ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/25/01 - Put together a veteran driver, a veteran car owner, a veteran team, and a "veteran" car - and you just might have a winner. Hanover's Cris Eash passed a determined Shawn Weaver on the seventh lap and then raced ...
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/25/01 - Put together a veteran driver, a veteran car owner, a veteran team, and a "veteran" car - and you just might have a winner.
Hanover's Cris Eash passed a determined Shawn Weaver on the seventh lap and then raced flawlessly through lapped traffic over the final laps to hold off 11-time Lincoln winner Fred Rahmer and pick up his second win of the season Saturday night in the 25 lap super sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway.
Eash, who has more second-place finishes this year than he could remember, then told how well his "old" car was.
"We were actually real good at the beginning, and on that red I told my mechanics that I don't know if we should do anything," said Eash upon exiting his Dave Eash-owned Miller Brothers Chevrolet No.17E in victory lane.
"My dad reminded us of the many times we were always good at the beginning and not very good at the end, so we tightened it up a little bit...the car worked pretty good tonight. We did everything right tonight, and that's what it takes to win here. This old car has 56 races on it tonight and it's still going good."
The win for the veteran racer, and car, was the second of the year at the Pigeon Hills oval, and was worth $2,500.
"You know, when you look in the record book, it never shows who ran second," Eash was quick to point out, "We come out here every night to win, and we've been falling short here of lately...we got things going pretty good right now."
Shawn Weaver shot from his fourth-starting spot to take the lead from outside frontrow starter Pierron Reasner exiting the fourth turn to lead the opening lap. "Big Block" then paced the field over the first three laps before the red flag waved for a literal four-car pile-up in the third turn involving Josh Wells, Troy Whitesel, Brian Montieth, and Cliff Brian.
On the restart, 10th starting Eash moved from third into second with an inside pass of Reasner in the first and second turns. Eash then tried to chase down Weaver until debris in the first turn brought out the caution on the sixth lap. Eash pulled along side Weaver in a dead heat to complete the sixth lap, and then took command on the seventh heading up the backstretch.
Eight-starting Bobby Weaver began to flex his muscles on the 10th lap, as he moved around Shawn Weaver for the runner-up spot. At the time, Eash enjoyed a 2.24-second lead. But a caution on the 11th lap for the stopped Reasner sprinter allowed Weavers, ninth-starting Steve Siegel, and 11th starting Rahmer to close in.
Rahmer worked his way around Siegel for fourth on the 11th lap restart just before the race's final caution waved on the 12th lap for a turn-four tangle involving French Grimes and Dave Cook.
On the restart, Rahmer blew under Shawn Weaver in the first and second turns to grab third, and then used the same move on the 13th lap to move by Bobby Weaver into second,with Eash hanging onto a slim .69 second lead.
The leaders entered lapped traffic on the 16th lap, with Rahmer slowly closing on Eash and Siegel working his way around Bobby Weaver into third on turns three and four of lap 19. Eash then methodically raced through heavy lapped traffic over the final laps with Rahmer within striking distance the entire way.
But Eash was up to the challenge this night, and took the checkered .53 seconds ahead to register his 28th career Lincoln win to move him into an sixth-place tie with Van May on Lincoln's all-time win list.
"I assumed that was him (Rahmer), I knew he would be coming," said Eash when asked if he knew Rahmer was closing at the end, "He's been going pretty good here and we've been struggling a little bit."
"I knew I couldn't sit around and wait on these guys," said Eash on the heavy lapped traffic over the final five laps. "When I got to them, I clipped by because I knew Fred (Rahmer) was coming, and he's awesome in lapped traffic. Luckily, we made all the right moves on the last two laps...one little mistake and we would have lost that race."
"Probably ninety percent of the time, the guy in second has the advantage. He can counter what you're doing. You go low on a car, and he'll go high. But things worked out for us tonight."
Rahmer and Siegel finished second and third, with Bobby Weaver fourth and 14th-starting Chris Knopp rallying for fifth. Completing the top ten were Niki Young, Shawn Weaver, Jeff Rohrbaugh (who started 21st after flipping in his heat), Glenndon Forsythe, and Pat Cooper.
"I've got to thank my sponsors Miller Brothers Chevrolet, E&G Classics, Brickers French Fries, and Battlefield Harley Davidson, and my father for putting together some pretty good equipment. This Don Ott racing engine ran great tonight, and Shawn (Norris) and Wayne (Bull) did one hell of a job tonight."
Heats for the 23 super sprinters on hand were won by Shawn Weaver, Rahmer, and Dan Shetler.
Dallastown's Cory Haas moved into a tie for the Lincoln "358" sprint points lead with Eric Stambaugh by claiming his first career win. The race was marred by three red flags, two of which came at the start. Greg Leiby brought out the first red flag when his car ended up on the outside wall of turn two. Polesitter Shawn Seifert then struck and climbed the outside wall and flipped in front of the field on the second attempt to start the race, collecting five other cars lined up at or near the front of the field. There were no injuries in either crash.
Haas, originally scheduled to start ninth, started seventh after the multi-car crash. He entered the top five on lap five and assumed fourth during an eighth-lap caution when Jim Siegel dropped out with suspension problems while running third.
Meanwhile, polesitter Chad Trout was leading from the pole. Though he was credited with leading the entire first 15 laps, Trout was fending off the challenges of Brian Eichelberger (who brought out the red flag with a spectacular crash on the the frontstretch of lap 10, moving Haas to third), and then Alan Krimes, who actually had mid-lap leads in several of the next six laps. As Krimes pulled wheel-to-wheel with Trout for the lead exiting the fourth turn of lap 16, Trout got sideways and Krimes ran up over his wheel. Because he never stopped, Krimes assumed the lead for the restart, with Trout restarting at the rear. That put Haas on Krimes' bumper for the restart, and Haas made the race-winning pass a lap later.
Krimes finished a carlength behind in second, with Eric Stambaugh third, Joe Ilg fourth, and Adrian Shaffer coming from 21st starting spot to finish fifth. Completing the top ten were 19th-starting Billy Albright, Kevin Drury (who came from the back after the multi-car crash), Tony Strine, Judd Shepard (also in the first-lap crash), and 23rd-starting Bob Gutshall.
Heats for the 30 "358" sprinters on hand were won by Haas, Eichelberger, and Leiby, with Albright winning the consolation.
Neil Smith became the 12th different winner in 25 races with his 24th career win, but first of the year, in the 20-lap thundercar feature. Smith, who started ninth, followed 10th starting Bernie Beard through the field as last week's feature winner Mike Walls paced the field over the first 14 laps. Beard and Smith were running second and third by the 11th lap and were trying to run down the leader. Smith made his move under Beard to move into second place, just before distater struck the leader who exploded a motor on the frontstretch on the 15th lap - gaving Smith the lead with Beard second., who was followed by two-time defending track champion Bobby Beard in third. Smith was able to hold both Beards off over the final laps to take the checkered .25 seconds ahead for the win. Mike Zielger Jr. and Chet McCormick finished fourth and fifth respectively.
The Beards' second and third place finishes, combined with point leader Steve Clabaugh's 17th place finish (transmission problems) closed Bobby Beard to within 25 points and Bernie Beard to within 60 points with one point race remaining on the schedule (9/8).
Heats for the 32 thundercars were won by Allen Cullum, Mike Walls, and Neil Smith, with Paul Decker winning the consolation.
Next Saturday night, September 1st, it will be 7TH ANNUAL BOBBY ABEL MEMORIAL for the super sprinters at Lincoln Speedway who will be competing in there final points race of the season in the 30 LAP $3,000-TO-WIN event. The thundercars will also be in action, competing in there next-to-last point race of the season. Joining the super sprint and thundercar regulars will be the invading Legends cars. Gates will open at 5:30 PM, with hot laps at 7 PM and racing action getting under way at 7:30 PM.