ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 4/10/04 - Career win number 124 didn't come any easier than the first 123 for Fred Rahmer at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. The seven-time Lincoln champ battled for every position before getting his shot at race-long leader ...
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 4/10/04 - Career win number 124 didn't come any easier than the first 123 for Fred Rahmer at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
The seven-time Lincoln champ battled for every position before getting his shot at race-long leader Chappy Knaack on the next-to-last lap. He grabbed the lead when Knaack bobbled exiting turn four of lap 24. The two smacked wheels and Knaack gathered it back in to hold on for second. But Rahmer drove away to the 1.85-second win, and the boo birds were there to greet him as he pulled into victory lane.
"Starting 11th or 12th is a lot tougher than starting at the front," said Rahmer upon exiting his Miller Brothers Chevrolet/Cadillac/Oldsmobile-Materials Handling Systems-Media Camping Center No.88H in victory lane. "He (Knaack) did a great job...he bobbled in lapped traffic...and I'm sorry about his luck."
Rahmer was running eighth when Sam Schlosberg got out of shape while running fifth and collected sixth-place Eric Stambaugh on lap ten.
"I'll tell you, the car that was probably gonna win the race was the #4, and he got taken out early. He was better than anybody all night long," said Rahmer and recognizing the performance of Eric Stambaugh, "He did a real good job, he just came up short. You gotta do what you gotta do, man."
Rahmer assumed sixth for the restart, drove by Becca Anderson on the first two turns when the green came back out, and slipped under Jeff Busby for fourth on turns one and two of lap 12.
A 16th-lap caution for a spinning Chris Knopp on turn two bunched the field for the restart, and Rahmer caught Brook Weibley for third on lap 18. It wasn't until lap 22 that Rahmer cleared runner-up Bobby Weaver. He quickly closed on the Jerry Karl No.38 of Knaack over the next two laps.
Weaver, who started beside Knaack on the outside of the front row, hung on for third, with Weibley fourth and a charging Doug Esh fifth. Completing the top ten were Cris Eash, Greg Hodnett, Eric Stambaugh (who came from the back after the ninth-lap spin), Anderson, and Busby.
"Back there in 11th or 12th...Hodnett, Eash, Esh, and I are back there banging each other...the first one through has the best chance of winning," explained Rahmer. "It's a good track, but it favors the guys off the front row right now."
"I'm just taking too long getting by these guys. I gotta get to the leaders for the win and I'm just taking too long as a driver to do it. I let everybody down last year, and I've gotta step my game up."
Heats for the 24 "410" sprinters were won by Anderson, Stambaugh and Busby.
T.J. Stutts picked the first win of his Lincoln career in the 20-lap "358" sprint feature. Stutts started eighth and caught polesitter Will Urkuski for the lead on lap 11. From there, he drove away to a 4.54-second win over Brad McClelland and Cory Haas for his second win in as many nights and third win of the season (other wins coming at Selinsgrove and Trail-Way on Friday night).
Stutts entered the top five by the end of the third lap, got around Mike Lehman for fourth on lap five, passed Mark Freeland for third on the seventh lap, and caught Danny Dietrich for the runner-up spot on lap nine, setting up his winning pass two laps later.
McClelland came from 11th to finish second, and Haas advanced from 18th to cross third. Urkuski settled for fourth, with 19th-starting Chad Trout finishing fifth. Completing the top ten were Danny Dietrich, Billy Dietrich, Alan Krimes, Freeland, and Tim Hershey.
Heats for the 38 "358" sprinters were won by Aaron Long, Urkuski, Danny Dietrich and Kevin Drury, with Randy Rhoads and Haas winning twin consolation events.
New Oxford's Bobby Rudisill, in only his second race back, led wire-to-wire for his eighth career Lincoln win in the 20-lap thundercar feature. In doing so, Rudisill became the seventh different winner in eight thundercar features this year.
The racing in behind was fast and furious, with last week's feature winner Neil Smith taken out by two lapped cars while fighting for the lead with Rudisill on lap seven. Also succumbing to the hectic action was Mike Walls, who quickly exited the speedway after making contact with the outside wall while racing for second on lap nine.
Through it all, Mike Zeigler Jr. advanced through the field from his 12th-starting spot to claim second, with former track champ Gary Potts (1994) crossing third, Nat Tuckey fourth, and Zeigler Sr. finishing fifth. Completing the top ten were Chet McCormick, Ron Shultz, Jim Martz Jr., Howard Williams, and Bernie Beard.
Heats for the 29 thundercars were won by Tuckey, Zeigler Jr. and Smith, with Beard winning the consolation event.
Next Saturday night, April 17th, the same three regular divisions will be back - the Cindy Rowe Paintless Dent Removal 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints & Thundercars. It will be the eighth point show for both the 410 sprints and thundercars while the 358 sprints compete for the third time 2004 on the on the high-banked lightning-quick 3/8th mile Pigeon Hills oval.
To get all the latest news, results, schedule changes and rule changes, visit Lincoln Speedway's website at www.lincolnspeedway.com to stay up-to-date on all the action or pending weather conditions at Central Pennsylvania's "Premier" Saturday night race track - The Fabulous Lincoln Speedway.
Saturday - April 10, 2004
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 88H-Fred Rahmer ($2,500); 2. 38-Chappy Knaack; 3. X-Bobby Weaver; 4. 32-Brook Weibley; 5. 30-Doug Esh; 6. 17E-Cris Eash; 7. 12-Greg Hodnett; 8. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 9. A18-Becca Anderson; 10. 47J-Jeff Busby; 11. 77-Lance Dewease; 12. 21-Brian Montieth; 13. 71-Brian Leppo; 14. 59-Jim Siegel; 15. 22-Darren Eash; 16. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 17. 31D-Kevin Drury; 18. 10N-Niki Young; 19. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 20. 6W-Josh Wells; 21. 7K-Dan Shetler; 22. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh; 23. 6K-Chris Knopp; 24. 23-Todd Zinn. No Time
Lap Leaders - Chappy Knaack (1-23), Fred Rahmer (24-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. A18-Becca Anderson; 2. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 3. 6W-Josh Wells; 4. 71-Brian Leppo; 5. 30-Doug Esh; 6. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 7. 31D-Kevin Drury; 8. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh. Time - 2:24.75
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) 1. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 2. 38-Chappy Knaack; 3. 17E-Cris Eash; 4. X-Bobby Weaver; 5. 77-Lance Dewease; 6. 22-Darren Eash; 7. 21-Brian Montieth; 8. 7K-Dan Shetler. Time - 2:22.92
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) 1. 47J-Jeff Busby; 2. 12-Greg Hodnett; 3. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 4. 32-Brook Weibley; 5. 59-Jim Siegel; 6. 10N-Niki Young; 7. 6K-Chris Knopp; 8. 23-Todd Zinn. Time - 2:30.03
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 39-T.J. Stutts ($1,000); 2. 6-Brad McClelland; 3. 11C-Cory Haas; 4. 14-Will Urkuski; 5. 7C-Chad Trout; 6. 88-Danny Dietrich; 7. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 8. 87-Alan Krimes; 9. 4R-Mark Freeland; 10. 27-Tim Hershey; 11. 12-Mike Bittinger; 12. 23R-Todd Rittenhouse Jr.; 13. 28-Keith Prutzman; 14. 52-Steve Clabaugh; 15. 69R-Randy Rhoads; 16. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 17. 88K-Travis Keeney; 18. 88J-Rory Janney; 19. 24B-Brett Kluge; 20. 15-Adam Wilt; 21. 7V-Mike Lehman (DNF); 22. 69G-Kevin Drury (DNF); 23. 58-Aaron Long (DNF); 24. 22T-Matt Boland (DNF). No time.
Lap Leaders - Will Urkuski (1-10), T.J. Stutts (11-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 58-Aaron Long; 2. 12-Mike Bittinger; 3. 28-Keith Prutzman; 4. 24B-Brent Kluge; 5. 15-Adam Wilt; 6. 88-Travis Keeney; 7. 80R-Dan Richcreek (DNF); 8. 22D-Jeff Young (DNF); 9. 7C-Chad Trout (DNF); DNS - 6B-Bill Sherman. No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) 1. 14-Will Urkuski; 2. 27-Tim Hershey; 3. 6-Brad McClelland; 4. 85-Ken Berwager; 5. 69R-Randy Rhoads; 6. 52-Steve Clabaugh; 7. 20-Jon Keller; 8. 17M-Michael Creaghan; DNS - 83-Ken Berwager. Time - 2:04.35
3rd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) 1. 88-Danny Dietrich; 2. 4R-Mark Freeland; 3. 87-Alan Krimes; 4. 88J-Rory Janney; 5. 22T-Matt Boland; 6. 1B-David Bull; 7. 12L-Timmy Long; 8. 49-Bobby Howard; 9. 41-Scott Geisey; 10. 73-Rusty Rupp. Time - 2:03.06
4th Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 69G-Kevin Drury; 2. 7V-Mike Lehman; 3. 39-T.J. Stutts; 4. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 5. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 6. 11C-Cory Haas; 7. 23R-Todd Rittenhouse Jr.; 8. 2J-Billy Johns; 9. 22L-Sam Leonard. Time - 2:01.60
1st Consolation (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 69R-Randy Rhoads; 2. 7C-Chad Trout; 3. 52-Steve Clabaugh; 4. 88K-Travis Keeney; 5. 15-Adam Wilt; 6. 20-Jon Keller; 7. 22D-Jeff Young; 8. 17M-Michael Creaghan; 9. 80R-Dan Richcreek; 10. 83-Michael Hamer (DNF); 11.
2nd Consolation (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 11C-Cory Haas; 2. 22T-Matt Boland; 3. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 4. 23R-Todd Rittenhouse Jr.; 5. 12L-Timmy Long; 6. 49-Bobby Howard; 7. 2J-Billy Johns; 8. 17M-Michael Creaghan; 9. 41-Scott Geisey; 10. 22L-Sam Leonard; 11. 73-Rusty Rupp. No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1.3R-Bobby Rudisill ($250); 2. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 3. 5-Gary Potts; 4. 52-Nat Tuckey; 5. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 6. 14-Chet McCormick; 7. 31-Ron Schultz; 8. 34M-Jim Martz Jr.; 9. 41-Howard Williams; 10. X-Bernie Beard; 11. 20-Sam Gallagher; 12. 70-Duane Hahn; 13. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 14. 12-Jake Markey; 15. 91-Tom Slusser Jr.; 16. 2-Dan Zechman (DNF); 17. 33-Larry Bartlett (DNF); 18. 57-Willie Godfrey (DNF); 19. B52-Mike Walls (DNF); 20. 61S-Mike Slaybaugh (DNF); 21. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); 22. 37-Frankie Dee (DNF); 23. 8-Mike Gladfelter II (DNF); 24. 8B-Doug Brown (Alt.)(DNF); DNS - Craig Wagaman. No Time
Lap Leaders - Bobby Rudisill (1-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 52-Nat Tuckey; 2. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 3. 30-Craig Wagaman; 4. 70-Duane Hahn; 5. 81-Mike Zeigler, Sr.; 6. 31-Ron Shultz; 7. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 8. 57-Willie Godfrey (DNF); 9. 61S-Mike Slaybaugh (DNF). Time - 2:51.16
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21A-Mike Zeigler, Jr.; 2. 14-Chet McCormick; 3. 2-Dan Zechman; 4. 5-Gary Potts; 5. 41-Howard Williams; 6. 91-Tom Slusser, Jr.; 7. 33X-Kenny Kluge; 8. 72-Wayne Esbenshade; 9. 8-Mike Gladfelter II; 10. 11-Jim Rost (DNF). No time.
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1-Neil Smith; 2. B52-Mike Walls; 3. 34M-Jim Martz, Jr.; 4. 20-Sam Gallagher; 5. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 6. 12-Jake Markey; 7. 8B-Doug Brown; 8. 33-Larry Barlett; 9. 37-Frankie Dee; 10. X-Bernie Beard (DNF). No Time
Consolation (6 Laps) - 1. X-Bernie Beard; 2. 61S-Mike Slaybaugh; 3. 33-Larry Bartlett; 4. 37-Frankie Dee; 5. 57-Willie Godfrey; 6. 8-Mike Gladfelter II; 7. 33X-Kenny Kluge; 8. 8B-Doug Brown; 9. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 10. 72-Wayne Esbenshade; 11. 11-Jim Rost. No Time