posted August 05, 2001 10:33 AM
ANOTHER CAREER MILESTONE FOR RAHMER AT LINCOLN;
Bobby Beard takes Manufacturers Night win in thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/4/01 - Salfordville's Fred Rahmer has suffered through
many highs, and has had his share of lows over the years. But through it all
he continues to win.
A severe thunderstorm swept through the Pigeon Hills at 8 PM after two of
the three sprint heats were in the books. Then after a three hour
rain-delay, the cars took back to the track to complete the entire racing
And after it was all said and done, Rahmer reigned supreme once again.
In the wee hours of Sunday morning, Rahmer passed York's Jeff Rohrbaugh
exiting the second turn of the 14th lap for the lead and drove away for his
10th win of the season - and in the process became the first driver ever to
win 10 or more races in five consecutive seasons at Lincoln Speedway.
"We were lucky to get up through there," said Rahmer upon exiting his Al &
Betty Hamilton-owned Manheim Auto Auction No.77 sprinter in victory lane.
"I'm just glad to finally get a win."
"We were pretty good. Now we have something to work with hopefully. We're
definitely in the 'can't see the trees through the forest mode', but we'll
just keep doing what we've got to do."
Outside frontrow starter Billy Sims grabbed the lead at the drop of the
green over polesitter Mark Coldren and led the first two laps. But disaster
struck the driver from Enola in turn three of the third lap went he veered
up the track and slammed into the outside wall - ending his night.
On the restart, Coldren had the point, but it was short-lived as
second-place Jeff Rohrbaugh slipped past in the first and second turns for
the lead. Seventh-starting Steve Siegel began to flex his muscles on the
fifth lap as he charged into the runner-up spot.
Fourth-place Cliff Brian spun in the second turn on the seventh lap to
bring out the caution.
Rohrbaugh then battled bumper-to-bumper with Siegel for the top spot over
the next few laps with Rohrbaugh going high while Siegel dove low in every
Tony Strine and Michael Markey tangled on the 11th lap, spinning in the
first and second turn to bring out yet another caution with 10 laps in the
Meanwhile, Rahmer charged from his ninth starting spot, and moved past
Johnny Mackison, Jr. for third just before the caution. On the restart,
Rahmer slipped around Siegel in the third and fourth turns to grab second.
On the same turns a lap later, Siegel hit the lapped car of Dan Shetler,
damaging the front right side beyond repair. He was credited with a
When the race resumed, Rohrbaugh's .63-second lead quickly evaporated, as
Rahmer closed onto the York racer's bumper on lap 13. The two made slight
contact as Rahmer made his race-winning move exiting turn two on the next
lap. From there Rahmer raced through lapped traffic and survived one final
caution on lap 18 that saw Cris Eash close onto his back bumper from his
eighth starting spot. Rahmer pulled away on the final restart, and finished
2.63 seconds ahead of Eash. It was his 109th career Lincoln win, and earned
"It was tough this year," said Rahmer when told he became the first driver
to win 10 or more races in five consecutive seasons at Lincoln. "Hopefully
we can get back on track and win some more."
"I've got to thank Al and the crew for sticking with us through this slump,
and hopefully we just keep working hard and doing what we've got to do."
"I've got to thank everyone here at Lincoln for working so hard to get this
in," Rahmer added. "And to all the diehard fans that stayed."
Crossing third was Mackison, with Rohrbaugh hanging on for fourth and Lance
Dewease finishing fifth. Sixth through tenth were Brian Montieth, Niki
Young, Bobby Weaver, Cliff Brian, and Chris Knopp.
Heats for the 26 super sprinters on hand were won by Craig Keel (who left
when the rains came and relinquished the pole position when he was absent
for the feature), Sims, and Shawn Weaver, with Bobby Weaver winning the
Two-time defending track champ Bobby Beard of McSherrystown claimed his
first win of the year in the Fourth Annual Manufacturers Appreciation Night
for the thundercars. Beard started on the outside of the front row, yielded
the lead to third-starting Craig Wagaman at the flagstand, then recaptured
the lead going down the backstretch of the first lap. He held off Wagaman's
challenges through the 11th lap, when both Wagaman and Neil Smith dropped
while running second and third. The caution was actually for Smith, who had
heavy smoke pouring out of the car and was dropping fluids onto the track.
Steve Clabaugh, who started fifth, chased Beard the rest of the way and
finished second, with Allen Cullum running third from laps 12 through 20.
Tony Kuhn and points leader Bernie Beard completed the top five.
The numerous sponsors of Manufacturers Night, led by DELCO Signs and Miller
Brothers Chevrolet/Oldsmobile/Cadillac, provided more than $23,000 in prizes
awarded to drivers who made the feature field and two alternates.
Heats for the 45 thundercars were won by Clabaugh, Allen Cullum, Fred
Cullum, and Bernie Beard. Twin consolations were won by Mike Ziegler Jr. and
Next Saturday night, August 11th, Lincoln Speedway will be back in action
with the micro-sprints joining the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass Super Sprints and
Miller Brothers Chevrolet Thundercar regulars for a three-division show.
Gates will open at 5:30 PM, with hot laps at 7 PM and racing action getting
under way at 7:30 PM.
Saturday - Auguust 4, 2001
Feature (25 laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($2,500); 2. 17E-Cris Eash; 3.
65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 4. 7-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 5. 88H-Lance Dewease; 6.
12B-Brian Montieth; 7. 17N-Niki Young; 8. X-Bobby Weaver; 9. 16-Cliff Brian;
10. 10N-Chris Knopp; 11. 30-Doug Esh; 12. 32-Randy Glover; 13. 4L-Josh
Wells; 14. I07-Mark Coldren; 15. 17B-Troy Whitesel; 16. 26-Pat Cooper; 17.
2-Tony Strine; 18. 21T-Troy Fraker; 19. 94-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF); 20.
66-Steve Siegel (DNF); 21. 7K-Dan Shetler (DNF); 22. 3M-Michael Markey
(DNF); 23. 69-Shawn Weaver (DNF); 24. 55S-Bill Sims (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Bill Sims (1-2), Jeff Rohrbaugh (3-13), Fred Rahmer (14-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 9-Craig Keel; 2. 88H-Lance Dewease; 3.
16-Cliff Brian; 4. 66-Steve Siegel; 5. 26-Pat Cooper; 6. 17N-Niki Young; 7.
X-Bobby Weaver; 8. 17B-Troy Whitesel; 9. 21-Jerry Parrish (DNF). Time -
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 55S-Billy Sims; 2. 65-Johnny Mackison
Jr.; 3. 17E-Cris Eash; 4. 30-Doug Eash; 5. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 6.
3M-Michael Markey; 7. 2-Tony Strine; 8. 32-Randy Glover; 9. 10N-Chris Knopp
(DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 69-Shawn Weaver; 2. 77-Fred Rahmer; 3.
I07-Mark Coldren; 4. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 5. 12B-Brian Montieth; 6. 4L-Josh
Wells; 7. 7K-Dan Shetler; 8. 21T-Troy Fraker. Time - 2:24.75
Consolation (5 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. X-Bobby Weaver; 2. 32-Brook Weibley;
3. 2-Tony Strine; 4. 17B-Troy Whitesel; 5. 10N-Chris Knopp; 6. 21T-Troy
Fraker; 7. 7K-Dan Shetler (DNF); 8. 32-Randy Glover (DNF); 9. 21-Jerry
Parrish (DNF). No Time
Thundercar Manufacturers Appreciation Night:
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 5-Bobby Beard; 2. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 3. 95A-Allen
Cullum; 4. 6-Tony Kuhn; 5. X-Bernie Beard; 6. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 7. 17-Butch
Harvey; 8. 77-Ken Berwager; 9. 31H-Dave Highland; 10. 21A-Mike Ziegler Jr.;
11. 17H-Tim Hahn; 12. 60-Cork Laughman; 13. 9-Jeff Wilson; 14. 78-Ron Farrar
(DNF); 15. 22-Nat Tuckey (DNF); 16. 95-Fred Cullum (DNF); 17. 2-Jeremy Brown
(DNF); 18. 34-Gregg Messersmith (DNF); 19. 68-M.R. Teal (DNF); 20. 5S-Craig
Smith (DNF); 21. 7-Craig Wagaman (DNF); 22. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); 23. 1D-Paul
Decker (DNF); 24. 31-Ron Shultz. No Time
Lap Leaders - Bobby Beard (1-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 2. 77-Ken Berwager;
3. 1-Neil Smith; 4. 31H-Dave Highland; 5. 99-Randy Zechman; 6. 63-William
Knaus; 7. 3D-John Rudisill; 8. 11R-Tim Murphy (DNF); 9. 8MD-David Prunkl
(DNF); 10. 30B-Duane Watson (DNF); 11. 8-Robert Bopst (DNF); DNS - 1W-Mike
Walls. No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 95A-Allen Cullum; 2. 78-Ron Farrar; 3.
6-Tony Kuhn; 4. 22-Nat Tuckey; 5. 11-Jim Rost; 6. 31-Ron Shultz; 7. 61-Mike
Ciezobka; 8. 21A-Mike Ziegler Jr.; 9. 69-Doug Rohrbaugh; 10. 10-Steve
Clabaugh (DNF); 11. 24C-Keith Cook (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 95-Fred Cullum; 2. 5-Bobby Beard; 3.
34-Greg Messersmith; 4. 60-Cork Laughman; 5. 9-Jeff Wilson; 6. 17H-Tim Hahn;
7. 67-Randy Doty; 8. 11G-Scott Geib; 9. 12M-Jake Markey (DNF); 10. 9J-Mike
Johnson (DNF); 11. 93-Skip Messinger (DNF). No Time
4th Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. X-Bernie Beard; 2. 7-Craig Wagaman; 3.
5S-Craig Smith; 4. 68-M.R. Teal; 5. 2-Jeremy Browb; 6. 17-Butch Harvey; 7.
28-Tom Walls; 8. 4-Greg Feltch; 9. 14-Chet McCormick (DNF); 10. 3R-Bobby
Rudisill (DNF); DNS - 30-Bryan Wagaman. No Time
1st Consolation (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 21A-Mike Ziegler Jr.; 2. 61-Mike
Ciezobka; 3. 31-Ron Shultz; 4. 1D-Paul Decker; 5. 3D-John Rudisull; 6.
99-Randy Zechman; 7. 8MD-David Prunkl; 8. 63-William Knous; 9. 11MD-Tim
Murphy; 10. 69-Doug Rohrbaugh; 11. 11R-Jim Rost (DNF); 12. 8MD-David Prunkl
(DNF); DNS - 30B-Duane Watson, 24C-Keith Cook, 1W-Mike Walls. Time - 2:08.80
2nd Consolation (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 2-Jeremy Brown; 2. 17-Butch
Harvey; 3. 9-Jeff Wilson; 4. 17H-Tim Hahn; 5. 4-Greg Feltch; 6. 3R-Bobby
Rudisill; 7. 12M-Jake Markey; 8. 67-Randy Doty; 9. 14-Chet McCormick; 10.
93-Skip Messinger; 11. 11G-Scott Geib; 12. 28-Tom Walls Jr.; DNS - 9J-Mike
Johnson. Time - 2:10.17