Lincoln, PA report 96-05-04

New Oxford, PA Once again on Saturday night I went to the Lincoln Speedway, this time with my son Matt. Once again Dave Reininger attended the nights racing events with a fellow fan from Virgina. He sat in turn one and I sat in turn four. ...

New Oxford, PA

Once again on Saturday night I went to the Lincoln Speedway, this time with my son Matt. Once again Dave Reininger attended the nights racing events with a fellow fan from Virgina. He sat in turn one and I sat in turn four. For those of you who have never been to Lincoln it is a 3/8 mile clay banked oval track. Lincoln is located in New Oxford (Abbotstown), Pa approximately 1.7 miles east of SR 94 on US 30, then 1/2 mile south at the speedway sign.

This was the third night of the Expressline All Star invasion of the East Coat. There were 38 of the 410 Sprints, 17 of the Semi Late cars and 22 of the Thunder Cars signed into the pits. There were four heat races for the 410 sprints with five to qualify from each heat. There was also a twelve lap B Main with four to qualify and then a 40 Lap A Main.

The Hamilton owned #77 was present with Fred Rahmer. Saturday night will now find the #77 at Lincoln since Rahmer is in the hunt for the points championship. Also present was the #19 of Steve Smith.

TIME TRIALS - Top Ten Lap 1 Lap 2 Fast Lap 1. #19 Steve Smith** 13.758 13.529 13.529 2. #55 Tim Shaffer 13.964 13.886 13.886 3. #69K Don Kreitz Jr. 13.937 13.902 13.902 4. #1J Steve Siegel 13.912 13.971 13.912 5. #23s Frankie Kerr 13.936 14.037 13.936 6. #92x Kevin Gobrecht 14.217 14.002 14.002 7. #1W Jeff Shepard 14.00? 14.235 14.00? 8. #17e Cris Eash 14.224 14.014 14.014 9. #2W Jesse Wentz 14.361 14.068 14.068 10. #77 Fred Rahmer 14.273 14.101 14.101 **New Track Record breaking the 13.55 record of keith Kauffman set on 7/5/93

HEAT ONE The line up for heat one was as follows: Row 1: #00 Danny Smith, #2D Craig Dollansky Row 2: #U2 Kevin Huntley, #2W Jesse Wentz Row 3: #23s Frankie Kerr, #19 Steve Smith Row 4: #3B Van Gurley Jr., #11a Tim Kuhn Row 5: #X Bobby Weaver., #18 Brian Carlson

The #2D of Dollansky took the lead while the #19 of Smith pulled a wheelie and dropped back. On lap five the #19 of Smith passed the #U2 of Huntley for fourth. On lap eight the #3B of Gurley went into the pits. On lap nine the #19 of Steve Smith got by the #00 of Danny Smith to take third. HEAT ONE QUALIFIERS #2D, #2W, #19, #00, #U2.

HEAT TWO The line up for heat two was as follows: Row 1: #5 Byron Reed, #3 Daniel Coggeshell Row 2: #92 Kenny Jacobs, #77 Fred Rahmer Row 3: #11 92x Kevin Gobrecht, #55 Tim Shaffer Row 4: #07 Dave Haight, #10N Jeff Thompson Row 5: #13 Jeremy Minton, #99 Blane Borris

The green waved but the red quickly came out for the #13 of Minton who turned over in turn two. A complete restart followed with the #5 of Reed taking the lead while the #77 of Rahmer was making the biggest gain by going to the outside and passing cars until he found himself running in second position.

On lap three the #92x of Gobrecht passed the #3 of Coggeshell in turn three to take fifth spot. On lap six the #77 of Rahmer was pressuring the #5 of Reed for the lead. Finally on lap eight in turn four the #77 passed the #5. HEAT TWO QUALIFIERS #77, #5, #55, #92, #92x.

HEAT THREE The line up for heat three was as follows: Row 1: #45 Jeff Rohrbaugh, #12 Keith Kauffman Row 2: #1F Dean Jacobs, #11 Greg Hodnett Row 3: #69K Don Kreitz Jr., #1W Jeff Shepard Row 4: #66a Bobby Fletcher, #39 Phil Walters Row 5: #15D Brian Knaub

When the green flag waved the #69K of Kreitz passed two cars to move himself up to fourth, meanwhile the leader of the race was the #45 of Rohrbaugh. On lap two the #1W of Shepard was pressuring the #69K of Kreitz. The top five were #45, #12, #11, #69K, #1W. The real battle was between the #69K and the #1W who swapped places a number of times before the heat was over. HEAT THREE QUALIFIERS #45, #12, #11, #69K, #1W.

HEAT FOUR The line up for heat four was as follows: Row 1: #59 Bill Brian Jr., #2L Ed Lynch Jr. Row 2: #25 Todd Gracey, #94 Dale Blaney Row 3: #17e Cris Eash, #1J Steve Siegel Row 4: #77 Howie Locke, #68 Mike Lutz Row 5: #12B Brian Monteith

The #59 of Brian took the lead with the #94 of Blaney in second. By lap two the Blaney was pressuring the #59 of Brian for the lead. On lap three the #1J of Siegel passed the #2L of Lynch on the back stretch for fourth. The top five were: #59, #94, #17e, #15, #2L. By lap six the #17e of Eash was pressuring the #94 of Blaney for second while the #59 of Brian pulled out to a comforatable lead. On lap nine the #25 was pressuring the #2L for fifth but he could not complete the pass. HEAT FOUR QUALIFIERS #59, #94, #17e, #1J, #2L

All Star Dash Only the top six by time trials were eligible for the 5 lap straight up start race. This event is only for All Star Members only so the #19 of Smith was not eligible. 1.) #55 Tim Shaffer, 2.) #69K Don Kreitz Jr. 3.) #1J Steve Siegel 4.) #23 Frankie Kerr 5.) #1W Jeff Shepard 6.) #77 Fred Rahmer

On lap three the #1W of Jeff Sheppard hits the outside guard rail and turned so that he was facing traffic bringing out the yellow. At the same time the 23s of Kerr pulled into the pits. The finishing order was #55, #69K, #1J, #69K

There was some suspense snce the #23s of Kerr was slated to start on the pole of the B Main.

B MAIN - Twelve Laps - Five To Qualify Row 1: #23s Frankie Kerr, #1F Jeff Shepard Row 2: #25 Todd Gracey, #11 3 Coggeshell Row 3: #3B Van Gurley, #07 Dave Haight Row 4: #66a Bobby Fletcher, #77 Howie Locke Row 5: #11a Tim Kuhn, #10N Jeff Thompson Row 6: #39 Phil Walter, #68 Mike Lutz Row 7: #X Bobby Weaver, #13 Jeremy Minton Row 8: #15D Gene Knaub, #12B Brian Montieth Row 9: #18 Brian Carlson, #99 Blane Borris

As expected when the green dropped the #23s of Kerr was out in front. On lap two the #25 of Gracey got by the #3 of Coggeshell in turn four. Then on lap three the #3 got back by the #25. On lap five the #3 pulled away from the #25 and started pressuring the #1F of Jacobs for second. B MAIN QUALIFIERS #23s, #1F, #3, #25.

A MAIN - 30 Laps Row 1: #1J Steve Siegel, #69K Don Kreitz Jr. Row 2: #55 Tim Shaffer, #19 Steve Smith Row 3: #23s Frankie Kerr, #92x Kevin Gobrecht Row 4: #1W Jeff Shepard, #17e Cris Eash Row 5: #2W Jesse Wentz, #77 Fred Rahmer Row 6: #11 Greg Hodnett, #94 Dale Blaney Row 7: #U2 Kevin Huntley, #92 Kenny Jacobs Row 8: #1F Dean Jacobs, #2D Craig Dollansky Row 9: #3 Daniel Coggeshell, #12 Keith Kauffman Row 10: #2L Ed Lynch Jr., #00 Danny Smith Row 11: #5 Byron Reed, #45 Jeff Rohrbaugh Row 12: #59 Bill Brian Jr., #07 Dave Haight The #25 of Todd Gracey scratched from the event allowing the #07 of Dave Haight to make the event.

The green waved and the #69K of Kreitz took the point, however the yellow immediately waved. As the field came around again realigning for a restart the starter pointed at the #69K. On the restart the #69K of Kreitz was again in the lead followed by the #1J of Siegel who was being pressured hard by the #19 of Smith. On lap three the #19 of Smith took the second spot from the #1J of Siegel in turn four. Smith now set his sights on the leader #69K and was all over him and on lap six got by him in turn two. By lap seven the leader Steve Smith was lapping traffic. On lap eight the #92x of Gobrecht passed the #23s of Kerr on the back stretch taking over fifth position. On lap twelve the yellow came out for the #12 of Kauffman who had come to a stop on the back stretch. Running order for the top five was: #19, #69K, #1J, #55, #92, #23s. Unfortunately this was a lengthy yellow as the drivers had a difference in opinion with the officials over the line up order.

Once the green flew the field took off with the #92x of Gobrecht hitting the outside wall just past the start/finish line while running fifth, fortunately for him he kept going. By lap nineteen the leader #19 Steve Smith was lapping cars again. The yellow then waved for the #00 of Danny Smith who had come to a stop. The #92 of Jacobs entered the pits but was able to rejoin the field. The #12 of Kauffman was also in the pits again. The top five at this point were: #19, #69K, #1J, #55, #92x, #2W. On lap twenty three the #2D of Dollansky brought out the yellow since he had looped the car in turn four and was facing traffic. the red then came out for a fuel stop. During the fuel stop the #69K of Kreitz changed a top wing which is allowed under the All Star rules. During this time sprinkles were felt and since the weather person had called for rain it made the crowd nervous.

The field restarted but the #3 of Coggeshell slowed and then stopped on the front stretch bring out the yellow. The cars aligned for the restart. As the green waved the #92x of Gobrecht made a move and passed the #55 of Shaffer in turn two and the #1J on the back stretch to take the third position. The #92x started reeling in the #69K of Kreitz ever so slowly. On lap twenty-nine the #19 of Smith started lapping traffic again. The #92x of Gobrecht was starting to catch the #69K and on the final lap put a move on the #69K of Kreitz coming out of turn four but he was unable to complete the pass.

TOP FIVE FINISHERS #19, #69K, #92x, #77, #55

VICTORY LANE This was Steve Smith 150 win in a sprint car and 152 win if late model experience is counted. Steve said he had planned to run the Grove on Friday but time had gotten away from them and they were not ready.

As always I welcome any news, comments, suggestions or questions. You can reach me at: rgould@oehs.upenn.edu

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Series Sprint
Drivers Steve Smith , Tim Shaffer , Craig Dollansky , Kenny Jacobs , Brian Carlson , Dean Jacobs , Steve J