Lincoln Speedway report 2002-03-09

Lance Dewease And Mother Nature Victors In Saturday Lincoln Action; Make-up thundercar feature and regular racing program succumbs to rain ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/9/02 - Not many can say they beat Mother Nature. Mont Alto's Lance Dewease can now add...

Lance Dewease And Mother Nature Victors In Saturday Lincoln Action; Make-up thundercar feature and regular racing program succumbs to rain

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/9/02 - Not many can say they beat Mother Nature. Mont Alto's Lance Dewease can now add that to his already impressive resume after scoring the win in the make-up 25 lap super sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday afternoon.

After grabbing the lead from Sinking Spring's Donnie Kreitz Jr. following a sixth-lap restart, Dewease then was forced to wait almost two hours following a rain-delay after 13 laps were in the books to finish the job and led the rest of the way to pick up his first Central Pennsylvania super sprint win in the Al & Betty Hamilton/Manheim Auto Auction No.77.

But Mother Nature doesn't lose often. So immediately after Dewease and the rest of the super sprint field cleared the track to allow the thundercars a chance to get in there make-up feature from March 2nd, the heavens opened up one more time, providing the knock-out blow on what was to be a big afternoon of racing at the Pigeon Hill's oval.

Both the super sprints and thundercars were to have raced in double features this Saturday afternoon, consisting of make-up features from the rained-out March 2nd racing program, and a full regularly scheduled racing program.

But it wasn't to be this day, setting up double-features for the thundercars next Saturday afternoon, March 16th.

The outset of the 25 lap make-up feature saw polesitter Billy Sims of Enola jump out into the lead over outside frontrow starter Johnny Mackison Jr. of York.

Sim's quickly closed on backmarkers by the fourth lap, allowing Kreitz and Todd Shaffer to close quickly on the leader. But disaster stuck the leader on the sixth lap while trying to frantically race through lapped traffic. Tight action with Sims, Kreitz, and lapped cars exiting the second turn ended up with contact, damaging Sims steering, sending him into the inside backstretch guardrail.

This gave Kreitz the lead on the restart with a couple of lapped cars separating him from fourth-starting Dewease in second.

Dewease took to the high side of turns one and two on the restart and shot around the lapped cars and then past Kreitz for the lead heading up the backstretch.

Dewease then entered lapped traffic a few laps later with Kreitz, fifth-starting Todd Shaffer, 10th-starting Jeff Shepard, seventh-starting Keith Kauffman and 12th starting Fred Rahmer closing.

Then just past the halfway point, on the 14th lap, Kauffman lost the handle in the second turn, sending the Middleswarth No.7 sprinter into a spin, bringing out the caution.

It was then that the rains came, forcing the cars pitside.

Then after nearly two hours, Fred Putney and his crack track crew got the racing surface back into shape for the final 12 laps.

But Dewease left no doubt that once in front, he wasn't going to be caught, even in heavy lapped traffic, as he masterfully sliced his way through backmarkers to register is fifth overall win of 2002.

Kreitz settled for second, Shaffer third, Shepard fourth, and Rahmer fifth. Completing the top-10 were Mackison, Steve Siegel, Cris Eash, Greg Hodnett, and Niki Young.

Lincoln Speedway marks there final afternoon start next Saturday, March 16th, with there first three-division show of the 2002 season. The super sprint and thundercar regulars will be joined by the Northeast Classic Stock Cars for the 2 PM start. The thundercars will also be running the make-up feature from March 2nd show which was held over from Saturday's March 9th rain-out. Gates will open at noon, with hot laps at 1:30 p.m., and the first heat getting underway at 2 p.m.

Lincoln Speedway then will switch to 6 PM starts in two weeks on Saturday, March 23rd, featuring all three regular divisions - the super sprints, thundercars, and 358 sprints.

<pre> RACE RESULTS Saturday - March 9, 2002 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, PA

Super Sprints: Make-up March 2nd Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 77-Lance Dewease (2,500); 2. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 3. 88-Todd Shaffer; 4. 07-Jeff Shepard; 5. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 6. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 7. 66-Steve Siegel; 8. 17E-Cris Eash; 9. 12-Greg Hodnett; 10. 17N-Niki Young; 11. 1-Sean Michael; 12. 22M-Mark Smith; 13. 10N-Chris Knopp; 14. 32-Brook Weibley; 15. 7-Keith Kauffman; 16. 7M-Todd Hestor; 17. 6W-Josh Wells; 18. 8-Billy Dietrich; 19. 7K-Dan Shetler; 20. 21-Jerry Parrish; 21. 0-Rick Lafferty; 22. 32G-Randy Glover (DNF); 23. 69S-Craig Smith (DNF); 24. 55S-Billy Sims (DNF).

Lap Leaders - Sims (1-5); Dewease (6-25)

Regularly Scheduled March 9th Feature (25 Laps) - 1. CANCELED DUE TO RAIN

Thundercars:

Make-up March 2nd Feature (20 Laps) - 1. POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 16TH Regularly Scheduled March 9th Feature (20 Laps) - 1. CANCELED DUE TO RAIN

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