posted July 15, 2001 01:11 AM
RAHMER ENDS WIN DROUGHT, CLAIMS HIS 9TH OF THE YEAR AT LINCOLN;
Rookie Jim Siegel wins first career 358 sprint feature; Tuckey takes
thundercar feature in borrowed car
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/14/01 - The Craig Keel and Shawn Weaver show continued
for the second week in a row in the 25 lap super sprint feature at Lincoln
Speedway. That is until a guy named Fred Rahmer butted in.
Rahmer charged from his 12th starting spot to move into third place behind
race-long leader Craig Keel and Shawn Weaver by the 13th lap. But it wasn't
until after the race's final caution on the 20th lap that Rahmer was able to
literally shoot between Keel and Weaver in a daring move entering the third
turn to grab the lead and race away to his ninth win of the season. The win
ended an eight-race losing streak for Rahmer, who hadn't won at the Pigeon
Hills oval since May 12th.
"I saw on that yellow there was six to go, and I knew I didn't have time to
take them individually," Rahmer said in describing his winning pass between
Weaver and Keel. "We had to get it right then...it would take three or four
laps to pass a car that's going that good."
"Big Block (Weaver) was running a heck of a race. I looked under that
yellow and he didn't move his wing the whole race. I had mine clean back off
the car. I should have probably never sold him that car..."
Keel, fresh off a win the night before at Williams Grove, grabbed the lead
from his pole position over fellow frontrow starter Shawn Weaver at the drop
of the green. And in a reversal of last week's feature, which saw Keel chase
early race-leader Weaver, this time Weaver chased Keel over the first 19
The race's final caution on the 20th lap set up a six-lap dash to the
checkered which now included Rahmer in third, Cris Eash fourth, and Billy
Sims in fifth.
Weaver shot around Keel on the restart to lead the 20th lap.
Then entering the third turn on the 21st lap, Rahmer decided it was time to
make things happen, and shot between Keel on the high side and Weaver on the
low side to grab the lead. From there, Rahmer raced away to his 108th career
Lincoln win and picked up $2,500 in the process.
"Those guys wouldn't have felt good winning off the front row, I'm sure. So
I figured I better get up there and see what I could do," said Rahmer
jokingly upon exiting his Al Hamilton-own Manheim Auto Auction No.77
sprinter. "We were okay, but we still have a long way to go."
The win was Rahmer's 13th overall this season.
"Al (Hamilton) keeps giving us good stuff and we just have got to keep
working harder. We've been shooting ourself in the foot a lot. We might come
back and run 10th next week, but it won't be for a lack of effort. We've
just got to keep trying."
Keel settled for second, 2.34 seconds behind, with Weaver third, Eash
fourth, and Jeff Rohrbaugh fifth. Completing the top-10 were Bobby Weaver,
Steve Siegel, Greg Hodnett, Cliff Brian, and James Chesson.
Heats for the 23 super sprinters on hand were won by Bobby Weaver, Keel,
Third generation driver Jim Siegel spotted Shawn Siefert the lead from his
pole position for the first lap, dove under Adrian Shaffer and Siefert from
his third starting spot on the second lap, and led the rest of the way for
his first career win in the 358 sprint car feature.
Though still a rookie, Siegel has now set an 8-lap track record and scored
his first feature win in less than a month. And it was only a few weeks ago
that dad (Steve) allowed him to start passing cars.
Adrian Shaffer was scored second every lap and finished there, with Cory
Haas advancing from his 11th starting spot to cross third. Dan Dietrich and
14th-starting Eric Stambaugh completed the top five. Stambaugh's top five
finish, combined with Scott Ausherman's failure to qualify, vaulted
Stambaugh into the 358 points lead.
Jim's family and engine builder Don Ott were in victory lane to share the
moment. Missing was car owner Sal Scarpitta, who is in the midst of a world
Heats for the 31 "358" Sprints were won by Siefert, Siegel, and Shaffer,
with Judd Shepard winning the consolation.
Nat Tuckey drove Bobby Rudisill's back-up car to his second win of the year
in a wild 20-lap thundercar feature that saw Cork Laughman lead the first
half of the race and as many as seven cars duke it out for the lead over the
last ten laps. Tuckey slid under Laughman for the lead in a bazaar 11th lap
that saw Laughman shuffled back to sixth before the end of the lap. Bobby
Beard followed Tuckey past Laughman into second and pressured Tuckey the
rest of the way, crossing one carlength behind at the checkered. Ken
Berwager, who was scored second laps four through nine, crossed third, with
points leader Bernie Beard fading and advancing through the field the entire
event to finish fourth and Rudisill rounding out the top five.
Tuckey thanked both Bobby Beard and Rudisill in victory lane.
"This was my last ride in Rudisill's car," explained Tuckey after his
fourth career Lincoln win, "I was just out of money and hope to get my car
back on the track next week. Bobby can't afford to run a second team, and I
appreciate him giving me the ride tonight."
Heats for the 35 thundercars were won by Steve Clabaugh, Bernie Beard, Neil
Smith, and Bobby Beard. Twin consolations were won by Mike Walls and
Next Saturday night, July 21st, the super sprints will compete in the
annual DARYL GOHN/GLENN GOHN SR. MEMORIAL. The public is invited to a picnic
and car show in the outer parking lot across Kineman Road from 2:00 to 4:00
p.m. The thundercars will also compete in a Thundercar Championship race.
Rounding out the evening's racing action will be the Silver Spring Limited
Late Models. Gates will open at 5:30 PM, with hot laps at 7 PM and racing
action getting under way at 7:30 PM.
Saturday - July 14, 2001
Feature (25 laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($2,500); 2. 9-Craig Keel; 3. 69-Shawn
Weaver; 4. 17-Cris Eash; 5. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 6. X-Bobby Weaver; 7.
66-Steve Siegel; 8. 12-Greg Hodnett; 9. 16-Cliff Brian; 10. 22-James
Chesson; 11. 10N-Chris Knopp; 12. 30-Darren Eash; 13. 4L-Josh Wells; 14.
7K-Dan Shetler; 15. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 16. 12B-Brian Montieth; 17.
55S-Billy Sims; 18. 15P-Pierron Reasner; 19. 3M-Michael Markey; 20. 10-Chad
Wolf (DNF); 21. 17N-Niki Young (DNF); 22. I07-Mark Coldren (DNF); DNS -
17K-Greg Klar. No Time
Lap Leaders - Craig Keel (1-19), Shawn Weaver (20), Fred Rahmer (21-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. X-Bobby Weaver; 2. 77-Fred Rahmer; 3.
55s-Billy Sims; 4. 10N-Chris Knopp; 5. 7K-Dan Shetler; 6. 3M-Michael Markey;
7. 17K-Greg Klar (DNF); 8. 4L-Josh Wells (DNF). No Time.
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 9-Craig Keel; 2. 94-Glenndon Forsythe;
3. 16-Cliff Brian; 4. 66-Steve Siegel; 5. 12B-Brian Montieth; 6. 12-Greg
Hodnett; 7. I07-Mark Coldren; 8. 10-Chad Wolf (DNF). No Time.
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 2. 17-Cris Eash; 3.
17N-Niki Young; 4. 69-Shawn Weaver; 5. 30-Darren Eash; 6. 22-James Chesson;
7. 15P-Pierron Reasner. No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 59-Jim Siegel; 2. 21-Adrian Shaffer; 3. 11C-Cory
Haas; 4. 8-Dan Dietrich; 5. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 6. 55E-Brian Eichelberger; 7.
8D-Billy Dietrich; 8. 87-Alan Krimes; 9. 119-Greg Leiby; 10. 00-Gary Gollub;
11. 5A-Shawn Siefert; 12. 31D-Kevin Drury; 13. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh; 14.
01-Rick Horn; 15. 57S-Tony Strine; 16. 2K-Kevin Bastian; 17. 3J-Judd
Shepard; 18. 49-Kevin Nouse; 19. 56M-Mark Zellars; 20. 22T-Matt Boland; 21.
79-Tim Startt; 22. 14-Will Urkuski (DNF); 23. 7C-Chad Trout (DNF); 24.
22J-Joe Ilg (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Shawn Siefert (1), Jim Siegel (2-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 5A-Shawn Siefert; 2. 7C-Chad Trout; 3.
55E-Brian Eichelberger; 4. 00-Gary Gollub; 5. 79-Tim Startt; 6. 87-Alan
Krimes; 7. 3J-Judd Shepard; 8. 22T-Matt Boland; 9. 88-Scott Ausherman; 10.
7-Darren Eash; 11. 17M-Michael Creaghan (DNF). Time - 2:05.90
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 59-Jim Siegel; 2. 01-Rick Horn; 3.
31D-Kevin Drury; 4. 8-Dan Dietrich; 5. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 6. 22J-Joe Ilg; 7.
14-Will Urkuski; 8. 49-Kevin Nouse (DNF); 9. 59M-Ray Miller (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21-Adrian Shaffer; 2. 88X-Doug esh; 3.
11C-Cory Haas; 4. 56W-Mark Zellars; 5. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 6. 4B-Jake
Raudabaugh; 7. 119-Greg Leiby; 8. 57S-Tony Strine; 9. 2K-Kevin Bastian; 10.
32-Stacey Eastwood. No Time
Consolation (8 Laps/7 to qualify) - 1. 3J-Judd Shepard; .2 119-Greg Leiby;
3. 49-Kevin Nouse; 4. 57S-Tony Strine; 5. 22T-Matt Boland; 6. 14-Will
Urkuski; 7. 2K-Kevin Bastian; 8. 32-Stacey Eastwood; 9. 88-Scott Ausherman;
10. 17M-Michael Creaghan (DNF); 11. 7-Roy Benson (DNF); DNS - 59M-Ray
Miller, 31J-Joey Palmerino. SCRATCHED - 88X-Doug Esh. No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 8R-Nat Tuckey; 2. 5-Bobby Beard; 3. 77-Ken Berwager;
4. X-Bernie Beard; 5. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 6. 1-Neil Smith; 7. 60-Cork
Laughman; 8. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 9. 95-Fred Cullum; 10. 1W-Mike Walls; 11.
14-Chet McCormick; 12. 99-Randy Zechman; 13. 95A-Allen Cullum; 14. 12M-Jake
Markey; 15. 67-Randy Doty; 16. 1D-Paul Decker; 17. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 18.
5S-Craig Smith; 19. 9-Jeff Wilson; 20. 20-Pete Lawrence; 21. 4PJ-Pat McClane
(DNF); 22. 6-Tony Kuhn (DNF); 23. 34-Marshall McMullen (DNF); 24. 4-Greg
Feltch (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Cork Laughman (1), Randy Zechman (2), Cork Laughman (3-10),
Nat Tuckey (11-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 2. 14-Chet McCormick;
3. 5S-Craig Smith; 4. 8R-Nat Tuckey; 5. 8MD-David Prunkl; 6. 9-Jeff Wilson;
7. 9C-Alan Cramer; DNS - SS-Tim Pheabs, 20-Pete Lawernce. No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. X-Bernie Beard; 2. 60-Cork Laughman; 3.
3R-Bobby Rudisill; 4. 95-Fred Cullum; 5. 1W-Mike Walls; 6. 1D-Paul Decker;
7. 31H-Dave Highland; 8. 17H-Butch Harvey (DNF); 9. 2-Jeremy Brown (DNF). No
3rd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 1-Neil Smith; 2. 99X-Randy Zechman; 3.
6-Tony Kuhn; 4. 4-Greg Feltch; 5. 34-Marshal McMullen; 6. 12M-Jake Markey;
7. 55W-Tom Walls Jr.; 8. 63-William Knaus (DNF); 9. 95A-Allen Cullum (DNF).
4th Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 5-Bobby Beard; 2. 77-Kenny Berwager; 3.
61-Mike Ciezobka; 4. 4PJ-Pat McClane; 5. 67-Randy Doty; 6. 11-Scott Geib; 7.
21-Jerry Bingaman (DNF); DNS - 9J-Mike Johnson. No Time
1st Consolation (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 1W-Mike Walls; 2. 1D-Paul Decker;
3. 20-Pete Lawrence; 4. 9-Jeff Wilson; 5. 8MD-David Prunkl; 6. 31H-Dave
Highland; DNS - SS-Tim Pheabs, 9C-Alan Cramer, 17H-Butch Harvey, 2-Jeremy
Brown. Time - 2:05.55
2nd Consolation (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 34-Marshall McMullen; 2. 12M-Jake
Markey; 3. 67-Randy Doty; 4. 95A-Allen Cullum; 5. 55W-Tom walls Jr.; 6.
63-William Knaus; 7. 11-Scott Geib; DNS - 21-Jerry Bingaman, 9J-Mike
Johnson. Time - 2:06.78