Lincoln Speedway 2000-07-22

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/22/00 - It's that time of year when each race has something special on the line. But for Salfordville's Fred Rahmer - every race is special. Rahmer passed Manchester, Maryland's Jesse Wentz in the third...

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/22/00 - It's that time of year when each race has something special on the line. But for Salfordville's Fred Rahmer - every race is special. Rahmer passed Manchester, Maryland's Jesse Wentz in the third and fourth turns of the 17th lap to take the lead and cruised the rest of the way to win the Annual Daryl Gohn/Glenn Gohn Sr. Memorial for super sprints at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. The $3,000 win, was Rahmer's ninth of the year at the Pigeon Hill's oval, his third in-a-row, and the 93rd of his career at Lincoln. "It might look like a romp, but it's hard work for me and the guys," said a victorious Rahmer in victory lane. "Jesse Wentz was running real and Chris Knopp was running real well...I was just fortunate to win and glad to be driving Al's car. I need to thank Manheim Auto Auction, Cindy Rowe Auto Glass and Don Ott Racing Engines." "I'm very fortunate. I have more laps here than most of the guys. Jesse, he runs basically one night a week, Chris (Knopp) and them guys can't afford to race like we do. But they do a real good job and I just got lucky as far as I'm concerned." The initial start to the 25 lap super sprint feature saw Jeff Rohrbaugh and Cris Eash tangle in the first and second turns with Rohrbaugh spinning out and Eash tipping over onto his side to bring out the red, and ending the night for the Hanover racer early. Outside frontrow starter Jeremy Trout grabbed the lead from polesitter Shane Smith on the complete restart and paced the field of the eight laps before fourth starting Chris Knopp took over the point with a sliding pass of Trout in the third and fourth turns on the ninth lap. Knopp held the lead over fifth-starting Jesse Wentz, and 10th-starting Johnny Mackison Jr. when Trout looped his sprinter in the third and fourth turns on the 14th lap with Steve Siegel getting collected as well. Under the caution third-place Mackison retired to the pits, handing the 12th-starting Rahmer third place for the restart. Wentz then seized the opportunity on the 14th lap restart to grab the lead from Knopp on the backstretch. Rahmer immediately went to work on Knopp for second as the final caution waved on the 15th lap for another Rohrbaugh spin in the first and second turns. Rahmer rolled around the top of the first and second turns on the restart to pass Knopp for second place and quickly closed on the race-leading Wentz. Rahmer pulled along side Wentz on the backstretch of the 17th lap and then dove under him the for the lead in the third and fourth turns. "Chris (Knopp) was running good enough and I couldn't to play around," said Rahmer on his racing winning surge to the front. "I knew I was going to have to pass Jesse (Wentz) in three and four because that is where I felt the best." From there Rahmer put it on cruise-control through lapped traffic the rest of the way to pick up the win in the Daryl Gohn/Glenn Gohn Sr. Memorial. "I want to thank the whole Gohn family for the hard work they put into this," Rahmer said. "John Kessee at Brewery Product is a friend of mine and I want to thank him and everybody at Brewery Products as well." The Gohn family raised over $1,600 which was added to the sprint car purse, as well as over 60 give-aways to the fans during the evening's activities. Rahmer's 18th overall win of the season came by 2.40 seconds over Wentz, Danny Jones, Knopp, and James Chesson. Completing the top-10 was Bobby Weaver, Brook Weibley, P.J. Chesson, Niki Young, and Shawn Weaver. Heats for the 29 super sprints on hand were won by Wentz, Trout, and Knopp, with Shawn Weaver winning the consolation.

Middletown's Jason Covert showed he was the class of the field as he wired the field in winning the 20 lap feature for the visiting Silver Spring Limited Late Models. Covert, who started outside the front row, grabbed the lead from polesitter Dave Graber at the drop of the green and set the tone early from the point. But Covert faced his stiffest challenge from his newly acquired teammate, Doug Burkholder, over the second half of the race. Covert fought off numerous challenges and went on to take the checkered by a mere 1.39 seconds over running mate Burkholder. Kory Sites settled for third, with former Lincoln thundercar standout Gary Potts fourth, and Ron Little fifth. Heats for the 35 limited late models on hand were won by Burkholder, Potts, Ed Jones, and Mark Billet. Twin consolation events were won by Tom Blackwell and Bernie Beard.

Bonneville's Steve Clabaugh also rose to the occasion during the Gohn Memorial festivities by holding off Nat Tuckey and point-leader Bobby Beard in a final two-lap dash to the checkered to win the special 20-lap Thundercar Championship feature for his second win of the season.. Clabaugh, who started 10th, survived several mid-race tangles to pass Nat Tuckey on the 13th lap for the lead. But on the 18th lap the race came to an abrupt halt when a violent crash involving Cork Laughman and Allen Cullum exiting the fourth turn resulted in Cullum flipping his car. Cullum was shaken up from the crash and transported to a local hospital for a thorough check-up. On the restart Clabaugh, Tuckey and Beard (who had come from the rear after being penalized for hitting the restart cone on a sixth lap restart) battled bumper-to-bumper over the final two laps with Clabaugh hanging on for a slim one car-length win - the 20th of his career at Lincoln. Mike Ziegler finished third, Bernie Beard fourth, and Duane Hahn fifth. Heats for the 38 thundercars on hand were won by Neil Smith, Tuckey, Beard, and Sean Herrick. Twin consolation events were won by Cullum and Greg Feltch.

Next Saturday night, July 29th, Lincoln Speedway will have all three regular divisions - the super sprints, 358 sprints, and thundercars - in action. Gates will open at 5 PM, with hot laps at 7 PM and qualifying events getting underway at 7:30 PM.

Saturday - July 22, 2000
Abbottstown, PA


Super Sprints:

Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($3,000); 2. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 3. 99-Danny Jones; 4. 6-Chris Knopp; 5. 22-James Chesson; 6. X-Bobby Weaver; 7. 32-Brook Weibley; 8. 76-P.J. Chesson; 9. 17N-Niki Young; 10. 69-Shawn Weaver; 11. 00-Shane Smith; 12. 55S-Billy Sims; 13. 7K-Dan Shetler; 14. 623-Todd Bertolini; 15. 9-Gordon Senft; 16. 6W-Josh Wells (DNF); 17. 29-Jeff Rohrbaugh (DNF); 18. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr. (DNF); 19. 7J-Jeremy Trout (DNF); 20. 59-Steve Siegel (DNF); 21. 94-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF); 22. 17K-Gregg Klarr (DNF); 23. 0-John Garrett (DNF); 24. 17E-Cris Eash (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders - Jeremy Trout (1-8), Chris Knopp (9-13), Jesse Wentz (14-16), Fred Rahmer (17-25)

1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 2. 00-Shane Smith; 3. 59-Steve Siegel; 4. 76-P.J. Chesson; 5. 17N-Niki Young; 6. 32-Brook Weibley; 7. 9-Gordon Senft; 8. 623-Todd Bertolini; 9. 34-Al DeAngelis; 10. C4-Dave Cook. Time - 2:26.90

2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 7J-Jeremy Trout; 2. 99-Danny Jones; 3. 77-Fred Rahmer; 4. 6W-Josh Wells; 5. 0-John Garrett; 6. 7K-Dan Shetler (DNF); 7. 69-Shawn Weaver (DNF); 8. 22-James Chesson (DNF); 9. 10N-Jimmy McBee (DNF); 10. 22J-Joe Ilg (DNF). No Time

3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 6-Chris Knopp; 2. 17E-Cris Eash; 3. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 4. 29-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 5. X-Bobby Weaver; 6. 55S-Billy Sims; 7. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 8. 17K-Gregg Klarr; 9. 81-Bob Beidleman (DNF). Time - 2:24.24

Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 69-Shawn Weaver; 2. 22-James Chesson; 3. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 4. 623-Todd Bertolini; 5. 9-Gordon Senft; 6. 17K-Greg Klarr; 7. 34-Al DeAngelis Jr.; 8. C4-Dave Cook; DNS - 10N-Jimmy McBee, 81-Bob Beidleman, 22J-Joe Ilg. Time - 2:31.05

Thundercar Championship:

Championship Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 2. 22-Nat Tuckey; 3. 5-Bobby Beard; 4. 21A-Mike Ziegler; 5. X-Bernie Beard; 6. 7-Duane Hahn; 7. 3-Duane Watson; 8. 25-Sean Herrick; 9. 4-Greg Feltch; 10. 6-Tony Kuhn; 11. 60-Cork Laughman; 12. 95A-Allen Cullum (DNF); 13. 30-Bryan Wagaman (DNF); 14. 38-Roy Warehime (DNF); 15. 100-Mike Ziegler Jr. (DNF); 16. 3R-Bobby Rudisill (DNF); 17. M1-Mike Potts (DNF); 18. 21-Jerry Bingaman (DNF); 19. 95-Fred Cullum (DNF); 20. 39F-Bill Foard (DNF); 21. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); 22. 68-M.R. Teal (DNF); 23. 9J-Mike Johnson (DNF); 24. 19-John McDonough (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders - Mike Potts (1), Bryan Wagaman (2-7), Nat Tuckey (8-12), Steve Clabaugh (13-20)

1st Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 1-Neil Smith; 2. 30-Bryan Wagaman; 3. M1-Mike Potts; 4. 19-John McDonough; 5. 95A-Allen Cullum; 6. 11R-Jim Rost; 7. 16J-Randy Zechman; 8. 21A-Mike Zeigler; 9. 7A-Dale Knight; 10. 8MD-David Prunkl (DNF). Time - 2:46.92

2nd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 22-Nat Tuckey; 2. 60-Cork Laughman; 3. 95-Fred Cullum; 4. X-Bernie Beard; 5. 68-M.R. Teal; 6. 7-Duane Hahn; 7. 64-Sheldon Klinefelter; 8. 2-Steve Gantz; 9. 78-Ron Farrar (DNF). Time - 2:45.84

3rd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 5-Bobby Beard; 2. 100-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 3. 3-Duane Watson; 4. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 5. 4-Greg Feltch; 6. 38-Roy Warehime; 7. 9J-Mike Johnson; 8. 54-Terry Davis; 9. 24C-Keith Cook; 10. 12M-Jake Markey (DNF). No Time

4th Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 25-Sean Herrick; 2. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 3. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 4. 6-Tony Kuhn; 5. 39F-Bill Foard; 6. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 7. 77-Ken Berwager (DNF); 8. 31-Dave Highlands (DNF); 9. 13-Allen Haines (DNF). Time - 2:52.44

1st Consolation (6 Laps/4 to Qualify) - 1. 95A-Allen Cullum; 2. 21A-Mike Zeigler; 3. 68-M.R. Teal; 4. 7-Duane Hahn; 5. 16J-Randy Zechman; 6. 11R-Jim Rost; 7. 64-Sheldon Klinefelter; 8. 2-Steve Gantz; DNS - 7A-Dale Knight, 78-Ron Farrar, 8MD-David Prunkl. Time - 2:07.07

2nd Consolation (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 4-Greg Feltch; 2. 38-Gary Warehime; 3. 39F-Bill Foard; 4. 9J-Mike Johnson; 5. 12M-Jake Markey; 6. 61-Mike Ciezobka (DNF); 7. 13-Allen Haines (DNF); 8. 54-Terry Davis (DNF); 9. 24C-Keith Cook (DNF); DNS - 31-Dave Highlands, 77-Ken Berwager. No Time

Limited Late Models:

Feature (20 laps) - 1. F1-Jason Covert; 2. 1-Doug Burkholder; 3. 21K-Kory Sites; 4. 41F-Gary Potts; 5. 7-Ron Little; 6. X-Bernie Beard; 7. 25-Tom Blackwell; 8. 8-Rick Kaylor; 9. 33-Harold Beinhower; 10. 10-Fred Harden; 11. 0-Larry Baer; 12. 4-John Rudy; 13. 28-Keith Crossley; 14. 51-Dave Graber; 15. 6-Josh Kimmel; 16. 2-Scott Richwine (DNF); 17. 116-Charlie Kope (DNF); 18. 18-Ty Shatzer (DNF); 19. 5-Chris Byers (DNF); 20. 78-Terry Lescalette (DNF); 21. 22-Mark Billet (DNF); 22. 5W-Bud Witmer (DNF); 23. 94-Donnie Mertz (DNF); 24. 29-Ed Jones (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders - Jason Covert (1-20)

1st Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 1-Doug Burkholder; 2. 2-Scott Richwine; 3. 5-Chris Byers; 4. 0-Larry Baer; 5. 08-Randy Croop; 6. 6-Josh Kimmel; 7. 4-John Rudy; 8. 78-Terry Lescalette; 9. 99-Jeff Rice. Time - 2:21.46

2nd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 41-Gary Potts; 2. 8-Rick Kaylor; 3. 18-Ty Shatzer; 4. 116-Charlie Kope; 5. 16-Bud Barton; 6. 25-Tom Blackwell (DNF); 7. 00-Pat Saltzgiver (DNF); 8. 2M-Dave MaGilton (DNF); 9. 12-Sterling Kinard (DNF). No Time

3rd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 29-Ed Jones; 2. F1-Jason Covert; 3. 33-Harold Beinhower; 4. 7-Ron Little; 5. 5W-Bud Witmer; 6. 10-Fred Harden; 7. X-Bernie Beard; 8. 19-Jake Lettich (DNF); DNS - 78G-Mark Gray. Time - 2:19.55 (New 8-Lap Track Record - old record was 2:21.15 set by Jeff Leiphart on 6/10/00)

4th Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 22-Mark Billet; 2. 51-Dave Graber; 3. 21K-Kory Sites; 4. 94-Donnie Mertz; 5. 11-Tom Sokolowski; 6. 28-Keith Crossley; 7. 86-Bob Spahr; 8. 75-Paul Ward (DNF). No Time

1st Consolation (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 25-Tom Blackwell; 2. 6-Josh Kimmel; 3. 78-Terry Lescalette; 4. 4-John Rudy; 5. 08-Randy Croop; 6. 99-Jeff Rice (DNF); 7. 16-Bud Barton (DNF); DNS - 00-Pat Saltzgiver, 2M-Dave MaGilton, 12-Sterling Kinard. No Time

2nd Consolation (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. X-Bernie Beard; 2. 10-Fred Harden; 3. 5W-Bud Witmer; 4. 28-Keith Crossley; 5. 11-Tom Sokolowski; 6. 75-Paul Ward; 7. 86-Bob Spahr; DNS - 19-Jake Lettich, 78C-Mark Gray. Time - 2:29.00

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Paul Ward , James Chesson , Mark Gray , Chris Bye , Mike Johnson , P.J. Chesson , Danny Jones , Dave Cook , Tom Black , Ed Jones , Neil Smith