ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 4/14/01 - Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer continued his winning ways at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night as he picked up his fifth win out of six races. Rahmer passed York's Johnny Mackison Jr. exiting the second turn of the...
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 4/14/01 - Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer continued his winning ways at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night as he picked up his fifth win out of six races. Rahmer passed York's Johnny Mackison Jr. exiting the second turn of the 17th lap and then held off Mackison in a one-lap shoot-out at the end to register his 104th career win at the Pigeon Hills oval.
"We struggled a little bit and only ran as hard as I had to," Rahmer said in victory lane. "They said Johnny (Mackison) was good at the end, but we got there first."
Mackison, who started fifth, grabbed the race lead from polesitter Billy Sims on the third and fourth turns of lap 8 and led until Rahmer slipped underneath exiting the second turn of lap 17. Just when it appeared the race was over, Mackison found new life and was closing quickly on the four-time defending track champ when the final caution of the race waved for Niki Young, who came to a stop on the fourth turn after the leaders had completed lap 24. On the restart, Rahmer held his line and crossed a half-second ahead of Mackison.
"We were a little tight and it made it hard to race up top," said Rahmer on struggling in lapped traffic. "I took a lap after the checkered and I realized I should have been running up top."
The win came on his car owner's birthday.
"If you drive for Al (Hamilton), and it's his birthday, you better win!" Rahmer said jokingly.
"It's 47," Al Hamilton said jokingly when asked how old he was.
"It's incredible," commented Hamilton on the team's fifth Lincoln win, "There are a lot of good cars here...it's not easy. Fred has a knack to get through the crowd and he does it nice and clean."
Cris Eash, who got crossed up and spun on the original start, came from the back of the field to finish third, with Steve Siegel crossing fourth and Dave Ely fifth. Completing the top ten were James Chesson, Bobby Weaver, Chris Knopp, Cliff Brian, and Sims.
"After watching the heats...almost everybody up through, even on the front row...Billy Sims and Glenndon (Forsythe) - they're going to win races," Rahmer added. "It makes you hustle."
"Al gives us a good car," Rahmer was quick to point out. "Don Ott engines and J&J cars...I want to also thank the Leiby's. My kids had a great time at the Easter Egg Hunt. That's really something nice and extra they do for the kids and we appreciate it."
Greg Hodnett's bad luck at Lincoln continued, as he spun while racing with Eash for third on lap 18.
Mackison trailed by a half a second at the checkered to finish second, with Hanover's Cris Eash third, New Oxford's Steve Siegel fourth, and Waynesboro's Dave Ely was fifth.
Completing the top-10 were James Chesson, Bobby Weaver, Chris Knopp, Cliff Brian, and Billy Sims.
Heats for the 20 super sprints on hand were won by Cris Eash and Glenndon Forsythe.
Local driver Ray Bull of New Chester took the lead from a slowing Bryan Kobylarz on the backstretch of lap six and withstood heavy pressure from Ed Stimely, Jr. to win the 25-lap season opener for the ARDC midgets. Stimely was running fourth when Bull took the lead, assumed third when Kobylarz dropped from the field two laps later, and caught Duane Mausteller for the runner-up spot on lap 13. The last caution of the race on lap 19 for a stopped Donnie Trent on the backstretch put Stimely on Bull's rear bumper, where he stayed under green for the final six laps. Stimely took the inside line and pulled even with Bull on every turn over the final laps, but Bull held on for the .47-second victory. Crossing third through fifth were Jim Jackson, Steve Craig, and Marc Dailey.
Heats for the 24 ARDC Midgets on hand were won by Bull, Trent, and Tim Dietz. Dietz, the other local driver in the field, brought out the caution after stopped on the backstretch of the first lap, and finished 17th.
Spring Grove's Mike Zeigler, Jr. darted from his fourth starting spot to the lead exiting the second turn of the first lap, and led all 20 laps in the thundercar feature. It was Zeigler's second win of the young season. Despite leading them all, Zeigler was pressured by a number of drivers. Fred Cullum dogged Zeigler from laps one through six, before Ken Berwager squeezed by and chased the leader from laps seven through nine. Cullum reclaimed second on lap ten and then gave way on lap 12 to Duane Watson, who chased Zeigler through lap 18. Then Bobby Beard, driving Gary Potts' #8 car after his car died in his heat, claimed second from Watson on the next-to-last lap, and it was all Watson could do to hold off Bernie Beard for fourth over the final lap. Zeigler's final margin of victory was one car length over Bobby Beard, with Watson third, Bernie Beard fourth, and Jerry Bingaman fifth.
Heats for the 29 thundercars on hand were won by Ron Shultz, Gary Potts, and Fred Cullum. Potts gave up his starting spot when he turned his car over to Bobby Beard for the consi. But only six cars reported for the consi, automatically moving Beard into a 23rd starting spot for the feature.
Lincoln Speedway swings back into action next Saturday night, April 21st at 7 p.m. with the first of two consecutive shows featuring all three point divisions - the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass Super Sprints, the Budweiser/Motorsports Monthly 358 Sprints, and the Miller Brothers Chevrolet Thundercars. Gates will open at 5 p.m., with hot laps at 6:30 p.m., and the first heat getting underway at 7 p.m.