Central Pennsylvania weekend summary 2002-10-20

THUNDER ON THE HILL 5-25'S CANCELED DUE TO RAIN Mother Nature would not cooperate on Saturday night when the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series attempted to close out their 13th season at the Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA. Rain began...


Mother Nature would not cooperate on Saturday night when the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series attempted to close out their 13th season at the Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA.

Rain began to fall at the speedway in the morning and continued throughout the afternoon, forcing race officials to cancel the House of Thunder 5-25's. There was no rain date for the event so the 2002 Thunder on the Hill Racing Series is considered complete.


Lance Dewease took the lead from polesitter Keith Kauffman on turn two of the first lap and led all 25 on route to his fifth Lincoln win of the season in the 14th Annual Manufacturers Appreciation Night Friday night. The victory, the Fayetteville driver's 20th overall win of 2002, came by 84-hundredths of a second over six-time track champ Fred Rahmer.

"I'm really proud of this team" Dewease said in victory lane. "We put ourselves in a position to win every big race at the end of the year, and the only one we didn't win was here and that's all part of this racing game...you take the good with the bad."

Although Dewease never relinquished the lead, Rahmer made it close several times in lapped traffic over the final stages of the event.

Rahmer started sixth and passed Cris Eash and Kauffman to advance to the runner-up spot on an 11th lap caution restart while Dewease opened up a 1.42-second lead with ten laps to go.

Rahmer pulled onto Dewease's bumper on lapped traffic two laps later and the pair raced wheel-to-wheel over the next three laps before Dewease used lapped cars to establish breathing room and score his 19th career Lincoln win.

"We didn't time in real well, but Sean drew a good number for us (8) for the inversion, and that meant a lot," said Dewease. "The track was pretty racey during the feature, and we set up pretty loose so we could keep going because we had a pretty soft tire on the left rear."

"We weren't the best at the end, but we were good enough."

Finishing third Eash, with 12th-starting Greg Hodnett coming on at the end for fourth. And Kauffman fifth.

Fast time trialer Sean Michael finished sixth, with Steve Siegel, Todd Hestor, Brook Weibley, and Doug Esh completing the top ten.

In the Second Annual Port Royal vs. Lincoln Challenge, which involved the top five drivers in season points from each track who qualified for the feature, went to Lincoln by a score of 97 to 67 to even the series.

New Oxford's Bobby Rudisill wrestled the lead from Mike Zeigler Jr. at the half-way point and led the rest of the way to score his third win of the season by 25-hundredths of a second over Craig Wagaman.

Rudisill, who started sixth, methodically moved his way to the front as Doug Devilbiss led the first lap from his pole starting position. Outside frontrow starter Mike Potts took over on lap two and held onto the top spot until the ninth lap when Zeigler edged him out at the start-finish line to lead lap nine. Rudisill then drove hard to the outside of Zeigler on the 10th lap and made the pass for the lead exiting the fourth turn and began to pull away as the non-stop action continued. Just as it seemed Rudisill was pulling away the race's only caution waved on the 17th lap for a multi-car accident in the third and fourth turns which involved Sean Herrick and Devilbiss.

This allowed Zeigler and 11th-starting Craig Wagaman to close onto Rudisill 's bumper on the restart. Zeigler slipped in the first and second turns, allowing Wagaman to slip by into the runner-up spot. Wagaman closed onto the leader's bumper on the final lap and pulled alongside in the final turns to the checkered. But Rudisill was not to be denied though and out-raced Wagaman to the checkered for his fifth career Lincoln win.


Abbottstown's Bernie Beard inherited the lead after Hanover's Craig Wagaman suffered a flat tire and went on to win the special 15-lap thundercar feature at Williams Grove Speedway Saturday night. Steve Clabaugh finished second, Nat Tuckey (who started 21st) third, Allen Haines fourth, and Butch Harvey fifth. Completing the top-10 were John McDonough, Duane Hahn, Sheldon Klinefelter, Eric McClane and Wayne Dutterer.

Todd Bowersox won the 15-lap street stock feature over Jim Salisbury, Scott Thunberg, Stan Wanner and Craig Morgan.

David Wilhelm of Abington, Maryland came from the 55th starting position to take the lead with three laps remaining and went on to win the 100-lap enduro over Pat Hires.

-bill meyer-

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