posted August 12, 2001 10:08 AM
RAHMER NOTCHES 11TH WIN IN SUPER SPRINT ACTION AT LINCOLN;
Steve Clabaugh win first in thundercars/Takes Over Point lead; Bill Laughman
tops in Micro-Sprint Action
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/11/01 - Salfordville's Fred Rahmer continued his
comeback from a mid-season slump of sorts by picking up his second win
in-a-row in the 25 lap super sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday
Rahmer drove from his 11th starting spot to move in behind race leader
Cliff Brian on the 14th lap. The pair then ran side-by-side for the next
four laps before Rahmer was able to slip by the Ephrata-speedster exiting
the second turn of the 18th lap for the lead and then raced away to record
his second win in-a-row, and the 11th of the year at the conclusion of the
25 lap event.
"We were good on the restart, but we can be a lot better," said Rahmer upon
exiting his Al and Betty Hamilton-owned Manheim Auto Action No.77 in victory
lane. "I'm just glad to win a race."
"We're playing it one week at a time. It's no sense getting too excited
about anything, we're just going to keep plugging away."
After suffering through a mid-season slump which saw the Hamilton
Motorsports Team go winless at the Pigeon Hills 3/8th-mile track for seven
weeks, Rahmer has started to get back on track by recording three wins over
the last five races as he continues his march towards a fifth consecutive
track title at Lincoln.
"We've definitely been in a slump here, there no two ways about it,"
commented Al Hamilton afterwards. "Everybody goes through that...we've had a
long haul of it here over the last six to eight weeks."
"We've been trying to get things ironed out and it would appear we're
headed in the right direction.
Mechanicsburg's Mark Coldren shot out into the lead at the drop of the
green to the 25 lap super sprint feature with outside frontrow starter Josh
Wells of Thomasville falling in behind. Wells closed fast on the
race-leading Coldren on the second lap with fourth-starting Niki Young,
third-starting Billy Sims, and fifth-starting Cliff Brian in tow.
Wells made his bid for the lead exiting the fourth turn of the third lap,
resulting in contact between the leaders. Coldren's right front suspension
collapsed from the contact, sending him sliding towards the inside guardrail
while the yellow flag waved. Coldren finally brought his sprinter to a stop
just short of the guardrail, ending his night.
Wells, who would have inherited the lead at that point, then suffered the
ill-effects from the contact as well as his right-rear tire slowly went flat
under the caution - forcing him to the pits to make repairs.
This handed the lead over to third-place runner Young for the restart as
Wells was able to make repairs and rejoin the rear of the field for the
Third-place Brian shot around Sims to move into the runner-up spot as Young
led the field following the third-lap restart with sixth-starting Chris
Knopp and ninth-starting Steve Siegel running fourth and fifth respectively.
Knopp started to flex his muscles on the fifth lap as he moved around Sims
into third place while Young and Brian began to pull away.
Meanwhile Rahmer was driving to the front as and had advanced from his 11th
starting spot into fifth with a pass of Siegel on the eighth lap. Sims
fought back to repass Knopp for third place on the eighth lap as well with
Young and Brian beginning to race through lapped traffic.
The battle for third between Sims and Knopp ended on the 12th lap when
Sims' car went sideways in the second turn, collecting Hanover's Chris Eash.
Then with no where to go, Hellam's Bobby Weaver slid into the pair a rolled
onto his side - bringing out the red flag. Also involved were Wells and
York's Jeff Rohrbaugh as the melee almost completely blocked the track
between turns one and two.
This allowed Brian to close onto Young's bumper on the restart with Knopp
and Rahmer lurking right behind.
Young was able to hold off Brian on the 12th lap restart as Rahmer disposed
of Knopp to move into third. On the next lap Brian made his bid for the lead
and win as he slipped around Young to take over the top spot with the
crossed flags waving.
Rahmer began to close onto second place Young now and moved around the
Spring Grove racer into second on the 14th lap. Rahmer quickly closed the
gap on race-leading Brian and then over the next four laps both Brian and
Rahmer race side-by-side for the lead with Rahmer taking the low groove and
Brian the top groove.
Rahmer then was able to position himself to dive under Brian for the lead
heading into the third tun of the 18th lap and emerged with the lead exiting
From there Rahmer drove away over the final eight non-stop laps to record
his 110th career win at the Pigeon Hills oval and pocketed the $2,500 top
prize that went with it. The win also upped Rahmer's overall season win
count to 15.
Siegel was able to pass Brian for second place on the 24th lap, with Brian
then settling for third, Young fourth, and York's Johnny Mackison Jr. fifth.
Completing the top-10 were Montieth, Knopp, Lancaster's Doug Esh, Rohrbaugh,
Heats for the 23 super sprinters on hand were won by Coldren, Eash, and
Bonneville's Steve Clabaugh jumped into a competitors back-up car after
crashing in hot laps and recorded his first win of the season in the 20 lap
thundercar feature. In the process Clabaugh took over the top spot in the
season-long battle for the 2001 thundercar championship.
Clabaugh, who was trailing points leader Bernie Beard by only 10 points
going into the evening's action, crashed hard in warm-ups and required
medical assistance before exiting his badly damaged stock car. Clabaugh,
shaken-up, but otherwise okay from the incident, then took up competitor
Bobby Rudisill's offer to race his back-up car.
Polesitter Tim Murphy grabbed the lead at the outset with Randy Zechman
initially giving chase. On the third lap disaster struck points leader
Bernie Beard as he collided with Jake Markey on the backstretch, sending
both cars into the outer guardrail.
Beard, who lost a right rear tire in the incident, wasn't able to make
repairs and rejoin the field on the restart. But a lap later the caution
flag waved one more time as Mike Ziegler Jr. spun in turn four with a flat
tire after slamming the outside wall hard the previous lap. This allowed
Beard to rejoin the field, but, a lap behind the rest of the field.
Meanwhile Clabaugh, who started 11th, worked his way up into third and had
just passed Zechman for the runner-up spot on the eighth lap when the
caution waved for Duane Watson who came to a stop on the frontstretch.
This allowed Clabaugh to restart right on race-long leader Murphy's bumper
and on the 10th lap was able to move around the Fallston, Maryland racer for
the lead just before the final caution flag waved for debris in the first
Clabaugh then drove away from the field over the final 10 non-stop laps to
record his first win of the year, the 21st of his career at Lincoln, and
became the ninth different winner in 23 races. And by virtue of Bernie
Beard's 19th place finish, vaulted Clabaugh into the top spot for the 2001
thundercar point champion.
Neil Smith came on strong over the final half of the race to advance from
his 10th starting to pass Murphy for second on the 17th lap. Murphy then
settled for third place in the end and was followed by Allen Cullum and Rand
Zechman in fourth and fifth respectively.
Heats for the 28 thundercars were won by Craig Smith, Murphy, and Dave
Highlands, with Ken Berwager winning the consolation.
New Oxford's Bill Laughman picked up a popular win in micro-sprint action
by passing polesitter and race-long leader Jeff Young on the third lap and
raced away to the victory in the 15 lap micro-sprint feature.
But the win didn't come easy for the Steve Siegel crew member as he had to
hold of the challenges of two-time Lincoln winner Jimmy Brookens in the
first half of the race, and then Randy West in the closing lap to register
West had to settle for second, with Brad McClelland coming from his 12th
starting position to finish third, Shawn Seifert fourth, and Young fifth.
Heats for the 36 micro-sprints were won by McClelland, Frank Eichelberger,
Seifert, and West. Twin consolation events were won by Eddie Schlegel and
Next Saturday night, August 18th, Lincoln Speedway will host KIDS NIGHT
with hundreds of special giveaways to the many children who are in
attendance that night. A special drivers autograph session will also be made
available to all the children who register for the evening's give-aways from
5:30 PM to 7 PM. The evening's racing card will have the ARDC Midgets on
hand in a special WINGLESS racing program. Joining them will be the super
sprint and thundercar regulars. Gates will open at 5:30 PM, with hot laps at
7 PM and racing action getting under way at 7:30 PM.
Saturday - August 11, 2001
Feature (25 laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($2,500); 2. 66-Steve Siegel; 3.
16-Cliff Brian; 4. 17N-Niki Young; 5. 65-Johnny Mackinson; 6.12B-Brian
Montieth; 7.10N-Chris Knopp 8. 30-Doug Esh; 9. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 10.
17E-Cris Eash; 11. 6W-Josh Wells; 12. 5-Sam Ross; 13. 26-Pat Cooper; 14.
15P-Pierron Reasner; 15. 7K-Don Shetler; 16. 55S-Billy Sims; 17. X-Bobby
Weaver; 18. 21- Jerry Parrish; 19. 3M-Michael Mackey; 20. I07-Mark Coldren;
21. 3C-Chris Webb; 22. 69-Shawn Weaver. DNS-9-Craig Keel. No Time
Lap Leaders - Mark Coldren (1-2), Niki Young (3-12), Cliff Brian (13-17),
Fred Rahmer (18-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. I07-Mark Coldren; 2. 10N-Chris Knopp;
3. 66-Steve Siegel; 4. 17N-Niki Young; 5. X-Bobby Weaver; 6. 26-Pat Cooper;
7. 21-Jerry Parrish; 8. 3M-Michael Markey. Time 2:23.74.
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 17E-Cris Eash; 2. 65-Johnny Mackinson;
3. 6W-Josh Wells; 4. 5-Sam Ross; 5. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 6. 7K-Dan Shetler; 7.
69-Shawn Weaver. DNS - 15P-Pierron Reasner. No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer; 2. 55S-Billy Sims; 3.
16 Cliff Brian; 4. 30-Doug Esh; 5. 12B-Brian Montieth; 6. 9-CraigKeel; 7.
3C-Chriss Webb. No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 8R-Steve Claybaugh; 2. 1-Neil Smith; 3. 11MD-Tim
Murphy; 4. 95A-Allen Cullum; 5. 99-Randy Zechman; 6. 5-Bobby Beard; 7.
95-Fred Cullum; 8. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 9. 77-Ken Berwager; 10. 3R-Bobby
Rudisill; 11. 22-Nat Tuckey; 12. 21A-Mike Zeigler, Jr.; 13. 6-Tony Kuhn; 14.
12M-Jake Markey; 15. 2-Jeremy Brown; 16. 14-Chet McCormick; 17. 4-Greg
Feltch; 18. 31H-Dave Highlands; 19. X-Bernie Beard; 20.69-Doug Rohrbaugh;
21. 1W-Mike Walls; 22. 3-Duane Watson; 23. 60-Cork Laughman; 24. 5S-Craig
Lap Leaders - Tim Murphy (1-9), Steve Clabaugh (10-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 5S-Craig Smith; 2. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.;
3. 1-Neil Smith; 4. X-Bernie Beard; 5. 1W-Mike Walls; 6. 69-Doug Rohrbaugh;
7. 3-DuaneWatson; 8. 68-M.R. Teal; 9. 2-Jermy Brown; 10. 24C-Keith Cook. No
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 11MD Tim Murphy; 2. 99- Randy Zechman;
3. 95A-Allen Cullum; 4. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 5. 5-Bobby Beard; 6. 60-Cork
Laughman; 7. 77-Ken Berwager; 8. 22-Nat Tuckey; 9. 9-Jeff Wilson. No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 31H-Dave Highlands; 2. 95-Fred Cullum;
3. 6-Tony Kuhn; 4. 8R-Steve Claybaugh; 5. 4-Greg Feltch; 6. 12M-Jake Markey;
7. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 8. 14-Chat McCormick; 9. 63-William Knaus. Time
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 77-Ken Berwager; 2. 3-Duane Watson;
3. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 4. 22-Nat Tuckey; 5. 2-Jeremy Brown; 6. 14-Chet
McCormick; 7. 68-M.R. Teal; 8. 9-Jeff Wilson; 9. 63-William Knaus. DNS -
24C-Keith Cook. Time 2:07.74
Feature (15 laps) - 1. 2X-Bill Laughlin; 2. 23R-Randy West; 3. 99-Brad
McClelland; 4. 1-Shawn Seifert; 5. 22-Jeff Young; 6. 72-Brian Leppo; 7. 8-
Frank Eichelberger; 8. 84-Jim Wyers; 9. 13-Bo Gordon; 10. 7X-Eddie Schlegel;
11. 88-Aaron Eichelberger; 12. 12-Mike Bittinger; 13. 28D-Doug Gray; 14.
4F-Paul Fitzsimmon; 15. 2-Troy Groft; 16. 3C-Chris Boyd; 17. 44-John
Copeland; 18. 30-Bill Gawler; 19. 57-Paul Hacunda; 20. 5-Rick Tanner; 21.
8S-Jim Still; 22. 11-Jimmy Brooken; 23. 80-Jamie Golden. DNS - 21- Darrell
Ginter. No Time
Lap Leaders - Jeff Young (1-3), Bill Laughman (4-15)
1st Heat (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 99-Brad McClelland; 2.4F-Paul
Fitzsimmons;3. 3C-Chris Boyd;4. 2-Troy Groft; 5. 80-Jamie Golden; 6. 77-Doug
Crook; 7. 12X-Dale Barrall; 8. 30-Bill Gawler; 9. 69-Bill Grove. Time
2nd Heat (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 8-Frank Eichelberger; 2. 5-Rick Tanner;
3. 88- Aaron Eichelberger; 4. 8S-Jim Still; 5. 14K-Mike Keppler; 6. 7X-Eddie
Schlegel; 7. 65-Andy Delloff; 8. 57-Paul Hacunda; 9. 58-Rich Mittchel. Time
3rd Heat (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 1-Shawn Seifert; 2. 11-Jimmy Brookens;
3. 2X-Bill Laughlin; 4. 72-Brian Leppo; 5. 84-Jim Wyers; 6. 20-Eric Eckert;
7. 22T-Scott Pence; 8. 33-Mike Schriber; 9. 96-Bill Manatti. Time 1:48.67
4th Heat (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 23R-Randy West; 2. 13-Bo Gordon; 3.
22-Jeff Young; 4. 44-John Copeland; 5. 21-Darrell Ginter; 6. 28D-Doug Gray;
7. 72W-Pat Webb; 8. 21D-Dave Williams; 9. 12-Mike Bittinger. No Time.
1st Consolation (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 7X-Eddie Schlegel; 2. 80-Jamie
Golden; 3. 30-Bill Gewler; 4. 57-Paul Hacunda; 5. 77-Doug Crook; 6. 12X-Dale
Barrall; 7. 58-Rich Mittchel; 8. 69-Bill Grove; 9. 14K-Mike Keppler; 10.
65-Andy Delloff. No Time
2nd Consolation (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 84-Jim Wyers; 2. 28D-Doug Gray;
3. 21-Darrell Ginter; 4. 12-Mike Bittinger; 5. 72W-Pat Webb; 6. 20- Eric
Eckert; 7. 21D-Dave Williams; 8. 33-Mike Schriber; 9. 96-Bill Manotti; 10.
22T-Scott Pence. Time 1:49.95