posted July 08, 2001 01:42 AM
KEEL CLAIMS FIRST LINCOLN SUPER SPRINT WIN;
Wagaman, Brookens win second straight in thundercars, micro-sprints
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/7/01 - Score one for the small dogs Saturday night at
Three of the little guys made lots of noise in the 25-lap super sprint
Craig "Cricket" Keel, who builds his own race cars and motors and travels
300 miles weekly from his Weedsport, NY, home, flirted with disaster around
the top of turns one and two to wrestle the lead from Shawn "Big Block"
Weaver on lap eight, and drove away to his first career win in the Pigeon
"If you can't get dressed up to go to the party there is no sense going,"
said Keel. "We had to wait a little while to get back out here...if you're
going to play with the big boys, you've got to come where they live."
"We've been pretty close, but we just haven't gotten the cigar," said a
happy Keel in victory lane. "Now we got a cigar."
Keel started on the outside of the front row, followed Weaver until making
the eighth-lap pass, and paced the field the rest of the way. His final
margin of victory was 1.95 seconds over hard-charger Brian Montieth, who
started 13th and blasted through the field to finish second.
Keel tried to bring a jack onto the track during a red flag on lap three.
But track officials reminded him that a jack wasn't permitted, and he and
his dad lifted the car so a spacer could be taken out on the right rear
tire. The red flag was for Mark Coldren and Darren Eash, who hooked together
on the frontstretch, puncturing Coldren's fuel tank and causing a spill.
"We had to kick the wheel out a little," said Keel on his red flag
adjustments. "Last week, even if they would have run 100 laps, we still
would have been tight...we took the spacer out and slid the wheel in."
"I had to get by Big Block (Shawn Weaver) there," said Keel. "I had a lot
of fun racing him...we're both in the same deal, I think this is my 13th
race, and Freddy and them guys got 12 wins already. It's been so much fun
coming down here."
A wild three-car battle for third saw Steve Siegel pass Weaver, but both
drivers lost out to points leader Fred Rahmer, on the final turns. Siegel
and Weaver were fourth and fifth, with Bobby Weaver, Johnny Mackison, Jr.,
Niki Young, Glenndon Forsythe, and Cliff Brian completing the top ten.
Cris Eash finished 11th after coming from the rear following a three-car
crash that also involved Billy Sims and Jeff Rohrbaugh. Rohrbaugh tipped
onto his side, and neither the Tanger #07 nor the Timbertall Tree Stands
#55s were able to continue.
Heats for the 22 super sprinters on hand were won by Shawn Weaver and Keel.
Fayetteville's Jimmy Brookens had to pass Shawn Siefert twice to win the
15-lap micro-sprint feature. Brookens' dove under polesitter Siefert to
grab the lead on lap seven, but the pass was negated when the caution came
out before the end of the lap. He proceeded to make the same move on the
restart , and drove away to his second straight Lincoln feature win of the
Randy West came from his ninth starting spot to catch Siefert on the 10th
lap and finish second. Siefert hung on for third, with 12th starting Terry
Schaeffer crossing fourth and 11th starting Richie Hartman finishing fifth.
Heats for the 38 micro-sprints on hand were won by Schaeffer, Hartman,
Aaron Eichelberger, and West. Twin consolations were won by Brian Leppo II
and Jim Still.
Craig Wagaman led wire-to-wire and claimed his second straight win in the
20-lap thundercar feature. Wagaman started third and took the lead when
polesitter Pete Lawrence dropped to the inside with mechanical woes on the
first lap. Though he led the rest of the way, he had to hold off Pat
McClane early (before he was sidelined with mechanical trouble on the 10th
lap), Allen Cullum through the middle stages, and then the four-car train of
Neil Smith, Steve Clabaugh, Cullum, and Bobby Beard over the final laps.
His margin of victory was .22 seconds (less than half a carlength) over
Smith, who pushed Wagaman to the outside wall on the final turns.
Heats for the 28 thundercars were won by Greg Messersmith, Randy Doty, and
Wagaman, with Chet McCormick winning the consolation.
Next Saturday night, July 14th, all three point divisions will be on hand -
the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass Super Sprints, the Budweiser/Motorsports Monthly
358 Sprints, and the Miller Brother's Chevrolet Thundercars. Gates will open
at 5:30 PM, hot laps at 7 PM and racing action gets under way at 7:30 PM.
Saturday - July 7, 2001
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 9-Craig Keel ($2,500); 2. 12B-Brian Montieth; 3.
77-Fred Rahmer; 4. 66-Steve Siegel; 5. 69-Shawn Weaver; 6. X-Bobby Weaver;
7. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 8. 17N-Niki Young; 9. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 10.
16-Cliff Brian; 11. 17-Cris Eash; 12. 4L-Josh Wells; 13. 10N-Chris Knopp;
14. 30-Darren Eash; 15. 7K-Dan Shetler; 16. 5S-Dustin Hoffman; 17. 43-Larry
Shive; 18. 3C-Chris Webb (DNF); 19. 55S-Billy Sims (DNF); 20. 07-Jeff
Rohrbaugh (DNF); 21. I07-Mark Coldren (DNF); DNS - 34-Al DeAngelis. No Time
Lap Leaders - Shawn Weaver (1-6), Craig Keel (7-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps) - 1. 69-Shawn Weaver; 2. 5S-Dustin Hoffman; 3. 16-Cliff
Brian; 4. 66-Steve Siegel; 5. I07-Mark Coldren; 6. 77-Fred Rahmer; 7.
12B-Brian Montieth; 8. 30-Darren Eash; 9. 4L-Josh Wells; 10. 10N-Chris
Knopp; 11. 43-Larry Shive. Time - 2:22.82
2nd Heat (10 Laps) - 1. 9-Craig Keel; 2. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 3. 94-Glenndon
Forsythe; 4. 17N-Niki Young; 5. 17-Cris Eash; 6. 55s-Billy Sims; 7. X-Bobby
Weaver; 8. 7K-Dan Shetler; 9. 65-Johnny Mackison, Jr. (DNF); 10. 34-Al
DeAngelis, Jr. (DNF); 11. 3C-Chris Webb (DNF). No time.
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 7-Craig Wagaman; 2. 1-Neil Smith; 3. 10-Steve
Clabaugh; 4. 95A-Allen Cullum; 5. 5-Bobby Beard; 6. X-Bernie Beard; 7.
21A-Mike Ziegler Jr.; 8. 2-Jeremy Brown; 9. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 10. 25-Sean
Herrick; 11. 14-Chet McCormick; 12. 99-Randy Zechman; 13. 95-Fred Cullum;
14. 61-Mike Cieobka; 15. 5S-Craig Smith; 16. 6-Tony Kuhn (DNF); 17. 4PJ-Pat
McClane (DNF); 18. 77-Ken Berwager (DNF); 19. 34-Gregg Messersmith (DNF);
20. 22-Nat Tuckey (DNF); 21. 21-Jerry Bingaman (DNF); 22. 67-Randy Doty
(DNF); 23. 12M-Jake Markey (DNF); 24. 20-Pete Lawrence (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Craig Wagaman (1-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 34-Gregg Messersmith; 2. 5-Bobby Beard;
3. 1-Neil Smith; 4. 20-Pete Lawrence; 5. 95-Fred Cullum; 6. 12M-Jake Markey;
7. 31H-Dave Highlands; 8. 2-Jeremy Brown; 9. 25-Sean Herrick; 10. 1W-Mike
Walls (DNF). No time.
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 67-Randy Doty; 2. 4PJ-Pat McClane; 3.
10-Steve Clabaugh; 4. 5s-Craig Smith; 5. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 6. 21-Jerry
Bingaman; 7. 14-Chet McCormick; 8. 9-Jeff Wilson; 9. 4-Greg Feltch (DNF).
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 7-Craig Wagaman; 2. 77-Ken Berwager; 3.
95A-Allen Cullum; 4. 21A-Mike Ziegler Jr.; 5. 22-Nat Tuckey; 6. X-Bernie
Beard; 7. 99-Randy Zechman; 8. 6-Tony Kuhn; 9. 61-Mike Ciezobka (DNF).
Time - 2:45.56
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 14-Chet McCormick; 2. 2-Jeremy Brown;
3. 6-Tony Kuhn; 4. 99-Randy Zechman; 5. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 6. 25-Sean
Herrick; 7. 31H-Dave Highlands; 8. 9-Jeff Wilson; DNS - 1W-Mike Walls,
4-Greg Feltch. Time - 2:05.31
Feature (15 laps) - 1. 11-Jimmy Brookens; 2. 23R-Randy West; 3. 72-Shawn
Seifert; 4. 2-Terry Schaeffer; 5. 39-Richie Hartman; 6. 28D-Doug Gray; 7.
5-Rick Tanner; 8. 99-Brad McClelland; 9. 22-Jeff Young; 10. 13-Bo Gordon;
11. 15-Brian Leppo II; 12. 21-Darrell Ginter; 13. 2M-Mike Midkiff; 14.
2X-Bill Laughman; 15. 64-Randy Whisler; 16. 30-Bill Gawler; 17. 88-Aaron
Eichelberger; 18. 12X-Mike Freed (DNF); 19. 72W-Pat Webb (DNF); 20. 75-Dusty
Shatzer (DNF); 21. 8S-Jim Sill (DNF); 22. 34-Jerry Mondock (DNF); 23.
70-Wayne Karcher (DNF); 24. 40-Scott Peck (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Shawn Seifert (1-6), Jimmy Brookens (7-15)
1st Heat (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 2-Terry Schaeffer; 2. 2X-Bill Laughman;
3. 11-Jimmy Brookens; 4. 70-Wayne Karcher; 5. 15-Brian Leppo II; 6. 99-Brad
McClelland; 7. 2M-Mike Midkiff; 8. 84-Jim Wyers; 9. 4T-Dale Thomas; DNS -
96-Jesse Snyder. No Time
2nd Heat (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 39-Richie Hartman; 2. 22-Jeff Young; 3.
34-Jerry Mandock; 4. 30-Bill Gawler; 5. 33-Mike Schriver; 6. 57-Paul
Hacunda; 7. 65-Andy DeHoff (DNF); 8. 21-Darrell Ginter (DNF); 9. 2D-Donnie
Smith. No Time
3rd Heat (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 88-Aaron Eichelberger; 2. 13-Bo Gordon;
3. 28D-Doug Gray; 4. 40-Scott Peck; 5. 8S-Jim Still; 6. 64-Randy Whisler; 7.
3C-Chris Boyd; 8. 12-Mike Bittinger (DNF); 9. 80-Jamie Golden (DNF). No Time
4th Heat (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 23R-Randy West; 2. 5-Rick Tanner; 3.
72-Shawn Seifert; 4. 72W-Pat Webb; 5. 75-Dusty Schatzer; 6. 12X-Mike Freed;
7. 4F-Paul Fitzsimmons; 8. 8J-Jamie Durboraw; 9. 73-Bob Maxwell Jr.; 10.
56-Brian Hefflion (DNF). Time - 1:48.41
1st Consolation (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 15-Brian Leppo II; 2. 99-Brad
McClelland; 3. 21-Darrell Ginter; 4. 2M-Mike Midkiff; 5. 33-Mike Schriver;
6. 84-Jim Wyers; 7. 96-Jesse Snyder; 8. 57-Paul Hacunda; 9. 65-Andy DeHoff
(DNF); DNS - 2D-Donnie Smith, 4T-Dale Thomas. Time - 1:48.97
2nd Consolation (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 8s-Jim Still; 2. 64-Randy
Whisler; 3. 12x-Mike Freed; 4. 75-Dusty Shatzer; 5. 8J-Jamie Durboraw; 6.
3C-Chris Boyd; 7. 12-Mike Bittinger (4-spot penalty for jump at start); 8.
4F-Paul Fitzsimmons; 9. 73-Bob Maxwell, Jr.; 10. 80-Jamie Golden; 11. Brian
Hefflion (DNS). Time - 1:49.95