Central Pennsylvania weekend summary 2002-06-08

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/8/02 - Fred Rahmer kept his Manheim Auto Auction Night record intact at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. Fast Freddy grabbed the lead from Doug Esh exiting the second turn following an 18th lap caution restart and then led the...

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/8/02 - Fred Rahmer kept his Manheim Auto Auction Night record intact at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.

Fast Freddy grabbed the lead from Doug Esh exiting the second turn following an 18th lap caution restart and then led the rest of the way to claim his 117th career win in the 25 lap super sprint feature. Until this year, Rahmer had piloted the Manheim car and won every night Manheim Auto Auction sponsored races in the Pigeon Hills. This time he was driving the Joe Harz-owned Miller Brothers/CnB Mushroom No.88H as he scored his fifth Lincoln win of the year by 2.24 seconds over last week's first-time winner Doug Esh. The win, worth $2,500, was Rahmer's third win out of the last five races at the Abbottstown oval.

Rahmer started 11th and entered the top five when he passed the Manheim Auction No.77 of Lance Dewease in heavy lapped traffic on turn four of lap 10. Less than a lap later, Dewease smashed his front wing during tight racing by several front runners in turn one. Dewease brought out the caution and rejoined the field after removing the wing.

From that point on, Rahmer looked as good as he has all season. After third-place driver Todd Gracey dove into the pits on an 11th-lap caution for a spinning Josh Wells, Rahmer caught Brook Weibley for third on lap 14. He then disposed of early race leader Niki Young a lap later, and pulled onto the back bumper of Esh during the 18th-lap caution for Cris Eash, who hit the outside guardrail and spun on the backstretch. He made quick work of Esh on the restart.

"We've been struggling and we changed the car around this week," said a happy Rahmer in victory lane. "Timmy (Elwell) and the guys did a good job, and hopefully we can get back on track. We've been looking a little bit off. I screwed up there in the heat race and turned it around. It was a pretty tough heat, and you have to make something happen...and I just over did it.

"We were better tonight, and we were better last night (Williams Grove). Joe (Harz) gives me good equipment, and Jeff, Rob, Nathan, and everybody, they all do a good job working on the car."

"The only win I'm worrying about now is 118," said Rahmer after being asked about closing in on Steve Smith's Lincoln record of 150 wins, "150 wins is really unrealistic, I just want the next one."

Esh crossed second, with Weibley, Johnny Mackison, Jr., and Greg Hodnett completing the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Bobby Weaver, Donnie Kreitz, Jr., Young, Dewease, and Chris Knopp.

Defending track champ Eric Stambaugh became the sixth different winner in six races in the 20-lap "358" sprint feature event. Stambaugh, who missed last week's show after a spin in his heat, started 10th and entered the top five on lap three. On lap four, Stambaugh drove around Michael Creaghan for fourth, then took third from Siegel when he hit the outside wall on the frontstretch of lap seven. A lap later, Siegel came to a stop on the backstretch, ending his night. On the restart, Stambaugh used the high side to move into the runner-up spot, and then stayed up top to track down race-long leader Shawn "Big Block" Weaver on lap nine.

Points leader Cory Haas, who started 18th, followed Stambaugh into second the next lap, and the two raced away from the rest of the field over the second half of the race.

Greg Leiby came on late to finish third, with Weaver crossing fourth and Dale Hammaker completing the top five.

Hanover's Neil Smith passed boyhood hero Kenny Slaybaugh on lap 14 and drove away to his division-leading third win of the season in the 20-lap thundercar feature. Polesitter Slaybaugh dominated the first half of the race until a 14th-lap caution put Smith and Craig Wagaman on the 1963 Lincoln late model champ's back bumper. Smith drove under the Slaybaugh's No.61S for the lead on the restart, with Wagaman moving into second on the next-to-last lap. Slaybaugh held on for third, with Duane Hahn and Nat Tuckey completing the top five.



Teenage super sprint driver Kyle Ganoe was seriously injured in a firey crash at Port Royal Speedway Saturday night. On the seventh lap Ganoe entered the first turn while running in tenth place when it appeared he suffered a flat left rear tire and began to flip. His car became entangled in the catch fence outside the track and erupted in fire.

Ganoe was entrapped upside down when the blaze began. Fire crews rushed to the scene and attempted to extinguish the blaze which continued to burn due to the fuel tank cap having come off during the crash.

Ganoe was conscious and managed to escape the car under his own power. He was life flighted to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA where is being treated for burns to his hands, legs and feet. No further reports were available as of early Sunday mornig.

One of the first people attempting a rescue was driver Todd Shaffer who knew first hand the trauma of burns. Shaffer was seriously injured several years ago at East Bay Speedway in Florida.

"I didn't know who it was, and it didn't matter," said a dejected Shaffer afterwards. "The heat was so intense, I couldn't do much. It's a shame it has to happen. I saw him hanging in the fence in mid air. I'm glad he's out and breathing."


Newtown's Len Thompson outran the top sprint car drivers in Pennsylvania to win the 25-lap feature Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway.

Troy Whitesel grabbed the lead at the start of the sprint feature, but Doug Esh took over on the second lap. The former limited sprint champion held sway as Thompson, who started fifth, began to close.

Thompson used lapped traffic and an inside move through turn three to take the lead on lap fifteen.

Todd Shaffer and Greg Hodnett swept past Esh the next time arouond and began their pursuit of the leader.

A caution for Whitesel, who spun with five laps remaining, wiped out Thompson's advantage. All he had to do at this point was hold off Shaffer, Hodnett, Fred Rahmer, Don Kreitz and Lance Dewease, five of the very best in the East.

On the restart Hodnett ducked under Shaffer in the first turn and began to chase Thompson. Hodnett, who swept a World of Outlaws two-day show worth $25,000 in Charlotte, NC, two weeks ago, simply could not gain any ground on Thompson, a 25-year old Friday night racer driving a family owned car.

The victory, worth $3000, was the third of Thompson's career at Williams Grove and his first of 2002.

Hodnett, Rahmer, Shaffer, Kreitz, Dewease, Cris Eash, Brook Weibley, Esh and Chris Knopp followed Thompson across the line.

Jeremy Miller led the first seven laps of the 20 lap late model feature with Andy Anderson challenging all the way. Anderson was ahead at the line on lap eight, but the two continued their side-by-side duel lap after lap until Anderson gained a slight advantage with six circuits left, then went on to score a $1500 victory.

Miller was second followed by Doug Burkholder, Scotty Haus and Charlie Schaeffer.


Chad Jumper's first career super sportsman win didn't come exactly the way he wanted it to. Jumper took the lead when he and leader Paul Troutman made contact in turn one following a lap one restart. The contact sent Troutman spinning and also collected Bill Brown and Jerry Wolfe. Jumper, who is only 18 years-old, inherited the lead and then held off Pat Cannon and point leader Frankie Herr in lapped traffic over the final laps to record his first ever win in his third season of sportsman racing.

Jumper, who will be a senior at Susquenita High School, used the very outside of the speedway as both Herr and Cannon tried to work the middle and inside.

"I am very sorry," said Jumper immediately after climbing from his car. "I got into the turn too hard and it was my fault. This is not the way I wanted to win my first race."

Defending two-time limited late model track champion Jason Covert took the lead from Carl Billet on the backstretch of the 17th lap and drove to his first win of the year in the 20 lap limited late model feature to become the sixth different winner in as many races with Billet finishing second and Carl Graves third.

Gregg Foster picked up his first win of the year in the 20 lap street stock feature to become the fifth different winner in six races.


Chad Layton's five-race 358 sprint winning streak at Selinsgrove Speedway was broken Saturday night by Millersburg's Joe Whitcomb. Whitcomb claimed a hefty bounty that was placed on the Selinsgrove Speedway dominator's head amounting to $900 plus a pair of tires from Hoosier. In all, he pocketed $1,900 for his first ever speedway win and the second overall of his career in the 25 lap feature.

"Chad has been really hooked up but it was just a matter of time until we beat him," said the former go-kart standout from victory lane. "I'll take the bounty."

Layton gave it all he had over the final laps distance but Whitcomb was up for the challenge this night as he pulled away to win by a half-straightaway.

Layton settled for second followed by Jimmy Layton, Darren Eash and Rick Hench.

Blain's Jeff Smith used an outside move in the second turn to drive past Bobby Croop and drove off from the field to register his third win of the year, and the 25th of his career, in the 20 lap late model feature over Croop, Jeff Rine, Dale Kerstetter and Eric Hons.

Gerald Kratzer took the lead from Matt Johnson on the third lap and went on to win his pro stock feature of the season.

Billy McNeal wired the field from the pole to win the 10-lap roadrunner feature for his fifth win of the season.


Millerstown's Todd Shaffer passed race-long leader Joe Deihl on the fifth lap and never looked back in registering his second win of the season in the 25 lap super sprint feature at Port Royal Speedway Saturday night.

A red flag came out the 20th lap when second place-running Keith Kauffman lost his power steering entering turn one resulting in Kauffman flipping for the second time this weekend. Alan Cole followed Shaffer to finish second and Cliff Brian finished third.

Dave Kepner picked up $1,00 for his winning efforts in the 20 lap late model feature with Scott Haus and Shane Garman following in second and third place respecetively.

Ken Stitt Jr. picked up his first-ever Port Royal win in the pro stock feature over Scott Dorman and Gary Beward.


Chambersburg'S Doug Burkholder of held off a charging Nathan Durboraw to score his first ITSI late model career win in the 25-lap feature shattering the track record. Burkholder's time of eight minutes, 43.42 seconds bettered the old mark by 19 seconds held by Buddy Armel since June 17th, 1983.

"Its been a long time coming," said Burkholder, who has several wins in the sportsman and roadrunner divisions. "Both Devin Friese and his brother have really help me out the past week. This win really feels good."

Also recording their first wins were Hans Stamberg of Louisa, VA in the 15-lap pure stock feature and Bobby Moore of Elkridge, MD in the 30-lap enduro dash. Chambersburg's Terry Lescalleet scored his second win in the 20-lap late model sportsman event.


Ephrata's Bill Brian Jr. grabbed the lead on the 19th lap and then led the rest of the way to pick up his third United Racing Club Series feature win of the year at Grandview Speedway Saturday night. Brian's win came over Gary Gollub, Kevin Welsh, Scott Pursell, and Chris Coyle.


New Oxford's Stevie Smith and Western Pennsylvania driver Tim Shaffer collided while battling for the lead midway through Friday's "A" Feature at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, IL. Smith and the No.11H Vivarin Maxim - the car Shaffer drove for 3 ½ years - survived the mishap and claimed the $10,000 first prize over Donny Shatz and Steve Kinser.

The victory, Smith's second of the season, pushed the 1990 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award winner to within six points of seventh-place Donny Schatz in the point standings.

"My crew won the race for me," Smith said graciously afterwards. "Sonny (Kratzer), Justin (Krull) and Steve (Swenson) have been working really hard, and I think we're starting to put it all together.


Danny Lasoski extended his Pennzoil World of Outlaws points lead with a dominating victory over Mark and Steve Kinser in Saturday's 30 lap A-feature at the Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, IN.


Former sprint car standout turned NASCAR Busch Series driver Kasey Kahne showed he can still win in a sprint car by defeating the All Star Circuit of Champions sprinters at Hartford Speedway in Hartford, IL. Friday night.

Kahne took the lead from four-time All Star champion, and polesitter, Kenny Jacobs on the 11th lap and then raced away to take the checkered by over a half a lap over Paul McMahan and Kenny Jacobs, Danny Smith and Dean Jacobs


Kenny Jacobs is the all time career win leader in the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Series. has more All Star Circuit of Champions feature wins of anyone. Yet in 30 years of racing, he had never scored an All Star feature win at Fremont Speedway. That all changed Saturday, as Jacobs took advantage of Chad Kemenah's late-race bobble to win the non-stop 40-lap feature in Fremont, OH over Chad Kemenah, Danny Smith, Paul McMahon and John Ivy.


The battle for the Dream VIII and its $100,000 check came down to a pair of familiar faces on Saturday night at Eldora Speedway. Scott Bloomquist ran away from the field and Billy Moyer ended up being the challenger.

In the end, Bloomquist eased away from Moyer for his second Dream title and second consecutive major event win at the famed half-mile track after winning the World 100 last September.

Bloomquist took the lead from Darrell Lanigan on lap 17 and was well on his way to lapping the entire field before a caution on lap 67 helped Moyer close the gap.

Moyer came within a car length of Bloomquist in the final five laps but two costly bobbles in the corners let Bloomquist cruise to victory lane.

"I picked up a push late in the race and I was really having to be careful in the corners," said Bloomquist. "We couldn't pull down on the race track as much. I had to feather it a little bit more.

-bill meyer-

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Series Sprint
Drivers Steve Smith , Tim Shaffer , Scott Bloomquist , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Steve Kinser , Matthew Johnson , Kenny Jacobs , Bill Brown , Dean Jacobs , Paul McMahan , Jeff Smith , Chad Kemenah , Neil Smith
Teams Williams , HART