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RAHMER MAKES IT FIVE OUT OF SIX IN LINCOLN MAIN 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 ...


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 the eighth lap 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.

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.

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. Crossing third through fifth were Jim Jackson, Steve Craig, and Marc Dailey.

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. Zeigler's final margin of victory was one car length over Bobby Beard, with Duane Watson third, Bernie Beard fourth, and Jerry Bingaman fifth.


It was only a matter of time.

Since his return to Central Pennsylvania racing this season, Memphis, Tennessee's Greg Hodnett and his Apple Motorsports Team had been searching for that first win.

The key words after Friday night was - "had been searching".

After struggling with set-ups, bad luck, and a few bad crashes, the search was finally over.

Hodnett grabbed the lead from his pole position at the drop of the green and out-ran four-time track champ Fred Rahmer over the race's final 22 laps to win the lucrative 30-lap Early Bird Championship at Williams Grove Friday night. And with the win, became the sixth different winner in six races this season at the historic Mechanicsburg half-mile.

"It feels a lot better than it has the last few weeks I can tell you that," said Hodnett. "The guys have been working there tails off, we crashed a couple cars...this Apple Chevrolet Cars by Dealers, Rudisill Auto Body Maxim has really done a good job for us."

"You can make or break yourself with these things. I kind of think we over thought ourselves for the last few weeks and kind of went back to basics and it seems to have worked out very well."

Hodnett's $6,000 victory from the pole was not an easy one. Hodnett had to race through heavy lapped traffic with Rahmer on his tail over the closing stages of the race, and endured a final two-lap dash to take the checkered 1.79 seconds ahead of the Salfordville racer for his seventh career Williams Grove victory.

A lapped car between himself and Rahmer on the final restart allowed the Tennessee racer to race away over the final two laps to notch his second overall win of the season.

Rahmer, who is seeking his first win at Williams Grove this season while trying to win a record-tying fifth consecutive track champion settled for second, with Sean Michael third, Donnie Kreitz Jr. fourth, and Lance Dewease fifth.


Mifflintown's Keith Kauffman made a last lap pass of Len Thompson to win his 250th overall career sprint car feature event at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday evening.

After losing the lead with two laps to go, Kauffman edged ahead in the final stretch to pick up his first win of the season, and his 101st career win at Port Royal.

Kauffman appeared to be headed to victory but Thompson tracked down the leader in traffic with two to go to reclaim the lead. Thompson then raced wheel to wheel with Kauffman on the final lap, losing the win at the checkered flag by mere inches.

After the checkered waved Thompson hopped Kauffman's wheel in the first turn and destroyed his No. 10 sprinter - taking out part of the first turn tin fence. Todd Shaffer finished third followed by Brook Weibley, Shawn Keen, opening day winner Alan Cole, Mark Smith, Mike Wagner, Shawn Stidfole and Rod Stroup.

The 20-lap late model feature saw opening day winner Ken Dickson of McVeytown grab the lead with two laps to go and cruised to his second win in-a-row.

Mifflintown's Corey Kepner wired the field for his ninth career win in the pro stock feature. PERIGO'S BAD LUCK ENDS WITH WIRE TO WIRE SILVER SPRING WIN

1999 Silver Spring track champion Carmen Perigo Jr. ended his streak of early season bad luck by wiring the field for his first win of the year in the 25 lap super sportsman feature at Silver Spring Speedway Saturday night.

Perigo shot into the lead from his fifth starting position at the drop of the green and never looked back en route to his 13th career Silver Spring feature.

"The first few weeks I had some bad luck and it kept me down in the points and that's what probably did it tonight," said Perigo. "I don't know how quick everybody was coming from behind me, but starting up from definitely helps."

York's Mark Billet started third and took the lead from pole sitter Bud Witmer on the fourth lap and went on to win his first limited late model feature of the season.

A race-long battle between Gerry Stutting, Tim Fedder and Dene Light in the street stocks feature with coming out on top to win his first Silver Spring feature of the season by a few car lengths. Light beat Stutting by inches to finish second. Defending track champion Scott Dellinger was fourth and Gene Wrightstone fifth.


After a big win last week, Andy Anderson of Martinsburg, WV turned back the best the Mid-Atlantic Racing Series had to offer to record the biggest win of his career in the 35-lap Shorty Bowers-Bull Durham Memorial at Hagerstown Speedway Saturday night. Anderson pocketed $5,000 for the win.

"I still can't believe it," said the young driver in victory lane. "When the race first started and I fell back there, I was really concerned whether we would get back up there. Then we started to get better and took off. But when that caution came out (on lap 21), I guess the tires cooled off and the car got tight and I just tried to keep Mike (Balzano) down there until we got going. He raced me clean. I just don't know what to tell you. This is really something."

In other action, Marvin Winters overcame a rough going early in the race to come back through the field to keep his win streak alive at three in the 20-lap late model sportsman feature, Steve Long of Chambersburg fought off Brian Miller to win the 15-lap pure stock feature while Marcus Van Meter of Cresaptown, MD scored his first win of the season in the 4-cylinder pure stock feature.


McSherrystown's Bobby Beard picked up the win Friday night at Trail-Way Speedway in the special 25 lap thundercar championship event over Steve Clabaugh and Craig Wagaman. Joe Trone Jr. won the 250cc micro-sprint feature Friday night over Dave Falini and Pat Webb. Doug King won the street stock feature.

On Saturday night Kevin Knouse won the 600cc micro-sprint feature over Drew Heistand and Dusty Heistand. Wes Irwin won the 4-cylinder stocks feature over John Stoll Jr. and Ken Miller. Figure 8 competition on Saturday night saw Carl Davis Jr (112" and over)., Randy Crunkilton (111" and under) and Barbara Neiderer (Powder Puffs) pick up wins.


Greg Coverdale of Milford, DE was the class of the field on Saturday night when the United Racing Club opened their 2001 BAR's Leaks Sprint Series at the New Egypt Speedway. Coverdale took the lead on the 12th lap of the 25 lap feature and was never seriously challenged from that point on.

In the final laps, Coverdale ran and hid from the field as York's Jeremy Trout rallied for a second place finish with Curt Michael third, Bill Brian Jr. fourth and Mike Haggenbottom fifth.


Mark Kinser took the lead in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings Saturday night in winning the second night of World of Outlaw action at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH. Kinser's $12,000 win over Friday night's preliminary winner Stevie Smith and Paul McMahan was his fourth straight in Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main events.

SMITH TAKES ELDORA PRELIMINARY New Oxford's Stevie Smith had good luck on his side on Friday the 13th while leading all 25 laps in the preliminary feature as the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series opened two nights of action at Eldora Speedway. Smith, who started on the pole, narrowly missed crashing with Brooke Tatnell and Jason Meyers early in the 15th lap and held off Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Danny Lasoski for his first feature victory of the season.


KNOXVILLE, IOWA, April 14, 2001 - 360-cubic-inch sprint car racer Mark Wilson of Des Moines, Iowa, was fatally injured Saturday during 'practice night' at the Knoxville Raceway.

Wilson, the grandson of National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Bob Trostle, was hot-lapping aboard the Larry Weeks-owned number 00 sprinter when it suddenly veered into the frontstretch fence near the turn four pit gate on its own. The 30-year-old driver was an experienced competitor at area tracks, with four career wins at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Knoxville and numerous wins at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Mark Wilson was pronounced dead at the Knoxville Area Community Hospital.

-Bill Myer

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , James Chesson , Jason Meyers , Paul McMahan , Marc Dailey , Ray Bull
Teams Williams