Lincoln Speedway 50th anniversary race preview

The fabulous Lincoln Speedway to celebrate 50 years with 50 lapper. Past drivers & champs come together for night of memories. ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 5/9/02 - Back on July 3, 1953, Racing promoter Hilly Rife and the PENN-MAR Racing Association...

The fabulous Lincoln Speedway to celebrate 50 years with 50 lapper. Past drivers & champs come together for night of memories.

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 5/9/02 - Back on July 3, 1953, Racing promoter Hilly Rife and the PENN-MAR Racing Association scheduled the first race at the newly built Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania, and it was rained out...on May 22, 1971 - Steve Smith won his first race at Lincoln. Then on May 4, 1996 Smith picked up his 150th career Lincoln win...on July 11, 1998 Fred Rahmer picked up his record-setting 12th consecutive Lincoln win. Then on April 6, 2002 Rahmer picked up his 114th career Lincoln win...on July 7, 2001 - Craig Keel became the 166th different feature winner in Lincoln Speedway's storied 50 years of racing action.

These facts, and many more, is what has defined the 50 years of racing action at "The Fabulous Lincoln Speedway".

50TH YEAR CELEBRATION

This Wednesday night, May 15th, 2002, Lincoln Speedway will host a special night of racing to celebrate 50 years of continuous racing action at the track affectionately called - "The Fabulous Lincoln Speedway".

It will be a trip down memory lane this night as the men and machines that made Lincoln Speedway what it is today come together to celebrate, share stories, and bare witness to some of the best racing action ever to grace the legendary 3/8th mile oval.

Former drivers and champions will be on hand to sign autographs and share memories prior to the evenings' racing action, such as - Bobby Adamson, Bobby Allen, Bill Brian Jr., "Diz" Dean Renfro, Cris Eash, Harry & Bobby Fletcher, Gene Goodling, Neil & Dave Haight, Bobby Hersh, Richard Lupo, Johnny Mackison Sr., Van May, Paul Miller, Lynn Paxton, Kenny Slaybaugh, Steve Stambaugh, Fred Rahmer, Steve Siegel, Steve & Stevie Smith, Bobby Weaver, Gary Wolford, and many more...

Ms. Motorsports, Jennifer Weaver, will also be on hand to sign autographs and posters, as well as helping with victory lane ceremonies.

THE RACE

The evening will be capped off with a special "50 lap" feature sponsored by John Gleim Excavating for the super sprinters who will be going after the $5,050 top prize. There will be an increased purse for all those that can qualify for the special 50th Anniversary Feature. Time trials and heats will be used to set the starting line-up which will offer at least $350 to those that qualify.

And not to be forgotten, the fendered racers, more commonly known as - Thundercars - will be on hand for there own special feature which will be sponsored by Miller Brothers Chevrolet and which will offer $305 to the winner, and an increased purse back through as well. Prize money will also be awarded for the heat winners, and, a special dash race will be held for the first and second place finishers of the heats which will pay $50 to the winner as well.

Gates will open at 5 PM, with warm-up at 6:30 PM, and time trials scheduled to start at 7 PM. Adult general admission will be $18, children 6-11 years of age $2, and students (ages 12-17 with a school ID) will be only $10.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Steve Smith , Paul Miller