Saturday - June 26, 1999 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, Pa. DEWEASE WINS WILD NON-STOP LINCOLN PENNSYLVANIA SPEEDWEEK OPENER; Mike Walls wins first of Lincoln career in thundercars ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/26/99 - Lance Dewease was one happy driver...
Saturday - June 26, 1999 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, Pa.
DEWEASE WINS WILD NON-STOP LINCOLN PENNSYLVANIA SPEEDWEEK OPENER; Mike Walls wins first of Lincoln career in thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/26/99 - Lance Dewease was one happy driver after the 1999 Keystone Pretzels Pennsylvania SPEEDWEEK opener at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. That is, after he was told in the pits that he won...
"Fred (Rahmer) was going to win this race hands-down, he was operating real good," said a surprised Dewease in victory lane. "We really weren't good from the get go...and I got to racing Greg (Hodnett) pretty hard and I guess something happened to him too."
Five-time Pennsylvania Speedweek champ Rahmer grabbed the lead from outside front-row starter and race-long leader Hodnett with a low move exiting the second turn of the 12th lap, and ran away over the next 14 laps. With five to go, Rahmer was nearly five full seconds in front of the two-car battle for second between Hodnett and Dewease. But on the second turn of lap 27, Rahmer lost a magneto wire and dove into the pits. Suddenly, the race for second was for the lead. But at the time, neither Hodnett nor Dewease knew it. Hodnett was still leading Dewease when the drive line broke on the Apple Chevrolet #12. Hodnett pulled into the pits on the final turn and was credited with a 12th-place finish. Dewease crossed 1.51 seconds ahead of Jeff Shepard to claim the early points lead in the Pennsylvania SPEEDWEEK series.
"We may not have been the fastest car, but we made it to the end, and we'll take it."
Things seemed to be in order after Rahmer got by race-long leader Hodnett on the 12th lap. For the next 14 laps, Rahmer, Hodnett, Dewease, Shepard, and Siegel did a lot of racing but no passing in the top five spots. But things went haywire from the time Rahmer dropped out on lap 27 until the end of the non-stop 30 lap feature. Four cars (Johnny Mackison, Danny Jones, Todd Shaffer, and Brian Monteith) went back on the lead lap when Rahmer pulled to the pits. Hodnett became the second leader to drop from the field on the final lap.
Shepard and Siegel advanced to second and third at the finish, with Donnie Kreitz and Cris Eash completing the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Dave Ely, Keith Kauffman, Mackison, Jones, and Shaffer.
Heats were won by Eash, Hodnett and Chris Knopp. After breaking his driveline in his heat, Fred Rahmer came back to win the B-Main. Keith Kauffman set fast time over the 31-car field with a one-lap time of 13.366 seconds.
Gettysburg's Mike Walls claimed his first career Lincoln win in the 15-lap thundercar feature. After leading the first 14 laps last week, Walls nearly lost the lead on the final turns again. But he stayed on the throttle exiting the fourth turn as Bobby Beard and Duane Watson ran him three wide coming down to the checkered flag. In the span of the final quarter-lap, Beard took the lead, dropped to third, then zoomed to second at the flag stand. Watson finished third, with Greg Feltch fourth and Tony Kuhn fifth. Walls became the 11th winner in 18 Lincoln features this year. It was his second win in 24 hours, after winning the thundercar feature at Trailway Friday night.
Heats for the 36 thundercars were won by K.T. Shaw, Watson, Craig Wagaman and Bobby Beard. Twin consolations were won by Ken Berwager and Tony Kuhn.
K.T. Shaw came from the rear after a flat tire to cross sixth in the feature after winning the special Miller Brothers Chevrolet/Oldsmobile-Delco Signs Australian Pursuit Race for the thundercars earlier in the evening. Shaw started second and passed Duane Watson for the win on the next-to-last lap. Only three cars were running at the end of the unique event in which the top ten in points dropped from the field as they were passed by other competitors. Neil Smith and Bobby Beard were the only two other cars still running at the end.
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 and Sunday nights, July 3rd & 4th, Lincoln Speedway will hold two nights of Fourth of July holiday racing action. On Saturday night, July 3rd, the Super Late Models return to Lincoln for the first time in many years to do battle along with the 358 Sprints and Thundercar regulars. Then on Sunday night, July 4th, the 358 Sprints return for the second night in-a-row, to be joined by the ever-popular Silver Spring Super Sportsman and Street Stocks. Racing action both nights gets underway at 7:30 PM, with gates opening at 5 PM.
RACE RESULTS Saturday - June 26, 1999 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, Pa. NINTH ANNUAL KEYSTONE PENNSYLVANIA SPEEDWEEK (Race 1 of 8)
Super Sprints: Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 88H-Lance Dewease ($5,000); 2. 1-Jeff Shepard ($2,000); 3. 59-Steve Siegel ($1,500); 4. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr. ($1,200); 5. 17E-Cris Eash ($1,000); 6. 77E-Dave Ely ($800); 7. 7-Keith Kauffman ($700); 8. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr. ($600); 9. 8J-Danny Jones ($550); 10. 88-Todd Shaffer ($500); 11. 12B-Brian Montieth ($450); 12. 12-Greg Hodnett ($400)(DNF); 13. 69W-Shawn Weaver ($350); 14. 16-Bill Brian Jr. ($325); 15. 53-Shawn Keen ($320); 16. 32-Brook Weibley ($315); 17. 92-Brian Gobrecht ($310); 18. 6-Chris Knopp ($305); 19. 55S-Bill Sims ($300); 20. 94-Glendon Forsythe ($300); 21. 77-Fred Rahmer ($300)(DNF); 22. 16C-Cliff Brian ($300)(DNF); 23. 2W-Jesse Wentz ($300)(DNF); 24. X-Bobby Weaver ($300)(DNF). Time - 8:00.54
Lap Leaders - Greg Hodnett (1-12), Fred Rahmer (13-26), Greg Hodnett (27-29), Lance Dewease (30)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 17E-Cris Eash; 2. 16C-Cliff Brian; 3. 53-Shawn Keen; 4. 77E-Dave Ely; 5. 7-Keith Kauffman; 6. 88-Todd Shaffer; 7. 77T-Jess Thomas; 8. 94-Glendon Forsythe; 9. 6W-Josh Wells; 10. 77-Fred Rahmer (DNF); DNS - 0-John Garrett. Time - 2:23.77
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 12-Greg Hodnett; 2. 1-Jeff Shepard; 3. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 4. 92-Brian Gobrecht; 5. 69W-Shawn Weaver; 6. X-Bobby Weaver; 7. 32-Brook Weibley; 8. 26-Pat Cooper; 9. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh (DNF); 10. 99-Dan Long (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 6-Chris Knopp; 2. 12B-Brian Montieth; 3. 88H-Lance Dewease; 4. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 5. 59-Steve Siegel; 6. 8J-Danny Jones; 7. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 8. 16-Bill Brian Jr.; 9. 55S-Bill Sims (DNF); 10. 7K-Dan Shetler (DNF). Time - 2:30.85
B-Main (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer; 2. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 3. 32-Brook Weibley; 4. 16-Bill Brian Jr.; 5. 55S-Bill Sims; 6. 94-Glendon Forsythe; 7. 6W-Josh Wells; 8. 77T-Jess Thomas; 9. 26-Pat Cooper; 10. 0-John Garrett; 11. 7K-Dan Shetler; DNS - 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh, 99-Dan Long. No Time
Time Trials - 1. Keith Kauffman, 7, 13.366 seconds; 2. Jeff Shepard, 1, 13.461; 3. Steve Siegel, 59, 13.523; 4. Fred Rahmer, 77, 13.581; 5. Greg Hodnett, 12, 13.677; 6. Lance Dewease, 88H, 13.705; 7. Dave Ely, 77E, 13.727; 8. Brook Weibley, 32, 13.807; 9. Donnie Kreitz Jr., 69, 13.811; 10. Cris Eash, 17E, 13.850; 11. Johnny Mackison Jr., 65, 13.856; 12. Danny Jones, 8J, 13.901; 13. Todd Shaffer, 88, 13.918; 14. Jeff Rohrbaugh, 07, 13.937; 15. Jesse Wentz, 2W, 13.971; 16. Shawn Keen, 53, 14.020; 17. Shawn Weaver, 69W, 14.212; 18. Chris Knopp, 6, 14.236; 19. Cliff Brian, 16C, 14.344; 20. Brian Gobrecht, 92, 14.353; 21. Brian Monteith, 12B, 14.358; 22. Glendon Forsythe, 94, 14.431; 23. Pat Cooper, 26, 14.441; 24. Bill Brian Jr., 16, 14.452; 25. Jess Thomas, 77T, 14.471; 26. Bobby Weaver, X, 14.482; 27. Billy Sims, 55S, 14.543; 28. Josh Wells, 6W, 14.753; 29. Dan Long, 99, 16.035; 30. Dan Shetler, 7K, 16.183; 31. John Garrett, 0, 16.605.
Thundercars: Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 1W-Mike Walls; 2. 5-Bobby Beard; 3. 3-Duane Watson; 4. 4-Greg Feltch; 5. 6-Tony Kuhn; 6. 41-K.T. Shaw; 7. 47-Bob Scott Jr.; 8. M1-Mike Potts; 9. 16-Steve Clabaugh; 10. 11-Tom Jackson; 11. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 12. 21-Jerry Bingaman (DNF); 13. 38-Roy Warehime (DNF); 14. 13R-Richard Will (DNF); 15. 30-Craig Wagaman (DNF); 16. 99-Joe Flynn Jr. (DNF); 17. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); 18. 60-Cork Laughman (DNF); 19. 100-Mike Zeigler (DNF); 20. 95-Fred Cullum (DNF); 21. 8MD-David Prunkl (DNF); 22. X-Bernie Beard (DNF); 23. 25-Sean Herrick (DNF); DNS - 9B-Ken Berwager. No Time
Lap Leaders - Mike Walls (1-15)
1st Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 41-K.T. Shaw; 2. 4-Greg Feltch; 3. 8MD-David Prunkl; 4. 100-Mike Zeigler; 5. 9B-Ken Berwager; 6. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 7. 70-Mike Runkle; 8. 11R-Jim Rost (DNF); DNS - 9-Les Davis. Time - 2:51.07
2nd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 3-Duane Watson; 2. 1W-Mike Walls; 3. 47-Bob Scott Jr.; 4. 60-Cork Laughman; 5. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 6. 16-Steve Clabaugh; 7. 24K-Corey Knaub; 8. 17-Butch Harvey; 9. 54-Terry Davis. No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 30-Craig Wagaman; 2. 38-Roy Warehime; 3. 99-Joe Flynn Jr.; 4. 1-Neil Smith; 5. 6-Tony Kuhn; 6. M1-Mike Potts; 7. 92-Kenny Rush; 8. 2-Steve Gantz; 9. 78-Ron Farrar (DNF). Time - 2:54.81
4th Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 5-Bobby Beard; 2. X-Bernie Beard; 3. 95-Fred Rahmer; 4. 11-Tom Jackson; 5. 25-Sean Herrick; 6. 13R-Richard Will; 7. 3D-Dennis Mink; 8. 24C-Keith Cook; DNS - 55-Matt Barnes. Time - 2:51.09
1st Consolation (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 9B-Ken Berwager; 2. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 3. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 4. 16-Steve Clabaugh; 5. 17-Butch Harvey; 6. 11R-Jim Rost (DNF); 7. 24K-Corey Knaub (DNF); 8. 70-Mike Runkle (DNF); DNS - 54-Terry Davis, 9-Les Davis. Time - 2:09.71
2nd Consolation (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 6-Tony Kuhn; 2. M1-Mike Potts; 3. 25-Sean Herrick; 4. 13R-Richard Will; 5. 78-Ron Farrar; 6. 92-Kenny Rush; 7. 3D-Dennis Mink; 8. 24C-Keith Cook; 9. 2-Steve Gantz. Time - 2:09.78
Special Invitational Australian Pursuit Race (10 Laps) - 1. 41-K.T. Shaw; 2. 1-Neil Smith; 3. 5-Bobby Beard; 4. 3-Duane Watson (DNF); 5. 100-Mike Zeigler (DNF); 6. 6-Tony Kuhn (DNF); 7. 47-Bob Scott Jr. (DNF); 8. 16-Steve Clabaugh (DNF); 9. 95-Fred Cullum (DNF); 10. X-Bernie Beard.