Central Pennsylvania weekend summary 2004-06-27

Lance Dewease followed Fred Rahmer for 52 laps in Lincoln's 52nd Anniversary show in May. He didn't want to do the same on opening night of Pennsylvania Speedweek. The defending Lincoln champ watched the back of Rahmer's tail tank for the first...

Lance Dewease followed Fred Rahmer for 52 laps in Lincoln's 52nd Anniversary show in May. He didn't want to do the same on opening night of Pennsylvania Speedweek.

The defending Lincoln champ watched the back of Rahmer's tail tank for the first 14 laps, but drove around a lapped car that boxed Rahmer in to make the race-winning move in turns three and four of lap 15. From there, he endured one caution flag and a 27th-lap red flag to claim the $5,000 top prize by 72-hundredths of-a-second over the Lincoln's points leader and seven-time Pennsylvania Speedweek champion.

Dewease was fourth fastest in time trials for the 37 sprinters on hand, placing him third for the start behind front-row starters Eric Stambaugh and Rahmer. Rahmer grabbed the lead at the outset and Dewease quickly drove under Stambaugh for second by the exit of turn two. Rahmer's lead was more than half-a-second when the first caution came out for Donnie Kreitz, who stopped on the backstretch of lap six. Rahmer's lead was nearly a full second two laps after the restart, but Dewease began reeling him in on lap ten. The Al and Betty Hamilton No.77 closed to Rahmer's back bumper entering turn three of lap 14, then drove around the Joe Harz No.88H with a lapped car in between the next time around.

"I chased him (Rahmer) the whole 52 laps of that anniversary show, and he did everything to keep me behind him then," said a jubilant Dewease in victory lane. "I knew we had a little bit for him. I was just kinda' biding my time. I kept running the top to make him stay on the bottom, and it worked out to our advantage."

Fast timer Greg Hodnett started picked pill No.6 for the invert, and grabbed third from Stambaugh on the sixth-lap restart. He ran there the rest of the way, though he had to hold off a pesky Brian Montieth over the final 22 laps. Montieth crossed fourth, with Stambaugh fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Jim Siegel, Todd Shaffer, Cris Eash, second-fastest time trialer Lucas Wolfe, and Doug Esh.

Dewease's third Lincoln win of the year and the 25th of his career in the Pigeon Hills vaulted him into the Speedweek points lead with 170, seven points ahead of Hodnett. Points are awarded for time trials, heat finishes as well as feature finishes during Speedweek. Rahmer ended night No.1 third with 144 points, followed by Stambaugh with 131 points and Montieth with 127 points.

Sprint heats were won by Shaffer, Mark Smith, Stambaugh and Kenny Jacobs, with Keith Kauffman winning the B-Main. Hodnett's fast time in time trials was 13.673 seconds.

Abbottstown's Duane Watson scored his first win of the year in the 20-lap thundercar feature, besting Neil Smith by .88-seconds at the finish. Watson started fifth and inherited the lead when outside front row starter Mike Slaybaugh spun while leading in the first and second turns of lap three, collecting second-place Gary Potts, polesitter Jim Martz, Jr., and sixth-starting Dan Zechman. Once in front, Watson outran the field the entire way, holding off Smith over the final 13 laps. Mike Zeigler, Sr. Closed in on his son for the points lead with a third-place finish, followed by Chet McCormick and Mike Walls. Sixth through tenth were Bernie Beard, David Prunkl, Zechman, Martz, and Tom Slusser, Jr.



Easton's 21 year old Jeremy Strausser led all 25-laps to earn his first career win and $1,600 in super sportsman action Saturday night at Silver Spring Speedway. Strausser started on the pole and survived several caution flags to become the fourth straight first-time winner over Gerry Strawser and Craig Morrow.

Another 21 year old, Bud Barton, led all 20-laps of the limited late model feature to become the second straight new winner in that division over Dave Sokoloski and Carl Graves.

1999 street stock champion Kirby Sites led the final 10 laps to pick up his first win of 2004 in street stock action.


Lewisberry's Brian Eichelberger, who had initially finished third behind brothers Billy and Danny Dietrich in the 25 lap KARS 358 Sprint feature, was surprised to find out later that he was declared the winner when a post-race inspection revealed that both the Dietrich cars were using illegal titanium crankshafts.

Brian Eichelberger was then awarded the victory with Keith Prutzman declared second.

Hamburg's Scott Haus used a last lap pass to pick up win number four in late model action over Jeff Leiphart and Travis Dillman.

John Heane was a first time winner in pro stocks while John Stoll picked up his second in four-cylinder stocks.


McConnellsburg's Marvin Winters came out of no where with an incredible charge to the front the final four laps to win the 25-lap late model feature at Hagerstown Speedway Saturday night. Winters took the checkered over D.J. Myers and Alan Sagi for his 20th career win at Hagerstown, but the first since July 2002. In other action, Pete Weaver dominated the 20-lap late model sportsman feature for his third win of the year and Mike Warrenfeltz passed Kenny Dillon as fire erupted under Dillon's car on the final lap to win his sixth 15-lap pure stock main event. Krazy Kenny Thomas won the 30-lap enduro dash.


Pequea's DJ Montgomery picked up his first career win in the 20-lap 600cc micro-sprint feature race at Trail-Way Speedway on Saturday night. Montgomery grabbed the lead away from Jamie Umlauf on lap nine, leading the rest of the way through heavy amounts of lapped traffic.

Steve Buckwalter took the lead from Mike Midkiff on lap 13 and drove away to his seventh 250cc micro-sprint win of the season.

Joe Brown picked up his first win of the 2004 season in the classic car division.

Frank Trail Jr. was the winner in four-cylinder starlite oval action while Buddie Jeffers got the win in six-cylinder action

Michael Racine got his second win in the scramble car division.


Susquehanna Speedway Park point leader Fred Rahmer got his first win of the year at the Newberrytown oval in Thursday night's 25 lap 410 sprint feature.

Rahmer passed Kevin Nouse on the 10th lap for the lead and raced away to the $2,500 win, the 19th of his career, over Lance Dewease and Donnie Kreitz Jr..

In other action, Curt Nichols claimed his first Xtreme Enduro Stock event, and Jason Goodling took the $1000-to-win Demolition Derby.


Carlisle's Dave Calaman drove to victory in the third annual 358 Sprint Firecracker 40 Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway and became the 10th different winner in 358 sprint car competition at the Snyder County oval.

Calaman posted the win over Blane Heimbach and three-time winner Nate Snyder. Brian Cochran won his first race of the season in the 20-lap late model feature, while Gerald Kratzer of Selinsgrove and Keith Bissinger of Orangeville took wins in the 15-lap pro stock and 12-lap roadrunner events, respectively.

Friday evening rain showers forced the cancellation of all area racing action. Williams Grove and Trail-Way Speedway were both forced to cancel there evening racing action.

-bill meyer-

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Series Sprint
Drivers Lucas Wolfe , Neil Smith
Teams Williams