Hanover, PA (April 4, 1998) - Fred Rahmer won the 25 lap feature at Lincoln Speedway in front of a sparse crowd of true racing diehards. Rahmer thanked the crowd from victory lane for braving high winds and low temperatures to come sit in the...
Hanover, PA (April 4, 1998) - Fred Rahmer won the 25 lap feature at Lincoln Speedway in front of a sparse crowd of true racing diehards. Rahmer thanked the crowd from victory lane for braving high winds and low temperatures to come sit in the stands. Although Rahmer admitted that this was his "hardest fought win at Lincoln", he made it look easy by pulling out a full straight-away lead over Cris Eash with five laps remaining.
Rahmer started sixth and moved quickly towards the front, passing Todd Gracey, Darren Eash, Dave Haight and Jeff Thompson in the first two laps. While Rahmer was busy moving up to second, polesitter Brook Weibley drove off to a comfortable lead. Weibley's lead diminished over the next two laps but the ensuing battle never took place as Weibley spun in turn two, handing the lead to Rahmer.
Weibley restarted and joined the rear of the field. He finished 15th.
On the restart, Rahmer was followed by Jeff Thompson, Dave Haight, Sean Michael and Cris Eash in fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Darren Eash, Todd Shaffer, Todd Gracey, Tim Shaffer and Lance Dewease. When the green flew it was all Rahmer at the front. Cris Eash and Sean Michael moved up but were unable to get close to Rahmer.
The race was stopped for the second, and final time of the evening with sixteen laps complete when Jeff Thompson's No. 10N came to a halt on the front straight. Cris Eash moved into second but four lapped cars separated him from Rahmer on the restart. That was all that Rahmer needed to pull away from the field. By the time Eash cleared the lapped cars, Rahmer was nowhere in sight. Todd Shaffer put on a brilliant display of driving from his sixth row starting position. Shaffer was sixth at the end of four laps and ended up fourth at the checkered. Kevin Gobrecht also moved through the field from his 13th starting position. Kevin moved up five places by half distance. He sliced his way through traffic, picking up two more spots to finish sixth.
Heat races were won by Jeff Thompson and the Eash brothers, Cris and Darren. Bill Brian Jr. won the consolation race.
Heat Race One Results (10 laps/6 qualify) 1. Jeff Thompson 2. Brook Weibley 3. Tim Shaffer 4. Todd Gracey 5. Kevin Gobrecht 6. Jesse Wentz 7. Bill Brian Jr. 8. Dan Dietrich 9. Jeff Miller No Time
Heat Race Two Results 1. Cris Eash 2. Lance Dewease 3. Steve Siegel 4. Dave Haight 5. Brian Montieth 6. Johnny Mackison Jr. 7. Billy Dietrich 8. Randy Glover 9. Larry Shive (DNF) No Time
Heat Race Three Results 1. Darren Eash 2. Fred Rahmer 3. Sean Michael 4. Todd Shaffer 5. Shawn Weaver 6. Lonnie Ryan 7. Dan Jones 8. Niki Young 9. Len Krautheim Time: 2:27.09
Consolation Race Results (10 laps/6 qualify) 1. Bill Brian Jr. 2. Dan Dietrich 3. Dan Jones 4. Niki Young 5. Len Krautheim 6. Larry Shive 7. Billy Dietrich 8. Randy Glover 9. Jeff Miller Time: 2:31.76
Feature Race Results (25 laps) 1. Fred Rahmer ($2,500) 2. Cris Eash 3. Sean Michael 4. Todd Shaffer 5. Tim Shaffer 6. Kevin Gobrecht 7. Steve Siegel 8. Lance Dewease 9. Bill Brian Jr. 10. Brian Montieth 11. Lonnie Ryan 12. Dan Dietrich 13. Johnny Mackison Jr. 14. Jesse Wentz 15. Brook Weibley 16. Larry Shive 17. Dave Haight (DNF) 18. Darren Eash (DNF) 19. Len Krautheim (DNF) 20. Jeff Thompson (DNF) 21. Dan Jones (DNF) 22. Niki Young (DNF) 23. Todd Gracey (DNF) 24. Shawn Weaver (DNF) No Time
David Reininger - Motorsport News International