</pre> RAHMER CLAIMS MILESTONE 250TH IN ALL-STAR FASHION; Smith picks up division-leading fifth win in thundercar main ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/26/00 - After 249 career super sprint wins, Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer said it just came...
</pre> RAHMER CLAIMS MILESTONE 250TH IN ALL-STAR FASHION; Smith picks up division-leading fifth win in thundercar main
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/26/00 - After 249 career super sprint wins, Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer said it just came down to a matter of pride in picking up his milestone 250th career win. Rahmer grabbed the lead from his outside frontrow starting position and held off all challengers en route to the historic win against the All Star Circuit of Champions Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway. "It's just matter of pride...there is no shame in getting beat by these guys because they're a real good group of racers," said Rahmer upon exiting his Al & Betty Hamilton-owned Manheim Auto Auction No.77 sprinter in victory lane. But Rahmer's 13th win of the season at the Pigeon Hills oval didn't come easy, as he had to fend off early-race challenges by Jesse Wentz, and then he had to withstand the mid-race charges of All Star point leader Kenny Jacobs. Rahmer grabbed the lead over polesitter Steve Siegel at the drop of the green and kept the New Oxford racer at bay for the first four laps. Then, following a caution restart on the fifth lap, third-starting Wentz made his move around Siegel for second and immediately began to challenge Rahmer for the lead - much to the delight of the huge grandstand crowd. "Jesse Wentz has got the bottom figured out right now," said Rahmer. "If there wouldn't have been any top, he would have been your winner...but there was a top and we kept sticking it in front of him coming off the corners and got it done." Meanwhile, Jacobs, who started fourth, began to pressure Wentz for the runner-up spot when the leaders entered lapped traffic on the 11th lap and slid past the Manchester, Maryland racer exiting the second turn on the 13th lap. A red flag for a four-car crash in the third and fourth turn involving Shawn Weaver, Brian Gobrecht, Jimmy McBee and Jim Nier (who rolled his sprinter onto its side) allowed Jacobs to close onto Rahmer's bumper for the restart. Jacobs tried in vain to slide under Rahmer on the restart, but Rahmer simply held the pedal to the floor. "I'll tell you, second to Fred Rahmer isn't bad anywhere," said runner-up Jacobs afterwards. "He's one of the toughest racers anywhere. When I dove in under him on that one restart, there isn't another driver in the country that wouldn't have let off the gas. He just stayed right on the gas and I thought we were both going to crash. He's one of the most fun guys to race with." "Racing with Kenny, I knew he was going to be tough and starting up front meant all I could do was lose," said Rahmer upon exiting his sprinter, "We worked on it a little bit under that one red and it got better." "But when you start on the front you don't know where to race and them other guys are back there searching around. As dumb as it sounds, it's a little bit of an advantage. Tonight it was hard to pass. It would have been tough to beat a guy on the curb. When I seen Kenny (Jacobs) I knew he'd be on the top, so I just ran up there." "When you've got the All Stars here, they're a good group of racers, and the locals are good here, you just can't say I'll wait to the next corner because you'll be second going into that corner." "I personally never thought I'd get 250 wins," said Rahmer reflecting on his milestone win. "It's all because of the owners I've driven for and the people that have worked on the cars. I've never been with a bad car and I was always with good people and I appreciate where I'm at now." Rahmer withstood two more challenges on restarts over the second half of the race, with the same results. Rahmer took the checkered 2.03 seconds ahead of Jacobs, for his fourth Lincoln win in a row, ninth in the last ten races he's run in the Pigeon Hills, and 97th career Lincoln win. The 30-lap victory, Rahmer's 22nd overall in 2000, was worth $5,000. Crossing third was Cris Eash, with Siegel fourth and Wentz fifth. Completing the top ten were Johnny Mackison Jr., Niki Young, Rodney Duncan, Chris Knopp, and Chad Kemenah. Heats were won by Hermitage's Mike Lutz, Apollo's Ed Lynch Jr., Hanover's Shawn Weaver, and Wentz. Kemenah, of Burgoon, Ohio won the Commercial Truck & Trailer Dash. Jacobs won the Georgia Marketing & Promotions B-Main. Knopp, of Jarrettsville, Maryland, surprised everyone by setting fast time over the 33-car field with a one-lap time of 13.645 seconds.
Neil Smith claimed his fifth win of the year in the 15-lap thundercar feature. Smith started sixth, grabbed the lead from teammate Greg Feltch exiting the second turn of lap four, and led the rest of the way in the caution-filled event to pick up a one-car length win over Mike Ziegler. Point leader Bobby Beard sorted his way through the field from his 12th starting spot to finish third, with Tony Kuhn finishing fourth and Steve Clabaugh (who came from 20th starting spot) crossing fifth. Heats for the 26 thundercars were won by Mike Ziegler Jr., Smith, and Ziegler.
Next Saturday night, September 2nd, the super sprints close out there Cindy Rowe Auto Glass the Point Series with the 6TH ANNUAL BOBBY ABEL MEMORIAL. They will be joined by the thundercar regulars, as well as the traveling INEX Legends. Gates will open at 5 PM, with racing action getting underway at 7:30 PM. <pre> RACE RESULTS Saturday - August 26, 2000 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, PA ALL STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS
A-Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($5,000); 2. 6-Kenny Jacobs; 3. 17E-Cris Eash; 4. 59-Steve Siegel; 5. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 6. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 7. 17N-Niki Young; 8. 22-Rodney Duncan; 9. 6K-Chris Knopp; 10. 15K-Chad Kemenah; 11. 25-Todd Gracey; 12. 5R-Byron Reed; 13. 63W-Greg Wilson; 14. 07-Mike Lutz; 15. 92-Brian Gobrecht; 16. 30-Darrell Stimeling; 17. 26-Pat Cooper; 18. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 19. 20-Brian Ellenberger; 20. 51-Jerrod Hull (DNF); 21. 10N-Jimmy McBee (DNF); 22. 69-Shawn Weaver (DNF); 23. 00-Jim Neir (DNF); 24. 7J-Jeremy Trout (DNF); 25. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr. (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Fred Rahmer (1-30)
1st Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 07-Mike Lutz; 2. 25-Todd Gracey; 3. 77-Fred Rahmer; 4. 63W-Greg Wilson; 5. 7J-Jeremy Trout; 6. 6K-Chris Knopp; 7. 17K-Greg Klarr; 8. 4L-Josh Wells; 9. 40-Mike Kostic. Time - 2:23.58
2nd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr.; 2. 5-Byron Reed; 3. 10N-Jimmy McBee; 4. 17E-Cris Eash; 5. 59-Steve Siegel; 6. 17N-Niki Young; 7. 52-Jeff Weaver; 8. 7K-Dan Shetler. Time - 2:24.41
3rd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 69-Shawn Weaver; 2. 00-Jim Nier; 3. 15K-Chad Kemenah; 4. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 5. 20-Brian Ellenberger; 6. 6-Kenny Jacobs; 7. 55S-Billy Sims; 8. 9-Gordon Senft. Time - 2:27.94
4th Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 2. 26-Pat Cooper; 3. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 4. 51-Jerrod Hull; 5. 22-Rodney Duncan; 6. 92-Brian Gobrecht; 7. 30-Darrell Stimeling; 8. 63-Barry Ruble. Time - 2:28.79
Commercial Truck & Trailer Dash (4 Laps) - 1. 15K-Chad Kemenah; 2. 22-Rodney Duncan; 3. 20-Brian Ellenberger; 4. 63-Greg Wilson; 5. 25-Todd Gracey; 6. 5R-Byron Reed. Time - 58.26
Georgia Marketing & Promotions B-Main (12 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 6-Kenny Jacobs; 2. 6K-Chris Knopp; 3. 17N-Niki Young; 4. 92-Brian Gobrecht; 5. 4L-Josh Wells; 6. 55S-Billy Sims; 7. 30-Darrell Stimeling; 8. 17K-Greg Klarr; 9. 7K-Dan Shetler; 10. 63-Barry Ruble; 11. 40-Mike Kostic; 12. 9-Gordon Senft; 13. 52-Jeff Weaver (DNF). No Time
Time Trials - 1. Chris Knopp, 6K, 13.645 seconds; 2. Cris Eash, 17E, 13.665; 3. Kenny Jacobs, 6, 13.672; 4. Jesse Wentz, 2W, 13.744; 5. Fred Rahmer, 77, 13.780; 6. Steve Siegel, 59, 13.784; 7. Brian Ellenberger, 20, 13.832; 8. Jerrod Hull, 51, 13.844; 9. Greg Wilson, 63W, 13.881; 10. Niki Young, 17N, 13.893; 11. Chad Kemenah, 15, 13.910; 12. Rodney Duncan, 22, 13.932; 13. Todd Gracey, 25, 13.935; 14. Byron Reed, 5R, 13.950; 15. Johnny Mackison Jr., 65, 13.963; 16. Brian Gobrecht, 92, 14.002; 17. Jeremy Trout, 7J, 14.024; 18. Ed Lynch Jr., 2L, 14.029; 19. Jim Nier, , 0, 14.035; 20. Glenndon Forsythe, 94, 14.092; 21. Mike Lutz, 07, 14.095; 22. Jimmy McBee, 10N, 14.113; 23. Shawn Weaver, 69, 14.139; 24. Pat Cooper, 26, 14.186; 25. Josh Wells, 4L, 14.518; 26. Jeff Weaver, 52, 14.553; 27. Billy Sims, 55S, 14.554; 28. Darrell Stimeling, 30, 14.626; 29. Greg Klarr, 17K, 14.665; 30. Dan Shetler, 7K, 14.987; 31. Gordon Senft, 9, 15.186; 32. Barry Ruble, 63, 15.236; 33. Mike Kostic, 40, 15.719.
THUNDERCARS Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 1-Neil Smith; 2. 21A-Mike Zeigler; 3. 5-Bobby Beard; 4. 6-Tony Kuhn; 5. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 6. 8MD-David Prunkl; 7. 3B-Bobby Rudisill Jr.; 8. 30-Bryan Wagaman; 9. 3-Duane Watson; 10. 95-Fred Cullum; 11. 22-Nat Tuckey; 12. 9J-Mike Johnson; 13. 11-Scott Geib; 14. 25-Sean Herrick; 15. 4-Greg Feltch (DNF); 16. 7-Duane Hahn (DNF); 17. M1-Mike Potts (DNF); 18. 13-Allen Haines (DNF); 19. 16J-Randy Zechman (DNF); 20. 39F-Bill Foard (DNF); 21. 61S-Kenny Slaybaugh (DNF); 22. 100-Mike Zeigler Jr. (DNF); 23. 2-Steve Gantz (DNF); DNS - 9-Al Krammer. No Time Lap Leaders - Greg Feltch (1-3), Neil Smith (4-15)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 100-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 2. 7-Duane Hahn; 3. 22-Nat Tuckey; 4. 4-Greg Feltch; 5. 250-Sean Herrick; 6. 13-Allen Haines; 7. 2-Steve Gantz; 8. 11-Scott Geib; DNS - 77-Ken Berwager. No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1-Neil Smith; 2. 30-Bryan Wagaman; 3. M1-Mike Potts; 4. 3-Duane Watson; 5. 95-Fred Cullum; 6. 61S-Kenny Slaybaugh; 7. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 8. 16J-Randy Zechman (DNF); 9. 9-Al Crammer (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21A-Mike Zeigler; 2. 8MD-David Prunkl; 3. 6-Tony Kuhn; 4. 5-Bobby Beard; 5. 3B-Bobby Rudisill; 6. 39F-Bill Foard; 7. 9J-Mike Johnson (DNF); DNS - 3R-Bobby Rudisill. Time - 2:48.78