Saturday - June 19, 1999 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, Pa. RAHMER RETALIATES WITH 8TH LINCOLN WIN; Sean Michael claims fifth â€˜99 URC win; Smith survives crash-marred thundercar main ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/19/99 - "Whoever was leading on that ...
Saturday - June 19, 1999 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, Pa.
RAHMER RETALIATES WITH 8TH LINCOLN WIN; Sean Michael claims fifth ‘99 URC win; Smith survives crash-marred thundercar main
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/19/99 - "Whoever was leading on that restart was screwed, they had no shot," said a confident Fred Rahmer following his eighth Lincoln win of 1999 Saturday night.
After watching Jeff Shepard dominate in winning three races over the past week, even the most savvy racer could begin to question his confidence. But not Salfordville’s Fred Rahmer. Rahmer reminded everyone he’s the man to beat in the Pigeon Hills after passing arch rival Jeff Shepard for second place and then Cris Eash for the lead exiting the second of an 18th lap restart to easily outdistanced the rest of the field and pick up his 82nd career win in the 25 lap super sprint feature
"I got lucky on the restart and got around Cris," said Rahmer about his winning pass, "He was in a bad situation, you know a couple laps before on the restart he went to the bottom. I knew if I went to the bottom Shepard was going to roll the top so I figured I might as well give it a shot. I figured it was going to be a flyer going into three because I knew I wasn’t going to beat him to the exit."
"Everybody underrates Cris (Eash)," Rahmer added. "I’ll tell you what, I worry about him more than just about anybody here, and he does a hell of a job every week."
The outset of the super sprint feature got off to a slow start as it took a pair of red flags and caution flag before a lap was in the books. The first red flag was for Billy Sims and Jeff Rohrbaugh, who both rolled after getting tangled entering the first turn. The next start saw the red flag wave once again when James Chesson rolled on the backstretch. No drivers were hurt in either of the mishaps. The next start saw the caution flag wave as Greg Hodnett spun in the third and fourth turns.
"We were on the inside lane on those restarts," Rahmer said. "I had a couple good starts and then there was reds and yellows and nothing worked out...but it all worked out in the end."
The fourth try was the charm as outside frontrow starter Dave Haight grabbed the lead from polesitter Shawn Weaver and led at the end of the first lap. Eighth-starting Cris Eash coming fast to grab second place from Weaver to complete the first lap. Eash wasted no time, passing Haight for the lead on the second lap with tenth-starting Shepard moved into third behind Haight on the same lap.
After a pair of cautions slowed the field again on the third lap, Eash quickly pulled away on the restart. All eyes shifted back to two-time defending champion Rahmer, as he passed both Weaver and Jesse Wentz to move into fourth place on the restart behind Shepard. Eash pulled out to a 1.39 second lead by the sixth lap as Shepard and Rahmer both moved past Haight for second and third place respectively.
"I was spinning the tires when I was trying to catch Cris and ‘what’s his name’," said Rahmer sarcastically about trying to run down Eash and Shepard.
"I guess it would be a Christian thing to do and turn the other cheek," Rahmer said when asked to respond to Shepard’s pointed comments about him last week in victory lane, "Everyone knows Jeff is known as ‘Jeff the Jet,’ but everybody in the pits knows him as ‘the Mouth from Maryland!"
Rahmer followed Eash and Shepard for twelve laps, until he drove around Shepard for second when Eash blocked Shepard’s low-side move on a 15th-lap restart. He then took the lead from Eash after moving to the top side on turn one and dipping low off the second turn following an 18-lap restart. His final margin of victory was 1.39 seconds. Eash and Shepard finished second and third, with Steve Siegel and Haight completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Donnie Kreitz, Jr., Weaver, Dave Ely, Danny Jones, and Curt Michael.
"I’ll tell you what, the other tracks on Saturday night, they don’t even compete," said Rahmer on his weekly competition at Lincoln, "This is an Outlaw show compared to the other tracks. But you know everybody could tow to them tracks so that’s no excuse. If it was that easy we could all go there. I enjoy racing here and I figure on winning the most races."
Heats for the 33 super sprints on hand were won by Siegel, Shepard and Johnny Mackison Jr. Bill Brian Jr. won the consolation.
Sean Michael padded his points lead by claiming his third win in a row and fifth of the season in the
25-lap URC feature. Michael started 11th and grabbed the lead from Jimmy Stitzel on a 13th-lap restart. Stitzel had led from lap nine, when he got by polesitter and race-long leader Wayne Patterson. Stitzel hung on for second, with Patterson third, John Eldreth fourth, and Scott Pursell fifth.
Heats for the 36 United Racing Club Series sprinters on hand were won by Fred Kennedy, Danny Jones, Greg Coverdale and Pursell. Kramer Williamson won the consolation after missing his heat when a crew member was injured in the pits. Williamson’s bad night continued when he flipped while racing with several cars for seventh on lap 14.
Neil Smith ended Bernie Beard’s three-race win streak in a crash-filled 15-lap thundercar feature which turned into a nightmare for most points leaders. Beard, who ended up a lap down after going to the pits during an early caution, finished 14th. Smith started 14th and drove through several multi-car crashes to pass polesitter and race-long leader Mike Walls exiting the fourth turn of the 14th lap. Walls spun while running second on the final turn, and was credited with a 13th-place finish. Because of the crashes, several drivers recorded their best career finish, including Ron Farrar, who crossed 2.15 seconds behind Smith in second. Steve Clabaugh returned from the rear several times to finish third, with Bobby Rudisill fourth and points leader Bobby Beard coming from the back to finish fifth.
Heats for the 32 thundercars on hand were won by Mike Walls, David Prunkl and Bernie Beard. Rudisill won the consolation.
Don’t forget to check-out Lincoln Speedway On-line at http://www.lincolnspeedway.com for all the latest results, statistics and point standings. Next Saturday night, June 26th, Lincoln Speedway kicks off the Ninth Annual Pennsylvania Speedweek festivities for the super sprints with the first of eight scheduled shows at area tracks. Rounding out the evenings’ activities will be the always exciting thundercars with a special Australian Pursuit Race for the top-10 in points during intermission. Time trials for the super sprints begins at 7:30 PM, with gates opening at 5 PM.
RACE RESULTS Saturday - June 19, 1999 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, Pa.
Super Sprints: Feature (25 laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($2,500); 2. 17E-Cris Eash; 3. 1-Jeff Shepard; 4. 59-Steve Siegel; 5. 10N-Dave Haight; 6. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 7. 69W-Shawn Weaver; 8. 77E-Dave Ely; 9. 8J-Danny Jones; 10. 6M-Curt Michael; 11. 12-Greg Hodnett; 12. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 13. 6-Chris Knopp; 14. 3-Bob Bennett; 15. 94-Glendon Forsythe; 16. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 17. 2W-Jesse Wentz (DNF); 18. 16-Bill Brian Jr. (DNF); 19. 76-P.J. Chesson (DNF); 20. 22-James Chesson (DNF); 21. 12B-Brian Montieth (DNF); 22. X-Bobby Weaver (DNF); 23. 55S-Bill Sims (DNF); 24. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Dave Haight (1), Cris Eash (2-17), Fred Rahmer (18-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 59-Steve Siegel; 2. 8J-Danny Jones; 3. 12B-Brian Montieth; 4. 10N-Dave Haight; 5. 77E-Dave Ely; 6. 55S-Bill Sims; 7. 16-Bill Brian Jr.; 8. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 9. 3-Bob Bennett; 10. 0-John Garrett; 11. 99-Dan Long (DNF). No Tim
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1-Jeff Shepard; 2. 69-Shawn Weaver; 3. 6M-Curt Michael; 4. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 5. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 6. 22-James Chesson; 7. 26-Pat Cooper; 8. 3H-Joey Allen; 9. 34-Al DeAngelis; 10. 76-P.J. Chesson (DNF); DNS - 43-Larry Shive
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 2. 77-Fred Rahmer; 3. 17E-Cris Eash; 4. X-Bobby Weaver; 5. 12-Greg Hodnett; 6. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 7. 6-Chris Knopp; 8. 94-Glendon Forsythe; 9. 6W-Josh Wells; 10. 03-Jeff Miller; 11. 0L-Rick Lafferty. No Time
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 16-Bill Brian Jr.; 2. 6-Chris Knopp; 3. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 4. 3-Bob Bennett; 5. 76-P.J. Chesson; 6. 94-Glendon Forsythe; 7. 26-Pat Cooper; 8. 3H-Joey Allen; 9. 03-Jeff Miller; 10. 0L-Rick Lafferty; 11. 34-Al DeAngelis (DNF); 12. 99-Dan Long (DNF); 13. 0-John Garrett (DNF); 14. 6W-Josh Wells (DNF); DNS - 43-Larry Shive. No Time
Thundercars: Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 1-Neil Smith; 2. 78-Ron Farrar; 3. 16-Steve Clabaugh; 4. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 5. 5-Bobby Beard; 6. 22-Nat Tucky; 7. 36DD-Bob Henry; 8. 60-Cork Laughman; 9. 25-Sean Herrick; 10. 9B-Ken Berwager; 11. 52B-Jim Honaker; 12. 24C-Keith Cook; 13. 1W-Mike Walls; 14. X-Bernie Beard; 15. 47-Bob Scott Jr. (DNF); 16. 4-Greg Feltch (DNF); 17. 13R-Fred Cullum (DNF); 18. 55-Matt Barnes (DNF); 19. M1-Gary Potts (DNF); 20. 24K-Corey Knaub (DNF); 21. 8MD-David Prunkl (DNF); 22. 6-Tony Kuhn (DNF); 23. 21A-Mike Zeigler (DNF); 24. 21-Jerry Bingaman (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Mike Walls (1-13), Neil Smith (14-15)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1W-Mike Walls; 2. 9B-Ken Berwager; 3. 6-Tony Kuhn; 4. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 5. 21A-Mike Zeigler; 6. M1-Gary Potts; 7. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 8. 60-Cork Laughman; 9. 54-Terry Davis; 10. 100-Mike Zeigler Jr. (DNF); DNS - 3D-Dennis Mink. No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 8MD-David Prunkl; 2. 5-Bobby Beard; 3. 47-Bob Scott Jr.; 4. 22-Nat Tuckey; 5. 1-Neil Smith; 6. 25-Sean Herrick; 7. 92-Kenny Rush; 8. 2-Steve Gantz; 9. 36DD-Bob Henry (DNF); 10. 3-Duane Watson (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. X-Bernie Beard; 2. 4-Greg Feltch; 3. 78-Ron Farrar; 4. 24K-Corey Knaub; 5. 16-Steve Clabaugh; 6. 13R-Fred Cullum; 7. 71-Tom Walls; 8. 52B-Jim Honaker; 9. 96-Donnie Warner; 10. 24C-Keith Cook (DNF); 11. 55-Matt Barnes (DNF). No Time
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 2. 60-Cork Laughman; 3. 55-Matt Barnes; 4. 36DD-Bob Henry; 5. 52B-Jim Honaker; 6. 24C-Keith Cook; 7. 2-Steve Gantz; 8. 54-Terry Davis; 9. 71-Tom Walls (DNF); DNS - 92-Kenny Rush, 96-Donnie Warner, 100-Mike Zeigler Jr., 3-Duane Watson, 3D-Dennis Mink. Time - 2:07.38
UNITED RACING CLUB (URC) SERIES Feature (25 laps) - 1. 99-Sean Michael; 2. 12S-Jimmy Stitzel; 3. 33-Wayne Patterson; 4. 25E-Jon Eldreth; 5. 1-Scott Pursell; 6. 27-Billy Ellis; 7. 97-Chris Coyle; 8. 6F-Bill Fannasy; 9. X-Jeremy Trout; 10. 23T-Danny Jones; 11. 9C-Bill Case Jr.; 12. 3G-Dave Gable; 13. 6-Curt Michael; 14. 63-Greg Coverdale; 15. 7-Jimmy Martin; 16. 31-Tim Higgins; 17. 89-Fred Kennedy; 18. 8H-Dan Dietrich; 19. 3F-Tom Fraschetta; 20. 2-Kramer Williamson (DNF); 21. 3M-Dan Massey (DNF); 22. 47-Dan DeCracker (DNF); 23. 669-Dave McGough (DNF); 24. 54-Glen Clarke (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Wayne Patterson (1-8), Jimmy Stitzel (9-12), Sean Michael (13-25)
1st Heat (8 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 89-Fred Kennedy; 2. 27-Billy Ellis; 3. X-Jeremy Trout; 4. 6F-Bill Fannasy; 5. 12S-Jimmy Stitzel; 6. 25E-Kevin Eldreth; 7. 9C-Bill Case Jr.; 8. 16K-Jim Walter; 9. 96-Winnie Andrews (DNF). Time - 2:00.47
2nd Heat (8 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 23T-Danny Jones; 2. 99-Sean Michael; 3. 7-Jimmy Martin; 4. 47D-Dan DeCracker; 5. 3F-Tom Fraschetta; 6. 35-Ray Staats; 7. 19-Brian Seidel; 8. 8-Midge Miller; DNS - 39-Fran Hogue. No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 63-Greg Coverdale; 2. 6-Curt Michael; 3. 33-Wayne Patterson; 4. 31-Tim Higgins; 5. 8H-Dan Dietrich; 6. 3-Dave Gable; 7. 4J-Bob Courtwright; 8. 84-Becca Anderson (DNF); 9. 669-Dave McGough (DNF). No Time
4th Heat (8 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 1-Scott Pursell; 2. 54-Glen Clarke; 3. 25E-Jon Eldreth; 4. 97-Chris Coyle; 5. 3M-Dan Massey; 6. 7B-Ian Borden (DNF); 7. 16-Bill Brian Jr. (DNF); 8. 3M-Dan Massey (DNF); DNS - 2-Kramer Williamson. Time - 2:01.35
B-Main (12 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 2-Kramer Williamson; 2. 3-Dave Gable Jr.; 3. 9C-Bill Case Jr.; 4. 669-Dave McGough; 5. 8-Midge Miller; 6. 35-Ray Staats; 7. 16K-Jim Walter; 8. 25-Kevin Eldreth; 9. 7B-Ian Borden (DNF); 10. 4J-Bill Courtwright (DNF); 11. 84-Becca Anderson (DNF); 12. 24-Mike Haggenbotom (DNF); 13. 19-Brian Seidel (DNF); DNS - 16-Bill Brian Jr. No Time