Defending 358 sprint champ Cory Haas of Dallastown claimed his second win of the year Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway, and in the process ended former track champion Eric Stambaugh's three-race win streak. But Haas had to overcome several ...
Defending 358 sprint champ Cory Haas of Dallastown claimed his second win of the year Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway, and in the process ended former track champion Eric Stambaugh's three-race win streak.
But Haas had to overcome several set-backs in his qualifying race before he could even think about ending Stambaugh's streak.
Haaas was involved in a tangle during his heat, dropped into the pits to replace a flat tire and joined the field before the end of the caution. He advanced to fourth by the end of the event, placing him in a handicapped spot at the front of the feature field.
"We had a nightmare (in the heat)," said Haas on the pivotal fourth-place heat finish, "But we got to that fourth spot and that's where we needed to get to start in the top-12 inversion...it paid off."
"You have bad nights and good nights. But tonight was a bad night and a good night for us."
Starting tenth, Haas emthodically drove through the field, survived several melle's that could have ended his night, and had worke dhis way into the runner-up spot behind polesitter and race-leader Tom Fraschetta by the time the action was stopped for a Chad Tout flip on the 12th lap.
Haas followed Fraschetta for one lap folllowing the restart before diving low in turns three and four to grab the lead on lap 13. From there, Haas drove away from the field, scoring the win by 1.92 seconds over Fraschetta, with Billy Dietrich third, points leader Stambaugh (who started 15th) fourth, and Alan Krimes fifth.
Rounding out the top ten were Mark Freeland, Billy Johns, Keller, Clair Wintermyer, and Brad McClelland.
"Eric's (Stambaugh) a heck of a driver," said Haas on ending the East Berlin driver;s three-race win streak. "I know he's having some engine problems and had some problems in his heat...but they'll get back on track and they'll be tough to beat."
"There's a bunch of them. Him and Billy (Dietrich), Alan Krimes...he was going good. I didn't know if I was going to get him. It paid off tonight and I'm real fortunate to be out here tonight."
It was Haas' seventh career Lincoln win, moving him into a fifth-pace tie with Mike Lehman and Stambaugh on the all-time win list.
Gettysburg's Mike Walls went wire-to-wire to pick up his first Lincoln Speedway win in 2003 in the 20 lap Thundercar feature over Nat Tuckey and Mike Zeigler Jr.
Bellfonte's Rob Mellott started third, took the lead from Tommy Beavers on a fourth lap restart, and drove away to his first career win in the 20-lap Pennsylvania 305 sprint car feature.
OTHER WEEKEND RACING ACTION
MARK SMITH WINS PORT ROYAL SPEEDWEEK SHOW
Mark Smith picked up the win in round seven of eight in Saturday night's Pennsylvania Speedweek show at Port Royal Speedway.
Smith held off the challenges of Lance Dewease in the closing laps to register his first win of the year at Port, and his second overall in 2003.
Sean Michael finished third, B-Main winner Mike Erdley fourth, and Len Thompson fifth.
KEVIN NOUSE WINS CAREER FIRST IN SELINSGROVE 358 SPRINTS
Lewisberry'S Kevin Nouse wired the field for his first career win in the 25-lap 358 sprint feature Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Nouse became the track's tenth different feature winner.
Jeff Smith of Blain wired the field for his first victory in the 5th Annual Late Model Open. The win was the second of the season and the 27th of Smith's career at the track. He collected $3,000 for the victory.
Kyle Bachman of Selinsgrove won his fifth pro stock feature of the season in the division's 15-lap main event, while Joey Keister of Middleburg won his fourth roadrunner main of the year in the 12-lap race.
TODD GRACEY WINS IN SPORTSMAN ACTION AT SILVER SPRING
Former 410 sprint standout Todd Gracey drove flawlessly en route to his first career win in super sportsman competition Saturday night at Silver Spring Speedway.
Gracey passed polesitter Charlie Sorokach at the drop of the green flag and wired the field for the win over Smokey Snellbaker and Frankie Herr.
Carl Graves won the crash-marred limited late model feature for his first win of the year over Billy Wampler and Carl Billet. Mark Billet won the Cash Dash.
Pat Cannon was the winner in the King of the Springs Sportsman Match Races.
BURKHOLDER EDGES STUHLER FOR FIRST WIN OF YEAR AT HAGERSTOWN
Doug Burkholder of Chambersburg held off a charging Gary Stuhler to win by three feet the 25-lap ITSI late model feature at the Hagerstown Speedway Saturday night. Burkholder took the lead on the 14th lap, then held off Stuhler in lapped traffic on the final lap for his second career win before a large JLG Family Night crowd.
Dover's Larry Baer picked up his first win of the season in the 20-lap late model sportsman feature and Dean Holmes of Cross Junction, VA recorded his first career win in the 15-lap pure stock main event. Krazy Kenny Thomas of Hagerstown won the 30-lap enduro dash.
HEIMBACH WIN CLINTON COUNTY NITTANY 50
Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove claimed $1,455 in prize money in the fourth running of the Nittany 50 for sprint cars at the Clinton County Speedway. The win was Heimbach's fifth of the year and came over Dan Shetler and Jeff Weaver
HODNETT PICKS UP $10,000 IN IN MITCH SMITH MEMORIAL AT WILLIAMS GROVE
The "Red Rocket" landed in victory lane once again at Williams Grove Speedway.
Memphis Tennessee racer Greg Hodnett drove his red and white number 12 sprinter, appropriately dubbed the "Red Rocket" to victory for the fourth time over the last five races at the historic Mechanicsburg half-mile.
Hodnett slid under Fred Rahmer in the third and fourth turns of the 14th lap to take the lead, and ran unchallenged the rest of the way to pick up the win in the special 30-lap $10,000-to-win Mitch Smith Memorial.
The win, Hodnett's third in Speedweek action, came in the sixth of the eight-race annual series.
"We've got a good combination that's taken several years to develop," said Hodnett upon exiting his Cars-By-Dealers Magazine No.12 sprinter in victory lane for the 12th time overall in 2003. "There was a time we came out here every week and spun out 11 or 12 times in 2001...and since that time we've tried a lot of things learned a lot of things."
"It seems to be paying off right now."
Outside frontrow starter Donnie Kreitz Jr. Led the first four laps of the 30 lap feature before sixth-starting Rahmer passed the Sinking Spring's racer in the first and second turns following a fifth-lap caution restart.
Hodnett caught Rahmer heading into the third turn of lap 14 and slid under and up in front at the exit of turn for the lead.
Hodnett then led the rest of the way, by almost a straightaway at times, to take the checkered 2.99 seconds ahead for his 18th career Williams Grove win, and the 12th overall in 2003.
Rahmer settled for second, and solidified his top spot in the Speedweek point standings with two races to go.
Kauffman finished, third Lance Dewease fourth, and Chad Layton fifth. Completing the top-10 were Todd Hestor, Kreitz, Len Thompson, Mike Erdley and Todd Shaffer.
Heats were won by Hodnett, Darren Eash, Mark Smith and Layton, with Erdley winning the B-Main.
Fast time in time trials over the 36-car field was set by Sean Michael with a one-lap time of 16.805 seconds (107.111 MPH).
RAHMER NABS SUSQUEHANNA SPEEDWEEK WIN
Fred Rahmer held off Donnie Kreitz Jr. to win the 30 lap Pennsylvania Speedweek feature at Susquehanna Speedway Thursday night in round five of the eight-race speedweek series.
Kreitz led from the outset with Rahmer on his tail as they entered lapped traffic on the eighth lap. On the 10th lap Kreitz went to the bottom to get around lapped cars with Rahmer shooting to the top and burst into the lead.
Rahmer then led the rest of the way for his 18th career win at the Newberrytown oval.
Kreitz finished second, Doug Esh third, Mark Smith fourth, and Sean Michael fifth.
Rick Laubach of Richlandtown dominated the 358 Modified feature for his first win of the year.
RUSTY RUPP PICKS UP CAREER FIRST 358 SPRINT WIN AT TRAIL-WAY
New Cumberland's Rusty Rupp Ppicked up his first career 358 sprint win in the 20-lap feature at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night.
Rupp took the checkered over Brad McClelland, Billy Dietrich, Scott Tate, and Mike Bittinger.
Bloomsburg's Ray claimed his fifth win of the year in the 25-lap ARDC feature while Littlestown's Marshal McMullen scored his first win in 15 years of racing in the 20-lap thundercar feature. Chris Holston picked up his first win of the season in the 15-lap street stock feature.
WES KELLISON PICKS UP 4TH TRAIL-WAY WIN IN FIGURE 8s
New Oxford's Wes Kellison claimed his fourth win of the 2003 season in Saturday night's Figure 8 feature at Trail-Way Speedway. Hanover's Brad Kress picked up the win in the debut of the newly formed Four-Cylinder Scramble Starlite Oval Cars class. Daryl Hanson picked up his first 6-Cylinder Scramble Car feature win of the 2003 season while Hanover's Brian Racine won the 4-Cylinder Scramble Car feature. The winners of the Junk Car Demolition race were Rodney Wolfe & Randy Crunkilton, and Sherrie Nelka won the Junk Car Powder Puff race.
FRANCIS OPENS XTREME DIRTCAR SERIES OHIO SPEEDWEEK WITH TWO STRAIGHT WINS
Steve Francis of Ashland, KY picked up his first Xtreme DirtCar Series win of the season Thursday night in the 50-lap main event at Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, OH to open Ohio Speedweek. The victory was worth $10,700 and moved him back up to third in XDCS points.
Defending and two-time series champion Rick Eckert of York finished second.
Francis continued his march through Ohio on Friday night by driving to his second straight win in the Xtreme DirtCar Series 50-lap main event at Raceway 7 Conneaut, OH.
York's Rick Eckert finished seventh.
LASOSKI TAKES KNOXVILLE NAPA CLASSIC $20,000
Danny Lasoski passed Steve Kinser on the secon dlap and then held off Tyler Walker to win the World of Outlaws 40 lap NAPA Classic Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IA. The win was Lasoski's seventh of 2003 season was worth $20,000.
A late race caution helped Steve Kinser hold off Danny Lasoski to win Friday night's 25 lap preliminary feature.
RAIN CANCELS HAGERSTOWN THURSDAY "TOPLESS" SHOW
The first of two ITSI Topless Late Model events were cancelled due rain Thursday night. It was the 12th weather-related cancellation or postponement at Hagerstown in 2003.
The event will not be rescheduled, however, another Topless Late Model event remains on the schedule for Wednesday, July 30th. Due to schedule changes and the number of rain-outs, the pure stock event also included in Thursday night's program has been changed from an invitational to a regular points race.