posted April 22, 2001 09:43 AM
RAHMER CONTINUES MASTERY OF LINCOLN SPEEDWAY;
Scott Ausherman picks-up emotion 358 win; Ziegler scores second in a row in
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 4/21/01 - Fred Rahmer does it again!
The Salfordville speedster blasted from his 12th starting position and
methodically drove through the field to catch race-leader Darren Eash by the
14th lap. Then after having a pass for the lead negated on the 17th lap due
to a red flag, Rahmer then slipped under Eash in the third and fourth turns
on the restart and drove away to his sixth win in seven races at the Pigeon
"There's a lot of them," Rahmer said after climbing out of his winning Al
Hamilton-owned Manheim Auto Auction No.77 sprinter in victory lane."Glenndon
(Forsythe), Billy Sims, Chris Knopp, a whole group of them...they keep
making my job harder."
"Al (Hamilton) gives me good equipment. Moon and Rich, Scott and Wop, and
all them, they got the car going around pretty good. We were a little better
than we were last week and hopefully we'll get a little better for next
After a caution on the initial start of the 25 lap super sprint feature for
a Cliff Brian spin, polesitter Glenndon Forsythe grabbed the lead at the
drop of the green over fellow frontrow starter Billy Sims.
The red flag waved on the third lap when Josh Wells hit the outside third
turn wall hard. Wells was unhurt, but done for the night.
Forsythe pulled out to a 1.42 second lead following the restart with Sims,
third-starting Darren Eash, sixth-starting P.J. Chesson and eighth-starting
Bobby Weaver in tow. A flip by Tennessee invader Jason Sides in the first
and second turns on the sixth lap, which also collected Cliff Brian and
Larry Shive, stopped the action one more time.
On the restart Rahmer had worked his way up to sixth and drove around P.J.
Chesson in the first and second turns to move into the top-five, and then
passed Weaver at the other end of the track on the seventh lap to move into
fourth as Forsythe continued to lead Sims, Darren Eash.
A Brook Weibley spin in the third and fourth turns on the eighth lap slowed
the action one more time. While under the caution, second place Sims was
forced to go to the rear after being penalized for hitting the starting cone
on the sixth lap restart - moving all the front-runners up a spot in the
On the restart Forsythe pulled away to a near full second lead over Eash as
Rahmer appeared to ease up the pressure while running third with 10 laps in
"I was just looking for a good spot on the track to get going and get the
tires warmed up," Rahmer said. "Once I found out where I needed to run I got
back at it and we were able to get it done."
Then Rahmer appeared to turn it up a notch on the 12th lap as both he and
Eash appeared to be tracking down the leader. Forsythe then suddenly pulled
a huge wheelie while coming down the frontstretch to complete the 13th lap
and slowed momentarily - allowing both Eash and Rahmer the opportunity to
pass Forsythe with Eash taking over the top spot.
Eash then began to give Rahmer fits as he attempted to block his every
move. Rahmer appeared to pass Eash on the backstretch of the 17th lap for
the lead - only to have pass called back when Forsythe and P.J. Chesson
tangled in the third and fourth turn, with Eash given a second shot at
holding back Rahmer.
But Rahmer was not to be denied this night as he drove under Eash for the
lead one more time in the third and fourth turns of the 17th lap. From there
Rahmer left no doubt and led the rest of the way for his 105th career win at
"Darren was running good enough tonight that when that red came out and I
had to get back behind him again I thought he's move up on the track," said
Rahmer on his battle with Darren Eash. "If he'd had done that I don't know
if I would have got him...he had to cover the bottom too because going into
one if he would have went to the top I would have just tried a flyer on
Rahmer took the checkered 1.64 seconds ahead of Eash at the end of 25 laps
for his 105th career win at Lincoln. Rahmer's 262nd career super sprint win
was worth $2,500.
"It's the whole combination," Rahmer said on his Lincoln success . "J&J
cars, American Racer Tires, they do a great job...Don Ott engines, they run
flawlessly every week."
"It's just the combination. The young guys just don't have the laps I do.
Darren and I were talking earlier about how he don't have near the
experience...you can buy all the good parts, but unless you have time on the
track it's just not the same."
Ijamsville, Maryland's Darren Eash settled for a hard-earned second place
finish, with Bedminster New Jersey's P.J. Chesson following in third,
Hanover's Cris Eash fourth, and Bedminster New Jersey's James Chesson fifth.
Completing the top-10 were Hellam's Bobby Weaver, New Oxford's Steve Siegel,
Texan Ronald Laney, Spring Grove's Niki Young, and Mont Alto's Lance
Heats for the 23 super sprints on hand were won by Forsythe, Darren Eash,
Dover's Scott Ausherman averted near disaster on the 13th lap and
eventually raced away to an emotional first win in the 20 lap 358 sprint
feature. While running second, race-long leader Rick Horn and Ausherman
appeared to lock wheels exiting the fourth turn of the 13th lap - sending
Horn flipping violently down the frontstretch. Horn was uninjured, but done
for the night. Once inheriting the lead on the 13th lap Ausherman (who had
started ninth) then held off 10th-starting Eric Stambaugh of East Berlin
over the remaining laps to pick up an emotional win for car owner and close
friend Jimmy Strawsbaugh. Brian Eichelberger settled for third, with Billy
Dietrich fourth and Kevin Drury fifth. Completing the top-10 were Alan
Krimes, Gary Gollub, Jake Raudabaugh, Cory Haas, and Matt Boland.
Heats for the 33 "358" sprints on hand were won by Eichelberger, Alan
Krimes, and Horn, with Brian Marriott winning the consolation.
Stoverstown's Mike Ziegler Jr. backed up his win from the week before by
passing Gary Potts on the ninth lap for the lead and led the rest of the way
for his second consecutive victory in the 20 lap thundercar feature.
Pott's, who started fifth, got a great jump at the drop of the green to
take the lead on the first lap with seventh-starting Ziegler pulling in
behind on the second go around. Ziegler eventually was able to slip around
the Stoverstown racer for the lead on the ninth lap and had to fight him off
the rest of the way in picking up his division-leading third win of the
season - and the fifth of his career at Lincoln. Potts settled for second,
and was followed by Neil Smith, Nat Tuckey, and Allan Cullum.
Heats for the 33 thundercars on hand were won by Roy Warehime, Potts, and
Alan Cullum, with Bobby Rudisill winning the consolation.
Lincoln Speedway swings back into action next Saturday night, April 28st at
7 p.m. with another three division show featuring the super sprints, 358
sprints, and 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.
The following week, Saturday, May 5th, the All Star Circuit of Champions
come to Lincoln Speedway for the first of two appearances at the Pigeon
Hills oval in 2001. Gates will open at 5 p.m., with hot laps at 7 p.m., and
time trials commencing at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday - April 21, 2001\
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($2,500); 2. 30-Darren Eash; 3.
76-P.J. Chesson; 4. 17-Cris Eash; 5. 22-James Chesson; 6. X-Bobby Weaver; 7.
66-Steve Siegel; 8. 52-Ronald Laney; 9. 17N-Niki Young; 10. 88H-Lance
Dewease; 11. 10N-Chris Knopp; 12. 29-Dave Ely; 13. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.;
14. 32-Brook Weibley; 15. 22M-Mark Smith; 16. 55S-Billy Sims; 17. 7K-Dan
Shetler; 18. 94-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF); 19. 43-Larry Shive (DNF); 20.
12-Greg Hodnett (DNF); 21. 7-Jason Sides (DNF); 22. 07-Cliff Brian (DNF);
23. 6W-Josh Wells (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Glenndon Forsythe (1-13), Darren Eash (14-16), Fred Rahmer
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 2. X-Bobby
Weaver; 3. 76-P.J. Chesson; 4. 22-James Chesson; 5. 07-Cliff Brian; 6.
52-Ronald Laney; 7. 32-Brook Weibley; 8. 7K-Dan Shetler. Time - 2:21.06
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 30--Darren Eash; 2. 29-Dave Ely; 3.
17-Cris Eash; 4. 17N-Niki Young; 5. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 6. 22M-Mark
Smith; 7. 7-Jason Sides; DNS - 43-Larry Shive. Time - 2:23.68
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 55S-Billy Sims; 2. 77-Fred Rahmer; 3.
6W-Josh Wells; 4. 66-Steve Siegel; 5. 10N-Chris Knopp; 6. 88H-Lance Dewease;
7. 12-Greg Hodnett (DNF). Time - 2:23.55
Feature (20 Laps) -1. 21A-Mike Ziegler Jr.; 2. 8-Gary Potts; 3. 1-Neil
Smith; 4. 8R-Nat Tuckey; 5. 95A-Allan Cullum; 6. 5-Bobby Beard; 7. 10-Steve
Clabaugh; 8. 77-Ken Berwager; 9. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 10. X-Bernie Beard; 11.
21-Jerry Bingaman; 12. 95-Fred Cullum; 13. 31-Ron Shultz; 14. 2-Jeremy
Brown; 15. 11R-Jim Rost; 16. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 17. 14-Chet McCormick; 18.
4PJ-Pat McClane; 19. 4-Greg Feltch; 20. 3-Duane Watson; 21. 60-Cork Laughman
(DNF); 22. 34-Greg Messersmith (DNF); 23. 38-Roy Warehime (DNF); 24. 7-Craig
Wagaman (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Gary Potts (1-8), Mike Ziegler Jr. (9-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 30-Roy Warehime; 2. 8R-Nat Tuckey; 3.
7-Craig Wagaman; 4. 31-Ron Shultz; 5. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 6. 14-Chet
McCormick; 7. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 8. X-Bernie Beard; 9. 4PJ-Pat McClane; 10.
56-Duane Hahn; 11. 78-Ron Farrar (DNF). Time - 2:53.26
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 8-Gary Potts; 2. 60-Cork Laughman; 3.
1-Neil Smith; 4. 21A-Mike Ziegler Jr.; 5. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 6. 2-Jeremy
Brown; 7. 95-Fred Cullum; 8. 12M-Jake Markey; 9. 23-John Moser (DNF); 10.
34-Greg Messersmith (DNF); 11. 17C-Dave Clouser (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 95A-Allan Cullum; 2. 5-Bobby Beard; 3.
3-Duane Watson; 4. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 5. 4-Greg Feltch; 6. 77-Ken Berwager;
7. 11R-Jim Rost; 8. 31H-Dave Highland; 9. 63-William Knauss; 10. 25-Sean
Herrick; DNS - 8MD-David Prunkl. No Time
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 2. X-Bernie Beard;
3. 95-Fred Cullum; 4. 11R-Jim Rost; 5. 4PJ-Pat McClane; 6. 34-Greg
Messersmith; 7. 56-Duane Hahn; 8. 78-Ron Farrar; 9. 23-John Moser; 10.
31H-Dave Highland; 11. 12M-Jake Markey (DNF); 12. 17C-Dave Clouser (DNF);
13. 63-William Knauss (DNF); DNS - 25-Sean Herrick, 8MD-David Prunkl. No
Feature (20 laps) - 1. 88-Scott Ausherman; 2. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 3. 55E-Brian
Eichelberger; 4. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 5. 31D-Kevin Drury; 6. 87-Alan Krimes;
7. 00-Gary Gollub; 8. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh; 9. 11C-Cory Haas; 10. 22T-Matt
Boland; 11. 11S-Duaine Smith; 12. 3J-Judd Shepard; 13. 8-Glenndon Forsythe;
14. 18-Brian Marriott; 15. 17M-Michael Creaghan; 16. 9-Bill Heltzel; 17.
66H-Dale Hammaker (DNF); 18. 59-Jim Siegel (DNF); 19. 22J-Joe Ilg (DNF); 20.
01-Rick Horn (DNF); 21. 1K-Mike Miller (DNF); 22. 7C-Chad Trout (DNF); 23.
6-Bobby Weaver (DNF); 24. 56V-Tim Hershey (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Rick Horn (1-12), Scott Ausherman (13-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 55E-Brian Eichelberger; 2. 31D-Kevin
Drury; 3. 88-Scott Ausherman; 4. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 5. 00-Gary Gollub; 6.
22T-Matt Boland; 7. 18-Brian Marriott; 8. 9-Bill Heltzel; 9. 59-Jim Siegel;
DNS - 10-Chad Wolf, 30-Jimmy Layton. Time - 2:02.22
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 87-Alan Krimes; 2. 11C-Cory Has; 3.
56V-Tim Hershey; 4. 4-Eric Stamabugh; 5. 713-Bob Fisher; 6. 3J-Judd Shepard;
7. 35-Randy Neiman; 8. 5A-Brian Allman; 9. 32-Stacey Eastwood; 10. 4B-Jake
Raudabaugh (DNF); 11. 56M-Mark Zellars (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 01-Rick Horn; 2. 66H-Dale Hammaker; 3.
17M-Michael Creaghan; 4. 1K-Mike Miller; 5. 22J-Joe Ilg; 6. 7C-Chad Trout;
7. 11S-Duaine Smith; 8. 6-Bobby Weaver; 9. 8-Glenndon Forsythe; 10.
88X-Larry Lamey (DNF); 11. 14-Will Urkuski (DNF). Time - 2:03.47
Consolation (8 Laps/7 to qualify) - 1. 18-Brian Marriott; 2. 4B-Jake
Raudabaugh; 3. 11S-Duane Smith; 4. 8-Glenndon Forsythe; 5. 6-Bobby Weaver;
6. 59-Jim Siegel; 7. 9-Bill Heltzel; 8. 14-Will Urkuski; 9. 35-Randy Neiman;
10. 32-Stacey Eastwood; 11. 56M-Mark Zellers (DNF); 12. 30B-Jimmy Layton
(DNF); 13. 88X-Doug Esh (DNF); 14. 5A-Brian Allman (DNF); DNS - 10-Chad
Wolf; Scratched - 713-Bob Fisher. No Time