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posted June 03, 2001 10:17 AM
GLENNDON FORSYTHE SLAYS THE GIANTS FOR FIRST CAREER SPRINT WIN
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/2/01 - Aspers' Glenndon Forsythe finally shook the
monkey off his back Saturday by picking up his first career super sprint win
at Lincoln Speedway.
"I knew they had to be back there somewhere, but I wasn't looking back,"
said a jubilant Forsythe of Cris Eash, Fred Rahmer, and other top guns upon
exiting the Bill and Kay Tanger/Materials Handling Systems No.07 in victory
Forsythe, who started on the pole, took the lead from outside frontrow
starter and race-long leader Cliff Brian of Ephrata exiting the fourth turn
of the eighth lap and then held off Cris Eash, Fred Rahmer, and Greg Hodnett
in a final four-lap dash to the checkered to become the fifth different
winner in 13 races at the Pigeon Hills oval.
"What a deal!" said Forsythe, "I've got to thank Bill and Kay for giving me
this opportunity...we were running on a rather slim budget in my car and I
gave this one a try. We got here pretty quick, maybe we'll be back soon!"
"We've been pretty decent, and it's a matter of luck, too, I guess,"
Forsythe quickly added. "I've got to thank Art Green. He helped us out a
good bit with the set-up tonight. He was helping me on my car and then we
didn't use him for a couple races...maybe we can keep him around now."
"They gave me enough shots starting on the front row, we knew we get one of
these sometime - and we're here."
Forsythe, who started on the pole, yielded to fellow frontrow starter Cliff
Brian at the drop of the green. Forsythe followed Brian for the first seven
laps before diving under the No.16 car to take the lead while bearing down
on lapped traffic exiting the fourth turn of lap eight.
Hellam's Bobby Weaver got by Brian for second a lap later, and chased
Forsythe for the next nine laps before giving way to Cris Eash on lap 19.
Eash, who started tenth, had closed to about five carlengths of Forsythe
when the caution came out for a Dan Shetler spin on the backstretch of the
21st lap. Eash challenged over the final four laps, but was unable to catch
Forsythe, whose margin of victory was .72 seconds.
Eight-time winner Fred Rahmer started 11th and passed Weaver for third on
the final restart. Greg Hodnett, who started 16th, caught Weaver for fourth
as the two passed under the white flag. Weaver completed the top five.
Rounding out the top ten were Steve Siegel, Niki Young, Darren Eash, Craig
Keel, and Brian.
The win, worth $2,500, made Forsythe 134th different winner in super sprint
history at Lincoln Speedway.
East Berlin's Eric Stambaugh used borrowed equipment to score his first
Lincoln win of the year and second of his career at Lincoln in the 20-lap
"358" sprint feature. Stambaugh came from the distant 17th starting spot
after winning one of the two consolation events.
"We discovered some major motor problems this week, and started making
phone calls," said Stambaugh in victory lane, "Rich Eichelberger lent us
this motor today, so I want to thank him...and offer to buy it!"
Stambaugh also borrowed a torsion bar from Kenny Foor, the driver he had to
pass for the lead on lap 13. Foor, a second-year, second-generation driver
from Everett, PA, led the first 12 laps. He settled for third after losing
the runner-up spot to 22nd-starting Billy Dietrich on lap 16.
Completing the top five at the finish were Jim Siegel and Alan Krimes.
In winning the second heat, Jim Siegel set a new eight-lap track record of
one minute 58.85 seconds, besting the old record of one minute 59.56 set by
P.J. Chesson on July 11, 1998. Twin consolation events were won by Stambaugh
and Rick Horn.
Outside frontrow starter Gregg Messersmith of Littlestown grabbed the lead
over polesitter M.R. Teal at the drop of the green and withstood the
challenges of Duane Watson and, eventually, Gary Potts to win his first of
the year and fourth career Lincoln win in the 20-lap thundercar feature.
Messersmith became the 7th different winner in 13 races so far this year.