Saturday - March 25, 2000 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, PA RAHMER BATTLES STUCK THROTTLE TO SECOND '00 LINCOLN WIN Esh claims 358 season opener; Beard scores 58th of career in thundercars ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/25/00 - It took a veteran to beat...
Saturday - March 25, 2000
RAHMER BATTLES STUCK THROTTLE TO SECOND '00 LINCOLN WIN
Esh claims 358 season opener; Beard scores 58th of career in thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/25/00 - It took a veteran to beat another veteran.
Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer battled with a sticking throttle to grab the lead from Dave Haight on the 17th lap and then held off a surging Steve Siegel on the final lap to win his second 25 lap super sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
The win, worth $2,500, was Rahmer's third overall win of 2000 and his 101st career win for car-owner Al Hamilton.
"Steve Siegel's a really good racer and a really good friend," Rahmer said in victory lane, "If I couldn't have won I would have liked to see him win. We were not very good at the end, but we were good enough to get there early. That's what we knew it would take. We were just very fortunate. The throttle stuck in the heat and it stuck again in the feature and it just makes it really hard. When I'd enter (the turns), I'd either have to stay back or I was going to run into them."
The outset of the feature saw eighth-starting Curt Michael take a wild flip down the frontstretch to bring out the red flag. Michael was uninjured.
On the next start, polesitter Bill Sims grabbed the lead over third-place starter Dave Haight exiting the second turn, with sixth-starting Becca Anderson, fourth-starting Danny Jones and outside frontrow starter Pat Cooper in tow at the end of the first lap.
Haight began to close on the race-leading Sims as they began to bear down on lapped traffic to start the seventh lap. Then disaster struck the leader, as Sims jumped the cushion in the first and second turns and slammed into the outside wall before rolling onto his side.
Haight assumed the lead for the seventh-lap restart, with female racer Anderson running a strong second and Chris Knopp third. Rahmer, who started 12th, had moved into fifth for the restart and began his charge to the front.
First, Rahmer passed Danny Jones in the first and second turns on the restart for fourth place as Haight streaked out to a full second lead over Anderson. Rahmer was finally able to get around Knopp for third-place in the first and second turns of the 13th lap, and then was able to slip by Anderson for second in the third and fourth turns of the 15th lap. Rahmer then made his race-winning move under Haight in the first and second turns of the 17th lap.
Rahmer began to pull away from Haight when Haight lost the handle in the fourth turn and spun to bring out the race's final caution on the 20th lap.
While Rahmer enjoyed a one-car cushion between himself and Anderson on the restart, lurking in fourth place behind the third place car of Jones was veteran racer Steve Siegel who was beginning to mount his charge.
Jones passed Anderson for second in the first and second turns on the restart. Siegel following by as well to move into third as Rahmer quickly pulled out to a 1.04 second lead.
Siegel then shot by Jones on the backstretch of the 24th lap for second place and quickly set his sights on the leader. Siegel closed the gap quickly as the white flag waved, but came up short by only a half a second as Rahmer took the checkered for his 86th career win at the Pigeon Hills oval.
"We just had a few problems with the car," Rahmer said. "I just glad to win for Cindy Rowe, Manheim Auto Auction, and American Racer Tires. They did a good job for us tonight...it's just another night I got lucky."
"These cars are going fast enough that even the little accidents are turning into big ones," said Rahmer, who included well wishes to injured drivers Cris Eash and Jeremy Trout in victory lane.
Following Siegel in third was Jones, with Anderson fourth and Ohio invader Rodney Duncan in fifth. Completing the top ten were Jeff Rohrbaugh, Johnny Mackison Jr., Lance Dewease, Skip Jackson, and Donnie Kreitz Jr.
Heats for the 23 super sprints on hand were won by Sims and Jones, with Shane Smith winning the consolation.
Doug Esh started third and stormed to his first win of the season in the 20-lap 358 sprint feature. Esh followed polesitter Bob Camilli for the first four laps before making the race-winning move. Camilli ran second for the next ten laps before fading to fifth at the end. Eric Stambaugh mirrored Siegel's performance from the sprint feature in closing on Esh to challenge over the last three laps. The final two laps followed a red flag for Dan Dietrich and Chad Layton, who got together exiting the fourth turn while racing for third.
Assuming third after the crash and finishing there was Jake Raudabaugh, with Billy Dietrich fourth and Camilli fifth.
Heats for the 28 "358" Sprints on hand were won by Eric Patteson (who flipped violently but was uninjured at the start of the feature), Esh, and Todd Reed, with Chad Layton winning the consolation.
Bernie Beard scored his first win of the year and 58th of his Lincoln career in the 15-lap thundercar feature. Beard, who started eighth, wasn't even in the top five at the end of the first lap. But after a pair of cautions, Beard advanced far enough to take the lead from polesitter Cork Laughman exiting the second turn of lap two. A half-lap later, Laughman and Mike Zeigler got together, with Zeigler's car nearly flipping on the frontstretch and making contact with both the outside and inside fronstretch guardrails. Teammates Duane Watson and Bobby Rudisill raced together the entire way to finish second and third. Steve Clabaugh and Mike Ciezobka crossed fourth and fifth.
Heats for the 26 thundercars on hand were won by Watson, Nat Tuckey, and Prunkl, with Tony Kuhn winning the consolation.
Lincoln Speedway swings back into action next Saturday night, April 1st, with the super sprint and thundercar regulars being joined by the 4-cylinder pure stocks in their first race of the season at the Pigeon Hills oval. Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 5:30 p.m., with heats getting underway at 6 p.m.
Saturday - March 25, 2000
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($2,500); 2. 59-Steve Siegel; 3. 8J-Danny Jones; 4. 7R-Becca Anderson; 5. 22D-Rodney Duncan; 6. 29-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 7. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 8. 88H-Lance Dewease; 9. 1-Skip Jackson; 10. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 11. 17N-Niki Young; 12. 6-Chris Knopp; 13. 10N-Dave Haight; 14. 26-Pat Cooper; 15. 81-Bob Beidleman; 16. 00-Shane Smith; 17. 11N-Ed Neumeister; 18. 0-John Garrett; 19. 2W-Jesse Wentz (DNF); 20. 55S-Bill Sims (DNF); 21. 43-Larry Shive (DNF); 22. 10-Chad Wolf (DNF); 23. 07-Curt Michael (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Billy Sims (1-6), Dave Haight (7-16), Fred Rahmer (17-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/8 to qualify) - 1. 55S-Billy Sims; 2. 6-Chris Knopp; 3. 26-Pat Cooper; 4. 10N-Dave Haight; 5. 17N-Niki Young; 6. 07-Curt Michael; 7. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 8. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 9. 11N-Ed Neumeister; 10. 77E-Dave Ely (DNF); 11. 0-John Garrett. Time - 2:29.24
2nd Heat (10 Laps/8 to qualify) - 1. 8J-Danny Jones; 2. 7R-Becca Anderson; 3. 59-Steve Siegel; 4. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 5. 77-Fred Rahmer; 6. 22D-Rodney Duncan; 7. 29-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 8. 81-Bob Beidleman; 9. 00-Shane Smith; 10. 10-Chad Wolf (DNF); DNS - 43-Larry Shive. Time - 2:24.59
Consolation (5 Laps) - 1. 00-Shane Smith; 2. 88H-Lance Dewease; 3. 11N-Ed Neumeister; 4. 0-John Garrett; 5. 43-Larry Shive (DNF); 6. 10-Chad Wolf (DNF); DNS - 77E-Dave Ely, 1-Skip Jackson. Time - 1:17.93
Feature (15 Laps) - 1. X-Bernie Beard; 2. 3-Duane Watson; 3. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 4. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 5. 61-Ciezobka; 6. 8MD-David Prunkl; 7. M1-Mike Potts; 8. 7-Duane Hahn; 9. 6-Tony Kuhn; 10. 5-Bobby Beard; 11. 22-Nat Tuckey; 12. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 13. 100-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 14. 3B-Pete Lawrence; 15. 4-Greg Feltch; 16. 2-Steve Gantz; 17. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); 18. 30-Bryan Wagaman (DNF); 19. 19-John McDonough (DNF); 20. 77-Ken Berwager (DNF); 21. 21A-Mike Zeigler (DNF); 22. 60-Cork Laughman (DNF); 23. 16J-Randy Zechman (DNF); 24. 95A-Allan Cullum (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Cork Laughman (1), Bernie Beard (2-15)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 3-Duane Watson; 2. 60-Cork Laughman; 3. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 4. 21A-Mike Zeigler; 5. 7-Duane Hahn; 6. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 7. 9J-Mike Johnson; 8. 19-John McDonough; 9. 0-Pat Saltzgiver. Time - 2:52.98
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 22-Nat Tuckey; 2. 5-Bobby Beard; 3. X-Bernie Beard; 4. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 5. 77-Ken Berwager; 6. 95A-Allan Cullum; 7. 16J-Randy Zechman; 8. 95-Fred Cullum (DNF); 9. 6-Tony Kuhn (DNF). Time - 2:52.00
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 8MD-David Prunkl; 2. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 3. 100-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 4. 3B-Pete Lawrence; 5. 30-Bryan Wagaman; 6. 4-Greg Feltch; 7. 2-Steve Gantz; 8. 1-Neil Smith; 9. M1-Mike Potts (DNF). No Time
Consolation (5 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 6-Tony Kuhn; 2. 1-Neil Smith; 3. 16J-Randy Zechman; 4. M1-Mike Potts; 5. 19-John McDonough; 6. 2-Steve Gantz; DNS - 9J-Mike Johnson, 95-Fred Cullum, 0-Pat Saltzgiver. Time - 1:46.93 (Establishes a 5-Lap Track Record)
Feature (20 laps) - 1. 6E-Doug Esh; 2. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 3. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh; 4. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 5. 34-Bob Camilli; 6. 11T-T.J. Stutts; 7. 55-Jimmy Layton; 8. 11S-Duaine Smith; 9. 18W-Kevin Welch; 10. 22J-Joe Ilg; 11. 80-Todd Reed; 12. 56X-Nate Snyder; 13. 22T-Matt Boland; 14. 17M-Michael Creaghan; 15. 2J-Billy Johns; 16. 8-Dab Dietrich (DNF); 17. 46-Chad Layton (DNF); 18. 51-Gary Gollub (DNF); 19. 5A-Brian Allman (DNF); 20. 30-Darren Eash (DNF); 21. 24-Brian Buckwalter (DNF); 22. 59-Ray Miller (DNF); 23. 66-Eric Patteson (DNF); 24. 56V-Tim Hershey (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Bob Camilli (1-4), Doug Esh (5-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 66-Eric Patteson; 2. 34-Bob Camilli; 3. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 4. 59-Ray Miller; 5. 11S-Duaine Smith; 6. 55-Jimmy Layton; 7. 5A-Brian Allman; 8. 24-Brian Buckwalter; 9. 3D-Ronnie Orwig; DNS - 22T-Matt Boland. Time - 2:06.28
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 6E-Doug Esh; 2. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh; 3. 56V-Tim Hershey; 4. 8-Dan Dietrich; 5. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 6. 56X-Nate Snyder; 7. 17M-Michael Creaghan; 8. 11T-T.J. Stutts (DNF); 9. 18W-Kevin Welch (DNF); 10. 56-Danny Warrick (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 80-Todd Reed; 2. 30-Darren Eash; 3. 22J-Joe Ilg; 4. 51-Gary Gollub; 5. 2J-Billy Johns; 6. 46-Jim Layton; 7. 5A-Mooch Parlett (DNF); 8. U1-Chad Layton (DNF); 9. 88-Terry Leininger (DNF). Time - 2:03.16
Consolation (8 Laps/7 to qualify) - 1. 46-Chad Layton; 2. 24-Brian Buckwalter; 3. 5A-Brian Allman; 4. 17M-Mike Creaghan; 5. 22T-Matt Boland; 6. 18W-Kevin Welch (DNF); 7. 11T-T.J. Stutts (DNF); 8. 3D-Ronnie Orwig (DNF); DNS - 5A-Mooch Parlett, U1-Chad Layton, 88-Terry Leininger, 56-Danny Warrick. No Time
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