ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/26/04 - Lance Dewease followed Fred Rahmer for 52 laps in Lincoln's 52nd Anniversary show in May. He didn't want to do the same on opening night of Pennsylvania Speedweek. The defending Lincoln champ watched the back of ...
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/26/04 - Lance Dewease followed Fred Rahmer for 52 laps in Lincoln's 52nd Anniversary show in May. He didn't want to do the same on opening night of Pennsylvania Speedweek.
The defending Lincoln champ watched the back of Rahmer's tail tank for the first 14 laps, but drove around a lapped car that boxed Rahmer in to make the race-winning move in turns three and four of lap 15. From there, he endured one caution flag and a 27th-lap red flag to claim the $5,000 top prize by 72-hundredths of-a-second over the Lincoln's points leader and seven-time Pennsylvania Speedweek champion.
Dewease was fourth fastest in time trials for the 37 sprinters on hand, placing him third for the start behind front-row starters Eric Stambaugh and Rahmer. Rahmer grabbed the lead at the outset and Dewease quickly drove under Stambaugh for second by the exit of turn two. Rahmer's lead was more than half-a-second when the first caution came out for Donnie Kreitz, who stopped on the backstretch of lap six. Rahmer's lead was nearly a full second two laps after the restart, but Dewease began reeling him in on lap ten. The Al and Betty Hamilton No.77 closed to Rahmer's back bumper entering turn three of lap 14, then drove around the Joe Harz No.88H with a lapped car in between the next time around.
"I chased him (Rahmer) the whole 52 laps of that anniversary show, and he did everything to keep me behind him then," said a jubilant Dewease in victory lane. "I knew we had a little bit for him. I was just kinda' biding my time. I kept running the top to make him stay on the bottom, and it worked out to our advantage."
Recognizing the annual Kevin Gobrecht Memorial event, Dewease had kind words for Kevin and the entire Gobrecht family.
"Kevin was a heck-of-a good racer, but he was an even better person than a racer. His life was short on this earth, but he family had continued his tradition on. My old owner's grandson (Matthew Smith, grandson to Walt Dyer) won the scholarship tonight, and that was neat. The whole Gobrecht family and how they've handled things...they are to be commended in their ongoing support for racing."
Then he turned his attention to the huge Lincoln crowd.
"For years now, these fans have been supporting Speedweek. It's been a wonderful deal for everybody. Hopefully, the weather will be super all week."
Fast timer Greg Hodnett started picked pill No.6 for the invert, and grabbed third from Stambaugh on the sixth-lap restart. He ran there the rest of the way, though he had to hold off a pesky Brian Montieth over the final 22 laps. Montieth crossed fourth, with Stambaugh fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Jim Siegel, Todd Shaffer, Cris Eash, second-fastest time trialer Lucas Wolfe, and Doug Esh.
Dewease's third Lincoln win of the year and the 25th of his career in the Pigeon Hills vaulted him into the Speedweek points lead with 170, seven points ahead of Hodnett. Points are awarded for time trials, heat finishes as well as feature finishes during Speedweek. Rahmer ended night No.1 third with 144 points, followed by Stambaugh with 131 points and Montieth with 127 points.
Sprint heats were won by Shaffer, Mark Smith, Stambaugh and Kenny Jacobs, with Keith Kauffman winning the B-Main. Hodnett's fast time in time trials was 13.673 seconds.
Abbottstown's Duane Watson scored his first win of the year in the 20-lap thundercar feature, besting Neil Smith by .88-seconds at the finish. Watson started fifth and inherited the lead when outside front row starter Mike Slaybaugh spun while leading in the first and second turns of lap three, collecting second-place Gary Potts, polesitter Jim Martz, Jr., and sixth-starting Dan Zechman. Once in front, Watson outran the field the entire way, holding off Smith over the final 13 laps. Mike Zeigler, Sr. Closed in on his son for the points lead with a third-place finish, followed by Chet McCormick and Mike Walls. Sixth through tenth were Bernie Beard, David Prunkl, Zechman, Martz, and Tom Slusser, Jr.
Heats for the 28 thundercars were won by McCormick, Walls and Zeigler Sr., with Prunkl winning the consolation.
Next Saturday night, July 3rd, it will be Central Maryland Pools Night at Lincoln Speedway with the 358 Sprints headlining the three division show. The 410 sprints regulars will not be on hand this night while competing in Pennsylvania Speedweek activities elsewhere. The Pennsylvania 305 Sprints and thundercar regulars will be on hand to round out the evening's racing action.
Racing action gets underway at 7:30 PM, with gates opening at 5:30 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.
Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 77-Lance Dewease ($5,000); 2. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 3. 12-Greg Hodnett; 4. 21-Brian Montieth; 5. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 6. 59-Jim Siegel; 7. 88-Todd Shaffer; 8. 17E-Cris Eash; 9. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 10. 30-Doug Esh; 11. 22-Kenny Jacobs; 12. 11-Mark Smith; 13. 7-Keith Kauffman; 14. X-Bobby Weaver; 15. 71-Brian Leppo; 16. 25-Kevin Nouse; 17. 9-Craig Keel; 18. 10N-Niki Young; 19. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 20. 31D-Kevin Drury; 21. 17B-Ron Kramer; 22. U1-Chad Layton (DNF); 23. 2H-Dave Hahn (DNF); 24. 69K-Donnie Kreitz Jr. (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Fred Rahmer (1-14), Lance Dewease (15-30)
1st Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 88-Todd Shaffer; 2. 12-Greg Hodnett; 3. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 4. 2H-Dave Hahn; 5. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 6. 7-Keith Kauffman; 7. 25-Kevin Nouse; 8. 17H-Peter Attard; 9. 07-Mark Coldren; 10. 43-Larry Shive. Time - 2:25.21
2nd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 11-Mark Smith; 2. 30-Doug Esh; 3. 9-Craig Keel; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 5. 69K-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 6. 59-Jim Siegel; 7. 39-Richie Hartman; 8. A18-Becca Anderson; 9. 51-Karl Baker. Time - 2:25.54
3rd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 2. X-Bobby Weaver; 3. U1-Chad Layton; 4. 17B-Ron Kramer; 5. 71-Brian Leppo; 6. 7K-Dan Shetler; 7. 84-Alan Cole; 8. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 9. 47J-Jeff Busby (DNF). No Time
4th Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 22-Kenny Jacobs; 2. 10N-Niki Young; 3. 77-Lance Dewease; 4. 17E-Cris Eash; 5.21-Brian Montieth; 6. 31D-Kevin Drury; 7. 29K-Brent Kluge; 8. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh; 9. 32-Brook Weibley (DNF). No Time
B-Main (12 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 7-Keith Kauffman; 2. 59-Jim Siegel; 3. 31D-Kevin Drury; 4. 25-Kevin Nouse; 5. 47J-Jeff Busby; 6 7K-Dan Shetler; 7. 39-Richie Hartman; 8. A18-Becca Anderson; 9. 29K-Brent Kluge; 10. 84-Alan Cole; 11. 17H-Peter Attard; 12. 51-Karl Baker; 13. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh; 14. 43-Larry Shive; 15. 21K-Kyle Pruitt (DNF); 16. 32-Brook Weibley (DNF); 17. 07-Mark Coldren (DNS). No time.
Time Trials - 1. 12-Greg Hodnett, 13.673 seconds; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.701; 3. 71-Brian Leppo, 13.722; 4. 77-Lance Dewease, 13.809; 5. 88H-Fred Rahmer, 13.823; 6. 59-Jim Siegel, 13.859; 7. 4-Eric Stambaugh, 13.945; 8. 21-Brian Montieth, 13.946; 9. 88-Todd Shaffer, 13.955; 10. 69K-Donnie Kreitz Jr., 13.984; 11. U1-Chad Layton, 13.998; 12. 22-Kenny Jacobs, 14.010; 13. 25-Kevin Nouse, 14.072; 14. 30-Doug Esh, 14.082; 15. 17B-Ron Kramer, 14.083; 16. 17E-Cris Eash, 14.085; 17. 17H-Peter Attard, 14.085; 18. 11-Mark Smith, 14.103; 19. X-Bobby Weaver, 14.212; 20. 10N-Niki Young, 14.252; 21. 2H-Dave Hahn, 14.321; 22. 9-Craig Keel, 14.338; 23. 7K-Dan Shetler, 14.338; 24. 32-Brook Weibley, 14.345; 25. 7-Keith Kauffman, 14.347; 26. A18-Becca Anderson, 14.389; 27. 47J-Jeff Busby, 14.419; 28. 31D-Kevin Drury, 14.444; 29. 70-Sam Schlosberg, 14.495; 30. 39-Richie Hartman, 14.623; 31. 21K-Kyle Pruitt, 14.657; 32. 29K-Brent Kluge, 14.810; 33. 07-Mark Coldren, 14.820; 34. 51-Karl Baker, 14.833; 35. 84-Alan Cole, 14.859; 36. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh, 15.010; 37. 43-Larry Shive, 15.660.
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 3R-Duane Watson; 2. 1-Neil Smith; 3. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 4. 14-Chet McCormick; 5. B52-Mike Walls; 6. X-Bernie Beard; 7. 8MD-David Prunkl; 8. 2-Dan Zechman; 9. 34M-Jim Martz Jr.; 10. 91-Tom Slusser Jr.; 11. 52-Nat Tuckey; 12. 33-Jeff Allen; 13. 01-Tim Fake; 14. 20-Sam Gallagher; 15. 8-Mike Gladfelter II; 16. 57-Willie Godfrey; 17. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 18. 37-Jim Rost (DNF); 19. 15-Doug Devilbiss (DNF); 20. 3-Mike Gladfelter (DNF); 21. 5-Gary Potts (DNF); 22. 30-Craig Wagaman (DNF); 23. 61S-Mike Slaybaugh (DNF); DNS - 54J-Jimmy Combs. No Time
Lap Leaders - Mike Slaybaugh (1-2), Duane Watson (3-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 14-Chet McCormick; 2. 21A-Mike Zeigler, Jr.; 3. X-Bernie Beard; 4. 61S-Mike Slaybaugh; 5. 01-Tim Fake; 6. 33-Jeff Allen; 7. 57-Willie Godfrey; 8. 4-Greg Feltch (DNF); 9. 37-Jim Rost (DNF); 10. 30-Craig Wagaman (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. B52-Mike Walls; 2. 1-Neil Smith; 3. 34M-Jim Martz, Jr.; 4. 3R-Duane Watson; 5. 91-Tom Slusser, Jr.; 6. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 7. 8-Mike Gladfelter II; 8. 8MD-David Prunkl (DNF); 9. 54-Roy Warehime (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 81-Mike Zeigler, Sr.; 2. 5-Gary Potts; 3. 2-Dan Zechman; 4. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 5. 20-Sam Gallagher; 6. 15-Doug Devilbiss (DNF); 7. 1E-Greg Emlet (DNF); 8. 52-Nat Tuckey (DNF); DNS - 51-Chad Myers. No Time
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 8MD-David Prunkl; 2. 52-Nat Tuckey; 3. 8-Mike Gladfelter II; 4. 57-Willie Godfrey; 5. 37-Jim Rost; 6. 30-Craig Wagaman; DNS - 1E-Greg Emlet, 4-Greg Feltch, 54-Roy Warehime, 51-Chad Myers. Time - 2:08.83