Abbottstown, PA, 9/27/03 - "When I was a kid, I used to dream about races like this. I beat my hero tonight." Those were the first words from an jubilant Doug Esh after scoring the biggest win of his career in the 40-lap Kenny Weld Memorial for...
Abbottstown, PA, 9/27/03 - "When I was a kid, I used to dream about races like this. I beat my hero tonight."
Those were the first words from an jubilant Doug Esh after scoring the biggest win of his career in the 40-lap Kenny Weld Memorial for sprint cars at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
Esh started fourth after setting third quick time in time trials, grabbed second behind outside front row starter Fred Rahmer in the first two turns, chased Rahmer for the first 27 laps, and squeezed under the Miller Brothers No.88H coming down the front stretch to complete lap 28. From there, Esh held off repeated challenges from Rahmer as the two battled through lapped traffic over the final quarter of the race.
A final dash to the checkered was caused by a 39th-lap flip by Chad Layton after contact with Todd Shaffer sent him into the outside wall on turn two. Though Rahmer attempted to slide under Esh on the final restart, "The Hammer" Esh was able to drive back around Rahmer and race to the .53-second win.
Counting the $5,000 top prize, $1,520 in lap money, and a $500 bonus for using Weld Heads, Esh's payday totaled $7,020. It was his third win of the year and fifth career win in the Pigeon Hills.
Rahmer settled for his fourth straight second-place finish, with Keith Kauffman making a last-lap pass of Mark Smith to cross third. Smith and Brook Weibley completed the top five.
Hard charger Brian Montieth came from his 18th-starting spot to finish sixth. Seventh through tenth were Greg Hodnett (who came from the back after dropping into the pits during a 21st lap caution while running fifth), Lance Dewease (who suffered a flat tire while running sixth on lap 34), Niki Young (who went to the back after a multi-car crash on a 34th-lap restart), and Darren Eash.
Heats were won by Todd Hestor, Cris Eash and Todd Shaffer, with Adrian Shaffer winning the B-Main.
Setting fast time in the Cindy Rowe Paintless Dent Removal Time Trials over the 27-car field was Lance Dewease with a one-lap time of 13.471-seconds (100.215 MPH).
The heats were sponsored by Epex Soft Pretzels, Wes Sensenig's Quality Meats, the Gobrecht Family ("In Memory of Kevin Gobrecht"), and Wings Unlimited (Gettysburg). The B-Main was sponsored Hank's Performance Products. Hank also put up $500 for the Hank's Perfect Performance Award to any driver who could set fast time, win there heat, and then win the feature, but the prize was not claimed.
Rahmer, leader at the halfway mark, received $500 from Weld Racing, making his total take for the night $5,280 counting lap money.
Montieth received $75 from D&D Septic in Carlisle for earning the Hard Charger Award. Cris Eash, credited with a 24th-place finish after losing his steering, received the $75 Hard Luck Award, and Cory Haas (making his first 2003 410 start) received $50 as the 1st alternate after finishing seventh in the B Main.
The mechanic of the winning Esh sprinter received $100 from Hughes Wheel and Axle.
Cindy Rowe Paintless Dent Repair paid $300 to fast time trialer Dewease and $200 to second fastest time trialer Brian Leppo.
Weld Heads also awarded $500 to the winning team for using Weld Heads.
Abbottstown's Bryan Wagaman led all 20 laps en route to his first Lincoln thundercar win of 2003.
Wagaman, the younger brother to three-time Lincoln winner Craig Wagaman, jumped into the lead from his fourth-starting spot at the completion of the first lap and held off all challengers the rest of the way for his seventh career Lincoln win.
Wagaman first held off the challenges of eighth-starting David Prunkl for the first seven laps before his older brother Craig took up the cause on the ninth lap. Prunkl re-assumed the second spot on the 12th lap after mechanical problems side-lined the elder Wagaman.
But Prunkl couldn't do anything with him over the final laps as Wagaman raced away to a .78-second win.
11th-starting Allen Cullum finished third, 13th-starting Steve Clabaugh fourth and 22nd-starting Neil Smith fifth. Completing the top-10 were Dan Zechman, Chet McCormick, Duane Hahn, Jerry Bingaman and Mike Slaybaugh.
Point leader Bernie Beard suffered mechanical problems late in the race and finished 13th. Coupled with Clabaugh's fourth-place finish, Beard heads into the thundercar finale on October 10th with a slim 65-point advantage. Beard has watched his over 400-point lead evaporate over the past month with Clabaugh attempting to unseat the defending thundercar champ with only one last point race to go.
Heats for the 34 thundercars were won by Greg Feltch, Bryan Wagaman and Tom Slusser Jr., with Mike Zeigler Sr. winning the consolation.
Lincoln Speedway will be dark next weekend (Oct. 4th), setting the stage for the season finale on Friday night, October 10th. Saved as a possible rain-date for the Kenny Weld Memorial, the special Friday night show will conclude the 51st consecutive season of racing at the Pigeon Hills oval.
The 410 sprinters will be racing for bragging rights as they compete one last time at Lincoln in 2003. But much more is at stake for the thundercar regulars who will round out the evening's racing action. The thundercar track championship and a seat at the head table for the top-10 in points at Lincoln Speedway's Awards Banquet on November 15th will all be decided in this season finale.
Gates will open at 5 PM for this rare Friday night show, with racing action getting underway at 7 PM.
To get all the latest news, results, schedule changes and rule changes, visit Lincoln Speedway's website at 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.
7TH ANNUAL KENNY WELD MEMORIAL
FEATURE (40 Laps) - 1. 30-Doug Esh ($6,520); 2. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 3. 7-Keith Kauffman; 4. 1-Mark Smith; 5. 32-Brook Weibley; 6. 21P-Brian Montieth (Hard Charger); 7. 12-Greg Hodnett; 8. 77-Lance Dewease; 9. 10N-Niki Young; 10. 22-Darren Eash; 11. 7M-Todd Hestor; 12. 59-Jim Siegel; 13. 25-Adrian Shaffer; 14. 21-Glenndon Forsythe; 15. 71-Brian Leppo; 16. 47J-Jeff Busby; 17. U1-Chad Layton (DNF); 18. 88-Todd Shaffer (DNF); 19. 0-Rick Lafferty; 20. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh; 21. 12H-Blane Heimbach (DNF); 22. 38-Jeff Rohrbaugh (DNF); 23. X-Bobby Weaver (DNF); 24. 17E-Cris Eash (DNF)(Hard Luck Award). No Time
LAP LEADERS - Fred Rahmer (1-27), Doug Esh (28-40)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 7M-Todd Hestor; 2. U1-Chad Layton; 3. 12-Greg Hodnett; 4. 7-Keith Kauffman; 5. 77-Lance Dewease; 6. 0-Rick Lafferty; 7. 21-Glenndon Forsythe; 8. 12H-Blane Heimbach; 9. 11C-Cory Haas. Time - 2:19.82
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 17E-Cris Eash; 2. 32-Brook Weibley; 3. 38-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 4. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 5. 71-Brian Leppo; 6. X-Bobby Weaver; 7. 25-Adrian Shaffer; 8. 17B-Ron Kramer; 9. 47J-Jeff Busby. Time - 2:18.77
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 88-Todd Shaffer; 2. 21P-Brian Montieth; 3. 30-Doug Esh; 4. 22E-Darren Eash; 5. 1-Mark Smith; 6. 10N-Niki Young; 7. 59-Jim Siegel; 8. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh; 9. 3W-Chris Webb. Time - 2:22.42
B-Main (12 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 25-Adrian Shaffer; 2. 21-Glenndon Forsythe; 3. 12H-Blane Heimbach; 4. 59-Jim Siegel; 5. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh; 6. 47J-Jeff Busby; 7. 11C-Cory Haas (DNF); 8. 17B-Ron Kramer (DNF); 9. 3W-Chris Webb (DNF). No time.
Time Trials - 1. 77-Lance Dewease, 13.471 seconds (100.215 MPH); 2. 71-Brian Leppo, 13.475 ; 3. 30-Doug Esh, 13.607 ; 4. 7-Keith Kauffman, 13.635 ; 5. 88H-Fred Rahmer, 13.638 ; 6. 1-Mark Smith, 13.662 ; 7. 12-Greg Hodnett, 13.678 ; 8. 25-Adrian Shaffer, 13.701 ; 9. 22-Darren Eash, 13.780 ; 10. U1-Chad Layton, 13.890 ; 11. 32-Brook Weibley, 13.929 ; 12. 59-Jim Siegel, 13.936 ; 13. 7M-Todd Hestor, 13.940 ; 14. 38-Jeff Rohrbaugh, 13.941 ; 15. 88-Todd Shaffer, 13.961 ; 16. 0-Rick Lafferty, 13.969 ; 17. 17E-Cris Eash, 13.991 ; 18. 21P-Brian Montieth, 13.995 ; 19. 12H-Blane Heimbach, 14.026 ; 20. X-Bobby Weaver, 14.027 ; 21. 10N-Niki Young, 14.057 ; 22. 21-Glenndon Forsythe, 14.264 ; 23. 17B-Ron Kramer, 14.348 ; 24. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh, 14.466 ; 25. 11C-Cory Haas, 14.503 ; 26. 47J-Jeff Busby, 15.274 ; 27. 3W-Chris Webb, 15.702.
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. W-Bryan Wagaman; 2. 8MD-David Prunkl; 3. 95-Allen Cullum; 4. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 5. 1-Neil Smith; 6. 98-Dan Zechman; 7. 14-Chet McCormick; 8. 70-Duane Hahn; 9. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 10. 61S-Mike Slaybaugh; 11. 3-Mike Gladfelter (DNF); 12. 30-Craig Wagaman (DNF); 13. X-Bernie Beard (DNF); 14. 3R-Duane Watson (DNF); 15. 81-Mike Zeigler, Sr. (DNF); 16. 61-Mike Ciezobka (DNF); 17. B52-Mike Walls (DNF); 18. 9-Al Cramer (DNF); 19. 52-Nat Tuckey (DNF); 20. 67-Randy Doty (DNF); 21. 1B-Greg Feltch (DNF); 22. 51-Chad Myers (DNF); 23. 7X-Tony Rose (DNF); 24. 91-Tom Slusser Jr. (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Bryan Wagaman (1-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1B-Greg Feltch; 2. B52-Mike Walls; 3. 61S-Mike Slaybaugh; 4. 9-Al Cramer; 5. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 6. 3R-Duane Watson; 7. 70-Duane Hahn; 8. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 9. 33-Jeff Allen; 10. 00-Barry Williams; 11. 6G-Ronald Grim; 12. 20-Sam Gallagher (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. W-Bryan Wagaman; 2. 8MD-David Prunkl; 3. X-Bernie Beard; 4. 95-Allen Cullum; 5. 30-Craig Wagaman; 6. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 7. 14X-Andrew McCormick; 8. 11R-Jim Rost (DNF); 9. 51-Chad Myers (DNF); 10. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); 11. 88-Dwain Toot (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 91-Tom Slusser Jr.; 2. 67-Randy Doty; 3. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 4. 7X-Tony Rose; 5. 98-Dan Zechman; 6. 14-Chet McCormick; 7. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 8. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 9. 8B-Doug Brown; 10. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr. (DNF); 11. 52-Nat Tuckey (DNF). No Time
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 2. 70-Duane Hahn; 3. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 4. 1-Neil Smith; 5. 52-Nat Tuckey; 6. 51-Chad Myers; 7. 33-Jeff Allen; 8. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 9. 14X-Andrew McCormick; 10. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr. (DNF); DNS - 11-Jim Rost (DNF), 8B-Doug Brown, 00-Barry Williams, 6G-Ron Grim, 88-Dwain Toot, 20-Sam Gallagher. No Time