Saturday - July 10, 1999 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, Pa. RAHMER WINS FOUR-CAR WAR TO CLAIM LINCOLN NINTH; Cris Eash dominates 358's; Bobby Beard edges Bernie Beard in thundercars ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7104/99 - Hot summer days can make for tough...
Saturday - July 10, 1999 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, Pa.
RAHMER WINS FOUR-CAR WAR TO CLAIM LINCOLN NINTH; Cris Eash dominates 358's; Bobby Beard edges Bernie Beard in thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7104/99 - Hot summer days can make for tough racing in the evening. It couldn’t have gotten any tougher than it was Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway for Salfordsville’s Fred Rahmer.
Rahmer, who started 10th, methodically picked his way through heavy lapped traffic on the slick evening racing surface to track down a determined Brian Montieth with three laps to go and score his ninth win of the year at Lincoln. Montieth had grabbed the lead from his outside frontrow starting position at the drop of the green and led the first 21 laps.
"It was pretty slick tonight," said Rahmer in victory lane, "Brian Montieth run a heck of a race and he’s a heck of a good racer...he’s from out my way (Phoenixville) and did a great job."
"We’ve been having some tough luck, nothing bad, but we want to win every night," said Rahmer, "We’re just optimistic and that’s all we’re trying to do right now. The competition’s so good here you’ve got to race your butt off, and that’s what we usually do" Rahmer added."
Montieth grabbed the lead from his outside frontrow starting position over polesitter Bobby Weaver. Shawn Weaver, who started third, also slipped by Bobby Weaver on the opening lap to move into second, with Dave Ely following in fourth.
Ely then passed Bobby Weaver and Shawn Weaver on consecutive laps to move into the runner-up spot while Montieth raced out to a 1.82-second lead by the third lap. A caution on the fifth lap for a spinning Dave Cook in the fourth turn allowed Ely to close on the leader just as they were about to enter lapped traffic.
The restart saw Montieth hold back Ely’s attempts for the lead with Greg Hodnett, who started seventh, moving into third place with a highside move in the first and second turns on the fifth lap - just before the caution waved for a first and second turn tangle between Glendon Forsythe and Pat Cooper.
Ely mounted his most serious challenge on the sixth lap restart as Hodnett loomed behind. Meanwhile, Rahmer was slowing entering the picture as he passed Shawn Weaver for fourth place at the start-finish line to complete the seventh lap.
The race’s final caution waved on the ninth lap when Jimmy McBee spun in the third turn, putting Ely, Hodnett and Rahmer on Montieth’s bumper for the restart.
Montieth was able stay in front on the restart as Hodnett began to pressure Ely for second place and Rahmer waited for his opportunity. Ely and Hodnett swapped the runner-up spot on consecutive laps (14th & 15th), with Hodnett finally securing second on the 16th lap. Rahmer wasted no time and followed the Memphis, Tenn., racer into third around Ely on the 18th lap as the leaders began to make there way though heavy lapped traffic.
Rahmer began to smell the win with five laps to go, putting the pressure on Hodnett for the second spot. He made his pass in the first and second turns of the 21st lap for second place. Rahmer then stalked Montieth through heavy lapped traffic and made his winning move in the third and fourth turns of the 22nd lap. Hodnett immediately began to pressure Montieth for second place on the next-to-last lap, made the pass, and set his sights on Rahmer.
But Rahmer was able to maneuver around lapped traffic the final lap with ease to take the checkered .59 seconds ahead of Hodnett for his 14th overall win of 1999 - and his 83rd career win at Lincoln Speedway.
"We’re running McCreary tires and they’re (Hodnett) running Goodyears," said Rahmer. "That might have gave us an advantage there...I knew if I got to the front first they were never going to drive by me when I got the lead. We put hard tires on because the track got so slow. I think we might have went a little too hard, but we were fortunate enough to get the win and that’s all that really matters."
Montieth settled for a heart-breaking third-place finish, followed by Ely and Donnie Kreitz Jr. Completing the top-10 were Steve Siegel, Cris Eash, Shawn Weaver, Dan Jones, and Jesse Wentz.
Heats for the 27 super sprints on hand were won by Johnny Mackison Jr., Eash and Montieth, with Bob Bennett winning the consolation.
Cris Eash gave the Leach racing team its sixth win in the last seven Lincoln shows in the 20-lap "358" sprint feature. East started 11th, was scored fifth by the end of the first lap, took the lead from Tracy Templin on lap five, and ran away from a five-car race for second for a 2.58-second victory. It was his fourth of the year at Lincoln to go along with a pair of wins by brother Darren in the 358 division at Lincoln last weekend.
Gary Gollub ran low through the turns and came on strong at the end to finish second, with Terry Leininger, Templin, and Doug Esh completing the top five. Jake Raudabaugh was the other car in the battle for second, settling for a sixth-place finish.
Heats for the 28 "358" sprinters on hand were won by Templin, Tim Hershey and Chad Layton, with Todd Reed winning the consolation in a new five lap track record time of 1:23.02.
Hershey scratched from the feature despite his heat win. Greg Leiby, who entered the night as the points leader, left the speedway with a sore knee and ribs after a nasty flip in the second turn of the first lap.
McSherrystown’s Bobby Beard has led only a handful of laps at Lincoln this year, but they have resulted in two wins and a points lead. Beard claimed his second win, and first since March, by less than a car length over cousin and rival Bernie Beard in the 15-lap thundercar feature. Bernie led the first 14 laps before Bobby drove the cushion around Bernie off the final turn. Steve Clabaugh, Neil Smith and Mike Zeigler completed an impressive top five. The feature saw all five start near the front after several attempts to start the race took out five of the six front starters.
Heats for the 28 thundercars were won by K.T. Shaw, Bobby Beard and Sean Herrick.
Don’t forget to check-out Lincoln Speedway On-line at http://www.lincolnspeedway.com for all the latest results, statistics and point standings. Next weekend, Saturday July 17th, the micro-sprints return for there third appearance of 1999 at the Pigeon Hills oval along with the super sprint and thundercar regulars. Racing action gets underway at 7:30 PM, with gates opening at 5 PM.
RACE RESULTS Saturday - July 10, 1999 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, Pa.
Super Sprints: Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($2,500); 2. 12-Greg Hodnett; 3. 12B-Brian Montieth; 4. 77E-Dave Ely; 5. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 6. 59-Steve Siegel; 7. 17E-Cris Eash; 8. 69W-Shawn Weaver; 9. 8J-Dan Jones; 10. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 11. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 12. 28-Brian Paulus; 13. X-Bobby Weaver; 14. 6M-Curt Michael; 15. 3-Bob Bennett; 16. 07X-Johnny Bridges; 17. 6W-Josh Wells; 18. 94-Glendon Forsythe; 19. 17N-Niki Young; 20. 92-Jimmy McBee; 21. 26-Pat Cooper; 22. 43-Larry Shive; 23. 07-Bill Brian Jr. (DNF); 24. LT4-Dave Cook (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Brian Montieth (1-21), Fred Rahmer (22-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 12-Greg Hodnett; 2. 77-Fred Rahmer; 3. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 4. 6M-Sean Michael; 5. 26-Pat Cooper; 6. 07-Bill Brian Jr.; 7. 3-Bob Bennett; 8. 34-Bob Camilli; 9. LT4-Dave Cook. Time - No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 17E-Cris Eash; 2. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 3. X-Bobby Weaver; 4. 92-Jim McBee; 5. 8-Dan Jones; 6. 94-Glendon Forsythe; 7. 6W-Josh Wells; 8. 07X-Johnny Bridges (DNF); 9. 40-Ed Fischl II (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 12B-Brian Montieth; 2. 69-Shawn Weaver; 3. 77E-Dave Ely; 4. 59-Steve Siegel; 5. 28-Brian Paulus; 6. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 7. 17N-Niki Young; 8. 43-Larry Shive (DNF); 9. 10-Chad Wolf. Time - 2:30.11
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 3-Bob Bennett; 2. 07X-Johnny Bridges; 3. 17N-Niki Young; 4. 43-Larry Shive; 5. LT4-Dave Cook; 6. 6W-Josh Wells; 7. 34-Al DeAngelis; DNS - 40-Ed Fischl II, 10-Chad Wolf. No Time
358 Sprints: Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 30E-Cris Eash; 2. 51-Gary Gollub; 3. 88-Terry Leininger; 4. 15-Tracy Templin; 5. 6E-Doug Esh; 6. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh; 7. 22J-Joe Ilg; 8. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 9. 55-Jimmy Layton; 10. U1-Chad Layton; 11. 34-Bob Camilli; 12. 713-Bob Fisher; 13. 5-Bob Hagan; 14. 727-Lyndon Mathias; 15. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 16. 66-Eric Patteson; 17. 79-Duaine Smith (DNF); 18. 19-Tim Hill (DNF); 19. 80-Todd Reed (DNF); 20. 71-Joe Whitcomb (DNF); 21. 00-Elmer Stoltzfus (DNF); 22. 77-Greg Leiby (DNF); 23. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Tracy Templin (1-4), Cris Eash (5-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 15-Tracy Templin; 2. 6E-Doug Esh; 3. 30E-Cris Eash; 4. 00-Elmer Stoltzfus; 5. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 6. 66-Eric Patteson; 7. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh; 8. 8-Dan Dietrich (DNF); 9. 17M-Mike Creaghan (DNF); 10. 55-Jimmy Layton (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 56V-Tim Hershey; 2. 88-Terry Leininger; 3. 5-Bob Hagan; 4. 8D-Dan Dietrich; 5. 19-Tim Hill; 6. 34-Bob Camilli; 7. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh; 8. 56-Danny Warrick (DNF); DNS - 6F-Bill Fannasy. No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. U1-Chad Layton; 2. 22J-Joe Ilg; 3. 79-Duaine Smith; 4. 51-Gary Gollub; 5. 71-Joe Whitcomb; 6. 713-Bob Fisher; 7. 77-Greg Leiby; 8. 80-Todd Reed; 9. 727-Lyndon Mathias. Time - 2:04.43
Consolation (5 Laps/7 to qualify) - 1. 80-Todd Reed; 2. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh; 3. 77-Greg Leiby; 4. 55-Jimmy Layton; 5. 727-Lyndon Mathias; 6. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh; DNS - 8-Dan Dietrich, 56-Danny Warrick. Time - 1:23.02 (New 5-Lap Track record - old record was 1:24.21 set by Dale Hammaker on 6/25/94)
Thundercars: Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 5-Bobby Beard; 2. X-Bernie Beard; 3. 16-Steve Clabaugh; 4. 1-Neil Smith; 5. 21A-Mike Zeigler; 6. 25-Sean Herrick; 7. 6-Tony Kuhn; 8. 47-Bob Scott Jr.; 9. 95-Fred Cullum; 10. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 11. 24K-Corey Knaub; 12. 9B-Ken Berwager; 13. 39-Pat McClane; 14. 76-Bob Bare; 15. 41-K.T. Shaw; 16. 3-Duane Watson (DNF); 17. 21-Jerry Bingaman (DNF); 18. 22-Nat Tuckey (DNF); 19. 11-Tom Jackson (DNF); 20. 99-Joe Flynn Jr. (DNF); 21. 2-Steve Gantz (DNF); 22. 78-Ron Farrar (DNF); DNS - 8MD-David Prunkl. No Time
Lap Leaders - Bernie Beard (1-14), Bobby Beard (15)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 41-K.T. Shaw; 2. 16-Steve Clabaugh; 3. 24K-Corey Knaub; 4. X-Bernie Beard; 5. 99-Joe Flynn Jr.; 6. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 7. 18-Jerry Keyes (DNF); DNS - 55-Matt Barnes, 22-Nat Tuckey, 11M-Duane Mease. Time - 2:46.37
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 5-Bobby Beard; 2. 9B-Ken Berwager; 3. 8MD-David Prunkl; 4. 3-Duane Watson; 5. 6-Tony Kuhn; 6. 95-Fred Cullum; 7. 76-Bob Bare; 8. 2-Steve Gantz; 9. 11-Tom Jackson (DNF). Time - 2:48.06
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 25-Sean Herrick; 2. 21A-Mike Zeigler; 3. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 4. 1-Neil Smith; 5. 78-Ron Farrar; 6. 39-Pat McClane; 7. 47-Bob Scott Jr.; 8. 54-Terry Davis; 9. 61-Mike Ciezobka (DNF). Time - 2:47.97