ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 5/5/01 - "Awesome." That's how 2001 Ms. Motorsports Mandy Fenstermacher described the racing in her first visit to Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. Steve Siegel concurred. "It was a blast, I love it, and when you can beat a ...
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 5/5/01 - "Awesome." That's how 2001 Ms. Motorsports Mandy Fenstermacher described the racing in her first visit to Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. Steve Siegel concurred. "It was a blast, I love it, and when you can beat a competitor like Fred, what more can you say ." Siegel, at least for one night, ended Fred Rahmer's domination of victory lane at Lincoln and turned away the invading All Star Circuit of Champions in winning the 30 lap $5,000-to-win sprint feature.
Third-starting Siegel passed ButlerBuilt Hot Seat polesitter and race-long leader Greg Wilson of Benton Ridge, OH, on the backstretch of the 10th lap for the lead, and then held off the seven-time Lincoln winner and Lance Dewease over the final laps to pick up his first win since 1999 at the Pigeon Hills oval. The win was Siegel's 24th career win - eighth on the all time winners list at Lincoln Speedway.
"I love this," said an outwardly happy Siegel in victory lane. "This is good racing with Fred (Rahmer)...I mean that's the most exciting thing in the world for me. Fred's a tremendous racer and he's a good friend of mine. I just don't know what to say." Rahmer started eighth and moved around Wilson into second on the 14th lap. But Siegel was in command, holding a 2.2-second lead by the time the first caution flag waved for All Star points leader Chad Kemenah's spin on turn two. On the restart, Rahmer disposed of a lapped car and was on Siegel's bumper when the drivers completed lap 23. Rahmer appeared to take the lead in the first two turns of lap 24, but a red flag for a four-car tangle on turn four negated the pass. Travis Rilat was the flipper, with Chris Knopp and Phil Gressman also involved. James Chesson, sustained damage, but continued another half-lap and was able to restart. Siegel confirmed that at the time, he was holding on for dear life.
"He had already passed me and then that red came out and I told them guys 'I'm getting loose getting off (the turns)'," said Siegel when the red flag on the 24th lap stopped the action. "So we made a couple of adjustments...I really don't know if we were a lot better or not, I just hugged a good part of the race track and made him use the worst part of the track and it just worked out for us."
Many in the stands were no doubt expecting another famous Rahmer slide job in one of the final seven laps, but Siegel knew Rahmer too well. Siegel went to the bottom, and stayed there the rest of the way.
"Fred knows me well enough, he knows I wasn't going to move off the bottom," Siegel added. "We've talked a lot and he's said the worst thing about racing with me was that I don't make mistakes - and boy I tried like hell tonight not to make a mistake."
Siegel's final margin of victory over the 106-time Lincoln winner was two car lengths. Lance Dewease came on from 14th starting spot to finish third, with Cris Eash crossing fourth and Kenny Jacobs the top All Star finisher in fifth.
"The All Stars came in and brought a good, good group of cars," Siegel was quick to add. "I ran with them for a long time. I like Bert Emick. I like the whole deal, the way there organization is...it's just a blast and I love it and I hope it was good for the fans."
Completing the top ten were Greg Hodnett and All Stars Rodney Duncan, Dean Jacobs, Jason Johnson, and Wilson. "We struggled right from the start with some different things, and they never gave up," said Siegel about his new No.66 Singer Sprint Team. The machine was a Gambler chassis with an Ed Singer powerplant and utilized American Racer tires.
"They kept plugging trying to get things right and tonight it really paid off."
"The Singer brothers and Bobby Faulk, they own this car and they do a tremendous job, I couldn't ask for anything more. What ever I ask for I get. They are good people to work with and there's no pressure, so you can just come and race and have a good time - and that's what it's all about to me right now."
Heats for the sprints were won by Johnson (Eunice, LA), Billy Sims (Enola, PA), Rilat (Desoto, TX), and Johnny Mackison Jr. (York, PA). Kemenah of Findlay, OH, won the Dash, while Dewease (Mont Alto, PA) won the B-Main. Fast time in time trials over the 33-car field was set by Jerrod Hull of Sikeston, MO, with a one-lap time of 13.709 seconds.