Central PA weekend racing summaries

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/2/01 - Aspers' Glenndon Forsythe finally shook the monkey off his back Saturday by picking up his first career super sprint win at Lincoln Speedway. "I knew they had to be back there somewhere, but I wasn't looking ...

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/2/01 - Aspers' Glenndon Forsythe finally shook the monkey off his back Saturday by picking up his first career super sprint win at Lincoln Speedway.

"I knew they had to be back there somewhere, but I wasn't looking back," said a jubilant Forsythe of Cris Eash, Fred Rahmer, and other top guns upon exiting the Bill and Kay Tanger/Materials Handling Systems No.07 in victory lane.

Forsythe, who started on the pole, took the lead from outside frontrow starter and race-long leader Cliff Brian of Ephrata exiting the fourth turn of the eighth lap and then held off Cris Eash, Fred Rahmer, and Greg Hodnett in a final four-lap dash to the checkered to become the fifth different winner in 13 races at the Pigeon Hills oval.

"What a deal!" said Forsythe, "I've got to thank Bill and Kay for giving me this opportunity...we were running on a rather slim budget in my car and I gave this one a try. We got here pretty quick, maybe we'll be back soon!"

"We've been pretty decent, and it's a matter of luck, too, I guess," Forsythe quickly added. "I've got to thank Art Green. He helped us out a good bit with the set-up tonight. He was helping me on my car and then we didn't use him for a couple races...maybe we can keep him around now."

"They gave me enough shots starting on the front row, we knew we get one of these sometime - and we're here."

Forsythe, who started on the pole, yielded to fellow frontrow starter Cliff Brian at the drop of the green. Forsythe followed Brian for the first seven laps before diving under the No.16 car to take the lead while bearing down on lapped traffic exiting the fourth turn of lap eight.

Hellam's Bobby Weaver got by Brian for second a lap later, and chased Forsythe for the next nine laps before giving way to Cris Eash on lap 19.

Eash, who started tenth, had closed to about five carlengths of Forsythe when the caution came out for a Dan Shetler spin on the backstretch of the 21st lap. Eash challenged over the final four laps, but was unable to catch Forsythe, whose margin of victory was .72 seconds.

Eight-time winner Fred Rahmer started 11th and passed Weaver for third on the final restart. Greg Hodnett, who started 16th, caught Weaver for fourth as the two passed under the white flag. Weaver completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Steve Siegel, Niki Young, Darren Eash, Craig Keel, and Brian.

The win, worth $2,500, made Forsythe 134th different winner in super sprint history at Lincoln Speedway.

East Berlin's Eric Stambaugh used borrowed equipment to score his first Lincoln win of the year and second of his career at Lincoln in the 20-lap "358" sprint feature. Stambaugh came from the distant 17th starting spot after winning one of the two consolation events.

"We discovered some major motor problems this week, and started making phone calls," said Stambaugh in victory lane, "Rich Eichelberger lent us this motor today, so I want to thank him...and offer to buy it!"

Stambaugh also borrowed a torsion bar from Kenny Foor, the driver he had to pass for the lead on lap 13. Foor, a second-year, second-generation driver from Everett, PA, led the first 12 laps. He settled for third after losing the runner-up spot to 22nd-starting Billy Dietrich on lap 16.

Completing the top five at the finish were Jim Siegel and Alan Krimes.

In winning the second heat, Jim Siegel set a new eight-lap track record of one minute 58.85 seconds, besting the old record of one minute 59.56 set by P.J. Chesson on July 11, 1998. Twin consolation events were won by Stambaugh and Rick Horn.

Outside frontrow starter Gregg Messersmith of Littlestown grabbed the lead over polesitter M.R. Teal at the drop of the green and withstood the challenges of Duane Watson and, eventually, Gary Potts to win his first of the year and fourth career Lincoln win in the 20-lap thundercar feature. Messersmith became the 7th different winner in 13 races so far this year.

KAUFFMAN PICKS UP THIRD PORT WIN OF YEAR

Mifflintown's Keith Kauffman took advantage of his teammate Todd Hestor's miscue with 11 laps to go to speed to his third Port Royal Speedway win of the season on Saturday night in the 25 lap super sprint feature. Kauffman's win, his track-leading 103rd career win at the Juniata County racing facilty, also added to his point lead over Todd Shaffer in the season-long standings. Lance Dewease finished second, and was followed by Todd Shaffer, Hestor, and Alan Cole at the checkered.

"Anytime I stand up here, its always good," noted the veteran from victory lane. "I got a good hole at the start and there are a lot of good cars here and anytime you get a hole like that, it helps out!"

Kenny Dickson continued his winning ways picking up his sixth win of the season, and his fourth in-a-row, in the 20 lap late model feature.

Tim Krape picked up his first win of the year in winning the rain-shortened pro stock feature.

CHAD LAYTON PICKS-UP THIRD SELINSGROVE WIN

Chad Layton of Harrisburg powered to his third 358 sprint feaure win of the season at Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night.

In the final laps, five-time winner Stutts powered into the runner up spot and set his sites on raceleader Layton, who encountered heavy lapped traffic with three laps to race. Stutts reeled in Layton on the final lap but came up short at the finish.

Layton was victorious over Stutts, Hammaker, eighth-place starter Joe Whitcomb and ninth-place starter Jim Nace.

Both the late model and pro stock features were postponed when heavy rain hit the speedway. The late model feature will be completed on June 9th, while the pro stock main has been rescheduled for June 16th.

MORROW AND BLACKWELL WIN FIRST CAREER SILVER SPRING FEATURES

Craig Morrow had won two races for non-qualifiers at Silver Spring over the past six years, but never a regular super sportsman feature. Morrow, of Enola, changed that statistic on Saturday night as he drove from his ninth starting spot to take the lead on lap 12 and record his first ever sportsman feature win.

Tom Blackwell of Terre Hill drove to his first career win in the 20-lap limited late model feature and Smokey Snellbaker of Dover won the five-lap cash dash for the super sportsman.

STUDENT NIGHT A WASHOUT AT HAGERSTOWN

It looked like a great night for racing as the crowd began to fill the grandstands at Hagerstown Speedway for Student Night. But a brief shower shortly after the gates opened was more moisture than the track could handle forcing Promoter Frank Plessinger to throw in the towel 90 minutes later. More than 100 cars were entered for the five feature program, but high humidity kept the track crew from running the track in after the shower. It was the second straight week that Hagerstown had to cancel the racing program.

All rain checks from Student Night will be good for one full year at face value. The enduro dash for tonight will be rescheduled at a later date.

HILLENBURG WAITS OUT RAIN, WINS FIRST AT ELDORA

Andy Hillenburg waited through two rain delays totaling nearly three hours, and then tracked down race-long leader Johnny Herrera to make a race-winning pass on the 30th lap to pick up the Pennzoil World of Outlaws A-main at Eldora Speedway early Sunday morning.

"I've been coming here since 1987...I can't believe I finally won one here," said Hillenburg in victory lane. "I'm not sure what we'd had done if it would have gone green to checkered, it really would have taken a toll (physically) on us. I didn't think I was going to be able to catch up with him (Herrera). Johnny was running strong out front, but I got a pretty good run on him down the backstretch and I barley cleared him down here (in 3&4).

Herrera settled for second, with Danny Lasoski third, Donny Schatz fourth, and Steve Kinser fifth.

BLOOMQUIST TAKES BATTLE OF BRISTOL FINALE

Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN made it a very profitable two for three this week at Bristol Motor Speedway in United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series action.

The defending and four-time UDTRA Champion won the 60-lap finale Saturday night in the 2nd Annual Battle of Bristol.

Bloomquist was able to get to the inside and use a lapped car as a pick to pass early race leader and 1997 UDTRA Champion Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR coming off the second turn on lap 32 for the lead and eventual win.

"Billy had a strong engine, and I was running a taller gear, so had trouble keeping up early in the race," Bloomquist said. "With the set up we had, the longer I ran, the better the car got, and the engine really had a strong top end. We did everything right this week, except we didn't bring enough parts last night to fix the car."

Bloomquist also won the 30-lap preliminary UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday night, but broke a rear-end assembly just before taking the green flag during the first heat race on Friday night. Bloomquist scratched his car for the evening, and borrowed another car to finish 21st in the main event.

In addition to winning his 79th and 80th career UDTRA victories, Bloomquist also set fast time on both Wednesday and Friday night qualifications. Bloomquist's fast lap came on Friday night with a lap around the .533-mile high-banked clay-on-concrete oval in 16.370 seconds for an average speed of 117.214 miles per hour.

The Saturday night win was worth $25,000, with another $1,000 for his fast time honors. With contingencies and awards, Bloomquist took home a total of $37,650.

Steve Francis of Ashland, KY rallied from the eighth starting spot to finish second. Moyer ended up in the third spot, with Bill Frye of Greenbrier, AR finishing fourth, and Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC took the fifth spot.

UDTRA point leader Rick Eckert of York, PA rounded out the top ten in the Raye Vest Rocket/Cornett Mustang. Leaving Bristol, Eckert's point lead over Steve Francis has now shrunk to 139 points.

DELAWARE URC SHOW RAIN-OUT

Rain showers repeatedly hovered over the Delaware International Speedway Saturday night, forcing the cancellation of the United Racing Club Sprint Series (URC) event. For URC, this marks their fourth consecutive rain out. URC will make another attempt with a two race weekend on tap, June 8th and June 9th.

RAIN WIPES OUT FRIDAY NIGHT RACING ACTION

Storms sweeping through Pennsylvania Friday forced most speedways across the Keystone state to either cancel or postpone there Friday evening, June 1st, racing programs.

Williams Grove, Trail-Way, and Selinsgrove Speedways were all forced to cancel there racing programs while World of Outlaw Officials rescheduled Friday night's racing action at Lernerville Speedway in Western Pennsylvania to tis Wednesday night, June 6th.

BLOOMQUIST AND SMITH ADD TO BRISTOL'S LIST OF FAMOUS FINISHES

Through the years, Bristol Motor Speedway has been known for famous finishes with Earnhardt and Labonte, and Wallace and Gordon being the most notable. Add Scott Bloomquist and Freddy Smith to the list.

Bloomquist led only the last 20 feet of the 30-lap United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series main event Thursday night, but it was the last 20 feet to the checkered flag in night one of the 2nd Annual Battle of Bristol.

The defending and four-time UDTRA champion took to the outside in turn three, pulled up along side Smith in turn four, and then won the race to the checkered flag by less than a half car-length.

York's Rick Eckert was one of four drivers to share the Hard Charger of the Race Award. Eckert started 16th and finished 10th.

MARS TAKES HIS SECOND UDTRA WIN OF THE SEASON AT BRISTOL

Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI loves Speedway Motorsports, Inc. owned race tracks for United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series action because he wins at them.

Mars drove to his second UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series victory of the season Friday night in the 30-lap main event in the Battle of Bristol at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mars first UDTRA win came on March 31 at SMI's Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX.

The event was delayed over three hours by rain earlier in the day and a second shower early in the evening, but most of the fans stuck around and were not disappoint with the racing action by the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series.

Mars battled all night long with 1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith of Knoxville, TN, who for the second night in a row led the race early, but had to settle for second.

UDTRA point leader Rick Eckert of York struggled all night long, having to take a provisional starting spot after losing a fuel pump in the consolation race. Eckert earned the Hard Charger of the Race Award after starting 23rd and finishing 13th.

-DR

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Scott Bloomquist , Bill Frye , Freddy Smith , Rick Eckert , Jimmy Mars , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , P.J. Chesson , Steve Francis , Johnny Herrera , Tom Black
Teams Williams