Abbottstown, PA, 8/30/03 - Only the checkered flag put an end to a war in the Pigeon Hills on Saturday night. In the end, Greg Hodnett was the winner of the Ninth Annual Bobby Abel Memorial for sprint cars at Lincoln Speedway. Hodnett crossed...
Abbottstown, PA, 8/30/03 - Only the checkered flag put an end to a war in the Pigeon Hills on Saturday night.
In the end, Greg Hodnett was the winner of the Ninth Annual Bobby Abel Memorial for sprint cars at Lincoln Speedway.
Hodnett crossed one second in front of 122-time Lincoln winner Fred Rahmer, with Niki Young crossing third. Those three drivers staged a three-car battle for the top spot through lapped traffic over the second half of the race that saw all three drivers lead at least one of the last ten laps.
"This is a great race track, it's racey and physical, you have to drive hard all the time to be able to win...you have to drive smart because of lapped traffic," said Hodnett upon exiting his Apple Dealerships/Cars By Dealers Magazine/York Building Products #12, "Lincoln is probably the most challenging track. That's why great drivers like Fred (Rahmer), Lance (Dewease), Todd (Shaffer), and Keith (Kauffman) do so well here. And I guess that's why I struggle here."
Niki Young, who drew the pole position for the 30-lap event, led the first 20 laps. His lead was substantial at times, as much as 1.39 seconds over second-starting Johnny Mackison, Jr. on lap ten. Mackison handed the runner-up spot over to Rahmer on turn two of a 12th-lap restart, following a red flag for a multi-car crash involving the sixth through tenth-place cars.
The pile-up resulted from contact between Hodnett, who was running fifth, and sixth-place Keith Kauffman on turn one. Hodnett was able to keep going, with Kauffman sliding sideways and collecting the cars of Darren Eash, Doug Esh, Book Weibley, and Lance Dewease, who were running seventh through tenth. Cris Eash, who had suffered front end damage in a first lap crash, ended up on his side trying to avoid the crash, bringing out the red. At the same time, Todd Shaffer, who was running fourth, lost his brakes and came to a stop on the inside of turn four. The Eash brothers and Kauffman were unable to continue, but all other drivers returned to action.
Hodnett apologized to Kauffman in victory lane, explaining that he never saw the Middleswarth #7 before the turn one incident.
Despite damaging a Jacob's ladder, Hodnett assumed fourth for the restart, with Bobby Weaver advancing five spots to fifth. Two laps after Rahmer passed Mackison for second, Hodnett got by the Swope Salvage and Recycling #65 for third. Over the next four laps (laps 14 through 18), two of the world's greatest sprint car drivers closed on Young.
By lap 19, it was a three-car race for the lead as Young, Rahmer, and Hodnett diced their way through lapped traffic. On several occasions, they were three-wide down the straightaways and entering and exiting turns. Young led lap 20, Rahmer grabbed the top spot on laps 21 through 23, and Hodnett drove alongside the Miller Brothers/Media Camping Center #88H to lead by a wheel at the completion of lap 24.
Hodnett then drove away over the next three laps, only to have Rahmer close one final time in lapped traffic on lap 29. But Hodnett found a lane on the final circuit, and claimed his third win of the year and ninth career win at Lincoln. Counting lap money, Hodnett's take for the win was $3,150.
Commenting on his win in a race dedicated to Bobby Abel, Hodnett said he learned about one of Lincoln's all-time greats at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing at Latimore Valley.
"The museum has information about not only Abel, but Jim Hurtibise and all the greats who ran over here...the Jan Oppermans, Kenny Welds...all the great drivers from the history of this sport. They even have Keith Kauffman featured in the museum, and he's still kicking our ass! He's a great ambassador for the sport. For his age, he drives like a 19-year-old and is still going strong. I really admire him for it."
Young settled for third, with Mackison crossing fourth and Weaver completing the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Chad Layton, Mark Smith, Glenndon Forsythe, Josh Wells, and Brook Weibley.
Picking up the $75 "Hard Charger" Award from D&D Septic & Toilet Rentals was Chad Layton, who advanced from his 18th starting spot to finish sixth. Cris Eash received D&D's $75 "Hard Luck" award, and Brian Montieth received $50 from D&D as the first alternate.
Heats for the 34 "410" sprints were won by Dewease, Cris Eash and Todd Shaffer, with Craig Smith winning the consolation.
Dallastown's Cory Haas turned in what could end up being his championship moment Saturday night as he made a late race pass of former fellow micro-sprint stand-out Brad McClelland and went on to record his fourth win of the year in the 20 lap 358 sprint feature.
With the win, maintained a narrow 50 point margin over Eric Stambaugh heading in to next week's 358 Sprint Championship finale.
Polesitter Brent Kluge led the first three laps of the feature before yeilding to third-starting McClelland. After a 10th lap spin by second place Mark Freeland, 11th starting Haas and ninth-starting Billy Dietrich relentlessly pressured McClelland over the second half of th erace. Dietrich actually got around Haas for second on the 12th lap, but, Haas never gave up and returned the favor in heavy lapped traffic on the 17th lap.
The three racers then dodged through heavy lapped traffic with Haas squeezing under McClellend in the first and second turns, using the lapped car of Rory Janny as a blocker, to take the lead and then raced away to a one second victory over McClellend.
The win, Haas's ninth career win at Lincoln, put him into a tie with Greg Leiby for third on Lincoln's all time 358 sprint win list.
Stambaugh drove the Ken Berwager No.85 sprinter around Dietrich on the next to last lap for a hard-earned third place finish to keep pace with Haas in the battle for the point championship which will all be decided in the finale 358 Sprint Championship next weekend.
Dietrich settled for fourth and first-time 2003 Lincoln visitor Kevin Nouse fifth.
Completing the top-10 were Scott Ausherman, Keith Prutzman, Alan Krimes, Jon Keller and Chad Trout.
Heats for the 33 "358" sprints were won by Kluge, Freeland and McClelland, with Krimes winning the consolation.
Orefield's Tim Henry fulfilled a life-long dream by standing in victory lane after the 15-lap INEX Legend Car feature. Henry, who has attended Lincoln races regularly since childhood, advanced to the race lead from his sixth starting spot when he passed polesitter Ray Swank on lap two. He held off the ongoing challenges of 12th starting Tim Tomson over the final eight laps to cross less than a carlength in front.
Swank was third, with Josh Morrow and Ronnie Dunstan completing the top five.
Heats for the 28 INEX Legends were won by Tomson, Brian Levan and Randy Kissinger, with Bill Harris winning the consolation.
Next Saturday night, September 6th, the 358 Sprinters close out there year-long points chase with a 358 Sprint Championship event. Joining them will be the Silver Spring Limited Late Models for one last race at the Pigeon Hills oval in 2003. The thundercar regulars will round out the evening's racing action with gates opening at 5:30 PM and the heats taking the green at 7:30 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 - The Fabulous Lincoln Speedway.
Saturday - August 30, 2003
9TH ANNUAL BOBBY ABEL MEMORIAL 410 Sprints:
Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 12-Greg Hodnett ($3,000); 2. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 3. 10N-Niki Young; 4. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 5. X-Bobby Weaver; 6. U1-Chad Layton; 7. 1-Mark Smith; 8. 21-Glenndon Forsythe; 9. 6W-Josh Wells; 10. 32-Brook Weibley; 11. 30-Doug Esh; 12. 66-Jim Siegel; 13. 6K-Chris Knopp; 14. 88-Todd Shaffer; 15. 25-Adrian Shaffer; 16. 31D-Kevin Drury; 17. 71-Brian Leppo; 18. 33-Craig Smith; 19. 77-Lance Dewease (DNF); 20. 7-Keith Kauffman (DNF); 21. 22-Darren Eash (DNF); 22. 17E-Cris Eash (DNF); 23. 38-Michael Markey (DNF); 24. 5W-Lucas Wolfe. No Time
Lap Leaders - Niki Young (1-20), Fred Rahmer (21-23), Greg Hodnett (24-30)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 77-Lance Dewease; 2. 10N-Niki Young; 3. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 4. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 5. 6W-Josh Wells; 6. X-Bobby Weaver; 7. 33-Craig Smith; 8. 31D-Kevin Drury; 9. 71-Brian Leppo; 10. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh; 11. 43-Larry Shive; 12. 30-Doug Esh (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 17E-Cris Eash; 2. 22-Darren Eash; 3. 38-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 4. 6K-Chris Knopp; 5. 7-Keith Kauffman; 6. 1-Mark Smith; 7. 25-Adrian Shaffer; 8. 7K-Dan Shetler; 9. 47J-Jeff Busby; 10. 15-Bill Wolf; 11. 21P-Brian Montieth (DNF). Time - 2:23.96
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 88-Todd Shaffer; 2. 12-Greg Hodnett; 3. 21-Glenndon Forsythe; 4. 66-Jim Siegel; 5. 32-Brook Weibley; 6. U1-Chad Layton; 7. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 8. 51-Chappy Knaack; 9. 25-Nik Gower; 10. 3W-Chris Webb (DNF); 11. 8D-Mike Dillman (DNF). No Time
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 33-Craig Smith; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 3. 30-Doug Esh; 4. 25-Adrian Shaffer; 5. 71-Brian Leppo; 6. 31D-Kevin Drury; 7. 21P-Brian Montieth; 8. 7K-Dan Shetler; 9. 47J-Jeff Busby; 10. 51-Chappy Knaack; 11. 25-Nik Gower; 12. 3W-Chris Webb; 13. 15-Bill Wolf; 14. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh; 15. 43-Larry Shive; 16. 8D-Mike Dillman (DNS). No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 11C-Cory Haas; 2. 6-Brad McClelland; 3. 85-Eric Stambaugh; 4. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 5. 21-Kevin Nouse; 6. 39-Scott Ausherman; 7. 28-Keith Prutzman; 8. 87-Alan Krimes; 9. 20-Jon Keller; 10. 7C-Chad Trout; 11. 83-Michael Hamer; 12. 22D-Jeff Young; 13. 4R-Mark Freeland; 14. 49-Bob Howard; 15. 17M-Michael Creaghan; 16. 1B-David Bull; 17. 56M-Mark Zellers; 18. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 19. 88J-Rory Janney; 20. 29K-Brent Kluge (DNF); 21. 3J-Judd Shepard (DNF); 22. 14-Will Urkuski (DNF); 23. 7V-Shawn Weaver (DNF); 24. 24B-Pat Small (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Brent Kluge (1-3), Brad McClelland (4-17), Cory Haas (18-20)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 29K-Brent Kluge; 2. 7V-Shawn Weaver; 3. 20-Jon Keller; 4. 28-Keith Prutzman; 5. 1B-David Bull; 6. 3J-Judd Shepard; 7. 87-Alan Krimes; 8. 3-Clair Wintermyer; 9. 49-Bob Howard; 10. 24B-Pat Small (DNS); 11. 27S-Stewart Smith (DNS). Time - 2:33.55
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 4R-Mark Freeland; 2. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 3. 85-Eric Stambaugh; 4. 83-Michael Hamer; 5. 56M-Mark Zellers; 6. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 7. 14-Will Urkuski; 8. 15-Adam Wilt; 9. 17T-Jeff Taylor; 10. 28H-Billy Heltzel, Jr.; 11. 2J-Billy Johns (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 6-Brad McClelland; 2. 22D-Jeff Young; 3. 11C-Cory Haas; 4. 21-Kevin Nouse; 5. 88J-Rory Janney; 6. 17M-Michael Creaghan; 7. 7C-Chad Trout; 8. 27-Jay Galloway; 9. 31J-Joey Palmerino; 10. 39-Scott Ausherman (DNF); 11. 8-Dan Dietrich (DNF). No Time
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 87-Alan Krimes; 2. 7C-Chad Trout; 3. 39-Scott Ausherman; 4. 49-Bobby Howard; 5. 14-Will Urkuski; 6. 24B-Pat Small; 7. 27-Jay Galloway; 8. 17T-Jeff Taylor; 9. 15-Adam Wilt; 10. 27S-Stewart Smith; 11. 28H-Bill Heltzel; 12. 3-Clair Wintermyer (DNF); 13. 31J-Joey Palmerino (DNF); 14. 8-Dan Dietrich (DNF); DNS - 2J-Billy Johns. No Time
INEX Legends Cars:
Feature (15 laps) - 1. 769-Tim Henry; 2. 29T-Tim Tomson; 3. 46-Ray Swank; 4. 29A-Josh Morrow; 5. 99-Ronnie Dunstan; 6. 5K-Brian Levan; 7. 799-Rick Haring; 8. 48-Randy Kissinger; 9. 7R-Denny Rothermal; 10. 12J-Clint Penkaukas; 11. 5Z-Zack Dunkleberger; 12. 21-Greg Burd; 13. 22-Randy Fetterhoff; 14. 543-Jason Ewing; 15. 8-Allen Felix; 16. 7M-Bob Murray; 17. 55-Bill Harris; 18. 72-Bob Myers; 19. 44-Darryl Bloom; 20. 14W-Ed Wentz; 21. 14-Laura McGonnell; 22. 4X-Butch Brough; 23. 28-Zachery Deiter; DNS - 88G-George Rutherford
Lap Leaders - Ray Swank (1), Tim Henry (2-15)
1st Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 29T-Tim Tomson; 2. 5Z-Zack Dunkleburger; 3. 769-Tim Henry; 4. 7R-Denny Rothermel; 5. 7M-Bob Murray; 6. 22-Randy Fetterhoff; 7. 14-Laura McGonnel; 8. 55-Bill Harris; 9. 12-Jeremy Crane; 10. 48-Ron Cooper. Time - 2:13.35
2nd Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 5K-Brian Levan; 2. 21-Greg Burd; 3. 99-Ronnie Dunstan; 4. 12J-Clint Penkauskas; 5. 799-Rick Harring; 6. 8-Allen Felix; 7. 54-Jason Ewing; 8. 88-Andy Lupfer; 9. 2-Bryan Swartz. No Time
3rd Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 48-Randy Kissinger; 2. 4X-Butch Brough; 3. 29A-Josh Morrow; 4. 46-Ray Swank; 5. 72-Bob Myers; 6. 14W-Ed Wentz; 7. 44-Darryl Bloom; 8. 28-Zachary Deiter; 9. 88G-George Rutherford. Time - 2:16.00
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 55-Bill Harris; 2. 54-Jason Ewing; 3. 44-Darryl Bloom; 4. 14-Laura McGonnel; 5. 28-Zachary Deiter; 6. 88G-George Rutherford; 7. 12-Jeremy Crane; 8. 88-Andy Lupfer; 9. 48X-Ron Cooper; 10. 2-Bryan Swartz. No Time