posted May 06, 2001 08:48 AM
SIEGEL BRINGS THE HOUSE DOWN WITH WIN OVER RAHMER, ALL-STARS;
Beard back in points lead with fourth win in thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 5/5/01 - "Awesome."
That's how 2001 Ms. Motorsports Mandy Fenstermacher described the racing in
her first visit to Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. Steve Siegel concurred.
"It was a blast, I love it, and when you can beat a competitor like Fred,
what more can you say ."
Siegel, at least for one night, ended Fred Rahmer's domination of victory
lane at Lincoln and turned away the invading All Star Circuit of Champions
in winning the 30 lap $5,000-to-win super sprint feature.
Third-starting Siegel passed All Star polesitter and race-long leader Greg
Wilson of Benton Ridge, OH, on the backstretch of the 10th lap for the lead,
and then held off the seven-time Lincoln winner and Lance Dewease over the
final laps to pick up his first win since 1999 at the Pigeon Hills oval.
The win was Siegel's 24th career win - eighth on the all time winners list
at Lincoln Speedway.
"I love this," said an outwardly happy Siegel in victory lane. "This is
good racing with Fred (Rahmer)...I mean that's the most exciting thing in
the world for me. Fred's a tremendous racer and he's a good friend of mine.
I just don't know what to say."
Rahmer started eighth and moved around Wilson into second on the 14th lap.
But Siegel was in command, holding a 2.2-second lead by the time the first
caution flag waved for All Star points leader Chad Kemenah's spin on turn
two. On the restart, Rahmer disposed of a lapped car and was on Siegel's
bumper when the drivers completed lap 23. Rahmer appeared to take the lead
in the first two turns of lap 24, but a red flag for a four-car tangle on
turn four negated the pass. Travis Rilat was the flipper, with Chris Knopp
and Phil Gressman also involved. James Chesson, Friday night's winner at
Williams Grove, sustained damage, but continued another half-lap and was
able to restart. Siegel confirmed that at the time, he was holding on for
"He had already passed me and then that red came out and I told them guys
'I'm getting loose getting off (the turns)'," said Siegel when the red flag
on the 24th lap stopped the action. "So we made a couple of adjustments...I
really don't know if we were a lot better or not, I just hugged a good part
of the race track and made him use the worst part of the track and it just
worked out for us."
Many in the stands were no doubt expecting another famous Rahmer slide job
in one of the final seven laps, but Siegel knew Rahmer too well. Siegel
went to the bottom, and stayed there the rest of the way.
"Fred knows me well enough, he knows I wasn't going to move off the
bottom," Siegel added. "We've talked a lot and he's said the worst thing
about racing with me was that I don't make mistakes - and boy I tried like
**** tonight not to make a mistake."
Siegel's final margin of victory over the 106-time Lincoln winner was two
carlengths. Lance Dewease came on from 14th starting spot to finish third,
with Cris Eash crossing fourth and Kenny Jacobs the top All-Star finisher in
"The All Stars came in and brought a good, good group of cars," Siegel was
quick to add. "I ran with them for a long time. I like Bert Emick. I like
the whole deal, the way there organization is...it's just a blast and I love
it and I hope it was good for the fans."
Completing the top ten were Greg Hodnett and All-Stars Rodney Duncan, Dean
Jacobs, Jason Johnson, and Wilson.
"We struggled right from the start with some different things, and they
never gave up," said Siegel about his new No.66 Singer Sprint Team. "They
kept plugging trying to get things right and tonight it really paid off."
"The Singer brothers and Bobby Faulk, they own this car and they do a
tremendous job, I couldn't ask for anything more. What ever I ask for I get.
They are good people to work with and there's no pressure, so you can just
come and race and have a good time - and that's what it's all about to me
Heats for the super sprints were won by Johnson (Eunice, LA), Billy Sims
(Enola, PA), Rilat (Desoto, TX), and Johnny Mackison Jr. (York, PA).
Kemenah of Findley, OH, won the Dash, while Dewease (Mont Alto, PA) won the
Fast time in time trials over the 33-car field was set by Jerrod Hull of
Sikeston, MO, with a one-lap time of 13.709 seconds.
Bernie Beard came from 18th starting spot to win his second in a row and
fourth of the year in the 20-lap thundercar feature. Beard's charge to the
front was aided by an eight-car melee off turn four of the 13th lap. The
crash blocked the track and advanced Beard from sixth to second for the
restart. Beard chased Chet McCormick for another two laps before driving
under McCormick for the lead exiting the second turn of lap 15. McCormick
inherited the lead when race-long leader Duane Hahn got sideways and
collected the other seven cars. Beard's win vaulted him back into the
points lead and increased his all-time career win mark to 62.
McCormick finished two carlengths behind, with Neil Smith (who started
15th) third, defending champ Bobby Beard fourth, and Jerry Bingaman (who
started 17th) fifth.
Heats for the 23 thundercars on hand were won by Bryan Wagaman, McCormick,
and Duane Watson.
It will be KIDS BIG WHEEL NIGHT at Lincoln Speedway next Saturday night,
May 12th. Another three-division show will be on tap featuring all three
regular divisions - the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass Super Sprints, the
Budweiser/Motorsports Monthly 358 Sprints & the Miller Brothers Thunedrcars.
Gates will open at 5 p.m., with hot laps at 6:30 p.m., with the first heat
scheduled to take the green flag at 7 p.m.
Saturday - May 5, 2001
ALL STAR CICUIT OF CHAMPIONS
Feature (30 laps) - 1. 66-Steve Siegel ($5,000); 2. 77-Fred Rahmer ($2,500);
3. 88H-Lance Dewease ($1,700); 4. 17-Cris Eash ($1,400); 5. 6-Kenny Jacobs
($1,250); 6. 12-Greg Hodnett ($1,200); 7. 22D-Rodney Duncan ($1,150); 8.
7R-Dean Jacobs ($1,100); 9. 22E-Jason Johnson ($1,050); 10. 63-Greg Wilson
($1,000); 11. 4K-Kelly Kinser ($800); 12. 15K-Chad Kemenah ($600); 13.
22C-James Chesson ($520); 14. 20-Brian Ellenberger ($500); 15. 51-Jerrod
Hull ($500); 16. 97-Phil Gressman ($500); 17. 10N-Chris Knopp ($500); 18.
30-Darren Eash ($500); 19. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr. ($400); 20. 55W-Mike
Wagner ($400); 21. 4S-Danny Smith ($400); 22. 94-Glenndon Forsythe ($400);
23. 55S-Billy Sims ($400); 24. U2-Travis Rilat ($400). No Time
Lap Leaders - Greg Wilson (1-9), Steve Siegel (10-30)
K-T Equipment Rental Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 22E-Jason Johnson; 2.
77-Fred Rahmer; 3. 15K-Chad Kemenah; 4. 97-Phil Gressman; 5. 22D-Rodney
Duncan; 6. 6W-Josh Wells; 7. 37-Shawn Stidfole; 8. 51-Jarrod Hull. Time -
JB Enterprise Racing Products Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 55S-Billy
Sims; 2. 4S-Danny Smith; 3. 6-Kenny Jacobs; 4. 63-Greg Wilson; 5. 20-Brian
Ellenberger; 6. 12-Greg Hodnett; 7. 63R-Barry Ruble; 8. X-Bobby Weaver.
Time - 2:24.16
Crown Battery Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. U2-Travis Rilat; 2. 17-Cris
Eash; 3. 4K-Kelly Kinser; 4. 22-James Chesson; 5. 7R-Dean Jacobs; 6. 29-Dave
Ely; 7. 88H-Lance Dewease; 8. 17N-Niki Young. Time - 2:22.66
Engler Machine & Tool Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 65-Johnny Mackison
Jr.; 2. 66-Steve Siegel; 3. 10N-Chris Knopp; 4. 55W-Mike Wagner; 5.
30-Darren Eash; 6. 07-Cliff Brian; 7. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 8. 5S-Dustin
Hoffman; DNS - P.J. Chesson. No Time
Haulmark Dash (4 Laps) - 1. 15K-Chad Kemenah; 2. 6-Kenny Jacobs; 3. 20-Brian
Ellenberger; 4. 63-Greg Wilson; 5. 7R-Dean Jacobs; 6. 22D-Rodney Duncan.
Time - 58.38
B-Main (12 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 88H-Lance Dewease; 2. 51-Jerrod Hull; 3.
12-Greg Hodnett; 4. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 5. 29-Dave Ely; 6. 6W-Josh Wells;
7. 17N-Niki Young; 8. 76-P.J. Chesson; 9. 07-Cliff Brian; 10. 37-Shawn
Stidfole; 11. 63R-Barry Ruble; 12. 5S-Dustin Hoffman. Time - 2:59.45
Time Trials - 1. Jerod Hull, 51, 13.709 seconds (98.475 MPH); 2. Greg
Hodnett, 12, 13.727; 3. Dean Jacobs, 7R, 13.753; 4. Steve Siegel, 66,
13.803; 5. Rodney Duncan, 22D, 13.818; 6. Greg Wilson, 63, 13.831; 7. Jame
Chesson, 22, 13.847; 8. P.J. Chesson, 76, 13.858; 9. Fred Rahmer, 77,
13.858; 10. Brian Ellenberger, 20, 13.865; 11. Cris Eash, 17, 13.878; 12.
Glenndon Forsythe, 94, 13.888; 13. Chad Kemenah, 15K, 13.894; 14. Kenny
Jacobs, 6, 13.902; 15. Lance Dewease, 88H, 13.907; 16. Mike Wagner, 55W,
13.918; 17. Jason Johnson, 22E, 13.923; 18. Danny Smith, 4S, 13.934; 19.
Travis Rilat, U2, 13.989; 20. Chris Knopp, 10N, 14.028; 21. Phil Gressman,
97, 14.066; 22. Billy Sims, 55S, 14.104; 23. Kelly Kinser, 4K, 14.115; 24.
Johnny Mackison Jr., 65, 14.117; 25. Josh Wells, 6W, 14.275; 26. Bobby
Weaver, X, 14.349; 27. Dave Ely, 29, 14.361; 28. Darren Eash, 30, 14.515;
29. Shawn Stidfole, 37, 14.605; 30. Barry Ruble, 63, 14.723; 31. Niki Young,
17N, 14.885; 32. Dustin Hoffman, 5S, 14.933; 33. Cliff Brian, 07, 15.989.
Feature (20 Laps) -1. X-Bernie Beard; 2. 14-Chet McCormick; 3. 1-Neil Smith;
4. 5-Bobby Beard; 5. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 6. 30-Bryan Wagaman; 7. 10-Steve
Clabaugh; 8. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 9. 4-Greg Feltch; 10. 8MD-David Prunkl; 11.
61-Mike Ciezobka; 12. 95A-Allen Cullum; 13. 56-Duane Hahn; 14. 3-Duane
Watson; 15. 95-Fred Cullum; 16. 77-Ken Berwager; 17. 2-Jeremy Brown; 18.
28-Tom Walls Jr.; 19. 22-Nat Tuckey; 20. 25-Sean Herrick; 21. 21A-Mike
Ziegler; 22. 31-Ron Shultz; DNS - 31H-Dave Highland, 9-Jeff Wilson. No Time
Lap Leaders - Duane Hahn (1-12), Chet McCormick (13-14), Bernie Beard
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 30-Bryan Wagaman; 2. 21A-Mike Ziegler;
3. 77-Ken Berwager; 4. 25-Sean Herrick; 5. 95A-Allen Cullum; 6. 10-Steve
Clabaugh; 7. 31H-Dave Highland; 8. 3R-Bobby Rudisill. Time - 2:49.32
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 14-Chet McCormick; 2. 31-Ron Shultz; 3.
5-Bobby Beard; 4. 95-Fred Cullum; 5. 4-Greg Feltch; 6. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 7.
28-Tom Walls Jr.; 8. 9-Jeff Wilson. Time - 2:52.39
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 3-Duane Watson; 2. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 3.
22-Nat Tuckey; 4. 56-Duane Hahn; 5. 1-Neil Smith; 6. X-Bernie Beard; 7.
2-Jeremy Brown; 8. 8MD-David Prunkl. Time - 2:48.94