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posted July 23, 2001 01:32 AM UIN: 16262997
David Prunkl Drives to Thundercar Championship Win; Last Lap Pass Nets Jeff
Leiphart Late Model Win

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/21/01 - Sometimes you just need to go back with what
works. Fayettville's Lance Dewease, not happy with his new car, decided to
pull old reliable for the Daryl Gohn/Glenn Gohn Sr. Memorial for sprint cars
at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night and drove to his third victory of the
season at the Pigeon Hill's oval.
Dewease charged from his 12th starting spot into fourth by the seventh lap
and then capitalized on race-leader Craig Keel's misfortune of a flat right
front tire and a mechanical problem on third place Fred Rahmer's sprinter,
both on the 21st lap, to move into second behind Cris Eash with five laps to
On the restart Dewease shot under the Hanover speedster entering the third
turn and slid up in front at the exit of turn four to grab the lead on the
21st lap and then drove away to his 14th career win at the Pigeon Hills oval
in the $2,500-to-win Gohn Memorial.
"We've got our cars working pretty decent right now," said Dewease upon
exiting his Joe Harz-owned No.88H sprinter in victory lane. "This is an old
car we put back together...we parked it after Speedweeks and were not real
happy with the new one, so we put an old one back together and it's going
pretty decent."
"I didn't think this place got crowds like this on Saturday night," Dewease
added as the Lincoln fans cheered. "I raced against Daryl Gohn, but I never
raced against his dad. This means a lot to win this race."
"I would like to thank the whole Gohn family for supporting this deal the
way they do. Daryl was a heck of a good's a tragedy when we lose
somebody like that. When it's your turn, it's you're turn. If I go that way
in a race car, my wife and none of us will feel bad for me. It's what I love
to do."
A spin by third-starting Brian Monieth in the third and fourth turns at the
start of the feature brought out a quick caution. The complete restart then
saw polesitter Keel and his fellow frontrow starter Cliff Brian exchange the
lead over the first lap with Brian edging in front with one lap in the
books. Keel then charged in front of the Ephrata racer on the second lap and
as ninth-starting Cris Eash powered quickly into third. Eash then got around
Brian into the runner-up spot on the fourth lap.
Meanwhile, Rahmer was also making a fast charge through the field, and,
following a red flag for a Steve Siegel flip entering the third turn,
slipped by Darren Eash into fourth place by the end of the fourth lap, and
then around Brian on the fifth lap to take away third.
12th-Starting Dewease took up the chase as well and moved around Brian into
fourth place by the seventh lap.
From there, the top-four cars of Keel, Eash, Rahmer, and Dewease sliced
there way through lapped traffic and remained in that order through the 19th
lap. The only stoppage of action during that time was a caution for Johnny
Mackison Jr. who came to a stop in turn four on the 13th lap.
But on the 20th lap the fifth place car of Bobby Weaver tangled with the
slower car of Stacey Eastwood in the first and second turns. The leaders
attempted to slip by the accident scene as the caution flag waved with the
race leader banging into the outside wall in the first and second turn,
ending the Weedsport, New York driver's bid for a second Lincoln win. As the
sprinters slowed for the caution, Rahmer then surprisingly ducked into the
pits for an unrelated mechanical problem (a missing radius rod bolt) setting
up a five lap dash to the checkered with Cris Eash now in the lead and
Dewease moving up into second.
On the restart Dewease immediately began to pressure Cris Eash for the lead
and pulled along side as they completed the 20th lap.
Dewease and Eash ran side-by-side until Dewease shot his sprinter under,
and then up, in front of Eash exiting the fourth turn to move into the lead.
"We caught a lucky break there with Keel and Fred (Rahmer)," said the
victorious Dewease in victory lane. "I don't know what happened to Fred
there, he looked pretty good. But something happened to him."
"I was slowly working the bottom and gained on Fred and Keel when they were
racing," said Dewease. "I didn't know where he was going...but I made up my
mind that where-ever he was going I was going in the opposite direction."
"He (Eash) came down and I got a good run around the top and just gave him
a slider in turns three and four. Then I kind of used up the race track
those last four or five laps."
Dewease led the final laps to pick-up the victory for his 11th overall win
in the 2001 local racing season.
"We made a decision last week to run here," said Dewease. "The other track
we run at wasn't real good, and Fred Putney always does good job here on the the beginning of the night it looked like it was going to stay
pretty wet, but it got pretty slick. Actually we could move around a good
bit on it."
"I always did go pretty good her, on and off," Dewease said. "Over the
winter we worked on our short-track program because that was one area last
year we were hurting...these cars are working good on short tracks now."
"I need to thank Hank's Performance Products, Karl Harz Furniture,
American Racing tires , J&J Chassis, Don Ott Engines, Top flight Wings...And
I need to thank Don and Bob Leibey and Alan Kreitzer because they've treated
us like we were here all year long. One thing about coming here is that they
treat you fair. And I've got to thank the fans for coming out."
Cris Eash settled for second, with Todd Gracey in the Bill and Kay Tanger
No.07 sprinter in third, Darren Eash fourth, and Montieth rebounding from
his opening lap spin to come from the rear to finish fifth.
Completing the top-10 were Chris Knopp, Niki Young, Mackison, Brian, and
Heats for the 26 super sprinters on hand were won by Keel, Rahmer, and
Brian, with Glenndon Forsythe winning the consolation.

Sykesville Maryland's David Prunkl grabbed the lead over polesitter Cork
Laughman at the drop of the green to the special 20-lap Thundercar
Championship race and held on the rest of the way despite constant pressure
to register his second win of the season.
Two-time 2001 winner Craig Wagaman drove around Laughman into second on the
fourth lap and waited for Prunkl to give him an opening. Defending two-time
thundercar champ Bobby Beard moved up into third and Mike Ziegler Jr. into
fourth with five laps to go.
Exiting the fourth turn with the white flag waving Wagaman tried to sneak
under Prunkl, resulting in contact. Wagaman quickly slowed entering the
first and second turns with a flat right front tire to bring out the caution
and setting up a wild one lap dash to the checkered.
Prunkl rose to the occasion and he stayed out in front the final lap to
register his fourth career Lincoln Speedway win.
A wild scramble ensued right behind the winner in the final turns to the
checkered with Bobby Beard drifting high, opening the door for
fourth-running Steve Clabaugh to slip into second. Zeigler Jr. followed
Clabaugh through as well to finish third, with Neil Smith fourth, and Bobby
Rudisill fifth.
Completing the top-10 were Laughman, Bernie Beard, Tony Kuhn, Bobby Beard,
and Chet McCormick.
Heats for the 29 thundercars were won by Prunkl, Craig Wagaman, and
Laughman, with Bryan Wagaman winning the consolation.

They say that only the final lap counts.
York's Jeff Liephart waited until the final lap to make his move for the
win in the 20 lap Limited Late Model contest and came away with his first
win of the 2001 season in the process.
Outside frontrow starter Kory Sites grabbed the lead over polesitter Larry
Baer at the drop of the green. Two-time Lincoln winner Jason Covert was
looking to make it three wins-in-row (dating back to last year) as he
slipped by Sites for the lead on the fifth lap.
Leiphart moved around Sites into the runner-up spot at the halfway point
and stuck to the leader's bumper as they traveled into traffic in the
closing laps. As the white flag waved, a large group of slower cars loomed
ahead, with Leiphart pulling along side of Covert in the battle for the
Leiphart was able to drive around Covert exiting the final turn to the
checkered for the win. Covert settled for second, with Scott McCann, Bud
Witmer, and Sites finishing third through fifth respectively.
Heats for the 33 limited late models on hand were won by Baer, Sites, and
Leiphart, with Jake Lettick winning the consolation.

Next Saturday night, July 28th, it will be YORK COUNTY RACING CLUB NIGHT
featuring all three regular divisions in action - the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass
Super Sprints, the Budweiser/Motorsports Monthly 358 Sprints and the Miller
Brothers Chevrolet Thundercars. 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 21st, 2001
Abbottstown, PA

Super Sprints:
Feature (25 laps) - 1. 88H-Lance Dewease ($2,500); 2. 17-Cris Eash; 3.
07-Todd Gracey; 4. 30-Darren Eash; 5. 12B-Brian Montieth; 6. 10N-Chris
Knopp; 7. 17N-Niki Young; 8. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 9. 16-Cliff Brian; 10.
77-Fred Rahmer; 11. 4L-Josh Wells; 12. 55S-Billy Sims; 13. I07-Mark Coldren;
14. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 15. X-Bobby Weaver; 16. 3M-Michael Markey; 17.
26-Pat Cooper; 18. 43-Larry Shive; 19. 10-Chad Wolf; 20. 32X-Stacey
Eastwood; 21. 9-Craig Keel (DNF); 22. 32-Randy Glover (DNF); 23. 66-Steve
Siegel (DNF); 24. 69-Shawn Weaver (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders - Cliff Brian (1), Craig Keel (2-20), Lance Dewease (21-25)

1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 9-Craig Keel; 2. 12B-Brian Montieth; 3.
17-Cris Eash; 4. 69-Shawn Weaver; 5. 07-Todd Gracey; 6. 3M-Michael Markey;
7. 10-Chad Wolf; 8. 32X-Stacey Eastwood; 9. 17N- Niki Young. Time - 2:24.85

2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer; 2. 10N-Chris Knopp; 3.
X-Bobby Weaver; 4. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 5. 55S-Billy Sims; 6. 43-Larry
Shive; 7. 3C-Chris Webb; 8. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 9. 32-Randy Glover. No

3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 16-Cliff Brian; 2. 88H-Lance Dewease;
3. 66-Steve Siegel; 4. 30-Darren Eash; 5. I07-Mark Coldren; 6. 4L-Josh
Wells; 7. 21-Danny Murray; 8. 26-Pat Cooper. No Time

Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 2. 10-Chad
Wolf; 3. 17N-Niki Young; 4. 26-Pat Cooper; 5. 32-Randy Glover; 6. 32X-Stacey
Eastwood; 7. 3C-Chris Webb (DNS); 8. 21-Danny Murray (DNS). No Time

Thundercar Championsh

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