Central Pennsylvania weekend summary 2002-07-21

RAHMER SCORES THRILLING LINCOLN SPEEDWAY GOHN MEMORIAL Somewhere, Daryl Gohn and Glenn Gohn Sr. were applauding. In one of Fred Rahmer's more memorable victories in a long, distinguished super sprint career at Lincoln Speedway, the five-time ...

Somewhere, Daryl Gohn and Glenn Gohn Sr. were applauding.

In one of Fred Rahmer's more memorable victories in a long, distinguished super sprint career at Lincoln Speedway, the five-time defending track champion found a way to hold off not one, but two challengers to claim the Daryl Gohn/Glenn Gohn Sr., Memorial race Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway.

"I'll tell you, I had my hands full with Cris (Eash). I just tried to drive my car and figure out where he was going to be next. I probably would have been better off just running my race," Rahmer said.

Instead, with four laps remaining in a blistering three-car duel between Rahmer, Eash and Steve Siegel, Rahmer slowed dramatically in the second corner and his Harz No. 88H and Eash's Advanced Settlement No. 17E touched bumpers in the second corner. It allowed Rahmer to remain in front and brought a loud reaction from the large crowd as Rahmer stood in victory lane.

"I'd say he locked bumpers with me," Rahmer said. "It was just good, clean racing. I mean, one of them deals."

Then, hearing the reaction, Rahmer, who noted he made mid-race adjustments which hurt his car's performance, added to his view of the incident.

"Let me straighten something out. Cris didn't do nothing I wouldn't have done," he said. "Its's just one of them deals. He was probably faster than me the last couple of laps and I got the car as wide as I could. He had the faster car. I just won."

The win capped a memorable race in memory of former car owner Glenn Gohn Sr. and his son and former driver Daryl. The Gohn family added money throughout the purse, including an extra $575 to Rahmer's first-place prize to total $3,075 for his victory, which came after the family conducted a pre-race car show in the east parking lot and collected dozens of prizes presented to the fans.

"I sure as heck wish it wasn't a memorial race. I'll tell you, Daryl was a hell of a good racer and a heck of a nice guy," Rahmer said about the younger Gohn, killed in a racing accident in 1988 at Williams Grove Speedway. "I'm very proud to win in his honor."

Siegel eventually finished a close second place ahead of Eash. Bobby Weaver, who briefly joined the duel for the front after Rahmer's pass for the lead, placed fourth ahead of Lance Dewease, Chris Knopp, Johnny Mackison Jr., Sims, Esh and Jeff Rohrbaugh.

In the 358 sprint feature, Dallastown's Cory Haas continued to shine with his fourth career victory at Lincoln, but third in three weeks after he started 20th in the field and eventually drove past Jim Siegel, son of Steve, for the point with 10 laps remaining in the 20-lap feature. Greg Leiby, who briefly held second place before Siegel regained the spot, took third place ahead of Shawn "Big Block" Weaver, Brian Eichelberger, Jake Raudabaugh, Billy Johns, Alan Krimes, Richcreek and Bob Gutshall.

In the thundercar feature, Neil Smith inherited the lead from a torrid five-car duel for the point with one lap remaining when race leader Mike Zeigler Jr. hit the first turn wall on the final circuit to bring out the caution flag. Smith then drove the final lap to his division-leading fifth feature triumph of the season and 29th of his Lincoln career after surviving the scramble which included the cars of Duane Watson, Bernie Beard and Nat Tuckey.



J.R. Fry, of Summerdale, started on the pole, kept all challengers at bay and drove masterfully through lapped traffic to record the biggest win of his career in the $3,000-to-win 50th Anniversary race at Silver Spring Speedway Saturday night.

"I don't know what to say, this is by far the biggest win of my career," said Fry who earned $3,000 for his seventh career win and over $2,000 in lap money. "This is unbelievable...this is awesome and I will never forget this as long as I live."

York Haven's Carl Billet passed race-long leader Dave Magilton on the 10th lap of the limited late model feature and raced away to the $800 win - the 46th of his career at Silver Spring Speedway placing him third on the all-time list.

Gregg Foster moved into the lead on the first lap of the street stock feature and was never challenged en route to his second win of the season.


Middleburg's Todd Hestor led teammate Keith Kauffman across the line Saturday night to win the 25 lap super sprint feature for his third win of the year at Port Royal Speedway.

Todd Shaffer started eleventh and finished third with early race leader Kevin Schaeffer fourth and Dustin Hoffman fifth.

Ft. Loudon's Mike Atherton led every lap of the 20 lap late model feature for his first win of 2002 over Wayne Walls and Jere Wierman.

Dave Leahy led all 12 laps to cross the finish line first, but following post race tech inspection Leahy was disqualified for an illegal rear spring part which was adjustable. Terry Naugle was then awarded the win.


Fayetteville's Lance Dewease started on the pole and led every lap of the special Thursday night super sprint feature at Port Royal Speedway. The $2,500 win was his first win of the season at the Juniata County racing facility. Dewease has now won 14 races on seven different tracks this season. The 20 lap super sportsman feature was won by Kory Sites of Hamburg.


Darren Eash of Ijamsville, Maryland, made a late-race pass by Joe Whitcomb of Millersburg to record his first Selinsgrove win of the season in Saturday night's 25-lap 358 sprint car feature. The win was Eash's fifth overall win in 2002.

Scott Haus of Hamburg returned to Selinsgrove and powered to his fourth win of the season at the Snyder County oval and 11th overall win in 2002. Haus's win marked the 23rd of his career at the Selinsgrove.

Peanut Heintzelman of Troxelville also recorded his fourth win of the season in the 12-lap pro stock feature, while Cory Long of Selinsgrove won his first ever roadrunner main event.


Defending United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series Champion Rick Eckert of York swapped sheet metal with Duayne Hommel coming out of the final turns to the checkered took pick up the narrowest of wins Friday night in the opening race of the 3rd Annual UDTRA Southeastern Triple Crown at Atomic Motor Speedway in Knoxville, TN.

Eckert ended up taking the win by less than a half car-length for his fifth win of the year.

As Eckert pulled his car into victory lane, members of Hommel's pit crew rushed in and started a confrontation with Eckert, which UDTRA officials quickly disbursed. UDTRA officials will review the situation next week and could possibly issue a penalty to Hommel for the actions of his crew.

"These local guys know this track well, and gave me all I could handle all night long," Eckert said. "Duggan raced me clean for the whole race, but Hommel must like to beat and bang because it always seems like we trade sheet metal every time we race him."

While collecting the $10,000 top prize Eckert also took over the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series point lead over Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA by 72 points. McDowell had a mechanical problem and finished 20th.


York's Rick Eckert Extends Series Point Leads

Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL drove to his first victory of the season Saturday night in the United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series race at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA.

Pearson assumed the lead on lap 26 after early race leader 1999 UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA crashed with the lapped car of Rodney Dickson of Fayetteville, GA in turn one. Pearson then held off a late race challenge from Skip Arp of Georgetown, TN to win the 50-lap 2nd Jewel of the UDTRA Southeastern Triple Crown and the $10,000 top prize.

Defending UDTRA Champion Rick Eckert of York had a rough night, but after accepting a provisional to start 23rd on the grid, the Pro DirtCar Series point leader came home tenth. With McDowell finishing 21st, Eckert extended his point lead over McDowell to 96 points.


Defending URC Champion Mike Haggenbottom of Levittown led the entire twenty-five lap distance to win the URC Sprint feature Saturday night at the Delaware International in Delmar, DE. The win was his first feature win of the season and the sixth of his career in URC competition.

-bill meyer-

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Rick Eckert , Neil Smith
Teams Williams