Hanover, PA (March 28, 1998) - Todd Gracey held off a stellar field of Central Pennsylvania drivers to become the fifth different feature winner in as many races at Lincoln Speedway. Lincoln Speedway has moved their racing action to Saturday ...
Hanover, PA (March 28, 1998) - Todd Gracey held off a stellar field of Central Pennsylvania drivers to become the fifth different feature winner in as many races at Lincoln Speedway. Lincoln Speedway has moved their racing action to Saturday nights and the warm weather in the area meant that the grandstands were packed.
On the drop of the green, polesitter Dan Dietrich took the lead and led the first lap. From his outside pole position, Gracey chased Dietrich, taking the lead on the second lap.
There had to be trouble early with the third and fourth rows of the starting lineup comprised of Cris Eash, Billy Pauch, Fred Rahmer and Kevin Gobrecht. With these four chargers all vying for the same piece of real estate, it's a miracle that the outcome wasn't worse. As it turned out, it was Fred Rahmer that got squeezed high and into the the wall in turn two. The first of six yellows was to tow Rahmer's Hamilton No. 77 back to the pits. Rahmer won an afternoon race earlier in the day at Port Royal Speedway but was first to be finished at Lincoln.
Racing resumed with two laps complete. Pauch started sixth but had moved into fourth and was challenging Brian Paulus for third when the two tangled in turn three. With four laps complete, Gracey lined up at the point for the restart followed by Dietrich, Gobrecht, and Todd Shaffer. Cris Eash lined up fifth follwed by Steve Siegel and Jeff Shepard.
When green replaced yellow, Kevin Gobrecht, winner of the third heat race, blasted past Dietrich to take second. Gobrecht tried to keep Gracey honest at the front but Gracey's Ford motor was strong enough to allow Todd to pull away down the straights. Meanwhile, Gobrecht had his hands full with Todd Shaffer all over his rear bumper.
The action stopped once again with nine laps complete when Brian Ellenberger spun in turn two. Gracey continued at the point followed by Gobrecht, Todd Shaffer, Cris Eash and Jeff Shepard in fifth. Keith Kauffman was on the move, lining up seventh after starting 15th. As was Sean Michael who started 23rd. Michael lined up tenth for the restart.
Kevin Gobrecht slipped over the cushion in three and four on the restart allowing Shaffer and Eash to get past. Kevin tried a too hard to make up the difference in turns one and two and jumped the cushion again, this time allowing Jeff Shepard into fourth. Kevin slipped back to seventh position until the last lap when he got into the turn two wall, dropping him to 17th in the final order.
With fourteen laps in the book, Bill Brian spun in turn three causing caution period number four.
Todd Gracey dodged a bullet when Todd Shaffer blasted by on the restart only to have the action stoped by Darren Eash and Brian Monteith getting together in turn one. Shaffer was returned to second and Gracey knew he had to get a better jump on the next start. And he did. Gracey later said that "the motor was a little slow taking off".
Shaffer looked low on the next start but most of the fast cars were running high. The fast line moved all the way out to the wall late in the race. Gracey rode the rim out of turn four and pulled out a four car length lead with ease.
Sean Michael continued to impress in his rookie 410 season. Michael started on the last row, cracked the top ten by lap nine, and finished sixth.
The three division show at Lincoln was stopped 47 times for cautions or reds. Joining the Super Sprints on the card were 358 Sprints and Thundercars. The 358 sprints were stopped to refuel before the first lap of the race was recorded in the books!
LINCOLN SPEEDWAY RACE RESULTS SATURDAY - MARCH 28, 1998 SUPER SPRINTS Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 25-Todd Gracey ($2,500); 2. 88-Todd Shaffer; 3. 17E-Cris Eash; 4. 59-Steve Siegel; 5. 4J-Jeff Shepard; 6. 88M-Sean Michael; 7. U2-Keith Kauffman; 8. 12-Tim Shaffer; 9. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 10. 8-Dan Dietrich; 11. 07-Dave Haight; 12. 77E-Dave Ely; 13. 7E-Darren Eash; 14. 73-Lonnie Ryan; 15. 53-Shawn Keen; 16. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 17. 92-Kevin Gobrecht; 18. 20-Brian Ellenberger (DNF); 19. 43-Larry Shive (DNF); 20. 12B-Brian Montieth (DNF); 21. 16-Bill Brian Jr. (DNF); 22. 1-Billy Pauch (DNF); 23. 28-Brian Paulus (DNF); 24. 77-Fred Rahmer (DNF). No Time Lap Leaders - Dan Dietrich (1), Todd Gracey (2-25) 1st Heat (10 Laps\6 to qualify) - 1. 4J-Jeff Shepard; 2. 28-Brian Paulus; 3. 8-Dan Dietrich; 4. 16-Bill Brian Jr.; 5. 73-Lonnie Ryan; 6. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 7. 12-Tim Shaffer (DNF); 8. 20-Brian Ellenberger (DNF); 9. 07-Dave Haight (DNF); 10. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr. (DNF); DNS - 88M-Sean Michael. No Time 2nd Heat (10 Laps\6 to qualify) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer; 2. 25-Todd Gracey; 3. 17E-Cris Eash; 4. 59-Steve Siegel; 5. 77E-Dave Ely; 6. 43-Larry Shive; 7. 32-Randy Glover; 8. 10N-Jeff Thompson (DNF); 9. 3H-Kevin Higgins (DNF); 10. 8J-Danny Jones (DNF); 11. 7E-Darren Eash (DNF). No Time 3rd Heat (10 Laps\6 to qualify) - 1. 92-Kevin Gobrecht; 2. 88-Todd Shaffer; 3. 1-Billy Pauch; 4. 53-Shawn Keen; 5. U2-Keith Kauffman; 6. 12B-Brian Montieth; 7. 69-Shawn Weaver (DNF); 8. 17N-Niki Young (DNF); 9. 32-Brook Weibley (DNF); 10. 40-Mark Imler (DNF); 11. 2W-Jesse Wentz. No Time Consolation (10 Laps\6 to qualify) - 1. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 2. 12-Tim Shaffer; 3. 7E-Darren Eash; 4. 20-Brian Ellenberger; 5. 88M-Sean Michael; 6. 07-Dave Haight; 7. 32-Brook Weibley; 8. 3H-Kevin Higgins; 9. 32A-Randy Glover (DNF); 10. 10N-Jeff Thompson (DNF); DNS - 69-Shawn Weaver, 17N-Niki Young, 8J-Danny Jones, 40-Mark Imler, 2W-Jesse Wentz, 16C-Cliff Brian. No Time
David Reininger - Motorsport News International