David Reininger - Motorsport News International Abbottstown, PA (April 10, 1999) - Cris Eash won his twenty-third career victory at Lincoln Speedway this evening. He is the fifth different driver to win a sprint car feature in the seven races...
David Reininger - Motorsport News International
Abbottstown, PA (April 10, 1999) - Cris Eash won his twenty-third career victory at Lincoln Speedway this evening. He is the fifth different driver to win a sprint car feature in the seven races held this season at Lincoln.
"We had a rough start this year," Eash said from victory lane. "We're getting our car better. We're able to start in the front and tonight we were able to stay up front. We were kinda lucky."
The night's statistics would seem to indicate that there wasn't much racing at Lincoln this evening. There were six yellows flags and one red flag. Eash led 24 laps and there was only one pass for the lead. Eleven laps, laps 14 to 24, was the longest green-flag segment of the race. Yet this race was anything like the statistics might suggest.
There were several battles throughout the field. Especially with Greg Hodnett being sent to the tail of the field with two laps complete. Hodnett, who had one of the fastest cars on the track, spun on a restart. He managed to keep the car going after doing a 360 but was sent to the rear when the yellow was shown.
Two yellows and seven laps later, Hodnett was shown in tenth place. In the next four lap segment, Hodnett dispatched Kenny Adams, Johnny Mackison Jr, Dave Ely and James Chesson. With thirteen laps complete, Kevin Gobrecht brought the yellow out while running second. When Gobrecht went to the pits, his evening finished, Hodnett found himself in fifth place for the restart.
Hodnett managed to pass Jeff Rohrbaugh to finish fourth behind Steve Siegal. Siegal ran a strong race all evening from his ninth place starting position.
Eash had the point all to himself until Gobrecht and Fred Rahmer made their appearance at the front with nine laps complete. Gobrecht put a slider on Eash into turn three on lap ten. When Gobrecht slid high on the exit, Eash dove underneath coming out of turn four. The pair came to the flagstand side by side, the lap scored to Eash. Gobrecht powered ahead through turns one and two, leading down the backstretch. The pair ran high around three and four with Eash nosing ahead at the flagstand to score lap eleven too.
Lap fourteen saw the pair enter heavy traffic in turn three. Eash dropped anchor when he encountered three wide traffic causing Gobrecht to take evasive action. Gobrecht spun and reported to the pits, his night over early.
Fred Rahmer, who started alongside Gobrecht in the sixth row, inherited second place when Gobrecht spun.
Rahmer was never able to seriously challenge Eash at the front. Eash sailed to an easy victory despite the sixth caution period of the evening coming with one lap to go.
"My motor was missing pretty much the whole race," Eash said. "Luckily it was pretty slick and didn't really come into play too much."
Action at Lincoln Speedway moves to 7:00 P.M. next Saturday night when the Sprint Cars will be joined by the ARDC Midgets. Gates open at 5:00 P.M.
RACE RESULTS Saturday - April 10, 1999 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, Pa. SUPER SPRINTS Feature (25 laps) - 1. 17E-Cris Eash ($2,500); 2. 77-Fred Rahmer; 3. 59-Steve Siegel; 4. 12-Greg Hodnett; 5. 88A-Kenny Adams; 6. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 7. 22-James Chesson; 8. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 9. 77E-Dave Ely; 10. 8-Danny Jones; 11. 6M-Curt Michael; 12. 76-P.J. Chesson; 13. 28-Brian Paulus; 14. 29-Jimmy McBee; 15. 55S-Billy Sims; 16. 94-Glendon Forsythe; 17. 00-Shane Smith; 18. 03-Jeff Miller; 19. 26-Pat Cooper; 20. 7E-Darren Eash; 21. 43-Larry Shive; 22. 3-Bob Bennett (DNF); 23. 25-Todd Gracey (DNF); 24. 11-Kevin Gobrecht (DNF). No Time Lap Leaders - Jimmy McBee (1), Cris Eash (2-25) 1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer; 2. 29-Jimmy McBee; 3. 88-Kenny Adams; 4. 77E-Dave Ely; 5. 76-P.J. Chesson; 6. 6M-Curt Michael; 7. 43-Larry Shive; 8. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh (DNF); 9. 0-John Garrett (DNF); 10. 55S-Bill Sims (DNF). No Time 2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 11-Kevin Gobrecht; 2. 17E-Cris Eash; 3. 22-James Chesson; 4. 59-Steve Siegel; 5. 00-Shane Smith; 6. 7E-Darren Eash; 7. 26-Pat Cooper; 8. 6W-Josh Wells; 9. 3-Bob Bennett (DNF); DNS - 10N-Dave Haight. No Time 3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 12-Greg Hodnett; 2. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 3. 28-Brian Paulus; 4. 25-Todd Gracey; 5. 8-Danny Jones; 6. 03-Jeff Miller; 7. 94-Glendon Forsythe; 8. 32-Randy Glover; DNS - 10-Chad Wolf, 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.. Time - 2:24.72 Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 2. 94-Glendon Forsythe; 3. 55S-Bill Sims; 4. 43-Larry Shive; 5. 26-Pat Cooper; 6. 3-Bob Bennett; 7. 32-Randy Glover; 8. 6W-Josh Wells; 9. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh; 10. 0-John Garrett; DNS - 10-Chad Wolf. Time - 2:33.74