ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/7/04 - Eric Stambaugh, who has been knocking at the door for several weeks, slammed it on the rest of the field in a dominating performance in the Inaugural Weldon Sterner Memorial for 410 sprinters at Lincoln Speedway Saturday...
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/7/04 - Eric Stambaugh, who has been knocking at the door for several weeks, slammed it on the rest of the field in a dominating performance in the Inaugural Weldon Sterner Memorial for 410 sprinters at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
For Stambaugh, his first career Lincoln win was worth $5,500, thanks to the numerous individuals and businesses who pulled together to sponsor a race held to honor one of the Lincoln's former promoters.
"I was just running like somebody was on my tail the whole time," exclaimed the jubilant Stambaugh upon exiting the Floyd and Joyce Swope No.4 in victory lane. "This is my favorite place to race...I think everybody knew that from past years."
"To win one here in the 410...we were close a couple of times. The car was just awesome tonight. Jeff Brown's got us a really nice setup. I'm proud of him, Barry, Bill, Brian, Roy, Greg, Scott, and the rest of the team."
Stambaugh started eighth and was running third by the end of the second lap. He drove around Josh Wells for second on lap three and took the lead from Sam Schlosberg in turns three and four of lap four. He then drove away from the field, leading by as much as four and-a-half seconds when a 16th-lap red flag came out for a flipping Becca Anderson on turn four of lap 17. His final margin of victory was 2.74 seconds over second-place finisher Cris Eash, who started 11th and advanced through the field to claim second from Josh Wells on the 17th-lap restart.
"I was an easy catch," said Stambaugh when reminded that the Swope's stayed in racing to hire him. "All they had to do was ask...I thank the Swopes for that. They have a nice operation (Swope's Salvage and Recycling). Don't forget to recycle!!"
Wells crossed third, with Kenny Jacobs and Lance Dewease completing the top five.
The start of the race was marred by a first-turn eight-car crash that landed points leader Fred Rahmer on his side and Dan Shetler upside down.
Rahmer made repairs and came back to finish seventh, inches behind sixth-place finisher Doug Esh. Brian Leppo, Schlosberg, and Kevin Drury completed the top ten.
Niki Young received the $500 hard-charger award from former Sterner driver Van May and his wife Lynn after coming from 21st starting spot to 11th at the end.
Heats for the 24 "410" Sprinters were won by Schlosberg, Glenndon Forsythe and Stambaugh.
Rahmer made it three wins in as many nights by claiming his ninth Lincoln race of the season later in the evening in the Manheim Auto Auction make-up feature from last week.
That feature also included a pair of first-lap incidents. Front-row starter Glenndon Forsythe spun in turn three of the original start. Then five cars piled together in turn four just before the restart, including Sterner Memorial winner Stambaugh.
Rahmer, who started in the points leader's 12th starting spot, moved past Bobby Weaver for fifth as he completed the third lap and caught Scholsberg for third on lap 10. At the time, Josh Wells held nearly a two-second lead. Rahmer passed Jim Siegel for the runner-up spot on lap 12, then pulled onto the back bumper of Wells when the caution flew for Forsythe a second time after a spin on turn three.
Rahmer pulled the slider on Wells in the first and second turns on the restart, and drove away from the field for a 3.78-second win in his final local race before heading to Knoxville for the Nationals next week.
Siegel scored his second runner-up finish in three nights (second at SSP Thursday night), with Wells, Brian Leppo, and Lance Dewease completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Brian Montieth, Niki Young, Scholsberg, Kevin Drury, and Brook Weibley.
Former Lincoln 410 champ Dan Dietrich advanced from fourth to first on the first lap and led all 20 laps in becoming the ninth winner in nine races in the "358" sprint feature. He was the first of three Dietrichs to finish in the top ten.
Mark Zellers started on the pole and ran second the whole way, with tenth-starting Dave Neuman crossing third, Danny Dietrich fourth, and Brandon Grandstaff fifth. Completing the top ten were 18th-starting T.J. Stutts, points leader Chad Trout, Alan Krimes, Billy Dietrich, and Will Urkuski. Billy Dietrich came from the back after spinning out on turn two of the original start.
Defending two-time Lincoln champ Cory Haas continued a string of bad luck by rolling onto his side in turn four of lap eight. He was able to continue, but finished 16th.
Heats for the 34 "358" Sprinters were won by Zellers, Randy Rhoads and Dan Dietrich, with Stutts winning the consolation..
Career win leader Bernie Beard ended a nearly one-year winless streak by claiming his 72nd win in the Pigeon Hills in the 20-lap thundercar feature. Beard started ninth and was running second by the end of the first lap. He caught race-long leader Roy Warehime on lap three, and led the rest of the way. A caution on the final lap gave new point leader Mike Zeigler, Sr. one final chance to catch Beard, but Beard hung on for a .19-second win.
Finishing third behind Beard and Zeigler was Chet McCormick, with Mike Walls and Duane Watson rounding out the top five. Heats for the 21 Thundercars were won by David Prunkl and Bob Bare.
Next Saturday night, August 14th, will be one of the biggest nights of the year at Lincoln as the WORLD OF OUTLAW LATE MODELS make there first-ever visit to the Pigeon Hills oval. Led by hometown hero Rick Eckert, the "Dirty Dozen" as they are called, the best late model drivers in the country, will do battle against the best weekly late model racers in Central Pennsylvania.
The night will be a stock car racers dream, as the senior late model division will be joined by the top-24 Limited Late Model racers from Silver Spring Speedway and the Lincoln Thundercar regulars.
Gates will open at 5:30 PM with time trials getting underway at 7:30 PM.
Saturday - August 7, 2004
INAUGURAL WELDON STERNER MEMORIAL
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 4-Eric Stambaugh ($5,500); 2. 17E-Cris Eash; 3. 6W-Josh Wells; 4. 22-Kenny Jacobs; 5. 77-Lance Dewease; 6. 30-Doug Esh; 7. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 8. 71-Brian Leppo; 9. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 10. 31D-Kevin Drury; 11. 10N-Niki Young; 12. X-Bobby Weaver; 13. 66-Glenndon Forsythe; 14. 32-Brook Weibley; 15. 47J-Jeff Busby; 16. 17H-Peter Attard; 17. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh; 18. 96-Larry Shive; 19. 55-Phil Weinsteiger Jr. (DNF); 20. A18-Becca Anderson (DNF); 21. C4-Dave Cook (DNF); 22. 7K-Dan Shetler (DNF); 23. 59-Jim Siegel (DNF); 24. 21-Brian Montieth (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Sam Schlosberg (1-3), Eric Stambaugh (4-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 2. 77-Lance Dewease; 3. 6W-Josh Wells; 4. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 5. 71-Brian Leppo; 6. 59-Jim Siegel; 7. 17H-Peter Attard; 8. 96-Larry Shive (DNF). Time - 2:27.54
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 66-Glenndon Forsythe; 2. 30-Doug Esh; 3. 22-Kenny Jacobs; 4. 31D-Kevin Drury; 5. 7K-Dan Shetler; 6. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh; 7. 21-Brian Montieth (DNF); 8. 32-Brook Weibley (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 2. 17E-Cris Eash; 3. 55-Phil Weinsteiger Jr.; 4. X-Bobby Weaver; 5. 47J-Jeff Busby; 6. A18-Becca Anderson; 7. 10N-Niki Young; 8. C4-Dave Cook (DNF). No Time
7/31 Make-up Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 88H-Fred Rahmer ($2,500); 2. 59-Jim Siegel; 3. 6W-Josh Wells; 4. 71-Brian Leppo; 5. 77-Lance Dewease; 6. 21-Brian Montieth; 7. 10N-Niki Young; 8. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 9. 31D-Kevin Drury; 10. 32-Brook Weibley; 11. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 12. 96-Larry Shive; 13. 66-Glenndon Forsythe; 14. X-Bobby Weaver; 15. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh; 16. 47J-Jeff Busby; 17. 30-Doug Esh; 18. 17E-Cris Eash; 19. 55-Phil Weinsteiger Jr.; DNS - 0-Rick Lafferty, 12-Greg Hodnett, 29K-Brent Kluge. No Time
Lap Leaders - Sam Schlosberg (1-7), Josh Wells (8-15), Fred Rahmer (16-25)
358 Sprints: Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 8-Dan Dietrich ($1,000); 2. 56M-Mark Zellers; 3. 11-Dave Neuman; 4. 88-Danny Dietrich; 5. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 6. 39-TJ Stutts; 7. 7C-Chad Trout; 8. 87-Alan Krimes; 9. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 10. 14-Will Urkuski; 11. 49-Bobby Howard; 12. 28-Keith Prutzman; 13. 69R-Randy Rhoads; 14. 6-Brad McClelland; 15. 98-Troy Becker; 16. 11C-Cory Haas; 17. 23-Todd Rittenhouse Jr.; 18. 12-Mike Bittinger; 19. 15-Adam Wilt; 20. 83-Michael Hamer; 21. 35-Randy Neiman; 22. 22D-Jeff Young (DNF); 23. 41-Scott Geesey (DNF); 24. 01-Rick Horn (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Dan Dietrich (1-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 56M-Mark Zellers; 2. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 3. 11-Dave Neuman; 4. 88-Danny Dietrich; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 01-Rick Horn; 7. 41-Scott Geesey; 8. 12-Mike Bittinger; 9. 69G-Kevin Drury; 10. 6S-Bill Sherman; 11. 8D-Billy Dietrich (DNF); 12. 8F-Stan Fleming (DNF). Time - 2:04.85
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) 1. 69R-Randy Rhoads; 2. 22D-Jeff Young; 3. 14-Will Urkuski; 4. 35-Randy Neiman; 5. 98-Troy Becker; 6. 7C-Chad Trout; 7. 39-T.J. Stutts; 8. 28-Keith Prutzman; 9. 1B-David Bull; 10. 17M-Michael Creaghan; 11. 52-Steve Clabaugh. Time - 2:04.63
3rd Heat (8 Laps/5 qualified) 1. 8-Dan Dietrich; 2. 11C-Cory Haas; 3. 83-Michael Hamer; 4. 49-Bobby Howard; 5. 28H-JR Senft (DISQUALIFIED-WRONG DRIVER).; 6. 23-Todd Rittenhouse Jr.; 7. 15-Adam Wilt; 8. 6-Brad McClelland; 9. 58-Aaron Long; 10. 22L-Sam Leonard; 11. 88K-Travis Keeney (DNF). No Time
Consolation (8 Laps/7 to qualify) - 1. 39-TJ Stutts; 2. 41-Scott Geesey; 3. 28-Keith Prutzman; 4. 6-Brad McClelland; 5. 12-Mike Bittinger; 6. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 7. 15-Adam Wilt; 8. 17M-Michael Creaghan; 9. 52-Steve Clabaugh; 10. 22L-Sam Leonard; 11. 69G-Kevin Drury; 12. 28H-Billy Heltzel Jr.; 13. 1B-David Bull (DNF); 14. 58-Aaron Long (DNF); 15. 6S-Bill Sherman (DNF); DNS - 88K-Travis Keeney, 8F-Stan Fleming. No Time
Thundercars: Feature (20 Laps) - 1. X-Bernie Beard; 2. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 3. 14-Chet McCormick; 4. 52-Mike Walls; 5. 3R-Duane Watson; 6. 41-Howard Williams; 7. 22-Nat Tuckey; 8. 61S-Mike Slaybaugh; 9. 34M-Jim Martz Jr.; 10. 17-Dale Hunt; 11. 72-Wayne Esbenshade; 12. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr. (DNF); 13. 1E-Greg Emlet (DNF); 14. 54J-Jimmy Combs (DNF); 15. 0-Eric McClane (DNF); 16. 8MD-David Prunkl (DNF); 17. 2-Dan Zechman (DNF); 18. 54-Roy Warehime (DNF); 19. 15-Doug Devilbiss (DNF); 20. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); 21. 76-Bob Bare (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Roy Warehime (1-2); Bernie Beard (3-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 8MD-David Prunkl; 2. 1-Neil Smith; 3. 14-Chet McCormick; 4. 34M-Jim Martz Jr.; 5. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 6. 52-Mike Walls; 7. 61S-Mike Slaybaugh; 8. 3R-Duane Watson; 9. 0-Eric McClane; 10. 72-Wayne Esbenshade; 11. 1E-Greg Emlet (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 76-Bob Bare; 2. 15-Doug Devilbiss; 3. X-Bernie Beard; 4. 54-Roy Warehime; 5. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 6. 2-Dan Zechman; 7. 41-Howard Williams; 8. 17-Dale Hunt; 9. 54J-Jimmy Combs; DNS - 22-Nat Tuckey. Time - 2:49.26