Central Pennsylvania weekend summary 2002-07-013

RAHMER EDGES DEWEASE IN THRILLING LINCOLN SPRINT FEATURE ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/13/02 - It's not nice to fool Fast Freddy. After completing a highly-successful Pennsylvania Speedweek, the super sprints returned to Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.

RAHMER EDGES DEWEASE IN THRILLING LINCOLN SPRINT FEATURE

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/13/02 - It's not nice to fool Fast Freddy.

After completing a highly-successful Pennsylvania Speedweek, the super sprints returned to Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. And it turned into a high-speed cat-and-mouse game that had the fans on their feet the final three laps.

Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer, who grabbed the lead from Steve Siegel on lap 13, looked like the sure winner until he encountered lapped traffic on the 17th lap. One lap later, Lance Dewease got around Siegel for second in turn two. Over the next four laps, Dewease ran the rim around the Lincoln oval to eliminate Rahmer's two and-a-half second lead. When he showed Rahmer his nose in heavy lapped traffic on the 23rd lap, Rahmer turned it up a notch, and the two staged a torrid battle for the win over the last two laps.

Rahmer threaded his way through the lapped cars to score his sixth win of the year and 118th career in the Pigeon Hills, .88 seconds in front of Dewease.

"I started dragging my feet there at the end, and I thought I had a pretty good lead," said Rahmer upon exiting his Joe Harz-owned No.88H sprinter, "I thought Steve (Siegel) was in second, and obviously I was wrong...but we got the job done"

"I started running the pace of the guys I was lapping, and my car needs to operate at a higher speed to keep it left," said Rahmer, "I went to the bottom one time under Niki (Young), and I knew I stopped. I knew I couldn't do that two laps, but I did...and I knew he was going to be right there (Dewease)."

Rahmer's charge to the front began from his customary 12th starting spot. He then advanced to the top five by lap three, got around Bobby Weaver for fourth on lap four, and caught Glenndon Forsythe for third on lap eight. It was on that same lap that Steve Siegel, who started fifth, drove by race-long leader Michael Markey on the backstretch for the race lead.

Siegel was 1.1 seconds in front when Rahmer caught Markey for the runner-up spot on lap 10 and then closed in on the leader over the next three laps and drove around Siegel for the top spot on the first and second turns of the 13th lap.

"I was getting pretty cluttered there," said Rahmer on the final wild laps holding off Dewease, "I didn't want to give the race away by screwing up with a lapped car. And the guy in second always has an advantage. Coming off of two I knew I had to be at the top. I seen him (Dewease) out there, and I thought, well, it sucks to be you!"

Siegel crossed third, with Forsythe completing an excellent run in fourth and Cris Eash completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Weaver, Johnny Mackison Jr., Brook Weibley, Chris Knopp, and Hodnett.

Heats for the 28 super sprints were won by Dewease, Rahmer, and Coldren, with Young winning the consolation.

Dallastown's Cory Haas won his second straight to become the division's first repeat winner of the season in the 20 lap "358" sprint car feature. In doing so, Haas padded his points lead over sixth-place finisher and defending track champ Eric Stambaugh.

Dan Dietrich finished second, with Brian Leppo crossing third, Dale Hammaker fourth, and Billy Dietrich fifth.

Biglerville's Nat Tuckey stormed from seventh starting spot into the lead on the opening lap and held off a race-long challenge and a series of late-race one-lap shootouts over Duane Watson and Bernie Beard to claim his second win of the year in the 20-lap thundercar feature. The win was the sixth of Tuckey's Lincoln career.

OTHER WEEKEND RACING ACTION

AUKLAND STRIKES PAYDIRT AT HAGERSTOWN IN SCHETROMPF MEMORIAL

Rick Aukland of Zanesville, OH was a happy man Friday night as he broke a long winless streak to win the Renegade DirtCar Racing Series 55th Anniversary Stanley Schetrompf Memorial at the Hagerstown Speedway.

"It feels good anytime you win, but especially tonight after it has been a long time since we have been in the winners circle," said Aukland after pocketing $10,000 for his efforts in the 55-lap non-stop event. Aukland started sixth and tracked down Steve Francis on the 36th lap, then never looked back as he won by 15 car lengths over Francis.

"The car was pretty good and the race track was real good. You could run up on the high side getting in and come off the bottom and run on the bottom either one. They did a nice job with the track. It is always nice to race here."

Once in front, Aukland pulled away for his first Renegade Racing Series win of the year. Steve Francis settled for second as DJ Myers came from 20th to finish third. Randle Chupp and York's Rick Eckert rounded out the top five.

In other action, Eugene Conlee of Hanover, MD held off Hans Stamberg for his third win of the year in the 15-lap pure stock main event.

LIGHT RAIN POSTPONES UDTRA MD SILVER CUP NATIONALS TO AUGUST 30th

A light rain started to fall as the third heat pulled out on to the track that never let-up forcing Promoter Frank Plessinger to postpone the rest of the UDTRA Maryland Silver Cup Nationals to Friday night, August 30th. The double header program will continue from the start of the third heat. All rain checks from the Saturday night program will be honored for the August 30th raindate or any other date on the Hagerstown Speedway's schedule excluding the Monster Trucks and AMA motorcycles.

Remaining on the program will be two qualifying heats for the UDTRA late models, two consolations and the 50-lap $10,000 to win Maryland Silver Cup Nationals. A complete program of qualifying and feature events also will be on the program for the more than 30 Hoosier Tires late model sportsman.

There were 42 cars signed in for the UDTRA Maryland Silver Cup Nationals. Rick Eckert of York, PA and defending UDTRA Champion, set fast time for the second night in a row with a time of 18.495. Eckert, who won the first heat, will be sitting on the pole for the 50-lap event. Steve Shaver of Parkersburg, WV won the second heat and will start second in the August 30th race. The top four finishers in the first two heats have qualified for the 50-lap main event.

The Maryland Silver Cup Nationals will now make Labor Day weekend a big-two day show at Hagerstown. On Friday, August 30th, will be the late model sportsman and the Maryland Silver Cup Nationals.

FIRST SPRINT WIN FOR MARK SMITH - DAVE CALAMAN TOPS SPORTSMAN

MECHANICSBURG, PA -- Mark Smith scored his first sprint car victory Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway and Dave Calaman won the 20-lap super sportsman feature on Auto Locator Night.

Chris Knopp took the early lead in the 25-lap sprint car headliner with Smith, who started fourth, moving into second on the first lap. Smith drove deep into the first corner on lap five and slid in front of Knopp for what would prove to be the winning pass.

Driving a car of his own design Smith opened a huge lead, which stretched to a half lap at one point. As the end neared, however, both Don Kreitz and Greg Hodnett were closing fast.

Despite Smith's near flawless performance in traffic, Kreitz, who started 8th and Hodnett, who came from 12th, were reeling him in. Both needed a caution which never came as Smith became the tenth different driver to win a sprint car feature at Williams Grove this season.

He earned $3500 for his performance.

The victory was especially sweet for Smith since the sportsman teams were sharing the pit area with the sprint cars. Smith is a former sportsman champion and owns ten Grove victories in that division.

Kreitz settled for second with Hodnett third. Fred Rahmer came from ninth to fourth and Knopp completed the top five. Doug Esh, Sean Michael, Todd Shaffer, Lance Dewease and Len Thompson finished in positions six through ten respectively.

Heats wins went to Rick Lafferty, Knopp and Esh.

Calaman led the first lap of the sportsman feature after starting on the pole. Frankie Herr took over on the second lap and held sway until Calaman drove by on lap nine and went on to win. Dave Neuman took second from Herr on the last lap. Russ Mitten fished fourth and Pat Cannon was fifth. Sportsman heats went to Neuman, Larry Jackson, Cannon and Herr. Steve Wilbur and Bobby Hockenberry won the consolation races.

KAUFFMAN WINS FOURTH IN-A-ROW AT PORT ROYAL

Mifflintown's Keith Kauffman continued his winning ways at Port Royal Speedway Saturday night as he made a late-race pass for the lead and rolled to his fourth consecutive victory at the Juniata County racing facility.

Kauffman's fifth Port Royal win of the season came as he passed Todd Shaffer on the 23rd lap for the lead and then held off the Millerstown racer through heavy lapped traffic for the thrilling win in front of a huge Kids Night crowd for his ninth overall win of 2002.

Friday night Williams Grove winner Mark Smith passed Shaffer in the closing laps to finish second, with Shaffer settling for third, and Mike Erdley fourth, and Todd Hestor fifth.

Winning car owner Dave Middleswarth then donated five hundred dollars of the winners purse to the Kyle Ganoe fund.

Orefield's Chris Shuey led every lap to pick up his first late model win of the season in the 20 lap late model feature. Jason Schmidt won the Pro Stock feature for his third win of the season and Bill Powell won the 30 lap Enduro Dash.

PERIGO KEEPS YEARLY WIN STREAK ALIVE AT SILVER SPRING

It took until July, but the win streak continues for defending track champion Carmen Perigo Jr. Since coming to Silver Spring in 1996, Perigo has recorded at least one victory during each season. Perigo, who had been held winless so far in 2002, kept the streak alive Saturday night when he won the 25-lap super sportsman feature.

Perigo, of Stoystown, started 14th, and took the lead from second place starter Mark Zimmerman on lap 13 and then held off point leader Frankie Herr in heavy lapped traffic over the final laps.The win was the 18th of Perigo's seven-year career at Silver Spring.

Herr came out on top of the first-ever'King of the Springs' Match Race Series by defeating Pat Cannon in the final round. Herr earned $300 for the victory, while Cannon got $100 for finishing second. Cannon defeated Jim Shuttlesworth to earn a spot in the finals and Herr defeated Bill Schoffstall.

Weston Alleman started on the pole and led all 20 laps of the Street stock feature.

Eric Hollenbach took over the lead of the 4-Cylinder feature event when leader John Stoll Jr. developed problems with nine laps completed. Hollenbach then led the final six laps unchallenged over one-time Silver Spring winner Ricky Harper.

FORTNA AND LUPFER SUSQUEHANNA WINNERS

Randy Fortna and Mike Lupfer became the eighth different winner in eight events thus far this season at Susquehanna Speedway. For Fortna, it was his tenth career modified win at the Newberrytown oval. For Lupfer it was his first career late model win at the York County oval.

HENCH REPEATS IN 358 SPRINT ACTION AT SELINSGROVE

Rick Hench of Newport made it back-to-back wins at Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday night in winning the 25-lap 358 sprint feature.

The victory marked the third of his career at the Snyder County oval which includes a victory in super sprint car competition several seasons ago.

Danville's Jeff Rine won his second 20-lap late model feature of the season, while Troy Miller of Williamstown made it two wins in a row in the 12-lap pro stock feature.

Matt Drum of Port Trevorton became the leading roadrunner feature winner this season with his sixth feature win in the division's 10-lap main event.

HENCH REPEATS IN 358 SPRINT ACTION AT SELINSGROVE

Rick Hench of Newport made it back-to-back wins at Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday night in winning the 25-lap 358 sprint feature. The victory marked the third of his career at the Snyder County oval which includes a victory in super sprint car competition several seasons ago.

Danville's Jeff Rine won his second 20-lap late model feature of the season, while Troy Miller of Williamstown made it two wins in a row in the 12-lap pro stock feature.

Matt Drum of Port Trevorton became the leading roadrunner feature winner this season with his sixth feature win in the division's 10-lap main event.

BILL BRIAN JR TAKES VICTORY AFTER CHRIS COYLE COMES UP LIGHT AT THE SCALES

Chris Coyle has been fast lately in fierce URC competition. On Saturday night at the Bridgeport Speedway, Coyle of Wilmington, DE was fast once again. After dominating most of the feature and taking the checker flag first in the twenty-five lap feature, Coyle's sprint car failed to make weight during the post race teching procedure. As a result, Coyle was disqualified. Current URC point leader Bill Brian Jr of Ephrata, PA was in the right place at the right time and inherited the feature win. For Brian, it was his fourth win of the URC Advance Auto Parts Series sponsored by BAR's Leaks.

The victory will help Brian pad his point lead in chase of his first ever URC Championship Title.

SALDANA WINS DUEL WITH DOLLANSKY AT ROUTE 66

With two victories in the last four Preliminary Features, Joey Saldana has been one of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' hottest drivers.

The 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year won Friday's readyhosting.com event before a standing-room-only crowd at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL, exchanging the lead with Craig Dollansky three times in the first 20 laps and holding off series points leader Steve Kinser. The $10,000 victory was Saldana's second in an "A" Feature this season.

PITTMAN TAKES I-55

Daryn Pittman passed Blake Feese for the lead on the second lap and then held off Craig Dollansky to win the Pennzoil World of Outlaws 40 lap A-feature Saturday night at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, MO.

GREG WILSON WINS THIRD ALL STAR FEATURE OF 2002

Greg Wilson passed local racer Jeff Shepard of Upprco, MD after a late race restart Saturday night at Butler Motor Speedway in Quincy, MI to become a surprise winner in the All Star sprint 35-lap feature. The $5,000 to win event was run in front of the largest crowd at Butler this season and it was Wilson's third win of 2002.

"My car wouldn't go on the restart with three laps to go there," Shepard said dejectedly. "I actually though the right rear tire was bald and when I went into one it just slid up the track and I couldn't keep it on the bottom of three and four. Greg's car rolled right around there. Looking at my tire it had enough to go the distance. It just wouldn't go on the restart. We weren't sticking."

-bill meyer-

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Series Sprint , Stock car , World of Outlaws
Drivers Rick Eckert , Steve Kinser , Blake Feese , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana , Greg Wil , Steve Francis
Teams Williams