Central Pennsylvania weekend summary 2002-08-05

Esh survives scores second Lincoln win of 2002. Lancaster's Doug Esh marked his first anniversary with the Leach Brothers Motorsports team by scoring a convincing win over an impressive field in the 25-lap sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway...

Esh survives scores second Lincoln win of 2002.

Lancaster's Doug Esh marked his first anniversary with the Leach Brothers Motorsports team by scoring a convincing win over an impressive field in the 25-lap sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.

Despite winning by 1.6 seconds, a tiring Esh struggled over the final five laps, surviving several close encounters with lapped cars and the Lincoln walls.

"I've bounced off these walls many times in the 358's...it was like old times tonight," said Esh in victory lane after coming down from his famous wing dance on top of the car. "I couldn't believe we were getting into lapped traffic as quick as we did...I knew we were good and motoring along."

Esh was so fast that he was catching the slower cars within three laps of each restart. Leads between the caution flags ranged from 2.7 to four seconds. Esh started third, drove under polesitter Dan Shetler on the second turn, then pulled the slider on outside front row starter Jimmy McBee in turn four to lead lap one.

No one got close the rest of the night, but wheel-to-wheel racing with lapped cars took its toll. Esh bounced off the frontstretch wall exiting turn four of lap 23, and finally spun in turn two after taking the checkered flag.

Just one night earlier, Esh crashed into a flipping car while leading at Williams Grove.

"After last night, I couldn't help but think is was going to happen again." said Esh. "You just have to race through those times."

"Those times are tough. It makes the whole team hang there heads low. There 's time when you think anything that can go wrong will go wrong. You lose your rhythm, your head kind of gets looking at the stars, and you just miss the corner."

"I kept watching the scoreboard going down the straightway and I said 'Holy crap!," Esh said on waiting for the big guns of Lance Dewease and Fred Rahmer to challenge. "The 88 or 77, or somebody, has to be coming."

"When we got into lapped traffic there at the end, I knew somebody would have to be really good if they were going to be getting by us."

Cris Eash came from tenth starting spot to edge Billy Sims for second at the finish, with Fred Rahmer and Lance Dewease completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Steve Siegel, McBee, Jeff Rohrbaugh (in the Jerry Karl sprinter), Kevin Drury, and Niki Young.

It looked like a fourth straight win for Cory Haas before Chad Trout took matters into his own hands in the 20-lap "358" sprint feature.

Haas advanced from 12th starting spot to fourth by the end of the first lap, and passed Trout for the lead on a lap four restart. But Trout pulled up the boot straps, went to the top, exchanged the lead five times with Haas over the next three laps, took the lead for good on lap eight, and ran away over the second half of the race to score his second win of the year in the Pigeon Hills.

Littlestown's Sean Herrick grabbed the lead from the pole position and held off all takers to claim his first win of 2002 in winning the 25 lap thundercar feature. Herrick, sporting a Bobby Beard powerplant under the hood, first held off the charges of outside frontrow starter Ron Shultz for the first nine laps before Shultz pulled into the pits with mechanical problems. This put fourth-starting David Prunkl on Herrick's bumper laps 10 through 13 before 12th starting Bernie Beard grabbed the spot laps 14 through 16. Prunkl fought back to take second back on the 17th and 18th laps before the final caution waved with two laps to go. Beard dove under Prunkl on the restart to take second and chased Herrick through the final turns but fell short by one car length as Herrick recorded his fourth career Lincoln Speedway win.

OTHER AREA RACING ACTION:

FRED RAHMER GETS FIRST WILLIAMS GROVE WIN OF 2002

Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer scored his first Williams Grove Speedway win of 2002 in winning Friday night's 25 lap super sprint feature. Rahmer, who started eighth, inherited the lead from race-long leader Doug Esh on the ninth lap when the Lancaster racer collided with the flipping lapped car of Bob Beidleman in the third and fourth turns.

From there Rahmer ran uncontested the rest of the way to take the checkered for his 48th career Grove win, and the ninth overall win of 2002, over Keith Kauffman and Donnie Kreitz Jr..

Mike Miller started seventh and took the lead from Jason Shultz on the seventh lap and then led the rest of the way to pick up his first career Williams Grove win in the 358 sprint feature over Darren Eash and point leader Chad Layton.

KAUFFMAN WINS SIXTH IN PORT ROYAL SUPER SPRINT ACTION

Mifflintown's Keith Kauffman raced to his sixth Port Royal Speedway win of the season in winning the 25 lap super sprint feature Saturday night. The win, Kauffman's 10th overall in 2002, padded his point lead as he goes after his unprecedented 11th track title at the Juniata County racing facility. Todd Shaffer rebounded from an early flat tire to finish second, and Alan Cole finished third.

Jere Wierman picked up his first win of the year in late model action over Scott Haus and Dave Kepner. Bill Powell picked up the pro stock feature win for his second win of the year over Todd Snook and Corey Kepner.

CARBERRY ENDS FRUSTRATION WITH SPORTSMAN WIN AT SILVER SPRING

In only his third race after taking a month off to regroup, Ken Carberry picked up the victory Saturday night at Silver Spring Speedway in the 25-lap super sportsman feature over Jim Shuttlesworth and Smokey Snellbaker.

Jeff Haag took the lead from Randy Askey on the fifth lap and then raced away to his first career street stock win.

Former track champion Dwight Leib was victorious in a 10-lap Silver Spring legends race with Carmen Perigo Sr. was second, Ron Blazer third, Fred Locke Sr. fourth, and Pete Mitten fifth. All-time sportsman feature winner Gary Wolford ran seventh. Wolford ran a few slow laps around the speedway in the Jim Shuttlesworth sportsman.

DARREN EASH WINS 358 SPRINT FEATURE AT SELINSGROVE

Ijamsville, Maryland's Darren Eash recorded his second win in three weeks in winning the 358 sprint feature win at Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday night.

Northumberland's Donnie Schick drove to his first victory of the season in the 25-lap late model feature and marked Schick's third career win at the Snyder County oval.

Selinsgrove's Kyle Bachman drove to his sixth win of the season in the pro stock feature, while Cory Long of Selinsgrove made it three wins in a row in the 10-lap roadrunner event.

HAGERSTOWN WASHED OUT FOR SECOND WEEK IN A ROW

For the second week in a row, heavy rain moved into the area in the afternoon forcing Hagerstown Speedway officials to cancel the Saturday night racing program. A heavy storm moved into the area in the afternoon, but track officials were hoping that they could still get the four feature program of ITSI late models, late model sportsman, pure stocks and enduro dash into the record books. But at 4 P.M., another storm passed through the area flooding the infield competition area and forcing the cancellation.

Next week, the Hagerstown Speedway will be in action with two-wheel excitement of the American Motorcyclist Association Hub-City Classic motorcycle race. The Grand National Flat Track Championship will get underway at 6 P.M.

SNYDER ACHIEVES FIRST CAREER TRAIL-WAY VICTORY Jessie Snyder grabbed the lead at the drop of the green pulled away from the field to register his first career win Saturday night at Trail-Way Speedway in 600cc micro-sprint action. Brian Lessley won in four-cylinder competition. Figure eight racing saw the 112 inch division go to Rick Weaver, and 111 inch action saw Randy Crunkilton picked up his fourth win of the season.

LARSON AND ECKERT ON FRONT ROW OF USA NATIONALS

Local favorite Brent Larson of Maplewood, MN was to start on the pole position for Saturday night's $40,000-to-win USA Nationals 100 for the United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, WI . Defending UDTRA Champion Rick Eckert of York starts on the outside of the front row.

But severe weather and heavy rain on Saturday night just before hot laps forced postponement of the United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series $40,000-to-win USA Nationals until Sunday afternoon.

Eckert will be shooting for the $100,000 Great Northern Challenge Bonus if he can win the USA Nationals on Saturday night. Eckert has won two of the first four Great Northern Challenge Races, the Masters 75 at Cedar Lake Speedway on June 22, and the Pro DirtCar Series event in Denison, IA on June 25.

SCHATZ POCKETS $100,000 IN HISTORICAL BIG ONE FINALE

Donny Schatz picked up the most lucrative win of his racing career Saturday night in winning Eldora Speedway's prestigious $100,000-to-win Historical Big One finale. Schatz took the lead from race-long leader Craig Dollansky on the 16th lap and the led the remainder of the 40 lap feature to take the checkered yer Steve Kinser and Dollansky.

Local racer Greg Hodnett raced from his 17th starting position to finish seventh.

World Outlaw point leader Steve Kinser passed Sammy Swindell on the 20th lap and led the rest of the way to take the checkered for his series leading 12th A-Feature win of the year in the $10,000-to-win Night Before the Big One sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Friday night.

Joey Saldana picked up his first All Star Sprint feature win of the year in winning Thursday's Two Nights Before the Big One feature sanctioned by the All Star Circuit of Champions.

RAIN STOPS FRIDAY NIGHT TRAIL-WAY ACTION

Heavy thunderstorms forced Trail-Way Speedway officials to cancel Friday night's racing program.

-bill meyer-

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Series Sprint , Stock car , World of Outlaws
Drivers Rick Eckert , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Mike Miller , Craig Dollansky , Joey Saldana
Teams Williams