Central Pennsylvania weekend summary 2002-05-27

Put together a race with some extra cash and some extra laps on the schedule and it's a sure thing that the best will be in contention at the finish. That was the case on Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway, where the two leading drivers so far...

Put together a race with some extra cash and some extra laps on the schedule and it's a sure thing that the best will be in contention at the finish.

That was the case on Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway, where the two leading drivers so far this season staged a second stirring duel within the past 10 days in the 30-lap Memorial Day Super Sprint Championship and Lance Dewease came out on top for his third win of the season.

"I'm sure Fred (Rahmer) wasn't real happy with his car and I wasn't real happy with mine, but we both were racing up through there and he was a little bit better early," Dewease said after earning the $3,000 first-place purse for his 30-lap victory which avenged his second place to Rahmer in last week's 50th Anniversary Show in the Pigeon Hills.

However, Rahmer's dissatisfaction showed up visibly when the Harz No. 88H began to lose air from its right rear tire as track officials towed the car of Brook Weibley, also suffering a flat right rear tire, with eight laps remaining.

On the restart, Dewease steered the Hamilton Motorsports No. 77 deep into the first turn while Rahmer sailed high along the wall. When the cars emerged from the second turn, Dewease's car had slid just in front of Rahmer and he had the lead.

"I saw Fred's tire start to lose some air there during that caution. After seeing how the tire was, I thought his car would roll a little bit up on entry (into the corner) ... He got high and I got a little bit of a run on him," Dewease said.

Dewease would eventually win by 2.3 seconds, Rahmer, the five-time defending track champion, surrendered second place to Cris Eash with four laps remaining and then lost third spot to Johnny Mackison Jr. before the checkered flag.

Meanwhile, Dewease's second win of the weekend after his Friday night victory at Williams Grove Speedway was his 17th career feature triumph at Lincoln. That puts Dewease in sole possession of 15th place on the all-time win list just one win behind World of Outlaws veteran Stevie Smith and makes Al Hamilton one proud car owner.

Sean Michael took fifth place ahead of Steve Siegel, who made a miraculous recovery from his car's flip in its heat race and its 22nd starting position in the feature. Bobby Weaver took seventh place ahead of Glenndon Forsythe, who led 12 laps of the feature before Rahmer passed him on the 15th lap. Todd Gracey was ninth and Chris Knopp took 10th spot.

Hanover's Neil Smith grabbed the lead from Randy Zechman on the third lap and endured several early caution flags to drive away to his second feature win of the season in the 20 lap thundercar event.. The win was Smith's 26th career win at Lincoln, tying him with Jeremy Miller for second place behind all-time winner Bernie Beard.

Smith held off Bernie Beard, who came from the rear after he was involved in a mishap, for the victory. Last week's feature winner, Mike Walls, was third ahead of Duane Watson, AND Steve Clabaugh.

Randy West got past race-long leader Steve Lenig to complete a charge from 11th starting spot and won the 15-lap micro sprint feature in the division's first appearance of the 2002 season.

Lenig held onto second and with off Brad McClelland third. Shawn Seifert, who started 21st, charged in the late laps to take fourth place ahead of Jeff Young.

OTHER WEEKEND RACING ACTION

MARK SMITH WIN CAREER FIRST SPRINT CAR WIN AT PORT ROYAL

Newville's Mark Smith picked up his first career sprint car win Saturday night in the 25 lap super sprint feature at Port Royal. It appeared Keith Kauffman would pick up yet another win early, but misfortune strunk the Mifflintown speedter for the second week in-a-row while leading, this time in the form of a spin-out exiting the fourth turn on the 16th lap, handing the lead to Smith. Smith was not challenged the rest of the way and went on to record the win with Todd Hestor and Mike Erdley finishing second and third respectively. Kauffman came from the rear following his spin-out to finish fourth.

Strodes Mills's Kenny Dickson picked up his first win of the season in late model action Jim Palm picked up his first as well in pro stocks. Bill Powell won the 30 lap Enduro Dash.

DEWEASE GETS 80TH GROVE WIN FOR HAMILTON

Lance Dewease won the 25-lap sprint car feature Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway and Greg Leiby scored in 358 sprint competition.

Todd Gracey, who was seeking his first Grove win, grabbed the lead at the outset and managed to keep a hard-charging Dewease at bay until the 18th lap when the defending track champion and current Grove point leader took the lead with an inside move through turns one and two.

Fred Rahmer took second place from Gracey with two laps remaining, and then a late-charging Donnie Kreitz Jr. passed Gracey for third before the checkered fell.

Gracey ended up settling for a fourth place finish, with Sean Michael completing the top five. Todd Shaffer, Cris Eash, Shawn Keen, Mike Erdley and Len Thompson finished in positions six through ten respectively.

Dewease earned $3000 for his fourth victory of the season and 53rd of his career at Williams Grove. He also gave his car owner, Al Hamilton, his 80th victory as a car owner, putting him just one win shy of all time car-owner win-leader Bob Weikart at the historic Mechanicsburg half-mile.

Carlisle's Leiby started on the pole and led flag to flag in the 358 sprint feature. Cory Haas, Tony Strine, Chad Layton and Dale Hammaker rounded out the top five.

LOCKE WINS WILL KREITZER MEMORIAL

Race-leader Frankie Herr developed an ignition problem with three laps remaining of the 30-lap Will Kreitzer Memorial Saturday night at Silver Spring Speedway, giving Howie Locke the break he needed. Locke, who went to the pit area with six laps down to change a flat tire, was back up to second for the restart and drove by new leader Craig Morrow with one lap remaining to win his first feature event since September 1999 and first in the prestigious Kreitzer Memorial.

Mark Billet was victorious for the first time this season in the 20 lap limited late model feature over Josh Kimmel and Gene Wrightstone. Paul Morgan picked up his second win in street stocks.

DURBORAW WINS BONEBRAKE MEMORIAL

It was a night of down-to-the wire- finishes as Nathan Durboraw of Hagerstown shut the door on Gary Stuhler in the final laps to win the 40-lap Richard Bonebrake Memorial at Hagerstown Speedway Saturday. Durboraw's first win of the year, and 65th career win, was worth $2,500.

Devin Friese of Mercersburg,was transported to Baltimore to have his elbow operated on after debris struck him during the third qualifying heat.

In the 25-lap late model sportsman spring championship, Larry Baer had the lead slip from his hands for one lap, but the Dover driver came right back to regain the lead to score his first win of the season. The 20-lap spring championship for the pure stocks was another thriller as Mike Warrenfeltz of Hagerstown recorded his second win of the year and Kenny Thomas won the 30-lap enduro dash.

LAYTON MAKES IT FOUR IN A ROW IN 22ND ANNUAL SELINSGROVE GUNN MEMORIAL

Chad Layton continued his early season domination by recording his fourth win in-a-row in the 22nd running of the Jack Gunn Memorial for the 358 sprints at Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday night. Layton inherited the top-spot with seven to go after a spirited duel with Craig Eshenaur ended with Eshenaur spinning entering the third turn while navigating through lapped traffic. TJ Stutts appeared to finish second, and Brian Powell and fourth. But both were later disqualified for being under-weight, handing second place to Blain Heimbach, Nate Snyder third, Jim Nace fourth, and Dale Hammaker fifth.

Sunbury's Jimmy Adams led flag-to-flag for his career first win in late model action while Kyle Bachman won for the second week in a row in the pro stocks for his fourth overall win at the Snyder County oval. Matt Drum won the 10-lap nightcap roadrunner feature, his second of the season.

-bill meyer-

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Series Sprint
Drivers Neil Smith
Teams Williams