posted May 13, 2001 08:53 AM
Rahmer Improves Lincoln Winning Percentage to 80;
Esh, Beard win last lap thrillers in 358's, thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 5/12/01 - Lincoln Speedway is a jigsaw puzzle for most
But Fred Rahmer and his Manheim Auto Auction No.77 Team have figured out
where all the pieces go.
Rahmer avenged last week's defeat to Steve Siegel against the All Star
Circuit of Champions by roaring back to win the 25 lap super sprint feature
Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway. Rahmer passed Glenndon Forsythe on the
backstretch of the 12th lap for the lead and then held off Hanover's Cris
Eash and Steve Siegel to nail down his eighth win in ten races at the Pigeon
"We worked all day and changed everything around because we were a little
bit off last night at the Grove," said Rahmer, "That's just the way it goes.
It might look easy (winning), but it's all through hard work. Anybody can
get all the pieces together. It's just putting them in the right place."
Rahmer, who started eighth, won the race to the front by taking the lead
during a wild three-car scramble for the lead on the 12th lap between
himself, race-long leader Forsythe, and last weeks' winner Siegel.
Rahmer emerged with the lead from the close three-car action down the
backstretch of the 12th lap, and survived a final caution restart on the
22nd lap over Eash and Siegel to take the checkered 1.26 seconds ahead of
"We had a different motor in tonight and it seemed real good," said Rahmer
upon exiting his Al and Betty Hamilton-owned Manheim Auto Auction No.77, "It
was slick...I had a good initial start, and that's what it takes. The first
guy to the front is going to win."
Outside frontrow starter Forsythe grabbed the lead from polesitter Dustin
Hoffman at the drop of the green with third-starting Billy Sims and
fourth-starting Darren Eash falling in behind. A three car spin involving
P.J. Chesson, Josh Wells, and Hoffman in the fourth turn of the fifth lap
allowed Rahmer, who started eighth, to fall in behind in fourth, with
seventh-place Cris Eash right behind in fifth.
On the restart, Darren Eash began to pressure Sims for the runner-up spot.
Darren made the pass on the sixth lap, and Rahmer moved into third a lap
later. Rahmer passed Darren Eash on the backstretch of the ninth lap to move
into second as Forsythe entered lapped traffic holding a one second lead.
Rahmer quickly closed on Forsythe, as did a Cris Eash, who had moved into
third on the 11th lap with Siegel right on his bumper.
Rahmer, then went to work on Forsythe in the first and second turns of the
12th lap, with Eash and Siegel also entering the wild action. But Rahmer
hung onto the lead exiting the second turn.
"The fastest way around tonight was the top, and I sort of committed
there," said Rahmer, "The lapped cars, they were not running the top or
bottom and it made it tough making a decision...you don't want to run over
them and ***** yourself up, so I got a little cautious."
"Last week I had a really good race with Steve (Siegel)," Rahmer reflected.
"But he's such a quality racer that I knew when they put me behind him on
the restart that I was in trouble...it was going to be tough with six to go.
He's such a good racer, heck, if I couldn't win I'm glad to see him win,
he's one heck of a good guy."
The win, Rahmer's 107th career win at Lincoln, was also his ninth overall
in 2001 and was worth $2,500.
Eash settled for second, and was followed by Siegel, Johnny Mackison Jr.,
and Greg Hodnett. Completing the top ten were Darren Eash, Billy Sims, James
Chesson, Forsythe, and Bobby Weaver.
Heats for the 23 super sprints on hand were won by Siegel, Forsythe, and
Doug Esh got a little help from the Rahmer team in picking up his second
straight win in the "358" sprint division. Esh, who started 15th, had
advanced through the field to the runner-up spot when a red flag came out
for and flipping Eric Stambaugh and two cars he collected on the second turn
of the final lap. The red was thrown to keep the leaders from driving
full-speed into the blocked track. During the red, Rahmer chief mechanic
Moon Byers told Esh to stay on the high side of the race track, the fastest
way around on this night.
Scott Ausherman, who started 11th, was the race leader, but stayed low on
the final circuit. Esh drove high in one and two and came out with the race
lead midway down the backstretch of the final lap. He stayed on the cushion
through the final two turns, and held off Ausherman by less than a carlength
at the end. Esh, driving the Larry Lamey 88X, became the first repeat
winner of the year in Lincoln 358's.
Ausherman, who led laps nine through 19, settled for second, with Kevin
Drury (who started 8th) finishing third, Bob Fisher crossing fourth, and
Billy Dietrich completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Adrian
Shaffer, Alan Krimes, Tim Hershey, Judd Shepard, and Cory Haas (who came
from the back after an early race spin). Jake Raudabaugh and Dale Hammaker
were uninjured in a multi-car crash that saw both drivers flip on lap 14 of
the feature. Former micro-sprint driver Mark Zellars led the first eight
laps before yielding to Ausherman and fading to 13th at the finish.
Heats for the 33 "358" sprints on hand were won by Chad Trout, Joe Ilg, and
Dale Hammaker, with Haas winning the consolation.
Bernie Beard claimed his third win in-a-row in a last-lap thriller in the
thundercar division. Beard, who started 12th, found himself in the lead
when Bobby Rudisill dropped off the pace on the final turn. It was the
points leader's fifth win of the year and 63rd of his career in the Pigeon
"I don't know what happened to Bobby, but there was smoke pouring out of
the left side rear," said Beard in victory lane. Rudisill also lost second
to Neil Smith at the end. Finishing fourth and fifth were Bobby Beard and
Gary Potts, who came from the rear after an early-race caution.
Heats for the 27 thundercars on hand were won by Mike Ziegler Jr., Jeremy
Brown, and David Prunkl, with Pat McClane winning the consolation.
It will be YORK COUNTY RACING CLUB NIGHT at Lincoln Speedway next Saturday
night, May 19th. 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 12, 2001
Feature (25 laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($2,500); 2. 17-Cris Eash; 3. 66-Steve
Siegel; 4. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 5. 12-Greg Hodnett; 6. 30-Darren Eash; 7.
55S-Billy Sims; 8. 22-James Chesson; 9. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 10. X-Bobby
Weaver; 11. 10N-Chris Knopp; 12. 76-P.J. Chesson; 13. 07-Cliff Brian; 14.
6W-Josh Wells; 15. 15P-Pierron Reasner; 16. 5S-Dustin Hoffman; 17. 34-Al
DeAngelis (DNF); 18. 7K-Dan Shetler (DNF); 19. 3-Michael Markey (DNF); 20.
43-Larry Shive; 21. 10-Chad Wolf (DNF); DNS - 17N-Niki Young. No Time
Lap Leaders - Glenndon Forsythe (1-11), Fred Rahmer (12-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps) - 1. 66-Steve Siegel; 2. 22-James Chesson; 3. 5S-Dustin
Hoffman; 4. 30-Darren Eash; 5. 6W-Josh Wells; 6. 15P-Peirron Reasner; 7.
7K-Dan Shetler (DNF); 8. 34-Al DeAngelis (DNF). Time - 2:26.06
2nd Heat (10 Laps) - 1. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 2. 17-Cris Eash; 3. 55S-Billy
Sims; 4. 76-P.J. Chesson; 5. X-Bobby Weaver; 6. 17N-Niki Young (DNF); 7.
10-Chad Wolf (DNF); DNS - 3-Michael Markey. Time - 2:26.40
3rd Heat (10 Laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer; 2. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 3.
12-Greg Hodnett; 4. 43-Larry Shive; 5. 07-Cliff Brian; 6. 10N-Chris Knopp
(DNF); DNS - 9-Craig Keel. No Time
Feature (20 laps) - 1. 88X-Doug Esh; 2. 88-Scott Ausherman; 3. 31D-Kevin
Drury; 4. 713-Bob Fisher; 5. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 6. 21-Adrian Shaffer; 7.
87-Alan Krimes; 8. 56v-Tim Hershey; 9. 3J-Judd Shepard;10. 11c-Cory Haas;
11. 22J-Joe Ilg; 12. 8-Dan Dietrich; 13. 56m-Mark Zellers; 14. 57s-Tony
Stine; 15. 59-Jim Siegel; 16. 30B-Jimmy Layton; 17. 4-Eric Stambaugh (DNF);
18. 7c-Chad Trout; 19. 66H-Dale Hammaker (DNF); 20. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh
(DNF); 21. 00-Gary Gollub (DNF); 22. 119-Greg Leiby (DNF); 23. 14-Will
Urkuski (DNF); 24. 55E-Brian Eichelberger (DNF). No time.
Lap Leaders - Mark Zellars (1-8), Scott Ausherman (9-19), Doug Esh (20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 7C-Chad Trout; 2. 88-Scott Ausherman; 3.
31D-Kevin Drury; 4. 56M-Mark Zellars; 5. 00-Gary Gollub; 6. 8-Dan Dietrich;
7. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh; 8. 57S-Tony Stine; 9. 18-Brian Marriott; 10. 22K-Dean
Kline; 11. 32-Stacey Eastwood. Time - 2:01.16
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 22J-Joe Ilg; 2. 21-Adrian Shaffer; 3.
55E-Brian Eichelberger; 4. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 14-Will
Urkuski; 7. 11C-Cory Haas; 8. 119-Greg Leiby; 9. 10D-Kenny Foor; 10.
5A-Brian Allman; 11. 35-Randy Neiman (DNF). Time - 2:01.51
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 66H-Dale Hammaker; 2. 8D-Billy Dietrich;
3. 713-Bob Fisher; 4. 56V-Tim Hershey; 5. 88X-Doug Esh; 6. 3J-Judd Shepard;
7. 59-Jim Siegel; 8. 66-Eric Patteson; 9. 30B-Jimmy Layton; 10. 17M-Michael
Creaghan; 11. 31J-Joey Palmerino (DNF). No Time
Consolation (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 11C-Cory Haas; 2. 59-Jim Siegel; 3.
4B-Jake Raudabaugh; 4. 57s-Tony Stine; 5. 119-Greg Leiby; 6. 30B-Jimmy
Layton; 7. 10D-Kenny Foor; 8. 22K-Dean Kline; 9. 17m-Michael Creaghan; 10.
5A-Brian Allman; 11. 66-Eric Patteson (DNF); 12. 18-Brian Marriott (DNF);
13. 32-Stacey Eastwood (DNF). DNS-31J-Joey Palmerino; 35-Randy Neiman. No
Feature (20 Laps) -1. X-Bernie Beard; 2. 1-Neil Smith; 3. 3R-Bobby Rudisill;
4. 5-Bobby Beard; 5. 8-Gary Potts; 6. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 7. 14-Chet
McCormick; 8. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 9. 22-Nat Tuckey; 10. 95-Fred Cullum; 11.
3D-John Rudisill; 12. 4-Dave Staub; 13. 4PJ-Pat McClane; 14. 12M-Jake
Markey; 15. 68-M.R. Teal; 16. 3-Duane Watson (DNF); 17. 2-Jeremy Brown
(DNF); 18. 21-Jerry Bingaman (DNF); 19. 8MD-David Prunkl (DNF); 20. 21A-Mike
Ziegler Jr. (DNF); 21. 77-Ken Berwager (DNF); 22. 38-Roy Warehime (DNF); 23.
25-Sean Herrick (DNF); 24. 1W-Mike Walls. No Time
Lap Leaders - Mike Ciezobka (1), Bobby Rudisill (2-19), Bernie Beard (20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21A-Mike Zeigler, Jr.; 2. 8-Gary Potts;
3. 38-Roy Warehime; 4. X-Bernie Beard; 5. 22-Nat Tuckey; 6. 14-Chet
McCormick; 7. 4PJ-Pat McClane; 8. 88-Rodney Clouser; 9. 67-Randy Doty (DNF).
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 2-Jeremy Brown; 2. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 3.
3-Duane Watson; 4. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 5. 1W-Mike Walls; 6. 21-Jerry
Bingaman; 7. 3D-John Rudisill; 8. 12M-Jake Markey; 9. 23-John Moser (DNF).
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 8MD-David Prunkl; 2. 25-Sean Herrick; 3.
3R-Bobby Rudisill; 4. 1-Neil Smith; 5. 77-Ken Berwager; 6. 5-Bobby Beard; 7.
95-Fred Cullum; 8. 68-M.R. Teal; 9. 4-Dave Staub. Time - 2:48.58
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 4PJ-Pat McClane; 2. 3D-John Rudisill;
3. 95-Fred Cullum; 4. 12M-Jake Markey; 5. 68-M.R. Teal; 6. 4-Dave Staub; 7.
88-Rodney Clouser; 8. 63-William Knauss; DNS - 67-Randy Doty, 23-John Moser.
Time - 2:05.45