Lincooln, PA report 96-07-06

SPRINTS: Lincooln, PA 96-07-06 July 6, 1996 Abbottstown, PA Greetings sprint car fans as r4 and Mr. G. return to Lincoln Speedway for the Pennsylvania Speedweek Saturday night show. Signed into the pits were twenty-five of the 410 sprints, ...

SPRINTS: Lincooln, PA 96-07-06 July 6, 1996 Abbottstown, PA

Greetings sprint car fans as r4 and Mr. G. return to Lincoln Speedway for the Pennsylvania Speedweek Saturday night show. Signed into the pits were twenty-five of the 410 sprints, twenty-one Semi Late Models and nineteen Thundercars.

SPRINT CAR TRIVIA Can you name the driver who won the first ever twenty five lap sprint car feature at the old Nazareth Raceway on July 17, 1985? The answer is at the end of this posting.

410 SPRINTS TOP TEN FROM TIME TRIALS Lincoln one lap track record is 13.529 seconds set back in May by Steve Smith Sr. 1.) #17e Cris Eash 14.072 14.020 2.) #12 Keith Kauffman 14.221 14.140 3.) #16 Bill Brian Jr. 14.243 14.249 4.) #59 Todd Gracey 14.316 14.297 5.) #77 Fred Rahmer 14.302 13.316 6.) #92 Kevin Gobrecht 14.336 14.409 7.) #2W Jesse Wentz 14.338 14.371 8.) #11H Greg Hodnett 14.433 14.381 9.) #66A Bobby Fletcher 14.592 14.444 10.) #45 Jeff Rohrbaugh 14.479 14.486

410 HEAT RESULTS 410 Heats were ten laps in distance with six to qualify and get their time back. Information provide is the finishing position, car number, driver and their starting position in the heat race. HEAT ONE 1.) #45 Jeff Rohrbaugh [3] 2.) #2W Jesse Wentz [4] 3.) #17e Cris Eash [6] 4.) #X Bobby Weaver [1] 5.) #59 Todd Gracey [5] 6.) #08 Jason Clauss [2]

HEAT TWO 1.) #12 Keith Kauffman [6] 2.) #77 Fred Rahmer [5] 3.) #11H Greg Hodnett [4] 4.) #88 Todd Shaffer [3] 5.) #3 Bob Bennett [7] 6.) #69 Shawn Weaver [8]

HEAT THREE 1.) #92 Kevin Gobrecht [5] 2.) #07 Dave Haight [2] 3.) #16 Bill Brian Jr. [6] 4.) #66A Bobby Fletcher [4] 5.) #48 Cris Knaup [3] 6.) #10N Jeff Thompson [7]

CONSI 1.) #77L Howie Locke [1] 2.) #25 Scotte Ausherman [2] 3.) #11D Butch Duncan[5] 4.) #12B Brian Montieth [4] 5.) #49 Bob Howard [6] 6.) #43 Larry Shive [7] The only car not to qualify was the #16C of Cliff Brian who was scheduled for the pole of the consi but scratched from the evenings racing program. The #43 of Larry Shive was the only car not to set time since his hauler broke down enroute to the track and the car arrived on a towing company flatbed.

Thirty Lap 410 Sprint Feature Top four in the time trials were handicapped in the feature. Row 1: #59 Todd Gracey #16 Bill Brian Jr. Row 2: #12 Keith Kauffman #17e Cris Eash Row 3: #77 Fred Rahmer #92 Kevin Gobrecht Row 4: #2W Jesse Wentz #11H Greg Hodnett Row 5: #66A Bobby Fletcher #45 Jeff Rohrbaugh Row 6: #88 Todd Shaffer #48 Cris Knaup Row 7: #08 Jason Clauss #07 Dave Haight Row 8: #X Bobby Weaver #25 Scotte Ausherman Row 9: #77L Howie Locke #3 Bob Bennett Row 10: #10N Jeff Thompson #69 Shawn Weaver Row 11: #11D Butch Duncan #12B Brian Montieth Row 12: #49 Bob Howard #43 Larry Shive Just how many laps does one need to run at Lincoln before a fuel stop is necessary? It took sixty three laps to run the advertised thirty lap distance and the winners car, Bill Brian Jr. was out of fuel at the end of the race. The race was slowed for four caution flags. For the first two laps of the race it was a duel between the #12 of Kauffman and the #59 of Todd Gracey for the top position. On lap three the #16 of Bill Brian Jr. passed Gracey on the front stretch and set his eyes on Kauffman. On lap seven the #17e of Cris Eash passed Gracey on the front stretch and took over the third position. After a caution period Brian pressured Kauffman on the restart and for the next several laps positions changed back and forth. Eash then started to work on Brian but was unable to make a pass stick. By lap twenty Brian had closed on Kauffman and was really applying some pressure and finally swung low in turn two on lap twenty-two and passed Kauffman. On lap twenty-five after a caution flag Kauffman dove low and tried to pass Brian but he could not make the pass stick. The controversy started in turn one as the #92 of Gobrecht was trying desperately to pass the #77 of Rahmer and dove low in turn one and tried to get under Rahmer. What happened was that Gobrecht lost the handle of the car and got sideways but was able to keep it going. However, this caused a massive stack up behind him. While Gobrecht and Rahmer continued on the #88, #59, #2W, and the #69 all came to a grinding halt in turn one. On the restart Kauffman pressured Brian but was not able to make a pass as he had to start protecting his own position from the fast closing Eash. FEATURE TOP FIVE FINISHERS #16, #12, #17e, #77, #92

OFFICIAL CHATTERING Prior to the last restart the officials were questioning the scorer on just how Gobrecht had managed to stay so high even though he had gotten sideways and started the last caution period. After the race the scoring sheets were examined and I really though that the officials were going to set Gobrecht further back in the finishing order but when they gave the official finishing order Gobrecht was credited with a fifth place finish.

VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW Bill Brian Jr. is such a soft speaker that I could not hear what he was saying over the PA system.

SEMI-LATE MODELS Heats were eight laps in distance with five to qualify and the top four finishers being handicapped by their point standings. Information provide is the finishing position, car number, driver and their starting position in the heat race. Heat One 1.) #3 Don Zechman [4] 2.) #17A Donnie Mertz [5] 3.) #100 Mike Ziegler [3] 4.) #B14 Shannon Reek [7] 5.) #35 No name available

Heat Two 1.) #30 Craig Wagaman [5] 2.) #22H Frank Howery [3] 3.) #95 Chuck Schminke [1] 4.) #92 Kenny Rush [2] 5.) #40 John Taylor [6]

Heat Three 1.) #31 Jeremy Miller [5] 2.) #15 Bobby Mazingo [2] 3.) #37 Paul Eveler [4] 4.) #04 No name available 5.) #86 Bob Spahr [3]

Top Four Finishers in the 15 Lap Semi-Late Feature 1.) #31 Jeremy Miller [9] 2.) #3 Don Zechman [5] 3.) #17A Donnie Mertz [7] 4.) #22H Frank Howery [4]

THUNDERCARS I apologize even though I did stay for the entire event I did not record the on track activities.

TRIVIA ANSWER The first ever 25 lap sprint car feature at the old Nazareth Raceway was held on July 14, 1985. The race was the first Charlie Bay open competiton and paid $2,000 to win. The winning driver was Keith Kauffman driving the Al Hamilton owned #77. It also happened to be Kauffman's first visit to the track.

As always I welcome any news, comments, suggestions or questions. As a favor to me I would appreciate email from those of you that regularly read these reports. My wife thinks I am absolutely crazy for putting the time and effort into these reports that I do. I would like to be able to show her comments from folks that regularly read these reports. You can reach me at: rgould@oehs.upenn.edu

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Series Sprint
Drivers Steve Smith , John Taylor