Lincoln Speedway race report 2002-05-04

Dewease continues domination over All Stars. Rudisill wins thriller in Thundercar main. ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 5/4/02 - Lance Dewease no doubt wishes every race was an All Star show. The Fayetteville racer stormed to his fourth All Star Circuit of ...

Dewease continues domination over All Stars.
Rudisill wins thriller in Thundercar main.

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 5/4/02 - Lance Dewease no doubt wishes every race was an All Star show. The Fayetteville racer stormed to his fourth All Star Circuit of Champions win of the season in the 30-lap feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.

"We go pretty good in these time trial events. Normally, the race track is a little bit slicker than (this one was) tonight, and we haven't been real great all year. But we've been working real hard. Last night's the best we 've been at the Grove, and tonight's the best we've been here all year," said Dewease after scoring his 16th Lincoln career win and 18th career All Star win.

"It means a lot to win this one tonight. It's a better paying race. I like racing against the All Stars, and I also like beating them!!"

Dewease's sixth quick time, combined with the failure of Steve Siegel (second fastest), Byron Reed (third quick time), and Greg Wilson (fifth quick time) to qualify through their heats, put Dewease on the outside of row two for the start. Dewease took to the top side and drove around Sean Michael into third on the first two turns, drove around Chad Kemenah for second on lap three, and followed pole sitter Brook Weibley for the next six laps before claiming the top spot from Weibley on lap nine.

Despite torrid racing among the rest of the top ten, Dewease dominated the rest of the way, besting second-place finisher Sean Michael by 1.82 seconds at the end to claim the $5,000 top prize.

Michael, after yielding to Dewease on the first lap, never lost another spot, getting by Kemenah to move into third on lap seven, and catching Weibley for the runner-up spot on lap 15. Despite four restarts over the final nine laps, Michael was never able to mount a serious threat.

Kemenah passed Weibley for third on lap 19, and Greg Hodnett (who started sixth) powered around Weibley for fourth between caution flags on laps 21 and 22. Kemenah and Hodnett then waged war for the final eight laps, with Hodnett finally claiming third for good on the next-to-last lap. Also dueling over the last five laps were seventh starting Steve Siegel and 12th starting Fred Rahmer, who both got by Weibley and raced to the finish for fifth. Siegel crossed just inches in front of Rahmer, with Byron Reed, Weibley, Kelly Kinser, and Todd Gracey completing the top ten.

The victory marked a milestone 77th Lincoln win for car owners Al and Betty Hamilton in the Pigeon Hills, matching the car number they made famous in Central Pennsylvania.

"I never thought I'd be able to do it, but we accomplished it tonight because of Lance and, of course, the guys that prepared the car for him," said the happy car owner, who acknowledged that Lincoln has become his favorite track, "Lincoln does a terrific job in preparing the track. They' re second to none, and it's just fun to come here."

Fred Rahmer won the Crown Battery Heat, Cris Eash won the B&B Products Heat, Doug Esh won the Engler Machine & Tool Heat, and Johnny Mackison won the TP Wings Heat.

Mark Smith won the United Aluminum Windows B Main, while Greg Hodnett won the Haulmark Dash.

Greg Hodnett set fast time over the 39 car field with a one-lap time of 13.242 seconds (101.948 MPH).

New Oxford's Bobby Rudisill claimed his first of the year and third of his career in a thrilling 20-lap thundercar main, edging Craig Wagaman by .19 seconds at the finish. Rudisill made the race-winning pass on the final turn after dogging Wagaman over the second half of the race. Wagaman slid high, hit the outside wall exiting the fourth turn of the final lap, all had all four wheels off the ground as Rudisill slid by on the inside to steal the win. Wagaman gathered it in for second, with Steve Clabaugh, Bernie Beard (who came from the rear after ducking into the pits during a fifth-lap caution), and Mike Zeigler, Sr. completing the top five.

Rudisill started fifth, moved into third behind Wagaman on lap four, and followed Wagaman until the final turn. Wagaman grabbed the lead from Ken Berwager on lap nine, and Rudisill got by Berwager the next lap. Berwager, who led laps three through eight, dropped from the field with brake line problems on lap 13.

Heats for the 27 thundercars were won by Rudisill, Berwager, and David Prunkl, with Mike Zeigler Jr. winning the consolation.

Next weekend, Saturday, May 11th, Lincoln Speedway will have all three point divisions in competition - the Cindy Rowe Super Sprints, The Budweiser 358 Sprints, and the Miller Brothers Thundercars. Lincoln's kids will compete in their first big wheel races of the year at intermission. Gates will open at 5 PM, with hot laps at 6:30 PM, and heats getting underway at 7 PM.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Greg Wil , Chad Kemenah