RAHMER RACES TO THIRD WIN AT LINCOLN; Kobylarz wins ARDC opener; Smith claims rain-shortened thundercar main ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 4/15/00 - Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer finally got his car to run the way he liked Saturday night at Lincoln ...
RAHMER RACES TO THIRD WIN AT LINCOLN;
Kobylarz wins ARDC opener; Smith claims rain-shortened thundercar main
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 4/15/00 - Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer finally got his car to run the way he liked Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway - and the result was another convincing win in his Al Hamilton-owned Manheim Auto Auction/Cindy Rowe Auto Glass no.77 sprinter. Rahmer started in his customary 12th starting position and methodically drove through the field to track down race-long leader Bobby Weaver of Hellam, all during non-stop action, then took the lead on the 17th lap and raced away to his third win of the year at the Pigeon Hills oval. "That Bobby Weaver, he was operating," Rahmer said, "I didn't think I was going to catch him, but, when we got to them lapped cars he's got more to loose than I do and we were able to stuff it through." "We really got the car working now," Rahmer added, "I don't know what it was, but the car was just down-right evil at the beginning of the year." Outside frontrow starter Weaver grabbed the lead from polesitter Mike Duncan at the drop of the green and quickly raced out to a 1.76 second lead by the second lap over fourth-starting Glendon Forsythe, Curt Michael, Bob Beidleman and Chris Knopp. Weaver entered lapped traffic on the fifth lap and continued to widen his lead over Forsythe to 2.30 seconds by the 10th lap. Meanwhile, Rahmer moved into third place during the hectic non-stop action on the 10th lap and moved past Forsythe into second on the next lap. At the same time, he reduced Weaver's lead to 1.82 seconds. Rahmer finally caught Weaver in heavy lapped traffic on the 16th lap and made a highside move around the driver they call "Free Bird" in the third and fourth turns of the 17th lap to take the lead. The race's only caution came out on he 20th lap, when Jeff Rohrbaugh spun his Weikert's Livestock No.29 in the first and second turns - wiping out Rahmer's 1.04 second lead over Weaver. But Rahmer simply picked up where he left off, and quickly pulled away from the field on the restart. He raced away over the final five laps to take the checkered 2.18 seconds ahead of Weaver for his 87th career win at Lincoln. The win, worth $2,500, was Rahmer's second victory of the weekend after winning the night before at Williams Grove Speedway, and it marked his sixth overall win of the year. Following second-place Weaver was Hanover's Steve Siegel, York's Johnny Mackison Jr. and Far Hill's New Jersey racer P.J. Chesson. Completing the top ten were Curt Michael, Chris Knopp, James Chesson, Jesse Wentz, and Jeff Rohrbaugh. Heats for the 24 super sprinters on hand were won by Michael, Weaver, and Forsythe.
Defending CARQUEST Racing Series Champion Bryan Kobylarz opened up defense of his 1999 title with a big win in the 25 lap ARDC Midget season -opener. Kobylarz, who started 11th, tracked-down polesitter and race-long leader Mike Roselli on the 14th lap to make his race-winning pass. Once in front, Kobylarz showed the power that vaulted him to his 1999 title by racing to a 2.58 second win over Ray Bull. Following Bull was Roselli in third, A.J. Ernesto in fourth, and Donnie Trent in fifth. Completing the top ten were Mark Freeland, Kevin Bastian, Mark Wakefoose, Bill Ertel, and Fred Schell. Heats for the 28 ARDC Midgets on hand were won by Ed Stimley Jr. and Roselli.
Hanover's Neil Smith became the sixth winner in six races in the thundercar feature. He was dominating the race on lap nine when Bobby Rudisill, Duane Watson, and points leader Bobby Beard got together while racing for fourth on the second turn. The track crew was in the midst of separating the cars when the anticipated rainfall arrived. The race was called with eight laps completed. Finishing second was Nat Tuckey, with Greg Feltch, David Prunkl, and Jerry Bingaman completing the top five. Heats for the 25 thundercars on hand were won by Ken Berwager, Smith, and Mike Zeigler Jr..
Lincoln Speedway will swing back into action next Saturday, April 29th, on YORK COUNTY RACING CLUB NIGHT featuring the super sprint and thundercar regulars being joined by the 358 sprints. Gates will open at 5 p.m., with hot laps at 6:30 p.m., and then followed by heats at 7 p.m.
Saturday - April 15, 2000
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($2,500); 2. X-Bobby Weaver; 3. 59-Steve Siegel; 4. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 5. 76-P.J. Chesson; 6. 07-Curt Michael; 7. 6-Chris Knopp; 8. 22-James Chesson; 9. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 10. 29-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 11. 81-Bob Beidleman; 12. 55S-Billy Sims; 13. 77E-Dave Ely; 14. 12-Dave Haight; 15. 17N-Niki Young; 16. 10N-Jimmy McBee; 17. 6W-Josh Wells; 18. 11D-Mike Duncan; 19. 26-Pat Cooper; 20. 0-John Garrett; 21. 94-Glendon Forsythe (DNF); 22. 5A-Brian Allman (DNF); 23. 43-Larry Shive (DNF); DNS - 8J-Danny Jones. No Time
Lap Leaders - Bobby Weaver (1-16), Fred Rahmer (17-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 07-Curt Michael; 2. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 3. 11D-Mike Duncan; 4. 29-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 5. 22-James Chesson; 6. 6W-Josh Wells; 7. 43-Larry Shive (DNF); 8. 2W-Jesse Wentz (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. X-Bobby Weaver; 2. 55S-Billy Sims; 3. 12-Dave Haight; 4. 59-Steve Siegel; 5. 77E-Dave Ely; 6. 10N-Jimmy McBee; 7. 26-Pat Cooper; 8. 0-John Garrett. Time - 2:23.73
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 94-Glendon Forsythe; 2. 6-Chris Knopp; 3. 77-Fred Rahmer; 4. 81-Bob Beidleman; 5. 76-P.J. Chesson; 6. 17N-Niki Young; 7. 5A-Brian Allman; 8. 8J-Danny Jones (DNF). Time - 2:23.43
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 49-Bryan Kobylarz; 2. 1-Ray Bull; 3. 98-Mike Roselli; 4. 2-A.J. Ernesto; 5. 18-Donnie Trent; 6. 4-Mark Freeland; 7. 8K-Kevin Bastian; 8. 12-Mark Wakefoose; 9. 9-Bill Ertel; 10. 75-Fred Schell; 11. 29-Jim Knickerbocker; 12. 57-Mike Krause; 13. 24-Ted Schmidt; 14. 86-Tim Dietz; 15. 42-Walt Stearly; 16. 43-Dan Shelbo Jr.; 17. 11-Mike Piersig; 18. 7-Doug Borger; 19. 88-Frank Fiore Jr.; 20. 6-Ed Stimley Jr.; 21. 21-Randy Mausteller; 22. 25-Duane Mausteller; 23. 97-Craig Rochelle; 24. 175-Lou Cicconi Jr.; 25. 47-Tim Towsend. No Time
Lap Leaders - Mike Roselli (1-13), Bryan Kobylarz (14-25)
1st Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 6-Ed Stimley Jr.; 2. 2-A.J. Ernesto; 3. 49-Bryan Kobylarz; 4. 42-Walt Stearly; 5. 86-Tim Dietz; 6. 97-Craig Rochelle; 7. 43-Dan Shelbo; 8. 28-Brian Suchy; 9. 57-Mike Krause (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 98-Mike Roselli Jr.; 2. 1-Ray Bull; 3. 75-Fred Schell; 4. 4-Mark Freeland; 5. 8K-Kevin Bastian; 6. 18-Donnie Trent; 7. 12-Mark Wakefoose; 8. 11-Mike Piersig; 9. 25-Duane Mausteller; 10. 21-Randy Mausteller; 11. 29-Jim Knickerbocker. Time - 2:12.95
Feature (8 Laps due to rain) - 1. 1-Neil Smith; 2. 22-Nat Tuckey; 3. 4-Greg Feltch; 4. 8MD-David Prunkl; 5. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 6. 60-Cork Laughman; 7. 21A-Mike Zeigler; 8. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 9. 95A-Allan Cullum; 10. 7-Denny Hahn; 11. 78-Ron Farrar; 12. 6-Tony Kuhn; 13. 77-Ken Berwager; 14. M1-Mike Potts; 15. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 16. 3B-John Rudisill; 17. 0-Pat Saltzgiver; 18. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 19. 3-Duane Watson; 20. 5-Bobby Beard; 21. 2-Steve Gantz; 22. 9J-Mike Johnson; 23. 68-M.R. Teal; 24. 100-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 25. 30-Bryan Wagaman. No Time
Lap Leaders - Neil Smith (1-8)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 77-Ken Berwager; 2. 60-Cork Laughman; 3. 5-Bobby Beard; 4. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 5. 7-Duane Hahn; 6. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 7. M1-Mike Potts; 8. 3B-John Rudisill; 9. 0-Pat Saltzgiver. Time - 2:49.74
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1-Neil Smith; 2. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 3. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 4. 4-Greg Feltch; 5. 78-Ron Farrar; 6. 21A-Mike Zeigler; 7. 9J-Mike Johnson; 8. 6-Tony Kuhn (DNF). Time - 2:49.09
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 100-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 2. 8MD-David Prunkl; 3. 3-Duane Watson; 4. 22-Nat Tuckey; 5. 95A-Allan Cullum; 6. 68-M.R. Teal; 7. 2-Steve Gantz (DNF); 8. 30-Bryan Wagaman (DNF). No Time