Central Pennsylvania weekend racing report 2002-04-08

Rahmer returns to victory lane. ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 4/6/02 - When you win more than 100 career features at one speedway, as Fred Rahmer has done at Lincoln Speedway, it takes good equipment and some racing luck. On a frigid Saturday night, Rahmer...

Rahmer returns to victory lane.

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 4/6/02 - When you win more than 100 career features at one speedway, as Fred Rahmer has done at Lincoln Speedway, it takes good equipment and some racing luck.

On a frigid Saturday night, Rahmer took advantage of both.

Grabbing the top spot when race leader Sean Michael slowed suddenly with engine trouble with 12 laps down, Rahmer took full advantage and scored his second super sprint feature victory of the season in the Pigeon Hills.

"We got to the front first," Rahmer said, referring to his Joe Harz-owned No. 88H. "I got to thank everybody at Miller Chevrolet and C&B Mushrooms, everybody involved with this car."

Starting from his 12th starting spot, a handicapped position which he knows well by virtue of his five consecutive track titles, Rahmer needed only four laps to work into the top five. But more importantly, he had passed 11th-place starter Lance Dewease, an edge which Rahmer held to the finish in a stirring one-lap duel to the checkered flag.

First, though, he had to chase Michael, who had taken the top spot from Josh Wells by zipping to Wells' inside entering the first turn on a second-lap restart after spins by Johnny Mackison Jr. and Todd Gracey. Michael then led through three caution flags, including one waved when the car of then-runner-up Brook Weibley ran over the restart cone.

However, one lap after Dewease had passed Steve Siegel for third place off the first corner, Michael's Zemco Speed Equipment No. 1 suddenly slowed and made the right turn off the second turn into the pit area, putting Rahmer into the lead and moving Dewease into second place.

"I'd seen him brake in the middle of (turns) one and two," Rahmer said. "He had the good car. On this track, it was hard to pass a good quality car like that. You know that's a real good race car. He was going around there pretty fast."

However, Rahmer's work was hardly finished. One lap after taking the lead, and after a caution flag for the stopped car of Glenndon Forsythe in the first turn, the red flag came out on the next restart as the cars of Jerry Parrish and Chappy Knaack tangled. The mishap flattened Parrish's top wing and Knaack flipped his No. 51 into the inside guardrail in the second turn.

The red flag allowed crews to adjust their cars, but Rahmer held command, though Dewease began to close ominously when the leader encountered lapped traffic. But the car of Doug Esh spun in the third turn with one lap remaining, bringing out the race's seventh caution flag and setting up a one-lap dash which Rahmer won by one-half second over Dewease.

The victory was Rahmer's 114th of his illustrious career at Lincoln, but the Salfordville resident indicated there may be more duels with Dewease before this year is done.

"I just wanted it to be over," Rahmer said about the final caution flag. "You know, we're still trying to figure out some stuff. This is a new car. We've got plenty of room for improvement and Lance still has his program from last year. They've got a quality team and everybody knows how tough it is to beat that red 77, but it sure feels good when you do it."

Siegel claimed third place ahead of Mark Smith and Keith Kauffman. Cris Eash, whose car suffered a broken front wing mount and stopped with five laps down, came back for sixth place ahead of Wells, Weibley, Greg Hodnett and Mackison.

Strinestown's Gary Potts inherited the lead of the 20-lap thundercar feature when race leader Ken Berwager's car spun into the inside guardrail of the fourth turn with 11 laps down. Potts, who had started ninth, then held off Duane Watson over the remaining laps, slowed only once by a caution flag, for his second straight feature victory. The win was Potts' 19th of his career at Lincoln. with Mike Walls winning the consolation.

In the Silver Spring limited late model feature, York's Jeff Leiphart, who won one of the division's two appearances at Lincoln in 2001, powered past race leader Scott Richwine in third turn of the 14th lap and took the 20-lap feature win.

MITTEN WINS FOUR CAR BATTLE TO CAPTURE SPORTSMAN WIN

Newville's RussMitten came from his ninth starting spot to pass Ken Carberry with less than two laps to go to win the 25-lap super sportsman feature at Silver Sprint Speedway Saturday night for his sixth career Silver Spring win.

Mitten and Carberry were nose-to-tail with two laps to go and were followed closely by Frankie Herr and Smokey Snellbaker. Mitten made his winning going down the backstretch and Herr came on strong in the final lap to pass Carberry for second, with Smokey Snellbaker settling for fourth.

Duncannon's Paul Morgan passed Randy Kissinger going down the backstretch following a ninth-lap caution restart and led the rest of the way to pick up his first win of the year in the 20 lap street stock opener.

COLD WEATHER HALTS LOCAL RACING ACTION

Unseasonably cold weather forced two area speedways to cancel there racing action this past weekend.

On Friday night Williams Grove Speedway officials were forced to cancel it's super sprint and super sportsman show. Next Friday night, April 12th, the 358 sprints will join the super sprints at 8 PM

Port Royal Speedway was forced to cancel it's scheduled Saturday afternoon show of super sprints, late models and pro stocks. Port will come right back wit the same super sprint, late model, and pro stock racing program for the final afternoon start next Saturday, April 13th, at 1 PM.

HEIMBACH WINS CAREER FIRST IN SELINSGROVE 358 SPRINT ACTION

For the second week in a row, a rookie graced Selinsgrove Speedway's victory lane when Selinsgrove driver Blane Heimbach held off all challengers to record his first ever sprint car win.

Heimbach inherited the lead when race-long leader Craig Eshenaur tangled with a lapped car on the ninth lap which sent Eshenour hard into the outside guardrail.

The 19 year old racer then impressively held off defending Selinsgrove 358 sprint champion Chad Layton and defending Lincoln Speedway 358 sprint champ Eric Stambaugh in a final one-lap dash to the checkered to pick up his inaugural win.

Hamburg's Scott Haus passed Dan Stobe on the second lap for the lead and never looked back en route to his 20th career Selinsgrove win in the 20 lap late model feature over Stone and Jim Yoder.

Gerald Kratzer of Selinsgrove edged out Kyle Bachman for the win in pro stocks, while Tower City driver Rick Bixler claimed the 10-lap roadrunner feature.

16 YEAR OLD GRETH WINS CAREER FIRST 600CC MICRO AT TRAIL-WAY

Mohrsville's Ryan Greth, 16, led all 20 laps en route to his first-ever 600cc winged sprint feature triumph at Trail-Way Speedway Saturday afternoon.

Lucas Wolfe remained close to Greth throughout the feature, but had to settle for the runner-up spot ahead of Fayetteville's Jimmy Brookens.

Greth became the fourth different 600cc winged sprint feature winner in four programs this season at Trail-Way.

In other action, Wellsville's John Stoll Jr. grabbed the lead from Fredericksburg's Ken Miller off the fourth corner of the sixth circuit and drove to his second 4-cylinder stock feature win of the season.

Hanover's Rick Weaver won the 112-inches-and-up wheelbase figure-8 feature race for his first win of the season. Baltimore's Tom Caravello piloted his Toyota Supra to his second 111-inches-and-less wheelbase figure-8 feature win. Hanover's Brad Kress posted his second straight scramble car feature triumph. East Berlin's Jerry Kress won the division 6-cylinder class.

ADKINS IS ONE OF THREE TO CAPTURE FIRSTS WIN AT HAGERSTOWN

With temperatures a few chilly degrees above freezing, James Adkins became the first of three drivers to record a first ever feature at Hagerstown Speedway during Saturday evening's Fan Appreciation Night. Adkins, of Waldorf, MD, led all the way to capture the late model 25-lap main event, a first in 20 years also for car owner, Charles Buckler.

Also garnishing long overdue first victories were Robert "Pete" Weaver, of nearby Williamsport, in the late model sportsman feature and second-generation driver, Jeff Johnson, of Hancock, Md., who won the V8 pure stock event.

RAIN WASHES OUT SOUTHERN BLEACHER CHASSIC FINALE

After repeated attempts to to beat the inclement weather, Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series officials canceled Saturday's feature program of the Southern Bleacher Classic at Texas Motor Speedway.

Friday's racing will be considered a single-program event, giving flag-to-flag winner Brad Furr his first Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main event victory.

-bill meyer-

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Brad Furr , Lucas Wolf , Chappy Knaack , Paul Morgan
Teams Williams