ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/25/99 - Since coming to Central Pennsylvania, Greg Hodnett has been able to win at just about every local tracks except one - Lincoln Speedway. But that all changed Saturday night as Hodnett blasted from his outside frontrow ...
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/25/99 - Since coming to Central Pennsylvania, Greg Hodnett has been able to win at just about every local tracks except one - Lincoln Speedway. But that all changed Saturday night as Hodnett blasted from his outside frontrow starting spot to grab the lead from polesitter Keith Kauffman at the drop of the green and then led every lap of the special 25-lap Manufacturers Appreciation Night super sprint feature. The win marked the Memphis, TN, driver's first career win at the Pigeon Hills oval.
"We've had a tough year here," said Hodnett with a smile in victory lane. "We've really struggled here and we're really fortunate to win tonight. This has not been my favorite track what-so-ever. Not because of the race track. It's because I haven't done well. So hopefully we have the monkey off our back. We could have been faster...but we'll take it."
But it was with a heavy heart that Hodnett drove this night, as he steered the Apple Chevrolet/Cars by Dealers Magazine No.12 sprinter to victory in a night that was filled with thoughts and prayers for local racing sensation Kevin Gobrecht, who had lost his life in a racing accident the night before.
"He (Lee Stauffer) was really pumped up for this all day," said Hodnett solemnly, "The last win that this car had here was when Kevin (Gobrecht) drove it in 1997...it meant a lot to us and to Kevin's family. I'll tell you what, we really feel for them. It's just terrible. You can't put into words how bad we feel for them guys right now, and I just pray to god to give them strength to make it through this."
Before the start of the 25-lap super sprint feature, the drivers honored their fallen comrade by placing a letter "G" on the top wing of every car. They then did an honorary parade lap with the pole position empty in Gobrecht's honor.
Hodnett burst into the lead at the drop of the green with Kauffman and Todd Shaffer in tow at the end of the first lap. The caution flag was then waved for debris in the fourth turn on the second lap. On the restart, Niki Young flipped violently up against the third and fourth turn wall and collected Dave Haight and Chris Knopp in the process. All the of the drivers walked away.
Hodnett held off Kauffman on the restart and led the second lap when the caution flag waved for Dan Dietrich on the third lap after spinning out in the first and second turns. Again Hodnett maintained the top spot on the restart, as Shaffer swept around Kauffman in the third and fourth turn of the third lap to move into second. The race was slowed yet another time, as 1999 Lincoln Speedway Super Sprint Champion Fred Rahmer brought his sprinter to a halt on the exit of the fourth turn on the fourth lap.
On the restart, Shaffer pressured Hodnett for the lead, but was able to hold off Shaffer's initial challenges and began to pull away from the Millerstown speedster before the race's final caution flag waved on the 10th lap when Randy Wolfe brought his sprinter to a stop on the backstretch.
On the restart, Hodnett pulled away from Shaffer as Dave Ely passed Kauffman for third place. From there, Hodnett worked through lapped traffic masterfully to take the checkered .84 seconds ahead of Shaffer for his second win in as many nights. The win, Hodnett's 11th overall in 1999, was worth $2,500.
Ely earned a hard-fought third place over Kauffman in fourth and Cris Eash in fifth. Completing the top-10 were Lance Dewease, Steve Siegel, Jesse Wentz, Johnny Mackison Jr. and Len Thompson.
Heats for the 42 super sprint on hand were won by Dietrich, Shaffer, P.J. Chesson and Kauffman. P.J. Chesson won the special two-lap Dash Match Races, with Rahmer establishing a two-lap track record of 27.47 seconds. Twin consolations were won by Dewease and Jesse Wentz.
Second generation driver Mike Zeigler, Jr. scored his first career feature win in the thundercar division, holding off Mike Potts and Bob Scott, Jr. over the final laps for the win. Potts and Scott completed the top three, with Neil Smith and Bobby Rudisill completing the top five. Bobby Beard's 15th place finish as one better than Mike Zeigler's, enough to wrap up the 1999 thundercar points title with one points race remaining.
Thundercar heats were won by David Prunkl, Rudisill and Zeigler Jr., with Steve Clabaugh winning the consolation.
Richmond, VA's Rick Utsman made his first Lincoln visit worthwhile, winning a three-car battle over Kevin Welsh and Travis Dillman in the 15-lap INEX Legends feature. Dillman led the first five laps before yielding to the victor. Utsman has raced all over the East coast, including the famous Charlotte Speedway. Harry Garver and Mike Burrell completed the top five.
Heats for the INEX Legends were won by Dillman, Ray Scigowski and Welch, with Jarod Wintermyer winning the consolation.
Don't forget to check-out Lincoln Speedway On-line at http://www.lincolnspeedway.com for all the latest results, statistics and point standings. Lincoln Speedway will be idle next week, Saturday, October 2nd. Then Lincoln Speedway will close out there season with two final shows starting the following week, Saturday, October 9th, with the annual running of the Kenny Weld Memorial, followed by the rained-out Bobby Abel Memorial on Saturday, October 16th. Racing action for the Saturday, October 9th Kenny Weld Memorial will get underway with time trials slated to get underway at 7 PM.
RACE RESULTS Saturday - September 25, 1999 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, Pa. MANUFACTURERS APPRECIATION NIGHT
Super Sprints: Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 12-Greg Hodnett ($2,500); 2. 88-Todd Shaffer; 3. 77E-Dave Ely; 4. 7-Keith Kauffman; 5. 17E-Cris Eash; 6. 88H-Lance Dewease; 7. 59-Steve Siegel; 8. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 9. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 10. 10-Len Thompson; 11. 76-P.J. Chesson; 12. 8J-Danny Jones; 13. 22-James Chesson; 14. 6-Chris Knopp; 15. 53-Shawn Keen; 16. 07-Curt Michael; 17. 69W-Shawn Weaver (DNF); 18. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr. (DNF); 19. 32-Brook Weibley (DNF); 20. 75W-Randy Wolfe (DNF); 21. 8-Dan Dietrich (DNF); 22. 77-Fred Rahmer (DNF); 23. 10N-Dave Haight (DNF); 24. 17N-Niki Young (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Greg Hodnett (1-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 8-Dan Dietrich; 2. 12-Greg Hodnett; 3. 10N-Dave Haight; 4. 22-James Chesson; 5. 88H-Lance Dewease; 6. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 7. 75W-Randy Wolfe; 8. 461-Jimmy Carr; 9. 16-Cliff Brian; 10. 0-John Garrett; 11. 32G-Randy Glover. Time - 2:23.80
2nd Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 88-Todd Shaffer; 2. 53-Shawn Keen; 3. 59-Steve Siegel; 4. 10-Len Thompson; 5. 8J-Danny Jones; 6. 55S-Bill Sims; 7. 49-Matt Wingard; 8. 92-Jimmy McBee; 9. 00-Shane Smith; 10. 78-Randy Hannagan (DNF). Time - 2:19.07
3rd Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 76-P.J. Chesson; 2. 77E-Dave Ely; 3. 77-Fred Rahmer; 4. 17E-Cris Eash; 5. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 6. 6W-Josh Wells; 7. 69W-Shawn Weaver; 8. 2H-Dave Hahn; 9. LT4-Dave Cook; 10. 40-Ed Fischl II (DNF); 11. 57S-Ron Kramer. Time - 2:19.38
4th Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 7-Keith Kauffman; 2. 6-Chris Knopp; 3. 17N-Niki Young; 4. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 5. 07-Curt Michael; 6. 9-Rod Stroup; 7. 32-Brook Weibley; 8. 17K-Glendon Forsythe; 9. X-Bobby Weaver (DNF); 10. 26-Pat Cooper (DNF). Time - 2:24.44
1999 Manufacturers Appreciation Race 2-Lap Match Race Results - 1. 76-P.J. Chesson ($300); 2. 8-Dan Dietrich; 3. 88-Todd Shaffer; 4. 12-Greg Hodnett ($200); 5. 7-Keith Kauffman; 6. 77-Fred Rahmer ($600); 7. 53-Shawn Keen; 8. 77E-Dave Ely; 9. 6-Chris Knopp; 10. 10N-Dave Haight; 11. 59-Steve Siegel; 12. 17N-Niki Young. (Fast Time of 27.47 seconds by Fred Rahmer established a 2-lap track record)
1st Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 88H-Lance Dewease; 2. 8J-Danny Jones; 3. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 4. 75W-Randy Wolfe; 5. 461-Jimmy Carr; 6. 78-Randy Hannagan; 7. 49-Matt Wingard; 8. 55S-Billy Sims; 9. 32-Randy Glover; 10. 0-John Garrett; 11. 92-Jimmy McBee (DNF); 12. 16-Cliff Brian (DNF); DNS - 00-Shane Smith. No Time
2nd Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 2. 07-Curt Michael; 3. 69-Shawn Weaver; 4. 32-Brook Weibley; 5. 9-Rod Stroup; 6. 17K-Glendon Forsythe; 7. 6W-Josh Wells; 8. LT4-Dave Cook; 9. 2H-Dave Hahn (DNF); 10. 40-Ed Fischl II (DNF); DNS - X-Bobby Weaver, 26-Pat Cooper, 57-Ron Kramer. No Time
INEX Legends Cars: Feature (15 laps) - 1. U18-Rick Utsman; 2. 18-Kevin Welch; 3. 22-Travis Dillman; 4. 29A-Harry Garver; 5. 21B-Mike Burrell; 6. 29K-Blane Gundrum; 7. 23-Carey May; 8. 5Z-Zach Dunkelberger; 9. 34-Paul Fisher; 10. 2C-George Craker; 11. 91S-Lamar Shaffer; 12. 2W-Jarod Wintermyer; 13. 29G-Lawrence Garrison; 14. 11JR-Russ Smith; 15. 10E-Kip Erb; 16. 20-Brandon Utsman; 17. 7R-Denny Rothermel; 18. 37-Donald Potts; 19. 46-Ray Swank; 20. 6D-Don Stevens; 21. 54-Jason Ewing; 22. 44-Darryl Bloom (DNF); 23. 9-Ray Scigowski (DNF); 24. 4X-Butch Brough (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Travis Dillman (1-5), Rick Utzman (6-15)
1st Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 22D-Travis Dillman; 2. 21B-Mike Burrell; 3. 5-Zach Dunkelberger; 4. 34-Paul Fisher; 5. 29G-Lawrence Garrison; 6. 46-Ray Swank; 7. 10-Tom Morgan; 8. 37-Donald Potts; 9. 14W-Ed Wentz (DNF); DNS - 2W-Jarod Wintermyer. No Time
2nd Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 9-Ray Scigowski; 2. U18-Rick Utsman; 3. 29A-Harry Garver; 4. 2C-George Craker; 5. 23-Carey May; 6. 10E-Kip Erb; 7. 91S-Lamar Shaffer; 8. 54-Jason Ewing; 9. 41-Willy Randon. Time - 2:10.81
3rd Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 18-Kevin Welch; 2. 29K-Blane Gundrum; 3. 7R-Denny Rothermel; 4. 4X-Butch Brough; 5. 44-Darryl Bloom; 6. 11JR-Russ Smith; 7. 8-Allen Felix; 8. 20-Brandon Utsman; 9. 6D-Don Stevens. Time - 2:11.75
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 2W-Jarod Wintermyer; 2. 91S-Lamar Shaffer; 3. 20-Brandon Utsman; 4. 37-Donald Potts; 5. 54-Jason Ewing; 6. 6D-Don Stevens; 7. 10-Tom Morgan; 8. 41-Willy Randow; 9. 8-Allen Felix (DNF); DNS - 14W-Ed Wertz. Time - 3:38.86
Thundercars: Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 100-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 2. M1-Mike Potts; 3. 47-Bob Scott Jr.; 4. 1-Neil Smith; 5. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 6. 24K-Corey Knaub; 7. X-Bernie Beard; 8. 6-Tony Kuhn; 9. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 10. 95-Fred Cullum; 11. 92-Kenny Rush; 12. 4-Greg Feltch; 13. 68-M.R. Teal; 14. 41-K.T. Shaw (DNF); 15. 5-Bobby Beard (DNF); 16. 21A-Mike Zeigler (DNF); 17. 25-Sean Herrick (DNF); 18. 21-Jerry Bingaman (DNF); 19. 16-Steve Clabaugh (DNF); 20. 9B-Ken Berwager (DNF); 21. 8MD-David Prunkl (DNF); 22. 60-Cork Laughman (DNF); 23. 04-Brad Green (DNF); 24. 36DD-Bob Henry (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Mike Potts (1-2), Mike Zeigler Jr. (3-15)
1st Heat (10 Min. Time Limit/6 to qualify) - 1. 8MD-David Prunkl; 2. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 3. 36DD-Bob Henry; 4. X-Bernie Beard; 5. 9B-Ken Berwager; 6. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 7. 3-Duane Watson; 8. 16-Steve Clabaugh; 9. 24K-Corey Knaub; 10. 7-Pat Saltzgiver; 11. 3M-John Drinkard. No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 2. 21A-Mike Zeigler; 3. 41-K.T. Shaw; 4. 5-Bobby Beard; 5. 60-Cork Laughman; 6. 25-Sean Herrick; 7. 04-Brad Green; 8. 92-Kenny Rush; 9. 30-Craig Wagaman (DNF); 10. 9J-Mike Johnson (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 100-Mike Zeigler; 2. 47-Bob Scott Jr.; 3. M1-Mike Potts; 4. 1-Neil Smith; 5. 6-Tony Kuhn; 6. 95-Fred Cullum; 7. 4-Greg Fletch; 8. 3D-Dennis Mink; 9. 2-Steve Gantz; 10. 68-M.R. Teal. No Time
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 16-Steve Clabaugh; 2. 4-Greg Feltch; 3. 24K-Corey Knaub; 4. 92-Kenny Rush; 5. 68-M.R. Teal; 6. 2-Steve Gantz; 7. 3D-Dennis Mink; 8. 04-Brad Green; 9. 30-Craig Wagaman (DNF); 10. 7-Pat Saltzgiver (DNF); 11. 9J-Mike Johnson (DNF); 12. 3-Duane Watson (DNF); 13. 3M-John Drinkert (DNF). No Time