Lincoln Speedway April 7 race report

Saturday - April 7, 2001 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, PA Upcoming Shows: April 14, 2001 Sat. 7:00 PM Super Sprints, ARDC Midgets & Thundercars April 21, 2001 Sat. 7:00 PM Super Sprints, 358 Sprints & Thundercars April 28, 2001 Sat. ...

Saturday - April 7, 2001
LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
Abbottstown, PA

Upcoming Shows:
April 14, 2001 Sat. 7:00 PM Super Sprints, ARDC Midgets & Thundercars
April 21, 2001 Sat. 7:00 PM Super Sprints, 358 Sprints & Thundercars
April 28, 2001 Sat. 7:00 PM Super Sprints, 358 Sprints & Thundercars

RAHMER LOSING STREAK ENDS AT ONE;

Herrick picks up career win number two in thundercars; Covert dominant in limited late models

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 4/7/01 - The losing streak is over.

That is, if you consider one race a "streak." If you're Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer, and you're at Lincoln Speedway - that's exactly what it would be called.

Rahmer, who had his three-race winning streak snapped last week by Mont Alto's Lance Dewease, came back with a vengeance this week. Rahmer, who started in his usual handicapped 12th starting position, raced down Brook Weibley and passed the York Springs racer on the backstretch of the 13th lap for the lead. From there, is was academic...as he put on a driving display that would even make all-time winner Steve Smith (150 wins) proud. Rahmer took the checkered 3.78 second ahead of his nearest competitor in winning the 25 lap super sprint feature for his fourth win of the season - and started another winning streak in the process.

"It seems like it's been a while," said Rahmer in victory lane. "I guess Lance (Dewease) figures on running here every week, and that's going to make it tougher...there's a lot of good cars here already - Cris Eash, Steve Siegel, too many to name - it's hard to just make the transfer in the heat races from the back."

"We've got Richie and Scotty and 'Wop', everybody that helps on the car...I'll tell you when we left here last week we were not very happy. I get a bad attitude when we don't win. I don't have to win, but, I have to run up to our capability. And we didn't do that last week. We regrouped this week. We've got a long way to go, but hopefully we'll be able to get it done."

Polesitter Glenndon Forsythe of Aspers out-raced outside frontrow starter Billy Sims of Enola at the drop of the green to grab the lead at the outset. Third-starting Brook Weibley got around Sims before the first lap was in the books to move into second. The caution waved on the third lap when Cliff Brian brought the Tanger No.07 sprinter to a stop on the backstretch.

On the restart, Weibley was able to work his way around Forsythe in the third and fourth turns to grab the top spot as they completed the third lap. From there, Weibley opened up a comfortable 1.57 second lead by the fifth lap with Chris Knopp advancing from his fourth-starting position to move into the runner-up spot by the fifth lap as well.

Meanwhile, Rahmer was moving into to the top five. By the time the leaders moved into lapped traffic on the eighth circuit, Rahmer had already disposed of Forsythe to move into fourth. A three-car battle between Knopp, Siegel, and Rahmer through lapped traffic culminated with Rahmer moving under both drivers to move into the runner-up spot on the tenth lap. Through it all, Weibley's lead continued to shrink.

Rahmer wasted no time, and passed Weibley on the backstretch of lap 13. After that, the race was for second. As Rahmer built a huge lead, Siegel passed Weibley for second on lap 17. Just as it appeared Rahmer would race away uncontested, the final caution waved on lap 24 for a tangle between Josh Wells and Larry Shive on turn two.

Todd Shaffer, Greg Hodnett, and Niki Young were among the lapped cars between Rahmer and second-place Siegel on the final restart. Rahmer pulled away over the final two laps to take the checkered for the 103rd time at Lincoln and fourth win in five races in the Pigeon Hills this year.

"Again, I've got to take my hat off to Lincoln for persevering. We were at the shop and never figured on racing. I'll tell ya, we really appreciate being able to come out and race tonight and the people that come out to watch."

"It was pretty intense," Rahmer said, "I knew the way Siegel looked he was real strong...I knew I couldn't let him get to the front first, and when we came to them lapped cars, I think we were about equal and I knew I had to make something happen, and I shoved it through there and was able to go on and win."

Third through fifth behind Siegel were Weibley, Knopp, and Cris Eash (who came from 13th). Completing the top ten were Jeff Rohrbaugh, Lance Dewease (who started 16th), Johnny Mackison, Forsythe, and Bobby Weaver.

"On any given night, there is a lot of guys in these pits that could win," Rahmer was quick to point out. "You can't underestimate any of these teams. They all have good equipment, and on there night it's going to be over."

"I don't take anything away from any of them because they are all good racers. Some just don't have as much time in the seat as the rest of us."

"Fred Putney does an excellent job of preparing this racing surface," Rahmer added. "Today, for the conditions, to have a surface like this you could run anywhere on the track...it was incredible."

Heats for the 22 super sprints on hand were won by Forsythe and Siegel.

They raced for every position in the 20-lap thundercar feature, but Sean Herrick led them all to win his second career Lincoln feature. He took the lead from Gregg Messersmith from his outside front row starting position as the field entered the first turn, and won by .85 seconds. Messersmith ran second the whole way, despite heavy pressure from defending champ Bobby Beard (from his 11th starting spot) over the final five laps. Nat Tuckey and Ken Berwager finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Heats for the 28 thundercars on hand were won by Craig Wagaman (who was scheduled to start on the pole but scratched from the feature), Herrick, and Messersmith, with Jeremy Brown winning the consolation.

Defending Silver Spring champion Jason Covert of Middletown claimed his second Lincoln win in a row (dating back to last year) in the 20-lap feature for the visiting limited late models. Covert started fourth and passed Bernie Beard for the lead on lap two. He took the checkered 3.66 seconds ahead of York's Jeff Leiphart, with Scott Richwine finishing third. All-time Silver Spring winner Ed Jones qualified through the consi and advanced from his 19th starting position to finish fourth, with Jack Lettick crossing fifth.

Heats for the 29 limited late models on hand were won by Leiphart, Carl Billet, and Bud Witmer.

Lincoln Speedway swings back into action next Saturday night, April 14th at 7 p.m. with the super sprint and thundercar regulars. joining them will be the popular ARDC Midgets who will be opening their season at the Pigeon Hills oval. Also on hand will be none other than the Eastern Bunny, with an egg hunt for the kids (ages 0-6 and 7-9) getting underway at 6:15 p.m. Gates will open at 5 p.m., with hot laps at 6:30 p.m., and the first heat getting underway at 7 p.m.

-LS-

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Steve Smith , Ed Jones