posted August 19, 2001 08:41 AM
KEELS STAYS THIS TIME, AND PICKS UP SECOND LINCOLN WIN;
Mark Freeland Captures Topless ARDC Midget Feature, Walls Wins First in
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/18/01 - After years of racing on the road, Weedsport,
New York's Craig Keel has now found how to win in Central Pennsylvania. Keel
grabbed the lead at the drop of the green and held off a hard-charging Brian
Montieth and Cris Eash over the last half of the race to register his second
win of the season in the 25-lap super sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway
"I'm just glad to be here in the winner's circle again," said a happy Keel
in victory lane.
But the race to the checkered was a rocky path, as Keel was forced to
withstand challenges in numerous restarts. And after opening up a
comfortable lead heading into the final lap, Keel appeared to bobble in the
final turns to the checkered, allowing Montieth to close in. But Keel held
on to take the checkered by 1.45 seconds ahead of the Phoenixville racer.
"I was going to try and do a wheelie, but I figured I better not ***** up,"
Keel added jokingly on a last turn bobble. "I figured I better just get up
there and finish the race."
"I was beginning to wonder if we were ever going to finish this deal," Keel
added after the crash-marred event. "I'm glad I didn't see the rest of it,
because I saw enough."
Keel grabbed the lead from his outside front row starting position over
polesitter Pat Cooper at the outset, with Glenndon Forsythe (who started
3rd), Josh Wells (who started 4th), and Jeff Rohrbaugh (who started 8th) in
tow before the first of several cautions came out for Niki Young, who made
hard contact with the backstretch guardrail and came to a stop on the
frontstretch on lap two.
The ensuing restart saw the red fly immediately, as Mike Rabold rolled his
sprinter in the second turn and collected Pierron Reasner and Doug Esh.
Keeled then weathered the storm through another caution restart on the
fourth lap (for a Michael Markey spin in the fourth turn), before the red
flag waved one more time on the seventh lap when Doug Esh rolled his
sprinter in the fourth turn with Tony Strine and Mark Coldren also getting
involved. Despite the red, all three drivers were able to continue.
The ensuing restart saw the green stay out long enough to allow
11th-starting Cris Eash and 13th-starting Montieth to come up through the
field, with Eash getting around Forsythe for second place in the first and
second turns of the 13th lap, and Montieth following Eash around Forsythe to
move into third on the same lap .
A pair of cautions back-to-back on the 16th lap allowed Eash and Montieth
to erase Keel's sizeable 2.01 second lead. Two-time Lincoln winner Montieth
then made his move on the 16th lap restart to drive by Eash into the
runner-up spot on the backstretch.
Another caution on the 17th lap for a tangle between Steve Siegel and Jerry
Parrish gave Montieth a shot at Keel for the restart. But Keel moved down to
the middle of the track and held off both Montieth and Eash one more time.
The race's final caution waved on the 19th lap when Mark Coldren and Chris
Knopp both stopped exiting the fourth turn, forcing Keel to weather the
storm one last time.
"With Montieth and those other guys back there you try not to do the same
thing," Keel said in regards to the varied lines he drove on the numerous
restarts. "You try not to do everything the same, or otherwise they'll drive
on by you in the first turn. I was running way up toward the top, and that
pretty much leaves you wide open for a slider. So I was kind of running in
the middle on the restarts and they had to stick on the bottom if they
wanted to get by me. Chris (Eash) is normally pretty good down there...but
tonight he wasn't good enough."
"My dad and I have always done our own deal, and we got hooked up with Earl
(Potroff) from Pearl Technologies," Keel said on his racing deal this
season. "And he gave us enough money to go play for a little while."
Keel then added, "Mom always told me to never to play in the rain, so we
left a couple of weeks ago," in regards to giving up his front row starting
spot a few weeks ago during a three-hour rain delay.
Montieth and Eash finished second and third respectively, with Fred Rahmer
fourth, and Bobby Weaver fifth. Completing the top 10 were Rohrbaugh, Johnny
Mackison Jr., James Chesson, Wells, and Forsythe.
Heats for the 28 super sprinters on hand were won by Pat Cooper, Shawn
Weaver, and Keel, with Doug Esh winning the consolation.
Mike Walls took the lead from outside front row starter Butch Harvey on the
second lap and led the rest of the way to score his second career Lincoln
win in the 20-lap thundercar feature. Also getting by Harvey early were
Duane Watson, Bobby Rudisill and Bobby Beard who raced nose-to-tail the
entire distance. Beard passed Rudisill for third on lap nine, and got by
Watson on lap 16 for second. But Walls was able to hold off Beard by .22
seconds at the end, with Watson and Rudisill third and fourth, with points
leader Steve Clabaugh completing the top-five. Heats for the 29 thundercars
were won by Mike Ziegler Jr., Mike Walls, and Craig Smith, with Denny Hahn
winning the consolation.
Ickesburg's Mark Freeland grabbed the lead from polesitter Gary Halteman
entering the first and second turns of lap eight and held off the challenges
of Bryan Kobylarz and then Ray Bull to claim the 25-lap ARDC wingless midget
It was a wild race for all of the above mentioned drivers. Halteman spun
right after Freeland got by and came back to finish ninth. Kobylarz drove
the cushion and closed on Freeland from laps nine through 13 before hopping
the cushion and flipping on turn two of lap 14. Kobylarz was able to
continue despite the flip and finished tenth. Ray Bull got tangled up in a
five-car crash on turns three and four of the first lap and came from the
rear to challenge Freeland over the final ten laps.
Bull actually passed Freeland on a 15th-lap restart, but had to give the
spot back when the final caution flag flew before the end of the lap.
Duane Maustellar wrestled third place from his dad Randy on the 21st lap
and finished there, with Mike Roselli, Jr. crossing fourth and Randy
Heats for the 25 ARDC Midgets were won by Roselli, Halteman, and Freeland.
Next Saturday night, August 25th, it will be CHECKERED FLAG FAN CLUB NIGHT
at Lincoln Speedway. All three regular divisions, the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass
Super Sprints, Budweiser/Motorsports Monthly 358 Sprints, and the Miller
Brothers Chevrolet Thundercars will be in action. 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 18, 2001
Feature (25 laps) - 1. 9-Craig Keel ($2,500); 2. 12B-Brian Montieth; 3.
17E-Cris Eash; 4. 77-Fred Rahmer; 5. X-Bobby Weaver; 6. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh;
7. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 8. 22-James Chesson; 9. 6W-Josh Wells; 10.
94-Glenndon Forsythe; 11. 30-Doug Esh; 12. 17B-Troy Whitesel; 13. 66-Steve
Siegel; 14. 26-Pat Cooper; 15. 3M-Michael Markey; 16. 21-Jerry Parrish; 17.
10N-Chris Knopp (DNF); 18. I07-Mark Coldren (DNF); 19. 69-Shawn Weaver
(DNF); 20. 17N-Niki Young (DNF); 21. 16-Cliff Brian (DNF); 22. 57S-Tony
Strine (DNF); 23. 1R-Mike Rabold (DNF); 24. 15P-Pierron Reasner (DNF). No
Lap Leaders - Craig Keel (1-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 26-Pat Cooper; 2. 94-Glenndon Forsythe;
3. 77-Fred Rahmer; 4. X-Bobby Weaver; 5. 12B-Brian Montieth; 6. 16-Cliff
Brian; 7. 57S-Tony Strine; 8. 15P-Pierron Reasner; 9. 55S-Billy Sims (DNF);
DNS - 3C-Chris Webb. No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 69-Shawn Weaver; 2. 6W-Josh Wells; 3.
10N-Chris Knopp; 4. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 5. 22-James Chesson; 6. 66-Steve
Siegel; 7. 3M-Mike Markey; 8. 7K-Dan Shetler (DNF); 9. 10-Chad Wolf (DNF).
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 9-Craig Keel; 2. 17N-Niki Young; 3.
17e-Cris Eash; 4. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 5. I07-Mark Coldren; 6.1R-Mike Rabold;
7. 21-Jerry Parrish; 8. 30-Doug Esh (DNF); 9. 17B-Troy Whitesel (DNF). No
Consolation (5 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 30-Doug Esh; 2. 57S-Tony Strine; 3.
17B-Troy Whitesel; 4. 3-Michael Markey; 5. 15P-Pierron Reasner; 6. 21-Jerry
Parrish. DNS-10-Chad Wolf, 55s-Billy Sims, 7K-Dan Shetler. Time - 1:19.04.
ARDC Carquest Midgets (Wingless):
Feature (25 laps) - 1. 4-Mark Freeland; 2. 1-Ray Bull; 3. 25-Duane
Mausteller; 4. 98-Mike Roselli; 5. 21-Randy Mausteller; 6. 42-Walt Stearly;
7. 75-Fred Schell; 8. 54-Shanon Burke; 9. 91-Gary Halteman; 10. 49-Bryan
Kobylarz; 11. 41-Jimmy Stitzel; 12. 72-Kathy Kurtz; 13. 55-Steve Craig; 14.
29-Tim Knickerbocker; 15. 33-Lew Blair (DNF); 16. 0-Craig Rochelle (DNF);
17. 6-Ed Stimely (DNF); 18. 96-Jim Jackson (DNF); 19. 99-Scott Zipp (DNF);
20. 88-Frank Fiore (DNF); 21. 27-Dave Suchy (DNF); 22. 61-Pete Pavlik (DNF);
23. 28-Brian Suchy (DNF); 24. 45-Buddy Baker (DNF); 25. 24-Ted Schmidt
(DNF); 26. 15-Chris Mowray (DNF). No time.
Lap Leaders - Gary Halteman (1-7), Mark Freeland (8-25)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 98-Mike Rose; 2. 15-Chris Mowery; 3.
21-Randy Mausteller; 4. 96-Jim Jackson; 5. 0-Craig Rochelle; 6. 28-Brian
Suchy (DNF); 7. 29-Jim Knickerbocker (DNF); 8. 45-Buddy Baker (DNF); 9.
27-Dave Suchy (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 91-Gary Halteman; 2. 25-Duane
Mausteller; 3. 1-Ray Bull; 4. 55-Steve Craig; 5. 33-Lew Blair; 6. 99-Scott
Zipp; 7. 24-Ted Schmidt (DNF); 8. 6-Ed Stimely Jr. (DNF); 9. 61-Pete Pavlik
(DNF). Time - 2:19.76
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 4-Mark Freeland; 2. 49-Bryan Kobylarz;
3. 75-Fred Schell; 4. 42-Walt Stearly; 5. 72-Kathy Kurtz; 6. 54-Shawn Burke;
7. 41-Jim Stitzel; DNS - 88-Frank Fiore. Time - 2:17.58
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 1W-Mike Walls; 2. 5-Bobby Beard; 3. 3-Duane Watson;
4. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 5. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 6. 1-Neil Smith; 7. 22-Nat
Tuckey; 8. 21A-Mike Ziegler Jr.; 9. X-Bernie Beard; 10. 77-Ken Berwager; 11.
14-Chet McCormick; 12. 95A-Allen Cullum; 13. 5S-Craig Smith; 14. 12M-Jake
Markey; 15. 95-Fred Cullum; 16. 4GT-Gary Potts; 17. 17-Butch Harvey; 18.
63-William Knaus; 19. 31H-Dave Highlands; 20. 93-Skip Messinger; 21. 3D-John
Rudisill; 22. 69-Doug Rohrbaugh; 23. 2-Jeremy Brown; 24. 7-Denny Hahn. No
Lap Leaders - Butch Harvey (1), Mike Walls (2-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21a-Mike Zeigler, Jr.; 2. 17-Butch
Harvey; 3. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 4. 1-Neil Smith; 5. 12M-Jake Markey; 6.
95-Fred Cullum; 7. 69-Doug Rohrbaugh; 8. 14-Chet McCormick; 9. 93-Skip
Messinger (DNF); 10. 30B-Butch Altland (DNS). Time - 2:49.60.
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1W-Mike Walls; 2. 5-Bobby Beard; 3.
31H-Dave Highlands; 4. 2-Jeremy Brown; 5. 22-Nat Tuckey; 6. 95A-Allen
Cullum; 7. 7-Denny Hahn; 8. 9c-Alan Cramer; 9. 63-William Knaus; 10.
99-Randy Zechman (DNF). No time.
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 5S-Craig Smith; 2. 3-Duane Watson; 3.
3R-Bobby Rudisill; 4. X-Bernie Beard; 5. 4GT-Gary Potts; 6. 77-Kenny
Berwager; 7. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 8. 3D-John Rudisill (DNF); 9. 9-Jeff Wilson
(DNF); 10. 67-Randy Doty (DNF). No Time
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 7-Denny Hahn; 2. 14-Chet McCormick;
3. 3D-John Rudisill; 4. 93-Skip Messinger; 5. 69-Doug Rohrbaugh; 6.
63-William Knauss; 7. 30B-Butch Atland; 8. 61-Mike Ciezobka; DNS - 9C-Alan
Cramer, 9-Jeff Wilson, 99-Randy Zechman, 67-Randy Doty. No Time