ALLSTAR: Central Pennsylvania weekend summary 2002-08-25

RAHMER SCORES NINTH LINCOLN WIN TO CLINCH TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP Many drivers are friends off the track. But once they don there racing gear and strap into the cars, there is no such thing as friends. Everyone was reminded of that Saturday night in...


Many drivers are friends off the track. But once they don there racing gear and strap into the cars, there is no such thing as friends. Everyone was reminded of that Saturday night in the 25 lap super sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway.

In the end, the winner said over and over - "It was one of them deals."

Salfordville's Fred Rahmer collided with friend and race-leader Doug Esh of Lancaster while racing for the lead following a 16th lap caution restart, sending Esh spinning. The ensuing melee behind them caused Marshall Whitsel and Jerry Parrish to flip, along with Kevin Drury and Jesse Wentz being collected as well.

When the dust had cleared, Rahmer was able to keep his car from stopping, while his friend Esh was left sitting in the first turn wondering what could have been.

Rahmer then dominated the rest of the way to score his ninth win of the year and 121st of his career in the Pigeon Hills.

"Doug was running the top and he went to the bottom and I was already committed," said Rahmer trying to justify his actions over thunderous chorus of boos in victory lane. "I came together with was one of them deals."

Rahmer attempted to dive under Esh going into the first turn on the restart. But Esh moved to the bottom entering the turn to block Rahmer's obvious move. Rahmer then made contact with the leader and sent his friend spinning.

"We didn't hurt nothing," Rahmer responded almost defiantly. "I went in there and I was under him. Everybody sees it different ways. I'm friends with Doug and I sure didn't want it to happen. It was just one of them deals."

Polesitter Craig Smith led the first lap before fourth-starting Esh took over the lead on lap two. Second-place Niki Young got sideways exiting the second turn of the 16th lap and collected fourth-place Brook Weibley, sending both cars to the pits for repairs.

That set up the anticipated showdown between Esh and Rahmer, which lasted less than a quarter of-a-lap.

"I went in there committed to the bottom, and he came down there and we came together," Rahmer kept saying. "I sure didn't want to win that way."

"The guys had our car really good tonight, and we got up through there."

Rahmer then reiterated again - "It was just one of them deals."

"I'm glad to win it for Joe," said Rahmer on clinching his sixth-straight Cindy Auto Glass Super Sprint track championship for car owner Joe Harz. "He gave us good stuff. It just took us a while to get going. Tonight was the best we've had the car all year. The track was good. It was just unfortunate the way things went."

Rahmer dominating the rest of the way, crossing 3.34 seconds ahead of Cris Eash (who started 11th). Glenndon Forsythe, Bobby Weaver, and Jeff Rohrbaugh completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Johnny Mackison Jr., Smith, Weibley, Dan Shetler, and Young.

Defending champ Eric Stambaugh of East Berlin wasted no time getting to the front and claiming his second win of the year in the 20-lap "358" sprint feature. Stambaugh started 11th and drove under Kenny Foor for second on turn two of a lap-four restart and around Matt Boland for the race lead on turn four of lap five. Stambaugh then dominated the rest of the way to score the win.

Bonneville's Steve Clabaugh drove from his eighth starting spot to grab the lead with a power move to the outside of Neil Smith in the third and fourth turns of the 13th lap and led the rest of the way to score his second win of the season in the 20 lap thundercar feature.



Greg Hodnett defended the pride of the Pennsylvania Posse once again Friday night by winning the 30-lap World of Outlaw Gumout series feature.

Hodnett inherited the lead on the 15th lap when California-racer Tyler Walker lost a huge lead to mechanical problem and came to a stop while Hodnett was a distant second.

Hodnett took advantage of his good fortune and led easily the rest of the way to score his division-leading sixth win of the season at the Historical Mechanicsburg half-mile.

Donnie Kreitz Jr. led the first lap of the event before Gumout point leader Walker drove by on the outside. Once in front Walker began to pull away.

Hodnett, who started fourth in the 26-car field, took second from Kreitz on lap four, but a violent backstretch crash involving Todd Shaffer, Fred Rahmer and Brook Weibley brought out a red flag.

Shaffer was transported to an area hospital for treatment of a knee injury in the incident and it was later reported that Shaffer's knee injuries will side-line him for the remainder of the season.

Hodnett again drove around Kreitz to take over second place just before Walker came to a stop, thus handing the lead to the Memphis, TN racer.

Hodnett then easily led the rest of the way to pick-up the$5000 winners check.

Hodnett's win was the first time a non-series regular won a Gumout race since April 26 when Todd Shaffer did it at Williams Grove Speedway.


It was a full night of racing at Port Royal Speedway Saturday night as Lance Dewease defended the Pennsylvania turf against the World of Outlaw Gumout Series. Then Greg Hodnett followed the with a win in the 30 lap sprint championship feature that followed. And Keith Kauffman capped it all off by clinching his unprecedented 11th track title.

At the beginning of the night Dewease scored his 15th overall win of 2002 in beating the World of Outlaws Gumout Series regulars in the postponed April 27th feature which was also postponed the previous Thursday night. Hodnett then captured the regularly scheduled 30-lap super sprint feature program which followed the Gumout feature for his area-leading 16th win of 2002. And veteran Kauffman locked-up his unprecedented 11th Port Royal track title with his second-place performance in the 30 lap sprint championship finale behind Hodnett.

Ken Dickson picked up his third late model win of the season and immediately announced his retirement in victory lane. Dave Leahy was then victorious in the night-ending 12-lap pro stock feature with Bill Powell declared the division point champion.


Frankie Herr, the current super sportsman point leader at Silver Spring, was running third behind Mark Zimmerman and race-long leader Charlie Sorokach one the final lap. Then Herr, who started 15th, dove to the bottom of turn three and took second from Zimmerman and then outraced Sorokach off the fourth turn to the checkered for his second win of the season.

York's Jeff Leiphart drove to victory in the 20-lap limited late model feature for his second win of the season for and the 25th of his career at Silver Spring. The win also moved Leiphart back into contention for the track championship.

Richie Hartman of Shoemakersville won $250 the five-lap rookie sportsman cash dash.


York's Adrian Shaffer of York appeared to be on his way to his third consecutive 358 sprint win at Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday night after disposing Harrisburg's Chad Layton on the 24th lap of the 30 lap 358 sprint championship race. But a flat tire with two laps remaining ended Shaffer's victory run and handed an early Christmas present to Layton in the form of his eighth win of the year at the Snyder County oval.

Dave Reed of Sunbury wired the field for his first ever late model win. Gary Kerstetter of Beavertown won his second in pro stocks and Billy McNeal of Williamstown won his sixth in the roadrunners.


Hagerstown's Mike Warrenfeltz outlasted Ronnie Dennis in a classic side-by-side battle to win the 7th Annual 20-lap Jimmy Cornett Memorial for the pure stocks at the Hagerstown Speedway Saturday night.

In other action, rain ended a long dry spell in the area and Frankie Plessinger of Big Cove Tannery ended his own long dry spell dating back to 1995 to win the 25-lap ITSI late model feature. Richard Walls of St. Thomas led all the way to win the late model sportsman main event.


East Berlin's Troy Groft dominated 250cc Micro-Sprint action at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night to pick up his first win of the season. Westminster, Maryland's Doug Devilbiss held off Mike Walls to pick up his first win of the year in thundercar action and Justin Mong gained his first street stock win of the season.


Rain washed out the Thursday night World of Outlaws Pennzoil Gumout Sprint Car event at Port Royal Speedway. The make up event from April was then rescheduled to Saturday night where it was the first part of the regularly scheduled racing program.

The originally scheduled Thursday night August 22 Gumout show was cancelled and will not be rescheduled.


Todd Burley of Spencerport, NY became the sixth different winner at Susquehanna Speedway this season in nine feature events for the 358 Modifieds.

In the only appearance for the Street Stocks it was former track champion, Scott Thunberg taking the checkered and John Stoll went on to score his second win of the season in four-cylinder action. Tom Slanker picked up the win in the 30-lap enduro.


Chub Frank of Sugar Grove charged up from the 15th starting spot to win the United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series North-South 100 on Saturday night at Florence Speedway in Union, KY.

Frank passed around Tim Hitt of Weston, WV on lap 62, to collect the $15,000 top prize and his seventh UDTRA career win.

The 1999 UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA kept his chances alive for a second title with a fifth-place finish.

Defending UDTRA Champion and current point leader Rick Eckert of York, made a late-race charge to bring his Raye Vest Rocket/Cornett Taurus home in the seventh spot.

Eckert now holds a 141-point lead over Steve Francis of Ashland, KY, who was running third late in the race, but slowed with a mechanical problem with five laps to go, and finished 11th. McDowell is now 148 points behind Eckert in the third spot.


Steve Kinser led all 40 laps of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws A-Feature Saturday night at Central State Fair Speedway in Yakima, WA. Kinser extended his points lead over Joey Saldana with his series-leading 15th A-Feature win of 2002 over Danny Lasoski and Mark Kinser.


Joey Saldana inherited the lead after early leaders Jason Meyers and Jac Haudenschild both encountered problems and then held off Daryn Pittman in heavy lapped traffic for his fifth A-Feature win of the year in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws 40 lap A-feature Friday night at Skagit Speedway in Alger, WA.


Chad Kemenah survived Saturday night at K-C Raceway in Alma, OH, to win the All Star sprint Freedom 40 feature. His second win of the season was worth $6,000 and came after several frontrunners slid off the edge of the track surface and after former local racer and race leader Jeff Shepard banged the wall and flipped.

"Jeff (Shepard) got by me in the middle, I think I had a tire sealing up a bit and I don't think I had anything for him, he was pretty good," Kemenah recalled. "But I guess you have to finish.and we finished."


Much needed rainfall finally arrived in the Northeast, unfortunately, the end result was the cancellation of the URC sprint events at the Big Diamond Raceway on Friday nigh and Bridgeport Speedway on Saturday night.

On Friday night at the Big Diamond Raceway, a thirty minute rain shower began to fall as the first URC qualifying event was underway. The cars were sent to the pits to wait out the shower, but the track could not handle the large of rain that had fallen. The show was cancelled and URC will return to the Big Diamond Raceway on two occasions in 2003. A rain date could not be worked out for the balance of the 2002 season.

Saturday was a slightly different story. With rain already falling at the Bridgeport Speedway by mid-morning on Saturday, and the forecast for showers to be in the area all day and into the night, Bridgeport Speedway Management announced the cancellation of their August 24 event.



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Series Sprint , Stock car , World of Outlaws
Drivers Mark Kinser , Rick Eckert , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Joey Saldana , Steve Francis , Chad Kemenah , Neil Smith
Teams Williams