Lance Dewease Joins Two-Time Winners At Lincoln; Wentz wins 305 sprint feature on last-lap pass; Walls take thundercar main ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 4/24/04 - Winning has become twice as nice at Lincoln Speedway. For the fourth consecutive week, a ...
Lance Dewease Joins Two-Time Winners At Lincoln; Wentz wins 305 sprint feature on last-lap pass; Walls take thundercar main
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 4/24/04 - Winning has become twice as nice at Lincoln Speedway.
For the fourth consecutive week, a super sprint driver has claimed his second feature victory of the season in the Pigeon Hills. On Saturday, it was Lance Dewease's turn.
"It's always fun when you win," he said.
The defending track champion passed race leader Eric Stambaugh with four laps remaining by taking the only avenue open to him.
"He was real fast on the bottom, so there was only one other place to go and that was the top," the Fayetteville driver, who joined Doug Esh, Cris Eash and Fred Rahmer as double winners this season, said. "We just kept hammering away and hammering away and finally got a run at him, got by him and used up all of the track."
Starting ninth, Dewease took his time to become a factor while three other drivers took turns at the lead after a rough start to the 25-lap race. The feature had to be restarted after the car of polesitter Chappy Knaack spun in front of the field on the initial start. The spin forced Greg Hodnett's car into the second turn wall while Jeff Busby's No. 47J rolled onto its side in the inside of the second turn. Then, on the restart, Josh Wells' car flipped in the third corner, forcing a second red flag before the first lap was completed.
However, once the proceedings began in earnest, Chris Knopp paced the first two laps before Darren Eash powered around the outside of the second turn to take command for the next 11 circuits and through three caution flags. Stambaugh, who started eighth, then showed his cards, taking the low groove to finally pass Eash at the flagstand at the end of the 13th lap.
But when Eash's car spun in the fourth corner with 18 laps down, the caution flag erased Stambaugh's edge and allowed Dewease, who inherited second spot when Eash spun, to eventually work his way to the front. Dewease took his 24th career triumph at Lincoln and second feature win of the week after he drove the Al Hamilton Motorsports entry to victory lane in Susquehanna Speedway Park's opener on Sunday night.
"We run a different car on Friday night (at Williams Grove Speedway) than we do here," the driver of the Manheim Auto Auctions No. 77 said. "That car was pretty old, so we put a new car together for tonight and it's a lot better race car, so we'll be all right."
"I wasn't a bit concerned," Hamilton said of his revamped team for the 2004 season. "I figured we'd get going here after a while."
Dewease was good enough on Saturday night, when he found his concern about Stambaugh was legitimate despite his winning margin of 1.64 seconds at the checkered flag.
"All year long, we've said there's not a car here that gets off the corner like Stambaugh's does," Dewease said of the East Berlin driver's No. 4. "That thing just jumps off the corners. If he gets more laps under him, he's going to be pretty tough."
Stambaugh, whose car had lost its brakes with five laps remaining, held off a fast-closing Rahmer for second place after Rahmer, the current points leader, had started 12th. Doug Esh took fourth place ahead of Brian Montieth, Cris Eash (who started 20th afer he was involved in a heat race accident and placed second in the consolation), Jim Siegel, Billy Dietrich, Niki Young (who battled back from a 13th-lap spin) and Knopp.
Heats for the 26 "410" sprinters were won by Rahmer , Knaack and Bobby Weaver. Becca Anderson won the consolation.
In the second visit for the Pennsylvania 305 sprints this season to Lincoln, Carlisle's Jim Wentz passed race leader Tommy Beavers off the fourth corner of the final lap of the 20-lap feature to score his first career victory. In a race including five caution flags, Wentz drove in third place from the sixth through the 13th laps before passing Kyle Ganoe for the runner-up position. He then joined a torrid duel with Beavers and Chris Meleason over the final six laps before making his winning move.
Wentz joined Rod Ort, who was unable to make the feature on Saturday night, as a Pennsylvania 305 Sprint feature winner at Lincoln this season.
Beavers settled for second ahead of Meleason, Ganoe, Joey Hershey, Mike Alleman, Scott Ellerman, Rob Mellott, Todd Spangler and Dusty Shatzer.
Heats for the 30 PA 305 sprints were taken by Wentz, Meleason and Beavers. Mike Freet claimed the consolation when race winner Tom Worrick was penalized for a jump on the initial start.
In the 10th thundercar feature of the 2004 season at Lincoln, Gettysburg's Mike Walls joined Mike Zeigler Sr. as the second double winner of the campaign when he took an outside route to pass polesitter and race-long leader Mike Ciezobka in the second turn for his 10th career win in the Pigeon Hills. Walls had started eighth in the 24-car field and completed his charge to the front of the 16th circuit of the 20-lap feature.
Walls entered victory lane one week after his teammate, Nat Tuckey, posted his ninth career feature win at Lincoln to become the eighth different winner in nine programs this season.
Ciezobka took second place ahead of Craig Wagaman, Neil Smith, Mike Zeigler Jr., Bob Bare, Tuckey, Dan Zechman, Ron Shultz and Mike Gladfelter.
Heats for the 29 thundercars were won by Zeigler Jr., Ciezobka and Gary Potts, with Jim Martz Jr. winning the consolation event.
Next Saturday night, May 1st, the drivers of ARDC will be on hand for there first race of the season. And to kick-off there 2004 season they will compete in a unique "features only" event. There will be no qualifying for the traveling group as they compete in two (2) feature events, one with top wing, and one without. The unique features only event for ARDC (Winged/wingless) is only one part of the three division evening.
The 410 sprint and thundercar regulars will also be on hand to compete in there 11th race of the young 2004 racing season at the Pigeon Hills oval.
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.
Saturday - April 24, 2004
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 77-Lance Dewease ($2,500); 2. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 3. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 4. 30-Doug Esh; 5. 21-Brian Montieth; 6. 17E-Cris Eash; 7. 59-Jim Siegel; 8. 97-Billy Dietrich; 9. 10N-Niki Young; 10.6K-Chris Knopp ; 11. 32-Brook Weibley; 12. 71-Brian Leppo; 13. 7K-Dan Shetler; 14. 22-Darren Eash; 15. A18-Becca Anderson; 16. 55-Philip Weinsteiger; 17. 31D-Kevin Drury (DNF); 18. X-Bobby Weaver (DNF); 19. 94-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF); 20. 70-Sam Schlosberg (DNF); 21. 6W-Josh Wells (DNF); 22. 38-Chappy Knaack; 23. 12-Greg Hodnett (DNF); 24. 47J-Jeff Busby (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Chris Knopp (1-2), Darren Eash (3-12), Eric Stambaugh (13-21), Lance Dewease (22-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 8H-Fred Rahmer; 2. 6K-Chris Knopp; 3. 32-Brook Weibley; 4. 12-Greg Hodnett; 5. 6W-Josh Wells; 6. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 7. 31D-Kevin Drury; 8. A18-Becca Anderson; 9.43-Larry Shive (DNF). Time-2:23.38.
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 38-Chappy Knaack; 2. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 3. 30-Doug Esh; 4. 59-Jim Siegel; 5. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 6. 47J-Jeff Busby; 7. 55-Phil Weinsteiger ; 8. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 9. 21-Brian Montieth (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. X-Bobby Weaver; 2. 77-Lance Dewease; 3. 22-Darren Eash; 4. 10N-Niki Young; 5. 97-Billy Dietrich; 6. 71-Brian Leppo; 7. 7K-Dan Shetler; 8. 17e-Cris Eash (DNF). No Time
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. A18-Becca Anderson; 2.17E-Cris Eash; 3. 31D-Kevin Drury; 4. 21-Brian Montieth; 5. 55-Philip Weinsteiger; 6. 7K-Dan Shetler; 7. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 8. 43-Larry Shive. Time - 2:31.74.
Pennsylvania 305 Sprints:
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 88-Jim Wentz; 2. 31-Tommy Beavers; 3. 8M-Chris Meleason; 4. 0G-Kyle Ganoe; 5. 44-Joey Hershey; 6. 46-Mike Alleman; 7. 115-Scott Ellerman; 8. 60K-Rob Mellott; 9. 33T-Todd Spangler; 10. 75-Dusty Shatzer; 11. 23J-Jim Roush; 12. 65-Bob Gutshall; 13. 20-Larry Shoop; 14. 74S-Greg Hammaker; 15. 67-Bob Fink; 16. 0-Tom Freet; 17. 28K-Brandon Keller; 18. 68M-Jim Moffett; 19. 74S-Don Slack; 20. 23-Todd Lynn; 21. 8-Randy Kaylor (DNF); 22. 47-Tom Worrick (DNF); 23. 23G-Nathan Gramley (DNF); 24. 7-Jim Kennedy (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Kyle Ganoe (1-11), Tommy Beavers (12-19), Jim Wentz (20).
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 88-Jim Wentz; 2. 20-Larry Shoop; 3. 33T-Todd Spangler; 4.23J-Jim Roush ; 5. 60K-Rob Mellott; 6. 28K-Brandon Keller; 7. 0-Mike Freet; 8. 68M-Jim Moffett; 9. 16-Bryan Golden (DNF); 10. 10-Cody Schmeidel (DNF). Time-2:09.20.
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 8M-Chris Meleason; 2. 46-Mike Alleman; 3. 44-Joey Hershey; 4. 75-Dusty Shatzer; 5. 74-Greg Hammaker; 6. 7-Jim Kennedy; 7. 23-Todd Lynn; 8. 36-Rod Ort; 9. 4-Rodney Peters. DNS - 67-Bob Fink. Time-2:11.23.
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 31-Tommy Beavers; 2. 0G-Kyle Ganoe; 3. 115-Scott Ellerman; 4. 23G-Nathan Gramley; 5. 8-Randy Kaylor; 6. 74S-Don Slack; 7. 65-Bob Gutshall; 8. 47-Tom Worrick; 9. 5S-Scott Smith; 10. 94-Ted Thomas Jr. (DNF). No Time.
Consolation (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 0F-Mike Freet; 2. 65-Bob Gutshall; 3. 68M-Jim Moffett; 4. 67-Bob Fink; 5. 47- Tom Worrick; 6. 23-Todd Lynn; 7. 16-Bryan Golden; 8.5S-Scott Smith; 9. 36-Rod Ort (DNF). No Time. DNS - 10-Cody Schmeidel, 94-Ted Thomas, 4-Rodney Peters.
Feature (20 Laps) - 1.Mike Walls ($250); 2. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 3. 30-Craig Wagaman; 4. 1-Neil Smith; 5. Mike Zeigler Jr.; 6. 76-Bob Bare; 7. 52-Nat Tuckey; 8. 2-Dan Zechman; 9. 31-Ron Shultz; 10. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 11. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 12. 34-Marshall McMullen; 13. 5-Gary Potts; 14. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 15. 41-Howard Williams; 16. 61s-Mike Slaybaugh (DNF); 17. 54-Roy Warehime (DNF); 18. 9J-Mike Johnson (DNF); 19. 34M-Jim Martz Jr. (DNF); 20. 3R-Bobby Rudisill (DNF); 21.12-Jake Markey (DNF); 22. 91-Tom Slusser (DNF); 23. X-Bernie Beard (DNF); 24. 33-Jeff Allen (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Mike Ciezobka (1-15), Mike Walls (16-25)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 2. 12-Jake Markey; 3. 41-Howard Williams; 4. 76-Bob Bare; 5. 91-Tom Slusser; 6. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 7. 9J-Mike Johnson; 8. 33-Jeff Allen; 9. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 10. 72-Wayne Esbenshade; 11. 37-Jim Rost (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 2. 20-Sam Gallagher; 3. 52-Nat Tuckey; 4. 30-Craig Wagaman; 5.81-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 6. 1-Neil Smith; 7. 34M-Jim Martz Jr. (DNF); 8, 61S-Mike Slaybaugh (DNF); 9. 54-Roy Warehime (DNF). DNS - 8-Mike Gladfelter II. No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 5-Gary Potts; 2. 2-Dan Zechman; 3. 31-Ron Shultz; 4. B52-Mike Walls; 5. X-Bernie Beard; 6. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 7. 34-Marshall McMullen; 8. 4-Greg Feltch; 9. 93-Gary Warehime; 10. 8B-Doug Brown. No Time.
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 34M=Jim Martz Jr.; 2. 33-Jeff Allen; 3. 34-Marshall McMullen; 4. 9J-Mike Johnson; 5. 54-Roy Warehime; 6. 61S-Mike Slaybaugh; 7. 4-Greg Feltch; 8. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 9. 93-Gary Warehime; 10. 8B-Doug Brown; 11. 8-Mike Gladfelter II; 12. 72-Wayne Esbenshade. DNS - 37-Jim Rost. Time - 2:08.21.