Truck Series Lake Erie race notes

NORTH EAST PA (8-2-03) Kevin Reeb, in the ...

NORTH EAST PA (8-2-03) Kevin Reeb, in the #98 family-owned Reeb Racing Ford Ranger, steered his way to his career-first ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series victory Saturday night at Lake Erie Speedway.

After losing the lead late in the race, Reeb, unwilling to let it go for good, took it back with 15 laps remaining to win the exciting Lincoln Welders 100 presented by Canfield Radiator.

Reeb, who started third, lost the lead in lapped traffic on lap 84 of the 100-lap race when he and the second-place truck of Steve Christman came upon Paul Hahn who was fighting to stay on the lead-lap. As they steered for turn one, Reeb went low while Christman went high making it three-wide with Hahn in the middle. However, it was Christman who got the better bite off the corner and raced into the lead. Undaunted, Reeb maintained his composure and raced right back to challenge. The challenge did not last long as Reeb took the lead back just one lap later. Once cleared of the lapped traffic, Reeb drove away from the competition winning by three-lengths over Christman who finished second in the Witwer Racing Engines Chevy S-10.

Old Milwaukee polesitter Hahn led at the onset until fourth-place starter Brian Rowe took control of the top-spot on lap 12. Rowe continued to show the way up through lap 43 before his front hub failed sending the Barboursville, West Virginia driver to the pits for service. Reeb then took over as leader while Christman, who started ninth, had worked his way into second with Hahn, Chad Guinn and Robbin Slaughter battling for the remaining top-five positions. Christman went nose-to-tail with the leader until the opportunity in lapped traffic presented itself. But while Christman was credited with leading the 84th lap, it was Reeb who controlled most of the race with a convincing 56 laps-led overall. In addition to the winner's purse, Reeb also picked up the Cloyes Gear Halfway Leader Award.

Defending Lincoln Welders Truck Series champion Guinn recovered from ignition troubles throughout the race and finished a solid third in the BFI-M&M Heating-Northland Collision Ford Ranger. As a result, Guinn, who had lost the championship points lead to Rowe one week earlier, regained the lead over Rowe who was not able to return to competition. Rowe, after leading 32 laps, would be credited with the 12th place finishing position. Hahn held on for fourth in the Hahn's Collision-Certified First Network Chevrolet with two-time series champion Slaughter trailing in fifth in his own Ford.

Grove City, Ohio veteran Jack Weethee finished sixth in the Weethee Builders-Den's Automotive Ford with '99 series champion Bill Withers trailing in seventh in the Mannings USA-Hall Electronics Ford. Gregg Vasko, in the McArdles Pub & Restaurant Ford, raced from the 14th starting position to finish eighth thereby earning the Ed & Company Hard Charger Award for advancing the most positions. Norman Weaver, in the WalMart-Nextel Toyota Tacoma, finished ninth with Brandon Knupp, in the Mark Knupp Mufflers & Tires Ford, completing the top-ten finishers.

The next event for the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series will be at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Illinois when the versatile tour takes to the one-mile dirt oval on August 23rd for its first-ever appearance on the "Magic Mile".

Race stats:

LAP LEADERS: Hahn 1-11, (11); Rowe 12-43 (32); Reeb 44-83, 85-100 (56); Christman 84 (1)

Old Milwaukee Pole: Paul Hahn
Cloyes Gear Halfway Leader: Kevin Reeb
Ed & Company Hard Charger: Gregg Vasko

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