posted May 20, 2001 08:06 AM
YOUNG, RAHMER COLLISION RESULTS IN EASH WIN;
Rookie Chad Trout, David Prunkl also first-time winners at Lincoln
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 5/19/01 - Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good.
For Cris Eash, it didn't hurt to be good and lucky.
As is the case many times in sprint car racing, one incident can change the
outcome of the race. For Cris Eash, running third was better than leading.
A late-race incident between leader Niki Young and Fred Rahmer led to a
$2500 payday for Eash Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway. It was the first
win of the year for Eash and the 27th of his career at the Pigeon Hills
"We have been consistent, but not consistent enough,'' said Eash in victory
lane. "We have been in the top ten a lot, but it has been in the bottom
half of the top ten. The car is running good and hopefully we can get
stronger in the second half of the season.''
Bobby Weaver, Darren Eash, Billy Sims, and Josh Wells completed the top
five in the highly-contested event.
Despite Eash's performance, most of the focus was on what transpired with
four to go in the feature event.
As usual, Rahmer started 12th and methodically made his way through the
The Salfordville driver rumbled into the top five by lap 12 and began to
reel in the leaders.
While Rahmer knifed through the competition, Young, who started third,
maintained a half-straightaway lead despite lapped traffic and a caution
period on lap 11.
Todd Rittenhouse Jr. flipped his sprinter in turn two to bring out the red
flag on lap 14, which allowed the competitors to work on their machines.
When the race went back to green, Rahmer continued his charge to the front,
as he moved into the second position by lap 15.
This set up the battle between Rahmer and Young, who was setting a
blistering pace around the half-mile oval. Rahmer put a slide job on Young
on lap 16 to take the lead, but Young ducked under the veteran to maintain
the top spot.
The fans rose to their feet as Rahmer again tried the same move three laps
later, with Young duplicating his effort in holding the leading feature
winner of 2001 at bay.
Eash, who started 11th in the field and took the third spot on lap 18, had
the best seat in the house for what happened next.
Rahmer tried to slide the youngster in turns three and four, but Young
would not be intimidated as he did not let off. When Rahmer slid across the
track to complete the pass, Young was there, causing the leader to hit the
fence and turn upside down.
Fans were sent into a frenzy as the red flag was displayed for Young on lap
Rahmer, who kept going after the contact, pulled into the pit area during
the stoppage with a broken radius rod, giving the lead to Eash.
From there, the race belonged to Eash, who led the rest of the way to post
a half-straightaway victory at the checker.
"I got that one handed to me,'' explained Eash. "We were getting close to
them, but who knows what would have happened if it kept going.''
"I was real impressed with Niki,'' Eash continued. "He wasn't giving an
inch to Rahmer trading slide jobs with him.''
Cliff Brian, Chris Knopp, Glenndon Forsythe, Johnny Mackison, Jr., and
Dustin Hoffman completed the top ten.
Heats for the 22 sprinters on hand were won by Forsythe and Young.
Rookie Chad Trout started fourth, took the lead from Will Urkuski on lap
three, and paced the field the rest of the way to score an impressive first
career victory in the 358 Sprint portion of the program. Joe Ilg, Scott
Ausherman, Eric Stambaugh, and Adrian Shaffer rounded out the top five.
Urkuski spun while running second on lap four, collecting Brian
Eichelberger in the process. During the caution, winner of the last two
Lincoln shows Doug Esh pulled into the pits, ending his night.
Heats for the 30 "358" sprinters were won by Jim Siegel, Alan Krimes, and
Eichelberger. Matt Boland won the consolation event.
David Prunkl became the third first-time 2001 winner of the night in the
20-lap thundercar feature. Prunkl started on the pole and led wire-to-wire.
Bryan Wagaman started fourth, grabbed second from Roy Warehime on lap two,
and chased Prunkl the rest of the way. Bobby Rudisill, Neil Smith, and
Bernie Beard (who started 21st) completed the top five. The win ended
Beard's three-race winning streak at Lincoln.
Heat winners for the 26 thundercars on hand were won by Smith, Prunkl, and
Saturday - May 19, 2001
Feature (25 laps) - 1. 17E-Cris Eash ($2,500); 2. X-Bobby Weaver; 3.
30-Darren Eash; 4. 55S-Billy Sims; 5. 6W-Josh Wells; 6. 16-Cliff Brian; 7.
10N-Chris Knopp; 8. 07-Cliff Brian; 9. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 10. 5S-Dustin
Hoffman; 11. 15P-Pierron Reasoner; 12. I07-Mark Coldren; 13. 85-Mike
Dillman; 14. 0-Rick Lafferty (DNF); 15. 77-Fred Rahmer (DNF); 16. 17N-Niki
Young (DNF); 17. 43-Larry Shive; 18. 66-Steve Siegel (DNF); 19. 5G-Todd
Rittenhouse Jr. (DNF); 20. 34-Al DeAngelis (DNF); 21. 26-Pat Cooper (DNF);
22. 10-Jeff Buckley (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Niki Young (1-21), Cris Eash (22-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps) - 1. 07-Glenndon Forsythe; 2. 55S-Billy Sims; 3. 16-Cliff
Brian; 4. 17E-Cris Eash; 5. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 6. 30-Darren Eash; 7.
5S-Dustin Hoffman; 8. I07-Mark Coldren; 9. 0-Rick Lafferty; 10. 85-Mike
Dillman; 11. 26-Pat Cooper. Time-2:22.78
2nd Heat (10 Laps) - 1. 17N-Niki Young; 2. 10N-Chris Knopp; 3. 77-Fred
Rahmer; 4. X-Bobby Weaver; 5. 66-Steve Siegel; 6. 6W-Josh Wells; 7.
15P-Pierron Reasner; 8. 5G-Todd Rittenhouse Jr.; 9. 43-Larry Shive; 10.
10-Jeff Buckley; 11. 34-Al DeAngelis (DNF). No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 7C-Chad Trout; 2. 22J-Joe Ilg; 3. 88-Scott Ausherman;
4. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 5. 21-Adrian Shaffer; 6. 56V-Tim Hershey; 7. 8D-Billy
Dietrich; 8. 00-Gary Gollub; 9. 31D-Kevin Drury; 10. 18W-Kevin Welsh; 11.
4B-Jake Raudabaugh; 12. 11C-Cory Haas; 13. 59-Jim Siegel; 14. 22T-Matt
Boland; 15. 87-Alan Krimes; 16. 57S-Tony Strine; 17. 713-Bob Fisher; 18.
5A-Tim Dietz; 19. 59M-Ray Miller; 20. 30B-Jimmy Layton; 21. 8-Kevin Nouse;
22. 88X-Doug Esh (DNF); 23. 14-Will Urkuski (DNF); 24. 55E-Brian
Eichelberger (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Will Urkuski (1-2); Chad Trout (3-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 59-Jim Siegel; 2. 21-Adrian Schaffer; 3.
7C-Chad Trout; 4. 11C-Cory Haas; 5. 00-Gary Gollub; 6. 56V- Tim Hershey; 7.
22T-Mike Boland; 8. 66-Eric Patteson; 9. 2K-Kevin Bastian; 10. 8D-Billy
Dietrich (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 87-Alan Krimes; 2. 88-Scott Ausherman;
3. 57S-Tony Strine; 4. 713-Bob Fisher; 5. 88X-Doug Esh; 6. 18-Kevin Welsh;
7. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh; 8. 8-Kevin Nouse; 9. 32-Stacey Eastwood; 10. 56M-Mark
Zellers (DNS). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 55E-Brian Eichelberger; 2. 22J-Joe Ilg;
3. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 4. 14-Will Urkoski; 5. 31D-Kevin Drury; 6. 59-Ray
Miller; 7. 30B-Jimmy Layton; 8. 5A-Tim Dietz; 9. 01-Rick Horn (DNF); 10.
17M-Mike Creaghan (DNF). No Time
Consolation (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 22T-Matt Boland; 2. 4B-Jake
Raudabuagh; 3. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 4. 30B-Jimmy Layton; 5. 8-Kevin Nouse; 6.
5A-Tim Dietz; 7. 66-Eric Patteson; 8. Stacey Eastwood; 9. Kevin Bastian 10.
Rick Horn (DNS); 11. 17M-Mike Creaghan (DNS); 12. 56M-Mark Zeller (DNS). No
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 8MD-David Prunkl; 2. 30-Bryan Wagaman; 3. 3R-Bobby
Rudisill; 4. 1-Neil Smith; 5. X-Bernie Beard; 6. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 7.
22-Nat Tuckey; 8. 2-Jeremy Brown; 9. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 10. 95-Fred Cullum;
11. 38-Roy Warehime; 12. 12M-Jake Markey; 13. 5-Bobby Beard; 14.
68-M.R.Teal; 15. 14-Chet McCormick (DNF); 16. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr. (DNF);
17. 77-Ken Berwager (DNF); 18. 95A-Alan Cullum (DNF); 19. 34-Gregg
Messersmith (DNF); 20. 4-Greg Feltch (DNF); 21. 61-Mike Ciezobka (DNF); 22.
24C-Keith Cook (DNF); 23. 11R-Jim Rost; 24. 67-Randy Doty. No Time
Lap Leaders - David Prunkl (1-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 38-Roy Warehime; 2. 3R-Bobby Rudisill;
3. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 4. 77-Ken Berwager; 5. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 6.
95A-Alan Cullum; 7. 11R-Jim Rost; 8. 68-M.R. Teal; 9. 24C-Keith Cook.
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1-Neil Smith; 2. 34-Gregg Messersmith;
3. 5-Bobby Beard; 4. 4-Greg Feltch; 5. 67-Randy Doty; 6. 12M-Jake Markey
(DNF); 7. 95-Fred Cullum (DNF); 8. 2-Jeremy Brown (DNF); 9. 99X-Randy
Zeckman. No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 8MD-David Prunkl; 2. 30-Bryan Wagaman;
3. 14-Chet McCormick; 4. 22-Nat Tuckey; 5. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 6. 61-Mike
Ciezobka; 7. X-Bernie Beard; 8. 99-K.T. Shaw (DNF). No Time