posted August 26, 2001 01:46 AM
EASH WINS THE BATTLE, RAHMER THE WAR IN ONE-TWO FINISH AT LINCOLN;
Haas claims career first, moves into tie for points lead in 358 division
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/25/01 - Put together a veteran driver, a veteran car
owner, a veteran team, and a "veteran" car - and you just might have a
Hanover's Cris Eash passed a determined Shawn Weaver on the seventh lap and
then raced flawlessly through lapped traffic over the final laps to hold off
11-time Lincoln winner Fred Rahmer and pick up his second win of the season
Saturday night in the 25 lap super sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway.
Eash, who has more second-place finishes this year than he could remember,
then told how well his "old" car was.
"We were actually real good at the beginning, and on that red I told my
mechanics that I don't know if we should do anything," said Eash upon
exiting his Dave Eash-owned Miller Brothers Chevrolet No.17E in victory
"My dad reminded us of the many times we were always good at the beginning
and not very good at the end, so we tightened it up a little bit...the car
worked pretty good tonight. We did everything right tonight, and that's what
it takes to win here. This old car has 56 races on it tonight and it's still
The win for the veteran racer, and car, was the second of the year at the
Pigeon Hills oval, and was worth $2,500.
"You know, when you look in the record book, it never shows who ran
second," Eash was quick to point out, "We come out here every night to win,
and we've been falling short here of lately...we got things going pretty
good right now."
Shawn Weaver shot from his fourth-starting spot to take the lead from
outside frontrow starter Pierron Reasner exiting the fourth turn to lead the
opening lap. "Big Block" then paced the field over the first three laps
before the red flag waved for a literal four-car pile-up in the third turn
involving Josh Wells, Troy Whitesel, Brian Montieth, and Cliff Brian.
On the restart, 10th starting Eash moved from third into second with an
inside pass of Reasner in the first and second turns. Eash then tried to
chase down Weaver until debris in the first turn brought out the caution on
the sixth lap. Eash pulled along side Weaver in a dead heat to complete the
sixth lap, and then took command on the seventh heading up the backstretch.
Eight-starting Bobby Weaver began to flex his muscles on the 10th lap, as
he moved around Shawn Weaver for the runner-up spot. At the time, Eash
enjoyed a 2.24-second lead. But a caution on the 11th lap for the stopped
Reasner sprinter allowed Weavers, ninth-starting Steve Siegel, and 11th
starting Rahmer to close in.
Rahmer worked his way around Siegel for fourth on the 11th lap restart just
before the race's final caution waved on the 12th lap for a turn-four tangle
involving French Grimes and Dave Cook.
On the restart, Rahmer blew under Shawn Weaver in the first and second
turns to grab third, and then used the same move on the 13th lap to move by
Bobby Weaver into second,with Eash hanging onto a slim .69 second lead.
The leaders entered lapped traffic on the 16th lap, with Rahmer slowly
closing on Eash and Siegel working his way around Bobby Weaver into third on
turns three and four of lap 19. Eash then methodically raced through heavy
lapped traffic over the final laps with Rahmer within striking distance the
But Eash was up to the challenge this night, and took the checkered .53
seconds ahead to register his 28th career Lincoln win to move him into an
sixth-place tie with Van May on Lincoln's all-time win list.
"I assumed that was him (Rahmer), I knew he would be coming," said Eash
when asked if he knew Rahmer was closing at the end, "He's been going pretty
good here and we've been struggling a little bit."
"I knew I couldn't sit around and wait on these guys," said Eash on the
heavy lapped traffic over the final five laps. "When I got to them, I
clipped by because I knew Fred (Rahmer) was coming, and he's awesome in
lapped traffic. Luckily, we made all the right moves on the last two
laps...one little mistake and we would have lost that race."
"Probably ninety percent of the time, the guy in second has the advantage.
He can counter what you're doing. You go low on a car, and he'll go high.
But things worked out for us tonight."
Rahmer and Siegel finished second and third, with Bobby Weaver fourth and
14th-starting Chris Knopp rallying for fifth. Completing the top ten were
Niki Young, Shawn Weaver, Jeff Rohrbaugh (who started 21st after flipping in
his heat), Glenndon Forsythe, and Pat Cooper.
"I've got to thank my sponsors Miller Brothers Chevrolet, E&G Classics,
Brickers French Fries, and Battlefield Harley Davidson, and my father for
putting together some pretty good equipment. This Don Ott racing engine ran
great tonight, and Shawn (Norris) and Wayne (Bull) did one **** of a job
Heats for the 23 super sprinters on hand were won by Shawn Weaver, Rahmer,
and Dan Shetler.
Dallastown's Cory Haas moved into a tie for the Lincoln "358" sprint points
lead with Eric Stambaugh by claiming his first career win. The race was
marred by three red flags, two of which came at the start. Greg Leiby
brought out the first red flag when his car ended up on the outside wall of
turn two. Polesitter Shawn Seifert then struck and climbed the outside wall
and flipped in front of the field on the second attempt to start the race,
collecting five other cars lined up at or near the front of the field.
There were no injuries in either crash.
Haas, originally scheduled to start ninth, started seventh after the
multi-car crash. He entered the top five on lap five and assumed fourth
during an eighth-lap caution when Jim Siegel dropped out with suspension
problems while running third.
Meanwhile, polesitter Chad Trout was leading from the pole. Though he was
credited with leading the entire first 15 laps, Trout was fending off the
challenges of Brian Eichelberger (who brought out the red flag with a
spectacular crash on the the frontstretch of lap 10, moving Haas to third),
and then Alan Krimes, who actually had mid-lap leads in several of the next
six laps. As Krimes pulled wheel-to-wheel with Trout for the lead exiting
the fourth turn of lap 16, Trout got sideways and Krimes ran up over his
wheel. Because he never stopped, Krimes assumed the lead for the restart,
with Trout restarting at the rear. That put Haas on Krimes' bumper for the
restart, and Haas made the race-winning pass a lap later.
Krimes finished a carlength behind in second, with Eric Stambaugh third,
Joe Ilg fourth, and Adrian Shaffer coming from 21st starting spot to finish
fifth. Completing the top ten were 19th-starting Billy Albright, Kevin Drury
(who came from the back after the multi-car crash), Tony Strine, Judd
Shepard (also in the first-lap crash), and 23rd-starting Bob Gutshall.
Heats for the 30 "358" sprinters on hand were won by Haas, Eichelberger,
and Leiby, with Albright winning the consolation.
Neil Smith became the 12th different winner in 25 races with his 24th
career win, but first of the year, in the 20-lap thundercar feature. Smith,
who started ninth, followed 10th starting Bernie Beard through the field as
last week's feature winner Mike Walls paced the field over the first 14
laps. Beard and Smith were running second and third by the 11th lap and were
trying to run down the leader. Smith made his move under Beard to move into
second place, just before distater struck the leader who exploded a motor on
the frontstretch on the 15th lap - gaving Smith the lead with Beard second.,
who was followed by two-time defending track champion Bobby Beard in third.
Smith was able to hold both Beards off over the final laps to take the
checkered .25 seconds ahead for the win. Mike Zielger Jr. and Chet McCormick
finished fourth and fifth respectively.
The Beards' second and third place finishes, combined with point leader
Steve Clabaugh's 17th place finish (transmission problems) closed Bobby
Beard to within 25 points and Bernie Beard to within 60 points with one
point race remaining on the schedule (9/8).
Heats for the 32 thundercars were won by Allen Cullum, Mike Walls, and Neil
Smith, with Paul Decker winning the consolation.
Next Saturday night, September 1st, it will be 7TH ANNUAL BOBBY ABEL
MEMORIAL for the super sprinters at Lincoln Speedway who will be competing
in there final points race of the season in the 30 LAP $3,000-TO-WIN event.
The thundercars will also be in action, competing in there next-to-last
point race of the season. Joining the super sprint and thundercar regulars
will be the invading Legends cars. 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 25, 2001
Feature (25 laps) - 1. 17E-Cris Eash ($2,500); 2. 77-Fred Rahmer; 3.
66-Steve Siegel; 4. X-Bobby Weaver; 5. 10N-Chris Knopp; 6. 17N-Niki Young;
7. 69-Shawn Weaver; 8. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 9. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 10.
26-Pat Cooper; 11. 7K-Dan Shetler; 12. 17B-Troy Whitesel; 13. I07-Mark
Coldren; 14. 3M-Michael Markey; 15. 5S-Dustin Hoffman; 16. 21-Jerry Parrish;
17. F1-French Grimes; 18. C4-Dave Cook (DNF); 19. 10-Chad Wolf (DNF); 20.
15P-Pierron Reasner (DNF); 21. 16-Cliff Brian (DNF); 22. 12B-Brian Montieth
(DNF); 23. 4L-Josh Wells (DNF); 24. 32-Kevin Glover (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Shawn Weaver (1-5), Shawn Weaver & Cris Eash (6), Cris Eash
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 69-Shawn Weaver; 2. X-Bobby Weaver; 3.
17E-Cris Eash; 4. 16-Cliff Brian; 5. 26-Pat Cooper; 6. F1-French Grimes; 7.
I07-Mark Coldren; DNS - 3M-Michael Markey. Time - 2:22.32
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer; 2. 66-Steve Siegel; 3.
15P-Pierron Reasner; 4. 17B-Troy Whitesel; 5. 10N-Chris Knopp; 6. 21-Jerry
Parrish; 7. 94-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF); 8. C4-Keith Cook (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 7K-Dan Shetler; 2. 17N-Niki Young; 3.
5S-Dustin Hoffman; 4. 10-Chad Wolf; 5. 12B-Brian Montieth (DNF); 6. 4L-Josh
Wells (DNF); 7. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh (DNF); 8. 32-Kevin Glover (DNF). No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 11C-Cory Haas; 2. 87-Alan Krimes; 3. 4-Eric
Stambaugh; 4. 22J-Joe Ilg; 5. 21-Adrian Shaffer; 6. 33-Bill Albright; 7.
31D-Kevin Drury; 8. 57S-Tony Strine; 9. 3J-Judd Shepard; 10. 65-Bob
Gutshall; 11. 88-Scott Ausherman; 12. 1K-Mike Miller; 13. 14-Will Urkuski;
14. 32-Stacey Eastwood; 15. 7C-Chad Trout (DNF); 16. 56-Danny Warrick (DNF);
17. 31J-Joey Palmerino (DNF); 18. 55E-Brian Eichelberger (DNF); 19. 59-Jim
Siegel (DNF); 20. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh (DNF); 21. 59M-Ray Miller (DNF); 22.
00-Gary Gollub (DNF); 23. 5A-Shawn Siefert (DNF); 24. 119-Greg Leiby (DNF).
Lap Leaders - Chad Trout (1-15), Alan Krimes (16-17), Cory Haas (18-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 11C-Cory Haas; 2. 22J-Joe Ilg; 3.
57S-Tony Strine; 4. 3J-Judd Shepard; 5. 31D-Kevin Drury; 6. 1K-Mike Miller;
7. 51-Jim Gollub; 8. 31J-Joey Palmerino; 9. 21-Adrian Shaffer; DNS -
56M-Mark Zellars. Time - 2:02.08
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 55E-Brian Eichelberger; 2. 7C-Chad
Trout; 3. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 4. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh; 5. 88-Scott Ausherman; 6.
32-Stacey Eastwood; 7. 59M-Ray Miller; 8. 33-Bill Albright; 9. 65-Bob
Gutshall; 10. 14-Will Urkuski (DNF). NoTime
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 119-Greg Leiby; 2. 5A-Shawn Seifert; 3.
59-Jim Siegel; 4. 87-Alan Krimes; 5. 00-Gary Gollub; 6. 56-Danny Warrick; 7.
17M-Michael Creaghan; 8. 12-Tim Long; 9. 8F-Stan Fleming; 10. 7-Roy Vincent.
Time - 2:04.26
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 33-Bill Albright; 2. 59M-Ray Miller;
3. 21-Adrian Shaffer; 4. 31J-Joey Palmerino; 5. 65-Bob Gutshall; 6. 14-Will
Urkuski; 7. 12-Tim Long; 8. 8F-Stan Fleming; 9. 51-Jim Gollub; 10. 7-Roy
Vincent (DNF); DNS-17m-Michael Creaghan; 56M-Mark Zellers. No time.
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 1-Neil Smith; 2. X-Bernie Beard; 3. 5-Bobby Beard;
4. 21A-Mike Ziegler Jr.; 5. 14-Chet McCormick; 6. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 7.
4GT-Gary Potts; 8. 7-Duane Hahn; 9. 77-Ken Berwager; 10. 6-Tony Kuhn; 11.
95A-Allen Cullum; 12. 3-Duane Watson; 13. 99-Randy Zechman; 14. 12M-Jake
Markey; 15. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 16. 9-Jeff Wilson; 17. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 18.
1W-Mike Walls (DNF); 19. 8MD-David Prunkl (DNF); 20. 78-Ron Farrar (DNF);
21. 22-Nat Tuckey (DNF); 22. 68-M.R. Beal (DNF); 23. 1D-Paul Decker (DNF);
24. 60-Cork Laughman (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Mike Walls (1-14), Neil Smith (15-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) -1. 95A-Allen Cullum; 2. 22-Nat Tuckey; 3.
60-Cork Laughman; 4. X-Bernie Beard; 5. 78-Ron Farrar; 6. 9-Jeff Wilson; 7.
63-William Knaus; 8. 68-M.R. Teal; 9. 9J-Mike Johnson (DNF); 10. 6-Tony Kuhn
(DNF); 11. 31-Jeremy Brown (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1W-Mike Walls; 2. 21a-Mike Zeigler, Jr.;
3. 5-Bobby Beard; 4. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 5. 99-Randy Zechman; 6. 3-Duane
Watson; 7. 1D-Paul Decker; 8. 20-Patrick Rineman; 9. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh; 10.
4-Greg Feltch (DNF): 11. 5s-Craig Smith (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1-Neil Smith; 2. 12M-Jake Markey; 3.
14-Chet McCormick; 4. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 5. 77-Ken Berwager; 6. 7-Duane
Hahn; 7. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 8. 31H-Dave Highland; 9. 4GT-Gary Potts (DNF);
10. 8MD-David Prunkl. No Time
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1D-Paul Decker; 2. 4GT-Gary Potts; 3.
68-M.R. Beal; 4. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 5. 8MD-David Prunkl; 6. 6-Tony Kuhn; 7.
5S-Craig Wagaman; 8. 4-Greg Feltch; 9. 31H-Dave Highland; 10. 20-Patrick
Rineman; 11. 63-William Knaus (DNF); 12. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh (DNF); 13.
9J-Mike Johnson (DNF); DNS - 31-Jeremy Brown. No Time