posted July 01, 2001 01:36 AM
GREG LEIBY SCORES SECOND 358 SPRINT VICTORY IN-A- ROW;
Tim Dietz Captures Thrilling ARDC Midget Main; Craig Wagaman Finally Tops
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/30/01 - Carlisle's Greg Leiby, back from retirement a
year ago, and recently recovering from early season injuries, has found his
groove as he picked up his second win in-a-row in the 20-lap 358 sprint
feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
"You know, we've just got this J&J working real good right now," Leiby said
after he won his second consecutive "358" sprint feature.
And working good it was. After three aborted attempts to start the feature,
the feature was reeled off in non-stop fashion with Leiby passing race-long
leader Rick Horn of Dover for the lead off the inside of the second corner
with 13 laps down and then drove away to win in five minutes, 38.8 seconds,
shattering the 20-lap record by over 20 seconds of five minutes 59.42
seconds set by Hanover's Cris Eash on August 5, 1998.
But the win didn't come easy for Leiby.
"Actually, that (the non-stop race) didn't help me any," said a happy Leiby
while holding his son in victory lane. "I was way too tight...Doug Esh
probably would have won the race. I know he went by me good (early), but we
were just way too tight."
Esh, who also has two feature wins this season, passed Leiby for third
place on the second lap, but would drop out three laps later. By then, Leiby
had found his stride, passing Chad Trout for third place on the fourth
circuit and then taking second with Esh dropped out. From there, Leiby
chased Horn, who started on the outside pole and remained there through two
In those incidents, Adrian Shaffer spun in the third turn at the outset and
then the caution flag waved for debris after the restart. The situation then
worsened on the next restart as 11 cars were involved in a melee on the
frontstretch as the green flag fell. Five cars were unable to restart,
including that of Shaffer, whose car flipped at the flagstand.
However, the next restart not only was smooth, but began a 20-lap dash to
the checkered flag. Horn eventually took second place after Leiby caught
"At first, I had my doubts, but I just kept running as hard as I could,"
Leiby added. "Like I said, I was way too tight. I had to run in (the
corners) real hard. Man, I don't know. I think maybe his (Horn's) tires went
away. He was loose on the top. There ain't much there to hold onto. I'm just
glad to be here."
Trout placed third ahead of Scott Ausherman, Tim Hershey, Eric Stambaugh
(who started 22nd), Gary Gollub, Joe Ilg, Judd Shepard and Alan Krimes.
Heats for the 30 "358" sprinters on hand were won by Horn, Leiby and Esh,
with Cory Haas winning the consolation for the second time in 2001.
In the ARDC Carquest Midget feature, Hanover's Tim Dietz passed Mark
Freeland for the top spot on the 22nd lap and drove away to his second
straight series feature after he had won a wingless feature last weekend at
Mercer Raceway Park to break the four-race win streak of Ray Bull.
Freeland, who led the first 10 laps before Bull led for two and then
relinquished the top spot to Freeland, settled for second place ahead of
Bryan Kobylarz, Marc Dailey, Walt Stearly, Fred Schell, Gary Halteman, Randy
Mausteller, Lew Blair and Kathy Kurtz.
Heats for the 23 ARDC Midgets on hand were won by Freeland and Ray Bull,
who was running second during the feature when his car stopped on the 21st
In the thundercar feature, Abbottstown's Craig Wagaman finished the job he
didn't quite complete the week before and led every lap from the pole to win
the 20-lap feature for his first victory of the season at Lincoln and the
12th of his career. Wagaman held off Mike Walls over the entire distance to
win. Gary Potts took third place on the third lap and held that position to
the finish. Tony Kuhn was fourth ahead of Bernie Beard, Steve Clabaugh,
Jerry Bingaman, Allen Cullum, Jeremy Brown and Bobby Rudisill.
Heats for the 32 thundercars were won by Wagaman, Gregg Messersmith and Nat
Tuckey, with Rudisill winning the consolation.
Lincoln Speedway will swing back into action Tuesday night, July 3, with a
special Fourth of July racing program featuring the 358 sprint regulars.
Joining them with be the Silver Spring Super Sportsman, and the
Virginia-based VSS 305 Sprints. A spectacular FIREWORKS display will then
round out the evening's racing program. Gates will open at 5:30 PM, with hot
laps at 7 PM, and racing action getting under way at 7:30 PM.
Then next Saturday night, July 7, it will be PEPSI Night with the super
sprint and thundercar regulars being joined by the micro-sprints, plus KIDS
BIG WHEEL RACES as well. Gates will open at 5:30 PM, hot laps at 7 PM and
racing action gets under way at 7:30 PM.
Saturday - June 30, 2001
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 119-Greg Leiby; 2. 01-Rick Horn; 3. 7C-Chad Trout; 4.
88-Scott Ausherman; 5. 56V-Tim Hershey; 6. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 7. 00-Gary
Gollub; 8. 22J-Joe Ilg; 9. 3J-Judd Shepard; 10. 87-Alan Krimes; 11. 4B-Jake
Raudabaugh; 12. 11C-Cory Haas; 13. 55E-Brian Eichelberger; 14. 59-Jim
Siegel; 15. 57S-Tony Strine; 16. 8D-Billy Dietrich (DNF); 17. 8-Dan Dietrich
(DNF); 18. 88X-Doug Esh (DNF); 19. 14-Will Urkuski (DNF); 20. 713-Bob Fisher
(DNF); 21-Adrian Shaffer (DNF); 22. 31D-Kevin Drury (DNF); 23. 22T-Matt
Boland (DNF); 24. 5A-Shawn Seifert. Time - 5:38.80. (Old record - 5:59.42
set by Cris Eash on 8/15/98)
Lap Leaders - Rick Horn (1-13), Greg Leiby (14-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 01-Rick Horn; 2. 21-Adrian Shaffer; 3.
8D- Billy Dietrich; 4. 14-Will Urkuski; 5. 22J-Joe Ilg; 6. 57S-Tony Strine;
7. 3J-Judd Shepard; 8. 55e-Brian Eichelberger; 9. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 10.
31J-Joey Palmerino (DNF). Time-1:59.86
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 119-Greg Leiby; 2. 713-Bob Fisher; 3.
7C-Chad Trout; 4. 56V-Tim Hershey; 5. 31D-Kevin Drury; 6. 8-Dan Dietrich; 7.
11C-Cory Haas; 8. 17M-Mike Creaghan; 9. 5A-Shawn Seifert; 10. 32-Stacey
Eastwood. No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 88X-Doug Esh; 2. 00-Gary Gollub; 3.
4B-Jake Raudabaugh; 4. 88-Scott Ausherman; 5. 22T-Matt Boland; 6. 59-Jim
Siegel; 7. 56M-Mark Zellers (DNF); 8. 11-Jan Opperman Jr. (DNF); 9. 8N-Kevin
Nouse (DNF); 10. 87-Alan Krimes (DNF). No Time
Consolation (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 11C-Cory Haas; 2. 3J-Judd Shepard; 3.
55E-Brian Eichelberger; 4. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 5A-Shawn
Seifert; 7. 31J-Joey Palmerino; 8. 56M-Mark Zellers (DNF); 9. 17M-Mike
Creaghan (DNF); 10. 32-Stacey Eastwood (DNF); DNS - 11-Jan Opperman Jr.,
8N-Kevin Nouse. No Time
ARDC CARQUEST Midgets:
Feature (25 laps) - 1. 4-Tim Dietz; 2. 5-Mark Freeland; 3. 49-Bryan
Kobylarz; 4. 22-Marc Dailey; 5. 42-Walt Stearly; 6. 75-Fred Schell; 7.
91-Gary Halteman; 8. 21-Randy Mausteller; 9. 33-Lew Blair; 10. 72-Kathy
Kurtz; 11. 55-Steve Craig; 12. 45-Buddy Baker; 13. 29-Tim Knickerbocker; 14.
99-Scott Zipp; 15. 0-Craig Rochelle; 16. 1-Ray Bull; 17. 6-Ed Stimely; 18.
28-Bran Suchy; 19. 54-Shawn Burke; 20. 88-Frank Fiore Jr. DNS - 25-Duane
Mausteller. No Time
Lap Leaders - Mark Freeland (1-10), Ray Bull (11-12), Mark Freeland (13-21),
Tim Dietz (22-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/All qualify) - 1. 5-Mark Freeland; 2. 21-Randy Mausteller;
3. 42-Walt Stearly; 4. 49-Bryan Kobylarz; 5. 4-Tim Dietz; 6. 765-Fred
Schell; 7. 55-Steve Craig (DNF); 8. 99-Scott Zipp (DNF); 9. 88-Frank Fiore
(DNF); 10. 45-Buddy Baker (DNF); DNS - 25-Duane Mausteller. No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/All qualify) - 1. 1-Ray Bull; 2. 22-Marc Dailey; 3.
72-Kathy Kurtz; 4. 33-Lew Blair; 5. 91-Gary Halteman; 6. 0-Craig Rochelle;
7. 29-Jim Knickerbocker; 8. 15-Chris Mowray; 9. 54-Shawn Burke; 10. 28-Brian
Suchy (DNF); 11. 6-Ed Stimely (DNF); DNS - 38-Jack Curtis. No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 7-Craig Wagaman; 2. 1W-Mike Walls; 3. 8-Gary Potts;
4. 6-Tony Kuhn; 5. X-Bernie Beard; 6. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 7. 95-Fred Cullum;
8. 77-Ken Berwager; 9. 2-Jeremy Brown; 10. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 11. 4-Greg
Feltch; 12. 14-Chet McCormick; 13. 12M-Jake Markey; 14. 30B-Butch Altland;
15. 5-Bobby Beard; 16. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 17. 1-Neil Smith; 18. 61-Mike
Ciezobka; 19. 22-Nat Tuckey; 20. 34-Gregg Messersmith; 21. 4PJ-Pat McClane;
22. 60-Cork Laughman; 23. 67-Randy Doty; DNS - 8MD-David Prunkl, 31H-Dave
Highlands. No Time
Lap Leaders - Craig Wagaman (1-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 7-Craig Wagaman; 2. 1W-Mike Walls; 3.
5-Bobby Beard; 4. 1-Neil Smith; 5. 77-Ken Berwager; 6. 8MD-David Prunkl; 7.
4-Greg Feltch; 8. 2-Jeremy Brown; 9. 12M-Jake Markey; 10. 30B-Butch Altland;
DNS - 9-Jeff Wilson. No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 34-Gregg Messersmith; 2. 67-Randy Doty;
3. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 4. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 5. X-Bernie Beard; 6. 31H-Dave
Highlands; 7. 3R-Bobby Rudisill (DNF); 8. 14-Chet McCormick (DNF); 9.
68-M.R. Teal (DNF); 10. 95-Fred Cullum (DNF); 11. 78-Ron Farrar (DNF). No
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 22-Nat Tuckey; 2. 6-Tony Kuhn; 3.
60-Cork Laughman; 4. 8-Gary Potts; 5. 95A-Allen Cullum; 6. 10-Steve
Clabaugh; 7. 99-Randy Zechman (DNF); 8. 11R-Jim Rost (DNF); 9. 21A-Mike
Zeigler Jr. (DNF); 10. 4PJ-Pat McClane (DNF). No Time
Consolation (6 laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 2. 4-Greg Feltch;
3. 14-Chet McCormick; 4. 4PJ-Pat McClane; 5. 2-Jeremy Brown; 6. 12M-Jake
Markey; 7. 30B-Butch Altland; 8. 11R-Jim Rost (DNF); 9. 78-Ron Farrar (DNF);
DNS - 99-Randy Zechman, 68-M.R. Teal, 95-Fred Cullum, 9-Jeff Wilson,
21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.. No Time