posted September 02, 2001 03:43 AM
RAHMER CAPS OFF CHAMPIONSHIP YEAR WITH FOURTH ABEL MEMORIAL WIN;
Leiby announces owner-driver retirement after 358 win; Tomson claims INEX
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/1/01 - "I never saw a jockey take a horse with three
legs and win the race...but that is what he did tonight."
Car owner Al Hamilton gave the latest indication that things are okay in
the Manheim Auto Auction/Cindy Rowe Auto Glass "stable" after Fred Rahmer
drove to his 12th win of the year in the 30-lap Seventh Annual Bobby Abel
Memorial at Lincoln Speedway.
Rahmer backed up a pass of Cris Eash following a wild three-car battle for
the lead with Craig Keel in the third and fourth turns of the 13th lap and
led the rest of the way for the win.
"Cris (Eash) and I talked tonight and we were sure Keel wasn't going to
win," said Rahmer jokingly in victory lane. "He's been starting up front
pretty good and we pretty much decided he wasn't going to win."
"There wasn't but room for one car but Cris gave me just enough room, no
extra," said Rahmer on the wild three car pass for the lead on the 12th lap.
"I'd like to think I'd do the same for him...it was tight off of two and off
"But like I said, we talked before the race and we knew one of us was going
Rahmer started beside Port Royal track champ Keith Kauffman on the outside
of the sixth row and stormed through the field to enter the top five by lap
four. He followed Cris Eash past Pierron Reasner into fourth on lap five,
then followed Eash as both cars passed Brian Montieth on an eighth-lap
restart for debris on turn three. Eash and Rahmer chased Craig Keel (who
took the lead from Reasner on lap three) from laps eight through 12, when
the caution came out for simultaneous spins by Billy Sims and Pat Cooper on
turns one and two and Mark Smith on turn three. It was then that track
officials noticed a broken front right torsion bar on the Hamilton #77.
Despite the handicap, Rahmer dove between Keel and Eash to challenge for
the lead in a wild three-wide battle in turns three and four of lap 13.
Though Eash was credited with leading the lap, Rahmer took the lead for good
on the first and second turns of lap 14.
Arms were thrashing as the Hamilton crew attempted to make repairs during
two red flags over the second half of the race. In fact, Rahmer was out of
the car holding it up during the second red flag. The first red flag came
out for a fuel stop during an 18th lap caution for a Mark Smith spin in turn
two. The second red flag came out for the flipping cars of Glenndon
Forsythe and Mark Smith on turn three of lap 22.
Despite all of his problems, Rahmer drove away from the field over the
final eight laps to take the checkered by 2.08 seconds over Eash, with
Montieth third, Steve Siegel fourth, and Kauffman fifth. Sixth through tenth
were Keel, Doug Esh, Shawn Weaver, Brook Weibley, and Cliff Brian.
"It just goes to show you that the car don't have to work good all the
time," said Rahmer. "Sometimes you have to just drive it a little
harder...Richie, Moon, and everybody, and Scotty and Wop, they do a good
job. They stuck though when we were not running good. Hopefully we can pick
it up. One win don't mean nothing, but we've got to keep at it."
The win, Rahmer's fourth in seven Bobby Abel Memorials and the 111th his
career in the Pigeon Hills, was worth $3,000.
Though Rahmer was too young to see Bobby Abel race, he recognized the
accomplishments of one of Central Pennsylvania's all-time greats in victory
"Any time they have a race for a guy you know he must have been a heck of a
good racer," said Rahmer. "Because Central Pennsylvania fans have seen some
good racers come through and they just don't have a race for everybody...he
must have been one heck of a good racer."
Al Hamilton wasn't too young to see Abel race.
"They had a bounty on Abel when I first came to race here," reflected
"Fred did a tremendous job tonight and, he has been. We've had a few
problems along the way , but those things will happen to anybody. There have
been things that have gone wrong that don't normally go wrong, but this year
we've been down occasionally. We're not finished yet."
Heats for the 27 super sprinters on hand were won by Siegel, Eash, and
Keel, with Billy Sims winning the consolation.
Greg Leiby ended his career as a car owner on a winning note by claiming
his third Lincoln win of the year in the 20-lap "358" sprint feature.
Commenting on the burden racing has placed on his family, Leiby announced in
victory lane that he would only return to drive if it was for another car
Matt Boland led the first lap, then yielded to Eichelberger, who led until
Leiby's race-winning pass on lap eight. Leiby then had to fight off the
challenges of new Lincoln 358 sprint points leader Eric Stambaugh over the
final 11 laps to seal the win. It was Leiby's eighth career win at Lincoln,
moving him into a third-place tie with Brian Seidel on the all-time Lincoln
win list. Stambaugh's second-place finish broke a tie with Cory Haas for
the point lead heading into next week's final race of the year, a
$1,000-to-win 358 sprint championship.
Joe Ilg kept his title hopes alive with a third-place finish, followed by
Eichelberger and Cory Haas, who still has a chance at the track title next
Heats for the 27 "358" sprinters on hand were won by Ilg, Scott Ausherman,
and Jim Siegel.
Tim Tomson had a perfect night in the INEX Legends division, winning his
heat, picking pill #1 for the inversion, and leading all 15-laps of the
feature event. Brian Levan started fifth and crossed second, with Butch
Brough, Ronnie Dunstan, and Rodney Kistler completing the top five. The
much-anticipated showdown between front row starters Tomson and Kistler
never materialized, as Kistler faded to third by lap and never recovered.
Tomson's 15-lap time of 5 minutes, 30.39 seconds established a track record
for the Legends cars at Lincoln.
Heats for the 36 INEX Legends were won by Tomson, Kistler, and Dunstan,
while Donnie Potts won the consolation.
Next Saturday night, September 8th, the super sprinters (410 sprints) will
have the night off to participate in Tuscarora 50 activities at Port Royal
Speedway. This will give bring the 358 Sprinters & Thundercars center stage
to race in there final point race of the season. Joining them will be the
micro-sprints. Gates will open at 5:30 PM, with hot laps at 7 PM and racing
action getting under way at 7:30 PM.
Saturday - September 1, 2001
7TH ANNUAL BOBBY ABEL MEMORIAL
7TH ANNUAL BOBBY ABEL MEMORIAL
Feature (30 laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($3,000); 2. 17E-Cris Eash; 3.
12B-Brian Montieth; 4. 66-Steve Siegel; 5. 7-Keith Kauffman; 6. 9-Craig
Keel; 7. 7. 30-Doug Esh; 8. 69-Shawn Weaver; 9. 32-Brook Weibley; 10.
16-Cliff Brian; 11. 10N-Chris Knopp; 12. X-Bobby Weaver; 13. 7K-Dan Shetler;
14. I07-Mark Coldren; 15. 5S-Billy Sims; 16. 21-Jerry Parrish; 17. 26-Pat
Cooper; 18. 22M-Mark Smith (DNF); 19. 94-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF); 20.
15P-Pierron Reasner (DNF); 21. 21M-Danny Murray (DNF); 22. 17N-Niki Young
(DNF); 23. C4-Dave Cook (DNF); 24. 3M-Michael Markey (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Pierron Reasner (1-2), Craig Keel (3-12), Cris Eash (13), Fred
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 66-Steve Siegel; 2. 26-Pat Cooper; 3.
7-Keith Kauffman; 4. 15P-Pierron Reasner; 5. 16-Cliff Brian; 6. I07-Mark
Coldren; 7. 5S-Billy Sims; 8. 21-Danny Murray; 9. X-Bobby Weaver (DNF).
Time - 2:27.63
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 17E-Cris Eash; 2. 30-Doug Esh; 3.
69-Shawn Weaver; 4. 7K-Dan Shetler; 5. 22M-Mark Smith; 6. 10N-Chris Knopp;
7. 21-Jerry Parrish; 8. C4-Dave Cook; 9. 4L-Josh Wells (DNF). Time - 2:24.15
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 9-Craig Keel; 2. 77-Fred Rahmer; 3.
12B-Brian Montieth; 4. 17N-Niki Young; 5. 32-Brook Weibley; 6. 94-Glenndon
Forsythe; 7. 3M-Michael Markey; 8. 69S-Craig Smith; DNS - 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh.
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 5S-Billy Sims; 2. X-Bobby Weaver; 3.
21-Jerry Parrish; 4. 21M-Danny Murray; 5. 3M-Michael Markey; 6. C4-Dave
Cook; 7. 4L-Josh Wells (DNF); 8. 69S-Craig Smith (DNF). No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 119-Greg Leiby; 2. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 3. 22J-Joe Ilg;
4. 55E-Brian Eichelberger; 5. 11c-Cory Haas; 6. 00-Gary Gollub; 7. 88-Scott
Ausherman; 8. 31D-Kevin Drury; 9. 59-Jim Siegel; 10. 22T-Matt Boland; 11.
14-Will Urkuski; 12. 32-Stacey Eastwood; 13. 31J-Joey Palmerino; 14.
5A-Shawn Seifert; 15. 11z-Mark Zellers; 16. 11-Woody Linton (DNF); 17.
8F-Stan Fleming (DNF); 18. 57S-Tony Strine (DNF); 19. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh
(DNF); 20. 7C-Chad Trout (DNF); 21. 17M-Michael Creaghan (DNF); 22.
01-Adrian Shaffer (DNF); DNS - 87-Alan Krimes, 1B-David Bull. No Time
Lap Leaders - Matt Boland (1), Brian Eichelberger (2-7), Greg Leiby (8-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 22J-Joe Ilg; 2. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 3.
22T-Matt Boland; 4. 55E-Brian Eichelberger; 5. 8F-Stan Flemming; 6. 5A-Shawn
Seifert; 7. 7-Roy Vincent (DNF); 8. 3J-Judd Shepard (DNF); 9. 4B-Jake
Raudabaugh (DNF). No Time.
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 88-Scott Ausherman; 2. 11c-Cory Haas; 3.
31J-Joey Palmerino; 4. 31D-Kevin Drury; 5. 7c-Chad Trout; 6. 57s-Tony
Strine; 7. 11z-Mark Zellers; 8. 01-Rick Horn, Jr. (DNF); 9. 21-Adrian
Shaffer (DNS). Time - 2:02.18.
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 59-Jim Siegel; 2. 119-Greg Leiby; 3.
14-Will Urkuski; 4. 00-Gary Gollub; 5. 32-Stacey Eastwood; 6. 17M-Michael
Creaghan; 7. 11-Woody Linton; 8. 87-Alan Krimes (DNF); 9. 1B-David Bull. No
INEX Legends Cars:
Feature (15 laps) - 1. 94-Tim Tomson; 2. 5K-Brian Levan; 3. 4-Butch Brough;
4. 99-Ronnie Dunstan; 5. 23-Rodney Kistler; 6. 46-Ray Swank; 7. 29A-Harry
Garber; 8. 10E-Kip Erb; 9. 17-Rick Potts; 10. 5Z-Zack Dunkleberger; 11.
29G-Lawrence Garrison; 12. 72-Donnie Potts; 13. 2C-George Craker; 14.
12J-Clint Penkouskas; 15. 11H-George Abt; 16. 8-Allen Felix; 17. 23-Cory
May; 18. 73-Scott Haudeshell; 19. 77-Rodney Fetterhoff; 20. 99E-Evan Ford;
21. 7R-Denny Rothermel; 22. 34-Paul Fisher; 23. z-Jim Black; 24. 0-Greg
Lap Leaders - Tim Tomson (1-15)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 94-Tim Tomson; 2. 46-Ray Shank; 3.
2C-George Craker; 4. 0-Greg Burd; 5. 99E-Evan Ford; 6. 11H-George Abt; 7.
Z-Jim Black; 8. 86F-Jim Forney; 9. 2W-Leon Wintermyer (DNF); 10. 55-John
Freehan (DNF); 11. 51-Scott Below (DNF); 12. U18-Rick Utzman (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 23X-Rodney Kistler; 2. 5K-Brian Levan;
3. 4X-Butch Brough; 4. 73-Scott Haudeshell; 5. 5Z-Zack Dunkleberger; 6.
34-Paul Fisher; 7. 12J-Clint Penkauskas; 8. 29G-Lawrence Garrison; 9.
72-Donnie Potts; 10. 91S-Lamar Scheaffer; 11. 14W-Ed Wentz; 12. 44-Darryl
Bloom. Time - 2:58.89
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 99-Ronnie Dunstan; 2. 10E-Kip Erb; 3.
29A-Harry Garber; 4. 17-Rick Potts; 5. 8-Allen Felix; 6. 23-Corey May; 7.
7R-Denny Rothermel; 8. 77-Randy Fetterhoff; 9. 6F-Nathan Fisher; 10. 11-Bob
Lash; 11. 21M-Mike Amoroso; 12. 9-Vern Smith (DNF). No Time
Consolation (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 72-Donnie Potts; 2. 29G-Lawrence
Garrison; 3. Z-Jim Black; 4. 12J-Clint Penkauskas; 5. 77-Randy Fetterhoff;
6. 7R-Denny Rothermel; 7. 44-Darryl Bloom; 8. 14W-Ed Wentz; 9. 86F-Jim
Forney; 10. 21M-Mike Amuroso; 11. 11-Bob Lash (DNF); 12. 2W-Leon Wintermyer
(DNF); 13. 91S-Lamar Shaffer (DNF); 14. 6F-Nathon Fisher (DNF); 15. 55-John
Ferhan (DNF); DNS - 51-Scott Below, U18-Rick Utzman, 9-Vern Smith. No Time