Central Pennsylvania weekend summary 2004-08-08

Eric Stambaugh, who has been knocking at the door for several weeks, slammed it on the rest of the field in a dominating performance in the Inaugural Weldon Sterner Memorial for 410 sprinters at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. For Stambaugh,...

Eric Stambaugh, who has been knocking at the door for several weeks, slammed it on the rest of the field in a dominating performance in the Inaugural Weldon Sterner Memorial for 410 sprinters at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.

For Stambaugh, his first career Lincoln win was worth $5,500, thanks to the numerous individuals and businesses who pulled together to sponsor a race held to honor one of the Lincoln's former promoters.

"I was just running like somebody was on my tail the whole time," exclaimed the jubilant Stambaugh upon exiting the Floyd and Joyce Swope No.4 in victory lane. "This is my favorite place to race...I think everybody knew that from past years."

"To win one here in the 410...we were close a couple of times. The car was just awesome tonight. Jeff Brown's got us a really nice setup. I'm proud of him, Barry, Bill, Brian, Roy, Greg, Scott, and the rest of the team."

Stambaugh started eighth and was running third by the end of the second lap. He drove around Josh Wells for second on lap three and took the lead from Sam Schlosberg in turns three and four of lap four. He then drove away from the field, leading by as much as four and-a-half seconds when a 16th-lap red flag came out for a flipping Becca Anderson on turn four of lap 17. His final margin of victory was 2.74 seconds over second-place finisher Cris Eash, who started 11th and advanced through the field to claim second from Josh Wells on the 17th-lap restart.

Wells crossed third, with Kenny Jacobs and Lance Dewease completing the top five.

The start of the race was marred by a first-turn eight-car crash that landed points leader Fred Rahmer on his side and Dan Shetler upside down.

Rahmer made repairs and came back to finish seventh, inches behind sixth-place finisher Doug Esh. Brian Leppo, Schlosberg, and Kevin Drury completed the top ten.

Rahmer made it three wins in as many nights by claiming his ninth Lincoln race of the season later in the evening in the Manheim Auto Auction make-up feature from last week.

Rahmer, who started in the points leader's 12th starting spot, moved past Bobby Weaver for fifth as he completed the third lap and caught Scholsberg for third on lap 10. At the time, Josh Wells held nearly a two-second lead. Rahmer passed Jim Siegel for the runner-up spot on lap 12, then pulled onto the back bumper of Wells when the caution flew for Forsythe a second time after a spin on turn three.

Rahmer pulled the slider on Wells in the first and second turns on the restart, and drove away from the field for a 3.78-second win in his final local race before heading to Knoxville for the Nationals next week.

Siegel scored his second runner-up finish in three nights, with Wells, Brian Leppo, and Lance Dewease completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Brian Montieth, Niki Young, Scholsberg, Kevin Drury, and Brook Weibley.

Former Lincoln 410 champ Dan Dietrich advanced from fourth to first on the first lap and led all 20 laps in becoming the ninth winner in nine races in the "358" sprint feature. He was the first of three Dietrichs to finish in the top ten.

Mark Zellers started on the pole and ran second the whole way, with tenth-starting Dave Neuman crossing third, Danny Dietrich fourth, and Brandon Grandstaff fifth. Completing the top ten were 18th-starting T.J. Stutts, points leader Chad Trout, Alan Krimes, Billy Dietrich, and Will Urkuski.

Career win leader Bernie Beard ended a nearly one-year winless streak by claiming his 72nd win in the Pigeon Hills in the 20-lap thundercar feature. Beard started ninth and was running second by the end of the first lap. He caught race-long leader Roy Warehime on lap three, and led the rest of the way. A caution on the final lap gave new point leader Mike Zeigler, Sr. one final chance to catch Beard, but Beard hung on for a .19-second win.

OTHER AREA RACING ACTION

RAHMER SCORES WILLIAMS GROVE FIFTH FRIDAY NIGHT

Fred Rahmer became the winningest driver in the history of Williams Grove Speedway Friday as he claimed his fifth victory of the season in the 25-lap sprint car feature.

Craig Keel led the first three laps of the sprint car feature before Niki Young took over. Lucas Wolfe, who started fifth, drove around Young on the ninth tour and began to stretch his lead over the field.

Meanwhile Rahmer, who started 12th, cracked the top five on lap six, but couldn't advance for the next nine tours.

Then he started his charge.

He was fourth on lap 15, third on lap 19, then blew past Todd Shaffer and Wolfe with three laps left Once in front Rahmer checked out for the $3000 victory, his second win in as many nights.

Todd Shaffer came from the eleventh starting position to claim second ahead of Wolfe. Young settled for fourth and Doug Esh came from 13th to fifth. Lance Dewease charged from 19th to finish sixth ahead of Todd Hestor, Mike Erdley, Mark Smith and Kevin Nouse.

Chad Layton won the 20-lap 358 Sprint feature.

RAHMER EXTENDS POINT LEAD WITH THIRD SUSQUEHANNA SPRINT WIN

Susquehanna Speedway Park Sprint Car point leader Fred Rahmer padded his point lead with a win in Thursday evening 's 25 lap 410 sprint feature.

In other action, Jared Wintermyer claimed his second School Bus win, Ronnie Dunstan won his second Legends feature event, and Mike Goodwin scored his second Xtreme Enduro feature win.

LEN THOMPSON EARNS FIRST 2004 WIN AT PORT ROYAL

Len Thompson led all 25 laps en route to his first win of 2004 in the 25 lap 410 sprint feature at Port Royal Speedway Saturday night. In taking the win over Judi Bates and Mike Wagner, Thompson became the eighth different winner at the Juniata County oval in 410 sprint action.

Nick Dickson picked up his first win of the year in late model action over Steve Campbell and Eric Zembower. Todd Snook picked up his third win of the year in the 20-lap pro stock championship feature.

RICH EICHELBERGER WINS SILVER SPRING MIKE IRWIN TRIBUTE Pat Beard is First-Time Late Model Winner

Rich Eichelberger took a big step in catching Frankie Herr in the super sportsman point standings by winning his second 25-lap feature of the season Saturday night at Silver Spring Speedway over Ken Carberry and Donnie Beaver. Eichelberger entered the night 305 points behind Herr in the standings, but after his win, is only 125 points behind the two-time defending champion. Overall, it was Eichelberger's third win of the season including a tour victory at Williams Grove.

Pat Beard picked up his first career Silver Spring limited late model feature win over a relentless Mark Billet in there 20 lap feature.

STEVE BUCKWATLER EARNS NINTH MICRO WIN AT TRAIL-WAY SATURDAY NIGHT

Royersford's Steve Buckwalter picked up his ninth win of the 2004 season in the 250cc micro-sprint feature race at Trail-Way Speedway Saturday night Buckwalter held off a determined 16 year old racer Broc Lawrence and Joe Trone Jr. at the checkered for the win.

Shippensburg's Dwayne Gutshall led all 20 laps en route to his first career 600cc micro-sprint win over Mark Strickler and Brett Schoenly.

In four-cylinder stock car action, Jerry Bard picked up his second win of the 2004 season while Brad Kress grabbed his third win in the scramble car division.

In four- and six-cylinder starlite stock makeup action, Daryl Hanson took the checkered flag for the four-cylinders and John Spangler won the six-cylinder feature.

In the four- and six-cylinder's regularly scheduled racing action, Daryl Hanson picked up his second win of the night in four-cylinder action while Nathan Herr picked up his first career win in six-cylinder action.

TROY BECKER GETS FIRST CAREER 358 SPRINT WIN AT TRAIL-WAY FRIDAY NIGHT

Troy Becker drove into victory lane for the first time of his career in the 20-lap 358 sprint feature by leading all 20 laps en route to the win over Jeff Rohrbaugh and Mike Bittinger.

Ron Shultz picked up his eighth career win in thundercar action while Ron Myers Jr. Picked up his first win of the year in street stocks.

MYERS HOLDS OFF SAGI FOR SECOND WIN AT HAGERSTOWN

DJ Myers of Greencastle held off the challenges of Alan Sagi to win the 25-lap late model feature at the Hagerstown Speedway Saturday night.

Pete Weaver of Williamsport scored his fifth win in the late model sportsman feature and Kenny Dillon of Hanover notched his second win in the pure stock main event.

Rick Geisbert of Frederick won the 30-lap enduro dash.

BLANE HEIMBACH CLAIMS WIN IN SELINSGROVE SPRINT CAR CHALLENGE

Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove drove to a convincing win in the 30-lap 358-360 sprint car challenge event Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway for his second win of the season, and the seventh of his career at the Snyder County oval. Heimbach stormed to the victory by 1.43 seconds over Mark Freeland, Adrian Shaffer, Nate Snyder and Gary Gollub.

Rookie Al Shawver, Jr. of Hampstead, MD, won his first career late model race in the division's 25-lap main event. Bill Glass of Middleburg made it two wins in a row in the 15-lap pro stock feature, while Brad Mitch of McClure won his fifth event of the season in the 12-lap roadrunner race.

-bill meyer-

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Jacobs , Becca Anderson , Lucas Wolf , Jeff Brown , Mike Goodwin
Teams Williams