RAHMER WINS THIRD OF WEEKEND, MAKES IT FOUR OUT OF SIX AT LINCOLN Alan Krimes makes last turn pass to claim "358" sprint feature; Mike Walls wins third in thundercar action ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 5/7/05 - Fred Rahmer made it three wins in...
RAHMER WINS THIRD OF WEEKEND, MAKES IT FOUR OUT OF SIX AT LINCOLN
Alan Krimes makes last turn pass to claim "358" sprint feature; Mike Walls wins third in thundercar action
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 5/7/05 - Fred Rahmer made it three wins in three nights by claiming the 25-lap 410 sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
"We were really good early, got a little loose, and then just ran as hard as I figured I had to," said Rahmer upon exiting his Joe Harz-owned Miller Brothers Chevrolet/Material Handling Systems/Media Camping Center No. 88H in victory lane. "I'm just glad to win and hopefully keep this thing going."
"We're a team that has been together for a while and everybody else has been regrouping," Rahmer added. "I've got to take advantage of it while I can, and hopefully keep them off balance a little bit."
In doing so, he climbed one more rung in his quest to catch Steve Smith in the record books. The win, combined with Greg Hodnett's seventh place finish, vaulted Fast Freddie back into the points lead in the Pigeon Hills. A 2005 championship would give Rahmer nine in his Lincoln career and equal Smith's record number of track titles. Rahmer's 138th career win, his fourth and six races at Lincoln this year, moves him to within 12 of Smith on the all-time Lincoln win list. It was also Rahmer's ninth win of the year overall, tops in the nation.
"It's pretty incredible," said Rahmer when reminded he was only 12 wins away from the all-time win mark of 150. "We'll just keep at it...as long as I can keep good owners and good sponsors and good people working on the car we might be able to get it."
"I'm sure if we get it, there is only one guy that could beat me, and that would be Mr. Smith."
Points handicapping placed Rahmer 11th for the start. Outside front row starter Glenndon Forsythe paced the field the first six laps before slowing to a stop on the front stretch as fourth-starting Sam Schlosberg assumed the lead on lap seven. Rahmer, who advanced to sixth by the end of lap six, passed both Jeff Shepard and Jason Johnson on a seventh-lap restart, then got by Jeff Busby two turns later to advance to second by the time the caution came out for Forsythe.
Schlosberg's lead was short-lived, as Rahmer made the race-winning pass on turns three and four of lap eight. Jason Johnson, Niki Young, Doug Esh, and Jeff Shepard then put on a show as they battled for position and advanced to third, fourth, fifth, and sixth by the time a caution came out for Brian Leppo on lap 16. The caution turned into a red when Busby flipped on turn two.
Schlosberg hit the cone on the restart, and although he finished fifth at the end, he was scored as the last car running on the lead lap and credited with a 16th-place finish.
Johnson advanced to second on the restart, with Niki Young claiming third by the end of lap 17. That's the way they finished, with Johnson crossing .91-seconds behind Rahmer.
"He's got a real good mechanic in Moon Byers, he's as good as there is around here," said Rahmer on runner-up Jason Johnson. "He's going to be tough, I'm sure he's going to be a pain in the neck."
"We bent a car up at the Grove and ran it a week or two too long and got out of synch," explained Rahmer. "We brought a new one out and this one works real well."
Jeff Shepard got by Schlosberg on lap 23 to finish fourth, with Doug Esh credited with a fifth-place finish after the Schlosberg penalty.
Sixth through tenth were Brian Montieth, Greg Hodnett, Eric Stambaugh, Josh Wells, and Chad Layton.
Heats for the 24 "410" sprinters were won by Leppo, Young and Forsythe.
Denver's Alan Krimes made a thrilling last-turn pass around defending Lincoln champ Chad Trout to claim his second win in two nights in the 20-lap "358" sprint feature. In doing so, Krimes became the first driver to repeat as winner in 13 Central Pennsylvania "358" sprint races this year.
In a feature that was marred by three red flags in a three-lap span, including a first-turn flip that sent Jay Galloway to the hospital, Krimes led the race from laps six through 15, yielded to Trout on a 16th-lap restart, and then reclaimed the lead by driving around Trout exiting turn four of the final lap. His final official margin of victory was .28-seconds, less than a carlength.
Krimes started seventh and moved to second behind Judd Shepard by the end of the third lap. He followed Shepard for two more laps before grabbing the lead on lap six. He was the leader when the first red came out for Galloway on lap seven. Galloway, who was knocked out in the crash, walked to the ambulance for his trip to Hanover Hospital. That was the first of three red flags on successive laps. On the restart, Matt Beasley spun and flipped on the backstretch, collecting four other cars, including points leader Mike Lehman. A lap later, Judd Shepard hit the inside guardrail and flipped on the front stretch.
Billy Dietrich assumed second for the restart, but yielded to Trout when he hit the outside guardrail exiting turn four of lap ten. Dietrich recovered to finish third, with Cory Haas coming from 20th to cross fourth and Danny Dietrich fifth. Completing the top ten were Keith Prutzman, 18th-starting Howie Locke, Adam Wilt, Steve Clabaugh, and Jon Keller.
Heats for the 42 "358" sprinters were won by Danny Dietrich, Travis Keeney, Krimes and Trout. Twin consolations were won by Wilt and Locke.
Gettysburg's Mike Walls picked up his second win of the weekend by edging-out Nat Tuckey and Mike Zeigler Jr. in a one-lap shoot-out for the win in the 20-lap thundercar feature.
Zeigler Jr. had grabbed the lead from his outside frontrow starting position at the start and held off Al Cramer for the first eight laps. Then ninth-starting Walls took over the chase in second place on the ninth lap and patiently worked the bottom of the track until he made his pass for the lead on the 12th lap.
But several late-race cautions kept Zeigler and 11th-starting Nat Tuckey close. When the final caution flag waved on the final lap, Zeigler and Tuckey had one last shot at Walls for the win. They went three-wide in the final turns with Walls and Zeigler making contact. But Walls prevailed for his third 2005 Lincoln win by 1.2-seconds over Tuckey and Zeigler Jr.. The win was the 17th of his career, tying him with Bobby Beard for seventh on the Lincoln Speedway All-Time Thundercar win list.
Neil Smith acme from 17th to finish fourth and Duane Watson fifth. Completing the top-10 were point-leader Ron Shultz, Doug Devilbiss, Craig Wagaman, Mike Zeigler Sr. And Jim Rost Sr..
Heats for the 25 thundercars were won by Walls, Tuckey and Zeigler Jr..
Next Saturday, May 14th, Lincoln will switch to 7:30 PM starts in conjunction with York County Racing Club Night. All card-carrying YCRC members will receive a discount on General Admission tickets. The 358 Sprinters will compete in the special Trone Advertising/York Flooring Mid-Season Championship. Joining them will be the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass 410 Sprints and thundercar regulars.
Gates will open at 5:30 PM, with racing action getting underway at 7:30 PM.
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 88H-Fred Rahmer ($3,000); 2. 22-Jason Johnson; 3. 10N-Niki Young; 4. 12-Jeff Shepard; 5. 30-Doug Esh; 6. 21-Brian Montieth; 7. 77-Greg Hodnett; 8. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 9. 6W-Josh Wells; 10. U2-Chad Layton; 11. 6K-Chris Knopp; 12. X-Bobby Weaver; 13. 71-Brian Leppo; 14. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 15. 8M-Chris Meleason; 16. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 17. 23-Todd Zinn; 18. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh; 19. 43-Larry Shive; 20. 21M-Danny Murray (DNF); 21. 47J-Jeff Busby (DNF); 22. 93-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF); 23. 7K-Dan Shetler (DNF); DNS - 59-Jim Siegel. No Time
Lap Leaders - Glenndon Forsythe (1-6), Sam Schlosberg (7), Fred Rahmer (8-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 71-Brian Leppo; 2. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 3. 8M-Chris Meleason; 4. 21-Brian Montieth; 5. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 6. 23-Todd Zinn; 7. 43-Larry Shive; 8. 59-Jim Siegel (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) 1. 10N-Niki Young; 2. 6K-Chris Knopp; 3. 12-Jeff Shepard; 4. 77-Greg Hodnett; 5. 6W-Josh Wells; 6. 30-Doug Esh; 7. 21M-Danny Murray (DNF); 8. 7K-Dan Shetler (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) 1. 93-Glenndon Forsythe; 2. 22-Jason Johnson; 3. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 4. 47J-Jeff Busby; 5. X-Bobby Weaver; 6. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 7. U1-Chad Layton; 8. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh (DNF). Time - 2:27.12
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 87-Alan Krimes; 2. 7C-Chad Trout; 3. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 4. 39-Cory Haas; 5. 88-Danny Dietrich; 6. 28-Keith Prutzman; 7. 77-Howie Locke; 8. 15-Adam Wilt; 9. 30-Steve Clabaugh; 10. 20-Jon Keller; 11. 5-Rusty Pressley; 12. 84-Dale Hammaker; 13. 88K-Travis Keeney; 14. 23-Todd Rittenhouse Jr.; 15. 24B-Jan Opperman Jr.; 16. 5C-Danny Carrozzo (DNF); 17. 3J-Judd Shepard (DNF); 18. 41-Scott Geesey (DNF); 19. 12J-Matt Beasley (DNF); 20. 7V-Mike Lehman (DNF); 21. 84C-Chad Criswell (DNF); 22. 22D-Jeff Young (DNF); 23. 27-Jay Galloway (DNF); 24. 12-Mike Bittinger (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Judd Shepard (1-5), Alan Krimes (6-15), Chad Trout (16-19), Alan Krimes (20)
1st Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 88-Danny Dietrich; 2. 22D-Jeff Young; 3. 27-Jay Galloway; 4. 28-Keith Prutzman; 5. 15-Adam Wilt; 6. 56M-Mark Zellers; 7. 20-Jon Keller; 8. 27S-Stewart Smith; 9. 53-Brian Earnst; 10. 11D-Mike Gable; 11. 7V-Mike Lehman (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 88-Travis Keeney; 2. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 3. 3J-Judd Shepard; 4. 41-Scott Geesey; 5. 84C-Chad Criswell; 6. 98-Troy Becker; 7. 9C-Mike Carber; 8. 8-Dan Dietrich (DNF); 9. 55-Chad Layton (DNF); DNS - 51N-Nick Palmerino. No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 87-Alan Krimes; 2. 12J-Matt Beasley; 3. 30-Steve Clabaugh; 4. 5-Rusty Pressley; 5. 77-Howie Locke; 6. 15B-John Burnett; 7. 39-Cory Haas; 8. 64W-Randy Whisler; 9. 85-Ken Berwager (DNF); 10. 6T-Todd Huffman (DNF). No Time
4th Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 7C-Chad Trout; 2. 12-Mike Bittinger; 3. 23-Todd Rittenhouse Jr.; 4. 5C-Danny Carrosso; 5. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 6. 24B-Jan Opperman Jr.; 7. 22T-Matt Boland; 8. 84-Dale Hammaker; 9. 29-Tony Strine; 10. 48-Wes Irwin; 11. 28H-Billy Heltzel Jr.. Time - 2:34.64
1st Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 15-Adam Wilt; 2. 7V-Mike Lehman; 3. 84C-Chad Criswell; 4. 20-Jon Keller; 5. 98-Troy Becker; 6. 9C-Mike Carber; 7. 53-Brian Earnst; 8. 11D-Mike Gable; 9. 27S-Stewart Smith (DNF); 10. 56M-Mark Zellers (DNF); 11. 51N-Nick Palmerino (DNF); DNS - 8-Dan Dietrich, 55-Chad Layton. No Time
2nd Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 77-Howie Locke; 2. 39-Cory Haas; 3. 24B-Jan Opperman Jr.; 4. 84-Dale Hammaker; 5. 22T-Matt Boland; 6. 29-Tony Strine; 7. 15B-John Burnett; 8. 28H-Bill Heltzel Jr.; 9. 48-Wes Irwin; 10. 64W-Randy Whisler; 11. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; DNS - 85-Ken Berwager, 6T-Todd Huffman. No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 52-Mike Walls; 2. 22-Nat Tuckey; 3. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 4. 1-Neil Smith; 5. 3W-Duane Watson; 6. 31-Ron Shultz; 7. 15-Doug Devilbiss; 8. 30-Craig Wagaman; 9. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 10. 37-Jim Rost Sr.; 11. 41-Howard Williams; 12. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 13. 70X-Rick Weaver; 14. 34M-Jim Martz Jr.; 15. 1E-Greg Emlet Jr. (DNF); 16. 54-Roy Warehime Jr. (DNF); 17. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh (DNF); 18. 18-Bob Johnson (DNF); 19. 9-Al Cramer (DNF); 20. 07-Bob Stough (DNF); 21. 93-Gary Warehime (DNF); 22. 70-Duane Hahn (DNF); 23. 11R-Jim Rost Jr. (DNF); DNS - 51-Chad Myers. No Time
Lap Leaders - Mike Zeigler Jr. (1-11), Mike Walls (12-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 52-Mike Walls; 2. 41-Howard Williams; 3. 81-Mike Zeigler, Sr.; 4. 31-Ron Shultz; 5. 07-Bob Stough; 6. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh; 7. 70X-Rick Weaver; 8. 11R-Jim Rost, Jr. (DNF); 9. 54J-Jimmy Combs (DNS). Time - 2:49.07
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 22-Nat Tuckey; 2. 1E-Greg Emlet; 3. 37-Jim Rost, Sr.; 4. 70-Duane Hahn; 5. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 6. 1-Neil Smith; 7. 54-Roy Warehime; 8 51-Chad Myers (DNF); 9. 01-Tim Fake (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21A-Mike Zeigler, Jr.; 2. 30-Craig Wagaman; 3. 3W-Duane Watson; 4. 9-Al Cramer; 5. 15-Doug Devilbiss; 6. 34M-Jim Martz, Jr.; 7. 18-Bob Johnson; 8. 93-Gary Warehime. Time - 2:46.60