ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 10/9/04 - Fred Rahmer added another jewel to his 2004 six-title crown by claiming the 40-lap Kenny Weld Memorial for sprint cars at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. And he did it in dramatic fashion with a bent side panel on his...
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 10/9/04 - Fred Rahmer added another jewel to his 2004 six-title crown by claiming the 40-lap Kenny Weld Memorial for sprint cars at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
And he did it in dramatic fashion with a bent side panel on his top wing damaged in an incident with Brian Leppo while the two battled for the lead under the flagstand on the 35th lap.
"We were pretty good and Greg (Hodnett) was running awful good, but he blew a tire and I saw that Cris (Eash) was blowing up when I went by him," said Rahmer in victory lane, "I could smell his motor going away. We weren't the fastest car, but we won."
Rahmer, who set third quick time and started third when Eric Stambaugh and Mark Smith failed to make the four-car inversion, ran fourth the first 11 laps and then yielded to Josh Wells for fifth on lap 12. He reclaimed the fourth spot a lap later, and then battled Brian Leppo for third the next 15 laps before the first caution of the event came out for Greg Hodnett, who dropped off the pace while leading after suffering a flat tire on turn four.
Hodnett, who had led the entire way, came to a stop on turn two and was done for the night. Though he was credited with a 21st place finish, Hodnett had collected $1,660 in lap money before his night ended.
Cris Eash passed Hodnett for the lead just before the caution waved for the Apple Dealerships/Cars By Dealers Magazine sprinter. He assumed the lead for the 28th-lap restart, with Leppo second and Rahmer third.
Rahmer outran Leppo for second on the restart, and set his sights on Eash. He passed the E&G Classics/Macri Concrete #17E on the backstretch of lap 30, and Leppo moved into the runner-up spot on turns one and two of lap 31. Leppo reeled in the leader over the next three laps, and set up for the pass exiting turn four of lap 34. But Leppo hit the outside guardrail coming off the turn and veered into the Miller Brothers Chevrolet #88H, damaging both his own front wing and the right side panel on Rahmer's mount in the process. Leppo did a 360-degree spin, but drove out of it and kept going. Starter Galen Koller immediately threw the caution flag, but it was for parts which fell onto the front stretch, and Leppo was permitted to stay in second for the restart.
"I didn't see him (Leppo) coming up the outside there," said Rahmer, "I obviously got into him, but I didn't see him coming up the outside there. I went to the bottom and saw a car there and pushed out across, and I'm glad he didn't get too torn up."
As the two leaders were making contact, the was a plume of smoke out of the #17E of Eash, and he pulled into the pits during the caution. At the same time, the Wells Brothers Trucking #6W of Josh Wells, who was running fourth, came to a stop on the front stretch, handing third over to Mark Smith.
Smith caught Leppo a lap after the restart, and began closing on Rahmer. Smith was able to close from a half-second deficit on lap 38 to 28-hundredths of-a-second at the end, but Rahmer hung on for his 134th career win in the Pigeon Hills, his 12th of the year at Lincoln and his 33rd overall win of 2004, tying his best win total for one season (1998 in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 car).
In addition to his 33 wins, Rahmer has 82 top-five finishes and 99 top-ten finishes in 106 races this year. In addition to Lincoln, Rahmer also won titles at Williams Grove, Selinsgrove, Susquehanna Speedway Park, Thunder on the Hill at Grandview and Pennsylvania Speedweek. Counting lap and heat money, Rahmer's total winnings for the night were $5,645.
"Any time you can win a race that's named after Kenny Weld, it's quite an honor. He was a heck-of-a great racer," said Rahmer.
Finishing third behind Rahmer and Smith were 2003 track champ Lance Dewease, Leppo, and 2003 Weld Memorial winner Doug Esh. Sixth through tenth were Brian Montieth, Niki Young, Eric Stambaugh, Jimmy Siegel, and Brook Weibley.
Sprint car heats were won by Todd Hestor, Keith Kauffman, Sam Schlosberg and Cliff Brian.
Stambaugh won the B-Main. Setting fast time in time trials over the 37-car field was Leppo, with a one-lap time of 13.469-seconds (100.230 MPH).
Hanover's Sam Gallagher ended a season of frustration at Lincoln Speedway by picking up his first career thundercar win at the Pigeon Hills oval.
Gallagher started outside the second row and shot into the lead by the end of the first lap over frontrow starters Chad Myers and Gary Warehime. Gallagher proceeded to pull away over the middle stages of the race while seventh-starting Neil Smith worked his way into second place on the 11th lap. Fellow five-time winner Mike Walls worked his way into third just as the final caution waved with three laps to go.
So five time winners Smith and Walls tried to keep pace with the 2004 Trail-way Thundercar track champ and made it a three-car race heading into the final turns to the checkered.
But Gallagher was not to be denied and held on for his inaugural Lincoln win. Walls was able to get around Smith for second in the final turns, with Mike Zeigler Jr. finishing fourth and Gary Warehime fifth.
Completing the top-10 were Jim Martz Jr., Nat Tuckey, Mike Zeigler Sr., Mike Gladfelter and Mike Slaybaugh.
Heats for the 29 thundercars were won by Zeigler Sr., Smith and Tuckey.
Halifax's Paul Morgan picked up his third 2004 win in the make-up Silver Spring Street Stock feature from the rained-out July 31st show.
Morgan passed polesitter and race-long leader Kody Sites on the sixth lap for the lead and then the rest of the way to win the 12-lap feature. Former Lincoln semi-late model racer Bob Scott Jr. Finished second, Sites third, Scott Thunberg fourth and Butch Kennedy fifth.
Lincoln Speedway will close out the 2004 season on Saturday night, October 23rd, with a final showdown for the 410 sprinter and thundercars. A lot is still on the line for the thundercars as they will settle the season-long points battle in one final race.
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 - October 9, 2004
8TH ANNUAL KENNY WELD MEMORIAL 410 Sprints: Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 88H-Fred Rahmer ($5,645); 2. 1-Mark Smith (Weld Head Winner $500); 3. 77-Lance Dewease; 4. 71-Brian Leppo; 5. 30-Doug Esh; 6. 21-Brian Montieth; 7. 10N-Niki Young; 8. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 9. 59-Jim Siegel; 10. 32-Brook weibley; 11. 22-Jason Johnson; 12. 35-Alan Cole; 13. 7-Keith Kauffman; 14. U1-Chad Layton; 15. 11C-Cory Haas; 16. 13-Cliff Brian; 17. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 18. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 19. 17E-Cris Eash; 20. 6W-Josh Wells; 21. 12-Greg Hodnett (DNF)(Hard Luck Award); 22. 5W-Lucas Wolfe (DNF); 23. 7M-Todd Hestor (DNF); 24. 2-Curt Michael (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Greg Hodnett (1-27), Cris Eash (28-30), Fred Rahmer (31-40)
Epex Soft Pretzels Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 7M-Todd Hestor; 2. 11C-Cory Haas; 3. 30-Doug Esh; 4. 71-Brian Leppo; 5. 35-Alan Cole; 6. 59-Jim Siegel; 7. 25-Kevin Nouse; 8. 7K-Dan Shetler; 9. 84-Greg Coverdale (DNF). Time - 2:20.84
Wes Sensenig's Quality Meats Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 7-Keith Kauffman; 2. 77-Lance Dewease; 3. 2-Curt Michael; 4. 12-Greg Hodnett; 5. 22-Jason Johnson; 6. 1-Mark Smith; 7. 47J-Jeff Busby; 8. 0-Andy McKisson; 9. 26-Pat Cooper. Time - 2:24.49
"In Memory of Kevin Gobrecht" Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 2. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 3. 32-Brook Weibley; 4. 17E-Cris Eash; 5. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 6. 10N-Niki Young; 7. 3B-Randy Baughman; 8. 29K-Brent Kluge; 9. F1-French Grimes. Time - 2:25.17
Wings Unlimited Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 13-Cliff Brian; 2. U1-Chad Layton; 3. 21-Brian Montieth; 4. 6W-Josh Wells; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 6. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 7. 23-Jimmy Weller; 8. 49-Bob Howard. Time - 2:24.72
B-Main (12 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. Eric Stambaugh; 2. 1-Mark Smith; 3. 59-Jim Siegel; 4. 10N-Niki Young; 5. 25-Kevin Knouse; 6. 47J-Jeff Busby; 7. 23-Jimmy Weller; 8. 7K-Dan Shetler; 9. 49-Bob Howard; 10. 3B-Randy Baughman; 11. 0-Andy McKisson; 12. 26-Pat Cooper; 13. F1-French Grimes; DNS: 29K-Brent Kluge, 84-Greg Coverdale. Time - 2:56.09
Time Trials - 1. 71-Brian Leppo, 13.469 seconds (100.230 MPH); 2. 1-Mark Smith, 13.513; 3. 88H-Fred Rahmer, 13.593; 4. 4-Eric Stambaugh, 13.611; 5. 59-Jim Siegel, 13.652; 6. 12-Greg Hodnett, 13.685; 7. 17E-Cris Eash, 13.694; 8. 6W-Josh Wells, 13.742; 9. 35-Alan Cole, 13.748; 10. 77-Lance Dewease, 13.786; 11. 32-Brook Weibley, 13.874; 12. 21-Brian Montieth, 13.890; 13. 30-Doug Esh, 13.894; 14. 22-Jason Johnson, 13.903; 15. 10N-Niki Young, 13.907; 16. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.942; 17. 11C-Cory Haas, 13.953; 18. 7-Keith Kauffman, 13.954; 19. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr., 13.962; 20. 13-Cliff Brian, 13.972; 21. 7M-Todd Hestor, 13.985; 22. 2-Curt Michael, 14.065; 23. 70-Sam Schlosberg, 14.070; 24. U1-Chad Layton, 14.107; 25. 25-Kevin Nouse, 14.136; 26. 47J-Jeff Busby, 14.143; 27. 29K-Brent Kluge, 14.232; 28. 23-Jimmy Weller, 14.251; 29. 66-Glenndon Forsythe, 14.287; 30. 7K-Dan Shetler, 14.467; 31. 0-Andy McKisson, 14.525; 32. 3B-Randy Baughman, 14.676; 33. 49-Bobby Howard, 14.744; 34. 84-Greg Coverdale, 14.751; 35. 26-Pat Cooper, 14.948; 36. F1-French Grimes, 15.755; 37. 23-Todd Zinn, NT.
Thundercars: Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 20-Sam Gallagher; 2. 52-Mike Walls; 3. 1-Neil Smith; 4. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 5. 93-Gary Warehime; 6. 34M-Jim Martz Jr.; 7. 22-Nat Tuckey; 8. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 9. 8-Mike Gladfelter; 10. 61S-Mike Slaybaugh; 11. 07-Robert Stough; 12. 25-Sean Herrick; 13. 1B-Greg Feltch; 14. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 15. 67-Randy Doty (DNF); 16. 9L-Brett Emig (DNF); 17. 18-Bob Johnson (DNF); 18. 51-Chad Myers (DNF); 19. 97-Jason Smith (DNF); 20. 12-Jake Markey (DNF); 21. 91-Tom Slusser Jr. (DNF); 22. 33-Duane Watson (DNF); 23. 22X-Steve Clabaugh (DNF); 24. 1D-Paul Decker (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Sam Gallagher (1-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 2. 91-Tom Slusser Jr; 3. 51-Chad Myers; 4. 33-Duane Watson; 5. 12-Jake Markey; 6. 1D-Paul Decker; 7. 1B-Greg Feltch; 8. 9L-Brett Emig; 9. 15-Doug Devilbiss (DNF); 10. Y-Kenny Slaybaugh (DNS). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1-Neil Smith; 2. 8-Mike Gladfelter; 3. 52-Mike Walls; 4. 34M-Jim Martz Jr.; 5. 25-Sean Herrick; 6. 07-Robert Stough; 7. 97-Jason Smith; 8. 0-Eric McClane (DNF); 9. 18-Bob Johnson (DNF); 10. 37-Jim Rost (DNS). Time - 2:51.19
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 22-Nat Tuckey; 2. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 3. 20-Sam Gallagher; 4. 93-Gary Warehime; 5. 67-Randy Doty; 6. 61S-Mike Slaybaugh; 7. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 8. 22X-Steve Clabaugh (DNF); DNS - 8MD-David Prunkl. Time - 2:48.97
Silver Spring Street Stocks: 7/31 Rain Make-up Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 1B-Paul Morgan; 2. 47-Bob Scott Jr.; 3. 95K-Kody Sites; 4. 12-Scott Thunberg; 5. 28-Butch Kennedy; 6. 7W-Gary Welsh; 7. 7-Mike Leonard; 8. 11-Craig Morgan; 9. 6-Brian Henise; 10. 07-Ray Strubhar; 11. 46S-Bob Scott Sr.; 12. 35-Gary Johnston; 13. 8-Rodney Clouser; 14. ZZ2-Mike Arnold; 15. 0-Todd Bowersox; DNS - 9-Jim Gross. No Time
Lap Leaders - Kody Sites (1-5), Paul Morgan (6-15)