car over
to Bobby Beard for the consi. But only six cars reported for the consi,
automatically moving Beard into a 23rd starting spot for the feature.
Lincoln Speedway swings back into action next Saturday night, April 21st at
7 p.m. with the first of two consecutive shows featuring all three point
divisions - the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass Super Sprints, the
Budweiser/Motorsports Monthly 358 Sprints, and the Miller Brothers Chevrolet
Thundercars. 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 14, 2001
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($2,500); 2. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.;
3. 17-Cris Eash; 4. 66-Steve Siegel; 5. 29-Dave Ely; 6. 22-James Chesson; 7.
X-Bobby Weaver; 8. 10N-Chris Knopp; 9. 07-Cliff Brian; 10. 55S-Billy Sims;
11. 76-P.J. Chesson; 12. 6W-Josh Wells; 13. 7K-Dan Shetler; 14. 17N-Niki
Young (DNF); 15. 12-Greg Hodnett (DNF); 16. 7C-Chad Trout (DNF); 17.
43-Larry Shive (DNF); 18. 9-Bill Heltzel (DNF); 19. 94-Glenndon Forsythe
(DNF); DNS - 00-Shane Smith. No Time
Lap Leaders - Billy Sims (1-7), Johnny Mackison Jr. (8-16), Fred Rahmer
1st Heat (10 Laps) - 1. 17-Cris Eash; 2. 76-P.J. Chesson; 3. 55S-Billy Sims;
4. 6W-Josh Wells; 5. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 6. 66-Steve Siegel; 7. 17N-Niki
Young; 8. 00-Shane Smith; 9. 9-Bill Heltzel; 10. 43-Larry Shive. No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps) - 1. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 2. 77-Fred Rahmer; 3. 12-Greg
Hodnett; 4. 22-James Chesson; 5. 07-Cliff Brian; 6. X-Bobby Beard; 7.
29-Dave Ely; 8. 7K-Dan Shetler; 9. 7c-Chad Trout; 10. 10N-Chris Knopp (DNF)
Feature (20 Laps) -1. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 2. 8-Bobby Beard; 3. 3-Duane
Watson; 4. X-Bernie Beard; 5. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 6. 8R-Nat Tuckey; 7.
10-Steve Clabaugh; 8. 14-Chet McCormick; 9. 12M-Jake Markey;
10. 95-Fred Cullum; 11. 4-Greg Feltch; 12. 11-Scott Geib; 13. 63- Wiliam
Knaus; 14. 1-Neil Smith (DNF);
15. 67-Tim Startt (DNF); 16. 2-Jeremy Brown (DNF); 17. 61-Mike Ciezobka
(DNF); 18. 77-Ken Berwager (DNF); 19. 11R-Jim Rost (DNF); 20. 31-Ron Shultz
(DNF); 21. 3R-Bobby Rudisill (DNF); 22. 38-Roy Warehime (DNF); 23. 60-Cork
Laughman (DNS). No time.
Lap Leaders - Mike Ziegler Jr. (1-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 31-Ron Shultz; 2. 77-Ken Berwager; 3.
61-Mike Ciezobka; 4. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 5. X-Bernie Beard; 6. 60-Cork
Laughman; 7. 12M-Jack Markey; 8. 11-Scott Geib; 9. 8MD-David Prunkl (DNF);
10. 95A-Alan Cullum (DNS). No Time.
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 8-Gary Potts; 2. 3-Duane Watson; 3.
21a-Mike Zeigler, Jr.; 4. 8R-Nat Tuckey; 5. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 6. 11R-Jim
Rost; 7. 67-Tim Startt; 8. 63-William Knaus; 9. 9-Jeff Wilson; 10. 36H-Bob
Henry (DNS). No time.
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 95-Fred Cullum; 2. 1-Neil Smith; 3.
14-Chet McCormick; 4. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 5. 38-Roy Warehime; 6. 4-Greg
Feltch; 7. 17C-Dave Clouser; 8. 5-Bobby Beard; 9. 2-Jeremy Brown. No Time
ARDC Carquest Midgets:
Feature (25 laps) - 1. 1-Ray Bull; 2. 6-Ed Stimely, Jr.; 3. 96-Jim Jackson;
4. 55-Steve Craig; 5. 22-Marc Dailey; 6. 28-Brian Suchy; 7. 72-Kathy Kurtz;
8. 33-Lew Blair; 9. 15-Chris Morway; 10. 29-Jim Knickerbocker; 11. 54-Shawn
Burke; 12. 2-Donnie Trent; 13. 25-Duane Mausteller; 14. 49-Bryan Kobylarz;
15. 21-Randy Mausteller; 16. 95-Mark Lawshe; 17. 4-Tim Dietz; 18. 91-Gary
Halterman; 19. 57-Mike Krause; 20. 88-Frank Fiore (DNS). No time.
Lap Leaders - Steve Craig (1); Bryan Kobylarz (2-5); Ray Bull (6-25)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1-Ray Bull; 2. 25-Duane Mausteller; 3.
42-Walt Stearly; 4. 22-Marc Daily; 5. 33-Lew Blair; 6. 91-Gary Halteman; 7.
29-Jim Knickerbocker (DNF); 8. 57-Mike Krause (DNF). Time - 2:05.76
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 2-Donnie Trent; 2. 6-Ed Stimely Jr.; 3.
96-Jim Jackson; 4. 28-Brian Suchy; 5. 72-Kathy Kurtz; 6. 88-Frank Fiore Jr.
(DNF); 7. 93-Jerry Kobza (DNF); DNS - Cornell Neiderer. Time - 2:10.48
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 4-Tim Dietz; 2. 49-Bryan Kobylarz; 3.
21-Randy Mausteller; 4. 55-Steve Craig; 5. 15-Chris Mowery; 6. 54-Shawn
Burke; 7. 95-Mark Lawshe (DNF); 8. 38G-Jack Curtis (DNF). Time - 2:08.49