Lincoln Speedway opener still under snow

Mother Nature goes two-for-two in Lincoln Season opener: Remnants of Presidents Day snowfall and bleak forecast pushes opener back one more week. ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 2/26/03 - Mother Nature has done it again. After waiting patiently for over three...

Mother Nature goes two-for-two in Lincoln Season opener:
Remnants of Presidents Day snowfall and bleak forecast pushes opener back one more week.

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 2/26/03 - Mother Nature has done it again. After waiting patiently for over three months for the smell of racing action to return to the Pigeon Hill's lightning-fast 3/8th-mile high-banked oval, the weather has won for the second week in-a-row.

The record snowfall which canceled last weekend's scheduled season opener at Lincoln had not melted to sufficient levels to even making an attempt to clear the remaining white stuff from the track, stands, or parking lots. And with the forecast of more snow and below freezing temperatures in the immediate future, forced Lincoln Speedway promoters Don & Bob Leiby, along with Alan Kreitzer, to push back season-opening activities one more week.

If temperatures rise to rise to help melt what snow may be left after this weeks predicted snow event, Lincoln Speedway master track preparer Fred Putney will be hard at work getting the always near-perfect track into shape for yet another try in the 2003 Lincoln Speedway Opener.

Next Saturday afternoon, March 8th, the 410 Sprints will vie for the $3,000 top prize in the Annual 30-lap Icebreaker 30. The always competitive thundercars will also keep with the traditional season-opening activities in racing in the Spring Thaw 20.

We would like to correct an error in the previous season-opening press release in which we stated Steve Smith was tied with Fred Rahmer and Bobby Allen with five wins a piece in season-opening racing action.

As many race fans and members of the media know, it has always been a little bit of a challenge to correctly report on two of Central Pennsylvania's premier racer drivers - Steve and Stevie Smith.

When both of the father-son team actively raced in the Central Pennsylvania area they were reported to be a "Sr." or "Jr." to keep them straight. The fact was they were not actually "Jr." and "Sr.".

Once the elder Smith retired from race driving chores, it was easy to revert back to the simple "Stevie" Smith designation with no confusion.

But race records are a different story. In our previous release we reported Steve Smith had five opening days wins. But the fact is he only had three. Two of those wins that were incorrectly attributed to him were in fact registered by his son Stevie in 1988 and 1989.

When this year's season opener takes place, seven-time Lincoln Champ Fred Rahmer will be looking to set yet anther milestone in his storied career at the Pigeon Hills oval as he will seek to become the first six-time opening day winner. Rahmer is presently tied with five wins atop the all-time season opener win list with inactive racer Bobby Allen.

Only two drivers have stopped Rahmer over the past eight seasons from picking up opening day wins. Rahmer started his opening day streak in 1995, and has only been stopped by Todd Shaffer (1998) and Keith Kauffman (2000, 2002).

Next on the all-time opening day winners list is the legendary Bobby Abel and the all-time win leader Steve Smith (Sr.) with three opening day wins. They are followed by Dan Dietrich, Kenny Weld, Kauffman, Troy Funck, Gene Goodling, and Stevie Smith (Jr.) with two opening day wins a piece.

Two-time opening day winner Kauffman picked up his second win in three years in Lincoln Speedway's season opener just last season.

Picking up single Lincoln Speedway opener wins were Bobby Gerhart, Junie Taylor, Frankie Kerr, Lance Dewease, Frankie Thompson, Smokey Snellbaker, Dub May, Van May, Bobby Myers, Lynn Paxton, Paul Pitzer, Walt Ragan, Richard Lupo, Todd Shaffer, Mel Kreiser, Ralph Smith, Stevie Smith, Kramer Williamson, Bobby Davis Jr., Johnny Mackison Sr., Jimmy Edwards, and Glenn Fitzcharles.

The following week, Saturday, March 15th, Lincoln is scheduled to reel-off it's final afternoon show, with it's first three-division card with the 410 sprints and thundercar regulars being joined by the Northeast Classics at 2 PM.

Then on Saturday, March 22nd, Lincoln will switch to 6 PM starts with the other regular Lincoln point division - the 358 Sprints - joining the action for there first event of 12 events in 2003 at the Pigeon Hills oval.

So don't forget to change your calendar to Saturday, March 8, 2003 for Lincoln Speedway's Northeast Season Opener featuring the 410 sprints and the thundercars. Gates will open at noon, with hot laps getting underway at 1:30 PM, and the first heat taking the green at 2 PM.

To get all the latest news, results, schedule changes and rule changes, visit Lincoln Speedway's website at http://www.lincolnspeedway.com to stay up-to-date on all the action or pending weather conditions at Central Pennsylvania's premier Saturday night race track - Lincoln Speedway.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Steve Smith , Bobby Gerhart
Teams Williams